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Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Amazing Transformations for Limp Hair

Many women with thin hair think they’ll only be able to sport movie star locks after a hair job at the salon. How true that they’ll soon lose the volume in daily wear, back to square one in no time. It’s the bane of being born with thin hair. Luxurious hair is a dream; there are so many styles you can put it through. But you see, the key to a truly effortless stylish look is in the right haircut. Even if your hair is lacking in thickness and density, a good stylist can come up with breathtaking styles to make them appear thicker than they really are.

If not styled correctly, thin hair can look lifeless and boring. You can pump up the volume of your locks with a short layered bob haircut. With texture and color, thin hair can transform – choppy layers can boost volume while dark roots against a lighter shade of your shafts can give the illusion of density.

Pay attention to the line where your hair ends fall. If you put too many layers around the ends, your hair can look too light and wispy. Harp lines like blunt or chopped cuts create can make them look denser.

You’d love the nineties classic bob on thin air. The spunky retro bob adds volume all over the crown of your head. A side partition creates bangs that fall over half your forehead and further adds volume. The layered bob haircut is a variation, no longer nineties, that you’ll also love. Layered at the sides, the parted bob is inspiring, especially with the added dimension of dark roots contrasting with light shades.

For shoulder-length hair, large loose waves is a volume-booster while keeping the ends free of curls. For longer hair, layering and an ombre color enhance texture and dimension.

Transform Thin to Terrific at Geena Moon Hair Salon

These are just some of the techniques that are flattering for thin hair. Variations of the same are many. It just takes a good stylist, if you find one, who can play wonders for thin hair. Come by our Bellevue hair salon and see what we’re talking about.

The Truth About Dry Haircut in Bellevue

Is Dry Haircut Better than a Wet Haircut?

A dry cut is a type of haircut done on dry hair, preferred by some stylists for certain types of hair or to easily achieve certain styles. For example, curly hair is more amenable to a dry cut. There are not many salons that specialize in the dry cut. You can’t go to just any hair dresser for it. It’s a non-traditional technique, which means it might take some asking around to find a stylist with the right experience.

As is the usual, a haircut begins after a shampoo and conditioner treatment and after some toweling off, your stylist begins cutting your wet hair. A dry cut is done on completely or mostly dry hair in order to give the stylist a clear picture of what the cut will look like when hair is not wet. Saturated with water, hair’s curls and waves will change shape, stretching out due to the additional weight of the water. With a dry cut, the stylist can easily see the shape and pattern of the curls, as well as know the length of hair when it is dry and curly.

Is one technique better than the other? That depends on several factors. If your hair is thin and straight with a blunt edge, it can usually be trimmed easily when it’s wet. Wet hair is longer, so your stylist needs to adjust for any shrinkage when the hair dries. There must be at least an inch of allowance if cutting blunt bangs.

It’s always better to go back and trim a bit more than it is to have bangs that are too short. For thick, coarse or textured hair, a dry cut may be better. Hair’s different levels of porosity or wave/curl, will look very different dry than it does wet. There can be noticeable uneven sections after a haircut that goes from wet hair to dry.

Even with a dry cut, you may still not get a perfectly straight cut. Hair falls slightly differently every day, so what looks fantastic on your day at the salon might be a touch off the following day.

What Suits You Best? Ask Geena

When you come by for a haircut at Geena Moon’s, expect to get the best haircut suited for your hair type. Whether that be a dry or a wet cut, in our expert’s hands you will enjoy your salon treated hair the same way every day.

The Way You Towel Dry Hair May Be All Wrong

Tips in Proper Towel-Drying Hair

Sometimes you’d see in movies, even in short commercial ads, how people towel-dry their hair after a bath. What you don’t know is that this is one of those ways on how to end up with dull, frizzy hair.

Many people get it all wrong. So here are some tips to remember.

Rather than rub your hair or twist it in a towel or rub the towel over your head, be gentle but firm with wet hair by patting it with your towel. This way the hair shaft will lay flatter and a lot shinier when it dries. Hair looks tamer and manageable. There is a less chance of breakage, and hence, less split ends.

Do use more than one towel drying your hair, especially if you wear them long or if you have frizzy hair. The first towel will absorb much of the water, and even a high quality bath towel can only take so much wetness. You might just be wasting time using only one; you need a second towel to do the job. For shorter hair, a hand towel will suffice. Using a couple of towels lead to faster drying.

Use an anti-frizz or a moisturizing product if your hair tends to be frizzy after towel-drying. The use of such products is additional safeguards against frizzy hair. They will prevent breakage and weakening of shafts. Lastly, after drying hair, use an eco-friendly and healthy method of final hair drying – air dry your hair rather than blow dry it. Air drying allows hair to dry on its own. You’ll feel your hair is a lot softer and manageable, especially if with a little help from a styling gel.

Note how trained personnel in salons towel dry hair after a shampoo and conditioner, or when they get your hair wet and need to dry it. They pat your head and hair with towels, and not just one towel either. There’s an anti-frizz, moisturizer or styling gel as well, depending on your treatment. Blow drying or air drying are either done, again depending on the situation, but always handled professionally. Practicing this at home will encourage the habit. Your hair is healthier and happier.

Pampering Wet Hair in Bellevue

Even the seemingly simple task of towel-drying hair is serious business at Geena Moon’s. Your Bellevue hair salon pampers all customers by treating hair right, especially wet hair, when it’s at its most vulnerable.

Spring Hairstyles You’ll Love in Bellevue

What’s Spring’s New Look?

Spring is a great excuse to have a new hairdo. Sunshine and blue skies call for very relax and casual cuts that many pros advocate. Beauty routines are simplified to enable leisurely enjoyment of spring activities whilst looking fresh and cool.

Experts say to go light, a hairstyle that is lighter to carry around. Perhaps a razor should cut dry hair only around the face so the haircut looks grown in. Also a nice clean line on the perimeter of the hair should give it shape and compliment the height and shape of the wearer. And it’s not just the style, pros say to go light on color as well.

Others suggest mid-length cut with seamless layers for a light, fun and flirty spring look. The layers are cut dry with a point-cutting technique, making the cut tailored to hair type and face shape. Texture like curls, body waves, beach waves, and others should be added as texture is what gives the hair movement and a fuller silhouette.

How about a wash-and-go style? No-effort styling here, just wash and you go! It can even look sexy, it is easy and natural. This style is especially useful if you are trying to grow out one style and return to a more natural style.

Try the ‘slicing’ technique for a change. It’s the modern shag that makes anyone who wears it different, fresh and personal. It is for all hair types and textures. The use of a texturizing technique called “slicing” creates the shag’s signature movement. The technique removes bulk and adds movement.

Or go for a one-length cut, be your hair pin-straight locks or tight, messy curls. Layering them is not going to work and will be much harder to maintain. It’s the 2017 trend, much the opposite of 2016.

Bellevue Hair Salon Ready for Spring

You can choose any one of these recommendations depending on your hair type, facial shape and body type, and how you want to enjoy spring. Ask your stylist. Better go see Geena Moon and her hair salon in Bellevue. She’d give you tips for that new spring look.

Hot Hair Color Hues for 2017

Hot Hair Colors for Brunettes this 2017

If you want to put your dark locks away for a while, consider any from a variety of colors trending in 2016 and will still rock in the coming year.

Like burgundy? Red is a head-turning color with a soft reflective quality. While they come in a variety of reds, from neons to deep mahogany, burgundy with the ombre pattern is the standout. It’s called burgundy sombre (subtle ombre), complementing shoulder-length or longer hair worn straight or with loose ringlets.

Bronde is another mixed color, a smart combination of solid shades of brown and blonde. This works well with girls who cannot quite decide on either color, but when combined the interplay is just gorgeous and can be worn everywhere with confidence. Put highlights, use the ombre pattern or go for balayage with bronde.

If you’re a brave soul, get pastel blue and make a fashion statement. Combine dark and light blues and be amaze at the contrast, or combine natural shades of blonde and brunette, or take it further and put in pink, purple or green, which mix well with blue. And are you ready for another unique hue? Consider bright yellow. Get a balayage to bring out this color; let dark shades at your roots peek out from the crown and lemon strands flowing from there.

Have you tried Pumpkin Spice? This is a shade any woman of any hair texture, hair color and skin tone can wear. Though it’s relatively easy to do, you should get an expert colorist/stylist to do this. The base color is important; a deep copper tone with dark golden tints is recommended for brunettes. Neither dark-haired nor blonde, medium copper and gold tones are your base colors. Lighter-haired ladies need still lighter base colors.

Red-violet sticks out in a crowd. It’s unique, bold, hot. A blend of red and violet tones, the shade is rich and always striking. Ther’re many ways to apply this color on your hair. You can have the red- violet color sombre with red as the hand-painted dominant color and the roots darker than the tips.

Daily Shampooing from Bellevue Hair Salon

What’s in a Good Everyday Shampoo?

Try the Loma Daily Shampoo; it’s a great everyday shampoo. And what sets it apart from others? It’s ingredients are certified organic, selected to enhance, protect, restore and repair the natural moisture balance of hair. Shampoo for everyday use must have no sulfates, parabens or glutens. Sulfates are acidic compounds that are powerful grease-cutters, causing the lather and suds in products. Parabens are preservatives and easily invade blood and urine.

Loma Hair Products at Geena Moon Bellevue Hair Salon

Though there is no concrete evidence against their use, traces of which are found in some cancerous breast tumors. Glutens, on the other hand, are allergenics and can be risky for those who have celiac disease. This is how safe Loma Daily Shampoo is. It is also color-friendly so dyed hair will not wash out easily. It’s aromatic as well, lovely smelling pure orange and tangerine.

Loma Daily Shampoo has several key ingredients combined to provide a mix of safe and beneficial hair products. Do your shampoos have Aloe Vera Gel, the healing plant for skin and hair conditions? Does it have Jojoba Seed Oil, an instant moisturizer rich in vitamins B and E for protection from the elements? How about Quinoa Protein? It repairs damaged hair cuticle and provides shine and moisture. Panthenol is from the vitamin B group that provides moisture to hair; tocopherol is a vitamin E sunflower-based organic.

This everyday shampoo is ideal for dye-colored hair, having fennel seed and sunflower seed. Fennel seed prolongs all hair color vibrancy by killing excess peroxide and ammonia residue left over after coloring. Sunflower seed reduces the fading of all hair colors and helps to repair UV damage.

If your shampoo has these ingredients and none of the risky components mentioned, it is safe for daily use. Loma Daily Shampoo is one such conscientious personal care product. For best results, you can use its paired hair daily conditioner.

Organic and Natural Hair Products at Geena’s

This is one of Geena Moon’s favorite shampoos at her Bellevue hair salon, one of a line of high-performing and naturally healing products of Loma. Made in the US. Come visit us at Geena Moon Salon when you feel like you need a hair treatment.

Dry and Brittle Hair No More

Dry Hair Reasons You Don’t Know About

Dry hair is a condition where the hair has been stripped of its natural oils. It is not a hair type, but a condition, which means it can be treated. Don’t just concern yourself with dry hair, but the condition of your scalp as well. Do you have these symptoms? Dry hair, dull hair, split ends, plaques, scales, itching scalp, redness, and yellow particles in your comb? Then you must have an altered scalp condition called seborrheic dermatitis, accompanied by dry hair and dandruff.

What is seborrheic dermatitis? It’s a chronic inflammation of the scalp characterized by redness and itching, with production of scales and excessive oil. There may be parts that are oily, some parts are dry. This condition is one of the causes of dry hair. Another is your diet. Have you been eating an unbalanced diet, lacking especially in vitamin B? Also note that if your body is going through specific hormonal changes brought about by pregnancy, menopause, taking contraceptives or undergoing chemotherapy, your hair can be affected. It can become dry and brittle or fall off. Stress and some other emotional life distress are psychological causes that can lead to the same hair condition.

Some of your hair routines may be to blame for your dry hair as well. You might be using the wrong shampoo, too strong or too frequently, that instead strips your locks of natural oils.

Are you having too many hair treatments?

Colorings, rebondings, relaxes, smoothenings, and other salon treatments can build up on your hair and cause weak strands. Damaging also are frequent and unguided use of hair sprays, dyes, grease, and leave-ons. And also examine how you handle your hair. There might be too much physical aggression in combing or brushing, drying and using heat for styling. These habits add up and dehydrate hair.

Lastly, the weather and environmental factors can be blamed as well for dryness. Shiftings producing low humidity, extreme cold, strong winds, including indoor heating can easily get your hair parched; so is too much soaking in the sun, chlorinated pools, and in beaches.

Debunking Hair Dryness in Bellevue Hair Salon

So now you know that dry hair is not a hair type, but a condition that is treatable. Ask Geena of your Bellevue hair salon about how best to keep dryness and brittleness away from hair.

The Color of Gray: Trending in 2017

Dare to Rock Gray Hair

Graying hair is the bane of men and women approaching maturity and who would want to be caught with their greys peeking out from under dark strands. All too soon, they get covered right away. That was some years back. But just a couple or so years now, gray is a trending hair color, seriously getting popular among colorists and stylists in major capitals of the world. Show business stars started the trend and proved the color edgy, head-turning, and glamorous.

Ladies and gents love it. As young girls have already experimented with pastel colors, it didn’t take long for gray to be counted as one of their favorites. Even mature women, and men for that matter, keep their grays and just style their hair to look more trendy.

Gray comes in a variety of hues and not just by itself. If you are not sure if you’ll like it, you can experiment with strands or give it a blonde touch or make it darker gray. Look stunning in black and gray shades with the help of balayage or go brave with silver and white hair highlights. A must have is the amazing gray ombre hair. It is Granny’s hair color, but when you wear it long, loose and wavy, it just turns heads. Gray looks incredible with soft waves, sleek chignons and short hair cuts.

While this silvery hue is suitable for all age range, however, it harmonizes well if you have a light skin tone and if you use makeup. It’s an extreme color but a natural one.

Trendy yet Natural with Gray at Geena Moon

Come to Geena Moon’s hair salon in Bellevue and experiment with this edgy hue. Geena is going to tell you a lot more about this trendy color and suggest the most flattering gray tone for you and the hairstyle that’ll bring out the personality you want the world to see.

Short Hair: Trending in 2017

The Long and Short of it

Women who wear their hair long and loose used to be called fabulous and sexy. They still are. Yet the short-haired style is still preferred by not a few and these women are just as fabulous-looking. There’s something about short hair that calls attention to the face – the eyes, complexion, the smile – that seem to jump out from under the crop and more of the person can be seen. In total perspective, the ladies exude freedom of movement, self-assurance, and whole lot of spunk.

Hence, that is why wearing it short requires girl courage. Most women fear that a short crop is losing a bit of femininity – no more braids, buns or ponytails.

A hairdresser’s proper cut, especially when with a complementing hue, can make a major difference between fabulous and plain or eye-catching and commonplace. There are many styles that are just great-looking on magazine models or popular movie stars but you must not forget that styles have to match facial features and personality for maximum impact. Stylists can tell you so for that’s just what they do everyday.

Your hair texture and skin complexion also play major parts in decision-making for short hair; even one’s neck size and body lines are considered. But make no mistake about it – it doesn’t mean that there are too many deterrents to sporting short hair. There are lots of things a girl can do with it. This 2017, short hairstyles are going to be in vogue. Don’t miss the opportunity to be fabulous.

Ready to Change at Geena Hair Salon in Bellevue

If you’re ready to make that change, make your appointment with Geena! Geena is great at hair consultation so she’ll let you know what will suit your face shape. Ask Geena Moon of Bellevue Hair Salon and treat yourself to a new you.

Hair Toning: Savior of Bleached Hair

Understanding Hair Toning

A hair toner is a product that is used on bleached hair to rid it of the unsightly and uneven brassy yellow, orange, and yellow-orange tones characteristic of bleaching. The product is usually purple- blue tinted and when applied hair transforms to that ashy or platinum color that is much more natural-looking and healthy.

Acting like a topcoat, toners fill out hair’s porosity and give it more shine and luster enabling the color to last longer. They will change the undertone of a hair color, but do not lift the shade. Hence, they are meant for bleached or blonde hair and will not work on darker hair. It can also be used on highlights for that seamless transition from roots to ends. When the roots begin to regrow, showing up lighter and brighter than the rest of the strand, toners applied will darken it a few shades more to match the previous highlight.

The more bleached hair is washed the more frequent toning it should get. There are three different types of hair toners that can be applied at home or better still, at the salon. One must be in the know as to how each is used, the proper timing and the right strength for one’s particular shade for there are different brands of differing strengths. There are the strong ammonia-based toners requiring caution in application. There’s the milder purple shampoo that come in different strengths; one must test a couple or so brands to get the desired results. And then the purple hair dye which is just a dye, not really a toner, but serves the same purpose. Only a small amount is needed, mixed with white conditioner to neutralize the yellow tones.

Since following product instructions is key to successful toning, a professional job done for beginners or the not-too-sure is most appropriate to avoid any potential damage to hair. Bleached hair is fragile and correct timing of toning is essential. Wastage of product can also be avoided if professional advice is also sought.

Geena Moon’s Secrets to Perfect Hair Toning

Geena’s hair toning is really a savior for bleached or blonde hair. She recommends toning all the time and at precise times for that glorious shining look of blonde and just-blonded hair. Try her expertise first before you venture on your own toning adventures and get the best seamless and most natural tones for bleached hair. Geena imparts great tips to keep your locks lovely and longer and the better brands in the market and how to use them should you feel the confidence to do your own toning at home.

Natural Products at our Bellevue Hair Salon

Partners for Healthy Hair

Believing in natural, organic products that are also sustainable, Geena Moon subscribes to certified healthy formulations in her hair treatments. A major name in her line-up of hair products is that of LOMA, a family-owned business based in Washington that’s been in the manufacturing and distribution of high-quality hair care systems for over 25 years.

Loma Hair Products at Geena Moon Bellevue Hair Salon

LOMA hair products are certified aloe vera gel based with it well-known healing and hair-growing properties. Geena Moon loves their fragrant moisturizing and nourishing shampoos and conditioners and their styling gels and creams. Imperative in Geena’s repertoire is LOMA’s Fortifying Repairative Tonic which catalyzes hair color, and the Nourishing Oil Treatment, an anti-oxidant and thermal protector.

LOMA products have an excellent safety profile. They do not incorporate paraben in their formulas that are product life-extenders linked to breast tumors and fertility concerns. They also have gluten- free products. Also, Geena goes for LOMA’s sulfate-free shampoos that do not strip hair of essential oils and color pigments, and their other sodium chloride-free hair products that yields softer hair and are kinder to the scalp.

Healthy Hair Products

While the beauty market is so saturated with hair products with claims ranging from tame to tantalizing, fundamental to fantastic, Geena chooses the natural, organic path to hair wellness for her clients’ safety and well-being. She and LOMA are of the same philosophy that hair care should be natural, safe, and sustainable.

Bad Habits that Hurt Hair

What have you done to your hair?

Let us look into those relatively easy to overcome habits that are bad for the hair.

Check your hair tools and the way you’re using them. Excessive blow-drying and styling with irons that can strip hair of natural moisture and cause them to snap easily. Modulate the heat setting and keep the distance with blow driers. Work on damp, not on wet hair when using heat. And remember, always use a heat protectant for the hair.

When handling your hair, are you kind to it? Try not to brush vigorously, or brush from the top in one stroke. Rather, section your hair and start from the bottom to avoid snags that may begin at the top of your head, and then go up by sections. After a bath, don’t go rubbing your hair with a bath towel, but rather dab hair gently to remove excess wetness. Wet hair is very vulnerable to rubbing and brush strokes; use a wide-tooth comb instead to separate strands.

Your hair may need some time off from frequent use of chemical treatments and products. If you must, choose your hair products well. Go for natural, organic formulations that are free from sulfates and sodium chloride.

Finally, check out habits that would require a lot more willpower to alter the course of hair disaster. Try to be better at handling stress; look into your diet and you might find some foods missing that may be good for hair, such as protein; deal with your excessive smoking or alcohol intake. All these can be hazardous to the health of your scalp and hair.

Ask Geena: Your Bellevue Hair Expert

Geena, of Geena Moon Hair Salon in Bellevue, can pretty much tell what you’ve been doing to your hair since she’s handled countless heads of hair and their differing personalities in her more than 18 years in the business. She will tell you up-front, in a most concerned manner, how changing habits can stop the vicious cycle of hair damage and restore hair’s vibrancy and health.

French Cut in Bellevue

French Cut

These days, even the toughest female CEOs know the advantage of the French cut. This haircut style is a revolutionary technique that softens facial features and heightens the feminine charm. The stylist trained in this cut studies a client’s face shape, head size, features, neck, including body type and personality. She will then decide the most flattering cut and style to frame the features, accentuating instead of hiding them. She will build the cut from the top going down and as she goes, studying and determining the final look. It is sometimes akin to working on a canvass.

The end result will be a look that is softer, more feminine, even more commercial, like a magazine cover shot. The style moves as the body moves, softly tailored to the client’s lifestyle. It’s a low-maintenance cut, easily manageable for the woman on the go.

Geena Moon: French Cut Master

Our hair stylist in Bellevue has been using the style for many years to the delight of clients. She’s been called amazing, wonderful, exceptional where her skills with the French cut are concerned. She just knows what style, cut or fashion befits particular personalities. If clients agree, they just end up happier with the results. Gina gives their hair a new look that literally transforms face, body, and personality.

Come to our hair salon in Bellevue and have the cut that softens your style and moves with your body. If you haven’t had the French cut yet, experience it first with Geena Moon.

Natural Products for our Bellevue Salon

Partners for Healthy Hair

Believing in natural, organic products that are also sustainable, Geena Moon subscribes to certified healthy formulations in her hair treatments. A major name in her line-up of hair products is that of LOMA, a family-owned business based in Washington that’s been in the manufacturing and distribution of high-quality hair care systems for over 25 years.

LOMA hair products are certified aloe vera gel based with it well-known healing and hair-growing properties. Geena Moon loves their fragrant moisturizing and nourishing shampoos and conditioners and their styling gels and creams. Imperative in Geena’s repertoire is LOMA’s Fortifying Repairative Tonic which catalyzes hair color, and the Nourishing Oil Treatment, an anti-oxidant and thermal protector.

LOMA products have an excellent safety profile. They do not incorporate paraben in their formulas that are product life-extenders linked to breast tumors and fertility concerns. They also have gluten- free products. Also, Geena goes for LOMA’s sulfate-free shampoos that do not strip hair of essential oils and color pigments, and their other sodium chloride-free hair products that yields softer hair and are kinder to the scalp.

Healthy Hair Product User

While the beauty market is so saturated with hair products with claims ranging from tame to tantalizing, fundamental to fantastic, Geena chooses the natural, organic path to hair wellness for her clients’ safety and well-being. She and LOMA are of the same philosophy that hair care should be natural, safe, and sustainable.