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Anyone who has visited Globe Salon knows our Salon Director, Staci Linklater, sported high-fashion dreadlocks she called “glamlocks.” After wearing them for years, the end of 2016 brought a desire for change. Since the most common method of dreadlock removal is to cut them off, Staci considered some options. One was to either closely clipper or shave her head. Another was to grow out her locks for a few months, abandoning the frequent palm-rolling and crochet-hook maintenance they required. That would provide enough “unlocked” new growth for a cropped ‘do, something she’s worn before. But after growing her hair for five years and wanting to maintain some length, neither seemed satisfactory. So, Staci devised her own answer. Read on to find out how she removed the dreadlocks and see an amazing before-and-after:

After five years of rocking my beautiful dreadlocks, the time finally came for a change. I considered the obvious options. Shaved head? No! Pixie haircut? Not this time! Instead, I proceeded down the unknown path of combing them out. Now, you might be thinking … That can’t be done! Well, I’m here to tell you, yes, dreadlocks can be combed out, especially ones that have been properly cared for during their life, including regular shampooing and conditioning. This is very important!

If you decide to comb out your ‘locks, it’s critical that you approach the process with much patience. This is neither an easy nor quick solution. Then again, neither is locking the hair to begin with. As it began, so it must end. You also must understand that your hair will go through various stages of, well, challenges once the combing out is complete.

Through trial and error, below is the method I devised for successfully combing out my dreadlocks. Note that this method worked for me, but it may not work for you. The results greatly depend on the condition of your hair and the skill in applying these techniques. Neither myself nor Globe Salon can be responsible for your results. We recommend leaving the process up to a experienced professional. Got that? Okay:

1. CUT: The best way to start is to first remove some length. No matter how well you cared for your dreadlocks, the ends of your hair will not be pretty. It will likely be damaged and split, and will need to be cut anyway, so save yourself some time and do it now. My dreads were almost to my waist, and we began by cutting off about five inches from the bottom. If your locks are shorter, you can get away with cutting off less. The goal is to remove the most damaged portion of the hair and give yourself a loose, “open end” of the dreadlock to work with.

2. SATURATE WITH OIL: Using a high quality hair oil, work plenty of it into the trimmed dreadlock until it is well saturated about an inch above the end. Don’t skimp; I used three bottles of Kerastase Elixir during my process. Oiling the hair is critical; not only will it aid in the removal, but it keeps the hair pliable. If you don’t do this, you could end up with hair broken off in many places.

3. DAMPEN: Using a spray bottle filled with water, keep the dreadlock wet during the process. This also aids in untangling.

4. COMB: Here’s where the dreadlock removal begins.  Your goal is to gently pick and poke directly into the end of the freshly cut lock with a highlighting comb, freeing the hair from the knots it has accumulated. You may know a highlighting comb as a rat-tail comb. It has a long point, like a thin knitting needle, on the handle end. Using this point, poke into the center of the cut lock and untangle the hair. Work in sections about one inch long. Once you get one inch fully unlocked, gently comb out that portion, add some oil, and move up. Got it? Keep doing this all the way up the lock until it is fully untangled to the root.

5: BRAID: For years, my hair had been “trained” to be in knots, so after learning the hard way and watching some tangling return overnight, myself and the Globe Salon team decided to oil and braid each unlocked section, tying it off with a rubber band. This helped keep my unlocked hair under control while we worked the rest of my head.

6: CLEASE & CONDITION: Once all of the dreadlocks have been unlocked, now is the time to lay back in the shampoo bowl and let your hairdresser treat your hair and scalp to a nice, long, gentle shampoo and deep conditioning. It had been so long since I felt that relaxation… Ahhhhhhhh! We used Kerastase products: Bain Magistral shampoo and Fondant Magistral conditioner, along with a Ciment Instant Treatment boosted with Nutrition.

 

7. CUT (AGAIN): Once the cleansing and conditioning was done, my hair was dried and flat ironed, and my hair was again almost to my waist. Immediately, another 12 inches were cut off. After that, my hair was still past my shoulders, and the end result was a surprisingly healthy and resilient head of hair.

This deceptively simple process requires extraordinary patience. I had 105 locks on my head, and after five years of growth, each one took 30-45 minutes of tedious work to unlock. The entire process required around 100 man-hours by professionals. This is not an exaggeration. There are no shortcuts and I did not find an easier or faster way to reach my goal of healthy length. Your hair could take more or less time, depending on how long the locks are and your technique. But the end result speaks for itself: Me and my team were able to maintain a lot of length while having a lovely head of hair in the end.

Wearing dreadlocks is a serious commitment that requires time and effort to maintain. Removing them requires the same commitment — and in my case, time and effort.  It may seem silly, but the journey to leaving my dreadlocks behind began with a journal entry. I asked myself things like, How have my dreads served me? How have they impacted my life? How do they make me feel? What am I missing by not having “normal” hair?

I loved having them, but everyone needs change. You will know when it’s time. Now that they are gone, comments and questions of all kinds roll in. The most common is, I didn’t know you could comb them out! And my answer is always, Neither did I… Until we gave it a try!

Many thanks to all of the Globe Salon staff who put their time and effort into helping me achieve this hair goal.

So, are you ready?

Just in time for the holidays (and now available at Globe Salon!), the Invisibobble is unlike any hair tie you have ever used. Unlike those typical fabric-covered elastic ponytail holders we all know and loathe, Invisibobble’s unique design doesn’t leave a crease or mark in your hair when you remove it. It also eliminates the need for bobby pins in updos, and even helps avoid the headaches and split-ends that can happen with typical hair ties.

They are so easy to use that you don’t have to be a hairdresser to create great looking styles with little effort. We invite you to schedule a 15-minute complimentary style lesson with your favorite salon to teach you the latest in Invisibobble styles. At only $10 for a box of three, you can pair the Invisibobble with a Tangle Teezer brush ($16) for the perfect stocking stuffers for anyone with hair long enough to put up! ~Staci Linklater, Salon Director

Whether it is Date Night or Girls’ Night, look no further than Globe Salon for a super blowout experience. We’re highly skilled and trained professionals who are passionate about hairdressing and know how to do it right.

It starts with easy parking, just outside our door at Soho Lofts. Once inside, you’ll slip into one of our European shampoo shuttles. With the push of a button, they elevate you into a relaxing position while massaging your back with a gentle Shiatsu motion. Meanwhile, we work magic on your scalp.

Naturally, our Fabulous Blowouts ($50/45 min) include a cleansing shampoo and essential conditioning, and at Globe Salon, that means treating your hair to the luxury of Kérastase. We pride ourselves on being Kérastase experts, and your hairdresser will use products selected especially for your hair type and condition. The results are impressive, plus you can always elect to add a transformative Kérastase Instant Treatment to your service for only $25.

Need a touch more fabulousness? We can include the use of hot tools and pins to your style (when desired) for an additional $15. Have a ton of gorgeous hair that requires more time, or clip-in extensions you need placed? We can tame any mane; just add $15 per 15 min of additional time required.

In any case, when you visit Globe Salon, you are going to get a style you love and an experience you appreciate, all from a professional salon that cares. We are not a dry bar, we are a full-service, locally-owned salon that does great blowouts as part of our daily repertoire.

Let us help you look and feel simply amazing. It’s what we do.

Did you know that men make up a significant part of Globe Salon’s loyal clientele? It’s true, and it makes sense. Our location makes us an ideal choice not only for office professionals who require neat-and-clean men’s cuts, but also for those guys working in hospitality and nightlife who want something a little more trendy or edgy. Plus, our salon’s upscale, hospitality-inspired design is comfortable for most everyone.

For some time, we have been doing a lot of men’s haircuts in the popular “barber style,” most of them the Gentlemen’s Cut we saw first adopted by bartenders in cocktail bars and Prohibition-styled speakeasies. You know the look: super short on the sides, with a hard part and a highly styled pompadour up top. It’s little bit Morrissey-meets-Public Enemies Johnny Depp, and in the past six months, it has transcended to something that almost every man wants, and there’s good reason. It’s at once stylish, neat, and masculine.

But like any trend that penetrates into the mainstream, some of the early adopters are wanting to move on to something new. Growing out a short haircut is never easy (something women who opt for the ultra-hot pixie know… or soon will!), but for those men who’d like to move away from the Gentlemen’s Cut, Globe Salon has an answer: the classic, 1950s surfer-inspired look. This style is way more Endless Summer than Spicoli, more dapper than Duuuuuude!

It incorporates a longer-length top that transitions into a slightly undercut weight line below. A great thing about this cut is that it is more versatile than that barber-style cut you are growing out. It can be worn more formally, with the top length styled into either a classic side part or swept straight back, using a wax or paste (like Kerastase’s K Baume or Bumble + bumble’s SemiSumo). Then, when the weekend hits (or you find yourself surfing), it can easily be styled into a more relaxed look, using a texture-enhancing product like Spray-A-Porter (Kerastase) or Bumble + bumble’s Surf Spray — all available at Globe Salon.

If you are still thrilled with the Gentlemen’s Cut, there’s no need to change; you are in good hands at Globe. But when you are ready for something new, something easy to transition to, Globe Salon has a plan for you. Everything about this cut makes it easy to grow into from the barber cut. With a few week’s growth, it works well no matter how severe you went, and it will continue to work as your hair grows out.

So, guys, ready for a change? Give Globe Salon a call!

Those of you who are guests (or followers) of Globe Salon likely know that, from the beginning, we have always done quite a bit of editorial work. In the past year, our Salon Director Staci Linklater has worked on four editorial fashion features for Vegas Rated magazine, her hairdressing work earning the magazine’s cover three of those times. Three covers in a year is nothing to sniff at, but we are humbled by the opportunity and thrilled each time we see our work in print. We love to stretch our creative skills by doing editorial whenever we are afforded the chance.

Recently, Globe Salon was offered an amazing opportunity that takes our professional “behind the scenes” experiences to another level. In March 2014, at the request of film studio Lola Pictures, Salon Director Linklater created three “looks” for an upcoming Gerardo Naranjo project (since titled “Viena and the Fantomes”) filmed entirely in the Las Vegas area. The looks were for actors Evan Rachel Wood, Jeremy Allen White, and Ryan LeBoeuf.

At the time, the producers understandably asked us to keep much of the information about our work on the film confidential. However, on May 10, Ms. Wood appeared on stage singing at a Hollywood gala, still wearing the dip dye / color block look done at Globe Salon six weeks before. The fashion world went crazy, with many major style and society magazines talking about it. At that point, we were given the green light to mention that Globe Salon’s Staci Linklater was the talent behind the look.

The final result!

Staci was provided with the film’s storyline plus “an inspirational photo” that led her to the blonde-and-black color blocking. As for the coloring process, it was a lengthy one, says Staci. “Evan was wearing an ombre that was a level 7 (medium blonde) at the base and a level 10 (lightest blonde) at the ends. I started with a complete color correction, lightening all of her hair, from roots to ends, to a gorgeous level 10. I did this through a series of applications of Wella Blondor lightener, being careful to maintain the integrity of the hair.”

After the correction was completed, Staci “section by section dip-dyed the ends of her hair to a level 2 (black),” starting about three inches up and working down through the tips. This technical achievement was done “very strategically,” says Linklater, who even pulled out a ruler at one point. She was careful to take into account hair movement when doing the color placement.

The result was pretty impressive — at least impressive enough for Ms. Wood to Tweet about it! Staci says that the technical coloring process was challenging, and that she is thrilled that Evan chose to wear the color in her daily life long after filming was completed.

The film, also starring Dakota Fanning, should appear in theaters in 2015. Globe Salon wants to thank all those who were involved in the production; they each were a pleasure to work with, and we cannot express how thankful we are for the opportunity. You can bet we’ll be there on opening night!

The air chills with the arrival of fall. Our hair and skin changes with the weather, and the holiday season — with all its parties and events — is in our sights. There’s no better time to sharpen your look, a little or a lot, than right now.

The last several years, we have been doing so much ombré at Globe Salon that it is no longer an economy-driven trend but rather a legitimate style choice. This fall, our colorists are taking the contrasting hues down a notch, blending the colors more and making the lighter ends softer and less dramatic. Think about cuddling up with a warm mocha and you’ll have an idea of the beautiful color we’re doing on the ombré ends. Another seasonal trend is to add tangerine low-lights throughout summer blonde locks. This allows us to bring depth to the color without taking away all the blonde. Basically, we transition a bright summer blonde to a stylish fall blonde without giving you “blonde withdrawal syndrome.”

As far as hair length goes, this is the season of extremes. Bobs are a big thing this fall, both short-and-sassy and mid-length. Whether you choose to go all-the-way-Miley or for a pretty, shoulder-length bob, this trend offers a great opportunity to lose those summer-damaged ends and give your hair a healthy head start for the holidays. You don’t have to go super short; the shoulder-length bob works really well for most people. And if you have never gone that “short” before, don’t be scared; you will still be able to put it into a pony tail!

With the moisture of the monsoon season gone, Las Vegas is back to its normal dry desert air. Our hair really craves moisture during the colder months, but it can be hard to give it what it needs without weighing it down and squashing its style. That’s where our Kerastase hair care line comes in. The variety of their products that we offer (and how good they are at repairing the hair) means you can maintain your hair’s style and health even in our dry climate. We strongly recommend that our guests use one of the amazing Kerastase Thermique leave-in conditioners to help the hair stay healthy, especially when torturing it with the heat of a blow dryer or flat iron. We use these products every day in the salon, and they have an impressive overall effect in keeping your hair happy. And having happy hair means one less thing to worry about during this busy season! ~Staci Linklater, Globe Salon Director

We know what it’s like walking into a huge beauty outlet or department store, being faced with a giant wall of products, and having no idea which one does what, or what would be best for us. It’s intimidating and frustrating, especially when we end up with something that doesn’t work.

Thankfully, the guests of Globe Salon don’t have to worry about that. Not only have we selected the hair and skin care lines that we feel offer the best of what our guests need, but (and perhaps more importantly) we actually use these products every day. We use them at home several times a week, and we use them on our guests several times a day. We know what works and what doesn’t, and we focus on the good stuff!

Which brings us to Kerastase. This Parisian line has been long known for the reparative qualities of its shampoo and conditioner, and in the past year or so has come a long way with its impressive new styling products. Kerastase now has some of my absolute favorites to use behind the chair! My top three are:

Kate Moss wears Kerastase well!

• Lift Vertige: This offers the most awesome, soft root lift I’ve experienced. I can’t compare it to anything I’ve ever used as a root lift before. It gives amazing volume with a medium hold, and does it without making the hair feel dry or dehydrated at all. Every guest I’ve used this on cannot believe the volume at the root area. They say their hair feels “so bouncy!” and as their stylist, I can literally can feel it bounce from the root. Great stuff.

• Forme Fatale: Wow! This amazing, voluptuous blowdry gel (yes, gel!) is simply unbelievable. It has a beautiful hold without any stickiness at all. Big hair is making a comeback, and if you want Big! Vegas! Hair! this is your answer. Best of all, Forme Fatale does it without feeling like you are using a ton of product. Every round-brush blowout I do comes out better with this than any other product. The hair is full and touchable. It’s brushable and soft. And yet, there is hold unlike any other. It’s so impressive that it almost makes me want to get rid of my dreads! Almost.

• Spray `a Porte: Beach styling sprays have been around for several years now, but this is the one that gives you texture and the tousled look without creating the dryness of other beach sprays. It also adds texture to ultra-fine hair that otherwise has none. You can also use Spray `a Porte on dry hair for creating even more texture, and it’s great for quick touch ups or style changes between work and happy hour (I call that “Five Minute Hair”).  I love it because it gives amazing texture to the hair without it feeling dehydrated.

Of course, these styling products are available at Globe Salon, so don’t be afraid to ask your stylist (or any of us) any questions you may have, or for a personalized recommendation. We want to do what we can to help you feel confident and thrilled with your hair all the time, and we won’t send you home with anything that won’t help you. Take it from me: These three are awesome! ~Staci Linklater, Salon Director

We cannot believe it’s been more than a year since Amanda joined us at Globe Salon, but that’s only because working with her is such a joy. She’s smart, talented, and personable, possessing an amazing rapport. Here, she takes a turn at writing her first blog for us. We hope you enjoy!

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As the weather gets warmer, it seems everyone feels the need for change. Longer days, warmer nights, darker skin, lighter hair… What’s not to love about summer? When the season changes, we tend to crave change as well. With that in mind, these are my Top Five Picks to help revamp your routine with ease this season:

• Nothing looks more gorgeous than glowing, healthy, tan skin. But we all know how awful it can be for your health. If you want the glow without the sun, fake it! My favorites for an easy, natural glow are Jergens Natural Glow moisturizers. The smell has been slightly changed, so it isn’t as strong as before, and they now are available in firming formulas as well, so you can say good-bye to cellulite and hello to a healthy glow. Plus, you’ll be able to find them at most major retailers.

• Whether you shave, or (we hope!) take advantage of Globe Salon’s amazing waxing services, being bikini ready means having no bikini bumps. To help keep your skin smooth, I love love love Bikini Saver! This super-effective crème contains ingredients to exfoliate, soothe and leave your skin moisturized, all of which help to avoid those dreaded bumps and ingrown hairs. Bikini Saver is available at Globe Salon.

• With 100-degree-plus temperatures on the horizon, who wants to spend time with their blow dryer? That’s why Kerastasé Oleo Curl is a necessity for us wavy-hair girls. Just a quarter-sized application helps smooth frizz, define curls, and makes beachy waves totally achievable sans dryer. I like to think of it as a curl perfecting crème.

• Your skin is not the only thing affected by the desert sun. Damage to your hair and loss of vibrancy in color can easily be avoided by using a product that has UV filters. The Bumble and bumble Color Minded line is an excellent choice for protecting your hair and keeping your color salon fresh. Not only is it gentle on color when shampooing, it contains UV filters to protect during the day. Available at Globe Salon in a styling crème or polish, Color Minded is a great sunny season addition to help you achieve any look while taking care of your hair.

• Healthy, shiny, sexy, smooth hair is always in style, but I am usually skeptical of products that promise to deliver these things… Until now. Kerastasé recently launched Initialiste. They call it an “advanced scalp and hair concentrate”; I call it magic! I was lucky enough to test the product in the weeks before its launch, and I am living proof it works. My hair is stronger, more shiny, softer and has more substance than it did pre-treatment. And 93% of women who used the product agree with me. The before-and-afters are nothing short of amazing, and thanks to YouTube, you can see for yourself!

Remember, if you have any questions about any of my picks, feel free to ask me next time you are in the salon. Thanks for reading, enjoy the season, and see all of you soon!

Don’t Dread the GlamLocks!

January 21st, 2013

Last year, our Salon Director Staci decided to do something, uh, different with her hair. We’ll let her tell the story:

Happy birthday, dreads! What an experience this has been, nurturing “my babies” (as I call them), with help and support from our awesome Creative Team at Globe Salon.

So, why dreadlocks? And how did we get here? Let’s go back 365 days ago. On that brisk January Monday, my courageous friend and coworker Samantha met me at the salon early, with lunch and notes in hand. She tossed me a DVD.

“You want to put this movie in? It’s gonna be a loooong day.” Through our intense research, we knew that once we started locking my hair, there was no going back. It was going to be at least an eight-hour process, and we were both in this for the long haul. The commitment had been made.

Tiny pony-tail by tiny pony-tail, Sam worked with tedious one-inch sections of hair. (And I have a lot of hair!). Still, her patience was awesome. And since Globe Salon has the unique position of being located at the head of the downtown Las Vegas parade route, and on this morning, the hustle and bustle of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade kept us feeling energetic … For the first few hours, anyway. Later, I finally relented and put the movie on.

We watched it. Twice.

Nine hours go by. Both of us are hungry and exhausted from a grueling day of doing a single head of hair. Sam’s poor fingers … and my poor booty from sitting all day. Finally, the last application of locking wax was applied to each and every dread baby. The end is in sight!

But first, let’s back up a moment. To get to this point was a two-year process. I wasn’t sure I was ready for the commitment required. I wasn’t clear on the process. And, despite having experimented with hairstyles ranging from a punky, super-cropped blonde flat-top, to waist-length, highlighted “cheerleader” hair, I wasn’t sure I wanted to take my current healthy, pretty-girl look and do something this drastic. And something that would require a clean start whenever I wanted to get rid of them. But I finally decided that, if I was ever going to do it, the time was now.

After we finished, I looked in the mirror and smiled. Sam rocked it—and I was ready rock my new look at the STK Steakhouse anniversary party that night. Off to the Cosmopolitan I went, and at the entrance to STK, at the step-and-repeat, photographers are noticing and complimenting the new dreads, asking for photos. After all that work Sam had put in, it was nice to know I had made a good decision. (Three months later, I saw a beautiful Chanel photo spread featuring a woman wearing ‘locks—more reinforcement!)

So, now, here we are a year later. So far, my experience with ’locks has been … Interesting. Exhausting. Educational. And fun. I wish I had been YouTubing the weekly process, to share the experience visually. Then you’d get to see the many days of frustration, as well as the transformation as the sections of hair started to lock. These dread babies had their moments, let me tell you! Some days the zig-zag crazies made me want to chop them clean off. I wasn’t even sure that they would ever start “behaving.”

But, after much care, they are finally a lot of fun. They are starting to mature, and I’m able to enjoy the look without having to spend quite as much time on maintenance. (Although they will always require about two hours weekly to keep them looking fresh.) In fact, I’m not even calling them dreadlocks. Dreads require a different process and different, less-attentive maintenance. Since these babies are too needy, I’m officially calling them GlamLocks! They are, without question, the most high-maintenance hair I’ve ever had. To answer some of the most common questions, yes, I shampoo them, and yes, when the time comes to move on to something else, I will need to cut my hair. Verrrrrry short! But I’ve been there, done that.

So, happy birthday, GlamLocks (any excuse to celebrate, as Sam says!). It’s been a wonderful year, and I’ve enjoyed answering questions from random people and sharing my experience. I also feel empowered to have finally taken the leap, because without risk there is no gain. And after all, it’s just hair. When I decide to change it, I’ll cut them off and it will grow back, as healthy as ever!