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Welcoming Autumn

Autumn ushers in cooler, drier air, brisk winds – and an increased need for blow dryers and flat irons. With the big drop in humidity, and the added friction from hats and scarves, you will be experiencing more static and fly-aways. So along with unpacking your chunky sweaters and boots, you may also want to consider revamping your hair care routine for fall! 


1. TRIM THOSE TRESSES

A summer of sun exposure and ponytails can leave your hair damaged and susceptible to breakage. Speak to your stylist about trimming away split ends, or consider a bold new style altogether.

Schedule a trim!

2. ADD MOISTURE

Treat your hair to some much-needed moisture with a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment. In addition to helping your hair stay shiny and healthy, keeping your hair hydrated will help to combat the static and friction from hats and scarves.

If your hair is feeling a little thirsty, ask your stylist for a deep conditioning treatment at your next appointment.

4. PROTECT

Since your hair will already be prone to breakage during the colder months, using hot tools such as blow dryers and flat irons can result in thirsty, weak, breakage-prone hair. Using a heat protectant (spray, serum, mouse, or cream) while styling your hair will help prevent future damage. Try sealing in moisture with oils and serums for added nourishment.

We recommend the ThermaShape line by Goldwell.

4. HYDRATE

Try shelving your current shampoo and conditioner and opt for products that will provide extra moisture and will nourish your locks, not dry them out or cause oil build-up. This will help keep your strands soft, shiny and free of unwanted breakage throughout the colder season. 

Some of our favorites are the Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner from Arrojo and the 7Seconds Shampoo & Conditioner from UNITE.

SUMMER LOVIN’

If you’re really missing those beachy waves and aren’t ready to fully leave summer behind, BeachDay by UNITE is our favorite texturizing spray for full, tousled locks!


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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.

Here are some of our favorites:


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.


Our Favorite Products

KMS Thermashape


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