What season are you?

Knowing your color palette is important. This doesn’t go for just your wardrobe but also for your makeup palette and your hair color. Having the wrong tones can make you look washed out, tired, even sickly, but the right colors can make your eyes pop, your smile appear brighter, and your skin glow. Read on to find your true colors!

AUTUMN/FALL

People that land in the Autumn category are those who have darker, more olive skin tones. Their eyes vary in color from green, to hazel, to brown. Their hair color shades tend to be darker and warmer. When they highlight their hair, it should be to the Spring category so that the color doesn’t get a washed out or frosted look. Many of the darker redheads fall into this category. Darker auburn and rich chocolate colors accent this season the best. When going lighter all over with their hair color, autumn people can jump to a spring category. Gold jewelry look best on Autumns.

There are 3 subcategories of Autumn: Warm Autumn, Deep Autumn, and Soft Autumn.

Warm Autumn is somewhat tawny, lower in contrast between eye, hair, and skin tone with warm yellow undertones.

Deep Autumn features are often high in contrast and at times they can borrow from deep winter. Their colors are slightly less warm and are the most pigmented of the autumns.

Soft Autumn is the most neutral of the autumn set. They have some underlying cool tones and their best colors are more muted, blended, and subtle.

NO AUTUMN should use try to use ash colors such as gray, silver, or white when adding highlights. Autumns NEED WARMTH!

SPRING

People that land in the Spring category tend to have warmer skin tones and light eyes. Most natural redheads are in this category. Theses reds tend tend to be more strawberry in color or lighter shades of auburn. Golden blondes in this category don’t look “brassy” because warmer blonde is the tone that compliments their skin the best. Gold jewelry is the most flattering on this season.

Spring can be subdivided into 3 categories: Clear, Light, & Warm.

Clear Spring is the highest contrast of the Springs and have noticeable clarity in their features. They commonly have very bright and striking eyes that allow them to shine in colors that might overwhelm others. They border the Winter category and can wear colors with the intensity of the cool & brilliant season.

Light Spring may seem similar to Light Summer at first glance, but they have a subtle peachy undertone in their skin and a golden tint to their hair. What would be too weak for other categories brings out the inner glow of this category.

Warm Spring flows into the Autumn category. It’s a warm and intensely saturated season. Orange and yellow thrive on this category that are dreaded to the cooler complexions.

NO SPRING should use try to use ash colors such as gray, silver, or white when adding highlights. SPRINGS NEED WARMTH!

WINTER

Those that fall into the Winter category tend to have really dark hair and light skin. Eyes can be either dark or light. Winter is a category of people who, if daring enough, could go all over blonde and change their season to Summer. Winter hair color tends to be flatter and cooler than the warmth of Fall. With the light skin tone anything warm against it will tend to look “brassy”. Some African Americas land into this category as long as there isn’t a lot of warmth in their skin tone. Winter looks fantastic in bold colors. Christmas reds and greens, bright purples and black compliment the best. Silver jewelry looks best on Winter.

There are 3 subcategories of Winter: Clear, Deep, & Cool.

Clear Winters have the contrast typical of Winters, they also have a clarity in their features, reminiscent of Spring. They commonly have very bright and striking eyes that allow them to shine in colors that might overwhelm others.

Deep Winter, also known as Dark Winter, is set apart by its depth.  The colors are cool, strongly saturated, and relatively pure.

Cool or True Winter is flowing into the Summer category.  It is the coolest of all the seasons and includes a bit of a blue undertone in each of its recommended colors.

SUMMER

Summers tend to have lighter eyes and paler skin. People that fall into the summer category tend to look best with lighter, cooler shades of blonde. This category of people look fantastic in “summer” colors such as aqua blues, anything pastel and blue based reds. Silver jewelry looks best. Summer makeup is normally cooler, frosted tones and paler lips.

There are 3 subcategories of Summer: Light, Cool, & Soft.

Light Summers have an ethereal quality to their complexions.  They are very low in contrast and can wear pale colors that wash out others.

Soft Summer is the warmest of the Summer seasons, it is bordering the Autumn category and has a neutral quality rather than purely cool.

Cool Summer has more contrast than other versions of Summer, it is flowing into the Winter category and includes shades (colors mixed with black).

I hope this helps everyone find the right tones for their bodies palette. If you’re unsure, feel free to bring it up at your next appointment and we can talk it through.

HAVE A GREAT HAIR DAY!!!

So… You want Fashion colors….

So…. You want to be a unicorn….

Dear clients, we love you…but it’s time for us to talk about fashion colors. Before giving you a unicorn-worthy transformation, it’s important to educate you on what it really takes to achieve and maintain colorful hair. Here are the five MAJOR things you should know about fashion colors.

1. It’s going to take time—aka multiple appointments.

  • Before we take you to great, colorful heights—it’s going to take some work to get you light enough for that unicorn color! If your hair is virgin, naturally dark or has EVER been colored darker, it’s going to take longer to achieve the color you’re dreaming of.
  • Already blonde? It will still take a couple of processes to prepare your hair for a trendy pastel.
  • We’ll keep your hair looking good in-between appointments. If you want lavender, we can start with a darker violet and slowly go lighter!

2. You’re going to be in the salon for a long time.

  • What does it take to achieve a fashion color? Extracting previous color, lightening once (or twice!), applying color, cutting and drying—basically, expect to be here for awhile.
  • Between every step, you’ll need a blow dry and treatments to keep your hair happy and healthy.
  • Expect to be in the salon 3-8 hours per visit!
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3. It’s not cheap.

  • Lots of steps = $$$. When you’re working toward a fashion color, you’ll get what you pay for, and a major transformation costs your stylist lots of time and money.
  • Talk to your stylist about how much you are willing to spend, so you can set a plan and a set of expectations that are realistic.

4. You have to be blonde to achieve a fashion color.

  • At the VERY least, you have to be a dark blonde before having a fashion color. Blonde hair means damage, so it’s crucial that you take care of yourself with good products.
  • When we recommend products for you, please listen. Damaged hair doesn’t hold color, so if you are going to invest in a fashion color protect your investment (and your hair!)

5. Fashion colors are high maintenance and fade quickly.

  • Fashion colors are direct dyes for TEMPORARY color, so even with proper care, they will last 4-8 weeks.
  • Pastels have a shorter lifespan because they are sheer and light, typically lasting from 1-2 weeks.
  • You can maintain color more easily with aftercare products recommended by your stylist.

Why Clarify??

CLARIFY AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK FOR ALL HAIR TYPES!!!
It is extremely important to use a good
clarifying (chelating) shampoo at least
once a week. Regular shampoo can not
always remove the things that pollute our
hair internally and externally. Every thing
we ingest will enter the hair within 9-72
hours; medication, caffeine, nicotine,
alcohol, hard water, etc. They can make the
hair dry, lifeless, and dull. The same
problem exists on the outside of the hair.
Everything we put on our hair, like styling
products and hair spray, can leave
a residue that regular shampoo can not
remove.
When a good clarifying shampoo is used
on a regular basis, it will remove all of the
things that cause us to have bad hair days.
In addition, regular shampoo and
conditioners can penetrate and work better
for your hair. Styling & finishing products
can hold and perform better when
your hair is clean.
However, if taking medication, using
heavy styling products daily, using
excessive hairspray daily, or exposed to
pools and spa water then use 2-3 times a
week. Lather and leave for 3 minutes, rinse and follow with a conditioner

Stylist recommendation:

SOMA Clarifying Shampoo

This professional deep cleansing shampoo was designed to remove all styling product buildup as well as trace minerals without diminishing hair color. Great for swimmers to remove chlorine stains. 100% Vegan. No Parabens, No Salt, No Sulfates, No worries!

How to prevent winter static


It’s that time of year again…. The cold, dry air sucks up any moisture in your mane, leaving sleek, straight styles riddled with static. So what to do??

There are a few things you can do to stop static from ruining your good hair days this winter. Let’s start at the beginning of the day and work our way through it…

  1. After the shower apply a light moisturizing product, like Soma leave-in conditioner, or some type of light weight moisturizing cream for hair. Rub a nickel to quarter size amount (depending on the amount of hair you have) into your palms and lightly smooth over your hair. This will work for all textures of hair and will work instantly. Remember to keep it away from your scalp to avoid becoming greasy. Your scalp produces its own oils, let it do its job.

  1. If you carry a larger purse or bag with you, go to the travel section of your local drugstore and grab a travel size can of Static Guard. Store can and a paddle brush in your bag for static cling emergencies. Hold brush arms length away and spray bristles with static guard. Brush hair. Voila! Static gone! 
  2. For those of you with smaller purses or just pockets grab some dryer sheets and put them in a ziplock bag. When you’re out and about and get some static cling happening simply take out one dryer sheet and rub it down your hair. Tame hair in seconds!

Well, that’s my tip of the day! Have a great hair day everyone and GO PATRIOTS!

"Fashion fades, Style is forever."