Getting to know Hunter, our new Junior Stylist

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"Hello! I’m Hunter. I am 24 years old, and I moved to San Francisco all the way from sunny Austin, Texas.  I love yoga, kitties, art, fashion, astrology, photography, and horror movies. My specialty is bleach & tones and bright, vivid colors. I pull inspiration from salty, undone surfer hair and the rocker hair of the 70’s.  I look forward to meeting everyone!" ~ Hunter

We are thrilled to welcome Hunter Lawrence to the Morphic Team as a Jr Stylist. Hunter recently relocated to SF from Austin - from one weird to another - where he worked for four years in different salons around the city. His ebullience and creativity were praised in our reference calls and it’s really been exciting to see them in action at our studio. While you can book him right away for some services (toners, all over color, long cuts), you’ll also be able to book Hunter in a couple of months for highlighting services and all kinds of haircuts. In the meantime read on to learn a little more about what makes Hunter Hunter.

Book a service with hunter now - www.morphicbeauty.com/book

Tell us about your personal style in 3 words:
Colorful, beatnic, hustler

How long have you lived in SF?
A little under a year.

Tell us your favorite things in SF:
Culture spot:
the MOMA
Music Venue: the Fillmore

How would you describe SF to someone new?
Cool, chic, old, and sexy.

Tell us about your hair. What’s your current inspiration?
I like my hair most when it’s long, wild and blonde.

What’s your current hair routine? Favorite products?
I put a little pommade in my hair wet, blow dry it, then put more pommade in so it looks crazy

What’s your best hair tip?
Embrace your natural texture!

Best way to decompress?
Walking to the ocean with coffee and listening to music on a sunny day

Favorite curse word?
F*ck!

Favorite place to visit in the world?
1,000 Islands in upstate New York

Calling hair models for our our newest Morphlings Hunter + Symone!

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I’m proud to introduce our newest Morphlings: Symone Nevel + Hunter Lawrence. Symone is recently licensed and will be our Stylist Assistant. Hunter has been in the industry for four years now and is our new Junior Stylist. I am training them in the Art of Hair and will be having them do lots of shampooing and assisting with blow outs.

Hunter + Symone will be needing hair models!

Currently looking for all over color and cuts models for Hunter, and in a few short weeks we’ll be working on perfecting highlighting including Balayage and foils. For Symone we are looking for blow out models and will shortly be needing all over colors and cuts as well.

As Hunter is already proficient in many skills, his schedule is now open throughout the week for blow outs, toners, and tint touch ups. On Wednesdays he will be seeking models specific to the training module we’re in. Symone will be seeking models only for those Wednesday sessions.

Please feel free to sign up to be a hair model and tell your friends and family! They will be in good hands and will be supervised by either myself or Tee.

To sign up please go to www.morphicbeauty.com/book and use the “Hair Model” service section.

We’ll have more on each of the stylists in the days to come!

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Here's what you loved this year

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With 2018 drawing to a close, it’s time to start compiling some Year End Lists. All of these items and everything else we sell* is 15% from now until the end of 2018!

*Except Halo products which are 5% off … and hurry, because the salon is closed from December 23rd-January 3rd as we celebrate the holidays.

Here’s what was hot at Morphic this year:

Top selling products -

At Morphic overall: Olaplex No. 3

While lightening hair weakens the natural disulfide bonds of the hair shaft, these treatments work to first repair those bonds, re-linking them (No. 1), then perfect them (No. 2) and finally to sustain this protective work at home, the pre-shampoo Olaplex No. 3 treatment. We believe in the power of Olaplex, and w’re so glad to have clients who are dedicated to the health and strength of their hair! (P.S. We also just started carrying the Olaplex shampoo (No. 4) and conditioner (No. 5)!)

Among Mishi’s clients: Olivia Garden NanoThermic Flex Boar Bristle Brush

This is a truly phenomenal brush. Ideal for straightening while you blow dry, the 100% boar bristles are gentle on the scalp and leave the hair feeling smooth and shiny. Plus it’s flexible curved shaped is like a hug for your head with every stroke.

Tee’s: Rene Furterer Complexe 5

Rene Furturer believes that healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp, and we couldn’t agree more! Complexe 5 is the perfect first step for most hair types. (See our recent Scalp blog post to see if it’s right for you!) Orange and lavender essential oils soothe and cleanse the scalp and increase circulation.

Hottest color services:

Color Touch Up

You love to keep your color fresh!

Full Balayage

More of you preferred the coverage of the hand-painted Full Balayage than any other highlight

Most added-on add on service:

The Royale

We understand. We love it too! The Royale - a toner/gloss, plus Olaplex and Pro-Fiber treatments - is at once truly decadent and completely necessary for maintaining the health of your hair through the highlighting process. Did you know you can earn a complementary Royale? Every service is worth its cost in service loyalty points. 1500 points earns you a complimentary Royale add-on.

Hottest selling new products:

AG Hair Balance + Boost

Though this shampoo-conditioner combination came into the salon mid-year, we’re still considering it new. Balance + Boost have literally flown off the shelves this year. These all-natural products come from AG Hair, who say so beautifully “While we look to magazines and runway shows for hair trends, it’s the (person) reading the magazine that we are drawn to and the effortless style we see on the street outside the show that truly fascinates us.”

Aquis Hair Turbans

Hot trend alert! These towels and turbans are ridiculously great, and every member of the Morphic staff has one at home. Using a proprietary fabric blend that absorbs water at a phenomenal rate, the Aquis turbans and towels cut drying time by 50%. Wicking away water faster means less water-logged hair lacking luster.

Most played music in salon:

Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae

This album blew our minds almost as much as the spectacular style that accompanied it. We played it for many of our clients, sang along, danced around, and booked our tickets to see Monae live. The album carries on the tradition of pop geniuses like Prince and David Bowie, and in fact Monae was collaborating with Prince on at least one track at the time of his death. Check out the amazing visual and sonic delight of “PYNK” below.

Downloading the Scalp Clinic Insights

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Downloading the Rene Furturer Scalp Clinic Insights

A few weeks ago, we had the good fortune of being joined in-salon by Rene Furterer education expert Shirley Tokuda. (Maybe you caught it on Twitch??) Shirley walked our clients through the clearest analysis of their scalp’s health that can be had, using a proprietary tool called a capilloscope, and then helped each person understand what products would solve their unique scalp problems. We want to share some of the general take-aways from the day, in case it applies to you as well.

Understanding your scalp

The key to healthy hair is a healthy scalp. But before you try to heal your scalp, it’s best to know what’s wrong with it! Shirley laid it out for us:

  • Oily = If you see oil before the end of the day/after waking up after washing, your scalp is oily. Complexe 5, which you can read more about below, helps clean the slate and work towards a more regulated scalp. Additionally, Curbicia purifying clay shampoo as a once a week treatment, provides more of a deep clean than the regular shampoo. 

  • Oily prone = If you see oil a day after washing, you have what’s called “oily prone” scalp. A regulating shampoo, such as RF’s Curbicia Lightness Regulating shampoo, is highly recommend. A regulated scalp is one that needs to be shampooed less frequently, which is better for the overall health of your hair. The Curbicia line is formulated to help minimize the need to shampoo with ongoing use. 

  • Regular = Seeing oil after 2-3 days is considered “regular” (there is no normal!). For you, RF has the gentle cleansing line, Naturia, for all hair types. The Naturia gentle balancing shampoo is great for leaving the hair soft, shiny, and bouncy, while still protecting the scalp’s moisture. Another great option here is the 5Sens line which is formulated for all hair types and leaves hair soft and shiny.

  • Dry = If your scalp is consistently dry but not overly itchy, this is a sign that the Complexe 5 oil treatment might be good for you. This pre-shampoo treatment is perfect for those in need of a good scalp detox. Using orange and lavender essential oils, Complexe 5 is specially formulated to cleanse, stimulate, and refresh your scalp.

  • Sensitive / severely dry = if your scalp is sensitive itchy or prone to eczema or the like, Shirley recommends you steer towards soothing products like RF’s Astera Freshness Fluid, which instantly soothes and cools irritated and itchy scalps while reducing inflammation. Astera incorporates Echinacea extract, which reduces inflammation and soothes the scalp, mint and eucalyptus essential oils to cool and calm your scalp while deeply cleaning, Vitamin A to encourages regeneration of cell tissue to promote healing and Vitamins E and F to protect the scalp. Following it up with regular use of Astera shampoo and conditioner helps your scalp work maintain less sensitivity overall.

  • Hair Loss = Did you know that addressing hair loss begins with the scalp? There are two kinds of hair loss: sudden (related to illness, childbirth, or high stress), and progressive (which tends to be hereditary). RF has products that address both of these, including a new line called Triphasic to address progressive loss. Check out the video below to see how it works.

Now what?

Knowledge is power. Find yourself on this spectrum and start towards healthier hair and scalp today. If you’ve read this far, you have earned a surprise 10% off discount code on any of our Rene Furterer products from now until December 15th. Simply mention the HEALTHYSCALPBLOG promo code when you check out, or call the salon to place a special order.

Morphic joins live-streaming site Twitch

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“Welcome to a community where millions of people and thousands of interests collide in a beautiful explosion of video games, pop culture, and conversation. With chat built into every stream, you don’t just watch on Twitch, you’re a part of the show. From classic tv show marathons to e-sports tournaments, if you can imagine it, it’s probably live on Twitch right now.”

Morphic is excitedly joining the masses on the latest Internet craze: Twitch. When Amazon bought the company in 2014, on the strength of its user base, most of the activity was people watching each other play video games. Gaming is still its primary activity, but creative (music, painting, sculpture and more) and IRL (in-real-life) communities have sprung up like wildfire.

Given that we love community, creativity and exploring the forward edges of culture, Twitch is a no-brainer for us. Morphic will go live a few times a week, sharing strategies and technique, and giving you a more regular glimpse into the salon you love. One of Twitch’s best features is the live chat room alongside the live video feed. You can ask questions, share ideas and be part of the conversation while the stream is happening.

Tune in to see: techniques for caring for your hair, proper blow drying for different kinds of hair, balayage strokes and processing, product reviews, educational how-to-care-for-your-hair moments, or just watch our talented stylists in action.

Find us here: twitch.tv/morphicbeauty
You can watch anytime, but if you want to interact you’ll need to create an account.

If you’re on Twitch too, comment below with your handle and we’ll follow you!