Sunday, August 19, 2018

Claude Thomas's 2018 trend Radar

2018 TREND RADAR: What is the style direction for hair and hair color

   Hello, 2018! We are HERE for the “new year, new me” mantra when it comes to predicting what trends will blow up in the next 365 days, and the ones we’ll be leaving behind in yesteryear.  Here is the new look to inspire you on into 2018

    1. Choppy Shag Haircuts
The iconic shag haircut made a major comeback last year, and 2018 is about embracing those ‘70s-inspired, choppy layers for a versatile and super-textured style. for Hollywood’s biggest stars—Kristen StewartGwyneth Paltrow and Rooney Mara to name a few.  Modern shag features choppy layers, major movement and texture for days.

 2. Wash-And-Go Hair
We know you love the lived-in texture,  so I predict “wash-and-go” hair will be 2018’s way of embracing everyday style. This look with what I call selective cutting and/or point-cutting deep on the baseline and anticipating where that hair lives and wants texture. This cut is based on how you curl or style your hair. This creates a wearable, everyday texture you can style at home.

3. Goodbye, Rooty Blondes! 
We’re going to see the end of the grown-out, rooty hair color trend. Its time to say goodbye to the so-called designer root and make the commitment to being a blonde. Looking like a true natural blonde is what 2018 is about.

4. Razor Cuts
2017 was the year of the bob and  2018 will be the year of the razor cut. “We are moving away from the bob and women are open to more androgynous and edgy haircuts yet still soft. So soft ends and major texture is the on-trend cut.  And yes the fringe is back

5. Muted Shades
Keep your eye out for soft and subtle hair color. “Everyone is toning down and making their color more muted and darker.  Even the pastel hair color is going softer.  And what about the Metalic hair colors?   Well, they will definitely stay on-trend, but they’ll become softer and more opalescent with less saturated colors.

6. Go Green 
Pantone’s color of the year may be ultraviolet, but green hair color is about to go viral. Style icons like RihannaKesha and Jared Leto have pulled off the bold and rebellious color trend in years past but get ready to see everything from lime to teal take over our Insta feeds in 2018.

7. Disconnected Haircuts
Mullets have slowly been making their way back into the mainstream, so keep disconnected haircuts (from subtle to an extreme!) Long hair might have an added fringe or a shorter side, but not necessarily shaved.  Short hair might have an added accent extension piece  It’s a new year…so if you want to edge it up, make a big change with bold, trendsetting styles.

Let's take a closer look at some great shag styles

Getting excited yet.......I know I am

The Eyes are the window to our soul and one of our best features to enhance Eyelash Lift and Eyelash extensions

Eyelash Lift

The Eyelash lift is not new but has come back as a new service.  The eyelash perming, or it’s new coined name “lash lift”, has become more popular than ever.

 A lash lift is like a perm for your lashes. Like old-school perms from the '80s, the lash lift sets the shape of your natural lashes using a chemical solution. "A lift is essentially what your lash would be doing with a really good mechanical curler (without the possible damage the curler can do), so [giving] a nice shape upward and a realistic curl.

This is Ideal for people who crave extra curl for their natural lashes; the curling adds natural lift to lashes and also helps mascara achieve a fuller look. The LashLift will hold your curled lashes in place for approximately 4-6 weeks.

 It's like a perm (but without chemicals like parabens or formaldehyde), for your natural eyelashes. It uplifts and curls them from the base of the lash, making them stand out and look longer. It's often paired with an eyelash tint, to enhance the defining effect.

If the lash lift will not cut it for you or give you that look you want….

Let’s talk Eyelash Extensions.

There are three types of lash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. Size availability ranges from 6mm to 17mm. Once selected, the lashes are applied one at a time using specially formulated, a semi-permanent glue that will not irritate the eye nor damage the natural lash.

1.       Semi-permanent eyelash extensions are way different from temporary strip or individual lashes. Semi-permanent ones are applied by hand one lash at a time by a technician who glues extensions on top of your actual lashes, They can last for six to eight weeks with proper care and remain on your natural lashes until they naturally fall out, as all lashes do.

2.       Eyelash extensions aren't a one-size-fits-all-eyes situation. That is why you need an experienced expert.  After you decide to get extensions, you have to make a whole lot of other decisions, beginning with the lash material, such as mink, silk, or some other kind of synthetic. (Mink is usually pricier, feels softer, and looks more natural; however, some synthetics, which are highly customizable, can also look and feel natural mink. Then, you'll discuss your density options (more lashes create a fuller look); curl (the steeper the slope, the more dramatic the effect); and length (a matter of personal preference).

 The longer the extensions, the more lashes you'll probably need. Super-long lashes appear to spread as they extend away from your lid, which can make them look less full than your natural lashes.
 You have to lay low for at least 12 hours after application. Your lash expert should tell you not to sweat, cry, swim, or wash your face for at least 12 hours after getting extensions to give the glue a chance to set and cure. When glue doesn't dry, it can dissolve and invade your eyes, or vaporize in response to your body temperature.

 Extensions are somewhat expensive and somewhat time-consuming to maintain but more than worth it. It isn't recommended to use mascara on top of extensions because it can damage them. A basic set (typically 70 to 80 lashes per eye) can cost $150. To $400 for an application. You do want to have an experienced expert for this service to assure a great result. An expert in this field can complete this service in about an hour give or take. Because eyelashes grow and eventually fall out, you may have to go back every few weeks for fill-ins. This cost can range from $20 to $60 in general.

 Extensions make everyday eye makeup pretty much unnecessary. They stand in for mascara, but also creates a bit of a base with each extension so it creates an illusion of eyeliner too.

 If you do need to apply a full-on eye makeup such as addition eyeliner and eyeshadows no problem just remove it at the end of the night using oil-free pads and gently swipe downward to take the makeup off.

 Some maintenance is required. Lashes can get tousled when you sleep or getting them wet, which makes them look messy, and they can also pick up debris. So, it's important to gently brush your lashes with a clean, disposable mascara wand when you wake up, after you shower, and at the end of the day.  It is recommended applying diluted baby shampoo to the lashes for gentle nightly cleanings. It's a myth that you shouldn't wash your lashes, but try not to play with, pick at, or rub them.

 After you get extensions, your natural lashes will always seem much shorter to you. Eye extensions shouldn't cause lash breakage, so long as your technician doesn't overload fragile lashes with extensions that are too heavy. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Beehive hair styles was the creation of a stylist from Illinois

Do you know this hair icon creator and Illinois native?

They were inspired by a velvet fez hat to create a historical 1960’s hairdo… know who it is yet?

In 1954, they won the National Coiffure Championship… how about now?

This person developed an up-do that has remained inspirational for decades… know the famous hairstyle yet?

The answer, Margaret Vinci Heldt. Margaret was born in 1918 in Illinois and spent most of her life there. She trained at Columbia College of Hairdressing and opened “Margaret Vinci Coiffures” in 1950. Four years later she won the National Coiffure Championship, a very honorable prize of the time.

In 1960, the editor’s of the Modern Beauty Shop magazine asked Margaret to develop a new hairstyle to uniquely bring in the new decade. After a bit of inspiration from a velvet fez hat, the beehive was born.

The beehive became an instant success on the heels of the bouffant. It was easy for women to sleep with their beehive wrapped in a scarf and tuck loose strands away in the morning. Thus, the beehive took over the bouffant because it could last longer. Margaret famously said that the ideal beehive ratio of hair to face was two to one… now that is a big beehive!

Beehives have remained a hair inspiration for decades. Recent variations can be seen Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Sarah Silverman, and Adele.

So tell me which of the famous beehive wearers below is your favorite?

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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, 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

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

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.  


 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.


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.


 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).


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.


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.


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.


 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.

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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?


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.

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.


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.

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.