2017年4月29日土曜日

2017 Trending hair color: Ebony brown




Weather's warming up and it's time for a new hair color! Ebony brown is a trending color this season that can transform your entire look. You can go with one single shade for an incredibly rich and luscious look, or you can go balayage for gorgeous versatility.


2017年4月24日月曜日

3 simple secrets to hydrated hair.




Did you know that 12%-14% of your hair is supposed to be made up of water? When this moisture level is maintained, your hair is at it's best with the shine and smoothness of every woman's dreams. On the flip side, your hair gets coarse and rugged when that moisture level goes down to 6%-8%. It may seem like a small difference in the numbers, but you won't believe the amount of impact it has on your hair.

So how the heck do you maintain that ideal moisture level? Start with these 3 pointers.

1. Wash it right
We've done a whole entire blog post on this in the past, but it's so important we're going to say it again. Yes, there's a correct way of washing your hair. It's important for you to focus on washing your scalp instead of your hair strands because the scalp is the root of all of your hair problems. When you let dirt build up in your scalp, it not only welcomes bacteria, but it causes inflammation and dehydration to your entire hair. 

If you're the type of person who rubs and scrubs your hair strands, you're creating too much friction for your hair causing even more dehydration. For step-by-step details on the correct way to wash your hair, read our past blog post: The #1 most important step in hair care most women ignore.

Recommended shampoo for hydration: RENE FURTERER CARTHAME


2. Treat it right
There's also a correct way of applying hair treatment. Once you've washed your hair with shampoo, make sure you dry it with a towel before applying your treatment. It's harder for the treatment to actually get deep down into the core of your hair when your hair is still soaking wet. Once you've applied your treatment, don't rinse it off right away. You need to give it time (Read specific instructions on product packaging) for all the nutrients to sink in for perfect hydration. After you've waited, make sure you rinse off every bit of the treatment. Some people only mildly rinse thinking it's better to leave some treatment in your hair, but in fact, once the nutrients have sunk in, there's no need to leave it in. Rinse thoroughly to prevent unnecessary build up in your hair. 

3. Dry it right
What does drying have to do with moisture? Isn't it the complete opposite of hydration? Some people leave their hair wet and let it air dry because it seems like the most natural option. But in fact, leaving your hair wet for a considerable amount of time leaves your hair cuticles open, which causes dehydration. Heat will actually help close those cuticles, closing in all the nutrients and moisture you applied from your treatment. 

You guessed it. There's a proper way of drying your hair as well. 
1) Once you've come out of the shower, press your hair with a towel and gently remove excess water. Blow-drying completely soaked hair is quite damaging. 

2) When your hair is blow-dryer ready, make sure you hold it at least 8" away from your hair. Set it on high heat and start drying your hair from the roots. Concentrate on your roots and try not to apply your dryer directly to your ends. A lot of times, the heat coming in from your roots is enough to dry the ends. Don't use combs or brushes yet because they can cause damage when used on wet hair. Just use your hands to comb through.

3) Once your roots are completely dry, you can switch to low heat or cold air for the rest of your hair. Too much heat on your hair will damage it. The change in temperature from hot to cold will actually tighten up your hair cuticles, giving your hair a healthy shine.


So now you know the secret to maintaining moisturized hair! Master these 3 steps for perfect hydration and get glowing hair all the ladies will be jealous of.  

2017年4月18日火曜日

Meet the Stylists Yumi (Designer and General Manager)


Stylist: Yumi
Main Branch: Saratoga Salon

Q: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What are some of your career highlights?
A: I'm originally from Saga Prefecture, Japan and started my hair styling career at a an early age. I had the opportunity to go to Beauty School when I was 18 and got my professional license when I was 20 to work for a hair salon. Starting out as an assistant, days and months passed of getting scolded by seniors and staying late nights to hone my craft. You won't believe how many times I thought of quitting my job from all the stress! (LOL)

But during my 6 years there, I had the most precious encounters in my life. I'm especially grateful that I met one of the senior stylists who looked after me. She took the time to teach me everything from technique to customer service. She would always let me help out with every single one of her customers so I can learn. Whenever we had a bridal project, she would let me go with her to the wedding, which is where I learned bridal makeup and up-dos. When the time came for me to start handling customers on my own, everything she taught me clicked. Even to this day, I'm always reminded of her words and think about the importance of remembering my roots. It's the foundation of everything.

I was a bit nervous about coming to the U.S. at first, but fortunately, I found out about Viange Hair and I'm grateful that I'm able to work as a hair stylist even in a different country. I currently work as a General Manager at the Saratoga salon and was recently promoted to Designer this March. I hope to continue to enjoy my growth as a hair stylist.


Q: What's your specialty?
A: Haircuts that bring out the best in my customer. I create haircuts in a way so my customers can easily style at home. Short haircuts, bridal makeup and up-dos are also my forte.

Q: Why did you become a stylist?
A: I've always loved playing with my friends' hair when I was a kid. I knew hair styling was a perfect job for me ever since I decided to enroll in Beauty School back in high school. 

Q: What do you love about your job?
A: The fact that I was able to meet so many different customers. The fact that those customers all went home happy with their new hair. I love being able to bring out the true beauty within my customers and to be able to take part in their life events.


Q: Tell us about your aspirations.
A:  To become the number one hair stylist in California!

Q: Who's your muse and why?
A: All of the senior stylists who looked after me during my starting years. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be standing here as a hair stylist. I still look up to them and can't thank them enough.

Q: What do you do on your free time?
A: I go shopping, get massages and relax in hot springs. I've recently started going to the gym as well.

Q: What’s your favorite quote?
A: There's a Japanese saying called "Ichigo Ichie", which means an encounter that only happens once in a lifetime. Treasure every moment because that moment will never recur.


2017年4月15日土曜日

How to get the trending super sleek, super straight hair.

Source: The Telegraph

Pin-straight and center-parted hair is one of the biggest trends for 2017. What do you need to own this look? Sure you need a flat iron, but what's more important? Healthy hair! Since the look is so simple, your hair needs to be shining from within. Take a look at our past blog posts on how to maintain healthy hair and get the trending look this summer!

Read past blog posts for tips on how to maintain healthy hair:



2017年4月10日月曜日

Are all silicones bad for your hair?



In one of our past blog posts (What’s better? Silicone vs. Silicone-Free Shampoo) we mentioned silicones could be a bit of a complex topic. There’s a good mix of opinions out there on silicones. Here’s the reason why.

First, let's go over the pros and cons of silicone.

Pros:
  • Makes your hair feel slippery and less tangled
  • Makes your hair look smoother
  • Makes your hair look shinier

Cons:
  • Damages your hair cuticles
  • Creates more problems in your scalp
  • Makes it difficult to perm and color your hair
  • Weighs down your hair and makes it look flat
  • Your perms won't last

The good silicones to the bad silicones
With that said, there are different types of silicones with different properties. It's important for you to know the good from the bad. Here’s a break down of the 4 main types of silicone:

1. Cyclomethicone
This is the most common type of silicone used in hair products. You can often find
them in shine sprays and treatment oils. It easily evaporates with heat and won’t
build up on your hair for the most part.

2. Dimethicone Copolyol
A lightweight, water-soluble silicone often used in conditioning shampoos. It
creates very little buildup and can easily be washed off with shampoo.

3. Amodimethicone (silicones that have “amo” “amine” or “amino” in their
name)
This type of silicone is modified to stick to your hair, which means it conditions well
and makes your hair shiny and smooth. But it also means it’s harder to remove.
Typically found in leave-in conditioners.

4. Dimethicone
The most inexpensive silicone out there. It’s sometimes referred to as silicone oil
and often found in serums and leave-in hair products. It’s great for adding instant
shine but on the downside, the insolubility can make it difficult to remove. On top of
that, the heavy coating can attract dirt and pollutants, weighing down your hair.


Bottom line
Not all silicones are bad for you. You just need to know what you're putting into your hair and make an informed choice. 

Silicone or Silicone-free is a choice
We think silicone-free shampoos are better off because it keeps your hair healthy and brings out your natural shine and volume in the long run. If you want an instantaneous fix, go for silicone. But just be aware that if you use it for a long time, your hair will lose its volume and hair will be damaged by the silicone getting stuck in your pores. Do you want a short-term fixer-upper? Or do you want longevity? It's your choice. If you have any questions or concerns, ask our expert hair stylists.

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2017年4月4日火曜日

Meet the Stylists Shin (Senior Stylist)



Stylist: Shin
Main Branch: Saratoga Salon

Q: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What are some of your career highlights?
A: I was born and raised in a small town in Chiba Prefecture, Japan known for Narita Airport. After graduating, I moved to Tokyo, the city of everyone’s dreams to become a hair stylist. 

In Japan when you’re a newbie in the hair styling world, you start off as assistants. That means, staying late every night to practice your craft, to handing out flyers on the streets to promote your salon. The world I dreamed so much about was quite different from what it was in reality and I quit my job after 3 years. Bottom line, I was young and didn’t know anything about life. A few years after leaving, a senior stylist from that salon decided to launch his own salon and asked me to help him out. A life-changing moment for me. From this moment on, I made a promise to myself that I’m never bailing out again. 
After a few years from the new salon opening, the owner decided to launch a second salon and he made me a general manager. I was still 21 at this point. My experience as a hair stylist was still miniscule. On top of that, I knew nothing about managing people. Without a doubt, this was one of the hardest periods in my life. It was countless days of being yelled at about the same thing over and over, without even understanding what the heck I was doing wrong. 

The owner didn’t teach me much about technique, but he did teach me fundamental values of being a hair stylist. Back then, I was too young to understand but his words stuck with me to this day. Now I truly understand what he was trying to teach me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have met such a mentor who looked after me like that. 

Although it was a difficult period, I stuck with my promise and hustled more than ever before. After a few years, all the hard work finally paid off. I became the top-selling stylist, trusted by my customers, salon staff, and the owner—Also the moment I realized the importance of perseverance. 

After 13 years of salon experience in Tokyo it was time for me to move on which brought me to California. All those years of struggle and failure are what make me stronger today. 

Q: What's your specialty?
A: Through my years of experience and following a simple philosophy, I’ve developed a cutting skill that caters to a wide range of customer requests. Whether it be short men’s cut or women’s long cut, leave it to me. Perms also define me. Spiral Perms, Twist Perms and Japanese straightening or digital perms to name a few. My ultimate specialty though is being a hustler and never giving up.


Q: Why did you become a stylist?
A: Ever since I was a kid, I loved creating and wanted to make my passion something useful for others. I also realized that making others happy makes me happy. A hair stylist’s job is doing just that—Making people happy with the passion and craft of creativity.

Q: What do you love about your job?

A: Witnessing a happy, satisfied customer’s face and making a positive impact on my customer’s life. 


Q: Tell us about your aspirations.
A: Just like Vidal Sassoon, Mod’s Hair and Tony & Guy did, my dream is to create my own brand and pass it down to the next generation. 

Q: What do you do on your free time?
A: I hang out with friends, go out on hikes to connect with nature and cruise in my car with my favorite music. I also watch movies and enjoy concerts to get my creative juices flowing.

Q: What’s your favorite quote?
A: Your only enemy is the enemy within.



2017年4月1日土曜日

Wine-lovers rejoice. Hair stylists are crazy in love with this App.



Are you one of those people who roam around in the wine lane of a grocery store for what may seem like hours? You want to pick the perfect wine for a candlelight dinner or a party, but you end up staring cluelessly at the endless rows of wine labels staring back at you. Here’s an App our wine-loving hair stylists recommend for you!

It’s called Delectable. Open the app and take a photo of a wine label you’d like to know more about. Get instant access to customer reviews, ratings and taste notes to help you decide on the perfect wine for your occasion. You can even purchase right there in the App if it’s in stock. 




If you’re a wine-lover and want to broaden your knowledge of wine, try this out and let us know how it goes!