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Olaplex is a Game Changer in the Hair World

I stopped into Oribe Salon in South Beach, Miami a couple months ago. While I was getting my hair styled by Elvio, who’s worked on the locks of Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, & Naomi Campbell amongst others, I asked him what is the biggest thing right now the world of Oribe. Without a pause, his answer was Olaplex. I was aware of this new product and had heard some of the claims but until recently did not fully understand it’s potential.

What is it? Olaplex is a single-ingredient wonder created by chemist Craig Hawker, the co-director of the Materials Research Lab at the University of California Santa Barbara. Hawker is a nationally recognized scientist, and his research group is focused on molecular engineering, specifically as it applies to biomaterials and energy, but this was Hawker’s first invention contribution to the beauty world.

What this mean to all of us?  When chemicals are used in the hair, from coloring, peroxide developers, or straightening treatments, the sulfur bonds split, and then become sulfur hydrogen. This process can eat away at the hair proteins, which causes sever damage and results in “fried” hair.  Olaplex prevents the splitting from happening. In short, Olaplex links broken bonds in the hair making hair coloring safer, and helps eliminate hair breakage during the coloring process.

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Well, now it’s here at DnA Salon, and I could not be more thrilled! It has completely opened a new palette of options that were almost impossible to reach until now. No more broken hair for temporary “fantasy” colors or waiting weeks in between to go lighter.  The product can also be used alone as a treatment to help erase past damage from processing or heat damage.  Olaplex is the answer to our Hairgod’s prayers!

This is my client, Morgan's [dark brown natural] hair with previous damage, colored to an aqua jade green with Olaplex.

This is my client, Morgan’s [dark brown natural] hair with previous damage, lightened and colored to an aqua-jade green with Olaplex.

To make an appointment call 215-925-1881 or book online.  Mention this post and receive 10% off any Olaplex color service until September 1, 2015.

Ecaille

Have you heard of “Ecaille” yet?

The newest hair buzzword is “ecaille.”  It’s pronounced ik-eye-ell. Ecaille is French for “tortoiseshell” which is exactly the shades it mimics. Think caramel, amber, honey, chocolate & mahogany.
tortieI have always loved how luxurious my tortoiseshell accessories looked. Now we can give our number one accessory (our hair) that same feel.

Ecaille is a new take to add richness and dimension to the hair. It can update hair and be incorporated with any of the current natural hair color trends such as ombré or baby-lights without  doing excessive bleaching, but while still keeping some of those lighter pieces, especially around the face. It can also be done on solid colored hair. The difference between ecaille and some traditional highlights & lowlights is a toned down or “blurred” root to keep with the “natural” look which eases maintenance and staying between 1-3 levels of the natural hair color. Many celebrities have already had the ecaille color for some time, Jessica Biel and Kloé Kardashian to name a couple.star tortieWith the rise of the youthful hair color trends and variations, ecaille has arrived to add new gorgeous, gentle, and natural looking multi-dimension to lackluster strands.

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Ecaille hair color “Before & After” done by Samantha Shorette of DnA Salon.

To get 10% off this service, book “full highlights/lowlights + color gloss” with Samantha at DnA Salon and mention “ecaille” in the comments.

And check out my Pinterest board to see the best “Ecaille” color I have fround around the web! Plus, be sure to follow me on instagram, too! @samschairphilly

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NEOTERIC DÉMODÉ

I recently created an editorial styled photo shoot at DnA Salon. I was inspired by the Northern Liberties neighborhood; it’s history and future. The name, NEOTERIC DÉMODÉ, is essentially an oxymoron meaning New-age/Vintage.  The result was mixed ultra modern styles with a somewhat gothic victorian mood. The photographer, Sachi Anand, captured the vibe I was going for perfectly! Jewelry for the models was provided by local designer, sticks+ stones, and is all available for purchase from www.stickstonestyle.com/ or in store at Ritual Ritual - 819 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

A big thanks to DnA Salon and  everyone that helped make this possible!

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10 Easy Hair Hacks

Here are some of my useful hair tricks and secrets I share with my clients.

1. Squeeze excess water out of hair with a towel after shampooing before conditioning instead of just using your hands to help the condioner penetrate move effectively.

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2. Ease up on Bioten in the Spring/Summer and beef back up on it (2.5mg) in the Fall/Winter. Unless your bikini waxer is your best friend, bioten makes ALL of your hair grow faster. Not particularly desired during warm months. hacks6

3. On days you aren’t washing your hair, use a t-shirt to wrap hair up under a shower cap to prevent the frizz from the steam.

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5. Use a “top-knot” burn form to preserve and quickly tie up a blow-out without leaving dents.

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6. Use 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water once a month to rinse hair of buildup and add shine instead of clarifying shampoo.hack4

7. Dilute sunscreen with water in a spray bottle and mist on hair to prevent color fade from the sun.

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8. Wash just the very top crown of your hair in the sink with the rest of your secured and out of the way and restyle for a fresh hair look on short time.

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9. Before dipping in chlorine water, soak hair with clean water to block and repel the chlorine.

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10. Never set hot tools above 350 degrees and mist hair lightly with a flexible hold hairspray before you curl or flat iron to aid in styling hair without excess heat.

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A New Wave of Rollers

Rollers have been around for over 60 years. All kinds have come and gone, but for many modern women they are no longer a staple in their beauty routines like they used to be.  Although wave styles have changed throughout the decades, in my book, rollers are still the best way to get gorgeous hair.

Recently, on one of my Target shopping trips, I saw these new “Goody Dent-less Waves” foam rollers and at about $10 for 9, I decided to try them out. They were worth the purchase.

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No hard plastic clamp! Tired of dents? Want beautifully flowing waves without the dent? Introducing Goody Dent-Less Waves Foam Rollers! The self-holding strap secures the roller in place without uncomfortable pins or plastic clips that clamp down on your hair and create a dent.

Here are some tips to get ‘blow-out’ worthy hair at home or to keep your salon blow-out looking it’s best.rollers2

Unwrap your rollers and un-velcro them all.

Blow dry your hair in sections smoothly as you normally would.

As soon as you finish drying a section, while it is still warm, wrap the hair around a roller and secure it with the velcro strip. Be mindful not to “fish-hook” the ends.

After you have wrapped all of your sections, mist the hair with a flexible hold hairspray.

I like to leave the rollers in for at least 30 minutes.

I do not suggest using them on damp hair.

Here I am before bed on freshly blow-dried hair. One fell out over night.

 

To re-awaken a blow out over night:

Wrap big crown sections on top with 2 or 3 rollers and use about 2 or 3 rollers on the bottom layers.

Since the rollers are all foam with no hard plastic, they are comfortable to sleep on.

Oh and the squishy foam makes them super easy to pack. I can alway stuff a couple in an over night bag.

Here’s the link to buy them at Target

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Love is in the Hair

A Simple Way To Get Romantic Waves.

In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, I’m going to discuss the best way I have found to get smooth, shiny waves and minimize the use of hot tools. This technique works best on hair that is past the shoulders or longer. You will need are a 5 or 6 piece set of cotton headbands and 3 or 4 sectioning clips. These are something every girl should have in her bathroom on hand anyways as they are useful for so many hair dilemmas.

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Next, you want to shampoo and condition your hair as usual. After the hair is washed and blotted dry with a towel, apply your leave in or frizz controlling product of your choice from mid-strands down to the ends. Since my hair is thick and has a medium wave texture, I like to use Paul Mitchell Super skinny serum and Neuma Argan oil treatment together. If you have a fine or straight texture, I recommend using a curl cream, mousse or even a frizz serum mixed with a small amount of hair gel.

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Then you will need to get your hair about 80% dry with a blow dryer concentrating on the root area. Use a vent or paddle brush with medium tension, pulling roots upward and using the round of your head as a surface to smooth them against. Once your hair feels evenly dry at the roots and just slightly damp on the mid-strands and ends, quickly divide your hair into 3 or 4 sections depending on the thickness of your hair twist the hair tightly and secure with clips. This step is important because it will let the hair that is now only slightly damp rest without drying differently then the other sections you are working on.

Now you can start wrapping the hair with the headbands. Un-clip one section and divide it into smaller sections using your fingers. The larger the section, the looser the waves will be. It is important to make sure the sections are all roughly the same size. A 2-3 inch thick section is a good rule of thumb. Run the brush once through your hair then begin to twist the hair. You don’t need to twist it too tightly, just enough that it stays together. Then holding the ends with one hand, wrap the hair around the middle of the cotton head band until it is almost at the root and tie the ends together. Continue this step until all the hair is wrapped. I like to spray a light hairspray all over to help tame the flyways over night. Then just go to bed!

When you wake up, remove the headbands.  Use your blow dryer on a low speed and gently go over your hair with it to ensure your hair is fully dry then rake your fingers through your hair. You may need to touch up the front or ends with a large barrel curing iron. Another quick mist of hairspray and some shine spray and you’re all ready for a romantic night with your sweetie! Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Jerseylicious - Season 4

Chatting with Tracy DiMarco from “Jerseylicious.”

I got a chance to chat with hairstylist and reality TV star of Jerseylicious, Tracy DiMarco.  It was interesting discussing the politics of reality TV and what is actual reality.  She complimented me on my stiletto manicure and we swapped a few hair tips, too.

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I asked her what she thought about doing another show based on her new marriage to Corey Eps and she said she was interested in the idea, but concerned that the invasive experience could put too much stress on their relationship which she deeply values.

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It was great to meet Tracy and she is a real sweetheart!

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Jerseylicious is an American docusoap series that premiered on March 21, 2010, on the now defunct Style Network. It chronicles the lives of six stylists who work at salons located in Green Brook Township, New Jersey. The Gatsby Salon, where the series is based upon, relaunched with a multimillion dollar renovation and began hiring new employees in 2009, which included two of the main cast members: Tracy DiMarco and Olivia Blois Sharpe.  Reruns of the series also air on Bravo. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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The Sexiest Look On a Man

The “Tailored” Cut.

Men’s hair has recently took on a vintage flair. The new styles are a nod to the 1950′s, with precise and cleaner cuts, lower fades, and more length on top that they are rocking with strong volume combed back or a sharp side part. Women are definitely taking notice, and we like what we see.

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If you’re a guy that’s ready to try this new style, it is important to understand that if it is dramatically different then what you are used to wearing, it may be a bit of a “training” process to get the hair to lay the direction you want it to. The right hair product and a comb are imperative.

 

So what do you think about the new inspiration for men’s style?

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Getting The Most Out of Your Hair Appointment

It’s a new year and you’ve decided you want to change your hair color…like, really change it. So you call your hair salon to book an appointment. You know what you want, but more than likely you don’t know exactly what process is involved in achieving your desired result.

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A stylist’s day runs tightly by appointments so in order to get the most out of your appointment, you need to directly convey what your hair needs are when you book with the receptionist. Dramatic color changes usually require a minimum of 3 hours (Kim Kardashian was reportedly in the salon for 6 hours before she debuted her gold locks).

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If you’ve found a photo of something you like, along with bringing the picture to your appointment, email it to the salon first with the subject line “Attn: (Your Stylist)” and a brief description. This will give your stylist the opportunity to give you more feedback and make sure s/he has the proper inventory. Then when you call to make your appointment, you can let the receptionist know that you emailed the salon prior, and he or she may already be informed what to book for your appointment.

Here are some quick tips when making your appointment:

The Basics

When going all over lighter:
For Virgin Hair – Be sure to book a Full Single Process versus a Single Process which is usually roots (re-growth) only. Or you may need to book Full Highlights depending on the desired result.

For Previously Colored Hair – A Double Process is usually what is necessary. A deep conditioning treatment is recommended.

For Fantasy Colors: (Pink, Blue, Purple, Aqua, etc.) Give the receptionist a basic description when you call ahead such as “pink streaks” or “blue ombre” etc. It is imperative to get a deep condition treatment after coloring fantasy colors.

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For best results, ask your stylist what he or she recommends for after care, (e.g. he or she may suggest waiting a certain time before you first shampoo) and go over products to be used for at-home maintenance. The products you are currently using may not be enough for your new color. For example, with blondes a stylist may suggest using a violet based shampoo to help the color stay brighter longer. Other colors may require a different type of shampoo or conditioner, etc.

These basic tips will assist you in getting the most out of your hair appointment and get the closest to your desired look.