So you wanna go blonde, do you? Can’t say I blame you! For years blonde has been, and still is a versatile and adored hair colour. I mean, come on, it's beautiful! However, as a brunette – or as someone with previously coloured hair- there are a few things you should consider before diving into this journey.
-Hair health > hair colour. Going blonde is a process, and if rushed or done incorrectly, the repercussions could be the heath of your hair. Trust your stylist and start slow- the results will be a beautiful transition, an attainable colour, and hair that you don’t have to cut 7 inches off of when it's done.
-Blonde is not a one shade fits all. It may take a bit of playing around with tones to find what works best for you and your skin tone, don’t be discouraged by this. Bring lots of photos to your appointment so your stylist can see what you’re liking, and never be afraid to ask us for our expert opinion. (PRO TIP: Pinterest is a great resource, but be cautious of overly edited or filtered photos- try to save photos off of the hair page your stylist has as well!)
-Being blonde is an investment. When taking someone blonde, a typical sitting can range from 2.5-4 hours or longer! There are many more materials being used (foils, bond repair products, etc.) and it is a double-process colour. Thus, it has to be charged accordingly. The best way to address concerns or get an estimate on cost is to book a consultation with your stylist ahead of time, that way you can go into your appointment confident and relaxed.
-Salon products are essential. Because when going blonde, even in the healthiest of ways, it is normal for your hair to need some TLC. Say hello to your new best friends- Olaplex, purple shampoo, and your hair mask of choice.
-Mini maintenance salon appointments go a long way. This one is for my balayage babes! Even though your hair might look fine to grow out for months on months because of that beautiful natural blend; try a tone and treatment (or trim) between the big appointments. This goes a long way in keeping your hair looking and feeling it’s absolute best.
There we have it! I hope this blog answered some of your blonding questions; and in the great words of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, “Always trust in yourself” (and your stylist-she may have forgotten that part). But seriously, can’t wait to be in the salon again doing all the transformations and making those hair dreams come true!
Until next time!
Hey everyone! Ailesh from Salon Society in Regina, SK here to talk about proper hand and nail care in our current crazy COVID world.
As we all undoubtedly know at this point, 20 seconds of frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and warm water is important for defending against the COVID-19 virus but all this hand washing can really take a toll on the health of our hands and nails. In addition, increased sanitization of frequently touched surfaces has many of us with our hands in harsh cleaners and bleach.
Working to keep your hands and nails in good shape isn't just so they look pretty but also to protect your health. Broken skin and abrasions are a good way for bacteria to enter your body and dry hands and cuticles can be painful - so let's get fixing those hands!
The best thing you can do for your hands is moisturize them. Frequent handwashing is very drying so it is important to follow every hand wash with lotion. Try a DIY hand scrub to scrub away the dryness and start fresh - something as simple as brown sugar and coconut oil will do the trick!
TOP TIP: Have a lotion next to every sink so you won't forget and don't have to look for it!
2. Use Warm Water
Warm water is plenty warm enough to effectively wash your hands and is the recommended temperature for handwashing. Whereas washing with hot water strips moisture from your hands plus can cause irritation or burns.
3. No Nail Biting
Nothing is worse than unsightly and painful nails and cuticles. Keep those fingers out of your mouth - for your nails and your health!
TOP TIP: Keeping your nails at a shorter, more manageable length can help to discourage nail biting. Plus, always carry nail clippers or a nail file so any broken nails can be taken care of immediately without biting.
4. Cuticle Care
Dry cuticles are flakey, peeling, hang nail prone cuticles. To keep your cuticles looking good be sure to use lots of lotion and cuticle oil! In addition, it's important to keep a pair of sharp cuticle nibbers on hand. Using nibbers to carefully and safely cut away dry cuticles and hang nails helps to stop tearing and prevent painful cuticles.
TOP TIP: Put cuticle oil on at night before bed so it can fully soak in as you sleep!
5. Pretty Nails are Healthy Nails
Right now long nails may not be the best choice for you. Our frequent hand washing can make nails dry and brittle leading to easy breakage. Shorter well shaped nails are easier to maintain than longer nails; uniform healthy nails are pretty nails.
Grab some nail polish and make those nails shine! Make sure to thoroughly clean the nail before applying any polish and use base and top coats for a longer lasting manicure. If you're thinking of tackling some nail art check out my blog - 4 Tips for Beginner Nail Art!
WHEN WILL I BE CONTACTED TO RE-SCHEDULE MY BOOKING?
OH MY GOSH! Our clients are so excited to get back in our chairs, and man oh man we are so excited too! We were hoping to have more answers and start booking all you lovely people today. However 4 days have gone by and we still don't have clarity from our government.
Here's what's holding us back:
2. We will need to source all appropriate cleaning supplies
3. We are unsure if the government is going to push our industry into Phase 3 as there isn't yet clarification on whether our licenses fall under "Cosmetologist".
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY APPOINTMENT?
When we open our doors to all of you beautiful humans things will not be business as usual, however we are committed to begin the booking process as soon as:
SO WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
Get your name on our waitlist! By signing up for our waitlist, this let's us know you are:
So don't panic, we've got you, and we will take care of you. #noclientleftbehind
Hey friends! I’m going to be giving you a few tips on how to grow out your hair! I’ve spent YEARS trying to get my hair to grow passed my collarbones. I started highlighting my hair back in high school, would use my flat iron to straighten it once (sometimes twice ) a day, and I was never using the right products! So let’s start:
****Also, if you’re going to use a curling iron/flat iron please remember to use heat protectant****
5. And lastly, get regular haircuts! I was that girl that would trim half an inch off, once a year. In order to grow out your hair, you need to trim those little split ends!
I hope these tips help you to achieve your hair goals!! Here are a few products that I recommend:
This one is for the men today.
I know a lot of us are struggling with our fades growing in. Lord knows I’ve thought about shaving my head several times a day for the past month. The hairs around the ears are actually now touching our ears and our neck hair is connecting to our back hair. We are all on the verge of shaving our heads.
But during this time, get those trimmers out and ask your quarantine buddy to do some detailing around those ears and trim up that neckline! The best advice I can give you is to not go crazy with the clippers and just follow your natural hairline. Don’t cut any more than you need to.
Now facial hair - if you are rocking a beard, you know what to do. And if you’re growing a quarantine stache or beard, trimming and maintaining will help you look a lot less like Tom Hanks in “Castaway”. I always trim my client’s beards like the Spartans in the cinematic masterpiece that is “300” - short in the cheeks and longer to the chin.
Clean up the “neard” - the rule of thumb is to actually use your thumb. Lay your thumb sideways above your adam's apple and that is where your neck line should begin.
Using great products are key to maintaining a handsome look. At Salon Society our eco-friendly line Kevin Murphy has the killer K.Men's line. Everything from shampoos and conditioners, to all sorts of styling pastes,waxes and pomades.
Styles available in the salon can look the same at home if you use what we use and follow our advice. If you're struggling, don't be afraid to reach out. When my clients are in my chair I walk them through the steps and make it easy and accessible to maintain at home.
If you have any questions or want to see how I am handling this quarantine, follow me on instagram at @tyleratsalonsoceity and send me a DM. Stay safe and see you soon Regina :)
First things first, micro-needling is a medical procedure that should be done by a qualified Medical Aesthetician.
That being said, Hi! I’m Jenna and I’m a fully certified Medical Aesthetician in many areas including micro-needling. I’ve been trained through one of the top schools in Canada and received my practical training under a licensed practicing physician in October of 2019. I’ve been obsessed with skin care, natural and cruelty free products for over 10 years which has lead me to where I am today.
I practice out of Salon Society in the beautiful warehouse district of Regina, Saskatchewan. I am surrounded by my talented team, as well as creativity and community all around the salon! I mean HELLO Local market YQR, The Everyday Kitchen, Project Barre YQR, Sweet Pea & Noelle, Hillberg & Berk, Wheelhouse Cycle Club and SO many more.
Anyway, I’m rambling (probably because I miss every business that I’ve listed since the Covid
hit). Let’s talk micro-needling and why you should consider investing. Micro-needling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure to stimulate the body’s natural healing process and healthy cell turn over. What the heck does this mean? Here’s some examples:
Did you know that our collagen starts to deplete around the age of 25? I know, read that again, cry a little and then come back. But trust me, I look at my kids with their perfect skin and no remaining lines after they laugh or glare or frown at me with serious envy. They really don’t know how lucky they are ;)
Like I said earlier, micro-needling is a minimally invasive procedure that involves a pen with a disposable needle tip (yes disposable, because obviously one needle head per client treatment
since we don’t want to be spreading any blood borne diseases). The needle speed and depth are 100% controlled by me. Depending on your treatment plan and treatment area, I will determine both or either settings. The Health Canada Approved needle pen works in a stamping motion which is visible to the naked eye as a vibration. This method prevents any cutting or tearing of the skin which would be damaging. (Circle back to the top about why you should research your aesthetician and their products/suppliers. There are cheap pens out there and you and your skin deserve the highest and safest quality).
I should probably add, you are COMPLETELY NUMB with medical grade numbing cream. You
don’t feel anything. It’s literally like a vibration massage. I’ve had many clients come in who are nervous and then tell me how surprisingly relaxed they are during and after the treatment.
What to expect for your session:
Now of course with everything, there are some contraindications that need to be considered. Not everyone can be a candidate for this procedure. Please contact me directly with any questions, I’d love to help you on your skin healing journey.
Hey there! Ailesh here from Salon Society in Regina, Saskatchewan.
For my first ever blog post I decided to write about something I am very passionate about - nail art. I love trying new things, keeping up with nail trends, and learning new techniques. I know first-hand how daunting nail art can seem, especially when you're just starting out, so I've put together my top tips for beginners to nail art - I hope you enjoy them!
1. Keep It Simple
If you are just starting out keep it simple and easy. Classic designs like polka dots, hearts, and flowers are a great starting point and will help to hone your fine motor skills.
2. Add A Twist
Find an simple design and jazz it up with a twist. For example, layering different coloured polka dots. Adding a matte top coat is another easy way to transform a look!
3. Perfectly Imperfect
Aim for designs that don't require perfection. Instead, try looks that allow for imperfection from nail to nail - think bold brush strokes, abstract designs, and mixing textures and patterns. This is especially helpful if you are trying to do nail art on both hands but aren't comfortably ambidextrous yet.
4. Go All Out (Almost)
Go all out, full crazy nail art - on one hand. Use your dominant hand to create the nail art of your dreams on one hand. Then using your non-dominant hand, paint simple solid coloured nails in a colour that compliments the design hand.
Heya for those of you who don’t know me yet I'm Aaron Brousseau and I’m a Lead Hair Artist at Salon Society in Regina, Saskatchewan.
If you’ve ever visited our beautiful space at 1368 Rose Street, you’ve probably seen me or at least experienced my larger than life personality! One of the things I’m known for is my eccentric facial hair. That is (most of the time) meticulously groomed. The question I get asked the most is “how long does that take?” or “how do you get it to do that?” I usually keep the answers short and sweet but today I’m going to show you all my secrets on how to style the perfect beard.
And there you have it the perfect beard that feels, smells, and looks amazing!
Hello clients, friends and family,
Again we'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during the COVID-19 closure. Without your support we could have been in a much more difficult position. Your kindness has meant the world to us!
Our government has released information this morning in regards to re-opening dates. We do not have any information however about protocols, policies and procedures etc. Having our team and YOU, our community safe and comfortable is the most important thing. Right now we need much more information before we can be clear on when we will be open, and will not be taking appointments until things are more clear.
The SASO team will be meeting over the next few days to strategize our plans for when we will re-open and what that will look like. From the information we've been able to gather so far, it looks like things will be FAR from normal.
We have turned off online booking at this time to ensure we are able to re-book clients in order of clients that had appointments booked during the closure as well as clients who have been added to the waitlist.
IF YOU ARE NOT ON THE WAITLIST PLEASE ADD YOURSELF HERE.
We've already received an overwhelming amount of messages, and we are just as excited to see you as you are to see us!! Seriously missing you all so much! However, we are going to pump the breaks for a few days here. Get a solid plan in place and then start contacting all of our clients starting next week.
Please give us grace while we navigate through the re-opening process.
All our love;
JUST QUARANTINE THINGS! HOW THE YQR COMMUNITY HAS INSPIRED ME DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES AND THE PRODUCTS YOUR HAIR NEEDS FOR ISOLATION.
Hello hello hair besties, friends and family alike, it’s Kami, back at it with blog number two! I sat down today to write and I decided to sway off my massive list of hair related topics for a minute and just talk about community (don’t worry! I’ll even talk a little bit about hair too- it’s all relative). Our YQR community has amazed and inspired me almost daily since Saskatchewan announced its State of Emergency on March 18th. These are just a few of the things that have warmed my heart, and all happened locally!
-Side walk chalk drawings. If you’ve seen them, you already know what I’m talking about. Every day I walk my dog, and every day I see the cutest and most heart warming drawings. From “Thank you Health Heros” to my personal favorite- a hand with 6 fingers that says ‘WASH YOUR HANDS’ these drawings seriously make me smile.
-The support of local businesses. It makes me so happy to see the massive shift of people who are now choosing to shop local. Everyone has heard that jingle “when you shop at a store with a door, someone in real life does a happy dance” well.. its TRUE. So whether you’re purchasing from your favorite local restaurant or hair salon (wink wink nudge nudge – our online shop is bumpin’), it really is great to be keeping your money here in Regina.
-Free fitness online. Honestly what would I do without this? (probably collapse on my first 10 hour salon day when life returns to normal, that’s what). Some of my favourite YQR fitness clubs are now streaming workouts, check out Oxygen Yoga, Project Barre, and Wheelhouse Cycle Club (even if you don’t have a bike- it’s a vibe).
- The animals are getting ALL the love. CCREZQS is having all the foster fails. Everywhere I look there is a happy doggo hanging out with their human best friend, panting too hard from walk number 6 that day.. but hey, still a huge win! Never heard of a foster fail? Check out their instagram for the low down.
-People are taking care of themselves. I see people sharing online about what they have been doing for themselves as of lately and it’s honestly the best. Sometimes in the craziness that is life, we don’t prioritize our own self-care – but we need to. Read that book, take that walk, do that hair mask. You’re worth it.
So that’s my little see-the-good list.
Counting the days until I’m back behind the chair, drinking coffee and laughing with the best company.
KAMI'S PICKS FOR KEEPING HAIR HEALTHY DURING ISOLATION:
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