Keratin Treatments: The Anytime Treatment

Keratin Treatments seem to come and go in the beauty world spot light. Being called the next big trend, even though these treatments have been available in salons for decades. You’ve also seen them targeted at clients for specific hair types, lengths, color, or even season. Here’s a little secret; Keratin Treatments are perfect for all types, and are great anytime of year. 


What is Keratin?

Without deep diving into the science of hair, Keratin is basically a kind of protein that is made up of mostly cysteine type amino acids. It makes up to 95% of your hair, and is also a major part of your skin and nails too. Loss of Keratin can lead to damage, leading to breakage in hair or cracking in skin or nails. 

Other factors can damage your hair, or cause a loss of Keratin. Factors such as chlorine and salt water, non-professional shampoos and conditioners, age, at-home color, sun exposure, and repeated or consistent heat styling. Thankfully, Keratin Treatments offer a chance to repair every day damage while allowing your hair to be soft, silky, shiny, and smooth. It also, cuts down blow-drying time, as well as sealing your hair and allowing some color treatments to last longer.


Brush Strokes Salon Options


Keratin Complex

The biggest line, with 5 treatment options, is Keratin Complex. 

The Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment is the signature Keratin Treatment. This treatment usually takes 3+ hours to apply, and has a 72 hour waiting period before you can wash your hair again. The upside is that with proper home care this treatment can last up to 5 months, and a color service can be done the same day. 

The Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment for Blonde Hair is applied like the original treatment, and has the same waiting period, but it is best for blonde, gray, white, over processed, and fragile hair. Just like the original treatment, a color service can be done the same day and it can  also last for up to 5 months with proper home care. 

The Express Blow Out is like the little brother of the original and blonde treatments. This quick treatment can be applied in and hour to an hour and a half, and color services can be done before the treatment. This treatment only has a 24 hour waiting period, and only lasts up to 6 weeks with proper home care. 

The newest treatments to the Keratin Complex brand are the Personalized Blow Out Same Day Keratin Treatment for Styled Finishes or Natural Curl Finish. These are glycolic treatments, meaning that they change your hair from the inside out. Because they are glycolic, color services are recommended to be done after the treatments are applied. There is also no wait time for when you can wash your hair, and these treatments can last up to 3 months with proper home care. The time for application varies depending on they way you would like your hair styled, so anywhere from 1.5 to 6 hours.

With such a wide range, this brand has something available for everyone.



Just like the Personalized Blow Out from Keratin Complex, this is a glycolic treatment. You can have a color service done on the same day, but it is recommended to apply after treatment. The difference between Cezanne and Keratin Complex is that this treatment can last up to 5 months depending on home care. This treatment has a 24 hour wait period before washing, and can take a minimum of 3 hours to apply. 


Keratin Express Plus

Keratin Express is exactly what it says it is. An express treatment, similar to the Express Blow Out by Keratin Complex. It also has a 24 hour wait period before washing and can take a minimum of an hour and a half to apply. The difference between the two is that this treatment can last between 10 to 12 weeks depending on home care. It also has a slight chocolate-y smell while processing. 


Home Care

Each line we offer for treatment offers corresponding home care products, such as shampoo, conditioner, at home treatments & styling products. The Eufora line also offers products perfect for prolonging the life of your Keratin Treatment. Your stylist will recommend which products are best for your lifestyle and the treatment type you received. Regular use of these items will help you maintain your Keratin Treatment or even extend its normal longevity. 


Keratin Treatments offer a wide range of benefits, and we at Brush Strokes Salon offer a variety of treatment and home care options to fit every lifestyle and need. Schedule your Keratin Treatment appointment today or talk to your stylist about which treatment type would be best for you!  

New to Brush Strokes Salon: Cinderella Hair Extensions!

Brush Strokes is now proud to offer T-Hair Tape-in Extensions by Cinderella Hair in an on demand capacity. We are also offering custom orders from their six other types of extensions, including the Infinite Hair Extensions Clip-in System (link). All of Cinderella’s extensions are made of 100% human remy hair which means the hair cuticle is facing the same direction which prevents tangling and matting.  Another great thing about Cinderella Hair Extensions is the quality. They are guaranteed to last up to 6 months when applied by a Brush Strokes Salon Stylist and with proper maintenance recommendations are followed. Ask your stylist about Cinderella Hair Extensions at your next appointment. 

Before you take the “extension plunge” make sure you consider a few things first. For example:

What is your lifestyle like? 

Extensions of any type require maintenance and care, and some require a lot more that others. Do you have the time and the patience to take care of your new hair? Looking for something easier to maintain and to change up your look in a snap? Then the Infinite Hair Extensions Clip-in System might be the best options for you. Maybe you want something with a little bit more hold, then T-Hair Tape-in Extensions should be right up your alley. Are you a avid runner, or hot yoga fanatic? The tape-ins may not be the best option and you should try the Classic Organic Bond or the I-Hair I-Tip Extensions for the strongest hold. Your lifestyle is important to finding the right extensions for you. 

Color matching is key!

Cinderella Hair Extensions offers over 76 color options though out their variety of extension types. With so much variety, no one will every know that its not your own hair! Cinderella Hair can also be professionally colored by one of our stylist for that absolutely perfect match. 

Quality is worth it.

Extensions of any kind are an investment, and come with a decent price tag (at least for great ones). Cinderella Hair Extensions are fade free, meaning the the hair color and shine is locked into each hair strand, keeping it vibrant and natural looking. The end of each piece is given a naturally blended look, but you are able to shape the ends of your extensions to match your normal hair style. And as mentioned before, Cinderella Hair is guaranteed to last up to 6 months when properly applied and cared for. 

Maintenance work is a must. 

Scheduling appointments to re-apply your tape-ins or your bonded extensions is a must if you want to keep your hair looking healthy and natural. Each type of extension requires specific care routines that your stylist will go over with you during your consultation, application, and in your “take home” kit. Your “take home” kit will include your at home care instructions, a copy of your extensions contract, proper shampoo, conditioner, and extension brush. 

Let it go, let it go…

Elsa was right when she said “Let it go”. Knowing when its time to say goodbye and when to have your extensions professionally removed is just as important as home care. Scheduling the removal appointment is something that should and will be done at the time of application. We want to protect the hair attached to your lovely head, and the best way to do that is to have an endgame. Clip-ins do not need as much work, but should be removed nightly to avoid breakage as well as the extension themselves. Your stylist will work with you to come up with a schedule for in salon maintenance and removal, and this information will be provided on your contract copy. 

Cinderella Hair Extensions are a great way to make a quick change to your hair, but they do require work and a little bit of dedication. Brush Strokes stylists would love to work with you to find which type of extension is right for you and your lifestyle, so make your consultation appointment today! 

Happy New Year!

                We at Brush Strokes would like to say thank you for an amazing 2017, and that we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us! We couldn’t continue    to do what we love without you, and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

                This year Brush Strokes will officially be 20 years old! Thank you so much for 20 years of great hair care!


                Just a few updates and reminders for the New Year!

                Mary has changed her schedule! She will now be at Brush Strokes every other Friday! Don’t forget that we can book you at either Spa Noa or Brush Strokes!

                Did you know that you can get the inside scoop on all things Brush Strokes? Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Back to School Drive to Benefit Childhelp ®

Brush Strokes Salon & Spa Noa is working with Beauty Scope to help children this August.

Our Back-to-School drive will benefit the Alice C. Tyler Village of Childhelp® Farm in Lignum, VA. As the children go back to school, they need lots of supplies. We are now accepting donations to help the children for 2017.

The items needed this year are:

·         Colored Paper ·         Pens

·         Pencils

·         Colored Pencils ·         Wide Ruled Paper ·         Paper Clips
·         Staplers ·         Magic Markers ·         Glue Sticks
·         Elmer’s Glue ·         Copy Paper ·         Backpacks
·         Notebooks ·         Small Hand Sanitizers ·         Tablets
·         Binders ·         Erasers ·         Crayons
·         Pencil Boxes ·         Staples ·         Highlighters
·         Kleenex ·         Markers ·         Pencil Sharpeners


Or, anything else you think that we forgot to list! Cash or check donations can also be made in the Salon or Spa. Gift Cards to local stores (Walmart, Target, etc.) would also be greatly appreciated!

As our thanks to you for helping, you will also receive 20% your next service!*

Childhelp ®exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. They focus their efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.  To learn more about this amazing organization and what they are doing to put an end to child abuse, check out their website at: .


*Some restrictions may apply. 20% off discount is only applicable towards one service. If in salon/spa for multiple services then discount will be applied to service of lesser value. See front desk for more information. Month of August only.*

May Flowers Have Arrived!

May Newsletter

An Inside Look at What’s Happening at Brush Strokes

Happy Mother’s Day

This month is the unofficial start of summer & we couldn’t be more excited; warmer weather, barbecues, and lying by the pool, & fabulous new hair. We get to celebrate the mom’s in our lives as well as remember those who served.  May is a full month & we can’t wait to see you at Brush Strokes Salon!

New Stylist

We would like to welcome a new stylist to the Brush Strokes Team.  Miss Bruna Miranda is a junior stylist who has a real passion for hair. She is currently training under our fearless leader, Mary Taylor, but she is available for blow-dry and hair cut appointments. Bruna will be here Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call to make you appointment today!

Upcoming Vacations

With the summer months upon us our staff will be taking a few vacations. We recommend that you schedule your appointments as soon as possible so you look your best all summer long!

Prom Specials

Look your best for the big night! Hair & Makeup packages are available for $85 (Eyelash Application for an additional $25). Also enjoy 10% off any accessory purchases from our boutique collections!

Mother’s Day Packages

Come in all month and purchase the perfect gifts for mom! We have everything you need from gift cards, to products, to salon service deals. Purchase our Mom’s Getaway package (Makeup and a Blow-dry with Style) for only $115, normally $130!

Memorial Day Deals

As our thank you to all active military, their families, and veterans we would like to offer 20% off all services (when accompanied by a valid military or veteran ID). If you aren’t military, please enjoy 10% off all retail! We hope you’ll join us on May 26th & 27th.

*As usual some restrictions apply to all deals and offers. Call Salon for details.*

Jane Iredale’s SPF Makeup

In support of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Brush Strokes Salon is highlighting some amazing skin care products available in store. Jane Iredale is proud to carry The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendations for their broad spectrum sunscreen.  Seven of their products contain SPF 15 or higher to help keep you safe daily. Come in and see why we stand behind Jane Iredale Cosmetics!

Having a Moment-Lashes




According to the Washington Post, it is “The Age of Lavish Lashes” and we couldn’t agree more! From Adele to the First Lady, and everyone in between, lashes are truly having a moment.

Did you know that both Brush Strokes Salon and Spa Noa offer lash services and products?

As an add-on to our already fabulous Jane Iredale makeup applications, you can have false lashes applied for only $25. Both locations use Ardell brand lashes and glue, but clients are more than welcome to bring their preferred brand and/or style.  We love that the Ardell brand has been around for over 45 years and is consistently considered the “queen of lashes”.



If false lashes are not for you then we offer other ways to grow the fringe around your eyes. Spa Noa sells growth serum, Latisse, which is offered by our doctor on staff, Dr. Bruce Freedman. This medical grade cosmetic treatment allows natural growth for people with little or no lashes with amazing results.

Another growth serum called Grande Lash-MD by Grande Cosmetics is offered at both Spa Noa and Brush Strokes. This product comes in either a 3 month or 6 month supply, and is less expensive than our Latisse option. It is applied just like liquid eyeliner on the upper lash line, and may also be applied to the lower lash line if desired. Most clients see results in 4-8 weeks, and this is a great product for anyone looking to up their lash game.

Whether you prefer the glamorous offerings of faux lashes, or if you are trying to grow out your own beautiful set, your options are endless.  Not just your options in style, but in price as well.  Having a full set of lashes helps anyone achieve that “no makeup, makeup look”, and can be achieved by wearing great quality mascara, false lashes, or even just your own flirty set.

Happy New Year!

To All of Our Amazing Clients: THANK YOU!

We’ve had an amazing year here at Brush Strokes Salon, & we owe it all to you! We can’t wait to show you all the new things we have planned for 2017. Keep an eye on our social media pages & on our blog for news, how-to’s, & all around Salon goodness! We are looking forward to all that 2017 brings!

Thank you!

***20% OFF***

Select Retail Brands All Month!

Including: Aquage, Bi-omega, Cezanne, Rusk, & Style Edit

“Teach Me How” Sale!

Come in for a Free Style Lesson & Receive 20% Off Select Styling Tools!

(Only available through the month of January)

Donna’s January Schedule:

Donna will be gone most of January, but will in the 12th-14th & the 27th-28th. Make your appointment before they’re gone!

Why Brush Strokes is in Love with Keratin Express’s Daily Keratin Cream:

We love keratin Express’s Daily Keratin Cream because “it’s not just for people who want/have keratin treatments, but for anyone who needs their hair to be extremely shiny, healthy, & strong”. Our stylists use this product on every client to combat frizz & add protein. Come & see for yourself!

Retail: $48 *a little goes a long way*

New Year Appointment Drawing Winner

Brush Strokes would like to congratulate Janet Aurora on winning our amazing Eufora Goodie Basket!


New Policies

Brush Strokes is updating its 24 hour cancellation policy.

If a client neither calls or shows up on the day of their scheduled appointment we will ask them to prepay for their next one. Our stylists time is very valuable & we have other clients who would love to come in at those times. If clients know that they are unable to make their scheduled appointment, we ask that they call or email the salon.

Donna’s Schedule

Donna will be gone most of January (as stated above) & her schedule will change for the month of February as well. Starting the week of 1/30/17, Donna will be working Thursday-Saturday only. She will go back to her normal schedule of Tuesdays & Thursdays-Saturdays starting in March. Make sure to schedule your appointments now before they’re filled up!


A Few Updates…

Some changes are coming to Brush Strokes Salon!

Mary’s Schedule: Starting in September, Mary will be working every Friday over at Spa Noa in Reston. You can still book appointments with her for either here at Brush Strokes or there by calling us.

Located at 11638 Plaza America Dr. in Reston.


Located at 711 Pine St. in Herndon.
Located at 711 Pine St. in Herndon.


New Products: We are happy to introduce to you Eufora’s newest product, Fresh Effect! It’s everything a dry shampoo should be. So sleep in…we’ve got you covered! Also from Eufora is a new collection of travel sized items and kits. The summer is the time to travel so make sure you take your favorite Eufora and Brush Strokes items with you!


Policy Update: Brush Strokes will now require clients to provided credit card information for any major services taking 3+ hours (e.g. Keratin Treatments, Relaxers, etc.). We would also like to remind clients that we have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you need to cancel an appointment please call us as soon as possible. We appreciate our clients continued support in all things and we thank you for your business.

We love our clients!
We love our clients!


That’s all the updates for now, but if you’d like to see more of a day to day inspiration and motivation please check us out on our other social media platforms!

Keratin Express Plus Smoothing Treatment

Does the incoming humidity make you cringe? Well worry not! We have the perfect treatment to keep your hair looking smooth and sleek all summer.

Our new Keratin Express Plus Smoothing Treatment takes approximately  forty-five minutes to apply, much less than traditional treatments, and it costs significantly less (starting at $100)*. The thing we love the most about this service is that is easy to add to any current service and the results can last from ten to twelve weeks!1273

Also unlike traditional keratin treatments, you don’t have to wait up to three days before you can wash your hair again. With Keratin Express you can get to the shampoo after twenty-four hours!

If you are hoping to get rid of the frizz this summer or just making your locks smooth and shiny give us a call and schedule for our Keratin Express Plus Smoothing Treatment.FullSizeRender


*Application times and cost may vary depending on hair length and thickness

The “I Do’s” & “I Don’ts” of Wedding Makeup

Getting ready for a wedding can be daunting, to say the least.  Thankfully the beautiful people at Bridal Guide have taken some of the stress out of planning.

In their most current issue (July/August 2016) there is a fantastic section called “ask david” , by none other than wedding guru David Tutera, that talks about the do’s and don’ts of makeup prep.  We picked our top four do’s and top four don’ts to share with you, but if you’d like to see the full list pick up the most recent issue of Bridal Guide and check out page 58.

Makeup Application with Mary
Makeup Application with Mary

I Do’s

  • Book a Consultation:

WEtv’s star says, “There are usually fees for your consultation, so plan for yours to happen when you have something special going on, or when you can test it out with your dress. Get your money’s worth!”  We at Brush Strokes recommend scheduling your trial run at least two to three weeks before your big day. On the day of the trial run, we charge 50% of the original service amount and on the day of the wedding, we charge the remaining 50% balance.

  • Start Early & Create a Timeline:

The suggestion by Mr. Tutera, “Allow 45 minutes to an hour for your makeup application” and “figure out prep time required for each member of the wedding party…” We suggest working with our makeup stylists when figuring out your timelines. When in our salon we usually set aside at least two hours for makeup application.

  • Think Classic & Bright:

According to David, “Sure, Kim Kardashian’s uber-smoky cat eye and full-on faux lashes looks fab, but in 10 years? Maybe not so much”. We love using Jane Iredale makeup for several reasons, but one of the biggest is because it is great for your skin and it is perfect for creating soft, timeless, and effortless looks.

  • Mascara is Key:

Our guru states “use waterproof mascara. This is bridal-makeup rule number one!”  All of our Jane Iredale mascaras are “water resistant” and are exactly what the wedding planner ordered for your big day!


I Don’ts

  • Don’t Wait:

The host of David Tutera’s CELEBrations discloses, “Book your hair and makeup artists early-about six months in advance.” We couldn’t agree more with this key piece of wedding wisdom! Thankfully we can provide both hair and makeup services for your big day. We also ask that you fill out one of our Bridal Contracts to secure your date, time, and services.

  • Keep it Simple:

David expresses that, “less is more, especially when it comes to your wedding makeup. You still need to look like you.”  This goes back to our “Do” about thinking classic. Let our stylists enhance the already beautiful you on the day of.

  • No “Blah” Shades:

Just like with the dark lipstick, David warns, “those beige and brown-toned lip-colors you wear every day can make you look washed out in photos.” We suggest using a great Jane Iredale product called LipDrink, especially in its new color “flirt”. Not only is it an amazing color, but it also hydrates and keeps your lips looking fresh from first kiss to the farewell send off!

Jane Iredale's LipDrink in Flirt
Jane Iredale’s LipDrink in Flirt New
  • Be Prepared:

The final piece of wisdom Mr. Tutera imparts is, “have a bridal-beauty emergency kit for your maid of honor to keep close by in case anything goes awry.” We can help you set up this kit (at least as far as hair and makeup is concerned). We sell all of the Jane Iredale products we use, as well as some great hairsprays and style aids by Eufora to help keep everything in place!



Now you are prepared for your dream day! If you’d like to view the complete list of “Do’s & Don’ts” pick up the latest issue of Bridal Guide or check out their website

Planning a wedding or know someone who is? Call to set up your Bridal Hair and Makeup services at Brush Strokes Salon (703)435.8002.