These are some photos from one of my favorite weddings’ I was able to be a part of. The bride let me be creative in choosing all the hair styles I thought would compliment each bridesmaid.
Photography by Paul Von Rieter
For any wedding or bridal hair and make up services in the bay area contact Korina Stratton HERE
“Korina was recommended to me by a friend as a hair stylist for my wedding and she was amazing! She’s very professional, sweet and a true artist. She also did an amazing job color correcting my hair before the wedding, I would highly recommend Korina to any woman in San Francisco!” Review from Yelp
Not only is she incredibly talented, but she’s also super sweet. And she really listens to what you want and works with you to achieve your desired look. I was worried about the bad skin on my back being exposed during my ceremony, so she suggested extensions. She did such an amazing job blending them with my real hair and I had some grown out highlights that she managed to make look natural instead of tacky.
I had some initial hesitations with my makeup during our trial run, because I’m not used to wearing lots of makeup, so it looked a little too heavy and intense for me. Korina was very patient with me, explaining how it hardly shows up in photos. She uses high def makeup foundation, so you look flawless in photos.
I couldn’t be happier with the end results! My hair stayed in place and my makeup lasted through tears and lots of dancing. My bridesmaids loved their hairdos as well! Korina is quick with her updos and does beautiful work at a very reasonable price”– NINI@ YELP
San Francisco Hairstylist Korina Stratton, Sam Hill Salon, Union Square
Some recent work. Check out this beauty…
Wedding Season has been in full force! Check out some recent work on the beautiful bride Anna. One of the first things Anna mentioned to me when we met for her trial was that she wanted to look like herself and feel comfortable in her own skin for her big day. She wanted a natural, fresh look to accent her already beautiful features.
-I got married last month and Korina did a fabulous job on my make up! She is so sweet and easy to work with and really has an understanding of what her clients want as well as what looks good. She was with me for the majority of the day, starting with getting ready at my parent’s house to touch ups throughout the day. I loved my wedding make up and I loved working with Korina. I had several trials with other stylists and Korina was hands down the best! Thanks Korina!– ANNA@YELP
HairStylist Korina Stratton Sam Hill Salon, Union Square San Francisco
Hey guys. I know these aren’t the best quality photos but check out some of my latest creative color. Misty is wearing a pair of her favorite earrings to compliment her haircolor. They are Macaw feathers–the inspiration behind the color. Pretty rad huh?
MACAW FEATHER HAIR COLOR!
Sue walked in to the salon for the first time with long, black shiny locks. She let me know that she was ready for a huge change and wanted to cut off all of her hair. This is not the first time a new client has come to me with this request. I always make sure to have a VERY thorough consultation with the client before making such a huge change. We talk about the new ways in which to style shorter hair, how the texture may change and require more maintenance and styling time, how you may not be able to tie your back in to a pony tail (depending on how short we go), and how fun and stylish shorter can be. The great thing about shorter hair styles is that no matter what, you always have an awesome style! You can accentuate the great jaw line you may have, or show off that heart shaped face and gorgeous neck you possess. If you own it, then you rock it!
The best thing that Sue said that day, was that her husband encouraged the change and could not wait to see her new short hair style! I always respect a man that can appreciate style and beauty for what it is. As we all know, most men (not all) favor longer hair on women but Sue’s husband clearly wanted quite the opposite for his lovely lady. Check out the HUGE change. She looks great!!!
The answer to this question is both yes and no. Many of you may have your own opinions and complaints about this topic, however remember that it is best to take advice from the professional.
If you are a woman with really fine/thin hair, and prefer to style your hair on a daily basis for the sake of volume with a round brush and volumizing products then YES, you can wash your hair every day (with salon professional products ofcourse). Just remember to condition thoroughly (a lightweight conditioner is recommended) and/or apply a mask or deep treatment to the hair at least once a week to maintain and rehydrate. These women are the ONLY exception to washing their hair every day.
For all other women out there who are getting their hair cut at high end salons, and spending a good amount of money on their cut and/or color, you should NOT be washing your hair every day. Often I ask my clients what their reasons are for chosing to wash their hair every day. Some of the complaints I hear are:
“My hair gets super oily”
My Response: What kind of shampoo are you using? If it is an over-the-counter product such as Pantene, Garnier, Herbal Essences, Suave, Pert Plus, etc., then this is your problem and the result of your greasy/oily hair. Do you run your fingers through your hair constantly? If the answer is yes, then this can also be a result of oily/greasy hair. Are you wearing hats of any kind pretty frequently? If the answer is yes, then this can also be the reason your hair is constantly oily and greasy.
“I work out everyday and sweat so my hair feels gross”
My Response: I understand the feeling of sweaty workout hair after a visit to the gym. It is quite uncomfortable and annoying. If you need to get in the shower and rinse out the sweat from your hair, that is perfectly fine. Just don’t use shampoo and lather your scalp all over again if you just did that the day before. You can always recondition the very ends (keeping the product away from the scalp) if you want. It never hurts to rehydrate and give your dry ends some love.
“It’s just habit”
My Response: Break your habit. Don’t do it.
But WHY is it bad to wash your hair everyday?
My Response: The more you shampoo, the more you strip the oil off the scalp. And the more you take away this natural oil (sebum), the more your sebaceous glands pump to replace it as this is what protects the skin from losing moisture. This is why the hair becomes so oily. Your sebaceous glands go in to “panic” mode and immediately replace and overproduce to protect the scalp. Especially when you are using over-the-counter products that completely strip the scalps’ natural oils.
This leads us to the next most frequently asked question #2,
2. DOES IT REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF I’M USING OVER THE COUNTER SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONERS?
The answer to this question is without a doubt, 100% YES. It makes a huge difference, especially if you are a client who is getting your hair color or cut done professionally in a salon.
The biggest reason why you should not use over the counter shampoos is because all of them contain alcohol. Don’t you ever wonder why you love the way your hair feels squeaky clean when you first wash it? But then don’t you notice that by the very next day your hair is already greasy and ready to be washed again? This is because over the counter products containing alcohol are designed to take away too much of your natural oils, which leads to greasy/oily hair. You are then washing your hair more often (using more product) and then having to buy more product so frequently because of the amount you are using daily. You can pretty much refer to this as a marketing strategy for these companies or scam.
Instead, you should be using salon professional products that are Ph balanced. Salon professional shampoos and conditioners maintain the correct amount of moisture and balance in the hair and scalp. If you are guilty of washing your hair every day, then stop and put your hair in rehab. Here are the curable steps:
1. STOP using over the counter products
2. With some professional help and suggestion, find a shampoo and conditioner that is suitable for your hair type (i.e. volumizing, moisturizing, reconstructing, color-safe, etc.)
3. Allow your hair to just get greasy and let it be for a couple of days. Try and stick it out as much as you can. You can tie it back so that it’s out of your face and you don’t notice it as much. You can also buy a dry shampoo in the meantime to absorb the excess oil until you are able to regulate your sebaceous glands and get them back to normal.
4. After this 2-3 day detox, you may shampoo your hair with your salon professional shampoo and conditioner.
Note: This process of rehab may have to be repeated a couple of times before you can get your scalp back to normal. Don’t give up. Give it a try and you WILL notice the difference. You will not be having to buy as much product so often and you will also not have to take the time and wash your hair every single day. Welcome back to normal, healthy hair.