Halloween is fast approaching, and the team at Sine Qua Non Salons couldn’t be more excited! Nothing says festive like a crazy hairdo, but for those of you dressing more conservatively this Saturday, check out this week’s Five Favorite hair creations.
First on this round of fabulous hairdos is Sophia, who got a lovely bridesmaid style done by Sine Qua Non‘s Andersonville stylist, Jac. Sophia had gorgeous, naturally tight curls, but wanted a looser and more manicured curl pattern for the event. To achieve this look, Jac used a flat iron, giving the hair a more free-flowing spiral. She then back-combed through Sophia’s crown, which gave the pinned sections a solid place to anchor onto. Jac then twisted sections back, knotted them, and pinned them into place. Presto: the perfect bridesmaid’s quaff!
Nate created both double French twists by back-combing small sections that covered the entire surface area of the head. This technique helps to make a “cushion” for hairpins to stick into. Nate secured the top portion first, and then brushed, folded, and finally stitched the first half with more hairpins.
Lastly, he brushed and folded the remaining side over the first twist, and pinned into place. Nate says that the biggest difference in these two looks was hair type: his blonde model had much longer, finer hair, while his brunette had thicker, naturally curly tresses.
Nate used lots of Bumble and bumble‘s Full Form Thickening Mousse and Thickening Hairspray to get the necessary lift and hold for these styles, and finished with Bumble and bumble‘s Does It All Styling Spray.
Nate says that this combo of products is one of his favorite “classics,” and is always a great way to get back to basics when it comes to styling hold.
Our third Favorite for the week is a long time regular at Sine Qua Non Salons. Lakeview stylist Sonia has been beautifying Shanna’s blonde tresses for the last ten years, but this October, Shanna was in the mood for a little something different. Sonia suggested that rather than changing the blonde tones that had been working so well for her, Shanna should add a brighter pop of color instead. She took panels of her pre-lightened hair, back-combed to soften the line of color, and then painted the Pravana violet on. Pravana, which is very long lasting, can be mixed with a clear coat to customize the shade, and Sonia used this technique to soften the purple and achieve the perfect, lighter hue for Shanna. For the cut, Sonia kept Shanna’s layers long, and gave her classic Brigitte Bardot bangs– perfect for fall!
At Sine Qua Non, we pride ourselves in finding inspiration in the unlikeliest of places, and this week, the work of Lincoln Park stylist, Bryan, was nothing short of exemplary in that regard. Bryan teamed up with Sine Qua Non’s owner, Laura Boton, to give their client Jani a completely modern, autumn look. Jani had a very ashy, light brown color naturally, but wanted to go nice and rich for fall. To this end, the team came up with a rich, dark wood color for inspiration (think espresso stained oak floors.)
Bryan worked to create dimension by leaving out some of Jani’s previous color in application and toned those extra sections a few shades lighter. Jani’s cut (done by Laura) complimented the color by creating shape and texture. Jani’s end result was a rich, updated color and a sharp new cut for the cooler weather. Very edgy!
To top off our week of gorgeous hairdos, stylist Mischa of Sine Qua Non Salon in Lincoln Park gave her client Jenna a beautiful golden balayage and trim. Mischa used this creative technique to create dimension (rather than a flat, blonde color) and says that the different visible tones serve to help bring out the piece-y texture of Jenna’s cut. This type of color has been a hugely popular all summer, and seems to be here to stay for fall trends as well! The longevity of the color makes upkeep incredibly easy. Similarly, the soft, angular layers of this cut are ideal for a lived-in, maintenance free look. Layers like this help to preserve length but simultaneously give hair more body and bounce. Mischa added to this effect with R and Co‘s Chiffon Mousse, and then blasted roots with R and Co‘s Dallas Thickenings Spray. Jenna’s new ‘do is sure to turn heads for months to come!
All of the products used here are available to purchase at any of the Sine Qua Non Salons– ask your stylist or the front desk for FREE samples during your visit at Sine Qua Non Salon! Eager to try out a new look of your own? Craving a change to match the seasons? Stop by Sine Qua Non Salons and let us transform your ‘do, and be sure to check the blog for inspiration on horrific Halloween looks!