Braids, braids, braids!


ShyelaWhat are the back-to-school trends that every stylish girl wants to enjoy? Braids, braids, braids! In this photo, Stylist Arielle, has woven Shyela’s beautiful hair into an intricate braid using the new Kerastase Forme Fatale. This new product is a strong holding gel that works on wet or dry hair and adds protection for the follicles when using heated tools. The secret to braiding, according to Arielle, is tension….hold the hair tightly as you weave it together. On a practical level, young ladies who participate in sports or dance activities can focus better when their hair is braided and out of their faces. Braids can last for two days and the added bonus is that when the braid is released, a beautiful wave results for day three….a huge time saver for that inevitable morning rush. Our model, Shyela, is looking forward to going back to school and seeing old friends and new teachers with this hair design that she loves because she says it is an expression of who she is. Come in to The Gates Salon and check out our new Kerastase line of styling products…especially the Forme Fatale!

Summer “Must Haves” at The Gates


kerastase product picCome in and peruse all the products that you need to protect your skin and hair in these “dog days of summer!” We feature Kerastase and SkinCeuticals here…..

Our colorist, Banessa, touts the Kerastase line for sun-exposed hair which includes the Bain Apres Soleil shampoo and the Lait Richesse conditioner – both being safe for color treated hair while providing UV protection and extra hydration for hair that has enjoyed these sunny summer days. For maximum hydration, we recommend the Soleil Masque UV Defense Active. This is a repairing concentrate for weakened, color-treated and photo-damaged hair. Kerastase Aqua Seal is a definite must for swimmers because it is a highly protective cream which acts like a waterproof swim cap, and, it also provides UV protection. The Kerastase Soleil Huile Celeste infuses shine into the hair as it adds a shimmering UV protection. Come in and have one of our stylists demonstrate how these products can return health and vitality to your sun-kissed hair!

Esthetician Kristine likes the fact that the SkinCeuticals line features several mineral based, non-chemical products to protect the skin while in the sun. The Physical Fusion UV Defense fluid is a broad spectrum, SPF 50, water resistant tint that works well on anyone’s skin tone; it moisturizes the skin, and is oil/fragrance free. The Physical UV Defense is also a broad spectrum SPF 30 cream, offering both UVA and UVB protection. It also moisturizes the skin and is oil/fragrance free. These two products are especially good for skin that is sensitive to other sunscreens because of its mineral base. New research has proven that people who use sunscreen every day had noticeably more resilient and smoother skin than those who did not. Our estheticians will be happy to demonstrate how these sun protection products can benefit your skin.

What’s the one thing you would splurge on?


We asked manicurist, Elisa: if you could splurge on one thing, what would it be?

I believe you should splurge on different things in different seasons of your life. When you’re young, you are more trend-oriented and concerned with living for the moment, so you tend to choose wilder colors and hair bleaches, even if they damage your hair or are harsh on your skin. When you get to middle age and the hormones change, you are more concerned with quality products that protect your hair and benefit your skin, so you may choose to blow dry your hair or use hot tools less often.

Also, when you’re young, you buy stylish pieces of clothing at cheaper prices. As you mature, you start focusing more on the classic and timeless pieces (with quality construction) mixed with a few trendy outfits. It’s the same with the jewelry that you buy: when you’re younger, you buy fashionable jewelry (and lots of it); when you are older, you buy unique pieces as an investment that have an enduring “wow” factor.

I always shop at the end of a season in order to buy good quality at a fraction of the cost. A client once advised me that as I get older, the one thing that I should splurge on is better shoes and better purses!

Whatever your fancy, at The Gates Salon, we feature Kerastase products for mature hair (such as the Substantif line) and Bumble and bumble products (such as Surf Spray) for the trend setter. In addition, we carry trendy and classic jewelry designs and recommend Youngblood mineral based cosmetics for all skin types.

What is that one thing YOU would splurge on? Write us back with your
must haves……

Golden Globes


This year’s styles are a return to soft and very pretty wearable styles for everyday life. Great cuts were also seen with Anne Hathaway’s feathered pixie, which really drew us into her big beautiful eyes. Another great cut was Jodie Foster’s precision bob. We liked Naomi Watts’ side-swept faux bob…“a bit more modern than old-Hollywood”. Jessica Chastain’s beautiful copper hair color and soft waves really complemented her aqua dress on the Red Carpet. Sofia Vergara’s very natural ombré hair colorInspiration from old-Hollywood played a big part in the styles that graced the Red Carpet. Bouncy or sleek blowouts and perfectly structured up-do’s also appeared at the 2013 Golden Globes. And…we can’t forget about the men who all had fresh, clean cuts.

The management health was full of shine with her sleek and smooth blow out.

Overall, I was a fan of the hairstyling that graced the Red Carpet at this year’s Golden Globes! What did you think? Let us know! – Juliana

Wella 2012 Trend Vision Awards at LALive! Sunday, July 29


This year at the Wella Trend Vision 2012 competition, each trend was embodied by a character from the stage named to reflect the trend world in which she lives, with a role definition of the character she’s acting out. We were there and here’s what we saw:

Michel (Master Stylist/Master Colorist/Educator): The highlight for me was the avant guard Dimitri show….all of his models (about 30 in 30 minutes!!!) exhibited an incredible presentation, as did presenters, Sebastian and Vidal Sassoon. The inspiration for me is to investigate becoming an educator in the Wella Master Educator program. It also ignited a desire in me to create another fashion show at The Gates Salon! For the young and talented artists from The Gates Salon who accompanied us to the show, they were able to learn techniques to create new styles which will enhance their careers both now and in the future!

Banessa (Colorist): It was amazing!

Monique (Stylist): It opened my eyes to a competition that I didn’t even know existed! It inspired me to take more education classes in order to build my career. I can see myself out there doing shows in the future….that would be so much fun!

Arielle (Assistant): The Wella TrendVision show made me want to do runway shows full-time! I learned to experiment with new techniques and not be afraid of trying new styles. I enjoyed seeing all the contestants and their assistants being trained at the show. The models all looked edgy and confident. I especially liked the way that the contestants were a variety of ages and the fact that some were still in school. Going to Wella2012 TrendVision has motivated me to be more bold and try new styles, as well as to attend more shows and get out onto the floor faster!

Emily (Assistant): The hair show inspired me to enter the competition with Monique next year! I have been to lots of hair shows – but this one was very different, with over-the-top, edgy designs which we could view up close as opposed to just seeing pictures. There were over 100 competitors showing artistic, fun and whimsical designs. It was great to see the latest color trends that each line is premiering from all of North America so that we could get out of our element of what we do each day. I am inspired to step up my game!

Juliana (Colorist): This past Sunday, we attended Wella Professionals’ Trend Vision 2012 award presentation for North America. The 2012 trends: Blaze, Celeste, Grace and Roxy.

Blaze – the Femme Fatale: Fiery Latin passion inspired color that isn’t afraid to be
noticed, whether it’s the short, strong cut or bold contrasting colors. Velvety blacks and fuchsia accents are masculine as well as feminine with this trend. Very slick! Beautiful lace and embroidery was worn by the models. This brought total attention to the hair that was groomed very geometrically focusing on darker shades of hot pink that really showed off how daring this type of woman can be.

Celeste – the Visionary: Sleek and elegant the cosmic babe! Not afraid to shine with beautiful pale lilac and lavender blondes with ash gray accents as well as creamy peach pieces thrown in the mix. By far my favorite trend, bold and daring not afraid to stand out in a crowd and way ahead of her time. Strong head shapes that are very contemporary. Reflective material, glitter, mirrors, and metal all worn down the runway.

Grace – the Modern Muse: Inspired by nature but very sophisticated and luxurious hair. Sandy beige, warm gold, and translucent tones are all shown here with this multifaceted hair color which is shiny and healthy. Silhouettes draped with silk or linen glide across the runway.

Roxy – the Scene-stealer: Retro chic, born in the wrong era type of gal. Deep purples and very complementary accents in yellow, apricot, and even a touch of hunter green. Past meets present with this trend. A very close second personal favorite among the trends that were shown at Wella Trend Vision 2012. Hair that enters the room before the person that’s wearing it, is definitely a head turner.

Wella Trend Vision 2012 was definitely an inspiration for me. I can’t wait to incorporate these trends into the Salon experience here at The Gates!

Priscilla (Stylist): It was great to see new talent from the international community, especially Puerto Rico! I enjoyed seeing artistic, avant guard styles
and designs!