Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Love is in the Hair!

Wedding Hair at DsParadaBy: Don Stacy Patronelli

It’s that time of year again, the season of women frantically planning and prepping for their most special day of their lives – Their Wedding Day!
Let’s be honest ladies, we have all had fantasies of a fairy tale ceremony since we were kids. We know what we want from the cake to the dress, to the venue and the guests!

One of the most important factors for the bride is how they are going to look on their day of matrimony. After all, they get to be the center of everyone’s attention for the whole day. Every women wants to look and feel like a princess, and so they should! Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime event. You’re going to be looking at pictures of yourself in the many years to come, and you should look as stunning as possible!

 An essential attribute to your look is your hair. It should be done in a matter to capture your personality, go with the theme of your wedding, and compliment your dress.
The stylists at Raleigh’s DsParada Color Salon have developed a following as the area’s premier salon for bridal parties. We are always up to date on the very latest wedding trends and styles, so you can rest assured that you can achieve that glamorous look you desire.

All brides schedule a consultation with a stylist prior setting an official appointment. It is suggested to bring in a picture of your dress, as well as inspirational photos of what styles you like. The stylist will listen to your every need and gather all the information necessary, to the slightest detail, and will than plan accordingly to set up your ‘trial’ do.
Wedding services we currently offer are:
            In Salon service for the Bride
               Practice Up Do ( up to 3 trials)
            Wedding Picture Up Do
               Total Bridge Package - All items above for $235.00
            Out of Salon Wedding  - Consult

Another significant aspect to complete your look is make up. At DsParada, we can save you time from searching by bringing in a talented and trusted makeup artist for you; or if you choose, you may bring in your own.
We know the day of your wedding is the most special of a lifetime, and we strive to make your day as memorable and stress free as possible. Upon you and your bridal party arriving, we will serve champagne and hors d’oeuvres, just for that little something extra special!

With so much to plan for your day, you can be rest assured in the talented hands of DsParada!

Be Inspired


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Friday, February 21, 2014

Primp Tips

How to make your curls hold:
By: Don Stacy Patronelli

Every girl wants her hair to look as good at the end of the night as it does when you step out of the salon. And as a girl with stick-straight strands let me tell you… there’s nothing more frustrating than spending 45 minutes curling your tresses only to have your perfect waves fall flat before you’ve made it out the door. Today I’m sharing a few secrets for flawless, lasting curls. Without further ado, here are a few useful tips I’ve come across and would like to share…

Start with day-old hair.
Your hair’s natural oils give your hair texture and make your strands more moldable. So if you plan on curling your hair, don’t wash it for a day or two. If your scalp feels too oily sans shampoo, spray a little dry shampoo along the roots and leave the rest dirty.

Skip the deep conditioner.
Deep conditioning treatments have a tendency to weigh hair down and make it harder to style. So if you know you’ll be curling your hair, stick to a lightweight conditioner and save the more intense hydrating treatments for another day.

Pick the right products.
Many people make the mistake of piling on products after curling and using nothing before. But stiff, crunchy curls are not the goal here. So before you take a curling iron to your locks, start with a light weight styling lotion to give your hair some texture. It’s also a good idea to use a heat-protecting product so you don’t fry your strands. Once you are done curling your whole head of hair, finish by misting your curls with a light hairspray (I recommend Goldwell’s Big Finish or Kevin.Murphys Session Spray). Use just enough hairspray to make your strands stay without feeling stiff!

Use the right tools. Having the right tools makes all the difference. To begin, make sure you’ve selected an iron with the right size barrel. For hair that doesn’t hold a curl well, I recommend a ¾-inch barrel. The curls will be tight without looking ringlet-y, and will loosen as the day goes on. If your hair holds a curl fairly well, choose a 1-inch iron for instant beachy waves. Also, if your hair always falls flat, consider investing in a professional grade curling iron. For a long time I was trying to curl my hair with a drugstore brand, and it was only when I switched to a higher-end iron that I realized my hair could hold a curl. I recommend it! If you’re willing to invest, you will get the most bang for your buck.

Try the post-iron pin. When in doubt, I always turn to this curling method- Once you release your hair from the iron, simply pin the curl to your head until it sets. Once your entire head is pinned, mist it with hairspray. Then, carefully unpin your curls and comb through them with your fingers.

Braid before bed. This time saving trick is the one I use often. If you know you’re going to curl your hair the next day, sleep with it in a braid or two (depending on how thick your hair is). The next morning you will wake up with instant textured waves—the perfect canvas to take a curling iron to.

I hope that all of these tips help!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Keratin Treatments

Goodbye fly a ways and bad hair days!
By: Don Stacy Patronelli

Keratin Treatments have been a worldwide hype in the salon industry, not to mention for women and men alike who suffer from downright unmanageable hair! So what's the big deal with them? Who's a good candidate for this service? Well, let's understand the what's and the how's of a typical keratin treatment:
Keratin is a family of fibrous structural proteins that is the key structural component of hair. In fact, healthy hair contains approximately 90% of keratin. Most Keratin treatments use nanomolecular keratin which penetrates and fills damaged parts of the hair. This revolutionary process gives you amazing and instant results that eliminate frizz, reduces curl, adds silkiness and shine, dramatically reduces styling time, and can even help heal damaged hair.

The formulas keep improving, and more and more treatments are coming into the market. With so many options around these days, how do you know which treatment to choose? Luckily at DsParada, we stick to our high standards and carry only the finest – and our talented stylists can use their expertise to decide which option will work the best for your hair type and lifestyle, so you can achieve the most optimal results!  Here is a breakdown of what we offer:

The Brand: Keratin Complex by Coppola

Keratin Complex has changed the beauty industry – starting with their signature smoothing therapy and continuing with a complete range of products and styling tools. Since their launch in 2007, Keratin Complex has led the way with innovative technology and amazing results. At DsParada, we are always looking to bring the best quality products and services to our clients, especially when it comes to using safe ingredients. So we are proud to offer Keratin Complex,  as it was the first OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) compliant Keratin treatment brand. What does this mean? A lot of smoothing treatments on the market release harmful gases, such as Formaldehyde.  OSHA is responsible for issuing workplace health and safety regulations and performed independent air safety tests on Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy. Results showed that exposure levels were 87% lower than the OSHA limit. Their treatments and products are specially formulated to contain natural keratin protein; which rebuilds, restores, and rejuvenates all types of hair. No wonder Keratin Complex is now the leading smoothing system in the world, and we are happy to provide it!

The Treatment:  Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy

Lasts: 3-5 months Cost: Starts at $300.00
This revolutionary smoothing system infuses Keratin deep into the hair cuticle, eliminating up to ninety-five percent of frizz and curl and leaving the hair smooth, shiny and luxurious. Client testimonials refer to the treatment as “life changing”. It rejuvenates and revitalizes the hair, giving it a softer, silkier feel that everyone can rave about. Additional benefits include healing promotion, humidity blocking, and prevention of environmental toxins from entering the hair.

The Brand: Pravana

Pravana is dedicated to a caring and responsible approach to beauty. Pravana products are free of parabens, sulfites, cocamide DEA, formaldehyde, phthalates, and many other hard to pronounce ingredients that are used in cosmetic products but known to be harmful to users or the environment. This hybrid approach, which combines time proven botanical extracts and natural proteins with modern elements such as nano-amino acids and micro-polymers,provides hair care that is truly super-natural.

The Treatment: Perfection Keratin Treatment

Lasts: 8-12 weeks Cost: Starts at $200.00
The perfection Keratin Treatment transforms coarse, frizzy hair to smooth and superbly shiny results. It utilizes a proprietary nano-amino acid complex that virtually alters the internal textural memory of the hair fiber to transform it to a smoother, frizz-free state. As there slogan goes, “why stop at great, when you can have perfection?”

The Brand: Simply Smooth

Simply Smooth products are from the bountiful land of New Zealand. They use a unique blend of keratin from human hair – which is naturally more compatible with our own hairs structure – together with botanical keratin found in the stems of seaweed and plants that gently work with the hair to allow your strands to move naturally, giving you the flexibility to wear your hair smooth, wavy or curly. Above all else, it makes your hair so much easier to control and style without the annoying frizz and puff that humidity can cause.

The Treatment: Color Lock

Lasts: 2-4 weeks Cost:$50.00
This formaldehyde free treatment is a unique blend of 50% human hair keratin and 50%collagen, used together with apple pulp extract and vanillin, it will dramatically reduce color fade whilst restoring the health and vitality of your hair with pure keratin. Treatment benefits include: Sealed in hair color and color fade reduction, humidity barrier, moisture locking technology that intensifies shine, curl texture reduction of 25% to 50%, magnifies color dimension and reflection, repairs hair integrity and elasticity, heals split ends and repels environmental build up. Another benefit of this product is that you are able to wash your hair after 24hours.

The Treatment: X-tend Magic Potion (at home treatment)
Suitable for all hair types and Sodium Chloride Free. X-tend Keratin reparative magic potion is a botanically blended keratin infused potion that will: Help protect hair from thermal abuse, lock in hair color, control frizzing, add incredible shine and volume, hydrate, smooth, detangle, repairs elasticity, provide thermal protection, helps extend keratin treatments, and leaves hair silky and free of split ends. Apply to damp hair, comb, and watch the magic happen!


The aftercare from receiving a keratin treatment is quick and painless. Do not wash your hair for at least 3 days (72 hours) after the service, and avoid putting your hair up, tucking behind your ears, head bands, bobby pins, and overall any moisture / wetness to your new hair. To preserve and extend your treatment, use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner following your 3 day no-wetness interval. Our stylists can help you pick out a Shampoo and Conditioner that would be perfect for your hair type and will work with your treatment, also.

All the treatments we provide can be used on previously colored and or bleached hair, and you can still continue your hair coloring routine at DsParada without worrying about further damage to your hair.
In summary, these treatments are a great investment to put into yourself- whether your hair is frizzy, curly, wavy, damaged, course - or all of the above, a keratin treatment can truly help you and your hair styling needs.
With the warm and humid months quickly approaching, why not schedule your consult appointment today with one of our reputable stylists for a future of manageable, beautiful, summer ready hair!