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Benefits of a Custom Install Unit

    It’s a new day! And there are new ways to protect and grow your hair with extensions. Custom install units/U-part wigs is a quickly growing service option with hair care professionals. I have been making and wearing my own since 2010. My personal need came from not having time to sit in another stylists chair to get a traditional sew-in. My lifestyle is a big contributing factor. On average I workout 1-5 times each week and I sweat A LOT! Whether I go in the morning or at night I needed to have the flexibility to restyle my hair without damaging it or completely take my extensions out and reinstall in a short amount of time. Soon after I began taking advanced classes to perfect my newfound hair craft. I then began making them for clients. What I saw next was a great improvement in my own hair as well as my clients. Overall balance of moisture, protein, length and edge retention has been amazing! Even my virgin hair extension benefits from not having to be removed at the track and re-shaped every few months. No more long stints underneath the dryer. Also, the fact that it takes way less time in the salon for the service allows me to service clients within better time frames for reinstallation.  Being able to remove and treat my clients hair every 4, 6, or 8 weeks has greatly reduced excess shedding and doesn’t allow time for mildew to build up. So farewell to the traditional sew-in extensions and hello to custom install wigs!

*Ponytail friendly

*Easy installation

*Easy removal

*Reusable (when using virgin hair)

*Great protective style

*Great for growing hair longer

*It is sewn to a perimeter braid so it WILL NOT COME OFF

*You can use straight or curly hair

*Your hair is practically done when you arrive at the salon! This means LESS TIME in the SALON for your service!

*Easy removal and re-installation means you can have it re-done more often which can help eliminate build-up in the hair and scalp. Very ideal for those who exercise often. No Mildew

*CHEAPER re-installation

“Great hairstyles begin with healthy hair!”

Ways to keep hair and body healthy all summer long

Hellooooo summertime heat! The summer season is a great time to focus on your beauty and health routine. Below are a few ways to boost current regimen.

 

  • Switch to shampoos, conditioners and leave-in sprays that offer color protection. These products are formulated to protect hair from UV rays keeping color fresh and vibrant! No color? No problem! Using these products are also great for color free hair!
  • Water! Water! Water! Stay hydrated beautiful people! Your hair usually gets the last bit of nutrients that are put in your body. Don’t let the summer heat dehydrate you! Remember dehydrated skin leads to wrinkles. Drink up!
  • Accessorize! For those who have long days of outdoor activities give your style a boost by accessorizing with hats and scarves. Fabulous sun protection!
  • Protect your skin with sunblock. Peeling skin is NEVER in. Be sure to use sunscreen lotion. Directions may vary on how many times a day to apply and are based on various activities so read those labels!
  • Stock your fridge and produce bowls with fresh local produce! Eating leafy greens packed with nutrients is great for your hair and skin. Citrus fruits and berries are awesome antioxidants. Buying local produce will ensure that you are getting the most out of the nutrients your food has to offer!
  • Have fun! The sun is packed with lots of vitamin D, increases serotonin levels (happy hormones), and lets not forget about a beautiful sun-kissed tan!

When to trim your ends

Having your ends trimmed regularly is a very important step when maintaining a healthy head of hair.  There are a few signs that you are in need of a trim: Tangling, light colored tips,ends when all other hair is dark, overly dry brittle ends, and if you can see the split it is way past time. Women with high lighted, permanent hair color, permanent relaxers, or tightly coiled hair typically are candidates for more frequent trimming.

 Far too often trims are skipped to ‘save the length’ of the hair. Unfortunately going extended periods of time without trimming can lead to lots of unnecessary damage to the ends. Once a hair has split there is no way to repair it. Yes, there are many products and conditioning treatments that claim to repair broken ends but they are really temporary fixes. The treatments fill the empty spaces but these bonds are broken again with a few days of basic manipulation. Split ends like to hug every hair near it, with or without splits of their own, causing lots of tangling. They also like to travel up the hair shaft. The only way to stop it is by clipping the split end completely off.

‘Quarterly trims keep the Tingle and Tangles tame.’ -June Ambrose

Spring Hair Care

Spring is here!!!  This means lots of humidity…  *insert sarcastic Hooray here. Fortunately this gives us a chance to explore different styling options as well as products. Survive the rainy days and summer beach body workouts with these styling and product options!

  • Custom install u-part or full wig. One of my favorite protective styles is sure to cut down time in your daily hair routine! This extension option is customized to fit your head. It can be secured by sewing onto a perimeter braid. You can shampoo regularly and wear this style for up to 6-8 weeks. It can also be secured with wig clips for more versatility. The clip on, full wig option is great for those who frequent the gym!

 

  • Smoothing Treatment. For those with lots of texture a smoothing treatment may be ideal for you! My personal favorite is the Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System (STS) which is chemical free and keeps hair smooth and frizz free for up to 3 months! This treatment is also perfect for those transitioning from relaxed to natural and those with high-lift color. Another personal favorite is the Peter Coppola Keratin Smoothing Treatment; a Keratin and Ceramide, Aldehyde-free & Formaldehyde-free Keratin Treatment.  This restorative treatment will also leave hair soft and smooth for up to 3 months.
  • Bun Day. Nothing shields the hair from humidity more than a bun! Whether it’s a top-knot or classic low bun, this is the ultimate all-day, any occasion style. Farewell to bad hair days.

 

  • Curly. Girls love curls! Rod sets, twist-outs and braid-out styles are an easy way to conquer humidity! The process combined with deep moisturizing foaming lotion and finishing products is a sure way to combat frizz. These styles typically last for 2 weeks with proper maintenance! My new curly hair product obessession is DevaCurl! As a certified DevaCurl DevaCut stylist this line provides a variety of curl taming products.

 

  • Braids. With or without added extensions braids are running the hair mill very steadily these days! French braids, fishtails and Senegalese twist are absolute humidity protectors. Try any of these in an up-do for an easy 1-2 week style. I recommend wearing braids (with or without extensions) for no more than 6-8 weeks as prolonged wear can cause damage to the hair. It is extremely important to keep hair thoroughly moisturized while wearing braid/twist styles with added extensions.

 

  • Moisturize! Your hair is like a sponge. Deep conditioning will help keep your hair from pulling moisture from the atmosphere. My in-salon favs are Deep by Design Essentials, Crazy Smooth Anti-frizz treatment masque by ColorProof and Heaven in Hair by DevaCurl. Get ultimate pentration when done as a steam treatment! Remember, products that will moisturize your hair will always have water as the first ingredient!

 

  • Leave-in conditioner! This will help detangle as well as add another layer of protection to the hair. Leave-in conditioner is especially important for those who will be doing any sort of thermal styling. It acts as a heat protectant and fights frizz! My in-salon favs are HCO by Design Essentials, Coconut and Monoi coconut water curl refresher by Design Essentials, PureRelease by ColorProof and No-Comb detangling spray by DevaCurl. 

 

  • Seal and Finish. It is very important to seal in all of the wonderful moisture you’ve put into your hair with a sealer! Sealers often contain light oils and polymers that provide ultimate frizz protection. My favs are HumidityRx by ColorProof, TruCurl anti-frizz oil by ColorProof, Coconut and Monoi intense shine oil mist by Design Essentials, Reflections Liquid Shine spray by Design Essentials and DevaCurl Shine Spray.

Healthy hair is happy hair! Style on beautiful people! 

Beauty Salon Tips

Are you considering trying a new salon, new hairstylist or on the hunt for both in a new city?! Fear not! I’ve compiled a simple list on what to do and what to look for!

  • Let the stylist know your desires and goals
  • Feel free to ask a stranger! Often times we pass someone in public with amazing hair! They may help lead the way!
  • Bring a photo! Find photos of your desired style/cut/color of someone with a similar face shape, skin tone and hair type. This way you can expect more realistic results!
  • Once you go black you don’t go back! Don’t panic! I’m only kidding! A new, lighter color can be achieved. But have patience because it will take a few visits to safely make the change! Also be sure to share past chemical history like blonde color or relaxer services.
  • Let the stylist know if you are taking any medications (or if you have stopped taking any recently) and if you have had a recent surgery. Medications and anesthetics can have an adverse affect on your skin and hair. It can help the stylist determine what (if any) chemical services can be rendered. Also share any past medical history.
  • Check the salon score! In every salon there is a score card posted in a visible area. A score of 100 is great! However, if the score is lower there is a list that will state why the salon has lost points.
  • Find out salon policies. Many salons do not admit children unless they are being serviced. The salon may also have a late/cancellation policy out of respect of your time, the stylists time as well as other clients.
  • Speak up! Open communication is key to building a new client/stylist relationship!

I hope this list has been helpful!!!

Lifestyle.Health.Beauty.