Articles from ‘Seattle’

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Finalist in “BEST OF” Seattle Weekly

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

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

PLEASE! Show us you #LoveEmerson and

Register and VOTE for Emerson Salon BEFORE JULY 26th

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

 

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

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A Community of Independently Run Hair Designers Who Are “For Style That Works!”

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Sizzlin’ Summer Hair

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This time of year is the PERFECT time to try a new haircut or hair color. Why? Because the sun can really show off your new look and amplified confidence!

Here we review some ways to take care of your hair in the heat of the season in addition to some new trends…

Summer Hair Care:

     – Make sure you are getting regular trims. You can have your short to medium length hair cut every 5-8 weeks or your medium to long length hair every 8-12 weeks. This will prevent splits from occurring and causing breakage and loss of density and length.

Use a UV inhibitor when you will be in the sun for longer than 20 min at a time. A good one to use is MoroccanOil’s Original Treatment which will not build up on your hair, has anti-oxidants to prevent haircolor from fading and reconditions and moisturizes the hair.

Make sure to protect your hair before you go swimming in a pool or saltwater. Saltwater and chlorine are highly drying to the hair, can fade or alter haircolor and can also cause breakage+damage with prolonged exposure. A good method to protect your hair’s condition and color is to use a hair conditioner or MoroccanOil on damp hair and wear a swim cap over it. It will act as a barrier to exposure to these conditions.

Pre-Schedule regular color appointments. The sun’s UV rays can fade your haircolor even if you are following recommended care and using sulfate free shampoos, conditioners and styling products. So, plan for refreshing that shiny red haircolor or newly toned blond every 6-8 weeks so your hair always looks its best. Don’t take the chance that your stylist can take you when you need and pre-book your color refresh at the end of each service appointment.

SUMMER HAIR TRENDS:

Take a look at some great ways to cut, color and style your hair for summer below!

WOMEN’S TRENDS: Beachy waves on long layered hair, “Lob” haircut,  Long top pixie cut, Side swept bangs, balayage soft strip highlights that are 3 levels lighter than natural or pastelled

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MEN’S TRENDS: Tight fade on the sides and long top for side parting (left below),  disconnected clipper cut with heavy weightline (right below)

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Or take a look at our Pinterest boards at: https://www.pinterest.com/emerson_salon/

GET THAT NEW ‘DO!

Book with an independently run hairstylist at www.emersonsalon.com so YOU can be on trend this summer-

…and on FLEEK!

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Historic Trifecta 2015 Show

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Bridal Beauty Basics

Wedding season is almost upon us and brides everywhere are prepping for their big day. Whether you are getting married soon or sometime down the line…. Our bridal hair specialist, D’Arcy Harrison, gives you some tips to make sure you look and feel your best on the big day!

bridal#1. Make sure to get a trim and fresh color no less than 2-4 weeks before the big day. Most likely you have been growing your hair to allow for more length in an updo or formal style so it will be necessary to get any split ends off. If you are getting your hair colored we recommend a soft to moderate balayage highlight in order to show off the movement of your hairstyle in pictures. If you have dark hair, highlighting will be essential to seeing the detail of your hair in pictures. Also, if there are any unpredicted hiccups with your hair color there is still time to perfect it with your colorist. D’Arcy urges patience as well,”Sometimes chemicals do unpredictable things even with the most experienced hair colorist. Last thing you want is to be unhappy with a hair color you received a couple days before the wedding when you have no extra time to come back in. Perfection sometimes cannot be achieved in one sitting so prepare for Murphy’s Law and leave a margin for error by getting the color done well enough ahead of time.”

#2. I highly recommend scheduling a practice 2-4 weeks before the wedding day. It helps get game plan out of the way and helps you to create a solid communication with your stylist before you hit the big day which is usually filled with nervous and excited anxiety,” says D’Arcy. When doing bridal practices, D’Arcy charges a flat rate for 2 hours of work and provides you with pictures of the different looks so can share with family and friends. If you cannot schedule a practice its always good to send your stylists a couple looks of what you are going for in addition to a picture of what your hair looks like now.

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#3 Don’t  allow the pressures of family or friends to alter how you want to look and feel on your wedding day. We’ve all been there. Your mom or bridesmaid comes to the salon with you to get your hair done and has their own idea of how you need to look. “Remember, its YOUR day and if you feel uncomfortable with their suggestions make sure they know not to worry and that you and your stylist have already discussed what you would like,” advises D’Arcy. Last thing you want is tension and drama about your hair when its how you have envisioned looking for over 6 mos. to longer. Of course, if you agree with them on some feedback on your hair make sure to tell the stylist you think that is a good idea and to adjust the style for you accordingly.

#4 Always bring pictures! Bring the pictures you want to use as a guide for the type of look and style you are going for. Bring the pictures of the practice (even if another stylist did it) and you can even bring pictures of looks you despise so it is really clear what you like and do not like.

#5 Make sure to tip! Gratuity is not required but strongly encouraged. Yes, you are already paying the stylist for a pricey look but you have to consider how well they attended to you. Did they make you and your group feel welcomed and comfortable? Did they make you feel beautiful and confident? Did they listen? Did you enjoy the experience? Did they make sure you were happy with every angle? Did they take feedback? Did they excercise patience and poise? If so, they have accomplished exceeding your expectations and deserve an 18-20% gratuity.

client25#6 Opting for on-site styling is more expensive but sometimes logistically easier. Many bridal specialists offer on-site styling. If you decide that this is right for you it is usually charged by the hour or by day rate (12 hours or more.) A stylist needs a standing mirror and an easily accessible outlet for heat tools.  If your wedding is far away from the salon where the stylist is from, it will be necessary to arrange travel and travel expenses/accommodations in addition to the hair styling fee.  If you have a large group of bridesmaids you want to look similar its a good idea to ask if the hairstylist has a colleague or assistant to help churn out the styling in an expedient time frame.

#7 Do your research. Ask your friends who have gotten married if they liked the stylist they worked with or go online and read reviews and look at a stylist’s portfolio. “Putting the time into finding the formal stylist who will work best with you and the type of style you want to achieve will be key.”

We hope your big day is happy and filled with joy!

For ideas on formal styles, go to D’Arcy’s Pinterest page at:

https://www.pinterest.com/darcyhairdesign/

or go to www.darcyhairdesign.com to book a bridal practice with her!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Frolick With Fun Hair at Festivals

The music festival season is upon us! When the sun comes out, the desire to dance  outside and listen to top acts strut their stuff means you have to have fun hair! (Duh!)

Here we review some of the looks we saw popping up at SXSW and Coachella recently as you prepare for Sasquatch and other fests…

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The trendiest women’s hair colors are pastels this spring. Light Teal, slate gray and pale lilac (see right above) are all the rage and young women are calling off the hook at the salon for them! It is good  for you to know, however,that in order to achieve these looks that there will be bleaching involved. Hair must be lifted to a pale white/yellow blond in order for any pastel to show up. Otherwise the remaining pigment in the hair will override the color you are trying to achieve (imagine trying to put pale blue on yellow/gold hair- yellow and blue makes green! no bueno!)

Bleaching the hair to this level  of lightness can be extremely damaging to the hair and can be costly for you as a client. So, if you want to avoid hair breakage – you can always opt for a nice wig (see Kylie Jenner above) or try a colored hair powder or spray and set it with some flexible hairspray like MoroccanOil Medium Hold or Alterna Caviar’s Working Spray, so it will not rub off on clothes or friends you hug. These methods simply wash out in the shower with shampoo and water but be careful- if your hair is porous or damaged it could stain the hair a tad.

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You can do some beach waves with Hair Resort by Kevin.Murphy and take a small, reverse french braid down the center part (left above) or try a loosened up french braid (right above.)  Need some tips? Try watching this YouTube tutorial here.

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Guys like to have fun with their festival hair too!

You could try what has been playfully coined,”The Lumbersexual Look,” (see left above) which is a very tight fade/clipper cut with a buzzed in part along the disconnection, longer hair on top (for parting and pompadour-ing) and a full beard that dramatically transitions in the sideburn area. Try using Night Rider or Super Goo by Kevin Murphy to help hold the coiffed style on top. Or you can try a clean and tight taper cut with a dreaded/messy top (see right above, Vic Mesa at Coachella.)

Bring your inner boho-chic out with these festival trends and make sure to hit up Emerson Salon for all your hair needs- our independent hairstylists are excited to work with you! Book with one directly today….

 

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Sexy Men’s Hair

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 Do you get uncomfortable trying to tell your stylist what type of short men’s haircut you prefer?

Here are some tips on how to talk about getting a new look:

1) Learn some basic terminology: Taper, Block, Fade, Layers

(We also found a great terminology guide here that has some pics: http://www.ftmguide.org/haircuts.html)

      – TAPER: Looking at the picture above, see how the hair moves down the head from longer to shorter to nothing? That is what we call tapering. This can be done with clippers but can also be detailed and perfected with shear over comb or other techniqgues. It leaves an undefinable difference between hair and the neckline.

      -BLOCK: When a barber or stylist asks you if you like the back “blocked off” it means there is still some hair bulk that can be cut so there is a definable line at the hairline.

      -FADE: This refers to the technique of blending the different lengths as it is tapered. Otherwise, you can see obvious differences between the lengths. For example, if the hair was not faded like in the picture above you could see heavy weight lines from the bulk that has been left.

      -LAYERS: This refers to the act of using scissors to remove weight from the hair. This technique can help blend longer hair down into shorter, more faded lengths. This technique is helpful in softening the bulk on the top and crown of the head.

2) Learn what type of hair you have:

     -Fine, Medium, Thick (refers to each individual hair’s thickness)

     – Straight, Wavy, Curly, Kinky (refers to texture)

     – Thin, Medium or Thick Density (refers to density of hair)

Once you know what type of hair you have it is much easier to try and find pictures of haircuts that would work best with your hair type. Google mens cut+ your hair type and look in the images portion of the search results. Or, use Pinterest! Stylists love looking at pictures of what you are looking for in your new haircut! Also, it helps you to understand how your hair will work for your new haircut.

3) Make sure to tell your stylist what has and has not worked for your hair in the past.

Do you have any odd cowlicks or growth patterns? Does you hair stick out as it grows back in? Does your hair hate razor cuts or thinning shears? No sense in repeating ickyness from old haircuts! 

4) Ask the stylist to recommend the right product for the haircut you are asking for.

No sense in wearing that awesome new do without the right product to help show it off! TIP: Have the stylist give you a brief tutorial on how to put it into your hair. Do you need a comb? Can you use your fingers? Do you have to do any heat styling? TIP: The top 2 products for men at Emerson Salon are the lightweight Easy Rider and the matte ,firm hold Night Rider by Kevin Murphy.

Men’s short haircuts grows quickly so changing your style every few months is possible for many  men! Try out one of our EXCITING stylists at Emerson Salon for your next haircut …….

 

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Cosplay Hair Play…

It is convention season here in Seattle! It is when many cartoon, anime, sci fi fans or “nerds” descend with a hunger for dressing up like their favorite  movie, tv or comic book characters. Many spend all year designing, constructing and coordinating their outfits so they can visit their heroes and favorite celebrities. And of course, hair is an extremely important component to looking just like them!

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EMERALD CITY COMI-CON is March 27-29 info at:  http://emeraldcitycomicon.com/ 

Emerald City Comi-Con is for the comic book or graphic novel fan. They have many booths, photo and signing opportunities in addition to panels discussing particular topics. We are particularly interested in the panel for,”Body Confidence and Positivity in Cosplay,” with Ivy Doomkitty. Its important to own it when you cosplay!

Some of the many celebrity guests are: Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troy) of Star Trek Next Generation, Morena Baccarin of Firefly and Serenity, Steven Yeun (Glenn) and Scott Wilson of the Walking Dead, Clark Gregg of Agents of the S.H.I.E.L.D.

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NORWESCON is April 2-5 info at http://www.norwescon.org/

Norwescon is one of the largest US sci-fi and fantasy based conventions.  This year, George R.R. Martin of Game Of Thrones fame will be the official guest of honor. In addition, astronomor Amy Mainzer will be the Science guest of honor.

 

 

 

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SAKURA CON is April 3-5 info at http://www.sakuracon.org/

Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well-attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Anime is a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children.

Imagine trying to recreate all of these AMAZING looks! For the hair, we generally are SO excited to create something outside the box for a client getting ready to cosplay for a convention.

 

 

CREATING THESE HAIR LOOKS

You could buy an inexpensive, synthetic wig that is easy to put on and won’t cause issues with your own hair! Here are some great websites for wig purchase (order now so you will get them in time for your convention!)

If you are looking to revamp your own hair we recommend learning about extreme haircoloring on our blogpost here: http://emersonsalon.com/2015/03/wow-extreme-color-trends-2015.html. The best products for softly styled looks: Moroccan Oil. Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity and Alterna Caviar Working Spray. For extreme looks: Night Rider by Kevin Murphy,  and Session Spray by KM. You can also book a styling appointment or consultation with one of our fabulously talented independent hairstylists. It can be SO helpful to get tips and advice from a pro for a specific,elaborate look. They can recommend the right techniques and products- or you can have them do the entire ‘do for the event! Its worth the $ to pay a knowledgeable stylist to eliminate stress and anxiety the day of the con! Take a look at the profiles  here on www.emersonsalon.com and book with one today!

Enjoy playing dress up and make sure to get lots of pictures to show off your fun look with the world!

 

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!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Your Hair’s Unique Chemistry

 

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At Emerson Salon, each of our experienced independent stylists work hard to give each individual client specific attention in order to deliver a successful service to a satisfied client. Inherently, hairstylists are people pleasers and will generally work very hard with you to help you manage your expectations as well as trying to give you your requested haircolor.  HOWEVER!

  • We must explain and impress upon you that coloring hair is a CHEMICAL PROCESS. Whether you are permanently or temporarily coloring your hair- there are always chemicals involved. Also, just because something says it is “All Natural”, “No Ammonia” or “All Organic” does not mean there aren’t naturally occurring chemicals in the ingredients that can cause damage or issues with your hair. Some  “no ammonia” hair colors can actually do more to damage than and can create a false expectation in the user that they are doing something “healthy” for their hair. They use an ammonia derivative (MEA) that keeps aggressively working and working until it is shampooed out.

             (For example: You just got your hair highlighted a perfect neutral shade of blond and then you use a shampoo and conditioner with chamomile in it. Chamomile will enhance and give warm tones to your beautiful color and possibly ruin the work your professional stylist has achieved. Always take the advice from your stylist on the best professional products on your hair to help maintain your lovely look!)

  • Your hair and its follicle are fed nutrients from your blood and dermal system. Everything you do and everything you put into your body and/eat can contribute to how hair color interacts with your hair. Government agencies can test your hair for drugs because drugs stay longer on your hair than in your blood system or cells.

           (For example: If you are on any or multiple medications or your diet has changed, make sure to tell your stylist. Medication buildup on your hair can make hair color grab cooler or may not completely cover grey. If you have been eating unhealthily, this also can change the health and fullness of your hair. Your stylist can adjust how they achieve your hair color based on this information and can help to avoid a “bad color” by doing so.) (Another example: If you are gluten intolerant, PPD sensitive, or have skin sensitivities also tell your hairstylist so a skin issue doesn’t occur during your service. A skin  patch test can always be done to see if the haircolor will be an issue.)

  • There are many people that go to years and years of school to understand organic chemistry and how  chemicals interact with the body and hair. Hairstylists are not licensed chemists but are trained on how to achieve the most predictable results for what they are trying to achieve. They understand the hair’s BASIC chemistry and structure but do not have the in depth expertise to know how every chemical used on you might react with YOUR body and hair’s unique chemisty. Unfortunately, the hair has its own ideas when it comes to that and it is a stylists job to make sure they prepare for every scenario. Just because your haircolor turns out unexpectedly also does not mean your colorist is imcompetent. Of course, if a foil has bled or the application method is wrong those are within the colorists control. Just understand, it is possible for the chemicals to behave outside of prediction and most colorists will work with you to rectify it.
  • The hair’s chemical history can be very complicated to work with especially if you have multiple color services on your hair. If you had old highlights, then covered them up with box color and then go to get new highlights- it is possible the hair’s damage will make it break or the color may react oddly due to the mixture of history on the hair.

The important lesson to learn is that you should work closely with whomever is coloring your hair. Give all the information you can think of to give and realize that a stylist hasn’t failed because 5% of your hair isn’t to expectation. Usually, if their is an adjustment needed a stylist will offer a “fix” up to 2 weeks after the initial service if you are using recommended shampoo and support products.

Its all part of forming a long term relationship with a colorist who’s ultimate goal is to make you happy and to create great word of mouth for new clients. Create a lasting relationship with one of our experienced independent stylists by contacting on of ours directly today!

 

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Pinterest Your New Look!

We love it when clients bring in pictures but sometimes pulling up pictures on Google Images can be annoying!  Hairstylists are visual animals who love to use images as inspiration for your new look.

So we suggest utilizing Pinterest boards and/or create your own account! Some of our stylists have their own hair Pinterest boards and we even have one for the salon! (see screenshot below or go to https://www.pinterest.com/emerson_salon/)

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Take a look-they are organized by category.  Like “Men’s Hair” or “Hair Color Ideas.” For example, if you are curious about trying out a new haircolor -you can pin many versions of ones that you like in order to have an in depth conversation with your stylist about what you prefer to see on your hair.

Feel free to peruse our stylists’ boards for inspiration! Who knows- maybe you will pick something that stylist has been dying to let someone try  on them!

  1. D’Arcy has www.pinterest.com/DARCYHAIRDESIGN which has  great formal styling and balayage pins….
  2. Lancer has https://www.pinterest.com/hglancer/ which includes “Awesome Men’s Hair,” and “Asymmetrical Cuts…”

Have fun and remember- the more you pin and share with your trust hair professional the more likely you will be “wowed” by what they create for you! Designing hair is fun so enjoy the process…… We want to enjoy it WITH you!

Contact an independent Emerson stylist through their profile to make an appointment directly today!