mel1  This is sweet little Mel, a friend and co-worker. Yesterday she let me take over her hair and we did this awesome Ombre. Here are the before and after photos and I’m so super pleased at how it came out.

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Here are some friendly tips that I want to pass along that can help when finding and booking your next appointment at a salon.

Two Types of Salons

There are two types of salons and lots of folks don’t realize this when they go looking for a new stylist.

First there is a commission salon, where the stylist works on a commission basis. In a nutshell, the stylist makes a commission for the butt in the chair and the service the stylist is performing. (And for all the fabulous advice she/he gives you on your love life.)

Then there is chair rental. This is where the stylist is in business for herself and pays a monthly payment of rent to the salon owner.

I am a chair rental stylist. Which means I work when I have clients on scheduled days and if I don’t have clients I don’t go to work. Pretty sweet deal, huh! I am my own boss. I buy my own product and use what ever product I love best. I am responsible for my further education, promoting my bidnez, etc. If I want a day off I get to take it and come to work when I have clients.

The reason I’m writing this is to inform y’all and help you understand how to get yer fabulous butt in my fabulous chair. I get calls often from clients wanting to make same day appointments and I feel bad trying to explain that I’m not in the salon and I’m self employed and unfortunately can’t help them right at that minute.

So when looking for a salon the first thing is to try and figure out is if you are calling a commission salon or a chair rental salon if you need to get in that day. If you don’t need to get in that day, I would really love to hear from you. If you need work done that day, I will commiserate with you and seriously feel really bad about not being available. And then I’ll drink my latte.

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Have you noticed this new tend walking the streets? Dark roots and lightened ends? It’s called a balayage or an ombre.

Balayage Hair

Sarah is sporting a bayalage above. Every person’s bayalage is going to look different, since it’s a type of painting on the hair that your stylist creates. Balayage is a French word meaning scanning or sweeping, and it refers to the motion we use with the applicator when we put the bleach on.

You can use any color you like. One of my favorites is brown to blonde, maybe a bit sun kissed, like the picture of Sarah.

Bayalage with blonde tips

I also really love the brown with just the tips blonde like the second picture. There is a lot of control over how the application is done. I can carefully take just pieces of hair, a few strands or a clump, and apply lightener from roots to ends.

Ombre brown to red

And if you want a bold statement take a look at the dark hair with the red ombre at the bottom. All of these looks are way less up keep then the failure foil we are used to.

Hair color is clearly not what it used to be—a conservative all-over look. If you want to stand out from the crowd, consider seeing me for a bayalage or ombre and let’s paint you a picture of hairstyle success!

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Perfect Part: A Cut I Love

May 5, 2012

This is another recent cut I did. I love how her lovely, shiny, full hair falls. Gorgeous color too!

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Hairstyles: A New Look Makes a Difference

February 4, 2012

I sometimes get the question about whether any particular hairstyle or haircut or coloring makes me nervous to do. After the years I’ve been in the biz, not really. But recently I had a haircut that scared the bejeesuz out of me. This is my darling girlfriend. We just celebrated our third anniversary and this [...]

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Another Curly Haircut I Love

February 3, 2012

Y’all know that I love cutting and styling curls. Lots of stylists find them a pain but I think they’re beautiful. Curly hairstyles are not difficult and they’re really fun. Or maybe I don’t find them difficult BECAUSE I find them fun. I know I wrote a curly hair blog before and it was such [...]

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BANGS! Just Like That

December 30, 2011

Are you so sick of your hair and in need of a change but not willing to loose your length. BANGS are the littlest big change you can make. Here is my dear client and friend, Sarah who was really scared to make the change but had the ovaries to give it a try. “They’ll [...]

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (with hair)

December 18, 2011

This was one fun night at my bff’s house doing an Ombre and foils on the girls. They loved it and felt so felt so pretty.  Warmed my heart to be able to have a girls night like this. And the thing is is that I know they will always remember it.  That’s all they really want, [...]

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Your Neighborhood Stylist

October 12, 2011

I’m so excited to post that I am moving to a new little salon in North Tacoma! Beginning the first of November, I’ll be snipping your locks and making you beautiful at Sabbatique Hair Studio. You’ll be thrilled to know that it’s not far from Baroque, so it’s not like my big move from Seattle to [...]

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Top Hairstyles: 3 I Love To Do

September 1, 2011

I went to school and worked on Capitol Hill in Seattle for about five years. I didn’t actually go to school for five years, but you know what I mean. I’ve put in my time in the LGBT hood. If you have visited the area you will see pretty much every hairstyle but the three [...]

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