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.

 

Essential Hair Care By Davines

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 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

Unknown hair and designer

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

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! 

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


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