MENS SHORT HAIRCUTS

Before and After Mens Short Haircuts

Are you a man who sports long hair and  wonder if you might look good in a short haircut? Mens short haircuts are some of my favorites. Using clippers are fun for me since I’m not only a cosmetologist, but barber trained.

Recently, I had the chance to make-over my client Jeffrey Janis.  Jeffrey came in and wasn’t sure about whether he might want short hair. You have to know, Jeffrey has been a good client and friend now for many years… a super loyal customer I cherish. So, I always aim to please him. Sometimes when you’re a hairstylist, you walk a fine line between telling someone your truth, or letting them have the reigns on how they’d like to wear their hair. Jeff is amazing and always asks my professional opinion. Today I had the chance to get Jeff into a beautiful short haircut.

Jeff is a very special guy and has worked in the non profit community as a professional fundraiser for 30+ years. He also works in a volunteer capacity on various boards. Currently on his synagogue Board,  and also serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. There’s a very special place in my heart for all his great work and I’ve been admiring and following him now for many years.

Needless to say, I felt I could do him a service by getting him a cleaner look to follow his long reputation and philanthropic work. Don’t get me wrong, short hair isn’t always better for everyone. But, Jeff’s hair was starting to look a little draggy and needed a pick-me-up.

Check out his before and after and judge for yourself.

Thank you for your loyalty Jeff! I am so grateful for all the years. You’re a good man!

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Sherman Oaks CA

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BEAUTY QUEEN IRENA

Keratin Treatment and a blonde on blonde

What does it feel like to work on the beauty queen Irena?

As a hair stylist, I’ve worked on many beautiful women in my career. But never have I worked on a beauty queen so incredibly humble.

Irena came to me about 5 months ago asking if I could bring her hair back to life. She’d been feeling down, abandoned, and looking for just the right thing to pick her up.

After learning about her career and the education under her belt, I personally became very humbled by this mild mannered woman who just wanted to feel good again.

We began by talking about her Ukrainian background and the adversities associated with her coming to the states. Her life was not an easy one, but one that would remind any of us to live in gratitude.

When you work on a mature beauty queen, you see the knocks and immediately see the beauty. Once a beauty queen, always a beauty queen.

Happy to say, after a keratin treatment and coloring her a blonde on blonde, Irena was feeling good again. The gratitude she showed was something I’m so lucky to experience in this business.

Irena has not only warmed my heart, but my soul.

Irena reminded me once again, how lucky I am to be serving the beautiful people I see, and my art.

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À LA MODE HAIR COLORING

à la mode hair color

Do you consider yourself a hipster trending the latest in fashion but just can’t find the right hairstylist for some à la mode hair coloring? Is your color a bit dull and  just needs the right touch of coloring to compliment your individual style?

Well, when visiting the salon for the fist time, make sure you dress the part. Dressing the part will send the clear message of what your hair colorist or stylist needs to cue off.

Here’s a perfect example of some à la modeI hair coloring.  Using the balayage technique, I threw some shimmering lights into Clark Kent’s hair to create the Superman à la mode look in hair coloring.

We all get a little bored with our hair sometimes. Ask your hair stylist for some à la mode hair coloring that sets you apart from all the others.

À LA MODE HAIR COLORING can change the way you see yourself or, at the least, bring out the hipster in you once again. We all need to feel À LA MODE sometime, don’t we?

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Sherman Oaks CA

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WHAT IS AN UNDERCUT

thick curly hair with an undercut

Do you have really coarse thick curly hair you just don’t know what to do with? Have you ever wondered what to do with your big bushy sides. What about a short trendy undercut? What is an undercut?

From cutting the under parts of the sides of your thick hair and the underside of the back of your hair, leaving the hair in the crown long to hang over.

Recently a client asked what she could wear to achieve a look that might give her a trendier edge with all her thick hair. So, I explained that an undercut leaving the top floppy to hangover and letting go of her thick sides would give her many different looks and less grief with her thick unruly hair. She agreed, and so we moved forward.

First I started by changing her base color a few shades lighter than her natural  before highlighting so the two shades would blend.

Next we cut all of that thick unmanageable hair underneath. We then decided to leave her with the wet look with a BodyWealth Frap for a more sleek edge.

NO MORE THICK UNSATISFYING HAIR! Next we’ll do a keratin treatment to loosen up that curl and bring smooth hair back into her life.

 

Needless to say, Nadia’s thick unmanageable hair looked absolutely beautiful when we were through. I can’t wait to hear about all the other looks she’ll be able to sport with this new short haircut.

Check it out!

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Sherman Oaks
(818) 783-0084

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WHAT’S FIRST KERATIN OR COLOR?

What’s first, keratin or color?

Some might say the keratin locks in the color, so the color should come first.

I always individualize the treatments based on the persons personal needs and hair. Most times, the order doesn’t really matter.  I usually like my clients to have their color done about two weeks after their keratin treatment. The reason,  because often the keratin treatment might lighten the hair color a few shades. Sometimes, If the client wants to lock in the color, the keratin treatment will do just that.

So what’s first, the keratin or the color?

I will also try and get my clients to wait at least a week before getting the color done after the keratin treatment. The keratin will sometime serve as a barrier to the color. If you’re trying to cover your gray, It might be more difficult. It always helps when the keratin has washed off the hair a few weeks for better coverage.

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Sherman Oaks

(818) 783-0084

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CRUELTY FREE HAIR COLOR

Hair coloring that's ammonia free, cruelty free, resorcinol free and organic

Last year I jumped on board with a hair color company I fell in love with. Among other things, I found that Oway was cruelty free.  The coloring system that’s not only cruelty free hair color, but PPD free, resorcinol free,  and ammonia free. What more can a hair colorist ask for?

At first I was was skeptical about OWAY and  how effective it was, but now I’m sold.

Cruelty free hair color? Who would have thought that there was such a thing. Well, the truth is this luxury line is not only cruelty free, but a step above organic. Oway is considered green in the fact it believes in rigorous safety testing and is cruelty free hair color as well as ethical purchasing and sustainable.

This cruelty free hair color is also ethical in the sense it partners with 800+ verified  Fair Trade networks. Oway chooses 100% infinitely recyclable materials, minimum design, and eco-friendly manufacturing methods for all their products.

CØR the permanent color system, follows the  cruelty free hair color tradition.

All Oway’s products are 100% cruelty-free, as certified by PETA. 80% of Oway’s line is vegan-friendly.

ORGANIC HAIR COLOR O&M Oway

Oway, organic hair colorist, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles

For the finest luxury line organic hair color call MJ Hair Designs!

1.    It has ZERO Ammonia, Resorcinol, and PPD.

O&M is one of the first ORGANIC HAIR COLORING lines to exclude Ammonia, Resorcinol, and PPD’S.

CØR.COLOR stays true to that commitment and uses very minimal levels of MEA, PTDS, and 2-Methylresorcinol or 4-Chlororesorcinol – much gentler, safer, and kinder to the HAIR, client, and environment.

O&M is serious about low-chemical solutions for today’s conscious salon clients and committed hair stylists.

2.    It’s gluten and soy-free!

We’ve kept the common hair color allergens out of our formula – then we removed some more! CØR.color’s formula contains zero gluten and soy so more clients can safely experience and enjoy a hair color session without the itching and tingling.

3.    It comes in 102 beautiful shades.

From cool to neutral naturals to stunningly vibrant copper and violet hair colors, there’s more than 100 shades to mix to your hearts content (plus a new 0.00 Clear)! View the entire CØR.color shade range here.

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Sherman Oaks
(818) 783-0084

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HAIR COLOR EXPERT

Hair color expert and specialist

Have you ever been reluctant to call a salon or a hair color expert to get your hair colored?

Maybe you thought you might not fit in, or the salon could be pretentious but you  wanted a good colorist to get your color right.  Well, Michael at MJ Hair Designs is the guy for you.

Michael a hair color expert will not only make you feel at ease, but do an exceptionally good job with your color. Not only will he make sure the color fits you and your skin tone, but will consider your lifestyle. Michael will also consider your level of maintenance comfort and help you with your choice.

Michael Joseph of MJ Hair Designs is one of the best hair color experts  operating in Los Angeles today!

Whether it be a temporary color to introduce you to the world of color, or a permanent color to cover those age old roots shining upfront for all to see. MJ Hair Designs will greet you at the door and see you off in luxury.

Hair color expert Michael is using only the best of the best products. Using ammonia free, PPD free and resorcinol free color, he will make sure your hair still feels and looks amazing.

Hair color expert Michael of MJ Hair Designs will also make sure it’s age appropriate, flashy for the the willing, or as natural as possible.

Come see Hair Color Expert and Specialist Michael and feel more beautiful than you already are.

 

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WHAT IS BALAYAGE?

Describing what balayage looks like

I always get the question, What is balayage?

Balayage is the French word for feathering.

This technique is feathering color into hair. It can be decorative, made to look natural, or all outrageous.  This process can be a splashing of color into hair, highlighting in certain areas (sometimes around the face), or just a few peekaboo lights so they appear once in a while when you move your head a certain way.  I’ll talk about Peekaboo highlights in a future post.

These highlights, low lights or lights in general can be done several ways.

You can paint them on, board them on, or pick them up and put them in foil to strategically place them where you want to see them exact.

This is one of my favorite ways to color hair. The effects are beautiful.

Next time you feel like experimenting with you hair color, ask about the balayage technique.

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SCHWARZKOPF BLONDE ME

SCHWARZKOPF BLONDE ME, Best Hair Colorist, Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Best Blondes

When I want a stunning bombshell blonde, as a colorist, my go to is SCHWARZKOPF BLONDE ME!

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This is the most gentle fast, blonde me bleach I’ve ever used. The problem with getting all the yellow and orange out of a blonde is that it will sometimes take reapplication to make that happen. Not with SCHWARZKOPF BLONDE ME.

SCHWARZKOPF BLONDE ME is not only fast but will not blow the cuticle to smithereens. You’ll be left with the pale blonde ready for the dp glaze of your choice.

For my glazes I use Redken Shades EQ. Redken has an array of colors to use for a wide variety of choices.

Mind you, just because you get to the right base blonde with SCHWARZKOPF BLONDE ME, with your next step of glazing, you’re only half way there.

The next process is just as important. Toning, is a delicate dance of finding the right shade or shades for the finishing result.

In this case, I used a Platinum Ice formula after my with a hint of the Cafe Au Lait and a lot of the Crystal Clear after my SCHWARZKOPF BLONDE ME to slow it down for control.

Enjoy the pictures, and make your appointments today.

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Sherman Oaks
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