Split Ends and Sadness: Tips on Avoiding a Hair Disaster This Winter

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salonWinter is a time for hot cocoa, comfy sweaters, and dry hair. While two of those things sound quite appealing, dry hair does not. Hair maintenance is key during the winter months in order to keep your hair feeling and looking healthy and frizz-free. Whether you do your hair yourself or visit a salon on a regular basis, these winter hair care tips will help your hair thrive.

Unfortunately, cold weather makes it difficult for your hair to get the amount of moisture it normally does. By switching to an oil-based moisturizer, you’ll be able to provide your hair with the extra moisture it often doesn’t get in the winter months. When you use an oil-based moisturizer, it will evaporate more slowly, which in turn will protect your hair.

Another easy way to replenish moisture is to do weekly treatments. Whether they’re at home or at the salon, a moisturizing treatment can do wonders for your dry, brittle hair. Additionally, hydrating your hair overnight with an oil or serum will help your hair stay hydrated in the dry night air.

Don’t you just hate when you pull on your favorite sweater, only to find your hair a mess of static-induced strands? While the old dryer sheet trick may work, floating, fine strands of hair are a key sign of dryness. By simply swapping the dryer sheet for a leave-in conditioner, you’ll be giving your hair a healthier, more permanent solution to dryness.

Since your hair is already suffering from dryness, it may be a good idea to put a hold on the heat tools. The dryness of your hair plus the heat from your styling tools will result in serious breakage. If you must use heat, you should ensure you’re using sufficient heat protection along with a good leave-in conditioner. But if you do decide to forego the heat, try experimenting with braids, buns, and ponytails to still have some flair to your hairstyle.

Even though applying heat to your hair may not be the best idea during the winter, you also shouldn’t be going out in the cold with damp hair. Dashing through the snow with wet hair will cause it to expand, break, and your hair color will fade. In fact, your hair can expand up to 30% more than it’s original length when it’s wet. Because of this, you should ensure you give your hair enough time to dry before leaving the house.

Beanies may be your best friend during the cold months, but they are your hair’s worst nightmare. Sad to say, but wool. cotton, and other coarse fabrics can cause breakage. In order to protect your hair, you should either line your hats with silk or satin or even wrap your hair in a silk scarf prior to hat placement. Not only will this protect your hair, but it will help avoid the dreaded “hat hair”.

Whether you spend hours on your hair or just a few minutes, daily hair care is key to keeping your hair healthy and strong. A quick trip to the salon will provide you will the tools and products you need to keep your hair looking as beautiful as always this winter.

Nasrin Celebrates One Year With Christie Adam

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At Christie Adam Salon & Spa, we understand that our business couldn’t survive without our team of professionals. We are excited to celebrate their milestones with our salon. This month we are celebrating Nasrin’s one-year anniversary with Christie Adam!

Nasrin Aranee graduated from Yvonne De Vilar School of Scientific Skin Care in Vienna, Virginia. Following graduation, she worked with Salon Nordine & Day Spa for 13 years & La Shoppe for 9 years before joining our team. Nasrin truly enjoys working in the beauty industry and her enthusiasm is apparent in every service she provides.

Nasrin’s specialties include facials, body treatments, body waxing, facial waxing, threading and makeup. She excels in everything she does. Her top services include eyebrow and lash tinting and anti-aging facials.

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Our salon is dedicated to providing each and every visitor with a unique and personalized experience. Our team of spa and skin care professionals adds their own touch to the services they provide. We take special care to ensure that every customer leaves feeling fully relaxed, rejuvenated and confident in her or his look.

Anti-Aging Facials

Nasrin is a skin care specialist, able to provide a wide variety of skin care services. Her anti-aging facials are specially designed to restore skin firmness and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. With regular visits, Nasrin helps visitors to our salon achieve and maintain a youthful appearance. This increases confidence and improves self-esteem. For best results, anti-aging facials should be given at least once a month.

Skin Care Services

Christie Adam Salon & Spa provides a variety of skin care services and skin care products. Visitors to our salon can rest assured that they will be treated with the utmost care. Our experienced skin care experts take the time necessary to address concerns and explain your treatment. They are able to recommend the best skin care treatments and products based on each client’s individual needs.

Come and see why Christie Adam Salon & Spa is one of Northern Virginia’s premier salons. Please contact us to set up a skin care appointment with Nasrin.

3 Creative Ideas to Reinvent Your Look for Fall 2017

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coloringDon’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t look a certain way. It’s your body, your hair, your style, your clothes, and your look — you can do whatever you want.

You probably still want to look presentable, however, like when you see your family or potential employers, so maybe hold back on those face tattoos. But if you have any other, non-face tattoo ideas, you should pretty much go for it. Reinventing yourself via your image is not only easy to do, it’s extremely fun to do. After all, if something just isn’t working for you, you can simply go back to the fashion drawing board and try again.

For women, and extremely fashion forward men, who are ready for a style change, here are a few creative ways to reinvent your look for the fall.

Get creative with coloring

Just because you were born with a certain hair color doesn’t mean you have to stick with that color your entire life. As long as you have a trusted hair salon with a wide variety of coloring options, you can completely change your look in a single appointment. Just have fun with it. Try as many colors as you want until you find one that you fall in love with. Again, it’s not permanent, so whatever color you choose you can easily go back after a few weeks.

While ombres, metallic pastels, and platinum were everywhere in 2016, this fall more people are opting for softer tones. Think strawberry blonde, honey blonde, and highlights. If you’re feeling bold, rose gold is another on trend option.

Change the way you part your hair

A lot of people want to change their hairstyle but they don’t want to cut off more than an inch or two. Understandable. Changing your part is a great way to vary your hairstyle without sacrificing any length. And unlike choosing a new color, changing your part doesn’t require a huge commitment. Luckily, you can simply part your hair in a different way every morning or purchase some haircutting tape and use it secure your hair in place.

Rock Bold Red Lipstick

For some reason, many women have accepted the myth that only a select few people can handle red lipstick. Well, thank Kylie, but women everywhere are waking up to the fact that you aren’t limited to one or two shades of lipstick. That’s just not the case in Fall 2017. Remember: bold red lipstick can look great on anyone if they have the confidence to pull it off. If you’re feeling hesitant, just repeat these simple words: Red lipstick is bold, and so am I!

Every month, over 100 million U.S. citizens visit salons for coloring, style tips, or high quality products. If you are ready to change your look and have some fun in the process, contact coloring stylists near you.

Looking for a style upgrade and hair salon in McLean, VA? Contact Christie-Adam Hair Salon today for your next appointment.

A Guide to Getting Hassle-Free, Gorgeous Hair in No Time at All : Part 2

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colorIn our previous post, we explained some easy hair styling tips that will give you a head of hair you’ll love. Hair maintenance doesn’t have to be hard, but in the world of beauty magazines, YouTube beauty tutorials, and reality television stars who are always made-up, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Where do you even begin?

Fortunately, we have good news for you — hassle-free hair is all the rage! Here are some additional tips and tricks that will give you gorgeous hair with little to no effort.

Don’t brush your hair while it’s wet
Hair is quite elastic; it can expand by up to 30% of its original length when wet. But this elasticity is not always a good thing as hair is the most vulnerable when wet, and if you brush or comb it too much, you’ll soon have a lot of frizz. So to prevent static and frizz from ruining your day, let your hair air dry and then style once it’s about 85% dry.

Opt for highlights
Changing your color at the hair salon can be fun, but incredibly high maintenance. One of the best ways to color your hair is to opt for highlights. Not only are they the easiest way to revamp your look, they grow out easily and don’t require frequent root touch-ups.

Wash and style your hair at night
Are you always rushing out the door in the morning? If so, consider washing and styling your hair at night. The easiest way to spritz your hair with some sea salt spray for hold and volume, and then braid it while wet. All you’ll need to do is wake up, take out the braids, tousle your hair with your fingers, add another spritz of sea salt spray, and you’ll be ready to go.

Use dry shampoo on freshly washed hair
We know that this may sound counterproductive, but dry shampoo is fantastic for adding body and texture to clean hair. Sometimes clean hair can seem lifeless by the end of the day, but using some dry shampoo is the easiest way to prevent this! Plus the shampoo will also start to absorb oil as soon as its applied, which will make you look fresh all day long while protecting your color.

Just follow these easy hair maintenance tips and tricks and you won’t have to deal with bad hair days anymore!

A Guide to Getting Hassle-Free, Gorgeous Hair in No Time at All: Part 1

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hair stylingAs much as we love our hair, it sure can be high maintenance. Consider this: on average women spend about three hours a week just washing, blow-drying, and styling their hair. Just think of how all that time can add up!

Fortunately, it’s possible to have beautiful, luscious hair without having to spend hours on hair maintenance. Here are some of our favorite tricks that could help you get a great head of hair with little to no time spend styling it.

Take a step back from the blow dryer
We could say that the best way to save time is to not blow dry your hair every time you wash it, but this is very unrealistic for some people. Instead, wait a couple minutes after you hop out of the shower to pull out your blow dryer. This is because dripping wet hair takes longer to dry, and your hair is more prone to breakage when it is saturated with water.

Don’t get a hair color that requires roots
Going to the salon and getting a fresh new cut and color can be therapeutic, but it does require a lot of maintenance. You don’t want to have to go to the salon every month or so to color over regrowth, so it’s always a good idea to choose a hair coloring technique that can grow out easily but still maintain its look. Our favorite is balayage, as it grows out beautifully without the need to touch it up every month.

Put the products down
Using too many hair styling products can actually cause your hair to look dull, limp, and lifeless. To get the gunk out of your hair, use a clarifying shampoo to really strip your scalp clean and then only use one or two specific hair products. Not only will they work more effectively this way, you won’t have to worry about that pesky buildup coming again from time to time.

There are plenty of quick hair styling tips that can make your hair look gorgeous in less than five minutes. We have some more ideas to share, so keep a lookout for our next blog!

What to Know Before You Color Your Hair: A Short and Simple Guide

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coloringAmericans love to change up their hair, there is no doubt about it! In fact, every month over 100 million Americans visit hair salons to become a different person. There are so many things you can do after all, from coloring your hair to getting an edgy haircut.

However, if you are about to go to the salon for a coloring, there are a few things you need to know first. Here we have created a simple guide to what everyone needs to know before you color your hair.

Have a consultation first
You don’t want to go to your appointment and spend a good chunk of time figuring out what you want as this can put your stylist behind. You’ll want to be on the same page with them from start to finish, so having a consultation beforehand will let the stylist know what to expect and how to prepare.

When deciding what you want done, consider your budget
Some colors are much easier to maintain than others. Take blonde for example — it requires a lot of care and root touch ups for anyone with dark hair, so it may be too pricey of an option for you. Generally speaking, darker colors require less maintenance compared to vivid colors.

Think about how much time you want to invest into your color
If you are thinking about changing your entire hair color completely, expect a lot of maintenance. On the other hand, highlights are easy to grow out and can change your look without a lot of time spent in the salon.

Don’t be afraid to bring in photos
Photos are the best way to really convey to your stylist what you’d like in your coloring! Bring in as many different pictures as you can find, and you and your stylist can create something unique for you.

You will need to do an overhaul of your products
You will need to invest in color-safe shampoos and conditioners along with hair products that help protect your hair from the sun. Doing so will make sure your hair color lasts as long as possible.

Simply follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to getting the hair color of your dreams!

The Four Best Oils For Your Hair

We’ve all heard that oils are good for your hair but which one is the best one for you?

We’ve reviewed 3 of the best oils for you to help you get your locks looking luscious and silky.

  1. Olive Oil – Olive oil is used frequently in cooking but it is also a great tool to make your hair softer and healthier. It’s rich properties work as a heat protectant, makes hair supple, and protects against breakage. Olive oil is a cheap easy tool for hair because it can be found virtually at any grocery store for less than $5.
  2. Coconut Oil – Coconut oil has become mainstream in the hair industry because it protects hair, makes it softer, prevents hair loss, and even helps to grow hair. Our favorite coconut oil product is Aura Botanica Essence D’eclat.
  3. Argan Oil – Argan comes from an oil product derive from nuts on Argan trees. Argan oil, also known as Morrocoan oil, is proven to make your hair very shiny and silky. It is also less greasy than the two other oils mentioned above, so it is perfect for those with oil prone hair or thinner hair. This oil is great for mending dry ends and making brittle hair stronger. Our favorite argan oil is by Kerastase, Elixir Ultime Oleo Complexe

 

So how often should you apply an oil hair mask? We recommend doing it once a week. Apply 2-3 tablespoons to dry or damp hair. Comb it through to distribute evenly and then let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Afterwards, wash it thoroughly in the shower – skipping the conditioner if you want.

 

Our expert hair stylists will be able to help you choose the right oil for your hair. Schedule your next appointment today!

3 Spring and Summer 2017 Hair Trends

Spring Hair Trends

Warmer months invite you to step out of the comfort zone of winter fashion and spring into fresh trends. What better time to switch up your hair cut or color?

Take advantage of spring fever and redo your hair to transition into the hottest spring and summer trends.

1: Blorange

Your rose gold obsession can carry over to your hair and not just your jewelry. The new “blorange” trend is a mashup of “blonde” and “orange.” The result is a peachy warm color that pulls more neutral than neon. But blorange is not just a trend for the daring — it can be surprisingly wearable. The orange warms up a traditionally cool or basic blonde hue, while the blonde keeps the orange more toned down.

Blorange Rose Gold Hair Trend

2: Vintage

Nostalgia is fashionable, and so are haircuts and colors from decades ago. The platinum blonde color popularly associated with glamorous red carpet looks or silent films can translate well into everyday life. A fresh platinum blonde color or a vintage bob cut can polish your style and add an extra pop of color.

Spring Hair Trends

3: Bayalage

The popular hair coloring technique of bayalage has been gaining notoriety. “Bayalage” comes from the French term for sweeping. To achieve the look, hairstylists paint on the dye to give a naturally graded effect. Not only does the result look more natural than other hair colors, but it is also easier to maintain and avoids the dreaded problem of starkly contrasting dark roots.

Bayalage Potomac Falls

Shake up your hairstyle and treat yourself to a new cut and color. Our expert hairstylists know how to take your hair from good to great.

Hair Trend Resources:

1: http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/gallery/ss17-hair-trends-and-hairstyle-ideas

2: http://en.vogue.fr/beauty-tips/beauty-advice/diaporama/fashion-week-spring-summer-2017-hair-trends/37807

3: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/a8606578/blorange-hair-color-trend/

Since 1990 Christie-Adam Salon & Spa has provided its clientele with first-class salon and spa as well as skin care services for over 10 years. With the highest quality of guest care, we invite you to be beautiful inside and out. Reinvent your look. Enhance your image. Relax your body. Rejuvenate your spirit. Our team of skilled professionals will create a unique, personal experience with your every need in mind.

 

4 Ways to Relieve Stress With Self Care

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High stress levels can contribute to poor heart health and chronic illnesses. And more Americans than ever struggle with high stress and poor health levels.

That’s why the Health Resource Network has designated April Stress Awareness Month since 1992.

Self care involves many different ways of caring for your mental and physical health. Self care can be as simple as meditating at home, having fresh flowers at home, or it can be as indulgent as a good skin treatment, body massage, or hair cut. Pampering self care contributes to wellness.

Here are a few of many ways to soothe the stress in your life with indulgent self care.

1: Haircuts

An expert hair stylist can turn a basic hairstyle into a stellar haircut that makes you feel your best. Sit back and relax in our luxe chairs while our stylists work their magic. You’ll walk out feeling refreshed and looking your best.

2: Massage

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Massages can help you detox from whatever has been weighing you down during the day. Releasing physical stress can help release the stress in your mind. Swedish and deep tissue massages offer ways to release tension that you didn’t even know was there.

3: Hair coloring

Alleviate stress by shaking up your current style. Get out of that hair and beauty rut and add highlight, a gloss, or an entirely new color. You can change what you see in the mirror and lighten your mood with your hair color.

4: Skin treatments

Facials can help lift more than skin — they can also lift a mood. Microdermabrasion and cleansing facials can help improve how you feel about your appearance as well as resurfacing that baby-soft skin. Organic ingredients, luxurious microdermabrasion, and revitalizing ginseng can pamper your stress away.

Caring for your mental health is relevant for all people in all stages of life. And stress can creep into every life. Busy with logistics, a packed schedule, and many tasks? Dealing with stress is more than a luxury — it is also a necessity. Take care of your mind by pampering your face, hair, and body at Christie Adam salon and spa.

Stress and Self Care Resources:

1: http://stressawarenessmonth.com/
2: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2015/snapshot.aspx
3: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/10/fashion/post-election-anxiety-self-care.html

Why Our Salon and Spa Experience Is Unique

We pride ourselves on offering our clientele the expertise of highly skilled stylists, estheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians to ensure complete satisfaction with every visit. Each of our stylists has mastered the art of coloring and styling hair. Each stylist adds their own unique touch to the art form of hair styling, dyeing, cutting, and care.

Our team is devoted to providing total relaxation and contributing to well-being for each spa visitor. Our goal is to leave each client feeling relaxed, refreshed, transformed, and confident in their new look. And the results speak for themselves.

We look forward to you trying our salon and spa and are confident that will be pleased.

 

7 Hair Styles You’ll Love on the Big Day: Wedding Hair 2017

Look at that, it’s wedding season all over again. Couples in love, fresh air, fresh flowers…But this year is different. This year it’s your turn… Or maybe it isn’t. Bridesmaids have more fun anyway. Either way, you’ve got just one thing on your mind:

Your hair! How will you do your hair for the wedding?

 

Curled or coifed? Go for a retro bouffant or sleek, straight, and sexy? A perfectly pinned updo lends the bride an air of polish and refinement while bold curls on a bridesmaid say, “Let’s have a wedding, and a party!” You want a look that is as fresh as it is timeless, and you’re… fresh out of inspiration.

 

Here Christie-Adam Salon & Spa has compiled the best, most on-trend wedding hair of the season, just for your tousling pleasure.

 

Wedding hairstyle

Long and sexy locks will never go out of style.

 

Style a low pony for a sweet and simple look.

 

Add a tiara, a crown or a flower to make a chic statement.

 

Embrace your inner cool girl; opt for a Kristen Stewart-esque buzz.

 

Be creative with braids: from simple plaits to elaborate twists, a beautiful braid is the most elegant choice of all for wedding hair in 2017.

 

Go big with BIG hair. You know what they say after all, the higher the hair…

A delicate do for the most discerning bride: the classic side bun