Articles from ‘Hair Ideas’

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Salon Confessional #1

Ok, ok!
………………WE CONFESS!!!………….
Emerson Salon is a salon without front desk receptionists!
(CLUTCH THE PEARLS)
¬†It’s OK! WE PROMISE! It totally is!
Salons are NOT all run the same, times are changing with new technologies and having receptionists is NOT the only way to provide quality service in a hair salon!
By the end of 2015, roughly over HALF of  salon businesses will be booth renter salons or stylists according to the Professional Consultants & Resources (PCR)) (see pie chart below. )
Having receptionists is an expensive luxury to have when  stylists can do most of the essential business functions themselves with a mobile device app,
laptop or smartphone for scheduling and payment. 
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  • Co-Owners of Emerson Salon (Lancer Forney and D’Arcy Harrison) chose not to have receptionists so each individual self employed stylist inside Emerson Salon can maximize their profitability and run their hair chair as they see fit (beyond general safety, sanitation, licensure, leasure and insurance obligations. ) They are trained, seasoned, screened professionals with the expertise to execute fantastic hair transformations while concurrently¬†doing¬†their own business tasks.

Appointment Time

  • Emerson Salon does offer easy online 24 hrs a day booking with your preferred stylist. Your stylist is in absolute control of their appointment calendar, its set up and communications.
  • PLEASE MAKE ONLINE APPOINTMENTS 12-24 HOURS IN ADVANCE.
Why is it better to book ahead?
Well, we are happy to share an inside scoop on our community of independent hair designers. ¬†ūüôā
Because all our stylists have ultimate control over their calendars and business and its very important to give them the space to customize their day. Doing hair is ultimately a business- one that is fun, exciting and ever changing with new trends and techniques but also requiring of time, care and expertise.
We cannot always guarantee same day availability.
If it is possible- we will do our best to help make a same day appointment happen but
that is entirely up to the discretion of the independent hair designer you wish to work with.
We understand life runs quickly….. but in the land of Hair-
Planning, Preparation and Patience are KEY for you to receive “Happy hair!”
We appreciate our WONDERFUL clients and aim to make sure every individual feels taken care of and listened to when they are with us inside Emerson Salon.
Come to us “For Style That Works”
by booking with
one of us online at www.emersonsalon.com 

 

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.¬†

 

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

What the heck is “Bronde?”

New hair looks get new names. Some ladies in our chair are still learning what balayage and ombre is-

balayage: hand painted highlights  ombre: lighter highlights concentrated on the ends

The newest terms that baffles potential clients minds are the terms “bronde” or “ecaille.”

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“BRONDE”

BRONDE means any soft balayage technique that blends a medium or dark brown base

into a medium/dark gold or warm/medium beige highlight.

The ‘Br’ is the brown and the ‘onde’ is the blonde. The contrast is moderate and tends to grow out very naturally for either black, dark brown or medium brown naturally colored hair. In the salon, we compare these colors to shades of coffee with its balanced, rich tones.

 This is a great technique to drop down a dramatic blond balayage or ombre to help add shine+ reflection to hair that is trashed  from too much bleaching or sun fadeage. The color will fill in the negative spaces and plump up the structure to help the hair to style and look better.

This look tends to slowly graduate the dark color from roots to the mid shaft and ends – creating a subtle ombre or “sombre” effect. The difference in contrast between the darker shade should ounly be 1-3 levels only.

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ECAILLE or “tortoise shell” combines a medium or dark brown base with soft ¬†strips of medium to light gold balayage highlights in the front and mid-shaft+ends.

The effect is different than bronde. The highlights can be closer to the scalp  and give an overall, defined, dimensional look. This look is great for naturally colored medium brown or ash colored hair. The base color can be bumped up a level and the highlights painted in after. The grow out is a little less soft than bronde and will require the highlights to be maintained every 10 weeks instead of the normal soft balayage growout of 12-14 weeks. The effect will only subtly ombre on the last couple inches of the hair.

Want to try one of these looks on after  a summer of faded haircolor?

Book with one of our independent stylists through their profile at www.emersonsalon.com

“For Style That Works!”

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!”

 

 

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Finalist in “BEST OF” Seattle Weekly

WOW! We cannot believe it! After almost a year of new ownership-

We are a finalist in the Seattle Weekly’s “BEST OF” reader poll! VOTE HERE!¬†salontour

PLEASE! Show us you #LoveEmerson and

Register and VOTE for Emerson Salon BEFORE JULY 26th

in the “HAIR SALON” category on the link below:

 

We have a lot of competition in the busy hub of Seattle so ….. feel free to vote and vote often!

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A¬†Community of Independently Run Hair Designers Who Are “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!

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Historic Trifecta 2015 Show

trifecta1trifecta This past weekend, most of our team (seen far right) attended a cosmetology show hosted and run by  distributor Salon Services.

The event was held at the wonderful Fremont Studios venue in Seattle for 2 whole days where hair designers from all over the Pacific Northwest were delighted by demonstrations in cut, color and style. The product companies that participated were Kevin Murphy, ColorProof, Keune, MoroccanOil, Green Circle Salons and the author of the book, “Psy-Cosmetology.”

The format was extremely interesting with Salon Services owners introducing and asking the CEO or Artistic Directors of each product company: What is the biggest challenge facing the salon industry now and in the future? and What is most important to you and your organization? Many said the diversion of salon products to internet and grocery stores is a huge challenge to professionals in the beauty industry. Our clients should be getting specific recommendations from us as professionals and purchasing with us in salon. At Emerson Salon, we try to carry brands that are rarely diverted and cost exactly the same if they buy it online or in salon.
trifectarosegold¬† ¬† ¬†The first company to show us some fabulous hair were some platform artists from Kevin Murphy. They are releasing their own color line called Color.Me in the US this coming September. They demonstrated some dimensional color effects on the model you see to the left¬†to execute some trendy Rose Gold haircolor with a cotton candy pink on the ends. Former NAHA winner, Tony Ricci also demonstrated some amazing editorial hair and even brought out a toy “Barbie” braider to create twisted braids in the hair (we do not recommend using this at home!.) One of the styles used colored scrap hair from the salon sprayed into cone shapes with Session Spray to make an elaborate “dinosaur” updo (see left below.) Another amazing style Tony did for us was using tight cornrows threaded with yak hair and then the sewing was cut to create a messy dread lock effect. (see right below)

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Next up was MoroccanOil’s team who showed us some amazing styles from THREE platform artists. This line uses a moisturizing argan nut dry oil as the key ingredient. They showed us some styles that could be easily achieved on clients as well as some extreme ¬†looks executed with extra wigs and bun donuts. (see below)

 

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Then we were treated to a color demonstration from the Holland based company Keune. One of Emerson Salon’s co-owners, D’Arcy, volunteered to assist George Alderete briefly onstage. Look below for proof of her foiling magic on the model! (see left below)

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And a highlight of the event was getting to learn from Phillip Wilson from ColorProof who used to work alongside Vidal Sassoon many years ago. He is an exciting and dynamic personality and had the entire room of over 900 hairstylists in stitches. Here, he demonstrates how to create a classic graduated bob using a 2 comb technique instead of traditional layering with fingers and comb. It was amazing to see a totally different approach to the chic style!

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One of the most exciting part of the events was at the end of the second day. One of the vendors had to unfortunately drop out and as a replacement….we were treated to a HISTORIC COLLABORATION between many of the artistic directors and platform artists on some more hair models. Some stylists even worked on the same model simultaneously (see below!) The Salon Services owners Sydney and George were overwhelmed with emotion to see these wonderful hair designers coming together to give the gathered stylists a once in a lifetime treat! Usually, these individuals would never get to cross the aisle to work with another hair designer contracted with a rival product company. It was exciting and awe inspiring to see these successful artists joining to present us with this priceless opportunity!

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Education is SO important to a hair designer staying inspired and on top of their game. We learned a lot at Trifecta 2015 by Salon Services and are excited to let these ideas propel our work with clients into the stratosphere!

Book with one of our independently run hair designers by choosing one from a profile and contacting them directly for an appointment!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Mad Maxxin’

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.

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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.

 

madmax2¬† ¬† 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 occurring 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 MoroccanOil 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

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Olaplex Revolution

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In the cosmetology profession it is very important to stay current not only on trends and new application techniques but new innovations in chemical technology. There is a new system that is making hair colorists go NUTS! Its called OLAPLEX.

The system was designed by organic chemists who wanted to “solve problems” and the biggest challenge facing the haircoloring industry is the issue of breakage. More and more, people are asking for trends that demand getting the hair lighter, faster and with less breakage.

This is where Olaplex comes in. Hair is keratin proteins that are made up of disulfide bonds. These bonds are linked together and can get broken down during a lightening or haircoloring service. This system helps mend those bonds as they are broken so hair can accept more extreme changes with less likelihood of breakage. Its important to understand that it doesn’t guarantee against breakage but minimizes its probability.

Famous colorists from Tracy Cunningham, Guy Tang, Sally Hershberger and many others have been experimenting with the 3 step system and are loving the results.¬†One of our owners, D’Arcy Harrison, picked some up to try and was impressed with the results.

Kristen had Natural Level 5 hair and wanted to try the new extreme color ombre trend. In order to achieve the look she asked for it required lifting the hair over 3 levels through some very orange and gold stages. The goal was to get her hair to level 10 and 11 so the semi-permanent blue/violet and silver would show up appropriately.

NOTE: Whenever the hair is lightened or darkened 3 levels or more this is called “COLOR CORRECTIVE WORK.” Special care and expertise is required in order to achieve predictable results. Additionally, the service can cost more because of extra time and product used due to its corrective nature.

D’Arcy combined the It&lyHairfashion Easily Blond Bleach and 40 vol with the No. 1 Olaplex Bond Multiplier. She then applied the bleach in a feathered balayage technique and put Kristen under heat for 10 min.

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D’Arcy was amazed! The hair on the ends was a level 10 and the midshaft was a level 7/8. So D’Arcy mixed up some more bleach and olaplex and applied to the darker areas and let process for another 20 min. at air temperature. Then the hair was rinsed and the No.2 Bond Perfector was added at the shampoo bowl for 5-10min. The hair was then roughly dried and the Pravana Vivids Blue and Violet were applied to the midshaft with Silver with a dash of Blue blended into the ends. Kristen was put under a medium heat dryer to drive in the semipermanent in order to make it last longer. The entire service was over 3 hours long. There is a No.3 to the Olaplex system for at home care following the service but Kristen opted for some MoroccanOil Hydrating Shampoo, Hydrating Conditioner, and Weightless Hydrating Mask as the argan oil moisture helps hair stay flexible and not brittle.

Kristen did suffer some breakage on the last 2 inches of her hair ¬†(it was coiling and turning gummy) so D’Arcy did some strategic cutting and carving to eliminate the damage from the hair once dried and styled. But what is important is the hair got lighter faster, with less breakage and with more even results.

We will continue to keep experimenting in the salon with it as its very important to understand how to work with new products before using them on paying clients. If an individual indepependently run stylist  at Emerson Salon chooses to add this as an amenity it could be an add-on charge to any coloring service.

Want Olaplex at Emerson Salon? Tell us via our Twitter or Facebook pages!

Twitter: www.twitter.com/emersonsalon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmersonSalon

 

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Pro’s and Cons Of Pastel Hair

 

We have seen such a surge in requests for pastel hair color lately! With mainstream celebrities like Nicole¬†Richie, Julianne Hough, Hilary Duff, Katy Perry, Cara Delevigne and others trying on the trendy look – its hard to resist diving in too! Here we detail the fun AND¬†the reality of going for a super light fun shade like seen below……….

 

 

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PRO’s of Pastel Hair

You are “ON FLEEK!” Be part of a current trend and the envy of your friends!

Its non committal! Have fun with different pastel shades when you feel like something different once it fades. Or you can play with hair chalk or sprays to try on a pastel hue for a night!

Spring/Summer are a great time to show off this color change because pastels reflect sunlight beautifully!

CON’s of¬†Pastel Hair

Most hair needs to bleached first to super light/white blond in order for a pastel to show up properly.¬†Darker shades and previously colored hair will need to be bleached significantly to get to a blond without orange or gold in it. This can cause damage and makes it difficult to guarantee how long a pastel will last. The more damage incurred the quicker a pastel may fade because of the hairs’ porosity. We recommend prepping your hair 1-2 weeks before bleaching with deep conditioning treatments as well as following a bleach and tone service. We love the Deep Quench Moisture Masque by ColorProof-it can rehab the most damaged hair and is also vegan and gluten free.

It is important to know that any pastel cannot be guaranteed how long it will stay in the hair. Pastels are usually a semi permanent which stains the cuticle layer of the hair and washes out every time it is rinsed or shampooed.   There is also a lot less pigment deposit in a pastel than a fully concentrated color.

-Listen intently to your colorist.¬†Your stylist can recommend ways to keep the color looking fresh. Schedule regular color refresh appointments so you never look dull or lackluster¬†Most people with vibrant color avoid shampooing their hair as much as possible by using dry shampoo in between washing. We love Alterna Caviar’s Powder Dry Shampoo. At Emerson Salon, a colorist can design a custom color formulated conditioner by EVO Fabuloso Pro to help increase the longevity of a pastel.

Your haircolor is an investment.¬†Getting a pastel haircolor can be expensive to get and expensive to maintain. Be prepared that the service isn’t the only place where your dollars are involved. Appropriate shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioning and leave-in products will be essential to maintaining your fun, new haircolor as well as its health.

Sunlight is your haircolor’s enemy.¬†The summer UV rays will eat through your pastel haircolor so protect it with a UV protectant like Moroccan Oil. It also moisturizes the hair and protects from heat styling so it is your GO TO PRODUCT to keep your hair looking and feeling good after receiving a pastel with bleaching and toning.

Hopefully we have prepared you for the true nature of getting that AWESOME new pastel hair you’re dying for and we will see you in the chair! Book with an Emerson Stylist by contacting one directly TODAY!