Articles from ‘Seattle Hair Salons’

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!

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!

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 

 

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.

tortoiseshell“ECAILLE”

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!”

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

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Hairstyle Hacks for Home

diy Our clients tell us constantly,

I can never make my hair look like you do in the salon!”

¬† ¬† ¬†Its a very big compliment that people in our chair appreciate our work but we also want to help empower you to try out new things at home. You shouldn’t have to work too hard to spice up your style…..

We are here to give you some tips on how to best get easy-to-do styles at home……

 

When trying out new styles:

  • Be patient with yourself. It takes time and practice to try new things!¬†
  • Have some tools on hand: fine toothed comb, boar bristle brush, bobby pins, flexible hairspray and/or a sticky pomade
  • For medium to longer hair: use a blowdryer with a concentrator nozzle to minimize frizz and a 1-2″ curling iron for curl, wave and movement.
  • Always practice the style once before executing for an event. It takes a lot of the anxiety out of the whole process to have already tried and learned a couple things.

Part of feeling confident with your hair is knowing what it does best. Check out some of these tips for different hair types:

If you have straight, medium to long length hair:¬†Braids can be a great way to create fun styles that make you look fresh and unique. Try this tutorial for getting the hair out of your face with a faux waterfall:¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBMiWAQQ1FI—-¬†or if you are feeling extra daring- try some of these easy retro styles:¬†http://www.thefashionspot.com/beauty/508461-retro-hair-tutorials/

If you have shorter hair of any texture: Try playing with a different side part or use a texture product. We highly recommend Night Rider by Kevin Murphy. Whether your hair is fine, medium, thick, straight, wavy or curly- this product can add texture and hold with ease. But be careful! It gets sticky quickly so we recommend trying to recreate a short haired style with a picture you like so you get it right the first time. Take a look at Kevin Murphy working with it himself: http://kevinmurphy.com.au/video/night-rider/

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If you have wavy/curly medium to long length hair: We say embrace it! Having  textured hair is special and you should show it off! Try using Moroccan Oil products to moisturize and bring out the best of your curl. Scrunch in the Original Treatment Oil on damp hair and diffuse or air dry. For some more volume and fun, use their Volumizing Mousse  with a slow velocity blowdryer as you lift the roots to create body and soft, touchable volume. Or layer on a little iron curl on the ends to create more movement and definition. Coupled with a new side or middle part this effortless look can take you from day into night!

…..Or if you want someone to help teach you, one of our fabulous independent stylists is ready to assist you! Book with one today at www.emersonsalon.com.

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Top 10: Things Hairstylists Want You to Know

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  • A trim is NOT just a trim when it comes to price: ¬† ¬†“Price isn’t based on how much is taken off, but how much is left on.” Unless you are getting a brief neck or bang trim that is a quick 5 minute touch up- there is no cost difference related to how much hair is being cut off. Stylists generally price their services based on the amount of shampoo, conditioner, styling product and time is necessary to execute a full service. ¬†Some stylists spend ¬†years learning advanced techniques, take time outside of work expanding their skills, marketing themselves and staying up on current trends and techniques. So understand that pricing is not always about your head of hair. It is possible that a stylist will knock off a little $ if you come in with your hair clean and freshly washed but that is always up to the discretion of the stylist.

 

  • Research your new stylist and make an appointment MORE THAN 48 hrs in ADVANCE: ¬†¬†It is generally a good idea to try and find out a specific stylists’ specialties, schedule, pricing, years of experience and reviews before booking. This helps to align you with someone who has the best possible scenario to make you happy. Also, if you are looking for an extensive service like a smoothing treatment or haircolor it is best to schedule ahead of time. These services require 2 hours or more to execute and salons may not be able to accommodate you if you walk in wanting the service on the spot.

 

Sticky note on calendarEvenings and Saturdays are the highest demand time slots.¬† If you already know you are only able to schedule at specific times- make sure to request the time far enough in advance. Its first come first serve when it comes to slotting in clients on a schedule. Don’t Snooze So You Don’t Lose that Prime Appointment Slot! It never hurts to book well in advance.

 

 

  • Take a Picture of that Last Cut That You Loved:¬† Stylists see many, many different people in their chair. Its easy to write down a color formula but trying to remember the haircut we gave you the time before last can be challenging. So, keep a record of your favorite haircuts by us on your phone! We love recreating something that worked well for you.

 

  • A Stylist’s #1 Goal is to Make You Happy!¬†¬†Stylists are¬†the ultimate people-pleasers. When you are unhappy, we sometimes beat ourselves up over it for weeks. Most hair professionals will not “mess up on purpose,” as that is no way to build a career. Sometimes, stuff happens and we will move heaven and earth to make sure you are content. We form relationships with clients and care deeply about your satisfaction and well being. So, listen to us when we tell you your hair will possibly break off from bleach damage. Take the product recommendations that will best assist your hair’s health and color. Or, listen to your stylist about how that haircolor would be best if it was slightly adjusted for your coloring. We trained extensively to understand how colors and cuts look on different face shapes, hair types and skin tones¬†and can guide you towards something that ultimately works best for you, your style and budget.

 

tipemTipping should be¬†between 15-25% of the service:¬† Your hair professional makes you look and feel fabulous! So reward them with a gratuity so they know you appreciate them. Conducting the service itself has cost factors involved: Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling Product, and/or Bleach/Haircolor and most stylists have to provide their own health insurance as well. Not all of the $ from the service goes into the stylist’s pocket. Also, consider the toll on the stylist it is to be on their feet all day. Make sure they can make a living wage from hairstyling by making sure they know you appreciate them beyond a compliment on their work. We aren’t in it exclusively for the money- we are passionate about hair but being able to make rent in a pricey urban area sure is nice!

 

  • If you are beyond 15 minutes late, it is our right to alter or to reschedule your appointment:¬† Successful stylists manage their time like organized officianados. Clients are booked to the minute and if the time left is not sufficient to conduct the service the stylist may ask to reschedule or to eliminate one of the services you booked for that time (do the cut instead of cut and color.) You don’t want the stylist to rush your service and risk making you unhappy in the process. In addition, asking your stylist to be late with their next client could cause them to lose said client and mess up the entire day’s schedule of services.

 

  • Avoid cancelling last minute at ALL COSTS:¬† Most stylists don’t charge a cancellation fee because its difficult to secure credit card numbers and we understand that stuff happens. However, extreme circumstances ¬†(you lost your day care, someone passed, you got in a car accident, etc) are the times acceptable to cancel day of or right before an appointment. We held the slot for you so we could make $ – this is our career and we have bills to pay too! Someone else could have been slotted in- many people ask to be notified in case of a cancellation. You changing your mind about that haircut service because it’s nice out is considered rude and disrespectful. Would you like it if we up and cancelled on you last minute? Probably not!

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Unless it is an advertised kids’ salon, a child’s haircut can cost as much as an adult:¬†¬†Our time is valuable and if a haircut takes 45 minutes-1 hour it is going to be charged accordingly. Most adult salons won’t do haircuts of children under the age of 7 as they do not sit still long enough for an appropriate haircut. ¬†You can always ask the individual stylist what they are comfortable with and how much they feel the haircut is worth. But ultimately, if they aren’t comfortable cutting your child’s hair that is their prerogative.

 

Malinois-Puppy-Pulls-on-Leash-SmallWe are not a babysitter or dog wrangler!  If you must bring your small child (under the ae of 12) or dog to the salon, pre-warn your stylist. They may opt to reschedule your service if you cannot guarantee the child to remain respectful and quiet in a place of business. Remember, you are also most likely not the only one receiving a service. Its up to you to understand that a salon is where some people go to escape and relax when they get their hair done and might not want a whining dog or babbling toddler interrupting their service. Also, some stylists or clients are allergic to some types of dogs or have dog anxieties.

A¬†stylist’s career is dependent on you and your patronage but a stylist’s happiness with you as a client is directly related to how you respect and behave towards them.

LOVE your stylist- that love will be returned with a service that makes you look and FEEL amazing with yourself and your hair!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

WOW! Extreme Color Trends 2015

Emerson Salon is situated smack dab in the center of Seattle’s urban area that includes students, professionals, young style mavens, ¬†artists and the LGBTQ community. This creates¬†a cornucopia of hair styles and hair colors to stare at up and down ¬†the Pike and Pine ¬†corridor near where the salon is located. ¬†We have MANY clients ask for exciting and bold shades of extreme haircolors like red, blue, green, etc. ¬†Extreme haircolor is generally a bold semi permanent color that is deposited following a bleaching service.

 

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  1. Some colors require the hair to be the lightest shade of blond to show up. Example: Any pastel hue will need to be on light blond or almost white hair. Deep Purple can go on hair that is medium¬†blond or caramel color. If your hair is previously colored or naturally dark it may be very damaging to get your hair to a lightness that will show a pastel best. So, we recommend being flexible with what you want as we generally aren’t going to attempt to bleach you to lightest blond if we think your hair may break due to aggressive bleaching.
  2. Once bleached, your hair will be sensitive to high heat or too much shampooing. High heat can cause major breakage on the now delicate bleached and colored hair so we recommend a medium setting. Shampooing every other day is not recommended as the color washes out with every shampoo. TIP: Get a custom color conditioner made by an Emerson Stylist by ¬†Evo’s Fabuloso Pro. Whatever goes down the drain can be replaced by a color conditioner to help make the gorgeous shade last.
  3. Many of our stylists use Professional Pravana Haircolor ChromaVivids.  It is MUCH better than Manic Panic, Special Effects or drugstore color. Why?

A) Pravana has silk proteins which help mend the hair prior to bleaching

B) The pigments are higher quality and can be made to last longer by adding heat for 20-30min. without a cap.

C) the residue will NOT stain your items and will wash out with hot water, soap and oxiclean or bleach. TIP: if you get an extreme                              haircolor, avoid white towels, shirts and linens for the first week or two. The residue is known to leak or rub off sometimes. Make                             sure to clip hair away from neck and face to avoid residue transfer during sleep.

OR, if you want something that is completely temporary and will generally wash ALL the way out on light colored hair we can use Fabuloso Pro (see below) that is a semi permanent based on fabric dye to give you a fun new color for a 3-5 weeks only!

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Here at Emerson Salon we want to make you happy and will design the look based on your hair needs. If you are willing to come in every 4-6 weeks then we say GO FOR IT! Do the color all over and rock out that new fantastic hue! If you do not want to be coming in every 4-6 weeks we recommend a balayaged color that will leave more root to buffer grow out. OR! try a blended dip-dyed effect that focuses the color only on the mid shaft and ends.

What are the latest trends ¬†for extreme haircolor? We are seeing a lot of different shades of teal and green, muted pink and icy blue (see images above) or violet gray.¬†We recently saw a¬†challenging extreme haircolor called,”Pixelated haircolor” that creates small boxes of veiled, extreme color that is outline by a dark brown or black color (see below.)

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Be Bold, Be Brave and book a service for that AMAZING and VIBRANT color you’ve been wishing for, our independent stylists here at Emerson Salon would love to have YOU in their chair!