Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My new hair blog

Hey everyone, I thought I would start a hair blog so everyone can easily view all my articles. Email me, (evae44@hotmail.com) if you have a topic suggestion you want me to cover and I'll do my best. Hope to give you lots of insider tips and useful info. Have a good hair day!xo

Hairstylist for Haiti

Please support this worthwhile cause
Please support this worthwhile cause

This weekend, some of Toronto's top hairstylists are coming together to raise money for the Haiti relief fund Red Cross. Please come and get your hair done and support this worthwhile cause. All the details are below.

Sunday, January 24, 10am – 7pm

Monday, January 25 10am – 9pm

Tuesday January 26, 10am – 9pm

John Donato of Donato Salons and Artist Choice have Toronto’s best hairstylists and colorists participating in a Cut-a-thon to benefit the Haiti relief effort. Hair Dressers for Haiti will be a 3 day event with hair dressers from over 25 salons around the city donating their time and services with all proceeds going to the Red Cross in support the relief efforts that is happening in Haiti. Please come and have your hair done knowing that all the money will go directly to the Red Cross to help Haiti.

Participating Salons:
Academy of Hair Passion, Personal Touch Studio, Afterglow Studios, Pino Salon, Axcess Salon & Spa Salon Artist,Bob-R-Shop, Salon Bardot, Capucci Salon & Spa, Salon Botticelli, David Hills Salon & Spa, Shagg Salon, Giardino’s Shazam Hair Studio, Hair Xtacy, Shear Concepts, Kasha Salon, Studio HMichael Kluthe Salon, Style Novo, Michael’s Salon, Tony Morra Hair Salon, Onare Village Salon, Wave Salon

Pricing is as follows :Haircut Level 1- $30, Level 2- $60,Colour Level 1- $40, Level 2- $60, Highlights Level 1- $75, Level 2- $150

All cuts done at Artist Choice Studio,
3253 Lake Shore Blvd West, Toronto (Lakeshore, one block west of Kipling)
Call to Reserve: 905-566-3060

Curly Q's answered

Eva Elson's client, Model Rachel Hale
Credit: Photo Rachel Hale

I get more questions regarding curly hair than any other type of hair. Dry, tangled, frizzy and even matting are all very typical problems for curly hair. If you are sick of looking like a frizzy triangle head, follow these rules. I have worked with more curly hair than any other texture, and I am going to share these tried and true steps for getting curls to look and feel amazing.

1. First step is the cut. Many women end up looking like a triangle because the stylist cutting their hair doesn't understand curls. Curly hair must be cut when dry and blow-dried straight. Also, curly hair needs layers to avoid the above mentioned triangle look. I recommend Kathy Ann at URBANTEXTURES salon in downtown Toronto. She is a master of making curly hair look amazing!

2. Typically, wash with a clarifying shampoo once to remove buildup of product and create a blank slate. Then wash with a moisturizing shampoo. I recommend Elucence products, they are high in moisture.

3. Towel dry out the excess water. If you skip this step the water in your hair will dilute the conditioner and you will have to use more product to get results. Moisturizing conditioner should be massaged from scalp to ends and let it sit for 5 min or under the heated dryer for 20 minutes (best bet, as curly hair needs all the moisture it can get.) Massaging the scalp also stimulates the oil glands, which is important in combatting dryness.

4.The hair is then combed out with the conditioner using a wide tooth comb. After the conditioner is rinsed, (ultimately with cold water, it closes the hair cuticle and seals in the shine) do not comb it again. I repeat, DO NOT comb it again, or you will frizz your hair. Apply leave in conditioner, and serum or light oil. I recommend Argan oil. It is light, and can also be used as a treatment with heat. No more than a few drops is needed for styling.

5. Finer hair textures should have very little product, where thicker courser curls require more product. A little shine gel will also help to define the curls, but less is more with this product. I recommend Mizani silkening gel.

6. Now, leave your hair alone. Curly hair should air dry for best results.

7. Lastly, curly hair does not need to be shampooed more than one per week max! The natural oils are necessary. Simply dampen and condition, or apply product to redefine curls. Even every two weeks between shampoos would be ideal. Trust me, it is not dirty, and will make an enormous difference. Just give your hair time to adjust, and you will see.

Good luck with the curls!

Being blonde

Image: dummidumbwit.wordpress.com
Being Blonde
Champagne, strawberry, golden, dirty, platinum, caramel... the list goes on and on. Marilyn Monroe, Pamela Anderson, and even Britney Spears, all hard to imagine without the platinum locks. We all know what happened when Britney went through her break up, and it was a lot harder to fix than a box dye job gone wrong. Regardless, she is back on top and back to being blonde. Coincidence? I think not.

There are many ways to achieve the perfect blonde shade. Highlights (not streaks...say that word and see your colourist cringe), lightener (not bleach, same reaction as mentioned earlier), colour, or high-lift colour. People also use lemon and sun-in, but results to this method include but are not limited to; breakage, hot roots, orange hair, weird colour and brain-freeze. That last one was a joke, but I have literally never heard of someone getting a good reaction, but yet for years and years people still do it. Who knows why, I guess because it is cheap, that's all I can think of.

Getting the perfect blonde also has a lot to do with skin tone. The right shade can make you look fresh and beautiful, while the wrong one can make you look sickly. If you are on the paler side, lighter beach blonde tones are best. For olive and darker skin tones, think caramel and toffee highlights to make your skin glow.

The type of highlights are also important in creating the over all look. Chunks were very in a few years ago, but now peak-a-boo, free-hand and panel highlights are hot. Natural weave sun kissed highlights always look best, think J-LO and Jessica Alba. Make sure if you are going blonde that you regularly maintain your roots, as dark roots NEVER look good. The longer you leave it between colours, the less natural and blended it appears.

Products are also important, and I highly recommend a purple shampoo once a week to cut down any brassiness/yellow tones between salon visits. In addition, a really deep moisturizing conditioner is essential. A deep conditioning treatment or salon color treatment keeps blonde hair looking healthy. On a tight budget? Conditioner under a shower cap for ten minutes while you are in the shower works wonders.

There are also negative connotations about blondes such as; air head, ditzy, promiscuous and dumb. Maybe that’s where the whole “has more fun” came from? Just a thought. Whatever bonde shade you decide to rock, wear it with confidence and it will look great!

Flaunt your face


Image of Victoria Beckham:gossipcheck.com

Victoria Beckham always likes to keep it fresh, and inspires a lot of trends in hair. Take note and don't be scared. Just choose the look that will bring out YOUR best features. In order to put your best face forward, you need a cut that flatters and highlights, and camouflages the not-so-great bits like good makeup. It is not always easy to figure out what that would be, so I have a few tips on the basics.

Be Vain.What is your favorite feature? Your eyes, nose,lips, or cheekbones? Let your stylist know what you LIKE about your face. A cut can either draw attention toward, or away from a particular feature. For example, if you have a high forehead, bangs are a great way to disguise this and draw attention to your eyes instead. Love your lips? A face framing layer that starts mid-cheek will bring eyes to that point. Don't feel like you will come across as cocky if you tell your stylist your favorite feature, we look in the mirror all day, we are no stranger to vanity.

We're not all Victoria Beckham. Stop looking at pictures of celebrities that look nothing like you and asking for their cut. This is a common mistake. A cut that suits a oval face shape may look disastrous on a round or long face. Try to looking for pictures of people that have a similar face shape to you, and cuts that look good on them. This will be much more helpful to your stylist, because it is a good way to judge what risks you might be willing to take. Also, cuts can be tailored to suit your face shape and still remain trendy, such as a longer graduated bob, or adding bangs or layers to a cut.

We are experts after all. Listen to what your stylist has to say. Look at pics in their portfolios, discuss trends, and look at magazines together. Stylists are experts in hair. We do it with passion and love and want our clients to look gorgeous, so please don't hesitate to book a consultation and talk, talk, talk. As stylists, our job involves keeping up on trends, education and classes, as well as trade shows, and new innovations. Please take advantage of our knowledge and experience!

Take some risks. How you have always been wearing your hair does not mean that another cut won't look even better on you. Try something new once and a while. The best thing about hair is that it grows back. Worst case scenario, you put in extensions, and have an even more fabulous look than you even imagined. If you don't take risks, you might be missing out on a look that would bring confidence, compliments and positive attention.

Toronto salon suggestion for a great new look to flaunt: Check out Ivan and crew at Flaunt Boutique in Leslieville, they guarentee HOTNESS! Can't get better than that!

Salon survival guide

Surviving the salon and getting what you want...to look good.

Many women enter downtown salons feeling like they are going into battle. They are scared they will leave looking like an Ape, Zebra, or some other zoo animal. They share their experiences of; being burned with relaxer, hair falling out, drenched in water, hair cut off, bleached to hay and feeling totally ignored and scared. All these things do in fact happen, and it's not even that uncommon.

To lessen having this type of experience, there are a few tips to avoid a disastrous situation. The salon receptionist is your best tool to get information. First, calling to book a same day appointment with a new stylist means you will generally be put into a slot available, not necessarily with the stylist you want and need. Ask yourself this question, 'why is the stylist free?' Most good stylists are busy and require advanced booking or require a consultation appointment. This is okay to do for blow-dries, but don't venture into colour/cuts last minute unless you have been referred to the stylist by someone you trust, or who's hair you love.

Second, ask the receptionist what level and experience the stylist has. 'Stylist’ is generally junior, and may be good if you are on a budget and like to take risks. Intermediate/senior stylists have approximately five to ten years in the salon and are generally a safe bet. Director stylists are the most expensive, but the best if you are picky, or unsure about a new look or makeover. It is okay to ask the receptionist if the stylists are licensed. It is required, but you would be surprised and shocked about how many don't have it.

Booking a consultation is the best way to go because you can look at pictures, portfolios and make sure you and your potential stylist are on the same page. Most professional salons will insist on a consultation as it allows the stylist to get to know you and provide the best possible service. Lastly, don't say, "Do whatever you want" unless you are prepared for whatever the stylist is in the mood for, (note: they may have been out partying all night) or you have established a relationship and truly trust them. Lastly, make sure you feel comfortable telling them what you like and don't like, and listen to their professional opinion.

Repeat clients and referrals are a stylists business lifeline, and ultimately they will do their best to have you come back.These are just a few tips to get started with a new salon and leaving looking beautiful, not like you are part of the wildlife exhibit at the Toronto zoo.