Typically you would have to go to several artists to get to experience a head-to-toe makeover. And if you want the most dramatic change to your hair then most likely you would have to get hair extensions.
My Unique Point Of Difference As a very seasoned Makeover Artist, that holds as many certifications as I do, you will find that you can experience be able to get everything you need to be done in the same place.
And my very unique “point of difference” that I can offer to you is that I hold as many certifications that usually an entire salon staff would.
Just From A Photograph
Were you ever asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up, when you were little?”
For myself, I can share with you that I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I was only about 8 years old, and I saw a photograph of a woman’s hair where her own hair was braided into a hair!
Fast forward to today….and I would put money on it that it was achieved by adding hair extensions, or a fake braid.
Since 2001 – Photographing My Own Work
Long Before A Smartphone
Many years ago, I was very much inspired by a hairstyle article that I had read.
It was at that moment that I knew that was what I wanted to do the same, and photograph my makeovers.
And now….that is what I have been doing for more than 20 years. My career has been jam-packed with some very special highlights.
To date, you will find me that I have been on Mass Appeal’s TV show, as a regular guest several, several times.
When you combine close to 30 years of experience and an Artist that craves on going education, then you will get to experience…..THE ART OF A MAKEOVER
Working At Hair shows! ..the beat of the music was infectious.
When you think of your favorite song, I bet it will bring you right back the place or time that makes you so very happy?
I can remember like it was just yesterday, the very first time I went to a hair show. I was in hairdressing school.
There was an electricity on the showroom floor from the music, and I knew that I wanted to find a way to be part of that. Eventually, that part of my dream came true.
Live, Eat, Breath Corrective Hair Color
Not too long after getting into the Industry, I was hired as a Redken Hair Color Educator.
Soon, I would be trained by the best of the best hairstylists in the country. I spent close to 10 years, traveling around the U.S. setting up educational workshops, and working at countless hair shows.
Corrective Hair Color & Customizing Formulas
There is a huge difference in attempting to color your hair, versus customizing your hair color formula. There is a definite science to providing professional hair color, and I absolutely love correcting hair color.
Hair Color Gone Wrong? I wound up becoming self-employed when I was only in the business for about 5 years.
I quickly saw that there was a need to help people like you, that needed your hair color fixed, and that was what I focused on for the first part of my career.
And today, I can probably color your hair blindfolded, and still get goosebumps when I precisely color match your natural hair to seamlessly match your hair extensions!
Today…ALL ABOUT HAIR EXTENSIONS!
AND NOW WHEN YOU FASTFORWARD TO TODAY….you will find that if you are looking to get hair extensions, then you will be able to feel confident that “what you see, is what you can expect, for results!”
Hair Extensions will absolutely transform the way your feel about your hair!
Your hair extension makeover will look seamless, natural, and beautiful because the very first in-depth service appointment is your very detailed, private 1 to 1 consultation.
Your Complete Look….FROM your makeup, fixing your frizzy hair, to making your eyelashes longer……I have you covered.
My own professional journey into the industry to become a hairstylist began when I went to hairdressing school in 1992. It has been quite a ride since then.
My career led me to work for a large well-known hair color manufacturer, as a hair color educator. That had kept me extremely busy traveling all over the country teaching.
One Chair…since 1999
As it was my childhood burning desire to “do hair” and to become a hairstylist, I quickly realized that I did not like or agree with my own industry’s “norm” of double-booking appointments.
So, I did something really crazy, 21 years ago! I STOPPED DOUBLE BOOKING.
Reopening Massachusetts and A-One Chair Salon
My own experience, and account of the “impact”
My business, like any business, has it’s ups and downs….like the first time my business’s livelihood was threatened…that business test lasted for 3.5 years!! Oh, my!
Now Enter Covid19 for the next business challenge!
Now when Covid19 came to our area, and how it has impacted the whole entire world…well that really has created things to change, for many.
It already seems like March was 5 years ago. Yet it was only 2 months ago, when I was sitting at my desk, and I was realizing that my business was most likely going to be forced to close.
What would that look like?
I am self-employed. My “job” and “passion” were just about to be abruptly interrupted, and I really did not have a say, because the larger picture of “Flattening The Curve” would soon become every day “Normal”, and without a timeline or an expiration date.
Now…Reopening Massachusetts for Salons
Limit service to hair services only (haircuts, color, blow-drying, and treatments). Non-hair services are not permitted (eyebrows, beard trimming, lip waxing, manicures, etc.)
• Provide training to workers on safety standards, up-to-date safety information and precautions including hygiene and other measures aimed at reducing disease transmission
• Adjust workplace hours and shifts (working teams with different schedules or staggered arrival/departure) to minimize contact across workers and reduce congestion
• Close waiting areas and ask customers to wait outside or in cars until it is time for their appointment • Require customers to make an appointment in advance to receive service
Reopening Massachusetts and A One Chair Salon
• Maintain a log of workers and customers to support contact tracing (name, date, time, contact information) if needed • Remove non-essential amenities (magazines, customer-facing water or coffee, coat rooms, etc.)
• All workers must stay home if feeling ill • Workers who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay home
• Encourage workers to self-identify symptoms or any close contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case to the employer
• Encourage workers who test positive for COVID-19 to disclose to the workplace employer for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing.
If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer shall notify the local Board of Health (LBOH) in the city or town where the workplace is located and work with them to trace likely contacts in the workplace and advise workers to isolate and self-quarantine. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and/or at the request of the LBOH • Post notice to workers and customers of important health information and relevant safety
What the Loft Salon Studio DID NOT have to change?
Well, like I mentioned at the beginning of this article, back in 1999….I stopped double booking, AND began to offer private appointments! For over 2 decades
You can rest assured that you will no be in an overcrowded environment with lots of people, because of a creative business choice that I made decades ago.
So, what is “old”…is the “new” way….and I am happy to be part of the Reopening Massachusetts. Over the years, there were many days that I had questioned whether I had made the right choice about giving up double-booking, and yet many clients have shared their experiences with working with me.
As a fellow Barber had stated on Facebook….“Mom and Pop shops are the backbone of our communities”, and I couldn’t agree with him more!
So, in closing….I have no intention of going anywhere and am truly grateful for my community, family, and my creative stubbornness not to have thrown in the towel. In fact, all of the time I have had off…helped me to dive into growing my online Motives Cosmetics business. 🙂
Life must go on, and you may need a new salon/stylist!
There are different levels of knowledge of understanding, when it comes to “coloring hair”. My professionally expertise, involved formerly teaching for Redken; as a colorist.
Is there really a difference between working with a corrective color specialist, trying an online formulation company or a salon that “offers” hair color?
Coloring hair versus color correcting hair, are two very different things. In my professional experience, my ability to “see color”is grounded by the color wheel versus simply pulling a pretty color off of the shelf, after picking a shade out of a “color” book, and hoping for the best.
Elementary School….but not so elementary!
Color is very much like paint…it is just in a different form. Do you remember being in elementary school?
How do you make orange? Do you remember?
If you came up with:
Red & Yellow = Orange………then give yourself a pat on the back!
There is nothing worse than having something go wrong with your hair.
Unfortunately, there are times when you might or have experienced a “unexpected outcome”. Maybe this happened at home. I think we have all tried to play hairdresser, at one time or another.
Unfortunately, sometimes things may not come out like you had hoped from a “professional” salon experience, either.
Hair Color Mishaps
The “laws of color” will alway dictate your outcome of your hair color!
My personal professional frustrations about “at home hair color” is not the fact that you may try to color your hair at home, as much as the T.V. commercials advertising. They make it look “so easy”, but in reality it takes a whole professional beauty team of artists, on set.
From Brown To Red To Blonde…..
Just about 10 years of my career were spent educating for Redken, across the country, as a hair color educator.
Trying a new hair colorcan be exciting, fun or down right scary if something goes wrong.
It is safe to say, that there can be a level of nervousness when trying to decide to change your hair color, in general.
The most useful tip that you can do is to find photographs of different hair color shades that you love. It is much easier to communicate with photos, then trying to convey what you want with words. Your idea of warm blonde, and a stylists’ idea of what they may think is warm blonde might differ.
Find The Right Hair Salon! Whether you change is a want or specifically a need……be sure to find the right salon that is the best fit for you! In the event that you colored your hair at home and now need hair color correction, be sure that they offer consultations.
Do Your Homework!! When you think you want to try out a hair salon that is new to you, be sure to check them out first. Check out their Instagram, Facebook and their reviews. Pictures speak 1,000 words of whether it is plausible for you to move forward with calling or contacting them. When you can see “actual photos of real people” and not stock photography, that can be very helpful.
COMMUNICATE! Years ago, I was once told this, ” A client might not know what they want, but you and ask them what they do not like.” That was the best advice that I was given when I was a new hairstylist. So, do not put so much pressure on yourself to be able to go into a salon with what you exactly want because if you hair color consultation is thorough enough, then you can work together with the salon and/ or stylist.
Avoid Trying To Find The “Cheapest” – It is understandable if you want to save a few dollars, however in the case of seeking out hair salon for creative or corrective hair color, you will want to choose experience first. I have heard scenarios of clients being quoted one price over the phone, and then it being something else when the client’s hair was finished. If it sounds too cheap, then it might be “too good to be true”.
The saying “You get what you pay for….” can be applied towards too cheap, and winding up with more disappointment.
Consultations – Do you chose to go with a salon that charges for a consultation or a free consultation? It truly is a personal choice. Our business offers a very personalized and customized consultation that can take up to 1 hour. It is necessary, in some instances to do a strand test to evaluate how our hair color products will work. This helps to determine how long it may take to lighten your hair, etc.
Welcome to my website & blog! I am an Artist to the core, and a Published Luxury Makeover Artist, Hairstylist, Hair Extension Expert and Professional Photographer.
I love all things that have to do with creativity! I enjoy helping others look and feel their best, and have been in my industry for 29 years.
As a self-taught geek, I have many tech savvy skills that include Blogging, Self Hosting WordPress Websites, Digital Marketing, and designing packages for Personal Branding for small to mid-size businesses.
If you need too look good from head to toe to setting up your WordPress Website…..you will find that you will have many solutions available, to you, when working with me.
“AMAZING!! That’s the only word I can think of to describe Ann Marie!!
I had hair extensions done and I left The Loft feeling great! This morning I left for work feeling confident and looking good!!
Ann Marie is so knowledgeable about what she does. She explained everything to me from the process to the products. (I’m talking down to the molecules!) My hair had a few different shades of blonde and even some brown.
Ann Marie customized each extension so that it would flawlessly blend with my color. You can’t tell the different between the extensions and my natural hair.
She makes you feel comfortable and is so easy to gab with!
By the time I got home I already had an email with aftercare instructions and when I woke up this morning I had an email with a how-to for each of the products I went home with. A cheat sheet that I can use until I’m familiar with them.
As a bonus Ann Marie is inspiring!! She has the best stories and you can tell that she absolutely loves what she does.
Her patience and attention to detail is astounding. Worth every penny!!
I did a lot of research before I decided to go ahead with extensions and everything I came up with pointed to The Loft.
If you want to change your hair it is best to seek out a hair consultation!
Best Tips – Communication
Whether you need your hair to be healthier, happier or a different hair color; the faster you are understood by a hairstylist the quicker you can get from point A to point B.
Having healthy hair is definitely not out of reach for anyone. The technology of ingredients that are available to you today, for salon products are simply amazing.
You no longer really have to sacrifice wanting to achieve your “dream hair” if you find a hairstylist that is the “right” fit for you.
After all, it is your hair. You are the one that has to wear it, and feel good about how you look everyday.
Healthy Hair On Purpose
When you are at drugstore, and have question about an over the counter medicine….who do you go and ask to get an answer?
Most likely the Pharmacist.
Why is that?
I bet it is because you want to be sure that you are choosing the correct product, and because medicine is made up of chemicals…you do want to choose wisely.
Your Hair Type = One Size Does Not Fit All!
How many shampoos and conditioners have you tried, in your life time?
Have you made your choices by the pretty little marketing description, that is found on the back of the bottles? Have you ever experienced being disappointed, and so then you try buy even more shampoo?
The Professional Product “Prescription”
Heck….why would anyone spend $20+ on a bottle of shampoo? Is there really a difference.
Absolutely, and here is why:
Just as a Pharmacist can made recommendations that are based on the chemistry….so can a professional hairstylist. Hair products are all about chemistry.
It is just not that often that that is really discussed. It is more important how is works, versus how “pretty” is smells, and when you get both; well that is an absolute bonus!
When you experience an extremely thorough consultation, and work with a professional that is extremely passionate about all aspects about your hair, and ensuring that your hair is the healthiest…….that is the point of difference.
Having a hairstylist educate you on what your hair type actually is, and what are the best nourishing ingredients that your hair lacks…..is the key reason.
No longer will you have to aimlessly wander down a shampoo aisle, and hope that you find your “dream hair” in a bottle.
The extra time it may take to have a consultation, may just be well worth getting to your end results faster, in the long run.
Before & After – Realistic Expectations
Instagram has really become a force to be reckon with, in the sense of seeing some extreme makeovers. Just because you see it on Instagram, can or should it be done, and how will you get those results that you may be drooling over?
#2 Tip – Consider The Maintenance
You may want to consider how much maintenance there will be, after you get your new hair color; but BEFORE you do it?
Consider how much time do you have, within your schedule to commit to maintaining your “dream hair color”?
Do you like going to the salon? Is is a treat for you, or are you so busy that the thought of adding one more thing to your plate make your groan?
Do you need to have a stylist show you the “how to” style your hair or to recommend the correct aftercare products?
Tip #3 Healthy Hair -The After
When you have perfectly prescribed products recommended for your individual hair problem….wella!
Your hair can be transformed.
All color manufacturers design their lines to have products that will support the longevity of their hair color line.
JBeverly Hills is an exceptional luxury line that is enriched and made with the finest grade of botanical ingredients.
Their hair color line has less that 1% ammonia, and actually nourishes the hair from the inside to the out!
When is the last time you changed your hair color?
Maybe you have been thinking of changing your hair color for some time, but are a bit nervous to take the leap.
Skin Tones & Eyecolor
Your skin tone and eyecolor can play one of the most important roles in whether a color shade will be right for you.
If you plan on taking a huge leap, like the hair color makeover shown, you will not want to “go it alone”, and especially if you are used to being blonde. Blonde hair is blond because it is lacks red.
What do most Blondes say?
I don’t want to see any red, right?
However, many, many times you will find that shades of red hair color can and would look nice on you as well. This is especially true if you have any warmth in your eye color. Try taking a look very, very close to your eyes in the mirror. If you have hazel eyes that have flecks of amber and gold, then you will most likely make a stunning red head!
It is not a tattoo….color can be changed.
Hot Tip: Put together a Pinterest board of hair color shades that catch your eye. It is best to have an assortment of photographs of real hair to communicate with.
If you are not certain of what you want exactly…you can be certain that you will most likely know what shades of red that you would NOT want to have.
Shades Of Red
There are so many shades of red hair, too.
Cool Red, Warm Red, Rose Gold, Copper Red, Red Violet….and on, and on, and on.
Take the plunge….Just Do It!
Be sure to ask for some makeup tip recommendations, too
When you have a great hair day, you will tend to feel great. We believe that a makeover, also, begins with a great haircut! As much as we provide hair extensions, we are just as grounded in education for providing a great haircut!
Your hair will be left in superior condition, and if you current hair’s condition needs help currently, then we can recommend a haircare regimen to you. Not all shampoos are created equal, and not everyone’s hair is the same.
The best shampoo is one that can be prescribed to you based on your needs for care and for styling. Additionally, being on a professional haircare regimen can ensure that you experience longevity with your chemical services.
Do you find that you are always doing something for others, and put yourself on “the list” last? Maybe it has been unintentional, however, it is so important to allow yourself sometime that is for….just you.
Full Day Treat!
Retreat to a full day of just you. It will begin at the salon, and then you will follow me to my photography studio in Chicopee, Ma.
Your hair will look fantastic. You will not have to worry about your makeup either, because I will take care of that for you too.
All you have to do is enjoy yourself.
My photography business has a variety of prints and products with a online viewing gallery for your convenience.
Indulged yourself with a complete hair color makeover with your own photo shoot today!
Best Tip!!!!! If you do not quite know what you want….be sure to communicate what you do not like!
Try avoid using very descriptive terms like “Ash”, etc. You may be trying to help, however, a very experienced hair colorist will be able to provide you what you are looking for by you using your favorite photographs, and them analyzing your hair.
Be prepared that it may require more than one visit to ultimately achieve your dream hair color. This will be especially true, if maybe you had an accident with “at home” box hair color.
Hair Color Correction
As an expert hair colorist, I began getting really serious about consulting with clients, about 15 years ago.
Over the course of my creative career path, I spent 10 years educating hair color for Redken. There is an extreme difference between experiencing working with a certified hair colorist versus simply getting your hair colored.
All art form mediums that color comes in are ruled by “the laws of color”. Whether it is a tube of hair color or a tube of artist’s oil paint…..the “laws” will never change.
My background is very versatile and very, very eclectic. I do work with artist paint, and feel that my hair color is just that……..artistic paint.
Is it time to change your hair color? Looking for a hair salon in West Springfield?
Well, one of the easiest ways to change your hair color is to seek out professional help. One of the greatest benefits are the color choices, and there are many.
Not only that, but my salon was very active formerly educating for Redken as a hair color educator!
From Blonde To Red
Kerri is fortunate that she can actually wear any hair color. She was bored with her blonde hair, and wanted to also improve the health of her hair. For her “color story”, I used Essensity hair color by Schwarzkoph.
Non-chemical highlights are fantastic way to accessorize your hair. Unlike traditional highlights that are done with foils, having your hair color done this way will thicken your hair.
It is very common to automatically associate “hair extensions” with only long hair, however there are so many other uses than the obvious.
Over the last 10 years, I have experienced being a hair color educator and working with “coloring the hair with extensions”.
I have to be honest with you that when I went to a hair extension training that had introduced the idea of hair extensions being less “damaging” than chemical hair color I was put off a bit first, but very intrigued. Partially due to the fact that I was still educating for Redken.
It was my job, at the time, to “eat, breath and sleep hair color”….ha ha. Now, it is a great thing to be offer both types of “hair color”.
Beautiful & Colorfast Hair Color
The hair color trends have really been bold, lately, and just about anything goes. However…….”anything goes” is sometimes the “chemical hair color” right down the drain, sometimes.
Why is it that hair color fades, and especially the bolder hair colors?
It is because of the chemical composition and the sizes of the dye molecules. Red dye molecules are the largest to fit into the hair strand. The “why” could lend itself to a whole science based post of how hair color works, and that will be saved for another time.
Colorfastness of Hair Extensions
In the case of Great Lengths Hair Extensions,I had the opportunity to actual go to the factory in Nepi, Italy to see how the hair is processed and handled.
The handcrafted way that they “hand dye” the hair is absolutely incredible. They use a dyeing process that is much like how cashmere sweaters are dyed. Textile dye colorants are very durable.
Bold hair color?
If you like very bold hair color or a stronger contrast, then I professionally would recommend that you opt for hair extensions over traditional hair color.
Accenting Blond Hair with darker or vivid hair colors
Do you get “highlights” because it give your hair more volume?
Do you get “highlights” because it makes your hair less flat?
Do you get your “highlights” every 6 to 8 weeks?
When you get your “non-chemical highlights” they will last up to 5 months.
They are colorfast
You hair color will be “spot on”
Your hair will be thicker
Opting to trying this hair color technique can be just as affordable as “chemical hair color” if you average out the amount of salon visits that it takes to maintain your “traditional highlight foiling”
Hair color for long hair takes time. Corrective hair color for long hair needs to be done with care. If you are contemplating changing your hair color, it is important to work with a hair colorist that has a strong background in hair color.
Maybe you are reading this and have long hair? If you hair is long naturally, without hair extensions, that is awesome! I completely understand how long that it has taken for your hair to be as long, as it may be.
Few Facts About Long Hair
On average, hair has the ability to grow about 1/2 inches a month and or 6 inches a year. As the hair gets long or longer, the porosity (condition/health) of the length can change from simply being older, and the damage from heat styling products.
Long hair needs to be handled with attention and care when you choose to get it colored. The new growth (hair at the scalp) will automatically respond differently to hair color, than your mid shaft and ends.
There is much more that goes into coloring longer hair than you might think. Your professional customized hair color will have really even results because we have hair color chemicals that, simply, are not available at the drugstores.
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Finding the right haircolor can be hard to do, on your own.
Have you ever stood in the haircolor aisle looking at all of the boxes of haircolor?
It is the advertising that makes that $7.00 box of color look so appealing.
The grocery store haircolor companies are investing lots, and lots of money into enticing the consumer into taking their own haircolor into their own hands.
Some of the companies have even included highlightening tools and combs.
They make it look easy, however the outcome may not look like it does on the box, and then what???
The benefits to having your haircolor professional done are many.
The most advantageous reason is working with a Redken Certified Colorist is that they are train specifically in color and color formulation.
Everyone has their own unique style, eyecolor and skintone. All of which is taken in consideration during a haircolor consultation. Makeovers can be just a slight change or to the extreme.
The right shade selection of haircolor is an art and skill.
It can literally shave years off someone’s look. If you think that the grocery store aisle has a lot of choices, you should see what a salon has to offer.
Many salons are beginning to store their professional haircolor out in plain sight.
Redken believe’s in making the colorist’s and clients’ color experience very interactive.
You can use www.redken.com salon locator to find redken salon’s.
You can also use www.redkencolor.comto find Redken Color salon’s and Redken Certified Colorists