What’s Behind the Architeqt Name?

Why I Named My Salon Architeqt: A Fusion of Art, Architecture, and Individualism


When it comes to choosing a name for your salon, it’s essential to find something that truly embodies your vision and inspiration. For me, the decision to call my salon Architeqt was deeply rooted in the transformative power of literature, , the influence of innovative stylists, and the architectural marvels that surround us.


One of the key inspirations behind the name Architeqt is the profound impact that Ayn Rand’s novel, The Fountainhead, has had on my life. This thought-provoking book delves into the clash between individualism and collectivism, featuring an architect named Howard Roark who refuses to compromise his artistic vision. Roark’s unwavering commitment to his craft and his integrity resonated with me deeply and became a driving force behind the salon’s name.


A few years into my hairstyling career, I had the privilege of being introduced to a visionary stylist, John Sahag. Renowned for his innovative dry cut method, Sahag’s unique approach revolutionized the way I perceived hair. At a time when few stylists were cutting hair dry, Sahag’s vision and technique opened my eyes to new possibilities. To this day, his influence continues to inspire me in my creative journey.


I not only learned the Sahag method but also made it my own over the years, sharing it with my talented team. Our dry cut method is more than just a technique; it is an approach that starts by building a shape from a foundation. Much like sculpting, we craft each haircut to become an extension of the client’s personality. It’s a harmonious blend of artistry and architectural precision, resulting in truly unique and personalized styles.


Another prominent source of inspiration in the creation of Architeqt was the legendary Vidal Sassoon. A true pioneer in the hair industry, Sassoon revolutionized the craft with his geometric haircut shapes. Drawing inspiration from the Bauhaus architecture movement, Sassoon’s influence can be seen in our commitment to blending form and function seamlessly.


Finally, I find inspiration in the architects who have redefined our world. The likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Calatrava, and Zaha Hadid have built magnificent structures that are both visually stunning and practical. Their architectural masterpieces serve as a constant reminder of the power of design and its ability to inspire our craft.


At Architeqt, we firmly believe in the axiom of form and function. This philosophy not only enables us to create the best haircuts in Philadelphia but also empowers us to nurture and train the best stylists in Philly and beyond. Our dedication to merging art, architecture, and individualism sets us apart, allowing us to provide an unparalleled salon experience for our valued clients.


Why the spelling? Like life imitating art, a committee from the State Board of Architects voted and wouldn’t allow me to call the salon Architect as to not confuse the public. So I changed the C to a Q. 


Watch the video below to learn more about the inspiration behind the name. 



By Alexey Kats



The K18 Treatment

Achieve Healthy Hair with the  K18 Treatment: A Breakthrough in Hair Repair Through Biomimetics and the K18 Peptide



If you’re on a mission to grow your hair but reluctant to trim much off, the K18 treatment might just be the perfect option for you. This revolutionary hair repair system is designed to restore and repair damaged hair, making it an ideal choice for those seeking healthier, more resilient locks. In this blog post, we will explore the wonders of the K18 treatment, how it differs from other bond builders like Olaplex, the salon process, the accompanying home care products, and the numerous benefits it offers. So, let’s dive in!


What is the K18 Treatment?

The K18 treatment is a game-changer for hair repair. Formulated with the patented K18Peptide™, it works by penetrating deep into the hair shaft, repairing the broken bonds caused by chemical treatments, heat styling, or environmental damage. This breakthrough treatment rebuilds and strengthens the hair’s natural keratin structure, resulting in stronger, shinier, and more resilient locks.


Different from Olaplex and Other Bond Builders:

While Olaplex and other bond work on the outermost part of the cortex , K18 treatment goes a step deeper and repairs the polypeptide chains. It not only protects the hair during treatment but also repairs existing damage caused by over-processing, excessive heat, or chemical exposure. K18 is specifically designed to restore the hair’s natural health and vitality, making it an excellent choice for those seeking comprehensive hair repair.


Process of Using K18 in Salon:

The salon process of using K18 treatment is simple. Your stylists will spray a prep mist with a higher Ph to open the cuticle then after will leave the k18 treatment for at least 4 minutes. Its that easy.


K18 Home Care Products:

To maintain and enhance the effects of the salon treatment, K18 offers a range of home care products. These products are:

  • PEPTIDE PREP detox shampoo  – A color-safe, non-stripping clarifying shampoo with the K18peptide
  • PEPTIDE PREP ph maintenance shampoo – A color-safe, pH-optimized shampoo with the K18peptide
  • Leave-in molecular repair hair mask – A leave-in treatment mask that works on the molecular level to reverse hair damage in just 4 minutes.
  • Molecular repair hair oil – This biotech-engineered weightless oil works on all hair types to strengthen, repair damage, reduce frizz at two levels of the hair fiber, and improve shine.



Positives of K18 Treatment:

– Repairs and strengthens damaged hair, making it healthier and more resilient.

– Restores the hair’s natural keratin structure, resulting in improved strength and smoothness.

– Suitable for all hair types and textures.

– Compatible with various chemical treatments and heat styling.

– Provides noticeable results in just one salon treatment.

– Easy to maintain with the accompanying home care products.


Ask Your Stylist to Do It Next Time:

Now that you’re aware of the incredible benefits of the K18 treatment, why not ask your stylist to incorporate it into your next salon service? Especially paired with our signature dry cut method, the k18 treatment can make your hair as healthy as possible and then the stylist can trim those ends that cant be saved. Your stylist can provide personalized advice and guidance on how to achieve the healthiest, most beautiful hair possible.



The K18 treatment is a groundbreaking solution for those seeking to repair and restore damaged hair. With its unique formula and ability to rebuild broken peptide bonds, K18 offers remarkable results, making your hair healthier, shinier, and more resilient. Remember to inquire about the K18 treatment during your next Architeqt salon visit and incorporate some of the K18 home care products to maintain the benefits. Embrace the wonders of K18 and unlock the full potential of your hair!

For a fun virtual learning experience, visit the K18 virtual room.

Hair loss and it’s causes

What is the Source of Your Hair Loss?


No matter the culprit, we can all agree that hair loss is concerning for anyone and a major blow to our self-esteem. It can be overwhelming when turning to the internet for answers and the list of products can seem endless. From oils and scalp treatments, top rated vitamin gummies, and even red-light therapy helmets, it can be hard to nail down the best treatment option.


 For those not sure where to start, it is best to begin by consulting your stylist.  Often, they will ask of major life changes or new sources of stress, both common causes of hair loss. While stress is a natural part of life, only made worse by a pandemic entering its third year, it is also manageable. Your stylist has the knowledge and expertise to direct you to the right products that can get you started on your hair growth journey. However, if your hair loss was significant and abrupt, it would be best to consult with a medical professional as well.  They will be able to run proper tests in order to rule out any underlying health conditions that may be to blame.


Some common products recommended at our salon for hair loss are the Viviscal PRO Advanced Hair Health Vitamins and the Evolis hair tonics. Viviscal Pro Vitamins, formulated with the exclusive marine complex AminoMar, help promote existing hair growth from within.  The Evolis Reverse Activator is a scalp and hair follicle tonic containing a high concentration of quality plant extracts that help reverse thinning hair.  With daily use, the Evolis Prevent Activator contains similar ingredients to the Reverse Activator and helps to preserve the hair that you currently have.  Evolis Promote Activator is a scalp and hair follicle tonic that increases hair length and improves the quality and health of your hair overall.


Hair loss is a medical condition like any other, and it is time that we acknowledge it as such. Let us remove the stigma and have an open dialogue with our stylists and doctors.  If the past few years have taught us anything, it is that we must take care of ourselves and advocate for our best health. The sooner we address the problem, the sooner we can get the answers and treatment we deserve.


We found this article from the Atlantic a really helpful source of information. Take a read if you want to learn more about the causes of hair loss.


Fall 2020 Trends

What’s Trending for Fall?


The last 6 months have been many things, a whirlwind of world events, cultural revolutions and a pandemic added to the mix. Any time there is so much change in such a short period, new trends emerge. Think of Ombre that emerged as a trend after the 2008 financial crisis ( lower maintenance color meant savings) or the Mullet that was a result of a stagflation economy in the early 70’s (men were saving $$$ by only getting half a haircut). Fast forward to today where the world is dealing with a pandemic and people would generally prefer to stay in the safety of their own homes.

No one particular trend has appeared as a result of current events but one constant we’re seeing is that women and men are opting for low maintenance looks.


Whether its a pixie that has a beautiful shape that can grow into itself:



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To a one length Bob which can grow in for months without a trim:



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A Face Framing Highlight that needs no up-keep:



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Or taking the Plunge and growing out the gray:



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Easy hair is the new trend.


Some other suggestions for fall …. Warm highlights that grow in gracefully:



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And finally fringe, invisible layers and shags that will grow in seamlessly with our dry cut method.



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Invisible Layers:


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We don’t know what the Fall and Winter will bring… but we can help you achieve a low maintenance style, personalized for you that will look fresh in a month or 6.  With that being said, fingers crossed to no more lock downs. 

Stay well and healthy and click here to request your next appointment at Architeqt


4/2022 UPDATE. All Restrictions Lifted.

Our Covid19 Policy and Precautions

We are following strict guidelines given to us by the PA State Board of Cosmetology and the CDC.  Please read below for what to expect the day of your scheduled appointment.

If you are not feeling well or you have knowingly been exposed to anyone with Covid19 within the last 14 days or are experiencing any symptoms, we ask for the safety of our staff and clients that you notify us privately and reschedule your appointment.




Appointment Expectations:

  • Please arrive a few minutes early to your appoinment. We will not have a waiting area for the time being, but if you arrive very early you can wait at Bower Cafe next door.

  • As you come inside, you will be required to wear a mask, have your temperature taken and have our  digital “COVID Waiver” signed.  (If you are running a fever, you will kindly be asked to leave and reschedule)

  • After passing the temperature check, you will sanitize your hands and head to the station with your stylist.



Let’s do our part, together:

  • We will be operating at 50% capacity in order to promote social distancing.

  • Only guests with an appointment can be in the salon.  No children or other guests will be allowed to accompany you inside. If you are coming with a friend or family member, they can wait at Bower Cafe next door.

  • All clients are requested to wear face masks.   All staff will be wearing masks and/or face shields at all times. We will have masks available for sale.

  • We have elevated sanitation practices after every guest, including all stations, tools, and products.

  • All staff will be washing and sanitizing our hands thoroughly throughout the day, and wearing gloves when needed.

  • We are also conducting daily symptom and temperature checks of staff.  If we have been exposed or show symptoms, we will not come to work.