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Pastel hair: what you need to know before trying this trend.

June 25, 2014

Pastel hair: what you need to know before trying this trend.  


Crazy hair colors are nothing new. It seems like every year there is some celebrity defying the logic of hair color. This year the trend that has been seen round the world is pastel hair color. From beautiful lavender to cool blue, most anyone under the age of 30 has probably thought about jumping on the bandwagon.  Previously we’ve seen these colors used as accents or in an ombre effect. This year celebs have gone full throttle, opting for a full head of these soft lovely colors. So what should you know before going pastel? Here is the scoop.  

Call ahead to check for availability of the color you want.

  • These colors often require special pigment based hair color. While we carry many of these dyes, we recommend making sure we have what you want just in case we would need to order something prior to your appointment.    

It is rarely a one-step process.

  • To achieve these soft colors, your hair needs to be very light. Unless you are naturally super blonde, you will likely need to have your hair lightened before your pastel hue can be applied. This can sometimes be done in one visit but not always. You should consult with your stylist to see what the process will be for your desired result.    

The color will often fade within a few short weeks.

  • This means there is a lot of maintenance involved with pastel hues. In order to maintain the color you want you will have to make regular visits to the salon for color touch ups.    

You will need to be cautious of the products you use as well as how often you wash your hair.

  • There may also be special products your stylist will recommend to maintain and prolong the color. When they make these recommendations it really is to keep your color beautiful—not to make you spend money. Your stylist will likely also recommend you spread out washing your hair in order to help your pastel hue last longer. Again here, products may be necessary such as a dry shampoo.    

A consultation with your stylist is really necessary prior to your appointment.

  • During a pre-appointment consultation, you stylist can check the condition of your hair and determine if it is in good health to work with a dramatic color choice. They can also check the color on a few strands of your hair during a consultation.    

There is a fair amount of necessary maintenance required.

  • Since your hair has to be lightened before the pastel color is applied, you will need to be lightened each time you come in for a touch up. This will just be on your new growth, so if you keep regular appointments there won’t be as much time involved in follow up visits. You should also keep in mind that lightening the hair can be damaging so regular trims and conditioning treatments will help keep your hair looking healthy and your color looking vibrant.    

We hope this helps when you are considering going pastel…or bold!  
Special thanks to Christina Bainbridge for helping with this post!

250 years of weekly visits of what is equal to ONE tanning bed session?

June 16, 2014

So recently, our nail technicians have been getting a lot of questions about the safety of our shellac manicure. At the end of this post we have linked a video from an industry professional which answers many of the questions you might have. But to start, lets talk about what a shellac manicure is and it's benefits.


A shellac manicure is done with a polish that is brushed over your natural nails and cured with a UV light. At Solutions we use a product called Shellac made by CND. (You can find more information about this product on their website http://cnd.com/products/cnd-shellac ) There are lots of colors to choose from and it can be used for nail art as well. The process is pretty simple. First your nail technician will prep your nails for polish by trimming, filing, buffing, and cleaning. Next the technician applies a base coat on one hand and and then the other, with each hand curing under the light. The nail technician will then apply 2 coats of color polish which will also cure under the light. Finally, a top coat is applied and cured. Now you have beautiful, shiny nail color that lasts for up to 2 weeks. When you return for your next manicure, your technician will wrap your nails to soak off the polish and you can start fresh!

Why do we love shellac so much?


  • It REALLY lasts up to 2 weeks. Around the salon the hair stylists are in and out of water and hair color and products all day. They all rave about shellac manicures and their longevity.
  • Zero dry time. As soon as your manicure is finished you can do anything with your hands without fear of messing up your polish. 
  • It is shiny and maintains a beautiful finish throughout the wear time.
  • It stays hard which helps a lot of us keep our nails a little longer than without polish.
  • There are tons of great colors to choose from.

What is the concern about?


People have been wondering about the safety of the UV lights which are used to cure the polish. As you will hear in the video below, there is not cause for concern. An independent researcher found that it would take

250 Years of weekly shellac manicures to equal the UV exposure of ONE tanning bed session!!!

There are also concerns about the health of the nails. Most of us know that artificial nails can be very damaging to the nails. Shellac manicures are great because you remove the polish each time. Also, when you apply cuticle oil to your nails regularly while wearing shellac polish, your nails receive the nourishment the oil provides and remain healthy and strong.

Bottom line: enjoy the beautiful shiny nails you get with a shellac manicure without fear of UV exposure!


Let's Consult!

May 12, 2014

What’s in a consultation?  


We at Solutions, we believe that the consultation is probably the most important part of your visit. It is the foundation upon which we build.


Almost anyone can recommend products or a color choice. Think about your friend who always has an opinion on how you should cut your hair. What makes a visit to the salon and spa different is the time your service provider spends getting to know you, combined with their professional knowledge. The consultation at the beginning of your visit is the perfect start.  

The consultation could be looked at as a contract of sorts. Your service provider promises to listen and hear what your needs and goals are; you promise to be honest and open about your needs and goals, as well as what your beauty/wellness routine is like.  

So lets break down what a consultation in the hair department looks like.   




  • How would you describe your personal style?

She wants to know how you view yourself

  • What would you say is your professional style?

How do you like or need to look at work?

  • What are some interests you have? (swimming, exercising, running)

She wants to know if you are exposed to chemicals like chlorine, as well as if you are in the sun a lot. These things can affect the condition of your hair as well as the outcome.

  • How do you feel about change when it comes to your hair?

Do you like to keep your hair pretty much the same? Or do you like to switch it up pretty regularly?

  • What time are you willing to commit to salon visits?

How often do you want to visit the salon? If you only want to come twice a year, the way she approaches your cut and or color can be very different.

  • 
How much time do you spend styling your hair daily?

This is a big one. She doesn’t want to give you a labor intensive style if you like to wash and go.

  • 
What is your view on versatility?

Do you need a style that can do something different every day?

  • How do you style your hair?

Do you wash and go or spend a lot of time drying and curling your hair?

  • How comfortable do you feel styling your hair?

Do you feel like you can never get your hair to do what your stylist does? Or are you really comfortable styling your hair each day?

  • What do you love/hate about your hair?

She wants to know what kinds of problems you may be having so she can suggest changes that will make your hair more manageable.

  • What products are you currently using?

She won’t be offended if you aren’t using the products she works with. Knowing what you use is necessary for her to help you achieve the style you want.

  • Do you now or have you ever used color or other chemical treatments on your hair? (color, perm, smoothing)

DO NOT LIE about this part! Not all haircolor is made equal. It is important that your stylist know what chemicals you have used on your hair so that she can choose the right formula for your desired results.

  • How often do you shampoo your hair?


Shampooing can affect the health of your hair and the longevity or your color. Your stylist can also help you with styling on in-between days.

  • What type of water do you have in your home?

Minerals and impurities in your water can have a HUGE affect on the condition of you hair and the way it maintains color treatments. Full disclosure is necessary on this one.


It may seem like a lot of questions, but the more your stylist knows about you and your hair, the better your result will be. Also, the consultation is your time to ask questions of your stylist. She has spent a lot of time becoming educated on techniques as well as trends. There is so much her knowledge can offer you.  

As I said before, the consultation is huge. I illustrated a hair consultation, however, consultations for skin care and treatments as well as body treatments are imperative to achieving a great outcome from your services.   Hopefully this helps you understand the thought process behind a professional beauty consultation as well as it’s benefits to you. Feel free to leave any comments or questions you have on the topic in the comments section below! We love to hear from you!