Monthly Archives: November 2013

Our Favorite Things! Split Ends Repair! – Colleen

All of my clients know I’m a big fan of keratin treatments! I do a lot of spot treatments and I know each line well.


Brazilian Blowout has come out with a great product for repairing split ends that I am loving! This is a treatment that can be done with your styling or haircut appointment. I apply a protein solution to the last 2 to 3 inches of your hair, blow-dry and flat-iron the ends only.


This treatment fills in and binds the broken hair fibers together, mending the split ends and helping to prevent future damage. I’m finding that my current keratin clients love it because it refreshes the ends without doing a whole head of keratin.


It’s a great tester for the client that is thinking about getting a keratin treatment and it is a fantastic treatment for highlighted hair or for someone with heat damaged ends. I have been adding the treatment to more and more clients every day, especially now that Chicago winter is upon us! Everyone is loving it and the best part is it adds only $35.00 to your haircut! LOVE!

Men’s Hair Coloring Tips

We’ve noticed that our male color clients have at least doubled in the last few years. Many of our clients feel that competition for jobs is at an all time high and they want to look younger. Some clients are coloring now because they see other men in the the salon having their hair colored and they see great results that look natural.

Biggest mistakes to make when coloring mens hair

Too light – If the color formula is too light the color will look “reddish” even if there is no red in the formula. Most men look better in cooler ashy tones.

Too dark – Never use black! It will never look natural. A pinch of black in the formula will keep the color from going red, but too much and your hair will scream fake.

Allover permanent color – Leaving the corners out will not fool anyone. This is a very dated look and their are much better options out there!

Our favorite techniques

Balayage – If you want a lighter look this is the way to go. In most cases an allover light color will not look natural, will fade with a yellow cast and outgrowth will be obvious. Balayage is a technique where a lightener is strategically painted onto the surface of the hair, determined by the haircut. The look achieved from this is beachy and young!

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Balayage can also be used to lightly blend gray hair by painting a dark color rather then a lightener.

Lowlighting – This can be done if you have at least 2 1/2 ” of hair to work with. Color is applied to a very thin slice of hair wrapped in foil. A section is skipped and another section is wrapped. This is repeated all over the head.

If you have salt and pepper hair this will give you more pepper and even out white patches that stand out.

Gray Blending – Products have come out in recent years that can be brush applied allover and still give a very natural believable result. The gray hair will pick up a shade lighter, there will be no outgrowth and the color will not turn red as it fades.

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