"Bye Bye Bye" Buildup

Can you answer yes to any of the following questions?

Well water, styling products, and the environment can accumulate build up in your hair. Buildup is not our friend!  It can make your hair dry, limp, and lackluster.  Make the final call, and break up with your buildup.  You can do it, and we're here for you!

Many of our clients receive our in salon pre-art treatment, up to three times a year.  This treatment is sodium based, and from start to finish only takes 30 minutes!

One of our colorists, Jamie, is the queen of analogies. 

I love to compare our pre-art treatment, which is sodium based, to using salt while cooking. Salt brings out hidden flavors in food. The pre-art treatment extracts impurities in our hair.
— Jamie, Colorist

Before a pre-art service is started, we wash the hair with a clarifying shampoo that softens and preps the cuticle.  The pre-art treatment is then applied, and left to sit.  The process time depends on the person, and is determined during the consultation.  

Jamie recommends following the pre-art with a customized Kerastase Fusion Dose treatment.  

The pre-art lifts the hair's cuticle and pulls out build up.  A Fusio Dose is a great treatment to receive after a pre-art.  The cuticle is the hair's outermost protective layer, and if left open, the inside layers are compromised.  Close the cuticle and your hair is kept healthy and moisturized.

The best part is at the end of the pre-art treatment.  Our stylists can determine which minerals were inhabiting your hair by the color of the treatment. 

Green & Blue: copper, chlorine

Orange: iron, magnesium

Yellow: a combination of very small minerals, usually found in New England wells.  Also, product build up.

For the On-The-Go Client

Kerastase introduced the Chronologiste Gommage a few weeks ago, and has become a fan favorite at the salon.  This is a great pre-shampoo product for men and women that want to fight build up and gently exfoliate their scalp.

The Chronologiste line detoxifies, activates, and stimulates the scalp much like we do in our everyday skin care regimen.  Apply a quarter size amount of the Gommage on to your hands and emulsify. On damp hair, apply the Gommage to the scalp and pull through to the ends.  Follow with a scalp massage for one or two minutes (longer if you are feeling indulgent).  Rise thoroughly. Proceed to shampoo and condition your hair.  

This is an excellent product for client on-the-go that does not have time for an in-salon pre-art treatment.  With two great options to breakup with your buildup, you now have no excuse to say "bye bye bye."

The Evolution of the Ombré


In 2012, ombré climbed to the top of everyone's "to-do" list.  It seemed almost mindless to make the transition.  Women raved about light locks and ease of maintenance.  This French-termed hair trend featured a darker root and  swift graduation of a lighter shade down to the tips.



Ombré was turned down a notch in 2013.  Instead of a more prominent graduation, the balayage started to creep and blend it's way up further towards the roots.  The outcome?  A more subtle ombré that became the transition into 2014's hair color trend. 



We blur the lines even more with 2014's hottest hair trend, sombré.  With this look you still get to enjoy forgiving roots, and also beautiful sun-kissed highlights paired with rich caramel tones.  It looks like "au naturel" color is becoming a fan favorite...


Just when you thought the beauty industry had exhausted their options with a balayage techniques, they surprise us with yet another variation.  (To add, balayage stems from the French term balayer, "to sweep." In this technique, the colorist hand paints the highlights instead of using the conventional foil.)

We introduce you to 2015's leading hair color, écaille.  This technique features golden highlights and darker caramel tones.  Unlike sombré, écaille enhances  the darker dimensional tones.  What makes this trend so versatile?  Écaille gives colorists the opportunity to customize the various hues.  The key is to focus on rich shades, and let the highlights flow naturally.  

So why are we pulling back the reins on the original ombré?  Sitting down with Timothy Pamment, he responded with a question, "Well, what does ombré mean?"  

Ombré stems from the word "ombrer," which means "to shade."  

"It is only natural that we go back to the root of the word, and make our highlights more subtle and organic."  He brought up a great point!


Très interested in this color option, but perplexed on how to pronounce it to your colorist?  You're not alone, so we found this video!