Saturday, November 30, 2019

What's the Deal with Semi Permanent Color Over Grey?

Most people don't understand the difference between Permanent Hair color versus Semi or Demi Permanent Hair Color. The word "Semi Permanent" is very misleading because it is absolutely NOT the same as "Temporary" color and it does not 'wash out' after however many washes. For my business, because I find it less confusing for clients, I call Semi Permanent color a "Color Gloss" on my list of service.

Here is a photo of several months of grow-out of a color gloss (semi permanent color) on a client who has a very small (less than 30% of the whole head) of grey hair:

I've lifted up a few of the grey strands and near the scalp you can see they are just regular grey/white hair but a few inches out, where the color gloss had been done on her last visit, the hair looks like a blondish highlight. At the time the gloss was first applied, it blended almost entirely with her dark hair but in the few months between visits the gloss (semi permanent color) faded to what you see.

Permanent hair color works as a "lift and deposit" system that swells the hair shaft open, removes some of your existing pigment and deposits new pigment. Semi Permanent Color (or a Color Gloss) does no lifting of color, it is a "deposit only" system. It can give very vibrant results but there is some fading with time and washing and it blends with your existing pigment so that the grow-out doesn't have the hard line of a permanent color. Interestingly, it can be more difficult to remove from the hair than Permanent Color but that's a story for another time.

Going grey is not typically a fun transition. Most of my clients want to prolong NOT having grey hair as long as possible (I know I do). As a client sees the first initial grey strands I always suggest a Color Gloss as the first step to cover it. It doesn't cover as fully as Permanent but what it doesn't cover ends up looking like a highlight or fades to look like a highlight as in the photo above. As the client gets more and more grey, I like to begin adding foils so that as the grow-out and fading happen they will blend in with the highlights eliminating the need for very frequent visits to the salon. I would say the time to begin adding highlights is when the percentage of grey on the head is at 20-25%. When the percentage of grey starts to get closer to 30% we could need to start a discussion of where the client wants to be in a few years - do they want to stay dark or would they rather move in a lighter direction? In general, going lighter is an easier option for someone who has a really high percentage of grey hair. If you are 50% grey (white) as your hair grows back in it's going to be less noticeable growing in to hair that is blonde than brown or black. But it's really a personal choice and that's why I like to start that conversation much earlier about what a person may be leaning toward.

I hope this information has been helpful and enlightening. If you'd like to get a conversation started about your own hair journey and dealing with grey hair or if you're thinking of trying a color gloss, book a consultation with me today!

Friday, November 15, 2019

When the Sky's are Gloomy and the Clouds are Grey.... it's time to SPARKLE!!

Just wanted to rave a little bit more about my GLITTER OBSESSION. Not to mention my ongoing infatuation with this cool little salon in LA where I bought EVERY SINGLE AVAILABLE COLOR of Major Moon Shine Glitter. I mean, check these guys out and tell me they are not the coolest:

Hair Los Angeles

Anyway.. here's some photos of yours truly wearing the hair glitter. I wear it relatively frequently and every time we go out and I have it on I get compliments!

My skin is looking my age in these photos, yet I still feel like I can rock the glitter. It's superfun and a little edgy, which I am totally into. And yes.. those top two photos are bathroom selfies at the International Beauty Show right after they painted it on me at the booth in June!

If you are feeling like you need a little pick-me-up we can ad glitter to any service, or - book a consult with me, come in with your hair relatively clean and styled how you want to wear it and we can add some sparkle! Won't take more than 5-10 minutes and it's no commitment at all as it washes out! And like I've said before I'm so psyched about this stuff I just love it so I want to pass that love and sparkle right on to you!

See you soon!!

Friday, November 1, 2019

What Is "Dimension" in Blonde Hair?

Blonde hair using an all-over bleach and tone process is going to get you the lightest over-all blonde you can be. But typically, this kind of blonde is what I call "Flat Blonde." (There is an example at the bottom of this post.)

On the other hand, the blonde below has a simple (darker blonde) lowlight foiled in at about 2 inches apart. The hair is still very blonde but is has what is referred to as "dimension." The darker parts make the lighter parts pop.

The result is a very natural blonde that's flattering to almost everyone and doesn't leave you looking washed out and over processed.

In this particular case I do an all over base color of almost the lightest blonde (not bleach). Afterwards I went thru and added foils, about 2 inches apart, of the lowlight- adjusting the formula in the foils closest to the scalp to account for the base color and then a medium blonde on the midshaft and ends. If you are interested in this kind of look, just book a partial foil (full foil if you have lots of hair or think it may take extra time).

Here is an example of "Flat Blonde"

I am not saying one blonde is better than the other, but I know a lot of people are confused about the different words we use to describe different colors so I wanted to shed some light. Other terms used for (my term) 'Flat Blonde' are 'single process blonde,' 'bleach and tone,' 'platinum' and 'superblonde.'

I'm happy to do any of these as well but as I've said before, I'm a softie for gorgeous, healthy-looking hair and I tend to think the more natural look of a dimensional blonde achieves this the best.

Hope to see you soon!

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween from Studio Three!

Everybody have a safe and happy Halloween!
Have fun out there 😊

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Well here's a fun one!

When I was at the International Beauty Show in Las Vegas this year I found this wonderful product that lets you get super creative with sparkle in the hair that I have never seen until now! It's called 'Major Moon Shine" and in a nut shell it's glitter added to a hair gel so you can paint glitter directly into the hair!


The stuff was created out of this really cool little studio in LA called "Hair." They were one of the coolest (and I mean cool, cool) booths at the show. Check them out HERE and you can also purchase the glitter thru this website if you are interested. Of course I would suggest you just book a consultation with me, come in with your hair relatively clean and styled and we can go to town painting some cool (there's that word again!) sparkles into your life. And one of the best parts is.. no commitment. It washes out with a shampoo!

Here's a little fun I got to have the other night.. after doing some blue hair color to my client we topped it off with matching blue sparkle highlights!

I am so excited about this stuff that I don't charge anybody to paint it in. I offer it complimentary after any haircut or color service. But, like I said, you can always just book a (free) consultation and I'd be happy to do it as a stand alone service, no charge. Just let me take a few photos!

Halloween is coming up!! You know you need some awesome hair glitter for it!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Joico Hair Shake Available at Studio Three!

This is a fun little product by Joico (The Healthy Hair People!) that I started carrying in the salon about a year ago. I thought this was a great tutorial on how to use it.

Joico Hair Shake available from Studio Three for $15.00

Ask me about it at your next visit, better yet - let's use it at the end of your service so you can give it a try..

See you soon!

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Fun Fall Make-over!

This is a really fun make-over going from Victorian times long hair to a modern, but still long, length transition:

Everybody who knows me, knows I love really long hair so this was such a treat! I particularly like the soft bevel in the back and the long layers framing the face. What a way to start the gorgeous Seattle Fall season!

Love your hair!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

First, Do No Harm..

It's been a really long time since I've posted anything on this blog but I've been thinking about something and I just had to make a post.

After a few in depth hair conversations and also listening to some interesting pod-casts I've been able to sort of solidify a personal philosophy about what I think is important about being a hair dresser. I really try to listen to all my clients and collaborate with them to achieve their hair goals - but sometimes there are significant things that need to be taken into consideration.

I want to always follow the "camp site" rule... always leaving my clients hair in better condition than what I found it. Often times I slip in a deep conditioner at the bowl or on the ends of the hair while some foils are processing - I do this as a complimentary service because, lets face it, many of my wonderful clients have been coming to me for over a decade and why wouldn't I want to show their hair some extra love?

I believe that healthy hair is always the foundation for beautiful hair. If your hair isn't healthy I am always going to strategize on how we can make a plan with your color and cuts to get you to maximum beautiful hair. If you are coming in with a lot of damage, sometimes this can take a long time, 6 months to a year depending on the length. And sometimes your goals are not always going to align with what will be the most beautiful look for you.

I know the dark haired Kardashians have gone from basically black to platinum in a few days but what real-word person has that kind of money (or time - that is many hours of processing and repair processes as well)? I always strive to keep your hair in a beautiful and realistic state for you color range. That doesn't mean I'm not open to doing some really creative stuff and working with you to achieve something like super-platinum blonde, but the process isn't going to be one hour and a half appointment. It's going to take care and time and very likely 4-5 visits.

If your hair already has breakage from some other salon, the rehab process is going to take time. I'm willing to use whatever potions are at my disposal (probably Olaplex!) to help you get thru it... but what I am not going to do is apply more bleach. We will have to get thru the painful process of nursing your hair back to health together! I've yet to meet anyone with that kind of breakage who really wants to just cut their hair short and start over. I'll camouflage the damage with strategic layers and prescribe products to help rebuild your hair. And it will take a long time, I really can't sugar coat it.

Maybe I'm not the stylist for everyone, but I deeply care about my clients hair and it's health and integrity are my first priority. I want you to leave with your hair looking and hopefully feeling better than when you came in and my first consideration for any chemical service is making sure we do the least damage possible!

Anyway, that's what I've been thinking about lately.
Happy Fall!!

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

I just had to share these!

Videos of my Sister-In-Laws hair after I put layers in her all-one-length hair!

About Studio Three Products...

Every product I sell has been chosen because I have used it and believe it works well. I don't choose one particular line to follow, but rather the needs of clients and what product will be best to meet that need. I also have looked every product up online for prices and based my pricing on that rather than giving them the standard mark-up. In other words, I am taking the large profit margin out of the equation and choosing my favorite products and offering them to you at the most reasonable prices. I make $1-$5 in profit (full disclosure). I do this because I want my clients to have the best looking hair they can at the best value available.

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