• Kristen Linares

Having a bedtime haircare ritual is key to long healthy hair. This step by step is performed on dry hair and meant for the days you skip washing your hair.

O N E : Our first of four products in this ritual is Davines Renewing Serum.

This is a daily anti-aging treatment. Renewing Serum Superactive contains hair renewing complex with antioxidant-rich spinach extract and maqui berry to protect the youth of the hair and scalp.

Apply from scalp to mid-lengths to ends of hair and leave in. Pay special attention to your hairline as this is where new growth is generally most prominent. Also, apply to areas of the scalp that receive the most pressure and tension from styling.

T W O : The next order of business is to absorb excess oil production.

Your hair produces the most natural oils in the evening. Apply IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo to the root area from 6 inches away. This heavy-duty charcoal dry shampoo allows you to go even longer between washes, even after workouts. Detoxifying charcoal powder lifts dirt and build up while absorbing oil and sweat. Cooling & calming white tea powder calms the scalp and strengthens hair follicles.

Most people want to use their fingers to work dry shampoo through however this is counterproductive as your hands produce oils.

A natural Boar bristle brush like EVO's

Bradford, work the dirt and oils out of the root area. Beginning with the side of the brush, use a rocking motion to work through the dry shampoo and polish the hair.

Natural boar bristles distribute natural oils to help reduce damage and frizz. High-heat resistant, nylon pins polish the cuticle to smooth and add shine. The natural, soft rubber cushion provides gentler styling. This brush is made with wood from well-managed forests.

T H R E E : Hydrate and heal the mid length and ends to prevent damage while you sleep.

OI oil contains Roucou Oil, originating from a plant in Amazonia. It has an antioxidant action and property which counter free radicals. It is rich in beta carotene, which has a restructuring function on the hair. Roucou Oil considerably reduces cellular damage due to UV rays and prevents aging.

Apply 1-2 pumps on the mid length and ends allowing the oil to fully absorb. This oil is unlike most as it is super lightweight and non greasy. Oi oil leaves the hair hydrated, tangle free, and smelling wonderful.

F O U R : Time for a silk scrunchie top knot.

Gather all the hair directly on top of your head so its not uncomfortable as you lay down. While holding the hair begin to wrap the hair around your pointer, middle, and ring finger. Tuck the ends under the bun as close to your head as possible. Place your entire hand over the bun to keep it in place while you secure an oversized silk scrunchie at the base of the bun and slightly diagonally across the center.

Now you're ready for bed refreshed, hydrated, and protected! When you take the scrunchie out the next morning you will have soft waves that can be easily touched up with a hot tool of your choice or even just tousled with a dry texture spray.

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  • sesetockmanhmua

What are beaded row extensions?

Many kinds of extensions are available, meaning they fortunately are not a one-size-fits-all choice. However, some options can be safer and more versatile. I specialize in beaded row extensions. They’re known by several names, including hand-tied extensions, but “beaded rows” refers to how the track (what the extension hair is sewn onto) is created while “hand-tied” refers to the extension hair itself. Beaded row extensions simply mean we create a track using silicone lined beads going around your head connecting to small sections of hair. Hand-tied wefts of hair are then sewn onto that track, leaving you with seamless extensions. There are minimal points of contact, so when installed correctly, they lay completely flat and are undetectable.


The at-home maintenance of extensions is pretty simple. You have to keep the wefts tangle free, so brushing them several times a day is ideal. My favorite tool for this is a Wet brush. I recommend washing, blow drying and styling your hair once or twice a week. The extension hair does need to be blow dried to prevent matting. You should sleep in either a loose bun or loose braid to avoid any friction on the hair. Using the right products is key. My recommended system for the extensions is the B3 shampoo, conditioner and spray. It’s designed specifically to prolong the life of your extension hair by cleansing and removing build up, while also supplying the hair with enough moisture to keep the strands looking and feeling great! For styling, I recommend the Perk Up dry shampoo and Silken Up dry conditioner from Amika. All of these products are available at our salon.

What to expect from an extension appointment

Extensions can be considered a luxury service, so be open minded to the time it may take to install them. The length and timing of the appointment can depend on the stylist, the method being used and the amount of hair needed for you as a client. The initial installs can be more tedious and therefore take longer. But a typical move-up takes around two hours without any color service. The extensions need to be moved-up every 6-8 weeks, so if you’re someone who gets color in the salon regularly, this can just be an added service to your regular appointment.

Thinking about getting extensions?

Given many options, methods and stylists offering extensions, we are happy to help you with selecting the right option for your needs, goals and lifestyle. Research and find out what option is best suited for your hair and lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Extensions are an incredible investment and you should feel confident in getting them. You can schedule a consultation to have all your questions answered in-person.


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  • Kristen Linares

Updated: Nov 9, 2019

It's hard to believe it's already November but here we are again! It's time to start preparing for the holidays and that preparation includes your hair. Here are a few things to get yourself holiday photo ready...


If you haven't cut all the dry damaged hair from the summer off already, it is now time to do so. Allow your stylist to cut off enough length to ensure only the healthy stuff is left.

Applying a deep conditioning mask at home once a week is ideal. If you don't purchase one to take home or just can't find the time to make it happen weekly, book a deep conditioning treatment with your haircut and/or color service. My personal favorite is the B3 Demi Conditioning treatment. This treatment strengthens the hair from the inside out, protects, and adds incredible hydration and softness. Proper hydration will also fight off static fly aways. To maintain the effects of a great treatment be sure to use cooler water when showering as hot water not only fades your color rapidly, but will also zap the moisture right out.

Ask your colorist to refine your haircolor to enhance your new cut and the various ways you will be styling your hair for the upcoming holiday events. The last thing you want is for your hair to look like a solid shape in photos. Your colorist will know how to add dimension that enhances your hair's best attributes.


Most salons offer Holiday gift sets this time of year. You will find that Nov & Dec are the best months of the year to purchase haircare products due to the insane discounts of bundled sets.

Your drugstore shampoos and conditioners are not going to protect your professionally colored hair so now is the perfect time to invest in yourself!

Added bonus is you can cross off a few relatives from your holiday shopping list after purchasing these since anyone would absolutely love the gift of professional grade products.


Have an office holiday party or family photo session coming up? Be sure to prebook your maintenance appointments with these dates in mind. Also, consider booking styling appointments the day of your special holiday events. One less thing to stress about!

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