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! 




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. 




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. 



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.

I Have Curly Hair ... Do I Get A Curly Cut?

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!

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This image was found on Pinterest and not sure of the source. Please tag the person/company for credit.

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.

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!




 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!


Allie Krug

Winter Hair and Surviving the Static

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!!



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! 



Is Your Water Killing Your Color?

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.

Happy Hair,


Craft House Salon Food Drive

"When you have more than enough you build a longer table.”

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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.

Liz Cabada’s take on the Fall.

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.

Lizbeth Cabada

Lizbeth Cabada

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.

Happy Hair!

Allie Krug and Her Faves!

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.

Allie Krug

Allie Krug

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!!

Davines Love Curl Primer

Davines Love Curl Primer

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!

Happy Hair!!

Art Inspires More Art

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.

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