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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!!!

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What you need to know about Quality Virgin Hair Extensions

What y need to know about Quality Virgin Hair Extensions! Over the years I have used all sorts of extensions! I have found that using quality virgin hair extensions is best when looking to reuse for up to 12 months or longer! Below are a few tips on what to look for!

•REMY is a term used to describe the way hair is stitched on the weft. All hair is on the weft in the same direction. With all cuticles facing the same direction this will virtually eliminate tangling and matting.

•The ‘BEARD’ or ‘MUSTACHE’ will be SHORT. Too long beards will cause tangling because the cuticle is facing the opposite direction once flipped over the weft.

•There are No SYNTHETIC  FIBERS. Strands of hair melting in a flatiron at temps as high as 300 degrees or more means there are synthetic fibers present. This hair is not long lasting.

•All hair is the SAME LENGTH. This ensures even density (fullness) from root to tip. Hair that has shorter strands sometimes cause tangling and the finer ends look less natural.

•The CUTICLE will not be STRIPPED. Stripped hair will tend to have a ‘corn chip’ smell. Signs that the hair has been acid washed. This hair will normally RESIST a COLOR process.

•Quality Virgin hair will last through multiple shampoo and conditioning services! It can also be permanently colored or highlighted. With proper care, this hair will last for up to 1-2 years!

I have Virgin Hair Extensions by Galaxy 5000 available for purchase in-salon! Various lengths and curl patterns are available! Serious inquiries only!

Call/Text (256) 399-9052

Email- tasha_harrington@yahoo.com

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Hormones and Hair

Hormones have the most impact on hair growth. They can alter how much hair grows, how much stops growing and how much is shed. To begin understanding how hormones affect the growth of hair it’s important to know the stages of hair growth.

Stage 1- ANAGEN is the GROWTH stage. On average about 85% of the hair is in this stage at one time. This stage lasts about 2-6 years.

Stage 2- CATAGEN is the SHEDDING stage. On average 1-3% of the hair is in this stage at one time. This stage last about 2 weeks.

Stage 3- TELEGEN is the RESTING phase. On average about 15% of hair is in this stage at one time.This stage lasts about 1-4 months.

Hormonal changes can dramatically affect any of these stages! The following are the most common hormonal changes.

PREGNANCY during and after has a major affect on the hair. Hair is at its fullest and most luminous stage during pregnancy! This is because more hair is in the growth stage due to estrogen and progesterone levels. However, about 3-5 months after pregnancy shedding and resting stages go back up and cause what seems like excessive hair loss mainly around the hairline. No worries! This hair will grow back once hormones return to a normal level.

THYROID GLAND function affects hair growth whether it is over-active or under-active (hyper/hypo-thyroidism). Either of these can cause the hair to be dry, brittle, and enter more hair into the shedding stage. Other conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes and lupus can also cause hair loss or cause the hair to be fine. Once controlled or treated hair growth usually returns to normal.

MEDICATIONS also interfere with hormone levels and can cause hair loss. Birth control, blood pressure, antidepressant, arthritis medications and anesthesia all have an adverse affect on hair growth stages. Sides effects (forced shedding stage) of medication will normally show up between 2-6 months after the start or finish of the medication.

STRESS is one of the most overlooked cause of hormonal changes. This is mainly because the effects of a traumatic experience don’t normally show until 2-3 months after. Fret not! This hair too grows back!

AGE will affect the overall growth rate and texture of hair. Puberty increases hormone levels often increasing hair growth over the entire body. For men and women after age 40 testosterone decreases causing hair growth to slow down. For women estrogen levels can dramatically decrease causing hair growth to slow and/or be thinner. At this time it is important to change to using shampoos and conditioners that increase volume.

Hope this has been helpful!