How to Banish Brassiness from Blonde Hair

How to Banish Brassiness from Blonde Hair



Do you feel like your light locks don’t stay refreshed until your next hair appointment? There’s a couple reasons you may feel this way and if you do, read on! We identified a few common issues that most blondies aren’t aware of. Here are a few of the most important issues changing your perfect strands into brassy madness.

  • You need a shampoo and conditioner that actively fights the brassy tones that remain in our hair. The best shampoos for blondes are ones that contain a purple or blue base. WHY? Your hair color is made up of the 3 primary colors- blue, yellow, and red. When your color becomes brassy, it means that the blue pigment is leaving your hair (which is typical to fade first). That leaves red and yellow to create a wonderful shade of orangey undertones in your hair. To counteract that business, the blue and purple based shampoos and conditioners constantly replace the blue bases in your hair to keep blonde from looking rash. Our recommendation is Goldwell’s Dual Senses Blonde n Highlights shampoo and conditioner. Not only do the shampoo and conditioner have an indigo base, but they leave the hair as smooth and shiny as it was even before the highlights. It neutralizes any yellow tones and provides regenerative care instantly. If you are feeling extra brassy, leave the conditioner on for 15 minutes. This allows the conditioner to really get inside the hair and eliminate yellow tones.
  • Another issue blondes tend to forget is that mineral water, well water, or hard water can SERIOUSLY affect the blonde color in your hair. The iron and minerals cause the hair to INCREASE in warmer tones, taking away the reflective blonde you and your hairdresser have worked so hard for. There is a solution for this, but it is more of a commitment than most people are willing to follow through with. If you are a committed blonde, you should seriously consider purchasing a shower filter. These filters have technology that can transfer iron and minerals to potassium ions which will increase softness in your hair and provide longer lasting color.
  • Every blonde knows what a “toner” or “glaze” is. What they don’t know is that these toners are usually semi-permanent or demi-permanent. This means that the color only lasts for 3-4 weeks (semi) or 4-6 weeks (demi). It is not permanent color. That leaves the tone of the hair brassy before they need to touch up their highlights or blonde color. What blondes need to start doing is seeing their hairdresser within 4-6 weeks to simply refresh their toner. It doesn’t have to be the whole service, just worry about the brassy tones you are seeing. Even if you are a little bit rooted, and feel that you need to get your highlights done, you may not actually need your hair touched up just yet. Just worry about your toner, because over highlighting can cause unnecessary additional damage.

Now that you know how to keep your blonde looking fresh, set up your hair appointments accordingly! It becomes much easier to follow if you set up your appointments in advance! So, remember, proper at home care, shower filters, and toners will keep your blonde the best it can be.

Hair from washed out to WOW!

From washed out to WOW!

hair-washed-out-to-wowSometimes our guests don’t know what suits them best and that’s where an educated hair artist comes into play.  In this situation I had a young woman sit in my chair with a few inches of mousy brown regrowth and bleach blond mid-ends.  She was unsure on what type of look she was going for next so naturally I started brainstorming a few ideas in my head based on her style and appearance.  We both decided to go with a rooted look considering she wasn’t too fond of high maintenance color like her blonde.  I suggested a beautiful pearly raspberry color because I felt that her personality paired perfectly with a fun and funky color.   Her ends were extremely porous and over processed so I filled that area to ensure our desired color would be achieved and also last in her hair.  Next, I went in at her root with the desired color and 3% lotion for no lift to give it a deeper appearance than the already lighter ends. After I applied the root, I went in with the same formula and brought it directly over the filler color.  I knew it would appear a bit lighter due to how light the strands already were.  Finally, we did an all over color balancing using the same color but a demipermanent to give back a little moisture and add shine.

Eating for Healthy Hair!

You are what you eat!  Here are some simple healthy meals to insure for stronger, healthier hair:

Breakfast- 2 Hard boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, fruit (blueberry, strawberry, kiwi, oranges, guava, papaya).
Eggs contain biotin and promote growth, Yogurt contains vitamin B5 which helps stop thinning, fruit contains vitamin C and antioxidants that strengthen capillaries supplying the hair shaft.
Lunch- Spinnach salad with walnuts, craisins, feta cheese, and grilled chicken.
Spinnach contains iron to battle brittleness, nuts are rich in zinc which prevents hair loss, cranberries help production of collagen, cheese has calcium for hair health, and chicken contains protein for strength.
Dinner- Grilled salmon with sweet potato.
Salmon contains omeg-3 fatty acids provide oils to keep hair moisturized. Sweet potatoes carry beta carotene which promotes shine.

Autumn Looks at Aurelio Salon

Autumn Looks at Aurelio Salon

It’s easier than you think to get your hair spiced up for autumn.  Many people tend to lighten and highlight for those warm summer months making it a bit easier to add richer tones into the hair as the weather begins to cool off for fall.  What I did for this gorgeous cranberry color was simply use a demipermanent glaze to change her old balayage highlights from brassy to beautiful. Using demipermanent color is especially convenient for a stylist who has guests who like to change their color often or between seasons because it washes out over time. It is easier to lighten or remove from the hair if a guest likes to transform with the seasons



ST. Tropez now at Aurelio Salon!


Are you ever in a rush to go somewhere but feel washed out? No worries! The newest addition to Aurelio Salon will have you feeling better than ever! Welcoming St. Tropez our self tanning line that’ll have you second guessing the damaging tan from the sun. St Tropez is one of the best self tanning lines with its ability to absorb to your skin’s natural melanin, creating a soft gentle sun-kissed glow. The natural melanin is different on each an everyone, so you’ll never feel too dark or too orange. With its aroma guard technology you won’t have to worry about smelling like a spray tan! Want a fast tan? Perfect! Try the St Tropez Self Tan Express mousse, it takes 1-3 hours to get your desired tan. Want to customize your self tan? Awesome! Try the ST Tropez Gradual Tan Moisturizer, each day  you use it your tan gets a little darker, also it’s good to use to maintain the self tan prior to using the moisturizer! St Tropez has many options to choose the best tan for you! Stop in Aurelio Salon today to feel brand new!


Back to School, Back to Style!

Back to School, Back to Style!

Summer is now approaching an end and we’ve got the summertime blues. To pick ourselves up, we’re getting excited for fall! What’s not to love? Pumpkin spice flavored EVERYTHING, fall leaves, bon fires, and back to school style. Speaking of back to school, here’s some looks you can try to head back in style!

All of these styles take about 5-10 minutes to do, and keep you looking on trend. It’s no secret that boho style is at the top of the style game right now. These looks are perfect because they don’t require much to look the part! The benefit is, the messier the style, the better the look.

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Chic crown twist merged into a fishtail braid with Nude lip color with lots of mascara and thin liner.

This style makes the transition between summer and fall. Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you can’t look beachy! Wear this look with boyfriend ripped jeans, a tank, and a flowery kimono. Easy and stylish all in one look!

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Effortless fishtail braid with Nude lip with mascara and liner.

Perfect for a rainy day, or any day your hair won’t cooperate! The pulled back style makes you look put together with control over unruly or even silky hair. Like we said the messier the better, so even if the style is not perfect, you will still look stylish. Try wearing with a loose fitting V-neck tee, or graphic tank with a throwover (sweater, kimono, etc….depending on the weather). Think comfortable, yet trendy.

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Fishtail braid bun Nude lip, mascara, and light liner.

This bun is actually easier to create than it looks! All you simply do, is take 2 fishtail braids, and pull them out (AKA pancaking). It gives fullness and texture to the braids. Then you wrap them around each other, and pin! Make sure to tuck the tail of the braid so they don’t stick out ? Wear with a cute dress and a sweater. If you want to keep it natural, use a nude lip color. To give this look a pop, use a more striking lip color (purple, deep red, or muted pink.)

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Old hollywood loose waves. Pop of color on lip with more noticeable contour. Lots of mascara with cat eyeliner.

This look is your go-to when heading out to a party. It can be dressed up or it can be dressed down. Simple alterations to key areas like color of lipstick can change the look. If you want to be more dramatic, add lashes to make your eyes pop. If you want to dress it down, add one of the nude lip colors to tone down the drama. Wear with a  bandage dress, or with skinny jeans and a nice top. Add a statement necklace and heels for flare, whether you’re dressed up or down.

2015 Fall Haircolor: Summer to Fall Hair

Balayage was your best friend for summer, natural dimension that appeared to have been a gift from the sun gods! Now that you won’t be spending too much time at the beach are you feeling too blonde for autumn?
Demi-permanents offer different shades and tones you can use on your existing color to either deepen, control or add more pigment.
– Deep Dark Brown with subtle amber hues
– Rich warm tones painted into the hair (gold, caramel, mahogany)
– Butterscotch-Wheat blonde – the alternative of the arctic platinum
– Metallic Reds – traditional red with bronze

The team at Aurelio Salon have created some wonderful fall looks!
Faded copper to Merlot: Susanna had a natural level of 6N new growth. Previously, Alicia, her stylist, had glazed her with Colorance using 3 different formulas to create the idea of a color melt.  For this visit, she showed Alicia a picture of a vibrant red ombre and also a more violet red ombre. She mentioned that she wanted her hair to blend, and not just be brighter on the ends, but she also did not want super highlighted hair at the top. The goal was to subtly blend from her root color to her brightly colored ends.  For this reason, She painted some highlights into her hair her roots were colored with Colorance and were blended into her lightened pieces. After lightening and shampooing her hair, Alicia used TopChic on her lightened pieces. Then finished with a glaze of Colorance for that vibrant look!



Dana came in with a level 5 box dye, wanting a deeper root and lighter ends.  Starting out her stylist, Jen D., used Colorance lotion on her root dragging down and feathering into her ends. Using Oxycur to break through the box dye, feathering up. Feathering up will create a beautifully blended balayage. The lightener and Colorance got Dana to a level 8 evenly. Since she got her lighter than the target level she added a little depth with Colorance lotion as her glaze. After seeing the results, Dana’s hair left us at aw!



Grown out ombré to deep purple by Taylor.  Taylors client had come in with very long hair and a grown out ombré. She now wanted a deep violet. Since she had done well in school her mom decided to surprise her and let her get it done. It was recommended as maintenance for the vibrancy of the color to use the Elumen Wash, Treat, and Care at home and to come back between 4-6 weeks for a refresher glaze

TIP:  Have you been using a sea salt spray and/or waving/smoothing iron? Is your hair feeling dry or brittle?  Salt, sun and sand have been the main elements in our locks since June, now that fall is approaching it’s time to transition and heal our strands from the summer air. 
Try deep conditioning treatment that is geared for dry hair. Avoid any products that are primarily protein based (as this could cause your hair to feel more dried out). KMS Moist Repair Therapy Treatment will help restore luster, strengthen and moisturize after one use!

Aurelio Hair Salon Named in Top Salons

June-2015-Industry-Magazine-Cover-240x300Howell, NJ, June 2015 –Aurelio Salon was just named one of the Top Hair Salons by June Issue of Industry Magazine. Aurelio Hair Salon has two locations, one in Monmouth and one in Ocean County NJ.

Daisy Rosania, Senior Director of Aurelio Salon said, “Our team couldn’t be happier and are so honored to be included in this prestigious list of salons.” She continued, “We have served our clients for years to ensure that they receive quality service. Our staff is constantly looking to improve and grow”

Making this list comes off the heels of achieving Goldwell’s Titanium Status in April.   According to KAO Salon Division,(Goldwell’s Parent Company)  “Out of the over 20,000 national salon network that we sell to, AurelioSalon is honored with being 1 of 63 Titanium Salons Nationwide”

The salon has received outstanding reviews by real customers for its quality services. According to a satisfied list of the clientele, they are the Best Hair Salon in New Jersey that cares for its customers and provides them with outstanding services. The hair stylists pay a great deal of attention to an individual’s personality and very quickly come up with the best hairstyle that can suit her/him. They invest their time to suggest hair color choices and styles that are trendy, but can also enhance the look of a person naturally. Daisy states “it’s important to offer Women’s and Men’s haircuts that can naturally suit a person’s individuality and the hair type.”
Aurleio-Salon-Top-Salon-NJ-e1437329232703The conveniently located salons are open for walk ins, although a prior booking is always recommended. Customers can experience the positive atmosphere and ambiance in the salon for an excellent hair care. Aurelio Salon offers Hair Coloring, Color Corrections Highlights and Blowouts for transforming one’s looks naturally. They are cost-effective and they offer Color/Blowouts membership special. To know more about their complete range of services and to book an appointment, one may visit the websitehttps://aureliosalon.com.

About Aurelio Hair Salon:

Aurelio Hair Salon is New Jersey’s premiere hair salon for men and women. For 9 years, Aurelio Salon has been offering the highest quality services to its customers. Aurelio Salon is a Goldwell / KMS Titanium Salon. The salon has highly trained staff, offering the haircut and styling that one would be looking for. They always learn the latest techniques to insure highest quality and care. The staff is dedicated to providing customers with the most detailed, professional and lavish services.

Eating for Healthy Hair

Eating for Healthy Hair

by Daisy Rosania, Senior Director Aurelio Salon Howell NJ

Have you ever asked “How can i get healthier hair?” Have you always wanted beautiful, healthy hair, but couldn’t quite manage it? You’re not alone. In fact there could be an easy reason for it. Good hair products and outstanding haircuts can only go so far without the correct nutrition. Your hair is treated as a low priority by the body, as it performs no real function when it comes to keeping us alive, so your hair only gets the leftover nutrients in your system once your organs are done with them.

This is important to know, because it means that if you want strong, healthy, and beautiful hair year round, you need to be eating healthy all of the time. So let’s take a look at some of the essential foods you can eat to improve the look and feel of your hair.

Salmon If there’s one thing we all know about salmon, it’s that its full of Omega 3 fatty acids, but did you know that those fatty acids are essential to bringing a healthy shine and fullness to your hair? In fact, your hair needs Omega 3 just to grow. In light of this, it’s important that you get as much Omega 3 as possible, either through fatty fish like salmon or mackerel, or through supplementation. Remember, your vital organs will take all the Omega 3 it needs before your hair gets the benefits, so ensure a couple of portions of fish a week for the best results.

Please note that the Salmon MUST be wild caught and farm raised.  Farmed raised Salmon have seven times the levels of PCB’s as wild salmon, are fed chemicals to give them color, are administered antibiotics at higher levels than any other livestock, and have less omega 3’s due to lack of wild diet.

eating-for-healthy-hair-aurelio-salonSpinach & Kale 
Leafy greens come rich in many nutrients, including Vitamins A and C, folate, beta-carotene, and iron. These nutrients work in unison to keep your hair hydrated, so that it doesn’t grow dry and brittle. If you always suffer from split ends, a lack of leafy greens may be to blame!

To counter this, add some leafy greens to one or more of your meals everyday, and watch as your hair and scalp become healthier, less dry and overall better to look at.

Vitamin C  Vitamin C, found in citric fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes, are vital to protecting your hair from unwanted breakage. Try drinking a litre of water with the juice from 1 lemon in the morning, and feel yourself more energised than you could ever be through tea or coffee. And then, as your vitamin C levels increase on a daily basis, enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, protected head of hair.

Protein Vital to nearly every system in your body, protein is essential for a thick, flowing mane. It’s hard to not know that protein is essential for building and repairing muscle, restricting fat gain, and increasing satisfaction during meals, but it’s hair benefits are often overlooked. For a healthy dose of protein, eat lean meats like chicken and turkey breasts. Peas, lentils, nuts and fish are also full of protein, and come alongside some of the other nutrients in this list.

It’s an overall healthy diet, with a variety of fruits, vegetables and meats, that can really help to turn around not only your hair, but your everyday life and longevity. For a happy, healthy, and beautiful body inside and out, focus on the diet alongside the pampering. I guarantee you’ll feel great for it!

Find out more information about us in our video and picture galleries. Read about industry news and trends on our blog or what’s new at Aurelio Salon including events and rewards customer can receive Give the gift of beauty to Aurelio Salon (Voted New Jerseys Best Salon*). Gift cards are available in any denominations.

Call Aurelio Salon in Howell at 732-303-0052 or 732-551-2930 in Toms River New Jersey for more information about eating for healthy hair.

Packing List When You Head to the Beach – Aurelio Salon NJ

Packing List When You Head to the Beach – Aurelio Salon and Spa in New Jersey

By Daisy Rosania

If you are a girl, like me and you are about taking off for a quick weekend at the beach, you don’t want to end up finally missing out on that one important item when packing. It drives me nuts when I do. I don’t know about you.

When packing for a quick getaway, you don’t really need that much. What you need are basically the “can’t-do-without-essentials” Here is a detailed beach packing tips and list that contains all the necessary essentials to help you pack very quickly. ( Images Alicia Kiwacz)

A pair of pajamas, A pair of nice sandals, A beach cover-up, 2 bathing suits (to make sure you’ll have a dry one all the time – if you’re not feeling your most body-confident, you might want to check out Hermoza‘s gorgeous shaping swimwear), 2 tops for day, 2 tops for night, A pair of shorts, A skirt/slack, A pair of jeans, A cardigan (for those chilly sea breezes), Adequate undergarments to get you through the weekend. For any last-minute panics, there’s always Walmart, and sites like Raise to help you save on the essentials.


Beach Bag Essentials: A beach bag with a enough space, that favorite sunglass of yours (you should have one), A beach hat (I like them with flowers), 1 book and some paperbacks (If you are the reading type, like me), Camera (including your chargers and extra batteries), Beach Towel, Some snacks and water. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water so you do not get dehydrated!

Toiletries: Sleeping Kit (alarm clock, eye mask etc.), Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Razor, Shampoo (I like the Moist Repair shampoo and conditioner a hydrating shampoo, ideal for dry or damaged hair for laying out in the sun from KMS CaliforniaJ), Extra hair barrettes and ties, Deodorant, Medications (birth control, Aspirin etc.).

Haircare: If this is your first visit to the beach the change in climate will surprise you! You are going to need astyling product, hair spray, I use all KMS products. I like Playable Texture for my styling product it builds texture with additional applications. Lets you re-work a style any time you like. Leaves hair feeling natural, not sticky. All you do is spray Spray into dry hair for light, airy texture and to accentuate layers. For a Hairspray I recommend 2-in-1 styling + finishing spray it’s a straightening and curling spray for dry hair. Just spray on dry hair before using hot tools. For best results, spray section by section. Spray again as a final step to hold the style. I will use their Anti-humidity seal it’s a 24-hour humidity-blocking formula. Shields hair from frizz. Provides a shiny, weightless finish. Provides heat protection. Perfect for the Beach. You’re going to need humidity resistant haircare for your hair. Believe me; you don’t want to leave this one out.

Makeup:With your yellowish brown look, you don’t need much make-up to really make yourself noticed. Keep it natural. Make sure you have a cleanser, moisturizer, and solar defense booster (contains SPF 50). For coverage your favorite tint and concealer and bronzer. Read our Beach Reach Ready Makeup Blog for more info based on skin type and some great tips!. Go with a comparable range of natural color make-up items like; blush, mascara, eye shadow and lip gloss.
beachy-waves-aurelio-salon-161x300If you want beachy wave type hair you might want to follow this style equation from the team at Aurelio Salon! Shampoo, conditioner is optional, then comb out. Spray with KMS Sea Salt spray followed with 2-in-1 styling + finishing spray. Use fingers to blow hair dry up to 80% or let dry in the sun, Spray hair again with sea salt spray, Continue to dry with fingers until 100% dry. Take 2-3 inch sections and wand the hair. Leave 1-2 inches of the ends kicked out for a natural beach wave. Run fingers through and spray with KMS 2 in 1 hair spray for a light hold.

Now, you have it! A custom check-list made for you for that quick beach-weekend get-away. All you need do now is, whenever you are ready for that weekend on the beach, just grab your pen and start ticking them off. Don’t leave anything out!

Find out more information about us in our video and picture galleries. Read about industry news and trends on our blog or what’s new at Aurelio Salon including events and rewards customer can receive Give the gift of beauty to Aurelio Salon (Voted New Jerseys Best Salon*). Gift cards are available in any denominations.

Call Aurelio Salon in Howell at 732-303-0052 or 732-551-2930 in Toms River New Jersey for more information about how to create a packing list when you head to the beach