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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.

The Truth about Sulfate-Free Shampoo

In a more health conscious world we are living in it is no surprise that the beauty industry has not missed a beat when it comes to its beauty products. Sulfate-free products have been on the rise for many years. Sulfate has been in many products for ages! So what’s the big deal?! What is sulfate? Is it really that harmful? Is it okay to keep using shampoos containing sulfate? Why use sulfate-free products?!

 

Sulfate is short for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). It is a surfactant, or ingredient that is used to break up dirt and oil build up. It’s popularity is due to its deep cleansing, emulsifying (suds, foam) and easy rinsing abilities. People equate lots of suds with lots of clean, right?!  So naturally, many product companies have used it as a first ingredient for decades. SLS is found in many products such as shampoo, soap, and even toothpaste.

 

SLS has been known to cause irritation to the scalp, strips hair color (artificial), reverses keratin or amino-acid based straightening treatments, and may also cause frizziness to curly hair. People with skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis should look into using shampoos and soaps that are sulfate-free. As for those with lots of texture in their hair sulfate-free products have proven to maintain a smoother curl with little to no frizz. SLS opens the hair shaft to deeply clean the hair removing build up also stripping the hairs natural moisture which often leaves the hair shaft open resulting in frizzy strands.

So the sulfate has been removed. How does the hair and scalp get clean?  What does one do without volumes of suds?  Easy! There are other thorough, gentle, non-stripping surfactants to choose from. Look for ingredients, mild surfactants such as Sodium Lauroyl Isethinionate (also known as Iselux), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl and Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate in your shampoos.  These ingredients are naturally derived from plants and minerals. Some will give little to no lather while some will give lots of lather. Be mindful to rinse hair thoroughly before you shampoo to remove excess build up. They are very gentle yet very effective in cleansing the scalp and hair leaving manageable and retaining the skin and hairs natural moisture.  They will also help preserve the vibrancy in your hair color, and won’t strip your keratin or amino acid based straightening treatments.

Two professional product lines that I use in the salon are Design Essentials and ColorProof. Both lines have a great selection of sulfate-free products to choose from.

 

  • SLS can be irritating to skin 
  • SLS can strip hair of its natural oils
  • Sulfate-free benefits hair retaining natural oil
  • Sulfate-free is non-irritating to skin
  • Sulfate-free leaves hair frizz free
  • Sulfate-free preserves hair color
  • Sulfate-free maintains straightening treatments

‘Every great head of hair starts with clean hair!’