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Salon Hamlin

Want some expert tips on how to have perfect hair for your photography session? Our special guest, Nicole with Salon Hamlin, is here to answer your questions.


Q: Nicole, thank you so much for taking the time to offer some great hair tips. To start, why don't you tell us a bit about you and your salon.


A: Thank you Danielle for having me. I am Nicole, owner of and hair stylist for, Salon Hamlin, located in One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA. Growing up with an aunt in the industry, I have wanted to do hair for as long as I can remember. With over 16 years of experience, not only has my creativity grown, but so has my passion for hair. I am constantly continuing my professional development through a variety of in-person and online courses, assisting with hair shows, and even teaching a few classes myself. Not only am I a Kevin.Murphy session stylist, but I am also a Kevin.Murphy educator! I am passionate about the work I do and love making people feel great about themselves by giving them the hair they have always desired. I opened my single suite salon, perfect for taking care of each guest one on one, due to the pandemic – I wanted to configure a space where my guests feel comfortable getting their hair done.

Nicole Hamlin

Nicole Hamlin

Q: How far in advance should someone book an appointment with you? Does the time frame differ if it is just a cut and style versus color or highlights?


A: I think the best thing to do for any stylist is to pre-book your appointment before you leave the salon. As of right now, I would suggest booking your appointment at least three weeks in advance. A cut and style appointment is a lot easier to schedule than a color or highlights appointment due to the length of the appointment. A haircut can take anywhere from 30-45 minutes. Whereas a color or highlight can take around two to three hours.

Curly Hair

Curly Hair

Q: What services does your salon offer? And can you accommodate an entire family on the same day?


A: I offer a wide variety of specialty hair services, including haircuts for men, women, and children, with a specialty in curly cuts. My diverse offering of color services includes highlights, balayage, baby lights, root touch up, bleach and tone, and men’s grey blending services. I also offer Cezanne Keratin treatments, extensions, and facial waxing. I can take an entire family in the same day; however, because my single suite salon is intentionally small for my guests’ safety, I recommend calling me to discuss your hair styling needs prior to booking your appointments to ensure the smoothest appointment for you and your children.

Copper Balayage

Copper Balayage

Q: Once a client has their hair styled, what tips do you have to help them keep their hair camera ready for their professional photography session?


A: Style longevity comes with prep! You must use products that are going to last. I highly recommend Kevin.Murphy products, as they are perfect for global climates and are meant to last all day. You want to use the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and your end goals. For instance, if you have fine hair, I recommend using Angel.Wash and Angel.Rinse for prep. Styling products are just as important, for fine thin hair I recommend using Body.Builder for volume and hold. Frizzy hair needs moisture so it does not soak up water from the air, in this case I would use Smooth.Again wash and rinse. Styling wise, I would go for Ever.Smooth, which has long chain polymers for style longevity and Smooth.Again styling cream. You cannot forget finishing - lock in your style with Kevin.Murphy’s Session.Spray.

Long Hair - Balayage

Long Hair - Balayage

Q: Summer is quickly approaching and with it the hot and humid weather. What secret methods do you have for combatting the frizziness the day of the photo session?


A: The best service that combats frizziness is the Cezanne Keratin treatment. It will help combat frizz, speed up blow dry time, and add tons of shine. This service lasts anywhere from three to five months. I would be happy to schedule a complimentary consultation for anyone looking for product recommendations for their hair type. Better yet, if you don’t want to worry about styling your own hair on the day of your photography session, come see me for a shampoo and blow dry.

Platinum Blood with Shadow Root

Platinum Blood with Shadow Root

Q: How can people get in touch with you?


A: To schedule an appointment you can text me at (703) 915-0067 or book online . Or send me a message on Instagram @salonhamlin or Facebook @salonhamlin.


Q: Do you have any special discounts or deals or upcoming events you would like to share?


A: If you are a first-time client mention you saw this Danielle Price Photography Guest Blog post and receive 10% off your first service.

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