Articles from ‘D’Arcy’

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Direct Dye Dilemmas

 

We’ve had an upsurge of clients coming in with trendy, vibrant hair colors in their hair, and wanting to remove them. The vibrant colors (like those in the image below) are direct dyes. It is not as easy as just applying one step and getting what you want (unfortunately we can do great things with hair -but there are limits.) The problem with semi permanents like these is they are not guaranteed to last for longer than 10 shampoos and may be less with pastel hues or on bleach damaged or compromised hair. Ironically, if you want to remove them they can be a real bother!

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Direct dyes do not require oxidation or developer for the color to stain the hair. In areas where the hair is¬†more porous, this type of color will show greater intensity. Caution must be exercised when utilizing a semi-permanent haircolor on porous hair; it can stain the hair¬†permanently.”¬†(From the American Board of Certified Colorists haircolorist.com)

 

Sometimes, using strong bleaches will make the direct dye go further into the hair shaft and lodge even more stubbornly inside the hair. There are ways to strategically fade or remove the direct dye but having it professionally done is COLOR CORRECTIVE.

(Color correction work includes working with removing artificial pigment, coloring hair with previous color history, or deepening or lightening more than 3 levels. )

There is NO GUARANTEE in removing direct dyes. It may take multiple sessions to achieve- it may even not be possible to completely remove without cutting it out. If its a blue, green, or teal-like hue, it can be VERY difficult to remove.  

If you want to help the fade along you can do the following:

  • Use dish or liquid ¬†laundry detergent with harsh sulfates to aggressively emulsify out the color
  • ¬†Add 50o mg of crushed Vitamin C and/or Baking Soda to your professional level sulfate free shampoo (leave on for 45 minutes and rinse+condition)
  • Soak your hair in bath salts for 40 minutes then shampoo and condition

If you are asking a stylist to remove it, we recommend asking for a mild bleach+ clarifying shampoo with Olaplex treatment at the shampoo bowl. That way you are removing the color mildly, with a little insurance against breakage. This can remove some of the color and then the remainder can be bleached out once 90% faded.

****If the above methods do not work****

-Take a break, and deep condition your hair twice a week before attempting to remove it again.

And remember…we may be able to do magic with haircolor, but we have no magic wand for every hair situation!

Hairstylists do their absolute best to counsel you on the risks of certain services as well as trying to make you happy…

Have more questions?

Book a color consultation with one of our independent hair designers at www.emersonsalon.com today!

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.

 

 

 

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

How Do I Book With An Independent Stylist?

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 We are a community of independent hair designers. 

This means that YOU have a unique opportunity to learn about each professional through their profile before booking an appointment so you can schedule DIRECTLY with your chosen stylist!

New to booking with us? ¬†Here’s the Lowdown…

  1. Our Independent Hair Professionals include Stylists and Barbers.
  2. Each professional who runs their business inside Emerson Salon has a profile on this website that has contact information, online booking link, bio and more.
  3. To see their profiles, click HERE>>
  4. D’Arcy, Esther, Lancer, ¬†and Michael are Hair Designers: They¬†do haircuts, haircolor, & balayage for everyone.
  5.  Jason and Larsen are Barbers: They specialize in cutting short to medium length hair. Styling is usually not an option with barbers.
  6. Prices are established by and are individual to each stylist/barber. Prices may also vary by the amount of and type of work involved and your hair length/density/history.

 

Co-Owners of Emerson Salon: Lancer Forney-McMahon &¬†D’Arcy Harrison (of B. Please LLC).¬†Feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns at b.please.llc@gmail.com

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

We Love Color.Me!

colormeimage   In the cosmetology industry, it is important to stay knowledgeable on new technologies in hair color and hair products because innovations in ingredients and trends are ever-changing. To that end, Emerson Salon colorists have started to encounter more and more people with sensitivities and allergies to ammonia and PPD and have wanted to broach this issue for our clienteles.

What is PPD? Phenylenediamine (or PPD) is an organic compound used in hair dyes, as well as in rubber chemicals, textile dyes and pigments. Manufacturers like it because it has a low relative toxicity level, high temperature stability, and chemical and electrical resistance. In other words, it helps the new color stay on your hair despite numerous washings, dryings, and stylings. (from http://www.annmariegianni.com/)

Why is PPD “bad?”¬†The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) notes the following:

-PPD is potentially capable of causing multiple toxic effects following skin contact.

-Data from studies of both humans and animals are sufficient to demonstrate that PPD has potent skin-sensitizing properties.

-Several cases of contact dermatitis have been reported following occupational exposure to dyes containing the chemical.

-Studies have also identified the chemical as the third most common ingredient, after fragrances and preservatives, that can cause contact dermatitis from cosmetics (mainly skin-care products, hair preparations and colorants, and facial makeup products).

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We listened and have taken on the NEW color line Color.Me Kevin Murphy that is PPD FREE, Ammonia Free, Cruelty free and the ONLY PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) approved hair color line. We are so excited! If you look at the image to the left- you will see a color that prematurely faded on resistant grey hair with ammonia based permanent hair color. Then, observe the after as well as the ZERO fadeage after 3 weeks. WOW! What a difference! Check out more before and afters below!

 

 

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Here is some more information on its features+ ingredients:

  1. Color. Me is a performance driven line which means it is highly predictable and has minimal fade-age.
  2. It has a wonderful rose tea fragrance and barely any chemical smell at all because it is an MEA ammonia derivative and not actual ammonia.
  3. It causes next to no skin irritation and does not stain like ammonia based hair color.
  4.  It contains: shea butter, pomengranate, aloe vera, grapeseed oil, panthenol, almond oil (those with allergies to nuts may be sensitive,) coconut oil and most importantly, HONEY!
  5. The haircolor will never spoil or expire because of the sugars contained in the honey base.
  6. The line is designed for custom formulation and can be made semi, demi or permanent based on the artistic choices of the colorist as well as the desires of the client.
  7.  Has 3 types of bleaches: cream/oil based, ammonia based and non-ammonia lighteners give the professional the control to determine how much damage and lift is incurred on the hair.

  Want to have Color. Me by Kevin Murphy haircolor for your next all over color or balayage?

Book with Jason, D’Arcy, Lancer, or Esther on emersonsalon.com as they are loving the results as they continue to work with it and are delighted to try it on you! Read the rest of this entry

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Salon Retreat

Mentor and former salon owner Matt Buchan recommended a Partners Retreat for co-owners D’Arcy and Lancer. The point was to “to cover whatever things you feel need to be covered, especially long term stuff that can easily get missed in the day to day grind.”

What a great idea! Now how to execute? Having never attended a business retreat before, let alone organized one, there was much research to be done (Lancer’s forte), and some negotiations to have happen beforehand.

We rented out a room at Impact Hub Seattle, because we wanted to stay local and limit our retreat time to 5 hours. We started out by examining the history and milestones of Emerson Salon. Lancer has been working in the 909 E Pike salon location since 2006- before it became Emerson Salon. D’Arcy came on board shortly afterward, in 2008. Much was shared and learned, and food was to be had! Lunch and snacks were catered in by Specialty’s Seattle. The experience was great! We had so much food, and our luncheon arrived on time, with great packaging. It also included an activity- a word search, which D’Arcy finished first!

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We then walked around Occidental Park and played foosball- a real treat for us. Usually our lunches occur between clients and we’ve got 20 minutes to eat, then get back to business.

After we finished all of our agenda items (including adding another one to the list), we needed some quiet time. 15 minutes to be exact, of silence, at the Waterfall Garden park in Pioneer Square. Ahhh, silence! Another luxury we don’t often get in our line of business.

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We finished our retreat early. Here are the outcomes:

  • We discussed our lease in the building, and we’re happy to say that we’ll be renewing our salon location lease for another 3 years.
  • We went over our Partnership Agreement- you know that document you draft up at the beginning of a business relationship and usually never look at again? Contracts do need tending to, if one uses them in one’s business (which we do!)
  • We also mapped out the transferring of the retail and supplies from Hair Guy Lancer back into the salon. Lancer’s been running the retail and supplies business along with his own service business since 2012, and co-owning and operating Emerson Salon with D’Arcy since 2014, and is happy to now have the opportunity to transfer these assets back into the salon business entity (and also have D’Arcy’s assistance with these tasks.) When this has transacted, you will notice a business name change on your Square receipts!

You’re all stuck with us for at least another 3 years!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Come Visit Us…”That Purple Place”

When You Walk Down E. Pike St…… You Might Find Us….

…”That Purple Place on Capitol Hill” where the stylists are silly….but take your hair SERIOUSLY!

Book at www.emersonsalon.com

Come Back…. Againsies…..

Video by Larsen the Barber!

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.

 

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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, 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!

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!

Monday, August 31st, 2015

We Love Kevin.Murphy Products!

I asked the stylists which products they liked to work with the best and why, and Kevin.Murphy Hair Products are everyone’s favorite at Emerson Salon!

Here’s the specifics:

Esther: ‚ÄúI love Night.Rider because it gives the perfect matte finish with great hold on all hair types, and a little goes a long way. It works great for women’s pixies too!‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúI really love the new line as well; specifically the Plumping Line‚ÄĚ [Plumping Wash, Plumping Rinse, and Body Mass]. ‚ÄėThey smell like heaven.‚Äô‚ÄĚ

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D‚ÄôArcy: ‚ÄúThe Anti. Gravity, Angel Series [Angel.Wash and Angel.Rinse], and Body.Mass are the best products for finer hair that I‚Äôve ever worked with. They‚Äôre light, and do not weigh the hair down; also, they have amazing smells and contain natural ingredients. Night.Rider is great because it works for all the new tight fades the guys get these days, and it creates hold and texture for all hair types.‚ÄĚ

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Jason: ‚ÄúSo far, I am loving Night.Rider, Free.Hold, and the Stimulate.Me thickening shampoo and conditioner.‚ÄĚ