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Thinking About Going Blonde?

Here’s all you need to know before you take the plunge, and what changes you can expect to make to your haircare routine.

It’s a Commitment

Going blonde is a commitment you have to be confident about before the bleach touches your tresses. You’ll be investing a lot of time, patience, and money into your hair, so if you’re prepared to take on a high maintenance lifestyle, keep reading!

Dark Hair? Take Your Time Lightening It

Going from dark to light doesn’t happen overnight. If you have dark hair, brightening it to a radiant blonde will take several appointments with your stylist to lighten the hair without damaging it. Additionally, each appointment will last a few hours, so make sure to clear your schedule.

Over several appointments, your stylist will lighten your base color before adding highlights and lowlights to add texture and dimension. You can expect to be back in the salon chair every four to eight weeks to touch up your roots and every two to three months to touch up your highlights depending on the overall look you are aiming to achieve.

If your hair is more of a dirty blonde/light brown, you can talk to your stylist about skipping the all-over color and getting highlights instead to brighten your look.

Being Blonde Isn’t Cheap

Being blonde is a high-maintenance lifestyle, and it doesn’t come cheap. Frequent salon visits add up, so make sure your budget has room to stretch a little.

Bear in mind that your initial appointments will take longer and cost more than your touch up appointments. Once you have your desired color achieved, you’ll only have to touch up your roots and highlights which will be less demanding – on your hair and your wallet – than a full color overhaul.

Invest in Great Products

To keep your hair looking great in between color appointments and to maintain your stylists’ hard work, invest in products that will keep your hair healthy.

You should pick up a deep conditioner or leave-in conditioner to keep your strands moisturized and prevent any dryness, breakage, or split ends.

Using a purple shampoo is a must for preventing brassiness or yellow tones from showing through. Purple is opposite yellow on the color wheel, so it will help cancel out any color shifting.

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If you think going blonde is right for you, book a consultation with your stylist!

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What Is A Keratin Smoothing Treatment And Is It Right For My Hair?

Do you battle with unwanted frizz or unruly locks you wish would calm down? A smoothing treatment might be right for you!

What is keratin?

Keratin is the main protein found in your hair, skin, and nails.

What are the benefits of a keratin smoothing treatment?

Keratin smoothing treatments work by sealing the hair cuticle with a layer of protein that eliminates frizz, while adding softness and shine. The result is smooth hair that will be more manageable, easier to style, and more resistant to humidity.

Am I a good candidate for a smoothing treatment?

If you have coarse, frizzy hair, or curls that you blow out and flat iron regularly, you’d be a good candidate for a smoothing treatment. The added keratin will help eliminate frizz and soften your hair for easier day-to-day styling.

If you have overly dry, super fine, or damaged hair, the treatment would not be recommended so as to prevent further damage.

Be sure to talk through your hair questions and concerns with your stylist.

What is involved in the treatment process?

You should expect to spend quite a bit of time at your salon so clear your schedule and pick up a new book! The process can take anywhere from two to four hours depending on your hair type, thickness, and length.

Your stylist will start by shampooing your hair to wash out any leftover product residue, dirt, or oil. Once your hair is thoroughly shampooed, they will blow dry your hair until it is about 75 – 80% dry before dividing your hair into sections and applying the treatment from roots to ends. The solution will sit on your hair for about 15 minutes after which point your stylist will blow your hair out straight before going over it with with a flat iron to seal everything in. Your hair will then be shampooed again before being blown out for a final time.

How long does it last?

The smoothing treatment will last for about three to six months.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a smoothing treatment varies between $250 to $500 depending on your hair type, thickness, and length.

If you think a keratin smoothing treatment is right for you, book a complimentary consultation with our smoothing treatment specialist, Kristen!

O2 Salon uses the Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Smoothing Service which is formaldehydefree.

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How to Protect Hair From Heat Damage

If you regularly style your hair with hot tools, you’re leaving your strands vulnerable to heat damage. Be sure to keep the following in mind next time you pick up your blow dryer, curling iron/wand, or flat iron.

Get regular Trims

Your hair may become damaged from frequent heat styling. Getting regular trims will prevent split ends, as well as keep your hair looking healthy.

Use a Heat Protectant

Heat protectants smooth your hair cuticle and help hair appear healthier and shinier. They provide a protective barrier between your strands and your hot tools, as well as add extra moisture to hair to help replace any lost during heat styling.

Invest In High Quality Tools

It is important to choose tools that allow you to adjust the temperature to best suit your hair. (See “choose the right heat setting”)

Additionally, the materials your tools are made of can have major effects on your hair – for better or worse! You should invest in tools that use ceramic, tourmaline, or titanium. Inexpensive tools tend to heat unevenly and may cause you trouble when trying to style your hair, as well as cause irreparable damage. Higher quality tools have the added bonus of being efficient, meaning you don’t have to spend as much time submitting your locks to the heat.

Make sure Hair is Dry, not Damp

It is important to make sure hair is completely dry before applying heat. Whether you allow your hair to air dry or use a blow dryer, if you begin styling with hot tools while your hair is still damp it will only lead to damaged strands. Your hair is much more susceptible to damage while wet and if you add heat — well, just imagine the sound of oil hitting a hot frying pan.

Choose the Right Heat Setting

One of the biggest mistakes you can make for your hair is turning the heat up too high. The best range of temperatures for most hair types is between 150-200 degrees, although coarser hair may require a little more heat. If your tools are too hot, they’re going to damage your hair and may cause severe breakage.

Deep Condition Often

If you do subject your hair to heat styling, be sure to follow it up with a deep conditioner or hair mask. You should apply one or the other once a week, especially if your hair is prone to drying out.

Try Heat-Free Styles

On days you want to take a break from your hot tools, let your locks rest by putting your hair in a messy bun or braids. Putting your hair in rollers or pin curls overnight offers another great solution.

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Hair Terminology A-Z

The following is your comprehensive guide to communicating with your stylist about all things hair!

Asymmetrical Cut

An asymmetrical hair cut is one where one side is cut shorter than the other.


Balayage is a hair coloring technique where the hair color is painted free-hand onto the hair without the use of foils to create a more natural, soft look. This technique allows hair color to grow out naturally without defined roots.


Bangs are where the hair covering your forehead is cut shorter than the rest of your hair. There are countless ways to cut and style bangs, such as above the eyebrows, lash-grazing, curly, straight, side swept, curtain, thick, wispy, piecey, or blunt cut.

Base Color

Your base color is your natural hair color, or it would be the background color if you have highlights. For example if you have brown hair and you get blonde highlights, the brown hair would be your “base color.”

Blunt Cut

A blunt cut is where the hair is cut straight across at one length, without any layers or texturizing.


The bob was popularized in the 1920s and is recognized as being cut about the shoulders. There are several variations of the classic bob and can be cut at different lengths, with or without layers, curly or straight!


Co-washing, or “conditioner-only washing,” skips the shampoo and relies on conditioner to cleanse your hair. Co-washing is a favorite for natural, curly, or dry hair to prevent your hair from being stripped of natural oils and moisture.

Corrective Hair Color

There are many reasons why you may need to book a corrective color appointment with your stylist. Generally, if you are in need of a major hair overhaul, this process may take more than one appointment. You could need corrective color service if you have previous color that you are unhappy with, if you have multiple colors going on and want to even things out, or if you want a drastic change in color from light to dark or vice-versa.

You should book a consultation with your stylist to discuss your hair concerns.

Dimensional Color

Dimensional hair color is achieved by adding highlights and lowlights to the hair, instead of it being one color all over. Dimensional color can be used to add depth and movement to your hair.

Double Process Color

A double process color is exactly what it sounds like, a two step process. The first step is to lighten or bleach the hair to remove your natural or previous color, and then the new hair color or toner is applied in a second step.

Dry Cutting

A technique used by stylists where the hair is cut without dampening it, often used on curly hair so as to get a better idea of what the hair will look like after its cut, or to thin out/texturize the hair.


A fade is when the hair on the sides and back of the head is cut as close as possible to the skin and and “fades” or tapers up to the length of hair on the top of the head.

Graduated Cut

A graduated cut has stacked layers to create volume, and is cut to create a defined shape. This cut works best on shorter hair with the shortest layers on top progressing to longer layers at the bottom and framing the face.

Hair Texture

See “Hair Type”

Hair Type

Hair type and texture are ways to describe your hair and encompass how thick, thin, course, dense, curly, wavy, straight, and porous your hair is.


Highlights are where pieces of hair are lightened to create contrast and dimension in your hair color. Highlights are usually applied by coloring the hair in foils, or using the balayage technique.

Layered Cut

A layered hair cut is where the hair is cut at different lengths to “layer” them, often used to frame the face, take excess bulk out of thick hair, create volume, and add movement.


A lob or a long bob is where the hair brushes the collarbones but still retains the cropped look of a classic bob.


Lowlights are achieved when pieces of hair are darkened to create contrast and dimension in your hair color. Think opposite of highlights. Lowlights are usually applied by coloring the hair in foils, or using the balayage technique.


Ombré hair color is achieved by gradually transitioning one color into another. This hair color technique is popular because it allows hair to grow out without a visible line of demarcation, or roots.


A perm is a process where your stylist applies a chemical solution to the hair while it’s wrapped around rods or in curlers. This process creates a permanent curl that won’t wash out and generally lasts about six months, but can vary depending on each person’s hair.

Precision Cutting

Precision hair cutting is a technique used to create perfect, sharp lines.


A pixie is a short, close-cropped hair cut. Generally the hair is shortest on the sides and back and longer on the top with very short bangs. The hairstyle can range from being cut super close to the skin to having longer and softer pieces framing the face.

Razor Cutting

Using a straight razor instead of scissors for hair cutting produces a softer, more texturized look.

Single Process Color

When you get a single process color, the hair is lifted and colored in one step. The color or toner is applied all-over to create a single base color.

Smoothing Treatment

Keratin smoothing treatments seal the hair cuticle to tackle frizz, and add shine. Your hair stylist will wash your hair before applying the keratin treatment to your wet hair. The treatment will soak into your hair for about a half hour, and then your hair will be blown out and often followed up with a flat iron to seal everything in. The treatment lasts for about three months

Stacked Cut

See “Graduated Cut”


Texturizing can be used to add volume, de-bulk thick hair, or can make thin hair appear thicker. Stylists often use thinning/texturizing shears or a razor depending on the style you are looking to achieve, and will use a variety of techniques to do so.


Toner neutralizes unwanted brassy tones in lightened hair to create cooler, ashier tones. It can also be used to add a subtle tint to hair, such as pink, violet, or blue.


An under-cut is where part of the hair is shaved, generally the under layer, or the side of the head, but the top layers of hair are maintained. This is common with long, thick hair to take out some weight, or to create an edgier style. The cut is popular among both men and women.

Virgin Hair

Virgin hair is hair that has never been color treated. Additionally, if you have colored hair that is growing out to show roots, your roots would be considered “virgin hair”.

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