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The Truth About Creative Color

You’ve seen them. All over Pinterest and Instagram. Highly edited photos of rainbow braids, mega vibrant neons, oil slicks, opals and everything in between when it comes to creative haircolor. Beautiful, aren’t they? I’m notorious for posting mine myself, except without the editing.

Let me start by saying I LIVE for creative color! I adore the process. There’s nothing quite like watching someone morph into a magical unicorn in your chair. The possibilities are endless, an infinite number of of color palettes can be achieved via intermixing, shifting existing tones, and all done usually without having to bleach more that once! Until it’s new growth time, of course.

My clients and I have an understanding. Each one that is interested in creatives gets a thorough consultation to discuss the many facets of the process and are prepared for the maintenance that is involved.

First. If you have existing permanent color in your hair, creative may not be achievable without several visits. The hair has to be light enough to accept the pigment. This means bleaching. Bleach can be damaging. I’m the most careful person in the universe when it comes to bleaching so I make sure your hair will maintain its integrity before the process even begins.

Second. The fading! The bleeding! Creative color fades MUCH faster than its permanent cousins. This is caused by a multitude of reasons! Porosity of the hair, the amount of times you shampoo your hair, and the products you are using are the usual suspects. If you are not using a sulfate and paraben free professional grade shampoo, your color will come out in as little as a week.  Even with less shampooing, in ice cold water, with professional products, your new magical hair is expected to fade in 3-6 weeks. Bleeding is also a thing. Say goodbye to your white t-shirts for a minute.

Third. Even though it fades quickly, creative colors tend to stay longer. They fade down to a pastel shade that never quite comes out. Bleach and color removers will not get them out. The remaining pigment in the hair determines what color can then be achieved.  I advise my clients that once I do the initial all over bleaching, I will not overlap bleach again. But. The fun part. Whenever creatives fade, I can come up with a whole new palette if you so choose, based on the remaining pigment. As long as there’s no hopping across the color wheel. You had purple? No, you cannot have orange. But you can have pink, red, or perhaps even blue! Re-depositing creative color causes no damage and it’s super fun to be able to switch them up so easily!

Fourth. I typically won’t do pastel shades initially. I recommend getting a vibrant color and letting it fade down. Which will happen quickly, usually. In my experience, pastel shades done right of the bat are gone within two weeks. You will get more wear for your money by starting vivid and letting it fade down.

Fifth. Silver! OH SILVER. I must admit, greys and silvers are beautiful! Unfortunately, unless you have 100% virgin hair that is a medium blonde and no darker, I will turn you down. If there is ANY, and I mean ANY existing color in your hair, silver is not a thing. One of my clients (Hey Shannon!) had a level 1 (Black as the inside of a coffin on a moonless night) and it took us no less than SEVEN visits with careful bleaching to get her peek a boos light enough to accept grey. I will not sacrifice the integrity of your hair for a trendy color. You will thank me later.

All of this taken into consideration, I have a large clientele for creatives! Is it expensive? Yes. Is it high maintenance? Yes. Is it worth it to have magical unicorn hair that is happy and healthy? Absolutely! Just be prepared to spend lots of time with me, yay!

Come in today for a free consultation and let’s chat about the color you’ve always dreamed of!

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Salon Absinthe, open and cruelty-free


After lots of hard work, Salon Absinthe opened its doors this week! I put careful thought into the color and products I wanted to bring in and wanted to give you a few reasons why I chose them.

First, I’m proud to say Salon Absinthe is 100% cruelty-free! The color line I chose and the product lines do not test on animals! This is exciting, people!

Framesi, USA.
Framesi is an amazing color line! Founded in 1945, Milan Italy. This company pioneered the use of Italian hair color in the United States! They also introduced the 10 level coloring system and their colors are constantly updated to keep up with the newest trends. They also only contain 2% ammonia, this is one of the lowest on the market.

One of the main ingredients for Framcolor is vegetable coconut oil. Leaving the hair with a brilliant shine and unmatched softness.

Framesi is 100% vegan. Cruelty-free, and no use of animal by-products. It is also gluten free, paraben free, sulfate free, dea free, and sodium chloride free.

I was interested to hear that most shampoos and conditioners contain DEA, and this chemical is a known carcinogen.

After using the color a few times, I was sold. Gorgeous pigmentation and the condition and shine of the haircolor is stunning.

The Color Lover Masque is unparalleled, I have used many, much more expensive masques and this one is the absolute best I’ve ever gotten my little tattooed paws on.

I’m proud to carry Framesi color and products.

Anchors Hair Company
Let’s just talk about Anchors Hair Company for a moment. Many of you know how obsessed I am with these products. We carried them at Tease for a bit and I was certainly disappointed when we no longer did!

Anchors is a local company! Handcrafted in Knoxville, Tennessee and in small batches to maintain integrity. No parabens or harsh chemicals and 90% of the scent is from essential oils to retain luster in your hair. With a water base and oil base, you can achieve many finishes depending on which you choose!

They also shampoo easily out, which is a miracle if you know anything about many other lower grade pomades. Also dye and alcohol free!

Teddy boy matte is a personal favorite, water based and with a light scent that is just delightful. And the best, you only need a dime sized amount for hours of control.

Beauty and Pinups.
Beauty and Pinups uses only a-list ingredients. In a literal sense.

Amla oil, a product of India to add strength. Argan oil, of the Mediterranean with well known softening and conditioning properties. Avacado oil is also present, chock full of omega 3s to impart a brilliant shine.

This product line is also free of parabens and sulfates and cruelty free!
Take a gander at that packaging as well. Wins all around!

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Salon products vs Drugstore products


I know salon products can seem expensive initially, when compared to much cheaper brands you can find at major retailers and drugstores. Here are a few reasons why salon quality products are much better than the rest!

• They are more expensive because they are much better for your hair! They are made with higher quality ingredients for the very purpose of maintaining that beautiful color or cut you just had done! Free of all the icky stuff that can be found in many drugstore brands, you will see a HUGE difference in how long your color will last, or how a shampoo and conditioner designed specifically for your hair type (curly, fine, etc) will make taking care of your hair a breeze. Drugstore shampoo and conditioner contain many things that wreak havoc on haircolor. Full of salt, sulfates, and parabens, these actually STRIP color from your hair. They can cause the pigments to shift or remove them completely. Leaving you with lackluster locks that need redone more often than they would if you had been using salon quality products. Some drugstore brands marketed as ‘keratin or protein enhancing’ fail to mention that if you deposit too much keratin in your hair, it will make it weak and brittle. Leading to severe breakage.

• Salon quality products are much more concentrated than drugstore brands. 90% of the time, the main ingredient on the labels of drugstore brands is ‘aqua’. Aqua = water. Meaning they are so diluted down, you buy SO MUCH more in the long run. You maybe take the plunge and buy a slightly more expensive product at the salon, but it will last you way longer.

• Did you know, when you buy ‘professional’ products from online sources like Ebay and Amazon, many of these are filled with something else or retrieved out of the trash? Professional shampoos and conditioners have an expiration date. When it expires, we throw it out. Online sources who are not licensed to sell these can and will retrieve them just to make money.

• Purchasing products from your favorite salon also helps support that business! Supporting your favorite place AND maintaining the integrity of your hair? What’s not to love about that?

Drop by any time and check out the products at Tease Knoxville. Two of my absolute favorites are Kevin Murphy and Anchors Hair Company. Two amazing products that we’re proud to offer. (Not every product is right for everyone, so I may recommend something different after consultation – but the only way to find out what is truly right for you is to talk to a stylist).

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It doesn’t have to be me, but please make sure your stylist or makeup artist is a true professional

Photo Credit: Christy Baird at Atomic City Photography

The holidays are quickly approaching! I’m super excited and getting prepared for the madness at Tease, it gets so busy and I love it, as we make Knoxville look its best! I’ve already been keeping an eye on the holiday hair and makeup trends for this year and I can’t wait to get started! Getting people dolled up for their holiday parties are some of my favorite things to do!

The makeup that I use for any holiday event, being Halloween or Christmas and everything else is ALL professional, FDA approved, cosmetic grade pigments and powders. This can get VERY expensive. Why? Because I care about what I put on your skin! I want you to look and feel beautiful for your event and not worry about having an allergic reaction because of some sketchy pigments purchased off eBay. I was so busy this past Halloween that I was booked completely for makeup for TWO days! (Thank you Knoxville!!) I also heard about unlicensed makeup artists painting faces with $1 acrylic paint that you find in the craft section! WHATTTT?! These people are using the SAME paint that you used on a birdhouses, on your FACE?!?! It causes me to cringe, some of my clients skin is so sensitive, I have to be cautious about what professional makeup I am using. What kind of reaction would they have to a non FDA approved devil-potion being put on their face? I can’t imagine.

Did you know that craft store glitter is cut with glass, and that is why it’s not safe for use on skin, and God forbid, the eyes? I do! I spent 1500 hours of blood, sweat, and tears to pursue my diploma in Cosmetology and I display it proudly. In beauty school, we are required to have 200 hours of sanitation before we can even start to put our combs in someone’s hair. We are taught what makeup has to be used with disposable applicators. We are taught how to sanitize our tools and other implements. We are shown what infections can happen from being careless. (The amount of these would scare you). We can name them. We are taught blood spill procedures, and how incredibly easy it is to pass disease from one person to another, if we overlook these steps.

Do they have a jar of Barbicide handy to sanitize that comb they just put in your hair? Cleansing with soap and water will not kill bacteria. Spraying alcohol will not kill bacteria/fungus and in some regards can actually increase pathogen growth. How many people has that comb touched before it got to you? What kind of makeup is your artist using? Are they using disposable tools, or are their brushes clean? These are questions you should be asking.

When you have your hair and makeup done for your holiday function this year, make sure to see a licensed or otherwise certified artist. We put in so much time and expense to bring you the newest trends, tricks, and information in the safest way possible.

Ready to look your best? Come to Tease Knoxville and see me.