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?

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Winter Wedding Hair

Up Do or Down Do – What’s the Perfect Look For You?

You’re special day is coming closer and you’ve figured out everything else. You’ve booked the caterer, hall, photographer, band, and officiant.  You’ve got the dress and the shoes and the nails nailed.  But, what about your hair? Should it be up – because it’s a special occasion and you’ve never worn it that way or long and flowing – because you want to look ravishing?  Either way, it’s decision time.

Is your wedding day “do” predicated on what the weather will be like or what your hair will be like in that weather? If you’re looking for a stay-put, weather-proof hairstyle, below are some examples of elegant looks that you won’t have to worry about during YOUR BIG DAY.

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The Wet Look Bun is easy to do, wind-proof, and gives you silky waves at the end of the evening. Dress it up with some pearl pins or your “something borrowed” broach. The Twisted Bun is both dressy and simple. The Rolled Hair look starts with hair parted won the middle (very dramatic!) and then rolled towards your head (need lots of Bobbie pins) and joined at the back. Plus, they all look great from the back!

If you’re looking for a fuller hairstyle, wearing it wavy and long is an excellent choice. (Here’s a hairdresser’s tip; don’t wash your hair the morning of; its easier to style slightly dirty hair.)

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Long and Lovely Hairstyles

Almost Braided is accomplished with hair curled with a large barrel curling iron or in large rollers to get that full curly look. You can have a slightly off-center part, with two wisps of hair on each side brought back. Then start loosely gathering the curly hair so that you’re almost braiding it, being careful to not pull out the curl. Dress it up with either a spray that matches your bouquet, a glittery clasp  or a small faux flower. The Side Part Curls look starts with hair parted on the side (of course) and long soft curls. Hair can be drawn back, just at the ear with a Bobbie pin to secure it and a blingy Facinator on the side. The Half Braid/Half Curly combines a little teasing, semi-French braiding the top and curling the bottom in long loose curls. With the side clasp, you look great while saying your vows!

With all of these styles, spritz with a firm-hold hairspray, and add a little shine spray for a glossy look. Your hair will look great in your photographs!

 

 

 

 

 

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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10 Things Your Hairstylist Wants You To Know

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1. “If you want your hair to grow, you need to keep getting it trimmed.”

Before I started doing hair, I never understood this because no one took the time to explain it to me. What your stylist means is that when your ends split, they will split up the strand until that hair breaks or falls out. The more hairs that do this, the thinner and “scragglier” the bottom of your hair will look (BECAUSE THERE IS LESS HAIR THERE). If you get a “dusting” which is a miniscule trim (.25-.5 inches), to remove the split ends and keep them from splitting up, roughly every two months, you’ll maintain and keep the hair you have longer- enabling you to have longer, healthier hair.

2. I am not a magician, but I do have magic potions, kind of.

Do you see a lightning scar on my forehead? Am I carrying a wand? No, because I am not Harry Potter. I don’t magically change the texture, density, or curl pattern of your hair when I style it. I manipulate it with products. The reason your hair feels so much better after I smooth it than after you do, isn’t my hands, it’s the $33 dollar heat-protecting, smoothing spray I use. So don’t complain “I can never make it look like you do,” when we both know you’re using Suave shampoo and Aussie hairspray when you get home. It’s not magic, it’s science

3. Why my products are better than Walgreen’s.

Piggy-backing off that, the reason salon products are so much better than drug store ones is simple: Chemists. The highest expense in any industry is salary/personnel. When developing hair products, the most qualified (hence highest paid) chemists are working in the labs of brands like Oribe. For Oribe to make money on their products after paying these geniuses, they have to make their products more expensive than Pantene Pro-V who simply make cheap knock-offs, laden with cheap ingredients.

4. Coloring your hair and lightening it are not the same.

In fact, they are opposite processes. “Coloring” your hair darker, or to a different shade about the same color level, involves DEPOSITING color molecules into the hairshaft. Lightening it (“highlighting,” “blonding,” and God-forbid “frosting”) is the process of removing the melanin (color molecules) from your hair, causing it to look lighter (blonder) or if all the color molecules are removed, white/platinum. Number 5, is the reason you need to get this.

5. “Color doesn’t lift color.”

While taking your color darker isn’t a problem, if you come in with dark brown hair and want light-brown hair, I cannot just put a light brown color over it. It won’t do any more than if you put light brown ink on top of black ink. I’d just be stuffing more molecules into your hair-shaft. To give you lighten brown, I have to lighten it all over to a blonde-ish color, and then put the light brown on top of that. This is very time consuming and damaging to your hair. If you want to go lighter, the best option is just highlights.

6. Just because that’s your “natural hair color” it doesn’t mean you have natural hair.

As stylists, we refer to “natural” (or virgin) hair, as hair that has never been touched by chemicals. Your hair grows about 6 inches a year. If you have 20 inches of hair and haven’t colored your hair in a year, you’ll have 6 inches of new growth, and 14 inches of previously colored hair, so even though it looks natural, it isn’t. I need to know this so I can formulate your color appropriately. I’m not judging you if you’ve colored your hair, I’m judging you if you lie about it and your ends turn bright red. Savvy?

7. Time is money.

Most stylists work on commission or in a booth-rent situation, they pay a weekly rent to their salon owner. When you no-call, no-show, or call to cancel at the last minute, your stylist doesn’t make money. You’re messing with their livelihood and if you do it more than once, you’re messing with their patience and do you really want to mess with the person who’s about to be inches from your head with sharp metal objects?

8. “Tipping ain’t a city in China.”

Tip your stylist. Unless your salon has a no tipping policy, your stylist is really hoping and sometimes depending on tips. Go on a percentage system, give what you can or feel is deserved, but give something. It’s always better than nothing.

9. I’d rather fix your hair than you be unhappy.

Most stylists are happy to fix your hair if you’re unhappy with it. If you hate your hair and go around telling people that I messed up your hair, that’s bad for my business. Most good salons have redo policies where you can come back and see your stylist for tweaks and fixes, for no charge. Simply be polite and let us know. If someone truly messes up your hair (cuts it wonky, fries it off, turns it an off color), maybe just bite the bullet and go somewhere else. If they didn’t recognize and note their mistake, they’re either lazy, dishonest, or they don’t really know what they’re doing. Lastly on this point, if you go for a change and don’t like it, that doesn’t mean your stylist did a bad job. There’s a difference between you changing your mind and the stylist doing something wrong. Which leads us to our final hint-

10. You’re not Jennifer Aniston.

You will never look or feel exactly like her, because you are no her and just because you bring in a picture of Jennifer Anniston, it doesn’t mean your hair will be identical. You don’t have the same hair (or hair history) as her, you aren’t going to the same stylist as her, and you don’t have your hair professionally handled on a daily basis. Pictures are GREAT, we love them and we’ll do our best to get as close to them as we can and to help make modifications that will make it better for you, but PLEASE have realistic expectations.

I hope these tips help you and your stylist. Most stylists are happy people who are excited to make you feel your best. So help them help you.

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I’ve often seen articles about things your server wants you to know. Well, as another type of service industry professional, I have some hints to make your salon visit significantly less confusing for you, give you realistic expectations, and help you to not annoy the hell out of your stylist.

1. “If you want your hair to grow, you need to keep getting it trimmed.”

Before I started doing hair, I never understood this because no one took the time to explain it to me. What your stylist means is that when your ends split, they will split up the strand until that hair breaks or falls out. The more hairs that do this, the thinner and “scragglier” the bottom of your hair will look (BECAUSE THERE IS LESS HAIR THERE). If you get a “dusting” which is a miniscule trim (.25-.5 inches), to remove the split ends and…

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Healthy Hair Never Looks Dated

I have been the lucky recipient of this horrible flu going around this year and that is in part why I have not been here much at all. I happened to catch an old movie yesterday. The First Wives Club. Though this was made back in 1996, Goldie Hawn had the best hair. Loved it so had to go search for pictures. Great shape and beautiful color. Soft and touchable. These things never go out of style.

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The 7 biggest mistakes people make when choosing a hair stylist, and how to avoid them

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MISTAKE NUMBER 1:
Selecting a stylist based only on price.

The old adage is true, “you get what you pay for.” This is especially true when choosing a stylist. If you want the best service, you should decide to deal with a stylist because of the overall value you receive. Not because they are the lowest price.

Here’s why:
Value = Quality + Service + Price

It’s impossible for any business in any industry to offer the cheapest price, have the highest quality, and provide the best service all at the same time.

Total value is all three:
Quality, Service, Price.

The three most common problems you will have when you pick a stylist based solely on low prices are: First, less expensive stylists don’t usually stand behind their work if there is a mistake. How will they treat you when you’re not happy? A good stylist will always stand behind their work.

Stylists who charge less are often inexperienced with a license to practice, but with little or no real-world skills. They also cut corners by using cheaper products, and in the end you get what you pay for. You don’t want to be locked in your room crying for three days after getting “butchered.” There is a saying I always tell my clients: “the bitterness of poor quality lingers after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

Second, a stylist who offers the lowest price has to compensate quantity over quality, resulting in a revolving door of clients with little or no service.

Third, anyone can go through the schooling to achieve a license. The best stylists have attended finishing schools and have spent their time and money on furthering education in order to develop their talent.

If you really care about keeping your hair in optimum health, whether you want to look professional, stylish or trendy, and enhance your beauty or turn you into a vixen, and if you want to be pampered and treated with kid gloves from an experienced stylist who will share all their beauty secrets, then don’t choose a stylist based on price.

MISTAKE NUMBER 2: All stylists are the same.

Every stylist is different. No two stylists are the same. Every stylist has different services, with unique talents and specialties.

Contrary to what some people think, styling is not just a matter of cutting hair. It takes workmanship and talent to create real quality styles, and an eye for color and dimension to design a total look for an individual.

Ask what type of training and experience the stylist has
Ask how much time they will spend with you before the appointment
Ask to see pictures of their work
Ask to read testimonials of past clients
Ask any other questions that are unique to your needs.

MISTAKE NUMBER 3: Frequenting several different stylists.

Once you find a good stylist, it is very important to be loyal to that stylist. If you hop from one stylist to the next, a really good stylist may not be motivated to keep you as a client. They will, however, always cater to their loyal clients.

Every stylist expects to bend over backward for his or her loyal clients. They will even see you after hours, or early in the morning. Provided that the client is loyal, the stylist will do all they can to help you look your best for an unexpected special occasion.

MISTAKE NUMBER 4: Not allowing enough time for your stylist to service you properly.

When you are in a hurry, you may not have enough time to communicate with your stylist. When you schedule a salon visit, don’t short yourself on time. Ask your stylist how much time you should allow in your schedule and then add a half-hour. Allow yourself enough time to talk to your stylist. Make sure he or she knows what your likes and dislikes are so you can achieve your desired look.

Think of your stylist as a beauty expert and a project partner. Consult with your stylist. Let your stylist know in advance what you want, and ask for tips and ideas on creating a look and maintaining it between visits. You can save time, money and headaches from the very beginning by communicating.

MISTAKE NUMBER 5: Picking a stylist who doesn’t guarantee their service.

All reputable stylists guarantee their services automatically. If you aren’t happy they will fix it for free.

Unfortunately there are unethical stylists who won’t do this. Instead they will argue with you for having unrealistic expectations. You may also be charged for a revisit, or refused your money back.

Pick a stylist who guarantees his or her work. You will know that they’re good and able to communicate with you. There is no risk to you.

MISTAKE NUMBER 6:
Assuming that having a license is all it takes to be a good hairstylist.

Hair styling is an art. Having a degree of talent is important, although the skills can be mastered with time and practice. It is important for stylists to continue their education.

Don’t be shy. Ask stylists about their training and find out what kind of skills they have mastered before you put yourself in their hands.

MISTAKE NUMBER 7:
Not asking to see examples of a stylist’s workmanship.

This is the best way to find a great stylist. Ask to see examples of their work. If they don’t have a book for you to look through, ask for references. A good stylist will be happy to give you references. You can also ask for names of at least three people who have visited the stylist you’re interested in; call them and ask them if they are happy with the stylist.

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