AKS Must Haves….. and Why! by Mika

Ever wish you had all the inside information to every hair product and every hair service ever available?! Well, WE do! Want in? Read on…..

Gloss –  The bang trim of haircolor. Glosses are great for the midway point in between your highlight appointments. They will refresh the tone of your hair and revitalize the shine! For my fine haired friends, glosses are a great way to build volume in your hair without committing to color.

Bang/Neck Trims – A great haircut will grow out so well that a person could go months without a fresh cut. But our hairline always tells a different story.Whether your male or female, the hair around your hairline is a telling tale of how recently you’ve had your haircut. The solution? Stop in to your stylist at the midway point in between your haircut appointments for a ‘bang’ trim (you don’t have to have bangs! this could be your face framing angles) or a neck and side burn trim. These drop ins are wallet friendly (they’re complimentary!), they help your hairsytlist get to know you and your hair better, and best of all, you’ll always have a fresh looking cut!

Brazilian Blowout Treatment – Little known fact…..this treatment does not have to be done over the entire head! It can be targeted to areas of your hair that have the most frizz, tightest curls and/or most stubborn cowlicks. In this way, your curl pattern becomes more consistent throughout your hair, frizz is gone and your hair goes in the direction you want it to now that those cowlicks are tamed!. Essentially, your problem areas go away! A BB Treatment around your hairline can even make a ponytail a breeze – no more frizz to worry about around the temples and behind the ears!

Nigelle Treatment – This is a quick 3-step salon treatment that includes four ampoules to be used at home once a week for 4 weeks, extending the life of the treatment. So for $70, you get 4 weeks worth of treatment care – what a bargain! It’s 3 formulas allow for customization for your haircare needs. The fine hair formula improves the quality of hair without weighing hair down. The normal and coarse formulas lock in moisture to tame and soften unruly, frizzy hair and restore shine.

Alpha Beta Medi Spa Peel by Aida – This 3 step professional peel is different than the 2 step at home peels from Dr Dennis Gross. Aida trained specifically with the Dr Gross team to be able to perform this specialized treatment. The results are immediate. Your skin is luminous, your texture and tone are improved and as long as you’ve applied high SPF sunscreen, you don’t need to avoid the sun! Repeated treatments have the added benefits of stimulating collagen production – improving skin density and firmness and diminishing lines, wrinkles, and the appearance of sun damage.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads – Ever use a self tanner and get streaks? Weird pigmentation? Yeah, we’ve had that experience too. But not with these pads! They are in the form of a towelette which makes them easy to use, easy to obtain an even distribution and, best of all,  your hands won’t be all gooey and orange after using them! They exfoliate, self-tan and have anti-aging benefits too!  The icing on the cake…..your glow looks completely natural!

Style Edit Root Touch Up – This cleverly packaged product has 2 main functions. 1 is a practical one – it camouflouges your grey hair until you get in to see your colorist. The 2nd is to make hair look fuller and create a mattifying effect on the scalp so that a flash bulb won’t shine on it and make you look bald – you fine haired ladies know what I mean! It lays on the surface of your scalp so that you can’t see the scalp as much – this gives the appearance of denser hair. Now that your scalp has a matte finish, when your picture is taken and a flash bulb is used, the flash won’t bounce off your scalp! This is a popular hollywod trick!

Loreal Artec Next Day Hair – This texturizing spray is a marriage of a dry shampoo and hairspray. It gives the hair some grit, adds density and provides a light hold. You can use it on ‘dirty’ hair to prolong the life of your blow-dry or  you can use it on clean hair to give it a lived in feel.  For Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray lovers, this is cheaper and just as good!

Secret De Nuit – Many are afraid of this overnight treatment by Phyto. A common thought process is that it will stain your pillowcase; or be uncomfortable to sleep in; or cause a breakout on your skin. None of which are true. It absorbs directly into your hair and is not greasy in the least. It’s ingredients are active at night, when the hair’s ability to repair itself peaks.Secret De Nuit replenishes dry or damaged hair. It is amazing to use after getting a full head of highlights to restore the nutrients in your hair.  You do not have to rinse it out.

Salon AKS Baby-Toddler Hair and Body Wash – The best part of this is that it is ALL NATURAL. Coconut derived detergent creates a very gentle lather that enables it to double as a shampoo as well as a body wash and smells so good even moms and dads will want to lather it on! Take it with you anywhere!

AKS Color Care Shampoo – This is unlike other color shampoos you’ve used before. The coconut water and macadamia extract both hydrate the hair – essential after a color service! The rosemary leaf and sea kelp extract help to close the cuticle of the hair and truly seal in color for long lasting color protection! Plus, it’s sodium chloride and sulfate free!

AKS Anti Frizz Shampoo – If you think shampoo does not matter to the final results of your hair, your mistaken. The ingredients in your shampoo are essential to providing the base for the look your hoping to achieve later on in styling. The Anti-Frizz shampoo contains keratin & sunflower extract.  These work to bond hair and keep frizz to a minimum. Add to that the protective and moisturizing qualities of coconut water, cocobetaine and coco seed butter. After shampooing, your already halfway to achieving fabulous curls or a long lasting blowout! Best for coarse or frizzy hair.

 

Stay tuned! We are always trying and discovering new things!

 

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Parisian Finds, As Seen by Hairstylist Susanna Romano

1. Chic department store and fabulous restaurant downstairs. A favorite in the Marais! Lunch and shopping here after...
Merci, a chic department store with fabulous restaurant downstairs. A favorite in the Marais! Have lunch and shop here after…

2 newly reno Picasso Museum must

The newly renovated Picasso Museum is a must see!

3Next stop: Biologique Research. After lunch and shopping and a long day of walking …   I entered Biologique Research at 4 pm to receive a
1.5 hour facial!! I did not want it to end! Unbelievable !
Marlena is amazing!

Next stop David Mallet Hair Salon!

4Always a great experience , take a moment to meet David and tell him youare a friend from Salon AKS in NYC!
He will soon be taking on the salon at the Ritz, as well as his own salon, not too far from there!

Susanna paris restaurant Le Comptoir du Relais

 

Le Comptoir du Relais… A favorite amongst locals and my good friend Eric Ripert. An exceptional meal in a Casual bistro setting.

Always inspired by Paris!

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SUMMER, SUN, and FUN!!!! By Ryan Slowey

Okay so it’s that time again SUMMER, SUN, and FUN!!!!
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As a hair colorist I have many clients that over expose their hair to the sun. Your hair and scalp are just like the skin on the rest of your body and need to be protected. Hair color is always oxidizing-due to air, heat, light, and styling. That said, there are a few things that can help slow down the process and keep your hair looking heathy and shiny for the summer season.  Here are a few of our favorite Phyto Products…
What it is/ why I love it: A luxurious oil that imparts shine while protecting hair against sun damage and other elements.  Anti-salt, Anti-chlorine with olive wax.
How to use it: Spray on dry or damp hair before and during sun/chlorine exposure. Reapply after swimming.
What it is/ why I love it: Hair and body regain suppleness and shine, leaving strands silky after use. A must to have if your hitting up the Hamptons for the weekend!!! Anti-salt, Anti-chlorine with bamboo marrow.
How to use it:  Apply to wet hair and body, work into later. Rinse thoroughly.
What it is/ why I love it:  A lightweight spray that leaves a natural transparent finish to protect the hair against dehydration and damage from the sun, salt, and chlorine. It also preserve hair color radiance with a natural UV filter. Anti-salt and anti-chlorine using sunflower extract.
How to use it: Spray onto dry or damp hair before and during sun exposure. Reapply after swimming.
The most important thing is to live life and enjoy the summer season.  A good colorist can fix almost anything!!!!
Want to Win this Basket of Phyto Summer Essentials Worth $250?
Enter By:
1. Subscribing to the Salon AKS Blog
2. Liking the Contest Post on Facebook
*Winner Will be Chosen on 6/27
Phyto giveaway worth $250 up close

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Hair Myths…..How True Are They?

Lighten-your-hair-with-lemon We asked AKS Colorist and health and wellness guru about a few hair myths. We wanted to know, are they true?

Q. Will squeezing lemon in hair actually give you highlights?

A. If you want chemical free all-natural highlights go head and squeeze some fresh lemon directly in your hair for some sun-kissed highlights. It’s also a great way to add some shine and strength as lemon has high content of vitamin C and some minerals.

 

Q. Will chlorine turn hair green?

A. It’s the presence of copper in the pool that causes hair to turn green, not chlorine. I usually advise my clients to rinse there hair with cold water before dunking their locks into chlorinated water. It helps to coat and seal the cuticle layer of the hair, making it hard for any chemical that’s in the pool to penetrate the hair. Always rinse and condition your hair after swimming to protect your haircolor.


Q. Should you be changing up your shampoo and conditioner every couple months?

A. Changing your shampoo and conditioner with seasons is required to have healthy hair as our hair is constantly changing with climate change. Switch it up to have healthy, bouncy, vibrant and smoother looking hair.

 

For more health and wellness advice, visit Feven’s Eshi Wellness web page

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Getting Shorty; Guidelines by Alain Pinon

Anne Hathaway is the perfect example of what we have to watch out for when changing one’s style. This short bob gives her the appearance of a very boxy and full face. It does not enhance her cheek bones or jaw line. Also, it squares off her already broad shoulders, throwing the proportion off balance.

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Now, the shorter hair below exemplifies how the right proportions can accentuate the natural angles of her bone structure while achieving soft femininity. Cutting layers that go away from the face opens the sides and back and creates a harmonious balance with her neck and shoulders. This look gives her elegance and an undeniable presence.
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Caring for Short vs. Long Hair

Short Hair vs. Long Hair….Which is easier to care for?
There is no simple or right answer for any one individual.
Generally speaking, short hair requires more frequent haircuts to maintain. With the right haircut, it is super simple to maintain on a day to day basis.
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Longer hair usually only requires 4 haircuts a year (every 3 months), making it super cheap and low maintenance, right? Not really. It requires more effort in your day to day styling and because the density and length exceeds that of short hair, you spend more money on styling products, masks, shampoo & conditioners than your short hair counterparts.
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The real questions to ask yourself are:
  • Is my hair coarse?
  • If I don’t use a brush on it, is it disastrous?
  • Does it shrink in humidity?
  • Am I willing to use products in my hair?
  • Am I willing to get at least a partial keratin treatment in order to control hard to manage areas (cowlick; frizzy temples, etc)
  • Which hairstyle makes me feel sexy?
  • Is my hair always in a ponytail?
  • Do I hide behind my hair?
  • Do I only get it cut 1x a year?
  • Am I willing to spend money on quality ingredients?
Answer these questions with your hairstylist to discover if you are a long or short haired girl.

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Best blowdry in NYC!

new bd priceNew blowdry prices have sprung up at AKS! Book with a blowdry specialist for $55. Or come in from 8:30-10 or 12-1 M-F and pay only $45.

Don’t want to wait for a complimentary color blowdry? You can now book an appointment following your color service for just $40!

Call 212-888-0707 or email bookings@salonaks.com to schedule your appointment

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What makes the AKS manicure different?

Ever wonder why the local nail shops are so inexpensive? What makes AKS different? Why does it cost more? We’ll tell you! The philosophy of the AKS Signature Manicure is a healthy nail first and foremost. The nails are filed into a natural shape that suits your nail bed and finger shape. The cuticle is treated in a soft and gentle manner in order not to stimulate overgrowth of cuticles and…..no hang nails! With the nail bed treated with such tender loving care, it’s now the perfect base for a polish that will last!  Your not into the hottest new trend in polish color? Try the new subtle finish French manicure – no more super white! It’s classic, clean and always in style!

For those who need more longevity or higher protection AKS offers 7 day Vinylux as well as Shellac.

Not enough of a difference you say? Don’t even get us started on health standards and sanitation. Us vs them?! Not even comparable. AKS follows every health regulation and uses brand new emory boards for each and every client. Clean and safe service is a priority!

Guess what else? The pedicure basins are lined with copper! Copper has immense anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s  known to be oligodynamic in nature (the sterilizing effect of metals on bacteria), and can destroy bacteria very effectively. Copper also has very potent anti-inflammatory properties. This asset is especially great to relieve aches and pains caused due to inflamed joints. That’s AKS! Thinking of our clients way past their presence in the salon!

Watch this link to see it in action!

 

 

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Haircolor has dried out your hair?

Okay, you got it dyed and cut and ever since then you can’t ever brush it because it gets tangled. You can’t do anything with it and hate wearing it up everyday…….sound familiar? After hair color, the cuticle layer (outer layer) of your hair remains in an opened or widened position for some time. This leaves hair dull and easily tangled – the exact opposite reason you went to get your hair done to begin with! No fret. It is important that for the 2 weeks following a hair color service you treat your hair to moisturizing treatments and use heat protectants.  We love the Nigelle treatment service. It is keratin based, resulting in stronger, smoother, shinier hair that is easier to style. You receive the service in the salon for a minimal cost and then take home 4 treatment vials so that you can continue to treat your hair 1x/week for the next 4 weeks! Once your out of the shower and before adding styling products, make sure you fill in the sponge that is your hair with a heat protectant. We love PhytoKeratine Thermal Spray.  Add the AKS Serum and your in stress free hair styling heaven!

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Extensions in 90!

Always wonder what Great Lengths Extensions are all about? How are the put into the hair? What do they look like? Click on the photo to watch and learn!

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