Articles from ‘Hair Tips’

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The Kevin Murphy Experience


THE KEVIN MURPHY EXPERIENCE

From time to time, we have an opportunity to have educators from our favorite brands give us some inspiring styling tutorials and advice. This week, Sara (an educator for Kevin Murphy International kevinmurphy.com.au) came in from Austin, TX to help us strengthen our finishing skills with Kevin Murphy products. The Kevin Murphy range is based on skincare and has high performance results.

Our model,Kenna, has longer, fine slightly wavy hair. D’Arcy prepped her by detoxing her hair twice with Maxi.Wash (an alpha hydroxy ¬†detox shampoo- not a clarifier) and followed it with Angel.Wash and Angel.Masque.

 

After a quick towel dry ballerina bun, Sara applied Leave.In Repair. Then she used Body.Mass on all the roots to assist in plumping and lift at the base. To enhance movement to the hair, she added Motion.Lotion and dried on a high heat low speed setting and kept squeezing the hair until 85% dry

To finish, Sara sprayed Bedroom.Hair that helps with some hold as well as aiding in keeping the hair fluffy and full.

Sara then moved on to create a second look on Kenna. She used a 2.25″ clipless curling iron to create soft bend to large sections of hair. The key tip was not to wrap the hair completely but only in 1.5 rotations and continuing the rolling action (back and forth) for up ¬†to 30 seconds. She then finished with quick shots of Doo.Over to help emphasize the softness of the look.

 

Our second model, Karen, has naturally wavy, frizzy hair. Sara prepped her with Smooth Again Wash and Rinse to help lay down the cuticle to eliminate frizz. Then she applied AntiGravity all over and then a tad of Motion Lotion on the ends. She then used small clips to prop up the roots towards the top and then used applied the Texture Net over the entire head. She then placed Karen under a Medium Heat hood dryer for 20 min. Voila! Controlled texture with no frizz.

See the result below!

 

 

 

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Friday, July 7th, 2017

Curly Hair Got You Down?

Here’s a Great Tip- If your curls are limp and not bouncing with joy, a clarifying treatment will perk them right up.
I have curly hair also, and most of my life has been spent fighting it instead of trying to understand and work with it. I use Kevin Murphy’s Maxi Wash exfoliating shampoo once a week to get the product out and give my curls a fresh canvas to work on- it does make a noticeable difference!
Great Styling Tips:
 After shampooing and conditioning your hair, leave your hair extremely wet, and apply a leave-in conditioner to soften any hard hold product you might be using in your hair.
  • Apply any styling product to your hair. *If using more than one, be sure to thoroughly apply one product before applying another, unless you can easily cocktail them in your hands (some products separate when trying this.)
  • Don’t skimp- apply ALOT of product to your hair. Make sure to apply your hair product to your hands as if you’re applying lotion to them- get the product through, behind, and around all of your fingers, because curly hair is 360 degrees- your product application ought to be too!
  • Using a very wide toothed comb, comb the product upwards into your hair for added height. *Don’t over-comb, as this will interrupt your natural curl.
  • If your hair is flat on top, and you’d like to add height, clip curly hair sections at the root before blow drying.
  • Speaking of blow drying, ALWAYS use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer when drying curly hair textures. They make great ones now, and most consumer diffusers are universal.

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Fast, Fantastic Style

 

 

Who has time to spend over 30 min on their hair? Not many people! We’re always running off to work and sometimes to meet friends afterwards, which makes hours-long glam impossible! Here are some quick tips for getting a 1-2-3 ¬†step style!

menscut8For men, the types of cuts pictured 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.

shortIf you have short to a longer pixie cut, you can play with different finishes and texture for variety.

MoroccanOil’s Texture Paste and Kevin Murphy‘s Bedroom.Hair are both great products for adding¬†definition, texture and medium hold. It can be very helpful for holding a swoop bang like in the picture to the right.

-For a sleeker look, try Molding Cream by MoroccanOil. The argan oil in it is conditioning and helps create some of the slicked back looks that are so popular on the runways.

 

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If you have medium to long length hair, try creating a soft beachy texture.

-Try Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray (fine hair) or Hair Resort gel (medium to thick hair) to your dry hair from mid-shafts to ends. These products create hold with minimal effort.

-Blow dry into damp hair using a slow speed, medium heat dryer. Use a curling iron and wind the hair around the curling iron (2″-3″ diameter) in alternating directions, taking 2- 3 rotations. ¬†This creates movement and slight volume. Or, curl all pieces away from the face to create soft waves. ¬†Make sure not to curl the last 1-2″ of the ends for a tousled look, and do not use the clip on the curling iron.

Once the hair is curled and cooled completely (17-20 minutes ideally), 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, from ¬†12″ away from your hair to hold the curl and protect it from humidity.

Once you have done this a few times, you will become quick like QUICKSILVER! Going from day into night should be simple and almost effortless…

No one’s got time for being a Diva ’bout their hair! You can also book a quick styling session with one of our independent stylists online! Our¬†profiles are on emersonsalon.com so you can make a choice and book your appointment through our booking links provided.

 

 

 

Friday, May 19th, 2017

What the Trend?! Summer 2017

Now is the time of year in Seattle where the rainy days arrive less frequently, the leaves come out and people smile a little brighter!

With the likelihood of hairstyles being ruined by precipitation decreasing- its time to think about fun haircuts and hairstyles that are simple but also,  on trend.

 Longer Hair 

Above are a set of medium to long length haircuts and hairstyles from some of the runways-gone are the heavily layered hairstyles and razored textures and gaining popularity are the “casually done” looks. The basic haircut to most of these styles is hair length no more than the middle or top of the shoulder blades with soft, blended texture on the ends to emphasize movement. Framing the face by the cheekbones is out and the longer contouring of the hair by the collarbone is in. These hairstyles mix and match 4 types of styles: 1) wet, slick look 2) controlled volume 3) soft waves and 4) messy braids. Middle and deep parts are still heavily used with a little root lift to remove flatness. Looking to recreate these style?

Recommended Tools: A large wave hot iron, a flat iron, a fine toothed comb, a wide toothed comb, and bobby pins.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Young.Again with immortelle oil for shine and moisture. Kevin Murphy Doo.Over to help emphasize messy braids in finer hair with backcombing. MoroccanOil Strong Hold Hairspray for style hold.

Medium Length

Bobs and “lobs” are also very chic and are quicker and easier to style during the hotter months. Again, heavily layered shapes are out and blended, shattered texture on the ends of the general shapes is showing up on students, hipsters and mature professionals alike. Some chose to leave the front long and some opt for a rounded, Brigitte Bardot style fringe that creates blended wisps by the face.

Recommended Tools:  A tapered, clipless curling iron and a wide toothed comb.

Recommended Products:  Kevin Murphy Body Builder and/or MoroccanOil Beach Wave Mousse.

Textured Hair

For natural, textured hair allowing your wave and curl to be emphasized with height a high ponytail can be made into a fun, casual updo in seconds. Gone are the days of stick straight hair with a flatiron! Show off your true self by emphasizing how your hair WANTS to be.

Recommended Tools: Wide toothed comb, bobby pins, boar bristle brush and a large, fabric covered and strong elastic.

Recommended Products: MoroccanOil Original Treatment, Kevin Murphy Killer Curls, and Kevin Murphy Session Spray.

Short Hair- Feminine

This year, many female identifying individuals are daring to go short! Both versions emphasize fullness and movement and emphasize bone structure and elongate and enhance the perception of the neck and d√©collet√©. It’s not just flat short Mia Farrow pixie cuts anymore!

Recommended Tools: Blow dryer and diffuser.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Hair Resort and MoroccanOil Root Boost.

Short Hair – Masculine

For male identifying peeps, the spring/summer looks are trending towards more classic shapes and styling.  Deep side parts and combed in looks are defining everyday and formal looks for the gentlemen.

Recommended Tools: Fine toothed comb.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Super.Goo (strong hold) or Free.Hold (mild, grooming creme.)

For a more modern look, quiffs are being paired with tapered layers on the side or an extreme bald fade with clippers.

Recommended Tools: Fine Toothed Comb.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Night.Rider (matte wax texturizer- strong hold) or Reuzel Red pomade (high sheen, heavy hold).

Looking to freshen up and revamp your look for the new season?

Book a haircut appointment with one of our fun, exciting professionals by selecting one from their profile and booking with them online 24-48 hrs in advance!

Go to Emersonsalon.com and Select the “Stylists” circle.

HURRY before all the good spots are taken because right now EVERYONE is looking to get their hair done!

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Get To Know Hair Designer Esther!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Hair Resolutions 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!

heattoolsMake a resolution to be smarter when using your heat tools: 

-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 MoroccanOil’s 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.

trimDedicate yourself to regular hair trims, color refreshes, and deep conditioning.

-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 MoroccanOil’s 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.

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mo -Stylists work with many, many heads of hair a day and know which products will work best for your hair type and styling regimen. So listen and learn!

-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 hair’s 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

5 Beautiful Long Hair Ideas

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!

  • longhairColor: 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 MoroccanOil’s 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.

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  • 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 MoroccanOil Medium Hold Hairspray..and go!
  • longhair3Color:¬†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.

 

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  • Color: This is an all over color in translucent medium dark brown with neutral to ash tones.
  • Styling this: Blow dry from damp with a large round brush using MoroccanOil 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!

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  • 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.

……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

Why Should I Use Dry Shampoo?

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 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.

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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:

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     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.¬†

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 Kevin Murhpy’s Hydrate.Me Rinse with moisturizing kakadu plum.¬†

 

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Mind-Hair Connection

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    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.

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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)

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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

Sizzlin’ Summer Hair

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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:

     РMake 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 MoroccanOil’s 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 MoroccanOil 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

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MEN’S TRENDS: Tight fade on the sides and long top for side parting (left below), ¬†disconnected clipper cut with heavy weightline (right below)

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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!