Online Booking and Our App

I can’t tell you how many times a week I hear, “I just love your online booking.” I hear it almost as much as, “So, I had an issue with booking my appointment online.”

Technology is the way of the future, and in the salon world, our front desk is transitioning more and more to apps, automative, and digital communications. Our industry is rapidly changing, and not only in trends and hair styles, but the business itself is shifting and preparing for not only technological changes, but economic and environmental factors as well.

Are you familiar with what a salon suit is? No? Well, NJ, get used to it. Monmouth County will soon be home to ‘sola suits,’ which are essentially micro salons for one or two stylist to run. They are in buildings with ten to fifty other mini salons, and all are individually operated.

I’m sure you are thinking ‘What does this mean for me when booking an appointment?’ Basically, everything. Due to changes in our industry’s standard buisness model, the approach to salon functions must also change in order to maintain the culture that currently exists. But how do us ‘traditional salons’ keep momentum in the shifting tides? By keeping up with the Jones via the tech world.

Private suits are small, and require less furniture. Due to size and functionality, most suits don’t have receptionist, often don’t take walk-ins, and are only open when the stylist is there. Being that most suits are a one woman show, the need for software to manage bookings is vital. Due to the popularity of salon suits nationwide, the salon culture has shifted away form having receptions, and more and more auto booking platforms have been developed. The booking culture has changed, becoming more direct, and cutting out the middle man.

We are are trying to be ahead of these curves, and slowly introduce this new wave of innovation in our industry to our guests. Over the the next two years, the majority of salons will be heading in this direction, establishing practices like we are beginning to see, by allowing clients to book on demand via email, DM’s, text, and app based platforms.

SalonBiz app is our booking platform, and one of the best and most sophisticated. Capable of A.I. and multi tasking for our needs. Additionally, ebbing out the need for a receptionist or a physical front desk, for that matter. The app is moving towards allowing more communications directly with your stylist, and 24/7 concierge-like service.

The app is also capable of doing a bit more for you personally, like keeping records of your past services, product history, and allowing for you to see all of our social media and keep up with CHS events. You can even check out from the chair, and send us messages for us to connect with you. BONUS!! The app has allowed for us to go paperless with receipts.

We are here for any questions you might have, and would love to help you with the app!

All the best and Happy Hair,

Mallory Z

Have you ever heard the saying, "your hair gets used to a shampoo if you use it for long enough”? 

Well, it’s kind of true. It’s not necessarily your hair that gets used to a shampoo or conditioner, it’s your scalp. 

Changing seasons = time for new shampoo & conditioner. 

The humidity, temperature, and your environment, are all factors that should bring about this change. 

 

Ever notice your scalp gets a little red, itchy, or dehydrated during the brutally cold months? That’s because of the lack of moisture in the air and the dry heat blasting every place you step foot in. These environments can lead to a dehydrated scalp and hair. Using something more moisturizing in the winter months is a must! 

 

My go-to in the winter is Davines Love Curl Shampoo & Conditioner. This moisturizing duo is the best not only to give your hair the hydration it needs, but because it contains extract from the Noto Almond. It is super nourishing for hair and scalp. However, if your hair needs a bit more, Davines Quick Fix Circle is amazing. It’s developed with hyaluronic acid to deliver beautiful hair in just three minutes. 

 

Now we're onto the unpredictable weather of the spring...

 

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Whether its rainy, windy, or just a beautiful sunny day, a staple for the spring is Davines Momo Shampoo & Conditioner. 

It’s still a moisturizing shampoo & conditioner, but a lighter weight, so most textures can enjoy it without worrying about being weighed down. 

 

During the summer, UV rays are something to consider. This is when the scalp and hair takes a beating. From the sun, to chlorinated pools, your scalp and hair need EXTRA loving, especially if you're a blonde. Thank goodness Davines has something for all times of the year. The Su line is a perfect addition to your summertime routine. There is a hair & body wash (super convenient, especially if you're a traveler) that is delicate but hydrating for after sun use. Su/hair milk, which is my personal favorite,  is an amazing leave-in conditioner that protects your hair from the suns rays. There is even a hair mask that helps to nourish sun exposed hair, leaving it soft and silky. Did I mention that they all smell amazing.

 

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Brandi Grooms Photography

Back to school season comes so fast, but that also means it’s time to assess your hair & scalp for any damage caused by the summer months. Maybe we didn't put that hat on or use Su Milk to protect our hair, and it just needs to be revived a little. Davines Melu shampoo & conditioner keeps hair healthy and protected from breakage. This duo has lentil seed extract, meaning they contain amino acids that help to rebuild fragile hair. My new favorite to pair with this cleansing system is Cult + King TONIK. Herbal & organic ingredients in this sustainable spray help to moisturize the scalp, hair follicle, and the hair strands themselves. It also has refills which is amazing if you use it as much as I do!

Transition seasons are such a great time to set new hair habits and go for a new look. With Summer coming to a close and fall creeping in, it might be time to think about the next new look.

We can’t wait to see you!

XO

Liz  

 

 

 

Cult & King, the new kids at the House.

“What’s in this beautiful bottle?”

This is the question we hear so often.

We thought this is a great opportunity to explain why we’ve added to our product collection, and what we like most about Cult & King. While we LOVE Davines, we want to offer a true range of styling options.

It all started with Mallory’s hunt for the perfect air drying product to allow the freedom of lived-in hair for all types. Did this unicorn product exist? Oh yes it did! After testing over seven hair balms, we finally found the one we loved. Knowing that the line was larger, we were offered a testing kit. We all became obsessed.

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Clean and Simple, effective products are what we are all about. “All CULT+KING products are formaldehyde-free. Paraben-free. Petroleum-free. Gluten-free. Propylene glycol-free. Synthetic fragrance-free. Phythalate-free. TEA-, DEA and MEA-free. Mineral oil-free. Synthetic dye-free. Coal tar-free. Synthetic detergent-free. Animal testing-free. Green washing-free. The cleanest products on the market. The less chemicals you put in and on your body, the better for you.”

Then comes the green factor, it’s not a secret that caring for the environment is something that matters to us. We fell in love with the mission of Cult & King: “ WE ARE TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY ANTI-PLASTIC AND STYROFOAM.”

“We need to abandon “throw away” culture, and we need to do it now. Our beautiful oceans are being ruined. Our landfills are overflowing. We make our packaging beautiful in the hopes that you will reuse and repurpose every piece when it’s empty. It’s also recyclable if you choose to discard it. Our glass,  aluminum, bamboo and wood packaging is made to last a lifetime.“

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Not to mention they are proud members of One Percent for the Planet™.  That means we contribute 1% of total sales to environmental organizations working to clean up our world. Learn more at onepercentfortheplanet.org.

PLUS! NO ANIMAL TESTING.

Between loving the planet and being chemical free, we couldn’t turn this product down. Turns out they have the absolute best dry shampoo ever created and we can’t live with out it.

Ask your stylist all about Cult & King, we would love to share more with you!!

All the best and Happy Hair,

The Craft House Team

Summer sleep Hair for the win

I am constantly being complimented on my hair. At least five times a day, people tell me how much they love my “styling.” Truth is, I do very little, and when I share this with people, I always get the same response: “I wish my hair could do that.” When I tell women I wash my hair once a week, use two products, and never use heat on my hair, I get puzzled looks. Listen, I’m a walking example of living-in, natural texture. I relying on great haircuts, especially straight razor cuts that bring out my wave even more.

Lived-in hair takes a little bit of letting go of the perfect, embracing natural texture, and being ok with a little fluff and frizz. You will have to accept that your hair won’t be the same day-to-day. If you are looking for perfection and 100% frizz free hair, stop reading now. This look wont be for you.

The proper product is what it is all about. Everyone will have a different setting product that will work for them. You may not find it on the first try, and you might initially struggle with the end result. If you stick with it and listen to your stylist’s suggestions, you will get to your goal quicker.

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Lastly, and this is important, you need to understand that your wave, curl, or lack either, is what it is. You can’t expect your perfect curls to relax into beach waves, or the reverse.

Check out a little clip of me applying the new Cult & King Balm we will be carrying this week. This is the best lived-in air drying product line I have found, and I’m so excited to be carrying it soon.

xo,

MalloryZ

H2O GO!

Thirsty? GOOD!

Because, if you want healthy mermaid locks, start chugging. What you put inside your body affects what’s outside your body, and your hair can tell a lot about your health. Especially if you aren’t drinking enough water.

When dehydrated, your hair can literally STOP growing! Crazy right? Drinking water will hydrate hair follicles and prevent issues like dandruff and split ends. Being dried out on the inside can cause hair loss if bad enough.

Another bonus of drinking those ounces is less staining on your skin when getting a color service. (Granted, we strive our best to be clean and neat, also providing barrier cream, but we need to get those baby hairs.) Being hydrated will cause your skin to be super happy and not want to suck up that color. Additionally, much easier for us to remove the proof of you not being a natural red head!

All in all, when you take care of your inside, your outsides will thank you! So go get that reusable bottle you have tucked away in the cabinet and get to drinking!!

XO

Rachel

 

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

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.

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!