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Attention: ALL BEACH BUNNIES!!

Summer is here, the water is warm, and the drinks are cold. Time to grab your gal pals for some fun in the sun. Before you head to the pool or plunge into a lake or the ocean, check out these tips about how to keep your “mermaid beach waves” healthy and beautiful for the warm days and nights to follow!

We like to call these few tips and select haircare products our “SPF Heroes” because they help us raise the Summer Protection Factor for your hair keeping your locks healthy and strong.

PRE-SWIM

Because hair is porous like a sponge, it likes to soak up whatever it comes into contact with. Prior to submerging yourself under the waves, douse your hair in filtered or chlorine-free water. Needless to say, if your hair is already full of WATER, it will absorb less of the chemicals and salt from the pool and the ocean that make your hair dry and brittle.

Taking your pre-pool prep one step further, especially for those with naturally dry hair or for those of you who swim often, grab some Leave-In Conditioner by Bumble and bumble OR grab some old conditioner you’ve set aside and slather it all over your wet locks. This not only provides a barrier between the water and your precious hair, but it acts as a “masque” to treat your hair to repair and moisture as you have fun in the sun. Pay special attention to your mid-strand and ends where hair is most delicate. After coating with conditioner, twist up into a chic ballerina bun or sumo topknot to ensure you will be the hottest gal poolside.

For PREMIUM protection (and if your locks can’t withstand the heaviness of conditioner), snap up Aqua Seal by Kerastase. This spritz-in product forms a watertight seal around your hair shaft and offers the BEST protection of any pre-pool protection method out there.

POST POOL

After you slink in from the pool or dust the sand off of your bronzed legs, get ready for some of the best hair you’ve ever had!

If you didn’t apply conditioner to your hair before basking beside the pool, apply a generous amount of Hairdresser’s Oil by Bumble or Elixir Ultime from Kerastase to your mid-strands and ends. If you’re not in a rush to get ready for evening events, twist your hair up into a chic ballerina bun and let it dry. When you pull it down, find your part, shake out the twist, and grab your blowdryer to diffuse your hair into the biggest and best beach waves ever.

If you already slathered your hair in conditioner to protect it from the sun, one helluva blowout is on your horizon. No need to wash; if your beach bun dried in the sun, that’s perfect! Spritz your hair with Hairdresser’s Oil Primer or some Reactivating Mist (both by Bumble and bumble) to wake up your sleepy strands. Pull out your blowdryer and your boar bristle brush and put those skills you learned at our Blowdry Bootcamp to use. Your hair will end up soft, shiny, and smooth all because you showed your hair some love before stepping outside.

Just in case you are heading straight from the ocean to dinner, don’t fret. Your hair is already damp from the conditioner and ocean water so just mist those little fly-aways that surround your gorgeous face and get your blowdry on. The salt from the ocean will help speed your style along while the conditioner (that has been hugging your hair all day) keeps it safe and moisturized.

ALWAYS

The summer isn’t the only time we need to worry about damage to our hair from the sun and the elements, so there are a few things you can do to always protect your hair from environmental factors that cause hair erosion and breakage. First, always shampoo and condition with stylist-recommended professional haircare products. In particular, choose a wash-and-rinse that has some UV and color protection. This will help sustain your color services longer and keep the tones true between salon visits.Also, use a thermal protector before using a blowdryer or hot tools. These products keep your hair safe from damage caused by daily styling. Lastly, try to style your hair with products that are “SPF-approved” by your stylist.

Our favorite products are in the Soliel and Chroma Captive line presented by Kerastase as well as the Hairdresser’s Oil and Color Minded lines by Bumble. Also, pick up your thermal protectors: Nectar Thermique or Chroma Thermique by Kerastase or Styling Lotion and Does it All or Spray de Mode hairspray by Bumble. Utilize these (and all the expert products made by Kerastase and Bumble) to have the #besthairofyourlife!

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The Hard Truth About Hard Water + Your Hair

One of the aggressors against beautiful, soft, shiny hair is the environment.  This can take the form of free radicals, dry winter air, and UV damage from the sun.  Many of these you can combat by using professional haircare and styling products from award-winning companies like Kerastase and Bumble and bumble.  These products are scientifically developed with quality ingredients that infuse moisture, add vibrancy and vitality, repair damage, and protect against further damage.
One environmental component that is challenging to defend against is
hard water.

What is hard water?

Water is nature’s best solvent and picks up impurities easily.  Hard water is water that has a high mineral content.  It is created when water “percolates” through calcium and magnesium deposits such as limestone, chalk, and dolomite.  The Midwest and parts of the Ohio Valley have some of the hardest water in the nation.

How does hard water affect hair health?

Hard water isn’t only hard on our appliances, clothes, and skin- it is also damaging to our hair.  Bathing with hard water leaves behind minerals that build up over time.  This causes hair to be:

  • Brittle,
  • Frizzy,
  • Dull,
  • Susceptible to color fading,
  • Brassy.

Regionally, many of us complain of brassiness when it comes to hair color.  Some may even notice a green hue when they look in the mirror.  These results are caused by a natural chemical reaction to the minerals found in the water you shower with.

How can I avoid hair damage caused by hard water?

We can avoid damage caused by hard water; the easiest method is to install a water softening system at home.  Not only will this help your hair, but will improve your skin, clothes, and the amount of product you use at home to clean with.  Sure, not many of us have the budget to install house-wide systems, but it can be as easy as changing your showerhead.  Many DIY and “big-box” stores carry showerheads that have a built-in filter that softens water much like drinking filtration systems.  Typically the cartridges are replaceable and are fairly easy on the pocketbook.

Regular hair treatments to remove mineral build-up

Another method to help battle the mineral “bulge” is asking your stylist for a professional treatment to remove mineral impurities and restore the body, bounce, and brilliance of your hair.  These treatments are especially poignant prior to coloring services.  Creating a clean (hair) canvas before applying color is the most effective way to achieve precise results and prevent premature fading.  Add these treatments before haircut services or to a weekly shampoo-blowout and you will be on the road to the best hair of your life without hard water giving your hair a hard time.

P.S.  Did you know that rainwater is naturally soft?  This is because the water in a droplet of rain lacks calcium and magnesium ions.

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Spring Fashion

With the unseasonably warm temperatures we’ve felt in Omaha lately, looking forward to spring fashion at the beginning of January doesn’t seem so unrealistic.  We at BUNGALOW/8 have just been DYING over photos of all the Spring collections and while we’re still swaddling ourselves in wool, velvet, and fur, we can’t help but drool over what came down the runway this season.

As a lover of ultra-feminine looks, I am beyond delighted to see the figure-flattering peplum cut coming back in vogue. I can’t wait to pair the shape with a perfectly tailored pencil skirt and a pair of statement sunglasses, the best part of warm-weather dressing.  

Chanel’s ready-to-wear collection for spring has been a favorite of ours here in the salon. Nothing like some stand-out futuristic looking Chelsea boots paired with impeccable suiting in luxurious pastels and stark whites and creams. In the salon, we’ve all been playing with color and pattern. Some of us have been mixing stripes and patterns, a trend I feel we’ll see for seasons to come. Others have been experimenting with monochromatic looks, something that’s easy to pull off and looks very chic on a budget.

In terms of hair, or, the best part of fashion, what we’re seeing on the runway is contributing to what we’re seeing on the streets more than it ever has. Ombre color and more lived-in, sexy texture are proving to have more staying power than I ever thought they would.  In many spring collections, deep side-parts are all the rage, a great way to adjust your look without losing all the length you’ve worked so hard for.  At Sonia Rykiel, deep side-parts were adorned with lovely minimal black barrettes, a great way to add interest and keep misbehaving hairs in place.

As in past seasons, we continue to see braids, waves, and towering top knots galore. While I am absolutely delighted by the continuing trend of legitimately STYLING one’s hair, it is important to continue to keep it in the best of shape by implementing a hair maintenance routine. We at BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing are proud to announce our new relationship with Kerastase, a brilliant European treatment line focused on maintaining and restoring the fabric of the hair, making it possible to style and restyle day-in and day-out.  Healthy hair is always in style, and Kerastase’s rich masques, custom-blended, in-salon Fusio-dose treatments, and luxurious home hair care products are something we are so proud to be able to offer our clients from this day forward.

With frills, finery, and long-lush-luminous locks,

Rebecca Forsyth  |  stylist

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Our Newest Addition

BUNAGLOW/8 Hairdressing is pround to announce the addition of the premier haircare line, Kerastase.  We are delighted to offer our clients, friends, and family a product line dedicated to the science of cleansing, protecting, and treating hair for amazingly beautiful results.

Since 1964, Kérastase has been creating new haircare services developed with the most advanced formulas. Dedicated to enhancing the natural beauty of the hair, Kérastase is based on 4 essential values:

  • Performance 
  • Expertise 
  • Personalization 
  • Beauty 

PERFORMANCE

Since its creation, La Recherche Avancée L’Oréal has produced some of the most advanced technology in the industry. Kérastase products are innovative, unique formulas designed for both men and women to enhance the natural beauty of the hair.

EXPERTISE

A Kérastase Consultant Stylist will begin with a detailed consultation to diagnose the needs of your hair and scalp and then select the in-salon ritual and personalized home care program best suited to your hair/scalp type.

PERSONALIZATION

Every person is unique; each hair type has its own particular needs. For these reasons Kérastase has developed a collection of personalized haircare products that target individual needs and desires.

BEAUTY

All Kérastase products and rituals are designed to enhance the natural beauty of the hair while maintaining the experience of complete well-being and relaxation.

A NEW VISION IN HAIRCARE

Consumers today have new expectations in the kind of service they wish to receive. The sensorial Kérastase In-Salon Ritual, the ultimate in luxury haircare, immerses the client in a ambiance of beauty and well-being.  Kérastase offers consumers a brand that is classic and modern, audacious yet not provocative, aspirational without being inaccessible.

BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing, A FUSION OF HEALTHCARE AND BEAUTY

A complete personalized haircare service is offered in a Kérastase Consultant Salon with the professional advice of a qualified Kérastase Consultant Stylist. The salon provides a unique sensory experience, a true moment of relaxation in which the client is exposed to evocative textures and delicate fragrances, products which awaken the senses, and an ultimate moment of well-being.

www.kerastase.com

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Classic Style is Eternal

Can you believe that it is already Thanksgiving?!  This year has just flown by and our winter holidays are right around the corner.  The holidays bring us dinners, cocktail events, corporate holiday parties, and get-togethers not to mention all of the social and charitable events to raise money and awareness for our local (and global) causes.

With so much to do and so little time, we find that the day-to-evening transition gets shorter and shorter (if it even exists at all).  Focusing on a simple, classic style is the key to an effortless chic appearance in the boardroom and in the ball room.  Our friends at www.stylelist.com helped us by doing all of the leg work.  They went through the 1950’s and found us some of the best hair that is still translateable today.

If you don’t want to commit to a 24/7 style straight out of the American Golden Age, then you can use some of the styles as inspiration to help get you ready for all of your social obligations and frivolities.  Try a primly waved bob (or faux-bob for our long haired friends), a Rockabilly Quif (which is a fun UK term for a “pompadour”), or a sleek and simple ponytail.  You will be the talk of your friends with an endless source of inspiration for great style through the coming holiday season.

Check out the story and pick your favorite.  If you find trouble achieving a style or just want to have fun, join BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing for our 3rd annual “Blowdry Bootcamp” where our stylists will take some time to teach you how to give yourself the ultimate round brush blowdry, a never-will-fall top knot, beautiful mermaid waves, or a pin-straight style for a modern look.  Join us on the up-coming Fridays for wine, appetizers, and style instruction.

Friday, November 18  |  5pm-7pm

Friday, November 25  |  5pm-7pm

Friday, December 5th |  5pm-7pm

Call the salon today to reserve your 1-hour instructional session with Omaha’s premier hairdressers, 402.934.8727.

http://www.bellasugar.com/Most-Famous-Hairstyles-1950s-15138883

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Become a Professional!

Getting a salon-worthy blowout every day is a dream for most women when it comes to kids, career, and social obligations, but it doesn’t have to just be a dream.  First and foremost, you need to have the perfect haircut for your face-shape.  Finding a technically precise stylist who is an expert in haircutting to set the foundation is one of the most important aspects of looking and feeling beautiful every day.  Along with finding the right stylist for a perfect haircut, the second biggest mistake people make is cutting their own fringe.  At BUNGALOW/8, all bang trims are complimentary which allows the stylist to keep your bang piece melted into your hairstyle.

Next, keeping your hair in tip-top shape is also something that is of the utmost importance.  Staying away from over processing, too much color, and too much heat will preserve the integrity of your hair.  It is easy to trash your hair with the wrong products and too much styling, so spend your beauty budget on good products and chill on the heat tools.

Next, when you are in the salon with your favorite stylist, take the time to ask questions and request that your stylist actually teach you to style your hair at home.  There are a myriad of tips and tricks the professionals use in tandem with professional styling products and boar-bristle brushes to replicate the salon style in your own bathroom.  These small nuances will make or break your home-based blowdry.

Want to become a pro at styling your hair sans salon?  Join BUNGALOW/8 and our team of extraordinary stylists for our third annual Blowdry Bootcamp and spend an hour with us for instruction on the basics of the blowdry, special event styling, and hair tips and tricks.  Also, get a recommendation from your stylist about the perfect products to make achieving a salon-worthy blowdry at home easier!

Blowdry Bootcamp

Friday, November 18 from 5-7pm

Friday, November 25 from 5-7pm

Friday, December 2 from 5-7pm

Join BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing for wine and appetizers, styling instruction, and make-up tips to help you through the holiday season.  Reserve your one hour of instruction for $35, which is redeemable in retail products following your appointment, by calling 402.934.8727.  Space is limited and will fill fast so grab your friends and make it a night of glamour starting with Omaha’s premier boutique salon, BUNGALOW/8.

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Rose Gold… Hair

The expert stylists at BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing have fallen in love with this season’s hottest trend; ROSE GOLD. From it’s inception, the stylists have embraced the rosey hue whether it is found in a rose gold watch, shimmery rose gold nails, a metallic rose gold shirt or- you guessed it- awesome rose gold hair.

Creating this luxe result with classic hairdressing techniques is a process for specialized colorists.  The result is effortless and beautiful.  Champagne, blush, and pink colored colored hair create an unexpected burst of soft femininity that pairs nicely with rich fall hues.

During this year’s Fashion Week runway shows in New York, Peter Som enlisted Wella stylists to infuse panels of varying rose-gold tones in each model’s hair that coordinated with his designs seamlessly.  At BUNGALOW/8, our colorists have the tools (including professional Wella color), technique (we call it advanced education), and expertise (also dubbed “experience”) to translate this hot trend from runway to real-world.

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The Best of Omaha

 

The team at BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing would be truly honored to have your vote for Best Salon in Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha 2012 challenge.  To help you qualify BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing for the Best Salon in Omaha, let us tell you a little about ourselves.  Within our space, we strive to:

  • be the Beauty Authority,
  • provide expert services from advanced stylists,
  • respect each other and build deep relationships,
  • constantly evolve through technical education and honor creativity in all forms,
  • offer the best experiences locally and nationally,
  • build trust,
  • love what we do, otherwise, why bother?

To vote, simply click the www.bestofomaha.com link and follow the instructions.  Although you are required to vote in an additional 14 categories to make your vote for us “count” we are sure that some of your favorite people, places, and things are listed and they would also appreciate you taking your time to cast your vote.

In appreciation, we can honestly say that if “Best Clients in Omaha” were a category, the treasured friends and clients at BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing would win, hands-down!! 

After voting, take some of your valued break time, transit time, or home time to check out www.teganasha.com.  Ms. Tegan Asha Brideson is a brilliant Aussie that Eric and I met while attending Business Immersion I at Bumble and bumble University.  Tegan and her two lovely friends (also from Australia) were enjoying the last leg of their summer holiday in the States back in May of 2010 and we all became fast friends.  As an easy, and fashionable, way to keep tabs on each other, we follow her website which has grown in leaps and bounds from a daily closet-based fashion blog to a full blown fashion site with premier fashion publication, PROFILE.

Covering fashion, photography, travel, and issues, Tegan brings the true art of lifestyle alive through her thoughtful stories, fashion information, and photos.  In addition to her print publication, Ms. Brideson brings her love of design, styling, and art into the spotlight and delivers thoughtful and imaginative information related to living a full and beautiful life. 

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BUNGALOW/8 Makes You Look Younger, honestly!!

The euphoric beauty-rush you get when you leave the hair salon may not be all in your head.  Popular beauty website, www.youbeauty.com, recently posted findings from a study published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science that indicated keeping up on your beauty routine can help your insides feel just as young as your outside appearance looks.

Researchers studied 47 women who ranged in age from 27 to 83.  Independent raters surveyed photos of these women prior to an appointment at a hair salon and then again after their appointments.  In each photo, both before and after, their hair was cropped out of the photo so they would be rating their facial appearance without influence from their hair color or style.  The women who claimed to feel “younger” as a result of their salon appointment actually LOOKED younger to the raters in their after-photo.

So, the old addage “you’re only as old as you feel” may actually have substance after all.  When you feel good, you do in fact look good and this study actually proves that.  It’s no wonder we feel a little extra spring in our step each time we put on a flattering outfit or take an extra bit of time on our make-up and hair.  These beauty-boosting processes fortify us inside and out.

We at BUNGALOW/8, as students of the science of beauty and as Omaha’s Beauty Authority, strive to help you look as good as you feel each time you step into the beauty-fostering culture we have created. 

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Rebecca’s Loves du Joir!!

Pastel Haircolor: Sherbet hued hair; Pastel Glory!!!

Since I’ve moved to BUNGALOW/8, I’ve had opportunity to begin creating a custom swatch book of soft pastel tones, a-la Greases’s “Beauty School Dropout”. My mind (and many bowls of hair color) have been filled with pastel dreams. A hint of pastel, be it with a few foils placed in the hair or as a translucent glow over the entire head, is a great way to beat hair color boredom without straying too far from your usual hue.

Omaha Burger Club

Tonight I will attend my very first Omaha Burger Club meeting which will be held at Tommy Colina’s Kitchen, 3558 Farnam Street. Omaha Burger’s Club as assembled at the beginning of this year by three BUNGALOW/8 clients with a feverish love for cheeseburgers. The group meets regularly to dine at a variety of Omaha’s burger venues in search of Omaha’s BEST burger. Check out the Facebook page and join in on the fun (and give us your suggestions for the best burger in town).  http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/182479625103612/

Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra

From childhood to now, Nancy Sinatra has been on of my ultimate beauty and fashion icons. In advent of glorious PINTEREST (www.pinterest.com), I have become aware of the ridiculous number of stunning images featuring dear Nancy with the king of both music and my heart, Elvis Presley (largely from the movie Speedway). Their individual looks during this time both offer inspirational hair and style suggestions that are translatable and wearable today.

Flight Attendant Chic

Several years beck, I read an interview with “IT” girl Chloe Sevigny where she said the best way to flesh out your TRUE personal style was to think of things you were attracted to when you were young and apply them to your look now. While I’ve always subconsciously applied that concept to the way I dress, it was interesting to see it in print. That said, the first time I ever felt truly “stylish” in my life was at age 9 when I received a black polyester jumper for Christmas, which I wore interestingly enough, with a large-collared cornflower blue shirt. It was my very first tribute to the 60’s-70’s flight attendant look which I adore and take cues from almost daily.

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