DONE Boise Hair Salon & BarkAID founder Patrick Lomantini raised $1005 to support BarkAid for saving homeless animals!

On Sept 17th, 2015 the Boise hair salon stylists at unDone partnered with Patrick Lomantini, founder of BarkAID for $20 haircuts to help raise a total of $1005 for Fuzzy Pawz Rescue – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to finding loving families for homeless dogs and cats in Idaho and Utah.

Below is a brief transcript of the unDONE’s interview with Patrick Lomantini, Boise hair salon stylist Brittney Tetro and the director of Fuzzy Paws, Amy:

Patrick: My name is Patrick Lomantini and we’re in Boise Idaho and I’m at this amazing salon called unDONE Salon and I’m with the amazing Brittney and if it wasn’t for her none of this would have happened, and I’m also with Amy from Fuzzy Paws rescue – the ones who benefited today and I just wanted to take a second to say we had an amazing day in Boise.

This is our 4th national tour and it’s our first time here and we had a great day and did 40 haircuts and raised a lot of money for what they do and we really appreciate what they do for the community here. And I also want to take a second here and say hi to Brittany and ask her how she felt about having this at her Boise hair salon.

Brittney: I couldn’t have been happier with the turnout. It was very good and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

Patrick: Let me tell you something about Brittany. She was fantastic. She kept the flow going and we had a lot of people here and she also took the day off and I was able to use her station and not only was it a selfless act on her but it was fantastic how professional she was and she helped me pick up the slack when I fell behind. So I can’t thank you enough. It was fantastic.

And Amy, how do you feel about the event?

Amy: It was awesome and we had a great time and we can’t thank the ladies at unDONE enough for stepping up when we got a little behind and we’d like to thank you (Patrick) for all your hard work and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Patrick: Yeah, we had a great day and we just want to tell everybody that Boise, Idaho has it going together & has it going on!

In total, BarkAID has risen over $300,000 in its short existence with Patrick Lomantini and his teams around the United States having performed over 6,000 haircuts. At this time, unDONE couldn’t be prouder to have participated in helping such a good cause and from all of our Boise hair salon stylists we would like to thank the Treasure Valley community for coming out, and supporting this wonderful fundraiser. We look forward to doing it again next year!

 

Ombre, Sombre, Balayage & Baby Highlights?

We all know how trends come and go, yet despite the variety of haircolor styles we see now days, many of us are stumped when it comes to understanding what look/technique it is that we want to achieve when visiting our favorite Boise hair salon. Ombré? Sombré? Balayage? Baby highlights? What’s the difference? Below is a basic list of haircolor style definitions for you to understand before making a date with your Boise hair salon stylist:

Foils vs. Balayage
Foils and Balayage are both highlighting techniques that create their own subtle look. Traditional foils for example are known for creating highlights that are uniform and defined. However, Balayage (taken from the French word meaning “to sweep”), is a freehand technique used by your Boise hair salon stylist where swatches of hair are sectioned and hand painted against a backboard with a lightening agent. After the painting is complete, each swatch of hair is then covered in cellophane. The result? Fatter, less symmetrical, random highlights that finish in a casual, beachy look.

Ombré vs. Sombré
Since the demand for dark roots and lighter ends started a few years back, Ombré helps to feature a stark dark-to-light fade. In contrast however, Sombré haircolor features lighter sections up higher while the lower lengths have ribbons of dark for a more gradual transition. The nice thing about both is that each look is perfectly low-maintenance that don’t harbor the need for constant Boise hair salon touch-ups since there is no clear demarcation line or regrowth.

Highlights vs. Baby Highlights
Now that we have a better understanding of foils and balayage, do you know that there are also different degrees of highlighting? As opposed to splashlights – that feature sharp flashes of blonde on dark tresses – baby highlights are much finer.

With baby highlights, your Boise hair salon stylist will separate your hair into tiny little sections before haircolor is applied to each group of strands and left for approximately one hour. While baby highlights are a bit more expensive, and time-consuming, you are however left with a more multidimensional, radiant, natural-looking haircolor. Basically, baby highlights help to recreate the look you had when you were just a precious wee-one. Keep in mind however, this technique really only works on blonde hair…

 

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.

2014 Winter Hairstyle Trends to Dye For!

Fall & winter are officially here! Unfortunately the days of soaking up the warm summer rays are over. With the winter months ahead, its time to start thinking fresh, and what a better way than to ring in the coming holidays with a new cut or haircolor from your Boise hair salon?

Switch up your style! Celebrities everywhere are toning down, and muting their ombre tresses for faint, discrete locks. Loud colors are a thing of the past this season, and untamed hair is going into sleeker, more polished looks. Natural, softer tones are making a big comeback and with tons of Keune color shades to choose from, you’re bound to find a hue this fall to suit your fresh look perfectly.

Blondes:

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Calling all beach goddesses! From dazzling gold to sparkling champagne, the best blonde hair color are designed to illuminate your skin and enhance your eyes. Haircolor choices include: creamy yellow, light brown with blonde contrast, honey blonde, and buttery blonde hues. Keep your haircolor fresh and vibrant by touching up your roots with a visit to the Undone, Boise hair salon and dont forget the shine!

Brunette:

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In a sea of blondes, stand out with a darker statement! From creamy caramel colors to dark chocolate tresses, brunettes everywhere have never looked so delicious. Haircolor choices include: mahogany brown, chestnut brown with flecks of sandy brown, light ash brown, dark coffee brown, dark golden brown, and rich espresso. To maintain your color, remember that color treated hair shampoos & conditioners are designed specifically for brunettes to help maintain your color while enhancing it.

Red:

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Calling those of you who love to add splash of ginger to their tresses! By simply adding more depth or darkness, new shades of red are becoming real head-turners this fall.  Haircolor choices include: deep rose gold, bronze, copper, & sombre. Keep in mind that in order to maintain your favorite red hues, it’s important to wash & rinse with cool water, and visit your Boise hair salon for a boost of glaze to maintain your vibrancy and shine.

Styles:

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Straight from the runway to real life, many 60’s era, Jacki O. inspired hairstyles are making a huge comeback this fall! Mix it up your casual statement with an air of sophistication! Choose from a variety of ballerina buns, glossy ponytails, mermaid waves, gym sleek styles, braids, and twists. In the end, have fun experimenting with your Boise hair salon stylist and finding the perfect look for you during this trend trial while showcasing the natural beauty you already have!

Wedding Hair

Planning a wedding is no easy feat. In fact, it can be quite stressful! Every little girl dreams of her big day, and once it all starts coming together, you want it to go as smoothly as possible. Call a time out. Relax & take a deep breath. The stylists at the Undone, Boise hair salon have you covered!  With a customizable, hair salon wedding package, we can help you feel beautiful on your big day while reducing overall stress levels. Our team of talented, Boise hair salon stylists offer a variety of up-do wedding styles as well as haircolor treatments or hair extensions depending on the look you’re searching for.

Since planning a wedding is a huge undertaking, planning in advance is key. Below are some tips & tricks to help you get find your perfect wedding hairstyle:

Find your perfect wedding look

Since planning a wedding takes time, don’t stress about whether you want an up-do wedding style or long flowing locks complemented by hair extensions. Start saving pictures that inspire you, and keep an eye out for what you like and don’t like about particular hairstyles. Keep in mind you can always ask your Boise Hair Salon stylist for a particular part of one hairstyle to incorporate with another that you might also like.

Longer Locks

If you want long flowing locks on your wedding day you really only have two choices: either let it grow, or apply hair extensions. Depending on the amount of time you have until your wedding day, hair can grow up to 3 inches during a 6 month waiting period. Not long enough? Hair extensions are a great way of adding the length, texture and volume you want while  transforming the thinnest, shortest locks into beautiful, flowing tresses.

Consider a “trial run”

While a trial run is by no means necessary, it can however be fun to see what you and your hairdresser can come up with. A trial run can be a great opportunity to benefit from the experience and creativity of your Boise hair salon stylist. Don’t be afraid  to ask what they would think would look best on you! Chances are, your stylist pays a lot closer attention to wedding hairstyles than you do.

The day of the wedding

Clean, dry hair is preferred by most Boise hair salon stylists. Depending on the look you have scheduled with them, they may want to wash and blow dry it anyway. Keep in mind that clean, dry hair provides your stylist with a fresh canvas to get started on. In addition, if your wedding party is having their hair done at the same time, let them know that by having clean, dry hair saves a TON of preparation time for you and your stylists.

 

Women’s Hair Tips from a Hip Hairdresser

On Monday, Sept 9th, 2014, the unDONE Boise Hair Salon had the pleasure of hosting, and learning from the world-renowned hair master, Albie Mulcahy! Hairdresser/Stylist-educator, Mulcahy offers over 35+ years of hair & fashion expertise having worked in over 35 countries, and fashion capitals throughout the world.

Master hair stylist and owner of unDONE, salon, Kimberli Denton was excited to share her experience. “The class went very well. Albie worked on three different models with long, to mid-length, to short women’s hair. He shared with us his famous dry cutting techniques where the hair is left completely in its natural state. By doing this, it allows women’s hair to fall where it naturally needs to be. Dry cutting is an art form in itself.  Albie cuts and textures a woman’s hair as he goes along with a visual guide. He was very inspiring and full of energy. Being able to learn from him adds a wonderful element to the collection of techniques we utilize at our Boise hair salon. Many of our clients really like the dry cutting technique as it allows their hair to fall more freely.”

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Master of the dry-cutting technique Albie explained that, “Shaping Hair Dry is a refined method. Only 1% technical 99% visual, I call it Visual Balance. Like a new language it must be practiced every day. After shaping dry hair for over ten years, I still learn something each time. Its about creating a personalized look for your client. Its about HONEST hair shaping NOT just cutting hair. It comes from the heart and creative mind, NOT a book.”

unDONE was very happy to have Albie stop by, having inspired us all, and we appreciate his dedication to teaching our stylists new techniques. When a salon professional such as this takes the time to share his knowledge and creativity with the world we all win but in the end, it’s the clients of our Boise hair salon who really reap the benefits!

The History behind Hairdressing Part 2

The Dawn of the Woodstock Era

Freedom and independence helped liberate women’s rights during the 1960-70s however, sending cookie-cutter, women’s hair styles out the window. Hippies, and African Americans of this era were known for their natural locks, and Afro styles. Women’s hair styles like the angular bob and pixie were also created in order to fall into place without endless hours of primping and styling.

Defining the decade, Madonna owned the 1980’s, and every teenager wanted her frosted, scrunched hair. Mouse was also commercially launched and hair got bigger, and brighter as we all remember the crazy haircolor, curled bangs & glamour shots!

Imperfect or messy locks gained popularity during the early 1990’s while the spirit of “what-ever” eventually gave way to cleaner, bouncier, women’s hair styles like the “Rachel” made famous by Jennifer Aniston that sent women running for blowouts, and flat irons.

Today

Today however women are swapping their go-to styles for new shapes, haircolor, textures, and lengths as there are now products for every design. The variation of women’s hair styles is as wide as the freedom of using anyone of them. No more uniformed values, only subtle general trends. Even advertisements for hair products tend to emphasize on individuality and personal choice. At this time, almost everything is allowed! So don’t be afraid to try something new. Express yourself. You never know. What you & your hairdresser come up with might be the next great trendsetter!

References:

http://www.youbeauty.com/hair/galleries/the-history-of-hair#1

The History behind Hairdressing

Part One:

Whether its hair extensions, up-do wedding styles, or haircolor, the history of hairdressing goes back to the beginning of time as a necessary way to keep hair confined while mirroring ones cultural status.

A look back in time – the origins of “hair gel” & “hair extensions”

As early as the 14th Century B.C, divas such as Queen Nefertiti, and Cleopatra among many other Egyptian royals were known for wearing grand headdresses without even so much as one strand of hair showing. However, for the rest of society during those times, men & women alike were known for using perfumed hair “gel” made from the fat of animals to style curls or slick down fly-a-ways.

While the Egyptians were also very fond of wigs, it’s no surprise this was the period when hair extensions were invented as a way of filling out thinning hair or making regular tresses more luxuriant by means of clever weaves and knots that were secured to real hair with beeswax and resin (much like today).

Highlights

Braids on the other hand were very popular with Greek and Roman women. They kept their hair long, and invented highlights by using powdered gold. The wealthier you were, the more complicated the hair style. Numerous slaves were known to braid, and curl a single master’s hair to depict their status in society.

In addition, when it came to the ancient world, who could forget Lady Godiva? Having let her hair down to ride naked through the streets of Coventry, England she forever associated flowing locks with sexy self-confidence.

A new profession is born

In the 1700’s, Marie Antoinette took hair to a completely new level (literally). Not only did she wear extravagantly high, powdered wigs but decorated them with trinkets such as model ships, feathers, and even birdcages. The time, and effort that went into these wigs gave birth to a new profession that actually paid: hairdressing! Up until that point servants or slaves were used to tame their ladies hair.

By the 1800’s women finally began shedding the powdered wigs, and letting their real hair down. Styles of this era included tight buns, and long drop curls decorated with fresh flowers or ornamental combs. This was also the era in which crimping was invented and hot irons were introduced as hair styling devices.

The Permanent

During the 1920’s flappers made the liberating statement of chopping off their locks into a bold new style called the “bob”, while the first successful permanent was introduced in the 1930’s to feminize their bobs in a sassy, sultry style.

Long hair started making its comeback by the 1940’s and women styled it themselves into elegant up-do’s like that of the Victory Roll that fashion icon’s like Bettie Page, and Rita Hayworth rocked. In the 1950’s however, women returned to their domesticated lifestyles after the war by bulking their hair into bouffant styles like that of Marilyn Monroe.

(Stay tuned next week for “part two” of the history behind hairdressing!)

The truth behind your favorite hairstyles

We’ve all heard or experienced hair disappointment horror stories. Perhaps you finally worked up enough courage to try something daring and new only to look in the mirror and realize short or colored hair wasn’t meant for you. New hairstyles are something you want to consult with your hairstylist before doing anything drastic or permanent.

Unreal Expectations: Would the real hairstyle please stand up?

Be realistic. When it comes to women’s hair we always want what we can’t have. Over the years it’s become harder, and harder to define what “natural” hair actually is and how hair enhancements like wigs, weaves, and extensions play a huge role in how we view, and define beauty these days. In reality, we all know the number bleaching or haircolor can have on your hair. Ever wonder how Gwen Stefani’s platinum locks always looks so healthy and silky smooth? Think about it. When you bring your stylist a picture of a hairstyle you’d like to try keep in mind that the magazine tear-out may either be photo-shopped or the celebrity you’re looking at is actually wearing a wig.

Most celebrities these days wear front-lace wigs or hair extensions. From Beyonce, to Rihanna, to Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry, rarely do any of these women expose their real hair to the camera. There’s also the magic of Photoshop. Not only does this tool give celebrities the option of adding final touches providing them with flawless looks, it is also used to erase imperfections and undesirable details.

Keep it real when it comes to your next salon visit. If you bring your stylist a photo of a haircut with pin straight hair, and light wispy layers but you have thick curly hair, you may just be setting yourself up for disaster. In reality, if you want your hair to look like that of a celebrity you’re going to have to put forth some major effort in order to maintain it. Instead, embrace your hair’s natural thickness and texture before finding photos of hairstyles that may be impossible to recreate. Talk to your stylist about hairstyles that will work with the hair you actually have.

Keep an open conversation with your stylist

We all know it’s important to sit down for a chat with your stylist. If you’re thinking about trying something fresh or permanent, the consultation is the most important part of your new look. Schedule at the very least a 10-15 minute consultation when you book your next appointment. It’s important for your stylist to see what your hair looks like dry, how you style it, how healthy it is, and how much time you really put into it.

Even if you’re meeting with the same stylist you’ve used before, a consultation is important. The goal of a consultation is to make sure you and your stylist are on the same page before any drastic changes are made. Think about it. Would you not want to consult with an architect or contractor before remodeling your home? The same goes with your hair.

Lastly, trust your stylist & their judgment. Know that you are in good hands, and they want you to be happy with your hair. Chat about what you liked and didn’t like from your last visit. Were the bangs too short? Did you want more of a face-frame cut? Was the shoulder length perfect? Talk about those details with your stylist so he/she can grasp where to go next.

Ciao!