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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.

my ecaille look

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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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!

Happy-Valentines-Day