Articles from ‘Spring’

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

How Do I Book With An Independent Stylist?


 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

Friday, May 19th, 2017

What the Trend?! Summer 2017

Now is the time of year in Seattle where the rainy days arrive less frequently, the leaves come out and people smile a little brighter!

With the likelihood of hairstyles being ruined by precipitation decreasing- its time to think about fun haircuts and hairstyles that are simple but also,  on trend.

 Longer Hair 

Above are a set of medium to long length haircuts and hairstyles from some of the runways-gone are the heavily layered hairstyles and razored textures and gaining popularity are the “casually done” looks. The basic haircut to most of these styles is hair length no more than the middle or top of the shoulder blades with soft, blended texture on the ends to emphasize movement. Framing the face by the cheekbones is out and the longer contouring of the hair by the collarbone is in. These hairstyles mix and match 4 types of styles: 1) wet, slick look 2) controlled volume 3) soft waves and 4) messy braids. Middle and deep parts are still heavily used with a little root lift to remove flatness. Looking to recreate these style?

Recommended Tools: A large wave hot iron, a flat iron, a fine toothed comb, a wide toothed comb, and bobby pins.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Young.Again with immortelle oil for shine and moisture. Kevin Murphy Doo.Over to help emphasize messy braids in finer hair with backcombing. MoroccanOil Strong Hold Hairspray for style hold.

Medium Length

Bobs and “lobs” are also very chic and are quicker and easier to style during the hotter months. Again, heavily layered shapes are out and blended, shattered texture on the ends of the general shapes is showing up on students, hipsters and mature professionals alike. Some chose to leave the front long and some opt for a rounded, Brigitte Bardot style fringe that creates blended wisps by the face.

Recommended Tools:  A tapered, clipless curling iron and a wide toothed comb.

Recommended Products:  Kevin Murphy Body Builder and/or MoroccanOil Beach Wave Mousse.

Textured Hair

For natural, textured hair allowing your wave and curl to be emphasized with height a high ponytail can be made into a fun, casual updo in seconds. Gone are the days of stick straight hair with a flatiron! Show off your true self by emphasizing how your hair WANTS to be.

Recommended Tools: Wide toothed comb, bobby pins, boar bristle brush and a large, fabric covered and strong elastic.

Recommended Products: MoroccanOil Original Treatment, Kevin Murphy Killer Curls, and Kevin Murphy Session Spray.

Short Hair- Feminine

This year, many female identifying individuals are daring to go short! Both versions emphasize fullness and movement and emphasize bone structure and elongate and enhance the perception of the neck and décolleté. It’s not just flat short Mia Farrow pixie cuts anymore!

Recommended Tools: Blow dryer and diffuser.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Hair Resort and MoroccanOil Root Boost.

Short Hair – Masculine

For male identifying peeps, the spring/summer looks are trending towards more classic shapes and styling.  Deep side parts and combed in looks are defining everyday and formal looks for the gentlemen.

Recommended Tools: Fine toothed comb.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Super.Goo (strong hold) or Free.Hold (mild, grooming creme.)

For a more modern look, quiffs are being paired with tapered layers on the side or an extreme bald fade with clippers.

Recommended Tools: Fine Toothed Comb.

Recommended Products: Kevin Murphy Night.Rider (matte wax texturizer- strong hold) or Reuzel Red pomade (high sheen, heavy hold).

Looking to freshen up and revamp your look for the new season?

Book a haircut appointment with one of our fun, exciting professionals by selecting one from their profile and booking with them online 24-48 hrs in advance!

Go to and Select the “Stylists” circle.

HURRY before all the good spots are taken because right now EVERYONE is looking to get their hair done!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The Pros and Cons of Ombre Highlights

In all the gossip and fashion magazines we have been seeing a real trend towards “ombre” highlighted hair. Ombre is a french term meaning,”shaded.” In terms of haircolor, it is the slow melting effect of a darker shade gradually getting lighter towards the ends until the entire ends region is the brightest haircolor on the head.

We have seen this trend show up on Lauren Conrad, Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymow and now, everyday Seattle gals who come in to Emerson Salon! Here, we advise you on how to have realistic expectations of what getting “ombre” will entail so you can make an informed decision before plunging into a new look.

Pros of Ombre Highlights:

This application does not require a lot of regular color maintenance services. Generally, the darkest shade is within 1-2 levels of the natural hair shade and helps to buffer any growout demarcation line. Once the ombre is achieved, you might only need to schedule regular trims, deep conditioning and a toner for the ends.

If you take care of your hair, it can be absolutely gorgeous! It is soft, modern and looks good with browns and auburns or brown and blonds, or beiges and platinum blonds. Make sure your stylist works within a color palette that works with your skin and eye tones. The ombre looks good curled, flat ironed or beach waved as long as you use a nourishing protectant like Kendi Oil by Alterna Bamboo. It is a miracle worker for split ends and adds shine.

Ombre is becoming ripe for experimentation. We’ve seen Drew Barrymore do a reverse ombre with blond roots- midshaft and black ends. Lauren Conrad just did a ponytail dipped in pink. If you can, think outside the box and make yours especially you!

Cons of Ombre Highlights:

In order to achieve the ultra light blond on the ends, most hair will have to be bleached unless the hair is naturally a medium blond or lighter. Bleaching can cause major damage to the hair as it creates explosions within the hair structure that blows the hair shaft and cuticle layers apart. This damage is permanent. It can be colored over but the damage lives in that hair until it is cut out. IMPORTANT: If you switch back and forth between ultra light, to darker, to ultra light, etc you will get breakage. This means loss of fullness and/or length. The longer the hair and the more checkered the chemical history, the more likely the hair is to break or become a gummy mush that can’t be styled or colored. So be careful what you ask for!

The service can use a lot of bleach and a lot of color and depending on your type of hair, its history, and the desired result this can mean a service that ranges from $100 to more of a color correction that can go upwards of $200-250+.

Once highlighted, it can be problematic to add pigment to the ultra light damaged ends. This also can turn into a color correction if the hair needs to be “filled” or stepped down to the desired darker shade. We recommend committing to an application of ombre for a minimum of 3-6 months with regular trims to maintain the least breakage. That way, you get the trend and bang for your buck.

You will need appropriate support products and appointments to repair some of the damage and keep the color looking its best. A great deep conditioner is the Restorative Mask by Moroccan Oil to be used once or twice a week. Its has moisture and protein that can be applied to damp hair for 15-20 minutes at home. Also, use a great shampoo and conditioner line like Luminous Shine by Alterna that is color safe, sulfate free and eco certified.

Always bring a picture of what you think you want your desired result will look like but always be somewhat flexible due to hair type and hair condition. Your stylist will review what the game plan will be to achieve that look and whether that works within your budget for the service, products and maintenance.

These fashion trends can be so fun to play with but always make an educated decision before you color- Hair is your everyday accessory- make sure it always looks and feels its best!

Post by D’Arcy