Articles from ‘D’Arcy’

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Award-Winning: Evening of Excellence

Nov 20, 2019 was a momentous day for Emerson Salon! Co-Owners Lancer Forney-McMahon and D’Arcy Harrison attended the Association of Washington Business‘ EVENING OF EXCELLENCE blacktie/formal event at Benaroya Hall.

Emerson Salon was nominated and became a finalist for the prestigious WASHINGTON ADVANCE Award. “Recognizing a business who has had a significant impact in their sector, contributing to the advancement of their community and/or statewide economy.”

We make a significant impact on our local economy by providing a safe space for LGTBQ+ and last winter, D’Arcy worked diligently with thousands of other cosmetologists to battle back around 8 state bills that would have harmed small business cosmetology.

We are so honored to be nominated and win this accolade! Running a small business is hard work and sometimes feels discouraging so we are humbled by this celebration of our ongoing work in our field.

Special Thanks Goes to:

AWB and Bob Battles (General Counsel), Ventures Non-Profit, Beto Yarce, Jennifer Crandall, Jennifer Hughes, Matt Buchan, Jeff Holm, Guy Garrison, Natasha Harrison, Bob Skogman, Bob Haig, Marcus Whitener, and Steve Showalter.

Stop on by to check out the beautiful glass award!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Celebrate US!

Has it REALLY been 5 years since Lancer and D’Arcy took over ownership of Emerson Salon? WOW!

Time sure flies when you’re having fun with hair! This unique location inside an old 1920’s auto row building on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA continues to host experienced small business hair pros who serve quality hair services to their happy hair clients. Our location is centrally located and serves a cozy yet quirky steampunk vibe with old bureau stations and fun purple accents. All of the service providers inside this location are empowered to run their business as they see fit- schedule, online booking, pricing and more!

Join us in celebrating OUR story:

 In 2008, Alex Garcia and Matt Buchan established Emerson Salon at 909 E. Pike St. in Seattle, WA. They made a huge impact as they pushed the concept that social media, an expert blog and stylist profiles as imperative to showcase a hair salon in this modern age. From 2008-2012 Lancer and D’Arcy worked as commission based employees and established clientele in the location as employees.

    In 2012, the business model was switched by previous owners to renting chairs to independent contractors. Within a small period of time, D’Arcy and Lancer guided colleagues through the process of becoming self employed cosmetologists. Additionally, they wanted to learn the right way to run a small business and attended a business development course through Washington Ventures non-profit organization. They continued advanced training through Peer Loan Group, marketing and financial management courses as well in their pursuit of legal and ethical business practices.  2012 until present, D’Arcy and Lancer have maintained self-employment as independently run booth rent cosmetologists who are highly regarded by the community and clients alike.

    In 2014, co-owners Lancer Forney MacMahon and D’Arcy Harrison took over the Emerson Salon location. With legal counsel assistance, they negotiated a new commercial lease with 4-N Associates as well as an extensive transfer agreement with previous owners of the DBA name, goodwill  and assets. B.Please LLC applied for, presented and was granted a “Business Builder” federally backed loan through Washington Ventures and the Small Business Administration. A  B.Please LLC partnership utilizes “Doing Business As” of Emerson Salon.

2014 and beyond: Emerson Salon co-owners (Lancer Forney MacMahon and D’Arcy Harrison) have a combined experience of over 35 years in the cosmetology industry. They are also female and/or LGBTQ and work daily to provide a safe space for everyone in the historically LGTBQ+ friendly Capitol Hill Area.  They also work onsite as cosmetologists themselves and ensure the business is presented professionally on a daily basis via a maintained salon space and online presence (website, connections social media, stylist booking, & blog .)

In Winter 2019, Emerson Salon’s D’Arcy Harrison assisted in killing 6-7 bills in the WA State Legislature aimed at eliminating booth rental and dramatically curtailing small business. Through her advocacy, testimony, marketing efforts and bill analysis she aided support of 1000’s of cosmetologists in WA State to continue to do business with hours & schedule flexibility while paying all licenses and appropriate taxes.

——– and that leads us to now ……September 2019 where Emerson Salon is now a FINALIST for an Association of Washington Business Excellence Award. The ceremony will be held at Benaroya Hall Nov 20. WISH US LUCK! We would love to share the fancy glass award with our community who has supported our success and longevity!! Thank You for all YOUR LOVE!

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Show Us The Hair at ISSE2018!

This past Jan 26-29 was the International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach, CA.  This event convenes thousands of cosmetology professionals from around the world and is produced by the Professional Beauty Association: “is a non-profit that exists to elevate, unify and serve the beauty industry and the professionals who improve people’s lives.”

Co- owners D’Arcy Harrison and Lancer Forney-McMahon attended 2 days each. Both of them attended classes and presentations to further their skills in haircuts and haircolor. The energy of having that many pros in one area was exciting and overwhelming! So much to do and see!

D’Arcy attended “The Art of Technical Haircutting” by FHI and “Painting Balayage,” with #balaylama Candy Shaw. D’Arcy was methodical in her shopping for new items to amp up her  client experience in the salon for D’Arcy Hair Design.  She walked around the expo hall checking out all the booths on Saturday and came back after class on Sunday to pick up some new tools. She opted for a Sutra Beauty Infrared Blowdryer- “With Sutra’s Ionic Infrared Blow Dryer, infrared heat coats the hair strand deep inside the hair cuticle, heating from the inside of the hair shaft out, while protecting the outer layer of hair. ” D’Arcy also purchased a Hot Tools Curl Bar that uses a curl timer and a digital temperature readout as well as offering a more ergonomic experience for the stylist. To learn more about D’Arcy and request an appointment with her, visit her Website!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lancer attended “The Art of Razor Cutting and Color Movement” Hands-On class taught by CoCre8 duo Christopher Dove and John Simpson, and has been using techniques learned in this class on many of his clients, with much success!  He also attended a lecture about alopecia given by Jared Reynolds, Biomolecular Chemist, creator and founder of Zenagen Haircare, and is currently testing the Revolve system on his husband, with visible hair regrowth success already! After much learning, some entertainment was in order, and D’Arcy and Lancer enjoyed watching Ted Gibson and his team having fun with models onstage. Ted Gibson is the man behind Angelina Jolie’s hair and numerous other celebrities we’ve all seen on just about every magazine cover!

Day Two for Lancer was all about Wellness. Hair Guy Lancer, P.L.L.C. intends to stay working behind the chair for as long as he wants to, and toward that end, actively takes ownership of his health and body. What a treat to be able to learn from not just hairdressers but other professionals who   understand that our job is very physical, and that ergonomics, nutrition, medication, and other forms of self-care are crucial to our longevity in our industry! First was Healthy Haircutting by Guinness World Hair Cutting record breaker ClipperGuy Ivan Zoot. Ivan taught Lancer how to stay healthy behind the chair, during breaks, and how to deal with height differences between client and stylist, among other things! Lancer already meditates along with practicing Lo Jong mind training through a local Sangha, so he attended a meditation session that was very different (and will stick to his current methods, thank you very much!) but it was good to have a meditative space at the Expo! Lancer already cooks all of the food for himself and his husband at home, but is always looking for food preparation hacks. “Healthy Snacks for Hungry People, by Katrina Goldberg did not disappoint! Katrina showed Lancer how prepping more garlic than you need gives you “savings” for later in the week, and also affirmed that when you have things prepped at home, you’re way more inclined to eat at home as well as to use everything you’ve invested your hard labor into! Last but not least was all about not wrecking your body by using better office furniture, stretching, etc. To learn more about Lancer and request an appointment with him, visit his Website!

Another fun aspect to a convention of this type is the opportunity to interact with exciting hair color, hair tools and product companies selling deals and demonstrating techniques and products. We enjoyed seeing companies we work with in the salon such as Moroccan Oil, Olaplex, Pulp Riot, Pravana, Hot Tools, BABE extensions and many more.

We even ran into Seattle salon owner colleague, Daniel Keane (seen with D’Arcy far left), who owns Serenza Salon & Spa in Burien. He used to educate for us when we used a former color line and it was a joy to see him doing his thing demonstrating tools.

Staying up on current trends, education and technical info is the sign of strong hair designers who care about providing top notch service and quality results.

Join us in the salon and see our honed expertise by booking 24/7 online with emersonsalon.com.

(To see more pics from #ISSE2018 go to: https://probeauty.smugmug.com/Events/ISSE-Long-Beach)

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, Chelsea, Lancer,  and Michael are Hair Designers: They do haircuts, haircolor, & balayage for everyone.
  5. Prices are established by and are individual to each stylist. 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 D’Arcy, Lancer, or Chelsea at emersonsalon.com to expedrience it for yourself! 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”

Book at www.emersonsalon.com

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