Photo of Arrojo hair products at Portland's WINDOWWALL Salon.

Arrojo Products are here!

Each one of our clients know exactly how WW loves Phyto and forever will because of the endless times we have seen it work miracles. Although we have been searching up and down for the perfect styling products to offer to our clients. We have done our research and have established new relationships in the industry.. and let me tell you that when choosing a product line it is so very important that it reflects similarly to the same philosophies that we hold with our products. We needed products to create desired looks that we have been wanting to mold and sculpt… Such as: sleek, messy, textural, shiny, matte, glossy, conditioned or the perfect amount of matte with an enhancement of shine.

And you guessed it… ARROJO! These products are seriously everything, from the simple, clean modern package design to the scent these products have… um, wow! Not to mention, they all are paraben and sodium lauryl sulfate free, uphold UV protection in each of them and can fight off any humidity if a client is wanting a straight look to last.

Nick Arrojo is the new leading stylist that is similar to Vidal creator or Vidal Sassoon, Michael Gordon’s Bumble and Bumble and Horst Rechelbacher creator of Aveda. He is the new man in the industry, having three salons in NY and recently opening a Cosmetology School. I couldn’t be more happy to develop relations with their team and get to share these smart products with our clientele. We were the first salon in Portland to carry the line and couldn’t be more excited!

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Photo of grey hair at WINDOWWALL Salon in Portland

Grey Hair Coverage

IT MAY BE THE TREND TONE OF THE FASHIONABLY YOUTHFUL, BUT WHENEVER GREY STARTS SHOWING UP NATURALLY IN THE HAIR, MOST PEOPLE FEEL LESS THAN FABULOUS, REGARDLESS OF AGE.

IT’S NO SECRET GREYING DOES A NUMBER ON THE HAIR. IT GROWS IN COARSER, WIREY, DULLER, AND HARDER TO STYLE. IT TENDS TO WASH OUT NATURAL BLONDES, DRABS REDHEADS AND CLASHES WITH BRUNETTES. GREY IS STILL THE NUMBER ONE REASON PEOPLE COLOR THEIR HAIR. GREAT HAIRCOLOR CAN RESTORE VIBRANCY AND SHINE, SOFTEN TEXTURE AND IMPROVE MANAGEABILITY.

AT THE SIGHT OF THEIR FIRST PREMATURE GREYS, CLIENTS ASK ME, “WHAT SHOULD I DO?” GONE ARE THE DAYS OF JUST “DOES SHE OR DOESN’T SHE?” I LIKE TO EXPLORE THE DIVERSITY OF COLOR SERVICES THAT CAN BE TAILORED TO THE INDIVIDUAL. WHEN IT COMES TO COLORING GREY, CONSIDER WHETHER YOU WANT TO COMPLETELY COVER IT, OR JUST BLEND IT WITH YOUR OWN COLOR.

EVEN THOSE WHO EMBRACE THEIR GREY CAN BENEFIT FROM A COLOR GLOSS. IT ENHANCES THE GREY WITH PEARLY TONES AND NEUTRALIZES ANY YELLOW, WHILE IMPROVING CONDITION AND SHINE.

HIGHLIGHTING OR LOWLIGHTING IS A NATURAL BUT SOPHISTICATED APPROACH TO BLENDING AWAY GREY. WITH HIGHLIGHTS, BRIGHTER BLONDE STRANDS CATCH THE EYE, MAKING GREYS SEEM MORE PLATINUM AND SOFTENING OVERALL APPEARANCE WITH A FRESH YOUTHFUL GLOW.

FOR THOSE WITH NATURALLY DARKER HAIR, LOWLIGHTS ARE A GREAT OPTION. COLORISTS PAINT ONLY ONTO SELECT HAIRS, CREATING A MORE STRIKING “SALT AND PEPPER” CONTRAST. THE DEEPER TONES MAKE THE REMAINING GREY POP AND LOOK MORE SILVERY AND REFINED.

GREY BLENDING USES DEMI-PERMANENT COLOR TO GIVE TONE TO GREY HAIR. WHILE ITS LIMITED IN ONLY DEPOSITING, AND NOT LIGHTENING, DEMI-PERMANENT COLOR IS THE MOST GENTLE PROCESS ON THE HAIR, OFFERING ZERO DAMAGE AND HIGH SHINE. GREY BLENDING IS IDEAL FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE SALON AS OFTEN, WITH MINIMAL REGROWTH AS THE COLOR SLOWLY FADES IN INTENSITY OVER TIME.

PERMANENT COLOR IS BEST FOR FULL COVERAGE. YET A SINGLE PROCESS, OR FULL HEAD OF COLOR CAN LOOK FLAT, UNIFORM AND UNNATURAL. SOME OF THE WORST COLOR CORRECTIONS I’VE SEEN HAVE BEEN OVERSATURATED HOME SINGLE PROCESS COLORS. A GOOD COLORIST WITH ATTENTION TO DETAIL KNOWS HOW TO PREVENT HAIRCOLOR FROM BECOMING MONOCHROMATIC: WORKING IN HIGHLIGHTS OR BALAYAGE FOR DIMENSION, AND TONERS OR GLOSSES TO REFRESH AND BALANCE FOR NATURAL LOOKING RESULTS.

AS WITH ANY NEW HAIRCOLOR, ITS IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER THE MAINTENANCE: BOTH IN THE SALON AND AT HOME. DIMENSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS OR LOWLIGHTS MIGHT ONLY NEED TO BE FRESHENED UP EVERY 6-8 WEEKS. YET DEPENDING ON THE AMOUNT OF GREY IN THE HAIR, SINGLE PROCESS COLORS MAY REQUIRE RETOUCH EVERY 3-6 WEEKS. WHEN GREYS COME IN PROMINENTLY IN THE PARTING, A POWDER LIKE COLOR WOW ROOT COVER UP IS A GREAT WAY TO EXTEND COVERAGE UNTIL THE NEXT HAIRCOLOR RETOUCH.

THE RIGHT PRODUCTS AT HOME ARE ALSO ESSENTIAL FOR THE BEST HAIR CONDITION AND COLOR LONGEVITY. REGULAR SHAMPOO ISN’T ENOUGH. A GOOD COLOR PROTECTING SHAMPOO, LIKE PHYTO’S PHYTOCITRUS SHAMPOO, GENTLY CLEANSES THE HAIR WHILE LOCKING IN COLOR. DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENTS AT HOME ARE ALSO A MUST, AND THE PHYTOCITRUS COLOR PROTECT RADIANCE MASK NOURISHES COLOR-TREATED HAIR FOR LONG LASTING VIBRANCY, SOFTNESS AND SHINE.

CURIOUS ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS? CALL WINDOWWALL AT 503-309-6008 TO SCHEDULE A COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION.

xo, WW

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Photo of the new WINDOWWALL Salon in SE Portland

Suite 323

I am so excited to announce that WW has moved down the hallway to occupy our new space in Suite 323!  With over 1400 square feet we have made our new home feel luxurious as we continually strive to offer the best to our clients.

For the new WINDOWWALL, I wanted to create a space that felt open, airy, spacious and minimal.  I wanted the focus to be on the hair and less about the environment or all of the stuff around.  We love how high our ceilings are with a view that looks over SE industrial and downtown.  With our high ceilings, our salon never smells like chemicals, which is fantastic.  The space has been described as gender neutral which was a wonderful compliment.  Our environment feels inspirational and more like an art gallery and less of a salon.  Our clients come to us because we are the best salon for modern hair and I wanted to give them an atmosphere that reflected that exact philosophy.  Our extensive playlist is curated and updated weekly to ensure that we’re always hearing something new and exciting.

WW now feels exclusive from the outside but is always inclusive once you step through our doors.  I wanted to create an environment that all women, men and transgender individuals feel comfortable in.  I want them to feel not exposed to the “outside world” as they receive a new look and/or have an appointment to take away the grays.  I wanted each client to feel as if they have a safe and secure space high above the pedestrian and street traffic to get their hair done.

WINDOWWALL is something curated, something unique, a home away from home.  We truly enjoy what we do and the people that are our clients!  Thank you all for your support!  We wouldn’t be able to do this without each of you!

xo, Kim

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Photo of Oloaplex for blondes at WINDOWWALL Salon

Olaplex is here

As a hairdresser we see every trend, new products and marketing that is designed to pull us in.  This is true for many industries, but the salon world has to be one of the most highly saturated markets.  This isn’t to say great products don’t get introduced, but I would say… that I am often a bit skeptical.

I’ve been waiting for the hype to die down around Olaplex for some time, but in fact it has been the opposite.  My colleagues have been texting me and asking if I’ve tried it while expressing their love for this new state-of-the-art technology.  I follow other high-end salons across the country on Instagram that are posting before-and-after shots with color results you wouldn’t be able to achieve without out this product.  And, celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham uses it on her celebrity clientele.  You know the rule of thumb: blondes always want to be blonder.

This product is like an insurance plan to your hair.  It’s like magic!  It rebuilds the bonds of the hair while lifting the hair.  Do you want to be blonder, but your colorist tells you no?  Do you want to strip the black hair tint from your hair, but do not want to end up as a red head?  Do you want a iconic all-over platinum that is icy blonde?  There are many results that we as colorists take great precautions of assessing the end results while always maintaining the integrity of the hair.  Of course, we always want to give the client what they want, but often times the chemicals on the hair do not allow for such.  With Olaplex, we will be able to bring you closer to the looks that you are wanting like never before.

WINDOWWALL has added this to our menu.  Please ask your stylist this revolutionary product.  xo, Kim

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Photo of split ends.

Taming Split Ends

Are you frustrated because you want to grow your hair long and yet it will not get any longer due to the split ends? Well, as stylists we see this often. There are many things you can do to hold the integrity of your hair.

The number one most important thing is getting regular hair trims. The longest time in between haircuts should be no more than twelve weeks, but 6-10 weeks is best dependent upon what color services you are doing to your hair. The next most important thing is to make sure you are not over-washing. This dries the hair and leaves it more likely to be brittle and causing breakage.  The rule that I know you ladies hate, but it’s true, is to stay out of chlorine and don’t use salt water sprays on the hair. These open the cuticle right up creating instant damage.

Your stylist knows your hair best. Invest in professional salon purchased products that your stylist recommends.  If you are a bleached blonde you are going to have split ends. Bleach is very damaging! Invest in masks and at-home treatments such as Phyto’s Huile De Oils Hydrating Oils or Secret de Nuit.  Either of these are a must. Last, but certainly not least are hot tools, keep the temperatures low and make sure to always use a thermal protective spray to protect your hair!

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Photo of gift certificates available at Portland's WINDOWWALL Salon.

Gift Certificates for Great Hair

Well here we are, another year has almost passed, and I don’t know about all of you, but it seems as if the time is just flying by! I am wondering if all of you know what you will be getting for that someone special in your life, or if you don’t know what to get for a friend or a nanny, well we have just the perfect idea!!  Who doesn’t love a gift certificate!!  Especially to get your hair done or to buy some fabulous styling products for bigger sexier hair or for polished and smooth hair.  If you need to get a gift and cannot think of what to get, then I recommend buying a WINDOWWALL gift certificate!!  Stop in Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-7pm. Check list: done.  xo, WW

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Photo of hair cutting scissors in Portland hair salon.

How to Choose a Hair Stylist

How do you choose a hair stylist that is the right fit for you? I have heard many times that like energy attracts like energy and this just may be the case, because living in both New York and Portland I have loved my clients in both locations. I have heard that your clientele reflects you as a stylist and this just may be the case. When my clients relocate away from Portland, they often ask me how to find a good stylist.

There are a few ways to approach this:

  • Number one would be to see someone’s hair that you love that is similar to yours in texture. STOP this person and ask! They will be so flattered you did so and most likely carry their stylist’s cards around. This is generally the best approach.
  • Second is to ask around… See who your friends are seeing and why they like that stylist.
  • Number three is to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if your personal style reflects the stylist’s, if you resonate with the stylist, and if the stylist understands what your hair vision is.
  • Fourth is to make sure the price point reflects your wallet. It may not, and in this case ask if any other stylists at the salon have a different price point. If the stylist is a true professional they will not take offense to this, but merely put you into the right chair.
  • Finally, it’s important to understand how the stylist’s haircuts grow out. This will determine everything! And make any price worth a good grow-out period.
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Not loving your hair? We’re here to help!

Unfortunately, we’ve all been there at some point. As traumatic as it may seem hair does grow back and that is on the positive side of things.  If the stylist is well-trained and a professional, it is their job to make sure you leave completely satisfied. You walked through the salon doors wanting celebrity hair, but walked out less than happy.  At WINDOWWALL, our stylists are trained to ensure this doesn’t happen.

If this has happened to you, the first thing you can do is- take a deep breath. Ask yourself what should I do next?

Nothing is more frustrating than having your hair cut away. It has taken several months to attain the new length and now it is gone. One of my tips is to make sure you are facing the mirror to be able to see what is taking place, in order to avoid being shocked at the end. If the damage has been done and you’re wishing you had that length back, you can start by taking the Phytophanere vitamins. Consisting of essential fatty acids, promotes healthy hair growth and regains hairs density and shine.

Next, my tips for you are:  Make sure to always speak your mind. Always be as clear and communicative as possible with your stylist during your consultation. Bringing in a few photos (either from a magazine or even Pinterest) will show your stylist what sorts of looks you are drawn to.  Let them know during the consultation if you are a wash-and-wear girl or if you will be spending up to 15 minutes in the morning styling your new look.

If you are unhappy at the time of the service, let the stylist know! They can help you with making adjustments to your hair right then and there.  As a stylist, we want to make sure each and every client leaves from our chair completely satisfied.

If you have long hair, and you see your stylist get out texturizing shears (the scissors that look like they have teeth), please tell your stylist to not use them, as they are very damaging to the hair cuticle.  At WINDOWWALL, our stylists only texturize long hair with regular shears or with a straight razor, as this helps to preserve the cuticle and avoid split ends.

The WINDOWWALL stylists always offer complimentary consultations for each and every one of our clients.  Not a client yet, but hoping for some hair rescue?  Call to schedule a free consultation with one of our professionals: 503-309-6008

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Top 6 Summer Hair Care Tips

It’s finally starting to brighten and warm up here in Portland, and that means its time to mention some more simple but always important summer hair care tips.  It’s great to feel in the sun’s rays, and take in some vitamin D.  For years everyone has known how to care for one’s skin in the summer, but not everyone pays attention to their hair.  If you want beautiful hair all summer long, make sure to remember these hair care tips!

Tip 1- Condition More!

It’s always important to condition color-treated hair, but it’s also important for those of us with natural hair.  Using a good moisturizing conditioner, like Phyto’s Mist helps during the summer months. Once a week, or at the very minimum at least once this season, give yourself agood deep conditioning treatment.  It’s the best!

Tip 2: Shampoo Less!

Shampooing can be drying to your hair, so skip a couple of days in between shampoos to prevent your hair from losing its natural moisture.  On those shampoo-free days, try a dry shampoo, such as Lulu Organic’s Hair Powder to keep hair looking good.  Try the Vetiver + Black Pepper its one of my favorites.

Tip 3-Cut Back on Non-Natural Hair Products

Reduce or eliminate your use of  hair products (sprays, mousse, etc.) that contain alcohol, which is very drying to your hair. Try to find hair products, that are all-natural or contain no alcohol or parabens.

Tip 4- Protect Your Hair from the Sun

If you’re going out to the sun for a long period of time, aside from wearing a leave-in sun veil with UV protection, such as Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil.  Also make sure to bring a hat or a scarf for your head for at least part of the time, especially if you have had your hair colored or highlighted.  Finding shade with occasional intervals of sun is best.

Tip 5-  Watch Out for Chlorine

Sometimes the pool is such a refreshing thing on a summer day.   It’s nice to lounge around in a pool that’s just the right temperature, however chlorine is extremely damaging on your hair. The best thing to do would be to wear a cap if you can find one stylish enough, or at the very least wet your hair first and apply the Phyto Joba Mask from roots to ends while in the shower.  This will help prevent your hair from absorbing chlorine.  Make sure you use a good shampoo to remove the chlorine residue as soon as possible after swimming.

Tip 6- Trim regularly

Keep the ends of your hair trimmed during the summer to prevent breakage.  If you’re growing your hair out it is very important to keep up with regular trims as a preventive of the hair splitting.

Follow all of these tips this summer and your hair will thank you in its reflection of shine!

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Photo of designaccess hair clip by Sylvain le Hen

Beautiful objects

Looking for the perfect sleek hair barrettes with hand mounted micro-screws in many different finishes, then look no further.  We have been curating these amazing hand made Parisian barrettes, designed by Sylvain Le Hen, and are unable to keep them stocked.

I have been looking for the perfect hair accessory that had the glamour and every day wearability, but this is a difficult task when getting into the world of hair accessories.  These are 100% metal and made in France.  Please call for an appointment and one of our stylist can show you some simple ways to wear these day or night.

A beautiful object for everyday wear, available in the salon.

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