1. It’s fun to say. Balayage is a French word that actually means to “sweep” or to “paint.” It is a highlighting technique in which the stylist applies color with gentle, sweeping strokes. Balayage color is swept across the section of hair, rather than saturating the entire section. The result is a more natural, blended look than what you get with traditional foil highlights.


Before and After, Balayage by Nick

Before and After, Balayage by Nick


2. Balayage is not just for blondes. Blonde balayage is beautiful, of course, and comes in all sorts of tones – ash, pearl, copper, and caramel, to name a few. But balayage is also a beautiful way to add rich dimension to darker hair colors. Chocolate, auburn, and burgundy highlights are gorgeous on brunettes.


3. Balayage is the absolute best in subtle beauty. It’s an au naturel approach to hair color that will make people wonder if you’ve been vacationing somewhere sunny and stylish (South of France, perhaps?). This easygoing look can work with any style, but more than anything, it evokes a free-and-easy kind of fashion. Think: sun kissed tresses and a simple sundress – true bohemian beauty!


4. Balayage is low-maintenance. Unlike foil highlights, the blended look of balayage makes your roots less noticeable, and there’s no definite demarcation line. So, instead of making a salon appointment every four to six weeks, which is what foil highlights require, you can go eight weeks or even longer (and still look lovely!).


5. Balayage is a trend that’s not going anywhere. It looks great on just about anyone, no matter the color, texture, or length of hair. Also, how and where each stylist places balayage highlights differs greatly, which means that the balayage look is highly personalized. No two balayages are the same!

The stylists at 140 Salon & Dry Bar love balayage. Call today for a color consult, and let us add some rich, luminous dimension to your hair!


Help 140 Salon & Blow Dry Bar and Crayons2Calculators support Durham teachers and students! Drop off school supplies at the salon anytime between July 24th and August 20th.

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Most people know that teaching is not among the highest paid of professions. And most Triangle residents are painfully aware that North Carolina teachers’ salaries are among the lowest in the country. But what most people don’t know is that teachers in low-income area schools take a pay cut the moment they accept their first job – sometimes to the tune of one thousand dollars per year.

These teachers don’t actually have smaller paychecks, they just spend more out-of-pocket money on classroom supplies. Since 2008, state money for public school supplies has been reduced by 60 percent. The supply closets teachers used to rely on – the ones full of dry erase markers and construction paper and those brightly colored decorative borders that make a classroom cheerful – are now just a myth. If teachers need supplies for their rooms, they ask the parents of their students. And when the parents of their students don’t have the resources to provide those supplies, as is the case in many Durham schools, it’s the teacher who fills that gap.

The needs of school age children are many and diverse – papers and pencils, backpacks and binders, and snacks for when they show up hungry. These are classroom essentials that many public school teachers are asked to do without. In Durham, Crayons2Calculators is a non-profit organization that helps to ease the burden of classroom supplies for teachers. By doing so, they make the school year more joyful and productive for Durham students.


Donations of school supplies go directly to Durham teachers. Elementary school teachers who work in Durham’s highest poverty schools are invited to shop at the Crayons2Caluculators warehouse once a month, and each month they can take up to 85 dollars in supplies back to their students. Depending on the free/reduced lunch rate in their schools, other Durham teachers are invited to shop once per semester. All other Durham teachers are invited to the warehouse once per year.

Crayons2Calculators has special giveaways for first year teachers and art teachers. They also hold an annual Binder Blowout Yard Sale to which all Durham teachers are invited. Last year they gave away over 3,000 binders! This year, the Binder Blowout will be held Saturday, September 10th and Monday, September 12th at the Craoyns2Calculators warehouse.

At 140 Salon and Blow Dry Bar, we know how important it is to give back to our community. We believe in the work Crayons2Calculators is doing to support Durham teachers and students, and we’d love to see you in the salon dropping off school supplies between July 24th and August 20th. If you want to do even more to help Durham teachers, Crayons2Calculators is always accepting volunteers to help with events and monetary donations to help with operating expenses.

Help us to help Durham teachers and students get a strong and well-supplied start to their year!


Extensions are a great way to pull off that thick, lush head of hair you’ve always wanted, adding length and fullness that will make you feel movie-star beautiful. And, yes, we have experienced stylists who can install them at 140 Salon & Blow Dry Bar! So, if you’re thinking you want to try out a new head of hair, here’s what you need to do:

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First, decide if extensions are right for you.


High-quality extensions that are properly installed will definitely turn heads. But before you decide to change up your look, there are a few things to consider. First, your lifestyle – are you a swimmer, a hot-yoga enthusiast, or someone who likes to do frequent, intense (and sweaty!) workouts? It’s certainly okay to wash your extensions or even go swimming with them, but repeated exposure to moisture will make the bonds more fragile, and sew-in extensions need to be fully dried under a hooded hair dryer. Also, extensions require maintenance – occasional visits to the salon in addition to at-home care. So, if your beauty routine is minimal and you want to keep it that way, extensions might not be your best bet.


Still think you want to give extensions a try?


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Schedule a consult.


There’s a lot of information out there about the different types of extensions: tape-in, sew-in, micro-loop, micro-fusion, keratin-infused, braided (weave) extensions, and more. The best way to find out which extensions are best for you is to schedule a consult with an experienced stylist (ask for Tawnette at our Pavilion East location or Nick at our Ninth Street location). During the consult, you and your stylist will discuss what texture, density, and color you’re looking for. This is also a good time to discuss cost. Extensions can be an investment, and you’ll need to decide how much of an investment you want to make. For example, remy human hair extensions (hair cut from one donor with the cuticle intact) are more expensive than other types of extensions, but are by far the highest quality and the most natural looking.

Make an appointment.


After you’ve decided on the type of extensions you want, you can order them yourself or the salon can order them for you. Then it’s time to have them installed at the salon. This can take anywhere from one to three hours (longer for braided extensions, which can take as long as eight hours to install). During this appointment, your stylist will teach you how to care for your extensions at home.

Extensions by Nick


Learn how to care for your new hair. To maintain your extensions, it’s a good idea to visit the salon every few weeks to have the strings tightened and to have a specialty wash and dry. Sew-in extensions need to be thoroughly dried (under a drier, so it’s best to go to the salon), though other extensions can be dried at home with a blow dryer (or you can even let them air dry). When washing and conditioning at home, try to keep oily residue off of the scalp by applying conditioner primarily to the ends of your extensions. When sleeping, it’s a good idea to wear hair in two loose ponytails so that the hair won’t become matted during the night. If you want to go the extra mile, there are even special hair extension brushes that reduce tension to the hair, minimizing shedding. With careful care, your extensions will look better and last much longer.


For the entire month of July, 140 Salon & Blow Dry Bar will have a travel station – pick your favorite L’ANZA Shampoo and Conditioner and we’ll transfer it to a travel bottle for just $5.00!

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There’s plenty to do in Durham during the summer months – hit the pool, cool off in the Eno River, or enjoy the beautifully curated (and air conditioned!) shops and restaurants in our thriving downtown. But the best summers always include at least a little bit of travel. We’d love two weeks in Paris (who wouldn’t?), but we’d also settle for a weekend road trip to the coast or the mountains. Whether you’re going east, west, or across the ocean, it’s always smart to pack light. And if you are boarding that plane to Paris, TSA guidelines are stricter than ever – which means no liquids in amounts greater than 3 oz.


Eyeliners and blushes comes in slim cases, and travel-size deodorants and lotions are easy to find in drug stores, but what to do with those bottles of salon shampoo and conditioner? And what about your styling products? We don’t want to suggest that you hair won’t look just lovely without your best products, but it’s not a bad idea to be prepared when it comes to your beauty routine, now is it? You wouldn’t want to be stuck in the city of love without your best lipstick, and your hair doesn’t want to be stuck there without its favorite shampoo, either.


Here’s our essential list to help you care for you hair while traveling:


1. Start with your shampoo and conditioner (and we’re not talking about the sulfate-laden brands you find in the drug store travel section). Instead, visit 140 and select the best L’ANZA shampoo and conditioner for your hair and travel destination (Healing Color if you just got new highlights, Healing Moisture if you’re traveling to an arid location). We’ll fill travel bottles of your favorite L’ANZA for just $5.00 each!


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Lanza Travel Size 3


2. If you’re going to be away longer than a day or two, bring a dry shampoo like L’ANZA’s Healing Style Dry Texture Spray. This in-between-washes fix is the perfect way to plump up your stands and give your hair texture and shine, all with with minimal effort. Just pop this 1.5 oz bottle in your cosmetics bag, and you have fresh-looking hair to go!


3. Trauma Treatment. We don’t have too much to say about this L’ANZA product except … don’t leave home without it. Ever. It’s an amazing deep conditioner and heat protectant. On-the-go luxury care for your hair, in a 1.7 oz bottle.

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4. Styling products for your hair type. Curly hair? Grab a bottle of Surface Curls Smoothing Cream (2 oz). For shorter styles that need more sculpting, bring a bottle of L’ANZA Healing Style Taffy (2.5 oz). For longer hair that needs styling, grab L’ANZA’s Lustrous Finishing Spray in the Spraystick travel size (1.25 oz).


5. Finally, if you’ve ever stayed in a hotel, you know that the quality of the blow dryers provided in the rooms is underwhelming at best. If you have longer hair, it might be worth it to invest in a travel size blow dryer that really works, like the BaByliss Nano Titanium Travel Dryer which folds down to a compact size, is cute as can be, and weighs only 1.7 lbs.


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Bon Voyage!


At 140 Salon & Blow Dry Bar, we love color – mermaid blue, cotton-candy pink, tangerine orange, sunset lavender, sangria red. But we’re not talking about abstract paintings or interior decorating – we’re talking about your hair! Dye in wild shades isn’t a new trend – we saw it in the 1980’s as a punk-rock look, and teenagers have been dying their hair with Kool-Aid for decades. But now we have access to rich, high quality dyes like L’ANZA Vibes Hair Color that use revolutionary dye technology to create mirror-reflective color results in vibrant hues. These new high-impact dyes are taking the kaleidoscope hair trend to a whole new level.


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Our stylists can achieve almost any color. Still, transforming your hair’s palette is not quite as simple as bringing in a swatch of your favorite color and asking your stylist to apply it to your hair. For one thing, if your hair is dark brown or black, you may need to go through a couple of lightening processes to lift the darker tones before you can achieve the color you want. Also, you’ll need to consult with your stylist about the lifestyle look you’re going for. You may want a hip, edgy look in all-over-blue or a sleek and subtle lavender ombre that’s also modern and cool.

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Ultimately, the sky’s the limit when it comes to your hair’s new hue – go for a tie-dyed effect with color-dipped ends, try highlights in contrasting colors, or alternate complimentary colors for a soft, blended look. We will work with you to achieve the hair of your technicolor dreams.

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With this kind of color, it’s important to know how to care for your hair after you get home. First, it is crucial that you use color safe shampoo for any hair color, but especially for specialty hues (we recommend L’ANZA Healing Color Care shampoo and conditioner). Also, these bright hues are more prone to fading than traditional colors – that’s why you should also rinse your hair with cool water and do regular conditioning treatments to keep the color vibrant.


Lanza Color Vibes