Articles from ‘Hair Tips’
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 ¬†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:¬†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 ¬†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) or¬†Hair Resort gel (medium to thick hair) in your ¬†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. ¬†This creates movement and slight volume. Or curl all pieces away from the face ¬†and it will create soft waves. ¬†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 lightly¬† 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!¬†…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!
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 ¬†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 ¬†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!
Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Long hair looks are sultry and give you many, many options for styling. Here we show you some of our favorite long hair styles and haircolors!
- Color: This is a balayage haircoloring service with soft golden dark blond and small flicks of lighter blond through the top and front. Ideally, your hair is medium to dark brown naturally so grow out ¬†and maintenance will be minimalized.
- Styling this: Blow dry with Moroccan Oil Original Treatment for heat protection, shine and moisture. Then apply a Kevin Murphy’s Anti-Gravity Spray before using a large barrel curling iron to create soft curl+wave.
- Finish with flexible Working Spray by Alterna Caviar which contains caviar extract to protect the hair from over drying.
- Color:¬†This is a soft balayage technique on medium dark brown hair. It is possible to achieve this with lifting haircolor on naturally pigmented hair to minimize damage.
- Styling this: Once blown dry with Anti-Gravity lotion by Kevin Murphy, put¬†the hair into 4 slightly loose braids. Take a flatiron and clamp down on the brain from the midshaft to the ends. Allow to cool and release the braids.
- Finish with Moroccan Oil Medium Hold Hairspray..and go!
- Color:¬†This is a soft auburn haircolor with hints of strawberry blond balayage through the front and top.
- Styling this:¬†Blow dry on low speed medium heat from damp with Motion Lotion by Kevin Murphy for curl enhancement and frizz control. Then gather the hair to the side and 3 strand braid close to your neck. Hold the ends and loosen the braid by lightly tugging on the strands.
- Finish by securing the ends with a hair tie and use a curling iron to make bends in through pulled out pieces in front.
- Color: This is an all over color in transluscent medium dark brown with neutral to ash tones.
- Styling this: Blow dry from damp with a large round brush using Moroccan Oil Volumizing Mousse. Apply Dry Shampoo by Alterna Caviar at the roots to help keep volume. Then, back brush with a boar bristle brush 2″ from hair line in 2″ sections and spray with Working Spray. Brush the hairline over the volume and slowly smooth out the bumps spraying again. Secure with a few bobby pins by twisting the hair in the back.
- Finish: Rough up the ends with a little teasing and go!
- Color:¬†This is a soft “sombre” balayage that leaves the natural at the midshaft and subtly blends into 1 level lighter than 2 levels lighter on the ends. This look grows out beautifully and once achieved needs maintenance every 3-4 months.
- Styling This: Use Undressed by Kevin Murphy to slick the hair into a high ponytail. Grab a piece of hair to wrap around the ponytail holder 3- 4 X and bobby pin securely into the base of the ponytail. Now softly make a 3 strand braid and secure with another ponytail holder.
- Finish this by misting with a shine spray like Kendi Oil by Alterna Bamboo for shine on the entire thing.
……OR schedule a styling appointment with one of our independent hair designers and treat yourself to some fun style!
Go to emersonsalon.com now to book online!
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
Dry shampoo has become extremely popular in the last few years for people with all hair types. From teenagers to professionals to artists- everyone loves using dry shampoo! When we were in beauty school, our teachers used to instruct us to use drugstore Pssst! dry shampoo when an elderly client was in the hospital and couldn’t shampoo their hair. ¬†Times have changed and there are many more quality dry shampoos to choose from.
Now, we use dry shampoo to assist in lengthening the time between shampoos. People apply it to the internal sections of the hairstyle in order to avoid it being seen along the hairline or root areas.
Also, in order to preserve any color (whether semi, demi or permanent) you want to shampoo as little as possible. Each time you shampoo, you lift up the hair cuticle. The hair cuticle is the layer of hinges that protect the inner structure of the hair, the cortex (see image above.) Your hair color lives in the cortex and the more exposed the cortex is the more it will fade.
To cleanse the hair, shampoo emulsifies the product and dirt out but it also oxidizes your beautiful haircolor ¬†and it slowly goes down the drain. Shampooing less frequently can be really challenging for anyone who works out at the gym on a regular basis or has fine hair that “greases” up quicker. In the¬†summer time you are one hot day away from¬†your ‘do becoming¬†completely altered by sweat and oil!¬†That is why we advise clients to¬†use dry shampoo, but we always try to educate on the best practices and why you use it.
Our scalp is part of our dermal system and the follicles release oil (known as sebum) to lubricate the hair as it grows. We also sweat from our scalp which can double or triple the oil that gets onto the hair. Sebum¬†is our hair’s best leave-in conditioner but it can cause hair to become limp or weighted down. To battle this, the dry shampoo stops the oil transfer from the scalp to the hair and elongates the time between shampoos.
We carry several different dry shampoos here at Emerson Salon. Here we detail the benefits of each:
¬† ¬† ¬†Alterna Caviar Dry Shampoo is a powder based shampoo. We LOVE it! Its great for ALL hair types and the powder is so fine it feels like water when you apply it. It has anti-aging caviar extract in it and is very economical. If you use it every day, it may take a couple months to get through. It is very difficult to over use since you can see the powder. We recommend putting it above the ears, under your part line and through the nape. Use your fingers to evenly disperse it once applied. It is also Talc free which means it will not build up on your scalp or cause the hair follicle to become blocked.
TIP: To create more volume, try spray a flexible hairspray on the roots from below the section once the dry shampoo is applied.
¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Fresh Hair by Kevin Murphy is a spray based dry shampoo. This is great for fine to medium hair types as it is lighter than a powder based dry shampoo. They call it a “dry cleaning spray,” which is a great description as it removes oils and odor without water or detergents. It smells like a light baby powder.
¬† ¬† Light or Dark Tone Dry Shampoo by Moroccan Oil¬†is a tinted spray dry shampoo. If you are concerned that a dry shampoo may be seen in your hair when you move- you can opt for a tinted version like these. The light tone dry shampoo work best with medium to lighter blonds and the dark tone version works best with medium to dark haircolors. Just one or two spritzes in each area inside the hairstyle will do it!
The one downside of using dry shampoo is that the dirt and oil will build up at the scalp with the dry shampoo so it is important to cleanse it properly. Using a clarifier is NOT recommended as this type of shampoo has a higher ph and can strip the color you have been working so hard to protect. You can use a lower ph detox shampoo that works similarly in removing the buildup but will not suck the color out in the process. Removing this scalp buildup is very important as keeping your hair follicle unblocked is crucial to hair health and growth
¬†Maxi Wash by Kevin Murphy is a color safe detox shampoo that uses alpha hydroxy to exfoliate out oil, product and dirt buildup. ¬†It will not lift up the cuticle layer like a clarifying shampoo but will gently cleanse the scalp and hair. It is recommended to use this shampoo repeatedly until you get a nice thick, meringue type lather. If it doesn’t lather- rinse and repeat. You can follow this with your regular paraben and sulfate free conditioner- we recommend Hydrate.Me Rinse with moisturizing kakadu plum.¬†
Clear it Up by ColorProof is a color safe detox shampoo that uses baking soda, and vitamins C+ E. This shampoo is best used by leaving on for about 2 minutes once you get a thick lather. Its also great to use if you have hard water at home or swim in a chlorinated pool. ¬†You need to cleanse the hair of those contaminates because of the effects they can have on the condition, color and manageability of your hair. Follow with a paraben and sulfate free deep conditioner- we recommend Moisture Masque from ColorProof.
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
¬† ¬† Daily, a hairstylist may come in to contact with between 3
and 8 clients depending on the types of services rendered,
schedule and hours worked. Multiply that times 4-5 days a week 4 weeks a month and so on-
That is a lot of people! ¬†When you think about it-
being a hairstylist does not just require technical skill in haircutting, hair color formulation or techniques. It incorporates many facets and factors to becoming successful as a hairstylist.
The primary focus of teaching hairstylists in¬†cosmetology school is to learn safety and sanitation and to pass a State licensing board exam. Unfortunately, it is not always the place where the fine art and science of psychology is taught. Having a working understanding of how humans behave and think is key to your stylist executing a service that makes you happy. Its always best to put a little research into your new stylist to increase the likelihood of clicking with them. You don’t have to be best friends but relating well to one other is HIGHLY important.
PSYCHOLOGY: is the study of mind and behavior. It is an academic discipline and an applied science which seeks to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases. (Wikipedia)
Most stylists rely on instinct, their learned craft, their personality and the client when executing services. However, it is generally known that this takes time, experience and some trial and error to discover what is successful. That could take years. It is NOT easy. It isn’t a black and white process. You cannot memorize or robotically learn the subtle nuances of ¬†human behavior. However, with focus and dedication a stylist’s unique brand¬†of learned awareness and understanding can be cultivated.
EMPATHY: is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference (Wikipedia)
The #1 skill that cannot be taught to a hair stylist is the ability to have empathy for the client and their desires and needs. The second a stylist isn’t on the same page with their hair client that is when mistakes ¬†can happen through miscommunication, frustration and misunderstanding.
If you feel like your stylist doesn’t care- why give them your $? ¬†Its the old expression,”Put yourself in their shoes.” It seems easy but it’s harder than it seems- especially if the other person is the yin to your yang! ¬†How do¬†you know if a stylist cares about you and what you say? Simple: When you feel like they listened to you but also processed and heard what you said and WHY. This can be done by reflecting or repeating what you said back to you.
EFFECTIVE LISTENING¬†includes maintaining eye contact, being relaxed and attentive, keeping an open mind, try to picture what the speaker is saying, not interrupting or imposing a “fix,” asking clarifying questions. (forbes.com)
The next time you try out a new stylist- feel free to incorporate some of these items like a checklist.
Being in someone’s hair chair is a 2 way street and if you feel like your relationship is one-sided, the stylist isn’t executing what you ask for, isn’t listening and seems to be bored or annoyed with taking care of clients- it may be time to move on to someone who better suits your needs and personality.
Want to experiment with a new hair professional in Seattle who fits with your special needs?¬†
Peruse our stylist profiles and book with one automatically at Emersonsalon.com!
All of our stylists are independently run and have years of experience¬†in the field.
Where we believe it is¬†essential¬†to be
“For Style That Works!”
Friday, June 19th, 2015
This time of year is the PERFECT time to try a new haircut or hair color. Why? Because the sun can really show off your new look and amplified confidence!
Here we review some ways to take care of your hair in the heat of the season in addition to some new trends…..
Summer Hair Care:
¬† ¬† ¬†– Make sure you are getting regular trims. You can have your short to medium length hair cut every 5-8 weeks or your medium to long length hair every 8-12 weeks. This will prevent splits from occurring and causing breakage and loss of density and length.
–Use a UV inhibitor when you will be in the sun for longer than 20 min at a time. A good one to use is Moroccan Oil Original Treatment which will not build up on your hair, has anti-oxidants to prevent haircolor from fading and reconditions and moisturizes the hair.
– Make sure to protect¬†your hair before you go swimming in a pool or saltwater. Saltwater and chlorine are highly drying to the hair, can fade or alter haircolor and can also cause breakage+damage with prolonged exposure. A good method to protect your hair’s condition and color is to use a hair conditioner or Moroccan Oil on damp hair and wear a swim cap over it. It will act as a barrier to exposure to these conditions.
–Pre-Schedule regular color appointments.¬†The sun’s UV rays can fade your haircolor even if you are following recommended care and using¬†sulfate free shampoos, conditioners and styling products. So, plan for refreshing that shiny red haircolor or newly toned blond every 6-8 weeks so your hair always looks its best. Don’t take the chance that your stylist can take you when you need and pre-book your color refresh at the end of each service appointment.
SUMMER HAIR TRENDS:
Take a look at some great ways to cut, color and style your hair for summer below!
WOMEN’S¬†TRENDS: Beachy waves on long layered hair, “Lob” haircut, ¬†Long top pixie cut, Side swept bangs, balayage soft strip highlights that are 3 levels lighter than natural or pastelled
MEN’S TRENDS: Tight fade on the sides and long top for side parting (left below), ¬†disconnected clipper cut with heavy weightline (right below)
Or take a look at our Pinterest boards at:¬†https://www.pinterest.com/emerson_salon/
GET THAT NEW ‘DO!
Book with an independently run hairstylist at www.emersonsalon.com¬†so YOU can be on trend this summer-
…and on FLEEK!
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
The long awaited Mad Max movie is coming out! It is called Mad Max: Fury Road and takes Mad Max on a journey ¬†through the post-apocalyptic world with a band of women trying to escape a savage warlord. It stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Riley Keough and Zoe Kravitz. Performance artist and feminist, Eve Ensler, was brought on as consultant to make sure the George Miller based flick sincerely represented strong women in a major way.
At Emerson Salon, we are fans of post-apocalyptic looks and think there are some fun hair inspirations to try from the movie. Here we talk about the fierce females’ hair look that rock out this film with unique and gritty style.
Here is Zoe Kravitz’s bold haircut (see left.) It is not a typical “pixie cut” as the texture and almost non existent bangs are disconnected to create a shattered effect. ¬†The shape is still tapered and rounded to the head shape and is most likely achieved with slide cutting or razoring work. Her high cheekbones and long neck really help create a dramatically angular look and helps to add to her character work in the film.
¬† ¬† Next up is Riley Keough as “Capable.” Her hair is a beautiful shade of vibrant auburn and styled in a messy, frizzy wave. If you have longer hair you can french braid your hair on either side of the hair when half damp with beach texturizer and allow to air dry or blow dry to create undulating waves with ease. Then release and rough up with your fingers once the braids are removed.
To achieve this hair color can be a simple one step process at a professional colorist if you have light hair or medium naturally occuring blond. If you have dark hair it might¬†be necessary to lift or lighten the hair in order for the orange based color to show up vibrantly on your hair. Reds fade pretty quickly so make sure to review with your stylist how to best and maintain this high octane shade. We recommend using Color Proof or Moroccan Oil brand Shampoos and Conditioners. TIP: Less shampooing means less fadage so make sure to stock up on dry shampoo!
We are so excited for this movie! Check out the trailer and info below!
Find out more here:¬†http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392190
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
“I can never make my hair look like you do in the salon!”
¬† ¬† ¬†Its a very big compliment that people in our chair appreciate our work but we also want to help empower you to try out new things at home. You shouldn’t have to work too hard to spice up your style…..
We are here to give you some tips on how to best get easy-to-do styles at home……
When trying out new styles:
- Be patient with yourself. It takes time and practice to try new things!¬†
- Have some tools on hand: fine toothed comb, boar bristle brush, bobby pins, flexible hairspray and/or a sticky pomade
- For medium to longer hair: use a blowdryer with a concentrator nozzle to minimize frizz and a 1-2″ curling iron for curl, wave and movement.
- Always practice the style once before executing for an event. It takes a lot of the anxiety out of the whole process to have already tried and learned a couple things.
Part of feeling confident with your hair is knowing what it does best. Check out some of these tips for different hair types:
–If you have straight, medium to long length hair:¬†Braids can be a great way to create fun styles that make you look fresh and unique. Try this tutorial for getting the hair out of your face with a faux waterfall:¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBMiWAQQ1FI—-¬†or if you are feeling extra daring- try some of these easy retro styles:¬†http://www.thefashionspot.com/beauty/508461-retro-hair-tutorials/
– If you have shorter hair of any texture:¬†Try playing with a different side part or use a texture product. We highly recommend Night Rider by Kevin Murphy. Whether your hair is fine, medium, thick, straight, wavy or curly- this product can add texture and hold with ease. But be careful! It gets sticky quickly so we recommend trying to recreate a short haired style with a picture you like so you get it right the first time. Take a look at Kevin Murphy working with it himself:¬†http://kevinmurphy.com.au/video/night-rider/
–If you have wavy/curly medium to long length hair: We say embrace it! Having ¬†textured hair is special and you should show it off! Try using Moroccan Oil products to moisturize and bring out the best of your curl. Scrunch in the Original Treatment Oil on damp hair and diffuse or air dry. For some more volume and fun, use their Volumizing Mousse ¬†with a slow velocity blowdryer as you lift the roots to create body and soft, touchable volume. Or layer on a little iron curl on the ends to create more movement and definition. Coupled with a new side or middle part this effortless look can take you from day into night!
…..Or if you want someone to help teach you, one of our fabulous independent stylists is ready to assist you! Book with one today at www.emersonsalon.com.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
The music festival season is upon us! When the sun comes out, the desire to dance ¬†outside and listen to top acts strut their stuff means you have to have fun hair! (Duh!)
Here we review some of the looks we saw popping up at SXSW and Coachella recently as you prepare for Sasquatch and other fests…
The trendiest women’s hair colors are pastels this spring. Light Teal, slate gray and pale lilac (see right above) are all the rage and young women are calling off the hook at the salon for them! It is good ¬†for you to know, however,that in order to achieve these looks that there will be bleaching involved. Hair must be lifted to a pale white/yellow blond in order for any pastel to show up. Otherwise the remaining pigment in the hair will override the color you are trying to achieve (imagine trying to put pale blue on yellow/gold hair- yellow and blue makes green! no bueno!)
Bleaching the hair to this level ¬†of lightness can be extremely damaging to the hair and can be costly for you as a client. So, if you want to avoid hair breakage – you can always opt for a nice wig (see Kylie Jenner above) or try a colored hair powder or spray and set it with some flexible hairspray like AllAround by ColorProof so it will not rub off on clothes or friends you hug. These methods simply wash out in the shower with shampoo and water but be careful- if your hair is porous or damaged it could stain the hair a tad.
If you are just looking for some fun styles to try to wear at our own Capitol Hill Block Party (July 24-26) in Seattle, try some fun braids! You can do some beach waves with Hair Resort by Kevin.Murphy and take a small, reverse¬†french braid down the center part (left above) or try a loosened up french braid (right above.) ¬†Need some tips? Try watching this YouTube tutorial here.
Guys like to have fun with their festival hair too!
You could try what has been playfully coined,”The Lumbersexual Look,” (see left above) which is a very tight fade/clipper cut with a buzzed in part along the disconnection, longer hair on top (for parting and pompadour-ing) and a full beard that dramatically transitions in the sideburn area. Try using Night Rider or Super Goo by Kevin Murphy to help hold the coiffed style on top. Or you can try a clean and tight taper cut with a dreaded/messy top (see right above, Vic Mesa at Coachella.)
Bring your inner boho-chic out with these festival trends and make sure to hit up Emerson Salon for all your hair needs- our independent hairstylists are excited to work with you! Book with one directly today….