Blonde Problems: Restore The Integrity Of Over-Processed, Dull, Broken Hair

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Blonde Problems: Restore The Integrity Of Over-Processed, Dull, Broken Hair 


Prevent And Repair Breakage

Keep Those Unwanted Brassy Tones At Bay


If you're like most blondes, you know that keeping your hair healthy and luminous can be a challenge. Regardless of which lightener you use, it is inevitable that you're hair is going to suffer much more than if you didn't color it at all, but us ladies would rather maintain our general fabulousness than think twice about pushing the limits on the strength of our hair. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent and help restore the breakage that comes with being a blonde. 

Using salon grade products only when you're in salon is the first mistake you're making. Just because once every month or two when you get your hair done and use top of the line products at that time, doesn't mean that you can go to your local drug store and pick up whatever shampoo and conditioner is on sale once you leave. There is a reason why great salons carry great hair care lines, and it's not to force you to buy something that you don't need. (it's the opposite!) 
YOUR HAIRSTYLIST CARES ABOUT THE HEALTH OF YOUR HAIR (maybe even more than you do!)
As hairstylists, we work hard to make you look amazing and the right home-care products are one of the most important parts of keeping you looking just as great as you did when you left the salon! 

Option #1 Home-Care recommendations for blondes who need repair and prevent breakage and aren't concerned about brassiness

Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo
Oribe Gold Lust Conditioner
Orbie Gold Lust Masque
Oribe Gold Lust Balm d'Or 
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This is our go-to repairing collection! (P.S. you don't have to be blonde to use these products, they work for everyone with damaged hair!) 
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A great shampoo and conditioner are the BARE MINIMUM of products you should have at home! 

Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner Key Points:

 
-Rejuvenates hair so it appears more youthful and healthy
-Reinforces the inner strength of each hair strand while restoring moisture without weighing it down
-Reverses damage by sealing in moisture to streghthen hair
-Helps reduce split ends and protects against future damage

A few key ingredients:

-Oribe Signature Complex (Watermelon, Lychee and Edelweiss Flower Extracts) defends hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and the deterioration of natural Keratin, all while protecting from the drying, damaging and color-depleting effects of the elements.
-Argan Oil adds healthy shine, repairs damage and controls frizz.
-Bio-Restorative Complex, including Plant Collagen, Caffeine, Biotin and Niacinamide, repairs damage by penetrating the root to fortify, deeply nourish and streghthen the cuticle from the inside out while also stimulating the scalp circulation and rejuvenating hair follicles. 

Use this shampoo and conditioner as part of your everyday routine to ensure that your hair has the bare minimum amount of protection from previous color, heat styling and natural effects of the elements! 

The next step in your hair care routine is an amazing weekly hair masque. Masques give your hair extra moisture and protection against previous and future hair stressers including heat styling and coloring. This is a great product to use once weekly, as needed (ladies with a ton of hair can use this as a daily conditioner) or before going to the salon to have your hair colored! 

Gold Lust Transformative Masque Key Points:

-Provides intense nourishment and conditioning 
-Strengthens the cuticle and fills in weak spots
-Improves elasticity for ageless hair

The last step for your daily repairing essentials is a great heat protectant. This is an essential product to protect your hair from blowdrying and heat styling. You use this product everytime after you shampoo, condition, rinse and towel dry to ensure the maximum heat protection.

Gold Lust Balm d'Or Heat Styling Shield Key Points:

-Shields fragile and weak hair strands from thermal damage
-Leaves hair looking ultra-sleek and shiny
-Fights frizz and flyaways
-Makes hair easier to style and manage

Option #2 - Home-Care recommendations for blondes who need to repair and prevent breakage and also want to dimish brassy tones

Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo
Oribe Bright Blonde Conditioner
Oribe Bright Blonde Radiance and Repair Treatment
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This collection is amazing for repairing hair while keeping brassy tones at bay! 
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REMEMBER: A great shampoo and conditioner are the BARE MINIMUM of products you should have at home!

Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner Key Points:

-Contains optimal level of violet pigments to brighten and eliminate brassiness
-Rich, indulgent and lightweight formula 
-Easily detangles and prevents breakage

A few key ingredients:

-Pure Violet Pigment and Reflective Pearl corrects brassiness, tones highlights and imparts luminescent brightness and shine
-Purple Orchid Extract, known as the flower of longevity, repairs damaged hair, conditions and prevents moisture loss
-Brightening Complex (Lemon, Ginger Root and Chamomile Extracts) optimizes shade, tonality and luminosity

Bright Blonde shampoo and conditioner are safe for everyday use or can be used as your toner fades and you need some extra help keeping the brassy tones out! 

For blondes with extremely porus, damaged hair, this spray treatment is a great once weekly deep conditioning treatment to help repair and rebuild the integrity of your hair.

Bright Blonde Radiance & Repair Treatment Key Points:

-Repairs damaged, porous blonde hair
-Instantly brightens and tones brassiness
-Immediately increases elasticity and softens dry, brittle strands
-Seals split ends

A few key ingredients:

-Proteomic Restoration Protein mimics the hair structure to target damage and repair split ends for healthier looking hair
-Pea Extract restores softness and elasticity for hair that is visibly less damaged, porous and brittle
-Pure Violet Pigment removes brassiness and yellow tones from blonde and highlighted hair

All of these are great options that you can mix and match for home use based on your stylist's recommendations. At the end of the day, your stylist knows your hair and knows what will work best based on your hair type, needs and level of damage. So next time you're at the salon getting your hair done, ask your stylist questions and listen to their recommendations, they are there to answer all of your questions and ensure the health of your hair! 

Color Melt: Color Trends Fall 2016

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Fall 2016 Hair Color Trend:

Color Melting



Color Melting is a technique wher3 or more hair colors are used that are similar, yet different. It blends the hair color creating a "color melting" effect. When your hair color "melts", its hard to tell where the highlights start or end.

What Is a Color Melt?

"A color melt is a dimensional look that has a lived-in feel with brightness around the face and absolutely no hard lines of demarcation," Adams explains. "The color literally melts in gradation from dark to light." If you've never highlighted your hair before it's a great first step. "You can introduce yourself to color or try something different," she says. "It's easy and chic."

Maintaining Your Melt

The biggest bonus of this highlighting technique-which is most often achieved with hand-painted balayage-is its low maintenance upkeep. Adams says you can go as long as 10 to 12 weeks between visits to freshen up the look, add brightness to the highlights, or deepen the base color if needed. Depending on how often you go you can have as much pop or as much of a natural feel as you want.



The biggest benefit to "Color Melting" is that there are no harsh lines like highlights in foils create. 

 

Why is My HAIRCOLOR Fading??? Hair Color TIPS!

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Why is MY Hair Color Fading!? 
 
Hair Color Probs. No matter WHAT YOUR COLOR, hair color fades. We all know this, the struggle is for real. There are many ways to ELONGATE your color job. We are going to list the top 5 tips to prevent your hair color from fading.
 

5. BE PATIENT...
   Wait AT LEAST 24 hours to cleanse & condition your hair after you have your hair professional colored. If you can wait 48, EVEN BETTER! Let the color molecules set and give it time to cure, per say. 

4. TURN DOWN THE TEMP...
   Wash your hair in cool-luke warm water. Even if you love those hot-burn-your-skin type showers, make sure to turn down that temp when you are washing those locks. Hot water will open the cuticle more and the color will "slip" out faster, losing those color molecules FASTER. Plus cooler water keeps the cuticle closed and enhances shine. Shiny hair is YOUTHFUL hair. 

3. DON'T SKIMP ON SHAMPOO.
So your hair color professional will recommend the proper shampoo and conditioner for the maximum potential of your hair color. Since you already invested in great color, do not skimp on what you cleanse & condition it with. Pay the little extra to get your product from the salon, so you know you will get the MOST out of your color. Alot of shampoos will actually strip the color molecules out and can fade your color extremely fast.

2. COVER YOUR MANE. When in the SUN or WATER, cover that hair! If you are a swimmer and in constant chorline, WEAR A SWIMCAP. Chlorine will fade hair color FAST. Most importantly, cover your mane in the SUN! The SUN is the ultimate hair color "bleach". It will lighten any color, whether virgin hair OR permanently colored hair. I recommend getting a product that is a UVA protectant such as Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer and wear a hat if possible.


1. LOSE THE TOOLS.
Believe it or not, HOT tools cause a significant amount of hair color fading. We love Guy Tang and his video on hair color fading. He shows how even 2 seconds of flat ironing your hair can cause a HUGE difference in hair quality and  hair color fading. Check it out here!
 

Spring and Summer Hair Trends 2015

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2015 Spring & Summer Hair Trends
 
Baby lights
 
Baby lights are ever-so-trending for the summer 2015. Baby light highlights are especially popular around here in Chicago, where everyone is outside and eating on patios as soon as it hits 60 degrees. Baby lights brighten your current look and keep you enjoying your summer instead of having to be back in for color every 4 weeks. They are a natural sun-kissed "baby" highlight. They are so tiny that they resemble a little toddlers natural sun-kissed highlights. The look of baby lights throughout the head and a heavier highlight around the face resembles how the hair is naturally lightened by the sun. They are pretty and low maintenance, two of our most favorite things.

 
 
S'Ombre
 
S'Ombre has been in fashion for a while now, A.K.A subtle OMBRE haircolor. This is a technique where we gradually go from a darker haircolor to lighter through the ends. Ombre is most definitely still in, but for summer 2015, its all about the warm softer tones. What is trending everywhere from Victoria's Secret models to the top fashion magazines are golden brunette colors at the base and a gradual fade to honey, caramel blonde tones. Ask your stylist about warming up your hair color to flatter your soon-to-be HOTT summer tan!

 
 
Balayage
 
Balayage highlights can be done in any form or fashion from baby lights or a natural highlight. Balayage means to paint on hair color in a certain way to create a gradual fade (dark to light). This is how we do very natural looking highlights or ombre. Balayage is in style for summer and the typical foiled highlights are so 2010.

 
 
Short Sexy Haircuts
Short hair is EVERYWHERE for summer 2015 hair trends. Sexy, short, and wavy bobs, "WOBS" scream CONFIDENCE! This sexy short haircut is adorable worn with a natural beach wave or curled with a wand. Blunt bobs or long bobs, "LOBS", are the newest haircut update we've been creating on our clients. If you've have hair LONG for the past 10 years of your life and need a change, go for it. Your hair will be easy to style, cute & sexy. It makes a world of a difference to have style created in your haircut, rather than spending all the time trying to style the long drab hair.

 

Long Hair.
 
Long haircuts for spring 2015 are layered all through the front of the hair, leaving the back one length. Long hair doesn't look good if it is thin, so leaving the back one length creates a thick more blunt look on the ends. Adding layers all through the front removes the weight from your hair to create volume and style in your long hair.

BABYLIGHTS: The New Trend in Hair Color

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Ombre, S'Ombre, and now BABYLIGHTS. Babylights are the hottest new trend in hair color. They are very natural, baby fine (we're 3-5 strands) highlights that are balayaged into the hair. Balayage means to paint on the highlights without foil or any type of papers.

 

Fall Mocha Shades By L'Oreal Professionnel 2014

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Fall is here and the MOCHA shades by L'Oreal Professionnel are perfect for your new color change. Whether you want to be a deep dark chocolate, or a mocha latte shade, we have a vast selection of warm hair color shades for you.
 
Call and book your hair color update today! 773-880-5033


Hair Color that is Under Cover

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Hair Color that is Under Cover
Literally.

Are you tired of your basic BLAH hair color?
Try some under cover COLOR!



PLATINUM BLONDE 2014

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There is no better time than SPRING.

SPRING 2014

BALAYAGE


TRENDY, LOW-MAINTENCE, & CUSTOMIZED.

 

Lighten your hair with BALAYAGE HIGHLIGHTS.

 

Balayage highlighting is a favorite of celebrities and models like Gisele Bündchen, Eva Longoria and Sarah Jessica Parker!

CLIENTS love that Balayage hair painting is less expensive to maintain than traditional highlights.

It varies by client, but many can go 3 - 4 months between appointments since their natural hair color will blend in with the natural-looking, painted highlights as it grows.

Balayage allows us to utilize our creativity and artistic talent to personalize the placement of each highlight for a customized result.


5 WAYS TO HELP FADING COLOR

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5 WAYS TO PREVENT HAIR COLOR FROM FADING

Let's face it, hair color fades. I don't care if its the most permanent hair color on the market, we all experience it. Here are a few TIPS to prevent your hair color from fading.

1. KNOW YOUR COLOR/COLORIST. Know who is doing your color and what color you get. Are you getting permanent hair color re-freshed your ends with a high developer over and over? Do you use a semi-permanent that fades automatically within a month of shampooing? Make sure your colorist is KNOWLEDGEABLE and knows how to prevent fading. This way they won't be the one causing your hair color to fade.

2. USE THE RECOMMENDED SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER. Your colorist should ALWAYS reccommend shampoo and conditioner. Listen to them and take their advice. Not only will this help your color LAST, but also will keep your color VIBRANT!

3. LIMIT HOT WATER ON YOUR HAIR. Hot water will open the cuticle of your hair, which will make hair color fade out faster. Be sure to use a cooler temperature on your hair when shampooing and conditioning.

4. LIMIT SUNSHINE ON THOSE LOCKS. The sun will definitely fade your color. Even if the weather is cloudy and you think the sun isnt shining out there, it is. Be sure to wear a UV protection product in your hair and/or a hat.

5. PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM THE CHLORINE. Swimmers beware: pool chemicals fade hair color tremendously. Be sure to load the conditioner on your hair before you swim and shampoo immediately after.

Demi-Hair Color. What's Up With It?

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Demi Hair Color
 
It is in-between permanent and semi. It is called Demi. It will give you RICH COLORS, INCREDIBLE SHINE, & NO AMMONIA.

 

Hair Color Fading Problems. Why does my hair color fade? How to prevent hair color from fading! FADING FADING FADING!!!!

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Well if you color your hair, you most likely suffer from hair color fading. Its normal! Even with permanent hair color, the color still fades over a period of time.

The 5 most common reasons why hair color fades...........

1.) The sun can cause hair color to fade.

2.) Many enviromental factors and pollutants can cause hair color to fade.

3.) Your shampoo and conditioners can cause hair color to fade.

4.) The minerals from the water can cause hair color to fade.

5.) The temperature of water can cause hair color to fade.

Over the years I have learned that there are a few things that help your hair color from fading:

After your color application be sure to add on a treatment to help preserve your color and protect your hair. Salon Envy recommends by Kerastase the in-salon fusio dose treatments or Bumble and Bumbles Color Minded Treatment. Both are in-salon treatments that are inexpensive and will help prolong your hair color from fading.

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Color care shampoo and conditioner recommended by your stylist. If you buy store bought shampoos and conditioners they have cheaper chemicals in them (which is why they are cheaper) which will strip your hair and do the exact opposite of what you want!

~Bumble & Bumple color minded shampoo and conditioner is a great line for color fading and also Kerastase Chroma Riche and Chroma Captive sulfate free shampoo and rinse out.

Wash your hair in milder temperatures and rinse in cool water to close the cuticle and seal your color in. Make sure if possible to wait at least 24- even better 48 hours after your color application to wash your hair.

Limit your hair to sun exposure by wearing a bandana, hat, or scarf. Almost everytime clients come back from a sunny vacation their hair color is faded dramatically. The sun literally bleaches hair. Even if it doesnt feel strong or if it is cloudy, believe me, the rays are bleaching that hair!

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Protect your hair with a leave in product. When your hair is exposed to high heat from your blow dryer or iron tools the cuticle is damaged and the hair becomes more porous. When your hair is more porous it will likely fade because the cuticle is more open and the color slides out faster! To protect your hair color from fading try Kerastase Chroma Thermique (a wonderful thermal protector and shine enhancing moisturizer. For you sun exposed clients out there try Kerastase Huile Celeste. Huile Celeste protects your hair from the sun, sea, and chlorine.

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Products to Keep Handy at the Office

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Friz day

In this summer heat, there is no telling how our style will stay throughout the day. By the time you're off the train and walking into work, the cute curls you put in an hour earlier are now frizzed and falling out! With the right products in your desk at work, this can be easily fixed! Walking into your office with A/C from the humidity does nothing flattering for your precious locks! To maintain your style and combat the humidity and frizz, you need to be prepared with a few of our favorite products.

Kérastase Cristalliste Lumiere is an anti-humectant and smooths hair without weighing it down. It is PERFECT to add shine and combat the humidity!
Cristalliste Lumiere
Another great product to have on hand is Bumble & Bumble's Defrizz. It does exactly what it says - protects against frizz, acts as a barrier to humidity and leaves hair soft, silky and flyaway-free!
B&B Defrizz

Always keep these products by your side and during the summer, give yourself a little bit of extra time so that you have time to primp before work starts!

On the other end of the work day, whether you're going out for drinks with your friends or dinner with your boyfriend, you need to be able to switch your style from day to night in a flash! We've all been there - this is why we love the idea of keeping a drawerful of travel size hair products at your desk!

All of the stylists here at the salon LOVE Redken's Quick Tease. We like to call it our "backcomb in a can." You can fab up your look with some extra volume and texture in a pinch! Spray 10-12 inches away to add texture, or 4-6 inches away as a volumizer for the root. For extra volume, you can use your backcomb to tease it, otherwise the product works great on its own!

!Redken Quick Tease

Another go-to product for a quick hair fix is dry shampoo. Redken has a great one, and it comes in travel size - perfect to carry around in your purse or keep at work! Bumble also has a fabulous dry shampoo specified for each hair color - AND it comes in travel sizes, as well!
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If you're looking for another small product to keep at your desk, Bumble has Surf Spray which gives your hair perfect texture and beach waves.
Bumble Travel Sizes

Once you come prepared, you'll never have to stress again when you have a full day and don't have time to stop at home to do a hair check between obligations!
PS: Did we mention ALL of these products come in travel sizes? Stop by the salon to check them out!

What are your favorite "on-the-go" styling products?
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