Up Do or Down Do?

Up Do or Down Do? That is a great question!

There are so many wedding hair style choices and you have to choose one! Sometimes! We have brides that can’t decide, so they will do both!  We’ll do one style for the ceremony and meet them in a few hours and do another style for the reception!

If you need to choose just one style here are some thoughts we’ve discovered along the way.
Generally, Up Hair styles will stay where they are pinned.  Down Styles can change depending on your hair. We can’t do much about gravity, although we try!

The style you choose should make you feel beautiful and comfortable!  If you normally never wear your hair up and it feels strange, then it’s ok to wear it down. Bridal hair doesn’t always need to be up to be elegant. This is why it’s important to do a trial and try both styles!

There are 3 main factors to consider when trying to decide on up or down. Hair length and texture, dress style, wedding theme and the crazy weather are a few things to think about to help you make your decision.


Hair length and texture is a big one!   If you have hair that doesn’t curl well, it’s a lot to ask of your hair to stay down and curly for such a long and maybe hot day.  You need to be ok with the fact that it might fall a little bit.  There are lots of tricks that we can do to make long, straight hair stay curled if that’s what you would really prefer. This is also good to try before the big day! If you have long hair, it’s nice to show it off, so wear it down! Short hair can look like an Up Do once we pin up the sides and add your hair accessories and veil. Hair extensions can help thin, fine hair look thicker for Up and Down Dos.


Dress style and theme of your wedding is important.   If you have a dress that has beautiful detailing in the back, it might be nice to pin your hair up to show that off!  If you have a gorgeous back and want to show that off, pin your hair up! Strapless dresses can be less bare if you wear your hair down.  Bohemian style wedding are great for long loose curls and braids. Vintage style weddings are perfect for low buns with finger-waves or long, loose curls swept to one side.


The weather is always hard to predict, especially in Pittsburgh.  If it’s going to be a super hot summer day, Up hair may be the best choice. If it’s a perfect hair weather day down is a great option. You can always decide that day if you want up or down depending on the sunshine or raindrops.  This is another good reason to practice both styles before the wedding. 

There is no rule set in stone but, Up is great for hot weather, unruly hair and it’s shows off your dress!
Down is great for cooler weather, hair that holds curl well and for strapless dresses to cover your shoulders. 
These are all suggestions and there are exceptions to everything! It’s so nice because you can really do whatever you want! There are no rules! Plan your hair trial with an Up Do and Down Do and then the decision won’t be so hard to make. 

What is a color correction?

What is a color correction?  Many of our highlights and/or balayage colors are about changing what the client has had done before.  Most color services are a color correction! We need to adjust the colors!  Usually it’s a color or highlight that didn’t take well or has faded out to a drab, unhealthy looking color.  We need to lighten some pieces and darken other pieces.   Some clients just want a change! This is what we love to do!!!!

We get lots of questions about balayage and color costs. Most balayages are about correcting the previous color. Ever color is unique and requires different color processes.  The process can vary greatly in product amount and processing time.  The cost will vary accordingly.  A thorough consultation will explain what we need to do, how long it will take and what the costs will be.  We can only work within the limits of your hair and color chemistry!

Here are 2 of our recent clients getting color corrections.  I’ve added what the process time and cost was for each. Haircuts would be an additional price.

Shannon’s client came in to the salon with her hair previously colored and her hair had faded to a red brown. Lia wanted a deeper color with balayage caramel colored ends.  Shannon’s color correction plan was to give her a good base color first to tone down the red. (40 min. $50).  Shannon then did the balayage (1-hour application, $120) on the ends with lightener (45 min. processing).  Shannon then toned Lia’s hair (30 min, $45) so that the final caramel color was achieved.  This is so pretty and looks alot more natural! 4-hour process! $215

Red-brown before, balayage, toner and super pretty after pic!

Harbor’s client had brassy, one-dimensional color and her darker roots were starting to grow out.  She wanted a beige blonde that look more natural.  Harbor did low-lights and highlights at the same time. ($120, 1-hour application, 30 min process).  Tons of foils placed very close together. Hair is shampooed and a toner is then applied to blend everything together ($50, 20 min process).  After blow drying, the root color still needed some blending. Harbor did another row of foils along Nicole’s part with a darker natural color to soften the root line ($40, 30 min process).  In the next 4 to 6 weeks this client will continue to have highlights done to blend in her roots as they grow out. 3-hour process!  This is an amazing transformation done in one visit! Nicole loves her new beautiful color and so do we!  $210

Before! After with natural light! After with ring light! This is the perfect color correction!

Let us help you get the color you’ve always wanted!!!!!



Bridal Trials

Bridal Trials are not necessary but we highly recommend doing a practice round!   We’d like your wedding day to be stress-free and relaxed! Our part in that is having a good hair plan ready to go!

Sometimes it is not possible if the bride is out of town and just can’t make it work.  It is still a good idea to set up some time to talk to your stylist about your hair and the style you’ve chosen.  There are lots of styling tips we can give you that will make the wedding day hair perfect!


A trial is important because then you will know that the style will work with your hair and that you’ll like it!  So often we do the exact style the bride has chosen and she says it’s just not her!  It’s not uncommon for this to happen.  You never know until you try. The day of the wedding is too busy to not be sure about your hair!

The trial can be done at any time.  Months or days before the wedding. Preferably it’s best to do as soon as possible. It’s nice to know ahead of time that you are all set!  Some styles don’t require super long hair, so it’s good to know that you don’t need to grow it for months and not like it along the way.

At the time of the trial, we talk about what you like and go over our options. Bring lots of photos of hair styles that you like.  I like to always try down and up styles.  Most brides know right away what feels right.

At the time of the trial we can go over what’s best for your hair to prepare it for the wedding. When to shampoo, what styling products work best and any other tricks that we’ve learned along the way are important things to know!

I’m not saying that you are locked in to the style we do at the trial! You can always change your mind! It’s better though to only do one look the day of the wedding. On the day of the wedding it’s really hard to do a style and then take it down and try something else.  I like to spray and tease and pin as we go so that it stays all day and night.  If I need to take that down the teasing and spray can make the hair look frizzy and the hair can start to separate.

Once we’ve chosen your hairstyle the wedding day is a breeze!  It’s nice to know that your hair will be exactly what you envision.  It’s fun to check “bridal hair trial” off the list too!

Silver Hair

Who wants silver hair? Well, alot of people!

The picture above is Christina’s client Cecelia! She has very dark hair naturally. Christina was able to lighten her hair and tone it with silver.

We were wondering when the silver, gray hair trend started! Well, I looked it up and it’s in Wikipedia!

It’s called the Granny Hair Trend! Also known as Granny Hair. I personally have never heard this term, and it doesn’t seem like a flattering name to give the silver locks that we are doing!

25-30 years ago, there was no gray hair color that you could buy. No one EVER asked me for silver gray hair! At the sight of one gray hair, we were covering it up!

Now there are so many silver choices!  Women, young and old, are now adding silver or gray streaks to their hair. Those who are blessed with naturally gray hair are embracing their sparkly highlights! There are amazing gray shampoos and conditioners that enhance the gray and make it bright and shiny!

The trend is attributed to fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier! In 2011 his Autumn/Winter fashion show featured models with gray beehives! In 2015 his fashion show in Paris showcased models all with gray, silver hair.

Ellie Goulding was seen in 2011 with platinum hair that was leaning toward gray. Kelly Osbourne was also wearing her hair gray in 2012.

Unfortunately, this is one of the hardest color services to do.  The hair must to lightened to the palest white. If the hair is even a little bit yellow or gold, the silver hair color can look green or have an odd blue cast to it.

It’s so sad to explain to someone who has dark, dark brown hair that this may be something that they may never be able to have. It’s especially difficult if someone has dark hair color on the ends of their hair to begin with.  The hair has to be lightened with lightener and sometimes that color just doesn’t want to lighten past a pale red or gold. Hair can be only lightened so much at one time before it loses all of it’s integrity and starts to break off.  It’s a long process and you need to do lots of treatments that will keep your hair healthy as the process goes along.









Brazilian Blowout Split End Repair

Brazilian Blowout Split End Repair is an amazing 10-minute treatment! If your hair has had too much fun this summer and needs some tlc, this split end repair may be just what you need!


We love the Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Treatment and now they’ve developed a treatment to help your split ends! Nothing can replace a great haircut, but you don’t always want to cut as much as you need to.  Also your hair can be split not just on the ends.  Often split ends can go up into the hair 4-6 inches from the bottom. The treatment is applied to the bottom of the hair and can help the ends look rejuvenated!

The Split End Repairing Treatment is a 10 minute service that is only performed on the ends of the hair to instantly repair, mend and seal broken and split ends for up to 4 weeks. It can be preformed on all hair types. It can be given after any chemical service or just alone after a haircut. It is important to use a sulfate free shampoo at home, so that you don’t remove the repair system from your hair.

The Split End Repair has a Thermo-Marine Bonding System™.  It is a heat-activated, protein-enriched technology that instantly gathers and binds together broken and split ends while the Brazilian Blowout Super Nutrient Complex™ smooths the cuticle. The end result is stronger, healthier ends defended against damage caused by heat styling, hot tools and environmental stress. It eventually shampoos off after 4 weeks or so.  The less you shampoo the better and making sure you use sulfate free shampoos are imperative.

After your haircut or other service the product is applied to damp hair.  It is then blown dry and a low heat flat iron then seals the product onto your hair. Instantly your hair looks smoother, healthier and damage free!

We are offering this service in the salon for only $15! Who doesn’t want smoother, healthier looking hair!