Pretty Ways To Wear Purple This Spring

Dramatic or subtle?  With so many pretty shades to choose from, where do you start?  Not to worry Alter Ego Studio Salon owner, Tim Muir shows us a few of his creations to inspire you to take the purple plunge!  

POPS OF VIOLET ON A CHOCOLATE BASE

POPS OF VIOLET ON A CHOCOLATE BASE

LIGHT & LUSCIOUS LILAC

LIGHT & LUSCIOUS LILAC

DUSTY LAVENDER OMBRE A-LINE BOB

DUSTY LAVENDER OMBRE A-LINE BOB

PURPLE & PIXIED

PURPLE & PIXIED

3 Highlighting Trends to Try This Fall

Today, we'll show you 3 of the most popular freehand highlighting techniques requested by clients at Alter Ego Studio Salon and share how to keep them looking beautiful using our AE Professional Home Care line!  

1. COMBINE BALAYAGE WITH BABY LIGHTS

Baby lights are very fine subtle highlights on a darker base, meant to mimic natural lightening by the sun. When combined with balayage you end up with hair color that is  seamlessly swept into lighter ends. Keep your color from going brassy by using our AE True Hue Anti-Fading Shampoo and Color Moist conditioner. This beautiful example is by Alter Ego stylist Makinsee. 

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2. HIGH CONTRAST OMBRE

We start with very dark roots that have very little gradient color transition until about mid shaft, and then an explosion of platinum. Keeping the health and integrity of the hair is of the most importance so we use Olaplex in our lighter to keep strands healthy. Keep your bright ends from going brassy by using AE True Hue Highlights shampoo and Color Moist conditioner. We will then send you home with Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector to use once a week to additionally strengthen you hair.  Check out this gorgeous color by Alter Ego stylist Tim.

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3. Subtle & Sexy

Less is more! Highlights don't have to be mean bright blonde tones. Staying one to two shades lighter than your base shade creates an overall softening, sexy effect.  AE Keratin Therapy shampoo and conditioner contain UV protection and keratin protein which will keep your hair from premature fading while keeping tresses smooth and frizz free. This lived in color was created by Alter Ego stylist Tasia.

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Hair Color

Balayage Beauty

The latest and greatest concept in hair fashion is one that enables individuals to not only rock their natural color, but also save some money and time by visiting the salon less frequently. Meet the balayage: a technique that brightens hair while adding dimension and creating a more natural look.

At Alter Ego Studio Salon, the balayage has become many clients’ go-to request.

“It is a style that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep,” explains Alter Ego owner and hair/makeup artist, Tim Muir. “It’s a very natural, subtle look.”

The balayage is perfect for those wanting to get back to their roots. Not to be confused with the popular ombre style, which melts three different colors from darker to lighter, the balayage is more of a highlighted, natural-blended look. One that Tim refers to as “painted.”

“The painted looks are more of a trend right now because of their benefits of less upkeep and the more natural effect,” says Tim.

The prospect of less upkeep is particularly appealing to those clients on the go. Depending on their hair, clients can go anywhere from three to six months in between appointments, especially during the summer because of the natural highlights that the sun brings out in the hair. This cuts down tremendously on time—and money—spent at a salon.

There is no color requirement to sport a balayage. Tim and his styling team have created beautiful painted looks on clients with hair colors ranging from super dark to red to blond. The final result ultimately depends on what the client is hoping to achieve.

“When a client requests a more natural look, I suggest a balayage. This begins with discussing the color level of the client’s natural hair color, and then finding out what color the client desires to be,” explains Tim. “Those wanting to spend less time maintaining the look will want to stay on the more natural side.”

Once a color is determined, Alter Ego Studio Salon stylists goes over the lightening process with the client. From there, the stylist gets to work creating a seamless look that generates stunning results.

Interested in sporting a highlighted natural look? Talk to your Alter Ego Studio Salon stylist about the balayage. 

Sizzle Your Locks into Summer

Tim Muir provides a product breakdown for all hair textures

Summer is officially upon us and with the brighter skies and skyrocketing temperatures comes a new season of managing those locks. Alter Ego Studio Salon owner and hair/makeup stylist Tim Muir shares insight on how to make the most of your hair this summer with the help of some products from the Alter Ego Signature Line.

Tim talks kinky/curly, soft/wavy, and sleek/straight hair. Find your texture below and see what Alter Ego Signature Line product will help you maintain swoon-worthy hair all season long.

 Kinky/Curly

Those sporting kinky/curly locks should keep their hair hydrated. 

Those sporting kinky/curly locks should keep their hair hydrated. 

“Summer brings heat, with heat comes dry,” says Tim. This is especially true for those living in desert states like Utah. With practically no humidity in sight, those sporting their natural curls face the dryness that the warmer months bring with it. Tim advises using a product that keeps natural curls nice and soft.

 “You want to define and soften those curls by keeping your hair moisturized. This is especially true if you love spending time in the water, where dry, brittle split ends and breakage occurs,” explains Tim, adding that whether the culprit is chlorine or salt, the damage is the same.

 The solution? Tim recommends an anti-frizz curl créme. At Alter Ego Studio Salon, Tim swears by Keratin Therapy shampoos and conditioners. “This product can be used year-round but it is especially wonderful during the hot and dry weather,” says Tim.

 Salt- and sulfate-free, the Keratin Therapy shampoos and conditioners are a great addition to maintaining keratin treatments and keep the moisture locked in your hair, allowing you to love your locks all summer long.

 Soft/Wavy

Wavy hair is at its best when it's soft. 

Wavy hair is at its best when it's soft. 

Soft and wavy hair applies to those who fall in between straight and curly hair. Blondes with soft/wavy hair tend to experience more dryness, resulting in brittle ends and breaks. Those who prefer to straighten their waves during the warmer months tend to face the possibility of over-drying their hair and experiencing breakage—an especially negative experience if you don’t want to cut your long hair. 

 “You want to use products that give you the ability to wear your natural waves and keep them soft rather than heat your hair,” says Tim. He recommends rocking the natural soft and wavy look during the warmer months to avoid breakage. To do this, he suggests Making Waves Beach Spray, AE Co-Wash, and Elixir 11.

 The co-wash, a shampoo and conditioner in one, allows users to not have to use too much soap in their hair, which can cause dryness. “This is a great product for those on-the-go who don’t want or have to wash their hair every day. It keeps the waves in tact and doesn’t dry out the hair,” explains Tim.

 The co-wash utilizes a cleansing conditioner that takes the oil out of hair but also keeps it moisturized. Tim also recommends using it after swimming in a pool or salt water.

 Elixir 11 is an Alter Ego Signature Line product that the salon team uses on all of their clients during their experience at the salon. The anti-aging hair treatment is also great for those in need of a bit more moisture to keep their waves in tact. Elixir 11 is a leave-in conditioner that keeps hair soft as well as protects it from heat should you decide that you need a break from those natural waves. A superhero within the realm of hair, Elixir 11 offers the following benefits:

 · Seals color

· Smooths frizz

· Repairs damage

· Prevents split ends

· Moisturizes dry hair

· Strengthens fragile hair

· Prevents flat iron damage

· Prevents pool and sun damage

· Adds shine, softness, and silkiness

· Protects from blow drying dry out

· Improves texture and manageability

Sleek/straight

Those with straight hair should aim to keep oil at bay during the hot summer months. 

Those with straight hair should aim to keep oil at bay during the hot summer months. 

“Ironically, those with sleek/straight hair experience more oily hair during the warmer/dryer months,” says Tim.

 The key to maintaining straight hair during the warmer months is using protecting and moisturizing products that you can put in your hair without leaving the hair heavy and greasy. Those with sleek and straight locks should also be sure that their hair is 80 percent or more dry before stepping outside in hot, humid, or rainy weather to prevent their hair from becoming frizzy. To keep the oil at bay—and speed up the drying time—Tim suggests using Brilliance Ironing Sealer. The oil- and water-based product contains healing argan oil to tame frizz and add a light, healthy shine to the hair without making the hair look oily or flat. Brilliance also speeds up the blow drying process by 40 percent, which is great for on-the-go styling.

 Bonus Tips

  • Those sporting coarse hair (or when in high-humidity climates) can layer on Straight and Smooth straightening balm before blow drying hair to keep strands controlled and frizz-free.
  •  Blowout Extending Spray is a great way to keep styles fresh. The product is ideal for combating oil in two-day-old styles because it absorbs oil and revives the hair. 

Interested in trying out an Alter Ego Signature Line product? Call 801.550.8171 for more information.

 

 

Look Red Carpet Ready for Sundance 2016

Unlike celebrities, most festival goers do not have the assistance of a professional stylist and hair/makeup artist to get them camera-ready for events in Park City. To help you prep for Sundance, Alter Ego Studio Salon founder and hair/makeup artist to the stars, Tim Muir, shares some secrets to red carpet success for those planning to brave the cold and partake in all that the festival offers.

Wigs, Hair Extensions

Tim's Travels in San Francisco, CA- "Handz on Tour" by Tokyo Stylez

In between the busy holiday hustle and bustle of clients getting their hair done.  I took a little time off for an in-depth educational wig making class taught by celebrity hair stylist "Tokyo Stylez".  If you've seen Kylie Jenner's colorful hair lately then you have seen his work. Tokyo has made wigs for countless celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, Serena Williams, rapper Lil Kim, and Naomi Campbell to name a few.  Class was held at the scenic Marriott Waterfront hotel that had breathtaking ocean views all around, a nice change from Utah's wasatch mountains.  With a start time of noon, a large line formed to one of the conference rooms.  Stylists had traveled from all over the U.S. to learn Tokyo's flawless wig and lace frontal application techniques.  After checking in I went to a table in front of the platform and began setting up my supplies.  Tokyo was already in the room and started the class with a warm introduction.  During the 7 hour class I was taught fundamentals of wig making and secrets of his trademark illusion techniques.  A business and social media segment was taught by his manager Chris Aaron, and a surprise appearance was made by model/actress Karrueche Tran as one of his hair models.  

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It was a blessing to connect with other successful hair artists to share knowledge about our trade.  If you are interested in having a wig made contact the salon for a free consultation.

Thank you to all my clients for your continued support! - Tim

Hair Color

Olaplex works on ALL Hair Textures!

 

What is this Olaplex you keep hearing about?  Let us get you up to speed.

Olaplex is the latest breakthrough in preventing breakage and restoring life and luster to your hair. Olaplex is a “bond multiplier,” it will multiply and rebuild those bonds, lessening the damage and leaving your hair healthier and stronger than it would otherwise be. A group of reputable and award winning chemists created the product and colorists worldwide are achieving amazing results.  This must-have technology is the perfect haircolor upgrade during your next service. Want to know more? Read on.                  

Who is Olaplex for?

We are happy to announce Olaplex works on ALL Hair Textures!  Perfect for any client who is looking to dramatically change their haircolor, clients with fragile hair or those prone to breakage, relaxed and chemically processed hair.  If you want to strengthen your hair and drastically reduce the look of split ends, try Olaplex on its own.  No color service required. 

How is Olaplex used?

As an in salon treatment Olaplex Bond Multiplier No. 1 is added directly to your color or lightner formula.  After rinsing color from the hair your colorist will apply Olapex Bond Perfector No. 2 for 5-10 minutes then rinse, shampoo, and condition.  As an added bonus Olaplex has created a take home product for client use in-between salon visits. Hair Perfector No. 3 is to be used once a week to further strengthen the hair and help your color last longer.

At Alter Ego Studio Salon, we are proud to offer Olaplex along with great colors, cuts, and styles! Our staff is highly trained and ready to help you transform your hair. Have you been tough on your hair?  Do you notice signs of hair breakage and split ends?  Talk to your stylist about Olaplex.