Friday, August 1, 2014

Before & After Photos

The salon has been busy with new clients! Below are some photos of Paul & Abby. 

Paul came to me after bleaching his own hair out at home 7 times, and finally wanted an alternative way of lifting his Level 1 Asian hair without all the chemicals. He processed under heat for 40 minutes, then cooling for 20 and at no point did his scalp tingle, itch or even burn! 

We applied a toner twice before he left to alleviate some orange/yellow hues because his goal was slate gray/silver.

After having lifted his hair that blonde, he returned a week later for another toner application and voilĂ !

Abby came to me after not having her hair cut in almost a year, with 4-6 inches of regrowth and a completely lost shape. Her goal was red, so we combined a few bottles of this, a few bottles of that, incorporating 3 different red tones with foiling techniques suited for curly hair.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 Summer Hair Color Trends

Not everyone has to go blonde in summer, and Britney Spears proves that!

There’s no denying it. 

One the most popular hair color tones for summer is copper!

But for those that want to stay more natural....

Not only is bronde one of the hottest haircolors of 2014, it’s also one of the most versatile. Feel free to add a few more lighter pieces if you’re look for a more blonde than brown look, but this is a great base to start with!

Don't want all over warmth? Dark ash blonde with subtle, warmer pieces at the bottom is a great way to kick off summer. The sun’s rays will likely lighten the color up by mid summer, leaving nothing, but beautiful natural highlights in it’s wake.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate vs. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate vs Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate vs. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate vs Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Three of the most commonly confused ingredients in shampoos 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate: Derived from coconut and palm oils; a safe, skin-friendly surfactant (foaming agent) for both skin and hair. This mild plant derived surfactant creates a rich, luxurious lather that effectively removes surface oil, dirt and bacteria, without stripping or drying sensitive skin. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is also hydrophilic. This means it is attracted to water, which enables it to dissolve more readily in water, thus providing superior rinseablility. This is the ingredient found in Concept Vert; keep that in mind as you continue to read on. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: An ingredient placed in our shampoos to create those fun bubbles that we all thought was keeping our hair clean. Yes, your shampoo is a foaming cocktail of ingredients that half the time you can’t pronounce. The problem is, some of the ingredients in your foaming cocktail sound harsh and all too familiar, but really are quite the opposite.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), is a detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). SLES is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent.[1] SLES, SLS, ALS and sodium pareth sulfate are surfactants that are used in many cosmetic products for their cleansing and emulsifying properties. They behave similarly to soap.

SLES is an irritant like many other detergents, with the irritation increasing with concentration.[2] It has also been shown that SLES causes eye or skin irritation in experiments done on animals and humans.[2] The related surfactant SLS is a known irritant,[3][4] and research suggests that SLES can also cause irritationafter extended exposure in some people.[5][6] Toxicology research by the U.S. OSHA and IARC supports the conclusions of the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) and the American Cancer Society that SLES is not a carcinogen.[citation needed]

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate vs. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate:
Although an ingredient's name may sound similar to another, it does not mean that the molecules are similar with respect to shape, size, performance or even function. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate sounds similar to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate; however, the two molecules are quite different from each other. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is a large molecule ingredient. Large molecule ingredients are considered to be mild, gentle, and non-irritating, as they cannot penetrate the skin. In contrast, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a small molecule ingredient, and is capable of penetrating the skin, which can increase the occurrence of skin irritation.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is the cheap detergent that is put into your shampoos to make those big bubbles. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate helps to create those big bubbles too! There’s a catch. One is a harsh cheap chemical and the other, to your surprise is a natural ingredient. What we know about this natural ingredient is that it is derived from coconut and palm oils; it is completely 100% safe for our skin. This plant derived ingredient effectively helps to remove oil, dirt and bacteria, without drying or irritating even the most sensitive skin. Again, this natural ingredient is the one found in Concept Vert.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Split Ends Gone in 10 Minutes WITHOUT a Haircut!

10 Minutes & No More Damaged Hair!


This is a new non-formaldehyde product that has an ingredient called amodimethicone that provides TARGETED conditioning your damages areas!

Pricing for this awesome treatment (I've done it, yes it's wonderful!):

Add on to style is ONLY $18

This lasts for 4 weeks, so for those that are wanting to grow a bit more and protect what you have from thermal damages, increase your shine, resist product buildup, AND impart shine - this is for you.

Utilizing a proprietary Thermo-Marine Bonding System™, this treatment fills in and binds broken hair fibers together, instantly mending split ends while a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex prevents future breakage by protecting ends against daily styling and environmental damage. 
The end result is instantly repaired, stronger, healthier ends protected against future breakage.

 There is no down time; you may wash your hair, exercise, put your hair in a clip, ponytail or bun without worry!