Monday, June 18, 2018

Debunking the permanent hair color myths

We at Claude Thomas know that the idea of using a permanent hair color can be intimidating. But under the care of a salon professional, it doesn't have to be! Let's face your permanent hair color fears together, by setting the record straight on 4 of the most popular myths associated with long-lasting color.

WHAT IS PERMANENT HAIRCOLOR?
Permanent hair color works by interacting with the natural pigment of your hair and changing your hair’s structure. The dyes in permanent hair color are actually tiny colorless molecules. With the help of ammonia, they penetrate the hair cuticle, but it’s not until they’ve combined with hydrogen peroxide and create a chemical reaction known as oxidation that the magic happens. Through oxidation, the permanent hair color molecules turn complex and can embed themselves in the structure of the hair fiber. The result is what we know to be permanent hair color, or at the very least, hair color that can definitely withstand multiple washes.

One of the biggest reasons permanent hair color gets a bad rap is because it consists of more potent chemicals than demi-permanent hair color, which instead coats the hair, but doesn’t alter the structure of it. Permanent hair color also opens up the cuticle and needs to sit on the hair longer so hair texture might change slightly.

MYTH 1: IT DAMAGES YOUR HAIR


Permanent hair color contains chemicals that remove color from your strands as well as pigments that change your hair’s current color. And as mentioned before, since permanent hair color is meant to withstand many washes, the chemicals have to be stronger, and they’re left on hair longer.
Exactly how long does permanent hair color last? That depends on your hair growth rate, but you typically won’t have to retouch your roots for 4 to 6 weeks.
While it’s an understandable concern that permanent hair dyes can wreak havoc on hair strength and elasticity, permanent hair color and extreme damage don't go hand-in-hand when left up to a professional. After a professional permanent hair color service, your hair will still look and feel amazing, even while sporting a new shade.

When getting your hair colored with permanent hair color, make sure to opt for a salon service to protect your hair when it gets colored. Redken’s pH-Bonder protects bonds, helps restore the hair fiber and smooths the hair cuticle, so strands are stronger, shinier and softer.

There are also several things you can do at home keep your newly-colored hair in great shape, such as using a deep-conditioning hair mask, like Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask, on a weekly basis or using a shampoo for colored hair, also from Color Extend Magnetics, to gently cleanse and prevent fading.

MYTH 2: YOU'LL GET MONOCHROMATIC, DULL, FLAT COVERAGE THAT SCREAMS "FAKE!"

Women with grey hair color and brown
Opting for permanent hair color doesn’t have to mean coloring your hair just one shade. Dimensional color is a gorgeous possibility.

Since most people have natural highlights in their hair from the sun, opting for permanent dimensional hair color will add depth and promise more natural-looking results.

Redken’s original Chromatics, Color Fusion Advanced Performance Color Cream and new Cool Fashion Color Cream are all permanent hair color lines that provide a multidimensional, natural-looking finish. Chromatics is ammonia-free and leaves hair 2x stronger than before it was colored, while Color Fusion Advanced Performance Color Cream leaves hair shiny.

MYTH 3: PERMANENT COLOR IS ONLY MEANT TO COVER GRAY HAIR

Brunette model with golden balayage hair
Permanent hair color is a wonderful option for concealing gray hair since it’s typically available in a larger variety of shades and will provide longer-lasting results than a demi-permanent hair color. 
But covering grays isn't be the only reason to opt for permanent hair color. Trendy haircolor looks like ombre and balayage often incorporate permanent hair color at the root in addition to lightener for the ends so it can create a natural-looking gradient.

However, if you are looking to fully cover gray hair, Redken's Cover Fusion line of permanent hair color, a low-ammonia color cream with conditioning agents make gray strands stronger and more manageable post-service.

MYTH 4: IF YOU GO LIGHTER, YOUR HAIR COULD TURN BRASSY

Model with blonde hair and yellow
A slight Brassiness can happen whenever your new hair color starts to fade away and the natural pigments of your hair that weren’t lightened away with bleach or hair color start to surface.  We can combat any brassiness with producing the right level of lightning.
Carefully choosing the right shade at the beginning which makes the hair have the right amount of cool tones> This can avoid that dreaded orange tinge from later revealing itself.
Redken’s new Cool Fashion collection by Color Fusion, which features 14 new cool shades, aims to combat brassiness by starting off and staying cool for up to 8 weeks.


The best way to choose a permanent hair color that will compliment your undertones is to consult with your Claude Thomas’s stylist/colorist. 

Everything you need to know about Microbladed Eyebrows

Everything You Should Know Before You Get Your Eyebrows Microbladed



Eyebrows are the most important facial feature. A beautiful and symmetrical shaped Eyebrows that is designed for your individual facial structure, will frame the entire face and directs all the attention exactly where you want it: your eyes.


If you’re guilty of over-plucking or have a naturally uneven set or have sparse areas in your brows or just want to change the shape or color, then consider your options for getting a little boost in the brow department with Microbladed brows.

The term “microblading” has been floating around the beauty space for years, but many people still don’t know what it’s all about. Celebrities have certainly caught on: Madonna recently had her eyebrows microbladed, and Bella Thorne even Snapchatted her entire procedure. But what exactly happens when you get microbladed? Is it different from getting eyebrow tattoos? And how much does it cost?

What is the difference between an eyebrow tattoo and microblading? Eyebrow tattoo is a permanent procedure, which uses a machine to penetrate pigment deep into the skin. Microblading involves using a hand tool with nine or more tiny needles to create shallower cuts on the skin and then letting pigment seep in. Microblading lasts only approximately one to two years depending on your skin’s pigment retention and your age.  For someone who’s a bit squeamish about making a permanent change, that just may be the ideal amount of commitment!

And the results look supernatural.  With a microblading needle, we have more control over what we are implanting. The end results are crisp, hairlike strokes.



It can be a solution for a wide variety of issues.
people with thin, sparse or no brows are the most common microblading candidates. Also people with very beautiful, envy-worthy brows want them to correct some asymmetry, or perfect the look they already have.

A typical appointment is around two hours, but the actual microblading only happens in the last 15 to 30 minutes. Before taking a needle to face, we take a lot of measurements. We draw the outline and it’s very much a conversation because we want the client to be completely comfortable before we move to the next step.  Just measuring and perfecting the look can take up to an hour. After that, it takes 10 to 15 minutes for the numbing cream to sit this helps with any pain factors

A consultation before this procedure is mandatory.

Somethings that have to be taken into account before this procedure is:

No Alcohol before the day of the procedure.
No suntanning on the face 1 week prior and 4 weeks after
No Botox 2 to 3 months before getting microbladed
No fillers in the brow area 3 months prior
No Ibuprofen 48 hours prior
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For the best results, aftercare is key. The first couple of days are the most important because the incisions are still open. Until they start to heal, you want to make sure you’re not getting the brows wet or soaking them.

To learn more about Microbladed Eyebrows go to our website, www.ClaudeThjomasSalon.com or check out our Instagram for our work.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Some of the top fancy color Trends as per Madame Claude of Claude Thomas Salon

THE TOP 10 FANTASY HAIRCOLOR TRENDS
It's a magical, dreamy and funky time in hair color trends. Wearing not just one, but a whole rainbow of colors isn’t so shocking anymore.
Looking for some outside-of-the-box hair color ideas for your next hair service?
Top Fantasy Trends
 
1. OPAL HAIR

Just like the gemstone, opal hair plays on many colors of the rainbow all at once. For this look, your colorist will first lighten your hair to a pearl shade (almost gray), add toner and then follow it up with an application of pastel shades throughout the lengths of the hair. The result is iridescent hair with a soft metallic finish that’ll have you noticing a different color at every angle.
This technique is  called fluid hair painting. The effect is more natural-looking hair color.  

2. OIL SLICK HAIR

 This trend proves you don’t have to go super light or be blonde to pull off a rainbow of colors. With oil slick hair, dark hair is the backdrop for iridescence. Here, cool shades of green, purple, yellow and blue hair dye are applied so they resemble the pretty swirl of rainbow colors seen atop an oil slick. If you have super dark hair, your colorist may apply lightener and toner on your hair before applying the hair dye.

3. UNDER LIGHTS


Consider this the sneaky way to pull off a wild hairstyle. Instead of showcasing your fantasy color in plain view, with under lights, the base color is hidden is hidden below the top layers of hair—and people who have been wearing this trend have opted for a full rainbow of colors, no less.
To get under lights, your stylist pins up the top layers of your hair (from around the tops of your ears and above) and only bleaches and colors the remaining layers of hair underneath. To flaunt under lights, you can put your hair in an updo or half-up style, but as soon as you undo your hair and wear it down, your under lights won’t be as noticeable anymore.

4. MERMAID HAIR


 No, we’re not talking about Princess Ariel. The mermaid hair trend is a blend of vibrant, cool-toned, sea-inspired colors like sea foam green, cerulean, turquoise and even magenta and orchid. Getting mermaid hair usually requires lifting hair until it’s light enough to display the brighter colors. Then hair dye gets added (hair painting is a great technique for this).

5. SUNSET HAIR

Another more specific variant of rainbow hair, sunset hair looks exactly like it sounds—a hair color that blends the colors of the sunset, including bright red, orange and deep purple. It’s a vibrant, warm and definitely bold hair color that may require bleaching and can also be achieved through hair painting.

6. PASTEL HAIR

Soft, candy-colored shades of pale pink, baby blue, mint green or lilac define this ultra feminine-looking hair color. To get pastel hair, hair may need to be bleached until it’s light enough to show the various shades. Then a colorist paints the hair with pastel-colored hair dye.

7. ROSE GOLD HAIR

This girly, romantic hair color is a blend of gold and copper. To achieve rose gold hair, your colorist will lighten your hair via bleaching or painting until it reaches a golden shade. Afterward, a tinted gloss is applied to your hair to give it the rose gold or golden-copper shade.

8. SILVER HAIR

 Thanks to the silver hair trend, it’s now cool to go gray—no matter what age you are. While it’s certainly on the subtle end of the fantasy hair color spectrum, it’s still quite attention-grabbing. To rock this trend, your colorist may bleach your hair very light first, then add toner, and then apply hair dye to give hair a silver hue.
9. DIP DYE HAIR

In this hair-coloring technique, the ends of your hair look like they’ve been dipped in a contrasting color. Currently, the trend is dip dyeing hair in bright colors like hot pink. Although both dip dye and ombre hair coloring feature a different shade at the roots and a different shade at the ends, the main difference is in the middle color. In ombre, the middle color is similar to the color of the roots and ends, while in dip dye, there is no middle color.

10. RAINBOW BANGS

For those not ready to commit to coloring their entire head of hair, the rainbow bangs trend may be the way to go. Here, bangs are dyed a bright range of colors, bringing much attention to the center of the face.  

Whichever fantasy hair color you choose, don’t forget to employ a haircare routine to keep your hair color looking fab as long as possible. The Redken Color Extend Magnetics line is all about protecting hair color and promoting shine. Use the Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free Shampoo to keep your hair color looking vibrant since a sulfate free shampoo is gentler on color-treated hair.

Going blonde or blonder? What Claude Thomas Salon recommends

THE ONE SERVICE EVERY HAIRCOLOR ADDICT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT

Despite what you may think, being a hair color chameleon doesn’t mean you have to live with dry, damaged hair.
 In fact, there is one hair bonding service that every color addict needs to know if they’re looking to help maintain their hair health: pH-Bonder.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR HAIR DURING A PROFESSIONAL SALON SERVICE USING BLEACH?

In order to color your strands, your stylist has to lighten your hair to deposit the haircolor. Each time hair is bleached, the bonds that support the hair strand can weaken.

WHY DOES HAIR GET DAMAGED?

If the hair isn’t protected during chemical services such as lightning, the strands can become brittle, dry, or even break off.
 While there are several ways to help restore the look of damaged hair, your stylist can also help you protect the hair from this damage.

HOW DO I PROTECT MY HAIR?

In order to protect your hair from this type of damage, you need to ensure that your hair is protected during any type of lightening service. This is where pH-Bonder comes into play.
pH-Bonder is a two-step system used in the salon that works to protect the integrity of the hair’s bonds during professional technical services.

SO, WHAT’S PH-BONDER GOING TO DO?
This solution ultimately works to help protect against hair breakage, while also helping to maintain hair’s strength, elasticity, smoothness, and shine. pH-Bonder has the power to do all of this while protecting your hair’s bonds.

WHAT ARE HAIR BONDS?
Don’t know what hair bonds are? Basically, they’re tiny mechanisms that act as your hair’s internal support structure. They are the components that help to keep hair strong and intact. When pH-Bonder is used during your coloring service, it acts as a shield to help ward off any potential damage.
Also, the product won’t increase your processing time, so you don’t even have to spend more time in the salon. How cool is that?

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PH-BONDER SERVICE?

During the service, your stylist will add the Bond Protecting Additive into the bleach and apply it to your strands as you normally would. After the bleach has processed, your stylist will take you to the shampoo bowl and apply the Fiber Restorative Pre-Wash Concentrate. This pre-wash will help to restore the hair fiber and smooth the hair’s cuticle for improved strength, shine, and softness after the technical service.
After the pre-wash soaks for 10 minutes, your stylist will rinse and style as normal. It’s that easy!
The best part? You don’t have to book an extra appointment in order to get the service. In fact, this simple two-step system is done in the salon during your typical appointment and can be directly added to the bleach. As the system is formulated to work synergistically to help keep the hair strong during technical services, pH-Bonder can be added directly without affecting the end result.


CAN I PROTECT MY HAIR BONDS AT-HOME?
Not only is pH-Bonder an in-salon service, but there is also a Post-Service Perfector that helps to maintain the hair’s natural pH at home. This once-a-week treatment is designed to keep your hair fiber protected and balanced in-between appointments.

SO, WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

pH-Bonder is the bodyguard that your hair needs to help keep breakage at bay. As Redken Education Development Manager, Siddeeqah Raoof puts it, pH-Bonder is the agent that’s going to help to keep your hair in a safer place. “pH-Bonder acts as a buffering agent to help prevent damage from happening. So, that additive is going into the cuticle of the hair to help prevent that oxidative stress from occurring,” states Raoof.

HOW CAN I ASK MY HAIR COLORIST TO USE PH BONDER?
pH-Bonder was designed to make your hairstylist's life easier while keeping your hair as strong as possible during a hair color or lightening service. There is no need for your colorist to bump up developer time. Starting in October 2018, the process gets even easier with the introduction of Flashlift Bonder Inside, a lightener that lifts hair up to 8 levels with pH-Bonder bond-protecting technology built right into the lightener formula.


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Claude Thomas wants you to know :YOU WANT TO GO BLONDE? 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE LIGHTENING OR BLEACHING YOUR HAIR

YOU WANT TO GO BLONDE? 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE LIGHTENING OR BLEACHING YOUR HAIR

Blonde hair, don’t care? Not so much.
 Blonde hair can be higher maintenance and going (and staying) blonde requires some TLC in order to stay looking fabulous. 
So, if you're considering going blonde for the first time or simply want to change up your already blonde strands, here are 10 things that you should know before lightening or bleaching your hair.

1. YOUR NATURAL HAIRCOLOR MATTERS

If your hair color is naturally very dark, your hair stylist may suggest a transition plan for your hair color journey. When a stylist does this, they are considering your hair’s overall health as well as its ability to lift or lighten. While going from darker strands to bright blonde is possible to do in one session, it might not be the best decision for the overall health of your hair.

2. YOUR HAIR WILL NEED SOME TLC

 Excessive bleaching can lead to weaker strands. Give them a pick-me-up by treating your hair to a hydrating hair mask. These masks can replenish your hair’s moisture and help restore balance to your strands. Looking for a more long-lasting approach to hair health? Ask your stylist to use a hair bonding additive or service, like pH-Bonder, during your next appointment. This handy additive works as part of a system to protect the integrity of your hair bonds helping your hair to stay strong and more resilient to damage during the technical service. Keep caring about your strands long after your salon visit by using the pH-Bonder Post-Service Perfector. This in-shower treatment helps to restore and reinforce your bonds and keep them strong in-between your appointments.

3. YOU HAVE BLONDE OPTIONS

Maintaining your blonde strands will require some quality time with your hair stylist. If you’re looking for a smaller commitment on the blonde spectrum, ask your stylist about balayage. This technique uses darker colors on your roots and scalp while keeping the ends bright and blonde. It’s perfect for those who don’t want the hassle of root maintenance, while also keeping their strands beautifully blonde.

4. YOU’LL NEED TO UPGRADE YOUR HAIRCARE ROUTINE

Color-treated blondes know that any shampoo simply won’t do. Once your hair is blonde, it will need its own army of products to stay that way. Custom toning conditioners are a must for keeping your blonde locks looking shiny and vibrant. These powerhouse conditioners are a blonde’s best friend when it comes to fighting off dulling ends and brassy roots. 

5. AVOID THE URGE TO DIY

While DIYs are great for crafty home décor, they aren’t so great for brightening your strands. While it may seem like a good idea at the time, no one wants to end up with brassy strands or mismatched highlights. Leave hair coloring to the professionals and trust them to take your strands to newer, blonder heights without the DIY mishaps.

6. THE TERM “BLONDE” ISN’T UNIVERSAL

When it comes to going blonde, bringing a photo in for reference is always your best bet. While “blonde” may mean the quintessential icy white strands of a platinum blonde to you, for your stylist it may mean golden blonde tones and a deeper base. Keep everyone on the same page during your next color appointment by bringing in photos for your stylist. Be sure to bring enough visuals to show them exactly what you do and do not want in terms of your hair color.

7. YOUR SKIN TONE SHOULD AFFECT YOUR COLOR CHOICE


If you’re unsure about which shade of blonde to choose, try taking your skin tone into account. Typically, those with paler or cooler skin tones look stunning with ashy, pearlescent shades, while those with warmer skin tones simply slay with more golden hues.

8. YOU MIGHT NEED TO CHANGE YOUR MAKEUP

 For some, going blonde may mean a change in their makeup choices. Whether it’s swapping out shades of your eyebrow pencil or opting for newer colors of eyeliner, there are plenty of ways that going blonde could affect your makeup look. If you’re wondering what colors work best for your new haircolor, head to your nearest department store for a quick makeup consultation. It’s an easy way to discover what new colors may be right for you.

9. YOUR HAIR TEXTURE MIGHT CHANGE

Over time, bleaching can cause your natural hair texture to change. Those with curls may notice that their ends are straighter as their strands have become drier. On the opposite end, those with naturally straight hair may notice more volume as their hair’s cuticle has been roughened up.

10. BE HONEST WITH YOUR STYLIST

While it may be hard to admit, your stylist needs to know if you have used at-home hair color before your in-salon appointment. Knowing just how much your hair has been previously colored can help your stylist adjust your hair color formula to get the best result for you.
Still wondering if going blonde is right for you? Chat with your Redken stylist to see if being a blonde is right for you.
  



Claude Thomas salon and Spa 7 Questions to ask your colorist before you color your hair

7 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR HAIRSTYLIST
 BEFORE YOU COLOR YOUR HAIR

A hair color appointment shouldn’t be a confusing experience.  Before you get swept up in Google searches, turn to your stylist. Since they have worked with your hair before, they understand your hair care concerns and what styles will look best on you. Remember, you (probably) aren’t the first client your stylist has ever worked with. They understand that clients are concerned about the look and feel of their hair. Asking questions is a normal part of any hair color consultation. Not sure what to ask? Here are a few topics to discuss with your hairstylist before your next color appointment.

1.       DOES THIS COLOR WORK FOR ME?  

 Choosing the right hair color is about much more than liking a photo on Instagram. From eye color to skin tone, there are several factors that go into determining if a hair color is right for you.

For instance, richer chestnut browns and golden highlights tend to look amazing on those with warmer skin tones. Conversely, those with more pink in their complexions tend to look lovely with ashy blonde hair or bolder silvers.
However, this doesn’t mean that you have to stay away from certain color families all together. All it means is that if you want a particular color range or trend, your stylist can walk you through which particular shades will look best on you.

2. WHAT IS THE MAINTENANCE LIKE FOR THIS HAIRCOLOR/TREND?

Once you’ve decided on a shade, it’s time to learn about upkeep. While a stunning, vibrant red may seem like the perfect option, you’ll need to decide if you’re willing to do the legwork to maintain such a dramatic shade. The hair colors that require the most maintenance and upkeep are red shades, ashy tones, silvers, pearls, and grays. Due to their color vibrancy and tendency to oxidize over time, these shades require more frequent salon visits.
If you're looking for less fuss over your strands, then balayage or ombré should be considered. Both styles focus on darker roots and lighter ends, which means less noticeable roots or regrowth over time.

3. WHAT SHOULD I DO AT HOME TO MAINTAIN MY HAIRCOLOR?

At-home color care is extremely important if you want to maintain the vibrancy, shine, and tone of your hair color. Chatting with your stylist about the specific products to use and steps to take is a sure-fire way to help keep the integrity of your hair color. For instance, your stylist may suggest switching your daily shampoo from a deeper cleansing option to one that is color-safe and free of sulfates. Color-safe and sulfate-free shampoos are formulated to help prolong the life of your hair color. While this change may seem small, it will work wonders for the longevity of your hair color
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4. HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?

 While hair color maintenance is important, it’s also good to understand the timeline of the hair color itself. Some colors may last longer on the hair, while others tend to fade more quickly. It all comes down to how well your hair type can hold color as well as the texture of the hair itself. Talking through this point with your stylist will help you to better understand the shelf life of your soon-to-be hair color
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5. CAN THE HAIRCOLOR CAUSE IRRITATION?
 
Everyone’s skin reacts differently to different stimulants, chemicals, and products. If you’re aware of a certain skin condition or sensitivity, be sure to let your stylist know beforehand. Having this conversation prior to color application will ensure that your stylist uses products that are safest for you.

6. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WASH MY HAIR? 

 Once your hair is colored, your haircare routine might need to change. In order to keep up with this new development, be sure to ask your stylist how often you should cleanse your hair. While over-washing can lead to fading color, lack of cleansing can lead to product buildup. Find the perfect balance for your hair care routine by discussing your hair type and porosity with your stylist.

7. HOW LONG SHOULD I EXPECT THE COLORING PROCESS TO BE?

 While this may seem like a pretty straightforward question, it’s something that every client should know in advance. Different hair services take different lengths of time to process. For instance, a gloss like Shades EQ takes around 20 minutes. This service is great if you’re coloring your hair for the first time since it doesn’t require a major time or color commitment. If you want a longer lasting look, a highlighting or lowlighting service might be right for you, but plan to carve out a few hours for the salon. To really plan your day accordingly, make sure to ask how much time you should allow when you book your color appointment.