beauty · hair · lifestyle

Good Things Come To Those Who Pay

This is a topic that has been on my mind a lot over the last year and I haven’t been sure if I wanted to post it or not on here…

I posted something similar on my Facebook earlier this evening and the response has been overwhelmingly positive so I’ve decided to re-vamp it slightly and write it here as well.

 

It’s unrealistic to expect hair salons and stylists eat every additional cost when companies we purchase from raise their prices or technology changes for the better and old tech is no longer able to be purchased.

 

Salon products have changed a lot in the last almost 20 years since I got my license originally. Hell, they’ve changed a lot in just the last few years. Services that used to be available may no longer be, and products we use now for services are heavens above what was used even as recently as last year.

Olaplex is less than 5 years old. Olaplex is a product designed to mix with lighteners to reduce and repair damage to your hair by maintaining and even rebonding the disulfide bond within the structure of the hair. If you want healthy hair you want this mixed with your color services. If you want mermaid hair, or even hair just a few shades lighter than your own you NEED this.

Balayage is a hair painting highlighting technique that isn’t particularly new, but there are new lighteners available within the last few years that contain kaolin clay and other thickening/softening/blending agents in them to reduce bleeding (the term for when highlights run out of foils or onto nearby hair). Can balayage be done with traditional lighteners? Yes, but the ability of your stylist to transform your hair with accuracy is levels above when we get to use products designed for the task.

 

If you want to go to a salon that has high quality lightener for balayage and uses olaplex every time it’s not going to be 20 bucks.

 
Hair extensions are another area where it’s hard to understand the value until you’ve had poor quality. All of my favorite companies and constantly coming out with new tech tools and better application methods. When I started doing hair extensions right out of school the only options were a sew-in weave, a quick glue weave, and hand rolled fusions (which were brand new at the time).

Hairdreams started with a dual power machine for hand rollings, and now they have a machine called the LaserBeamer Nano which can apply FIVE perfectly smooth flat fusions at the same time. The quality of their hair has been consistently amazing, but this new tool makes it much faster meaning less time in the salon chair. Cost drawbacks? Yep, the LaserBeamer Nano required a three day class marketed at over $5,000 and uses nano sticks every time an application is done (those aren’t free either).

Hotheads (sister companies with Hair Talk) was first on the scene with tape-in hair extensions. They now create color melts and rooted pieces, as well as producing THREE different sizes of tape-in tabs. Are they the same price as they were 15 years ago when I started using them? Nope.

 

If you want to get hair extensions that don’t come from Sally’s Beauty Supply it’s not going to be 20 bucks.

 

What if all you want is a blowout? Well, shampoos, conditioners, and styling products have all changed a lot too. People used to come in and get a roller set with “Lotta Body” setting lotion, the product was inexpensive and the client spent minimal time with the stylist because the client was under the dryer most of the time they were in the salon.

Now everyone wants some amazing, time consuming, rough dried, recurled, smoothed out, heat protection treated, shine serum coated, glitter roots, three braids on each side to look like a viking princess at Coachella, with hairspray that doesn’t’t feel like hair spray and it has to be vegan and animal cruelty free and no CFC propellant, and it has to last a week…

 
If you want to have your hair blow-dried and flat ironed with heat protection products after your chemical services and you want to leave looking like a princess it’s not going to be 20 bucks.

beauty · hair · lifestyle · Uncategorized

J Beverly Hills Global Event Retail Event, ongoing

Get stoked, my jellybeans!

J Beverly Hills and distributor BeautyScope are giving us an amazing opportunity!

There’s an upcoming event in October that will include multiple days of classes and training that we at Elany Image are super excited to attend.

Here’s how you can help:

We have a full table of J Beverly Hills products and other chosen retail set up by the front of the salon and sales of these help us cover the cost of the show ticket, as well as hotel and airfare. Though, personally I’ll be driving from Texas to California instead of flying from Virginia like the rest of our staff who will be attending.

We also have raffle tickets available for a chance to win an amazing gift basket with a value well over $200! Seriously, there’s so much good stuff!

beauty · hair

Hair Pieces for Event Styling

I love wedding season. I love prom season. I love event styling season.

Recently I had the opportunity to do bridal hair work for a longtime friend of mine. She’s one of my favorite Jellybeans, and such a wonderful soul, so I needed to make sure her hair was going to be absolutely fantastic.

She wanted a half-up event style with the sides braided back into the center. Unfortunately, despite having relatively thick hair there simply did not seem to be enough hair for the look she wanted. To make the braid full enough to show properly meant leaving only a very small amount of her hair down, causing it to look almost stringy.

To make her bridal hair style exactly what we were going for meant creating a custom hair piece. I built a braided section to be interconnected to her natural hair to give us the extra oomph. I hope you enjoy these before/after photos of the piece on its own as well as once installed.

beauty · lifestyle · skin care · Uncategorized

At Home Dermaplaning!

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So by now you may or may not have heard of dermaplaning as the hot new facial service available to the stars…

For those of you who haven’t heard about it, here’s the skinny: dermaplaning is a service that consists of a skilled professional gently scraping a scalpel across the surface layer of the skin to physically exfoliate and also remove baby peach fuzz hairs to produce a super smooth effect and increase the power of skin treatments applied afterwards.

Generally speaking it’s not usually safe to take an unguarded blade to your own skin as it can be difficult to gauge pressure and it would be awful to end up with a scar instead of fresh skin.

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Well, for those of us out here who don’t want to spend a million dollars on facial treatments at a spa, I’m here to offer another option: guarded brow shaping razors for at home dermaplaning.

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These are absolutely amazing in general and I use them for my brow shaping because my skin doesn’t do well with facial waxing. But the real awesome sauce about them is that they have a really sharp blade and they also have a micro guard on them that helps prevent the likelihood of cutting yourself accidentally.

After reading about dermaplaning and doing some research I decided to give it a whirl myself. The major benefit for me has been how much better my skin care products seem to be working. By using a technique like this to physically remove the surface layer of dead cells and make-up residue that seems to never come off fully under usual circumstances it really does promote better absorption of masks and moisturizers.

It’s typically not necessary to do an extreme exfoliation technique like this every day. I suggest trying it once a week, or even once a month if you have sensitive skin. My skin is pretty hardy so I used to do this once a week until my skin got better, sometimes twice a week if I’ve been doing a lot of modeling shoots and classes and been wearing more make-up than I prefer. Now I’m back to once a month. It makes me feel so much cleaner to be able to get my skin under control.

This is a truly fabulous new addition to my skin care routine and I totally suggest it to anyone interested, just be careful not to shave off an eyebrow!

 

beauty · hair · Uncategorized

Toners, Fillers, and Fantasy Applications

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This is by far my favorite color theory visual I’ve ever worked with.

 

Color theory is often undervalued for coloring services but it comes into play heavily when working on corrective color applications, and even more so when working with fantasy applications.

 

Hairstylists have a pretty easy time explaining to clients the colors used to cancel out undesired undertones, and explaining the benefits of filler for preventing “hollow” colors. It’s harder to explain to clients that they can’t have lavender hair unless it can be made white first or else they’ll just have pastel brown.

 

Colors directly opposite of one another on the color wheel cancel each other out and create shades of brown (shown on the side of the chart). This information can be used to tone hair, or to accentuate tones.

 

The side labeled fillers consists of colors that exist as natural undertones when prelightening hair. If hair is lightened and needs to be dyed a natural shade that is darker then this pigment will need to be refilled first.

 

The side labeled toners is typically used to cancel out underlying pigment after hair is lightened. Green for red, blue for copper, violet for gold.

 

When doing fantasy color applications it’s important to keep this information in mind so you can get the results you’re looking for. Good luck everyone!

beauty · hair · lifestyle · wedding

Some Notes on Wedding Hair

So it’s wedding season once again!

Don’t let wedding stress happen to you!

For hairstylists and brides alike this can be a stressful time so I’ve put together a list of things that can make all those hair interactions a little less crazed.

 

~8-12 weeks before the wedding: find a stylist and book the wedding date, your trial, possibly 2 trials, and map out color appointments and trims.

~4-6 weeks before the wedding: have your trial (with tiara, pins, veil, etc) and take final reference photos, make sure you have confirmed timing and number of people for services on day of.

~2-3 weeks before the wedding: do your color (if you normally color your hair) so that it has a little room to settle before the wedding, do your last trim before the wedding. Do NOT experiment with new color or cut this close to the wedding!

 

A few other notes:

-you want to look like yourself in photos, if you normally wear your hair a certain way use it as inspiration for your wedding hair, if you never wear it up in even a ponytail then maybe you don’t really want it all up for your wedding

-your hairstylist is likely to make more money at the salon than at your wedding so unless you’ve got the world’s biggest bridal party please bear in mind they are missing an entire 8 hour day to do 3 hours with you, often plus travel expenses, we love what we do, but please don’t assume tip is included in your total unless specifically stated

-typically it’s best for the bride to get her hair done second to last, you want to spend the morning “relaxing” as much as possible so make everyone else go first

-EXCEPT mother of the bride should be last, or in some cases the soon to be mother in law, these are people you want available to help run errands and be bullies to get things fixed, if they’re in a chair or already have their hair done they won’t be able to run around as much