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Looks for long hair

Claude Thomas Salon and Spa great looks for long hair and some amazing hair color ideas for long hair

Fringe is “IN”

Madame Claude Says

The Right Fringe for Your Face Shape

Want to update your hairstyle without sacrificing length? Stars like Taylor Swift and Sandra Bullock have undergone mini makeovers and worked fringe into their hair repertoire. Bangs offer a low-risk way to try a new look — they’re easy to add, maintain, and fairly simple to grow out when you’re ready for a new look. Here, we’ve asked our favorite celebrity hairstylists to help you figure out which fringe is best for your face shape. Plus, we have their pro pointers on working with your texture and which products will help your bangs behave.

The Right Fringe for Your Face Shape

Blunt Bangs

This dramatic look “shows off eyes, adds strength to the face, and makes a statement,” says Claudia. (Exhibit A: Katy Perry) MY stylisst will cut the bangs wide, meaning past the end of the eyebrow, all the way to the hairline at the temple.

Christina Ricci, who happens to be one of Claudia’s Favs, pulls this off well, thanks to her rounder face shape. I say that heavier bangs “are great for long tresses, because they square off round face shapes and hide large foreheads.”

For thicker blunt bangs, style with a serum or shine spray like Redken Radiant Sea Spray to keep them glamorously glossy.

Asymmetrical Bangs

“This look shown on Amy Adams and Kristen Stewart is perfect for most haircuts and face shapes,” says Madame Claude. This low-maintenance option divides the face in a way that reveals just enough forehead and creates movement toward the eye and cheekbone,she explains. I advise that you be careful not to overstyle with a brush when you blow-dry. This easy option can look great if you style them with your fingers or even let your bangs air dry.

Side-swept Bangs

Claudia loves the fabled locks of Angelina Jolie,and states that side-swept bangs are best on heart-shaped or square faces. “They’re used to experiment with bringing softness to the face; sexy and superfun; great when hair is half up and half down.”

The hair length for this look should be shoulder length or longer. “It’s best if the hair boasts waves, or a little bend,” Madame Claude says. “Tell my stylists to work off a side part.” Claudia loves White Sand STUCK UP Professional Hairspray in conjunction with a medium round brush to hold that Eva Mendes-like curve.

Cheekbone Bangs

Gwen Stefani and Heidi Klum show off a bangs option with a geometric shape that brings out the angles in your face. Madame Claude recommends asking my stylist to create two layers of bangs: an under layer and an over layer. The purpose is to use the principles of architecture to provide the top layer with a supportive foundation so that it falls in the right direction.

I advise you ask our stylist to texturize the fringe by channeling (holding scissors vertically while cutting) to enhance movement. “To style your cheekbone bangs, blow-dry in the opposite direction for volume,” is my  recommendation.

Blended Bangs

Bangs don’t have to be the most dominant feature of your cut — they can be integrated into it, as we see here on Reese Witherspoon. “This style complements Reese’s strong features rather than transforming them,” explains Claudia “It softens her look and at the same time brings a strong focus to her eyes and lips.”

I recommend this style for layered cuts because it doesn’t require as much hair per square inch to pull off. I suggests you maintain a salon-fresh look like Zooey Deschanel’s by shampooing and conditioning with Redken’s All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner to repair damaged ends.             “Healthy hair holds a style better,” .

Wispy Bangs

Madame Claude points out that “the depth of your bang — how much is made into bang — as well as how big your forehead is will determine how strong a statement your bangs make.” In the case of Kate Moss, the bangs are thick (they start far back, at the top of her head), and her forehead is deep, so the resulting bang is long and bold.

I think piecey bangs à la Nicole Richie work best on finer-haired gals (she knows — Claudia rocks this look herself).

Eyebrow-grazing Bangs

Madame Claude says this look is fantastic on just about every face shape and works with almost every hair texture, because the bangs are essentially shorter layers in a multilayered look.

I recommend that you ask my stylist to comb hair so that it falls into a natural side part, then to brush the front section forward and to the side and cut at an angle to the desired length. “To style yours like Kelly Rowland’s and Claudia Schiffer’s, evenly distribute a small size of hydrating lotion throughout hair,” You can allow the hair to air-dry naturally or blow-dry straight in sections using a boar bristle brush, to smooth the cuticle. “If you want to add more volume to your bangs, aim the blow-dryer up and away from your face to give height before letting them fall softly in place,”

Claude Thomas Salon and Spa services all the northwest suburbs of the Chicagoland area. Such as:

Palatine, Barrington, Long Grove, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, South Barrington, Deer Park, Lake Zurick, NorthBrook, Wlimette, Hoffman estate , Rolling Meadows, Lake in the Hills, Wauconda, Lake Barrington, Algonquin, Illinois and more

What you should know about Salons and spas when picking your salon

 Madame Claudes Anatomy of the Salon Business

What you need to know

This message is designed to help you pick the best salon for you. The more knowledgeable you are about the salon industry, the fewer problems you will have choosing the best salon for you.

Education is truly the first step to making any good decision. You do it before you buy a house, car, or anything else. Why not before you invest in yourself?

You’ll learn why you should never pick a salon based on lowest price. You’ll also learn why all salons are different.

And why communication is so important.

This information can make your salon experience painless and trouble free.

My name is Claudia Tapp. I am the owner of Claude Thomas Salon and  Spa.

The 7 mistakes people make when choosing a salon.

Mistake #1

You pick a salon based only on price.

The old adage is true. “You get what you pay for.”  This is especially true when choosing a salon. If you want the best services you should decide to deal with a salon because of the overall value you receive, NOT because they are the lowest price.

Here’s why.

Value = Quality + Service + Price

It is impossible for any business in any industry to offer the cheapest price, have the highest quality, and provide the best service all at the same time.

You can get high quality and super service, but you can’t get both and still get the lowest price.

Salons have a lot of overhead, employees, products, leases, continuing education, etc.

If their prices are “too good to be true” then they are cutting corners somewhere.

Whether it’s in the quality of their services and products, or the customer service they provide, something has to suffer to give you those low, low prices.

Total value is all three: Quality, Service, and Price.

The three most common problems you will have when you pick a salon based on low prices are:

Number One: Really cheap salons don’t usually stand behind their work if there is a mistake.

Sure, those salons might charge you less, but how will they treat you when you are not happy?

To give the cheapest price they usually have low-wage, inexperienced employees, with a license to practice, but little or no real ­world skills.

They also cut corners by using cheaper products. The end result is “you get what you pay for.”

And the little bit of money you save ends up costing you more in the long run, especially if you have to miss work because you’re locked in your room crying for 3 days after getting “butchered”.

Believe me, there is a saying I always tell my clients, “the bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

Number Two: A salon that offers the lowest prices often has to compensate for being cheap with quantity, not quality.

Your salon experience is anything but relaxing when you are being herded like a sheep waiting to be shorn and then sent on your way.

Many times these salons don’t even wash your hair, it’s just wet down with a spray bottle, and when you’re through they usually send you out with soaking wet hair, and no styling instruction.

It’s tough to evaluate the end result when you can’t see it.

Number Three: The final reason why picking the cheapest salon is a problem relates back to the low-wage, inexperienced stylists that are usually employed at these types of salons.

Anyone can go through the schooling and have a license, but it’s the finishing schools, and spending the time and money on furthering education and developing talent that really makes a “Stylist”.

If you really care about keeping your hair in optimum health, whether you want to look polished and professional, or stylish and trendy; whether you are interested in color that can enhance your natural beauty, or turn you into a vibrant vixen; and, if you want to be pampered, treated with kid gloves, and learn beauty “secrets” from experienced experts, then don’t choose a salon based on price.

Mistake #2

You Think All Salons Are The Same

Every salon is different. No two salons are really the same. Every salon has different services and different employees who have unique talents and specialties. Styling is a combination of talent, experience, and skill. Most people don’t realize the time and money the best stylists have invested  into developing their art.

Contrary to what some people think, styling is not just a matter of cutting hair. It takes workmanship and talent to create really quality styles, and an eye for color and dimension to design a total look for an individual.

Communication is the key to picking the best salon for you:

·Ask what type of training and experience the stylists have

·Ask how much time they will spend with you before the appointment

·Ask to see pictures of their work

·Ask to read testimonials of past clients

·Ask any other questions that are unique to your needs.

This will help you to decide if they are the best salon for you.

After you ask your questions, it will become pretty obvious which salon you should choose. The salon that wants your business will prove to you that they are the best salon for you. Take your time and decide which salon you would like to use – but when you decide, you must be loyal to them. That brings us to Mistake #3.

Mistake #3

You Always Have A Couple Of Salons You Frequent

You may think this is good for you because whoever can get you in soonest wins the appointment. And it is, to some extent. But here is why it usually isn’t a good way to deal with salons.

A good salon has enough loyal clients that they don’t have to deal with price shoppers.

Once you find a good salon, you must be loyal. If you flip-flop from salon to salon, a good salon won’t be too motivated to keep YOU as a client. They will cater to their loyal clients.

Price is important. But price should not be more important than good quality and good service.

If you aren’t loyal to your salon, and show up every 6 months for them to fix your “cheap haircuts,” when you need a favor who are you going to turn to? When your best friend that you haven’t seen since college calls and says she’s going to be in town for the week-end, and you’ve got an inch and a half of roots showing, who’s going to bend over backwards to get you looking your best for the reunion?

Every salon expects to bend over backwards for their loyal clients now and again; they might even see you after hours, or early in the morning, or pull off a miracle. Provided the client is loyal, the salon will do all they can to help you look your best for an unexpected special occasion.

All good salons will be loyal to you if YOU are loyal to them. Keep loyalty in mind when you choose your salon.

Mistake #4

Picking A Salon That Doesn’t Guarantee Their Services

All reputable salons guarantee their services automatically. This means if you aren’t happy they will attempt to “fix” whatever it is for free, and if you still aren’t happy they will return your money.

Unfortunately, there are unethical salons that won’t do this. Instead they will argue with you for having “unrealistic expectations”.

An unethical salon may charge you for a re-visit, or refuse to give you your money back.

The best thing you can do is pick a salon that guarantees their work. This way you know they have to be good and have good communication with you. There is no risk for you.

Mistake #5

You Don’t Allow Enough Time For Your Salon To Service You Properly

Mistakes happen when you rush!

When you’re in a hurry, you may not get enough time to communicate with your stylist to make sure you get exactly what you need. And, sometimes, one late client can push back schedules for the whole day. When you schedule a salon visit, don’t short yourself on time. Ask the salon how much time you should allow in your schedule and then add a half hour. You deserve it, it’s your time to treat yourself right – don’t rush it.

Before you get serviced at the salon, talk with your stylist. Make sure he or she knows what your likes and dislikes are, what your “goal” is and how you will achieve your desired look.

You can save time, money, and headaches from the very beginning by communication!

Why do most people do the opposite and find themselves at the mercy of their stylist? Because everyone takes the stylist for granted. Everyone assumes they read minds, or that they can make you look just like the photograph you brought in even though you have a completely different hair type and face shape. Most everyone thinks the stylist is the “miracle worker” no matter what condition their hair may be in. This just isn’t the case.

You should think of your stylist as your “beauty expert” and “project partner”. And, you are the project. Consult with your stylist. Let them know in advance what you want. Ask them if they can give you any tips and ideas on creating a look and maintaining it between visits. A good salon will take the initiative in communication.

Mistake #6

You Think Having A License Is All It Takes To Be A Good Hairstylist

There are hundreds of thousands of licensed stylists. They’ve all gone to school, or been apprenticed and passed their state boards examine. That doesn’t mean they are all good.

Hair styling is an art. Having a degree of talent is important, although the skills can be mastered with time and practice. It is important for stylists to continue their education, and go through extra training such as “finishing schools”.

Don’t be shy. Ask stylists about their training and find out what kind of skills they have mastered before you put yourself in their hands.

Mistake #7

Not Asking To See Examples Of Salon Workmanship

Avoiding this mistake is your best bet at finding a fantastic salon. Ask to see examples of their work. lf they don’t have a book for you to look through, ask for references. A good salon will happily give you references.

Ask for the names of at least three people who have visited the stylist you’re interested in, and call them and ask them if they are happy with the salon. Also, ask to read through any testimonials the salon has from clients. This is the easiest way you can find a salon for you!

Madame Claude’s fun secrets just for you

Now as an extra treat I’m going to share 5 Beauty “Secrets” with you.

Beauty Secret  #1 Protect your hair, as well as your skin, from the sun. Use sunscreen on your scalp at the part. Lip balm with sun-block will work.

Beauty Secret #2 Don’t try to style hair soaking wet, get it 80% dry first.

Beauty Secret #3 To prevent wrinkles and sagging always apply creams with firm upward strokes.

Don’t sleep with your face in your pillow.  And don’t forget to protect your neck too, it’s the first part to show signs of aging and yet the most neglected.

Beauty Secret #4 Eyebrows look best when filled in with a soft pencil or powder. Go to a professional for your first plucking.  And to maintain that perfect brow….think professional.

Beauty Secret #5 The best bargain for your hair is a good cut. If possible, pay extra for a top-of-the-line stylist. More technically advanced hair cuts will last longer, up to 8 weeks or more depending on the hair length.

Claude Thomas Salon and Spa services all the northwest suburbs of the Chicagoland area. Such as:

Palatine, Barrington, Long Grove, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, South Barrington, Deer Park, Lake Zurick, NorthBrook, Wlimette, Hoffman estate , Rolling Meadows, Lake in the Hills, Wauconda,  Lake Barrington, Algonquin,  Illinois and more

Celebrities styles and how to create that look for you

*Madame Claude*

Madame Claude talks about celebrities style and how it is done

Kate Hudson’s Venice Film Festival Styles

Kate Hudson,known for her contemporary bohemian style, sported her signature look at the Venice Film Festival for the premier of her new thriller, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”. Kate’s hair is thin and fine. I can give you some great hair secrets on how to style thin fine hair and take it from a daytime look into an evening look that kills.

Like many celebrities fine hair can change over night with hair extensions…………..

To achieve Kate’s daytime look: shampoo Your hair with Oribe Shampoo for Magnificent Volume and Oribe Conditioner for Magnificent Volume. Kate’s hair is not naturally fuller so I would use Oribe Gel Serum for more body and shine. Forget what you know about gel. This magical, gold-flecked potion with active moisturizing agents brings sophisticated hold with shine rather than stiffness. Absolutely Gorgeous. Next, I would part her hair down the middle and use Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray, then blow drying using a large paddle brush, smoothing the crown and top half of her hair. At the lower portion, use Oribe’s Volumista spray for hold volume and shine,  then  switched to a medium round brush wrapping sections around the brush to create loose, soft waves.

To dress up the look for the evening:

I would apply Oribe Rough Luxury Molding Wax for style definition. Then proceed to finger comb your tresses off your face not disturbing the natural texture, while drawing the hair and gently twisting it into a chignon.

For hold, lightly misted Oribe Dry Texturizer Spray.

Claudia’s The owner and Founder of Claude Thomas Salon and Spa

Tips for Working with Thin Hair:

1. Always use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner.

2. Always rinse, rinse, rinse the hair after cleansing and conditioning, this should be your mantra!

3. Volumizing mousses work best for fine hair giving it just the right volume and hold.

4. Dry shampoo also serves as a body builder even if you don’t need to cleanse.

5. Root lift products help to add volume to fine hair.

6. Using great products along with not over-using them helps to keep hair clean and full of body.

ReGenica At Home skin treatment that REALLY works

A breakthrough anti-aging rejuvenation system, developed by the inventor of the key ingredient in TNS. ReGenica contains a highly potent, unique variety of proteins and growth factors in a serum-free solution. It is clinically proven to help reverse the signs of aging and aid in scarless wound healing. The product is available only through physician offices.

ReGenica’s Multipotent CCM Complex™ represents the next generation of growth factor skincare. The technology was developed by Dr. Gail K. Naughton, a pioneer in the field of regenerative medicine. Suneva Medical licensed ReGenica from Histogen Inc. in March 2012, expanding its portfolio of unique aesthetic products.

“Dr. Naughton is a well renowned regenerative medicine scientist and her research has helped advance the skincare industry. ReGenica’s groundbreaking technology is both a novel advance and an ideal fit for our growing portfolio of highly differentiated aesthetic products. Suneva continues to strive to move into the future by offering our customers unique aesthetic products proven to help manage the appearance of aging,” commented Nicholas Teti, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Suneva Medical.

ReGenica is not simply another line of products with a promise of improved aesthetic results. Clinical studies have demonstrated ReGenica to deliver proven, measurable results in skin rejuvenation. In one study, ReGenica Advanced Rejuvenation Day Repair SPF 15 & Overnight Repair have been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone and generate smoother skin over a ten (10) week period.  In two published studies, ReGenica Facial Rejuvenation Complex Post Procedure has been found to improve healing and more rapid re-epithelialization as early as three (3) days post procedure.

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Claude Thomas’s consumer information on hair Extensions

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“Madame Claude’s”
The Skinny and the Scary on Hair Extensions

Hair Extensions:
The Skinny and The Scary


I cannot say enough about this subject. Hair extensions are a field of their own. A stylist by being a stylist does not make them qualified for being a hair extensionist.

In the field of extensions there are about thirty methods of hair extensions, and easily about five hundred and growing manufacturers. Within the methods there are lots of companies and lots of them have poor quality. To be a creditable “Extensionist” one has to sort out the good from the bad. This takes time, effort, research, testing on models, and did I say lots and lots of money invested and lots and lots of time invested.

All human hair is not made equal. Human hair grades range from horrible (fall out hair), to just okay (poor hair condition), to great hair (shiny and healthy looking with hair cuticle in tack). It is impossible for any company to have all variances of hair color to match with your hair. All hair extensions are not colored with tints that are used on our hair that grows from our scalps.

What is used to color the hair extensions is called fabric color. It is colored that way so the hair will have longevity of the color. This type of coloring can not be used on our hair because it would color our scalp and make it very difficult to ever change our color. If one has to alter the color to get an exact match it is much more difficult and one needs a great background of experience and education in this type of color theory as it is a totally different color theory. Also, it’s costly to make mistakes on hair extensions.

Next, is the design and cutting of the hair extensions. One needs to know what system is best for each individual to get to the desired styling and cut in. A knowledge base of lots of different systems is detrimental to achieve the right fit for the client. Again, the cutting of the extensions is apples and oranges compared to cutting hair that is growing out of our scalps. Each individual hair that is growing from the scalp is spaced the same and is directed in a slight angle through the skin which makes the hair fall in a specific way. Hair extension hair has a strong push downward flow and is implanted in small clumps or clusters of hair so the hair will fall completely different. Cutting traditionally for hair growing from the scalp will not work. This is a totally different technique of cutting and one does need to understand these differences.

Placement of the hair extensions is imperative to create a natural look, flow, and fall of the hair. The placement is determined by the density of the clients hair, the clients hair length throughout their head, and the desired outcome (style). This means it will vary from each client where to place the hair extensions.

Without a knowledge base of all methods of extensions, one does not have the expertise to know what system and/or what manufacturer is right for a client. The things to consider for the client is; what is the density of their hair, the length of the clients hair throughout her head, cost, maintenance, their hair condition or fragileness of the hair, what is the desired hair style, color matching and explicit explanation of maintenance and care following up with a care sheet.
What is a hair extension certification? A 99 percentile of stylists’ today are stating they have this certification, which is given to them for attending a one day seminar. They are given instruction and/or application of that one particular manufacturer’s hair extension. All they are taught is application in just an investment of several hours. None of the above mentioned qualifications is taught in any one of these classes, and for that matter is not taught anywhere period except by me.

What is needed to call ones self a hair extensionist:

  • Knowledge of at least 10 or more methods of hair extensions.
  • Knowledge of at least 100 different manufactures to determine the best system.
  • Precise knowledge of proper application and experience.
  • Knowing the variances of placement of the hair extensions to create the desired look
  • Hair extension color theory knowledge and experience
  • Lots of experience and knowledge of cutting in hair extensions.

At Claude Thomas Salon ad Spa, I (the owner Claudia AKA Claude) have over 20 years of experience and education in this field. I am considered in the beauty industry as one of the top experts in hair extensions. I am an educator and expert extensionist which has ranked this salon #1 in the nation for the body of work in hair extensions. Claude Thomas stylists have to be educated and trained under myself for at least 1.5 years before they are called an extensionist.

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DID YOU KNOW? As stated above, 99% plus of all hair stylists doing hair extensions, do not have the knowledge and/or experience discussed in the previous segment.

It was stated on the show “SHEAR GENIUS” by one of the so called “expert” judges, that hair extensions is a “no brainer”. By you reading to this point you are now more informed than 90+ percent of the beauty industry. You are now an informed and educated consumer. And now that you have read, “The Skinny” on hair extensions does it sound to you like a NO BRAINER?
What they (uneducated stylists), don’t know will hurt you when it comes to hair extensions.

Some if not all of these unfavorable results can happen:

  • Improper application can result in the longevity of the extension to be shorted and yourown hair can be compromised and create breakage.
  • Improper design will create a less than favorable result and again could break off yourown hair.
  • Not being informed verbally on care and maintenance and given an informative after care sheet will result in possible damage to hair extensions, compromise the longevity of the hair extensions, and also damage to your own hair and the extension hair.

A hair extension system that is not right for your hair or the condition of your hair willcause a less than desirable style of your hair (looks like a bad hair cut). It also can be too stressful for your hair causing breakage, or if your hair is too thin or you have colic’s that expose the hair extension attachments. All of these things shout out “HAIR EXTENSIONS”!

More factors that go into not having a knowledge extensionist do your hair:

  • Poor color matching so your hair extensions shout out “HAIR EXTENSIONS”.
  • Poor to horrific cut in of the hair extensions, so now it shouts “HAIR EXTENSIONS and WHAT A BAD CUT”. (It’s like the guy with the bad toupee. Everyone knows he has it, but doesn’t say a word to him. They gossip all the time about the bad toupee, but not to his face.) With hair extensions, you have seen this on lots of celebrities who have bad hair extensions jobs.

All in all, because the 99 percentile of stylist only know one at most two systems and didn’t investigate into more than one to two companies, the end result could be they are using a system with inferior hair and/or a system that could have poor attachments.

Some or all could produce these results:

  • Your hair extension become something out of a bad dream every time you shampoo and condition your hair. It is tangled and matted and now it takes you 3 times longer to dry and style your hair. Generally, at his point, you can’t get them out of your hair fast enough.
  • The poor condition leaves the look of your hair dull, flat and damaged looking.
  • As the result of all the tangles and matted hair it is putting undue stress on your own hair and is breaking it off.
  • The hair extension has excessive shedding out of the hair resulting in an unfavorable look to your style and the longevity of the extension is now shortened.

When these scenarios happen, and they happen more often than not with the 99 percentile, it is no wonder why so many people have either heard hair extensions are bad or made this decisions themselves after experiencing this scenario.

None of this ever needs to happen if it is done by an Extensionist who is experienced, educated, and knowledgeable in this field (the one percentile).

You are now an educated consumer and have more knowledge than 99% of the stylists in the beauty industry. A qualified (1%) Extensionist can be compared to an Illusionist and/or Magician (such as a David Copperfield) as they both create something that appears to be real but it is not.