Box Color vs. Professional Salon Color

Box Color vs. Salon Color

One size does not fit all:

We all know that one size never fits all. We are all unique and that applies to our hair too!

Stylists use their years of education and passionate dedication to hair to custom mix color that will be perfect just for you. There are many factors that get taken into account when mixing a formula, such as texture, tone, and any pre-existing damage. Box color is made to alter a wide range of hair types and shades with ultimately no guaranteed outcome. 

There is nothing like professional application:

In order to keep your hair healthy and avoid color bleeding and spotty coverage, color must be precisely applied. It is nearly impossible to see what your stylist sees. Professional stylists have the ability to apply the color close the root to give you maximum coverage, especially grey hair.  

There is always a chance your hair will have a negative reaction to the hair color, possibly doing more harm than good. Box color does not include all of the hair protecting agents that the professionals know to mix and carefully apply to your formula.

Quality control: 

Box color typically fades much faster than professional hair color, this is especially true when going from dark to light. It is almost guaranteed to leave you with unwanted brassiness that will take multiple treatments to correct. The best option is to skip the box, and start with the professionals!

You get what you pay for: 

When it comes to hair color, unlike most things, you actually get what you pay for. If you run into undesired results, or end up with damaged hair, it is probably time to seek out a professional. The money spent on corrective color can be quite a sacrifice and many times it takes more than one visit to get your hair looking great again. 

 It’s our job, as salon professionals, to give you the look that you desire and help you maintain healthy hair. Be sure to communicate with your stylist to come up with a hair maintenance plan that is good for your hair and your wallet!

4 Hot Hair Products to Beat the Heat

Azure Salon is here to assure you there is no need to sacrifice your hair in the name of summer heat & humidity. One of our most popular product lines, KMS, offers an array of miracle-working hair solutions so you won’t have to worry about your hair falling, frizzing or going flat.

KMS Messing Crème: Use KMS Hair Play Messing Crème to create instant “day after” texture that makes your hair graspable, easy to work into any style, and with enough hold to last the entire day (and night). 

KMS Tame Frizz: Use KMS Tame Frizz Smoothing Reconstructor to revive and soften even the most deeply distressed or overworked hair and tames frizz, so you can tease and tame your hair without causing lasting damage.

KMS Add Volume: Use KMS Add Volume leave in conditioner the night before or day-of to condition weightlessly and provide fullness, so you can leave your hair naturally down or with loose waves and have the volume you desire.

KMS Curl Up: Use KMS Curl Up Bounce Back Spray to activate curls for intense curl retention, whether you are heat-curling, or rocking your natural curls, this spray will keep the style your whole day.

Top 3 Johnny B Products for Men

It’s time to switch gears and let all you guys in on our amazing men’s line, Johnny B!

Here are our top 3 Johnny B products that will help create and hold your style all day long, even on these hot and humid summer days:

1. All Over Shampoo & Body Wash: Start off your look with Johnny B all over shampoo and body wash. This is perfect for all you guys on the go. It is great for all hair types and is developed with a deodorant to absorb odors throughout the day.

2. Styling Gel: Johnny B Styling Gel, is a great hydrating gel that has a long lasting super hold without the flaking and is easy to wash out. This gel never gets greasy and keeps your style all day long.

3. Original Pomade: Johnny B Original Pomade is great for a lighter hold. This pomade is oil based and adds super shine!

Stop in to see the full line of Johnny B products we carry and pick the perfect products made just for you!

Cleveland Hot List Results

The 2017 Cleveland Hot List results are in…

We are proud to announce that Azure Salon has been voted 4th in Best Hair Salon along with 4th in Best Hair Color!

Of all the nominees in our competing categories, we are the highest ranked salon in Strongsville! This is such an incredible accomplishment after being in business for just 7 months!

Thank you to all of our loyal clients who have made Azure Salon such an amazing success! We are so honored to be a part of such a wonderful community. This would not have been possible without all of your love and support.

Thank you from the Azure Team!

4 Ways to Protect Your Hair

The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising. The impact of heat, sun and humidity can cause fading, frizz​ and dryness. However, using the correct product and following some quick summer tips can keep your hair shiny and heathy this summer season!

1. Refresh: Start the summer off with a heathy trim to get rid of those split ends and refresh your style. 

2. Control: Shield your strands from the sun starting with products that contain humidity resistance along with UV protection. One of our favorite products is the Aquage SeaExtend Silkening Shampoo, it contains rich red sea kelp that prepares the hair for frizz-free styling with exceptional humidity resistance.

3. Condition: Try a light leave-in conditioner like our KMS Moisture Repair. This formula instantly detangles your hair without weighing it down and has UV protection to keep your hair safe from those summer rays.   

4. Protect: While using those hot tools this summer, be sure to protect your ends with Aquage Beyond Shine. Its dual action not only will protect and seal your ends but will add instant,​ long lasting reflective shine.

Just as we put sunscreen on our face and body to protect us from the sun our hair should be no different. 

Pravana Beach Wave


The Beach Wave represents a new era in textural movement. It provides soft, resilient, natural waves reminiscent of how hair looks after stepping from the water at the beach. This low-ammonia, thio-free formula gently reshapes hair into beautiful waves that last for 3 months or more!

Why the Beach Wave?

The trend is undeniable, providing  long-lasting, soft, natural waves. The Beach Wave is a product solution and service designed to provide long-lasting, soft, natural waves. Our technique and formula allows you to achieve this long-lasting luxurious look quickly and easily.

How it Works

Cysteamine, a natural amino acid, gently realigns the hair’s internal bonds to give long-lasting waves. Beach Wave infuses hair with silk and keratin amino acids, strengthens, protects and adds shine.

Versatile Results

The Beach Wave can be simply dried for a more casual look, but for a more elegant look you can set the hair with hot rollers or a curling iron.

**SPECIAL OFFER receive $10 off Pravana Beach Wave now through 05/27/2017**

KMS Tame Frizz

With warm weather quickly approaching and humidity on the rise, we all could use a product to help tame that frizz. KMS Tame Frizz is an instant frizz control and helps with managing your locks. Here are some of our favorite KMS Tame Frizz Products:

1. Tame Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner:

Reduces frizz after just one wash and makes hair easier to manage.

2. Tame Frizz Smoothing Lotion:

Provides instant combability and reduces frizz during blow drying.

3. Tame Frizz Leave-in Conditioner:

Moisturizes and smoothes curls without weight while reducing frizz.

2017 Spring Trends

What do you envision when you close your eyes and think about spring and summer? Cool white sandy beaches? Bright colors? Watch out for these 3 spring and summer hair color trends: 

1. Icy Blonde:

Going super, super platinum isn’t an easy feat: it requires frequent maintenance. However, whether you wear it curly, straight, wavy, or with a little bit of grown-in roots, this ultra-light white shade looks simultaneously elegant and edgy.

2. Sub-Tropical Red:

As summer approaches, it’s time to embrace the warmth and let it shine. Red hair color hues are hot this season. Vibrant fiery red, burgundy red, copper and auburn are the most popular red hair colors for 2017. This rich warm shade is perfect for warming up any skin tone and adding sun kissed hues to the hair. It’s exactly the color we’ll need to get us through to summer.

3. Deep Brown:

The beauty of brown hair is its gorgeous versatility. An earthy base can be transformed into a glossy espresso, lightened to a warm honey, tinted red, or turned ombré. The trendy dark colors for spring are rich, chocolatey, and delicious that create shine and dimension all on its own.

Top 5 Aquage Products

Do you want your hair to look as good as it does after you leave the hair salon and apply your hair products like a professional? Here are a few of our favorite Aquage products and how to use them to get your hair looking perfect for spring:

1. SeaExtend Shampoo & Conditioner: 

What it is: SeaExtend Shampoo & Conditioner is a luxurious collection designed to extend the life and vibrancy of haircolor while protecting the hair from thermal damage.

How to use it: Use approximately a nickel-sized amount of shampoo and a dime-sized amount of conditioner following all haircolor services to prevent fading.

2. Uplifting Foam:

What it is: Aquage Uplifting Foam is a light hold, weightless styling foam. It provides lasting style and volume without stiffness or flaking.

How to use it: Spray generously onto towel dried hair in a zigzag pattern. Spray extra product on the root area to increase the level of lift and volume away from the scalp.

Section hair and begin blow styling at the root area, lifting the hair away from the scalp for maximum volume.

3. Defining Gel: 

What it is: Curl-defining styling gel is best used for naturally curly, wavy, and permed hair. Unites hair for well-defined curls without frizz and delivers style control with maximum shine while maintaining flexibility.

How to use it: Apply quarter-sized amount in palms and emulsify in hands and between fingers before applying.

Comb through from roots to ends to achieve even product distribution.

Gently dry hair using a blow dryer until all curls are dry. To avoid creating frizz, do not touch or scrunch strands while drying.

4. Beyond Shine:

What it is: Fine-mist thermalizing, silkening and glossing spray used to smooth curly texture while giving brilliant shine.

How to use it: Spray in quick, short bursts 8 to 10 inches away from the hair until desired level of shine is achieved.

When using a flat iron work on sections no larger then 2 inches wide and ¼ in depth to maintain control.

5. Finishing Spray:

What it is: Firm hold, fast drying, fine-mist hair spray perfect for style building or locking in a final hairstyle.

How to use it: Spray in short even strokes, always directing the spray towards the ends to create maximum shine. Finishing Spray can be used for hold and control or for creating volume and lift.

Enter to win an Aquage product gift basket valued at $135 with the purchase of any 2 Aquage products starting 3/25/2017 through 04/22/2017.


Goldwell Kerasilk Treatments

Kerasilk Treatment

We at Azure Salon are proud to now be offering 3 new premium treatments featuring Goldwell Kerasilk Luxury Hair Care. These customizable services, targeted to specific hair needs, provide exceptional, long lasting results!

Lock down your color… 

Our Goldwell Kerasilk Color Beautifying Treatment will keep your color looking brilliant for up to 6 weeks longer! This service starts with a Structure Balancing before your color is applied, followed by an Intensive Luster Mask and our Finishing Cream Serum for vibrancy, richness and amazing fade protection.

Nourish your breakage-prone hair… 

Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Service repairs and softens stressed, damaged tresses.  A scalp massage using our Intensive Repair Treatment and warm turban wrap will provide a transformation into supple, healthy hair.  You’ll feel the softness and resiliency for up to 10 washes!

Pump up your fine, lifeless hair…

By focusing on new growth of the hair during this invigorating massage service, our Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Treatment achieves optimal volume boost for limp locks.  Fuller, thicker feeling strands with added body for up to 10 washes!

Using Goldwell Kerasilk Color, Reconstruct, and Repower luxury shampoos, conditioners and blow-dry sprays at home, will help maintain the benefits of your treatments between salon visits!

You’ll love your hair today… and even more tomorrow.