Fall Haircolor Trend Inspirations

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Autumn has arrived and is bringing its best – beautiful trees, clear blue skies, and pumpkin spice everything! Here at Salon Head Candy we are inspired by so many elements of the fall, from the stunning sunsets to the crunch of leaves under our boots. We see so much gorgeous color leave the salon and our stylists want to let you in on what’s hot for this season!


The emphasis from several stylists has been on utilizing your natural texture to its’ fullest. Robin is loving messy twists that work with that texture – knots and chignons especially for that “undone” style. Jamie and Robin both note that lived-in, comfortable color is very popular; auburn, strawberry blonde, and rooted caramel has been in high demand.
Alexis and Kristen observe muted tones being requested from clients – soft violet and sandy beige. Whether a fashion or standard color, soft subtle tones are great this time of year; they evoke the fall sky at dusk or the supple shades of morning sun. Alexis says she is very inspired by the autumn sky, the way the colors blend delicately, flowing from diffused to saturated. And if you are looking for a more bold and dramatic look, Kristen suggests our Hotheads extensions which can be custom colored to create striking dimension in the hair.

 


If drama is what you crave, try the latest creation from Tina – an “oil slick” color combo which pairs all-over black with pops of neon yellow, green, purple, and pink. Upping the surprise factor is a structured cut – any movement in the straight lines reveals a sneak peak of color. Tina and Jamie both note that angled cuts works well with color blocking – the movement of the color plays off the controlled shape of the cut. And if you prefer natural tones but still want something special, Robin suggests ashy gray blondes or super gold blondes – nothing neutral. As she says, “Why be neutral when you can have more fun?”!
Rianna suggests warming up your brunette locks with plum, crimson, cinnamon, and maple to give gorgeous dimension and shine, a sentiment echoed by Ami. She loves the glint of deep jewel colors with a dark base peeking out from under a cozy hat. Blondes have no fear – Rianna says her lighter clients often feel they “should” go dark for the fall but she says toning the hair with a cooler hue will breathe new life into your style.

 

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Even if you don’t color your hair, fall is a great time to refresh and repair bring your summer-drenched natural tresses.

Tronisha says the key is moisture and protein (please note, protein usage should be limited as too much can cause breakage). Shampoo hair with a clarifier then generously apply Arrojo Hair Repair Masque; cover the hair and let process for twenty minutes (apply heat if hair is truly damaged). Rinse, apply leave-in, and style as usual and your hair will be soft, supple, and ready to brave the dropping temperature.

 
Whether you want a drastic change or a tonal shift to make your color pop again, fall is the perfect time to try something new. Come visit us at Salon Head Candy and let us bring your locks back to life!

Top Things Your Stylist Wants You to Know (but doesn’t want to tell you)

Top Things Your Stylist Wants You to Know (but doesn’t want to tell you)

Alexis & Tronisha showing great teamwork!
Alexis & Tronisha showing great teamwork!

 

Whether you want to call these things pet peeves, stylist secrets, or just information that you may not know, here is a list of the top things that your stylist wants you to know, but may not want to be the one to tell you!

 

 

1. If you’re trying to have a conversation with your stylist while they’re blowdrying your hair, they can’t hear you!

When the blowdryer is on, we can’t hear you! We may smile and nod to be polite, but we are secretly hoping that you’re not saying anything important because we can’t hear a word you’re saying over the noise of the dryer! If you have something to tell us that you really want us to know, wait until the dryer is off. While the dryer is going, just sit back and totally relax!!

 

Highlights and a trim on this gorgeous long hair by Payal!
Highlights and a trim on this gorgeous long hair by Payal!

2. If you want your hair to grow you need to have regular trims!

While it is a myth that regular trims make your hair grow faster, regular trims do help keep your hair in optimum condition for growth. When your ends split, they will continue to split up the strand until that hair breaks off. When more hairs continue to break, it creates very thin and straggly looking ends because there is a lot less hair at the ends.  Even if you get a tiny trim, or what we call a “dusting” every 2-3 months, you’ll maintain the hair you have longer and prevent further breakage.

 

3. Please don’t talk on your cell phone during your service.

It’s really hard to cut or color around a phone pressed against your ear. Talking loudly with the phone on speaker is rather rude and disruptive to our other clients that are trying to relax. Taking a long call and asking us to wait for you while we are on a tight schedule is abuse of our time and of our next client’s time. Please keep the cell phone use to a minimum during your service. You can use it before, while processing, and after!

 

4. Don’t bring young children to long service appointments.

If you’re coming in for a cut and need to bring your kids, we are ok with them being on their best behavior for an hour. If you are scheduled for color, we really prefer for them to stay home. Salons are not places that are entertaining for kids. We don’t have televisions or toys and they will get very bored waiting for you at your 3 hour appointment. We have expensive and sharp implements, chemicals, and clients that are paying for a relaxing experience.

 

5. Yes, these are magic wands and magic potions!

You know how every time you leave the salon you wish you could look and feel like that every day? Or you ask if you can take us home with you to do your hair for you every morning? You can! Sort of! There are a few reasons why your hair looks and feels so amazing when you leave the salon and why you can’t seem to duplicate it that way at home. First, the magic potions! We don’t magically change the texture or curl pattern of your hair. Yes it takes practice, but we also use products to manipulate it. The reason it looks so much thicker and fuller when we blowdry it isn’t because we wave a magic wand, it’s because of the $28 bottle of Thickening hair spray. When we get those unruly curls to lay perfectly smooth and shiny it’s partly because of the $29 tube of amazing Straight Blowdry cream.

Second, the magic wands! We use Ibiza brand $45 lightweight 100% pure boars hair bristle brushes with cork handles. They are the best brushes in the world. We have 10 stylists that have tried dozens of brushes over many years. We can all use & choose to sell any brushes we want. There are only 2 brushes on our shelves- Ibiza & the Wet brush.

So the reason your hair always looks amazing when you leave the salon isn’t because of magic. It’s because of science. high quality products, backed by science, tested by us, with proven results, along with the skill and practice of the person using them.

 

6. While we are on the subject, YES OUR PRODUCTS ARE BETTER than cheap drugstore knockoffs!

One word: chemistry. The highest expense in any industry is salary/personnel. When developing these amazing and magical hair products, the high paid chemists are working in the labs of brands like Bumble & Bumble, Oribe and Kerastase. These brands use high-quality ingredients and expensive patent-protected technology in their magic potions, which make them cost more. Brands like Pantene, Tresemme and Garnier may make similar knock-off versions of these products, but they are with cheaper ingredients and without the magical technologies found in the originators.

 

7. Please try to refrain from coaching us throughout the entire service.

If your previous stylist cut or highlighted your hair differently that’s great. Just don’t expect 2 people to do it exactly the same way. Different techniques can still give similar results and every stylist has their own method. Different approaches may simply be based on body posture due to different heights of stylists and whether or not they can reach the top of your head from a certain angle. There is no right or wrong, it is all just different techniques.

 

8. Coloring and lightening are NOT the same thing!

Technically speaking, they are the opposite thing. Coloring is depositing color- going darker or the same level and changing tone, or covering gray. Lightening is removing color- highlighting, blonding, lifting, etc. Knowing this information is important because….

 

9. Color doesn’t lift color

Amazing transformation from bleached out yellow with black lowlights to this soft bronde with highlights and lowlights by Robin!
Amazing transformation from bleached out yellow with black lowlights to this soft bronde with highlights and lowlights by Robin!

If you have any previous color on your hair it cannot just be lightened with color. If you have dark brown hair and you want light brown hair, you cannot just put light brown color on it. It will not lighten. The dark brown has to be removed first, before the light brown can be deposited. If the dark brown was an at home box color done more than once, it may take more than one removal process to lighten. This becomes a lengthy process. On average, every time you put a box color on your hair, it takes 20 minutes and 1 application of bleach or remover to lift it out. If you’ve colored your own hair dark brown 6 times, it could take 2-3 remover applications and approximately 2 hours to remove it. That still doesn’t guarantee that it will happen or that we would want to attempt it due to the potential damage it would cause. But that is just the minimum of time, labor and damage that will happen. Keep that in mind when wanting a light blonde color and you box colored your hair. It is not going to be fast and it is not going to be cheap.

 

10. Just because that is your “natural” color doesn’t mean you have “natural” hair.

Natural hair to a professional stylist means hair that has never been touched by a chemical. Hair grows at an average of 6 inches per year. If your hair is 24 inches long and you haven’t colored it in a year, you will have 6 inches of new growth and 18 inches of colored hair. It may look natural, but it isn’t. This is important for us to know so that we can formulate appropriately. It really doesn’t matter to us at all what you’ve done to your hair before. We don’t care if you colored it with Kool-Aid or magic markers. We’ve had clients that used shoe polish in desperate times! We’ve seen and heard it all before. So when we ask if your hair was previously colored, please be honest. We just want to give you the best results and your honesty is the key to help us make that happen. See #9 for further information on why!

 

11. Please don’t arrive with extra dirty hair for your color appointment.

Going 1-3 days without washing is perfectly fine and completely normal. 5-6 days or hair that is coated with lots of product is not ok. That much oil and product build up can actually interfere with the color penetration and we may need to prewash the hair before application.

 

12. Our time is literally our money.

Stylists work on commission. When you no-call, no-show, or call with less than 24 hours notice to cancel, we literally lose money. That messes with our livelihood. Since it is such a big deal, if it happens more than once the computer starts to put these fun red “X” marks on your client card. After 3 times you’ll be required to pre-pay for your next appointment, with no refund available if you don’t give at least 24 hours notice to cancel that appointment. We are completely understanding that emergencies happen sometimes but most cancellations and reschedules should be able to be done with at least 24 hours notice. Even your doctor’s office charges a fee when this happens. Just please be respectful that our time is our livelihood.

 

13. Please don’t come in when you are sick and contagious!

We are in such close contact with clients and will definitely get whatever anyone has. Stylists don’t get paid sick days so we can’t afford to get sick. We will be happy to reschedule your appointment rather than miss work for catching your germs!

 

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We can’t speak for other salon and we don’t know what previous experiences you might have had but we really do care and want you to be happy with your hair! We will be following this with our refund/redo policy exactly as it is written so you can see that we really mean it! If you need a few tweaks or fixes just let us know and we will happily do them for you. If something just isn’t working simply be polite and let us know!

Remember, we are human and try to do our very best every day and with every client. Sometimes a hair can be missed or a bang can be slightly too long, or you just want to go a bit shorter. It’s all perfectly ok and we are happy to fix any of these things for you! Just keep in mind there is a difference between something going wrong and changing your mind or having wrong expectations. In the end, we want you to be happy and our refund/redo policy is very generous.

Our Policy:

Although we strive to go above & beyond to make sure that our clients are 100% satisfied with the services that we provide, we understand that we simply cannot make everyone happy all of the time. What we offer is a personal service performed by a human, not a manufactured product or an exact science. Head Candy does have a policy that we will not refund services but we will gladly redo the services within 10 days at zero cost to you if you are ever unhappy, even if you choose to use a different stylist. If you are not 100% happy with the services you received at Head Candy, please contact the Owner Robin Dorton, a Manager, or Salon Administrator Heidi Shafer, and we will have it redone for you as soon as possible!

Bright semi-permanent colors (pinks, purples, Manic Panic, etc, are meant to wash out of the hair within a few weeks and will sometimes wash out immediately when colored over hair that is very fine or porous and has just gone through a prelightening process, especially if the proper shampoo is not used. Head Candy has a policy that we will happily recolor these bright colors on the original areas ONE time, within 10 days, minus the cost of product where applicable (Manic Panic). After that a product charge and toner charge will apply.

 

15. You’re not going to look like the picture you bring us for inspiration.jesb

Your hair will not look identical to any picture you bring in. You don’t have their hair, you’re not being photoshopped, using extensions, starting at the same point in the process, among many other factors. Pictures are a great thing to use as inspiration but they cannot be duplicated. They are for ideas, letting us know what you do and don’t like, and for getting a sense of your taste when you can’t quite put it into words. Please don’t have unrealistic expectations. Your hair is not going to look exactly like any picture you bring to us. Ever.

 

 

 

16. Color processes take time, sometimes hours, sometimes days, or weeks, or months.

Color correction by Robin. She gradually took this client from bleached out brassy blonde with dark stripes to a softer light brown with highlights, and then to a deep rich cherry brown!
Color correction by Robin. She gradually took this client from bleached out brassy blonde with dark stripes to a softer light brown with highlights, and then to a deep rich cherry brown!

Along the same lines of having realistic expectations with pictures, you also need to know how much time some services can take. Keep in mind these are based on averages, and do not account for long hair, thick hair, clients running late, or other unexpected delays. Those amazing makeover images that you see are not quick fixes. Most take 4-5 hours to complete, and some can even take a few weeks to transition from one look to another. If you are in a hurry, have dinner reservations, or are impatient and don’t want to sit for more than 2 hours, please let us know so we can set up a more realistic service schedule for you based on your timeline. Here are a few examples of the length of a single salon service (not including any other part of the salon visit); haircut- 30-60 minutes, touch up 90 minutes, glaze 30 minutes, partial highlights 90 minutes, full highlights 2 hours. So if you needed a color correction to go from dark brown to a light caramel brown with blonde highlights, you would need a color remover, 60 minutes, a full highlight, 60 minutes, with a full color/glaze 30 minutes, plus a toner 30 minutes. That’s 3 hours at the very minimum. Not including consultation time, mixing, shampooing, drying, conditioning, trimming, etc. On average, most dramatic color makeovers take 3-5 hours.

 

 

So there it is, a bunch of the information that your stylist wants you to know but may, or may not, want to tell you! We hope you’ve found this helpful and that it has given you some insight into the salon life! After all, if we don’t share this information with you and you don’t share the information with us, how can we build that great relationship that leads to amazing hair?!!

 

-RD

 

The 50’s Head Candy Collection

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Fall Winter Head Candy Collection The 50’s

Several times every year the entire staff gets together to work on a new collection, and it is hard to believe that this is only our 2nd full collection together! I spend a few weeks carefully thinking about a theme that will not only inspire the entire staff, but will also inspire our clients, and will showcase the team’s talents, along with the ability to display the latest trends in cut, color, and styling. I announce the theme at our twice-yearly team meeting, and have everyone draw names to choose their teammates. The staff knows there is always a method to my madness, and I like having them choose teammates randomly so they get the opportunity to work with new people on a regular basis. It is great for moral and team building, and helps everyone to learn and grow by constantly working with different people.

The theme this time was vintage styles. We randomly chose decades from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and gave them a “Candy Remix” or a modern update. Since vintage styles are always coming back around again, I thought it would be a fun way for the team to put their own personal twist on updating these classics with a more modern edge using today’s techniques. We get so many requests for vintage styling, especially for weddings, and there seems to be a major surge of vintage adoration everywhere we look. With shows like Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex, and Downton Abbey, everyone seems to be longing for more simple times and classic beauty.

This time I called in Danielle Lambersky, a very special makeup artist that I’ve worked with on several projects before. She is amazingly talented and I absolutely adore her! I also decided to work with Jillian Goodman of Jillian Kathryn Photography for our third project together, since we seem to be making such an amazing team!

We hope you love these vintage inspirations as much as we do and our Candy Remixes on the classics! We work hard to not just stay on top of the latest trends, but to also help start the next hottest trends to keep all of you ahead of the game! We absolutely love what we do and it wouldn’t be possible without you and your support!

 

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Finally it is the last in our collection– The 50’s! We would also like to give a big shoutout to Nick Grice over at Nordstrom’s in Cherry Hill for help in styling the 1950’s collection! He did a great job helping us find wardrobe for this collection!

 

 

The 50’s

Hair: Robin Dorton & Kristin Pellegrino
Models: Allie Robinson, Jessica Minton, Brendan Moffat

The 1950’s were booming. Booming economy, babies were booming and the new suburbs were booming. Elvis was King, James Dean was our hero, and Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe won our hearts on the big screen. Circle skirts with soft sweaters, wool coats, Levi’s and the classic white tee were the favorites of fashion, with perfectly coifed updo’s and roller set styles keeping women looking their best while they kept the house clean and the tummies full. But life wasn’t all poodle skirts and sock hops. Rosa Parks made history in the 50’s, while paving the way for Civil Rights. The Cold War threatened our way of life and communists were not to be trusted. Yet with all that is happening in today’s society and the global threats we see on the news every night, wouldn’t it be so  peachy to just get dolled up and head to the drive in for a soda pop with James, Audrey, and Marilyn?

 

 

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Kristin decided that a modern day Marilyn wouldn’t just be a normal platinum blonde, but to give her a real Head Candy remix, she would have to be more of a Rose Gold with light violet accents! She prelightened her hair and then toned her with a custom mixed toner for that perfect modern rose-violet platinum! Her styling was kept more classic, close to the original, but with more modern movement and softer curls. We love the results!

 

 

 

 

 

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Allie (Audrey Hepburn Remix)

Robin loved Allie’s look from the second she first saw her picture, and just knew that she would make the perfect modern day Audrey! She is cute as a button and an absolute sweetheart so she fit the role perfectly! Robin thought that a more updated Audrey wouldn’t just have solid dark brown hair, but would probably love the uber modern balayage highlights that all the darker-haired celebrities are wearing now. So she hand-painted lots of balayage highlights around Allie’s face and crown area, toning with a rich warm medium brown for a perfect sun-kissed look! Then she cut the dead ends off the bottom and gave her long layers with a straight razor cut with plenty of face-framing to really open up space and add lots of movement to the hair.

 

 

 

Brendan (James Dean Remix)

It’s not often that you put a call out for a male model that can pull of playing the role of an icon like James Dean, while being open enough to let you have your way with his hair. For several months Robin looked everywhere. She searched through her network of models, contacted a few local agencies and photographers, sent a mass text out to everyone she knew, and came up with nothing. Then one day she called her husband at work and told him to check out all the servers at his restaurant and see if anyone could possibly fit the bill. He sent a picture of Brendan and that was that. Not only does he obviously have those rugged good looks, but he also let her cut his hair any way she needed to for this photo shoot. He turned out to be the perfect model for this role, and we are quite sure you will be seeing his face again in future shoots here at Head Candy, and possibly other places too. A star just might’ve been born!

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane! Enjoy the rest of your stay at the soda counter!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 60’s Head Candy Collection

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 Fall Winter Head Candy Collection The 60’s

Several times every year the entire staff gets together to work on a new collection, and it is hard to believe that this is only our 2nd full collection together! I spend a few weeks carefully thinking about a theme that will not only inspire the entire staff, but will also inspire our clients, and will showcase the team’s talents, along with the ability to display the latest trends in cut, color, and styling. I announce the theme at our twice-yearly team meeting, and have everyone draw names to choose their teammates. The staff knows there is always a method to my madness, and I like having them choose teammates randomly so they get the opportunity to work with new people on a regular basis. It is great for moral and team building, and helps everyone to learn and grow by constantly working with different people.

The theme this time was vintage styles. We randomly chose decades from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and gave them a “Candy Remix” or a modern update. Since vintage styles are always coming back around again, I thought it would be a fun way for the team to put their own personal twist on updating these classics with a more modern edge using today’s techniques. We get so many requests for vintage styling, especially for weddings, and there seems to be a major surge of vintage adoration everywhere we look. With shows like Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex, and Downton Abbey, everyone seems to be longing for more simple times and classic beauty.

This time we called in a very special makeup artist that I’ve worked with on several projects before. She is amazingly talented and I absolutely adore her! I wanted to give Chrissi the opportunity to be a part of assisting the rest of the team with styling for the day and to give her the chance to learn from one of the best makeup artists I know. We also decided to work with Jillian Kathryn Photography for our third project together, since we seem to be making such an amazing team!

We hope you love these vintage inspirations as much as we do and our Candy Remixes on the classics! We work hard to not just stay on top of the latest trends, but to also help start the next hottest trends to keep all of you ahead of the game! We absolutely love what we do and it wouldn’t be possible without you and your support!

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We will be counting down the newest collection from the 90’s to the 50’s. So check back with us every few weeks to see the next decade in our trip down memory lane!

Only 2 more to go! Now is the 60’s!

The 60’s

Hair: Melissa Kenny and Jamie Tate
Models: Crystal, Sarah, Greg and Ryan

The assassinations of both President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., the Vietnam war, Civil Rights for African Americans, women, and gays were all part of the radical 1960’s. Hippies wanted peace and free love, women wanted equal pay, minorities wanted equal treatment. We had Janis Joplin, The Doors, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix giving us unheard of music that still stirs something in our souls. Flower power and the smiley face were found on everything. Elvis and The Beatles had millions of women screaming and passing out. In the summer of 1969, more than 400,000 hopeful people trooped to upstate NY to be part of a harmonious 3-days known as Woodstock. Throw on your finest fringe vest and put a flower in your hair as you groove along this peaceful journey!

 

 

 

 

 

Check back with us in a few weeks to see the 50’s in our last trip down memory lane!

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Balayage vs Ombre vs Sombre vs Foils vs Color Melting

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One of the most common questions we are asked about hair color is exactly what is the difference between all of the latest hair color trends? What is the difference between balayage, ombre, somber, foils and color melting? And how do I know what to ask my stylist for? Hopefully we can help answer some of these questions for you and provide you with some celebrity examples, along with Head Candy client examples!

 

 

 

Balayage

The word balayage comes from the French term meaning “to sweep”. It is a freehand painting technique used to add soft dimension to the hair instead of traditional foils. Balayage tends to have a bit more subtle results than foiling, often giving a natural sun-kissed appearance to the hair. It is very popular with celebrities, giving them the beautiful rich dimensional color, without any harsh regrowth. This is a very advanced technique, and is a specialty of several of our stylists, including Robin and Melissa.

 

Ombre

Another freehand technique, ombre has been an extremely popular color trend over the past few years and it seems it is here to stay. It simply means shaded or graduated in tone and it is when hair is darker at the top and lighter at the ends.

 

Sombre

Sombre is a fairly new term, used as a way to describe ombre’s more subtle cousin. This freehand technique is a great way to combine the best of balayage with the trend of ombre, in a subtle and beautiful way! It looks great with every color from dark to light, but remember- its all about being soft!

 

Color Melting

Color melting is similar to an ombre or somber, but is usually done with 3 or more colors, melting them together very gradually. It doesn’t necessarily have to go only from dark to light, but can be any combination of colors melting together.

 

Foils

Finally we’ve come to traditional foils. Foil highlights are still the most popular way to add dimension to the hair, and foils are definitely here to stay! There are so many options with foils from the most subtle of highlights to the super bold, anything is possible!

 

We hope this answers your questions about the differences between all of these amazing hair trends! They are all quite beautiful and look great on any client whether brunette, blonde, red, or even purple! And don’t forget- consultations are always free. You can stop in any time or schedule a consultation even if you just want to chat and get ideas for your next color!

The 80’s Head Candy Collection

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Fall Winter Head Candy Collection

Several times every year the entire staff gets together to work on a new collection, and it is hard to believe that this is only our 2nd full collection together! I spend a few weeks carefully thinking about a theme that will not only inspire the entire staff, but will also inspire our clients, and will showcase the team’s talents, along with the ability to display the latest trends in cut, color, and styling. I announce the theme at our twice-yearly team meeting, and have everyone draw names to choose their teammates. The staff knows there is always a method to my madness, and I like having them choose teammates randomly so they get the opportunity to work with new people on a regular basis. It is great for moral and team building, and helps everyone to learn and grow by constantly working with different people.

The theme this time was vintage styles. We randomly chose decades from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and gave them a “Candy Remix” or a modern update. Since vintage styles are always coming back around again, I thought it would be a fun way for the team to put their own personal twist on updating these classics with a more modern edge using today’s techniques. We get so many requests for vintage styling, especially for weddings, and there seems to be a major surge of vintage adoration everywhere we look. With shows like Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex, and Downton Abbey, everyone seems to be longing for more simple times and classic beauty.

This time we called in a very special makeup artist that I’ve worked with on several projects before. She is amazingly talented and I absolutely adore her! I wanted to give Chrissi the opportunity to be a part of assisting the rest of the team with styling for the day and to give her the chance to learn from one of the best makeup artists I know. We also decided to work with Jillian Kathryn Photography for our third project together, since we seem to be making such an amazing team!

We hope you love these vintage inspirations as much as we do and our Candy Remixes on the classics! We work hard to not just stay on top of the latest trends, but to also help start the next hottest trends to keep all of you ahead of the game! We absolutely love what we do and it wouldn’t be possible without you and your support!

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We will be counting down the newest collection from the 90’s to the 50’s. So check back with us every few weeks to see the next decade in our trip down memory lane!

Next is the 80’s!

 

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Hair: Tronisha Robinson and Christina Giannisi
Model: Emily Gazzara

The 80’s were a happy little decade caught between social activism and self-loathing grunge. We had 2 Coreys and Kirk Cameron as our sexiest men alive, Madonna and Michael beginning their reign as King and Queen, Cabbage Patch Kids, Risky Business, 99 Luft Balloons, Punk rock making its way from London, and every kid needed a boom box. Those 80’s trends are constantly making their way back in the latest trends and we just can’t seem to let go of this decade! Luckily these are now considered classic vintage so it is like totally cool to rock those duds again, but in smaller doses as accessories. Just please leave the blonde frosted highlights and feathered bangs in the past with your banana clips!

 

 

Check back in a few weeks to see John & Rachel’s 70’s collection!

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The 90’s Head Candy Collection

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Fall Winter Head Candy Collection

Several times every year the entire staff gets together to work on a new collection, and it is hard to believe that this is only our 2nd full collection together! I spend a few weeks carefully thinking about a theme that will not only inspire the entire staff, but will also inspire our clients, and will showcase the team’s talents, along with the ability to display the latest trends in cut, color, and styling. I announce the theme at our twice-yearly team meeting, and have everyone draw names to choose their teammates. The staff knows there is always a method to my madness, and I like having them choose teammates randomly so they get the opportunity to work with new people on a regular basis. It is great for moral and team building, and helps everyone to learn and grow by constantly working with different people.

The theme this time was vintage styles. We randomly chose decades from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and gave them a “Candy Remix” or a modern update. Since vintage styles are always coming back around again, I thought it would be a fun way for the team to put their own personal twist on updating these classics with a more modern edge using today’s techniques. We get so many requests for vintage styling, especially for weddings, and there seems to be a major surge of vintage adoration everywhere we look. With shows like Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex, and Downton Abbey, everyone seems to be longing for more simple times and classic beauty.

This time we called in a very special makeup artist that I’ve worked with on several projects before. She is amazingly talented and I absolutely adore her! I wanted to give Chrissi the opportunity to be a part of assisting the rest of the team with styling for the day and to give her the chance to learn from one of the best makeup artists I know. We also decided to work with Jillian Kathryn Photography for our third project together, since we seem to be making such an amazing team!

We hope you love these vintage inspirations as much as we do and our Candy Remixes on the classics! We work hard to not just stay on top of the latest trends, but to also help start the next hottest trends to keep all of you ahead of the game! We absolutely love what we do and it wouldn’t be possible without you and your support!

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We will be counting down the newest collection from the 90’s to the 50’s. So check back with us every few weeks to see the next decade in our trip down memory lane! First up is the 90’s!

The 90’s

Hair: Alexis Jimenez and Payal Surti
Models: Brian and Sommer

It may seem hard to believe that the 1990’s can even be considered a vintage decade, but it is indeed true that some of these trends are already 24 years old!

Music from N’SYNC, Backstreet Boys, MC Hammer, Courtney & Kurt, the Spice Girls & Britney Spears gave us a wide range of music from mainstream pop to dark and edgy grunge rock. Movies and TV including Friends, 90210, Clueless, Fresh Prince, and Saved by the Bell started the style trends that influenced millions around the world. We all wore those low crotch Hammer pants, overalls with one strap undone, bright patterns, and a few of us even wore our pants backwards to be like a pair of very young rapping one-hit-wonders. If you didn’t wear your hair in twisties or scrunchies, have the “Rachel haircut”, or a massive collection of butterfly clips and Pogs, you weren’t living in the 90’s!

 

 

Check back with us in a few weeks to see the 80’s in our next trip down memory lane!

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Summer Color Trends

What are the hottest color trends this summer? Golds and roses are it!35f6f53710f86b76a4ee43c0bc544595

Rose gold, spicy gold, coral, sand, salmon and blush are just of few of the amazing colors that are super hot and on trend for summer. The best part is that everyone can wear and enjoy these beautiful shades!

There are amazing possibilities for these shades, whether on light or dark hair. For blondes, try adding a few subtle pieces around your face, add a Rose Gold tone to just the fringe, just the ends, or in hidden peekaboo panels!

Is the sun and sand fading your color out to a pale blonde? Get a glaze in a bright golden color that gradually washes out in 6-8 weeks.

Brunettes can get balayage (hair painting) and a toner in a sandy blonde, rose gold or in a bright gold.

No matter what your style, hair color, or day job, anyone can enjoy these gorgeous colors!

 

How to Preserve Hair Color

How to preserve hair color is one of the biggest challenges that many clients face and we have the solution here at Head Candy!

When trying to preserve hair color there are a few things that we know are color faders. One is cheap shampoos containing sulphate, and the other is the sun’s harsh UV rays. Bumble and Bumble has an amazing line of products and a professional-only treatment that conquers that challenge and preserves permanent color for up to 40 shampoos.

Head Candy and Bb have several shampoos that are free of sulphate and help preserve your hair color to help keep it fresh! Color Minded shampoo, Invisible Oil shampoo, and Straight shampoo are all completely free of those terrible sulphates. The Color Minded and Invisible Oil lines also provide protection against UV rays. Not sure which to use? Stop in any time to get a personal recommendation of which line is perfect for your hair!

And read on to find out a bit more about the amazing Bumble and Bumble Color Minded line!

Want to know how we find inspiration for all those amazing colors in our portfolios? Head Candy finds inspiration for our color in places that perhaps only other colorists or artists would think to look.

We find inspiration in food, candy & our favorite beverages…

We find it in nature…

 

We even find it in work by other artists…

Where do you find your color inspiration?!

 

Bumble and Bumble Color Minded

The Color Minded Preserving Complex is a proprietary two-polymer technology that seals the hair to prevent color wash out and fade. It keeps shade, shine and tone true.

 

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The color process opens the cuticle to deposit color into the hair shaft. If the cuticle is not sealed properly, water can enter and wash away new color, as soon as the first shampoo (which is when the most color washout happens).

Colorists often relied on glosses and glazes to provide a sealing coat, but glosses and glazes wash out quickly. The Color Minded Pro Treatment contains the highest concentration of the color preserving complex and should be applied in the salon following the color service to preserve permanent color for up to 40 shampoos.

This professional, in-salon only treatment protects with the Color Minded Color Preserving Complex and is applied at the end of your haircolor service. It seals in color, adds shine and vibrancy for up to 40 shampoos.

Color remains true; no tonal changes visible to the eye; prolongs color vibrancy; prolongs color brilliance; non-damaging; color safe. This treatment can be added after any color service for just $25 and is a must for vibrant colors!
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Ultra-mild, sulfate free cleansing protects color integrity, helps prevent color fading and eliminate color washout. Color Minded Shampoo contains the color preserving complex to help minimize fading effects, prolong color’s vibrancy and brilliance and maintain the Color Minded Pro Treatment.

 

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It’s a moisture whip so rich, it moonlights as a masque. Designed to seal, shine and keep all tones true, the conditioner prevents color fading with the highest concentration of the proprietary color preserving complex out of the Color Minded retail products. It helps maintain the Pro Treatment and prolong hair’s vibrancy and color brilliance, while providing lightweight, yet deep conditioning. Use as a daily conditioner and once a week as a masque for up to 10 minutes.

 

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A nourishing balm for natural movement, control and lustre. With UV filters, heat protection, humidity protection, and a color preserving complex to help minimize fading effects. Those who color; those who don’t will enjoy its styling benefits, heat and humidity protection and UV filters to protect from the elements (weather or not), not to mention the luxurious, nourishing formula.

 

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An illuminating finisher that seals weightlessly, provides definition, adds shine and illuminates hair color. With UV filters, heat protection and a color preserving complex to help minimize fading effects.
Provides heat-styling protection; controls frizz and flyaways; adds luminosity. Those who color and those who don’t will enjoy the polishing, refining and protective properties of this elegant formula. Work sparingly through dry hair.

Our craft is about finding these inspirations, designing them to be suitable for each and every client’s individuality, and making it become a reality on our chosen canvas, which is, your hair. Much like the beautiful works of art on display in a museum or in nature, haircolor is an investment worth protecting and preserving.

Top Ten List of Hair Myths and Truths

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We made a list of the ten most common hair questions that we hear from our clients on a daily basis here at Head Candy and we wanted to take some time to clear things up! Here is our top 10 list!

 

 

 

10. Hair must be washed every day.tonic

MYTH! While bathing or showering every day is certainly a great idea, we do not recommend washing your hair every day! Three times per week is plenty but every other day is just fine as well. Don’t forget that hair is a fiber much like wool or silk. Think about that comfy wool sweater you have that starts to look worse and worse with every washing. If you have long, thick, coarse, or curly hair you can go even longer in-between washings. These hair textures tend to dry out and become frizzy due to lack of moisture. If you have an oily scalp, make sure you are using the proper shampoo that is meant to correct any scalp or oily issues and try to retrain your scalp by washing every other day. We love Bumble & Bumble Tonic shampoo for any oily or itchy scalp problems!

9. Trimming your ends will make your hair grow faster.masque

MYTH! Typical hair grows about ½” per month and trimming your ends won’t make your hair grow any faster. We still suggest getting regular trims to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy, but the only real factors that affect hair growth are genetics, hormones, diet, and the overall health of your scalp and hair follicles. To keep your ends from getting split or broken, avoid using heat from irons and blow dryers. If you do use heat on your ends regularly we recommend using products that protect your hair from those elements and doing shampooa regular moisturizing treatment to keep in good condition. Bumble and Bumble Quenching line is amazing for keeping your hair moisturized and there are quite a few great styling products that do double duty of helping to style and protect your hair from heat. When trying to grow hair, we love the Revita shampoo and conditioner to keep your scalp and follicles at their optimum levels.

8. You can’t get your hair colored during pregnancy.

MYTH! Head Candy is always concerned with what our pregnant and nursing clients are exposed to in the salon but no studies have ever proven that hair color is dangerous for a developing fetus. We only use the highest quality hair color in our salon and all of the services we provide are completely free of formaldehyde. Please be sure to inform your stylist if you are pregnant and all of your concerns will be addressed. There are still plenty of options available, including our amazing Wella color glazes, which are perfectly safe for everyone and they are totally ammonia-free!

7. Wearing ponytails will cause premature baldness.home_display

TRUE! This may be surprising to most people but this is somewhat true! While an occasional ponytail won’t cause any harm, frequent super tight ponytails could lead to traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is a form of gradual hair loss caused by stress, tension, and regular pulling of the scalp and hair fibers. This type of alopecia can happen to anyone but is more common among women of color who wear their hair pulled tightly in braids, ponytails and extensions. Even parting your hair the same way for a long time can cause the part to widen which is another form of traction alopecia. The same goes for headbands, rollers, and excessive heat. Try using less tension in your ponytail and changing the way you part your hair every few weeks. And don’t forget to take your stylist’s advice on changing styles and shampoo and product recommendations!

6. Washing hair in cold water will make it shinier.shine

MYTH! Hair does not actually contain any living cells so it does not react to hot or cold water. The myth comes from the belief that cold water will make the cuticle, or outer layer, of the hair close so that it lays flat and helps to reflect light. Cold water will not close the cuticle layer of the hair- that requires a pH balancer to restore the hair to its most natural pH level. Many of the in-salon services can close down that cuticle layer, including toners, glazes, and several conditioning treatments. If you’re looking to add shine to your hair, we recommend getting a Wella glaze or glossing service which can even be done in a totally clear formula if you don’t want to change the color of your hair. We also love Bumble and Bumble “Let it Shine” shampoo and conditioner for at home use to get your hair extra shiny!

5. Hair loss and baldness comes from the Mother’s side.revita

MYTH! You can still blame your maternal grandfather for some of your hair loss but he can no longer take all of the blame! Research has shown approximately 200 different genes that regulate hair growth, coming from both sides of the family. There are also many other reasons why we lose our hair or go bald including diet, environment, sun damage, hormones, and several others. At the first sign of hair loss you need to start a regimen of using shampoo, conditioner and treatments specifically designed to help keep the hair that you have and prevent further loss. We carry the Revita line of products that are 100% guaranteed by the manufacturer. And talk to your stylist about the best ways to care for your hair and scalp.

4. Exposing your hair to sunlight is the best way to get natural highlights or lighten your hair.B1CK_152x358

MYTH! This is a total myth! UV rays are just as damaging to hair as they are to our skin! Those powerful UV rays can cause hair to lighten, but can also cause your hair to fade and can burn your scalp! Hair is not a shield or protective barrier between the damaging sun and your sensitive scalp. With so many safe and affordable ways to lighten up or add eye-catching highlights to your hair, don’t risk the permanent damage that can be caused by the sun! Instead, opt for a subtle accent highlight that starts at just $20 and take home the amazing Bumble and Bumble Color Minded products with UV protection!

3. Your eyebrows should be the same color as your hair.

MYTH! The most natural look is for eyebrows to be 1-2 levels darker than the hair on your head. While you certainly can color your eyebrows to closely match your hair color, keep in mind that our eyebrows shed about twice as fast as the time needed for a root touch up. Most touch-ups are done every 4-5 weeks but eyebrows will need touched up in about 2 weeks. Even platinum blondes shouldn’t lighten their brows too much or you’d end up looking like you don’t have any brows at all! Keep your brows a bit darker and instead opt for filling in brows with a lighter colored pencil or powder.

2. If you’re planning to wear an updo for a special event, your hair should be slightly dirty.weddings

MYTH! This statement may cause many debates, even among different stylists and so-called magazine experts but at Head Candy we say it is a myth that dirty hair works best for formal styling! The main problem with this statement is that nearly every person has a different definition of the word “dirty”. Even though freshly washed and conditioned hair tends to be too soft for the texture and grip needed for doing a formal style or updo, we would rather just add that grip ourselves with products. We have no idea what products you are using at home and unfortunately most non-professional products are not meant to be layered. They can cause flakes or white spots when brushed out or touched with a hot iron. Once that happens there is no way of fixing it except to wash the hair, which then adds on a blowdry service at a cost of $30 & up, and adds an extra 30-45 minutes to the service time. We have the most amazing Bumble and Bumble products which stand the test of time all while layering, applying heat, and brushing backstage at NY Fashion Week and through countless shows and photo shoots. Most non-professional products can’t do the things that our products can do, which is why we use them. We are professionals that know how to make hair do what we need it to do. So we recommend coming to your updo appointment with clean dry hair. Use very little conditioner so your hair isn’t too soft, but leave the other products to us!

1. I Wouldn’t Look Good with Short Hair.

MYTH! There are so many different styles nowadays that anyone would look great with shorter hair! We just love when celebrities help to inspire our clients by cutting off their hair and sporting those modern, hip, and super sexy pixie cuts! When you have a great stylist you can easily trust them with helping you choose a short crop that would suit you perfectly. Be sure to start saving pictures of all the short styles you crave so we can get an idea of exactly what you’re looking for. Take the time to ask lots of questions and pay attention to the styling and products used to go with your new do. Whether you decide to go gradually shorter or just take the plunge and get a dramatic new makeover, we know you’ll love the freedom and ease of a great new short haircut!