JUNE IS A BIG MONTH

 

So many cool things are happening. For one, it will be Summer and maybe the big ball in the sky will say hello! 

More salon related news, we have some serious milestones happening.

 

As of June, Sara and Nicole will begin their transitions onto the floor as hair cutters. They have completed a portion of our training program, giving them the experience and education to begin taking clients. This is a fun and exciting time for both ladies. While they will still be in our training program, they are armed with more knowledge than many hairdressers in our immediate area. We have high expectations, so our training program has a lengthy and detailed path. Over the next year, the ladies will be transitioning to being on the floor full time as they complete their advanced training.  

 

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Starting in June, on Wednesdays, Sara and Nicole will be taking clients for haircuts at $35. Over the next year they will progressing to higher levels of our program and will have price increases as they graduate within our education program.  

 

Please join us in giving Nicole and Sara a huge CONGRATS! They have been dedicated and hardworking; we are so happy to see them grow!

Additionally, June brings us another amazing person who will be helping with our front desk and organizing the front end of the House for us…. Don’t worry we won’t keep you in suspense forever!!!

XOXO

Mallory

To Wash or NOT to Wash … That is the question....

 

“I haven’t washed my hair in. few days, good thing I m going to the salon today….”

 

   Many people wonder the same thing when planning a trip to the hairdresser: should I wash my hair? I can help answer a few questions to get you a better end result, and save your stylist’s valuable time.

 

   For cutting purposes, it’s best to come in unwashed and dry so the stylist can see how you wear your hair on a normal basis, and how you like it styled. Also, getting shampooed is one of the best parts of the visit. Give us a chance to give you the full effect instead of a “quick wash” because you shampooed that morning.

 

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Essential Hair Care By Davines

   For color, things can get complicated, and depends on your service type. If you’re getting on-scalp color, say grey coverage or a bleach and tone (fully blonde from root to tip), it’s best you don’t shampoo the day of. You shouldn’t wait more than two days, though. Why? Because natural oils do help protect your scalp from unnecessary irritation, but more than a day or two and your color may not take as well, and not fully cover the grey. Too much natural oils on top of hair products can cause a barrier. Plus, it may force your stylist to have to wash your hair before the service, and not allocate the time to chat with you and give the best possible service. 

   

When foiling, nothing is being applied directly to the scalp (unless you get both grey coverage and foils, of course). In this case, you can go a few days more (if that floats your boat). You will be shampooed before the toning step, and all will be right in the world. Also, if your hair is too clean, it may be difficult for your stylist to grip the soft hair with enough tension. 

   

Balayage. Okay, so I would have to categorized this with foiling. But be mindful of how much product you’ve used. If you can’t run a comb through your hair or you can smell the brand of tequila you drank on Saturday night, do us all a favor, and shampoo lightly with little conditioner. 

  

Dry shampoo might be the best thing since sliced bread, but if you know you’re coming in to see us and you want the best possible results, use your best judgment. Can you run your fingers through? Did you obtain dreadlocks not on purpose? Can you change the oil in your car by ringing out your hair? 

 

 So, when in doubt, shampoo the day before your visit. You can’t go wrong. 

XO

Rachel

2019 prom & wedding trends!



Woah, prom season definitely came quickly ...

Let's talk about some looks that are dominating the game. 

1. Soft, lived in locks are a must, whether you have long luscious hair or an edgy shorter style. Glam it up with some beautiful smoky makeup, or look more natural with some bold accessories in your hair to make your style pop. 

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2. Want to dance all night long without having hair down your back? Or are you wearing a prom dress with an amazing ornate back you want to show off? A tousled bun is a great option to compliment your look. 

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3. The ultimate glam pony (personally, one of my favorite looks)! Rock an edgy and voluminous pony to add some flare in your prom photos. 

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So now that we have prom favorites settled, let's talk about the gals that will be saying “I do.” Looks inspired by bridal runway trends are using more natural textures and accessories. Veils are slowly becoming obsolete, while flowers and bold pins are becoming more and more popular. 



1. Beachy and sultry hair are becoming one. Whether you're wearing an elaborate gown or a simple dress, this look is no way boring. 

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2. Soft glamour waves. A classic and timeless look. 

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3. Smooth hair. This simple style makes your dress and makeup the focus, unless you want to add a bold headband. Now that is a gorgeous bride in the making. 

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4. Last but no least! A twist to the classic French twist. This look will have you looking extra chic, but with some bohemian feels. 

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Who's ready to try these stunning looks?!

I am!! Let’s play!!

Happy Hair,

Liz

 

2019 Spring/ Summer Hair Trends we LOVE!!

So spring is here (even though we still feel the chill of the winter), and us Jersey peeps know how quickly we can go from 50 degree weather to 80 degrees, hot, humid, and flip-flop ready. It’s hard to think that we’ll be on the beach any day now, and it’s only 6 SHORT weeks away from Memorial Day!

What does the change of seasons mean for new looks and cool trends? Loads of fun stuff that we’re excited for!! Here’s the breakdown of a few of our favorite things (Cue Julie Andrews …)

1) HELLO Flat Iron, my one true love …

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Heat Shield

Works up to 450* on wet or dry hair. Perfect for all heat tools.

The beach wave is hot right now. It’s become a new go-to look, and we don’t see that vibe going anywhere, anytime soon. But my high school heart is singing sweet tunes of No Doubt looking at all the super skinny straight hair looks! Living for the mega shiny, smooth straight, late 90’s early 2000’s tresses. Don’t let the PTSD of fried hair stop this look from happening; we have way better tech these days to stop that from happening. There are more sophisticated flat irons, actual heat protection mists, and hair masks with ingredients that are so active you can almost see them dancing in the packages. P.S. if your hair is extra challenging during the humid months ask about our Organic de frizzing treatment that last 5-6 months!!

2) Not so basic BOB

Okay, there’s nothing basic “B” about rocking a one length. This LBD of haircuts might be on my forever hot list. You will see this look all throughout the spring and summer. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss are flaunting this classic look. We love it for fine hair to add density and volume. My personal favorite is seeing this shape on curly hair for some serious volume.

Bob by Sara Tomasulo @ Craft House Salon

Bob by Sara Tomasulo @ Craft House Salon

Curly Shag Cut by MalloryZ

Curly Shag Cut by MalloryZ

3) Shag is here and lets be clear … it’s still awesome.

Love, Love, and Love me some amazing texture. No secret that a razor shape is something I lean towards these days. The shag is a great go-to for anyone with tons of weight or heavy hair, and AMAZING for curls. A curly bang is some sort of magic we cannot live without seeing this season. Everyone is loving the 60’s/70’s inspo.

4) GREY

No, not the bleached out, crazy silver look that all the cool kids were doing last year. Actual, natural grey hair. The silver fox look is no longer just for the boys or for someone who “ just gave up.” It’s a freedom from color, and the masses are loving it. I personally love the look of my natural grey hair and have rocked it for years. I got bored a few months ago and went blonde again, and now I miss my grey. I’m looking forward to rocking this trend again!

5) Hair Jewels

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Not your basic hair jewels

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No not Clairs, or icing. Rad hair accessories that pop. Statement pieces talk. Great to make your lazy day hair look polished, purposeful and awesome.

So who is up for a change? We are in full throttle Spring mode right now and excited for all the seasons looks!!

xox

MalloryZ

So you’ve heard….summer is coming, you need to be a blonde now!

HOW TO GET FROM DRAB WINTER, TO HAPPY SUMMER BLONDE.

Well…is it actually possible? 

 

If you have natural dark colored hair, going blonde doesn’t happen overnight or maybe it does if you spend 6+hrs with us…but realistically it takes time and multiple appointments to get you there, while ALSO keeping the integrity of the hair.

 

“But I’m already blonde…” well good news for you, it might be an easier transition to get you lighter! Nonetheless, adding more blonde over multiple sessions is still the best way to keep your hair as healthy as possible. 

 

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If you know you are a guest that loves to be extra blonde in the summer, the perfect time to start incorporating lightening processes should start around February. It may still be winter, but we have to plan ahead. That way the appointments are at a minimum 6 weeks apart to give your hair a break while in-between lightening services, so by summer time, you’re a blonde bombshell that still has healthy hair. 

At this time, it would be where you give the notion to your stylist you are ready to be lighter, this is the time where they would also decide if hair painting or highlights would be the best option. Also keep in mind, being blonde is more high maintenance than meets the eye. Glosses are a definite MUST in-between services, to make sure your hair doesn’t turn an unwanted tone from the gloss fading or just from environmental factors (hard water, sun exposure, etc). This is also where salon shampoos & conditioners come in to play. We will always suggest as stylists using professional products & treatments to take home so we can guarantee your color. 

 

Favorite maintenance products for my lovely blondes: 

Davines Silver Alchemic Shampoo & Conditioner (helps to temporarily neutralize warm tones)

Davines NouNou Shampoo & Conditioner (nourishing for dehydrated hair)

 

Davines Your Hair Assistant Silkening Oil Mist (light weight, dry treatment oil, all hair types) 

Davines Liquid Spell (reinforcing bodifying tonic)

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 Can’t wait to see you!!!

 

 

All the best, 

Lizbeth Cabada 



Is Salon Shampoo & Conditioner REALLY a big deal?

So, you have just gotten your hair done and you are obsessed, selfie-nation galore. But a week later your gloss is gone, your hair looks dull and lifeless.

Davins View, our new gloss to aid in shine and healthy to your hair.

Davins View, our new gloss to aid in shine and healthy to your hair.

Does this sound familiar? It could be the drugstore products lurking in your bathroom. Now, as stylists we aren’t trying to pull one over on you, there is a reason we recommend our products. We are truly looking out for your hair and the money that you invest in the services we provide.

        We know that professional products are more expensive, and that with all the money you just put into your hair, you want to cut costs and reach for Brand X while at Store B. But what Brand X could be doing to your hair ruins the investment you just made. A lot of these products contain ingredients that can be damaging to your color, hair, and scalp.

   One of the most common ingredients in Brand X is dimethicone, a type of silicone.

Silicones coat the hair and add shine, but this is an artificial shine that will continue to build up, causing the hair to be heavy, flat, and lack luster. A lot of these silicones are difficult to remove from hair, and they can even affect color services you receive in salon. Because of this build up, it can be difficult for color or lightener to penetrate the hair causing uneven or unwanted results. Other common ingredients are Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) which can strip the natural oils causing dehydration (more dull results) also can strip that beautiful gloss you just had done. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is also a detergent that can irritate skin.

Our Minu shampooed was formulated to work exactly with the technology of our hair color. Preventing fading and dehydration.

Our Minu shampooed was formulated to work exactly with the technology of our hair color. Preventing fading and dehydration.

              You may see “professional products” in select stores, but they may not be what they seem. A lot of stores are not allowed to carry certain brands.  Because of this divergence, these products may be diluted or even expired (most products have a shelf life of a year) and you will not be getting the full potential.  Purchasing and using professional products from a salon guarantees the item is at its best shelf life and guarantees the integrity of your hair. 

       The next time you invest in your hair, think twice about reaching for Brand X, and remember the damage these products can cause will negate what you just spent, causing you to need your hair done sooner. Our products have a higher concentration of quality ingredients. Meaning, you do not need as much to get the job done. Not needing as much product will save you both money and the integrity of your hair. We really only what is best for your locks. We invest our time and passion into your hair and want you to get the most out of it. 

We would be more than happy to help you find the right combination to suit your hair needs!! Next time you are in ask your stylist what they think!

XOXO

Allie Krug

 

100% happiness.

 

Our house rules. Not sure if you’ve seen them on our website, but I want to touch on one that I hold dear: 100% happiness.

 

 

Now, this doesn’t mean we walk around with big cheesy smiles all day, or expect that from you when you walk through our doors. That would just be silly. What 100% happiness means is that we want you to love your hair and experience. Not only do we want you to be happy, we would like you to tell us when you are not 100% happy.

 

Here is what happens: you come in for your color or cut … and we just don’t nail it. We are human, sometimes we aren’t perfect, so it isn’t unreasonable for there to be a shape or tone that didn’t work. Some people think, “Eh, it’s cool. I’ll be back in four weeks. I’ll tell her then,” which is awesome because this gives us the opportunity to make you love your hair again at your next appointment. What stinks is that you walked around for a month not thrilled at what you were seeing in the mirror.

 

Now, sometimes this is what happens, “Wow, what a miss. I’ll go somewhere else.” Ouch! Harsh, but not really. If you aren’t happy, didn’t feel heard, or you just didn’t like your experience, it’s understandable to want to move on. Most people don’t feel comfortable expressing disappointment or dissatisfaction. What stinks is that we had no idea you were unhappy with your hair, or us.

 

The 100% happiness rule was created to have open dialogue about hair loves and blahs. We want to know when something isn’t working. For one, we grow and get better by having a clear understanding of what your goals are. Secondly, it gives us a chance to correct whatever the issue is and establish a deeper trust in the future. 

 

Lastly, and the most truthful reason, is that we genuinely like you. You are not only our guest, we are pals. At the end of the day we don’t look back on our schedule and regret doing anyone’s hair. We love our conversations, relationships, and value you as a person. We look forward to seeing you, hearing about your life, and being supportive to you when needed. Knowing you left and moved on without us knowing why is sad.

 

I still think about the clients I don’t get to cut anymore. I wonder how they are doing. Did they get the new job they mentioned last time they were in? Did their child get into the college they wanted? Was that lump they got biopsied negative? Are they ok? Thoughts flood through our minds. Then I wonder, should I reach out? Would they be uncomfortable? Am I thinking too much into the relationship? Maybe, but when a client leaves it’s more personal that one might think.

 

We decided to give the 100% happiness rule not only about your hair, but about the trust and communication that we want for our relationship.

 

Now, this could be abused, and we know YOU would not abuse it, but this rule does not apply to a change of heart. So maybe someone decides to go brown after being blonde for seventeen years. They love it in the salon, and then they get home. It doesn’t feel like them. Their makeup doesn’t look the same, and their favorite pink shirt no longer works. Then, their husband asks, “When will you go back to blonde?” 

 

Oof, it hits: they hate their new look. Sadly, that is not a re-do or correction. They made a choice, we followed through with the awesome transition ... and they changed their mind. It’s like going to a favorite restaurant where you always get the pasta, and one night you choose to mix it up and get the chicken. You eat the chicken, tell the waitress you love it and go home. When you get home, you call the restaurant and request to come back in for a free meal because you wish you had your normal order.

 

Now let’s say you love the change, and a week has gone by and maybe something is quite right, and it needs adjustment. Call or email us and we will have you come back in to look over your hair.

 

In short, we do what we do not only because we love hair, but we love making you feel good. Please know that the 100% happiness rule is about communication and knowing you can always be honest without fear of being uncomfortable. We are only a call, email, DM, or smoke signal away!

 

Loads of love and respect!

 

Happy Hair,

Mallory Z

 

Grey. The dreaded word. Every woman’s nightmare ... or is it?

 

Lately it seems more and more women are calling it quits on hair color and allowing their natural grey-hair grow free, letting go of all the maintenance, and embracing their sparkles! 

Once the idea sprouts, the questions start flooding in: How long will it take to be all grey? Will it look awful growing in? Do I have to bleach my whole head? Will I look old? What if I hate it?


Well, I can answer these questions for you. First, a consultation is crucial so the colorist can see what’s going on with your current color, analyze your previously colored locks, and see what your natural regrowth is like. If you’re really grey and growing out an artificial dark tone, you may need a plan that extends a few months. Timeframe is one thought to consider; how quickly do you want to be au’ natural?  Are you planning on cutting your hair often to remove the old color?  Do you mind being lighter while your color grows in?   

 

Most women opt for a combination of more frequent haircuts and a nice balance of highlights and lowlights. As your natural color grows in, visits become farther between. The combo of highlights or lowlights will connect the previously dyed color and natural tones so you avoid that harsh line of demarcation.  

Color transition from box color to natural grey hair.  Highlight and low light combo by Rachel.

Color transition from box color to natural grey hair.  Highlight and low light combo by Rachel.

 

Maybe you think you are super grey, but you’re really more pepper than salt. It may be too soon for you to blend through highlights and lowlights. But if you’re dead set on growing it out, there may be a slower less obvious approach. Slightly lightening your base color every few single process appointments will give you time and less shock to the world around you (and yourself) once you make the plunge.  

Use your natural grey hair through personal expressions.  Natural grey highlighted and toned with a party shade.  Hair by Allie.

Use your natural grey hair through personal expressions.  Natural grey highlighted and toned with a party shade.  Hair by Allie.

 
My point being, it is such an extremely personalized process. For some it may be a slow pace, so graceful you may not even notice it happening. I always tell guests, you have to be ready. Many variables and emotions come into play. Consultation and planning are key!

 

You have to be prepared to rock it and own it. And you can! We are here for support and to answer any questions you may have. Curious if this is an option for you?  Wondering what steps, you would need to take? Come in and let’s chat. We can craft up a plan for your gorgeous grey! 

 

XO

Rachel 

Shiny Hair?!? YES - Isn’t this what we all want? 

 First things first; let’s start in the shower. 

Shampoo & Conditioner are the foundation of all things shiny. If you are not using the right ones for your texture and hair needs, it can make it more difficult to achieve shiny, healthy hair when styling. 

 

Some of my favorites are:

 

·        Minu Shampoo & Conditioner. It’s purposely named ‘minu,’ short for ‘illuminating,’ to do just that. Super high in antioxidants, it has all the good things your hair needs for shine. 

 

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When you spend $30 on take home products you will receive a Spotlight Treatment free. While supplies last.

·        Your Hair Assistant Prep Shampoo & Prep Mild Cream. They are moisturizing and nourishing, but lightweight enough for any hair texture without weighing the hair down. 

 

·        Spotlight Circle. It provides instant shine in just ten minutes. It contains moringa oil and micronized mica powder to smooth and deeply nourish. 

 

Now that we have a foundation, what’s next? 

Before putting any styling product into your hair, you must towel dry. This helps to minimize dilution of the product. 

There are SO many options for products, but here are a few that give immediate results whether you decide to air dry, diffuse or blowdry.

 

- Your Hair Assistant Silkening Oil Mist. It helps create shiny, frizz-free, and silky hair. 

I love spraying this on, whether I’m letting my hair be curly or blowdrying. This product is meant for all hair types, too. 

 

  • More Inside Moisturizing Relaxing Fluid. It gives you slight control over curls, but it’s great for frizz when you are blowdrying or diffusing, thus creating soft, shiny and moisturized hair. Or you can use it dry, to re-moisturize curls for extra shine**

 

  • Invisible Serum. This gem helps with frizz while having a really flexible hold. Creates a beautiful satiny finish and can be used wet or dry…but a little goes a long way here. **

 

**Application tip: put on hands as if you were putting on lotion, then distribute through hair evenly. 

 

Blow-drying? 

Nozzle-on is a must! This helps to direct the heat and make sure you follow your brush with your blowdryer to seal the cuticle and eliminate frizz, making it easier to achieve optimal shine with the products you chose. ( If you want to learn how to style your hair 1-on-1 we can schedule time as a blow dry class. Giving you a little extra hands on know how.)

Need a little something extra for that night out? A finishing product can help accomplish your beautiful look, and can be as simple as a hairspray or a wax depending on your texture. 

 

  • More Inside Shine Wax. This golden little pot is AMAZING. Meant to be used on dry hair, it gives a beautiful glossy and sleek effect. It’s not sticky and super flexible, so you don’t have to worry about it weighing your hair down. 

  •     More Inside. This is a shimmering mist. Not only does this aerosol shine-spray do its job, it smells fantastic. I promise you won’t be disappointed with the results!

 

Next time you are in the salon, please ask about any of the products above. We are here to help and guide you to the best products available to achieve results specifically for your hair. 

 

xoxo & Happy Hair,

Liz C.

I Have Curly Hair ... Do I Get A Curly Cut?

So you have curly hair and not sure if the Curly Cut is for you?

Let’s be honest; it isn’t for everyone with curly hair, so how do you know if this cut is for you?


Lets talk about curls and what they actually are—it is called a texture. Hair texture is not something your hair stylist can make during a haircut. We are magical, but not wizards. We can not make straight hair become curly by adding layers, or curly hair lay straight by leaving your length. While the shape of your cut can add or detract from your natural texture, no amount of cutting (or lack of cutting) will make you hair texture change. PHEW. I am so excited we cleared the air on that one!

Now, knowing your haircut won’t change what your hair is capable of doing, the WAY your hair is cut for your texture WILL make a difference. So are you a Curly Cut peep? Maybe!

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This image was found on Pinterest and not sure of the source. Please tag the person/company for credit.

Determining your hair type is one way to figure this out. Check out the chart: each type of texture is classified in a type. Not show is Type 1, which is straight hair, this person has ZERO curl or movement to their hair.

Type 2 is ideal for beachy, lived-in cuts that say Boho all day every day. Our favorite texture for razor cutting, but that is not really a candidate for a Curly Cut.

Type 3 is where we get into a “can go either way” conversation. If you are the type of person who loves your curls but also wears you hair straight, we wouldn't suggest a Curly Cut. Now, if you are ready to embrace and solely wear your hair in your natural, universe-given curl, then baby your texture can do it. Type 3 ‘A’ curls have the most flexibility, and often times, in our experience, are not commonly committal to a Curly Cut. We highly suggest a consultation to determine if your life style vibes that way.

Type 4. GIRL GET IN MY CHAIR. Swoon isn’t even the word. Type 4 is a hard YES. Unless you relax your hair, a Curly Cut will give definition, separation, and allow shape and movement to happen. I have cut 4 ‘C’ kinky hair to help pull out curly definition. It is 100% possible to get lightness and a soft, defined silhouette within all of the Type 4 family, with the right cut.

What happens when you come in for a Curly Cut? Well, first it starts with you coming in with your natural texture. We recommend washing, conditioning, and applying your normal amount of hair product the night before and air drying over night. Your hair should be clean and fully dry.

The curly consultation. At this time we discuss what the goals are for you and your curls. We address length, curl pattern, health of your curls, and overall shape or silhouette of your locks.

After a shape is determined, we then begin the cut. Literally, each curl is cut one by one to the exact length and bend of a curl. By addressing each curl, we are able to focus on how much spring your curl has, allow weight and movement to release, and give you accurate length. Focusing on a silhouette and overall shape, and working in small detailed sections, create a seamless balance to the cut.

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After the cut, we shampoo and apply a deep conditioning mask. Our go-to is by Davines LOVE Curl Mask. “Ideal for workable wavy to curly hair. It has an extra nourishing and conditioning power. Gives intense softness, nourishment and hydration also to very thick and unruly hair.” We allow for the product to sit and absorb into the hair for anywhere from 10-20 min.

Then we rinse and add a leave-in conditioner that is specially chosen for your hair. Over top, we apply coordinating product. Then we set the curls by a twist and shake approach, which is a NEED TO KNOW method to stying for Curly peeps. You will be given a full lesson during your cut.

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Finally, we dry. Depending on your curl, you will either dry under a hooded dryer or diffuse. We dry your hair 100% and address the shape again, detailing additional curls when needed.

Voila ! The whole process takes anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. It is not a rushed services and requires a lot of detailed steps. We recommend most of our clients to come back between 4-6 months for re-shaping.

Curious about a Curly Cut? Wondering if it is time to make the commitment to being a Curly Peep? Come in for a consultation, they are complimentary and we would love to see you!!

All the best and Happy Hair,

MalloryZ

Glossing. Glazing. Toner.

Glossing, glazing, toner: Does your hairstylist ever ask if you would like any of these services? 

Do you know what they actually do?

If your answer is yes, great! I’m going to break it down one step further, and if your answer is no, you’re going to learn just what those words mean. 

So is it gloss, glaze, or toner? 

Well, it’s up to the stylist on verbiage, but at the end of the day they are all the same thing. 

At Craft House Salon we say gloss, and it’s an amazing tool we hairdressers love to use. A gloss has many different functions.

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Color by Liz

A gloss is a non-committal color change, and a high-shine means you’ll need less product to get that salon finish at home. Let’s say that you’re a blonde who likes to switch it up once and a while but are a bit hesitant to take that leap of faith? A gloss is the best of both worlds; you can have your brunette-dream come true, but in handful of weeks, your color will start fading back to your almost original color. If you want to go back to a bright blonde, it will take minimal effort to get you back to those beachy colored locks. 

Ever wonder how that perfect platinum blonde got her perfect hair to stay that way for months on end, even after being out in the sun & pool? GLOSSING. Color balancing and enhancing is HUGE.  She comes in every 3-5 weeks (as per her stylist recommendation) all yellowed out from the sun, and we apply a gloss that’s specifically tailored to her hair’s needs. Platinum is her end result. 

Now, whether you are a blonde, brunette, redhead, or creative color, you can absolutely benefit from this service. I’m using platinum blonde purely as an example. We can gloss away unwanted tones, and also enhance the your hairs beautiful, natural tones. 

Hate coming in ever 2-3 weeks for greys? Grey blending is an option a gloss is helpful for. It’s meant to keep your grey blended for a natural effect with minimal growth lines.

The one thing that everyones hair can never get enough of is moisture. Davines always thinks ahead, and with color, there is no exception. Our color lines are made with naturally derived ingredients, and are held to the highest standards. We take every single ingredient put into our color line into consideration to make sure it will keep the hair in great condition, and well moisturized.

We hope next time you’re at the salon you opt for a gloss for the amazing benefits. 

Your hair will thank you! 

Happy Hair!

xoxo

-Liz

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 P.S. We have a secret coming out Feb 1st about this service. Follow our instagram @crafthousesalon or facebook Craft House Salon for updates! 

To Balayage or Not to Balayage?

To Balayage or Not to Balayage?

That is the Question!

Before we dive too deep, let me start by saying balayage is a technique, not a look. It is a French term that means to sweep, or as we interpret, to paint. It is a tailored highlight (yep! Still considered a highlight). I feel this Is a little deceiving for guests. We all see #balayage and automatically assume It’s a look, and I guess in a way, it has become one. But, for all intents and purposes, it is simply a technique meant to achieve a lived-in, sun-kissed, low maintenance, customizable look.

Does this mean that it’s for everyone? Yes! And no … confusing, right? It won’t be after this post. Now that we know what balayage is, we can decide if this is the right service for you. This works the best for someone that doesn’t want extreme lift or contrast in one shot, they are comfortable with a lived-in color, that’s ok with some warmth (no matter how light you are naturally or how light you can get; there will be warmth) and wants low maintenance hair. If this sounds like you, then this is the right service.

If you want, let’s say, half of that; maybe lived in and low maintenance but with some brightness that packs a punch, and little to no warmth, the foils may be the way to go. Not necessarily the classic application, but more of a tailored (there’s that word again) application. Something that mimics balayage but gets your lightness a bit further quicker. We typically refer to this as foilyage. Foilyage can be a mixture of many different types of highlights; slices, weaves, teasy-lights, even baby-lights. It may also require a few extra steps such as a color melt or root smudge (your stylist should explain this to you in your consultation).

So based off what your starting point is and your desired result, either a balayage or a foilyage may be the best fit for you. Both are fantastic options and your stylist will steer you in the best direction for your hair. If your stylist thinks doing these in sessions or in multiple appointments is best, it’s simply because we are looking out for the health of your hair. Our goal as a stylist is to make you look great, feel amazing, keep your hair healthy, and for you to stay informed. Have any more questions about balayage or foilyage, or want to set up an appointment? We would love to hear from you!

HAPPY HAIR!!


XO

  • Allie Krug

New Year, NOT a New You!

We’ve all heard the phrase, “New Year; New You.” But what about, “The same you, with better goals and more self love?”

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I am a huge fan of growing. Although, at the same time, I am a firm believer that YOU, the person, is pretty amazing as you are. We all have bad habits, areas of our life we don’t like, or elements we wish to change. But this does not mean you need to scrap who you are come December 31st, and become reborn Jan 1st in order to be happier.

I use the year ending as a time to clean house; literally and figuratively. I find it’s the best time to get rid of unwanted clutter, donate things I don’t need, and take care of disorganization that has been making me insane. After my daughter goes to bed, I write a list of things I wish to accomplish for the upcoming 365 days and set intentions on the night of NYE. I don’t wish to be a different person.

What does this have to do with beauty or hair? A lot, actually. After the bad eating, too many cocktails, little sleep, and the stress the holidays bring, it is safe to say self care has not been a priority. I’m basically the WORST in this department. I forget to take time to workout, or to drink water in-between the morning coffee and the evening glass of wine. I even use low maintenance color because I push it to the last second. Sufficient to say, my self love is pretty crappy. Which is a fact, not a critique or a judgment on myself. So I asked myself, what can I do to change this?

I as a mom, wife, business owner, and friend, being a human woman has come pretty low on the priority list. My self care (self love) intention for 2019 is a pretty long list. I realize that my cup being empty isn’t helpful to my family or my team. Feel familiar? 90% of us women, and more specifically, MOMS, do not put ourselves first, but ALWAYS dead last. We are run down, snappy, and resentful.

It is hard to set new intentions, and resolutions are always so lofty that we inedibility fail and feel worse for it. It bites. We have all fallen victim to this. So a few years ago, I started writing lists of things I wanted to do in the upcoming year. Then I would see this HUGE list and feel so overwhelmed I’d start to doubt myself. I decided to take it a step further and take action steps to get these goals and wishes accomplished. My goals for the salon are hugely different than my personal, behind the chair goals, and my personal goals are in a category all of their own. I find it important to break them up. I am not 100% 24/7 all in one area, mentally, emotionally, or physically. This also forces me to try and be in the moment … which is crazy hard and I do a pretty pathetic job the majority of the time.

Plus, I thought if I actually listed myself in the goals/dreams/accomplishments, maybe I would treat myself as seriously as I do my business, team, family and home. So these few things are really important to me.

Here is my 2019 personal goals:

  • Read 10 books

    • Pick 3 books every season to read, buy or rent ahead of time.

  • Take time to sit still and eat a hot, healthy meal.

    • Make time to eat by scheduling breaks when possible.

  • Move my body in some sort of a workout 4 days a week.

    • Get up earlier than my daughter. Go to bed at a normal time and not hit snooze.

  • Have my hair done every 6 weeks*

    • Put it in the books, and set reminder in my phone to make sure I do not cancel my own appointment.

  • Meditate.

    • Before I get out of bed, make sure I sit up and breathe with intention for as long as I can.

  • Journal.

    • Thankfully, I was gifted a gratitude journal from a guest of mine. I have already started and excited to keep going.

*So the hair done every 6 weeks might be a funny thing to see on my list. But I am just like all of you when it comes to setting time for myself. I plan to stop rushing our colorist to give me a convent hair color. I am going to get color that looks good one me and I feel good in. I will keep up on regular haircuts as well. While I get loads of compliments, it would be embarrassing to tell you how long I have actually gone without getting a haircut.

This year I plan to take care of myself better, and improve on who I am, not become a new person. I am pretty happy with who I am, and improving oneself and is not all sunshine and rainbows. Resolutions and goals don’t have to be a hard endeavor or punishment, it can be as simple as making your hair appointment. So I urge you to make a list and write down the steps it takes to get it done. Then take that list and put it on your wallet or underwear drawer. You need to stumble on this list every once as a while as a reminder. Very Important; make sure it is analog, written down. Hard copy means evidentiary proof of personal commitment. Digital won’t cut it, don’t bother.

So thats it. You are awesome. Continue to be awesome, and make 2019’s list of dreams and accomplishments for yourself and no one else. Mom, wife, boss, whatever your title, nothing is more important than your name and honoring yourself.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!!

Xo,

MalloryZ

Single Process - All About Covering Those Suborn Grey's!

The what, the why and the when.

  • With Allie Krug


So, what exactly is a single process? (Also known as gray coverage or root touchup). A single process is a color service that is done in one single step: applied, processed, and blown dry. Bing, bang, boom—it’s done. Most often, we use is to cover those ever emerging grays that won’t stop coming. But it is also used for anyone wanting a permanent all-over change or highlights, and don’t want to be bleached and toned.

Mask with Vibrachrom - The color line we use at Craft House Salon

Mask with Vibrachrom - The color line we use at Craft House Salon

A single process touchup is used to color that pesky little line of natural hair (and yes, gray is natural) that we start to see creeping out every four weeks (sometimes two to three).  That little hair strand may seems larger than life, yet it is both a blessing and a curse. Our hair is growing, and back to the salon we go.

There is a reason we request you to come back for a single process touchup within four to six weeks. Why is this, you may ask? KERATINIZATION. This is the process that when hair grows, it continues to harden. The hair closest to your scalp is softer than the hair grown out half an inch. The harder the hair, the more difficult for the color to penetrate it.

Now, what happens when you wait too long to get your single process touchup done (longer than six weeks—and six weeks is pushing it), it creates banding. Banding is usually lighter and has break through gray or natural color showing, more transparent than what is closer to the scalp. This means the color would then have to be reapplied to get proper coverage. To avoid banding from happening, your stylist has to formulate and/or apply different products. Because this takes more time and product, it will be more expensive for you, the guest. So “stretching color” in theory might spread out your appointments, but your color will not be as consistent and the procedure will be more expensive. When your stylist tells you they want to see you in four to six weeks, it is for a good reason. Doing color in the proper timeframe results in an even, balanced, and beautiful hue. You get that perfect shade without having to be there for added time or money, and know that it will be consistent and accurate every time.

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Wella Insta Recharge

Not everyone is lucky to be four to five weeks out when the grays start to emerge, and we understand it can be an unsettling sight for some people to see. We recently just got in Insta Recharge by Wella ($25). It is a temporary root concealer, that comes in a sleek compact with a mirror and brush. It can be used in four different ways! Regrowth concealing, highlight extension, optical filling/thickening, and eyebrow definition. Available in five shade:  Light Blonde, Blonde, Light Brown, Medium Brown, and Black. Curious? Want to see it in action? Stop in and give it a try, testers are available in all colors. We’ve had great feed back already!

If this type of maintenance isn’t for you, we suggest discussing it with our colorist. There are a myriad of options for color to better fit your lifestyle.

Happy Hair!

Xo,

Allie Krug


Winter Hair and Surviving the Static

Don’t let the static get you down!

Hair and make-up perfect, ready for the Holiday party; scarf comes off and POOF goes the static. We’ve all been there, and it’s frustrating when after spending so much time and energy getting ready, to suddenly look like you put your finger into an electrical socket. We have some tips to help the situation.

Static happens more in the Winter because the air is dry, allowing for friction to build up, causing crazy fly-away hair. Keeping your locks looking luscious and shining bright like those twinkly Christmas Lights (or Menorah candles) is easier than you think.

1) Change up your Shampoo

Switch to a more moisturizing, or heavier shampoo and conditioner during the Winter months. With the lack of moisture in the air, your hair is searching for extra hydration. Everyone is different, so it’s best to ask your stylist for some suggestions on what to use.

2) Invest in a natural Bristle brush

Back in the day, they said you should brush your hair 100 times before bed. Well, there is some truth to it. Natural bristle brushes are the only fiber that oil and product can adhere to. Brushing your hair with natural fibers, such as boar bristle, will allow your scalp’s natural oil or styling product to disperse into the hair evenly, giving your hair equal moisture, from root to end.

3) Lay off the hot water

Avoid scalding hot showers. The high heat pulls out more moisture than your hair can handle. While cold winter days call for some heat, try to avoid extreme temps on your locks. They can get seriously stressed out.

4) Conditioning treatments and hair masks

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Not a hype, a real deal hair helper. We talk so much about the Davines Circle Chronicles treatments because they really work. The Quick Fix is a three minute mask that helps bolster your hair’s moisture levels. The more moisture your hair has, the less it searches for it environmentally. BONUS! The Quick Fix is $10 and has 3-5 uses in it. CRAZY AWESOME!

5) Lay off the wine

Just kidding, but alcohol in your products, yes. Make sure your volume boosting products are alcohol free. It will dry your hair and add more drama to your frizz.

6) Do not skip out on the trims

Split ends just keep splitting. Come January, when we’ve had our 60th snow storm in 13 days, and you just cannot bare to get out of your sweats, don’t let your hair suffer. The dry air and neglect can cause an avalanche of bad hair days if you don't maintain your regular cleanups.

Last but not least, make sure to take care of yourself. Drink lots of water and get tons of sleep. The Holidays can be awesome, but they also bring exhaustion and fatigue, affecting way more than just your hair. Be kind to yourself and be sure to hydrate.

Lots of Love!!

XO,

MalloryZ


Color Talk with Rachel


Chocolate on Chocolate — The Color Trend EVERYONE Loves.

Chocolate on chocolate. Sounds delicious, right? Calm your taste buds. Im talking about hair! Balayage is a big hit, but if you have had the blonde look for a while and are craving a change, this might be for you. A milk chocolate glaze on those worn out blonde locks is just what Winter ordered. Bonus, it is not a forever commitment, for when spring calls for your blonde back! Low maintenance, still on trend, and 100% YUM.  

Thinking about making the change? Color gloss lasts about 4-6 weeks depending on hair porosity, and how much you wash and condition (bring on the dry shampoo!). Consultation is key if you’re a super pale blond. You may have to take an extra step to get there. All in all, if you don’t need to freshen up your balayage, you can receive a big change for not a lot of dough (see what I did there).

What to expect? If your pre existing balayage is A-Ok we would have you shampooed by one of our top-notch apprentices. The gloss is applied with a formulation to the chocolate that is meant for you. Your hair color will process for 10-25 minuets depending on your needs. Finally, your hair is rinsed, conditioned, and styled.

If It has been a while, and you are a tad too grown out for a solo glaze, that’s OK too. A re-fresh of your balayage will add dimension and brightness in all the right places. Then, after processing, the same glossing approach is taken.

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We do suggest if it’s been a while since your last trim, that it’s a great time to get the shape back in order. A gloss and a great cut will have you feeling so very, very ready for the Holidays.  

The chocolate on chocolate look is suitable for everyone. Still maintaining your dimension, but bringing life and shine back, along with a new look. Depending on skin tone, you can dip into caramel on chocolate, slather some warm peanut butter tones into the mix, or keep it cool with that milk chocolate — my personal fave. 

What are you waiting for? Indulge! 

XOXO

Rachel

Is Your Water Killing Your Color?

Your water could be killing your hair color & texture …. and you wouldn’t even know it.

Hard water, we have all head that term, but do you know what it is? Hard water has a high mineral content that could be affecting your hair, skin and nails, in a not so wonderful way.

How you may ask? Hard water, or high mineral content water, can slowly and consistently cause a buildup on your hair. It is the most obviously abusive for blondes, especially when it comes to maintaining tone. While a normal amount of fading is expected regarding glaze or toners, at no point in time should blonde get darker. If you leave the salon with awesome bright blonde hair, and a week later feel darker, brassy or green, hard water is the likely offender. Iron is the biggest culprit of damaging color. It is typically a rust color, and if your water fixtures have a brown or orange build up, it is likely your hair is also getting that same build up. You, my friend, are not dealing with a colorist who doesn’t understand you—you have hard water.

For darker hair or curls, your water damage may be less obvious, and could be in the form of a brittle feeling. Lifeless, heavy hair is another effect that high mineral water can have on your locks. Curls can lay limp and not fully form.

Frustrated? Upset? Totally understandable, but here are a few things you can do:

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1) Clarify Weekly - Using a clarifying shampoo like Solu (Davines) once a week can remove a lot of unwanted impurities.

2) Baking Soda - Add baking soda to your clarifying shampoo every other week for some extra detoxifying. It acts like a exfoliant, brushing off additional build up.

3) Detox Treatments - Let it GO (Davines) is a conditioning treatment that can help recondition and give extra softness, while kicking some extra unwanted stuff off your hair.

4) Buy a Water Filter - Purchase a water filter that grabs excess mineral buildup before it hits your hair and skin. You can purchase one on Amazon. A few of our guests have ordered the one mentioned below, and the company will even direct you on the specific filters needed for your area. Here is the link:

https://aquabliss.com/collections/handheld-showers

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But you don’t have to worry about hard water when coming to the salon. Our shampoo shower heads act as filters, collecting minerals and build up. The Eco-heads use ionic charcoal for a smoother, healthier blow dry. BONUS: they are super water friendly, using 60% less than ordinary shower heads.

Unsure if you have hard water? You can purchase water testing strips at your local hardware store. Or, next time you are in for color, have one of us check your hair. We would love to help keep your hair in the best, most HAPPY shape.

Happy Hair,

Mallory

Craft House Salon Food Drive

"When you have more than enough you build a longer table.”

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As a team, we are not only passionate about hair, we are passionate about leaving this world a better place. Not only environmentally, but socially, and especially in our local community. Living in Monmouth and Ocean County, it is easy to be oblivious to the fact many people are not as fortunate. Within our area we have families and children that are often hungry or underfed. Thankfully, many of us have more than enough, and can afford to give back.

We are asking ALL of you to help by making a donation to Fulfill Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean County. We will be collecting nonperishable foods from November 7th - November 17th. A small donation can make a huge impact on someone else’s life.

As a special thank you, we will be running a contest! For every donation you contribute, you will receive an entry for a raffle to win a blow-dry. Winner will be announced on November 18th, and is to be used for the day before Thanksgiving.

Check out the site to learn more about our community and who we are trying to help.

Liz Cabada’s take on the Fall.

Oh, hi! You caught us chit-chatting about hair again; this time with Liz!

Liz is our resident knower of all things Davines, and our tribe wouldn’t function without her. When not in the salon, Liz is out teaching color and product knowledge classes for Davines all over NJ, NY and PA. Safe to say, she really knows her stuff.

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Lizbeth Cabada

With Liz constantly traveling to different salons to teach, she is surrounded by what’s “trending,” and what’s happening with color. Here, we chat about her favorite fall fashions:

“One Fall trend I'm digging is adding warmer gold and copper tones in blondes to make the lighter pieces pop, or just for a subtle amount of dimension. 

“Copper to brunettes and redheads gives "lived in" or "I woke up this way" vibe to hair. 

“I especially like this trend because it makes the hair look organic, especially when styled, and you can see all the different tones swirled together. As a bonus, depending on placement of these pops of warmer tones, it can be super low maintenance, looking just as beautiful three months down the road as it looks the day that you leave the salon.”

Having to make Liz pick one fall favorite Davines product is like asking her to color every client the same brown color. NOT EASY. But she did make a choice, and DANG, it’s a good one. Your Hair Assistant Silkening Oil Mist. 

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Liz says, “I absolutely love this product because it is such a beautiful treatment that not only makes your hair healthier, it also makes it manageable and super silky. All hair types can use it by applying to towel-dried hair prior to blowdrying.

“Its an all around amazing product to have in your arsenal even if you don't blow-dry, but need de-frizzing. My curly hair loves it when I use it to air dry.”

Thank you Liz for sharing! Wondering if any of her trend forecasting fits you? Come in, have a chat and see.

Happy Hair!