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Olaplex at Studio 229

Studio 229 Uses Olaplex

Olaplex at Studio 229 has became a staple. When lightening one’s hair, Olaplex has become the most  important ingredient of all time and is truly revolutionary  to prevent breakage and maintain the integrity of the hair, that Studio 229 recommends that ALL clients use Olaplex. Since the product has now been on the market for about two years we have found some creative ways to use Olaplex that work better than even we could have ever imagined.  If you are new to the product, let me give you a quick run down to the amazing product first, then I will introduce you to some of the benefits of why Olaplex is so important when lightening your hair, and then I will tell you some of the creative ways in which I, Deanna have found it to work even better than how the directions recommend if you are battling dry or extremely chemically treated hair.

Olaplex is a three part treatment that multiples the bonds of your hair. The first part of the treatment is added to the lightener to begin to rebuild the bonds while they are being broke down.

Step 2 is basically a deep conditioner that is applied at the salon after the lightener is rinsed out. Like step #3, it must be shampooed out to prevent limp hair. Usually at the salon it is left on about ten minutes and then shampooed out. I have found that if this step is skipped the hair cuticle is open at this point, so the conditioner can really soak up the bond multiplier. I made the mistake of skipping this step on my own hair and really noticed the difference.

Step 3 is a take home product and can be purchased at Studio 229 for $28.00. I recommend using Olaplex step 3 once a week according to the direction but will also tell you some creative ways to use it. Since Olaplex is a bond multiplier, and split ends are a problem especially on fine and chemically treated hair, I recommend putting a very small amount onto your ends and leaving it there. I have found that doing so bonds those split ends together and really makes your hair feel and look healthy. This can be done twice a week and blown dry right into the hair. I have had great results doing this on even the finest of hair without weighing the hair down.

Although Olaplex #3 seems like a small bottle it really last a long time. There is no need to use a large amount. A little goes a long way. Although my hair is rather fine one of these small bottles last me about 4 months. Remember I am only using the product once a week and then using about a pea size on my ends twice a week. Sometimes if I’m not going anywhere on the weekend I will leave the once a week treatment in all day and night and just shampoo the next morning for an added extra treatment. Here are some pictures of people who’s hair Studio 229 has lightened using Olaplex:

                                      Studio 229 Uses Olaplex              

Studio 229 Uses Olaplex

Studio 229 Uses Olaplex

You get the point. As you can see most of these clients have naturally very dark hair. I pulled these photos from our facebook page:
Studio 229 Hair Design and Spa and there are several more on there of people who have gotten their hair lightened here using Olaplex and are also using it at home to keep their hair healthy.

So whether you choose to let me, Deanna lighten your locs,  or go somewhere else, please use Olaplex!


Studio 229 Spa Now Offering Sugaring

I would like to introduce the lovely Cecilia to Studio 229. She is our new Esthetician. She is leasing the spa across the hall and getting her new business SKIN off to a great start. Her specialty is organic skin care and hair removal in the form of sugaring.



Wax is an adhesive, meaning that it adheres to your skin. As a result, when you remove the wax (and hair) from your skin, you will experience a good bit of pain. Unlike waxing. our sugar paste does not adhere to your skin; therefore, it is a lot less painful when the hair and sugar is removed. Plus, with sugar we remove hair in the natural direction of growth. The end result is beautiful, silky smooth skin.

The sugaring process is totally safe, is completely natural and water soluble. In fact, our product is so safe that it is even edible. When you choose to use sugar, you veer away from the chemical-based waxing products that are typically used in the hair removal process.

Sugaring will not:

  • Damage your skin
  • Burn your skin
  • Scar your hair follicles
  • Promote ingrown hair
  • Cause unsightly “pits” for your facial skin

Sugaring is far superior to wax when it comes to protecting your skin and keeping it smooth and supple.

SKIN at Studio 229 the sugar is applied in the natural direction of growth for your hair. That is in contrast to waxing, which removes against the grain. This only causes unnecessary pain and discomfort. By going with the grain, sugaring removes hair with less pain.

Also, sugar doesn’t stick to live skin cells. Wax does. When you turn to sugar for hair removal, you use something that isn’t an adhesive.

Feel free to call the salon or book online at if you would like to come and see Cecilia and experience this less painful, organic, better form of hair removal.

Are you Ready for Hair Extensions?

In this blog I will attempt to answer many of your question about hair extensions. Hair extensions not only add length to your hair but they will also add fullness. If your hair is very short (1-4 inches) it is best to let your hair grow a bit before putting in hair extensions or at least know that your hair should only be extended about 4 inches as a good rule of thumb for short hair. The reason being is that if you extend the hair to far beyond that it will not blend well and not look natural. The whole idea is to make your hair look longer, and thicker while making it look natural.

If your hair is longer, lets say shoulder length than it is okay to extend your hair as long as you would like. This is because it is easy to blend the extension hair with your hair by layering the extension hair in with your hair to get a natural look. Here is an example:
before and after hair extensions
The type of extensions that we use here at Studio 229 Hair Design and Spa are called I-Tip hair extensions. We like this type of extension because it is the least damaging to the hair. There are several other methods to apply extensions such as bonding however we believe that bonding is very damaging to the hair because it uses glue. Hair designers will tell you it is a peptide made of the same thing that your hair is made out of. However, it is glue. When you go to have that method tightened and they have to take them out they have to use acetone to break down the glue. You lose a lot of your own hair. The exact thing you are trying to avoid.
The other common method is tape. The adhesive in tape is also damaging to the hair. It is also a glue substance. This form of extensions is probably the cheapest for most stylist only charge around $100 for application and tightening. However again, it is very damaging so if you one day want to wear your real hair again beware of the consequences and balding that will occur.
The least damaging is the I-Tip method. This method is applied in a horse shoe pattern in the back of the head so that it flows like the natural hair would:
i tip extensions
The sides of the extensions are applied in a rounded up and down pattern. These patterns create a flow to the extensions that make the hair look as natural as possible. Color matching is done before the extensions are applied and most clients are so happy with their new long, thick gorgeous hair that they dance out of the salon with the biggest ear to ear grins that one has ever seen.

If you are thinking about getting extensions consultations are always free at studio 229. Give us a call at (206)322-6325

Holiday Hair

When thinking about how to wear your hair for your holiday party think loose curls. Think soft, sexy and think of adding a little bling. It is okay to add a headband or some interest to your holiday hair. Something that matches your dress or just pulls your hair off your face just right:

Nice Bling in Headband

Even though the model in this image has shorter hair the headband makes her hair look a little more “dressed up”. There are several other ways to wear accessories in your hair to look more dressed up. Here are a couple of examples:

This pin adds sparkle to this up-do.

Usually bobby pins are hidden in easy up-dos like this one. However, when you have easy dos like this one and great glam pins like this there is no reason to hide your pins. Flaunt them please!

Beautiful pin, beautiful hair.

The last thing you want to think about when at your holiday party is your hair. Often an accessory not only helps to keep your hair out of your face but is also is a pretty way to hold your hair. Notice how this person uses this barrette to hold the hair in a cross-over fashion. This adds some interest to the hair. It is very simple. Another way to add interest is to simply  take a chunk of hair and twist it all the way back and then use a pretty barrette to pin it:

Twisted Hair

Some people like to replace the twist with a braid but this is less formal. This twist technique can also be used with curls or any other form of up-do or wearing your hair down. We here at Studio 229 Salon and Spa we love to do Holiday hair and would love to give you advice on what would look best on you based on your face shape. Give us a call at 206-322-6325. We would also love to do your holiday up-do for you. Feel free to visit our web  site at We are located in Seattle on Capitol Hill on the corner of Broadway and Thomas. Hope to hear from you!

Want perfect brows?

perfect brows

We are no longer living in the days of pencil thin brows. Time to stop the tweezing and rethink your eyebrows. Here at Studio 229 we pride ourselves in staying up to date on hair and beauty trends to keep you looking hip! Natural, full, well shaped brows are really in right now.

As you get older and continue to wax and tweeze your eyebrows they may, over time, stop growing in. It is important to not over tweeze. If this happens there is still hope to have full, natural looking brows. Finding a good brow filler (pencil or powder) can create the illusion of perfect brows. Studio 229 also offers brow tinting which can help create that illusion.

Never had a brow wax? Want to complete your look and shape up your brows? Studio 229 Estheticians will take your unshaped brows and shape them to perfectly compliment your facial features. Brows should always start where the corner of the eye begins. The arch of your brow is found 3/4 of the way across the brow. Eyebrows are often done incorrectly when the arch is not far enough over and starts in the center of the brow. Thickness is always the clients preference but remember you can always wax more off. It is harder to grow them back in after extensive tweezing and waxing.

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