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As AME’s Health Coach, I think it’s pretty obvious health is a top concern for me. When Designer Director, Beth Forte came to me to talk about how our overall health affects the health of our hair, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’m a ponytail wearing kind of girl so I sometimes forget to check in on the health of my hair. This was a great reminder. Here’s what Beth had to say:
Fall has officially arrived at AME Salon! We have been in full swing using the latest methods in cutting and coloring on our fabulous guests. However, babylights, ombré, and the Lob will only look as good as the health of your hair. Healthy hair is shiny, manageable, and nourished. Brunette’s and Red’s will appear richer, Blondes will be brighter, and haircuts will flow better if hair is in good health.
Here are four tips to get your hair in the best condition:
- Be healthy and it’ll show in your hair. When your body is not being cared for by poor nutrition and dehydration, your hair suffers too. Your body will give your major organs what it needs first. Dr. Mark Hyman states, “Your entire body and all the core systems in it interact as a single sophisticated symphony.” To strengthen and moisturize your hair follicle you need to eat foods rich in biotin, vitamin B, healthy fats, and beta carotene. Almonds, eggs, avocados, salmon, chicken, dark leafy greens, chia seeds, sweet potatoes, carrots, and mangoes are full of those vitamins and minerals. To dig further into this topic, I would suggest meeting with our health coach, Alyssa.
- Get trims regularly. Every 6-8 weeks or however long your stylist recommends. It’ll prevent split ends from splitting further up your hair shaft and prevent breakage.
- Limit heat styling tools. Too much heat can damage the cuticle. Kevin Murphy’s ‘Damage Manager’ is an instant heat shielding spray used before heated appliances. KM’s ‘Fresh Hair’ spray can be used to stretch out blow-drys. It removes odors and oil and gives body and texture.
- Olaplex in salon and take home Treatment. Olaplex links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before. The results are amazing!
Focusing on your overall wellness and nutrition, seeing your stylist for trims, blow-drying less, and using good quality products will guarantee beautiful, shiny, healthy hair!
October’s Spotlight is on Kimberly Stark! Kimberly is a massage therapist and has been with AME since February.
About Kimberly: I’m a history nerd, animal lover, and massage therapist with a passion for holistic healing and wellness.
Favorite Product: I LOVE Sombra pain relieving gel! Everyone has aches and pains and it eases my mind knowing there’s a product with all natural ingredients I can use on and recommend to my clients to help with those pains.
Best Kept Self-Care Secret: I’m a coconut oil enthusiast. That’s why I love that our massage oil for our clients is coconut oil. I use it as an overnight conditioner, makeup remover, mouthwash, and as a moisturizer.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Kimberly or Beth, call AME: 610-995-2631
September’s Spotlight is on Sarah Bowden! Sarah was recently promoted to Senior Designer and we couldn’t be happier for her!
About Sarah: I have worked at AME for 6 years! My passion for hair really stems from my background in art. I tend to treat every client like a blank canvas waiting for me to paint my next masterpiece.
I was given the opportunity to complete my training right here at AME where I learned from some of the most talented hair stylists.
The hair industry is constantly changing, thus I am always learning and attending continuing education classes in order to stay on the cutting edge. Helping my clients achieve the look they want is what makes me excited to come to work everyday!
Favorite Hair Product: I have always loved the Keratin Treatments. Keratin makes getting ready in the morning a breeze. Thanks to keratin, the humidity is no longer a struggle. Glotion Potion is one of my favorite products in the keratin line. It smells great and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth.
Hair Trend You are Loving: I am loving middle parts and “curtain bangs” that frame the face so nicely.
DIY Styling Secret: I can’t live without my dry shampoo. It helps my blow out last for days – even after hitting the gym! Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair is my favorite and it smells great! *I am right with Sarah on this one. I’m not even going to admit to how often I swap out suds for dry shampoo. P.S. I feel like the bottle of Fresh Hair lasts FOR-EVER, it never ends!
To schedule an appointment with Sarah, call AME: 610-995-2631
Contributing authors and AME Designers Liz Corl, Meaghan Cianci, and Beth Forte are so excited about Fall Trends….and so am I! These ladies got together to discuss the newest fall trends and when I asked them what their favorites were, here’s what they came up with:
This fall season is all about the color; keeping it soft, tone-on-tone, and natural. Summer hair gets faded out so the inclination for our guests is to refresh their color; get it rich and looking healthy again. There is a big mix in color choices in the fall. The color varies between a preference of blonde or brunette. Around the end of September when people’s tans start to fade and they begin to transition to fall clothes, many tend to go darker with their color. Richer pigments are always requested more in the fall. The hot color trend for this fall is Bronde. A blonde can transition to shades of brown or a brunette will transition to shades of blonde. Blake Lively’s current color is a perfect example of Bronde. Other big fall colors are rich, deep browns and dimensional reds. Hair painting, baby lights, balayage, and sombre color techniques are here to stay for a while.
Like the hippie movement in the early 70’s, we feel a change happening in our culture and within ourselves. Styles are shifting from the conformity of the last few seasons. There’s a strong influence of 1970’s, anything goes, free love feel. We are craving this freedom and embracing our own individuality. The styles for the fall are undone. The grunge style is making a comeback. Hairstyles are on the messier side and high textured is in. Medium length lobs are still in. Women are growing out their short layers, angles and bangs and wearing the lob. The lob is moving from wavy to more straight or textured with an easy breezy feel to it. Women who need more edge are cutting shags and the timeless layered bobs are sticking around.
Cuts are mid-length. Lots of our clients are cutting their waist length hair for shorter lengths. For men, Beatlemania is back-at least for the hair style. Men are opting for the medium length Mop Top hair style as well as growing their hair long, putting it in a bun, and sporting beards.
Looking to update your look for the Fall without a drastic change? Try out some of these tips:
*If you’re anything like me, you are useless when it comes to styling your hair and even “easy” styles are hard to make happen. I rely on the help of AME Designers to show me how to do these. Next time you are in, feel free to ask your Designer to teach you how to make these tips happen for you.
AME offers a quick and easy customized chemistry system. It’s only 5 min at the bowl and customized to your hair needs. Try an ends refresher for shine and to add some tone properties to get rid of those faded, thirsty locks. Learn more about our treatments and other promotions here and call us to schedule your treatment!
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This month, our Stylist Spotlight is on Brett Smith!
About Brett: Call me silver. I have been a stylist at AME for twenty-five years now and I am extremely passionate about education and my craft. I would call my style classic with a deconstructed edgy element. I love the relationships I have with my guests. Being able to service them and bring them current trends really rocks my world. Continuing education classes and being inspired as well as educating others and mentoring the new hair associates is very important to me. I am grateful everyday for my career.
Favorite Hair Product: Right now I am most impressed with Olaplex. Both the take home product and the in-salon treatment are fabulous. Olaplex is a reconstructive treatment that re-bonds the bisulfite bonds that hold the hair polymers together. It is not a conditioner or a protein treatment. We compromise our hair bonds everyday with hair coloring, styling, sun, and other elements. Fortunately, Olaplex is instant and permanent until we break more bonds. It is an in-salon service with a take home booster. I love it done in conjunction with a keratin blow out or smoothing treatment.
Hair trend you are loving: The Biggest trends I’m seeing for fall are headbands, modern French twist, messy chignon, center parts with bedhead hair, and deep side parts slicked over. In addition, I am loving the lob (long bob) and mid lengths. These styles can be smooth, textured, or curled and they graze the shoulders or fall just below.
DIY Styling Secret: Don’t forget about your cold air switch on your blow dryer. When you are creating your curls, waves, or bed head looks, don’t forget to hit the area you just styled with cold air. This will set it before you release it from your brush or styling tool.
*To schedule an appointment with Brett, call AME: 610-995-2631by
Spring has sprung and it’s time to rid yourself of your winter locks and visit your stylist to create your new Spring look.
I was talking with one of our fabulous stylists, Kelly and she had some wonderful suggestions for refreshing your look. I loved hearing about the new, restorative hair protector – Olaplex. Olaplex has been featured in various press as an award-winning, beauty breakthrough treatment.
Kelly recommends considering lighter shades for your highlights and color as well as adding layers to your haircut for your Spring look. Ok, now for the exciting part. I had no clue what Olaplex was and being a blonde, I need to know about it and my hair needs to have it. Here is what Kelly had to say about this beauty game-changer:
Olaplex is a great reconstructive treatment that rebuilds the bonds in the hair which can become damaged or even broken during coloring and styling. Olaplex maintains the integrity of the hair leaving it shinier, stronger, and healthier. Olaplex will also make your color last longer.
Since the bonds in your hair break during coloring, Olaplex should be used every time you receive a color treatment. It can also be used before a Keratin treatment or on its own as a separate treatment. Olaplex is also available as a take-home treatment to use once a week!
Treatment plans will vary for each guest so be sure to talk to your stylist for more information.
Check out Allure’s Beauty Breakthroughs 2014 (slide #11) for an in-depth explanation on how Olaplex works.
“Olaplex is a breakthrough in the color department because this is the first time we have even been able to repair the bonds within the hair and actually restore it while also coloring and lightening the hair so that it can be pushed farther than ever before. It’s not a band-aid treatment at all—it permanently restores hair,” says Riawna Capri, co-owner of Nine Zero One salon in West Hollywood, CA.
Online Group Wellness
JOIN US! AME Salon and Spa is offering FREE online Group Wellness Sessions in a private FaceBook group. As your Health Coach, I will provide nutritional facts and recommendations, recipes, answer your questions and more in a private, non-judgmental environment.
Our next session is April, 1, 2015. Email: Alyssa@amesalonandspa.com to join.by