Darling Colors Shapes

offering cut, color, & style services with an emphasis on sharing hair wisdom! i am inspired by the constant desire to change & improve upon oneself.

i believe that making a change to your outer self, whether subtle or drastic, can envoke a positive sense of well-being. i love being able to share this feeling with others. i specialize in giving flattering, easy-maintenance haircuts with strategic texture & providing rich, dimensional color with wonderful grow-out. i love my career & love to share my passion & knowledge to my clients. i work out

Operating as usual

Timeline Photos 10/13/2021

another lil announcement ✨ at magic circle i will no longer be doing bleach & tones or “permanent” single processes*. i’m streamlining my menu to color services i feel i am best at, such as this full foil with a baby shadowroot on the earth angel @chelsierosekern 👼🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
you can still get ultra blonde, balayaged, natural or bold! we can still achieve virtually any color under the sun but my priority is always an easy maintenance growout as well as avoiding any kind of color that will give us tough banding in the future. this also means i will not be doing any grey coverage but will have grey ~blending~ options instead, which will hopefully help clients cultivate an accepting & loving relationship with natural grey hair.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
if you have any questions or would like a referral for any service i will no longer be offering, just leave a comment below! ⬇️ thanks & see you soon 💜✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#babylights #fullfoil #brightblonde #healthyshinyhair #atxcolorist #atxhaircolor #atxhair⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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*with an exception for a few existing clients 🙂

another lil announcement ✨ at magic circle i will no longer be doing bleach & tones or “permanent” single processes*. i’m streamlining my menu to color services i feel i am best at, such as this full foil with a baby shadowroot on the earth angel @chelsierosekern 👼🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
you can still get ultra blonde, balayaged, natural or bold! we can still achieve virtually any color under the sun but my priority is always an easy maintenance growout as well as avoiding any kind of color that will give us tough banding in the future. this also means i will not be doing any grey coverage but will have grey ~blending~ options instead, which will hopefully help clients cultivate an accepting & loving relationship with natural grey hair.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
if you have any questions or would like a referral for any service i will no longer be offering, just leave a comment below! ⬇️ thanks & see you soon 💜✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#babylights #fullfoil #brightblonde #healthyshinyhair #atxcolorist #atxhaircolor #atxhair⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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*with an exception for a few existing clients 🙂

10/07/2021

a little bang detail for melanie 🔪✨ it’s possible to have symmetrical bangs even if you have cowlicks! spread the word 🗣

#bowlbangs #precisionhaircut #atxhairstylist #atxhair

a little bang detail for melanie 🔪✨ it’s possible to have symmetrical bangs even if you have cowlicks! spread the word 🗣

#bowlbangs #precisionhaircut #atxhairstylist #atxhair

Darling Colors Shapes updated their phone number. 10/04/2021

Darling Colors Shapes updated their phone number.

Darling Colors Shapes updated their phone number.

Darling Colors Shapes updated their address. 10/02/2021

Darling Colors Shapes updated their address.

Darling Colors Shapes updated their address.

09/28/2021

happy DOOBIE TUESDAY! 🐶🥳
check out these cute doobie stickers i made by hand ✌🏽💖 yes, some of them are holographic! i know doob’s got a lot of friends out there who might want to snag one of these stickers. if so, keep your peepers peeled for my next post so u can find out how to snag one for yourself… 👀 ttysssssss 👻

happy DOOBIE TUESDAY! 🐶🥳
check out these cute doobie stickers i made by hand ✌🏽💖 yes, some of them are holographic! i know doob’s got a lot of friends out there who might want to snag one of these stickers. if so, keep your peepers peeled for my next post so u can find out how to snag one for yourself… 👀 ttysssssss 👻

09/24/2021

***sound on 🔊***
HOW HAVE I NOT SHARED THIS YET!
here’s a cut with ian back in april 😍 i just had to add the song 😆

09/21/2021

💙 some blue if ur feeling blue
💙 but a boost if ur feeling bold
💙 courage if ur feeling true
💙 to do what ur not being told

#blueisthewarmestcolor

💙 some blue if ur feeling blue
💙 but a boost if ur feeling bold
💙 courage if ur feeling true
💙 to do what ur not being told

#blueisthewarmestcolor

09/14/2021

just thought i’d grace u with a s**g 2day. i gotta say the biggest pride in my work lately is successfully giving people with wild cowlicks symmetrical bangs. it’s a fun challenge. & i have an easy styling hack for letting s**ggy/curtain bangs air-dry in place! 🤓 i’ll show u at ur next appt.
thank you to lo for letting me do a big ole chop & also for being the cutest 😍 i feel like i’ve been attracting all the cool new austin transplants & i’m grateful 🥲

ALSO I LOVE WORKING WITH REDHEADS IT’S MY FAVORITE TEXTURE

just thought i’d grace u with a s**g 2day. i gotta say the biggest pride in my work lately is successfully giving people with wild cowlicks symmetrical bangs. it’s a fun challenge. & i have an easy styling hack for letting s**ggy/curtain bangs air-dry in place! 🤓 i’ll show u at ur next appt.
thank you to lo for letting me do a big ole chop & also for being the cutest 😍 i feel like i’ve been attracting all the cool new austin transplants & i’m grateful 🥲

ALSO I LOVE WORKING WITH REDHEADS IT’S MY FAVORITE TEXTURE

Photos from Darling Colors Shapes's post 08/30/2021

happy bday @crazydayzies thank u for being a great salon coordinator & also doobie’s bff & also very kewl 💜🎂

05/09/2021

💖 happy mother’s day to all the parents! have a happy day & good luck getting brunch out there 😹

05/01/2021

happy friday & last day of april! these april showers better be bringing us some friggin may flowers cuz ya girl needs that sun serotonin 🤨🌸 it’s been soooo cloudy & grey 😤 but here’s a nice cloudy, lavender-grey pixie for ya that doesn’t come with 99% humidity 🧚🏼‍♂️💜

happy friday & last day of april! these april showers better be bringing us some friggin may flowers cuz ya girl needs that sun serotonin 🤨🌸 it’s been soooo cloudy & grey 😤 but here’s a nice cloudy, lavender-grey pixie for ya that doesn’t come with 99% humidity 🧚🏼‍♂️💜

Photos from Darling Colors Shapes's post 03/12/2021

one of the best things i learned working at an lgbt owned salon in chicago was to stop gendering haircuts. it is a long standing tradition in hair salons to categorize short haircuts as "male" & long haircuts as "female". not only is that totally archaic but for some it can be uncomfortable to be forced to choose a gender you possibly don’t identify with, when everyone's hair is just hair.
now that each stylist has their own service menus in our new booking system, i'm so happy to be able to categorize my cuts strictly by length of hair - no gendering descriptions!
check out my service menu on my shiny new website & book online (link in bio!) or reach out to me or swoon & we’ll get an appointment sorted for you! my services are for everyone 🙏🏽 i will continue to learn & do what i can to make everyone who sits in my chair feel welcome & safe to express themselves however feels best.
anywho, here is a lovely short soft clipper cut on my client evan 🤩 swipe to the end for a bonus pic of him with our resident celebrity 😁
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#haircutsforeveryone #everyonehashair 🤔 well... #mostpeoplehavehair #shorthairdontcare #clippercut #shorttexturecut #atxhair #atxhairstylist #darlingshapes #genderisaconstruct

Darling Colors Shapes updated their address. 03/10/2021

Darling Colors Shapes updated their address.

Darling Colors Shapes updated their address.

03/05/2021

**throwback!! 😉😷** i was looking thru old photos & somehow i’ve never posted this dreamy lil balayage & trim on @lanilapp 🥰⠀
i really, really miss not wearing masks y’all 😞 i miss seeing your faces, easily cutting around your ears, hearing what the heck you’re saying 😆 it’s been tiring & frustrating working in, on & around masks.
having said all that, i’m going to continue to wear them & require all my clients to as well. & i know that most of you feel the same way. we’ve got to stay responsible & base our actions on safety, science & consideration - not revenue revenue revenue! @governorabbott 😡👎🏽
anyway when the time comes you bet your ass i’m gonna shake your hand, grab you some coffee & snacks, smooch u on the face & hug u goodbye 😩 i don’t know when that will be exactly & not knowing makes me feel crazy 🙃 i can’t wait! but i WILL wait & i hope you all do too 😷💞

**throwback!! 😉😷** i was looking thru old photos & somehow i’ve never posted this dreamy lil balayage & trim on @lanilapp 🥰⠀
i really, really miss not wearing masks y’all 😞 i miss seeing your faces, easily cutting around your ears, hearing what the heck you’re saying 😆 it’s been tiring & frustrating working in, on & around masks.
having said all that, i’m going to continue to wear them & require all my clients to as well. & i know that most of you feel the same way. we’ve got to stay responsible & base our actions on safety, science & consideration - not revenue revenue revenue! @governorabbott 😡👎🏽
anyway when the time comes you bet your ass i’m gonna shake your hand, grab you some coffee & snacks, smooch u on the face & hug u goodbye 😩 i don’t know when that will be exactly & not knowing makes me feel crazy 🙃 i can’t wait! but i WILL wait & i hope you all do too 😷💞

11/29/2020

SURPRISE it’s an undercut! ✂️
deb wanted a fun new cut but since she always wears her hair up she had the idea of switching things up with an undercut 🤩 if you’re thinking about an undercut yourself, keep in mind that the upkeep is pretty high! you’ll be looking to touch it up at least every 4 weeks or else it’ll get s**ggy fast and growing it out to match the rest of your length can take months or years depending on the length of your hair. i prefer low maintenance for myself & my clients so i’ll always teach you about upkeep prior to the service if you’re opting for something a little fancier 💅🏽✨

10/30/2020

in preparation for this makeover, erin endured one of my famous overl-explanatory, drawn-out consultations 😆🤓
she wanted to have a blue color; one that would not have a permanent effect on her hair & could fade out (or at least be brought back to) her natural color in a few months. she had purchased some at-home dye a while ago but figured she could get it done here since she had a haircut appt anyway! as a stylist, what frustrates me the most is how consumer brands tend to make claims like “completely temporary vibrant blue haircolor!” or “repairs split ends!” when in fact, these claims are not actually possible. trust me - i see posts by other stylists having to deal with the repercussions every day. certain consumer brands mislead people about how their products actually work just so that they can sell! 😠
my priority will always be to educate clients in the realities & limitations of how things like hair color, hair products & hair cuts work. that way you all can have a solid understanding of your options & choose what is best for your situation. in this instance i talked about how most vibrant hues require prelightening (which is permanent!), how blue is the longest-lasting pigment & how we would only be able to achieve a muted blue without a permanent change. together we were able to agree on a subtle, rich blue (she suggested the cool brown color melt! 🤩) that would slowly fade out naturally but we also planned a color extraction appointment ahead of time just in case. this was our result!! 💙
to my pleasant surprise, the blue turned out a little more vibrant than planned (since her hair is a bit lighter than a typical brown - swipe to see!). i mixed the cool, ashy brown in a demi-permanent formula which will lighten gradually & leave no line of demarcation. i love how this cooled her skin tone down a bit for fall!
sometimes i worry that i over-explain things too much. but i’m so lucky & grateful that many people seem to appreciate the knowledge! i’ll never be the person who can make decisions for you, knowing that it might cause you confusion or give you the wrong expectations later on. let’s work together instead so that we can plan ahead!

10/15/2020

guess who today’s special guest at swoon was? hint: she’s doobie’s grandma! 👩🏽👱🏽‍♀️🐶 #mamadarling

10/10/2020

rooty, melty, beigey, wavy for ashlan 😎 i really like making things soft & low-maintenance, so i love pairing babylights with a root melt 🤤 as time goes on after the appointment, your hair will grow out but the toner near the roots will also lighten up a bit so the color remains soft at the transition but still bright overall 😊 so whether i see you in 12 weeks for a touchup (my personal fave sweet spot) or in 6 months (hey, this year is weird & you’re busy!) it’ll be super easy to pick up where we left off. ✌🏽

10/05/2020

growing out a pixie/short cut is tricky work! if you’ve ever gone through it yourself, especially when you were younger, there’s a good chance you took the route where you just didn’t get your hair cut for at least a year & suffered through the worst hair days of your life. or maybe you’ve taken the route of trimming it often but then it became a 3 year task to finally reach shoulder-length hair?! i’m here to tell you - i have a better plan 🤓😌 i’ve helped quite a few clients in my day grow out a pixie & i can tell you it doesn’t have to be an excruciatingly long, fugly journey 😆 meagan had an awesome, sharply structured pixie that she’s been growing out for just a few months. for our first appointment a couple months ago, i collapsed all the structure, kept her nape trim & piecey & suggested we start leaning into her natural wavy texture 🤩 this appointment was just a touch-up & it’s looking so great so far! so great that i couldn’t pick just one angle to post; which is your favorite?
are you or a loved one suffering from growing out a short cut? you don’t have to do it alone 😆

10/01/2020

a dry cut for a. i’m a big fan of lived-in, soft touch texture! 🤩 depending on the client’s natural texture & the desired level of bedheadedness, i’m usually reaching for kevin murphy’s #touchable, #bedroomhair or #dooover spray 😌🛌
painting by @mustard__tiger 🐎

09/26/2020

blessing your feed with some cascading curls 🌀 fresh, healthy trim for ana 💖
i’m still seeing some folks who haven’t gotten their hair cut since the beginning of quarantine. it’s been great being able to refresh people’s hair & self confidence! nothing is “normal” quite yet & we still have a lot of really important issues to fight for, especially at the polls! 🗳 but for those little moments to yourself when you’re looking in the mirror, it’s also important that you feel good about yourself 🙏🏽

09/20/2020

just a lil dry cut + style 🌓✨

09/13/2020

lil >̶>̶>̶ detail for @small.and.mighty while her grapey purple balayage air dries! i recently got a new iphone 📱 with a great camera! so now when i zoom in i can see that i really need to be sweeping loose hairs off of people better 😬😅 hope you weren’t too itchy, sarah! 💜

09/11/2020

happy birthday @em__dub❣️🎉🤩
y’all, it is my best friend emily’s birthday today! about 10 years ago (👵🏽👵🏻) we found each other on craigslist cuz i was looking for a roommate & she seemed nice & kewl & definitely didn’t seem to have bedbugs. i think i had just graduated beauty school & was looking for my first salon job! emily is so smart, generous & kind. she has always been so supportive of my work & my art, even when i’ve wanted to feel down on myself 🥺 look at all these hairstyles we’ve done throughout the years! i had an awesome new client today who said something along the lines of; in order to find good friends we have to be a good friend. that really made me think 🤔 💭 i’m very lucky & grateful to have such a great, supportive friend like emily & i wanna work hard to be a great, supportive friend in return 💞 text your best friend you love them today! 🤗

09/06/2020

#🧞‍♂️#🦕 #🌎 #🦚 #🌊 #🌃 #💙💚
bluey-bluegreeny for @bookishbrunette 🤩

09/06/2020

#🧞‍♂️#🦕 #🌎 #🦚 #🌊 #🌃 #💙💚
bluey-bluegreeny for @bookishbrunette 🤩

09/03/2020

“if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” #desmondtutu
black lives absolutely matter.

08/14/2020

*pre-pandemic hair 😊*
tag teamed with @micky_swoons for this power duo 💙💜 i did ann’s hair on the right! i took her from completely natural silver-brunette to this punchy grape by doing a full head of babylights first, then overlaying with a custom purple mix for a rich, multi-tonal effect 🎨😌 swipe for the full purple dose 😎 @ Austin, Texas Y'all

08/11/2020

happy doobie tuesday from me & my aunt laina 🥰 wear a mask, wash your paws & be safe out there! 🐶

08/08/2020

living for lived-in texture & diet s**gs 🙌🏽 what better way to embrace social distancing than to lean into bedhead culture? art imitates life, as they say 😌
coming in for a cut & wanna leave dry & styled? we’re not doing blowdries yet here at swoon, for your & our safety! don’t wanna blow particles around unnecessarily in a small space. but if you come in with clean, dry hair, i’ll do our haircut dry then style you up however you like 💓👱🏽‍♀️

07/29/2020

just a lil enhancement ✨ for jaylen
swipe for the before!
*note that any pics i post of people without masks on were taken pre-pandemic!* @ Swoon Salon Austin

07/27/2020

hello! i haven’t posted in forever. mostly i’ve felt paralyzed from sheer anxiety; do i address the virus? the protests? quarantine depression? feeling completely alone in a city i don’t know? the karens? OH GOD, THE KARENS!!!!! 😩
let me instead just say, now that salons are currently open i’m so grateful for every day i’m at work doing what i love. thank you for bearing with us with our new safety protocols & trusting me to care for your post quarantine hair & state of mind. it’s a weird, uncomfortable time 🥴 but if i can at least offer you some sort of self-celebration in a safe space then i’ve done what i’m here to do. i hope to see you in my chair soon!
lastly, BLACK LIVES MATTER. ARREST THE COPS WHO MURDERED BREONNA TAYLOR! END POLICE VIOLENCE - DEFUND & DIVEST! IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO NOT BE RACIST, WE MUST ALL BE ANTI-RACIST!!
thanks & stay safe 🙏🏽🌻

who i am

i am a hairstylist at Swoon salon in east Austin! i do both cutting and coloring & specialize in giving low maintenance styles that suit every individual. the more i understand who you are & your relationship with your hair, the more i can tailor our service to suit you, your style, budget & lifestyle! i love helping people troubleshoot their hair issues & changing up my cutting/coloring techniques to best compliment each head of hair. i also have a soft spot for blonding people of color & those with naturally very dark hair - if you’ve got the patience & dedication, i can share with you my personal experience in moving to the light side & together we can make a realistic action plan to lighten your hair as well. i hope to see you soon!

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311 Bowie St Unit 100 Suite 12
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Thursday 11am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 7pm
Sunday 11am - 7pm
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