How to Have Your Healthiest Hair Yet

For your most Instagram-worthy locks this season, soak up these top-notch tips from our recent hair care event

with Alexey Kats, Sequoya Yeagle, and Dr. Vicki Bralow.

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  1. Don’t skimp on your shampoo and conditioner.

If you want to keep your tresses healthy—and that hard-earned color intact—upgrading your shower essentials is a must. (Read: The cheapest shampoo you can find at Target isn’t going to cut it anymore.) Sequoya Yeagle, a senior colorist and stylist educator at Architeqt Salon, suggests that everyone, no matter their hair type, invest in a pH-balanced shampoo. When it comes to how much to spend on said shampoo, Architeqt owner Alexey Kats says you’ll be looking at between $15 and $35. Look for paraben and sulfate-free products—as Alexey notes, “Sulfates are like using sandpaper on your hair over and over again.” No,thanks. The problem with many drugstore brands is that they are alkaline, and using them is akin to washing your hair with pool water all the time, Alexey says. So be sure to look for a shampoo with a pH of 7 or below.

 

  1. Be a smart shopper.

If you’re looking to save by shopping hair products on Amazon, make sure to look out for warning signs. Parabens are used as preservatives, so paraben-free products usually expire after a year or so, growing mold and bacteria when past their prime. Make sure to buy from reputable vendors and keep an eye out for old packaging, which could mean the product is expired. Knowing what types of products your hair type needs is also key, Sequoya notes: curly hair needs moisture-promoting products while straight hair is thirsty for protein-packed products.

 

  1. Beware the weather.

The dry heat found just about everywhere in winter can leave both your skin and hair parched. This affects how often you should wash your hair, which ranges form once every other day to once a week depending on your hair type. That said, one smart way to regulate your hair’s oil production, so it doesn’t dry out during the colder months, is to invest in a humidifier. You can also switch your products seasonally, based on what your hair is telling you it needs more of.

 

  1. Pay attention to what’s on your plate.

Okay, so we’ve talked about what you’re putting on your hair, but what you put in your body also plays a big part in your hair’s health. As Dr. Vicki Bralow noted during the hair health shindig, omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish like salmon, promote healthy hair. You also want to make sure you’re getting hefty servings of antioxidants. As Dr. Bralow explains, antioxidants act in your body as a sort of siv to catch the garbage that’s not benefiting your body. When you don’t get enough antioxidants, that gunk builds up in your body and shows in your outward appearance. Hello, dull hair. You can find antioxidants in all sorts of fruits and veggies, like berries and leafy greens.

 

  1. Know when to head to your doc.

Some hair-health issues are simply a reflection of the products you’re using (or not using), how often you’re coloring your hair, or the weather. But some hair-health issues can be symptomatic of larger issues. As Dr. Bralow points out, iron deficiency is a big precursor to hair loss, along with thyroid issues, stress and more. So if you have a hunch that a change in your hair’s health is symptomatic of a medical issue, schedule an appointment with your doctor. If you are experiencing hair loss, be sure to ask the stylists at Architeqt about the products offered, like Evolis, to promote hair growth.

 

By. Adjua Fisher

 

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Guess who’s Trending…

We have recently been featured as a “Best of Style” salon in Philadelphia Style Magazine

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Philadelphia Style has also reached out to us for trend ideas over the last 2 seasons…

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Stay tuned to see where we’ll appear next!

Sunday Is About to Become Your Best Hair Day

Say goodbye to your Sunday scaries by booking a fabulous appointment at Architeqt! We are so excited to announce that we are now taking appointments on Sundays from 10-4 at 10th Street and 11-4 at Callowhill. Three of of our all-star stylists will be running the show on Sundays at Architeqt: Alba, Crystal and Jennalyn.

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.

 

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Spring Forecasting: Hair Trends and Treatments

Spring is the time for switching things up and starting fresh, from decluttering your home to donating old clothes to revamping your hair. This spring, things are heading in a new direction when it comes to hair trends, and we’ve got the skinny on three looks that are about to be huge—and the best treatments to salvage your locks from winter dryness and prep your hair for your new, fresh look.

 

  1. Straight hair with a center part

    If you thought the 90s trend was limited to fashion, think again. The middle part is back in a big way, with sleeker, straighter hair. Think straightened hair that’s a day or two old—not pin-straight, but a relaxed tousle that’s smooth and under control.

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  2. Flat waves with minimal layers

    Think heavy, blunt ends without sacrificing any texture. This look requires an intentional, relaxed, just-rolled-out-of-bed vibe. To achieve this, wrap small sections of hair around the curler barrel, but only curl the midshaft of the hair (not roots or tips).trendCtrendD


  3. Grown-out shags with curtain bangs

    This cut rolls with the 70s bohemian trend, but keeps things fresh with an intentional grown-in look. Keep things piecey and textured by blasting your hair with a good texturizing spray, channel your inner Brigitte Bardot, and slay.

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Here’s the kicker, though: In order to pull these looks off, your hair’s health needs to be on lock. Central heat can wreak havoc on hair, sucking out moisture and turning ends brittle. Be sure to restore moisture and shine to your hair or prep your tresses to receive spring color with any of the amazing treatments we offer at Architeqt, from L’Oreal’s Pro-fiber treatment for damaged tresses to the at-home extended Linkage Meu treatment for silky smooth hair. There’s also L’Oreal’s Mythic Oil treatment to tame unruly, coarse hair or the L’Oreal Power Dose add-on to prolong your hair color after your in-salon color process.

Now you’ve got the style forecast and hair health knowledge to go into this spring ahead of the curve!

 

By Lauren McGrath

Balayage Perfected Through Education

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.

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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.

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Lisa Loves Balayage Workshop

Lisa Loves Balayage Workshop

(Jessica’s blog)

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.

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Jessica and Nancy Braun

Jessica and Nancy Braun

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.

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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.