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!
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.
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.
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,
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.
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!
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?
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!
We’ve all heard the phrase, “New Year; New You.” But what about, “The same you, with better goals and more self love?”
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.
Before I get out of bed, make sure I sit up and breathe with intention for as long as I can.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!
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.
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!
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:
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:
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.
"When you have more than enough you build a longer table.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are saying hello to Fall with a little LOVE from Allie!
Over the next few weeks we will be checking in with our crew at Craft House Salon to see their Fall favorites. So how about we kick it off, alphabetically of course.
If you haven’t met Allie, she’s our resident Jane-of-all-trades and walking database of Trivial Pursuit worthy knowledge. A self proclaimed hater of the Summer, her love for Fall activities and cooler weather has her all sorts of inspired.
Allie, our Wella Master Color Experts, is also a new mommy. Her son, Hunter, Is four moths old, and she has been balancing her love and passion for hair along with her new mom life with grace and joy. (LOTS OF LOVE TO HER AND THE FAM!!!!)
NOW, on to HAIR! Allie shares with us some of her top fall picks for products and color trends.
Currently vibing is the cold-brew color trend that’s all over the place right now. This balayage (hand painted) color incorporates the different tones of coffee. A little mocha here, a bit of light and sweet there, and a mix of rich “I take it black” hues. Allie says, “the combination of warm and cool tones is right on point. During Fall, we still have a summer glow to our skin, and the look of dimension is hot. Adding low lights of cooler and warmer browns, and mixing it with pops of brighter and dusty blondes, make it a killer look. Taking you from Summer to Fall and keeping the hair party going.” Follow Allie’s instagram to see her most recent painting, it is all sorts of cold brew!!
Oh, and what about products? This is Allie’s current go-to: Davines’ Love Curl Primer, of course. Here is what she says, “Although this product is designed for curly hair, it is truly great for all textures. The almond extract helps to mimic natural oils, adding hydration and helping detangle. Love Curl Primer protects from heat (not a thermal protectant) by adding protein and moisture, and is also an anti-humidity product, fighting frizz. It’s a great primer for any other styling product you may layer.”
Thanks Allie for dishing on what you see trending and your current can’t-live-without product!
Skull Boy’s art inspired our own Craft House mini collection.
You may or may not know that our salon is also an art gallery. When opening Craft House Salon, we knew we wanted to be a home for all forms of art, from hosting hands-on workshops to artist’s hanging their amazing pieces in our space.Read More
Have you ever wondered what we do on our days off? Or how we magically know where those highlights should be?? The mystery is revealed…Read More
We are so excited to officially be part of the neighborhood!!!
It was a long time coming for the team to be back together, and it has been difficult to say the least. However, I am a firm believer that the comeback is ALWAYS greater than the set back.Read More