Tips for Your Bridal Hair

Bridal Hair

It’s the big day. You are about to walk down the isle and everyone is standing, turned to face you; but nightmare begins, your hair has suddenly fallen out, it looks a mess, perhaps like a poodle is sitting on your head. You are freaking out and feel that it is the end of the world and the pictures are already ruined. Oops, too late for help, but for those who are not currently in the process of walking down the aisle, we have a few suggestions;

Plan Ahead

Most importantly, always plan ahead. If you are looking to color, perm, or alter your hair, have it done at least one to two months in advance of the big day. This way, your hair is given a little extra time to soften the style and look natural. In addition, schedule a trial run, whether it is for an up-do or down do. It is important to book this in advance to ensure that you and your stylist are on the same page and you are happy with the end result. Wearing a veil or headpiece, take it to the trial appointment. Haven’t decided on the perfect hair accessory, take several. The stylist will be delighted to make a suggestion based on your desired hairstyle. Who wants to end up with a hairstyle that looses it’s beauty when a gorgeous floral hairpiece covers all the intricate up-do twists? Or better asked, who wants to cover up the gorgeous hairstyle someone just paid for? Plan ahead and you will be delighted.

Shop Around

Don’t be afraid to shop around for other stylists. The stylist you visit each month for beautiful hi-lights may not specialize in the look you are dreaming of. In fact, he or she may not even like doing formal hairstyles and may only oblige because you are such a great client. Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist for recommendations if formal is not his or her specialty. This is your big day, and it is very different from an everyday cut and color.

Stay True to Yourself

The key to a bomb hairstyle for you is to stay true to yourself. Do not go too over the top and out of your comfort zone, it will only leave guests wondering who the girl in the white dress is or who she wishes she were. You certainly will not be the most comfortable person there if you are constantly reconsidering the hairstyle choice, be fun but be true.

Be Product Free on Your Big Day 

It is extremely important to have clean, dry hair on your trial day and wedding day. Stay away from applying conditioner too heavily, especially leave-in conditioner. Also, stay away from silkening products to avoid weighing the hair down and making it slippery, thus hard to work with or unable to hold curl. The stylist will use all the products needed for your style.

A Girl Can Always Accessorize

You can never go wrong with accessorizing! Accessories are trending for 2015 weddings, so have fun. It never hurts to add a gorgeous accent to your wedding hair; however, make sure you choose the right accessory to go complete the look you envision. For a classical look, you may want to wear a Swarovski crystal brooch or jeweled barrettes. If your gown has more flow and is playful, consider adding a bird-cage veil, feathers or unstructured fabric flowers to complete the perfect look. Complement the dress but don’t compete with it; and always remember that you are the most beautiful component of the equation.

In the end, if you remember these simple suggestions then there will be less to stress over on your wedding day.

Bridal Hair Updo

Eyebrows are the “in”

The Brows are “in” ladies and gentlemen! The bold messy/un-kept brow is showing up everywhere, from high end fashion shows to Vogue Magazine. Our brows are essential to our face, according to Vanita Parti, founder of Blink Brow Bars, “shape well, they have the power to change the overall appearance of our face, lending balance and symmetry.” The bold, messy brow is the “thing” now; however, keeping it too bold or too thin for the wrong facial structure, could become disastrous instead of fabulous. So, how do we know what shape is best fit for us to create that balance and symmetry for our face? Base it on the shape of your face. There are different types of shapes to the face such as heart, round, or square.


The heart shape face needs a bolder, bushier, straighter brow in order to create that balance and symmetry. A good brow icon to use as an example is Cara Delevingne. The round shape face is a little different. Those with more of a round face need to be careful, when arching the brow. If you over arch, it will make the face more circular. This particular individual needs to create more of an angular appearance by adding a soft point three quarters of the way along the brow. A good brow icon to use with a round face is Hanna Reid. Lastly, those with a square shape face need to focus on softening the face by creating curves in the brow, only pluck from the beneath the brow to create a pronounced arch directly above the iris. A good brow icon to use for this type of face shape is Sandra Bullock.

As you can see there are various types of brow shapes for certain facial shapes; particularly for the heart, round, and square shape. These tools will allow you and or your esthetician to take you from disastrous to fabulous! Come to salon 140 so we can make YOU look and feel fabulous.

Oh No, Summer Hair!

Oh No, Summer Hair!!!!!!

Summer hair care involves more than grabbing a bottle of your favorite sea salt spray and a headband. Hot weather and humidity can damage hair, resulting in frizz and dull color. To assist with summer time problems, we’ve created a simple haircare plan.


1. Summer activities require use of a clarifying shampoo.

L’Anza’s Healing Pure clarifying shampoo gently clarifies the hair without using harsh chemicals that can strip or dry the hair while the Keratin healing system protects your color.

Removing chlorine and product buildup will return bounce to the locks and refresh a dull color.

2. Hydration is required for hair and body.

Everything about summer is dehydrating, from summer sun to poolside margaritas. Mom preached it and magazines emphasize it- we must drink water, water, and more water. In addition to the water; however, you will need a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Clarifying shampoo is not for daily use, so turn to the hydrating option if you shampoo more than once a week and follow with a hydrating conditioner after every shampoo. Keep a hydrating conditioner in your pool bag for extra summer protection. Apply a small amount to damp hair when sitting poolside and your locks will enjoy.

3. Don’t forget the trim.

Summer travels and poolside parties fill a calendar quickly, so don’t forget to book that summer trim appointment. Snipping the ends is always a good habit to help keep hair healthy and bouncy.

Getting Ready for Prom- from a girl’s perspective

Teen Talk by: Karley Brayden


Best night right around the corner and there is a lot left to do? Let’s break it down so that there is nothing left undone. Assuming the dress is purchased, don’t forget to try it on again two weeks before prom night. A tailor can adjust anything that might sag or bind, so no worries. Don’t forget to try the dress on with the shoes you will wear prom night, length is important as you want to stay upright. Speaking of shoes, wear those gorgeous “they say everything about me” shoes around the house days before the prom. You will be more comfortable in slightly broken-in shoes, without a doubt. The night of, spray the inside of your shoes with hairspray; this will keep your feet from sliding and make your dance moves smoother.

Schedule pedicure, manicure and hair appointment in close proximity to each other, if possible.

Allow plenty of time so there is no need to rush, thereby raising the anxiety level before lunch. Skylar, at 140 Salon and Drybar, suggests combining hair and make-up appointments at the same place, makes sense to us! Always best to take a picture of hair and make-up if you are dead set on a style, pictures convey more than words. If you are adventurous and request the stylist to be creative, prepare for the fun. Stylists love to express creativity, so sit back and be amazed. Give some consideration to adding a floral barrette or headband. Two of my favorite styles are pictured below and this prom girl added a simple headband for an out of this world unique look.


The day before prom;

1) pick up corsage

2) confirm ride arrangements

3) confirm dinner reservations

4) put your favorite lip gloss in the prom purse, along with a little cash or a card

5) confirm nail and hair appointment time

6) confirm before prom picture plans


Natural Hair- Lacking Moisture??

If you have sworn off relaxers and embraced natural hair then there are probably questions arising on a daily basis. Kristina, natural hair expert at 140 Salon and Drybar, is pleased to tackle those questions and concerns but, most importantly is here to teach clients to actively manage those locks. Natural hair does not necessarily mean shake and go, maintenance is required more often than not, so learn best practices now.

Surprised that moisture is a concern? This will be a much discussed topic in future posts but to begin on the right foot now, drink your eight glasses of water a day. Moisture is a critical part of growing and strengthening natural hair and water is the simplest addition to make in your day. Water hydrates the hair from the inside and provides energy to cells for growth, including cells for hair growth. Wow!! Take charge and fill that water bottle, it will benefit the skin and hair.

At home coloring may deplete the hair’s moisture, thereby making future moisture retention more difficult and the new color dull and flat. If you desire color, consider scheduling a complimentary consult with our natural hair expert, Kristina. The health of the hair will be assessed and a best approach plan to color can be determined. If the hair is not healthy enough for a chemical process then recommendations towards improving the state of the hair may be made prior to a color plan, this decision is best left to the experts.

Look for upcoming blogs and don’t hesitate to schedule a natural hair appointment with Kristina.

Embracing natural hair with confidence can be a path more easily traveled with a guide.