Wednesday, March 26, 2014

You’re going to LOVE our new line!

ColorProof Evolved Color Care
By: Don Stacy Patronelli

We do a lot of research on product brands before we agree to carry and sell them to our clientele.  They must surpass our high standards in quality and safety of ingredients, evident results from use, and exceptional color protection. With that said, we are happy to be providing the new luxury line of ColorProof Evolved Color Care, to our clients!

What makes hair color fade? Unfortunately, ALL hair color fades with time due to shampooing with harsh surfactants, heat styling, and environmental factors such as exposure to UVA/UVB rays. All of these factors lessen the pigments deposited in the hair, thus causing fadeage and damaging hair. ColorProof Evolved Color Care utilizes extraordinary next generation sulfate-free, salt-free surfactants to super gently cleanse hair without stripping color along with a variety of other key ingredients to deliver unsurpassed color and heat protection, and incredibly shiny, vibrant, healthy hair.
Chromaveil & Helogenol: Breakthrough ingredients that together provide powerful full spectrum UVA/UVB color protection.
Blend of 7 Surfactants, including Iselux: Provides explosive billowy lather, gentle cleansing and super clean rinsing.
Nano Emulsion Technology: Allows active ingredients to deeply penetrate hair for incredible shine, health, heat and color protection.
Flexshield Technology: Revolutionary polymers shrink wrap hair to provide unsurpassed thermal and color protection up to 450 degrees.
Protein Power Complex: Superior blend of proteins derived from potatoes and soy beans for maximum strength and repair.

What’s not in ColorProof Evolved Color Care: Sulfate, Salts, Glutens, Parabens, Phthalates, PABAs, Carcinogens, MEA&DEAs, and Keratin.
ColorProof Evolved Color Care is also in recyclable packaging with biodegradable formulas, 100% vegan and NEVER tested on animals!

Our expert team of stylists at Dsparada work hard on creating color formulas that enhance your look and expresses your personality so you can walk out of our salon looking fabulous! We encourage our clients to purchase our products we provide as “insurance”. That’s because we want your color to look just as beautiful when you left Dsparada until you have to come back for a retouch. With ColorProof Evolved Color Care Shampoos and Conditioners, test results showed that color was still a whopping 96% retained after 10 washes! Not only does ColorProof Evolved Color Care provide outstanding color protection, their line also offers other proven benefits for your hair types; such as volumizing, moisturizing, smoothing, clarifying, and followed with an array of styling and finishing products.

Moisture System-
Designed for color-treated hair in need of hydration, Moisture System infuses hair with deep luxurious moisture and unsurpassed color protection. Hair is left nourished and vibrant with incredible shine.
From the line: SuperRich Moisture Shampoo, SuperRich Moisture Condition, DeepQuench Moisture Masque, WickedGood Weightless Shine Spray
Volume System-
Designed for color-treated hair in need of body and fullness, ColorProof utilizes the next generation volumizing ingredients to deliver revolutionary, ultra-light formulas to boost hairs’ volume while prolonging color life.
From the line:
SuperPlump Volumizing Shampoo, SuperPlump Volumizing Condition, LiftIt Foam Mousse, PowderFix Instant Volume Texture
CrazySmooth System-
Get the ultimate in frizz control and thermal protection. Featuring a proprietary blend of exclusive oils including Camellia Oil from Japan and Abyssinian Oil from Africa, these next generation formulas are supercharged with the most sought-after, efficacious smoothing and color extending ingredients available worldwide.
From the line
: CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo, CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Conditioner, CrazySmooth Extreme Shine Treatment Oil, CrazySmooth PlushLocks Leave-In Smooth
Designed for all types of color-treated hair,
ColorProof Evolved Color Care Must-Haves provide must-have treatments for the specialized needs of color-treated hair.
From the line: ClearItUp Detox Shampoo, PureRelease Instant Detangle, DrySpell Color Protect Dry Shampoo
Get Body. Get Control. Get Piece-y. Get the perfect blow dry. ColorProof delivers the ultimate formulas to help you imagine, create, and master every look with impeccable results and the longest-lasting color protection imaginable. 
From the line:
PowerSculpt (Hard Hold Gel), HeatProof (Anti-Frizz Blow Dry Crème),
FiberBlast (Texture Crème)
No style is complete without the perfect finish. ColorProof fine mist sprays deliver the weightless hold you crave, the glossiest shine possible, and all with unsurpassed color protection. Get control!
From the line: AllAround Flexible Hold Hairspray, UltraMarathon Strong Hold Hairspray, HumidityRx(Anti-Frizz Weather Proof Spray)

Come and in and purchase today at Dsparada and ask your stylist which line and products they recommend for you!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wake Living Spring 14' Article

Learning the Lingo
All that hair jargon leaving you lost? Here’s what your stylist is talking about
By Don Stacy

 Throwing around in-house terminology may not be a good idea, but it always pays to know what your stylist is talking about when he or she suggest layers, point-cut ends, or a razor cut. This glossary, courtesy of dsParada Color Salon, includes the most common style terms and what they mean for you. Just remember, a picture is still the easiest way to communicate, so if you read about something you think would work for you, ask your stylist to show you a visual.

Prime Cuts
  Every haircut in the world is some variation of the one-length cut or bob, the layered cut, or the graduated cut.

The Bob

  A bob is considered to be one length. All the hair falls to the same point or stationary line. What matters most is that the hair has a solid perimeter or outside shape. That perimeter line can be totally horizontal for a blunt bob, or in a variation; it can be angled so that it is shorter in the back and longer in the front, or vice versa. Why do you care? Because a blunt bob is best for fine hair, while an angled bob showcases thicker locks. 

Layered Cut
  The layered cut can be any length, but its hallmark is that all the hair does not fall to the same point. After the basic length is created, your stylist cuts some pieces shorter than others. This adds movement, shape, and volume to your look. There are also different types of layers, for instance, uniform layers create a totally rounded cut, because when you pull your hair straight out at a 90 degree angle from your head, each strand is the same length.

Graduated Cut
  Graduated cuts are created by slowly building weight in a specific area, usually the nape or the bottom of a cut. Wedges are a great example because graduated cuts always have a stacked effect. You can’t always tell what kind of cut someone has just by looking, because stylists can combine layering and graduation, or add lots of other details.  Also, the way hair is styled can showcase or conceal cutting techniques. Some of the other terms you might hear in the salon relate to how the finished cut looks or behaves when styled at home.
  Examples include precision and razor cuts. Precision cuts have straight, strong lines that fall right into place with minimal styling. Usually clients who ask for precision cuts are giving their stylist a hint they don’t want to spend the time fussing with the hair.
  Naturally, razor cuts are done with a razor, not scissors. Ask for one if you want soft, sexy edges with tapered ends, or when you need to add more control to unmanageable hair.

Detail Work

  Once your stylist creates the basic cut you want, he or she often adds special details, like softer edges, side wisps, or bangs that are not all the same length. The main detailing term you might hear is slide-cutting, in which your stylist uses the scissors as though they were razor, sliding the blades down the hair to connect angles or blend hair that moves from short to longer.
A disconnected piece is one that does not blend into the rest of the hair; usually, it’s longer than the rest. A lot of “punk” styles are disconnected when they’re short on the top and have strong pieces in different lengths at the bottom. If you want softer edges, for instance, to make your hair flip up more easily, your stylist might point-cut into the ends, using the tips of the scissors to snip some ends just a bit shorter than others. This not only enhances movement, it makes a new cut look a little grown-out. It also gives ends a high-style, chipped appearance.
  Today, lots of women are asking for “dry” cuts, because they perceive them to be more precise. Dry cutting is really adding details that work with the exact way your hair falls and moves.  First, the basic length is created and some layers are added, then the hair is dried so details can be added. So, when you ask for dry cut, don’t expect the entire cut to be done on dry hair.
  Finally, you might hear about an under cut or undercutting. The result of undercutting is almost like you have two haircuts in one. Hair below a certain point is usually a lot shorter than the longer hair that falls over the top. Under-cutting is done to flatten out the slim the haircut, so if your hair is bulky, it might be right for you.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Great Bang Debate

Which bangs works for you?
By: Don Stacy Patronelli

Have you always wanted bangs but were too afraid you were going to look like your third grade picture when your mom tried to cut your hair? Well there is no need to worry! Everyone can make bangs work for them. You just need to know what style of bangs will work for your face shape and hair texture. Plus, in the talented hands of our team at dsParada, you just can’t go wrong!

Face Shapes

Long, eye grazing bangs that are tapered on the sides adds a soft element to square face shapes. Heavy bangs like this need to hit the right place, otherwise, they can easily overwhelm your face. Ask your dsParada stylist to snip them just below the brows, leaving the heaviest pieces on the sides so they don’t mask your eyes. The center strands can be feathery as a little forehead peek through is ideal.

The goal here is to make your face appear more oval shaped, while keeping your soft, feminine features.  You want to create some angles and make your face appear longer. Thick, side swept bangs work well for this, as they are a perfect contrast for the roundness of your shape. If side swept bangs aren’t your thing, you can try blunt cut straight bangs. It is important to make sure they have curve to them, however. They need to be longer on the sides and shorter in the middle, and flow with the curve of your natural brow line. Ask your dsParada stylist for a gentle arching shape with added thickness to flatter your bone structure. 


Heart shaped faces are a little top heavy. Long, side swept bangs have a balancing effect and draw attention down and towards the eyes. Ask your dsParada stylist for layered, feathered bangs. The shortest piece should hit your face at the arch of your brow, and the longest piece should hit the outer corner of your eyes. Choppy bangs that are long enough to push to one side are great for heart shaped faces as well, and give you versatility.



Oval shaped faces are indeed, the luckiest. Everything compliments their face, and so do bangs! The “best” option however;  is airy, pin straight ones that accentuate the prettiest parts of the face without feeling bulky. A razored bang is also said to be the most feminine because it has flow and texture.  Ask your dsParada stylist for bangs that hit between the brow and the eyelash and are longer on the edges. That way, you can wear them swept aside or straight with a middle part. If you want something a little more daring, go 
for super short and right to the hairline for a more edgy style!

Small Forehead / Face
A sloping, asymmetrical fringe makes a short forehead seem stronger and more pronounces. You need to elongate a small brow, so ask your dsParada stylist to cut your bangs on a steep, side swept angle that blends into cheekbone-skimming layers. These bangs also require a deep side part, which is flattering for many face shapes. 

Long Forehead / Face
Long face needs long bangs! The length and thickness work to conceal the forehead, which with a gradual angle will open and widen the face. They can be blunt for a stronger, trendier look or edges can be softened and unforced. 

Tips Tricks for Bangs
 Straight heavy bangs may not be for you. Instead, angled or side-swept bangs work best!
*Curly hair*
 Curly hair can be a disaster to have successful smooth bangs. However, a long curly bang can be quite sexy!
* Maintenance*
 You’re going to need to keep up with your bangs to make sure your shape and length stays complimenting for you. Luckily at dsParada, we offer complimentary bang trims! It will only take a minute, and you can swing by whenever you’d like!
Long Bangs
Blow them dry with a big round boar bristle brush. On damp hair, brush hair from side to side to smooth out any cowlicks. Make sure to get right at the roots to control any wave. When dry, run a flatiron over them if you want a straighter look. Then use hairspray if hair is fine and limp or serum if hair is dry and coarse.
Short Bangs
Use your fingers to push hair into shape and air-dry or blow-dry in downward direction so they don’t stick straight up. Use wax for finish and texture definition.
Side Swept
Blow forward at first with a round brush lifting at the hairline to give volume so bangs aren't stuck to the forehead. A big curling iron can also give a nice bend to the side. Finish with hairspray for hold.

Something to keep in mind, not only can our talented stylists at dsP
arada help you decide which style of bang would compliment your face the best, but they can also create a make shift bang to show you what it will look like before you make the commitment! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Curly Hair Problems 101

By: Don Stacy Patronelli
It goes to say that we always want the hair we don’t have. Well, I have very multi-textural, puffy, frizzy, and unmanageable curly hair, and yet, I still love curly hair… Just not MY curly hair. I never ware my hair in its natural state, as it is far too out of control to be seen in public. I stopped trying products that promised to calm my tresses with no avail, and decided to just leave my strands alone and stop trying to tame the wild beast that is my hair. Resulting: falling victim to the damaging effects of daily flat ironing. Ladies with flawless bouncy ringlets, those with ‘a day at the beach’ looking waves, just to name a few types of curls that have always made me slightly envious. Fortunately, there is help for us not so lucky folk: DevaCurl is our savior! DevaCurl knows ALL about curls. They use a 3 step program that involves wash, condition and gel/styling product, that keeps your curls in shape and moisturized all day long. With the use of these products and their easy 3 step program, you will be on your way to show off your natural bounce!

(All Products below are sold at Dsparada!)
Cleanse & Condition
(Step 1 & 2)
DevaCurl No-Poo
The original non-lathering shampoo alternative. Sulfate free and highly moisturizing cleanser, it stimulates hydrates and cleans the scalp and hair to reveal the healthiest, bounciest natural curls.
DevaCurl Low-Poo
A mild lathering moisturizing cleanser that gently cleans and hydrates to restore shiny, healthy curls and provide long-lasting color.
DevaCurl One Condition
This ultra creamy daily conditioner provides maximum hydration and is perfect for all curl types. You can even leave a small amount on the hair without rinsing. It will act as a leave in conditioner for all day hydration and frizz free without weighing your curls down. The only conditioner you’ll need!
Defining & Styling (Step 3)
DevaCurl Light Defining Gel
This light hold moisturizing and defining gel dissolves instantly when applied to wet hair. As it dries, light defining gel forms a moisture-protective cast to enhance curls.
DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
An ultra hold moisturizing and defining gel dissolves instantly when applied to wet hair. As it dries, Ultra Defining Gel forms a moisture-protective cast to enhance curls. This is essentially the same as DevaCurl Light Defining Gel, but with a slightly stronger formula for those who need that extra hold.
*Suggested use for the gels: Tilt head forward. Scrunch wet curls in an upward motion. Apply gel between palms and glide through hair. Scrunch upward toward the scalp to define curls. Once dry, scrunch curls again to release cast and to reveal beautiful curls!*
DevaCurl Styling Cream
This botanically infused cream conditions, enhances and defines curls. Provides natural hold, humidity resistance and leaves curls moisturized and frizz free. Scrunch throughout damp hair, targeting cleanser curls for ultimate conditioning. You can also use on dry hair for individual curl definition!
DevaCurl Set it Free Moisture Lock Spray
Eliminate frizz, add shine and enhance curls with this 24-48 hour moisture lock spray. You can mist this lightweight spray on wet or dry hair, anytime you desire for maximum frizz prevention.
Want to try DevaCurl before buying the full sizes? We suggest:
DevaCurl Trail + Travel Kit
Our airport-friendly travel kit features the DevaCurl essentials packaged in convenient 3oz bottles. The speciality kit includes: DevaCurl No-Poo Cleanser, DevaCurl One Condition, DevaCurl Light Defining Gel, and DevaCurl Set it Free Moisture Lock Spray.

Kevin.Murphy also has a styling cream product to help with curly hair called Easy.Rider. It de-frizzes and activates curl with added vitamins and minerals that treat your hair as you style. In addition, it thickens fine hair but softens thick hair, strengthens and helps prevent breakage. Apply to damp or dry hair and style as normal.

Tips & Tricks for Curly Hair
Throw in the towel – A terry cloth towel and your hair should never meet! The fabric is harsh and creates friction on curls that ruffle the cuticle of the hair, causing excessive and un-wanting frizz. The material also soaks up too much moisture and conditioner from the hair, something your curls need to stay frizz free and healthy! Try using a micro fiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt, instead, and only blot it dry instead of rubbing back and forth. While we are on the note of switching materials, change your cotton pillow case to a satin case. Satin doesn’t pull at curls, nor suck the moisture out of them, so your next-day hair is bound to be an awesome second day style!
Feed Your Curls – Despite its larger than life presence, curly hair tends to be more fragile than other hair types and it’s definitely drier. Healthy fats like omega-3 help make hair shiny and prevent a dry scalp. To hydrate from within, eat foods that contain these fats like avocados, ground flax seeds and/or oil, coconut oil, fish, egg yolks and spinach.
Combing – Avoid using brushes and narrow-toothed combs, opt for a wide toothed comb which causes less frizz and breakage. It’s best to avoid completely combing through your hair. Try to set your part, then comb through as little hair as possible at the crown to have the hair lay as you want it.
No touchy! – Avoid touching your hair as much as possible! This can separate your curls and lead to unwanted frizz.

DevaCurl before and after product users:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tease to Please!

The right way to add height and volume to your hair!
By: Don Stacy Patronelli

If you’re one of those who suffer from flat hair, giving your hair a good tease is an easy way to add that lift and volume to your do. With the correct technique and quality products, you can achieve the puff you want that will last all day.

Trying to tease too much hair at a time is the number one mistake beginners make. Start with small section of hair, teasing it at the roots, then work your way around the crown, flipping each section of hair forward when you’re done with it. Once you’ve finished one row, work your way back, again, teasing small sections at a time. Save your sides for last since they usually need just a small amount of teasing.
Start a few inches in front of where you want your volume to be. Don’t start teasing right at the crown, it will leave you with a flat crown and puffy back-of-the-head look. In order to get that sassy crown volume, you basically need to start back-combing the hair right behind your bangs.
Go big! It’s easier to brush out extra volume (is there such a thing?) than to add more once you’ve finished teasing. Voluminous hair styles are dramatic and attention-getting–don’t be afraid!
Remember, practice makes perfect. Like any skill, teasing takes time to master. Watch videos on YouTube, and try a few different combos of product and combs and in no time you’ll be pumping up the volume like a champ!

Products to help:

Kevin.Murphy Powder.Puff
This has got to be one of the best products for teasing, hands down. It’s a volumising powder that you will sprinkle onto damp or dry roots that will create massive volume and texture.  If you like that big, bed head sexy look, than you will love this stuff. It will add a great puff onto the hair prior teasing, but can also create a messy casual volume with a few shakes on the hair you want body on. The powder basically morphs into a product that holds and leaves you with a volumness matte texture.

Kevin.Murphy Body.Builder
A volumising mousse that adds body and boosts your hair with flexible fullness and hold. You can layer this product onto the hair to create smooth big shapes. Although it’s a mouse, don’t be afraid to use quite a lot of it if you desire, as it’s weightless and moisturizing, so you don’t need to worry about that “crunch” that a lot of mousse’s will do. Apply it to damp hair and dry in.

Kevin.Murphy Anti.Gravity.Spray
A weightless volume spray that adds volume and reinforces shine. It’s infused with organic lavender hydrosol to achieve body and hold to all hair types. All you need to do is apply it to damp hair before styling.

Kevin.Murphy Anti. Gravity
An oil free volumiser and texturiser. For bigger, thicker hair, apply to wet hair and dry in. Helps hold your style whether it is curled or blown out. Adds control to flyaway’s with an oil free shine.

Kevin.Murphy Session.Spray
Hold that tease in place with this strong hold finishing spray that provides a firm, weightless, lasting hold. It contains hydrolyzed wheat proteins, natural fragrance oils, and a UV shield for color protection. It provides intense hold and memory with excellent resistance against high humidity, allowing brushing ability with no flakiness!

Teasing Tool
Too often, women grab a fine-tooth teasing comb as their tool. If it's easier for you to style with a comb, that's just fine, but take note that this can be more damaging to hair if not used properly. Your best bet is a teasing brush, which has gentler, serrated boar bristles that vary in length to give you friction without breakage as you tease! 

All the Kevin.Murphy products listed are all sold at DsParada color salon. Ask your stylist to use those products on your hair if you want to try them out, as well as asking them to tease your hair for your own personal tutorial!