Santa Barbara Balayage introduces Olaplex to all color services!

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One thing any new color client will learn fast when they sit in my chair is that I am all about the hair’s health and integrity FIRST and foremost. Of course I am always working towards my client’s desired color and look, but no color looks good when its over processed (or on the floor). That is why I have been following (and now happily using since its been released) Olaplex, and this revolutionary new technology that is now known as the Holy Grail for hair colorists!

I first learned about Olaplex from my usual Instagram stalking of some of my favorite celebrity hair colorists, including Tracey Cunningham, Redken’s Creative Consultant and colorist to Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Drew Barrymore, to name a few. I was amazed when more colorists soon followed suit…Guy Tang, Sally Hershberger, Chris McMillian, and others tested the formula and were made believers! A product that really claimed to “Never Break a Clients Hair Again” was true and worked magic.

The story behind Olaplex is actually pretty fascinating! It all started when Dean Christal, creator of Olaplex (AND Santa Barbara local), collaborated with two chemists who created a new molecule that would link broken bonds in hair back together again. This molecule, when added to any hair color service prevents any breakage. Sounds like a miracle? It really is. As soon as I got my hands on this product I went crazy with test strands and experiments! It was so incredible to see strands without Olaplex literally disintegrate after a few hours and applications of bleach and 40 vol. while the strands with Olaplex managed to become stronger and shiner as it processed! Now I would NEVER try these tests on clients, but I really wanted to push the limits to see exactly what Olaplex was all about.

Since then I have used this magical color additive on my clients, and the results are unbelievable! There are times in this career when its really heartbreaking to see a client suffer from damaged hair caused by improper color processes or bad home color jobs. I really feel that this product is a new way for hair colorists to give their clients that extra bit of confidence that anyone desires when getting their color done. And I get to take my color a bit further than I ever thought was possible, with the insurance of Olaplex! Its basically love. :)

Olaplex is really taking off, and every hair colorist should have this tool in their arsenal. Whether its base color touchups, demi-permanent color glosses, or my signature Santa Barbara Balayage, know that your color will now include the Olaplex treatment. I am proud to now include it into my color services so all my clients will feel the benefits from this wonderful product.

I recently got to meet Dean Christal at this year’s Behind the Chair Color Show in New Orleans. He was so friendly and informative! He and his team did a great job explaining the science behind the product, and I got so many great tips to bring back to Cashmir Beauty Lounge back in Summerland, CA! Its always great to share information and inspiration with my coworkers! I can’t wait to see what else is in store for Olaplex and the haircolor world!

Oh yeah, and did I mention Olaplex is made right here in Santa Barbara?! I think thats my favorite part. ;)

Here are a few examples of the Olaplex magic! Enjoy! For questions, inquires, and appointments you can email me at kara@kararichard.com or call at 805-455-7544

Kara Richard of Santa Barbara Balayage with Dean Christal, creator of Olaplex

Kara Richard of Santa Barbara Balayage with Dean Christal, creator of Olaplex at the Behind the Hair Color Show 2014 in New Orleans, LA

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After: Sombre Balayage with Olaplex

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Balayage Blending with Kara Richard

Balayage has become a popular highlighting technique among celebrities and women across the US, but it actually originated in France back in the 1970′s. It is a gorgeous way to create that effortless Calfornia beach-style so many women crave. It is also one of my favorite techniques for correcting hair color!

The photo below are the before and after of a recent color correction. This super cute tween was a victim of at-home highlights and sun-in. The before picture actually does no justice! If you can imagine the tone was very brassy, and the hair texture had become very dry and porous. I love a challenge!

 

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Since my client was only 14, my goal was to blend her hair enough so that she will not need to keep up on the maintenance, yet I wanted to make her happy with the blonde highlights she desired. To accomplish this I lo-lighted her hair with Redken shades, using a tone that resembles her natural hair color. Shampoo & Condition with Davines’ Nou Nou and Nou Nou Pak Conditioning Mask (AMAZING), and followed up with my signature Santa Barbara Balayage technique. I concentrated her highlights around her face and on the ends, so the grow-out would be flawless! I finished the color off by getting rid of the unwanted orange tones left from the sun-in by using Redken shades. This brought her tone to a beautiful golden blonde with vanilla sun-kisses.

We decided to give her a more age-appropiate haircut since she is going to high school in the fall. Soft long layers, some face framing, and finished the style off with beachy waves using Babyliss’ Curling Wand. She loved it! No girl should ever have to enter high school with orange sun-in! The world is now a better place ;)

Summer is the perfect time to play with Balayage! For Appointments call Kara Richard 805-455-7544 at Cashmir Beauty Lounge in Summerland, CA

Kara Richard collabs with Santa Barbara Life & Style for their March Issue!

It was a pleasure to do hair and makeup for SB Life & Style’s March issue. SB Life & Style is a local online magazine that highlights Santa Barbara fashion, food, and culture. Enjoy some of my favorite photos, and be sure to check out SB Life & Style online! (PC: Meadow Rose Photography)

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Kara Richard & Dodds and Boshae Jewelry Collab!

I am so happy that I got to do another collaboration with one of my absolute favorite local jewelry lines, Dodds and Boshae, for their Spring collection, “The Lost Queen”. This talented duo really outdid themselves this time, and if you haven’t had a chance to check them out, you definitely should! Here are some of my favorite photos from the shoot. Photography by the super talented Morgan Rydell. Thank you so much Stacey and Anna for the opportunity to work with you girls again! And not to mention the beautiful, fun, and sweet models I had the pleasure to work and hang with all day!

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And be sure to get in on our cross promo we have going on right now. Come in for haircut and my signature balayage or any other haircolor service and be entered into a D&B $150 Jewels giveaway!

 

Spring Into Beauty at Cashmir Beauty Lounge

If you want to learn the latest beauty techniques for the season, you’re in luck! Join the team at Cashmir Beauty Lounge for “Spring Into Beauty”, an evening where YOU can finally ask the beauty questions you want answered. Find out what you should be doing right now for your skin and hair during the spring season. Its all about detox & renewal! I will also be demonstrating some of Spring 2014′s hottest hair and makeup trends, and teaching you easy ways to recreate these looks yourself! 

If that wasn’t enough there will also be refreshments (yes, that includes wine & bubbly!), hors d’oeuvres, and raffles for your favorite Cashmir Beauty Lounge services & jewelry from the Boho-chic (and locally owned!) Dodds And Boshae! Also stay tuned for Dodds and Boshae’s latest Spring Collection Lookbook, featuring Hair & Makeup by moi! Always a super fun & beautiful collab!

We’re also making this the perfect opportunity to get started on the dreaded spring cleaning! Bring in any of your old (questionable) hair or skin care products and let the professionals at Cashmir Beauty Lounge help you decide what stays and what goes! Recycle 3 or more products to us and you will receive 20% any hair or skin products! RSVP at Cashmir Beauty Lounge (2410 Lillie Ave, Summerland 805-969-2322) or stop by! 

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Balayage Highlights with Kara! Perfect way to jump into Spring!

Balayage Highlights with Kara is the perfect way to get the California sun kissed look every girl dreams of. Even though its always spring weather in beautiful Santa Barbara, theres nothing like a fresh look to get you ready for the new season! Whether your taste is more subtle, or you like a more noticeable ombre style, Balayage is the perfect technique for that natural beachy look!

For anyone not familiar with this incredible technique, “Balayage” is a french term meaning “To Sweep”…which in hair terms would mean actually hand painting the highlights in a way that is very precise and mimics the way the sun would natural lighten your hair. The result is gorgeous, and the grow-out is FLAWLESS. Imagine having beautiful hair color even 3 months later! Perfect for women who love their natural hair color, but need a little boost, or just something new!

Here are just a few pictures of some of my Balayage clients. Happy Spring!

Balayage Haircolor with Kara Richard. www.kararichard.com

Balayage Haircolor with Kara Richard. http://www.kararichard.com

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Holiday Glamour with Airbrush Makeup!

‘Tis the season….for holiday glam with Airbrush Makeup! In these chilly upcoming weeks our skin can look a little blotchy and uneven. For your big holiday events Airbrush Makeup is the perfect solution! The face is transformed to a flawless canvas for your favorite holiday looks. This is perfect for anyone dealing with acne or other skin problems. Spaces always fill up fast for Holiday Hair & Makeup, so be sure to book your appointment soon. Happy Holidays! 

Kara Richard, Cashmir Beauty Lounge, 2410 Lillie Ave., Summerland.

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Cashmir Beauty Lounge enjoys a Summerland Halloween!

This was my first Halloween at Cashmir Beauty Lounge, and was it a blast! I started my morning off right with a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Cafe Luna, and headed to the salon just in time to greet Summerland Elementary’s Trick-or-Treaters! So adorable, and such creative costumes!

One of my absolute favorite things about this career is doing full makeovers, so I was so excited to give our beautiful Cassandra a sexy, glamorous skeleton-look (if that makes any sense!…only on Halloween.) This girl has already got striking features and cheekbones to kill, so you can imagine what a little contouring and red lips will do! It was so much fun, and can’t wait to do it again! Enjoy this pics from our day! Happy Halloween!

 

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Cashmir Beauty Lounge Summerland Halloween

Cashmir Beauty Lounge Summerland Halloween

Cashmir Beauty Lounge Summerland Halloween

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Kara Richard at Cashmir Beauty Lounge in Summerland Halloween hair and makeup

Kara Richard at Cashmir Beauty Lounge in Summerland Halloween hair and makeup

Kara Richard at Cashmir Beauty Lounge in Summerland Halloween hair and makeup

Kara Richard at Cashmir Beauty Lounge in Summerland Halloween hair and makeup

Kara Richard at Cashmir Beauty Lounge in Summerland Halloween hair and makeup

Kara Richard at Cashmir Beauty Lounge in Summerland Halloween hair and makeup

Cashmir Beauty Lounge in Summerland Celebrates One Year Anniversary!

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Time has sure flown by! I am so happy and honored to be able to work at Cashmir Beauty Lounge. This change in my life was such a blessing and the last 9 months has been an amazing experience! Cynthia (owner) has really put her heart and soul into this beautiful boutique spa, and you can definitely tell by the look on clients faces’ as soon as they enter. Warm greetings, tranquility, and coffee and cookies meets you at the front door. This is truly the best place into to enjoy any of your favorite salon and spa services.

Celebrate with us tomorrow evening from 5-7 for Raffles, Wine, and fun with the Cashmir gang!
Mention my blog and recieve a complimentary Custum Airbrush Tan!

Cashmir Beauty Lounge is located at 2410 Lillie Ave in Summerland, CA

Santa Barbara Bridal Hair Tips: Choosing the ‘Do!

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Santa Barbara bridal hair & makeup is so unique because we were appreciate the inner and natural beauty that surrounds us.
The fall wedding season has arrived, and its such a beautiful time of year for a wedding. I’m looking forward to working on some amazing Santa Barbara & Montecito weddings this season. Whether your wedding is around the corner, or you’re just beginning to plan, every bride can use a few tips here and there to make wedding planning a little easier.

Choosing the ‘Do!

“How do I choose my bridal hairstyle?”

This can be one of the most difficult questions a bride-to-be can ask, but deciding on your wedding style doesn’t have to be so stressful. With a few helpful hints, and a good hairstylist by your side, planning out your Bridal ‘Do can be a breeze…and enjoyable too!

Here’s a few tips I always recommend to my Bride-to-Be during our bridal consultation. For any questions, or to book your own bridal consultation contact me at kara@kararichard.com or call 805-455-7544.

1. Choose a hairstyle that is timeless.  Ever take a look at your senior prom picture from 15 years ago? Yeah, the one with the crimped hair and glitter tattoos? Oh wait…thats me! Well, I’m sure yours isn’t any better! ;) Save the trends for Girls Night Out, and choose a style you can always look back on and smile. Less is more, but use your creativity!

2. Work with your hair texture, don’t fight it! Especially in Santa Barbara, where we love our beach weddings. The last thing a “curly girl” needs on her wedding day is a frizzy flat ironed ‘do. Stick to your natural texture, and your big day will be carefree!

3. Simple accessorizing can go a long way! Like I said, less is more, so you don’t want to over do it. This is wear your grandmother’s beautiful vintage brooch or something more organic like a couple of orchids can really make your look shine!

4. Compliment your bridal look. Bohemian-Chic? Tousled, soft waves, or maybe a long fish-tail braid. Classic Vintage? Try a modern side swept finger wave or a low set bun. Glam? Let’s bring out the hot-rollers for a Marilyn Monroe look, or something more sophisticated like a french twist with rhinestone accents. Endless possibilities. But remember, you want the dress to do all the talkin’!

4. Book a trial run with your hair/makeup artist. This step is crucial, and should be #1, but I decided to save the best for last :o) A trial run will give you and your stylist a clear picture of your bridal look so you both can enjoy recreating it for the big day. 805-455-7544