Archives for September 2011

Big Night Out

Getting ready for that big event? Maybe a wedding, anniversary, birthday or night out. The place your headed has a five hundred dollar a plate minimum. You found that out from a friend who knows a friend who knows the father of the bride ect ect. It’s a formal event so you have to get dressed up. You’ve picked out the dress and now your ready to tackle your hair and makeup.

In your head your planning how everyone will look when you walk into the party; elaborate updos & formal hairstyles, flawless, glamourous makeup. You are probably expecting to see the typical French twist or oversized bun plopped on the top of some bodies head, making them look 6 inches taller than they really are. Break out of the mold, be unique, don’t get caught up with making your hair look perfect. The most beautiful styles out right now embrace the natural element of you hair.

Steps to Successful Stress Free Hair Style for a formal event

1- Wash your hair with a volume shampoo and use some volume conditioner (We love Davines Voulu Shampoo and Condition)

2- Apply liberal amount of  mousse to hair (We love Sebastian Mousse Forte)

3- Turn Curling Iron on

4- Scrunch hair & diffuser (a la the 80s)

5- Scrunch until you can’t scrunch anymore

6- Curl thin 1 inch section at random thru out hair. The more natural curl you get from scrunching and diffusing the less you will have to use the curling iron.  (This last step will bring your 80s looking big hair into the current fashionable textured looks we are seeing everywhere right now!


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Fall is Here

     Fall is here! Now what do you do with my hair? If you simply look around you are gong to see lights darks warms and cools. It seems like fashion is going around in circles along with hair cuts, colors and styles.
             This article is going to be about the excitement of change. A new season is upon us and nature is going to be changing it’s colors so why don’t you. One of my favorite things to do with my clients this time of year is to start transitioning them into deeper, richer hair colors. Many of my clients will come in with sun bleached hair and it looks great, they just need a little color added back in to warm up their skin that is starting to lose that summer glow.
             There are several ways to add life back into your hair color. At Salon d’Artiste we use techniques such as hair painting, horizontal and vertical dimension and shading techniques. When your hair is lightened from the sun this is the opportunity to try something new and refreshing. Our colorists relish the opportunity to lay a low commitment color into your left over summer hair jazzing it up, that can be changed as quickly as your next visit.
     Of course their are clients that will come in that haven’t done much with their hair all summer. No cut, no color and they are ready for that big change. Shorter hair, darker color, you name it their up for it. Go for it! A word of caution, summer hair is usually a little stressed out. Some clients will come in with hair challenges like chlorine, salt water and sun damage. This can have some adverse affects on the outcome of your hair color. Because of the porosity issues your hair will have under these conditions you can end up  with flat, dull, lifeless color. Our colorists at Salon d’Artiste will formulate a color that is just right for you and the condition of your hair.
Home care also plays a huge roll in getting your hair prepared for your next visit to the salon. We carry products that will gently remove minerals or chemicals from the hair when used over a two week period and treatments that will greatly increase the condition of your hair when used consistently. These are all necessary steps to obtain that picture perfect color to get you ready for the fall.
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True Texture

Lately I have been spending a lot of time on texture, doing photo shoot after photo-shoot with this theme in mind.I think most trends are set these days not according to creativity but based on getting the general public to spend money.


I enjoy the fashion magazines (never the articles) and the creativity that exudes from them. Many of the styles, looks, fashion ect.  are done in poor taste to excite the consumer into emptying their pockets. Every once in a while, however, you will find something classy and done in good taste.

This brings me to my point, I use fashion and trends to inspire a current theme I may be employing within my client base.   I will typically let their features and personality choose the coif on the day the come into the salon. Example I was assisting at a photo shoot out in the city and they were talking about what lipstick was in for that season and it turned out to be pink and I couldn’t help but think; sure its in because they are over stocked and decided to put it on some hotshot Hollywood figure to try to get rid of it.  Now its called the hottest thing, go figure.  If you choose your hair or your clothes according to what is in try next time to choose what looks good on you or what makes you feel amazing (in a superficial way of course).

Ending on this note , I love texture and it just happens to be in so if you look good in it try it out!!!!

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