March Stylist Q & A – Chayyah at Bang Salon – Verizon Center

ChayyahQ: How long have you been styling hair?

A: I’ve been styling for about 18 years now.

 

Q: How many of those years have you been with Bang?

A: I started at Bang after moving from my home state of New York in June of 2014, so not a full year yet!

 

Q: What do you think makes Bang Salon a unique place to go get your hair done? There’s so many offerings here in the city, but why should someone try Bang?

A: I love that the aesthetic and feel of the Bang brand makes it a great fit for anyone. The clientele here is such a culturally diverse rainbow; we have clients that range from edgy to conservative and everything in between! I’ve also noticed there’s also very little turnover with stylists here, many of them have been here since Bang opened, which is unique and has resulted in a very loyal client base, which tells you something.

 

Q: What’s your favorite hairstyle or color trend happening right now?

A: Color is my thing, I love doing anything with color! Although balayage isn’t a new concept in general, I’ve noticed it’s still a relatively new trend in the D.C. area, and I love it because its such a versatile style. By hand-painting in color you’re keeping the look very natural and avoiding those lines of demarkation you see with traditional highlights. It makes for a very soft, sun kissed look that nicely highlights your features and provides dimension.

 

Q: What is your number one hair tip you could give to someone who wants to have healthy and soft hair?

A: Shampoo, shampoo, shampoo! You don’t need to shampoo everyday, but every other day is my rule of thumb. Especially for a lot of our clients who are physically active and workout at VIDA everyday, you need to at least be wetting your hair to scrub out debris or else you’re going to have scalp build up that keeps diminishes your hair health. My advice is shampoo your hair every other day, and for the days you don’t shampoo, wet your hair and scrub your scalp as if you’re shampooing, then dry and use a few sprays of dry shampoo before styling.

 

Q: What are some signs that you have a client that needs something new? A lot of times people come in to the chair wanting to switch things up, but they don’t know what direction to take.

A: Hair is a very emotional thing, and if someone comes in wanting something different, but they’re uncertain of what to do, I’ll start with getting a feel for their personality and their job to help make a suggestion. I also always like to remind people that I can’t add hair back on, so if they’re unsure of what exactly they want to change, I’ll suggest something that is transitional and doesn’t cross in to that “scary zone” of oh no, what have I done?! By working in that transition phase they can pretty quickly figure out whether they want to revert back to what’s been comfortable for them, or they can inch their way further in to something different.

 

 

* Chayyah is a Level 2 stylist at Bang Salon at the Verizon Center. You can set an appointment with her by calling 202.737.2264

 

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5 Hair Care Tips for Cold Weather  

winter_hairThe winter months usually bring about a ton of changes in the way our body functions whether it be our emotional state, eating habits, or lack of tan (so pale, so so pale), but the cold can also mean lackluster hair.

Here are our top 5 tips for combating the cold and keeping your hair healthy all season long, even if the weather is bleak.

 

1.) Find a Deep Conditioner

 

Cold, dry air and high winds can mean extreme dryness for your strands, which why you need to step it up from your standard conditioner.

 

Get a deep conditioner that is ultra moisturizing, use it two to three times a week, and give it time to soak in before washing out. If you’re really struggling with dry and breaking hair, find a leave-in conditioner you can use a couple times a week as well.

 

2.) Invest in a Natural Boar Bristle Brush

 

With your hair being more dry due to the cold, that also means your hair is much more prone to breakage during the winter months.

 

Using a natural boar bristle brush not only helps to detangle your hair safely with less risk of breaking strands, but it also helps to naturally condition hair by carrying the oils from your scalp down the hair shaft, helping to condition and add shine.

 

3.) Cover your Locks

 

In the same way we protect our hands from the cold to prevent cracking skin and well, cold hands, covering your head is more than just keeping your head warm.
Using a hat could help save your strands if you have year-round dry hair or very thin strands, which are more prone to breakage. The only catch here is that any plain wool cap won’t do. You’ll want to spend a little more on fabrics like silk, angora or cashmere. These fabrics are softer and won’t cause your hair to get caught up in the fabric like a rough wool hat would.

 

4.) Don’t Overheat

 

No, we’re not just referring to styling tools like blow dryers and straighteners (which you should control your use of year-round), we’re talking about the heat of your showers.

 

It’s really easy to overdo it on the hot water in an effort to actually warm up in this frigid weather, but in the same way your skin drys out from taking super hot showers, your hair will do the same. Make sure to keep your shower to a normal “warm” temperature and not scalding hot, your hair will thank you.

 

Added tip: When you’re done conditioning, rinse your hair with cool water for added shine.

 

5.) Give Yourself a Massage

 

Cold weather usually means less blood circulation in the body, including the scalp.

 

By giving yourself a scalp massage you’ll help to stimulate circulation, which is beneficial for hair growth and natural oil production, and you’ll in turn help your hair stay naturally conditioned.

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New Service Spotlight: Olaplex

Deep chocolate brown hair for winter, sun kissed highlights for summer, it’s no secret we love to switch things up from season to season, but truth be told, it can take a toll on your hair.

While we love being versatile with the styles and colors we provide for our clients, without the proper products and care, color treated hair has a much higher tendency to become damaged over time, and that’s why we’ve fallen in love with Olaplex.

Olaplex helps to prevent damage during the chemical process of color treating hair by using an agent that links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before.

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Here’s how it works: first your stylist will use the No. 1 Bond Multiplier in your hair color, next they will apply the No. 2 Bond Perfector after washing out your color, and the No. 3 Hair Perfector will be yours to take home and use one per week to strengthen hair further or to use as a pre-treatment to a future chemical service.

According to Angela, a Level-4 Bang Salon stylist at The Yards, Olaplaex is her new favorite service that Bang offers and it is the best thing you can do if you color treat your hair.

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“Olaplex makes the hair stronger, healthier, shinier, it makes your color more long-lasting, and it’s great for anyone with any hair type.”

For more information on Olaplex and how you can receive this new service at your next appointment, call any of the four Bang Salon locations.

 

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5 Romantic Hairstyles for Valentine’s Day

We love a good edgy style at Bang, but some days call for soft, tousled and more romantic styles.

One of those days is Valentine’s Day, and we don’t think you need to have a typical date night planned to sport these do’s. Whether you’re having a Galentine’s night on the town with the girls or hosting a dinner party with friends, these styles are what we’re adoring for the day of love.

Twisted and Tousled Pony

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Photo Credit and tutorial: http://blog.lulus.com/beauty/lulus-how-to-party-perfect-ponytail-hair-tutorial/

Soft Fishtail Braid

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Photo Credit and tutorial: http://diana212m.blogspot.com/2014/05/summer-side-braid.html

Bombshell Curls

Photo Credit and tutorial: http://www.makeupwearables.com/2014/02/kim-kardashian-big-curls-hairstyle.html

Sideswept Waves with a Twist

 

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Photo Credit and tutorial: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/88805423877474136/

Loose and Low Bun

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Photo Credit and tutorial: http://www.inspiredbythis.com/style/hair-diy-low-bun-crisscross/
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February Stylist Q & A – Angela at Bang Salon – The Yards

Angela_BangSalon_TheYardsQ: How long have you been styling hair?

A: I got in to it right after graduating high school and have been styling for the past 20 years.

Q: How many of those years have you been with Bang?

A: I was one of the first stylists at Bang back at the U Street location when they opened with just seven chairs in the salon. I spent six years at U Street before moving to Bang Salon – Metropole, where I worked for about eight years. Now I’ve transitioned over to The Yards. It’s been a journey!

Q: What do you think makes Bang Salon a unique place to go get your hair done? There’s so many offerings here in the city, but why should someone try Bang?

A: First of all, our management is top notch, which means everything else in the salon comes from that high quality management. From the products we use and carry, to the emphasis on continued education, to the people brought on to the Bang team…quality is always top priority.

Q: What does continued education entail?

A: We work with the Redken team to stay up-to-date on the latest cutting and color techniques, proper use of new products and the top trends that are happening in the industry.

Q: What’s your favorite hairstyle or color trend happening right now?

A: I love the funkier color trend! Hot pinks, purples, blue undertones. Those colors used to be reserved for the punk rockers, but now I get professionals who just want to do something different and fun. One of my favorite products for those kinds of colors right now is the Redken Color Rebel Hair Makeup that we carry. It’s a temporary color stick you can use to bring those bright colors in without making a permanent commitment since it comes out in two washes.

Q: Alright, last question..what is your number one hair tip you could give to someone who wants to have healthy and soft hair?

A: Definitely get a “dusting” every 6 to 8 weeks where you come in an keep the ends cleaned up. This prevents split hairs from traveling up and doing more damage. Especially if you want to grow out your hair and maintain length, you might feel tempted to skip cuts and not go in, but it just means you have to get more hair cut off when you do come in, so keep up with those ends!

* Angela is a Level 4 stylist at Bang Salon at The Yards. You can set an appointment with her by calling 202.628.3222

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