Water Build-Up: Ashley + Hector's 5 Simple Steps To Help Prevent + Treat It

Build-up from water can lead to hair damage, causing issues with dryness and breakage, which impacts your hair color over time. On the simplest level, tap water picks up excess minerals on its route to our homes. It’s this excess mineral content that latches on to the cuticle and scalp, and forms a “hard,” calcified layer. Over time, this build-up, combined with excess chemicals and heavy metals in our water, diminishes hair health. The result?  Hair that feels brittle, appears dull, and is prone to split ends. When it comes to chemically treated hair color, water build-up causes the color to oxidize and face more rapidly. Luckily, one of our balayage specialists, Ashley Pineda, and one of our stylists, Hector Garcia, shared their 5 Simple Steps to Help prevent and treat mineral-build up in the hair.

By Highbrow


  Hair. For as long as I can remember, rituals around hair have been a part of my life. As a little girl, my mother would give me hot oil treatments, parting my hair, applying warm oil to my scalp and ends, finishing me off by braiding my hair, and then sending me to bed with a towel draped over my pillow lest my pillowcase get stained. The next day, she would wash it out and, using a combination of...

By Myka


When our clients get engaged and set a wedding date, the first question asked is, ‘what’s the plan for my wedding hair?’My first piece of advice is to work backwards, and set all color appointments leading up to the big day, well in advance. I also encourage my brides to schedule the last appointment as close to the wedding day as possible, but NEVER in the last week. That time is for making memories and being in the moment with loved ones- don’t spend it in a salon.Once the color appointments are set, it’s time to think about the hair styling for the day. Compile a few images to give your stylist insight into how they should approach your haircuts leading up to the wedding, and ask yourself how you truly want to feel. It’s important to honor this piece - and it’s important that everyone included in the process does so, as well.

By Kadi

Remembering + Honoring Love

My friend and client Cleo Wade wrote a new book titled ‘Remember Love - words for tender times’, and I’d like to share a bit about it.I first read an early draft of this book when I was still freshly bruised from a traumatic experience in my life.  There was such an honesty and clarity in her words about heartbreak and friendship.  About feeling loss and finding ourselves again, that I ended up on the floor of her office with the pages in my hands, covered in tears from feeling a release that I clearly needed at the time.

By Kadi

Invictus Games 2023: Espresso Brunette for the Duchess of Sussex

Classic, rich espresso brunette, for the always elegant Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the Invictus Games 2023.  I truly have a soft spot for beautiful brunette hair color. It requires a gentle touch when highlighting or low lighting and adding dimension, and depending on the season, can range from deep and striking, to glossy and regal. For Meghan, and the change of season, I relied on heavy low-lighting throughout the lengths of her hair, followed by layers of glossing for the ultimate movement and tone-on-tone reflection. The result is healthy, long lasting, low maintenance color with superior shine.

By Kadi