From the diary of a hairstylist: by Crystal Casey

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  • Year in Review 2016

    Year in Review 2016

    2016 was a freaking amazing year for me! 

    It started with my first solo class in Las Cruces, New Mexico at my pal, Angela's studio! 

    ..........annnnnndddd then I got a finger tattoo to commemorate it! (( & finally got snapchat))

    Followed by.... our first Goonies event in Phoenix, Arizona! 

    We also got to experience the Grand Canyon together! 

    I LOVE this picture of Ashley & Kenny! 

    Got my bangs cut by the AMAZING Phillip Ring...if you're a hairdresser you understand! 

    and spend some time together creating amazing friendships....

    I participated in my first wedding event.......The Big Fake Wedding.

    Images by Melody Gilliakin Photography

    I went to Devine Intervention hosted by Ruby Devine & finally learned the proper way to create underlights & do the surging technique!

    Then came home & used both techniques to make this....

    I built some amazing working relationships with some of my favorite companies!

    I expanded my salon from 115 square feet to 237 square feet and built an amazing color bar. ((with the help of my dad, of course))

    Another amazing class at my friend, Ambers salon.... Shear Envy Tupelo!

    Premiere Orlando with my Goonies was nothing short of amazing & it was amazing seeing my pal Phil on the main stage! 

    I bought brand new 2017 Subaru WRX....

    Then took off to Atlanta, Georgia for our second Goonies class...

    September brought an amazing opportunity from my pals at Embee Meche, when they asked me to work on the stage at the Next Big Thing Booth at the BehindtheChair show in Ft.Lauderdale, Florida.

    I got to meet & do hair for another stylist I've watched for a while, the beautiful Taylor Rae.

    I got to celebrate my pals who were ONE SHOT finalist .....

    & of course spent some time with my friends & make some new ones!

    October was stellar!!! I accompanied Ruby & her mom to London, England....

    Where I attend my first international hair show & got to meet another fellow stylist Jaymz Marsters.

    who also turned Ruby into a fabulous rainbow...

    of course we did some sight seeing....

    Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben)

    London Eye

    Westminster Abbey

    London Bridge

    We even took a day trip to Paris, France

    Eiffel Tour

    Arc de Triomphe

    the street of Paris

    Notre Dame is just as beautiful during the day....

    as it is at night....

    & we even did some shopping on the  Champs Elysees

    Halloween was fun as usual....

    Then it was off on the 2016 Hairstylist Education Cruise to teach with my Goonies...& have some fun!

    I got to snorkel with some fish...

    & parasail in Cozumel with my best pals..

    December brought a huge surprise!

    yep....thats me teaching at BTC .....this was printed in the last issue! 

    2016 was incredibly amazing for me. 

    I enjoy every single one of my clients 

    I am grateful for every single opportunity I am given 

    & I cant wait to see what 2017 brings!

  • Silver Fox....based on a true story.

    Silver Fox....based on a true story.

    Let's talk about the silver hair trend.....

    While silver/grey hair is beautiful (when done well) its damn near impossible to get unless, your hair is already platinum blonde. (this means WHITE! Like Kalessi white, SNOW WHITE, wedding gown WHITE) 

    On that note: To get white, its going to take many, MANY processes & lots of cash money unless, you're a natural blonde.

    Its on too rare of an occasion that I get emails saying 

    "how much would it cost to do this to my hair?"

    color by @bescene 

    Well first of all, what does your hair look like now? How many layers of salon or box color are on it? Just asking someone for a price and forcing a picture on them is kind of presumptuous not to mention rude. But thats a whole different blog post. 

    If your hair is ANY KIND of dark brown to black, all natural or not. (its usually not) 

    The awnser is NO

    NO you can not have that in one sitting

    NO you probably wont have that in the next year.

    NO I'm not going to fry your hair. 

    WHY?

    Well, I'm not Harry Potter & my color brush isn't a magic wand, thats why. 

    WHAT CAN YOU HAVE?

    Red or Orange. You choose. 

    So you're unhappy with my response? You decide to stylist hop? You decide to go to Sally's & try that really cool toner you saw in that YouTube video that uses DOUBLE 20 VOLUME?

     Let me show you what happens when you do that & DON'T do your research. 

    YES that is a bowl full of hair. NO it was not cut off, shaved off or by any other means purposely taken off.  It BROKE off. 

    All of the Olaplex in the world isn't going to save your hair when you have been to 3 different stylist before me & have no clue of your hair history, or leave out the parts where you used that Sally's toner.

    The hair in this bowl belongs to a client of mine, lets call her "Mrs.T" & before you get all bent out of shape she gave me discretion to write this blog & tell her story. 

    Mrs.T is Cuban. I know you might be thinking, what does that have to do with it? Well it has everything to do with it. She went to 3 different stylist asking for white/silver hair. Each stylist just did a full hilight. Now Mrs.T has literally 5 heads of the thickest hair you've ever seen, except just on her head. 

    So you can imagine how just a full hilight may have left her feeling....mmm....unfulfilled. So on to the next stylist she went....

    Again, another head of hilights, she's a bit lighter at this point....but it's still not enough so she headed to her 3rd stylist where she again received a full head of hilights. All the while using Wella's T-18 toner in between, which uses DOUBLE 20 VOLUME developer. Clients or future clients who are reading this, i STRONGLY advise NOT trying that at home. 

    Finally Mrs.T found me, when she got to me her hair was strong enough to handle one all over lightening session (with 3 different formulas of lightener) & a good ashy toner that came in the form of Redken Shades EQ, to get her as close to her goal as possible. All of her formulas included Olaplex & we did a stand alone treatment on her as well. 

    She loves it! "This is the closest to my goal I have gotten!" she exclaims.

    She leaves happy, Olaplex #3 in hand. 

    About 4 weeks go by & I get a message from Mrs.T. She still loves her hair, but she is seeing some warmth & was wondering if we could just hilight those out. 

    My first concern is for the integrity of her hair, we set an appointment & she comes in, her hair is actually in great shape! I go through & meticulously foil out any warm pieces I see being very careful not to touch ANY WHITE. I used 5 volume developer with my lightener & olaplex. 

    She lifts well, hair is still strong, I mix up her toner (add the Olaplex) & get to rinsing. I'm noticing a lot of hair in the sink, but think nothing of it because she has A LOT of hair which means, more than average hair loss. 

    Toned her with Schwarzcopf, absolute whites in Grey Lilac & Slate Grey with 10 volume & Olaplex. Max of 7 minutes this toner sits on her hair. 

    As I'm rinsing more & more hair is coming out. I won't lie this is where I started sweating a little bit. 

    I put Aquage equalizing detangler in her & GENTEELLY brush her hair out at the bowl with a wet brush. 

    Well, the hair keeps coming, so much so that it fills the bowl you see above. 

    I let Mrs.T know the WHOLE TIME what is happening, she's nervous.....I'm nervous. I smother her hair in a masque & send her on her way, no heat for that hair today. I advise her of the same and tell her Olaplex is going to be her best friend. 

    She sends me a text 2 days later. "Well, the verdict is in, do you want to see?"

    I literally cringe at what I'm about to see.

    HOOOOOOWWWWW??????

    She loves it!!! She said its definitely lighter (weigh wise) than it was before, but its just like it thinned it out a bit. 

    If ANY white girl had this happen to them, they would be rocking a pixie or may even be bald. 

    6 months goes by & she makes an appointment to come back in. All the white still referring people to me left & right. 

    This is what her hair looked like when she came back 6 months later....

    And this is what kind of breakage she had......

    Not just in that one spot, but in multiple places. 

    She had been taking great care of it, using Olaplex, good shampoo & conditioner & NO HEAT. 

    We were Finally able to get her what she wanted. A grey to silver melt. 

    I used Schwarzcopf absolute whites in Slate Grey & Grey Lilac with 10 volume developer melted into Kenra Charcoal on some strands & Paul Mitchell Pop XG Steel & Joico Titanium on other strands. All formulas included Olaplex. 

    The outcome was stunning. 

    Moral of the story?? 

    RESEARCH any and all hairdressers in your area when asking for a specialty color.

    LISTEN to what they are telling you, often times these kinds of colors are a process.

    DON'T throw a fit when you can't have what you want....thats bad form. We are the licensed professionals & I promise we know what we are doing. 

    DON'T believe everything you see on YouTube. 

    Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @CryistalChaos to see all kinds of fun hair art. 

  • Opa.....Hola...OLAPLEX!

    Opa.....Hola...OLAPLEX!

    OLAPLEX

    What is this stuff??

    Olaplex is a bond multiplier. Your hair is made up of thousands of bonds that are damaged & break everyday. Yes, just brushing your hair can break bonds. Olaplex restores those bonds by linking the broken ones back together. Making hair stronger and healthier.

    Olaplex extends the life of color by 2 weeks, allows the stylist (me) to push hair further to get lighter, brighter blondes. Olaplex allows for brighter fashion colors such as neon greens, yellows & blues or more vibrant purples, pinks & magentas. 

    Olaplex can also be used as a stand alone treatment to stregenthen hair that has been previously damaged by other stylist or at home. But color is not the only thing we do that damages our hair. Flat ironing, blow drying, washing with bad shampoo, over exposure to pool chemicals & the sun & yes even brushing can damage your hair. Olaplex repairs from the inside out. 

    Olaplex is not a deep conditioning treatment or a band aid for the hair. If you lack moisture or protein, those things will still need to be added back into the hair. This also does not mean you can go back and forth between blonde and black.There is only so much the hair can take. Olaplex is a tool for stylist, not a cure for bad decisions. :)

    High Voltage Hair has been carrying Olaplaex for months now & I have been loving the outcome! Be sure to ask me about it at your next color reservation! 

    How it works: Olaplex is mixed into your lightener or color. Simple as that. At the shampoo bowl after color is rinsed Olaplaex step 2 is applied for 10 mins. Then we style as usual. No super extensive process.

    This is what your hair looks like with lightener before adding Olaplaex & this is what it looks like with Olaplex. Big difference huh?