Scissors vs. Shears – Leave it to the Pros

We get it – you’re very busy, your wallet is a bit strapped with the holidays approaching, and you don’t want to make a trip all the way to the salon just to trim up your bangs that are driving you mad. It starts to feel like your dead ends have a personal vendetta against you and your ability to style your hair, your preferred stylist is booked, and standing in front of the bathroom mirror you decide you’ve had enough. When this happens to you, we want you to take a deep breath, back away from the kitchen scissors, and call your stylist. Here’s why –

 

Hair cutting shears are designed with specially-sized blades and razor sharp edges to provide a blunt, even cut at the end of the hair shaft. This prevents the hair from breaking and becoming damaged, and ensures a more even grow-out.

 

 

When using house scissors to cut hair, which have a larger blade that is typically much more dull than shears, cutting causes jagged ends, split ends, and damaged hair shafts. This can hinder hair growth, shine, and overall health of your mane. If the proper technique is not used to trim grown-out bangs, the hair can revolt and stick straight out, straight up, or work against natural cow-licks.

 

 

Haircutting shears are a specially-designed tool, are generally quite expensive, and so is the training that stylists receive to ensure their technique provides desirable results, so next time your ends need a trim, we kindly ask that you Leave It To The Pros.

 

Precision Cuts Require Sharp, Smooth, Skinny Blades 

What Do You Get The Person Who Has It All?

While the holidays are a time of celebration, love, and togetherness, we know they’re also often a time of stress and hurry to get the best possible gifts for the ones you love the most. How do you know that you’ll get it right? What if your gift-purchasing plan is a bust? This year, we thought we would relieve the pressure by offering you a few solid ideas that are guaranteed to make your loved ones feel special!

Here are the top three gift ideas we are serving up for you:

  1. Purchase a Package – It’s a gift that keeps on giving! You can purchase one of our hair care packages that will ensure your loved one has their hair needs taken care of for the rest of the year. As one less thing they have to worry about, your healthy hair goddess is certain to appreciate this stocking stuffer and will continue to throughout the year. This is the perfect give to give the person who is always hustling to stay on top of their beauty game! Our Healthy Hair Package is ideal for someone who is transitioning or considering a major makeover. Packages range from $140 – $195.

  2. Gift Card Special – We all have that person in our lives who is obsessed with their hair. Don’t even get us started on the amount of different products they’re always trying. The bathroom vanity is covered, the closets are stocked, and somehow every time they leave the house they come back with more. Curly Girls, we’re looking at you… What better gift to give than a gift card that your beauty queen can use to get her hair slayed, plus a bonus credit she can use to get “just one more” product! Through the end of the year, purchase a $50 gift card and receive $75 to spend, or purchase a $100 gift card and receive $125 to spend.

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  3. Treat Yourself – Has your loved one been busier than ever, desperate to catch up, feeling unlike themselves lately? It’s been a tough year, we know. The old adage is true – look good, feel good. For the holidays, surprise your busy bee with a Makeover Monday. Book an appointment for any hair service on a Monday and receive a FREE full-face makeup application. We’ll even have a photoshoot to remind her that she’s an absolute star!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is this time of year that we begin reflecting on the accomplishments that our salon has made and begin preparing for the opportunities ahead in the coming year. Versus Salon has experienced lots of growth and change in 2017. We’ve focused on education and training to ensure our team is comprised of the best-of-the-best, we’ve hosted in-salon events and fundraisers in an effort to lend more support to our community and salon family, and we’ve been honored as Virginia Beach’s only DevaCurl-certified salon, allowing us to help curly clients embrace their natural tresses with confidence.

While we have been reeling with excitement over the wonderful year that Versus has had, we recognize that we could not do it without the support of our clients. You entrust us with your hair transformations, allow our creative hearts to take flight, and without your endless support we know that we would not be where we are today. During this season of thanks, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to YOU!

We are thankful to each and every client who has come through our doors with a vision, and the trust in us to bring it to life. We are thankful for the friends and family members who you have referred to us, helping us continue on our journey to success. We are thankful for your support during our fundraising efforts and as we held our first in-salon events. We are thankful for the kind and encouraging words you have sent us or posted online to document your satisfaction with the work that we do, as well as the feedback that helps us grow. Life as a hairstylist means constant hustle, long hours on our feet, and with trends changing by the minute, a relentless dedication to improving our technique. A day without working is few and far between for hairstylists, but seeing bright smiles on our clients who leave with newfound confidence makes every part of the journey absolutely worth it.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to follow our dreams. We wish you and your loved ones a happy, hearty, humble Thanksgiving.

Ways to Save

At Versus, we know that our creative careers are dependent upon our faithful clients, and we are always looking for ways to give back to those who support what we love to do! The holidays are approaching quickly and before we announce our holiday specials, we wanted to offer a few promotions to help you save and spend wisely during this season.

Without further ado, we present some very special ways for you to save!

Toys for Tots Donation Discount

Through Thursday, December 7th, bring us a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Salvation Army Toys for Tots Campaign and we will take $5 off your service! Supporting our community is one of our top priorities, and we want to do our part to ensure this year’s holiday is happy for all!

Good Grades Discount

For the remainder of the school year, we are happy to offer a FREE Kid’s Haircut to all grade school students with a B-Average or better on their report cards. Our future leaders need healthy hair too!

Commit to Loving Your Curls

We are on a Curly Hair Mission – to inspire and support naturally curly hair guys and gals to embrace their gorgeous tresses. We believe in the magic of sulfate-free, cruelty-free DevaCurl products and are confident that you will love them too! We’ll gift you a FREE DevaTowel with the purchase of $150+ in your preferred DevaCurl products.

DevaCurl Package

We recommend touch-ups on your cut every 4-6 weeks to keep your hair healthy and growing. To make sure you stay on track, you can pre-purchase 3 DevaCuts and get your 4th one FREE!

Healthy Hair Package

An alternation between Protein and Moisture Treatments helps to encourage a healthy scalp, keep the hair follicle strong, and prevent the frizz that comes with dehydrated hair. Purchase 4 Steam Treatments in the name of Healthy Hair and receive your 5th one FREE!

 

We also offer several promotions and opportunities to save all year long!

Military Discount

10% off All Services for Active Duty Military + Spouses. We appreciate the sacrifices you make!

Student Discount

Bring your university student ID for 10% off

Happy Birthday to You!

Just before your day of celebration, we’ll email you a coupon for $10 off your next service

Refer A Friend

There is no greater gift a client could give us than the gift of gab! Happy with your hair? Tell a friend and once they book an appointment, we’ll ensure you receive $10 off your next service as a token of our appreciation for spreading the word

Client Rewards

Each time you receive services with us, you’ll automatically receive loyalty points in your account. Once you reach $10, you can redeem your points for money off of your hair services

Never Stop Learning

As hairstylists, education is one of the most important aspects of what we do. Hair trends are always changing, new products become available all the time, and it can be easy to get comfortable in our routines of using tried-and-true techniques. That’s why we prioritize education for our stylists – so that we can ensure we are always at the top of our game!

This week we invited several local stylists and hair gurus to our salon for an education refresher with Design Essentials. Our focus was their STS system that we use to strengthen damaged hair, and encourage stubborn frizz to shine like silk when straightening. This amino-acid infused product is effective on all textures of hair for up to 12-weeks of smooth, straight hair. Because of the restorative properties and protection against further damage, we recommend this service for transitioning clients, especially!

 

Our class was led by Ms. Tawanda, a fellow stylists and lover of Design Essentials’ Healthy Hair Products. We used the STS Strengthening System to see how we can maximize and prolong one of our most popular services, a Thermal Silkening (or silk press). Not only did we see gorgeous results, but the product will help eliminate styling time for the client and prolong her styling until her next salon appointment. View the finished product below:

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Unlike many other chemical straightening products, the STS system is a quick process involving only three simple steps that will help prevent thermal damage from flat irons and repair existing damage, all while sealing in your straightened look. Healthy Hair is the name of our game, always!

If you’re interested in silky, smooth, strong tresses to get through the rainy season, give us a call and we’ll show you what we learned! We can’t wait for you to enjoy these results the way we have!

Curls Night Out Recap

One month after our first ever Curls Night Out hosted with DevaCurl, we are still giddy with excitement from all the gorgeous curls we got to host in one place at one time. It was quite a sight to see…

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We wanted to reach out to our curly community and offer support for the unique set of hair care problems that naturalistas and curlistas face – frizz, lack of curl definition, confused curl pattern, dryness…the list goes on. Am I right, curly heads?

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From 2A to 4C, we invited curly ladies and gentleman to join us for one-on-one consultations, free No Poo Transformation styling services specially formulated for each type and texture, snacks, and free goodies. We raffled off a DevaDiffuser to one lucky guest and offered special deals on hair care packages and curly hair services.

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The salon felt better than ever as new friends and old ones shared their stories, swapped styling ideas, and felt the relief in knowing that others also share the same frustrations about their hair. We know that curly hair requires a bit more time and attention than straight hair, but our stylists worked hard to ensure everyone left the event feeling more confident about embracing their tresses and caring for their curls.

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After the major success of our first Curls Night Out, we are anxious to plan and host our next event. If you missed out, don’t worry – we will be opening our doors for you again soon! In the meantime, here are some curly hair resources to hold you through:

  • Book a FREE 30-minute consultation with a DevaCurl stylist by visiting our website or by calling 757-200-8890
  •  Click Here to read DevaCurl’s tips, tricks, and stories on caring for curly hair
  • Watch a Client View perspective on our Curls Night Out event here

If you’d like to stay updated on our Curly Hair events, new DevaCurl products and services, and be first to hear about promotions designed especially for you, email chelseaatversus@outlook.com and ask to be kept in the loop.

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See you soon!

– Team Versus

Ola-What?

Some of the hottest hair trends in 2016 involved color – balayage, hair feathering, neon colors. With clients coming in left and right full of fun inspiration and ideas for color, Versus stepped up the color game in the last several months.

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While coloring the hair gives an amazing look, it is damaging to the hair. Ammonia in hair color aggressively breaks through the hair cuticle, which is its natural protection, so that it can get the molecules of color inside. Peroxide, which strips the natural color from your hair to make room for the new color, leaves the hair dry and straw-like. Each time this process is repeated, more and more permanent damage is done to the hair.

 

So what do you do when your grays start creeping in but you’re worried about damage?

 

Olaplex.

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Olaplex is a chemical treatment that repairs damage, restores shine, and promotes health in the hair shaft. When applying color to the hair, Olaplex acts as an insurance policy against damage. To further explore just how Olaplex can help, our receptionist Chelsea decided to have some fun with color and experiment with the product.

 

First, Deniece bleached some peek-a-boo highlights into Chelsea’s hair without using an Olaplex treatment, then went over them with Pravana and Kenra blues. Blue is a notoriously difficult color to get out of the hair and tends to stick around for much longer. After the process was finished, Chelsea was absolutely in love with her peacock highlights, but the damage done from the large amount of color combined with Chelsea’s love for hair straighteners and curling wands, was noticable. Her hair was dry and frizzy.

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Several weeks later, Shells was tasked with removing the blue from Chelsea’s hair. Rather than adding more highlights, Chelsea decided to do full color. This time, though, an Olaplex treatment was added to the color. Using Pravana Vivids, Shells turned Chelsea’s hair into a purple and pink masterpiece. At the end of the color service, Chelsea’s hair was soft, shiny, workable, and healthy – healthier even than before any color at all. This sheen and shine continues to last weeks after the Olaplex was applied.

 

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The moral of the story here, friends, is that Olaplex is absolutely worth it. If you are applying color to your hair, it is essential that you help to repair some of the damage done. They say beauty comes with a price, and in the case of having color added to your locks, that price is extensive damage. Olaplex will not only reverse damage done, but prevent future damage.

 

When you book your next color appointment with Versus, be sure to specify that you would like an Olaplex treatment. We are here to help you feel your most beautiful, and your hair to feel its healthiest.

Versus Salon 15th Anniversary Client Appreciation Party

This December, Versus Salon celebrated 15 years of beauty and success! Anyone who has been in the beauty industry knows that this accomplishment takes dedication, sacrifice, and more support than you could even imagine. To express our deep gratitude for the clients, suppliers, and friends who have supported this journey, we threw a Client Appreciation Party.

 

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Although 15 years is quite an accomplishment as a business owner and hairstylist, it was really important to Michelle that the clients were the real stars of the night. After all, nothing would be possible without them. Our guests were treated to complimentary makeovers, courtesy of graduates from The Makeup School by Sarah Rillon. They also had the opportunity to receive free Henna tattoos and share their stories with Karma Henna.

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Desserts were provided by Hummingbird Macarons of Norfolk. The macarons and cupcakes were a huge hit with our guests! Everyone left with a gift bag full of samples provided by Design Essentials, Influance, Schwarzkopf, Pravana, and DevaCurl. We also had door prizes like Versus T-shirts, free product coupons, and one Grand Prize winner was awarded a Free Complete Makeover. Beneath the bright lights, pumping music, and bouts of hysterical laughter from memories shared, it was an amazing night and a beautiful reflection of what 15 years of hard work can provide.

 

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Thank you to everyone who came to join us, everyone who was there in spirit, and each client that has passed through the doors of Versus over the last 15 years. A lot has changed in that time but the love and care that is put into every single appointment will never change.

 

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