Articles from ‘Styling Tips’

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

“Saturday Afternoon” Hair at the Golden Globes 2015

This past Sunday night we watched the Hollywood Foreign Press bring all the celebrities together to award the best in TV and film. Its considered a precursor to the Oscars and sometimes forecasts this years winners.

The Golden Globes usually help us hair stylists to see how fashion’s trends then and now come together in an elegant affair and on the red carpet. It can also help us steer our clients towards newer styles all year long. Here we review what we saw!

Below you will see examples of medium, medium long and long length hair in one of  the signature styles of the night that we call,”Saturday Afternoon.” It looks done but not over done and would be a great and versatile “day into night” style for the everywoman. It incorporates an off center part with a soft and relaxed swoop of the front and soft, extra loose waves .You can achieve this by using a mousse like Body Builder by Kevin Murphy when blow drying roots for lift with your fingers. With Anti-Gravity as a foundation blow dried into the mid shaft to ends, use a medium heat curling iron with 1.5″ barrel. Curl horizontally in large sections  and release. Brush the curls  with a cushion brush once cooled and spray with a flexible hairspray.

naomiAmy_Adamsreese  Unfortunately, we did not see a lot of brave hairstyles at this awards show. Maybe they are saving their A-game for the Oscars. Regardless, we found it difficult to be inspired by any other looks because of how simple they were. They did not take ANY style risks. Many women parted their hair in the middle with predictable beach waves (example: Gwyneth Paltrow ) or slicked the middle parted hair into a bun or ponytail (example: Kate Hudson). Katie Holmes even donned a super long extensions ponytail that didn’t quite satisfy as a hairstyle. (see all below)

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      We were inspired by two showings on the red carpet, do not fret! We are a big fan of reinventing the classic bob as it can be classed up or funked up. Rosemund Pike of “Gone Girl,” and Zosia Mamet of, “Girls,” (seen below) both reinterpreted the bob for this event. Rosemund opted for an inverted angle, sleek  traight texture and deeply parted on the side. It says chic and sophisticated and abandons the standard long hair known so well to the celebrity set. Zosia took the interpretation to color and sported a unique “grey beige” tone that refines the overtoned smoky blond look into a cultivated style.  She then combined it with a little “Saturday Afternoon” wave on the ends and created an accessible style with some funk. A great product to style hair with to achieve this look while also conditioning your hair simultaneously is Young.Again by Kevin Murphy. Its a weightless leave-in treatment oil infused with Immortelle to counteract the oxidization and ageing process.

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Although we did not see any courageous moves now, we still look forward to the upcoming awards season. Maybe the stylists in Hollywood have some secrets in their back pocket for later we do not know about!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

New Year’s Hair Secrets

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What items are necessary to creating amazing New Year’s Eve hair?

(whether you wear it up or down..)

      Always start with dry, clean hair by making sure to shampoo 1-3X with a detoxing shampoo like Maxi Wash by Kevin Murphy followed with a little conditioning rinse on the ends. Any oils on your hair will weigh your hair down and may cause it to fall out/down more. You may use an oil free volumizer like Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity lotion or spray when blowdrying after washing. This type of product will help your hair to take the style as well as support it for enduring a long night of fun!

FOR LONGER HAIR:

  1. Fine toothed comb
  2. Bobby Pins
  3. High quality Hair Spray/Fixative (We use Working Spray by Alterna Caviar or Firm Hold Moroccan Oil Hairspray)
  4. Curling Iron (Preferrably 1-2″ in diameter)
  5. Boar bristle brush

 

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Once your hair is prepped, start curling the hair into a set where you curl a 1-2″ section and set it with a clip or bobby pin. Curling towards the face will be more retro or vintage (1940’s-1960’s) and away from the face more modern (1970’s-now). Its always a best practice to mist the hair lightly with hairspray before and after curling. On finer hair, you can back comb the root to help the volume you create  This set acts like a base style for many types of looks once you the curls have cooled.

Whether you just want a bouncy blowout look, half up half down, a soft high ponytail with flipped ends, or a full on loose curl updo- this base style helps amp up your sexy vixen look for the New Year! Finger separate the curls once taken down and slowly brush the ‘do into shape. Quick Tip: Use the brush to tease in volume underneath the style in certain sections to give it soft volume. You can also use the curling iron freehand to help sculpt certain waves into staying put.  TRY: Twist the hair and curl with the iron to create messy, beach waves.

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FOR SHORTER HAIR:

  1. Fine toothed comb
  2. Small to Medium Flat iron and/or curling iron
  3. Pomades (Night Rider or Easy Rider styling products by Kevin Murphy)
  4. Bobby pins (optional)
  5. Quality Hairspray (optional)

 

Just because you have shorter hair doesn’t mean you can’t fix it up pretty for that big party! Part your hair in a new spot, try some asymmetry or add volume by backcombing where you wouldn’t usually in a day to day situation. Embrace change! If your hair  is usually perfectly coiffed go for a messier do or slick it up if with Easy Rider if you are usually more laissez faire. Try a combed up pompadour that has height with Night Rider- the sticky matte texture makes funkier hairstyles fun but be warned! It gets tacky within 10 seconds so make sure you know what style you are headed for.

If your hair is more medium length, use the curling iron to make random curls and waves all over your head and then pin a couple back. TIP: Criss cross the bobby pins or hook them into a style to make them secure. Or brush out some curls for a loose wave retro look. Just make sure to spray with Working Spray when complete.

Use these GO TO tips tomorrow before you go out- or book with one of our experienced stylists! Check out their profiles to book NOW!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas!

Still have a friend, partner, business associate or family member to shop for? Well, have no fear! There aren’t hords of shopping lines at Emerson Salon on Capitol Hill! We have some great gift ideas for that style conscious person on your list…..

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We are carrying two AWESOME gift sets.

-The first is from the Australian line Kevin Murphy (first above) and contains the fabulous Angel series of shampoo and conditioner. These products are great for those with fine hair who want quality products that do not weigh their hair down. It contains grapefruit peel oil, hydrolized oat protein, sunflower seed extract, and lavender extract. Its paraben and sulfate free and has tons of antioxidants to avoid color fadeage. As an added bonus, you get the Angel. Masque that is a great way to rehab hair right after a color service or too much heat styling or sun exposure on vacation!

-Our other gift set is from the Italian line, Davines (lower above.) The Love Smoothing set is great for the dry and frizzy hair types. The shampoo uses Indian fig extract to moisturize your hair while olive amphoacetate gently cleanses. Also noteworthy: the softening olive oil peg-7 ester and strengthening rice proteins. The conditioner uses  a targeted combo of silicone-infused moisturizers works to gently whip your hair into shape, borage seed oil protects against breakage, and rice wax helps prevent parched strands. Lastly, the  protective silicone and antioxidant-rich roucou oil helps give the hair and immediate boost of health.

If these sets aren’t suitable, try designing your own gift set! We carry Moroccan Oil, Kevin Murphy, Davines,  Color Proof, some Evo, and some Brazilian Blowout products. Feel free to mix and match a shampoo. conditioner and styling product based on their hair type. We are happy to help guide your choices to best suit the person on your shopping list! We will put all the products in a nice bag and you can add a little tissue and a bow and you are done! Easy peasy!

Never fret when it comes to buying hair products- because Emerson Salon’s independent stylists are here to help you every step along the way!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Path to Perfect Curls

In the salon, we hear so many times from clients who say,

“I have no idea how to style my hair for special occasions!”

  It is not always possible to get into a stylist for a perfect hair do for a holiday party or family gathering this time of year. Here, we give you some definitive assistance on how to curl your medium to long length hair. 

  Preferably, use any heat tool that can heat ceramic or tourmaline plates up to 400 degrees fahrenheit with either an adjustable dial or digital LCD display.  If you have finer hair 300 degrees is sufficient but if you have thicker, coarser hair a higher heat may be chosen.

Below we review some tips on how to curl  your hair. It’s very important to know what technique and tool creates which type of curl.


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  As a foundation, we recommend having clean, blow dried hair with Anti-Gravity volumizer lotion to help finer hair types hold the curl (this product is heat activated and helps the heat tool to leave a longer-lasting impression on finer hair.)

On thicker, frizzier hair types product may be used in a “cocktail” before blow-drying for heat protection and moisture. We recommend mixing Moroccan Oil and Anti Gravity together before applying to damp hair before you blowdry. You can always make sure to spray the hair after curling with a flexible hairspray as it cools. We love Working Spray by Kevin Murphy.

-A 1″ barrel iron (see above) if held vertically can create a consistent spiral curl if begun at the top and moved through to the ends (see brunette above.) These can be finger separated for curl volume or twisted together for “mermaid tendrils” once the curls have curled.

-If soft retro waves is what you are looking to achieve (like seen on Reese Witherspoon above), hold the curling iron horizontally in big sections. Curl from  the middle of the section  (3-4″ down from the partline) moving the iron through to wrap the ends. Sections underneath may be curled closer to the root. Once curled and released, use your hands to smooth the wave out a bit and spray with flexible hairspray.    

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If you are looking for a softer look (see Mila Kunis right above), try using a cone shaped clipless curling iron(seen left above). It takes some practice to use but if you use a thermal protective glove you can avoid burning your fingers until you feel more comfortable using it.

-Taking 2-3″ vertical sections, wrap each section of hair with the wide portion of the iron towards the roots. Make sure to wrap the section  away from your face without twisting it .

-Once you have curled the entire head and allowed the hair to cool, use your fingers to softly separate the wave/curl and spray.

-For a tighter beach wave look, twist the hair before wrapping it.

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Sometimes you might want a consistent beach wave all over the head (see Fergie above) and that is when we recommend using a triple barrel wave iron (see above).

-Start in 2′ sections and slowly work down the section to the ends starting 3-4′ from the root.

-Once waved and cooled, finger separate and apply a lightweight beach texturizer like Hair Resort spray from Kevin Murphy.

-Then lightly spray with Session Spray from Kevin Murphy (firm hold.)

If you aren’t comfortable trying these techniques on yourself- its ok! It takes time and patience to build up skills with your hair. Need a hairstyle now? You can either book a shampoo blowout with one of our stylists for a tutorial style or book a complete formal style!

Our independent hair designers are so excited to work with you- book with one today!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

A Winter of Dry Hair Issues!

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 Its that wintery time of year! Being trapped in indoor heat all day and then, braving the cold winds of winter can really do a number on the condition of your hair. If you feel like your hair is starved for moisture and TLC, use some of these tips to rehab it back to health!

  1. Remember, you do NOT have to shampoo every day. You can rinse your hair with warm to hot water to move the oils down the hair shaft. This will allow your hair to coat your hair naturally and to eliminate that greasy feeling at the scalp. Using a dry shampoo also can assist you to eliminate oils between shampoos.
  2. Use appropriate shampoos and conditioners for your hair type. Avoid sulfates and remember thicketr/coarser hair needs extra moisture where finer hair needs lightweight conditioning that won’t weight it down. We are loving Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate.Me series that uses a kakadu plum that add moisture for all textures!
  3.  Apply leave-in conditioner or dry argan oil to the mid-shaft to ends on a daily basis. If you heat style you could make sure to do it twice a day- once before heat styling and once before bed. We recommend Moroccan Oil– it is also great for holding color and cutting down on blow dry time those early mornings before work.
  4. Use a satin pillowcase to stop hair frizz from being created while you toss and turn while sleeping. Cotton pillowcases will draw moisture away from your hair and dry it out more.
  5. Avoid high heat tools and blow dryers. A medium setting will take longer but your hair’s condition will not suffer from the shock of being forced to dry/style so quickly. Also, high heat can cause frizz by burning your hairs’ outside cuticle layer which will create a peeling effect. The less frizz you make- the less you have to work to manage it.
  6. Try an at home hair mask of avocado or coconut oil to boost your hairs’ moisture content. If not, we love the Weightless Hydrating Masque from Moroccan Oil. It improves elasticity, shine and manageability and only takes 7 minutes with no heat.

Hopefully these tips will have you feeling better about your hair during the winter freeze!

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Feel Empowered with Curls!

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One of the most challenging types  for the client to maintain every day is any hair with wave, frizz or curl. It is the driest type by nature, and is the most sensitive to humidity changes (which here in Seattle is a good deal of the time so this type is difficult to get a handle on.)

Here we will go over some helpful points to remember when taking care of your wavy or curly tresses-  male or female!

  • It is not necessary to shampoo every day or every other day: Some of the best maintained curly hair is only washed once or twice a week. Why? Because your hair’s natural oils that secrete at the scalp or the best designed leave-in conditioner for your hair. If you wash too often, you are removing the oils and they do not get a chance to nourish through to the midshaft or ends. Instead, rinse your hair with very warm to hot water if you need to feel a little less “greasy.” This will help move the hair oils down the hair shaft where it can help to moisturize the dry ends. We highly recommend using a dry shampoo with a blowdryer if you feel extra greasy- we love Alterna Caviar’s Dry Shampoo that will help balance the oils at the scalp post workout or upon waking up in the morning.

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  • Use shampoos and conditioners without sulfates, excessive waxes or non-water soluble silicones. The sulfates in cheaper shampoos are a salt that not only can fade your haircolor service but can exacerbate frizz and dryness.  Specifically, avoid sodium lauryl sulfate as it is the cheapest detergent to put into a shampoo to create lather. Lather does not equate to clean and we recommend shampooing 2x in a row if you are only washing once a week.

Waxes  and synthetic non water soluble silicones coat and build up on the hair. Although they can temporarily assist with frizz, it is not a long term solution.  If you use these products it is necessary to detox or clarify the hair of buildup regularly as the hair will become weighed down, and difficult to style or color. If you have been using products with these ingredients- use Kevin Murphy’s Maxi Shampoo 3-4 times  in a row to exfoliate the hair’s cuticle of buildup.

Specifically avoid any hair styling product with these in the first 4 ingredients: Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethiconol, Amodimethicone,  or Stearyl Dimethicone

  • Heat Style your Natural Style with Smarts:  If you aren’t air drying, once out of the shower use a wide tooth comb to detangle. Avoid brushing the hair at every stage- wet or dry it creates a general look of mass frizz. Then, blot the hair with a towel and do not rub the hair. Apply your favorite leave-in product. We recommend Moroccan Oil Treatment Oil  or Motion Lotion by Kevin Murphy (for Fine to Medium density hair) or Moroccan Oil  and/or Curl Defining Cream (for Medium to Thick density hair.)  Men specifically love Kevin Murphy’s Easy Rider because it uses shea butter to control curl with minimal hold and they apply it once the hair is 50% towel blotted.

You can “cocktail” products which means to mix them together in your hands and then apply to hair. Its like a special prescription of hair product! Sometimes a stylist will combine Moroccan Oil with the Defining Cream it just depends on the amount of control needed for the texture.   This will displace your curl less and avoid any potential frizz.

Use a diffuser extension on your blowdryer on a medium to high heat setting but on a slower, less aggressive speed. The longer it takes your hair to dry the more control you have over how the curl/wave that is springing up. This will assist to minimize frizz as well as to showcase your texture! One great tip is to making small corkscrews with the hair all over the head and diffuse. Always let the hair sit inside the diffuser cup with minimal touching before turning it on.  Once 85% dry wait 10-15 seconds for the section to cool and “set.” Then, finger separate or flip your head upside down briefly.  Avoid trying to dry the hair completely as the frizz will inevitably manifest and ruin your style. Feel free to use a little more Oil or Cream near the root once dry to create control where you need it.

  • Once you’ve mastered these tips, make sure to ROCK IT! Accept and love your hair!

Your hair is special and although it is challenging- people around you covet your uniqueness. Bask in your hair’s glory!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Have you heard of Balayage and Ombre Color?

I have mentioned that I have been studying Balayage for some time. I have recently attended a hands-on all day training, where I honed my balayage skills through learning the “Riviera” technique from Daniel Keane, owner of Salon Serenza and one of the IT&LY Academy Team Directors. IT&LY Hairfashion is the color line I predominately use because has the best technology and delivers the best results. It contains the lowest ammonia content that is necessary to achieve the best color results. The reason I continue to study balayage is because “performing balayage is time consuming, and it requires a good eye and a very steady hand” [Wisegeek]

Wisegeek describes Balayage well: “A hair coloring technique which is designed to create very natural-looking highlights which grow out without developing a noticeable and obvious root. Many stars and models use balayage on their hair, and in response to popular demand, many salons offer balayage, especially in urban areas. Some pride themselves on their balayage technique, considering themselves artisans of the craft and offering training to people who are interested in learning balayage.”
Other trends in hair color include Ombre hair coloring, which is similar to balayage: “Ombre hair has a distinctive color pattern that is dark close to the scalp and light further down the hair’s length. The dark base typically ranges from medium brown to black. This color is generally solid from the roots to the midsection that is roughly parallel to the middle of the face. Lighter ombre highlights make up the bottom half of the hair color, and these can be shades of light chestnut, auburn, or golden blonde. Ombre hair color is usually done only on long hair that falls below the shoulders in order to completely achieve this unique finished look” [Wisegeek].

This is a good example of what an Ombre looks like:

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