Articles from ‘In The Chair’

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Learn About The Barber Jason and Why He Got Into Doing Hair!

What’s it like doing hair on Capitol Hill? “It’s fun, it’s diverse, it’s always crazy- it’s always different…It’s just this really dense part of Seattle that’s full of every single kind of person you can imagine!”

Jason works upstairs alongside Larsen in what he and Larsen have deemed “The Barber Loft”. Cosmetology licensed and Barber trained. Since 2005, Jason has worked and studied in barbershops from Seattle to Atlanta. Honing the fine art of Men’s haircuts, beard maintenance and hot towel, straight razor shaves and gray blending.

As an independently run barber, Jason runs his own prices + calendar and works Wed thru Sat.

You can easily book online with Jason or contact him via text.

 

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Let’s Learn About Larsen!

Larsen is a trained Barber with a sharp wit and a laid back demeanor and he is a joy to work around! He works upstairs in what we playfully call,”The Barber Loft” and has been doing hair on Capitol Hill for a number of years. As an independently run barber, Larsen runs his own prices + calendar and works Wed thru Sat.

He specializes in short haircuts & tight fades that range in price in his chair from $25-50 dependent on work involved.

You can easily book online with him at emersonsalon.com/stylist/larsen  or contact him via phone or email.

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

We welcome Loma Conscientious Personal Care Products to Emerson Salon

 

Meet Emerson Salon’s newest haircare line addition: Loma Haircare. 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 “one of the last independently owned and operated brands in the professional beauty industry actually manufacturing 100% of its own products.”

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Loma believes in Renewable, Sustainable Beauty; containing naturally healing, organic ingredients and essential oil based fragrances that embrace this belief. “Loma pioneered and set the standard for the use of Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, the primary base for all Loma products.”

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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, “Pearatin Fortifying Repairative Serum”. It really is one of the stand-out products in the line, and it has since been re-named “Fortifying Repairative Tonic”. This product is phenomenal. It improves hair’s  elasticity, which eliminates breakage, improves the hair’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.  

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“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 Loma’s product lines consolidated, and their packaging changed, the ingredients remain the same. Loma now is a clearly defined line that’s in keeping with their organic heritage and Aloe Vera based products, and they’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!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Masterful Men’s Hair

Men’s hair needs to be versatile, as well as grow out attractively. Lately we have been seeing trends in short, medium and longer hairstyles for men. Here we detail the ways to ask for these haircut styles, and how long they generally can hold up for. Communicating your desires effectively with your stylist  is key to receiving not just a satisfactory haircut…but an excellent one!

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This is a very stylized haircut for men- but when it is worn with confidence, it can get many a look on the street. The sides and nape are clippered down to 1/8″, and blended into a disconnected top.  The barber or stylist needs to make sure the hair from the crown to the occipital bone is kept long, and to take time blending into the disconnection. Also, in order to emphasize the part line, it may be necessary to buzz the line to the skin. The top is left longer, and might need to be layered into the shorter blended hair around the temple or parietal area. Clipper over comb and shear work is essential to achieving a custom blend for the haircut and hairline. We love the product Night Rider by Kevin Murphy to style the pompadour look. This is a firm hold product, which will help to lay down the part. This look can last between 3-6 weeks.

 

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This is a great short to medium length look.  It utilizes clippers at the edges and ears, as well as shear over comb and layering work to taper the shorter parts into the top. Some stylists may add texture on top with shears, a razor or texturizing shears; depending on your hair type. If your hair is prone to frizz, request manual texturizing/carving/incising, which is with shears, to minimize unruly hair. A great product to use for this is Undressed by Kevin Murphy. It has light hold and a mild sheen to it, and will help emphasize the texture. This look can last between 4-7 weeks.

 

men2 THE WAVE

This is a great short into long look. Don’t worry- your hair doesn’t need to be wavy or curly to achieve it. We’re showing you that this style looks good on textured hair as well! Clippers are used to sharpen the very edges only, and shears are used to remove bulk and length from the sides. The top is longer yet cut to emphasize movement and texture. We like to use Easy Rider by Kevin Murphy, to moisturize the hair as well as control frizzies and to take too-much fullness. This look can last 5-8 weeks.

Need a new ‘do? Our independently run hair designers all work with men’s and shorter hair!

BOOK ONLINE WITH YOUR PREFERRED STYLIST 24hrs- 48 hrs in advance, at

www.emersonsalon.com

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Salon Confessional #2

It seems our salon fans love hearing about the inside scoop from stylists within our salon-

so we are doing another SALON CONFESSIONAL!

 

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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  (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?

  •  One of our stylists, Michael Simons has great insight on this with his over 20 years  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  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!

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!”