Vivids, pastels, colormelts?

Clients, you know we love rainbow colored hair as much as you do! But before we commit to working to achieve the color of your dreams, we want to make a few things clear so that there are no misunderstandings.

1. It’s going to take time — aka multiple appointments.

Before we take you to great, colorful heights — it’s going to take some work to get you light enough for that unicorn color! If your hair is virgin, naturally dark or has EVER been colored darker, it’s going to take longer to achieve the color you’re dreaming of.
Already blonde? It will still take a couple of processes to prepare your hair for a trendy pastel. We’ll keep your hair looking good in-between appointments. If you want lavender, we can start with a darker violet and slowly go lighter!

2. You’re going to be in the salon for a long time.

What does it take to achieve a fashion color? Extracting previous color, lightening once (or twice!), applying color, cutting and drying—basically, expect to be here for awhile.Between every step, you’ll need a blow dry and treatments to keep your hair happy and healthy.

Expect to be in the salon 3-8 hours per visit!

3. It’s not cheap.

Lots of steps = $$$. When you’re working toward a fashion color, you’ll get what you pay for, and a major transformation costs your stylist lots of time and money. Talk to your stylist about how much you are willing to spend, so you can set a plan and a set of expectations that are realistic.

4. You have to be blonde to achieve a fashion color.

At the VERY least, you have to be a dark blonde before having a fashion color. Blonde hair means damage, so it’s crucial that you take care of yourself with good products.When we recommend products for you, please listen. Damaged hair doesn’t hold color, so if you are going to invest in a fashion color protect your investment (and your hair!)

5. Fashion colors are high maintenance and fade quickly.

Fashion colors are direct dyes for TEMPORARY color, so even with proper care, they will last 4-8 weeks.
Pastels have a shorter lifespan because they are sheer and light, typically lasting from 1-2 weeks.
You can maintain color more easily with aftercare products recommended by your stylist.

6. We don’t want to disappoint you, compromise your hair, or our reputation. We may not be able to take on your request. This is not personal — it’s just a fact.

Sometimes, clients come to us with requests that will not work given the condition of their hair. No matter how hard we may try, we may not be able to achieve a particular result because your hair may not be in the optimal condition for the color you wish. We will be honest with you and tell you exactly what we can and cannot do.

But …this means

7. This is the time for true confessions.

You need to be brutally honest with us.

We’re talking FULL history. Yes, we want to know what color you were when you were as a child! We want to know what you did to your hair during your college years.  All of this history helps us use our expertise in choosing the specific products for your service before, during, and after your color treatment. If you omit details and your hair becomes damaged — that is on you. Honesty is indeed the best policy when you are in our chairs.

8. Tell us how you like it — but please don’t wait.  

Too bright? Too dark? We understand, but you need to live in it for a day or two to adjust to your new look. We will gladly work with you if you contact us within 48 hours of receiving your service. We want our clients to look and feel their very best.





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Lash Lifting, Tinting & Semi-Permanent Mascara

What is Lash Lifting? Lash Lifting uses your own natural lashes to lift them at the root and create a natural-looking lift. The lashes will appear longer and the eyes more open. Our technicians are trained in using a special gel and that is carefully applied (30-45 minutes process) to semi-permanently curl the lashes. Think of it like a safe perming technique for your lashes! The results can last up to 12 weeks with proper maintenance. We also offer lash tinting (darkening of the lashes) and semi-permanent mascara (darkening + thickening of the lashes for smudge-proof lashes that last up to 4 weeks).

Pssst…(are you obsessed with dark, flirty eyelashes, too?)

eyelash curling and tinting

Some women don’t leave the house without lipstick.

Others have a thing for concealer (you know who you are!) or blotting paper or blush.

Us? Many of us at Artistry have an obsession with eyelashes.

Whether we’re applying mascara or strip lashes, or carefully brushing the lash extensions we have, we believe the window of the soul is through the eyes!

So you can imagine why we’re so excited to share a new service with you!

Lash tinting and curling (also known as “lifting”) can be an easy, maintenance free way for you to have gorgeous, dark, flirty lashes. Why curl your lashes? When you curl straight lashes, they look longer and give your eyes an instant lift. So now you can kiss eyelash curlers and mascara goodbye. The whole service takes less than an hour – and when you’re done, you have maintenance free lashes that last anywhere from one to three months.

To learn more, give us a call, or better yet, ask your stylist when you’re in at your next visit.

Best practices for making your color last…

hair-color-fadingEveryone’s hair texture, porosity and makeup is different, but we can all benefit from less frequent shampooing. Extending the life of your shampoo helps not only maintain your fresh color, but it also encourages the natural oils in your hair to come to the surface and create natural shine and dimension.
Believe it or not, if your hair is excessively oily at the roots and your ends are overly dry, your hair could benefit from less frequent shampoo sessions. For someone who has oily hair and skin, we recommend a shampoo at the very least every other day if not every three days.
If your hair has plenty of natural volume and body, lucky for you! But that also means that your hair is naturally drier, and may require upwards of 4-7 days in between washes to really give it time for the natural oils to replenish.
– The products you use at home matter! –
*If you spend time and invest money on your hair, the quickest way to flush that money down the drain is by using low-quality hair products.
*The harsh and poor quality ingredients in store-bought shampoo and conditioner expands the cuticle, which cause your brand new, expensive color to essentially slip out of your hair. This shortens the length of time you can go in between colors, and will ultimately end up costing you more money in the long run.
*Over the counter products will leave buildup on your hair, leaving it dull and dry.
-Listen to your stylists recommendations!-
Just as you’d never clean a $1,000 luxury leather bag with Windex, you should NOT be shampooing your beautiful, professionally colored hair with low-budget products. Your stylist is well-versed in the world of hair care and will be able to suggest the best products for your individual needs.
Professional products are expertly formulated to deliver long-lasting color, a smooth shiny finish and sometimes even reparative benefits to combat dry, brittle over-processed hair.
So, if you want to maintain that just-walked-out-of-the-salon color and style, shampoo less! And when you do, make sure it’s with salon quality products!

5 eye-openers about eyelash extensions!

Kelsey Ward

Kelsey Ward, Artistry in Hanover’s resident Eyelash Extension Technician

Q: Can I wear my contacts with eyelash extensions?

A: Yes, you can. You just shouldn’t wear them when you are getting your extensions put on  or for 24 hours afterwards as you don’t want to have any complications while the glue is drying.

Q: Aren’t extensions just for the summer? And why can’t you get them wet?

A: Absolutely not! Eyelash extensions can be worn year-round, summer, spring, winter, and fall. You can shower and swim while wearing them, you just want to keep them dry for the first 24 hours after your initial full set is applied or after a fill so that the glue can set up properly. (If you don’t wait long enough, your new extensions may fall off prematurely — so protect your investment, and wait.)

Q: Aren’t extensions just for the Young and The Kardashians?

A:  Seriously? Women of all ages have been getting eyelash extensions over the past few years because they are an easy way to add instant glamour and definition to the eye area. There are certainly no age restrictions and no, you don’t have to be a tv reality star to enjoy them!  We recommend starting with a look that enhances or replaces your normal mascara so that you still look like you, only better. You can always add additional lashes over time if you want a more dramatic look.

Q: I heard the glue makes your eyes burn, is that true?

A: Every eyelash technician has a favored set of lashes and glues that she finds works well. High quality glue does produce small fumes, but most people do not have a reaction to it. Obviously, if you were one of the rare people who experience a reaction, your technician would immediately stop the application and you wouldn’t pay for the service. Fortunately, we use high quality glue at Artistry in Hanover, and have not had any problems with irritation to date.

Q: I heard that extensions make your lashes fall out!

A: Each of us have a personal growth cycle for eyelashes. In general it can take up to 45 days for a lash to grow from — out to a full length lash. Each lash can stay in place approximately 100 days before it falls out and is replaced by another lash. Eyelash extensions are glued on to your individual lashes, so depending upon where your natural lashes are in the cycle, your lashes may last a few days or 100 days. Most people lose between 1 and 3 lashes each day and don’t really notice it because the body is always replacing older lashes with new lashes. So, no, extensions don’t make your lashes fall out. They fall out with your natural lashes. Sometimes you may feel like more are coming out than other times, but that’s just your natural cycle. You do have to be gentle with them by using gentle cleansers to whisk away your makeup. Don’t rub them, and use an eyelash brush to detangle them daily. They are low-maintenance! 

So you tried extensions and they weren’t for you. That’s okay. If you don’t like your new extensions, don’t try to remove them yourself!  Talk with your eye technician and she will use a special glue solvent to remove them for you without damaging your own lashes. 


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