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Is Going Blonde Right For You?

Is Going Blonde Right For You?
By: Guest blogger and Stylist Hollie Lockhart.

So you want to change up your look, and you think that lightening up a bit is the way to do it? There are many factors that go in to lightening hair and the process and/ or up-keep can be a little more time/effort/money than expected. Here are some tips for those considering lightening up.

1. Do your research on different shades or looks you are going for. Your stylist loves photos and can better assist you when we have a visual of the look and color, this allows us to be on the same page as you. Your stylist will also need to know your hair history so she can better assist you along this blonde journey. This also allows us to understand what is possible, or not possible at the time of your appointment,

2, Is your hair in a healthy state? Optimal hair for lightening, is healthy hair. Ask your stylist what steps, treatments, vitamins she recommends to get your hair at it’s healthiest so she can lighten the hair with minimal to no damage. We have several different products from Kevin Murphy, as well as Olaplex treatments, at the salon.

3. What is your beauty budget? Let’s face it going blonde isn’t cheap. Depending on the lightness you are trying to achieve, the steps getting there, and the maintenance, you can be looking at multiple appointments and quite a few dollars. It is best to discuss your budget with your stylist and she can direct you to a process that suits your goals. Going blonde doesn’t happen overnight. it is a gradual process and can take from one appointment to months depending on what we are starting with and where you want us to take you. Since we mentioned maintenance, how often are you willing to come back for touch-ups. If you are not wanting to be in the salon every 4-6 weeks then maybe that all over white head of hair with a root-shadow isn’t for you. We can direct you in to maybe getting a balayage, ombre, or sombre so your trips to the salon will be 8-12 weeks instead.

4. The up-keep and at home maintenance are the last two things I’d like to mention. After being lightened, the hair cuticle is changed. It is more fragile and there are steps in your day to day that need to be considered when going lighter. You need a professional shampoo and conditioner, such as Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate me line, to ensure moisture and hair health. Taking home a product to use such as Olaplex #3 would be a beneficial at home treatment. Lay off of the heat. Let your hair air dry, only use heated styling tools when necessary. Heat dries out hair and can cause breakage. Is your blonde getting brassy? Kevin Murphy has a purple shampoo and conditioner for this. Basically what I’m saying is there will be tweaks to your daily hair care routine to ensure optimal results before your next blonding appointments to keep your hair looking fabulous and healthy.

I hope these tips have enlightened you and have made your blonde journey a bit more understandable. Always feel free to book a consultation with us at anytime, we would be happy to map out a step-by-step process tailored to you!

Does NATURAL always = HEALTHY?

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At my salon I keep a healthy vibe flowing between services, products, hair and skin care lines. I carry an 8 free line of nail polishes by Smith and Cult and I use Kevin Murphy hair color which is both ammonia and PPD free.

It is safe to say that I make it my business to keep my clients “healthy”. I advise against the use of drug store hair care and cosmetic products because they are not closely regulated by the FDA and truth be told you have NO idea what you are getting in those products. They can legally state things on their packaging like “all natural”, “ammonia free”, and “sulfate free” even if the products ARE NOT! It kind of baffles me the level of lie at which they are capable of legally reaching with their labeling.

Long story short I do my research and I know what is good for my clients to be using and what they shouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole. Recently I was chatting it up with a co-worker and amazing Esthetician and the conversation got me thinking… is natural always healthy?

People are often allergic to nature. The cedar in Austin is no joke people. I know somebody who is allergic to pineapple and I am always hearing about people with life threatening nut allergies. These things all exist in nature. Right!

My friend made a solid point. She said something about the things that exist in our bodies. Are they not natural? She listed off a couple of ingredients that she knew people were wary of that were found in our bodies NATURALLY. These ingredients do not grow from the ground so a lot of her clients would question the product for how “natural” it was. So I looked some stuff up… Gingko seeds contain a naturally occurring neurotoxin. Bamboo shoots have a natural toxin called cyanogenic glycoside. These items grew from the ground and exist in nature but do I want them on my skin or scalp?

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Also, why would we willingly choose not to make use the modern marvels of medical science at our disposal? You obviously must take what information you can find and do your research accordingly, but if they can create something that could act as a synthetic replica or extract and use something found in and created by your own body then why the hell not? If you are worried about it you will need to research what ingredients are made by your body that you could use more of for your skins health but barring any crazy findings why does the ingredient have to be what society considers “natural” to be good for your skin or hair? If you have a talented Stylist or Esthetician they can guide you in a healthy direction and tell you which ingredients are good or bad for you.

Don’t just buy into the natural always = healthy craze. Do your research and consult a professional to make the healthiest choices for your body and its needs. You are unique and need a custom skin and hair care routine that fits you specifically. Your stylist knows you, they see you regularly. They will see your body change and your hair and skin make shifts. If they find something outside their scope they will be sure to point you in the right medical direction. As long as your stylist is qualified they are sure to be a valuable resource in your journey to optimal health.

As always we are here for you at Pomme Salon if you need an amazing Stylist or Esthitician.

Love

All the reasons you should be treating your scalp instead of your hair.

Another lovely day to talk about your HAIR. If you haven’t figured it out it is basically my all time favorite subject. Call me a hair nerd if you will but girlfriend knows what she is talking about okurrrrr?

Now that I got that out of my system I will be serious. If you have a nagging hair problem that you can’t seem to shake no matter what products you use or how well you follow your stylists instructions… it might actually be a scalp problem. Truthfully our hair growth begins inside our bodies and if you aren’t addressing your insides then the hair won’t be healthy especially after it has been on your head for a while, keratinized and exposed to the elements. So here are a few tips of how you can take care of your hair starting with your scalp.

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  1. Healthy eating habits. If you are not getting the proper nutrition you won’t grow properly. Opinion on my part but I think you will find it backed up by science with a simple google sess. Make sure your body is not lacking in any essential vitamins. To boost your hair health specifically you may want to consider some of these gems…
    1. Swiss Chard is chock full of Biotin which will help you hair grow.
    2. Salmon is high in Omega-3 which can help with dandruff and dry scalp.
    3. Final recommendation, Spinach. It has vitamin C which can help regulate your scalps oil production.

There is A LOT more foods that are good for your hair health but if you want more info consider booking a complimentary consultation with your stylist.

  1. Olaplex. Everybody should be using Olaplex. It reconnects your broken disulfide bonds which is the lifeline of your hairs health. PLEASE do yourself a favor and ask your stylist about it. It should be in all your color services and you definitely need Olaplex step 2 at home. I recommend slathering it on your mid shafts and combing through. Wrap it up in a high bun or braid it to get it out of your way and go to bed. Let it work its magic baby. When you wake up your going to want to wash it out and condition as usual. Please don’t underestimate the power of this product. It is AMAZING.
  2. At least once a year you should be booking a service with your stylist to include a scalp and hair detox and condition treatment. I like to begin with a detox treatment to remove build up followed by a special shampoo to treat your scalp specifically. Then a stand alone Olaplex treatment and finished with a customized conditioning treatment. I will often use one deep conditioner on the scalp and a different one on the hair. This service is vital to removing unhealthy scalp and hair build up and making your hair feel totally young again.
  3. My last tip is in your shower. Make sure the shampoo and conditioner you are using is professional quality. The ultimate hair killer is drugstore shampoo and conditioner. I can not impress upon you enough how dishonest the unprofessional beauty industry is about their products and ingredients. They are not closely regulated by the FDA and I can practically guarantee contain ingredients that are harmful to you. YES even if it is labeled all natural, organic, sulfate free etc. Do not put that on your body to sink into your blood stream. I am of the opinion that continued use of these products can cause permanent hair loss in old age among other internal medical issues. Secondarily the shampoo you pick should be aimed at addressing your scalp specific concerns and your conditioner is what you use to take care of your hair. Your stylist can help you choose the best combination.

 

With all the love I have I wish you the most healthful and happy hair journey and I hope to see you in the salon very soon.

xoxo,

Love

Summertime Self-Care: 10 Tips

This week, we announced the theme for June’s First Thursday Party:

Self Care Isn’t Selfish!

Countless clients come in to Pomme and talk about how it’s their “me” time. We hear things like, “This is my break!” from stay-at-home moms. Dads coming in for a quick trim often say the same kinds of things… Busy teens are ecstatic to take a break from studying.

The common thread running through our clients’ statements is guilt (especially parents, caregivers, and those that have really demanding jobs). Taking one second away from your many obligations can feel almost wrong!

Here at Pomme, we have a philosophy: Self-care isn’t selfish.

As people, we only have a finite amount of resources with which to operate, so taking care of ourselves really isn’t a matter of selfishness — in fact, making sure our own need are met only makes us more well-equipped to support others.

So when we saw a whole article about summer self-care, we couldn’t help but pass it on! Since we’re just stepping into the official start of summer this Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got the perfect excuse to try out some of these tips! Here are some awesome tips from the article!

Summertime Self-Care: 10 Tips

It’s the season for barbecues, sand between your toes, boat rides, plunges into the pool and other relaxing and rejuvenating adventures.

We asked several therapists and coaches to share their ideas for nurturing ourselves (and having fun) this summer. Here are their self-care suggestions.

1. Plan a vacation or staycation.

Where you go isn’t as important as taking the time to do something for yourself.

For instance, take a road trip to a place that’s especially beautiful in the summertime, such as Minneapolis or Chicago. Or enjoy the sights and sounds of your own city. Make a list of activities you’d like to do, such as visit a museum, picnic in the park with loved ones, play Frisbee, people-watch at a café or swing on the swings.

Also, pay attention to the activities your town or city is offering. Many places have summer festivals with music, food and fun — three things that are good for nurturing the soul.

2. Take a break from technology.

Everything seems to slow down a little bit in the summer, so it might be a good time to try experimenting with different ways to take a break from the constant motion of the hectic work schedule of the rest of the year.

For instance, experiment with not using technology, such as your smart phone, laptop or tablet, an hour or two before bed.

Also, try taking an entire day off from technology either each week or on your summer vacation. Let your co-workers and family members know ahead of time that you won’t be on email during that time, and give yourself a chance to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones.

3. Focus on effective tasks.

Take some extra downtime during the summer — because once it’s gone, it’s gone — and identify the activities that will give you the biggest bang for your buck, so to speak, during the hours you are in the office.

When you are working, particularly if you’re a business owner, engage in projects that will provide the biggest benefits.

This could be anything from continuing to market your business (especially because few businesses market during the summer) to training employees to having lunch with your biggest clients.

4. Participate in playful activities.

Whatever it is, connect to your inner child and go do it.

Think about the summertime activities you loved as a child. Was it riding bikes ‘til dark? Visiting waterparks? Running through the sprinklers? Eating BBQ in the backyard?

5. Spend time near water.

The sound of moving water is soothing to the soul and helps bring clarity.

Depending on where you live, this could be anything from a stream to the ocean, she said. Or it could be swimming in your own pool, a friend’s pool or a local community pool.

6. Savor fresh foods.

Challenge yourself to try a new fruit or veggie every week.

In the summertime, many delicious fruits and vegetables are in season.  If you have a local farmers market nearby, you can develop a relationship with the farmers, learn about where your food comes from and get exposed to new variations of basic fruits and veggies like purple carrots.

7. Wake up earlier.

Getting up just 30 minutes earlier than you normally do can be rejuvenating.

This gives you some quiet time to meditate, savor your cup of coffee, enjoy a short walk or read something that nourishes you (not your email!).

8. Go for a walk.

Walking reduces stress and is attributed to causing moments of inspiration.

It’s especially beneficial to take a stroll in natural surroundings. Just leave your iPod at home.

9. Spend time outside.

Pick an outdoor activity that truly brings you joy, and doesn’t feel like a chore or obligation.

This could include gardening, hiking, biking or swimming, she said. Other ideas include golfing, berry picking and exercising outside. There are gyms and yoga studios that offer outdoor classes.

10. Do something out of your comfort zone.

Sometimes the best way to nurture yourself is to do something outside of your comfort zone.

For instance, join a summer league where you don’t know anyone; bring in watermelon or another summer treat to the office; run a race; try a new sport; experience the great outdoors in a new way like hiking, camping, backyard rooftop camping or fishing.

This summer consider the activities that will nurture your many needs, and help you enjoy yourself!

(tips courtesy of psychcentral.com)

Why I chose ORANGE lipstick (and what you should choose)

Hey there ORANGE lipstick here. Just checking in with all my bright and shining glory. Ever thought about slipping a little bit of this magic right on those perfect lips? No. Oh. That’s really sad. Lets talk about that…

Hey there ORANGE lipstick here. Just checking in with all my bright and shining glory. Ever thought about slipping a little bit of this magic right on those perfect lips? No. Oh. That’s really sad. Lets talk about that…

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There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to your lips. Most people choose to shy away from colors that are very bright or obvious. I am going to shine a light on your choices by breaking it down for you technically because there is a science to your color choices.

Introducing the color wheel. A basic color wheel consists of your primary colors. Red, blue and yellow. All other colors come from mixing these three OG’s. When you start to put these colors together you can see that you get your purples greens and oranges. The colors on either side of any specific color are called complimentary colors. This means that they look good together.

The next thing to know is that there are different tones. They can really be categorized into 3 areas. There are cool tones, warm tones and neutral tones. The key to finding your PERFECT LIP COLOR is to figure out what your skin’s under tone is. I have a pink undertone in my skin. This is why I flush easily and have some skin sensitivities. This is common in people with fair skin.

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The next tidbit is that anything on the yellow, orange and red side are warm tones. Pink is actually red and white which means there is a warmth to that tone as well. Since pink is basically red that means I actually have a warm undertone despite how fair-skinned I am.

Are you totally bored yet? Hang in there because I promise you will really appreciate this when you find your signature color. So if you look at the color on either side of red which we have established is my skin’s undertone you can see that the complimentary colors are purple and orange. So you have seen me in Orange lipstick. Let’s test the theory with a little photo of my lips decked out in purple. The key here is to select a purple on the warm side. Anything to blue will actually be cool which is the opposite of my skins warm undertone. Blue is fun and I rock it on occasion but I admit it does not look as good as the purple and orange lipsticks I use.

Screenshot_20180522-205732Surprise! Doesn’t it look good. I know you had your doubts. I’m not mad. Now that you know you can determine what your skin’s undertone is you can try out all the lips shades you never thought you could wear! For example if you have that olive skin it is actually a green undertone. Try a golden lipstick shade or you will be surprised to find that a blue or teal lip color might look good on you! I know it’s daring but you can try it out at home on  a Sunday when nobody is watching.

Ultimately determining your undertone is key to finding your complimentary colors. If you don’t know how to start all you have to do is book a consultation with your stylist. They can help you discover all kinds of fun things about your look. This same concept is transferable to your hair and clothes to. You can book your consultation on our website at http://www.pommespa.com with any of our amazing stylists. Until then Peace. Love. Pomme.

xoxo

Love

Snack Pack Bryan’s on 290

The scene was set. I had stumbled upon an adventure in search of something unequivocally satisfying. Some slay dragons and burn castles in their imaginations. In mine I eat and drink myself into gluttony and wake up the next day with the body of a goddess.

I found myself at Bryan’s on 290. It’s quaint exterior was no match to the 5 course adventure we were set to embark on. The atmosphere was jovial, clean and inviting. We were greeted with kindness and set up in a table near the door. We snuggled up in the chatty hum and began our conversation. As we talked I was struck with the realization that the group of 3 I was settled into was the perfect set of ambitious, talented and successful women. I mentally high-fived myself on my choice of friends. That was when the first course arrived…

As I ushered in the first bite I was surprised by the flavor that crested my tongue. Lets first admit that I am the strangest type of foodie… I want to like certain foods on a level as unreal as my favorite animal. In my dreams I would ride my unicorn straight to the ocean and feast a smorgasbord of raw shell-fish and sushi. Alas my strange pallet will not allow it.

I was sure I would not be a fan since I don’t love squash. Please go to Bryan’s if only just for this dish. I could have bathed in it. The smooth, creamy texture did not bother me in the slightest and all 3 of us spooned every bite we could from the bowl. The flavor was unreal. It may have been my favorite dish of the night.

The second course was beautifully plated. I almost didn’t want to eat the work of art carefully canvassed on my plate. I did though… This was my least favorite course. We have established that I am picky and don’t care for seafood. My friends gobbled my extra shrimp and were extremely pleased so I can only gather that it was amazing. The grits however had a major league taste and the hint of chorizo was astounding. What made this dish was the wine they paired. I would marry whoever made the pairing choices for this menu.

If I could write an Acrostic Poem for this course it would look like this…

L ovely aesthetic and picturesque performance.

A lluring aroma.

M ind boggling presentation.

B eatifully executed.

It tasted as beautiful as it looked.  The sides they decided on brought this dish together perfectly. A truly symphonic experience took place here.

True bacon lover here. Secondarily speaking My all time favorite pairing is beef and mashed potatoes. Add bacon and voila. The chef is my hero. Prodigious flavor throughout. Beef can be cumbersome especially with heavy sides but this dish was handsomely balanced and fully proportioned.

Dessert was as good as the rest of the meal although not more exciting. I don’t have a sweet tooth which is why the previous courses were my “jam”. I did enjoy it especially the whipped cream which had a twist and the port they paired it with.

I will end by telling you that I left feeling full but not gorged. The owner was fun and interesting. The entire staff hospitable and inviting. The highlight of this feast for me was the wine pairing. Each wine held hands with the dish as if married for centuries. Bryan’s on 290 is a gem nestled between the hills just west of Austin in Johnson City. Next time you find yourself on your way to Frederickburg it is worth the stop. Particularly on Tuesday when they have “Supper Club” and a fixed 5 course menu.

Thank you for reading and consider joining our Snack Pack for the next adventure.

Bryan’s on 290 Tuesday Night Supper Club

 

 

 

 

The Power of Clear

Bear with me. I swear this post is not all about hair. You will have to trust me for a moment on this one…

As a Hairstylist my inspiration for this post struck as I decided to try something crazy at the salon today. I had a client who was talking about how her blonde hair just seemed dull. Most blondes do not want to be “yellow” or “brassy”. To achieve that cool blonde look we as stylists will usually apply a toner. Also knowns as a glaze. That toner usually has… well. A tone. For cancelling yellows you choose purple for orange you choose blue. Are you still with me? I don’t mean to geek out on you but this was the process of my epiphany.  So here I go. Ash based toners tend to have a more dense color molecule. That means even if you choose the lightest possible toner it will tone down the yellow AND sometimes the brightness as well. It is hard to achieve one fully without the other. To cancel out brass and keep that light bright effect is the stuff of pure Hairstylist genius. This is why people pay us the big bucks.

Suddenly it hit me. There is a product that most color lines have these days and its clear. Well typically I would use that to add a shine or liven up a clients ends. BAM. Liven up and maybe BRIGHTEN up??? I took the plunge. The results speak for themselves. Check out these photos and please excuse the background. They are not professionally created. I was just to excited about the results to let her out the door without a photo.

Long story short. It worked! I was giddy at the results. As I reflected on how excited I was and what a hair dork I am a phrase popped in my head. “The power of clear.”

Clear is after all synonymous with the word cleanse. When you have your aura or a room cleansed your just having it cleaned of all the energy that occurred there so you could start fresh and fill your space with positivity and light.

I cleared my desk. After that I went and cleared my stylist area and the sink. I felt so good I decided to do something else. I set out to clear my mind. I realize this is a deep decision and that I am about to embark upon a journey that will probably take years. I will clear my mind of childhood baggage, unfounded insecurities, negative self talk and basically whatever else I can think of that may be weighing me down. I will undoubtedly report back on my progress and hiccups on my way to clarity but I hope you stay tuned. You can expect brutal honesty above all else.

Maybe with such a clear plate I will be free to enjoy life on my terms as a Stylist, Salon owner, mom and partner or hell as ME clean and clear of labels. I would love to hear your perspective on ” The power of Clear ” and what it could mean for you. Feel free to comment your own thoughts and epiphanies on the subject or private message me via email heather@pommespa.com.

Until next time.

xoxo

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