Friday, April 28, 2017

How to Achieve the Perfect Hair Style!

By Sophia Abi-Kheirs

As a stylist, many clients like to ask "what's your favorite thing to do, coloring or cutting?" I usually tell them I don't have a favorite because, honestly- I love it all! But if I HAD to pick what I'm most passionate about it would be the art of styling hair. You can perform an amazing haircut and a beautiful multi-dimensional color but it all comes together in the final styling. Using the right styling techniques and tools you can create endless looks from piece-y and textured (so in right now) to bounce or sleek and smooth. It's the icing on the cake! 

The key ingredient to a good style is prepping your hair with the right cocktail. Decide what you want your hair to look like (sleek, volume, waves), then what does my hair need (hydration, fullness), then consider the finish (shiny, textured, soft). Choose your perfect products off of those guidelines and you're ready to create! KEVIN.MURPHY calls this method Prime, Prep, Finish. 

A few of my favorite products to start with are (all KEVIN.MURPHY) STAYING.ALIVE, ANTI.GRAVITY, and SHIMMER.SHINE. First, STAYING.ALIVE is going to help detangle and balance out your pH for longer wear, and condition your hair. Next once your hair is 80% dry I'll spray in ANTI.GRAVITY, (Pro Tip: Dry your hair 80% before adding your styling product for the maximum effectiveness) this is an oil free volumizing product, it has beautiful hold so it's a great go-to for a blowout or some wand styling. It also has heat protectant in it, which is very important. Finally, once you've got your desired style you can finish with a light spray of ANTI.GRAVITY for some hold and a few spritz of SHIMMER.SHINE for that perfect sparkle.

I'm a big advocate for KEVIN.MURPHY products, not just because Verde carries them, but because I truly believe KEVIN.MURPHY products work and my clients love them. In a Yelp review we received a guest wrote “I usually get 2 inches cut off for a "healthy" trim, but after using the shampoo and conditioner Sophia recommended, I now only need to trim off a half inch! My hair has never felt healthier!” As a session stylist, Kevin wanted to create products that were high performance, and man did he deliver! KEVIN.MURPHY uses skin care technology in his hair care which means all the products are rich in anti-aging ingredients that make the integrity of your hair feel amazing over time. We brush our teeth every day so that we have a beautiful and healthy smile, we should also take great care of our hair! KM products are also loaded with other natural ingredients like lavender, Beeswax, and pepper. 

Want to know the exact KM products perfect for your hair?! Check out this fun little Product Matchmaker !

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Great Lengths Hair Extensions at Verde!

By: Kendra Goodwin

Do you have questions about hair extensions? You're not alone! As a recently certified great lengths extension technician, I am excited to share with you all things extensions. Hair extensions can be used for several different effects. If you have thin hair that just won't get volume no matter how much product you use, have no fear. Add some extensions that are the same length as your own hair for the maximum volume !  Did you cut your hair and hate the awkward phase of the grow out? Throw some extensions in and pretend like it never happened! Have you requested silver Balayage and your meanie stylist said it wasn't possible without bleaching your hair past its breaking point? We can create that look with great lengths extensions. The options are seriously endless!

There are many misconceptions about hair extensions.
1. Hair extensions will damage my hair: NOPE. As long as you have a well trained technician, you take great care of the extensions, and your hair is healthy enough for attachment then you should have no problem. In fact, at Verde we have seen people be able to grow their hair longer and healthier wearing extensions because you put less heat stress on your hair.
2. The hair was unrightfully taken from someone: Not our hair. While this is unfortunately a common practice, all the hair used in Verde Salon is ethical, meaning willingly donated and fairly compensated for. It's also traceable, meaning we know exactly where and when it came from. We proudly use Indian Temple hair: after women shave their heads for a religious ceremony, the Temple is paid for the hair, which in turn helps to support the local community. So you can feel, like, real good about it.
3. I can't style or color my hair while wearing them: Oh yes you can! You are able to wash, blow-dry, curl, color, etc! You just need to be mindful of the attachment site.

Being able to provide these amazing high end hair extensions has given us the power to perform amazing transformations. For more information on them we gladly offer complimentary consultations to answer questions you may have! Check out some before and after photos from the Verde Team!