Keeping shears, minds and skills sharp

Hair educationScott Misner

Of course we'd never allow our shears to dull. So, we have the same mentality with our cutting skills. Our little trio packed up and headed to Cali-forn-i-a recently for five days of intensive advanced training at the Sassoon Academy in San Francisco.

A bootcamp filled with so much energy and knowledge it had us channeling the ghost of Vidal with our contemporaries from all over the globe. It was a great experience learning from some of the nation's best style and cutting talent.

This type of advanced training is always helpful for experienced stylists, because it enables us to truly perfect our lines and layering techniques. It's a great boost of creative energy. It also hones our skills and helps us to throughly understand the coming trends.

Think of it like this... each one of us has expanded our repertoire. That means we'll serve better and provide you with the very in best cut, style and color!

Ombre or Sombre: What's the difference and how do you know what's right for you?

Hair educationScott Misner

By now most of us have heard the term ombre to describe hair color, but as of late there have been rumors that this hair color trend is on its way out, to make room for its softer cousin sombre. You may be asking yourself is this true and what's the difference anyway?

Ombre hair color is when a darker root color fades to a light end color. True ombre has little to no highlight at the root and a much lighter color on the ends with none of the dark root color present.

Sombre or Ecaille (french for tortoise shell), as it's also known, hair color has a much softer more natural effect. It too features a darker root color but with highlights that start just off of the root. It generally features highlights that frame the face and gradually feather farther from the root as it moves towards the back of the head. The colors used are also much closer together with regards to lightness and darkness.

Now that you know what they are, how do you decide what is best for you? First, ask yourself this question, how much light color do I want to see around my face? How much of a difference would I like to see between my colors, a subtle difference or a drastic difference. Third, what is my natural color and how much maintenance do I want to deal with?  If you are looking for a softer color transition sombre may be the best choice for you. Looking for something bolder ombre is probably the look you're going for.

Talk each of these points over with your colorist to make a decision that's right for you. Remember to have fun with it!

"You have to have fun with hair. It's a great accessory - play with it." --Serge Normant


Show Us Your Shelfie

Scott Misner

We're celebrating our 10-year anniversary with a fun contest every month this year. To start 2015 off right, we know there's product out there for everything... curly hair, flat hair, thin hair, bouncy hair, full hair, lush hair, red hair, blonde hair... on down the drain.

We feel your pain, we've all suffered from the overflow.

Take a stand against Kitchen Cosmetology... send us your best pix of product proliferation. We'll pick our favorites and raffle off a gift certificate for the best... er, worst Shelfie!

Drop us a line in the comments section. Tweet it, Instagram it, or have your mom Facebook it.

Who Did Your Hair?

Scott Misner

Friends most definitely DO NOT let friends 'out the house' with a 'do that isn't done. Refer your friends to The Design Gallery Salon and they'll receive 20% off when they come in for a service*.  Your good deed gets you $5 off the next time you're in the chair.  Revolt against elevator music-type hairstyles, friends don't let friends rock bad hair! 

*Pick up a Referral Card from your stylist, fill in your friend's name and once they come in for a service, you save.  Remember to present your card at the time of service.