Spring Hair – Shiny & Healthy

As we come out of winter, and think about spring time, everything is new and fresh.  Bulbs that you planted in the fall are popping up in bright, colorful flowers.  People are thinking about their summer garden. Are you thinking about how to refresh your hair from the cold dry air of winter?

HarshWinterPhiladelphia_Jacqueline Larma / APWe’re lucky in California that we don’t have those harsh winters like the East Coast that cause your hair to become dry and brittle. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking about how to bring shine and moisture back to your hair.

Whether you’re adding moisture through your NaturalTech shampoo and conditioner, and a treatment afterwards, it’s a great time to get your hair ready for Spring.  Because, doesn’t everyone want clean, shiny hair?

Here is a trio of tips to get your hair prepared:

  • While you were putting lotions and potions on your hair to protect it from the cold dry winters of California, it was weighing down your hair and clogs up your scalp. Schedule a deep cleansing hair and scalp treatment with me. I can help you figure what your hair needs most.
  • A clarifying shampoo helps remove mineral deposits from hard water and chlorine from swimming pool chemicals. This step is particularly helpful for color-treated or chemically-damaged hair. TIP: Use a clarifying shampoo one or two days before you get your hair colored so it has a better chance of depositing well onto your hair
  • Hydrate & Restore. Now it’s time to replace the missing moisture with a leave-in hair treatment. If you are concerned about a dry scalp, use products with Hyaluronic Acid (a natural lubricant) and Sodium PCA (protein).

CleanShinyHair_photo You can always schedule an appointment with me to discuss it.  Just Book It Here.  Now that you’re going to have beautiful hair, where are you going to take yourself?

Bangs – The Long and Short of Them

Bangs – You either love them or hate them. Maybe you have bad memories from when you were a child and your bangs were only one inch long.  You could hardly call them bangs, they were barely a “fringe” (as they’re known across the Pond.) Or, maybe you’re like my friend whose Mom found her with scissors, wisps of hair on the ground and jagged hair across her forehead. She was 5, what did she know! Now she gets nervous when someone comes at her bangs with scissors – No jagged bangs!

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Nowadays you can wear them short, long, in between or swept to the side.  Let’s start with the Short bangs  (Katy) AKA “Baby” bangs look.  This is also called the Betty Page look. Before you ask your stylist to cut your bangs, you could fake it if you aren’t sure you want to make that commitment. As noted, this style of bangs is not for every face; this would not be your best look if you have a long slender face.

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If you decide to make the cut, know that this will take a while to grow out…if you don’t like it.  Actually, it’s the same amount of time if you do like it! You will need to allow more time in the morning to get ready – this is not a wash and wear hair style, especially if you hair is not bone straight. Make sure you have these 3 items on hand: Davines Medium Hold Pliable Paste, hairspray and a mini flat iron. Or, you could try the old-fashioned way – raise your hand if your Mom went to bed with scotch tape on her bangs.

Long Bangs work well with straight hair or wavy hair. One variation covers the eyebrows (Jessica), and the other tickles your eye lashes (Zoey). This style can be worn with a center part or slightly off center. It also means you need to trim your bangs more often, just so you can see while driving, eating or walking. Can’t have them covering your eyes completely!

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Side-swept Bangs are so versatile.  You can wear them to the left, to the right and even down the middle.  They can be delicate and wispy or heavy. They can sit up high (Rhianna), braided out of your eyes (Carey), or long and parted on the left (Reese) Side-swept bangs also work great if you are growing your bangs out!

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One more thing, with short bangs, you can also sweep them completely off your face like they’re not even bangs.  What do you think? Is this sleek style too severe or very stylish?

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Now that you’ve considered Bangs or “Fringe” variations, which style is right for you? You can always schedule an appointment with me to discuss it.  Just Book It Here.

Are Your Ready for Christmas?

Ideas for Christmas Presents: Products and Gift Cards for Everyone

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Well, we’re halfway through the holiday season – with Halloween and Thanksgiving in the past and looking forward to Christmas and the New Year.  Christmas is just 25 days away – eek! But you’re not worried – you have your “list” and you’re checking it twice. Plus, you’re looking for gifts that won’t be put away in a closet after the holidays because they’ll be using them every day!

We know how important good-looking hair is to us…and that having a good cut (from Donna Rolls Hair) can help us love our hair. So, when you’re thinking of what to get your friends and family, so they can love their hair too, here are some great gifts you can pick up when you get your hair cut for the holidays. Of course, you want to recommend that your friend start with a good cut, and she can Book It Here.

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Davines Wellbeing De-Stressing Lotion is perfect for not only the holidays, but everyday life. It has a UV filter that protects your hair from sun exposure whether your snow skiing or working outdoors when you may not be wearing a hat for protection. Plus, there’s the added bonus of soft and silky hair and a nourished scalp.

And, you can wrap it up with some paper and a bow, or just slip it in her stocking!

Davines Beautifying Potion graphicIf you’re looking for the gift of extraordinary hair shine and softness, give OI/ Absolute Beautifying Potion.  Potion – it sounds magical, doesn’t it? It also aids in detangling and anti-frizz.  Whether you’re living in a humid area or high desert, products with anti-frizz effect help your hair look and feel smoother.

Nourishing Body Lotion graphicAuthentic Replenishing Butter is one of those products that are multi-purpose.  You can use it as a pre-shampooing conditioner, which will leave your hair soft, shiny, silky and easy to control. Rubbing it on your face and body will nourish your body and leave it feeling velvety smooth.

Now, if you’re looking for the best gift cards or gift certificates for presents, there are a few tips to be aware of so they won’t want to re-gift it.

  • Know what they like or are interested in.
  • Pick a category: food or restaurants, drink (think Starbucks), anything/everything (think Visa), clothing, home improvement, and of course, hair care.
  • Don’t buy it last minute – they’ll know it. (Remember that saying…it’s the thought that counts…)

You can always purchase a gift certificate from me!

And, finally, don’t stress. Plan ahead, stick to the plan and enjoy yourself!

Curly Hair? 5 Tips to Solve the tame down without losing the volume

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With curly hair, you have the best of both worlds – you can straighten it or leave it curly.  So, how do you tame it without flattening it?

  1. If you shampoo your hair every day, you are drying out your hair.  That tends to add frizz.  Have a plan. Wash your hair every other day (or even once or twice per week) and condition the other times you wet it.
  2. StyleSixty, Frizzy Hair remedies, 9/24/12Don’t just put conditioner on your hair, comb it through. And, your mother was wrong – don’t start at the top of your head. Ouch! Start at the bottom and work your way up! Leave conditioner in for required amount of time and then rinse out with cool water.
  3. Use but diffuse. If you’re going to use a hair dryer, use a diffuser. This will help you keep your style without adding frizz to it.  But first apply a gel or mousse for use with heat-styled hair.
  4. Hair products can either flatten your hair or add volume. Decide which of these works better for your hair – mousse or gel. Try using a leave-in conditioner to reduce the damage to your hair; pick one for either dry hair or damp toweled-dry hair.
  5. Curly Layers picturesLet’s talk haircuts. Curly hair works well when it’s layered; one length tends to drag down your hair because of the weight. Having layers allows your curly hair to be bouncy and full of life!

Do You Want Just Anyone To Be Doing Your Hair?

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Is She a Blonde or is She a Redhead?

This is Jeanne. She likes to have fun with her hair color. Though she has been blonde for awhile, she has in the past also been a redhead which she really liked. Red is fun. I used to be a redhead myself before I went white. Either way, red is high maintenance and generally needs to be done as a full head of color rather than just a touch up at every visit. Our solution for Jeanne was to keep her blond highlights and give her some red around the face to make her blue eyes pop!

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New Hair New Life For Liz

Meet the beautiful Liz. She has very thick, very curly/frizzy hair that she has had to spend around an hour and a half to get under control by blowing it out with a big brush then flat ironing it. Today she can simply blow it out. She also loves the look when she just lets it dry out of the shower.

For Liz we did a haircut, a partial highlight to blend in the outgrowth and a Keratin Treatment to make her life easier and give her hair more movement and touch-ability…

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