Why You Should Have Your Hair Professionally Styled for Your Wedding

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DIY - or Do It Yourself - is a very popular mindset when it comes to planning weddings these days.  And for good reason!  Statistics vary, but the average cost of a wedding in the United States has now risen to well above ,000, and thrifty couples are looking for ways they can save money, get creative, and still have the wedding of their dreams.  And while there are many aspects of a wedding that perfectly appropriate, safe, and fun to do yourself, bridal hair should not be one of them.

Why?

  • The experience.  A professional hair stylist can make your bridal hair not just an aspect of your wedding, but an experience.  Our stylists from Element Salon who do bridal hair for brides and their bridesmaids often set up mimosa station, so brides and their friends can relax and have fun together rather than focusing on trying to get the bride's hair perfect.

  • Professional input.  Of course, when it comes to weddings, the bride's desires trump everything else.  But a professional may be able to help specify and tailor her desires so that the finished product is absolutely perfect.

  • Products and tools.  Even if someone is good a doing hair, they may not ahve the luxury professional styling products or hundred-dollar tools to pull off the look flawlessly.  Hiring a professional means that you also get the benefit of the styling arsenal of a professional.

  • Transitions throughout the day.  Many brides want their hair down for the ceremony and pictures, but come to regret that decision later on in the evening when they are dancing the night away.  Having a professional stylist on hand for the event means that you can have your hair the way you want for the ceremony and pictures, after which your stylist can pin your hair up so you are free to socialize and dance all you want.

  • Perfection.  In the end, you will have to look at your wedding pictures for the rest of your life - so you want them to be perfect.  Hiring a professional stylist means that there will not be a hair out of place and everything will be just the way you want it - both the day of, and in the pictures forever.

If you are a bride-to-be and in need of a professional hair stylist for you and your bridesmaids, call Element Salon today.  Speak to one of our bridal style experts by calling (615) 383-2045, or visit our website at elementsalonnashville.com to learn more about all of our stylists and the services we offer.
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EASY DIY UPDOS INCLUDING THE ELUSIVE TOP KNOT

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Those with longer hair know well the challenges of styling an updo yourself. But with the weather quickly warming up, getting all that hair off your neck is a must. Here are a couple of simple, DIY updos that you can do quickly and easily at home.

1. Milkmaid Half Halo with Headband
For this look, you will need a headband and a few bobby pins. The headband can be plain or decorative—it just needs to be elastic all the way around, as opposed to plastic or other materials. Secure the elastic headband in place with the bottom at the nape of your neck. Then, starting at either your left ear or your right ear, take small (about 1-inch) sections of hair and gently fold and roll each section into the bottom of the headband. Continue to do this from ear to ear along the nape of the neck until all the hair hanging from the back of your head has been tucked in the headband. Secure any loose pieces or flyaways with bobby pins, and feel free to pull a bit on the coils to make the tucks as tight or as loose as you want.

2. The Perfect Top Knot
The top knot is a very on-trend look right now, but it can actually be difficult to do one correctly so that it stays up all day. The key, whether you choose to put your whole head of hair into a top knot or just half, is to secure the knot as a ponytail before you turn it into a bun. Once you have secured your ponytail where you want your top knot to be, separate the ponytail into three or four different strands depending on the thickness of your hair. Wrap each strand individually around the center ponytail as tightly or as loosely as you want and secure with bobby pins. For extra hold, use a little textured finishing spray or light hair spray to hold everything in place all day long, and enjoy your perfect top knot! If your hair needs more than just a little help, contact Element Salon today. Our talented stylists can get your hair looking gorgeous and give you the tools, products, and knowledge you need to keep it looking that way every single day. Schedule your appointment by calling (615) 383-2045 or visit elementsalonnashville.com to learn more.

POWER BLONDES

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Out of all the variations of blonde and lighter shades available, power blonde is a style that has stood the test of time throughout many decades of different trends, fashions, and hair color technologies. That bright, almost electric all-over blonde color has been widely desired and sought after by everyone from celebrities to the average everyday client, regardless of age or skin tone. Celebrities like Jessica Simpson, Cameron Diaz, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Rippa, and others have all sported power blonde looks over the years, and it is a shade that is surprisingly flattering on a variety of different types of people.

Interestingly enough, the styles that are very popular today—balayage, ombre, and others—are achieved through a “paintbrush” technique that is relatively new on the hair color scene. Power blonde, however, is achieved through a very traditional technique: foil. Many hair stylists left foil color techniques in the early 2000s and have moved on to other styles, but foiling is actually the most effective way to create dynamic and lasting power blonde tones. The specific, detailed, and targeted technique of foiling ensures that the color will turn out just as bright and vibrant as the client dreams.

Of course, not everyone can achieve power blonde in just one appointment, and it is important for hair stylists to help set and manage expectations with their clients. Clients with lighter hair may very well be able to go from regular blonde to power blonde in one appointment, but for those with darker hair, it may take two or even three appointments to fully bring the color to where it needs to be. The internet can be a huge help to this end, allowing both stylists and clients to pull up pictures and get a frame of reference for what they want and what they are able to accomplish from appointment to appointment.

At Element Salon, our foil expert of over 20 years specializes in using this technique to help anyone achieve and maintain the power blonde look with a tried and true method that will leave clients looking and feeling fabulous. To schedule an appointment or to learn more, call (615) 383-2045 or visit www.elementsalonnashville.com for information about all of our stylists and services.

WHY YOU SHOULD BUDGET FOR A LUXURY HAIRCUT ON A REGULAR BASIS

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There are certain things that, because we do not do them very often—or because it is especially important that the service is done right—we are willing to pay a higher price for. An upscale dinner, massage, and a nice manicure or pedicure are all things that we do not think twice about the cost of because we want to make sure that everything is perfect. So why, when it comes to hair, do we think differently?

Many people will budget for a relaxing massage or a nice anniversary dinner, but balk at paying more than the cost of a fast-food meal for a haircut. But the reality is that a haircut should be treated like any other semi-regular luxury or service, and budgeted for accordingly. Why?

- Getting the perfect haircut a few times a year—rather than a less-than-perfect haircut every six weeks or so—means that you will not have to cut off as much or make as many trips to get your hairstyle exactly how you want.

- Your hair and how it frames your face is one of the first things people notice about you! Investing in a quality, regular haircut ensures that you are always presenting yourself how you want to be presented.

- Three words: value added services. Some of the things that make a luxury haircut luxurious are head massages, hot towels, styling guidance, and a great blowout at the end. You definitely will not be getting all of those things at a cheap walk-in clinic.

- Self-care is important! How many things do you do for just you? If we are being honest, we could probably all stand to treat ourselves a little more. A luxury haircut is a great way to take care of yourself and put your best foot forward in the coming new year.

- You can have confidence knowing that you will walk away with a haircut you really, truly love. When you are paying a premium price for a hair service, it means that the stylist you are working with has years of experience and ongoing education to ensure that he or she is knowledgeable about current trends and how to achieve the perfect cut for you.

These are just a few of the reasons to budget for a luxury haircut on a regular basis, but there are many more! At Element Salon, luxury is what we specialize in. All of our stylists are experienced and educated in the art of giving you the perfect cut every time and making you feel pampered and flawless. We would love to show you what sets us apart!

Visit our website at elementsalonnashville.com to learn more about our stylists and all the services we offer, or call (615) 383-2045 to schedule your appointment today!
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MANAGING GUEST EXPECTATIONS AS A HAIR STYLIST

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In the age of Pinterest and Instagram, sometimes it can be hard for stylists and clients to be on the same page. Many clients struggle communicating exactly what they want, and many stylists struggle communicating what is possible given the bounds of the client’s hair texture, desires, and budget. But with a little hard work and honesty, stylists can always be sure that they are communicating well with their clients. Expectations can be set realistically and mindfully so that everyone walks away happy.

Mismatched expectations usually occur around three things: time, money, and style. A client may want a hairstyle or color that, given the state of their current hairstyle, will take two or three appointments to gradually transition to—but they expect it can be done in one. They also may not realize the cost of achieving and up keeping a certain style; this is especially true for some of the fashionable and on-trend colors today such as blues, purples, and more. It takes a lot of work (and money) to achieve the look in the first place, and even more to upkeep it regularly. And finally, some clients may desire a look that the natural texture of their hair was never designed to be able to achieve, no matter how much work is done to it.

In these situations, it is important for stylists to…

- Look the guest in the eye and be sincere and honest. Let them know you want them to have a fabulous hairstyle as much as they do! Developing a trust relationship with your client from the start is absolutely essential.

- Not be afraid to talk about money. Money talk can be uncomfortable at times, but it is better to set expectations up front rather than afterwards. Getting an idea for the price point your client is comfortable at can help you move forward and keep them happy.

- Offer creative solutions, and give your client options. You may not be able to do exactly what they want in the time frame they want within the budget they want, but there are almost always creative ways you can start working towards their end goal without damaging their hair or their bank account. Talk through the options with them, and be as creative as you can!

Stylists who communicate well with their clients about time, money, and style can be sure that their clients will thank them and trust them in the future, and both stylist and client will be happy with the finished product.

For more information about Element Salon and all of our fabulous and creative stylists, call (615) 383-2045 or visit our website at elementsalonnashville.com.
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