Monday, October 13, 2014

2014 Organic Hair Color Fall Trends

The crunch of crimson colored leaves and alluring scent of autumn spice can only mean one thing – fall is in the hair! So sit fireside, warm up your Pinterest pinning-finger, and check out these fall 2014 hair color trends.
The red-orange undertones of Auburn Harvest, one of the most sought-after fall hair color trends, are an ideal match for warm skin tones – pale or dark. Auburn’s brownish-red tint will bring out your skin color’s naturally golden hues, giving you a soft, healthy glow.

Rich and delectable, red velvet is sure to please any sweet toothed, true olive-skinned lady, like Ariana Grande (seen left).

Ruby red with jets of violet? Give a warm welcome to Plumberry. This fall 2014 hair color trend is the perfect match for cool or neutral skin tones looking for a dark red hair color.
Have a warm skin tone? Save the welcome and steer clear of too much violet in your hair color formula – they tend to make your skin color look yellow and sallow.

It wouldn’t be fall without ribbons of caramel highlights frolicking hand-in-hand with a rich, mocha hair color.

For brunettes with a warm base and skin tone, shy away from the frosted chestnut, and embrace your hair’s natural shade with these toffee tones.
For added dimension, pair subtle copper hues with caramel highlights to brighten the face area.

For those with black or dark brown hair color, say hello to black currant. This purpley-black hair color compliments cool brunettes looking to add a little (or a lot) of violet.
Adding this color to a soft sombre or reverse ombré, is the optimal way to blend imperial purple with a natural brown hair color.

Simply irresistible, chocolate hair color can come in different shades, depending which flavor you’re trying to embody.
For a warm, milk chocolate color, look to soft copper highlights to add dimension.
For dark chocolate, focus on your cool brown shades.

Remarked for its ashy tones, cool blonde hair color is a breeze for fall. 
The pairings of dark ash and clear blonde is a popular fall hair color trend for blondes, especially since keeping light hair fresh during winter can be a ha

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.