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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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Back to Basics: Shampooing 101

We have been washing our hair for years, but a surprising question is; are we doing it right?  Sure, it may sound absurd that there is a right and wrong way to wash our hair, but the truth is that there is!  Our mission, as a team of professional hairdressers, is to ensure that our guests have the best hair possible.  This takes on two forms: health and style.  Although we cannot change the intrinsic qualities of the hair a guest is born with, as professionals- we can work to improve and maintain the condition of the hair canvas.  Read along as we outline some of the “basics” of this not-so-basic beauty routine.

Are you shampooing too often?

So many of us have the thought ingrained in our minds that we must shampoo every day to feel clean, smell fresh, and prevent “greasy” hair.  In actuality, “daily shampooing is only necessary if oil production on the scalp is high,” writes Zoe Draelos, MD, in the International Journal of Trichology.  Inherent excessive sebum production is somewhat rare, but manageable with the correct cleansers and styling products.  Typically, however, most oiliness comes from the environment, product build-up, diet, and- you guessed it- shampooing too often.

Most of us with “normal” hair can get away with shampooing every-other day.  Others with intrinsically dry or curly hair may be able to shampoo only once or twice a week.  (For these guys and gals, we will address “co-shampooing” in another article.)  To manage our worries between washings, professional hairdressers, dermatologists, and health professionals alike recommend hair powders or “dry shampoos” to soak up oil, add fragrance, and revive day-two style.

Are you using the right shampoo?

Yes, believe it or not, there is a difference between a professional brand of shampoo and those washing/styling systems found in grocery stores (such as Suave, Pantene, and Head and Shoulders).  Namely, these differences come in the form of the cleaning agents and the quality of their ingredients.  Most professional brands, such as Kerastase and Bumble and bumble use a surfactant ingredient called Sodium Laureth Sulfate that is safe and gentle to the hair strand.  Grocery store brands typically use detergents such as Ammonium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate.  These detergents are inexpensive, simple to prepare, and excellent cleaners, but keep in mind- detergent is great for our clothes and dishes, not for our hair.

  • Completely saturate your hair with lukewarm water (rather than hot H2O) being sure not to miss hair around the nape of your neck.  Making sure that your hair is fully wet before adding shampoo not only ensures that shampoo can do its job, but also emulsifies and rinses out any potential product build-up.  Avoid piling your hair on top of your head throughout this process to prevent tangles and knots.
  • Add a quarter-sized amount of shampoo to your hand and distribute between your palms.  Focus the shampoo on your scalp and  at the roots of your hair using your fingertips rather than your fingernails.  Massage in circular motions throughout your crown, on the sides, and finally at the nape of your neck.  Because of the high-quality surfactants found in professional shampoos, there should be little-to-no lather.  Lather and foam are of little importance when it comes to a great shampoo, but they often get the most attention from consumers.  We’ve all seen the shampoo commercials with heads heaped with bubbles.  These images have taught us to associate lather with a product’s cleansing ability, but science shows us that this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
  • Lather-rinse-repeat is not necessary unless you have an extremely oily scalp and have been instructed to do so by your hairdresser or medical professional.
  • Rinse your hair with lukewarm water.  Again, massage your scalp and root area as you rinse, pulling the shampoo through your mid-strands and ends.  It is not necessary to focus shampoo throughout your hair shaft; the act of rinsing out your shampoo will clean your hair from root to tip.
  • Apply conditioner only to the mid-shafts and ends by emulsifying the conditioner in your palms and distributing it gently with your fingers and hands.  The scalp and root area is naturally conditioned by the sebum produced by your hair follicle.  Because this natural oil cannot travel the length of your hair fiber on its own, conditioner is needed to add hydration, repair, and protective qualities to these areas.  Using a wide-tooth comb in the shower will ensure you achieve an even and thorough distribution of conditioner.  After combing through the mid-strands and ends, you may use the comb from root to tip as you rinse to prevent tangles and knots.  Conditioning is also an important step for those with fine or thinning hair.  Proper use of conditioner makes your hair soft, lustrous, and lightweight helping to add the illusion of density and volume.
  • Dry your hair by squeezing or pressing your hair between a towel, t-shirt, or regular kitchen paper towels.  Doing so prevents tangles and roughing-up your hair’s cuticle.

Everyone has specific hair needs.  It is important not only to use professional haircare products, but those products recommended by your hairdresser.  Beautiful hair begins with a healthy canvas and we are dedicated to helping you achieve the best hair of your life through personalized hair-need diagnosis, product recommendation, and styling education.

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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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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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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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Bombshell Blowout

Getting the perfect blowout that lasts is a combination of skill, tools, and practice!  Here, we will help outline what you need to achieve an awesome style in no time flat!

Soft Tools:  These include Foundation products from Bumble and bumble like Prep or Tonic.  Also, Structure products such as Styling Lotion with minimal hold and maximum shine, Thickening Hairspray with no hold and tons of volume, or Styling Creme with intense density help build in shine, hold, volume, or density easily and effectively.  Last, but not least, we have our Texture products to add gloss and glam such as Grooming Creme, Brilliantine, and Defrizz.  Combo these products together to find your magical mix of blowout beauty.

Hard Tools:  The brush makes or breaks a great blowout.  It is important to make sure that the brush you are using is perfect for your hair-type and for what you are trying to achieve.  For fine hair, we always recommend a ceramic brush with nylon bristles that prevent snags and pulling while speeding up drying time.  For normal/medium hair types trying to create volume, a boar bristle brush like Bumble’s Round Brush or Monroe’s Grand Gala and Etiquette are the perfect choice.  For thick coarse or curly hair, a brush with a mixture of boar bristle and nylon bristles is ideal.  Monroe’s Latina Envy is precisely what you need to smooth frizz, add volume, and create curl.  Last, but certainly not least, for the perfect smooth, straight blowout, a flat brush is what you need for normal-thick hair types.  Oliva Garden’s COMBO brush or Bumble’s award winning Flat Brush makes straight hair a snap (without a flatiron).  One round brush made just for smooth, straight styles is Monroe’s Glamour brush for colored hair clients looking for a great straight finish.  For our fine haired friends, a 7-row or vent brush is perfect for “wrap drying” into a smooth, silky finish.

Blowdryer:  As surprising as it may seem, blowdryers ARE different.  The right blowdryer can last you for years by giving you heat and wind-speed options while promising integrity through 2 year warranties.  Solono Blowdryers are professional level dryers that carry our “seal of approval” for helping you achieve the Bombshell Blowout.  Make sure you have a directional attachment for your nozzle to direct the air flow down the hair shaft to seal and smooth each hair perfectly.

(One word of wisdom, if you are having difficulty controlling both the brush and the blowdryer, check to see what hand is holding the brush.  Since you need more movement using the brush, hold it in your dominate hand.  The blowdryer typically shouldn’t move very much; keeping it pointed down the hair shaft in one direction is all you need to do.  As such, hold it in your less dominate hand since you don’t need to manipulate the blowdryer as much as the brush.)

We have added a link to some great styling videos from hair hero Luke Hersheson who is a stylist hailing from jolly old England.  Check out the “Perfect Blowdry” video to give you a step-by-step instruction to look your bombshell best!  Also, scheduling an appointment with your favorite hairdresser for a “Blowdry Bootcamp” will allow you to bring in your brushes and blowdryers so our experts can help you achieve a great style with the products you already have at home!!

The Perfect Blowdry

Yours in style,

BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing

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Day to Evening Styles : Buns and Braids

Have you ver struggled with creating a bun or (more properly known as) chignon?  Do you ever wish you could get a voluminous, thick-looking updo with fine hair?  We think we have your answer to creating a look that is appropriate for work, perfect for evening, spot-on for casual (but put-together) weekends, and just plain grocery store awesome.  Amazingly enough, this look is simply created using a tube sock (preferably clean).  When we found this awesome website that has cool clothes, a pretty funny blog, and some useful  info about the goings-on around town (if you’re in New York, that is), we were instantly hooked.  The thing that hooked us was this blog post about creating fullness out of almost nothingness.  Check out the step-by-step process of making some great buns (hun) then let us know how it all turned out!!  (Photos are appreciated at info@bungalow8omaha.com)  Opening Ceremony’s website is http://www.openingceremony.us/entry.asp?pid=4149.

Braids, braids, braids… they are everywhere this season.  Braids are an easy creation that can go from elbow grease to evening finesse just like that.  Also, after you pull out your plaits, you have awesome texture and wave.  Braid a ponytail and wrap into a slicked-back ballerina bun, fishtail for a boho-chic look, or  french braid a “waterfall” for something different while keeping your hair down.  (Waterfall tutorial on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FElGSmYPjWM)  Braids are great for something easy, a last minute day-to-evening, and to simply keep your bangs out of your eyes (think braid headband).  Google “braids” and “hair plaits” and see the myriad of possibilities for this simple, yet elegant, style.

Yours in style,

BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing

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