Pro Fiber — Long Lasting Repair

Before now, most of the beneficial haircare effects of in-salon treatments were eliminated in the first few shampoos.

With the new Pro Fiber treatment, developed by L'Oréal Research laboratories with 15 unique pending patents, you can have long-lasting repair of the hair fiber and extend the life of your treatment at home for 6 weeks.

We start by doing a consultation to determine which of the treatments is best for your hair, depending on the amount of damage and your daily hair care routine. After selecting the right treatment for your hair, we do your Pro Fiber treatment in the salon.

The best part about the treatment is how you can keep it up at home. It's so easy to maintain!
Just use the Pro Fiber Shampoo, chosen for your hair health, and use the Re-Charge as a conditioner every fourth shampoo. How simple is that?! No extra time required. No setting aside a certain night to do a long treatment. Just shampoo, re-charge, and go.

Come talk to one of our stylists and do the easy 5- minute Pro Fiber consultation to see if Pro Fiber can work for you.

Revive — For Slightly Damaged Hair
REVIVE your locks from everyday wear and tear with Pro Fiber, the treatment that truly lasts.

Restore — For Damaged Hair
Struggling with rough hair, split ends, and uneven color? RESTORE your locks, with Pro Fiber.

Recover — For Very Damaged Hair
Feel like your hair is rough, fragile, and breaking? RECOVER your locks, with Pro Fiber.

Contour Obsessed — Part 4: Using Hair Color to Contour My Face Shape

Contouring requires the eye of an expert colorist. First, they will identify your unique face shape and bone structure by brushing hair back behind the ears to expose the full outline of your face (see Contour Obsessed, Part 3).

The benchmark that is most commonly used is the “oval” shape due to its well-balanced and symmetrical proportions. So, the next step is for your colorist to decode where the darker and lighter shades need to be positioned around your face in order to re-sculpt the appearance and achieve a more “oval “shape. To keep the effect looking natural and subtle, the color shades chosen should not exceed two shades above or below your natural hair color and tones should be selected to compliment your skin. The different color shades and tones are then applied either free hand for a more subtle finish, or highlighted separately for more defined pieces. This combination allows the colorist to tailor the application to suit you.

Round/Square Face:
To elongate a round or square face, your colorist will lighten the top of the hair and the ends using a free-hand technique. Shadow and depth is created at the sides of the face using a darker shade. The lightness at the top of the head and shading around the sides will make the face shape appear slimmer and more contoured.

Diamond/Oblong/Rectangular Face:
To widen the facial features of these face shapes, your colorist will keep the roots and the underneath of the hair dark to create shadow at the top of the head and around the jawline. A single highlight around the face is used to frame it and lighter pieces are weaved in front of the ears with an ombre effect to make an elongated face shape appear more oval.

Heart/Triangular Face:
In order to soften the shape of the chin without widening the forehead, your colorist will apply a darker color to the top of the head and crown areas, and will apply lighter pieces freehand through the mid lengths and ends to lighten under the jawline. The section around the hairline is also lightened to highlight the face. Ombre & Sombré techniques are well suited to this face shape.

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Contour Obsessed — Part 3: Identifying My Face Shape

The black outer lines in the diagrams represent each face shape described. The benchmark oval shaped face that sits within the black outlines help to demonstrate which proportions of the face will need to appear “re-sculpted” using hair contouring to achieve the more symmetrical and well-balanced oval shape.

You have a round face if...
The length and width of your face is equal. Characteristics include a shorter forehead and chin and a rounded jawline.

You have a square face if...
The length, width and jawline are equal in length. Characteristics include wider facial features, sharper jawline and shorter forehead.

You have a rectangular face if...
This face shape has similar characteristic to the oblong face being longer than it is wide but with a more defined angular jawline and a broader forehead.

You have an oblong shape face if...
The length of your face is approx. more than 1 ½ times longer than wide, with a broad forehead, cheekbones and jaw line. The shape will roughly resemble a rectangle with softer corners.

You have a diamond shape face if...
Your cheekbones are the wider than your forehead and jawline.

You have a triangular/ heart shape face if...
You have a wider forehead and a narrower pointed chin, similar to an inverted triangle.

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Contour Obsessed — Part 2: What is Hair Contouring & Will It Work For Me?

Inspired by the makeup trend of the moment, hair contouring is a custom-made color application technique that has revolutionized the use of haircolor. This innovative technique uses the careful placement of colors around the face and, by playing with light and shadow, can alter the appearance of your face shape by accentuating your best features and enhancing your natural skin tone without the application of makeup.

What is hair contouring?
Hair contouring is a coloring technique that uses a combination of free-hand application and highlighting paired with the careful positioning of different tones and depths around the face to highlight and shadow targeted areas. Darker tones create shadows and are used to shorten or narrow the face shape, while lighter tones elongate and lengthen the face shape by reflecting light. This clever placement of color and the careful selection of complimentary tones perform an optical illusion and make your face appear more defined and features more accentuated.

Will hair contouring work for me?
Definitely! Hair contouring is a 100% bespoke (customized) coloring service that is literally designed to suit your unique facial structure, features and skin tone. The colors are selected based on your skin tone and positioned based on your structure and features.

Will it look natural?
The complexity of this technical consultation and application requires a professional to ensure colors are perfectly blended into the hair and suit your skin tone. The subtle shades, the ability of the colorist to use careful positioning beneath the parting and tailor the application method to your needs, means that this coloring technique can look extremely natural…No one will ever know!

Is it low maintenance?
The combination of application techniques and subtlety of shades means that this technique can be extremely low maintenance with regrowth being soft and diffused.

How do I maintain my customized color?
To protect your contoured highlights, we recommend using Lumino Contrast by serie expert. This range helps to brighten and enhance the appearance of multi-dimensional tones in highlighted hair. Formulated to target the highlighted strands, it leaves them looking brilliantly accentuated with an added radiant shine.

Looking to get the longest wear out of your color? Washing your hair frequently and using hairdryers can take its toll on your color. Try Vitamino Color A:OX to protect your bespoke contoured color against fade, dullness and environmental aggressors. The Vitamino range leaves your color looking shiny and your hair feeling nourished with prolonged hair color radiance.

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Contour Obsessed — Part 1: Contouring Overview

If you've been following trends in makeup for the past few years, you have most likely noticed the contouring trend. It seems like everyone is contour obsessed. In previous years, makeup contouring was a trick for the pros, used only on runways and in photoshoots to enhance the model's look. But thanks to social media and easily accessible tutorial videos, everyone can now contour like the pros. Kim Kardashian, known for her flawless contoured makeup, has brought new buzz to the trend. Powders, foundations and two-tone makeup kits have become best sellers to boost cleavage, sharpen cheekbones, or sculpt a shapely face.

Contouring provides subtle definition and dimension, enhancing the best aspects of the face. It's not a one-size-fits-all makeup technique and must be tailored specifically to each person. In makeup, the trend has been exploding for several seasons, and now it's time for contouring to make its way to hair.

Contouring enhances the shape of the face, playing with shading and highlighting to exaggerate or soften features. In hair, the guidelines are the same as makeup: dark shades create shadows and give a visual effect of less volume, while light tones add highlights and make the hair (or face) look more voluminous. When done correctly, it can help enhance your natural face shape and create an overall visual balance to your look. For a balanced, natural result, the professionally created color must blend perfectly into your hair and be suited to your skin tone.

In Hollywood, celebrities are already wearing contoured haircolor. Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba are making this "made in the UK" fashion a trend in the United States. Not sure what your natural face shape is? Wondering if contouring could work for you? Talk to a professional colorist and ask how they would adjust your haircolor to maximize your natural beauty and contour your face shape.

Frequently Asked Questions About Exfoliation

Winter can be a harsh season for your skin, but you can easily combat dryness and flakiness if you exfoliate regularly and remember to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Here's what you need to know to keep parched skin at bay.

What is exfoliation?
Your skin is in constant cycles of regrowth, producing new skin cells to replace old or damaged ones. In winter, however, the process slows down. Exfoliation helps promote new skin growth, contributing to a healthy, glowing complexion. It can also prevent dead skin cells from clogging your pores.

How often should I scrub?
Twice a week is a good place to start. It's possible to over-exfoliate, which can cause tightness, itching, redness and irritation. Pay attention to how your skin reacts to the exfoliation before you do it more often.

What exfoliates the skin?
Jojoba beads, which are round spheres, are gentle exfoliators. Other natural exfoliating ingredients include salt and sugar, as well as ground nuts, grains and seeds. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, you may want to test the exfoliator on a small area before use.

What's the best way to exfoliate?
Always exfoliate gently and in small circular motions. Scrubs that have larger particles and a coarser texture, like salt scrubs, are best used on tough areas of skin like feet and elbows. Sugar-based scrubs are less abrasive and work well on more delicate areas such as the face. No matter what type you use, always be sure to moisturize afterward.

Is there a less messy option?
Dry brushing is another method of exfoliation. You'll need a body brush with natural bristles and a long handle. Stand in the tub, but don't turn on the water. Begin at your toes and brush your skin in the direction of your heart using long sweeping motions. Go over each area a few times.