five favorites: beat the heat

August 2016
With summer drawing to a close and the promise of autumnal fashion right around the corner, we are called once again to honor the Top 5 hairdo creations generated in recent weeks by the fabulous team at Sine Qua Non Salons. These looks have lent more than a little inspiration, and creating them has carried us through the final days of summer heat haze.

As precious few Chicagoans need reminding, summer 2016 has been one of the hottest in recent memory, and at Sine Qua Non we know that there’s more than one way to beat the heat. Alongside the loveliness that is beaching, popsicles, and summertime cocktails, we view steamy weather as the perfect excuse for a fresh new haircut! This week Sine Qua Non New Talent member Shelly showed us how it’s done by giving her model a dazzling new bob cut. Shelly’s client had straight blonde tresses that are wonderfully suited for the one-length bob look. Falling just to her shoulders, this blonde beauty’s cut qualifies as a longer bob, or “lob,” something that’s become a bit of a signature Chicago trend this year and seems to be enduring on into autumn! The highlights that Shelly’s client already had help to soften this look, and frame her face shape beautifully. To get the sleek straight look that Shelly accomplished here, we recommend Bumble and bumble‘s Straight Blow Dry serum, which is designed to not only enhance straight haired blowouts, but protect hair from heat damage.
One length bob by Shelly of the new talent program

One length bob by Shelly of the new talent program

Along the lines of heat protection and nurturing your hair, New Talent member Lo accomplished amazing feats this week in her coloring endeavors! Her client Brittani walked into the salon with hair that was naturally extremely dark brown – what colorists refer to as a Level 2. Lo was able to preserve the integrity of Brittani’s hair, however, by bringing her color to a gorgeous vibrant red without using any lightener! This means that Brittani’s hair will suffer far less damage from the chemical processing that normally goes into hair coloring, and will enjoy this eye-popping red color without worrying about breakage or dryness! To aid in this protection even further, we recommend Bumble and bumble’s Hairdresser’s Oil Primer and shampoo/conditioner line, which is specifically designed to safeguard hair from styling damage and add moisture. For a finishing touch, try Sine Essentials‘ own Everything Oil, which will help lock in moisture and leave hair smelling and feeling healthy and wonderful, like Brittani’s. Way to go, Lo!

Lo gave Brittani vibrant red locks without using lighteners!

Lo gave Brittani vibrant red locks without using lighteners!

And speaking of temperatures rising, this Five Favorites post would be remiss without the mention of Sine Qua Non’s own New Talent member Paige, who got an update on her color that has jaws dropping all around! Lakeview stylist Lauren gave Paige an update to her color that is now the envy of all in the Sine Qua Non family, bringing her grown out blonde tresses to a more gradual, ashy balayage look that, while still lighter on the ends, helps compliment the natural growth that Paige had going, and highlights her lovely skin tones in a way the brighter blonde couldn’t hope to do. Lauren continued to incorporate the hints of blonde that make this look so unique by including baby highlights closer to Paige’s roots, but painted these through so gradually that the end result is incredibly subtle. Finishing this look with flowing, ethereal waves, Lauren made sure that Paige is ending her summer right: with fantastical hair.
Paige is a babe thanks to Lauren and her coloring skills!

Paige is a babe thanks to Lauren and her coloring skills!

The New Talent program wasn’t the only superstar section of Sine Qua Non this week, either! In the spirit of teamwork and excellent ‘do’s, Andersonville stylist Brad and West Town stylist Mischa teamed up to deliver an alluring new look for Andersonville stylist Jac! Famous for her green streaked ebony locks, Jac decided that she was ready for a big change, and Brad and Mischa did not let her down. Mischa accomplished some expert coloring magic and transformed Jac’s dark/green tinged ends to a stunning lighter brown, worked in a balayage up to gradually blend at Jac’s darker roots. The result is subtle enough to ease Jac into this end of summer look, but gorgeous enough to still turn heads. To finish this off, Brad gave Jac a trim to eliminate the damaged bits and embrace the layered ends that Jac was already rocking. This cut helps showcase the outstanding color that Mischa created, and ensures that Jac’s 2016 autumnal equinox will be commemorated with a hairdo to remember.

Jac's color by Mischa and cut by Brad is a combo to die for!

Jac’s color by Mischa and cut by Brad is a combo to die for!

Last but absolutely not least, Sine Qua Non has the utmost honor of highlighting the fashion success that our team showcased at the recent nuptials and subsequent partying of our Operations Director and badass supreme, Regan. While no one outshone the bride, Team Sine Qua Non made no mistakes in bringing it when it came to couture at this blessed celebration.

Regan and Nina looking gorgeous at Regan's wedding!

Regan and Nina looking gorgeous at Regan’s wedding!

A particular shout out goes to Lakeview stylist Josie, who not only dressed to kill for the event, but sported a glamorous braided updo that West Town stylist Jessi perfected for her before the shindig. Jessi’s work demonstrates that beautiful braids are not just for the long-haired mavens among us (indeed, Josie’s own cut does not fall much further than her shoulders), and that with the proper styling, fishtails are no longer for music fests alone. Our gratitude to Jessi for contributing to Josie’s gorgeous look that night, and to Regan for including the Sine Qua Non family in her beautiful day!

Jessi gave Josie a fishtail updo braid for Regan's wedding! Beautiful!

Jessi gave Josie a fishtail updo braid for Regan’s wedding! Beautiful!

Want to learn more? Excited to try your own end-of-summer, beat-the-heat new ‘do? Stop by any of the three Sine Qua Non Salon locations (Lakeview, Andersonville, or West Town), and let us make your hair the hottest part of your day!
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