Monday, December 28, 2015

Ecaille Color Technique The major buzz in hair coloring this season

Ecaille has been buzzing in the haircolor world as of late, and it's not hard to see why.

The rich color technique features warm, golden highlights with rich caramel tones and deep mochas—the result resembles the colors in a tortoiseshell, which is what the word ecaille is French for.

Bold, bright and unnatural colors are starting to decrease in popularity as more natural hues resurface. The color has been worn by Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen and Khloe Kardashian, among others.

"This is a technique that really has to be customized for each specific client, and that includes the formulas as well as the placement pattern," Madame Claude says. "The accent pieces and punctuation of light are crucial to making this tortoiseshell effect flattering."

What are Baby Lights hair color?

Well, just the latest in hair coloring trends

The latest in hair coloring  that’s taking the beauty industry by storm and it’s called “babylights.

The term “Baby Lights” can be added to the current list of highlighting techniques such as  splashlights, balayage, ombre and sombre, but this one differs dramatically from the rest.

Babylights are delicate highlights created using a very fine hair color technique to mimic the subtle, dimensional hair color seen on children’s hair AKA Natural hair. This creates hair  color that looks fresh and natural. The result is subtle but beautiful.

 “The application process is very similar to highlights, the difference is the amount of hair in each foil and the separation between. For babylights, you use just a little bit of hair and create small separations between foils so the highlights blend with the base color.

Babylights are low-maintenance: Just like the ombre hair color trend, babylights are low-maintenance. Since the highlights are so fine, as the hair grows out the overall style looks softer, more subtle, and there is no heavy line of demarcation.

Babylights can be applied to any hair color or hair type: “The process can be done in any shade to match any skin tone. While the effects on blondes are fabulous, brunettes and redheads can have fun with highlighting and babylighting as well.”

The service itself may take a bit more time than traditional highlighting.  The technique requires separating hair into itsy-bitsy sections, then applying hair color to small groups of strands for more than an hour. But it is well worth it for the amazing results.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The 9 Hottest Hair Trends of 2015 from Claude Thomas Salon and Spa

The 9 Hottest Hair Trends of 2015

2015 was a HUGE year for our clients and their #hairgoals. From granny gray to glitter roots to the perfect shadow root—social media was blowin' up with all sorts of hot trends. Here at Claude Thomas, we believe in keeping our fingers firmly on the pulse, so you know exactly what's fresh the moment it happens. And it's over yet! Before ringing in the New Year, here's a recap of 2015's best of the best in trends.

    Granny Grey Hair

   Sand Art hair color

 Shadow/Rooted Blondes

    Fluid hair-painting “Balayage”


  Rose Gold hair color

    The Wob

   Glitter hair/beards



Monday, August 17, 2015

What is this new App called Periscope? #periscope

The new live streaming app

Periscope is a live video streaming platform, and I think it is the missing link of social media that many marketers have been waiting for. It started just  March 26, 2015. And has taken the internet over.

Periscope (owned by Twitter) is a platform that allows you to video-record and broadcast to anywhere in the entire world. If you have ever been on Skype, it is a similar experience but, instead of video conferencing with one person, you can stream to the masses.

One million users joined Periscope in its first ten days.  Periscope is a completely mixed bag of ages, genders and personalities. In my opinion, I feel that this is a platform that will transcend a wide variety of audiences.  I can’t wait till Periscope reveals more usage statistics!

Periscope has its own language, and don’t be intimidated. It is just the same as liking and following on Facebook or retweeting and mentioning on Twitter.
Let’s jump into some terminology:

Scoper – A person who is on the Periscope platform
Scope – Each time you live-broadcast a session, you are creating a scope. Think of a scope as an individual broadcast session.
Hearts – One way Scopers show their love is by tapping on the screen and giving a broadcaster hearts. Periscope will tally up the amount of hearts each user has, and the color of the hearts will correspond with the color assigned to your account.
Replay – Currently, Periscope gives the option for Scopers to have their broadcast recorded so other scopes can replay the broadcast.
Follow – Scopers follow each other. It is no different than liking a page on Facebook, connecting with a user’s profile on LinkedIn, or following a user on Twitter.
You can sign up with Periscope in two ways. First, you can use Periscope in conjunction with your Twitter account, and second, you can even create a Periscope account by using your cell phone number.

If you have a Twitter profile, I would for sure use Periscope in conjunction with your account. Each time you scope, you will have the option to push a notification to Twitter in an effort to gain a larger audience.
I think as the platform grows and improves that you will be able to follow Periscope users Twitter profile from the Periscope platform.

Anything and everything.  Especially for exposure and business that simple
you are struggling for the subject content, simply announce that it is your first scope and be honest. Each and every person on Periscope has been in your situation.

Time to geek out for a minute… I am obsessed with this platform. It is the NOW social media since businesses first joined Facebook.  This is one of the first  “social media” platform to be excited about  in a very long time.

The business applications of this platform are insane. The power of transparent technology will be the next evolution of determining whether a business can be successful or not. Periscope can be used by any brand in new and extremely creative ways. Live streaming technology is the new frontier, folks!

Get on board before the train takes off

Even more exciting, it reminds me of the early days of Facebook before the platform monetized and placed their focus on making money. Despite celebrities, users have a clean slate to step out really and be popular.  I also LOVE Youtube.

Here is just one of the Periscopes I did

Sunday, July 19, 2015

21 Style Errors That Make You Look Older

You may have the thought that I want to look age appropriate but realize looking age appropriate doesn’t mean looking OLD. I don't know any woman who will purposely wear something that makes her look fatter. But you'd be surprised by how many women wear styles that make them look older. It's not just vanity that keeps me wanting to look younger. It's the fact that I don't feel old on the inside, so why would I want to portray an aged image to the world? Here is a list of the Top 10 things that will make you look older:
As you get older, wardrobe and style choices that worked when you were younger may no longer be serving you well. This goes for both men and women. Without knowing it, you may be looking older than you are. This could cause others to treat you as older and potentially hold you back from employment opportunities and advancements. This also can make you feel like you are not up to your game or comfortable in your skin. When you are not style confident, you are less body confident, which makes you feel less life confident.
Helpful: Seek out style mentors—people who look elegant and modern without chasing youth-oriented trends. Observe them carefully, and adapt elements of their style to your own. TV newscasters make good style mentors because they are required to look contemporary while also projecting dignity and authority.
****Give yourself a good, hard look, and ask yourself whether you are looking older than your actual age with any of these common signals…

1.       Tweed. While some fabrics have a youthful vibe (like denim), tweed seems to do the opposite because it's associated with matronly suits. If it's a menswear look you are after, opt for pinstripes or oversized houndstooth instead of tweed.

2.       Reading glasses. Sure, you may need them, but no woman ever looked younger with little reading glasses perched on the end of her nose. And the chain attached to them so you always have them at hand? That makes you look older, too. If you must wear reading glasses (and I need them, too) make sure they are cute (I have a purple pair) or fun (and I also have one pair with crystals.)Boring glasses and jewelry. Men and women should have some fun with glasses. It’s a great way to update your look and make it more modern. Tell your optician what you’re looking for, or bring a stylish friend with you.  As for jewelry for women, wearing a large piece of fab faux jewelry (earrings, necklace, ring) or multiple bracelets adds great style and youth to your look.
This is a great pair of glasses that makes her look more youthful

3.       Gray hair. I'm probably going to get in big trouble here from all the women who opt for gray hair, but the truth is it makes you look older. And that's one thing I don't want at this point in my life. I'm not saying gray hair can't be chic (I know many women who look beautiful with it), I'm just saying it never made anyone look younger. So If one looks good in grey they probably would look amazing not grey.  Better options than going gray are colors that are flattering to your skin tones.  

4.       Cardigans. I like a cardigan occasionally tied around the neck and that's about it for more mature woman. Although it seems like an ideal layering piece, it is really unflattering for heavier women because it lacks shape and structure so lumps and bumps show. A better choice is a jacket or blazer with some construction (set-in sleeves, seaming, a collar) because it offsets middle-age spread. And whatever you do, don't tie the cardigan around your waist because it never hides hips, only makes them look bigger.

5.       Sensible shoes/comfort shoes. Want to ruin a perfectly good look? Wear comfort sandals with it. There are too many cute shoes in the market that are comfortable without the clunky soles and features of so-called comfort sandals. Socks and sneakers with anything other than workout clothes. Sneakers, socks and Capri pants? Yikes. White sneakers (except for working out) are a one-way ticket to old lady land. I try to avoid this outdated look by always having updated sports shoe options on hand (slip-on black sports mules are a good option, so are Converse style sneakers.)  Sneakers for everyday wear. Your feet should be comfortable, but sneakers outside the gym just look sloppy and careless. Young people get away with it—but there are more stylish ­options when you’re older. These include loafers or driving moccasins for men and low-heeled pumps with cushioned soles for women. Wedge-soled shoes are a comfortable alternative to high heels.

6.       Mom jeans. Peg-leg jeans with a high waist – a.k.a. mom jeans – are unflattering and outdated. It's such a simple thing to change because every conceivable label has a version of jeans that work for women our age, from affordable Lee jeans to upscale Not Your Daughter's Jeans.

7.       Any color that washes you out. One thing that will instantly make you look older is to wear a color that drains you of color. For me, that means I avoid mauves and yellows; your colors may be different. The right colors (almost everyone looks pretty in the right shade of red or blue) can brighten your skin and make you look younger.  Boring colors. Skin tone gets duller with age, so the colors you wear should bring light to your face. If you are a woman who has worn black for years, it may be too harsh for you now. Brown makes men fade into the woodwork.           **Better: Stand in front of a mirror, and experiment with colors that you never thought you could wear—you may be surprised at what flatters you. Avoid neon brights, which make older skin look sallow, but be open to the rest of the color spectrum. Try contemporary patterns and prints. For neutrals, gray and navy are softer alternatives to black for women, and any shade of blue is a good bet for men.

8.       Old lady handbag. Are you still carrying that logo bag from 15 years ago? Handbags have been a driving force of fashion for the past decade and still carrying an organizer bag (or worse) can add years to your age. An updated option would be a cute crossbody bag or a fun leather bag.

9.       Too much or too little makeup. Garish blush and lipstick can be just as aging as no makeup at all. If you're not sure what still works for you,  ask our Esthetician Kristin  about what colors and  makeup look would be best for you. New eyeshadows are sheer and luminescent, as are lipsticks and glosses. Learn how to apply pretty colors with a light hand and you'll be on the right track to wearing the perfect makeup for middle ages to the mature woman

10.   Baggy pants. Although young men may look trendy in high-waisted, loose-fitting jeans, this style screams old on anyone else. For women, the rear end tends to flatten with age, causing pants to fit loosely in the rear. And front-pleated pants for women generally are unflattering and ­unstylish.  *Better: Spend the time to find pants that fit well—or figure a tailor into your wardrobe budget. Baggy is dowdy, but overly tight makes you look heavier. Well-fitting clothes make you look slimmer and younger.

11.   As for jewelry for women, wearing a large piece of fab faux jewelry (earrings, necklace, ring) or multiple bracelets adds great style and youth to your look.

12.   Turtlenecks. You may think Better: A cowl neckline for women, or a loosely draped scarf. A scarf is the single best item to help a woman look thinner, taller, prettier and more chic. For a video on how to tie a scarf, go to and type “Six Ways to Wear a Scarf” in the search box. For a man, an oblong scarf, looped, is a stylish European look that adds a welcome shot of color. a ­turtleneck hides a sagging neck and chin, but it is more likely to draw attention to jowls. 

13.    Stiff or one-tone hair. An overly styled helmet of hair looks old-­fashioned. Hair that’s a solid block of color looks unnatural and harsh. **Better: Whether hair is short or ­shoulder-length, women need layers around the face for softness. As for color, opt for subtle highlights in front and a slightly darker tone toward the back.

14.   Men who dye their hair should allow a bit of gray at the temples—it looks more natural than monochrome hair. But avoid a comb-over.  A man who attempts to hide a receding hairline isn’t fooling anyone—he just looks insecure.

15.   . Missing (or bushy) eyebrows. Women’s eyebrows tend to disappear with age. Men’s are more likely to grow wild. . Missing (or bushy) eyebrows. Women’s eyebrows tend to disappear with age. Men’s are more likely to grow wild.  ** Better: Women should use eyebrow pencil, powder or both to fill in ­fading brows. Visit a high-end cosmetics ­counter, and ask the stylist to show you how. You may need to try several products to find out what works best. Men, make sure that your barber or hair stylist trims your eyebrows regularly.     Also: Women tend not to notice increased facial hair (especially stray hairs) on the chin and upper lip—a result of hormonal change. Wax them.

16.    Deeply tanned skin. Baby boomers grew up actively developing suntans using baby oil and sun reflectors. Now pale is the norm. A dark tan not only dates you, it increases your risk for skin cancer and worsens wrinkling.­*** Better: Wear a hat and sunscreen to shield your skin from sun damage

17.    Less-than-white teeth. Yellowing teeth add decades to your appearance. Everyone’s teeth get yellower with age, but with so many teeth-whitening products available, there is no excuse to live with off-color teeth.  * Better: Ask your dentist which whitening technique he/she recommends based on the condition of your teeth—over-the-counter whitening strips, bleaching in the dentist’s office or a custom bleaching kit you can use at home.

18.   Women: Nude or beige hose. Nude stockings on women look hopelessly out-of-date. Bare legs are the norm now for young women, but they are not a good option for older women who have dark veins.  **Better: In winter, wear dark stockings or opaque tights. In summer, use spray-on tanner for a light tan…or wear nude fishnet stockings or slacks or capris.

19.   Poor-fitting bra. Get a bra that fits. Most women don’t know that bra size changes as your body does. Giving your breasts a lift will make you look younger and trimmer.

20.   Excess makeup. Thick foundation, heavy eyeliner, bright blusher and red lipstick all add years to your face. ** Better: Use a moisturizing (not matte) foundation, and dab it only where ­needed to even out skin tone. To add color to cheeks, use a small amount of tinted moisturizer, bronzer or cream blush. Use liquid eyeliner in soft shades such as deep blue or brown, and blend it well. For lips, choose soft pinks and mauves, depending on your skin tone.

21.   Thin or thinning hair can make you look older as much as 10 years older. We have solutions for thinning hair so see our stylist experts,

Bottom line: The idea is to have fun putting yourself together. That inner spark and personal style will show that you are getting better with age. See the blogg..the documentary and also the book “Advanced Style.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Six Low-Maintenance Haircuts for Summer----

Six Low-Maintenance Haircuts for Summer----
for that matter all year


The shaggy haircuts such as the"T Bob" and "The Lob" like pictured below, works great for most hair types and facial shapes.  This designer cut keeps the ends soft and creates movement by the well placed layering. It also creates VOLUME. I recommend using Redken beachy sea salt spray all over and then dry to add texture and more volume as pictured here on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's hair

Curly Hair

If you're thinking the shorter hair route, then keeping it above your shoulders and keeping a rounder shape is always easy to manage, And it will give you some personality to your new look. You can rock it when it is cut and shaped properly for your curls and facial features

Fine Hair

You're a perfect candidate for a super short crop such as  Miley Cyrus sports. The choppy tapered ends add the illusion of thickness and the shorter style is easy to bulk up with the right products our stylists recommend, for effortless styling, To create a full, chunky texture, use a volumizing mousse, Redken Guts  and our Powder Play or  Redken Wax Blast. You can cocktail and use all three

Fine hair 
Looking for a longer look for finer hair then opt for a blunt lob. You want to minimize anything like layers or added texture that removes weight to hair if it is fine and thin.  Keeping it more blunt will allow your ends to feel more dense and give a more luscious vibe to the hair.

Coarse Hair
Shorter is better.  Longer hair will require blowing out and realistically, when you live somewhere hot and humid, that kind of heavy styling doesn't last very long . This way, you can simply work with what you have. Or if short is not going to happen for you then consider a Thermal Reconditioning or Keratin treatment. This will cut your styling time down to less than half and assure that your style stays even in the most humidity and frizz free.

Wavy Hair

Is there a reason Gisele has stuck to the same hairstyle for her entire career. YES! The gentle. face-framing layers provide movement and the ability to flick your hair to one side, keeping it off of your face on warm weather days, To enhance natural waves and to keep frizz or fluffiness at bay, I recommend the Curl Control line of Redken. By apply the Redken product throughout the mid-lengths to ends, dry hair and then twist into a low bun, securing with pins to avoid creases. Remove the bun once hair has cooled and dried Ask our stylist for some more fun and exciting styling tips