Hair Care and Fashion Tips From the Creative Minds at Illusion Unlimited Salons

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Fashion Tip: “Don’t ‘Fear The Shear’! Change is the essence of youth! Aren’t you a little tired of ‘just a trim’? Perhaps today is the day to re-invent yourself… at Illusion Unlimited Salons! A fresh new look equals a fresh new you! Why not? See you in the salon!

Hair Care Tip: Think of your hair as a natural fiber that can come in many different textures. (Denim, cotton, silk…) Now imagine the styling products you use are like a fabric softener (smoothing your hair) or starch (adding body). Voila! Hair care made easy at Illusion Unlimited Salons!

Hair Care Tip: It’s important to have your hair cut every 4-6 weeks. Like a piece of twine, your hair’s ends spit, unravel and break off; making your hair seem like it won’t grow. Scheduling haircuts in advance (and keeping your appointments!) is the surest way of keeping your hair in optimal shape. In the end, this saves you time and energy while you look your very best!

Hair Care Tip: Air-drying your curly hair? Rather than letting your hair fall to gravity, support it with jaw clamps. Apply product to damp hair, scrunch fist fulls of hair and clip with a clamp. Put 3 or 4 throughout your hair and this will support the curl and act like scrunching without the work. You’ll get a curlier, fuller result.

Hair Care Tip: To build volume, especially in the crown area, apply product to the scalp area to towel dried hair. Blow dry lifting hair up and away from your head preferably against the way it parts to add extra lift!

Fashion Tip: A satin pillow case’s smooth surface allows your hair to slide as you move in your sleep, resulting in less “bed head” hair. Many salon clients who don’t completely restyle their hair every day swear by them, saving time and stress (both on their hair and nerves!) as they touch up their hair for the day. Give one a try!

Fashion Tip: Your hair is really a “fashion accessory” in your “total look”. You would never consider wearing the same shoes with every outfit, yet most people wear their hair the same no matter what they’re wearing. If your garment is smooth, wear your hair in a smoother style. With more texture in your clothing, wear more texture in your hair. Balance the textures. Balance is the key to beauty and life.

Fashion Tip: When choosing clothing, realize that horizontal lines make an object appear wider, and verticle lines make an object appear taller. Also, darker colors make an object look smaller, and light colors make an object look larger! Choose wisely!

Hair Care Tip: If using conditioner on your hair daily is “too much”, rather than applying it to ALL your hair, apply it just to your ends which are usually more damaged from combing, brushing & heat styling with a blow dryer and/or flat iron. “Targeted Conditioning” will keep your hair supple and healthy looking, allowing for easy styling.

Hair Care Tip: Prior to round brush styling your hair, blow dry your hair 80-90% dry before using the round brush. Round brushing wet hair not only over-stresses & damages your hair, it is more work (way!) than necessary! And why not make your morning routine a little easier!

Hair Care Tip: As the seasons change, so should your haircare and skincare products. We need products that moisturize in the winter & products that normalize in the warmer temps! Ask your designer what you should be using as we move into a new season!

Hair Care Tip: Be gentle when towel drying your hair. “Frantic” towel drying will cause your hair to become dull, dry looking and the detangling process can break your hair. Terrycloth will absorb moisture by simply coming in contact with moisture. So be kind to your hair…

Hair Care Tip: Avoid broken hair at the hairline by combing your hair FORWARD when detangling after washing and conditioning. The hair along the perimeter of our hairline is typically a little finer and prone to breakage when overstressed.

Hair Care Tip: Use a brush on dry hair before washing your hair. Use a large tooth comb on wet hair after washing.


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The Modified Bob – Styling Short Summer Hair
Short hair is IT for summer so ditch heavy, weighted styles and opt instead for the versatile modified bob. From retro inspired volume to textured waves and angular cuts, short styles are the perfect way to lighten up your summer look. As always, you can use Surface Hair Care’s lineup of award winning products to recreate each of these celebrity ‘do’s.


Boosted Roots

Super model Karlie Kloss’ subtle bouffant style brings a little vintage glamour to her sleekly styled bob. To recreate this look, keep those fly-aways smoothed to perfection and apply Bliss Smoothing Cream. Natural sugars and corn starch combine to provide humidity resistant control with a smooth shine finish. For that little added boost, apply Push Styling Powder for root lift and volume.


Textured Waves

Model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s textured, shoulder grazing look is perfect for those timeless summer beach days. To get this look and maximize volume in your style, channel your inner beach bum and mist hair with Swirl Sea Salt Spray. To keep your style in place all day long, look to Theory Styling Spray for a fast drying, humidity resistant hold that seals in color.


Angled Sheer

Looking for a style to transition from day to night? Hayden Panettiere’s sleek and angular bob is the perfect sultry look for a summer night out on the town. To get Panettiere’s look, prep hair with Bassu Hydrating Masque. Fortified with Aloe, Omega-3 Nutrient, & antioxidant rich Flax Seed Oil, Bassu Hydrating Masque provides maximum moisture and life to dry, damaged hair. For a defined style, lightly apply Bassu Gold Oil and intensify your shine while locking in color .


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Illusion Unlimited Salons’ Summer Hair Tips!

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Keratin Treatment Weather Is Upon Us.

There are a lot of women (and men) who struggle with frizzy hair this time of year. If you are one of them, you know how much you dread the humid weather. Rather than stress yourself with a time consuming morning routine and stress your hair with flat irons and tension, Keratin Complex smoothing treatments solve those problems in one application. That’s right, one application. And your hair will become more and more manageable with each treatment.

The formaldehyde free, natural Keratin Complex smoothing treatment will turn your hair into frizz free, smoother, shinier, healthier hair. Your hair will require less blow dry time, in fact you’ll spend up to one half LESS time blow drying. Less time blow drying means healthier hair.

Pony Tails

Pony Tails are always perfect for summer! Modern Pony Tail styles are as versatile as they are functional. A side part, with a sleek and simple Pony Tail makes you suddenly ready for anything! Up high towards your crown or slung low at your nape, your options are as limited as your imagination. Create a Pony Tail with little fringe and soft curls and you’re ready for a romantic night out.

Braids Are Always Cool

Braids are a cool, classy alternative to the pony-tail. As with the ‘Pony Tail’, the braid is worn in various ways, from a tight sophisticated sleekness to loose, simple and soft. There are now many variations to the three-strand braid. You can have them done in the salon or you can learn on the Internet. Braids are a summer ‘must’, they’re cool and most definitely chic!

You’ll look great, especially when vigorous summer activities are on your agenda, because braids stay where you put them. At one time, only women with long hair would or could wear braids. Now they can be worn by almost everyone. Braided bangs (called ‘fringe’ these days) and side braids are great for those with shorter hair who want a fun change in their style.

Time To Give A Little Back

The sun, chlorine and daily styling can take a disastrous toll on your hair. Your hair, robbed of moisture and elasticity, can look and feel like ‘doll hair’. Bring your hair back to life with the amazing Bassu Masque Treatment from Surface Hair. The Bassu Masque Treatment helps restore the essential elements missing from your hair.

Life for your dry hair, sun and environmental protection to keep your hair healthy and more style control, the Bassu Masque Treatment is your ‘hair-repair’ solution.

Illusion Unlimited Salons’ hair designers are this areas hair care experts. From expert styles to haircare solutions, you can trust the experts at I.U.S. Book your appointment for their famous and free In-Balance Design Consultation and find out all your hair design options.




5 Simple Steps For Fabulous Hair Care



To most people, their hair is a mystery that grows from their head. Some days it’s good, some days it’s bad and other days it’s just plain ugly. How do you solve the mystery and gain control of your crowning glory?

The answer is far simpler and less complicated than you may think. In fact, every person of age has it ingrained in their set of common sense rules.

And the big secret is…. wait for it…  you wouldn’t wash your sweater in hot water. Wait, what?

That’s correct! The same rules that apply when you’re caring for a delicate garment apply when caring for your hair.

Here are the 5 Simple Steps For Fabulous Hair:

  1. Use a mild temperature when washing your hair, finishing with a quick cooler rinse (for added shine). Your sweater could never handle a hot water washing. Delicate fibers like your hair, are also easily damaged by high water temperatures.
  2. Use a gentle solution (shampoo) designed for the fiber you’re cleansing (your hair type). You would never use a harsh detergent on your sweater.
  3. Be gentle with your wet hair. You’d never wring out your delicate sweater, you’d destroy it. Hair is weakest when it’s wet and overstretching it can cause breakage and limp damaged hair. Instead of a brush, use a broad tooth comb to remove tangles, starting from the ends and working your way to your scalp. (Use a brush before washing, a wide tooth comb after washing)
  4. Always use a thermal protector and avoid using extreme heat as your hair begins to dry. You wouldn’t dream of throwing your sweater in a hot dryer. It’s the same with your hair.
  5. Using a flat iron requires a thermal protector and a careful technique. You wouldn’t use a clothes iron set on cotton to iron your delicate sweater. A delicate fiber just can’t handle much exposure to extreme temperatures.

These 5 simple rules make a real difference in how your hair handles, how long your styles last and how consistent your hair is day to day. Use a mild temperature, use a mild solution (shampoo), don’t over stretch wet hair, don’t use extreme heat to dry and don’t use extreme heat to iron. They’re a simple set of rules. Simply follow these rules for great hair!




Choosing The Right Salon For You


Choosing a salon and then a hair designer isn’t easy. How do you do it? All salons have the same elements; a front desk, shampoo bowls, stylists, shears and combs and the support personnel.

The first question to ask is, “What separates one salon from another?”

In a word; education.

The top salons just happen to be ‘tops’ in education. A salon that is centered on education will deliver far more to you than a salon focused on sales. Surprisingly, learning the latest haircut isn’t near enough. Here are the most important elements:

  • The Guest Care Staff – The front desk experience should be a five star event. How you are received and cared for can make or break your experience. They cannot be an afterthought.
  • The Consultation – It’s the very essence of the salon industry. A great consultation’s where all great hair designs begin.
  • The Hair Design – An understanding of today’s styles is essential to be able to create a version for just you.
  • The Product Knowledge – Half of what makes a great hair style great are the products that are used to cleanse & style. The proper products in the proper amounts make a big difference in solving your hair care issues.
  • Self-Management – Drive and consistency is the key in a creative field. You want energy and excellence on each and every visit.

Education is what separate great salons and average salons. There’s a lot riding on your decision when seeking a salon with great hair as your goal. So when searching the Internet or picking up the phone and calling around, ask about the salon’s educational program. A salon that is ‘education driven’ will attract great stylists. Not just one good stylist.