More than just a hairdresser…..

Does this chart make any sense to you?? If not, this is one of the many reasons why your hairdresser is “more than just a hairdressser”. We as stylists have to have everything in this chart constantly in the back of our minds every time we are coloring, highlighting, toning or color mixing. THIS knowledge is one of the many reasons professional haircolor services turn out so much better than at home color.

I am not typically someone who comments on random posts online, It’s just not my personality type. However, I stumbled across a post on a Mom’s group I am in from college and saw a girl asking about going darker with her hair for fall and if using color from Sally’s was going to be a better choice than box color. After seeing a few comments from non hairdresser moms, I decided to jump in and try to help best I could. A little background on the girl- She said she was trying to save money by not going to the salon and color her hair at home. She said she was currently blonde and wanting to go dark but anytime she has done it in the past it fades out in the 1st few shampoos. She said she wondered if buying color from Sally’s would help with that fading.

Here are some things I told her that are important to keep in mind and to take into consideration when choosing to color your hair at home as opposed to going to the salon……and how in the long run it may not actually be saving you money at all.

  1. Throwing dark color on blonde hair will fade. Always. Depending how often you shampoo it and how light the hair was to start will determine how quickly it fades.
  2. To help combat fading, sometimes the hair needs “filled”. ( More on that in a min.)
  3. Depending how light or processed the hair is to start, the porosity needs to be taken into consideration. Hair that is overly processed will act differently than healthy, virgin hair. It will either suck color in making it appear darker, or it will not take the color fully or evenly, making it appear hollow.
  4. You have to take into consideration what the underlying pigment is of the color you currently have and what it is missing for the target shade you are after. Not taking this into consideration when choosing a color shade is how people end up with hair that has gross undertones to it like green or blue or a “muddy look”. THIS is when filling comes into effect.
  5. The chart above shows all of these things. This chart is permanently engrained in every stylists mind and this information helps us formulate the best possible color for your desired result.
  6. Did you know most box colors come with 20vlm developer? Did you know very few people going darker need 20vlm developer. 20vlm is used to lift base color and deposit. If you are already light, you do not need to lift, this is how people get hot roots where it looks like your root area is glowing and brighter than the rest.
  7. You have to take gray coverage into consideration when formulating color. Different percentages of gray require different color formulas and developer.

So, still think you’re ready to color your own hair? Say you did try to go to Sallys and pick out color for yourself. Do you feel you could confidently look at this chart and know what you need to get your desired result? Did you know Sally’s is NOT professional color? That anyone can walk in off the street and buy color there, so it is no different than color from Walmart. The people who work there most of the time do not have an extensive knowledge of color to be able to help you get what you need. If you were going to understand this chart and try to fill your hair yourself- you are going to need AT LEAST 2 bottles of color, if not more. So say you got the supplies and color you needed from Sallys and it came to $50 once you got the tubes of color, developer, brush, gloves, etc. You bring it home and use it and the result is NOT AT ALL what you hoped for. We charge $65 for color in the salon. So by you saving $15 by coloring your hair at home- you are now left with the choice of dealing with a color you hate, or getting it fixed in the salon. Except now, it is most likely a color correction in the salon resulting in a higher bill at checkout. Wouldnt it have just made more sense to just get in done in the salon where they know exactly what you need and what to mix in the 1st place? Just some food for thought:) Still think we are “just hairdressers”? We are chemists, artists and magicians as well;)

Want your hair to look it’s best for the holiday season ahead? Call to schedule your appointment at 724-349-5444 or schedule online at www.cameronsalon.com

Pinterest/social media expectations

“I saw it on Pinterest.” I think a large majority of us can agree that we say this or hear this multiple times in a weeks time. Pinterest is a great way to find ideas for reorganizing your kitchen, planning a wedding or birthday party, finding a new recipe and picking your next hairstyle or color.

Yes, Pinterest is the “go to” for ideas. But it can’t replace a consult with a stylist.

Keep in mind, some of what you see on pinterest is photo shopped. The majority of pictures you see on social media can be enhanced and changed with filters. That beautiful creamy blonde, may be blue in another picture, and bright red in yet another.

Below are just a few examples I found when I typed in “Pinterest vs. Reality hair color.

Why is this an issue you may wonder??? Us as hairstylists have many talents. However, waving a magic wand or applying filters to real life clients is not one of them. So, when a client shows us (as an example) the above photo and wants their end result to be the filtered photo, that can be in issue. In reality, the 1st photo could be possibly more achievable and realistic. The 2nd photo would maybe be achievable after multiple sessions and toners. Maybe. But since like I said real life can’t be filtered, the 1st photo would be much more achievable. Pinterest however makes people think anything is possible. So, keep an open mind when chosing these extreme photos on Pinterest.

We love to see the pictures of colors and styles you love, but until we can actually look at your hair, and talk to you, we can tell you how realistic it is for you to get the same look. And more importantly, we can keep it real by telling you honestly what you’ll need to do to keep it up and what it will cost to maintain that coveted new style and color.

So come in. Bring your phone. Show us what you’ve pinned. But let’s talk too!

Need to schedule an appointment? Call the salon at 724-349-5444 or schedule online at http://www.cameronsalon.com. Keep in mind when scheduling, if you ARE planning something pinterest worthy extreme and drastic, you should call to schedule as we can schedule more efficiently than the computer can.

Back in our “new normal”

Things have finally slowed down just a tiny bit that I can sit down and update what is going on in the salon since we have returned amidst this Covid-19 pandemic. We want you to know that the salon is OPEN and doing everything we can do to keep our clients and staff safe while still looking and feeling their best.

The salon is open at 50% capacity. We are currently only working out of 5 of our 9 stations, 2 of our pedicure chairs and 2 of our manicure tables. All of these are spaced out 6 feet apart for your safety. We have removed some of our shampoo bowl chairs as well as dryer chairs to allow social distancing also. We no longer have chairs in the waiting room as we are asking you wait in your car now.

Please reschedule your appointment if you are feeling ill at all.

When you arrive at the salon we ask that you call to let us know you have arrived. Please arrive alone for your appointment unless you are accompanying a minor for their appointment. Please leave unnecessary extra items in your car to prevent contamination. Please no food or drink in the salon.

Your stylist will then either call you or come and get you to let you know they are ready for your appointment. We are doing our best to stay on time, but sometimes we run into unexpected projects, so please bare with us.

Upon entering the salon, we ask that you wear your mask and continue to wear it the duration of your appointment. The salon staff will all be wearing masks as well. Hand sanitizer is available at the front desk as well as each stylist’s station. Your stylist may be in a different station than normal and also in a different station each time you come for an appointment, so allow them to direct you to the right one.

Know that we are taking extra precautions on top of our usual sanitation processes to make sure we are keeping everyone in the salon as safe as possible. We are sanitizing high traffic touch points often as well as our stylists cleaning any chair or surface them or their client have touched all day long. We are booking mostly just one client at a time to ensure the 50% capacity in the salon as well as giving us extra time to do the necessary cleaning needed during this time and between each client.

**We have DISCLAIMERS posted all throughout the salon and by having services provided by us, you are agreeing to them. That you are representing in good faith that in the last 2 weeks, you have not been diagnosed with or cared for someone diagnosed with Covid-19. You have no shown symptoms or come in contact with anyone exibiting symptoms of Covid-19. You do not have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or loss of taste/smell and will follow all posted salon rules.**

ALSO , please note we have updated our Cancellation and No Show Policies- Effective 6/1/2020

* If you need to cancel or reschedule, please give us a 24 hour notice for any changes made to a reserved appointment. Example: Just a cut instead of the color/ Highlight you scheduled. We need to know that the time you won’t be using is available for other customers. Also, our stylists are paid by commission, so if they booked out 2.5 hours to do your cut, color and highlight and you didn’t call or didn’t show, they aren’t making money during those 2.5 hours.

  • If we receive less than 24 hours notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment, it may result in a $25 cancellation fee. This fee will be added to the end of your next appointment.
  • NO SHOW/NO CALL/ FORGOTTEN APPOINTMENTS- A no call, no show or forgotten appointment will result in a fee of 50% of the missed service total. This fee WILL be added to your next appointment.
  • 2 NO call, No show/ forgotten appointments means we are NOT a good fit for each other. WE understand that and wish you the best as a walkin appointment or at your new salon.

Text and Email reminders are sent out ahead as a courtesy. Please make sure that your current phone number/ email address is attached to each appointment, each time. Those reminders are computer generated. Please DO NOT reply to them. You must call our salon.

We are all adjusting to life in this time of uncertainty and new normal. It has been great to see each and every one of our clients so far in this past month we have been open and we can’t wait to continue to see you through the summer months. Any questions or need to book an appointment, Call the salon at 724-349-5444. Online booking is also open for scheduling again at www.cameronsalon.com. If you are unsure of how much time you need for your appointment or are just getting your hair done for the 1st time since quarentine or after many months, please call the salon to make sure they schedule enough time to accomodate what you will need to have done.

Newsletter

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Keep an eye out in your email (possibly junk mail) in the next day or 2 for the Spring edition of our Cameron Salon Newsletter if you have signed up for it previously! Once you receive it, make sure to comment under this Facebook post or mention it to your stylist that you saw it. We would love to know how many of our clients are reading our letter as we continue forward with this form of communication in the future! Thanks for your help!  If you haven’t signed up for it and would like to receive the newsletter in the future, make sure to comment in the facebook post or sign up at your next appointment at the front desk at the salon. We plan for the newsletter to come out quarterly.

 

Instagram

 

downloadDo you currently follow the salon on Instagram?? If not, look up cameronsalon and Follow us on Instagram! We’d love to have you follow us and see what we are up to at the salon!

Want to follow the talented stylists who make Cameron Salon run!? Here are a few of our stylists who have a professional Instagram page. We love what we do and we would love to share that with you!

Andrea Hancock- salonstyles.by.andrea

Desirae Henry- beauty_bydes

Abra Gardner- hairbyabrachanelle

Alysa Lichtenfels- alysa.lichtenfels

 

 

Vacation Ready!!

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As we hope and pray that the end of winter is getting near, we all start to get the “vacation bug”.  Warm weather, beach and sun here we come!! Every time I head out on vacation I find myself venturing onto Pinterest to find out what other people pack for that destination and look for ways to condense my packing. I’ll let you in on a secret, I have a packing problem. It’s Legit. I way over pack everywhere I go. Ask anyone who knows me well, they will confirm this and probably laugh and maybe even share a story about traveling somewhere with me and my 50 bags;)  Anyway, I thought since I love to read and hear about what other people pack for their trips that I would do a post about what our stylists here at the salon say are their MUST HAVE beach and vacation products when packing for a trip.

We will start with my “MUST HAVE” list- I’ll condense it to the ones I couldn’t live without and spare you the 57 other things I throw in my bags at the last min “just in case”;).

  1. Loreal Nutrifer Conditioning Masque– This conditioner has been my go to product for the last 15 years. I am not lying. They reformulated it a few years back when it was called Intense Repair and changed it slightly and when I heard about it I thought Id have a heart attack. Good thing it came back bigger and better than ever and It’s still my favorite product ever. This conditioner is amazing for restoring moisture and shine to your hair and keeping it healthy while you punish it with hours of fun in the sun.
  2. Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recovery Shampoo– This shampoo showed up on quite a few of our “Must Have” lists, and for good reason. Not only does it smell amazing, It helps restore moisture to hair that has seen its fair share of sun, wind and ocean and pool water. It also is nice for colored hair and protects the color without stripping it out.
  3. Shaper Hairspray–  This has been my go to hairspray for years. I love the light hold on the hair and that it is still brushable and soft after using it. The smell isn’t one everyone loves- to each their own;)
  4. Dermalogica Eye Makeup Remover and Sunscreen–  You will never find me on vacation without these 2 Dermalogica products. The eye makeup remover is a gel and it instantly removes waterproof eyeliner and waterproof mascara, both of which I never leave the house without wearing. The Sunscreen is Spf 50 and the ONLY sunscreen I can use due to an allergy to sunscreen. This one works great, isn’t greasy and is water resistant.
  5. Glop and Glam Creamsicle Spray– this one is a more recent favorite but very quickly became a must have product for both me and my daughter. It works as a leave in conditioner and detangler as well as static guard and a moisture spray when the hair is curly and feeling dry.

So there is my list of Must Have products for packing. Here are some of our other stylists lists.

Lori– Loreal Vitamino Shampoo – Amazing color protecting shampoo that smells so good! Undone texture spray, Spray wax, Texturizing Paste ( you can tell she likes texture in her hair). Masterpiece Hairspray from Bedhead. Dermalogica tinted Moisturizer (this one is awesome to get your spf, moisture and a little bit of color if you don’t want to put on full blown makeup on vacation!)

Hannah– Frizz Dismiss Shampoo, Conditioner and Serum- This whole line is great for helping smooth and tame hair with its anti humidity properties. Dream Coat- one of our top selling products that is the PERFECT travel companion. Spray on wet hair and dry it in as it is heat activated. This product lasts in the hair for 3 shampoos. It helps add shine, moisture and smoothness to the hair.  Chi Hairspray- our top selling hairspray. Smells amazing, great hold but not crunchy . Leaves the hair touchable and shiney.

Alysa– Bedhead Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner as mentioned above. It’s a 10 leave in spray, Super skinny serum (both these products are great for smoothing down wild, humidity wrecked hair.) Sculpting foam- adds some volume to your hair if you are someone whose hair tends to get limp in humidity. It helps hold and tame scrunched curls if you have naturally curly hair.

Last product packing tip- Look for travel sizes and stock up on them for vacation when they are available. They seem to only be in stock about twice a year, so if you see them, snatch them up! If you cant find your favorite products in travel size, all drug stores and walmart sell empty travel size bottles that you can easily pour your products into and still keep them under the 3oz. approved carry on size for planes. Another tip, put your bag of products into a few plastic bags before putting it into your suitcase. Trust me on this one, your clothes and everything else in your suitcase will thank you when that bottle of face wash bursts open at 36,000 feet!;) What are some of your must have products for traveling and vacation?? Feel free to comment, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Glop and Glam favorites

65265dbebca9a59d94be4d8e7e647628--lice-prevention-the-gamesHave any of you got to try these new products yet?? What do you think?? We would love to hear your feedback!! Feel free to comment!

A few weeks back I posted about our newest product line Glop and Glam. The entire line is Vegan and Cruely Free,  Free of Parabens, sulfates, gluten and phthalates. They contain Neem and Melaleuca Oils (Keeps lice at bay!!). Best part about these products- they SMELL AMAZING!!! After using the products for a while and seeing what our clients are loving, here are the Top 5 Sellers, in no particular order.

  1. Candy Apple Moisturizing Shampoo– This shampoo is great for adding moisture to the hair, but without weighing it down. In fact it gives the hair some volume while making it soft,shiny and manageable.
  2. Cake Batter Hydrating Conditioner-  This lightweight conditioner is awesome to combat tangles and makes the hair silky and soft without being heavy. This conditioner smells AWESOME, it is addictive.
  3. Vanilla Cream Styling Paste– This light hold styling paste adds shine and controls frizz. It is a great product to put on your hair dry and smooth down flyaways.
  4. Coconut Dream leave in Conditioner– This product is nice as a leave in conditioner to hydrate and nourish the hair, but it is also great for detangling, defrizzing and smoothing while you blow dry.
  5. Creamsicle Mist Detangler– This is our #1 Top Selling Glop and Glam product so far. This spray in, leave in conditioner can be used on wet or dry hair. It works great for taming down static and flyaways on dry hair. Its perfect for scrunching into curls and letting it air dry. Both my daughter and I are using the product this way and loving it!! It works well as a leave in conditioner when sprayed into the hair and blown dry. This is a very versatile product. It’s lightweight and best of all Smells Like Creamsicles!!! Yum!!  It is currently out of stock again due to be being so popular and has a waiting list.

Stop in the salon and try some of these great products for yourself if you haven’t already!! Need an apppointment? Call the salon at 724-349-5444 or schedule online at http://www.cameronsalon.com

It’s never just a root touch up……

I read an article on Instagram this week from a beauty industry site I follow called behindthechair.com. I wanted to just copy and paste the link, but wasn’t having much luck bringing up WordPress at home on our insanely old desktop and we don’t have Wifi to be able to take it from my phone and post it at work- So, instead I am going to just retype and share some of the article. I thought it was very well written and possibly something our clients/readers have never given thought to before. You can read it here below-

” I had someone call the salon the other day asking for a price on a root touch up. When I told her they start at $100 she laughed and said ” no thank you”. I explained to her that it was much more than “just a root touch up”. She laughed again and asked what we do differently. I told her it’s a completely customized service and rather than just pulling a tube of color off the shelf and slapping it on your head, we use multiple tones to create formulas suited just for you. It was like talking to a wall. Needless to say we ended our conversation and I was left wondering if people prefer a cheaper service over quality results? Gray coverage is one of the most completly misunderstood services. It sounds so simple and yet it isn’t. Sometime’s we use up to 4 tubes of color, sometimes just 1- it just depends on the client and the situation. Let me break it down…..

Client comes in and you talk for 10-15 min about your hair while the stylist assesses the situation. Your stylist goes to the back, comes up with your color formula and mixes it up. Comes back out and applies it which can take 15-20 min depending on thickness and how fast your stylist applies color. You process anywhere from 35-45 min. You get shampooed and offered a conditioning treatment. You are then styled which can take 30plus min. depending on the length and thickness of your hair. At this point you’ve just been in the chair for almost 2 hours and had a custom color done using multiple tubes of color at 12plus dollars a tube. I get it though, time and cost of product shouldn’t determine the increase of service prices, But. They. Do. Time is money and products are money.” Here are your Cameron Salon blogger’s thoughts to add to this- remember, you get what you pay for. You may be able to get a box of color off the grocery store shelf for $10 or less to touch up your roots, but does it truly look and feel the same as it does when you walk out of the salon after a retouch!?Does it cover the gray hair the same, hold as well, fade more quickly!? You are paying for a service,our expertise and an experience! Hope this makes sense. We are so thankful for each and every one of our clients!! Need an appointment? Call the salon at 724 349 5444 or schedule online at http://www.cameronsalon.com

New Cameron Salon FB group!!

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The salon has a new Group Page we are trying on Facebook currently. Due to changes within Facebook and the way things show up in your newsfeeds, a lot of times the salon news, pictures and specials get lost in Facebook land;) Our new group page will help you not only see those things, but get a notification when something new is posted to the page. If you would like to be added to the group page, either request to be added through the link below, or ask your stylist to have you added at your next appointment!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/589363264754867/

Question and Answer Time

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Today I thought I would share some questions we get asked frequently in the salon as well as the answers that we give our clients to help them out with these questions or issues they face. Maybe some of these are things you have thought or questioned yourself?! Hopefully you find these helpful!

Client Question 1)-” What is the best cut/ style I can get to not have to do anything to my hair in the mornings? I like easy and low maintenance, but I also want it to look just like this picture” (showing a picture from pinterest on their phone).

Answer This is a really hard question to answer. 97% of people do not have what we call “wash and wear” hair. Most clients have to do some form of styling to their hair to get a desired result. Most photos you see on Pinterest are styles- hair that has been styled and effort has been put into the style. So we usually try to tell clients no matter what style or photo they choose, they are most likely going to have some maintenance involved in their styling. Exceptions to this are curly hair- where you can a lot of times wash and scrunch for styling. Clients with silky smooth hair that desire a straight style can also typically get away with just shampoo and drying. These are really the only exceptions. Some styles can be easily styled WHILE blow drying, shaping the hair with a round brush to get the desired look. This saves time and keeps you from having to do extra styling with a flat iron or curling iron once the hair is dried.

Client Question 2)- “I found the product I use on Amazon or at CVS, TJMax, etc. Is it ok that I just pick them up there when I need them?”

Answer– NO! This is never ok. Salon products are sold only in professional salons. If you look at the back of any bottle,can or tube of salon product you will see it says “sold only in professional salons”. When these products show up in other places like drug stores or online, it is because of something called Product Diversion. Diversion occurs when products are sold in “unauthorized” places. Genuine products are sold only in authorized salons, spas or authorized salon related websites. WHY DIVERSION IS BAD? Diverted products can be counterfeit, diluted formulas, or old, expired formulas that may not be safe to use. This could not only potentially affect your hair and scalp health, but it is also taking away business from the salon industry, which is where the products are made for and how you get a professional recommendation to be able get the product your hair needs.

Client Question 3…This one is a personal favorite;) )- “Every time I get my hair colored or highlighted, a few weeks later, I have roots. What can I put on my hair to stop that from happening and not get roots anymore.” Yep. This has actually been asked….on more then one occasion.

Answer– There is nothing you can do to stop your hair from eventually growing and showing a regrowth line or “roots”. Everyone’s hair grows at least a 1/2 inch a month. This is the natural growing pattern for hair. Some hair grows even faster which would result in even more regrowth. You want your hair to be healthy and continue to grow. This does however mean you will start to see “roots” at the 3 to 4 week mark after getting color. Nothing you do will stop this from happening. You can purchase shampoo and conditioner made to help seal your color in so that it doesn’t fade off the rest of the hair strand. You can also have different color techniques done to help lengthen the time in between colors such as a balyage- This technique allows highlights to be more natural looking and start further down on the hair strand which hides the regrowth line some as it grows. The closer the base color is to your natural color it also hides the regrowth line better.

Client Question 4)- “How often should I shampoo my hair?”

Answer- This answer varies from client to client. A lot of it is personal preference. If you have colored hair, not shampooing every day could extend the life of your color. Not shampooing your hair daily leaves some of your natural oils on the hair, so if you are someone with dry hair, this could help relieve that some. Even if you are someone who has oily hair, you don’t have to shampoo daily. You can use dry shampoo which comes in spray and sprinkle form and helps to absorb extra oils on the hair and give the hair needed volume. Some people (including myself) prefer to shampoo daily, and there is nothing wrong with that. Just know that color washes/fades out with every shampoo, so if you shampoo daily it will fade your color faster.

Client Question 5)- “Why can’t I ever get my hair to look like it does when you style it?”

Answer– First off, all of our stylists have been through at least a year or more of beauty school and extensive training and continuing ed classes since graduating. On top of that education, they are daily in the salon building and practicing all areas of the trade. They love what they do and it shows!! However, this does not mean you can’t learn to style your hair like we do. A few tricks that we use that will help you are- sectioning your hair off with a clip when you dry, flat iron or curl. This helps ensure you get all of your hair dried or styled. It keeps you from taking too big of sections to smooth or curl giving you a more done, professional look to your style. Start your curls from the middle of your hair strand. Starting from the end and curling up gives you a large section of the hair that never gets in the iron and get heat, therefore not getting curled. By starting in the middle of the hair strand and pulling and clicking the hair through the iron, all of the hair gets curled and it gives volume at the root area. It also helps the hair hold curl better. Another thing we as stylists do to help your curls or style take and hold better is to spray each section with hairspray as you curl or style. Feel free to ask your stylist to show you the best way to dry, curl or flat iron your hair at your next appointment.

Do you have a question you would love for us to answer?? Feel free to ask or comment in the post!!