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The latest Beauty News and information from Salon Lucid's Expert Stylist and Owner. Covering topics from hair color and cuts to the latest styling techniques. Also includes product reviews and specials. The best beauty and hair styling information in the Redondo Beach, Riviera Village Area.

WHY NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO REFRESH YOUR HAIR STYLING PRODUCTS

Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Its always a good idea to refresh your hair styling products every so often but as the weather warms up, summer is definitely the ideal time to revive your hair styling routine.

Refresh your hair styling routine with must-have styling products from hairsprays, to air dry creams, to texturizing sprays, to help you revive your look.
PRO TIP #1: LIGHTEN UP YOUR HAIRSPRAY
Instant fix - lighten up your hairspray. Swap your hairspray for a styling product that still offers flexible control but has a softer finish.

 
PUREOLOGY PICK: Soft Finish Hairspray, a flexible-hold hairspray that is made with orange peel for weightless shine and control, and can boost your volume and tame frizz, sans the crunch. This natural and vegan hairspray is also made with an Antifade Complex that blocks the sun’s UVA and UVB rays from dulling your color so you can spend less time in the salon, and more time outdoors.
 
HOW TO USE: Hold the hairspray 10-12 inches away from your hair, and spray in short bursts down the hair shaft to maximize shine and avoid wasting any product.
 
PRO TIP #2: SKIP THE HEAT
We all may be guilty of blasting too much heat on our hair, especially during the winter, but summer is the perfect time the skip the hot tools and embrace your natural hair texture. Instead, try a lightweight, leave-in hair styling cream that’ll enhance your natural texture (translation: no frizz, more body) and leave you with a blow-dry finish without the heat.

    PUREOLOGY PICK: Hydrate Air Dry Cream, a lightweight, moisturizing air dry cream made with natural ingredients such as jojoba, sage, and soy protein to strengthen and condition hair and shorten your drying time.
     
   
REDKEN PICK: No Blow Dry Air Cream.
Give your hair a faster air-dry with effortless texture and a no-product feel. Featuring Air-Tex Technology with flexible polymers for control with movement and quick-dry polymers for faster drying time.

HOW TO USE: Apply a dime or nickle-sized amount of the air dry cream (depending on thickness) to damp hair after cleansing and conditioning, then get on with your day!
PRO TIP #3: FIND WEIGHTLESS TEXTURE

If humidity is your hair’s enemy or your hair instantly falls flat when you step outside, the right texturizing hair spray will add texture and shine. The only downside? Some of the heavier formulas leave hair stiff, sticky, and matte.
 

  PUREOLOGY PICK: Find moveable body and shine with a lightweight, texturizing spray like Wind-Tossed Texture Finishing Spray, which is made with sunflower seed extract to add a healthy shine without weight.
 
     

  REDKEN PICK: Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray. This mild control volumizing & texturizing dry hairspray creates airy texture, weightless volume and flexible fullness to hold a full windswept effect.  This hairspray is perfect for giving hair just the right amount of texture.
 

HOW TO USE:
Use the texturizing spray to add some oomph and grip to your favorite spring hairstyles, like braids or voluminous ponytails.

HALF UP POMPADOUR HAIR STYLE

Sunday, April 29, 2018
HALF UP POMPADOUR HAIR STYLE

Crave volume? Amp up your look with the Half Up Pompadour look for a smooth hairstyle for long length hair.



GET THIS LOOK
1
  Blow dry with Redken's Diamond Oil Glow Dry.
2  
Grab triangle section of hair up top and secure with clip. Then use pointer fingers to section off top hair with elastic in the back. 
3  
Spray Redken's Triple Take 32 to sectioned off hair and then release clipped hair. Use Redken's Quick Tease 15 to tease released hair.
4
 

Use flat brush to put texture and volume into hair and tease back. Spray more Triple Take 32 for control.
5   Pin hair with bobby pins at top of head.



7 GYM HAIRSTYLES THAT ARE ACTUALLY CUTE & EASY TO DO

Sunday, April 01, 2018
We’ve all been there—stretching into our downward dogs only to catch a glimpse of our sad gym hairstyles in the studio’s mirror. Here are seven cute and easy hairstyles to add to your gym hair care routine so you look as good as you feel.

1. THE BRAIDED PONYTAIL HAIRSTYLE
 
 
1   Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail and securing it with an elastic.
2   Divide your hair into three sections and create a simple braid.
3   Once you’ve reached the end of the braid, add an elastic to hold the style.

Worried about flyaways? Tame those stray hairs in place with a moisturizing, weightless hair serum such as Hydrate Shine Max Weightless Flyaway Serum to set this cute and easy hairstyle 

2. THE BRAIDED MESSY BUN HAIRSTYLE
 
 
 1   Start by flipping your hair over and grabbing three small sections of hair at the nape of your neck
 2   Begin a French braid and work your way towards the crown.
 3   Once you’ve reached the top of your head, gather the rest of your hair and wrap it into a simple messy bun hairstyle.

Make sure your new look lasts with you by prepping your hair with a smoothing hair gel that provides control and shape such as Smooth Perfection Shaping Hair Gel to help control this cute and easy hairstyle. 

3. THE LOW MESSY BUN HAIRSTYLE 
 
 
 1   Start by adding texture to your strands with a light sea salt spray and creating a low bun at the nape of your neck.
 2   To give the look of some added flair, gently pull the hair at your roots up slightly for some extra lift and volume.

This easy hairstyle is perfect for those days when you need to feel some zen. Apply a leave-in conditioner before such as Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray to prep and perfect for smooth, moisturized hair.

4. THE ROPE BRAID HAIRSTYLE
 
 
 1   Start this style by pulling your hair into a sleek ponytail and securing your ends with an elastic.
 2   Take your ends, divide them into two sections and twist those sections around one another until you run out of hair and secure with another elastic

Going to gym to dinner with the girls? Use a moisturizing air dry cream such as Hydrate Air Dry Cream and say hello to beautiful waves!

5. THE ACCESSORIZED TOPKNOT HAIRSTYLE 
 
 
 1   Start by securing your hair in a top knot hairstyle 
 2   Then gather bobby pins and create a style of your choice!

Add some extra volume to the look by using a lightweight volumizing hair mousse such as Clean Volume Weightless Mousse.

6. EASY TEASED AND BRAIDED PONYTAIL HAIRSTYLE 
 
 
 1   Tease the crown (the top) section of your hair for added height. 
 2   Take a two-inch section of hair and begin braiding from your hairline to the ends. Secure the braid with a small elastic.
 3   Gather everything into a ponytail and secure with another elastic.

Give your ponytail some extra lift by applying Clean Volume Instant Levitation Mist through your hair before you style.

7. THE DOUBLE BUNS HAIRSTYLE 
 
 
 1   Start by dividing your hair into two sections.
 2   Take your first section and twist the hair tightly.
 3   Once you have it as tight as you like, wrap the hair into the bun and secure at the nape of your next and repeat on the other side.

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Mix and Mask: how to find the perfect hair mask for your hair type

Sunday, March 04, 2018
 
Stop suffering from dry, damaged hair! Moisturize and repair your hair and discover the best hair mask for your hair type.
 
Unruly hair can be a total nightmare. From frizzy, damaged hair to a total maintenance meltdown, our hair can sometimes rebel against us. To get your hair back in-line, turn to hair masks that moisturize and repair your hair. In order to get the best results for your own hair type, choose a hair mask formulated for your specific hair needs. Here’s our quick list of how to find the perfect hair mask for your hair type.
 
DRY
DAMAGED
COLOR TREATED
CURLY BLONDE ALL HAIR
     
BEST HAIR MASK FOR DRY HAIR:


Does your hair ever feel dry or crunchy to the touch? Kick straw-like strands to the curb by giving your ends the hydration they need. By using a deep conditioning hair mask you can help reverse the signs of dryness and leave your hair feeling soft.

Pureology’s Hydrate Superfood Treatment Mask is a moisturizing hair mask for dry hair that is created with essential nutrients such as Avocado Oil and Coconut Oil to moisturize and soften hair so every day can be a good hair day.

Redken’s All Soft Deep Conditioning Mega Mask has the power of the RCT Protein Complex to restore softness, shine and suppleness.  
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BEST HAIR MASK FOR DAMAGED HAIR:

Got split ends? We’ve all been there. Often, these uneven ends can be a sign that your hair is a little weak or even damaged. To give your hair the TLC it needs, use a strengthening hair mask.

Pureology's Strength Cure Superfood Treatment Mask is packed with essential nutrients, such as Goji Berry Extract and Olive Oil, to strengthen hair and protect from further damage. Your hair will be strong enough to handle whatever you throw its way.

Redken’s Extreme Strengthening Mega Hair Mask is a dual chamber mega mask intended to provide deep, intense conditioning that has the power of the RCT Protein Complex to make your hair stronger.
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BEST HAIR MASK FOR COLOR TREATED HAIR:

Coloring your hair can take a toll on your tresses. Repair the damage and protect your color vibrancy with these masks specifically for color treated hair.

Pureology's Strength Cure Restorative Hair Mask for color-treated hair intensely fortifies and reduces breakage to help prevent brittle, broken hair and restore luster, while the soothing blend of lavender, honey, peach and vanilla consume the senses.

Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask is a two in one hair mask that is both a treatment + care extender designed specifically for the color care of your color-treated hair.
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BEST HAIR MASK FOR CURLY HAIR:

Curly girls – if you haven’t fully embraced the coconut oil bandwagon, it’s time to hop aboard.

Coconut oil hair masks like the Pureology Curl Complete Moisture Melt Masque are amazing for deep conditioning your curls as well as adding definition and bounce to your hair. The coconut oil in the hair mask works to re-substance the hair fiber and resurface the stress points of your curls.

Unruly, frizz-prone hair? Redken’s Frizz Dismiss Mask Intensive Rinse-Out Treatment is an intensive anti-humidity hair smoothing rinse-out mask treatment that provides humidity protection and smoothing for more manageable hair.
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BEST HAIR MASK FOR BLONDE HAIR:

Being a blonde bombshell isn’t always easy. Most blondes need products that help protect hair color while also repairing and protecting fragile ends.

Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Reconstruct Repair Masque will help to nourish and strengthen your blonde, color-treated hair and boasts the signature aromatherapy blend of pear, peony and vanilla.

With an exclusive Kera-Bright System with kerabond, violet leaf extract and lactic acid, Redken's Blonde Idol Mask helps replenish smoothness and amplify shine so blonde hair is polished with renewed softness.
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BEST HAIR MASK FOR ALL HAIR TYPES:

Looking for a hair mask that can do it all?

Meet the Pureology Colour Fanatic Instant Deep-Conditioning Mask. This rich treatment smooths frizz, repairs damage and restores lost moisture while also delivering 21 essential benefits to color-treated hair. It’s a must for anyone looking for a one-stop-shop hair treatment.
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Still unsure which hair mask is right for you? Our stylists at Salon Lucid can help you and your hair out.



Easy Updo

Monday, February 05, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

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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!


 


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