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How do you manage grown out roots when you don’t have time to have your hair colored?

July 02, 2012 By: manager Category: Blonde Hair Colors, blonde hilites, hilites

balayage highlighting at Indulge Salon of York PA

balayage highlighting at Indulge Salon of York PA

If you have ever reached the point that it is hard to maintain your grown out roots (regrowth) every four weeks then maybe you should consider some different types of highlighting such as the french Balayage technique that originated in France. This technique is done artistically and beautifully with a pallete of color to make the regrowth at the scalp look like your hair was kissed by the sun. While the ends are lighter because of color over color, we can manage that by enhancing the bottom with perhaps some ombre lowlights to minimize the brightness and tone then adding some lighteness to the top with the hair painting that only we at Indulge, A Color salon 180 from Ordinary can do.

We have training programs that we teach a consistent french hair painting technique that takes some skill and a keen eye for the artistry to know where to place the brush and the angle in which the hair will lay. The results are spectacular and the color lasts longer than if you would do the retouch every four weeks which certainly grows out with a line. The Balayage technique does not grow out in a line but a beautiful natural approach like your natural hair grows.

Tips for blonde hair drying to prevent frizziness

May 20, 2012 By: manager Category: Blonde Hair Colors, blonde hilites, hilites, Keratin Smoothing Treatments, styling

this cream is awesome to use before you blow dry your hair. Use about a dime size for a full head

this cream is awesome to use before you blow dry your hair. Use about a dime size for a full head

You know and I know that when you have blonde hair and it’s frizzy it doesn’t look as good as the stylist at the salon when she does it. So here are some fun tips to help prevent the frizz before you dry your hair:

1. Prestyling efforts are important. Try to towel blot and do not RUB the hair dry. EEEK! That just makes your hair worse or the one I love the most is the turban style of drying. That is also not a favorable effort because the ends where the water is held will have the towel absorb and then they will get dry and frizzy with the scalp still be damp or still wet. So instead try this tip by towel blotting which is squeezing the excess water out of the hair and then take the towel and squeeze at the scalp to get the excess out of there. Then take your product to prevent frizzy such as the Shine Drops from Wella Sebastian put a few drops in your hand add a little water to dilute so it doesn’t feel greasy and apply to the ends first than work it through the hair and scalp area.

2. while drying. rather than let your hair fly all over the place like a tornedo, direct the blow dryer with concenter (that’s on the end of the blowdryer that gives direction) towards the scalp first than take it to the ends. this will prevent your hair from getting frizzed out and knotty.

3. gym time. before sweeping the hair into a tight ponytail, mist your bursh with a leave in conditioner or hair spray. This will keep your hair in place while conditioning and holding it together. To prevent frizz, choose sprays that don’t contain water.

I hope these tips help. If you would like to watch my video from flat to fluffy on you tube, this will teach you how to create some curls with naturally wavy hair. It’s funny and informative.

Are you a Blonde on the Run at Indulge Salon?

May 18, 2012 By: manager Category: Blonde Hair Colors, blonde hilites, french haircutting, hilites, Keratin Smoothing Treatments

platinum hair color haircut model with Wella Professional

platinum hair color haircut model with Wella Professional

Hey, are you a Blonde on the run? I started this entire collection of blondes many years ago because I always heard that they were running around doing this and that. So I made  a collection of blondes that are scrumptious and gorgeous.

Basically, I take the color at the scalp and I prelighten the hair so that it looks a little lighter for the spring and summer. Than I take the seasonal highlights technique that is most popular such as the french balyage and french balayage (the are both referenced) as a french way of natural hair painting. Isn’t that cool?

Then we tone the hair to the glorious shade of beach bunny blonde, butterscotch blonde, cowgirl blonde in case you didn’t know is a strawberry blonde. We also have the ash blondes and the platinum diva blondes. So when you are ready for some powerful blonde highlights just call us at ;717.718.4465 or 717.846.4424 or check out the beautiful colors on our website at

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August 03, 2011 By: manager Category: Uncategorized

Can a good shampoo lighten your hilites?

June 17, 2011 By: manager Category: Blonde Hair Colors, blonde hilites, french haircutting, hilites, Well Water

I just ran across a situation today at the salon. I was performing a training with some

newer staff members with our shampoo process. As I was educating a client and staff

on how much shampoo to use, where to apply the shampoo first besides the habitual

top of the head glob, I learned that most people do not apply shampoo properly, nor

do they know where to put it first. So let’s do some education for all of you to help you

increase the volume of your hair, cleaner hair and scalp and overall better condition

of the hair by proper system of shampooing.

1. wet the hair first. If you have well water let the water run 5 minutes before putting

your hair under the water. This will allow the metals and any chemicals in the water

run out first then you will not have to worry about the well water build up.

2. pour the shampoo into your hand about a quarter size. rub the shampoo between your hands to break up the product then apply to

3. your mid lengths and ends first then your scalp. start rubbing in circles and moving the shampoo around towards your hairline. The hairline captures the salt, sweat and anything yucky that might be left into the hair for days. Hair will smell if not washed properly or often enough. Feel free to shampoo your hair every day.

4. rinse thoroughly. Add a quarter of conditioner to the mid lengths and ends. You do not need conditioner on the scalp. This is the healthiest area of your hair. Let on for 3 minutes while you wash your body.

5. squeeze out the water. When you are ready to hop out of the shower, towel blot until you don’t have much water left in the hair. Apply your leave in treatment or product asap so the he product will dry with the product in the hair. If to much water is left in the hair, it will weight dowb the hair.

Note: if you do not wash your hair frequently or two washes per shampoo session, the hair will tend to look dull and not as vibrant as when you had it colored. the sweat will turn the hair color to a yellow dull look. Smoke, sweat can build up on the hair by coating it. The sweat glands produce the natural moisturizer that will build up.

Keep shampooing! This will keep your hair brighter and healthier

Ombre blonde hilites can blend or be bold

May 12, 2011 By: manager Category: Blonde Hair Colors, blonde hilites, french haircutting, hilites

Have you tried the new Ombre hair color technique? this technique will give you interesting dimensional hilites that will enhance your natural or “non natural” hair color. This technqiue can be done bodly with peek a boo lights shining through the darker hair like a veil or you can choose to have a more natural approach that looks like the sun kissed the hair. The concept is the hilites are more around the middle to the ends of the hair. This is not your normal hilite that is positioned on the top of the head. go ahead and try something new today.

We had a client that had a more light golden blonde and we painted on the ombre hair color to really bring more light around the face. We used a lighter pale blonde to give her hair some zest. I just love how it looked when she ran her hands through her hair. So beautiful how the light shined on her hair.

Think about it. It’s different, It’s beautiful.

Hair lighteners and the effects of well water

May 02, 2011 By: manager Category: blonde hilites, hilites, shampoo, Well Water

Did you know that well water can have adverse effects on the hair when in direct contact with salon lightener or box  color? Let me share with you some of the possible effects…

a. hair can swell up and break off or fall right off the head leaving a bald spot

b. hair may not grow back

c. it acts like an instant burn the instant the lightener mixed with hydrogen peroxide and applied to non pre-washed hair

d. hair could chemically start getting hot to the touch  inside a foil packet while hiliting.Instantly, hot to the touch. 

Largely depending on the amounts of magnesium, sulfates, calcium and iron in the well water that comes directly from the ground and its sources, the well water can be really good for the skin or smell like rotten eggs. Yuk! It has been my personal experience in the salon that if hair is unwashed and is still has well water layered onto it over the weeks from constant washing and rinsing the hair, the hair will process quickly and may tend to be hot on the scalp. We recommend that the hair be shampooed prior to any chemical service to prevent the burning or hot feeling on the scalp and to protect the hair. We have seen what the combination can be like which was unexpected. This happened about 15 years ago to a client that was unaware and so was the stylist at the time. It is imperative that you tell the stylist what type of water you have been drinking or washing in.

A recommendation after all of the education consumed in learning about the effects of well water would be to let your water run at least five minutes prior to hopping in the shower. This brings all of the minerals through the metal pipes and flushes them out and lets the fresh water run through. Most homes are now built with PVC plastic type of drainage that prevents build up of minerals. Also, to prevent an over abundance of minerals flowing directly onto the top of your head, start washing your body first then wash your hair.

Before your hair treatment at the salon, let your stylist know that you have well water or city water so that damage could be prevented. We carry Pureology shampoo called Purify that will cleanse and rid your hair of mineral residue. Use this twice a week and it will break down the built up. Try to stay away from the drying shampoo’s. Always use an appropriate conditioner to detangle your hair.

Solid blondes with a hint of dimension brings out the shine

April 25, 2011 By: manager Category: Blonde Hair Colors, blonde hilites, hilites, styling

think about it. You have been coloring your hair for years but it lacks the luster and shine that you crave like the magazines. Ask for some dimensional hilites or lowlights if you are to light. This will break up the base color and make your other color pop and gives interest.  Try some alternate tones besides just the hilites such as strawberry blonde that makes your skin look more apricot. Or if you are a warmer brunette ask for toffee or break the base of your natural color that looks more sun kissed.

If you are a high maintenance blonde you know that it costs you more money every month and then you add hilites every other month, try keeping the hair toned with a color balance that will give you more of a softer creamier tone that is lower maintainance than hilites. Sure keep the hilites going but maybe do some packets vs all over.

New Beachy waves/romantic curls done at Indulge Salon

April 25, 2011 By: manager Category: french haircutting, Keratin Smoothing Treatments, layered haircut, styling

Why not play up your curls by adding some gel to your curl while wet, wrap athe curls around your fingers and set with some clips till dry. When your hair is totally dry, unclip the clips and take some Wella Sebastian Liquid gloss through your hair and sex it up by tossing your hair upside down and shake it out baby! Beautiful romantic curls for the day. If you want to get a second day out of it put it up in an updo.

To expand your hair with some natural looking curls apply styling creme or mousse as Sebastian Forte to give more support to your hair when using a curling iron. We suggest a 1″ or more curling iron for long hair and wrap the 1″ curling iron around your hair vertical meaning up and ddown which gives more volume. If the hair is over blonded utilize the Sebastian Trililant to protect the hair that has been processed and over blown dried. If you can visualize a spiral is how you want the hair to look. Let the hair cool and then shake it out or individually separate the curl.  Then spray with the Sebastian Spray Forte.

Are sulfates harsh in shampoo?

April 17, 2011 By: manager Category: blonde hilites, hilites, Keratin Smoothing Treatments, shampoo

This is the skinny on sulfates in shampoo or any other detergent. You heard it here! In many yearssulfates are part of the cleansers in detergents, shampoo’s and any other cleaner. They make the bubbles. Certainly you have heard rumors that sulfate-based surfactants are harsh such as garage floor cleaners. It’s important that these “ideas” or “rumors” are taken out of context be cleared up. Many ingredients are used for multiple purposes, but at different strenghts which make them suitable for that specific use. For example, if you take cinnamon in its undiluted form, it can burn your mouth or skin, yet it is safely used in  lower levels every day in common foods and candy. How about that!

With surfactants, the same properties that make an ingredient useful for cleaning hair make it useful for cleaning clothes or floors, but not the same strength. A company we use that supplies us with shampoo’s and conditioners called P&G formulate their mixtures with different surfactants to successfully balance mildness to skin and hair with effective cleaning performance. They are used at diluted levels that are safe for intended use in shampoo. A surfactant is a primary ingredient in soaps and shampoos that provide the cleansing benefit. Sulfate-based surfactants (sodium lauryl sulfact, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laurly sulfate, ammontium laureth sulfate) are often a part of shampoos. I know from my experience learning how to make natural soaps that theremust be a sudsy type of cleaner to actually clean skin. These have been effective ingredients in the cosmetic industry for decades. Ammonium laurel sulfates can relax permanent waves and they can dry the hair if used in on color treated hair. We always recommend the “stripping” type of shampoo’s that remove the wax buildup are still recommended to prepare the hair before hair color or chemical service. However, these cleansing shampoo’s should not be used on a daily basis. If well water is existing in the household we absolutely recommend it 2-3x per week to break down the minerals that can accumulate on the shaft of the hair and become heavy and limp. There are specific times to use these stronger shampoos then other daily use.

Claims that formulas without sulfates are safter or milder than sulfate-containing formulas can be misleading. Consumers use carefully formulated products, not single ingredients, and what matters is the performance of the complete formula. P&G shampoos are formulated with mixtures of different surfactants to successfully balance to the cleanser and cleaning performance. You may have wondered, do sulfates cause cancer? This is a myth that has been circulating the internet for over a decade without merit or scientific data support. The safety of sodium lauryl sulfate, and the other sulfates mentioned above were all re-reviewed by the US Cosmetic Ingredient Revieiew Expert Panel in 2002, who thoroughly considered more than 250 new scientific studies on these ingredients, and none of the studies suggested that the sodium laurel sulfates could cause cancer.  The rumors were deteriorated by organizations that had a direct interest such as The American Cancer Society, Snopes. com, The US Cosmetic Ingredient Rreview Panel.