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Redken News – Hair Color Spring 2016

Your Designer Hair Color

Every day I get asked about color. So, I thought I’d try explaining the method to my madness.  It is my “passion” and therefore a little bit of madness. Color is all I think about some days!  If you where one of my color clients and I saw you on the street, instead of your name, the first thing that would pop into my head, is your color formula. 
 
Many things go into the process of designing hair color just for you!
  
First of all, I look at your own unique coloring.  Virgin Hair color, Skin color and texture, Eye color, colored contacts, even your lip color.  How much make-up do you wear, or not. Are you “high maintenance” or “low maintenance?” Meaning how often do you visit a salon to upkeep your look and color.  

Then I take into consideration your personal style.  Are you casual or more dressy most days.  Flashy, Classic, Conservative, Exotic… How old are you? How old do you look.  A good color can take 10 years off. How many days a week do you style or change your hair. Are you using  products to achieve your look.  Do you have a work persona? What is your personal persona? Your day play persona? Your night life persona? Your dating persona? etc…

Then I go into the current season and how that translates to your personal coloring. Spring I tend to start lighting your hair keeping it on the cooler side.  Summer months your color would be its lightest and on the warmer side. In Fall I deepening your tresses with warm autumn shades. Winter you will be your darkest and back to your coolest pallet.
  
Let’s not forget what Styles and colors fashion designers dictate every season and the color pallet that the world wears for the next 3 months. You can walk down any street, look in the windows and you will see what that color is. 

Achieving all these outstanding color spectrums I have to attribute to my 58 Permanent shades of “Socolor” by “Matrix“.  Great for lifting and lightening your hair. My 58 hughes of “Shades EQ” by “Redken” is my semi-permanent Color that bills itself as “the color that thinks its a conditioner.” It leaves your hair with amazing shine and much healthier looking than when we started. Mixing and matching a total of 116 color shades I achieve endless shades of blonds, reds, brunets and blacks desired.  I feel just like my mother who was an artist with her painters pallet. 

So in short, you will never get bored with at least 4 different color formulas I would love to design just for you throughout the year.  Each and every one of them designed to your own personal coloring, personal style and Fashion colors for the season. My job and my passion is to accent all your best features making what mother nature gave you even better. Outstanding color is what I strive to achieve every single time 🙂

Summer Hair in San Francisco

As I was doing my research on summer hair it occurred to me, that  summer hair  in San Francisco is a  whole different story than anywhere else.  As Mark Twain said “The  coldest winter  I ever  spent  was the summer in San Francisco”. That being said, whether you are a newbie in our fair city or  have been  here  for a  while  you are going to need some San Francisco Summer  Hair tips.

First of all, you will notice that it is not unusual for you to want to put on a  heavy coat,  a scarf  and even some boots  for our summer.   It can  be very foggy and windy, hence “styling products” are  the key. 

To start you will need  a “blow drying aid” to keep the frizz away!  One of “Carmen Electra’s” and my favorites are  “Phytodefrisant”. It smoothes and moisturizes while keeping  your hair from getting frizzy. Followed by “Phytolisse” a finishing serum for lots of shine. Voila you look like  a movie star!

If you have curly hair like me you may love this  weather.  A moisture absorbent towels from “Bed Bath and Beyond is a must”.  Blot your hair by gently scrunching it when you get out  of the shower. Then using “Curl Refiner” by Redken scrunch in and distribute evenly though out your hair. Do not comb! On a windy day follow with “Curl Boost” also Redken and scrunch some more.  5-10 minutes to Goddess Tresses!  

For you manly men, “Crew” is the  way to easy San  Francisco  Summer hair.  My three  favorites and our best sellers are  “Molding  Clay”, a high hold with medium shine.  “Defining Paste”, with medium hold and low shine or  “Fiber” with high  hold  with low shine.  If choosing the right  on is confusing, stop by and we’ll make sure you walk  out  with  the  right  one.  

So there you  have it.  Stunning summer hair here in  San Francisco is yours!  Now that  you know which dab will do you go forth and be  beautiful  and be  handsome!

Haircuts and Fashion for Spring 2009 – Looking Good in the Recession

Simple haircuts for Spring
Despite  the economic news, the spring 2009 runways featured bright, shiny and  geometrically constructed collections.   From red-carpet ready goddess dresses to ’80s street fashion to silky harem  pants and jumpsuits, designers went bold.  As a result, runway hair tended to be subtler.  It  seems this  season is  all about  paring down the hair.  Hair had a very modern feel that stayed close to the  head.  Loose hair was the exception not the rule.

Off the Face Hair
Whether swept up or slicked back, this season’s was kept away from the face with no bangs to disturb the lines. The close-to-the-head wet look was seen on the runways of Badgley Mischka, D&G, and Versace.  At Prada, Guido Palau pulled hair into a classic French twist,  and then gave the style  extreme edge by giving it a lacquered look.

Middle Hair Parts
A runway  staple, middle parts are sexy, simple and can be reinvented each season  to work with bouncy curl, loose waves or super straight styles.  Seen on the runways  of Calvin Klein, Donna Karan,  Marc Jacobs and Versace.  The middle part can add edge to an updo or infuse style with casual glam.

Hair accessories
Almost every designer incorporated a  headpiece into their show.  Guido paired romantic waves with jauntry fedoras for Ralph Lauren and created “caps” by wrapping tights around the models’ head at Jean Paul Gaultier.  Marc Jacobs fashioned a textured braid to go with the designers hats using Redkens‘ Fabricate and create flyaways for a messy look.  Adding a  hair accessory like a hat or headband can really complement an over-all look.

So, there you have the scoop for spring!  We look forward to seeing you soon to incorporate these new looks into your life style.

Redken's Do You Shades EQ – Inspiration in Hair Color

Wow, does this article (see below) ever take me back. Do you remember when Sebastian invented Cellophanes? It was one of the first colors that created a lot of shine with a lot of color deposit, and one of my favorite colors ever.

Being a new stylist at the time it was a bit challenging however. Many of the colors where “Hot!” – in the industry meaning on the “unnatural” side. Punk was in then. However if you where not a “punker” and did not want screaming bright hair, it was definitely a problem. So, when Redken came out with Shades EQ, I fell in love. We use Shades EQ in the salon now and it is “perfection every time”. We still also use Sebastian and love it too. Of course it’s not scary any more since we are all seasoned colorists & stylists now.

For more information, be sure to check out the Do You Shades EQ website.

Do you shades EQ – Celebrating 20 Years of Inspiration
Stylists around the world depend on its gentle, no-lift formula to glaze refresh and correct. With every Shades EQ service, they know their clients will end up with healthy, shiny, amazing color. What else would you expect from the “haircolor that thinks it’s a conditioner”.

Amazing Credentials
In 1988, haircolor wasn’t the first thing on stylists minds. Back then, it was all about the “cool factor” of being a great cutter. Companies focused on product and education desighned to cater to younger clients desire for cuts and body waves. Hard to believe but color was thought of as complicated, old fashioned and-frankly-just not hip!

Something had to come along to change things. That something was Shades EQ. Redken Founder Paula Kent Meehan turned what seemed like a limitation into an asset, creating haircolor that was simple, dependable and totally versatile. The EQ represented the equalizing effects on the porosity of the hair, and “conditioning color gloss” let stylists and clients know they’d end up with healthy, gorgeous shine. What’s more, catch names like “TerraCotta” amd “Rocket Fire” helped stylists easily visualize the results they’s get.

For the first time, stylists where empowered to give clients their dream haircolor, and they weren’t afraid to do it, in fact, they were excited about haircolor.

An Inspiring Future
20 years later, that excitement hasn’t faded one bit. Now, with more than 50 shades in 16 tonal families, there’s simply no limit to the possibilities. No wonder stylists vote Shades EQ the #1 long-lasting, no ammonia, demi-permanent haircolor year after year.
-Ann Mincey,
Vice President, Redken Global Communications
Favorite Shades EQ Shades: 06AABonfire and 06R Rocket Fire

Redken product review on BellaOnline

Lynne Chapman has a good review on BellaOnline of the Redken products we feature at Red Union Salon.

Her bottom line, “These items are very effective and useful for creating the styles for which they are designed“, is really important. All of our stylists at Red Union Salon receive extensive training from our vendors and have many years of experience using products, like those from Redken, for achieving optimum results for our customers.