The Perfect Fall/Winter Hair: Nelson J Salon’s BRONDE

 

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. For many of you, that means sweater weather, boots and warm colors. But for those of you who are tired of dark and gloomy and are looking for a pop of color in your look, we suggest you use your hair.

Nelson Chan, the owner of Nelson J Salon, has brought together a number of looks perfect for the Fall/Winter season. Trust me when I say these are not your average cold weather hair colors. These hairstyles are sure to turn heads, while maintaining the warm feeling associated with the seasons. My favorite? Bronde.

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Bronde is a darker take on a blonde look first made popular by Victoria Secret supermodel, Giselle Bundchen.

“With a medium to dark base, boomerang-shaped blonde slices are scattered strategically around the eyes, cheekbones and neckline to add a bit of drama to what might otherwise be a basic brown. Placement is key, and the effect is more abstract than one which merely mimics nature. For instance, Chan does not place blonde highlights on the top of the head or parting, where in real life sunlight would fall and lighten locks. “Bronde” is an elegant, witty reimagining of how a worldly brunette might experience a last flicker of lingering summer as the seasons shift to darker days ahead.”

Clearly, Bronde strives to show the dark, warm colors of fall and winter with a lasting reminder of summer. The effect is a gorgeous Fall/Winter hairstyle that stands out brilliantly in comparison to the dark shades that are sure to pop up this season.

Upon first glance, I fell in love with this look. Would it truly look as good in person? I went to go find out for myself.

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A VISIT TO NELSON J SALON

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You may think you know good customer service, but you truly haven’t experienced anything unless you’ve stepped inside Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills.

I was a little apprehensive about the idea of walking out of a salon with giant chunks of blond in my hair, but a after few minutes of looking around, all apprehension disappeared. Everyone clearly knew what they were doing and more importantly, they were determined to do a good job.

I was greeted at the door by a friendly receptionist who gave me a tour of the salon which not only only offers hair service, they also do nails and makeup. After a greeting from all of the staff members and offers of refreshment, I finally met the famed Nelson Chan.

“Back in Hong Kong, I was just a shampoo boy having fun,” Chan reflected as he began working on my hair. He laughed and added, “My first hair cut took my three hours. I didn’t even finish.”

Well he has certainly come a long way since his days in Hong Kong. His salon has become one of the leading salons in Los Angeles. His work is so sought after that he is often summoned to celebrity homes and movie sets. His client list includes the likes of Lady Gaga, Paula Abdul, Devon Aoki, Christina Applegate, Sarah Michelle Geller and Maggie Q.

“We mainly have celebrities, professionals and house wives.” Chan added before he showed me, step by step, what he was going to do with my hair.

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In fact, there wasn’t a single moment during the entire visit where I wasn’t informed exactly what was going on. I was constantly asked if I was comfortable enough and it was obvious that the staff paid very close attention to every customer no matter how many there were. Chan confirmed that his staff members are thoroughly trained and are even taught new and updated techniques throughout their time working for him.

As the dye was washed off my hair by a staff member (who had the hands of an angel!), I noticed a customer in the middle of a deep conversation with her manicurist. It’s easy to see how this could happen– the staff made the environment extremely comfortable and welcoming to all the customers.

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By the time Chan was blow drying and curling my hair, any bit of apprehension was completely replaced with excitement. I had just witnessed 3 other girls walk out of the salon with giant smiles and I was confident that I would soon join them.

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Before and After.

Before and After.

Just as I had expected, my hair came out beautiful and has been eye catching enough to be a fashion accessory all on its own. The prices in Nelson J Salon can run a bit high, but it’s clear that you’re paying for an experience and for people who genuinely care . Best of all, you’re surrounded by people who sincerely seem to enjoy their work.

Ready to try out this perfect Fall/Winter hair for yourself? Check out the official website and schedule your appointment today.

 

 

Feature image courtesy of Nelson J Salon. 

 

Upgrade Your Braided Look With This Come-Back Hair Trend

 

By now, we’ve pretty much seen all kinds of braids — fishtail, french, milk-maid, you name it. Recently though, Marie Claire China brought to our attention an adorable hairstyle that was popular a few years ago and is now back — braiding a thin scarf into your hair.

Just as there are many types of braids, there are, of course, many ways you can wear this look, as seen in Indian American fashion designer Rachel Roy’s fall/winter collection at New York Fashion Week last year, as well as the recent Honor show.

Honor Fall 2014

Honor Fall 2014

 

For a more casual look, you may want to try a more-toned style like this one, inspired by actress Bella Thorne.

Here is a step by step guide from the Chinese fashion site 17mr.org:

 

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And once you’ve mastered the basics, you can attempt to braid the scarf into a fancy french braided bun, like this Weibo user below:

 

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Happy braiding!

Dive Head First Into Pastel Colored Hair With Blogger Camie Juan

 

We’ve seen multicolored dip dyed hair take off, but a full head of bright or pastel colored hair? This fashion craze can be daunting, but Filipina fashion blogger Camie Juan of Wild-Spirit has mastered the trend.

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Going from black hair to bleached blond and now a lilac tone, Juan had dove head first into this hair color fad. Choosing colors that compliment her skin tone, Juan is able to make any outfit high fashion with her dreamy hair color.

Another fan of pastel tone hair is lead vocalist of K-pop band Secret, Hyosung, with her silver-lavender hair.

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Committing to a full head of lavender or pastel pink hair is something we may dream about, but it’s not easy to actually do it. Trading in your wash-and-go dark locks for harsh bleaching and endless root touch-ups may have some people second-guessing this high maintenance beauty endeavor. Your once silky smooth dark hair will seriously dry out and need a lot of TLC and expensive trips to the salon. (If you still wanna do it, get the inside scoop on going platinum from Asian hair stylist Vicky Shen here.) On the other hand, with hair this cool, you could basically wear tees and shorts and still look super stylish, so it may be all a wash in the end.

 

Weird Natural Remedies for Hair Care That Actually Work

 

Apparently, I’ve been spending too much on hair care products — it seems you can get them right in your very own local grocery store at a cheap price! Though they may not be fancy, traditional, or for some, not that appealing – I’m always one to save up money wherever I can! Here are some weird but effective hair remedies you can try at home:

1. Beer

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Beer helps your hair look shinier and also gives it volume. According to Dr. Ryan Welter via Fox News, “beer is rich in proteins and vitamins, through the natural barley and hops, it does contain nutrients for helping to develop healthy hair.” Pour it through your hair and rinse through. Bottom’s up!

 

2. Coffee Grounds

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Like beer, coffee grounds can also be used to soften and shine hair. Work a little handful of coffee grounds into hair while it’s still damp, and rinse thoroughly.

 

3. Raw Egg

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Back in the 40s, women used leftover eggs from their kitchen for hair treatment for strengthening and moisturizing purposes. It can also help remove dandruff where needed, and makes it silkier as well. Beat one egg as if cooking scrambled eggs, and apply it into dry hair. Leave it in for 30 minutes, then use your hair conditioner as usual and rinse.

 

 

 

Look For Less: Mason Pearson Hairbrush

Have you ever wanted to try a product, but you see the price and want to faint? That’s what happened when I saw the price of this hairbrush. It’s over $100! Who wants to pay that much for a hairbrush?

 

Well that’s what you’ll have to pay if you want a Mason Pearson hairbrush. The Mason Pearson line was developed and patented more than 100 years ago. They use only the finest, premium grade boar bristle, which is gentle to the hair and scalp. Boar bristles help distribute the hair’s natural oils while stimulating the hair follicles. They also use nylon bristles to help brush through thick, textured hair. The cushion of these brushes conforms to the shape of the scalp. All Mason Pearson brushes are handmade in England.

Mason Pearson Junior Mixture Hairbrush ($170)

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Unfortunately, you may not be willing to cough up an arm and a leg for a hairbrush. Well don’t worry! We’ve found the hairbrush that can get you the look for less.

The Sonia Kashuk hairbrush is a portion of the price, and is very similar to the Mason Pearson brush. It has a mixture of boar bristles and heat resistant nylon bristles, which help fight static and keep hair shiny. The Sonia Kashuk brush detangles hair without tugging and gently massages the scalp.

Sonia Kashuk Hairbrush ($15.79)

Sonia Kashuk

 

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Beat the Heat: Frizz-Free Hair

Tis the season for suntans, short shorts and flip flops! There are many things to love about summer, but sometimes the hot weather doesn’t exactly help us look our best. Hot, humid, summer days are great for hitting the beach, but not so much for keeping your hair smooth.

Although people believe in the stereotype that all Asians are blessed with sleek, straight hair, I know from experience that this is not the case.

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Hair is made up of three layers and the outer layer looks like a shingled roof. When your hair is smooth, the “shingles” lie flat, but when your hair is frizzy the “shingles” are lifted. No one wants to spend their summer having bad hair days, so we’re here to help. Try these steps to keep your hair frizz-free all summer long!


 

1.) Apply a hair mask and relax outside in the sun. The heat opens the hair’s cuticle, and allows the product to sink in more deeply.

Try Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask ($32)

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2.) Don’t brush your hair. Brushing disrupts your hair’s cuticle. Instead of using a brush, use a wide tooth comb, gently combing through any tangles.

Try RickyCare No Frizz Jumbo Detangler Comb ($8)

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3.) Don’t over-process your hair. Straightening and blow drying your hair daily can make hair brittle and leads to breakage.

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4.) Put moisture back into your hair. Frizzy hair tends to be drier, so use natural oils to replenish the hair of its moisture.

Try Moroccanoil Oil Treatment ($14.80)

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Summer Beach Hair Tutorial by HEYCLAIRE

The weather is picking up and that can only mean one thing: summer is around the corner!

You probably already have your sunscreen, sandals and sunglasses ready, but what to do with that hair? For summertime, many of us want perfectly textured beach hair, but we have no idea how to achieve that look. I can’t tell you how many times I came back from the beach and my tangled hair was the opposite of sexy.

Well we have just the thing! Make up artist/vlogger Claire Marshall, otherwise known as heyclaire, shows us how to get that perfect summer hair in quick and easy steps. Check out the video below and get the products you need to style textured hair.

 

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Yes, Asians Can Pull Off Blond Hair Too

Story by Anna M. Park.

Model Soo Joo Park turned heads with her platinum locks on Chanel’s fall runway earlier this year. Since then, the Korean American 27-year-old has been in practically every major fashion magazine, has walked dozens of runways, and has been featured in advertising campaigns from Tom Ford to Chanel to Benetton. We seriously covet her look, so we asked Chinese American stylist Vicky Shen of Wicked Salon in San Francisco how to go blond.

“Being Asian American ourselves, we very much understand what works and what doesn’t on Asian hair,” says Shen. That said, if you want to go blond, aim for a platinum or creamy beige color. “In general, Asians have more yellow undertones, so having any yellow or orange in the hair really clashes with the skin tone. Try platinum, a soft buttery beige, or even a hint of peach, which will complement the skin.”

We don’t know if blondes really do have more fun, but it’s clear that if an Asian woman wants to go blond, she’ll have absolutely no fun in the salon. “It’s very difficult to achieve a platinum blond look on very dark hair,” says Shen. “It requires a lot of hair bleach, and a lot of time under the dryer. We would apply hair bleach mixed with either 30 volume or 40 volume peroxide, and apply the mixture from roots to ends; most likely the process will be repeated again. The hair color we are looking for at this stage is a very pale yellow, without a hint of orange. Then we would apply a purple-colored glaze to counter any yellow that is still left in the hair.”

It doesn’t end once you leave the salon. Purple shampoo and conditioner are very important to keep the yellow away, as well as a deep protein conditioner at least once a week to strengthen hair. And expect a root touch-up every four weeks, a glaze possibly every two weeks. This is a very high-maintenance look, says Shen, and if you go blond, “a fierce attitude is the key. You really need to rock it.”

Wanna go lighter but not ready for all that work? For a more realistic shade, first lighten hair to a light neutral brown, says Shen, and then add beige-y highlights on top.

 

THE TOOLS:

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1. Sensai Intensive Hair Mask.


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2. Arbonne Pure Vibrance Lustre Fortifying Shampoo.


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3. Mixed Chicks Hair Silk.


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4. Even your hairspray should have sunscreen to extend the life of your color. Philip Kingsley Weatherproof Hairspray.


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5. Shen likes the purple shampoo from Davinese. Also try Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Brightening Blonde Shampoo.

 



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This story was originally published in our Winter 2013-14 issue. Get your copy here

Need A New Look For The New Year? How To Turn Your Asian Hair BLOND

Story by Anna M. Park.

Model Soo Joo Park turned heads with her platinum locks on Chanel’s fall runway earlier this year. Since then, the Korean American 27-year-old has been in practically every major fashion magazine, has walked dozens of runways, and has been featured in advertising campaigns from Tom Ford to Chanel to Benetton. We seriously covet her look, so we asked Chinese American stylist Vicky Shen of Wicked Salon in San Francisco how to go blond.

“Being Asian American ourselves, we very much understand what works and what doesn’t on Asian hair,” says Shen. That said, if you want to go blond, aim for a platinum or creamy beige color. “In general, Asians have more yellow undertones, so having any yellow or orange in the hair really clashes with the skin tone. Try platinum, a soft buttery beige, or even a hint of peach, which will complement the skin.”

We don’t know if blondes really do have more fun, but it’s clear that if an Asian woman wants to go blond, she’ll have absolutely no fun in the salon. “It’s very difficult to achieve a platinum blond look on very dark hair,” says Shen. “It requires a lot of hair bleach, and a lot of time under the dryer. We would apply hair bleach mixed with either 30 volume or 40 volume peroxide, and apply the mixture from roots to ends; most likely the process will be repeated again. The hair color we are looking for at this stage is a very pale yellow, without a hint of orange. Then we would apply a purple-colored glaze to counter any yellow that is still left in the hair.”

It doesn’t end once you leave the salon. Purple shampoo and conditioner are very important to keep the yellow away, as well as a deep protein conditioner at least once a week to strengthen hair. And expect a root touch-up every four weeks, a glaze possibly every two weeks. This is a very high-maintenance look, says Shen, and if you go blond, “a fierce attitude is the key. You really need to rock it.”

Wanna go lighter but not ready for all that work? For a more realistic shade, first lighten hair to a light neutral brown, says Shen, and then add beige-y highlights on top.

 

THE TOOLS:

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1. Sensai Intensive Hair Mask.


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2. Arbonne Pure Vibrance Lustre Fortifying Shampoo.


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3. Mixed Chicks Hair Silk.


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4. Even your hairspray should have sunscreen to extend the life of your color. Philip Kingsley Weatherproof Hairspray.


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5. Shen likes the purple shampoo from Davinese. Also try Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Brightening Blonde Shampoo.

 



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This story was originally published in our Winter 2013-14 issue. Get your copy here

MUST SEE: Filipino Pantene Commercial Calls Attention to Gender Labels in The Workplace

Now its time to applaud Pantene Philippines for its amazing commercial tackling gender discrimination.

We’re no stranger to gender labels. There have been many cases where women were perceived in a negative light while men were praised for doing the exact same thing. Many claim that such judgements are subconscious. Obviously, it would do us all well to question the disparity between these labels and why they exist.

Each scene portrays a man and a woman in the workplace environment. The commercial then highlights the double standards among men and women through labels. A man is simply being the “boss” while a woman in the same position is “bossy.” A man is “persuasive” while a woman is “pushy.” A man well-dressed for work is “neat” but a woman is “vain.” The man is “smooth” while the woman is a “show-off.”

The commercial successfully pulls our attention towards the unfair gender discrimination that often occurs in the workplace. It ends by stating, “Don’t let labels hold you back. Be strong and shine.”

Although this commercial doesn’t feature Pantene in the most obvious way, it certainly features glossy hair. Besides, we’re definitely a fan of the bigger issue that the commercial addresses.

The commercial was only uploaded onto youtube yesterday, but it has already gathered over 3 million views. Check it out for yourself.