It is undeniable, we all dream to one day have our own personal stylist who will be there when we wake up, style our hair, and follow us around just in case one side goes flat. The truth is, most of us do not have that luxury.  Not to mention the time to make it to our favorite salon each day for that amazing blow out! So does that mean you should only have great hair on the days you make it to see us here at Element?!  We think not!  Here are a few tips on how to achieve that perfect blow out in the comfort of your own home!
Pre-dry, pre-dry, pre-dry!! This first yet very simple step is essential! Make sure you towel dry your hair before attempting to blow dry it. If the water is dripping off your hair, it is too early to begin. In fact, if the water is dripping from your hair, so are the products you are applying.  What a waste! Gently towel dry your hair by patting it dry. Do not try to be a DJ by rapidly rubbing the towel at your scalp. Your hair is in its most fragile state when wet. Treat it with respect. Once your hair is no longer dripping, apply your products (see below for the best products to use!). Next, keep your blow dryer on a lower setting and pre-dry using your fingers. The goal of pre-drying is to get the hair damp, about 80% dry. When hair is damp it will be able to take the shape you wish to see. During this time, focus on the roots. Dry them upward, in order to create more volume. If you dry your roots flat, your hair will be flat! 
Take it a step further: Hair reacts differently in different climates. How does your hair react in humidity? Do you like it? If you do, you are one in a million. Step out of your muggy bathroom and do your blow out in your bedroom. The humidity in your bathroom will cause your hair to frizz. 
Tools and Products:
If you want a professional blow out, use professional tools! A lot of research, chemistry, and technology goes into professional products and tools to ensure the best results. If you want an everyday drugstore product looking blowout, by all means clip those coupons! But if you want the best blowout keep reading.
Foremost, you must use the right products for your hair. We all have different types of hair from curly to straight, fine to thick, oily to dry, etc. If you are using the wrong products you will not have the results you want. If you are unsure of which products are right for you, ask your stylist!  It is his or her job to recommend and refer you to the products that will keep your hair looking and feeling fabulous! Think of hair products as prescriptions, medicine for your hair! The right products will remedy your hair frustrations. Essential blow out products to consider include a foundation, a muscle, and a finish, or a heat protectant and styling oil, a mousse, and a finishing spray. Each professional blow out works these products together to protect, seal the cuticle to create shine, and add memory for hold.
Concentration is key. It is next to impossible to create a fabulous blow out without staying organized. Section your hair in order to concentrate on parts of the head one at a time, starting at the bottom. Blow dryers come with attachments, use them! The nozzle with the flat end will be your best friend, we promise. The nozzle, a concentrator, will allow the air to flow in one direction which helps seal the cuticle of the hair. Always point the nozzle down the hair shaft towards the end to further seal the cuticle. 
Practice, practice, practice! Using a round brush is not the easiest task the first time you try it. Do not get frustrated, it will come with time. Round brushes are an important tool in receiving the volume and bountiful curl we strive towards. Use tension to create a smooth blow dry. Wrap your strands around the round brush and concentrate on the roots, then the mid shaft, to ensure they are dry and smooth. Focus on the ends last just to create a finish. Do not over dry the hair, this can cause damage and dryness. 
While blow drying your hair at home, please keep in mind the importance of pre-drying, products and tools, and sectioning. The skill of achieving a professional blowout does not come over night. It comes with patience and practice. So get your round brush in hand, smile on, and start drying, because no matter what the end result may be, you will still look gorgeous darling. 


While we love keeping up with the latest styles and taking good care of ourselves, sometimes a visit to a favorite salon isn't the most affordable thing we do.
At Element, we not only want you to  look and feel your best but also to make sure you are taking the right products home with you to keep your hair looking beautiful and staying healthy. To say thank you for believing in our work and spending so much of your time and hard earned money with us, beginning in January 2015, we began a brand new point system! There are now four ways to build points on your account that you may apply towards any of your favorite products, or maybe something new you've been wanting to try!
Here are four fast ways to get a great salon experience and save at the same time:
The quickest way to build up the points on your account is by sending your friends to the salon! You will receive 500 points each time you are mentioned as the referral.
 Times are busy for everyone these days, and we want to make sure you always get the best appointment time!  Help us ensure that by scheduling your future appointment while you are with us, and you will receive 100 points.
For every 5.00 in services you spend with us, you will receive 100 points on your account.
We want you to feel good about taking home every hair care product that you need, and even the ones you just want!  For every dollar you spend on retail products, you will receive one point.
Every 100 points = .00. 
You can use these points whenever you would like until the end of each calendar year! It's easy to see they can add up fast!


First and foremost, pre booking is the most efficient way of getting your desired date and time, and the best way of keeping your hair looking happy and healthy.  Come in with your schedule, and put your phone calendar to work.  Your stylist can tell you how long they would recommend you waiting between visits, and what they would recommend for your next visit as well. This will help alleviate any sort of stress about getting in on time, especially if you are getting in for a color service. 
Secondly, being aware of your stylist’s schedule and calling a couple of weeks in advance is always a great option. Knowing how long your appointment will go, and knowing when your stylist will be available will ensure that you get in around the time that best works for you. Keep in mind that some stylists may book further in advance than others. It’s always best to get familiar with their schedule even just for your piece of mind, and if you can’t get in exactly when you want don’t forget to ask to get on the pending list, some times last minute cancelations happen and you get lucky!
Lastly, if in a last resort you call the day-of, or absolutely can’t wait any longer and you need to get in, you always have the option of temporarily seeing another stylist that your primary stylist would recommend. When it comes down to a color service, your primary stylist always keeps your formula and can pass it along. If you are coming in for a haircut, there are always other stylists at the same price point who are just as talented. 


By round brushing, you are creating a natural over direction of the hair which will lift the hair off the scalp, and if you use a boar bristle round brush it will not only build volume without frizz, but it will make your hair shine as well.
By using this technique of drying your hair, you are guaranteed to create volume when you toss your hair right side up! Just run some Cristal Sculpt by Kerastase through your ends, and you will have a finished look.
This can be done a variety of ways.  You can do this with rollers, a curling iron, a smoothing iron, or a round brush.  I usually do this with a round brush. As you round brush, you will notice that your hair will naturally want to curl in on itself, so you just let it.  After it is curled, roll it to the scalp and use a pin curl pin to hold the curl in place to the scalp. Repeat this process until you have curled every piece.  Let it completely cool (setting the hair) and after that take the pin curl pins out.  Finally, just run your fingers through your hair to break up the curls.
These services are offered in the salon, and they will actually change your hair texture from frizzy to smooth. That being said, your hair will be limp and flat for the first couple of days. After that you will notice reduced frizz, and you can then round brush, set your hair, and blow-dry your hair upside down to achieve volume without frizz. 


Here is a list of some tips to help you find your perfect color. Communication is key! You and your stylist often speak two different languages. 
These questions will help you break down the barrier.
1-Will this work for me?
Sure we all wish we could have Jennifer Anniston’s gold locks, or Gwen Stefani’s icy blonde. 
The thing is, it may just not work.  This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a similar look within reason. Your stylist wants you to look like you and will be able to work out a tone that gives you what you want and looks the best on you. You have to trust your stylist to look at key things like skin tone and underlying  pigment to assure that you look great with your new color.

2-What maintenance will this require?
It is important to know how much time and money will go into your color before committing. If you are a dark brunette and you want be platinum then you have to consider not only the time and money it takes to get there, but also the time you will spend maintaining it. And with a look like this one you can plan on seeing your stylist every 3 weeks.  Another option for you if you don’t want to commit to something so high maintenance is to consider getting really light balayage pieces that frame your face.

3-Do I need a certain shampoo and conditioner? 
This is a VERY important question. You just paid to get your amazing color done, and you’ll most definitely want to maintain a rich and lasting result.  All hair color fades eventually, but with the right products you will keep the vibrancy of fresh salon hair much longer.  Color-safe shampoos and conditioners contain certain ingredients to preserve your color. Drug store products contain a lot of sulfates which is the arch nemesis of color!

4-Are you going to be a serial color changer?
Are you a person who wants to change your hair color all of the time? If so that’s awesome! Just make sure you aren’t  wanting to go to extremes too often. Taking drastic changes from really blonde to really red and vice versa is extremely difficult.  It also takes a toll on your hair.  And any good stylist will choose the integrity of your hair over your desire for extreme and constant change.
5-Is the color you want in the stylist’s wheelhouse?
It important to research your stylist and see if you have a similar aesthetic.  Book a consultation and ask  to see photos of the stylist’s work. This is 2015. If a stylist doesn’t have current styles,  RUN!  If you are a person who wants hot pink and orange hair, going to a stylist who only does natural looks won’t be your best bet. The same goes in reverse. 
6-Is there anything you can do to liven up your locks in between appointments?
Yes, of course! There are several things you can do, one of which is a gloss.  This is great for any color, but especially if you have a solid color.  A gloss deposits shine and pigment to make your hair look as good as new!  This is also a quick and fairly inexpensive service.  Have a last minute trip and your highlights need a quick retouch?  Ask for a mini highlight or balayage service.
7-Are you ready for a change? 
Have you ever decided to paint something and brought home a color you loved in the store then hated it once you had the entire room done? Didn’t you wish you had just painted a square of the wall and lived with it a few days first? Well, the same goes for your hair. If you are considering a major change and you are not good with change, I would strongly recommend talking with your stylist about starting off subtle and slowly transitioning.  In the end, you can have the most beautiful color in the world, and if you weren’t ready for it, you will hate it! 


Two hair techniques have taken the world by storm:  Ombre and Balayage.  How cool for us as stylists?  How cool for our clients to be introduced to something different than their same root touch up or 5 zillion foils they are so used to.  (Not that there isn’t a time and place for each of these).
You’ve seen it, the look where it seems like someone hasn’t done their roots in- let’s say- a year?  Surprise!  We actually do that on purpose in the salon.  Technically, it is a gradual lightening of the hair strand fading from darker color at the root to a lighter one at the ends.  It can be subtle or very striking depending on what look you are going for.  
Some questions to ask yourself before deciding to opt for an ombre hair color service in the salon:
1. Are you ok with the look of roots?
2. Do you style your hair?  We ask because it looks best when waved with an iron.
3. Do you like to make a statement?
This is (in my opinion) what’s up with color right now.  Balayage is a French term, meaning “to sweep”.  And that is exactly what we do.  It is a process of sweeping color vertically to create sun kissed looks in hair, usually 2-3 levels from your natural color.  It is intriguing to see how this process is achieved in a salon, because instead of the regular foils we have seen for years, balayage highlights are applied with cotton and plastic wrap. 
Some questions to ask yourself before deciding to get balayage highlights in your hair:
1. Are you ok with low maintenance, subtle color that you can wear either straight or waved?
2. Are you prepared for change and giving up those foils?
In my opinion, Ombre is making an exit for now, we have played her out.  Balayage is in full force and what is on point at this moment.  
Stay in style my friends, Stay in style.


1. Consistently shampooing with the same shampoo can over time cause build-up of residue in the hair. This can cause the hair to be weighed down or dull. To easily avoid this, change up your shampoo every now and then. An easy tip is to use a clarifying shampoo once a week.
2. It is most helpful when styling your hair if you have previously used a shampoo to complement your style. For instance, if you have naturally wavy or curly hair and are going to let your hair air-dry or diffuse it, you should use a shampoo to enhance your natural curl. If you want to style your hair for a fancy event or do a creative updo, then some sort of volumizing shampoo would be best. 
3. If you are consistently using just a volumizing shampoo (or curly, or smoothing), your hair can become accustomed to it and it will stop working as well. This is why it is best to have several shampoos that you like and rotate them accordingly.


Questions to consider as you seek your perfect personal style:
1. How big of a change are you looking for?
This is one of the most important questions when finding a new hairstyle. Every person coming into a salon is there for a reason-to get their hair done. However, not everyone is there for a drastic change! Knowing how much change a client is looking for helps set a filter and guideline for the stylist so that they can then address the client’s needs accordingly.  For some people a "new look" simply means a refreshed hair trim or a highlight touch-up. For others, it may mean a pixie cut with a vibrant new color. Once the stylist and client are on the same page as far as change, they can then decide what the new look will be.
2. How frequently are you willing to get your hair done?
This directly corresponds to the previous question. If your schedule allows for a visit to the salon every 3-4 weeks then you can absolutely do a high-maintenance hair cut or color. However, if you are only getting your hair done every 3-6 months, then you need to choose a style or color that will grow out very naturally and require less maintenance.
3. What do you dislike most about your hair?
While this question seems entirely negative, it can be the most valuable question to point you to the right hairstyle. For instance, if a client with medium textured hair feels like their hair is too heavy and straight, their "new look" can be achieved by adding layers to remove weight and add texture and movement. Knowing what you don't like can quickly get you to what you love in a hairstyle!


We regularly spend a good chunk of money to get perfect hair color—and then it fades before we get to enjoy it! The most budget-friendly hair color is the kind we can make last the longest, and there are lots of tricks to stretch the color and stop it from changing so quickly.
1) Avoid Hot Showers
Hot water doesn't only dry out your skin; it can decrease the life of your hair color. The temperature opens up your cuticle, releasing your precious color—and moisture.... I always tell my clients to shampoo and rinse with room-temp water, towel dry, condition, then rinse with the coldest water you can stand to seal that cuticle shut! This will provide longer-lasting color, keeping your locks nice and hydrated while also eliminating split ends! 
2) Swim Smarter
Protect your hair in the sun and chlorine. Use a hair protector with SPF when in the sun, pool, and ocean to keep your color from fading. A product with sunflower oil is great as it also has antioxidants to protect the hair.
3) Don't Overuse Hot Tools
Staying away from your hot tools the first week after coloring your hair will also help prevent the color from fading. Hot tools such as blow dryers and straighteners actually speed up the process of color fading. While these tools are sometimes necessary, it is best to stay away from them the first week or so after you color your hair.
4) Wait to Wash Your Hair as Long as Possible
The new dry shampoo offerings on the market can be a great product for newly-colored hair because when you wash less, color lasts longer. I always have my clients not wash their hair after color for as long as they can go—at least 24 to 48 hours. 
5) Try a Shower Filter
This will remove chemicals, chlorine, and minerals from your shower water. Hard water strips your hair's color and natural oils; these filters minimize color rinsing down the drain.
6) Prep Your Hair Before Coloring
One to two days before a ‎color service, use a clarifying shampoo to remove styling product build-up. You might also want to use a deep-conditioning mask once a week to put hydration back in the hair; this will help keep color from fading after you switch up your hue.
7) Use a Thermal Protectant
This will protect against heat damage from styling tools. Thermal protectants will help reduce color fade by keeping the integrity of the hair in good condition.
8) Deep Condition Less
While deep conditioning or at-home masks are a good idea before you color, they can fade a rich brunette or vibrant red. The conditioner or mask is designed to get deep in the hair follicle to moisturize. However, when it's rinsed out, it takes the color molecule with it—resulting in the color fading. To avoid this, a good daily conditioner will do the trick (just don't leave it on for a long period of time). 


1.) Do Decide on the Eyebrow Shape First.
 You always need a plan of action when deciding where the brow will start, end, and where to 
 place the peak of the arch.  Draw an imaginary straight line from the outer sides of the ball of     
your nose to your brows.   That is where your eyebrows should start. The arch of the brow      
should be determined by drawing an imaginary line from each nostril. For determining where 
the end of the brow should be, imagine a line at the outer nose and meet with the outer corner of the 
2.) Do Use a Quality Pair of Tweezers. 
Low-quality tweezers may slide off or break the  eyebrow hairs instead of pulling them out. A good pair is relatively inexpensive and worth the small investment. 
My pick: (Tweezerman Slant Tweezers )
3.) Do Trim if Needed.
A big mistake people make is tweezing out more hair, when actually trimming the excess length really is 
what needs to occur.  A good trim gives the perfect definition to the brow.
4.) Do Use a Pencil, Powder, or Mousse for Filling or Correcting.
If you have brows that are over tweezed or sparse,  or if you are growing them out to a fuller shape, filling them in will give you the look you want. Try and use a shade that would blend with any brow 
color because you can always add more. 
5.) Don’t Choose a Shape that Isn’t Flattering to Your Face.
The right shape of a brow can totally change a face giving an overall “lift”. Ask your esthetician 
what they recommend after looking at your face shape.
6.) Don’t Shave. 
There are little razors sold on the market specifically for your brows. Trying to shape your brows 
can be tricky enough with waxing or tweezing. Shaving your brows is a recipe for disaster and 
most likely will produce uneven results. Shaving also creates a blunt edge where stubble can form, 
which isn’t pretty.
7.) Wax/Tweeze Correctly. 
Hold skin taut by gently holding skin firm with your free hand while waxing/tweezing. Doing this 
means less tugging and pain on the skin.


Busy women on the go these days rarely have the time to sit and primp in front of the mirror for
hours at a time. These days, quick and easy maintenance is key! 
My three simple tasks to maintain a well-defined gorgeous look is through the three latest trends 
for 2015: Hair, nails and perfectly shaped eye brows !!
Many times women only wash their hair at most a couple of times per week, and most always let it air dry, leaving it with that soft beach wavy look, that is a current look.  Need an easy way to quickly switch it up, and get a quick fresh look for a night on the town or even if you’re late for work?  Spray some Kerastase Powder Bluff dry shampoo throughout the hair, massaging evenly the product into the scalp to absorb oils. Quickly run a curling iron over large sections (leaving the last inch of hair out of the curling iron) to give that loose beach wave, then put a couple drops of Kerastase Touch Finale serum in your hand and run your fingers throughout the hair to provide anti frizz to each wave and to give it that final finished look.
Not-so-perfect-nails is the current look, even different colors on each finger are a popular choice. Element Salon offers many shades of Smith and Cult nail polish collection.  One of my favorites is called Dirty Baby, which is a charcoal color glitter polish with small specks of gold. Ombre nails are the "in thing" for 2015. This look begins when the polish begins in the middle of the nail and is swiped up only toward the tips, leaving the bottom half untouched. You’ll love this look and you’re sure to get a ton of compliments!
The latest trend is to give your brows a softer and fuller look. You can see this look on Drew Barrymore, leaving a little thickness internally but smoothing out the edges. Pencil Brows are out! (and should have never been in, in this boy's personal opinion.)  Brows are so easy to maintain because the next 
time you’re  in the salon for your color or cut service,  simply ask to have your brows done while 
sitting at the shampoo bowl.  It only takes a few minutes and will give you that polished look.


Yes it does, and you should only go to a salon that is using the best color product and not cutting costs on the ingredients!  This is why you should always ask what color brand a salon uses and only set foot in the one that replies: L’Oreal Professionnel.    
Here’s why: 
OUR HEART BEATS TO THE RHYTHM OF FASHION--- Paris – the capital of fashion, artistic inspiration and an emblematic place for designers the world over. From the beginning, L’Oréal Professionnel has been at the heart of this artistic community. Each season, the world’s top hairdressers work closely with designers to create the inspirational hairstyles that will grace the catwalks, setting the hair trends of tomorrow. L’Oréal Professionnel is their brand of choice. 
Hairdressing is an art: to see the unseen and bring out that unique beauty in everyone. We want to relentlessly inspire, stir emotions and help the professional achieve artisanal excellence. With L’Oreal Professionnel hair care, we celebrate the craft and the craftsmen of this industry. 
L’Oréal Professionnel asserts its capacity for constant innovation and demonstrates its commitment to offering the highest quality and best performing tools to all hairdressers. L’Oréal’s Advanced Research and Development Division employs thousands of experts across the world, who work tirelessly in order to release revolutionary technologies, breaking ground with each new discovery.

Hair Trends

Trends come and go, and eventually they are recycled again for a new generation. However, just 
because a style is deemed trendy does not mean it is stylish for you. If you are thinking of trying 
out a trend on your tresses, always remember to ask - is this trend right for me? By reflecting on 
this question and consulting your stylist, you will be able to avoid a trend that you may possibly end up regretting.  
Bangs are a classic way to change your hair style. Although fringe can add flair to your hair, it is 
important that your bangs flatter your face shape. Not sure of your face shape? Your stylist will 
be happy to help you figure it out and help determine what bang style is best for you.
• Oval Face - You have the ideal face shape to pull off nearly all styles of bangs. Whether 
angled, blunt and thick or super short, bangs are sure to flatter you. 
• Round Face - To achieve the illusion of a more elongated face, go for shorter bangs that are 
airy and wispy or an asymmetrical bang. 
• Long Face - Bangs are a great way to shorten the appearance of your face. Be sure to go for 
longer bangs instead of shorter bang styles. You can also pull off a blunt bang. 
• Square Face - Long, wispy angled bangs are ideal for you because they will help divert the eye 
in a diagonal direction versus horizontal, adding length to your face. 
• Heart Face - Blunt bangs, cut straight across below your eyebrows will cover your forehead 
and help soften a pointed chin. Also, a side-swept bang can flatter a wide forehead or you may 
opt for choppy bangs that are long enough to push to one side. 
Communication with your stylist is the key to making sure you don’t regret the pixie trend. If 
you walk into a salon and say, “I want a pixie cut,” you are saying that you want the shortest 
and tightest cut, which may not be exactly what you desire. Bring your stylist pictures of the cut 
that you want, because nothing compares to visual examples and you want to be as clear as possible 
about the cut you desire, especially when you are cutting your locks short. 
In addition to proper communication with your stylist, you need to have an open mind. As with 
bangs, not every face shape can pull off the same style of a pixie cut. Allow your stylist to make 
suggestions  about different pixie styles that will be the most flattering for your face shape. 
Since the birth of punk rock, neon hair hues have been a fun form of self-expression. Thanks to 
style icons like Nicole Richie and Kelly Osbourne, this trend has transcended through the years 
into a fashionable statement. 
Before you turn a fashion forward trend into a fashion fail, consider trying a temporary dye that 
will wash out in a few shampoos, such as hair chalk. This is a fantastic way to experiment with 
colorful hues and make sure you find one right for you. 
If you are ready to try neon hues as a more permanent style, be aware of the upkeep required to 
ensure that your locks stay full of luster and vibrancy. You will need to visit your colorist every 2 - 4 
weeks, depending on the density of your hair and your daily hair care regimen.



I have personally worn hair extensions six times over the last twelve years and they were amazing.   I loved them! I felt like I had the hair I always dreamed of having instead of the flat, straight, thin, lifeless short hair I was born with.

Myth #1: Hair Extensions Damage Healthy Hair
I never experience breakage or shedding at all. Yes, I am a stylist and I took great steps to maintain my hair extensions, and if you go to an educated experienced stylist, the maintenance information should be a large part of the service. You should leave the service knowing the frequency of check-up maintenance services, and what to do at home to make sure your extensions look and feel the best.

Myth #2: Hair Extensions Are Painful  And  Uncomfortable
False (ish)
The first time I wore my extensions they were a little tight on the first night, but nothing that would cause loss of sleep or headaches. The second night, my hair felt completely normal. Each subsequent time I had extensions put in, I was prepared for the sensation of tightness, but I never noticed it again, and for the record: I have a fairly sensitive scalp and skin. (You probably do want them to feel tight at the beginning so that they last longer and grow out nicely)

Myth #3: Hair Extensions Prevent Natural Hair From Growing
Not only false, but COMPLETELY so! Each and every time I wore hair extensions, or my clients have tried them, the hair underneath grew normally. Actually in my personal experience, for my slow growing hair it has always been the longest my hair has grown. Maybe that’s because I focused the styling on the extension hair more than my natural? I’m not sure why that happens, but I look at it as an added benefit when it’s time to remove my much loved extensions.

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