AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Great Lengths, hair care, Hair Extensions, Keratin Bonded Extensions

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    These long, gray months of winter in the Northwest can leave a girl feeling a bit pensive, musing over the true meaning of life, world peace, and how to grow out your hairstyle gracefully.  Well, ok, maybe not in that order, but certainly the hairstyle is up on that priority list.

    Whether you are growing out from a short style to longer, going back to your natural color, or transitioning from straightening to naturally curly, each of these situations presents its own challenges and can have some pretty frustrating transitional stages.  We have some tips to make that transition a bit smoother.

    Going from short to long?

    • Hydrate, Hydrate! Avoid those brittle, old looking strands from taking over you (hopefully) long, luscious new do. Since you won’t be cutting as often, help your hair to retain elasticity with good conditioning and minimize heat styling.
    • Trim it up!  People tend to assume that growing out your hair style means no cutting at all.  But you can avoid the awkward yucks with teeny, tiny trims to maintain a more useable definition.  Just a quarter inch is enough to cut off the damaged hair and nurture along minimal shaping
    • Accessorize! During those most difficult to avoid transitions, learn to depend on clips, scarves, and up dos to add style and hide the transition. You may just find this the most fun part of the grow out!
    • Nourish YOU!  What goes in must come out, right?  Well, at least when it comes to skin and hair, the quality of nutrients and supplements on a daily basis go a long way in improving your hair cells for a healthier looking and faster grow out.

    Going back to your natural color?

    • Tint back! Have your stylist apply a “filler” color to replace missing hair pigments. This is either a semi or demi-permanent color. This may take multiple appointments over the course of months depending on how much different your colored hair is from your natural color.
    • Low down! Add in either low lights or highlights to blend back to your natural color
    • Do a Demi! Demi-permanent color, that is. This will not fully cover gray and help make the transition smoother.

    Going natural curls after relaxers?

    • Do a big chop! This is cold turkey for cutting off all or most of the chemically relaxed hair to a super short cut and letting the curly hair grow in. You will need to trim often at first to get rid of those final, relaxed ends.
    • Protein and H2o are the way to go! A good diet will have a noted impact on how well your hair grows. Pure, straight water and at minimum, 5 oz. of protein per day. Also consider protein treatments such as egg, mayo, or avocado masks, and coconut oil.
    • Moisturize! Use heat protectants and leave in conditioners to beat the frizz on those days when detangling gets tougher.
    • Just say no to heat! Heat damage from straighteners can cause damage to your new, natural hair before much has grown in. Be kind!
    • Slumber shield! Tie your hair up in a scarf or bonnet for protection while you slumber.

    Regardless of why you are growing out your hair, learn to embrace the change as you contemplate the new direction you are going, and who knows, you may just find a happy medium along the way and stay there a while.

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Hair Extensions, Keratin Bonded Extensions, Pinup Message, Thinning Hair

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    Recently, one of our awesome clients wrote about her experience getting Keratin Bonded hair extensions with Lindsey. Here’s K.J.’s story…

    I started losing my hair in 2006 after a series of really traumatic events. Actually, it happened within a 5 day time period. On a Tuesday, I had, at least I thought, a full head of very fine, baby thin hair. But I had enough that my stylist nor myself never knew anything different other than I had a lot of it. I was always told that… I had a ton of baby thin, fine hair. That was a Tuesday. Thursday and Friday it did seem odd, it got harder to style and then Saturday morning I had ½ of what I had that previous Tuesday and hairspray, volumizers, etc. wouldn’t hold a curl, shape, or style. The oddest thing though… I never shed any hair.

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Bridal Hair, Bridal Makeup, Dry Styling, Eye Makeup, Great Lengths, Hair Disasters, Hair Dreams, Hair Extensions, Keratin Bonded Extensions, Makeup, On-Site Wedding Styling, Styling, Wedding Hair Styles, Weddings

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    We know it sounds early, but wedding season is already gearing up! We’ve been getting calls for brides setting the dates for their hair and makeup services, so we thought we would take a moment to explain a little further what services we offer for brides, and bridal parties.

    First off, with our bridal hair services, we always include a trial run, for every client. Why is a trial run necessary? It helps with ease of mind not only for the bride but also for the stylist! We’re all very seasoned in a wide variety of updo styling, from the classic Pinup sets, to the artistic and avant-garde, to loose beachy styles, and everything in between. Since all hair types and textures are unique, it’s important for us to know how cooperative your hair will be with your desired style, and the best products and tools to use, insuring your hair will hold up throughout the day and night! When a bride leaves after her trial run, she can let us know if the style held up or not, so that we can easily adjust our approach for her wedding day as needed.

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Hair Extensions, Stylist Bios

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    Where were you born and raised?
    I was born in Seattle and raised in Woodinville, WA.

    What made you want to do hair?
    I always loved doing hair from the time I can remember.  I think it’s in my DNA.

    Where did you train at?
    I went to Seattle Vocational Institute, where Jen and I met.

    How did you start at Pinup?
    Jen and I were friends and graduated beauty school together. I saw her post on Facebook  that she was looking for a good new stylist.  I was looking to change salons, so here I am now.  :)

    What inspires you?
    People inspire me.  I love meeting new people and making them feel better about themselves with my awesome talent…. and modest charm of course.

    What is your favorite service to do?
    My 3 favorite services are color, extensions and cutting.  I don’t love one more than another.  I like variety.

    Favorite product?
    My favorite product…..  Duh……Unite styling products are all favorites.

    If you weren’t at Pinup, what would you be doing?
    If I wasn’t at Pinup, I’d be doing hair at another salon…meaning, I love my work – I can’t imagine doing anything else!

    What is a little known fact about you?
    I’m a die hard football fan who loves to wear lipstick.  :)



    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Color, Corrective Color, Great Lengths, Hair Disasters, Hair Extensions, Keratin Bonded Extensions, Save Time/Money

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    Ever wanted to try a more adventurous hair color? It’s more work than you think! Having rainbow-colored hair is one of the most high-maintenance styles you can have. Here are some facts to know before you take the plunge!
    ‘Punky’ colors (those vibrant unnatural shades) are a completely different type of hair color from what we use as professionals to create your typical blondes, brunettes, and redheads. Regular hair color is used in part with developer to soften and swell the hair strand, allowing it to open up and permanently color the hair from within. This is also what prevents the color from fading completely, leaving a line of demarcation as the hair grows out.

    Punky colors on the other hand are not permanent, nor do they change the natural color of hair. They are truly semi-permanent colors, generally sourced from vegetable dyes, which are not mixed with a developer, but instead act as a surface stain to the hair. That is why the hair needs to be pre-lightened ahead of time to ensure that the color will be vivid. That being said not all shades require the same ammount of pre-lightening.


    Here is a good reference photo of the stages of lightening that your hair will go through. The underlying pigment in hair at it’s darkest (black or dark brown) is red, and as the hair is lighter so is the underlying pigment. This is how girls with dark brown hair can get highlights that end up looking orange or brassy if the hair isn’t lightened enough or toned afterwards to neutralize the red/orange tones.


    When pre-lightening hair it’s good to imagine the color wheel to help determine how light the hair needs to be beforehand. If you want your hair to be a dark purple shade, you can pre-lighten your hair to an orange shade, as the violet tones will help neutralize the yellow but the hair will still be light enough to show the purple.





    If you want bright blue hair, you have to lighten your hair to a more platinum shade, if your hair is too yellow it will make the blue turn greenish. The same goes for a pale pink shade, too much yellow will make it look more orange. Katy Perry is a great example of the importance of pre-lightening your hair to the proper shade before putting on the punky color.







    Here is a photo of her hair after her colorist started taking her dyed black hair to blonde, trying to lighten it as much as possible in preparation for pink hair. You can see the noticeable difference between how light her hair is at the roots compared to the ends. Also notice how brassy the tones are in her hair overall. The darker ends are due to all the overlapping black color from previous dye jobs.






    And here is the result of putting the pink color over that blonde. You can see how her ends are still darker, making the difference from the cooler toned pink at the roots look more reddish on the ends from the existing orange tones. After the pink color her stylist cut her hair shorter, made it a lighter shade of blonde, and then took her hair to a more electric blue. You can see how this time her hair was lightened more evenly resulting in a better and brighter shade!





     So now that you know what it takes in terms of lightening your hair to the proper shade, you need to ask yourself – is it worth the maintenance? If you’re doing an all-over shade you’ll have to come in for a bleach and tone every 4-5 weeks, if you wait any longer than that your hair will end up with bands of darker shades where it’s grown too far from the scalp to lighten as evenly. If you are just doing a couple highlight pieces you can wait longer, but also know that the color stain itself only lasts about a month before it washes out, and it doesn’t wash out completely for every shade, remember it’s a hair STAIN. If your hair is pre-lightened to platinum and you want to do a pastel purple or blue, it will eventually wash out of your hair completely leaving your hair a more ashy-white tone. If you go more vibrant it probably won’t wash out all the way. If you try to wash out pink it will hold on to the red tones and leave your hair a peachy or salmon tone. If you dye your hair green it will wash out a not-so-cute shade of yellow with a green tinge. We’re not trying to persuade you to avoid these colors, because let’s face it, we LOVE them! However, we want to educate clients considering this route to understand what is involved and how to properly keep the look trendy, not trashy. With all that being said, having at least a small streak of color from time to time can be a fun change for your hair! Also, for those of you who want to add a pop of color without the damage or commitment we also have punky colored bonded-in extensions! They don’t damage your hair at all and last several months on average, so this can be a great option for clients who want to maintain the integrity of their natural hair.

    If you’re curious about having vibrant hair color, the best thing to do is talk to your stylist about the different levels of commitment needed for different colors and your realistic ability to keep up with the maintenance. There are many ways to incorporate these great color options into your hair, but let us help you choose the right option for your lifestyle and budget. Please, do NOT try bleaching your hair at home. Many of the worst and most costly color corrections we have to perform are due to improperly performed bleach jobs. Even for trained professionals, lightening the hair consistently from roots to ends, and without over-processing the hair takes years to master. Please take good care of your hair by leaving your complex coloring projects to us! In the long run, your hair, and your pocketbook will thank you for it!



    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Bridal Hair, Great Lengths, Hair Dreams, Hair Extensions, Keratin Bonded Extensions, Styling, Thinning Hair, Uncategorized, West Seattle Salon

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    Pinup Salon is thrilled to have added keratin bonded hair extensions to our already robust menu of services. We are even more thrilled to have on our team the talented and experienced Lindsey Brown, who is a certified specialist for both Hair Dreams and Great Lengths brand extensions, the highest quality hair available  on the market today. Come see Lindsey for a free consultation to discuss how she can help you get the hair you’ve always wanted!

    Hair extensions are a great way to change your style, increase volume, and lengthen your look. We specialize in 100% natural human hair extensions by Great Lengths and Hair Dreams, both offering hair that is virtually indistinguishable from your natural hair. In only a few hours, we can make your hair’s length, volume and almost any desired hair style possible. During your consultation we will find an exact match to your natural hair, or if you always wanted that perfect blonde, or rockin’ red, we can also provide precise color matching to our color line so that you can know that your hair will look flawless from roots to ends. Extensions can also be a great way to add some natural looking highlights to your hair, without the fear of chemical damage. Men and women who have ultra fine or even thinning hair will also find our bonding method to be the most invisible option for filling in any frustratingly flat or thinning areas.

    How Do Our Hair Extensions Work?

    Your selected and perfectly color matched hair extensions are delivered to us in very fine strands. These strands
    have a connection tip, also called a “bond”, at the top. This keratin bond gently connects the extension strands to your own hair close to the root. The bonds are warmed up and thus softened, at which point they are closed around your own and the new hair.
    This process is repeated strand by strand, until the hairstyle of your dreams is perfect.

    Will Extensions Damage My Hair?

    Our extensions by Great Lengths and Hair Dreams use an all natural keratin bond, which is the same protein that our hair is made of. We do not utilize waxes or glues, which can damage and break off the natural hair to which you have bonded your extensions. Using the keratin bonding method, your extensions will last longer and the bond won’t damage your hair in any way, presuming you have them put in properly and removed properly, but a professional expert. The keratin bonds are also matched to the color of hair you’ve selected, so you will have the most flawless look, and be using the healthiest method of bonding for your hair.

    How Much Maintenance Is Required Once I Have My Extensions?

    Most clients will find it most economical to schedule maintenance of their extensions about every 7-8 weeks. This way you can keep your hair looking consistently flawless, while not having your entire head of extensions taken out and replaced all at one time. Your stylist will go through each individual bonded extension to see which ones are in need of replacement, and will gently, without damaging your hair, remove the old extension and replace it with a fresh one. They will do this row by row until all extensions have been examined and replaced as needed. Typically about 25% of the extensions will be rotated out during each maintenance appointment, so roughly after about 6-8 months you’ll have received all new extensions throughout your entire head.

    Ok, So How Much?

    Because our extensions are the highest quality hair available on the market, the cost of the hair itself ranges from $50-110 per bundle and most clients will require 1-3, sometimes up to 4 bundles of hair, depending upon their own hair’s density, as well as their personal goals for how much fullness and length they wish to add. We do not markup the cost of the hair, so what we pay is what you get charged. 

    For our time putting the extensions in, instead of charging by the hour like most salons do, we charge a flat rate of $250 per bundle of hair. This way, you can sit back and enjoy your service, rather than watching the clock tick and hearing the cash register ringing in your ear with every minute that passes. When you see us for your free consultation, Lindsey will outline exactly what she recommends for your hair, based on your personal goals (whether it be length, fullness, highlights, etc.), and before even booking your appointment with us, will let you know exactly what your extensions will cost, so that there is no confusion about what you’ll be receiving, and at what rate. We do require a non-refundable deposit for the purchase of your hair, and also have a 48 hour cancellation policy for all extensions appointments, since some appointments a=can take as long as 6-8 hours.

    Great! Where Do I Sign Up!?

    Lindsey is available for free 30 minute consultations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at our West Seattle location. You need only call us at 206.932.5077 or email to schedule a time to see her. If you’re new to our salon, mention this blog and receive 20% off any cut and color services with Lindsey as well!

    Here are just a few great success stories, from the Hair Dreams website.


    Inge suffered from serious hair loss. Her biggest dream
    was to have full, thick and strong her again. This dream
    has come true with the Hairdreams MicroLines System.
    No more thin hair, no more visible scalp, no more perms
    and time-consuming teasing of the hair. Inge has full,
    strong and healthy hair again. She can style her hair as
    she likes: straight one day and curly the next…
    Quote: “I haven’t been this happy and full of life in a long
    time. I feel attractive and much younger!”


    Zuzana has very fine hair, and her ends are damaged from
    chemical treatments and frequent heat-styling with blow-dryer
    and flat iron. Her thin and damaged lengths and ends have been
    thickened with with Hairdreams strands. The Hairdreams HighLines
    was added on top of her head, giving her luscious volume and gorgeous,
    healthy and shiny hair.


    Tanja’s shoulder length hair became dazzling extra-long tresses
    with Hairdreams 45 cm strands.

    Beautiful hair extensions are also possible with shorter lengths;
    for example by using 30cm hair, which will reach about 10cm over
    the shoulders.

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