Boise Hair Salon Tips to Avoid a DIY Hair Horror Story…

Anyone who has tried a DIY hair treatment knows that there’s always the possibility of disaster. Many of us share the same regret of a bad grocery store haircolor or rushing to the salon with chopped hair because we tried trimming it on our own. While people think they save money by waxing, trimming and dyeing their hair at home, the results can be disastrous . At unDONE salon, we’ve seen plenty of botched do-it-yourself jobs. So in the spirit of Halloween, we want to provide you with the following tips to avoid a DIY hair horror story…

DIY Smoothing Treatments

While it’s possible to purchase just about any smoothing treatment online, it’s important to know that these products are designed to be used by a Boise hair salon professional. The professional stylists at unDONE are certified and licensed to use these products properly. If you purchase a product like the Brazilian Blowout Smoothing System and attempt the treatment at home, you can severely damage your hair.

Below is a variety of factors that must be considered by an unDONE professional before the application of any smoothing treatment:

  • What other chemicals are in your hair?
  • What is the texture of your hair?
  • How much texture do you want left in your hair once the treatment is complete?

DIY Haircut

Under the right circumstance, a new haircut is usually a fun experience. When you want a new look, it’s important to do your research and find pictures that match the cut you want to achieve. Once you find the look you want, visit your Boise hair salon stylist. While YouTube videos can make a DIY haircut look easy, precision cuts are taught in cosmetology school and in advanced cutting classes. If you want to avoid visiting unDONE to fix a DIY haircut, consult and do your research instead of trying to cut your hair on your own.

DIY Bleach

Fashion colors are all the rage these days. However, these colorful hues are often obtained by pre-lightening your hair with bleach and other lighteners. While this may not seem like a complicated procedure, it can be especially damaging if you leave the bleach in your hair for to long. Bleach has the ability to lift your hair from a level (1) black to a level (10) blonde. During this process, your hair becomes weaker and weaker because the bleach penetrates the cortex of the hair, removing its melanin. Hair can become dry, brittle, and break off easily when the cortex is compromised. That’s why it’s important to visit an experienced Boise hair salon stylist to help you achieve any color once it’s safe and healthy for your hair. They can also help you maintain the color in the salon or provide you with advice and professional products to use at home.

It’s also important to keep in mind that bleach can burn and irritate the scalp. While there are different lighteners for different techniques, there are bleaching products out there that cannot be used on the scalp.  

DIY Haircolor

At unDONE Salon, a DIY hair color is one of our most common rescue missions. While the images on a box of haircolor may look lovely, and the directions promise wonderful results, all too often the opposite is true. The directions in a box of hair dye cannot properly determine a person’s starting haircolor, nor their history of hair products and treatments. Any stylist will tell you that all these things impact how your haircolor will turn out. A professional Boise hair salon stylist will help you transform your color based upon your individual needs. If you want to save money by doing it yourself, it’s important to take into consideration that you may end up spending double to fix or achieve the color you want.

When A Hair Horror Story Does Occur

When a hair disaster occurs, it’s important to remain calm. The worst thing you can do is to overreact and take immediate action. Take a deep breath and access the situation. Once you’ve calmed down, call unDONE Salon at (208) 287-2010 to schedule an appointment to fix the problem. When dealing with a hair disaster, you’ll want to call as soon as possible.

Happy Halloween!

2016 Fall Hairstyle Trends

One of the best things about fall (other than the fact that we don’t have to shave our legs everyday) is the ability to style our hair anyway we please. If you’ve been itching for something new but don’t know which way the styles are headed this season, we can help!  unDONE Salon has sleuthed together some of the most popular fall hair trends with the helpful guidance of our Boise hair salon stylists.

Messy Bobs

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Messy bob hairstyles are super chic, convenient, trendy and easy to style. As the #1 popular haircut among women, the messy bob provides you with the benefits of short hair with a longer hair look. From blunt to layered there are a variety of messy bob styles to choose from!

Mid to Long Blunt Hairstyles

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Contrary to popular belief, not all haircuts need layers, and the blunt bob is a perfect example. Due to it’s funky asymmetric look, it matches well with almost any kind of face shape or hair texture. For those with longer hair, the ends should be cut into a straight blunt line and feathered out to give a hint of softness for a gorgeous autumn look.

Short Layered Pixie Cut

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A short layered pixie cut is a bold, low maintenance, empowering style. This low-fuss, short layered hairstyle is wonderful for people with naturally straight hair. Layered or choppy, there are a variety of ways to style your pixie haircut, so you can have a fresh new look every single day!

Long Hairstyles

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If you’re a woman who still loves her long hair, rest easy. Long hair never goes out of style. This year’s fall trend for long hair is BIG. Half up/half down or all down – just keep it big! Looking for styling options for your long hair? Top knots, braids and waves are the leading trends this fall..   

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As the seasons change, so does our style. If you are craving a fresh new look this fall, schedule an appointment at unDONE Salon. Our Boise hair salon stylists have the knowledge and the tools to help you achieve your hairstyle goals. Call us at (208) 287-2010 today!

unDONE Salon: Back-to-School Hair Tips!

It’s back-to-school time! Are your kids ready for their first day? Whether they’re starting kindergarten or heading to high school, a new hairstyle can be just as important as getting the right school supplies. At unDONE Salon, our Boise hair salon stylists have some advice about getting the perfect back-to-school look!

Forget the DIY Haircut

Mom (or Dad), we don’t want to hurt your feelings, but no one wants botched bangs or uneven haircuts. While it may seem like an easy way to save a few bucks, cutting your kids hair can be unpredictable with disastrous results. Prevent any mishaps and make sure it’s done right by letting our Boise hair salon stylists handle the back-to-school cut.

Low Maintenance

Between spending long days in the classroom and balancing extracurricular activities, most kids (and parents) simply don’t have the time for extensive hair regimens. Additionally, long, shaggy hair may not be the best look if your child has an active lifestyle. When it comes to a new ‘do’ for school think low-maintenance. Our Boise hair salon stylists can create a haircut that’s easy to maintain for the busiest kid.

New Do, New You

When your child gets the perfect cut or hairstyle that showcases their personality, you’ll see a big difference when it comes to boosting their confidence. Our Boise hair salon professionals are always up-to-date on the latest hair trends. We can help them start the year off in style!

Picture Day!

While there is nothing wrong with spending a little extra time on your child’s hair for picture day, it’s important to schedule any cuts at least two weeks in advance. Doing so will help you and your child get used to the new style while providing you with enough time to fix any issues. Additionally, getting a haircut a few weeks in advance will provide your child with a more natural appearance rather than a fresh cut look.

For the best back-to-school hair services in the Treasure Valley, unDONE Salon offers affordable haircuts for the whole family. Contact us today at (208) 287-2010!

I Am a Hair Cutter: Written by Kim Denton Owner/Salon Coach

With over 30 years of Boise hair salon experience, having seen and adapting to so many different hair trends and changes over the decades, my friend Paulo Candido (you might know him from Bravo’s Television show, Shear Genius), and I were recently chatting about our love and passion for the salon industry. Having been trained by renowned stylist Irvine and Louise Rusk, our passion for seeing hair and using it as our artistic canvas has been ingrained in us. We are hair cutters before we are colorists and we are not ashamed to admit it!

In fact, having worked with some of the best mentors in the hair industry, Tatjanna Cyponpionka, Sandra Yu, Andor Bubelenyi and now Gerard Caruso, I feel very blessed.

So why am I writing this? Well, it’s not to brag. It is my concern for the hair salon industry. Haircolor has taken such leaps and bounds within the last decade that I feel many stylists have lost their love for hair cutting. As hair stylists we all looked up to Vidal Sasson and his passion, and vision to cut and sculpt hair for inspiration. But color, oh the wonderful world of haircolor… What really takes my breath away is when color is placed to the cut!

One thing I have noticed in the last couple of years is that hair cutting has really taken a back seat in the salon industry. Companies are pushing color, color theory, product knowledge, color placement and editorial styling but no technical cutting classes.

In fact, many younger stylists like to use the razor to create a hair cut but when it comes down to it, they can never do that same cut again, or they just want long hair because long hair is easy for them. Let’s be honest, cutting hair scares the hell out of them and some of us too! We take some cutting classes but there is no foundation, no vision, and no inspiration: Just. Cut. Hair. As a hair cutter, this is a concern, how do we get around this lack of education?

We share our voices. We make sure to support companies that provide cutting classes that have a technique and get back to the basics. It’s important for us to have confidence, no matter who sits in our chairs, so that we can create the best look for them WITH a color that brings the cut out. Let’s be honest, just because a haircolor is rainbow, doesn’t mean it’s beautiful! Beauty is when all forms of art come together to create a marriage, a silhouette! Have you ever seen ombre hair when it’s not curled? The best style for a client is when the hair is in its natural state without having to do anything to it…

Yes, I am a Boise hair salon stylist, but I am also an artist, a sculptor, and a hair cutter, other than just a colorist!

2016 Men’s Hairstyle Trend: The Man Braid

Starting with the man-bun, it was only a matter of time before this popular men’s hairstyle transformed into something more creative. With men everywhere sporting a scruffy beard and top-knot, we now have something completely new: the manbraid.

In reality, this surprisingly new trend actually looks kinda cool – if you’re a guy who can pull it off having already put in the hard work of growing out your hair. In fact, #ManBraid is now one of the trendiest men’s hairstyles on Instagram!

So how did this popular men’s hairstyle come to be? Well, during its evolution, it was the comeback of long hair that started it all. And once that long hair started to get annoying, the man bun steamrolled its way in with guys getting tired of having it constantly in their faces. Then, as things progressed, many of these man-bun types started embracing the buzz cut around the sides while leaving the top long. But as any Boise hair salon stylist knows, even the most modern haircuts grow out, leaving you with impossible hair that won’t stay in place. So like their female counterparts, men have finally started turning to the braid with trendsetters and celebrities alike taking their man buns to the next level with intricate braids to fasten their long locks.

In fact, with the internet buzzing it looks like some guys have really gotten the technique down. Gone are the terrible days of cheap buzz cuts and men’s haircuts. Instead of shearing off their glossy locks, many men are starting to enjoy the process of visiting their favorite Boise hair salon to groom them in more creative ways than ever.

While it remains to be seen whether the trend will reach the height of the man bun, one thing is for sure: men aren’t giving up on their long hair, instead they seem ready and eager to experiment with new do’s. While buns are usually quite simple, it’s not always easy to master the perfect braid. At Undone Salon, your Boise hair salon stylist can help you achieve your man bun or man braid goals. If you have any questions about any particular men’s hairstyle or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (208) 244-6744 today.

 

The Evolution of Men’s Hairstyles Over the Past Century

The ancient, biblical story of Samson and Delilah proves just how important male grooming can be. In fact, men’s hairstyles throughout history have been depicted by famous sculptors, composers and screenwriters for centuries. From pencil mustaches to today’s famous “man bun”, below is a brief overview of the evolution of men’s hairstyles over the past century:

During the 1910’s, the handlebar mustache and slicked-down hair were all the rage. Inspired by King Edward of England, this particular look provided men with an everyday “pomp & circumstance” style.

The 1920’s offered a more clean-shaven look with less facial hair and a slicked down, center part. Due to the industrial revolution, male grooming gained popularity because consumer razors became much more prevalent offering men a chance to shave regularly.

The 1930’s men everywhere started sporting pencil mustaches, made popular by Hollywood stars like Clark Gable who played the infamous Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.

The 1940’s boasted the “sailor” look featured in “V-J Day in Times Square,” the iconic photo in Times Square during Victory over Japan Day, was the inspiration for Cut’s 1940s look.

The 1950’s offered the ever famous “greaser” & pompadour look.These men’s hairstyles offered lots of volume with slicked, combed-back sides, and were made famous by celebrities like Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.

The 1960s saw a lot of longer, “mop-top” men’s haircuts, made popular by the Beatles while slick, gelled back looks of the past lost their popularity.

During the 1970’s, men everywhere started to grow their hair out even longer, demonstrating a freer look that required little male grooming or shaving habits.

Men in the 1980’s however, started sporting a slicked-back men’s hairstyle that mimicked a man of Wall Street due to the growth of 1980’s finance.

In the 1990’s grunge became HUGE due to rock icons like Kurt Cobain. However, similar to the 1970’s this style offered a more matted texture for a less groomed look.

The 2000’s in contrast to the previous decade offered a “boy band” look with short sides and a spiked front known as a fauxhawk.

Today, it’s all about the “man bun” that is a surprisingly versatile men’s hairstyle that incorporates many different elements. Just about anything goes as long as hair from the top of the head can be tied back.

Quick & Easy Holiday Hairstyles

With the time-crunched, fast pace of the holiday season upon us and all the details occupying our brains, the last thing you want to worry about is your hair! Yet, once the  party invitations start rolling in, you may do just that. Whether you’re seeking a sexy or demure look, the stylists at Undone Salon recommend the following quick & easy holiday women’s hairstyles:

Fancy Bun

Your Boise hair salon stylists suggests pulling your hair up if you decide to wear a strapless dress or a beautiful necklace. This elegant women’s hairstyle is inspired by the classic ballerina bun, but the feel of it is much looser without the primness. Begin with hair that’s smooth and straight. Using a clear elastic, gather all your hair into a high ponytail (though if you have bangs, leave them free). Pull two small sections of hair out of the ponytail. Pull the two sections of hair forward and clip out of the way. Working with small sections of hair at a time, “roll” the hair, pinning it as you go to secure it. Moving clockwise around the base of the ponytail, roll and pin the hair until you’ve created a bun. Unclip the two small sections of hair that you had pulled out of the ponytail. Twist each of the two sections of hair, then pin along the front of the bun to finish it.

Glossy Waves

If you feel like taking a trip back in time, your Boise hair salon stylist suggests incorporating a little old Hollywood glamor into your holiday look! Start by keeping your hair well hydrated. A moisturizing conditioner and regular deep conditioning masks will help to keep flyaways and breakage to a minimum. After towel drying your hair, scrunch volumising mousse evenly throughout. Leave you hair to dry naturally then part your hair deep on one side with a tail comb. Use a 1 1/2″ curling iron to curl large sections of your hair, starting from a few inches up from the ends.Brush the curls through to give your hair a unified wave then set your style with a high shine finishing spray. Be generous, you want plenty of hold!

Messy Side Braid

The side braid is a cute, and super easy style of braiding your Boise hair salon stylist recommends that goes over the shoulder. It looks especially nice with side-swept bangs or as a romantic, somewhat messy look. Give yourself a deep side part, separating your hair in two. From there, separate each section in two again, leaving you with four sections of hair. Starting with the section on the far left, cross underneath the next section, then over the third section, then under the fourth section, as if you were basket weaving your hair. Continue this with each “new” far left section until your hair is completely braided all the way down. Secure the end of the braid with a clear elastic. Gently tug sections of the braid apart to loosen things up a bit, giving you the messy look. Don’t pull too hard — just enough to loosen the plait.

Do Big Curls

To get this 40’s – 60’s inspired look yourself, your Boise hair salon stylist recommends creating a deep side part. Use a 1” barrel curling iron to curl your hair to the side, wrapping towards your face. Repeat on the other side of your face. Once they’re set, unwind the spirals and separate with your fingers. Run a boar-bristle brush through for extra body. To maintain the bouncy style, finish with a blast of hairspray. Finally, tuck a bobby pin on the side opposite your part for instant glamour.

Why it’s Important to Pre-Book Your Holiday Boise Hair Salon Appointment!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And as we all know, the days ahead will be booked with holiday parties and celebrations. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s your Boise hair salon’s busiest season as well since women and men from all over the Treasure Valley will be booking appointments for their next holiday haircolor, cut, or style.

Below are some helpful Boise hair salon tips for taking the stress out of your next holiday hair appointment:

1. Book Your Boise Hair Salon Appointment NOW

If you’ve marked the date of your next holiday party on the calendar, make sure to call your Boise hair salon stylist to reserve your hair appointments now. Don’t wait until the week of your next major event only to find out it may be next to impossible to squeeze you in.

2. Book Your Appointment For The Exact Boise Hair Salon Service You Want

The holiday season one of Undone’s busiest seasons. Be considerate. Don’t walk into your Boise hair salon requesting services you didn’t book for in advance. Make sure to have any chemical processes (haircolor, perms, etc.) done before your special occasion appointment to help avoid rushing your Boise hair salon stylist to complete the service you need done so you can get to your party on time. Keep in mind that many Boise hair salon stylists also have plans & family commitments of their own, so make sure to discuss any needed chemical processes with your stylist in advance.

3. Bring Pictures

Be prepared. If you have an idea of what you want your hair to look like, show a picture of it to your Boise hair salon stylist. Doing so will help you and your stylist achieve the special look you want. If the look requires hair extensions, make sure call ahead of time and ask their opinion on what length, style and texture would work best for you.

While the holiday season can be one of the busiest times of year, a little proper planning and a few simple steps can ensure you get to look and feel your absolute best before your next major event. The key here though is to PLAN. Now is the time to get your calendar out and start booking your holiday Boise hair salon appointments so you have one less thing to stress about!

 

Men’s Hair Grooming Basics

When it comes to male grooming, every gentleman needs a little sculpting here and there. Below are some men’s hair grooming basics every guy needs to apply to their no-fail grooming routine to help turn heads:

*Men’s hair routines differ depending on hair texture and chosen men’s hair cut & style.

STRAIGHT HAIR, WAVY HAIR, & LOOSE CURL PATTERN

Men with these hair types should wash their hair on a daily or every other day basis in order to prevent oil build-up. While it’s been a long-standing tradition to get a men’s hair cut once a month, it all depends on the rate in which your hair grows back, your chosen hairstyle, and budget. Its also important that your Boise hair salon stylist is familiar with cutting your hair so it grows out evenly and looks great for the entire month between cuts.

CURLY HAIR/TIGHT CURL PATTERN

Men with these hair types should generally wash their hair every couple of days or once a week in order to maintain the moisture. Moisturizing shampoos & conditioners are highly recommended. Hair should also be lightly moisturized on a daily basis to keep it from becoming dry and breaking off. The frequency of a men’s hair cut also depends on the hairstyle, budget, and rate at which your hair grows back. Routine men’s hair cuts (every week or every other week) are recommended by your Boise hair salon stylist.

Long Hair

Long hair is back in style and it seems that everyone has taken notice. Remember that just because it’s long hair doesn’t mean it’s healthy hair. Longer hair is prone to dryness so washing your hair every other day will help keep it looking fresh. Use a good conditioner at least three times a week & don’t over-brush. The key to long healthy hair is to keep it hydrated—just as you would your skin. Conditioned hair doesn’t solve all split ends, so visit your Boise hair salon stylist for a trim every month or two.

 

Recommended Holiday Hairstyles From Your Boise Hair Salon

Everything glimmers during the holidays & so should your hair! Between shopping, and all the last minute details to tend to during the fast pace of the holiday season, the last thing you need to worry about is your hair. And yet, once party invitations start rolling in, you may do just that. Make a fresh, bold statement & turn heads this holiday season with a new haircolor, permanent,  mall hair extensions or up-do wedding inspired styles!

The holidays are a perfect excuse to put bows & sparkly things in your hair while feeling like a princess without being called one. Need inspiration? No worries. We asked our Boise hair salon stylists to come up with a few of their favorite Tinseltown hairstyles to rock this holiday season.

Great Gatsby Hair

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Our Boise hair salon stylists love the romance and iconic fashion period of the 1920’s. Define the decade, and cause a head turning commotion by redefining this rebellious “flapper” inspired style.

The Ballerina Knot

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The image of a ballerina knot has been a favorite icon for decades. This ever famous hairstyle still rocks the streets of fashion capitals around the world, and as long as it’s flattering and not too mussy, you should be good to go.

Long Wavy Hair

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Long, wavy hair is always gorgeous for any holiday party. Need some added length? The stylists at Undone Boise hair salon are your hair extensions experts. After that, all you have to do is look in the mirror and check yourself from behind to make sure your holiday hair is perfect.

The Formal Updo

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For a truly formal, holiday event, traditional updo’s are styles guaranteed to turn heads. Keep in mind you shouldn’t attempt these on your own. Before hitting the party visit the Undone Boise hair salon to achieve this classic look.