Bespoke hair styling for discriminating people.

Be-spoke

bəˈspōk/

Adjective, British

  1. (of goods and services) made to order.

When you come in the Salon with a picture of a haircut you like, I will ask you a couple of questions.

What is it about this hairstyle you like?  Is there anything that you would change?  Then I will look closely at your face.  I know, it’s a little unnerving, but I think it’s important to assess your features, symmetry, proportion, and current hair length and texture.  This is why I love the idea of bespoke hairstyling.  It’s not only a picture of you when you looked and felt your best, it’s an image of you right now.  I want to give you what you want, but I want to tailor it to who you are right now. Bespoke hair styling means a hairstyle especially for you.

We all gravitate back to the hairstyle we wore when we felt our best.  I can’t say it was when we were at our most secure, most successful or even most beautiful, but it was when we felt like a million bucks.  It’s usually a time when we felt youthful maybe even invincible.  I’m not saying that we’re longing for our youth.  Hell no.  I think we are a lot wiser than we were and wouldn’t exchange that wisdom for anything.  What I’m trying to say, is that we gravitate to the place where we felt comfortable.  I can tell you, I’ve done the pixie, bob, long hair thing so may times.  If I were to be really honest with myself, I have to admit that the length of my hair is proportional to my weight.  I cut my hair off when I’ve dropped a ton of weight.  I don’t have perfect features by any means, but I feel terrific with short hair, and clearly no photos of my really long hair.

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and every length in between…

What is your lifestyle, how much time do you have to do your hair?

Let’s talk about what’s going on in your life right now.  Where do we want to add emphasis?  Where would we like to add drama?  What can we do to draw the eye away from certain areas?  That’s what I mean when I say Bespoke Hair Styling.  I want you to have the perfect style especially for you.  I schedule an extra fifteen minutes just for our consultation so I can customize the perfect look to suit your lifestyle in the next forty-five minutes.

Get a custom hairstyle, tailored specifically for you.  Be Bespoke

Sarah Kelly, P3 Hair Design, 805.324.7950

Added Services Available from P3 Hair Design

I’ve had some really interesting questions come up in the last couple of weeks.  Clients who are visiting with me for the first time aren’t familiar with the way I work and are skeptical of the value added services I offer each and every person who sits in my chair.

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Complimentary scalp and shoulder massage with every haircut.

I offer a scalp and shoulder massage with every hair cut.  That includes the delicious essential oil I rub into my hands before I touch your head.  My massage is a multi sensory experience that I think a lot of folks like it almost as much as my haircuts.  My scalp and shoulder massage is complementary to your hair service, and I mean this in both contexts of the word “complementary”.  I believe that a little massage before I wash your hair is relaxing and gives us a few minutes to get to know each other better after we’ve had our consultation.  It’s also free!  I’m happy to do it.  I also appreciate people who aren’t comfortable with that kind of touch or if we’re visiting during your lunch hour and really can’t spare the 5 minutes – I get that.  But to be clear, the massage is FREE.

I find it sad that I should have to make this clear.  There is a trend in my business to up sell everything.  Salons have made big business of adding services to the service you actually came in to get.  I’ve fallen victim to it myself as customer elsewhere, “Would you like the deep conditioning treatment today?” and all of a sudden your bill is $200 (my reconditioning treatments, by the way, are valued at $15).  And what can you say at that point?  You’ve already had all these add on services done and you can’t give them back!  I apologize on behalf of my industry. 

I make in MY BUSINESS to be as transparent as possible.  Please ask me upfront what your service will cost (here is my services menu).  I have an app that will itemize everything for you and send you a receipt.  Easy peasy.  That said, my one exception to the rule is color correction.  If you’re asking me to fix someone else’s work, I’m going to charge by the hour, because, honestly, I don’t know how long it’ll take me and how many products I will need to adjust the tone or remove the hair color.  But again, I’m going to be upfront with you in our consultation that we will be spending approximately X hours together and here is my rate and that adds up to approximately $X.

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Complimentary hand and arm massage with every color service!

Back to massage.  I give an arm and hand massage while you’re color is processing too.  I also give my hand massages at the hood dryers while you’re receiving a Healing Treatment for your hair.  This is a value added service.  It’s completely complimentary and if you prefer to read People or answer emails that’s okay too.

I’m sorry to get on my soap box about added services, but it seemed like the perfect opportunity to set the record straight on how I like to do business and let you know that I’m not going to charge you for the massage.  It’s just a little thing I like to do for you to welcome you into my chair and hopefully make your day.

Carpe Diem

Sarah Kelly

805.324.7950 – TWTh 11-7 or leave me a message

Color your curly hair

Do you struggle with how to color your curly hair? 

Do use box color, only to be disappointed with the flat mat lifeless reflection in the mirror when you’re done?  I did too until I became a Colorist.  They say the mirror doesn’t lie, but it doesn’t exactly tell the truth either.  I want my next job to be the box color namer.  Tahitian Sunset sounds great until you see mauve roots and the same brown ends, with a weird purple tinge. The lady in the picture has shiny straight hair that is a beautiful burgundy. What happened?

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Curly hair takes color differently.

Curly hair and gray hair are not smooth and straight.  Textured hair is often coarser and more porous (sort of like ‘spongy’) than straight hair.  Mature hair doesn’t reflect the light like everyone else’s.  Coarse hair isn’t necessarily shiny. Curly hair is usually dryer than average hair so it will absorb light and color differently.

can you relate?

I have curly hair with some gray to cover.  I understand texture and curl formation and I also understand how to use color to enhance a haircut and lifestyle.  Your curly or gray hair will absorb the color quickly and may initially appear darker than the targeted shade because of the porosity.  It will suck up that color because your hair is thirsty for hydration any hydration.  That same open, thirsty cuticle will potentially also release that color equally as fast.  Which is why you may feel your color fades fast.  It’s not necessarily the colorist’s application that is sabotaging your results.  What we, as colorists, may be afraid to tell you is that you aren’t taking care of your color at home.  I’m going to recommend good quality products to you that will quench your thirsty strands and help you maintain your color until our next visit (6-8 weeks, sooner if your hair grows fast or you have a lot of gray to cover). 

Gray Hair accepts color differently

Some gray hair has trouble absorbing color.  The cuticle is super tight and requires extra Oomph to open it up to accept the color.  As a professional I’m going to assess your hair and make the right call on how to best feature you and your hair.  I’m going to be introducing L’anza Color in the next several weeks.  L’anza is a local company in Santa Monica and uses their patented Color Attachment Technology and Keratin Healing System replenishes protein and moisture.  I will also be applying the color to wet hair with this line.  That will help mitigate any porosity and make sure we get even color results.  L’anza also has Flower Shield to slow the fading process.

Make your appointment today with me at P3 Hair!  Call 805/324-7950 today.  I’m available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11-7; or by appointment.

Sarah Kelly is P3 Hair.

Curated Curls, carpe diem!

 

 

 

Plopping Curly Hair

Plopping curly hair is just carefully placing your curls into a cotton tee shirt and allow the shirt to absorb the excess water, without the friction and frizz of a terry cloth towel.

I’ve had a couple of easy breezy long haired curly girls in my chair lately who had never heard of hair plopping.  It’s a really easy way to dry and style your curls simultaneously.  By the way, it also works on short curly hair.

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Prep, Style and Finish!

Here is what you’ll need to get starting plopping:

  1. A great hair cut. The best tools and products aren’t going to give you amazing curls unless you have a great cut to start.
  2. Good quality products.  I like to use a Prep, Style and Finish product.  The Prep product should be a leave in conditioner.  Even if you’ve conditioned your hair in the shower, use a leave in to protect your curls from the elements.  UV protection is a bonus, moisture is a must! You can use a mousse, a gel, or a lotion to Style your hair.  You might even want to keep each of these types of products on hand.  Each one has a different level of hold and degree of softness.  The lighter the hold, the more soft your curls will be.  When your hair is mostly dry, finish your curls with shine spray, an anti humectant or even an anti frizz product.  I’ve written about what a fan I am of Alterna Haircare, but you can review my post here
  3. A very well loved tee shirt.  I wouldn’t recommend a pit stained shirt with old paint spatters, but a tee shirt that has been washed more than a few times.  The video shows a long sleeve shirt which I think is a terrific idea.  I’ve also had clients use their husband’s tee shirts because they’re big enough to fully envelope their curls.

Here is a short YouTube video that will walk you through the process of hair plopping:

If you’re at work and can’t do a video right this moment, here are some instructions on plopping hair with a t shirt with photos from naturallycurly.com (love those curly gurrlls).

Call (805) 324-795 to schedule a consultation with me on how to get your best curls yet!

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

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The Top Three Questions to Answer Before Your Makeover

New Year, new look, new you!  I love a makeover.  If you’re ready, here are the top three questions you need to answer before your makeover.

1. Thanks for bringing in the photos. What do you like or dislike about them?

Editorial styling is an art.  People in magazines are made up to look good for the camera.  Neither of us really has any idea what it took to get that volume/color/style.  I love visual aids.  They are a true expression of what you’d like me to do.  We’ll talk about what you like about the photo and I’ll check your current length, the condition of your hair, the texture of your hair and make sure it’s a good match for your lifestyle before we start your makeover.  We’ll walk through the haircut and I’ll talk you through any changes that I feel would better suit your features.  Please be patient with my questions.  Hair is my passion and I get very excited about it, I want you to be excited about it too!

2. How much effort are you willing to put into your hair?

If you’re a no fuss, no muss, person, thats okay, Most styles do need a little product – even Beachy Air Dried Waves require a little texturizing spray and a leave-in conditioner.  Super straight styles need some heat from a blow dryer and tension from a brush.  Ask me how to blow out your own hair.  Do try to embrace your natural texture – it’s the path of least resistance. If you’re not afraid of styling tools, loose curls or flat ironing your hair can refresh any hair style.  Platinum Blonde or fashion colors are beautiful but huge commitments of time and money, so if you want to go from dark brown to blonde or on the flip side, going from grey to dark brown be prepared to sit at the salon for a few hours and come back every three or four weeks for retouches.

3. What are you using at home?

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Sulfate free shampoo and conditioner are going to best protect your new cut and/or color.  Salon QUALITY products are just that.  I’m going to use the best possible products on your hair so we achieve the best results, why wouldn’t you want that too?  Clients ask me what is the difference?  P&G (no offense) are going to use the least expensive stuff they can get in the highest quantities.  It’s simple economics.  I have the best quality products for a reasonable price, I have to buy them too!   I highly recommend Alterna Haircare products and you can pick them up from Mira Bella.

So, when would you like to get together?

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

(805) 324-7950

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Special Offers for first time and established customers

I have some special offers running through the end of the year!  Something for everyone.

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$20 off your first service!

New Customers

I’ve been out in my neighborhood and leaving a special offer door hanger.  Wow! 12k steps in just a couple of hours.  Is it me or has it been unusually warm in Santa Barbara?  This is not what I signed up for people.  I covered a lot of the Mesa, but ran out of water pretty early in my walk about.

If you received one of my door hangers, terrific!  If you found this post, I’ll still honor the deal. Call (805) 324-7950 and make an appointment to see me and you’ll get $20 off ANY service.  Here is a link to my Services Page to check my prices.

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Refer a friend!

Current Customers

I’m also encouraging my current customers to refer a friend.  I’m happy to give your buddy $20 off and the next time I see you, I’ll give you $20 off your service too!  WIN/WIN.  Please, PLEASE invite a friend to come in and visit me.  I’m still in the building stage and have appointments available in the evening for anyone to come in after work.

super secret discount: $10 off your service if you ‘like’ P3 Hair Design on Facebook……

Gift Certificates are also available!

 

p3 hair by Sarah Kelly 805.324.7950 for an appointment.

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 11 – 7

Hair Products

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Products enhance your hairstyle

I’m getting to know Santa Barbara better every day.  What I’ve heard in my chair mostly these first 6 months is requests for little or no hair products.  This puts me in a bit of a pickle.  While I want very much to give you the service you want, I also want very much to give you the hair style you’ve requested.  Most days that means putting a little something-something in your hair.  

If I insist on putting some goo in your hair, please don’t be offended.  I just want to give you the best possible results.  California poses a number of environmental challenges to most hairstyles.  

▪ Sun:  

The sun will dry your hair and fade your color.  In most cases, I want to slather your hair with moisture.  I want to protect it from damage.  In most cases, I want to help you protect your investment in hair color and provide products with UV protection.

▪ Salt:

In most cases the ocean provides terrific texture.  Add a little sunscreen and you have yourself great “Beachy Waves”.  But, see the facts above.  If you’re spending time at the beach, you’re exposing your hair to drying atmospheric elements that could again ruin the investment you’ve made with me.  Let me use some leave in conditioner to replace the moisture and protein the ocean has removed.

▪ Humidity:  

Santa Barbara has the most amazing weather.  Our mornings are a little overcast, sometimes foggy, usually humid.  This is going to make your hair frizzy.  There, I said the word, yes frizzy.  If I’m seeing you earlier in the day, I’m going to want to put some serum in your hair.  Yes, it’s an oil, yes, if you use too much it can appear greasy, but I won’t do that to you!  I’m going to use the serum to smooth the cuticle of your hair and seal it so it won’t absorb any more water from the air.  Cool huh?  I might also add the serum as a finish product to again smooth and gloss your hair.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m using Alterna Haircare Products at my station and now they’re available to you through Mira Bella’s retail area.  I may also cocktail in some Kevin Murphy products, a higher end product that’s also available.

I am all about keeping it natural, but I promise the products that I recommend to you when I’m styling your hair are all natural.  They are free of alcohol, sulfates and parabens and are not tested on animals.  They will rinse right out on your first shower, so you won’t get any build-up.  Come on, treat yourself to a little aromatherapy session while I create the perfect hairstyle just for you.

Carpe Diem

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

(805) 324-7950

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Hairstyles for older women

Hairstyles for older women have gotten a bad rep.

The lack of moisture and texture changes can make the products that we have trusted for most of our lives useless. Guess what? The products I have been recommending for curly hair are the same products I would recommend for aging hair. Aging hair styling starts in the shower. Be sure to use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. When you’re ready to style, my recommendations are ‘don’t’s’ rather than ‘do’s’. Avoid alcohol, sulfates, and silicone in your products. Read the label – if you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want to use it (steps off of soapbox). I’m currently recommending hair products from Alterna.  This hair care company really fits the criteria.

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Is this normal?

Has this happened to you?

You shampoo your hair and it comes out by the hand full?  I personally am in the midst of “the change” as Jessica Tandy said in “Fried Green Tomatoes”.  This is usually a sure sign of hormonal changes.  But if you’re not yet in your 50’s or well past them, it might be a good idea to have your thyroid checked by your healthcare professional.  If all other causes have been ruled out (age, thyroid, medications, etc.) it could be due to stress or even heredity.

If you’re at all concerned about your thinning hair, there are more options now than just Rogaine.  We have just brought in the Kevin Murphy line into Mira Bella Salon and Spa.  KM has a new product called Body Mass that utilizes the same medicine as the eyelash restoring products.  We can special order the accompanying shampoo and conditioner for you.  We are also introducing Alterna Haircare to the salon and their Caviar Clinical line that will organically improve hair growth and enhance volume. Changes are good, embrace them and learn from them.  If you would like some additional product information or styling tips, feel free to call me at (805) 324-7950 for a consultation.

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

(805) 324-7950

curated curls

New Santa Barbara Hair Stylist

Sarah Kelly is new to Santa Barbara, but not a new hair stylist!  She was a Salon owner and hair stylist in Minnesota for several years before becoming a part of Mira Bella Salon and Spa.

Sarah specializes in curly hair cuts, but loves to work with all textures of men’s and women’s hair. The recommended styling line she uses is Alterna Haircare.  An organically sourced line featuring low alcohol, no sulfates, no parabens, and not tested on animals.  It’s now for sale at the Salon.  Mira Bella also offers Kevin Murphy products.

Sarah also offers custom dimensional color.  The product line is L’anza Color which is a low ammonia.  L’anza is infinitely customizable.  Any shade is possible.

P3 Hair Design (Sarah) is located on the Mesa of Santa Barbara (inside Mira Bella, across from CVS ad just behind The Good Cup). 

Address: 1819 Cliff Road, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

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Telephone: (805) 324-7950 for an appointment with Sarah!

Email: sarah.kelly@p3hair.com

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11 – 7; or my appointment

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