Amazing Hair Color
Amazing hair color begins with shine, texture and flow. In order to achieve amazing hair color you need an amazing stylist. Amazing hair color comes with by way of an amazing salon where stylists are trained to see your hair, skin and lifestyle all as one component and big picture. They tie it all together in order to give you the best outcome. Amazing hair color usually has some depth, even if your hair color is blonde it needs some dimension and movement (flow). This is what is meant by texture in hair color. The shine is important too. You cannot have amazing hair color and have dull hair. Your hair must, I repeat must be healthy to be amazing. Some of us have this image of a model, hair blowing in a fan. That is not what will make your hair color look amazing. This is:
First and foremost, never lighten your hair without using the bond multiplier Olaplex. It is a patented product and it will save your hair. I also highly recommend that you take home Olaplex #3 and use it once a week. It will keep your hair healthy in between hair color treatments. Because your hair is healthy it will also maintain it’s natural shine.
Also, if you blow dry your hair, try using a light mist shine spray from the mid-shaft down. What this does is calm the fly-aways that we all get. It also adds to the shine. My favorite is Kenra Silkening Mist because it is light and smells like vanilla and cherry dream. Here is how it looks:
Amazing hair color is also dependent on texture. Texture relies on your hair color having multi-dimension. Even if you choose to have only one color or all over color it should have several colors when the light hits it. Amazing hair color looks lighter in sunlight and darker indoors. Your hair color should reflect light, even without highlights or balayage treatments. If you do choose those treatments you will have more texture and dimension. It all depends on your desired look. Remember that contrast and similarities in the colors that you choose will determine the amount of texture that you get. For example, if you choose a very dark base color and a light highlight color you will have a lot of dimension. Where if you choose a medium base color and a caramel highlight you will have a much more subtle amount of dimension. Let’s take a look at both:
Here is a photo taken of a clients hair who we decided that putting both some warm hair color tones and blonde hair color tones would add great texture.
Flow and amazing hair color
Flow and amazing hair color work in two ways. First, you must have a haircut that works with your color and face shape. Secondly, please, please get your haircut regularly. If you have split ends that are dry and weighing down your hair you are not going to have the healthy, shiny flowy hair that you want. Also, if you have heavy thick hair and it needs to be thinned out it is not going to flow or move well if it has been three months since you have had a haircut. A trim will go a long way in making and keeping your amazing hair color amazing. Long hair that is unhealthy is not pretty ladies. Please consider taking off a little each time you get it colored. In the long run, your hair will thank you with amazing hair color!
Here at Studio 229 we specialize in custom hair color and we always use Olaplex when lightening the hair. We have several other blogs where we have posted pictures of our work. Here are some of those links:
Our work can also be viewed on our instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/studio_229_hair_salon/
Natural/Organic Products are the best choice for your hair, skin and the planet. The reason is because additives like sulfates strip out hair color and parabens contribite to the growth of breast cancer cells (https://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/news/20151027/parabens-breast-cancer#1). Parabens are commonly found in products like Nivea skin cream and other popular products carried in salons, online and in grocery stores. There are many other additives (formaldehyde, gluten, denatured alcohol, artificial colors etc.) in non natural/organic products that have no benefits for your hair or skin. Therefore, it is best to stick with products that are as natural/organic as possible. Here at Studio 229 hair design and spa we do are best to find and carry natural/organic products that offer amazing results. Here are some of our choices.
Eminence Organic Skin Care
This product is natural/organic from head to toe. The company and the products are 100% green. Here is the rundown:
- Explore the award-winning Eminence Certified Organic Farm and see where certified organic ingredients grow.
- Ingredient farms in Hungary are powered by solar and wind energy
- Natural compost during planting
- Planting and harvesting is conducted manually to decrease CO2 emissions
- Use of only natural plant preservation techniques
- Our partners and farms produce natural, organic and Biodynamic® fruits and vegetables
- Products are handmade without severe heating or hydrogenating processes that can affect the nutritional content and potency of natural ingredients
- Vitamins are captured in their all-natural fresh base, and seeds, pulps and peels impart regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce
- Free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harsh cosmetic chemicals
- All boxes are made from post-consumer recycled material and can be recycled
- Containers are made out of recycled, non-toxic plastic and are recyclable
- All packing boxes are reused or recycled
- Packing chips are made of 100% biodegradable corn that dissolves harmlessly in water
- Eco-friendly software system means less printed invoices
- Electricity usage is offset with wind power credits and solar panels on the roof
- Letterhead printed on post-consumer recycled paper using vegetable-based inks
- All paper used in the office is recycled
- Office space is designed as an eco-alternative building
TRANSPORTATION AND DISTRIBUTION
- Courier company uses hybrid vehicles
- Large shipments are sent on trucks running biodiesel made from recycled household vegetable oil
- Products are shipped by air with Lufthansa – the leading airline in the fight against climate change
- 92% of employees walk, bike or take public transit to work
GREEN SPA PROGRAM
FORESTS FOR THE FUTURE
- We plant a tree for every product sold through Forests for the Future
- Eminence Organic Skin Care is proud to be a Certified B Corporation®. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
- B Corp™ certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or LEED certification for a building. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.
We love Eminence products and they are priced very well. With face washes priced at $38 and moisturizers priced between $48-$72 it is affordable for most people. We are also offering Eminence at a 20% discount for the holidays! We just placed another order because we are having a hard time keeping these amazing products on the shelf. We do special orders if need be so please feel free to place any order with us and shipping is free.
Neuma Natural Hair Products
Neuma’s tag line is, healthier hair, world, you. They pride themselves on Zero synthetic fragrance, phthalates, isothiazolinones, sulfates, parabens, bromides, sodium chloride, soy, aluminum compounds, glycols, ureas, formaldehyde donors. Here are some of the reasons why……
Soy…More than 90% of soy produced in the U.S. is genetically modified and the crops are sprayed with herbicides which may be associated with adverse health effects.
Formaldehyde…Biocide, denaturant and preservative. Known carcinogen causing allergic, irritant and contact dermatitis, headaches and chronic fatigue. Vapor is extremely irritating to the eyes, nose and throat. Listed by skin deep as a level 10 hazard.
Synthetic Fragrance… the word fragrance indicates the presence of any of over 5,000 known chemical substances including phthalates. Only 1,500 have been tested for safety. Over 850 are known to be toxic or carcinogenic. Public disclosure of chemical used in fragrance is protected by the”Federal trade secrets” act and is the best place to hide additional objectionable chemicals. Skin Deep list Fragrance as a Level 8 Hazard.
Here is the whole list printed from Neuma:
The thing we here love most about Neuma products is that they are natural. The other things that we love is that they lather well, smell great, work by giving the hair great body, shine and are priced well. This product is very nice in comparison to other professional products and we are very happy we brought it into the salon. Here is a photo of the Neuma line at Studio 229 Hair Design and Spa:
Sojourn Natural Hair Care Products
Sojourn is a nice line of Natural hair care products that caters to people who a conscious about what type of chemicals that they put on their hair. Of course, like Neuma, they don’t use parabens, synthetic fragrances etc. We here at Studio 229 have had this product on our shelves for several years and really enjoy the line. It is my favorite hair spray and I use their leave on conditioner on everybody before I cut their hair. You really cannot go wrong with this line. There claim to fame is that the product balances out the PH of your hair. I have found this to be true. Although I have no way to measure the ph of my hair, it does feel soft and luxurious after several shampoos and conditions of using this product line. This is why we continue to use this line year after year. Natural, with consistent results is all anyone can ask for in a professional hair care line.
The point is it is always a good idea to pay attention to the ingredients in the products that you put on your body. We at Studio 229 will make sure that all of the products that we sell to you are safe for you, your family and the planet. We promise to do our best to research every product line and make the best informed decision possible.
Extensions and Hair Color
are like peanut butter and jelly or Yin and Yang. Extensions and hair color must match perfectly. Therefore, it is best to have your extension stylist also color your hair.
When you are looking for an expert extension stylist, make sure that stylist colors hair well. There is nothing worse, or more revealing, than hair color that doesn’t match the large extension investment you just made. There are a lot of people out there doing extensions and hair color. I would suggest making sure that the stylist you choose has at least 5 years experience, and advanced training, doing both extensions and hair color.
Extensions come in many different types. They are 100% human hair and come in 18 inches or 22 inches. Here at Studio 229 Hair Design we use #Babeextensions There are tape-ins, I-tips and keratins. The type of extensions that are done on your hair is decided in the initial consultation. The type of extension used depends on the texture of your hair, the density and the desired length. Sometimes it is best to do a combination of techniques because, your hair texture may be fine on the sides and thicker in back. For example this I-tip technique does not always work well on thin sides. Because the hair is slippery, so the beads slip, and the hair falls out.
Therefore, if your sides are really thin, tape-ins are often used. Here is what that looks like:
Sometimes we cut these extension in half. This gives a smaller, more natural effect. Here at Studio 229, the stylists do not use the Keratin hair extensions because they are basically glue and too damaging on the hair when the extension is removed.
Extensions come in balayage, highlighted and solid hair colors. Extensions also are very processed with hair color. More often than not, stylists have to color your hair to match the extensions. Sure, stylists can match your hair color to the extensions, but only with hair color. Because the extensions are so processed, hair color is what gets the perfect match.
A hair stylists who is an expert in hair color will be able to match the extensions with no problems. Especially one who has been working with hair extensions for at least five years. Here are a couple of examples of DeAnna’s work:
Studio 229, in Seattle is one of the only salons that does NOT charge a markup on the hair. That’s right, whatever we pay is what you pay! We make our profit from installing the extensions onto your head and from coloring your hair. If you would like to see a full menu of our prices, here is a link to our website’s price list; https://www.studio229.net/hair/
A free consultation is required if you would like extensions. You can call the salon at 206-322-6325 or you can book online; https://www.studio229.net/request/
If you prefer to read more about extensions or hair color here are a couple of previous blogs:
Also if you are interested in looking at Babe hair extensions (they are amazing) Basset Salon Services carries them. https://www.4bassett.com/
Don’t buy them as the markup is insane.
Current Hair Trends
Current hair trends that may appeal to you or give you ideas as to how you may want to style or color and cut your hair. I hope that some of these ideas give you inspiration!
Dye it Blue
Blue is one of the hottest colors of 2018. An electric blue has been seen all over fashion runways this season. Also seen in Sci-fi thrillers like Hailey Baldwin. Mixing this fabulous color is fun, current and trendy:
For the more experimental hair chameleons out there, be warned, blue does not wash out easily. If you are are afraid of commitment you may want to avoid this color.
Keep Your Natural Curl
There is a current trend with natural textured hair. Keeping your curl is not only trendy, but easy and beautiful. Forget the relaxor curly girls, this is your year!
Avoid brushing textured hair. Use your fingers on wet hair, apply product and then just leave it alone.
From Selena Gomez to Lily Collins, dirty blonde is the new A-list hair colour trend du jour. Keep the roots dark, and the lengths a warm golden blonde to get the trend bang on. It is true that it use to be about getting your hair whiter and whiter because it seemed so unattainable. I’ve been saying it for awhile now, golden shades are the new platinum.
Big & Bouncy
There was a time when everyone seemed to use a straightening iron. Now, it seems like everyone uses the curling iron. Sometimes it’s beachy waves and sometimes it’s smaller curls, with a little Puff Me:
and hairspray. This is a great product for lift at the roots. Whatever the case, it’s all about a whole lot of bounce to keep up with the models at fashion week this year. Think Cindy Crawford and her white T-shirt and jeans. It really is a timeless look.
A little granny chic, a whole lot of Rivera cool. Head scarves are back. Working there way down Marc Jacobs runway and Derek Lam’s, grab your aunt’s printed silk head scarf to look oh so SS18.
Ideally scarfs should be worn with an Italian luxe and feel. Wear it tied flat around the head with a low chignon with bounce at the crown and embrace the flyaway texture to keep it young and cool. Antique patterns and textures make it a real feature.
Bobs with Fringes
Bobs and even longer cuts are trending with more layers and fringes. This provides more of a natural and fuller look to the hair. It makes it easier for you to curl your hair and also makes styling your hair fun because there is facial framing. It gives your face and eyes points of connection which can really enhance your features as well.
If you are interested in reading more about current trends, here are a couple of links
If you have any questions, consultations are always free at studio229. My name is DeAnna and I would love to meet you. We have online booking at: https://www.studio229.net/request/or just call the salon:
Around the World Haircuts
Around the world there are some amazing things happening with hair. I’m not gonna lie. If I want to keep up with what is really happening in the world of hair, I have to do my research. Sure, continuing my education is important, but due diligence is a must. There are many places that I find out what is going to be hot here in Seattle next season; because, it takes about a year for use to catch up with Europe. I can look at an Italian Vogue, see what is happening with millenials on the streets of Paris and London. Models that strut their stuff down Milan’s high fashion runways often have magnificent hair too.
In Paris long layers that softly frame your face are very “french” right now because they are easy and effortless. “It works so well because it’s multi-functional, low maintenance, and enables you to wear it your own way,” hairstylist Sam Burnett, owner and creative director of Hare & Bone, told us. “You can move it forward to frame your face or tuck it back to open up your features. It essentially offers a 2-in-1 cut without the maintenance of a full fringe.”
This beautiful girl has the quintessential French girl cut. That is, soft layering that allows your natural texture to air-dry perfectly (slaving over your hair is so not French) and, of course, effortlessly-windswept, long bangs.
Let it be known that Australia has a high-end hair scene. I love Insta-stalking Melbourne’s Salon XVI to source cool haircut inspiration from the land Down Under. The Aussie salon does blond, balayage, and crazy color transformations — but when it come to cuts, it’s all about a shiny finish and sharp ends. Even when they curl the hair they use a straightening iron to straighten the ends and show off the blunt ends. For them it is all about the bluntness.
Famous for birthing the Scandi wave, hairstylist Nicci Welsh knows about the haircuts trending in Denmark — because she’s setting them. “There is a big trend right now for curls and embracing your natural texture,” she says. Welsh tells us that more designers are embracing individualism, choosing models with a wide array of textures, which is inspiring the cuts.
So why are people taking their curls shorter now? “In spring we saw more big, curly styles,” Welsh explains. “This has led to the curly bob being the sought after cut of the moment.” Så sjovt! (So fun!)
Seattle, United States
Around the world and back home! We love our Lob (long bob) because it grows out back to our long hair and beachy waves that we can curl or straighten. I think the thing that Americans love so much about their hair is the versatility of being able to wear their hair straight one day and the next curl it. What is trending globally is a desire to wear more of a natural look that requires less maintenance. This is the main difference that I see between the U.S. and the other countries. I believe that the trend of cutting the hair so that it falls into the best possible style with the least possible maintenance is already here.