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Easy Summer Hair in only 5 minutes with 5 simple steps!

Monday, August 14, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

4 Easy Steps to air dry your hair into beach waves!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Summer is here and that means the return of that casual no fuss look that summer hair is famous for!

As one of the best salons in Redondo Beach, Salon Lucid knows that clients crave casual, easy to style hair that doesn’t take a lot of time to create! What could be easier than letting your hair air dry into those soft textured, be achy waves?

Well, my beautiful summer loving friends, Salon Lucid’s stylists can teach you how to have those waves with no curling iron or blow-dry required! Watch the video below to learn how to Air Dry your hair into beach waves in four easy steps!




 
Step by Step Guide:
 

  STEP ONE:

Start with clean wet hair 
      STEP TWO:

Use dime size amount of Redken's No Blow Dry cream for each section. Rub in hands to coat palms

      STEP THREE:

Take appropriately two inch squares of hair. Using your coated hands, twist sections going away from face. Make sure each twisted section has a light amount of No Blow Dry Cream all the way to the ends! 

 

  STEP FOUR:

Continue twisting sections throughout head. Then simply let air dry! 

 

 
 


  After hair dries, shake out for a soft tousled beachy wave!   


Don’t Fall Flat

Monday, April 03, 2017
How can I get my hair to not be so flat?
How can I make my hair look thick?
How come you make my hair look so much fuller and thicker than I do?

These are questions that we here at Salon Lucid hear every day from our guests. Because we are one of the best salons in Redondo Beach, California, our clients look to our great stylists for answers. It’s my guess that if you’re reading this article, my fine-haired beauty, you might be looking for answers too.

In which case, you’ll love what comes next. Because Salon Lucid is about to take you to fluffy-hair heaven with this no-fail guide to getting so much fullness, country music stars from the 1970’s will be jealous!

Before we start, can I have a moment to set up a couple of Tammy Truths™ for you? Yes? Okay.

My friend: you weren’t born with full hair, and that kind of sucks.

It sucks that your brother or uncle or some other relative who didn’t really deserve it got “thick, nice hair” and you didn’t. You deserve to have had it. This was totally unfair, and:

Your hair can absolutely look thicker and fuller than it looks now.

It’s true! That’s great news, amirite?

Now, obviously, this isn’t an instant fix. In order to get your hair to look fuller and thicker and better than it does now, you’ll need to put in some work, a bit of time, and a product or two. It’s a transaction. Work, time, and products will help you get the hair you wish you’d been born with. So don’t let this continue to be a frustration point. Neither of us wants that for you! Just follow these five steps.
 

You need to use volumizing or thickening shampoo (and perhaps the tiniest drop of volume-specific conditioner on the ends). We recommend Redken High Rise Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioneror Pureology Fullfyl Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner.


 
Using some kind of root lift product is an absolute must! It guarantees the vital volume at the scalp, where our flat-haired ladies struggle the most. Spray the product on wet hair at the roots all over the head and massage it in. We recommend Redken Guts or (my personal fav) Pureology Root Lift.
Next, spray or apply a volumizing cream or mousse to the mid lengths and ends of the hair. We recommend Pureology Fullfyl Densifying Spray or Redken Dense FX. Comb product through to ensure even distribution.

Dry your hair by lifting it up with your fingers or turning your head upside down, and hitting it with the blow dryer until it’s 90% dry.

Once the hair is almost completely dry, it’s time for the round brush. Starting from the bottom and working your way to the top, divide your hair into as many 2-to-3 inch sections as possible*. Direct the air from the dryer onto the section from the top not underneath. Slowly move the brush directly out from the head (not down) while following it with the hairdryer.

When the section is completely dry, push the “cold air button” on your hairdryer. The cold air contracts the cuticle and locks the fullness in place. No cold air button on your dryer? Just slowly count to ten before releasing the section off of the round brush. Repeat the same actions on the next section up and all around the head!



Well, look at what you’ve done!

Your hair looks great, right?
 

And since we want it to keep it looking as full as possible for as long as possible, we need to lock that volume in while making sure there’s no helmet-like business happening. For that, I always use Redken Quick Tease at the base of my volume blow-drys. The stuff is magic. It’s a little extra bit of oomph at the roots—no teasing required!

After that, give it a light spritz of soft-hold hairspray (we recommend Redken Quick Dry or Pureology Strengthening Control) and that’s it.


And there you are, strutting out into the world, feeling like the thick-haired goddess you deserve to be!

For expert advice, the best hairstylists for fine hair in Redondo Beach, and all of the products mentioned above, give us a call at Salon Lucid: 424-247-7051.

Why won't my hair grow?

Saturday, March 04, 2017

One of the more frequent questions I hear from clients here at Salon Lucid in Redondo Beach is Why won’t my hair grow? Sometimes it’s phrased like this: My hair only ever gets to here and then it stops growing! I’ve been trying for years to get it longer and it just STOPS GROWING!

Lovely ladies, I am here to change your life. Or anyway, your hair. Which, let’s face it, is kind of the same thing.
 

So here’s the deal. Are you ready for some Tammy Truth?

 

Your hair IS growing. Hair grows, on average, about a half-inch per month. In a year, you’d typically see about six inches of growth, right? Well, you would, if your hair was in perfect, pristine condition, untouched by heat styling and chlorine and, you know, the general environment. Those of us who live in the regular, everyday world, however, are subject to split ends. (If this were a silent movie, split ends would be the character in a black cape, twirling a moustache and rubbing its evil hands together while plotting against all of us.)

Imagine a delicate-yet-strong silk stocking, beautiful and perfect. Imagine it brushes up against a brick, just for a moment. The next moment, there’s a small run in the stocking. Left unchecked, the run will waste no time in extending all the way up to the waistband (the nerve!). So too with your hair!


Split ends weaken your hair wherever they appear, and they’ll split as high as you’ll allow. So here’s where the magic happens: It doesn’t have to be that way!

 

If you’re ready to change a few things, your favorite hair experts at Salon Lucid in Redondo Beach, California can help you to get your hair as long as you have wanted it all these years! Following is a list of things that will help.

 

It’s like when you’re trying to lose weight; Doing two yoga classes and eating a salad at one meal will not turn one into a washboard-ab’d fitness model (which I do truly resent, but I digress). But eating right and exercising consistently over an extended period of time will produce results. And so it will be with your efforts to grow your hair long.

 

Let’s get started:

  Get your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks and your split ends don’t stand a chance. I KNOW. Take a deep breath and stay with me. It seems counterintuitive to cut it when you’re trying to grow it. But you HAVE to get those split ends stopped before they go further up the hair shaft. Which means your hair will be stronger and you will absolutely see the growth you’re longing for!
 
  Start a hair care regimen. If you’re serious about wanting your hair long, you need to start using a complete system to address the very things that are stopping you from getting that hair length that you covet. This is what you will need:

A strengthening shampoo and conditioner

 

WE RECOMMEND REDKEN EXTREME LINE OR PUREOLOGY STRENGTH CURE LINE

A leave-in conditioner to protect the hair against the elements and to add a layer of strength around those vulnerable ends so they don’t split in the first place

 

WE RECOMMEND REDKEN ANTI SNAP
OR PUREOLOGY SPLIT END SALVE



A styling product with a heat protector built into it, because NOTHING will break hair off like the heat from a curling iron or flat iron

 

WE RECOMMEND REDKEN SATIN WEAR
OR REDKEN IRON SHAPE—SERIOUSLY, THEY’RE AMAZING



Once a week, a deep-conditioning hair masque to replenish moisture

WE RECOMMEND REDKEN MEGA MASQUE ALL SOFT
OR PUREOLOGY HYDRATE MASQUE




Avoid washing your hair every day, as it dries it out, making it brittle and more prone to breakage


   That’s it. That’s all. Really!

So there it is, my dewy nymphs, the formula you need: tiny trims every 6-8 weeks + a customized hair care regimen = the long, luscious locks of your dreams. And naturally, all of the tools and products you need are available at Salon Lucid, the best salon in Redondo Beach!

You can do it. And all of us here at Salon Lucid are here to help.

Love,
Tammy Owner,
Salon Lucid

How to do the Perfect High Bun

Monday, November 07, 2016

 


 
Watch how to do this easy holiday look at home, demonstrated by our own stylist Dana!


 

NEW Redken Heat Cure Treatment

Thursday, October 06, 2016


Ever wish you could undo all the damage you've caused your hair over the last year? Well, my beautiful friends, now you can!! Redken Heat Cure restorative treatment can erase a year's worth of surface damage in one quick 15 minute service added into your already existing appointment! 

Redken's Heat Cure Treatment delivers deeply restorative caring agents through the cuticle layer, deep into the cortex of the hair - leading to results that can last up to 10 shampoos! All that amazing, shiny, healthy goodness in 15 minutes! Watch how it works here! 
 
 
Call Salon Lucid at 424-247-7051 to book or add to your service for only $35! 

Braid Away

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

 

 
  Pure Volume Instant Levitation Mist

BENEFITS
Pure Volume Instant Levitation Mist provides root lift and all-over fullness to elevate hair with 24 hours of volume*
!
 
1. Apply Pure Volume Instant Levitation Mist to towel-dried hair and blow-dry with a left side part. 

2. Rake hair over your right shoulder and divide in two sections. 

3. Create a fishtail braid and tie with elastic. Starting at the center of the braid, gently pull edges to create fullness and texture. 

FISHTAIL TECHNIQUE
Divide hair lengths into two sections. Starting at the nape of the neck, grab a small piece of hair from the outside of the left section, cross it in front and add it to the right side section. Then take a small piece from outside the right section, bring it across and add to the left section. Repeat. 

*With use of Pure Volume Shampoo and Instant Levitation Mist
 
 
  Pure Volume Instant Levitation Mist

BENEFITS
Pure Volume Instant Levitation Mist provides root lift and all-over fullness to elevate hair with 24 hours of volume*!
 
1. Apply Pure Volume Instant Levitation Mist to towel-dried hair and blow-dry with a center part. 

2. Gather hair from the top and sides and create a loose half ponytail at the center back. 

3. Divide the ponytail in 2 sections and create a fishtail braid halfway down and tie with elastic. 

FISHTAIL TECHNIQUE
Divide hair lengths into two sections. Starting at the nape of the neck, grab a small piece of hair from the outside of the left section, cross it in front and add it to the right side section. Then take a small piece from outside the right section, bring it across and add to the left section. Repeat. 

*With use of Pure Volume Shampoo and Instant Levitation Mist
 
 
 
  Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier

BENEFITS
Colour Fanatic Multi-Taking Hair Beautifier contains UVA/UVB Sunscreens, Instantly Detangles & Controls Frizz.
 
 

1. Mist Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier all over damp hair. Blow-dry if desired. Take a small section of hair above the left ear and create a 3-strand braid. Pin at the back. 


2. Repeat technique on opposite side. Cross and pin over the first braid. 


3. Complete the crown effect by tucking and pinning in the ends.

 
 
 Brought to you by Pureology

Do You Want some Babies

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Ombré, the beautifully casual, grown-out highlight effect, has been all the  rage in recent years. Everyone from supermodels and celebrities to your workmates and next-door neighbor has worn and loved the laid-back, lower-maintenance aspect as much as the fashion-forward feel of ombré.

 

But as with all trends, when one starts winding down, our guests start asking: what’s coming up next? It seems no one’s ready to head back into the high-maintenance world of traditional blonde highlighting. (Who wants to be a slave to roots, anyway?) And yet, a change is in the air… And the Stylists at Salon Lucid have the answer!

 

Ladies, the answer is BabyLights.

Babylights is a new technique that the stylists at Salon Lucid have developed to ‘light’ the interior of the hair, bringing luminosity and emphasis to the eyes and cheekbones. “By adding tiny, fine highlights strategically placed troughout the hair, it can blend out an old Ombre without creating higher maintainence!”, Says Brenda Agredano, Salon Lucid’s Haircolor expert! As the best salon in Redondo Beach, it also allows us to create the updated look our guests are asking for!

 

 



Think of it this way:

One of the best ways to show off a work of art is by lighting it from naturally from all sides. Babylights uses this same concept by adding light via carefully-determined selected shades to areas between the top curve of the head and the hollow of the cheek. By staggering both shades and placement, our wonderful color artists create a gorgeous, eye-catching glow. It’s all the benefits of low maintenance with the true brightness of a bigger color change! So, if you are ready for something new, your hair color experts in Redondo Beach at Salon Lucid are ready to Rock your new Babylights! www.salonlucid.com



Big On Braids

Wednesday, February 24, 2016



BIG on Braids

They’re everywhere. On the red carpet. In the top fashion magazines. On actresses and rock stars. On brides. 

On prom princesses and punk princesses alike. Rarely has a hair trend taken off with the intensity and passion that we’ve seen this season with braids.

 

One of the best features of this braiding craze is how easily a chic, fashion-forward look can come together. 

It can be as simple as taking a small section at each temple, braiding, then pinning into the back of the hairstyle.

With the vast number of braiding techniques out there, the possibilities are endless.

 As the best Salon in the South Bay, guests look to us for great ideas of how to do these simple techniques at home! 


Our own Maria Brown is the go-to braiding expert. 

 

“Having created braided styles since I was a little girl, I have to say that I love seeing braids everywhere! It’s so much more than a hairstyle – it’s art,” says Maria. 




In order to keep her inspiration fresh and her skills constantly improving, she looks to leaders in our industry for development and inspiration. Helping to insure that we stay the Best Salon in Redondo Beach!

Whether you want to look even more glamorous for a night out, or you’re attending a special occasion like a wedding, 

Maria has the talent and skill to make your hair into an “Oh my goodness, I LOVE your hair” moment.

 (And doesn’t that just always put a little extra swish in your swagger?)

How to get a GREAT hair consultation

Wednesday, February 17, 2016






The Best Hair Consultation of your Life


The moment of truth has arrived.

 

You’re at the hair salon—maybe it’s a hairdresser you’ve been seeing for awhile or maybe it’s your first time with them. Either way, you know what you want. You want something… different. Maybe you’ve seen a few ideas in magazines or on Pinterest. Or it could be that general restlessness that happens now and then, that desire we all get to explore another side of ourselves. 

 

You sit down, take a deep breath, and then… you freeze.  Because, you think, maybe it’s silly. Maybe you should stick with what you know. Let’s face it, you’re not even really sure how to articulate what it is you like about a new style, or don’t like about your current style.  And then what if you end up with something that doesn’t even remotely resemble what you wanted?


Well, my beautiful friend, I am here to give you the inside scoop.

 

Following is a very short list of things that will dramatically improve your consultation with your hair stylist. Because when you’re happy, we’re happy. And let’s face it: there’s nothing quite like having the fabulous hair of your dreams.

 

 1.) WE LOVE PICTURES!

 As the best Salon in Redondo Beach, it's our job to "learn to speak your language". One of the best ways to learn what you are looking for is for us to see a picture of it. It also gives us a starting place to start discussing what kind of care and styling would be needed to achieve that look! So, clip or Pin away! We will thank you for it!


2.) BE HONEST WITH THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU ARE WILLING TO SPEND ON YOUR HAIR! 

It's a fact of life that all styles require at least some type of time investment. Sadly, "Wash and Go" is a Myth. But the wonderful thing is, if you are upfront with us about how much time you are willing to spend, we can give you a great style that works with your real life.You know, the one that doesn't come with 3 maids, 2 nannies and a butler! 


3.) BE OPEN TO CHANGE EVEN IF IT'S JUST A LITTLE BIT!

A change doesn't mean shearing your long hair into a pixie cut, but sometimes deepening the color a bit or adding a side swept bang can give you a lot of bang for your buck! And besides, who wants to look the same in family photos six years running? Or worse, bearing a striking hair resemblance to ones high school pictures! EGADS!

Repeat after me: Hair is an accessory, not an identity! Have fun with it!


4). GIVE US A HEADS UP, IF POSSIBLE!

We LOVE it when you want to change things up, we just want to make sure we have enough time to make it amazing for you (Not to mention, time to help you learn to style your rockin' New Do!)! So if you're thing of a change, give us a call a few days ahead of time so we can build in that extra time for a thorough consultation!  


That’s it! Show us what you want, be honest about your time, be open to change, and give us a little bit of warning. That’s all of it, just four little steps that will get you the best hair consultation of your life…over and over again!


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