Getting Perfect Hair Extensions
To get the perfect hair extensions you must figure out what type of extensions are best suited for you. There are several different types of hair extensions. For example, there are I-tips, tape-ins and ones that are actually glued to your hair (Keratin). Deciding on which kind is bested suited for you is important because the wrong type can be very damaging. Sometimes a combination is best. For example, if you have fine hair on the sides and thicker in the back it is often best to put tape in on the back and i-tips on the sides.
Matching the type of hair extensions best suited for your hair also depends on the desired length. This is because types of extensions fall differently and have different looks. For example, the i-tips are applied in a horseshoe section and are smaller in diameter. They often work better on people with finer hair or people who wear their hair up a lot.
The tape-in extensions tend to work a little better on people with thicker hair. The keratin extensions work best if your hair short. This is because it is easier to build a base. Also, if your hair is shorter and you are trying to extend the length you may need to wear it layered in order to blend your hair with the extensions in order to make it look natural.
Figuring out which technique of hair extensions is perfect for you requires a consultation. Not only can a qualified stylist can tell you what type of extensions are best suited for your texture of hair, there is also the color match to consider. I highly recommend having the same stylist color your hair and do the extensions. There are several reasons for this. But the main reason is that, your stylist knows exactly what color of extensions s/he is using and can match the color easier than someone not doing the extensions.
The former Ed Wyse (now Basset Beauty Supply) carries a really great brand of hair extensions called Babe Extensions. They are open to the public and have several locations all over the city. https://www.4bassett.com/
You can always pop by there and check out their hair. Don’t buy it though as I get a discount on it and do not charge you a markup. I will get it for you at cost.
If you are in the market for the perfect hair extensions you can read a bit more on our website. https://www.studio229.net/extensions/
Consultations are always free, we can do a color match and I will help you decide what type of extensions are best suited for your hair texture and length. I hope this has been helpful. Feel free to call the salon or book online
Amazing Holiday Hair Color
I suggest three pretty simple steps: Decide on what look you like. Discuss this with an experienced professional. Last, but not least, enjoy your beautiful amazing holiday hair color!
Deciding on what look you like is the most difficult of the three steps. There is a lot to consider. For example, maintenance and budget. I would also suggest bringing photos to your stylist. It is true, photos speak a thousand words.
Another resource for you is fashion shows. Sometimes these models are compensated free services from the top salons. Check out the models hair for trends, ease of style and color ideas.
Bring your photos and ideas into a professional stylist. Good stylists will explain maintenance and costs options. Together the both of you will agree on an option that fits your lifestyle and budget. Here is an article that explains different techniques in hair colors
Since fashion week is already putting out Spring 2018 looks, here is a link to some trends to get out started
Once you have your amazing holiday hair you can rest assured that is one thing down in this busy season we all know as the holidays. Wether you are new to Seattle, or a native, you can rest assured that you have done your homework, know what is on point, and you will look your best this holiday season!
Summer Blonde Hair
Who doesn’t want Summer blonde hair. Going a little lighter for summer is always a good idea. The question is how much lighter? This would depend on how fare or ash your skin tone is. Also, take into consideration your natural hair color. One would also want to think about the look you are trying to achieve. For example, are you trying to achieve a natural sun in look or are you going for a more bleached out, hair color statement. One should also consider the upkeep. An all over bleach could easily break the bank, as touch-ups should be done every 5 weeks. Balayages, on the other hand, can sometimes go 3+ months between touch-ups.
Before your Appointment
It is important to have a good idea of what you want. Go to Google and type in words like “blonde highlights” or “blonde balayage” or “summer blonde.”This way when you come into the salon you have saved pictures of hair colors that you like. A stylist may have an idea of what looks good on you. But it is what he or she likes. This way, a stylist can guide you based off of the above considerations. Please pick a salon that specializes in hair color. In the end it will be worth it.
During your Appointment
Plan on spending at least 2+ hours at the salon. It is also best to get your ends trimmed after you get your hair colored. Always visit salons that use Olaplex when lightening. Even though this product is a little expensive it keeps your hair healthy! Once you have found a stylist that does a great job on your hair, stick with that person. There are several reasons why. But that is for another blog post. A good stylist will consult with you about your hair lightening and explain why you should do what they want you to do. It may be a process that takes several appointments. Or it may be achieved in that appointment.
Summer Blondes from Studio 229
After your appointment
It is important to use color safe shampoo and conditioner on your new summer blonde hair. Also, don’t forget your Olaplex #3. The most important thing is to enjoy your lightened, beautiful blonde hair!
If you are looking to lighten your hair for summer, check out Studio 229. Here is a link to our top colorist https://www.studio229.net/deanna/ You can also read about our hair color services here https://www.studio229.net/seattle-hair-color/
We also have online booking! https://www.studio229.net/request/
Olaplex Hair lightening
Once upon a time at your local upscale salon there was a girl who would dream of shiney golden blonde tresses that would glimmer in the sun. However her natural locs were thin and fine. Furthermore they were dark and bleaching them caused breakage, frizzes so eventually her dreams and hair were both broken. One sunny afternoon there was a white Box that came with a strange name who introduced itself: It was Olaplex Hair Lightening treatment.
“Hello my dear, I’m Olaplex”, said the subject. Reluctantly the dreamy girl who had been charmed many times before realized that there was something different about this. For example, Olaplex stood tall, with two accomplices by his side. One to be used during the lightening process and one to be used after like a deep conditioner. However, the dreamy girl would not be subject to looks alone.
The best way to see if this dreamy product produces what it claims is to use it.
First up, a bit of basic hair chemistry. I’ve posted about hair chemistry before in my explanation of how hair straightening and perming work, but here’s a quick recap:
Hair contains lots of keratin proteins, which has the amino acid cysteine. Cysteine is special because it contains a sulfur (S) atom. Normally, two sulfurs will join together to form a disulfide bond (S-S), creating a link between two proteins:
All these proteins holding hands is partially responsible for your hair’s overall shape and strength. When hair is permed or straightened, these bonds are deliberately broken into two SH (“free thiol”) groups, and then reformed after the hair is pulled into its new shape. Reforming these bonds typically takes a few days (hence not washing your hair for a few days after perming, since it warps the shape).
However, that’s not the only thing that can break disulfide bonds – lye, repeated heat, sunlight, hair styling and chemical treatments like hair colouring will also break disulfide bonds and lead to weakened, damaged hair. The peroxide used in bleaching can help repair disulfide bonds… but can also paradoxically stop them from forming, by capping the SH with a sulfate group, hence the extra damage:
I was initially sceptical of the claims, since so many other hair products claim to do similar things and…don’t. But the patent holders are academic chemists with extremely impressive reputations –Craig Hawker is on the Editorial Board of a lot of high impact factor chemistry journals, and has 17 Angew. Chem. papers on his resume, which is a pretty BFD in the chemistry world. So I wanted to vet this product thoroughly!
The patent has a surprising amount of detail into the mechanism of how it’s supposed to work. The short story is, the two ends of bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate form bonds with the sulfurs, making an artificial, extended disulfide bridge. More specifically, the “dimaleate” part of bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate are what’s known as Michael acceptors. These react with an SH group each in aMichael reaction to form covalent bonds like so:
And so a new disulfide link is formed between the two sulfurs, making the hair stronger. This happens pretty quickly – unlike with hair straightening and perming, these reactions will happen faster than the peroxide capping reaction, meaning hair damage during colouring is drastically reduced. Pretty cool, huh?
It’s neat that there’s a scientifically legit explanation for how Olaplex could work, but does it really happen this way in the real world? There are no published independent scientific trials yet, apart from thousands of rave reviews and before-and-after photos, which are pretty dramatic. There’s also a cool side-by-side comparison in the American Board of Certified Haircolorists Newsletter: they repeatedly shampooed hair after treatment with Olaplex, mineral oil, b3 Brazilian Bond Builder or colorpHlex. Olaplex comes out on top by far, even though the other two proprietary treatments make similar claims (strengthens hair from the inside out, repairs bonds).
I’m looking forward to seeing more comparisons in the coming months, especially with regard to how long the effects of Olaplex last – having coarse black Asian hair, chalkable pastel mermaid hair has always been an unachievable dream, and I’m optimistic that perhaps Olaplex can get me there without any frying!
So now with the use of this product for the last year on many clients with patience and a couple of services it is working well.
Olaplex Hair Lightening
Olaplex Hair Lightening
Olaplex Hair Lightening
With the influx of hair color techniques such as ombre and balayage it is rare that the stylists here at Studio 229 do a regular all over hair color or partial foil. Instead, more commonly stylists cocktail color techniques in order to get hair that is suited to clients lifestyle, skin tone and face framing.
What is so great about this for you is what typically would consume a half day in the hair salon to perform multiple services to achieve these effects and a good portion of your expendable income has now been reduced to a couple of hours and one price tag. Industry innovation in the hair industry goes farther then technique, with additives such as Olaplex the condition of your hair is also left feeling soft, manageable and amazing.
Examples of this can be seen with this soft red with warm tones of blonde and natural brown undertones that show how an all over color was applied to the root area of the hair and then a lightener was painted on to add extra highlights and soften the hair to go with her milky skin tone.
Another example of cocktailing is shown in this picture where an all over color is done and then the hair is painted on the ends and around the face to create lighter ends and darker roots:
This natural look is reminiscent of living in a sunny climate because the hair would naturally fade to lighter on the ends. Most people also tend to be a little lighter around their face. The other advantage to this type of hair coloring is the grow out of the highlight is less obvious and can be done less frequent.
One does not have to be of a certain age group to pull off this type of hair color nor is this any longer considered a trend. A couple of years ago when coloring just the ends of your hair was trending (ombre) in the hair industry it was definitely a trend. Since, hair color has become much more refined and these techniques have graduated into hair color styles that fit every dimension, in every blend, to fit every life style.
If you are tired of the same old hair color and would like to explore something exciting yet refined we would love to consult with you about your hair color. Consultations are always free and we would enjoy a chat about what is best suited for your hair color.