Happy New Year!
It finally feels like a new year, doesn't it? We have been super-busy here, as so many folks are getting their first haircut in over 18 months. We are pretty booked out; if you were thinking of making an appointment, do it now! Don't be discouraged if the first availability isn't for over a month; add yourself to the waitlist because we are still getting a lot of cancellations. Our software will automatically contact you if a slot opens up, so it's a pretty efficient way of getting in.
Thank you for your support and patience; we must admit it's a relief to be so busy after the uncertainty and hellscape of the last year!
Big Clearance Sale
Keeping with the simplifying theme, we are streamlining our retail products, so a lot of things are half off. There is nothing wrong with the products we are discontinuing, they just duplicate something else we carry, or for whatever reason weren't moving well. Our entire DevaCurl line is on clearance (we are shifting over to InnerSense for our natural curly peeps) as well as scattered items from our other lines.
You can shop clearance products online with the link below. Just search for "DevaCurl" or "clearance" and our current inventory will pop up. You can, of course, shop for non-sale products as well, and we'll have your order ready for pick up the next day!
How to go gray (and look good doing it!)
Many people grew out their natural color this last year, out of necessity. While we all have mental images of rocking striking silver hair, that's not how it works out for everyone. Here's how to decide if gray hair suits you. (But as always, if you want to, just ignore the fashion rules and do what feels right.)
Determine your coloring. Remember when everyone got their "seasons" done, to tell us which colors to wear? Well, that still can work, but the main thing to consider is whether you have warm or cool undertones. (There's a great online quiz to help you find your colors if you're not sure.)
Get professional input. As a general rule of thumb, people with cool undertones look better with silver hair, but like everything else in life it's not just black and white but shades of gray. (Gray? Get it?) There are many different hair and skin tones, and some rules are meant to be broken. Asking your stylist for their opinion can help you determine what would look good on you.
If you've always colored your hair and you've decided to grow out your natural color, the transition period can be a beast. If you have shoulder-length hair, it can take well over a year before all your old color grows out. There are several ways to approach this:
Do a big chop. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to have short hair, now's the time to try it. The gray has to grow out anyways, you're just deciding not to have old color attached to it while you do it.
Blend, blend, blend. There are many techniques we can use to slowly blend your old color in with your new one. Trying to completely match your darker ends to silver roots is actually a very difficult and time-consuming process, similar to going platinum. But if you're OK with more of a gentle blend, we could do this with a regular highlight/lowlight service.
Color gloss is your friend. Demi-permanent color is fantastic for gray blending, and fades away gradually without changing your natural color underneath. It won't leave a solid regrowth line, which is what makes color so difficult to grow out.
Keep it well-maintained. If you go back to gray, it's important to get regular cuts, so that your hair stays healthy and has a great shape. Toners, which can add only 15 minutes to your haircut, add shine, make your grays brighter, and make everything look more polished. You want your haircolor to look stunning and intentional, and with regular maintenance it will.
There are options. If you decide you look better with colored hair, that doesn't have to mean completely covering your grays and having to touch up roots like clockwork every month. There are new low and no-ammonia formulas that add a more transclucent wash of color over your natural tones, that can just be refreshed as you need it.
Whatever you do, don't get frustrated and make the last minute decision to dye your own hair! Store-bought colors are very difficult to remove or cover, (this means henna as well!) and will put you right back at square one. Wear a hat or scarf or whatever you need to do until you can get in to see your stylist. We are here to help!