Ice, Ice, (Blonde) BABY!

Achieving icy blonde locks is not as hard as one might think. BUT it is essential to use this crucial coloring step- TONERS! A toner is an added step in the coloring process that only takes an additional 5-7 minutes. It is a step that neutralizes brassy yellow and orange tones on bleached hair. When applied to bleached hair, it takes it to more of an ashy, champagne, or platinum color. That means a much more natural-looking hair tone! 

 Before and After of bleached, then toned hair!

Before and After of bleached, then toned hair!

Toners are a deposit only color. They won't affect your natural, uncolored hair. They typically last about 4-5 weeks depending on how often you wash your hair. If you wash your hair everyday, it is likely that your toner will fade off quickly! 

One way to help keep that icy look is with the products you use at home. Invest in a great purple shampoo that is rich and deep in color. The purple pigment helps to cancel out any yellow, brassy tones in the hair. Bumble and bumble also just launched a unique product to aid in toner fading. They have launced Bb Color Gloss. It is an at home toner that lasts up to 3 washes. It comes in 5 shades, and they have one made specifically for cool blondes. This is a great tool to have at home! 


Feel free to give us a call if you are interested in adding this step to your next color service. Its only an additional $25 and makes a lasting impact! Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram to see all of the latest trends in cuts and colors! 

Winter Inspiration

Winter in the South typically means dead plants and dry skin, so we wanted to add some SPARKLE to this season with our Winter photo shoot. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we had taking them! 

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 Downtown Lake Charles provides so much inspiration- also, a HUGE shout out to Sloppy's Downtown for allowing us to shoot in their beautiful space! 

Downtown Lake Charles provides so much inspiration- also, a HUGE shout out to Sloppy's Downtown for allowing us to shoot in their beautiful space! 

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Hair & Makeup: Kacie Moss & Aleigha Singer

Photography: Noelle Mills assisted by Abbie Dixon

Hair styled with Bumble and Bumble & braided look achieved with the use of a Halo by HaloCouture Extensions. 

To see more inspiring looks in hair & fashion- connect with us on Instagram and Facebook! 

Intelligent Nutrients Top Picks

Our third and final feature of Top 3 products is our all-natural, organic line, Intelligent Nutrients. Intelligent Nutrients was created by "the father of Safe Cosmetics" and Aveda founder, Horst Rechelbacher. As a salon owner and world-famous hairdresser, he was the first to see the ill health effects beauty products had on stylists. With no safe alternatives, he made his own, introducing the concepts of plant-based products, aromatherapy and environmental impact into the world of beauty.

Horst left Aveda to pursue the mission of next-level certified organic, sustainable, inside-and-out beauty. In 2008, IN revealed the first USDA certified organic hair care line. It broke new ground to revolutionize the beauty industry again. Today, his wife, Kiran Stordalen, and daughter, Nicole Rechelbacher, who were instrumental since day one, lead the company.

This line features both hair care and skincare products, and Signatures Salon carries both!

Here is a rundown of the best sellers in this great, natural line…

1.     Harmonic Shampoo and Conditioner


This is the all-around for everyone shampoo and conditioner.  Harmonic NOURISHES, BALANCES AND REFRESHES.

Cleanses and conditions with nutrition, this clean and non-toxic line detangles and rehydrates without heaviness. Improves manageability, softness and shine. Refreshes with a minty tingle.

·       Helps soften and add shine

·       Plant powered proteins replenish

·       Minty Destress Express® aroma tingles

·       Absolutely refreshing in every way

·       Men love how it feels

·       Kids love how it smells

·       Women love how it works


2.     Pure Plenty Line


This is a 3-part system that helps fight thinning hair. The system consists of a shampoo, conditioner and a scalp serum.

·       PurePlenty® Exfoliating Shampoo jumpstarts and helps clear the scalp — the source of healthy, dynamic hair.

·       PurePlenty® Density Building Conditioner supports density and volume while replenishing thin, fragile ends.

·       PurePlenty® Nourishing Scalp and Strand Serum helps inhibit DHT and promotes thriving follicles to support a healthy hair cycle.


·       90% reported thicker hair

·       82% indicated a 100x volume increase

·       Clinical trials show a 7.9% increase in the density of growing hair within 3 months

·       Ajuga Plant Stem Cell active is up to 40% more effective than commonly used synthetic ingredients at combating the body’s hair thinning hormone: DHT


3.     Renewing Oil Serum


This is the perfect oil and your skin’s instant addiction. Made only of clean oils like argan, acai and active essentials, it instinctively delivers what any skin needs. Dry skin drinks it in. Oily skin finds clean balance. Dull skin lights up. Redness fades.

Deep moisture in winter yet light in summer, it perfectly aligns with the body's sebum. If you buy nothing else, buy this. Feel skin awaken, cell by cell.


There you have it- your all natural go to products. Stop by the salon anytime and talk to one of our knowledgeable team members. They will get you started on one of Intelligent Nutrients many great products to get your hair healthy from the inside out!


Glymed's Go To's

Part Two of our best-seller series focuses on our skincare line, Glymed Plus. This product line was developed in 1991, and is a pharmaceutical grade skincare line.  This simply means it goes through a more rigorous testing before it can be released. These products can only be purchased through a licensed skincare professional.


I asked Adrienne, our Senior Esthetician, what she thought might be the top 3 sellers in the Glymed Plus line, and she nailed it on the head. After listing out what they are, she provided us a description of each one and what they do!

Here are the top 3 Sellers for Glymed Plus in our salon:

#1: Ultra Hydro Gel


The Ultra Hydro Gel is a super light, oil- free, water based moisturizer that is excellent for all skin types (especially oily ones). This moisturizer not only restores balance, but also reduces inflammation, providing your skin with soothing comfort and relief. The Ultra Hydro Gel is also an anti-aging powerhouse; rich in hyaluronic acid to improve tone, elasticity, and overall suppleness of the skin.

#2: Photo-Age Environmental Protection Gel SPF 30+


The Photo-Age Protection Gel is an oil-free moisturizer and sun protectant. Unlike traditional sunscreens, this product won’t influence breakouts or clogged pores due to its lightweight, water based formula. Because the Photo-Age Protection Gel SPF 30+ is a pharmaceutical grade sunblock, only a pea-sized amount is needed to ensure 98% coverage from both UVA and UVB rays. (Can you say WOW?) This product is an ideal daily moisturizer for all skin types and applies smoothly under makeup.

And finally, #3 is the Gentle Facial Wash:


Gentle Facial Wash is a gel based cleanser that provides both anti-aging and exfoliation benefits powered by a 10 % Glycolic. True to its name, this cleanser is gentle enough for all skin types, even sensitive, and is recommended for daily use.


Well there you have it, our 3 best sellers in the world of skincare. If you have specific questions about how to make your skin more radiant and youthful, be sure to set up an appointment with our super talented Esthetician Adrienne. She is well versed in this line, and can get your skin looking and feeling its best!

Don’t forget: “Skincare is essential, but makeup is a choice. Make good choices!

Best of Bumble (Part One)

There are many great hair care products out there that do sooooo many different things. If you are anything like us, looking up at the endless options on the salon shelves for your hair can be quite overwhelming. We find it's super helpful to know what the salon has seen as its best selling products. We always want to know what other people find as their favorites. Anyone ever glance in their neighbors grocery basket to make sure you're not missing out on a tasty snack? No? Just us? Ha- well we are here to make sure you are not missing out on these amazing products! 

This will be a 3-part series outlining what our top 3 sellers are in our hair and skin care lines. A little peek behind the curtain of what we just can’t keep in stock due to high demand!!!  The first product line in this feature is our favorites from Bumble! Bumble and bumble is based out of New York City and their hair care line is second to none. They are a huge force back stage at New York Fashion Week, and are world wide known for their editorial features. We think the best thing about this line is that their products do exactly what they say they will do (all the praise hands)!!!


Ok- we will drive up the dramatic flare of this post and do this countdown style starting with number three…

Our 3rd best seller in the Bumble and bumble line is Thickening Spray.  This has been a looooooong time favorite here in the salon and also nationwide. This product sat in the top spot for many years and has only since been preceded by new releases! This is a styling product that you apply to wet hair to give your roots an extra boost of volume. It does exactly as it says and gives you a thicker, fuller look!


The next spot goes to our number two favorite: Thickening Dry Spun Finishing Spray. This product is a newer member of the Thickening family and boy has it been a big hit. Unlike the Thickening Spray, this product goes on dry, styled hair. You can spray this on your roots for an extra boost of volume and texture. This product also works great to spray on your ends and give your curls a more tussled, lived-in look.  Warning: this product is very addictive; so don’t try it unless you’re ready to be a lifetime fan!


Ok…here it is… the number one best seller for both Signatures Salon and Bumble and bumble is… Hair Dresser’s Invisible Oil Primer. Since its launch, this product has jumped straight to the top and hasn’t left since.  It’s a UV and heat protector- so it protects from the sun's harmful rays as well as the hot tools we use day in and day out! Think of it as a sunscreen for your hair! Spray this product on first and it sets the foundation for all of your other styling products. It primes the hair and allows the styling products to SHINE! If you don’t have this product yet, run, don’t walk to Signatures to get it. You won’t regret it!


Alright- there you have it. Our top 3!!! Stay tuned for the rest of this series, as we will cover the top 3 in our all-natural line and our skincare line!

Chemical Peels- What are they & Who are they for???

Do you love the idea of smoother, brighter, more youthful looking skin, but shudder at the thought of the steps to get you there?

Does the thought of doing a peel send you running in the other direction? Trust us when we say that we have been there too. We feel that when you know the ins and outs of the will make this vital step of keeping your skin in tip top shape much less terrifying.

We decided to bring in the experts on this blog to answer the most pressing questions about chemical peels. Our esthetician Lauren has been delivering and receiving this service for quite some time. She has seen the benefits of this service first hand. 

Here is what she had to say about some common questions for all things chemical peels:


What exactly is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a service performed by either a licensed esthetician or a dermatologist by using specific chemicals and acids to improve the appearance of the face, neck and hands. It helps to speed up our skin cell life (the faster we make "new" skin, the younger we look- who doesn't want that?!?). Peels help reduce the depth of fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and blotchy skin. All while also improving texture and acne. Pretty much magic in a bottle! 


Acids on my face?!? Doesn't that hurt? 

That question is VERY subjective! The pain threshold for one person may be significantly different to the next. The strength of the peel also plays a HUGE role in the pain level. But, yes, there is some discomfort when receiving this service. Generally, it will feel like tiny bee stings for a few minutes then that sensation will subside. We do our best to minimize the discomfort of our clients and will remove the peel if it ever feels intolerable. 


So....when you say peel...what do you mean by that? 

DON'T Google chemical peels! Ha! We don't do that to you (unless you ask for it). Most of those photos are extreme examples of this service. But, you will peel. It can vary from a light flaking to heavy peeling. Think of it more like a mild sunburn peeling. Most clients will experience a heavier amount of peeling for a window of 48 hours, with an additional 48-72 hours of mild flaking. You may not feel very glamorous for a few days, but trust us...the results are totally worth it!!! 

Both of our estheticians offer this service as an add on to any of their facial services. Be sure to call the salon to book yours today. You (and your skin) won't regret it! 

Summer Hair Don't Care

Tan lines, ocean waves, beach chairs and salty air--- whats not to love about SUMMER! Along with the fashion and the laid back vibes, one of our favorite things about Summer is rocking our beach waved hair! 

Not everyone lives on the shores of Florida, California or Hawaii-- with the ability to air dry our ocean drenched locks and make a day of it...sooooo with that in mind, Bumble and Bumble has created a huge fan following with their Surf product line.

Their first baby in this line is the original Surf Spray. The inspiration for this product is actually the Hudson River in New York. Editorial Stylists working backstage at New York Fashion week found the salt water in the Hudson made the perfect solution for achieving beachy waves. Not long after, the genius masterminds at Bumble and Bumble crafted their very own version of this crazy concoction. (Side Note: Did you know the rubbery texture of the bottle was designed with scuba gear in mind?!? How crazy creative is that???)

Since then, due to the immense popularity and dedication to the line, the Surf family has expanded to include a shampoo & conditioner and 2 other AMAZING styling products. 

We wanted to show you a recent segment we did on our local news to show you how you can achieve this summer look at home.

Beachy locks are only a few simple steps away. Try this trendy look today! And rock your next day hair in a messy bun or braid as the surf products are the perfect foundation for an updo or braided style. As always, our goal at Signatures Salon is to empower our guests with cutting edge tips, techniques, tools, and products to replicate the styles and trends we know and love. Signatures has been offering these things and more for 21 years, and feel confident we have only scratched the surface of all we have to offer in Southwest Louisiana! Stay tuned!!! 

Sandy toes ll Sun-kissed nose ll Summer hair ll Not a care

Are you missing this CRUCIAL styling step?

Just as the foundation of the home is the most crucial step in a home building process, PRIMERS are the building block of a great hairstyle.  They are created to fill the pores of your hair (yes, your hair has pores just like your skin does) for an even styling canvas. As you know- your hair is a work of art!!! They also restore nourishment to the hair that is depleted by chemical, sun and environmental damage.


Bumble and bumble has taken the primer step to a whole new level by having 4 custom products in the foundation line that cater to a specific hair type.

They each serve the same main purpose, but have unique characteristics that target the hair type they are created for.

First up is Prep: 


Prep is created for fine or natural/virgin hair. It's also great for kiddos! It's full of vitamins and minerals but is very light-weight. It is a nutrient rich detangler that sets the stage for your style. It will help to reveal texture in the hair or to refresh already styled hair! 

Next up is Tonic: 


Tonic, like prep is full of vitamins and minerals that your hair need, with the added ingredient of tea tree oil. This makes it smell amazing, and with the added oil, it's best for thicker textures or colored hair. Men love tonic because the tea tree oil leaves a nice tingle on the scalp and reminds them of old-school barber elixirs. And a little insider secret: tea tree is great for kids to help prevent lice (YUCK!) They are repelled by the scent of tea tree!

The next primer in the lineup is Hair Dresser's Invisible Oil Primer:

HIO is made up of 6 light-weight oils and is a UV and heat protectant. It is basically sunscreen for your hair.  It helps soften, detangle, de-frizz, tame flyaways, ease styling and protect against breakage- can you say miracle worker?!? It has quickly become a cult favorite and now sits pretty as Bumble and bumbles number one selling product! Its perfect for color treated hair or coarse hair. Don’t let the 6 oil blend scare you, though it’s the most moisturizing of the primers, it does so without the weight. If you hair is super fine, but colored…hop back up and tonic would likely be your best friend!

Finally, the last product is Curl Primer: 

Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the ideal client for this one! It is created with a  curl-optimizing HydraSculpt Blend™, mixed with Brazilian oils, and helps create controlled, moisturized curls. The beauty of this product is it works to both prime the hair after washing and reactivate the style next day. Curly textures tend to be dryer so daily washing is not ideal. This product can be spritzed over next day (or 3rd day…shhhh we wont tell) hair to re-launch the styling products and curls!

So- lots of info, but as you can see- man, woman or child- there is a perfect primer for you!

Come by Signatures Salon any time to speak to one of our educated stylists and we can get you started on this crucial styling step today! We have been one of the premiere salons in Southwest Louisiana for over 20 years. We are Bumble and bumble fanatics and can get you loving these products just as much as we do!  Prime on!

Pop-up Parties

As one of the managers of Signatures Salon, one of my roles is the salon's photography. This is one of my passions and favorite avenues of my job. 

With that in mind, I was asked by the White family to photograph a party to honor Wendy's parent's 46th wedding anniversary. It was such an honor to be asked, and if you know the Whites, you know this would not just be any regular ol' party. 

They hosted what is called a 'Pop-up Party" in their backyard. A Pop-up Party is a one of a kind event featuring a unique setting and menu. It's an on-location event, from start to finish. The food was prepped, cooked, and served all in their backyard. This gathering was a perfect fit for the Whites. Tablecloth-clad tables adorned with yard picked-flowers, original wedding dishes, and a one-of-a-kind menu hand-created for them is just a taste of what this party embodied. 

The creative menu was brought to them by the dynamic duo creatively named Scratch Kitchen. Kelsie and Jaime are from Lafayette, Louisiana and their farm-to-table food pairings are nothing short of a work of art. The menu included roasted cattails (yes you read that right, straight from the edge of a Louisiana pond), reishi mushroom stock carrot soup topped with pesto, a charcuterie board, red lentil pate' and lamb pate', and a dessert made of pecan crust beet cobbler topped with elderberry chia seed which was absolutely heavenly! The work station was on-sight and the detail and craftsmanship put into creating this food was a sight to see! 

So you might be thinking...yes it sounds neat, but how did it taste?!? Let me just tell you, it was all so delicious. The flavor was rich, bold, and literally freshly picked. It was visually and aromatically stimulating. These ladies set up shop weekly at the Lafayette farmers market, so if you find yourself in that area, do yourself a favor by partaking in their unique gifting. It is worth your while! 

The next time you find yourself hosting an event, think outside of the box and consider a Pop-up party! It can be tailored to your specific style and taste, but its unique qualities and memorability factor are unmatched. And, if you are interested in a farm-fresh unique menu, Scratch Kitchen is definitely the way to go! Enjoy and be inspired. Eat, drink and be uniquely merry. 

The Story of The Nuque

To know the White family is to love them. They are some of the most talented and creative people on earth. Simply walk into Signatures Salon at any given time and see the ever changing theme and decor to get a small glimpse of their talent level. The matriarch of this family is the lovely Mrs. Darlene White. Spending any amount of time with her, will show you where her four daughters get it from. She has recently taken something she made her girls years ago and turned it into what we now call The Nuque. Before I tell you any more about that, I would love for you to hear the background of this story from Mrs. Darlene herself. The video below is by the talented Emily and Daniel Cutrer...enjoy! 

While simple in concept, The Nuque is comforting, healing and effective. It can be the perfect gift, or purchased for personal use. It's about the same price as flowers, yet can be used over a hundred times- so it's the gift that keeps on giving. They are available in a wide variety of patterns and colors that are suitable for both the guys and the gals. Also- now the exchangeable covers are available for sale for just ten bucks. Can't beat it! 

It's the season of love, so give the gift made with love to the ones you love. Happy Valentine's Day from all of us.