Articles from ‘Wedding Hair’

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!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Exciting Oscar’s Hair 2015

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We recently did a post about the conservative hair we recently saw on the Golden Globes Red Carpet. Now, we will point out the more daring looks of the Oscars parade of hair and gowns for the Academy Awards. We saw quite a bit of predictable hair but below we recount the ‘dos that excited us the most!

Our first prize for bold hair at the Oscars goes to Kelly Osbourne (left above.) She not only paired her recent shade of pale lilac with a great gown but she had a very interesting french twist on the center, top of her head. It was sleek and shiny and helped to seemingly elongate her height in the black high-low gown she chose.

Our second prize for bold hair goes to the inimitable Lady Gaga. She is known the world over for the beautiful lace front wigs she dons for press and performances and this is no exception. ¬†This wig’s color has a deep, ashy root subtly blended into a greyish platinum blond that is styled in loose waves. When trying to achieve similar looks to these we recommend a cocktail of Young.Again Immortelle Oil with Anti Gravity by Kevin Murphy. Apply to towel dried hair and blow dry 100% and then iron curl horizontally in big sections before using a boar bristle brush.

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We give honorable mentions to singer Rita Ora and actress Emma Stone. Rita has cropped her hair short and bleached and toned it a light, warm beige color. At the Golden Globes she wore her hair piece-y and funky but in this rendition she opted for a side part with a slick, wet look.  Very classic and refined comparatively to how we saw her new hair styled previously.

Emma has finally returned to the brilliant shade of deep copper red that we know and love her for after donning blond for the last couple years.  This shade of hair coupled with side pinning loose finger waves is perfect for pairing with her vintage inspired dress. Want your hair to stay like theirs? Use Session Spray by Kevin Murphy when finishing your style and it will hold all night whether you are relaxing or dancing the night away like the stars at the Oscar after parties!

Come meet ¬†with one of our awesome stylists and let them help you glow like these celebrities on the red carpet….Book with an independent Emerson stylist by clicking on their profile today!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Educate Yourself On Hair Extensions

At Emerson Salon, we have a lot of potential clients call to inquire about hair extensions. Here our extensions specialist, D’Arcy, explains them, There is a lot to learn! Here we discuss the different types of extensions, their benefits and disadvantages.

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Extensions Types:

  1. Clip-ins or Halo: This is a temporary application method that can include 5-7 clip in wefts with curved barettes. The extensions hook into the section and (once closed and secured) sit snugly against the head shape. There is also a new type of extensions called Halo where the hair is on a miracle wire that can be easily put in or taken out of a hairstyle. Good for a special event or sporadic wear.(Available for purchase online through Sally’s beauty supply, Etsy, or through special order via¬†D’Arcy Hair Design with a client consultation. Can take up to 2 weeks for delivery. Halo is available for purchase online or in Bellevue.)
  2. Tape-Ins: This is a semi-permanent application method where the wefts are applied by a hair professional where a light adhesive strip assists  adhere the weft to your hair. To remove, a hair professional uses a special bond remover liquid is used. Good for a special event or for 2-4 weeks of wear. Can be reused with additional adhesive strips. (not available at Emerson Salon)
  3. Fusion: This is a permanent application method that uses heat and a special bond to adhere the tiny wift to your hair. This hair CANNOT be reused which means the $ invested in the hair is for one application only. Fusion extensions need to be removed by a trained professional with a special bond remover within 3 months of application. (not available at Emerson Salon)
  4. I-Tip or Microlock: This is a permanent application method that uses a colored, aluminum bead that is threaded onto a small weft of your hair. The bead has grooves on the inside to help grip the small weft inserted into it and then the bead is closed to hold the extension in place.  This method is the least damaging to the hair and the hair can be reused between 2-4 times in order to maximize the investment in your hair purchase. Move-ups are required every 6-8 weeks to keep them looking and behaving well. (AVAILABLE AT EMERSON SALON WITH A CONSULTATION)

How long does my hair need to be to get permanent extensions?

We have many people who call and ask”I have a grown out pixie cut, can I get extensions?” The answer generally will be NO. Blending the extensions with a grown out shorter haircut is next to impossible and you will need so many extensions pieces that it is uncomfortable. ¬†It is best to have hair that is a long bob or longer. It is also helpful if your haircut is textured and not blunt cut as blending a solid line with extensions is also problematic.

How do I care for my permanently applied extensions?

It is best to avoid washing the extensions more than once or twice a week because the more washing, the more apt the extensions are to slip or break apart. Once  double shampooed and conditioned once or twice a week, towel dry, apply a dry oil like Kendi Oil to help detangle and work the knots out from the bottom up with a wide tooth comb. Then let air dry or rough dry on medium heat. Its a good idea to use a powder dry shampoo by Alterna Caviar in between washing. It helps prevent your natural scalp oils from getting on the keratin tip on the extensions. which  can break them apart over time.

How many pieces need to be applied for a full head?

It depends. It depends on how long and how dense your hair is and what the desired effect of the extensions  will be. If you are looking for fullness on fine hair then between 40-80 pieces. If you are looking for length it really depends on how long your hair is. The shorter you hair, the more extensions will  be needed to make it appear long. It could take between 60-100 pieces for  length. If you want fullness and length then then you may need between 80-140 pieces.

Are permanent extensions uncomfortable?

If the permanent extensions are applied professionally, they will most likely only be slightly uncomfortable for the first few days when sleeping. The tip of the extension should not be poking out from the bead into the scalp to avoid discomfort. It is also a learning curve learning how to take care of and style your new hair extensions so be prepared to spend some time with a curling iron and flat iron. Adjusting to a new routine may be needed for your new tresses!

Why do salons that offer extensions not carry stock of hair at the salon?

Hair extensions are extremely expensive and in order to have a full stock of hair in the salon for the one or two clients of month who request it is just not good business sense. Also, there have been extensions salons robbed of an entire inventory of hair because of their worth. So, at Emerson Salon specifically it is NOT POSSIBLE TO GET DAY OF or DAY BEFORE extensions appointments.

To learn pricing for I-tip extensions through D’Arcy Hair Design go to www.darcyhairdesign.com/Services.html and book a consultation today! (WARNING: It takes 2-3 business days for hair to arrive once ordered following a consultation. You are charged directly for the hair and beads)

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Wedding Hair by Tara


Here are just a few photo’s of a recent wedding I did this past March. After some heavy rain several days prior to the wedding ( the forecast also called for rain that day) the sun came out, and the sky cleared up just in time to get some amazing shots by http://www.locketstudios.com/! Ellen was a beautiful bride!! We worked together to come up with the perfect look. I did a wrap around/french braid in the back of the head, and a lot of backcombing around the crown/bang area. I used one of my favorite hot tools to create a lot of texture so that it would also give LOT’S of volume, this prevented damaging the hair by trying to braid through backcombing. It’s definitely the season for bridal hair, or just a creative style. If you have a special event coming up, I’d love the opportunity to offer my services to you!

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Seattle Bridal Hair 2012


At this time of year a plethora of June, July and August brides are starting to price their summer nuptials. At Emerson Salon, we have some news for our wives to be- it is possible to have an Emerson Salon stylist onsite at your disposal at your preferred location!

My name is D’Arcy and I specialize in formal, vintage and bridal hairstyling. If you take a look at my online portfolio (DARCYHAIRDESIGN on facebook) you can see the examples I have of many joyous brides who were ecstatic with what I came up with for their big day.

I updated my price list recently and here is the latest info on my pricing:
Formal Style in salon………………………………………………………………$65-$85
Bridal Updo in salon………………………………………………………..$110.00-$140
Bridal Practice+pics in salon………………………………………………………$40.00
Formal Styling On-Site*………………………………………………………$85 per hour
Formal Styling On-Site Day Rate (12 or more hours)*…………………..$850 ($170off)
(Travel costs will be added for on-site stylings if not provided)
(*required: electrical outlet, table+chair, dry environment, $100 deposit up to 1 week before)

Consultations are always free and if you have a larger bridal party and a small amount of time- I can pull in a colleague or two to accomodate your matron/maid of honor and extra bridesmaids. We can even style the groom and groomsmen!

Whether you want to be pampered inside our salon or beyond I am sure Emerson Salon and D’Arcy Hair Design can confidently serve you!

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