We have recently been featured as a “Best of Style” salon in Philadelphia Style Magazine
The 10th Street Sunday Squad: With a background in graphic design, Alba has a keen eye for color and form. She’s been apprenticing under owner Alexey Kats since joining the team last year and has all your hair needs covered. Crystal has apprenticed under Jessica, Sequoya and Allison since she joined the Architeqt team in 2016. She learned dry cutting under the direction of owner Alexey Kats. Crystal is also a talented makeup artist, here to get you glam for that Sunday wedding (you know you’ve got at least one coming up).
Callowhill’s Sunday Soloist: Jennalyn got her start in the industry at just 16 years old, and has been part of the Architeqt family for three years. She excels in balayage techniques and the dry cutting method, all taught here at the salon — plus, an apprenticeship under Pawel has turned her into a men’s haircut pro.
Together, this creative trio has you covered for whatever your Sunday plans may demand. If you’ve got kids, leave them with dad for a bit of “you” time — trade in Sesame Street for some R&R and walk out feeling like a queen. Whether you’ve got a big event coming up or are just looking for a productive way to spend your hungover Sunday, come to Architeqt to be pampered! There’s nothing like a good hair of the dog glass of wine and Vogue perusal to make you perk right back up. If nothing more, book your hair appointment on Sundays for a few hours away from the week’s demands to sit back, relax and get glam with our amazing team.
By Lauren McGrath
In an ever changing industry, Education is the platform that separates Architeqt Salon from the rest. With weekly in-house learning to taking off-site classes on the weekends, Architeqt Stylists are always trying to stay ahead of the trends.
In the last few weeks, Sequoya, Brittiany and Jessica were involved with continuing education in some great ways. From Teaching in LA with the Balayage master, Nancy Braun, to attending an Instagram celebrity’s Balayage workshop and then coming back and sharing the skills with the rest of the stylists from Architeqt.
A couple weekends ago, Brittiany and I attended a balayage class taught by an Instagram celebrity, Lisa Hart-Walker (@Lisalovesbalayage). Brittiany is already certified through L’oreal professional for balayage, and I have taken several balayage classes in the past. So, while balayage isn’t new to us, it is always great to have more tips and tricks in our stylist arsenal!
This was more of a hair painting class than balayage, in which we’ve both taken an interest. We learned four different hair painting methods. I learned new ways to section the hair to achieve different results, and techniques for better saturation, in addition to catching mistakes before they happen.
After attending this class, it sparked our creativity and got us further inspired. Providing us with new techniques to “break free” from traditional hair balayage, we are eager to integrate these new methods for our clients.
Overall, it was a great class – probably better for a beginner painter, but we always appreciate going over the basics for a refresher. Whether you’re looking for a multi-dimensional, brunette balayage like Jessica Alba, or a more distinct balayage like Chrissy Tegan, we’ve got you covered with the skills and techniques to achieve celebrity inspired looks.
This past weekend I had the privilege of teaching a balayage class to the land-of-blond-isn’t-ever-blond-enough (aka Los Angeles). L’Oreal had me working side by side with the balayage queen herself, Nancy Braun.
Nancy is a celebrity colorist as well as the leading Balayage Artist for L’Oreal Professionnel. It’s taken her many years of practice and dedication to get to where she is today. Talk about an inspiration!
The dedication and years of experience Nancy has reflected greatly in the class. Over the weekend, we had two full days of teaching hairdressers ‘out of the box’ and ‘break the rules’ balayage techniques. We also honed in on why we, as hairdressers, love what we do.
Yes, I love painting and coloring hair because that’s what inspires me. But, Nancy made me realize it’s not just about the hair. It’s about the people we touch every day – how they affect my life as well how I affect theirs.
I walked away from this experience a changed stylist. I learned some amazing techniques that I can’t wait to try on my clients. And, I also learned to take a step back sometimes and appreciate the love and dedication my clients have for me.
After teaching side by side with Nancy in California, I decided to bring my knowledge back to my Architeqt family. Stepping off the plane and returning directly to the salon, I showed them how to properly cut time when doing a balayage and a single process together…when time is of the essence.
We strongly believe in continued education at Architeqt. It’s just as rewarding to be able to teach the techniques I learned as to take a class myself. Not to mention, I enjoy watching them perfect their craft.
Visit us this holiday season to experience the latest in balayage and hair painted looks. Which can range from subtle dimension to bright blondes to intense fashion shades.
By Nicholas DeMaio
By Anya Kats
Happy spring, y’all! We couldn’t be more excited to jump into the new season with every hair and beauty product you could possibly need to transition into warmer weather. We caught up with resident makeup artist Viviana Morales to hear her top spring makeup tips: what’s trending in a big way and what’s definitely out. We think you’re gonna like this. Continue reading
There’s nothing like a fabulous set of highlights or some sun-kissed balayage to get you in the mood for warmer weather. But going lighter can be tough on the natural fibers of your hair, leading to dryness, fried ends, even shifting your natural texture.
But fear not! We offer the perfect strengthening treatments to fortify your tresses against any natural damage highlights may cause. Here are four ways to prepare your hair for lighter color. Continue reading