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Beautiful Tresses Ride Again at Byrde + the b

By Clementina Verge


With winter hats now stored away for another season, it is time to spring to your favorite salon for revived color, fresh styles, renewed highlights, and full-blown transformations. At Byrde + the b, a full-service luxury salon in Washington Depot, Lucy Callaway and Scott Bond stand ready to renew and rejuvenate hair.

“We want to help clients get rid of Covid-quarantine hair, winter hair, any hair that’s been neglected,” notes Bond, salon owner and multiple Emmy award-winning stylist whose experience spans two decades.

Hair is as prone to dehydration during cold, humidity-void months as bodies are, with tell-tale signs of distress including dullness, split ends, and lack of sheen.

Those with outgrown roots who desire color but prefer easier maintenance should consider a shadow root, Callaway suggests. Roots may be kept dark but proper blending into lighter ends is a great way to extend the life of the color between salon visits. With lower maintenance than ombre, a shadow root will seamlessly connect a dark base to brighter ends, extending the life of a hue.

Another option is balayage, a French coloring technique. Though not new, the trend is gaining popularity not only due to beautiful highlights—imagine sun-kissed hair—but because balayage does not involve saturating hair in bleach or color dye, making it a healthier alternative to foil-achieved highlights and resulting in silkier, less damaged hair.

Proper color application is critical: brunettes need depth to make tresses rich and silky, while reds need “a little more punch” for better intensity and brightness. Deep conditioning is especially important for blondes, adding dimension and creating a softer, more natural look, Bond explains.

Callaway, color and stylist expert, finds great fulfillment in making clients feel good about themselves and bringing out natural beauty, advising them to embrace the power of fresh haircuts and styles. She consults with clients about their preferences, personality, lifestyle, facial features like eye color and skin tone, and encourages them not to fight their natural hair. Not every aging woman is best suited for a short haircut, while another’s appearance might be enhanced by growing bangs or fringing them, she notes.

“It is important to not get stuck holding on to hairstyles from 15 or 45 years ago,” Callaway advises. “Don’t be afraid of change, especially this year.”

Bond agrees, emphasizing the need to erase the misconception that trimming results in short hair.

“Trims are needed maintenance,” Bond explains. “If you do not trim it, hair breaks and stops growing, so cutting it actually helps it grow longer. That doesn’t mean that we cut it if we don’t think you need it. We evaluate the condition and make the best decision for you.”

Maintaining the coveted just-left-the-salon feeling is important and Bond’s line of non-toxic products, along with Olaplex and Verb, are designed to enhance color, moisturize, clarify, protect, and strengthen. A certified aromatherapist, Bond has created natural products, such as brown sugar scalp scrub and lavender scalp oil, because “you should treat your scalp like you do your face.”

Byrde + the b
10 Titus Rd

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