Articles from ‘Hair Care’
Monday, November 7th, 2016
Friday, October 28th, 2016
Emerson Salon, a Community of Independent Hair Designers,Â just received an important distinction ofÂ being named by ExpertiseÂ asÂ ONE OF THE TOP 20 SALONS in SEATTLE !!!
Their selection criteria uses research in the following areas:
Reputation:A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.
Credibility:Â Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.
Experience:Â Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.
Professionalism:Â Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.Providing service with
honesty, reliability, and respect.
Availability:Â Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.
At Emerson Salon, we pride ourselves on providing high quality services from trained professionals who are passionate about running their own careers and clientele independently. To receive this honor puts attention to our daily efforts towards making Â YOU feel confident with your hair…and therefore, yourself!
Book online TODAY with one of our Stylists or Barbers by choosing your preferred professional’s profile, and booking ONLINE through www.emersonsalon.com
SEE YOU AT EMERSON SALON!
Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Â Â In the cosmetology industry, it is important to stay knowledgeable on new technologies in hair color and hair products because innovations in ingredients and trends are ever-changing. To that end, Emerson Salon colorists have started to encounter more and more people with sensitivities and allergies to ammonia and PPD and have wanted to broach this issue for our clienteles.
What is PPD?Â Phenylenediamine (or PPD) is an organic compound used in hair dyes, as well as in rubber chemicals, textile dyes and pigments. Manufacturers like it because it has a low relative toxicity level, high temperature stability, and chemical and electrical resistance. In other words, it helps the new color stay on your hair despite numerous washings, dryings, and stylings. (fromÂ http://www.annmariegianni.com/)
Why is PPD “bad?”Â The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) notes the following:
-PPD is potentially capable of causing multiple toxic effects following skin contact.
-Data from studies of both humans and animals are sufficient to demonstrate that PPD has potent skin-sensitizing properties.
-Several cases of contact dermatitis have been reported following occupational exposure to dyes containing the chemical.
-Studies have also identified the chemical as the third most common ingredient, after fragrances and preservatives, that can cause contact dermatitis from cosmetics (mainly skin-care products, hair preparations and colorants, and facial makeup products).
We listened and have taken on the NEW color line Color.Me Kevin Murphy that is PPD FREE, Ammonia Free, Cruelty free and the ONLY PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) approved hair color line. We are so excited! If you look at the image to the left- you will see a color that prematurely faded on resistant grey hair with ammonia based permanent hair color. Then, observe the after as well as the ZERO fadeage after 3 weeks. WOW! What a difference! Check out more before and afters below!
Here is some more information on its features+ ingredients:
- Color. Me is a performance driven line which means it is highly predictable and has minimal fade-age.
- It has a wonderful rose tea fragrance and barely any chemical smell at all because it is an MEA ammonia derivative and not actual ammonia.
- It causes next to no skin irritation and does not stain like ammonia based hair color.
- Â It contains: shea butter, pomengranate, aloe vera, grapeseed oil, panthenol, almond oil (those with allergies to nuts may be sensitive,) coconut oil and most importantly, HONEY!
- The haircolor will never spoil or expire because of the sugars contained in the honey base.
- The line is designed for custom formulation and can be made semi, demi or permanent based on the artistic choices of the colorist as well as the desires of the client.
- Â Has 3 types of bleaches: cream/oil based, ammonia based and non-ammonia lighteners give the professional the control to determine how much damage and lift is incurred on the hair.
Â Want to have Color. Me by Kevin Murphy haircolor for your next all over color or balayage?
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Who has time to spend over 30 min on their hair? Not many people! We are always running to work and off to meet friends that trying to hours long glam isn’t always in the cards. Here are some quick tips for getting a 1-2-3 Â step style!
For men, these types of cuts pictured to the right that are longer on top and extremely faded down to skin are very popular! But even if you have a medium length haircut, there are 2 go to products you can use quickly for n easy yet refined look
-If you want texture, hold and/or a matte finish: use the beeswax based Night Rider by Kevin Murphy. Its great for creating hold on medium to thicker hair types or densities.
-If you want light hold and a soft sheen finish:Â use the featherweight Undressed by Kevin Murphy. Its great for finer hair types and creates a shine finish that mimics slight wetness.
If you have short to a longer pixie cut, you can play with different finishes and texture for variety.
-Loma (locally sourced and cruelty free!) has Â a range of styling products that are fun to play with on shorter hair. Try The Fiber Putty by Loma to create definition, texture and medium hold. It can be very helpful for holding a swoop bang like in the picture to the right.
-Or for a sleeker look, try Molding Cream by Moroccan Oil. The argan nut oil in it is conditioning and helps create some of the slicked back looks that are so popular on the runways.
If you have medium to long length hair, try creating a soft beachy texture.
-Try and use Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray (fine hair) orÂ Hair Resort gel (medium to thick hair) in your Â dry hair on the mid shaft to ends. These products will create hold with minimal effort.
-Blow dry the dampness of the product with a slow speed medium heat dryer. Then use a curling iron to rotate the hair around the curling iron (2″-3″ diameter) in varied directions in 2- 3 rotations. Â This creates movement and slight volume. Or curl all pieces away from the face Â and it will create soft waves. Â Make sure not to curl the last 1-2″ of the ends to recreate a tousled look and do not use the clip on the curling iron.
Once the hair is curled and cooled, use your hands to stretch the curl out a bit by grabbing big sections and smoothing your hands down the curls. This will soften them up and make them look more natural. To finish, use Session Spray by Kevin Murphy lightlyÂ 12″ away to hold the curl and protect it from humidity.
Once you have done it a couple times, you will become quick like QUICKSILVER getting out the door in the morning or for an event. Going from day to night should be simple and almost effortless….
Ain’t no one got time for being a diva ’bout their hair!Â …Or book a quick styling session with one of our independent stylists online!
Their profiles are on emersonsalon.com and you can easily make an appointment through their booking link!
Thursday, January 7th, 2016
40% off all clearance items!
Q: Whatâ€™s going away, and why?
A: All hair products that have sold less than 2 units in 2015. Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with these products; they just didnâ€™t do well in our salon…
- Alterna: Caviar Clinical Daily Root & Scalp Stimulator, Hemp Paste, Kendi Dry Oil Mist, and Shape (discontinued by Alterna).
- Kevin Murphy: Anti.Gravity Spray, Balancing.Wash (Liter), Body.Builder (regular size), Fresh.Hair (regular and travel sizes), Hair.Resort Spray, Texture.Master, and Powder.Puff.
- MoroccanOil: Clarifying Shampoo, Curl Control Mousse, Frizz Control, Glimmer Shine Spray, Restorative Mask (250 ml), and Strong Hold Luminous HairSpray.
Q: Whatâ€™s new/on trend?
A: Right now, we have some amazing new Kevin Murphy products- Doo.Over, Stimulate.Me Wash & Rinse, Thick.Again, Free.Hold, Plump.Me Wash & Rinse, and Body.Mass, and weâ€™re about to add some new Kevin.Murphy products…Killer.Curls, Hydrate.Me Mask, and Young.Again Mask.
A: We also have 2 highly skilled barbers working in our upstairs loft space (if you havenâ€™t noticed, you really need a haircut!) and weâ€™re bringing in Reuzelâ€™s red pomade for our more fashion-forward masculine-presenting clientele.
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
Are you making changes for 2016? Well, we have some ideas to help create and maintain beautiful hair in the New Year for you!
-Use heat tools that use ceramic or tourmaline plates that help maintain your cuticle layer with controls that allow you to adjust the temperature. An on or off switch shows you no indication as to what level of damage you may be doing to your hair. We recommend digital heat tools that show you specifically what temperature range you are in.
-Always use a thermal protectant. We hear from a lot of clients that they are curling or flat ironing without a barrier to heat damage. Doing this can cause holes in your outer hair structure and make it difficult for your hair to retain quality moisture Â and haircolor in your hair. We recommend Moroccan Oil Original Treatment or Nourishing Oil By Loma. They are dry oils, are conditioning and will prevent high heat from burning your cuticle layer.
-Control the temperature for your hair type. There is no need to use over 350 degrees on fine, delicate hair. Thicker hair needs 400-450 degrees.
-If your hair is fine or chemically damaged DO NOT use the flatiron to curl your ends. It creates too much stress on the hair and will make it break 5x faster.
-Hair trims are your best defense against split ends. Even if you are growing your hair out longer it is a good idea to keep the ends freshened up so the oldest hair is not prone to breakage. For short to medium hair schedule every 4-7 weeks. For medium to long hair schedule every 6-10 weeks.
-Does your color get dull and murky looking after about 6-8 weeks? Schedule a conditioning color refresh with your colorist. Some shades (like semi permanents, reds and pastels) fade quicker and need more maintenance to keep them looking shiny and saturated. If you recently received a bleach and tone it will be necessary to keep it toned regularly to battle brassiness or maintain tonal stability.
-You can schedule a deep conditioning treatment with a hair designer or you can do one at home. In salon treatments tend to last longer because some of them use heat to penetrate to the structure inside the hair. We recommend Restorative Hair Masque or Intense Hydrating Masque. These are easy to do at home once a week for dry or damaged hair in 5-15 minutes. Using moisture or moisture with protein will assist in keeping your hair’s health and manageability. (Some stylists use a disulfide mending OLAPLEX in salon as a treatment. Inquire at Emerson Salon with D’Arcy Â for this service.)
Make sure to listen to your hair professional’s recommendations
on professional products for your hair type.
-Products sold from a professional salon are the highest quality, do not contain extra water and are more concentrated than other store brands. Don’t trust Amazon, Bartell’s, CVS or Costco for your hair products. They could be expired, contain high levels of bacteria or be counterfeit.
-Your stylist makes the recommendations that will help you recreate the look done inside the salon. Reward them by giving them the sale and not an online outlet or store. Your stylist has your hairs’ health and style as a high priority in order for you to become or stay a returning customer.
-If a product doesn’t work for you, ask if you can exchange the product for one that does. No sense in keeping a product that you do not like the smell or isn’t optimal for you.
Your “Hair Resolutions” in 2016 can be upheld if you follow these easy steps. And remember- your hair is an investment! The more you put into your hair, the happier you will be with it!
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Meet Emerson Salonâ€™s newest haircare line addition: Loma Haircare.Â Loma products work great, smell great, and are very economically priced and locally made (in Monroe, WA). Loma also prints their own bottles, blends their own products, and fills their own bottles, which makes the company â€śone of the last independently owned and operated brands in the professional beauty industry actually manufacturing 100% of its own products.â€ť
Loma believes in Renewable, Sustainable Beauty; containing naturally healing, organic ingredients and essential oil based fragrances that embrace this belief.Â â€śLoma pioneered and set the standard for the use of Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, the primary base for all Loma products.â€ť
Loma has been around since 1991, and the company used to have 2 lines: Pearatin and Loma. Hair Guy Lancer, Emerson Salon co-owner, had used Peratin in the past (2004-2006), and a few of his clients really loved one particular product, â€śPearatin Fortifying Repairative Serumâ€ť. It really is one of the stand-out products in the line, and it has since been re-named â€śFortifying Repairative Tonicâ€ť.Â This product is phenomenal. It improves hairâ€™s Â elasticity, which eliminates breakage, improves the hairâ€™s condition and integrity, resulting in less breakage due to over-use of heat and chemical processes, and in fewer split ends. This tonic will help your hair stay nice and smooth when blowdrying at home. Â
“I love this stuff! Since I’ve started using it, I get tons of compliments about the softness and shine of my hair. Unlike all the other serums I’d tried, this one doesn’t weigh my hair down and it doesn’t have an overpowering chemical smell. Highly recommend this serum for all types of hair.” –From makeupalley.com
When Loma had the two lines, it was very confusing! Though Lomaâ€™s product lines consolidated, and their packaging changed, the ingredients remain the same. Loma now is a clearly defined line thatâ€™s in keeping with their organic heritage and Aloe Vera based products, and theyâ€™re much easier to understand and use (also, they only kept the best products from each line!) If you have any questions for Loma, join their Facebook Community, and ask away!
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Having semi permanent or direct dye color needs constantÂ upkeep to maintainÂ the colorÂ
and has no guarantee how long it will last! If a semi permanent fades out, book another paid service to redeposit it.Â There is also no guarantee on the complete removal of direct dyes….
Â Â Â We have had some ladies come in with trendy, vibrant hair colors in their hair ….and wanting to remove them. The vibrant colors (like those in the image below) are direct dyes. It is not as easy as just applying one step and getting what you want (unfortunately we can do great things with hair -but there are limits.) The problem with semi permanents like these is they are not guaranteed to last for longer than 10 shampoos and may be less with pastel hues or on bleach damaged or compromised hair. Ironically, if you want to remove them they can be a real bother!
Direct dyes do not,“Â require oxidation or developer for the color to stain the hair. In areas where the hair isÂ more porous, this type of color will show greater intensity. Caution must be exercised when utilizing a semi-permanent haircolor on porous hair; it can stain the hairÂ permanently.”Â (From the American Board of Certified Colorists haircolorist.com)
Sometimes, using strong bleaches will make the direct dye go further into the hair shaft and lodge even more stubbornly inside the hair. There are ways to strategically fade or remove the direct dye but having it professionally done is COLOR CORRECTIVE.(Color correction work includes working with removing artificial pigment, coloring hair with previous color history, or deepening or lightening more than 3 levels. )
There is NO GUARANTEE in removing direct dyes. It may take multiple sessions to achieve- it may even not be possible to completely remove without cutting it out. If its a blue, green, or teal like hue it will be VERY difficult to remove. Â
If you want to help the fade along you can do the following:
- Use dish or liquid Â laundry detergent with harsh sulfates to aggressively emulsify out the color
- Â Add 50o mg of crushed Vitamin C and/or Baking Soda to your professional level sulfate free shampoo (leave on for 45 minutes and rinse+condition)
- Soak your hair in bath salts for 40 minutes then shampoo and condition
If you are asking a stylist to remove it, we recommend asking for a mild bleach+ clarifying shampoo with Olaplex treatment at the shampoo bowl. That way you are removing the color midly with a little insurance against breakage. This can remove some of the color and then the remainder can be bleached out once 90% faded.
****If the above methods do not work****
-take a break and deep condition twice a week before you attempt to remove it again.
And remember….. we may be able to do magic with haircolor but we have no magic wand for every hair situation!
Hairstylists do their absolute best to counsel you on the risks of certain services as well as trying to make you happy….
Have more questions?
Book a color consultation with one of our independent hair designers at www.emersonsalon.com
Thursday, September 24th, 2015
It seems our salon fans love hearing about the inside scoop from stylists within our salon-
so we are doing another SALON CONFESSIONAL!
Why doesn’t my fashion color last past a month?
Many ladies are coming in wanting the trendy purple, teal, pale pinks, lilac or grey “granny hair.” What this entails is bleaching the hair to the lightest possible blond in order for a pastel shade to show up. This may mean that it cannot be achieved in one session depending on what history is already on your hair. Generally, pastel and vivid extreme colors are semi-permanent. Semi-permanents are direct dyes Â (meaning they sit on top of the hair) and last between 10-16 shampoos -but may be even less if it is a pastel shade. Pastels have no guaranteed longevity and are completely temporary. It is not the stylist’s “fault” if it doesn’t last as long as you would prefer. The nature of the service can be extremely damaging even on the healthiest of hair and can compromise the hairs’ ability to hold color in addition to the nature of the semi-permanent shade used to create the selected hue. Using appropriate sulfate free, professional level, color safe products assists in keeping the color but does not guarantee how long it will last.
Why is my hair so dry and damaged after I get highlights?
- Bleach is an entirely different chemical process than coloring your hair. Bleach aggressively breaks up the hair’s pigment with chemical explosions and results in breaking apart the hair’s structure. Then, we can go in with a semi, demi or permanent color to create the tonality we wish to make that will assist also in holding the hair’s structure together. Hair can become frizzy and porous with the potential of breakage when bleached. Previously colored hair must be bleached in order for it to become lighter so if you have dark color on your hair, the only choice for a stylist is to use bleach.
Why are men’s haircut prices less than women’s longer hair prices?
- Â One of our stylists, Michael Simons has great insight on this with his over 20 years Â of experience. “I tell clients that the amount of $ and time I put into training to execute women’s and longer haircuts is extensively more than for men’s shorter haircuts.” With men’s haircuts you are looking at a span of 4-6 weeks between cuts. With women a bad haircut could take years to grow out so the work entailed must be top notch.
- D’Arcy, co-owner of Emerson Salon also adds,”I take into account the amount of time and product (shampoo, conditioner + styling product) used in the service. The more hair left on the head the higher the price of the haircut. Also, the price is also based on the training I received for the service. For example, I spent a few years learning advanced color knowledge and haircutting techniques. For men’s cutting I spent 4-6 months learning how to use clippers appropriately. “
What’s the biggest piece of advice for a client Â in your chair?
- Michael Simons says that clients need to feel the liberty to speak up in the chair. “I take it as a compliment when people are able to tell me something they do not like about their cut or color in the chair. You trust me as a professional to take the feedback and try to rectify the problem.”
- No stylist wants you to be unhappy with your hair. Creating a style you are satisfied with needs to come from a space that feels safe for you to communicate. Also, getting defensive about our work does not create long lasting clientele and most hair professionals are able to take the critique with poise and grace. So tell us how you really feel (respectfully of course!) We can handle it!
Have we dispelled some myths for you?
We hope so! We are here to make sure our clients understand what is entailed for their hair services at Emerson Salon. We always recommend researching a new style or hair color before embarking on a new look! Ask your stylist lots of questions in the consultation about pricing, recommended care and maintenance and get the best possible service for you and your budget.
Book with an Emerson Salon independent stylist through their profile today!
go to www.emersonsalon.com and select a stylist to book online!