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