Choosing the Best Hair Color for Your Skin Type

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Choosing the Best Hair Color for Your Skin Type

Picking your new season hue is never as simple as pointing at a model on TV or in a magazine and saying, “this please!” I mean sure, you could do this and then go out to the store, pick up a box of dye in which the model on the front has a similar color (highly recommending you not do that, by the way), and attempt to color it yourself. Just be forewarned you are probably going to be disappointed, very disappointed. When it comes to hair color and what would look best on each individual, you must never forget the most vital factor in achieving beautiful hair color results: skin type (or tone). To tell you the truth, it is really more like what your skin type likes than what you like when it comes to hair color. Sorry folks.


A guide to the Best Color for Your Skin Type



Blonde hair for a light skin type: If you have a fair complexion, first and foremost stay away from platinum, white and ash tones. You will appear washed out, and for lack of a better word, ghostly. Instead, warm it a bit! At hints of strawberry, golden or even light blonde to add dimension and depth that will beautifully complement your delicate skin.

Blonde hair for medium skin type: Because you have a bit more color present in your skin, you can stand to add some to your locks as well. Shoot for golden and beige hues. Steer clear of ash and orange-based colors.

Blonde hair for dark skin types: Take care never to move more than two shades from your natural color (if you want things to look naturally appealing). Dark blonde, wheat blonde, golden and caramel blonde are all great compliments to a darker skin tone.


Brown hair for light skin type: Medium brown is usually the best zone to stay in. Strawberry or other warming red tones can also complement your skin type beautifully.

Brown hair for medium skin type: If you have more of a yellowish or medium undertone, you will have more versatility in terms of the brunettes. You can travel anywhere from medium brown to auburn and still look gorgeous!

Brown hair for dark skin type: If you have a more olive undertone, you are amongst the lucky ones that can pull off the darker shades of brown. Spice things up by adding touches of auburn, red, or lighter brown.


Red hair for light skin tones: Those with lighter skin types or a fairer complexion have a lot of versatility in terms of reds. You can go anywhere from golden, light to strawberry reds comfortably, and can even pull off the trendy bright reds or coppers beautifully! Beware: steer clear of burgundies and wine colored reds, they are not your thing!

Red hair for medium skin type: You have more pigment in your hair and so you can successfully add more to your hair. Go for medium auburns to medium coppery blonde and you will not be disappointed. However, venture closer to the realm of eggplant and you may not be so enthralled with your reflection.

Red hair for dark skin type: If you have a darker skin tone, go for a chestnutty red-brown or medium auburn, you will look fabulous! Do not, however, go for the daring super-duper reds, as they have a lot of blues in them (believe it or not) and may make you look a bit green.


Black hair for light skin type: Sorry, but black is not recommended. Try more of a neutral dark brown.

Black hair for medium skin type: Again, would not recommend black. You can go more for the darkest of browns, almost black even, but steer clear of a reddish black here as it may make your skin appear yellowish.

Black hair for dark skin type: Congratulations, you are amongst the few that can pull off black hair, stylishly. However, if you go black, avoid blue black. The darkest of browns also will be stunningly attractive on you.

How to Choose the Right Shampoo for Your Hair

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How to Choose the Right Shampoo for Your Hair

In order to pick the right shampoo for your hair, you have to do one thing first. You must consider the condition your hair is now currently in, because that will help you determine the type of hair products you need. Then, once you determine what type of hair you have, you will want to look for key words on the label of hair care products. For example: for fine hair, look for a volumizing shampoo which would help create body and thickness.

How to pick the right Shampoo

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For Dry hair

Look for an intense moisturizing shampoo. This will help replace essential oils to the hair. You can also give yourself and “oil bath”. Coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil or argan oil can be coated on the ends of dry hair. You can work your way up the shaft of the hair to cover any dry or damaged sections. These natural oils are fantastic emollients, and help restore health and vitality.

For Oily hair

The opposite of dry hair, stay away from moisturizing or conditioning shampoos. You don’t want to add more moisture to oily air. You want to purchase a product that is specifically formulated for oily hair. With oily hair, dandruff is a common issue. One usually assumes a dry scalp causes dandruff. But your scalp is oil producing. Yeast that live on the scalp feed on those oils and produce irritating by-products that make the scalp flake. People who produce more oil than others, often experience problems with dandruff.

For Color-treated hair

There are several products that lend themselves to the restoration of color-treated hair. But they all contain the same ingredients that keep from tarnishing the color. The difference comes down to simple marketing. Use your best judgment. An oil bath is another great home remedy for color-treated hair.

For healthy hair

If you have relatively healthy hair, without visible dryness, flakiness or oily residue, then you want to choose a shampoo that caters to the qualities of your hair as it appears naturally. For example: If you have curly hair, choose a product that supports hair with curls. There are products that are specifically for more kinky curls that have a spiral like effect. As well as products that lend themselves to a beachy, wind swept curl. Whether you have frizzy or flat hair, there is a shampoo made for it.


Once you’ve identified your hair needs, experiment with different brands till you find your favorite.

3 Ways to Ensure that you Love your Wedding Hair

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Love Your Wedding HairYour wedding day is supposed to be one of the most magical days of your life, which means you need to look the part! Your hair plays a large role in the way you look and feel on that day. Even though it is a day to look glamorous and sophisticated, it is also a day to reflect on the person that you are both alone and with your spouse. Rather than risking any mistakes, consider these simple tips to ensure that you love your wedding hair when it is done at our hair salon in Cary!

Come in for a Practice Run

Love Your Wedding HairHave you dreamed of the beautiful way your hair is going to look on your wedding day? We want to hear these dreams and have time to practice them! Come in for a run through so that we can make sure we are meeting every aspect of what you anticipated your hair to look like. Talk to us when you make the appointment so that we can let you know exactly what to bring and how to wear your hair so that we can replicate everything that we would do on your actual wedding day.

Go Glamorous, but not Over the Top

Many soon-to-be brides imagine themselves with hair that does not resemble their personality. They may see pictures in magazines or just have their own wild dreams, but once the hairdo is actually done on their hair, they hate it. Try to choose a style that is in between what you would normally wear and over-the-top glamorous. This will help you to feel special on your wedding day without being uncomfortable in your own skin.

Make it Special

Add something in your hair that you would not normally wear! Try jeweled barrettes, hair clips or any type of rhinestone bling that will add sparkle to your hair both front and back. Remember, this is your day to absolutely shine! Talk to our stylists about their suggestions if you are unsure of what to wear.

Call our hair salon in Cary today to make your appointment for your wedding hair run-through!

Wedding Hair and Makeup

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Wedding Hair And Makeup

Get the Hair you Want on your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is meant to be perfect – which means numerous details that need attention, of which most important is your hair. Even if you are what you consider a “plain Jane”, always wearing your hair down and placing very little makeup on your face, you want to look your very best on your wedding day. That is what our experts are here to help you achieve! At our hair salon in Cary we have many options for you to choose from to help you look and feel your very best.


Wedding Hair Styles

Talk to us about your Desires

Your wedding day is what we consider your dream day, so you tell us what you want for your wedding hair. In return, we will help you see other options that will utilize your ideas, but “play them up” just a little bit. The key factor in great wedding photos is wedding hairstyles that will make you look your best. Remember, those photos are something you will treasure for the rest of your life, which is why so much emphasis is placed on your hair in order to accentuate your best features and make you look radiant as you smile for the camera all day long.


Wedding Hair Styles

Wedding Hairstyles to Consider

Every bride is different and will want a hairstyle that reflects her personality. We offer a variety of bridal hair services including full up-dos, half-up wedding hair, sleek buns, all-over curls, and sensual braids, just to name a few! Remember your wedding hairstyle should mimic your personality while taking it up a notch. Whether you want to look romantic, sensual, sleek, or just downright dreamy, we can help you achieve your look with the extensive experience in bridal hair that each of our stylists possess.

Call us today to make your appointment for your wedding hair at our organic hair salon!

The Hottest Prom Hair Styles for 2015

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Prom is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking of the perfect hairstyle to complement your dress. Our organic hair salon in Cary can help you pick the trendiest hairdo that matches your personality as well as your style. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Prom Hair Styles

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Short Hair

Just because you have short hair does not mean you cannot have a trendy prom style. Why not try a spiky look? When you use a good mousse or gel your spikes will go strong all night long. If a softer look is more your thing, try some floral hair accessories. A beautiful crown of daisies (real or fake) will add a pixie-like look and would be perfect with a flowy, natural or pastel colored dress.

Long Hair

If you have long hair you have two choices: up or down. Are you opting for down? Yo-yo curls are a great way to add a little spring to your long hair. If you’d prefer an updo, our stylists can create a curly side ponytail for a sophisticated look. Or if you want something a little more diverse, try a side bun and add in some dainty flowers.

Straight Styles

If your hair is straight and curls just won’t hold, try a classic braid. There are many braiding options, and including a braided bun or a long, flowing braid with a few added flowers in the strands.

Curly Styles

Do you already have curly hair? Come on in for a deep conditioning treatment if you have any frizz, then decide how you want to wear it. Longer hair gals will look lovely with their hair to one side over the shoulder. If you have shorter hair, we can make your curls a little more uniform and fresh and ready for your big night.


It’s prom season in the Cary, Apex and Holly Springs area. Our organic hair salon can help you with all your prom hair needs, even if you want to try a new hair color. Prom should be a memorable night and you want to look your best! Call us for an appointment today! Here’s something else you need for a great Prom experience: Limo Raleigh.

The Perfect Lighting for a Hair Salon

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Using LED light bulbs is part of going green for a hair salon

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Even if you have everything perfect in your salon, if you don’t have the right lighting, it can all seem off.  The right types of lights and the right types of bulbs will flatter your customers while making it easy for your stylists to see what they’re doing.  The lights need to give stylists an accurate view of the color of their client’s hair, but they shouldn’t be so bright and harsh that the client is uncomfortable under them.  If you’re uncertain about what type of lighting to use in your salon, here are a few things to take into consideration.

The temperature of the bulb is very important.  This is what people are talking about when they say that a bulb puts off warm or cool lighting.  White lighting (which is what most homes and businesses use for general lights) is measured by temperature.  This temperature is measured in Kelvins.  The scale ranges from zero, which is a very red light, to 10,000, which is the light given off during a bright, sunny day.  The lower the temperature is, the warmer the light is considered to be.  Warm light is usually considered less white—candles, for example, are very low on the Kelvin scale (around 1,900 Kelvin) because they give off light that’s very orange in nature.  A white LED light bulb, on the other hand, is around 7,000 Kelvin because it produces a crisp, cool light blue light.

Remember that the Kelvin scale is backwards from what you might assume: the higher the temperature, the cooler the light.  The warmer colors are at the bottom of the scale.

Lighting in the middle range (3,000 to 4,000 Kelvin) is a very flattering light.  People look good under these mildly warm lights.  They provide soft lighting that lets blemishes and other signs of aging blend in with the rest of the skin.

lighting in an organic hair salonGoing with a really warm light (anything under about 3,000 Kelvin) tends to put off more of a pinkish-yellow tone.  That can actually distort the color of some people’s hair. If you go higher on the Kelvin scale, you reach cooler bulbs that are much brighter.  At around 5,000 Kelvin, the lighting is about the same as being outside on a very sunny day.  It’s too bright for some people, and it can be hard on the eyes.

Many salons choose to go with light in the 4,000 Kelvin range.  This light provides a natural white light that doesn’t distort colors, but also isn’t too harsh.  It’s perfect for salons because it lets the stylist see exactly what shade their client’s hair without being so bright it’s painful.

Another important part of seeing hair color accurately is the Color Rendering Index of a bulb.  You want to look for bulbs with a CRI of at least 80, preferably 85.  Without these bulbs, a client who wants their hair colored may see one shade of color in the salon and a very different one outdoors.

In addition to the type of light, the placement of the light is also very important.  You want to make sure there are no shadows around the chair so that the stylists can see every angle without needing to ask the client to move into better light.  Most people assume this means to light from above, but putting lights on the wall can actually be more effective.  If possible, do both.  Just make sure any light you have coming from above is good and strong.  Spotty overhead lighting is one of the biggest causes of shadows.

Many successful salons mix and match different types of lighting.  They use warm bulbs on the walls that make their clients look great, then bring in good overhead lighting to illuminate the workspace.

Environmental Factors Contribute to Thyroid Disease

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Aloe VeraIn recent years, I’ve noticed an alarming increase in the number of people dealing with thyroid issues. The sad truth is that there are many environmental factors contributing to this epidemic. It is vital for us – the consumer to educate ourselves and develop a thorough understanding of what we put in our bodies. Now more than ever, the buyer must “beware!”

There are countless toxins in our foods and cosmetics that that are endocrine disrupters. They can cause the thyroid to be under or over active. Unfortunately, our FDA has done a poor job of protecting consumers. We need to conduct our own research when shopping for food and personal hygiene products. This means studying and understanding ingredients. Reading labels can be arduous and complex, particularly because manufacturers are allowed to mislead consumers with deceiving packaging. We’re forced to trust loosely regulated manufacturers as we scavenger hunt for safe products every week.

There are recourses available to help us in this effort, such as the Environmental Working Group. Their website provides essential information on products and companies. You can type in an ingredient and they will give you the toxicity level. The Health Studio in Morrisville also provides important health information. They offer lectures on thyroid dysfunction a few times each month.

Here at Total Concepts Salon, we make sure every hair care product we carry is free of toxins. In addition to causing thyroid issues, they can also cause a number of other problems such as cancer, fertility problems, premature aging, and baldness. We know your health is of the utmost importance, so educate yourself, be aware, and stay safe!

Your Blow Dryer May Be Destroying Your Hair

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Is your hair dry and hard to comb through? Does it feel like straw and frizz up after you spent thirty minutes styling it? Tired of spending tons of money on products that are not helping?

Blow Dryer Might Destroy Your HairYour blow dryer could be burning your hair and you may not even be able to see it. So many times clients will come in complaining about their hair is damaged and feels over processed . When the hair is damaged from the hair dryer it will cause tiny rough white spots all along the hair shaft. It is difficult to see on your own hair in the mirror. The best way to tell if your dryer is broken is to put it on high and blow it on your arm for a few minutes. If it is cooler than normal and gets spurts of high heat than you need to throw it away. This means the mechanism to control the heat is broken and your hair is slowly roasting. This is a vey dangerous safety hazard because at anytime it can catch on fire.

The good news is that the hair repairs very fast from this. Mastey has a good hair mask that can be used two or three times a week and loma has a good daily fortifying oil that will help. Using good products and shampoo and the hair can return to normal with In two weeks.

Paying To Much For Hair Extensions

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Hair Extension

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Hair stylists are charging way too much for hair extensions. The old bonding and glueing the hair in is obsolete . This was a time consuming process and it drove up the cost. The client would have to sit in the chair for twelve to sixteen hours for this process only to end up with their own hair becoming extremely damaged.

Hair extensions have come a long way and that time and money is no longer needed. Although the price should be much lower , stylists are still charging $1200-$2400 to install extensions. Hot heads extensions have a tape in method available bringing the cost and time down to a quarter of the previous technique. The damage to the hair is significantly less and in most cases no damage at all. The whole process takes no more than two hours.

Do your research before scheduling your next appointment for hair extensions and make sure you are getting what you pay for.

Press Release: Raleigh Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

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For Immediate Release August 19, 2014
CASANA Contact: Sharon Gretz, M.Ed,
Executive Director/Founder
Phone: 412-343-7102

Local Contact: Kristina Graham

Walk In September Will Raise Awareness For Children With Apraxia

– Raleigh Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech


APEX, NC – (AUGUST 19, 2014) – Kristina Graham of Fuquay Varina is coordinating the Raleigh Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event on Saturday, September 20th at American Tobacco Trail. All proceeds will benefit important apraxia programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder in children. This little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech® is held across the country as a means to heighten awareness and funding.

“We are hosting this event to promote awareness, raise funds for research and programs through CASANA, and share struggles and triumphs with others. For families struggling with apraxia, this walk proves that we are not alone. Last year we were touched by an awesome turnout. It was inspiring to meet so many great people in support of this cause. We are focused on making this year bigger and better!” Kristina says.

The Raleigh Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is open to all adults and children. On-site registration and check-in on September 20th begins at 8:15 AM, with the Walk starting at 9:00 AM. Anyone interested in registering, making a donation, or learning more about the event can contact or visit the event website at

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and founded in 2000, is the only national 501(c)3 non-profit public charity exclusively dedicated to the needs and interests of children with apraxia of speech and their families. CASANA’s mission is to improve the systems of support in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech. CASANA supports this mission by promoting awareness through Walks held all over North America; providing high quality information and support through the Apraxia-KIDS website and online communities; conducting multiple educational events; and funding apraxia research. For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at