Consciously Sustainable Salon Chicago- Green Circle Salon Envy

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Consciously Sustainable
Salon Envy Chicago


a green circle salon
 

Have you ever wondered what happens to the hair we sweep up after your haircut, color boxes, left over color, etc?

At Salon Envy Chicago,
we are a certified GREEN CIRCLE SALON.

What does that mean?
This means 95% of our waste at the salon is repurposed or recycled. We are on a journey to #zerowaste.

 
Hair- Hair is cleaned and stuffed into nylon tubes – “hair brooms” that are used to mop up oil spills in the ocean.

Equiptment- Broken equipment is broken down into parts, or repaired and sent to partner salons in development countries.

Hair color- Water is extracted from left over haircolor and the remaining material is used to make plastic.

We also recycle all paper and paper products, plastics, and glass.


 

How to ELIMINATE FRIZZ- Keratin Brazilian Treatment Chicago

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How to ELIMINATE (mostly) FRIZZ-
Keratin Brazilian Treatment 

Salon Envy Offering La Brasiliana Domani Keratin Treatments

Anti Frizz treaments are not just for the ladies. No gender partiality here :)
Here is a photo done on Zackery, who has an extremely coarse tight curl pattern. The treatment left him with hair that was effortless to blowdry straight, or air-dryed
with a pretty frizz-free wave.

La Brasiliana Keratin Treatment is made with collagen, it transforms hair to its healthy, shiny state. La Brasiliana Keratin protein replenishes the condition of the hair, without damanage, and can be used on all hair types.


 


Eliminate frizz for 4-6 months with a Keratin Treatment.
 

How long does it take? It takes 2-4 hours to complete.

How smooth will my hair be? It will eliminate 80%-90% of frizz, about 50%-60% of curl.

How much does this cost? At Salon Envy, keratin treatments start at 0 + up.

Can I get one with color-treated hair? Yes, but clients should have a consultation if their hair is over treated with bleach or excessive color.


Blowouts will be a BREEZE.
Blow dry time is cut in half with a keratin treatment.
Your hair cuticle will be smoother & silkier. 
Keratin treatments allow you to keep 50-60% of your curl, but get rid of most of the frizz.

The anti-frizz treatment gradually fades out, so you won't have to deal with the frizz/curly root new growth that a permanent perm or relaxer causes.

ORIBE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER: SILVERATI

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SILVERATI 

Rhymes with Maserati and its basically that in a shampoo.
BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED and WORKS FAST.

Silverati by Oribe was designed to brighten, intensely-hydrating conditioner, banishes dullness and yellow tones while restoring youthfulness, elasticity, and shine.

Perfect for BLONDES & aging hair. 

Why Does My Hair Color Fade? How to STOP Hair Color From Fading.

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Why Does My Hair Color Fade?

Hair Color Fading Probs: 101

How to STOP Hair Color From Fading.

Top 5 Tips to Prevent Hair Color Fading.


1. Wait a minute! Take some time after your hair color service to wash your hair color out. We recommend MINIMUM 24 hours to wash and condition your hair, but the longer you wait, the better!

2. Turn down the heat! The warmer the water, the more the hair cuticle opens and the color molecule can slip out. Try washing your hair in room temperature water to prevent the cuticle from opening and keeping your hair color true to tone.

3. What you use DOES matter! Yes, it does matter what shampoo and conditioner you use. Now some products are very similar so it doesnt matter exactly which one, but read your ingredients. Stay away from the top "hair color fading" chemicals such as SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfates) and also high PH levels open the cuticle and cause the hair colot molecules to slip out just like hot water. We recommend Kevin Murphys Angel Wash & Rinse. Kevin Murphys Angel Wash & Rinse both will moisturize your hair without weighing it down, protects the hair & scalp, has a high concentration of natural ingredients, paraben free, & color safe.

4. Limit Heat use! Heat use will fade hair color. Hot blow dryers and hot irons. Turn the temperature down if possible on both and protect your hair with a thermal heat protector.

5. Protect your hair from the sun & the pools! Yes chlorine and the sun are the BIGGEST factors in hair color fading. Wear a hat when you can and use a spray leave-in treatment to protect the UVA/UVB rays from your hair color.

Instantly Longer, Fuller, Thicker, & More Voluminous Hair

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Instantly Longer, Fuller, Thicker, & More Voluminous Hair


The MAIN reason hair does not grow thicker, longer, and more healthy is from over-processing those precious strands with hair color. Other reasons are an outdated, poor quality blow-dryer, curling iron, or flat iron. Come in for a consultation to discuss our "hair rehab" program to help you grow your hair healthier, longer, & thicker!

BUT.... Why wait to grow your hair when you can have INSTANT longer, fuller, and more voluminous hair with Great Lengths Hair Extensions. We are a certified Great Lengths USA Hair Extensions Salon in the top neighborhood "Lincoln Park" of Chicago.

Hair Extensions Chicago

Check out our stylist Rachel featured on Great Lengths Website:
http://www.greatlengthsstylist.com/redir.aspx?s=racheltenorio

 

Holiday Hair: Top 3 Holiday Easy to Style Hair Styles

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Easy To Style Holiday Hair Styles


1) The Side Part & Tuck.
This is a super easy go-to formal-ish hair style. First part your hair on your preferred side and tuck the parted side behind your ear. This holiday hair style looks beautiful either curled or waved with a wand. Also, pretty holiday earrings compliment this hair style perfectly.


 
2. The Half Ponytail.
Yes, ladies, the 90's is back. Not only are the choker necklaces, but these half high pony tails are in and perfect for a holiday hair style. We think they look best with your hair styled straight. Another option is to hide the ponytail by wrapping a little part of the ponytail AROUND the hair tie to cover it. Then secure with a bobby pin. Voila.


 
3. Center Part, Sexy & Tossled waves.
This is super easy and simple. Part your hair in the center and make sure when you curl or use your wand, keep the iron VERTICAL and curl OFF your face. This way all of your waves are going off your face. This is a simple hair style, but dressy enough for your holiday party.


 

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. 

 

Bronze Haircolor: The Bronzey Hair. Fall 2016 Hair Color Trend

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Bronzey Hair Color: Fall 2016 Hottest Hair Trend

 

Bronze: The Latest Hair Color

#Bronzey

Ready for Fall? So are we. Lets get your hair ready.

Be a Bronzey Babe with a mix of "root smudging" and some multi-dimensional bronzey hair colors. We love the Mochas by L'Oreal Professionnel.









The Curly Girl Method

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The Curly Girl Method.


The curly girl method was invented by Lorraine Massey and it is a method in which you go SHAMPOO FREE to give your curls some ultra moisture. Instead of shampooing you cowash (wash your scalp with conditioner) and you condition and style your hair with silicone free and sulfate free product


Lived-In Color & Style at Salon Envy

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Lived-In Color & Style at Salon Envy


a.k.a. The after-math of ombre. Created by Ramirez and his entire team in Beverly Hills, California that specialize in "lived-in color" - a subtle, enturing way of highlighting your hair that he insists is neither balayage nor ombre. "Lived-in Color" is also known as the 6 month color.

Its about as low maintenance as you can get with hair color, but as cutting edge as hair color can be.. We love this technique and are thrilled about the new opportunity to go to Beverly Hills and take classes from Ramirez-Tran Salon hopefully in the next year.

In the mean time, follow Ramirez on instagram and continue to gawk at his work. We specialize in balayage in at Salon Envy and LOVE to incorporate some of his color techinques into our salon.





Photo: Johnny Ramirez





Photo: Johnny Ramirez





Photo: Johnny Ramirez

Top Salons in Chicago for Balayage. Chicago Balayage Salons

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Top Salons in Chicago for Balayage.
Chicago   Balayage   Salons

What is Balayage Hair Color?


Balayge is ultra-customized, minimal maintence, soft hair color that creates dimension and a sun-kissed look... Balayage is by far the most requested in salon hair color service we offer here at Salon Envy.

Salon Envy Chicago is known as "Top Salons in Chicago". With cutting edge techniques such as "lived-in hair color", "balayage", "hair painting", "American Tailoring", "foilyage", "Sombre", "ombre", precision hair cutting and much more.

If you have been thinking of trying some balayage hair color and are ready to UPDATE your hair color,  here is a good read to understand balayage before your service..

Balayage is a coloring technique used to create sun-kissed, natural-looking highlights. Used as an alternative to foil highlighting, hair color or lightener is swept or painted onto the individual hair strand to create depth, lightness and dimension.  The method originated in France in the 1970s. The word “Balayage” actually comes from the French word “to sweep.”

Balayage hair painting is less expensive to maintain than traditional highlights. Many can go 3-4 months between appointments since your natural hair color will blend in with the natural-looking, painted highlights as it grows.

Balayage hair painting isn’t just for blondes or one type of haircut. It is also perfect for brunettes and redheads that want a subtle, sun-kissed look. Balayage can enhance almost any haircut, length or texture. You can customize your cut by adding dimension with Balayage to show off the shape.

Balayage is the in-salon color service choice among celebrities, models and fashionistas – those that demand hair color to be designed exclusively for them. Balayage allows your colorist to utilize their creativity and artistic talent to personalize the placement of each highlight for a customized result.
 

Salon Envy Chicago on Instagram #SalonEnvy

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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!
 

Blunt Haircut: The Best Mid-Length Haircut Ever.

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Blunt is Better.
 

The BLUNT-END haircut is hot as ever. It makes your hair appear THICKER and super healthy when the body continues to the bottom of the cut. Blunt is uniform without layers. It even makes the THINNEST hair look FULL and THICK.

Add in a great volumizing mouse such as MOUSSE BOUFFANTE by Kerastase Couture Styling


 


and you will a gorgeous MID-LENGTH haircut.


What is the Secret to SHINY, HEALTHY, & SMOOTH HAIR??????

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Kerastase New Elixir Ultime Styling Products


Introducing NEW, FORMULATED products by Kerastase to make your hair feel and look healthier, smoother, and SHINY!!!!!!








Two Options:
Elixir Ultime Oil Serum adds extra smoothness to the hair for normal to thick hair


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    • Our first Bi-Phase Spray Oil expands thickness and volume with ultimate shine and lightweight softness. All the nourishing benefits of hair oils without being weighed down.


      • Bi-phase formula expands and thickens each hair fiber
      • Adds softness, strength, and smoothness without the heaviness
      • The perfect "touch of oil" to nourish and protect
      • Illuminates and tames frizz with refreshed scent in one light spray application
      • A blend of four precious scented oils ideal for fine to normal hair types

Bumble and Bumble Hair Sprays

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We want to introduce BUMBLE and BUMBLE HAIRSPRAYS! 
(In order from LIGHTEST to STRONGEST)
spray de mode

Won't leave you feeling like an '80s prom queen.

  •  A multi-dimensional styling tool with flexible hold, workability, exceptional memory and can take heat and repeated brushing - on supermodels and non-supermodels alike.


does it all hairspray

We hated smuggling hairsprays in from Europe, so we invented this.

  • The ultimate session working spray - it gives light hold, subtle degrees of control, helps hair respond to heat tools and gives grip for easier styling.
 

holding spray

Great overall styling tool.

  • Mist this onto a finished style to hold shape and tame strays - it offers fairly firm (yet flexible, workable, brushable) control.
 
classic hairspray

It's not your grandmother's hairspray, but she's guaranteed to love it.

  • A modern rendition of traditional hairspray, with strong hold, a subtle sheen that brushes out like a breeze.

2016 New Year, New You: GL APPS TAPE HAIR EXTENSIONS

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Great Lengths Hair Extensions
GL APPS- Smart Hair Extensions

 

Latest & Greatest Hair Extension Technology

Fast, invisible, and the very best hair. GL Apps are the first smart extensions. At last there’s hair thickening and hair extensions as smart as many of the things that make our lives sharp, lively and easy.
"GL" stands, of course, for Great Lengths, and for the top quality that Great Lengths offers. "Apps" means Application. What do we mean by that? Quite simply: GL Apps are applied to your hair – without any form of external unit. Quickly, simply and invisibly.




Not enough volume? Hair too short? Not the right sort of look? And on top of all that: Not enough time to get around breathing new life into your hair?

No problem! Heres your answer= GL Apps from Great Lengths.

Now offering at Salon Envy Chicago by Rachel.
Select your favourite GL Apps and get them applied to your hair straight away. Just a few easy steps are enough when applied!
...and your dream of more volume, a new length, or simply a fresh, new hairstyle can come true in the twinkling of an eye.


 

The Best Exfoliant For Your Skin

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The Best Exfoliant For  Your Face.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant Thermal Skin exfoliant is the best facial exfoliant on the market for skin care. It is a powerful skin polisher that combines both physical and cheical exfoliants to refine the skin texture and enhance vitamin delivery. Resurfacing microgranules gently polish off dulling skin cells to reveal smoother, fresher skin cells to reveal smoother, fresher, skin immediately. 


The best part about Dermalogica's Multivitamin Thermafoliant skin polisher is that it heats up as you scrub your skin. It leaves your skin very refreshed and moisturized with Rose flower oil and annuss seed oil. 

Formulated without artificial fragrances, colors, and parabens. Product guaranteed when professionally recommended.

 


Kerastase In Salon Ritual The BEST Hair Conditioning Treatments

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Introducting the newly-formulated Kerastase In Salon Rituals. In Salon Rituals are hair conditioning treatments that are professionally prescribed to meet every need of your hair. They are concentrated and in the purest form to target your hair problems. They will improve damaged and weak hair, colored hair, dry hair, frizzy hair, dull hair, life-stressed hair that lacks density, and so much more.  


There are 20 unique combinations that can be formulated to give you the utmost personalized hair care. The BEST part about Kerastases In Salon Treatments is that they are a permanent fix. The more you use them, the better your hair will become. Its not a temporary bandage for bad hair, they are instantly PERMANENTLY transforming your hair. 






 

HAIRDRESSER'S TIP:

TREAT YOUR COLOR WITH A FUSIO-DOSETM HAIR LAB TREATMENT

  ✓  Strengthens hair and prolongs hair color results between coloring appointments
  ✓  As a pre-color treatment: Prepares hair for optimal color absorption to help nourish, reconstruct and prime hair
  ✓  As a post-color treatment: Locks-in color at the roots to help maintain hair highlights, or at mid-lengths and ends for ombre hair and Balayage hair 


Mens Haircuts 2015

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Mens Haircuts

2015 Mens Hair Trends
2015 Vintage 1930's 1940's Mens Hairstyles are SUPER HOT right now.
 
 
HIGH and TIGHT with LENGTH on top. A.K.A. The Pompadour. This is perfect for the men that want their cut fashion forward. It is versitile. It looks DEBONAIRE and SHARP for the day in the office or tossed it with a little pomade for the laid back hipster-look. If you got the facial hair, FLAUNT it. No Shave Novemeber is here and these burly manly BEARDS are in high fashion. The bigger the beard, the better.

The ASYMMETRICAL UNDERCUT is parted on one side and combed or pushed over. This cut looks great with a HARD PART, where we actually cut in your part with our trimmers. This is all over the runways for men and looks extremely clean.

 
Long. My personal FAV. Its simple, its classic, it never goes out of style. Long hair takes a certain type of man to wear, a strong hairline is a must. It doesn't matter if your hair is straight or curly, your stylist will give you the right product to make it fit you the best. Wondering how you can grow your hair out? Come in for a consultation and we will walk you through what it takes to grow that manly mane out.
 
The Textured, Faded crew cut. This is a throwback cut that came back around. Adam Levine is rocking this now and its very LOW-MAINTENCE. We know men love that. Its faded up the sides to a short almost "BUZZ" cut look. This look is not for everyone, you have to have a good headshape and strong, facial bone features.

Dermalogica: Our Top 3 Best Selling Facial Products!

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Dermalogica Facial Products:

Our Top 3 Best SELLERS






1.) Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm:
      ~Powerful firming complex helps combat lines around the delicate eye area. Antioxidant Vitamins C and E help improve elasticity and scavenge, free radicals, while silicones shield vulnerable skin, acting as a protective barrier against futher assault.

~Unique botanical extracts help firm smooth skin, texture, and help minimize the appearance of fine lines. Makes a great makeup prep, prior to concealer application.

2.) Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant:
     ~Thermal skin exfoliant infuses skin with age-fighting ingredients. This powerful skin polisher combines physical and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture and enhance vitamin delivery.

~Resurfacing microgranules gently polish off dead skin skills, to reveal smoother, fresher skin immediately.

~Unique thermal techonlogy activates upon contact with water to stimulate sloughing lactic acid. silic acid and retinol. Skin feels and looks dramatically improved and smoother. 


3.) Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair (Includes Buffer Cream):
 ~Concentrated customizeable nighttime retinol treatment cream. Accelerates skin renewal and reduces the appearance of skin-aging. ACtive .5% encapsulated pure retinol helps increase collagen production and cell turnover.

~Powerful peptides and antioxidant Vitamin C help reduce uneven skin tone and discoloration.

~Formulated with a clincally-proven bioenergized Copper amino acid complex shown to reduce visible wrinkles and improve the skin firmness. Cermaides and active Polysaccharides hydrate and prevent water loss in the skin, helping soften fine lines.


 



 

RedHeads: Best Red Hair Color Advice

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Your Go-to Guide to Becoming A Redhead


You know you've thought about it. If you ever seen a woman wear it right, its a color that screams CONFIDENCE! as she strolls on by...  

Red is the most VIBRANT hair color to wear that still can pass for natural :). Heres some perfect tips/tricks to follow before becoming a redhead.

The Green-eyed Red Head. Most likely if you have a primary eye color of green, you will make a FABULOUS redhead. Alot of times clients with GREEN eyes, have copper color specks in their eyes. These little specks of color are what we call your "secondary eye color". This is what we like to match hair color to. Green eyes literally POP with a redhead hair color shade of COPPER. (See photo below) Copper is more of an "orangey-red".

The Blue-eyed Redhead.  Red hair is super flattering to those blue-eyed beauties. Copper hair color is more of a orange-red, and this red is more of a blue-red. The blue-reds will compliment the Blue-Eyed beauty even more than any red shade. If you want to dabble in red, ask your colorist to add a peek-a-boo highlight just around your face. :) You'll be surpised how many people notice a little, but flattering change!
 

Salon Envy Featured in Sophisticates Hairstyle Magazine

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Salon Envy is excited to announce that we were featured in Sophisticates Hairstyle Guide for this October 2015 issue! We were listed under their exclusive salon guide for salons in the US! Check us out! 


Sombre & Ombre: Fall 2015

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Sombre & Ombre: Fall 2015

S'Ombre hair color is 'subtle ombre'. Ombre hair color where the transition from dark to light is natural and a slight color difference. Ombre is where the transition from dark to light hair color is more dramatic.
 
For Fall 2015, the more natural looking hair color, the better. Balayage Hair color is huge for S'Ombre or O'mbre. Balayage hair color is where the color is painted on to create a natural, graduated transition. O'mbre and S'Ombre hair color is doing using the balayage hair painting technique.


 


 

P.S. Don't let the length of your hair stop you! Balayage Ombre can be done on any hair length!you! Balayage Ombre can be done on any hair length!

Top Benefits for Waxing Your Sweet Spot

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Why Should you Wax Your Sweet Spot? :)


 
1. Clean, Sexy, Smooth skin for WEEKS.
      This means no daily maintenance. Waxing can last 4-7 weeks. Leaving silky, smooth skin around your sweet spot. Whether you get a brazilian wax, (what our esteticians are known for), an in-betweenie wax, or a bikini wax,  you'll stay smooth for weeks. Waxing pulls hair from the root, eliminating the black stubble that a razor leaves on the skin.
 
2. Silky Skin, no razor bumps.
      You won't have to worry about razor bumps or burns... All those nasty bumps and burns come from shaving, not waxing. 

3. Thinner, less hair re-growth.
      The more you wax, the less hair that will grow. Also, hair will grow back less coarse. Fine hair is much more pleasant than thick, black coarse hair down there!

 
4. It is fast, effective, & convenient.
      Our esteticians usually take less than 30 minutes for a FULL brazillian. No more wasted time and energy in the shower by shaving. No more razor shopping and those little accidental cuts with new razors.
 



What is the Best Haircut For a Round Face Shape?

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What is the Best Haircut for a Round Face Shape?

 
Not sure if you have a round face shape? When you pull ALL of your hair back, its easy to see! If the width of your face is about the same length, then it is ROUND! Also, a sure sign of a round face shape is the inability to see your jaw-line. Our goal is to elongate a round face shape. We want to create length to the face with our haircut, which will give the illusion of a slimmer face.
 
Length. If you can flaunt it, long hair works perfect with a round face shape. When hair is longer around the face, it will slim the sides and lengthen the face. BUT, for those ladies who cannot wear it long, do NOT be shy when cutting it short. The most flattering short haircut for a round face-shape is to show LESS hair, more face :). Do not hide behind your face, instead a sexy, short pixie haircut is the way to go! Leave the hair around the sides of your face on the longer side for a slimming, flirty style.
 
Bangs. Its all about the bangs, bout' the bangs! A side bang or a longer middle part bang flatter a round face shape. A side bang that shows the highest point of the forehead, and cuts off the sides of the face softening those round features. A middle part with a longer bang (below the cheekbones) also will give a narrower illusion and be super flattering.
 
Keep layering to a minimum. "Over-layering" the hair will create volume at the sides of the face which will just make the face shape appear even ROUNDER! Keep the layering below the chin and do not "over-do" your "hair-do". :)
 
Volume. Volume in the right places, i.e. the top of the head, will work magic with a round face shape. The haircut should give you the ease to create volume on the top of your head. (The Crown). This will elongate your round face shape and will give the appearance of an oval face shape.

 

Does your hair need an AFTER SuMMeR PICK-ME-UP?

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The sun can reek some serious havoc on our hair. Try a luxurious & customized conditioning treatment next time you're in the salon. For the month of August, Salon Envy is offering the Kérastase In Salon Treatments for 20% off.

 
Kérastase's philosophy for the hair is to:
1. Cleanse
2. Treat  
3. Protect

 
 
Kérastase offers Fusio Dose treatments. Kérastase is the most "health conscious" hair care line that will improve your hair over time, not just temporarily treat the symptoms. 
 
There are two steps in the conditioning treatment process.
First, we diagnose the primary and secondary personalized concerns for your hair.
Second, we massage the customized treatment into the hair. The ultra-concentrated treatments penetrate the active ingredients instantly and last about 4-6 weeks.

Be. Honest. With. Your. Hair.
All of us could use a hair "treat" after this summer sun. :)
 
 


 
****For the severely dry or damaged hair, ask your hair consultant for your at-home FUSIO-DOSE HOMELAB program.

Top Haircut for Spring 2015: The Wavy Bob A.K.A. The WOB

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The Top Haircut for Spring 2015:

 

The Wavy Bob A.K.A. The WOB



 
Wob. Hmmmm.. Sounds like mob, but with the letter "W". 
 From Kim Kardashian to Jennifer Anniston, the most famous celebrity haircuts are inspired by it; The WOB a.k.a. The Wavy Bob. This innovative word has been floating around salons all over the country as the new, HOTTEST, hair trend. 

It can be worn silky & sleek, but most of the time its worn as a sexy & textured bob. With curls or waves going every which direction and alot of volume, it gives the messy, yet elusive sexy bob.

Expert Answers to Top Hair Questions

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Expert Answers To Top Hair Questions

Q) How can I deal with my split ends? 
 A) There is only one way to deal with split ends and it is like those dysfunctional relationships in your life....... cut them all OFF! :) Split ends are unrepairable! Regardless of what any hair product says, they need to be trimmed off. There are products that help MEND split ends temporarily, so they look nice and neat. But it is only temporary. Once the hair cuticle is split it will continue to split in every direction all the way up the hair cuticle until it either is broken off or cut off. So make sure you get regular trims and cut those ends at the first sight of split ends.

Q) How can I combat my frizz?
A) Most hair that is curly or wavy struggles with frizz!

First off, do not rub your hair with your towel or brush your hair wet. When you get out of the shower apply your product and use your fingers to seperate if need be. The LESS you touch your hair, the LESS frizz you will have.
Second, get a good cut and make sure your stylist knows how to cut curly hair. Stay away from the razor and any texturizing shears that will end up making your curl look even more frizzy. The stylist that knows how to work with curls can show you the BEST products to combat your frizzy hair. Trust us, products make a WORLD of a difference. Third, either airdry or diffuse. When using your diffuser (attachment at the end of your blow-dryer) make sure to keep it 5-10 inches away from your hair. The air from your blowdryer will blow your frizz all around and make your frizz look worse if it is too close to your hair.

Q.) How can I fix my greasy, oily hair?
 A.) Oily hair is really just an oily scalp. First, we suggest switching your shampoo. Maybe you are not using something suitable for your hair type. If you already are, maybe try switching to an anti-dandruff shampoo. Typically Zinc pyrithione are added into the shampoo, which the medicated shampoo will make a huge difference. Second, try leaving it in after your scalp massage for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. Also, shampoo twice and rinse very well.


Q.) My gray hair shows way too fast, how can I make my color last longer?
A.) There have been many times in our careers where clients come in and complain about their color "not lasting". Not lasting, meaning their gray showing fast. We cannot SLOW down your hair growth. If you get a permanent color job, that permanently colors your grays, your gray is gone and will never come back. BUT, it will grow back in. Some clients in a little as 2 weeks will begin to see new growth. We suggest if your "salt and pepper" is more salt, go as light as possible to blend that new growth into your hair color. If your hair is darker, it helps to blend your color by adding dimension such as highlights or balayage color. The more solid pigment your hair color is, the more those grays will SCREAM at you in a few weeks.

Q.) How can I grow my hair long?
A.) Every clients hair has a specific life expectancy. Some clients can literally grow their hair for years and it will never split. Then some clients hair will split after 6 weeks and can barely get past their shoulders. Our best advice comes from these five top tips.
1.) Take care of YOU! Get trims and make sure those split ends are completely removed. Make sure whoever cuts your hair isn't a scissor happy kind-of stylist. Eat healthy and drink alot of water. Limit stress and exercise regularly! Trust us, it makes a difference.
2.) Do not lighten or color your hair with ammonia and other harsh chemicals that can break down the structure and strength of your hair.
3.) Use high quality products that arent formulated with harsh cheap chemicals. Your stylist will recommend the best products for your hair type and your hair goals. Make sure you see someone who KNOWS what they are doing with long hair.
4.) Baby your hair. By "baby" we mean as little wear and tear as possible. Limit pony tails, air dry as much as possible, the less irons and 'hot tools'  the better, don't rip your brush through your hair, and try to wait every other or every third day to wash.\
5.) Get regular in-salon conditioning treatments. Whether you come to Salon Envy Chicago or not, we recommend in salon treatments about every 4-6 weeks with your trims. These will penetrate the cortex of your hair for ultimate conditioning, moisture, and strength!

Q.) What are some different ways to wear my hair?
A.) Alot of clients get bored with their typical blow dry or style. They come to ask us different ways to style their hair and 'switch it up'. Here are a few pictures and ideas for easy to do hair styles.
1. The Top Knot-
2. The Half Top Knot-
3. Wavy with a Wand-
4. Loose Curl with a 1 1/2 Inch Iron-
5. Low Bun With Middle or Side Part-
6. Pin One Side Back-

Best Salon in Chicago Specializing in Corrective Color

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Best Salon in Chicago Specializing in Corrective Color


Voted "Best Salon in Chicago" by google and city search, Salon Envy is known for color correction hair services that seem impossible to the average...

Corrective color is one of the most customized and intricate services we offer at Salon Envy. Every client requiring a color correction most likely has been through a horrific salon experience. We pride ourselves at Salon Envy for having the reputation of best salon in Chicago. We specialize in correcting the color mistakes and prior negative salon experiences by giving our clients the utmost professional, customized, corrective & POSITIVE hair experiences they've ever had! We love to "FIX" what other salons or your kitchen dye job have done to ruin your hair color!












 

Kerastase Conditioning Treatments Fusio Dose In-Salon Rituals

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For the month of February, the best salon in Chicago "Salon Envy Chicago" is offering Kerastase In-Salon Ritual Fusio Dose Treatments for . (Normally +)




Hair Extensions: ALL Your Questions Answered

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We are here to answer all of those important questions you have about HAIR EXTENSIONS! Here at Salon Envy we offer Great Lengths Cold Fusion Hair Extensions, Tony Odishio & EuroSoCap Hair Extensions. 
Hair Extensions are more popular now than they ever have been. Almost every celebrity you see in the magazines that has BEAUTIFUL hair, I hate to break it to you, is wearing hair extensions.

We put together the most common questions we get during our extension consultations and our answers. 




Do hair extensions cause damage?
Hair Extensions are a cosmetic procedure and need to be applied and maintained properly to ensure that your application will not cause damage to your hair. It is very important to listen to your extension application professional and follow instructions properly. Every client has a different need, different application, & concerns that will be addressed to make sure that there will be no damage with their hair extension application. 

(Information From Great Lengths USA Website) 

Our suggestions are:
1. Choose a long standing, high quality system of hair extensions such as Great Lengths.
2. The skill level of the stylist is crucial for a damage free hair application therefore ensure your hair stylist is a qualified hairdresser who also has been certified in the application of your chosen hair extensions. All Great Lengths extensionists have been trained and certified directly by the company who has the most rigid requirements  for certification in the industry.
3. Complete a full consultation with your extensionist to ensure you and your hair are suitable for your chosen hair extensions. All Great Lengths extensionists are trained to complete consultations for their clients and will provide this service free of charge.

4. Carefully follow the aftercare regime to properly maintain your hair extensions. Great Lengths have a range of Aftercare products available and all Great Lengths extensionists will ensure you know how to maintain your hair extensions before you leave the salon.
5. Always go back to your salon for maintenance check appointments and if you experience any problems with your hair extension. Great Lengths extensionists will check your bonds, hair and scalp and help you to resolve any problems.
6. Never remove your hair extensions yourself. Always return to the salon to have your hair extensions professionally removed. Great Lengths extensionists have all been trained to remove the hair extensions using specially developed Great Lengths removal gel or removal solution.

 

 




























How long do hair extensions last? 

Hair Extensions can last up to 6 months if maintained properly with an average hair growth. This can vary depending on the clients lifestyle, speed of hair growth (if a clients hair grows very fast than less time is expected), and also how well the hair extensions are maintained. We have clients that wear hair extensions for 3-6 months. After 6 months, the average head of hair grows about 3 inches. When the hair extensions grow past 3 inches from the scalp they become hard to brush, maintain, and also hide while wearing certain hair styles.



How are the hair extensions applied? 

There are many ways to add hair extensions. Hair extensions can be clipped, glued, sewn-in, clamped with micro-links, fused with keratin bonds, attached with ultrasonic vibration (cold fusion), and taped in. Here at Salon Envy we offer customized clip-in hair extensions, thermal fusion, & ultrasonic vibration cold fusion hair extension techniques.

Great Lengths patented protein polymer bond ensures a quick and simple application with an ultrasound system. Bonds are made from synthetic keratin mimicking the molecular structure of natural keratin found in human hair and maintaining a pH value of 5.5 to be compatible with your hair, scalp, and skin.



How do I take care of hair extensions? 

Hair extensions become just like your natural hair and are very easy to maintain. That being said, there still is maintence that comes with any longer hair! With your set of Great Lengths Hair Extensions you will recieve a special brush and all of the information as to how to wash, condition, and blow-dry your hair extensions. The hair can be blow-dried, curled, flat ironed, and basically treated like your own!


Matt at Salon Envy -Euro So Cap Hair Extensions Application


Rachel at Salon Envy- Great Lengths Cold Fusion Hair Extension Application




A New Year, A New Haircut

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2015 A New Year, A New Look = A New Haircut


Eat better, workout more, spend more quality time with loved ones, etc... Whatever your new year resolutions are, don't forget about your new HAIRCUT! Leave it up to your stylist to find what is most flattering for your hair type & face shape. After all, it is our job..
 

Think about the last time you have had a change, has it been over a year? It is time for a change. Here are a few of our favorite 2015 haircuts.















Winter Wonderland Blondes

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Walking in a Winter Wonder BLONDE-land......

The winter months are here and if you are wondering what to do with your blonde hair color, let our stylists help you with their TOP three tips! 

1. Go MORE Natural with a LOW-LIGHT.

During the winter months, the sun isn't as close to the earth and we don't spend as much time in the sun. Naturally our hair color gets darker because we are not out allowing that hot sunshine to bleach it out. Let this reflect in your hair color by adding a more natural blonde low-light or color that is similar to your natural color.  

2. Add a heavier highlight color around the face.

Adding a little big more of a thicker highlight around your face only will brighten you up without washing you out.  Skip the very bright blonde everywhere until the weather breaks. Leave the color on top a little darker by highlighting LESS and as mentioned in #1 adding those low-lights.

3. Tone it DOWN.

Ask your stylist about what color you could tone down with that would flatter your skin and eye color. Everyone has a different eye color and skin tone so leave this up to the professional to formulate the best color to tone your blondes down. This will add a shiney gloss while taking the "white" out of your blonde through these winter months..



How To Get More Volume & Body In My Hair?

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BIG HAIR!
The higher the hair, the closer to heaven...
We all want it. The question is, HOW TO GET IT!

So whats the best way to get "MORE VOLUME", "BODY", "VOLUPTUOUS", SEXY HAIR?

3 top tips on how to get more volume in your hair.


1. The Cut. Your haircut has WAY more responsibility than you give it for weighing your hair down! Make sure you have the CORRECT cut for your hair. For finer, thin hair, leave as much as possible around the perimeter and layer with caution. Layers can take away the fullness through the middle and bottom of your hair, leaving it thin and stringy. Do not texturize or thin out fine hair. On coarse, thick hair, layers will take away the weight and give the hair the ability to be LIGHTER and create more volume and height on top. Also, thinning thick or coarse hair will make a HUGE difference in weight as well to take away from the "MOUNTAIN EFFECT". The mountain effect is where hair is FLAT on top and thick and huge at the bottom, hence mountain.


 

2. The Style. The way you STYLE effects your BODY and Volume tremendously. First, make sure to style your hair as soon as you get out of the shower. That way, your hair is wet and you are setting the hydrogen bonds in the direction and style that you want. The best way for volume is to blow dry your hair UPSIDE down. Flip your hair over and get most of the water out first. Then continue to style as usual, whether it may be with a round brush or a flat brush.


 

3. The Products. Last, but absolutely not least, the products. Products are what give flat hair texture hold, curly hair humidity control and smoothness, and basically whatever it is that your natural hair LACKS! Products have a HUGE role in getting volume AND getting it to stay! Here are a few of our favorites to give straight or flat hair BODY and VOLUME. Remember, not all products will work for all hair types. It is very important to see your stylist to get a professional opinion on what will work best for your hair to get the maximum volume for your hair.
 
VIP POWDER A.K.A. Volume In Powder is a dry volumizing spray that gives your hair body & texture to give it that out of bed, sexy, volumnous hair.

 Mousse Bouffante is one of our best-selling volumizing mousses. It gives flat hair body, hold, and sets a wonderful foundation for a volumizing blow-dry. We love that it doesn't give your hair any heavy or greasy feeling, just the perfect amount of BODY & VOLUME.
 

 Lastly, Lift Vertige. Lift Vertige is an up-lifting root gel that will give you the LIFT at your roots to give you like the ad says, "volume pushed to new heights"! 

Why Is My Hair Falling Out?

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Why Is My Hair Falling Out?

 

 
    Hair is always falling out. It is normal for hair to fall out in our brushes, during a blowdry, or while running our fingers through our hair. While the American Academy of Dermatology says its normal to lose about 50-100 hairs a day, it is a problem when it comes out more than normal or in clumps.  Don't worry, if you start to see way more in the shower, on your pillow or clothes, or when you run your fingers through your hair that is another indiciation something is wrong.

    When you experience your hair falling out it can be permanent or temporary. Sometimes clients experience hair loss when they are going through tramatic or stressful life events and months later, they notice new baby-hairs growing all in. Surgery or illness can also cause temporary hair loss.
   Your hair falling out is a negative sign that your health in general may not be good. It could be emotional (like I mentioned previously, from stress), or physical problems. Clients that have poor diets and health experience hair loss and thinning hair because they don't take care of their bodies by eating healthy and enough protein. Many vitamin deficnicies or problems within your body can cause hair to thin out. Thyroid or hormone issues, autoimmune disorders, and other health conditions affect your hair. Giving birth or having a surgery also can trigger hair loss after. 
    The most important thing to do when you notice your hair falling out first is check your health, make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet and drinking enough water. Second, if your health is in order, try to relieve stress in your life if possible. Third, make an appointment with your doctor to get your blood and vitamin levels checked. 
    

A New Break Through For BLONDES, OLAPLEX Bond Multiplier

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Salon Envy in Chicago is excited to introduce Olaplex to you! A new add on to your color service.

From Balayage to Ombre... Olaplex is a new BREAKTHROUGH for hair coloring because it allows us to color our clients hair WITHOUT the damage. Olaplex keeps the integrity of your hair

The Olaplex Blonde Multiplier that links the bonds normally broken during color services making them stronger than they were before. Not only will you not have to worry about breakage, your hair will feel healthier!

Call us today for a color appointment, and your hair will thank you!

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.

 

Kerastase at New York Spring 2015

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Fall Into Great Skin

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powerbright trx

Brighter skin, without compromise. Get uneven skin tone under control,.


Fall is here and our skin is most likely damaged from the spring and summer months of SUNSHINE! "Fall" into great skin this year with Dermalogicas new product line "Power Bright TRX".

The product was developed to help BANISH brown spots, uneven skin tones, and other pigment issues. There is a 3-STEP system which includes C-12 Pure Bright Serum (potent skin brightener), Pure Light SPF50 (daytime brightening treatment moisturizer) and Pure Night (overnight brightening treatment cream).

 

benefits

  • Helps minimize brown spots and discoloration while protecting against future pigmentation issues.
  • Brightens skin and helps clarify uneven skin tone.
  • Great for previewing PowerBright TRx™ products or continuing your regimen while traveling.
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how to use

After cleansing, apply C-12 Pure Bright Serum directly to areas of uneven skin tone. Wait one minute for product absorption. Follow with Pure Light SPF50 during the day and Pure Night during the evening.
 

quick tip

For best results, always apply C-12 Pure Bright Serum before your moisturizer.

The Long Bob A.K.A. The Lob

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You may have heard this new vocabulary word slowly trickling throughout the hair-fashion world: LOB. This is the long bob. Of course, the most famous haircut fashionista style starter herself, Jennifer Anniston, started this one again in Hollywood. Women everywhere, even a Kardashian, have been jumping on the "LOB HAIRCUT" train. Here are a few pictures showing a few different styles. The basic idea is a long bob, so it can have layers or not, middle part or not, longer-shorter, etc...



 











Blow-outs NOT From a Blow-Dry Bar

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Blow Dry Bars are EVER increasingly popular these days! They are popping up like Starbucks all over Chicago and why? Blowouts are a service offered by our salon, where we pamper you with a luxurious shampoo cleanse and condition. Then, we use the BEST products on the market for your hair to give you a long-lasting, beautiful style. Who wouldn't want a professional style that lasts for a few days! Instead of doing your own hair, LET us  do it for you. Why waste your time in your bathroom trying to figure out what goes where, and how to make this piece go there. Come in, relax, read a magazine or even do your work on our complimentary WIFI while we work our magic with your locks.


Every staff member at Salon Envy is professionally trained and educated on how to give you couture blow-drys. They are trained by professional companies such as Kerastase USA & Bumble & Bumble. We use the highest line of products featuring Kerastase Couture Styling products and Bumble & Bumble's entire line of products too! We would love to see you in the salon for your weekly or bi-weekly blowouts!
 

10 TOP TIPS FROM YOUR HAIRDRESSER

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10. Be Realistic. Don't come in with fried, unhealthy hair and expect to leave looking like Kim Kardashian. Unless you're getting extensions that is :)

9. Be On Time. We truly TRY to always be on time or early for you. Most likely we will not be able to do all or any of your services. Have the mutual respect for us!

8. Trims DO matter! If you want your hair to look good and be healthy get on a regular, schedule basis for haircuts/hair trims. They DO matter and will make all of the difference in maintaing a good style and healthy hair, this is even 100x more important if you are growing out your hair.

 

7. Invest in your hair. If you're already at a top salon in Chicago (SALON ENVY CHICAGO), don't skimp on those locks because of the prices. Invest in a good shampoo, conditioner/mask, and products that will maintain the health and condition of your hair. Also, most of the time when you purchase at a salon it goes towards your stylists education fund, which in turn will benefit you, two for one!

6. If you're not happy, communicate.  A little communication goes a LONG way with your hairdresser. Don't expect them to know what you want. Bring pictures! Sometimes just communicating (if there was a problem) will solve it and you will begin to develop a relationship with your hair dresser which will benefit YOU! You'll never see a woman with good hair that is a HAIR GYPSY. Be LOYAL.

5. Be healthy. This is very important. Be physically & emotionally healthy. This means to exercise, invest in YOURself, and eat healthy! Drink your water too! This will have a direct correlation with your hair, so if you want good hair, take good care of your body!

4. Tell your friends about us. This makes your friends happy and us happy, two for one! Referrals are the BEST clients!

3. Pre-book. We know it is hard, but this ensures you a time spot you want! Especially months before the holidays, book those appointments and keep them.

2. Don't SKIMP on your tools. Trust us for your hair tools, too! Make sure to consult with us before you purchase your blow-dryer or other tools! The grocery stores try to take over the hair industry. You should not buy your curling iron where you buy your broccoli. Let us help you.

1. BE OPEN! Be open to suggestions from your hairdresser, who is the professional. Sometimes it may be "OUT OF YOUR BOX", yet the best thing you have ever done!

3 Reasons Why Waxing is Better Than Shaving

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3 Reasons Why Waxing is Better Than Shaving
By: Dana (Salon Envy esthetician)



 

1. Body Waxing is LESS irritating to the skin than shaving.
Razors cause ridiculous INGROWN hairs and razors irritate the skin. To reduce the unwanted bumps and rashes, WAX!
 
2. Body Waxing lasts MUCH longer than shaving.
If you shave your body parts, you know that one little cold chill your hair will be poking through! Shaving sometimes doesn't even last a full 12 hours! Waxing will leave your body parts silky smooth for 2-6 weeks! Imagine your legs smooth for weeks, AMAZING!
      
3. The MORE you WAX, the LESS hair and the FINER your hair will be!
This is true ladies & gents, the LONGER you wax, the LONGER it will take your hair to grow back. The hair also grows back all at different times, verses shaving where every single hair grows back at the same time. The hair also over time will become FINER and not as COARSE.
 
 

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!



Natural Looking Curly Hair Without Natural Curly Hair

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Natural Looking Curly Hair Without Natural Curly Hair
BANTU CURLS OR BANTU KNOTS

 

Bantu Knots are a great way to style your hair curly, with or without natural curls. Section your hair in to several small sections while its wet and twist until the entire section is twisted up. Then secure with a rubberband or bobby pin. Dry completely. Take out, shake, & STYLE!





http://www.lovemaegan.com/2011/09/no-heat-sjp-big-curls-w-twisted-buns-also-known-as-bantu-knots.html

Tiz The Season For FRIZZ! Fight Frizz For Up To 6 MONTHS!

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La Brasiliana Keratin Treatment with Argan Oil and Collagen

Summer: Tis' the season to eliminate FRIZZ.
 
What better way to start your Chicago summer off right than by getting a treatment to reduce your FRIZZY hair by up to 90%!??!?!?!

Not to mention stronger, smoother, & shinier hair!


 
Domani by La Brasiliana will take between 1-4 hours depending on your hair length and thickness. It will leave your hair with a healthy, gloss finish and combat the humidity, perspiration, & rain better than any keratin treatment on the market. The basic process is multiple clarifying shampoos, blow-drying, applying the keratin treatment, then fusing it into the hair with a flat iron. The treatment will last 4-6 months and cut your blow dry time in HALF! It will gradually fade out unlike a permanent straightening system. This is wonderful because you won't notice the "frizz root" against your straigth, smooth ends. 

Kerastase Featured in Marie Claire Magazine 2014

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Initialiste by Kerastase was featured in Marie Claire magazine... This is by far one of our best treatment products sold by Kerastase.

Initialiste has many benefits. It is made to transform your hair in 7 days. It is Kerastases' 1st skincare-inspired super serum that acts on the four attributes of total hair beauty:
1. Strength
2. Shine
3. Softness
4. Substance
  • 9 out of 10 women* saw a visible difference in their hair texture after one week. 

    With continued usage, your hair stays healthier from root to tip allowing it to grow longer† with 93% less breakage.** The new Must-Have for all hair types.

    Maximize the potential length of your hair. Keep it longer and stronger as it grows.


    †89% agreed that their hair is SHINIER
    87% felt that their hair is thicker with MORE SUBSTANCE
    86% felt that their hair is STRONGER and SOFTER to the touch

    *Consumer use test over 7 days **In a brushing test compared to a non-conditioning shampoo
    †Reduces breakage so hair can grow longer
     

    Lightweight, silky texture Absorbs instantly without residue Fresh and delicate fragrance



Click here to read some reviews posted on lookfantastic.com.
Of course it recieved a full 5-STAR rating!!!
http://www.lookfantastic.com/kerastase-initialiste-advanced-scalp-and-hair-concentrate-60ml/10647030.html#customer-reviews
 

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.

L’Oréal Professionnels The Perfect Blonde Shades for Blonde Ombre Hair Color

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What Are the Best Products for Dry Hair?

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Dry hair? A Tangley Mess?
The best shampoo and conditioner for dry, tangled hair is Kerastase Nutritive Shampoo and Mask. We also now offer the PRE-treatment!
 

How to Get The Silkiest Hair EVER!

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How to Get the Silkiest Hair Ever!!!!
 

It is as easy as 1, 2, 3!!

1. It all starts in your shower. Wash your hair with something that is going to give you moisture and also smoothness. WE LOVE KERASTASE ELIXIR ULTIME SHAMPOO AND MASK... It was made to give your hair moisture, smoothness, shiny, and a silky feel. Another favorite here at Salon Envy Chicago is LET IT SHINE by BUMBLE & BUMBLE. This shampoo and conditioner gives you moisture and shine, shine, shine!

                     



2. Second, if you have frizz than it is best to start with a smoothing product in your wet hair before you blow dry. Don't forget your thermal protector/thermique before you blow dry as well. If you do not have frizz the best way to get silky shiny hair is to let your hair air dry before you style. Whether it is goign to bed with your hair wet or just air drying throughout the early morning after your shower... Do what you can get away with depending on how thick and long it takes your hair to air dry. Our most favorite thermiques are Nectar Thermique by Kerastase and also Ciment Thermique by Kerastase. Nectar thermique is for dry hair and Ciment Thermique is for broken, damaged hair.


 

             


3. FLAT IRON. I am a hairdresser here to tell you a flat iron is OKAY. Make sure you have a higher technology, NEW, ceramic flat iron. No, a flat iron is not okay. Treat your hair with respect and get a good one! Beauty supply stores are known for having higher quality irons. Also, the number one rule with a flat iron is to have a product on before you run the flat iron! Kerastase Fiber Architect will help brittle, very damaged lengths by protecting the hair before you flat iron. Take thin sections and make sure to comb each section of hair before your flat iron. One slower pass through your section is better for your hair then a few passes.
         

Enjoy that silky, shiny, smooth hair!

The Basic Steps of a Facial. What is included in a facial? Have you ever wanted a facial, but wasn't sure what to get?

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Facials are an amazing way to feel relaxed and to take good care of your skin. They will leave your face feeling healthier, more radiant, and beautiful!

 

Have you ever thought of getting a facial but were not sure what steps were included? Facials are VERY important! Over 60% of people do not use the correct products for their skin type and do not take care of their face properly. Your esthetician will not only recommend which type of facial is best for your skin but will give you a professional recommondation on how to take care of your skin! They will also show you the way to the best products we carry by Dermalogica.

 
Here are the main STEPS of a facial appointment!
 
Facials are done by our licensed estheticians who have been trained in skincare, trained on our machines that help improve skin texture and tone, body waxing, and different skin and body services.
 
 
1. The Initial Consultation. We will discuss your skin type and give our best professional recommendation as to what you need for your skin. A facial's primary purpose is to keep your skin looking radiant, healthy, and fresh! It all starts by getting what is best for your own skin type.
 
2. Cleansing. Now this sounds so simple, yet many people do not even know how to properly cleanse their face. We make sure to give your skin a deep cleanse by washing your face and neck areas very thoroughly. Our estheticians use long smooth strokes to massage your face and neck areas. A proper cleanse is the most important part of your facial!
 
3.Steam. We use a profesional steamer that has very high heated steam to open up your pores on your skin and prepare them for the rest of your facial. This is the most relaxing part, I think, because it keeps you warm and it feels wonderful!
 
4. Exfoliation. This can be mechanical or a chemical exfoliation. We use scrubs or peels to penetrate to your skin and clean out excess dirt, oils, and other environmental factors that may be clogging your pores.
 
5. Extractions (if needed). Many times your skin will need extractions. These are ok to be done as long as a professional is doing it. This is wear pressure is placed on specific areas of your face to remove dirt, oils, or built in sebum that wouldn't come out during the cleansing or exfoliating.
 
6. Facial Mask. Certain facials we offer include deep penetrating masks. Each mask we offer is a concentrated dose of the treatment you need whether it is hydrating, clearing, firming, or calming. We place the mask on your skin and have you relax while the mask does its job.
 
7. At Home Maintenance Recommendations. Our staff will recommend the best facial products to maintain healthy, radiant, and beautiful skin! We do the best job to make your skin look as perfect as it possibly can, than it is up to you to maintain skincare at home!

How do I get the most volume in my hair?

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THE BEST WAY TO GET VOLUME IN YOUR HAIR.
Lets face it, the higher the hair, the closer to Heaven :) Just kidding.

Whether your hair is fine, medium, or coarse, there are a few IMPORTANT details that you'll need to achieve the MOST out of your hair. "Most" meaning volume, height, thickness, voluptousness, BIG, bulk, mass, victorias secret hair... you get the point...


1. CLEANSE YOUR HAIR.
Simple and easy. Make sure you use a deep cleansing shampoo such as Bumble & Bumble Sunday shampoo to remove excess BUILD UP and products that may be left on your hair and cause greasy ness and heaviness. Also, use the clarifying shampoo along with a daily volumizing shampoo such as Kerastase Bain Volumifique with Kerastase Gelee Volumifique or L'Oreal Professional Paris Volumetry Shampoo and Conditioner.


2. STYLING PRODUCTS.
This goes along with No. 1, it all starts in the shower what you are washing and condiitoning with. Next, is your base products. They need to be light, have good control (hold) for your style, and also be the RIGHT type for your hair. Some of our favorite volumizing products here at Salon Envy are by Kerastases Couture Styling Line.

Kerastase Mousse Bouffant.
  • -Buildable volume and body
  • -Adds fullness and structure without weight
  • -Not stiff, flexible movement
  • -UV and heat protection
  • Kerastase Volumifique Mousse (for fine hair)
  • -Ampliflies and volumizes hair
    • -Gives more body while adding strength and substance 
    • -Provides flexible hold with a soft touch 
    • -Hair has added strength and substance, with blow-dry protection 
    • -Protects style with an anti-static effect 

Kerastase Lift Vertige

    • -Provides volume and lift at roots
      • -Long-lasting root support

        • -Adds shine
        • -UV and heat protection
        • Bumble & Bumble Thickening HairSpray
        • -Begins styling lift-off for any hair type
        • -(thick, thin or otherwise)
        • -moderate hold.
  • Bumble & Bumble Dry Spun Finish
  • -Translucent dry spray creates instant fullness
  • and texture to spin hair into an airy silhouette.
There are many more we offer but there are our favorites! Be sure to ask your stylist for the best recommendations for your hair type and texture.

3. The Blow-Dry
After you get the products in, next the most important step is your blow dry. Don't let your hair air dry and let gravity get the best of you. Blow Dry your hair right away and either blow dry the opposite way of your hair growth (upside down) or keep the blow dryer pointed up to get the MOST volume at your roots!

 
4. Set your hair with the round brush, velcro rollers, or hot rollers.
Another very important step is the way you roll your rollers, curling irons, or brushes. This goes back to the basics we learn in beauty school. Make sure it is ON BASE. BY that I mean look at the picture blow to show what it is to roll on base and off base. This will make a dramatic difference as to how much volume you'll get it in your hair!

The first picture the hair is pulled STRAIGHT up and rolled down. This will create much VOLUME and lift at your root.


As you can see in the picture below, the root area of the maniquins hair is flat. The hair in the red rollers was pulled to the side then rolled, this will leave your hair will less volume.


5. Back-combing, Teasing, Ratting, Whatever you like to call it!
This is a simple easy step, too! You take your comb and comb the hair BACKWARDS, hence the name, Back-Combing. Here is a picture to show how to do it! This will create volume and help hold your volume throughout your day. I like to back-comb and then hairspray to make sure I get the maxium hold from the back-combed area.


Thats all! Happy Blow Drying!


How can I get my hair longer? How can I get my hair thicker? Questions on Hair Extensions? What are FUSION hair extensions?

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You can ALWAYS come in to Salon Envy for a FREE consultation but here are some wonderful FAQ's from Great Lengths that explain some of the most popular questions!

What does “keratin bond” mean?


In 1992, Great Lengths International created and patented the “Synthesized Keratin Protein Polymer” bond for the application of hair extensions. In short, the GLI bonds molecular structure mimics that of human hair so that it possesses the same characteristics of human hair.

 

How much does it cost to get Great Lengths?


Great Lengths Service cost can vary greatly from client to client because each is truly a custom service. There are also many GL application options to be considered, such as lengthening, full volumizing, zonal volumizing, dimensional color work or special needs applications. For the most accurate answer, based upon the state of your natural hair and desired result, schedule a consultation with one of us here at Salon Envy for details!

 

Will it damage my hair?


When applied and maintained properly, the application will not damage your hair. The skill level of the stylists is crucial for a damage free application and this is why Great Lengths Certified Stylists are the most sought after by extension clients worldwide. Great Lengths USA has the most rigid requirements for certification in the industry. Our mandatory certification course is on average 3 times longer than any other extension brand in the professional market. Further, there are only a handful of extension brands that even require education as most companies position their training as an option, but not necessary. In other cases, there are companies whose training consists of nothing more than a 20 minute how-to video or online “certification”, where the trainee has no hands-on learning experience or the eyes of a seasoned hair extension educator to evaluate their work and correct where necessary.

The key to a successful, damage free application lies in the details of the application. There is no “cookie cutter”, “one size fits all” application technique, as each client has different hair conditions and desired results that must be considered.

Great Lengths Certified Stylists are the most highly trained in the industry. There is no close second.

This is one of the reasons that Great Lengths, year after year, receives such honors as “Stylists Choice Award” and “Professionals Choice Award” from the beauty industry’s leading trade media, such as American Salon Magazine and behindthechair.com.

How long does it last?


We recommend removal every 3 to 5 months, depending upon the type of application performed (i.e. lengthening, volumzing, etc), the state/condition of the clients natural hair, and their lifestyle.

Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2014 Top Picks

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Its that time of the year again, New York's biannual Bridal Fashion Week was just upon us showcasing designs that were full of romantic traditional touches, intriguing hemlines, and delicate necklines. These are some of our top picks and the perfect hair to accompany them.


Here is Caroline Herrera's example of the trendy high/low hem set in a classically beautiful dress.



These three neck elongating celebrity updos are the perfect pairing.



Jennifer Lopez's High Bun


Marion Cotillard's Pouf with Headband



Kate Botsworth's Side Braid with Back Knots & Plaits


This dreamy Ream Aera number features princess-like tiers and romantic V-neckline that is begging for soft curls and rich color.



Beautifully curled hair can be achieved it in a variety of lengths and textures that all results in a look that is softly glamorous and ready for the walk down the aisle.

Ginnifer Goodwin's Short Finger Curls


Zooey Deschanel's Soft Waves with Top Braid


Paula Patton's Sideswept Waves with Jeweled Barrette


This bold yet elegant dress from Vera Wang features an eye-catching trumpet skirt and plunging neckline is calling for a gentle updo with romantic details.



Here the updos add the perfect touch of demure romance and charm.



Liu Wen's Sleek Side Part with Over The Ear Knot


Lea Michele's Braids with Plaited Chignon


Charlize Theron's Wavy Off Center Chignon with Jeweled Headband



So here are our highlights from the show and don't forget It's the never to early to start planning the perfect spring hair to match whichever dream dress you've picked.


 

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