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Michelle J - Dermaplaning 4

Dermaplaning is a safe and effective way to exfoliate the top layer of the epidermis and remove all of the vellus hair off of the face. It’s a wonderful way to get fresh new skin within a 45 minute to hour long treatment. Feel rejuvenated and fresh after receiving this unique service. After Dermaplaning, there is no barrier left of old dead skin cells and all hair is scraped off the face leaving your skin feeling incredibly smooth and soft.

BEFORE DERMAPLANING:Michelle J - Dermaplaning 1

While getting the instant gratification of beautiful looking and feeling skin, there is also a preventative care bonus to this service. Our cell turnover rate slows down as we start the aging process. Cell turnover is what happens when our skin produces new skin cells which travel from the lowest layer of the epidermis to the top layer and then shed off the skin. This is what keeps dead cells from building up on the skin’s surface. However, the top layer of skin starts to appear dull and ages quicker without the act of exfoliating. Dermaplaning eventually can help with the look of fine lines, age spots/sunspots and will also help skincare products penetrate to a deeper level because that barrier of old, dull skin is now removed. While we take care of our skin in our 20’s and 30’s it will help us look a younger age in our 40’s and 50’s (and so on) as long as we exfoliate, hydrate and protect our skin.

DURING DERMAPLANING SERVICE:Michelle J - Dermaplaning 2Michelle J - Dermaplaning 3


Men and women who shouldn’t engage in Dermaplaning are those with very mature skin or acne prone skin that may not be able to handle the scraping. Or those who have very oily skin that need their vellus hair so the oil can travel down the hair and away from the pore.

AFTER DERMAPLANING:Michelle J - Dermaplaning 4

There is little to no downtime after receiving this service. Only slight redness and possibly a feeling similar to being windburned may occur.

~Michelle J, Esthetician/Massage Therapist at Design 1 Grandville

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Hair trends follow fashion trends.  So with this in mind, I took a trip to the mall to see where the inspiration for the next season is coming from.  I discovered some similar themes at each store I browsed and was able to bring the inspiration back to the salon.  Here are 3 current styles I brought back behind the chair in these side by side looks.

Lisa Z - PhotoGrid_1422376670735The first shop displayed this loose fit top with a short to long graduation on the hem of the shirt, bringing attention to the detailed buttons on the top of the jeans.  The bright contrasted stilettos completes the outfit.  You can see the same idea brought into this graduated bob with a pop of purple to highlight the eyes.  This hairstyle and outfit are a match made in pop culture.

Lisa Z - PhotoGrid_1422377272726Welcome back to the 70’s with this floral inspired t-shirt which is loosely tucked into a pair of skinny jeans covered by a long accented sweater disconnecting the hem lines.  Much like the floral shirt, this fresh flowered headband not only breaks up the flow in the curls but also is a great accent.  Pretty groovy!

Lisa Z - PhotoGrid_1422377667357The solid colors – grey & coral – in this dress represent the beige and brown colors in my model’s hair.  The pleats in the skirt bring movement and bounce which is replicated in the hairs curl pattern.  The colors in the belt add a unique amount of detail making both styles its very own.  Count me in for this seasons color.

So if you are looking to be dressed from hair to toe with the latest trends, remember you can’t go wrong this season with curls, flowers and color!

~Lisa Z, Stylist at Design 1 South

Best Conditioning Product! Morroccon Oil Hair Mask and Oil Treatment

Michigan Winters can be hard, on our spirit and our hair. If you have been feeling like your hair has the winter blues and needs a little pick-me-up we have some solutions to happier, healthier hair.

Try an In-Salon Conditioning Treatment!

These treatments will provide the most drastic and longest lasting improvements because they offer professional chemicals you can’t (shouldn’t) use at home.

You can add on conditioning treatments to any of your services for $15-$50 to really seal in extra protein and moisture.

Our favorite treatment, Olaplex, is a bond-multiplier that can be used as a treatment or can be added into your color to help eliminate breakage(SO COOL!) This is an amazing product that we just started carrying and recommend for every color client.

All in-salon conditioning treatments by Design 1 Salon Spa include a relaxing scalp massage followed by a steam towel wrap to help the hair drink in all the protein and moisture.

Can’t make it into the salon? Select a Take-Home Conditioning Treatment!

For continued repair to damaged locks, we recommend weekly at home treatments.

Moroccan Oil: We carry 3 different Moroccan Oil Masks for varying needs along with the Moroccan Oil treatment oil.

Best Conditioning Product! Morroccon Oil Hair Mask and Oil Treatment

Best Conditioning Product! Morroccon Oil Hair Mask and Oil Treatment

Rejuvenate your Hair with Prive Intensive Mask

Rejuvenate your Hair with Prive Intensive Mask

Restorative Hair Mask: For weakened and damaged hair.

Intense Hydrating Mask: For medium to thick dry hair.

Smoothing Mask: Locks in moisture to tame unruly and frizzy hair.

Moroccan Oil Treatment: For all hair types and be used as need to leave

silky, healthy, shiny, and full of life (sounds amazing right? It is.)

Prive: This Intensive Mask is enriched with jojoba and sesame. This combo deeply penetrates, delivering strength, nourishment, and overall rejuvenation.

Pureology:  Pureology offers amazing at home treatments, some of our favorites:

Hydrate Hydra Whip: Moisturize and deeply replenish parched strands without weighing hair down while adding intense shine.

Perfect 4 Platinum Reconstruct Repair Masque: Helps even out and balance porosity. This Mask helps Transform damaged hair (Especially our blonde friends) by improving elasticity, softness and  shine.

Top Hair Pick! Pureology Hydration Products

Top Hair Pick! Pureology Hydration Products

Nano Works: While Nano Works is not a conditioning treatment, this shampoo and conditioner combo will drastically change your hair. This Vegan line is ultra restorative and offers extraordinary color protection. Continued use with dramatically improve the condition of your hair and give it renewed health and shine.

Top Hair Restoration Product - Redken Conditioning Products

Top Hair Restoration Product – Redken Conditioning Products

Redken: Offers many leave in treatments to help maintain healthy hair but there are 2 deep conditioning treatments that we love.

Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus: a fortifying mask for highly distressed hair.

Redken All Soft Heavy Cream: Super treatment for dry/brittle hair.

Once you have your favorite salon product chosen, here are our Top 5 Conditioning Treatment Tips and Tricks!

To get the most out of your at home conditioning treatments, follow these helpful application tips.

  • Apply conditioning treatments to clean damp hair (towel dry the best you can, the less water in the hair the more it can absorb the treatment).
  • Let treatments sit on hair for at least 10 minutes (up to over night).
  • Applying heat to your conditioning treatment will help your hair absorb it better. Cover with a plastic shower cap and apply light to medium heat with your blow dryer.
  • If you are leaving a treatment on over night, you can apply to dry hair. Focus on mid shafts and ends then wrap it up with a plastic shower cap, plastic wrap. If you have long hair you can put it in a pony tail and then apply your treatment, wrap into a bun then cover with a plastic sandwich baggy to prevent getting it all over your pillow.
  • Rinsing with cool water will close the cuticle, locking in your treatment.

-Alexa, Grandville Stylist

Cool Manicure Idea from Design 1 Salon Spa

At the 2014 New York Fashion Week, it’s always an exciting time to see what other stylists are up to, and we have a great time checking out what cool ideas we can bring back to our clients for the upcoming season! Nail art is one of the oldest forms of self-expression, dating back to ancient Egyptian women using henna dyes to color their nails.  This year we saw a lot of half-moon designs, matte topcoats, and almond shaped talons. Other popular designs included rich dark colors, heavy metallic and of course, the always classic nudes.


Glitter French Manicure Idea from Design 1 Salon SpaGlitter and Rhinestone Manicure Idea from Design 1 Salon SpaMatte Finish Manicure Idea from Design 1 Salon SpaNails - Teresa 2In today’s world, nails & nail polish let us express our personality in different ways.  There are so many ways to add style to our nails, whether we paint one nail a different color or add glitter.  We could even go hodgepodge and do each nail differently!   Here are a few nail polish samples from my clients at Design 1 for more ideas! Don’t forget to add the nail bling — we can give you a little edge by adding suds or make you feel like a princess with sparkling rhinestones.

Nail art can be anything you want it to be. So what are you afraid of?  At your next manicure (or pedicure) appointment, I challenge you to step outside the box and try something new.  After all… it is just polish.

~Teresa M, Nail Technician at Design 1 Cascade

Lily Aldridge

Ever wonder who the brains were behind Victoria’s Secret model, Lily Aldridge’s hair?

#1 Favorite Celebrity Hair Photo Fall 2014

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This is the number one “hair” picture brought into our Grand Rapids/Plainfield, Cascade, Grandville, Caledonia/Kentwood hair salons. Let’s face it, we all want Lily Aldridge’s hairstyle and Design 1 can do it!

Meet our friend Justin Isaac (pictured on right) the brains behind it all. The Grand Rapids stylists at Design 1 spent all day with Justin learning the techniques used on all your favorite celebs hair and most pinned Pinterest hair pics! If your current stylist can’t give you the Blur, Burberry, or just flat out can’t melt your color without harsh lines and your tired of the same boring look I suggest you head into Design 1 and do your hair a favor!!! Get excited folks, we are changing lives over here! The world better get ready for the women of Grand Rapids!

Written by Cheyanne from Design 1 Grandville

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Learn from Mary, Master Senior Stylist at our Plainfield location, how to do a quick 3 minute updo!  Special Thanks to our model Kristi, Stylist at our Plainfield location!

Tiffany from our South location gives a quick rundown on how to add texture to your hair this Summer in just a few easy steps.

Our Holiday Bow Bun Tutorial by Tiffany at Design 1 South.

Demonstration by Becky, Stylist at our South location.

Marie, Master Stylist from the Grandville location, educates how to do a fishtail braid.