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.

Color by Liz

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.

Wella Insta Recharge

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