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!

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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!

Strengthening (Protein) Treatment Benefits

Great hair is balanced hair! Focusing on replenishing hair with proteins is essential for a balanced head of hair.

About 91% of the hair is made up of protein and amino acids. The protein is keratin. The amino acids are made up hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur. Proteins and amino acids in the hair are the lost everyday. Simple combing, brushing, cleaning or environmental conditions break down these bonds leaving ‘gaps’ in the hair.   Coloring, relaxing and straightening hair  also break down these bonds leaving the hair feeling weak and sometimes brittle.  Administering a protein/amino acid based treatment will help keep hair balanced!

Signs that you are in need of a strengthening treatment include:

Broken, chipping ends

Hair that feels ‘mushy’

Short lived hairstyles                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Hair that is balanced behaves well! On the contrary, too frequent protein treatments can have an adverse effect on the hair (over proteinized) making it hard, dry and brittle.

My favorite protein treatments that I use in the salon include:

Design Essentials Strengthening Treatment System (in-salon treatment only)

Design Essentials Bamboo and Quinoa shampoo and leave-in conditioner

      ColorProof Baobab Heal and Repair shampoo and conditioner

All three give instant, beautiful results!  Hair is left feeling stronger, smoother! Book with me at

Happy Balancing!

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!’

Shampoo, Conditioning and Styling at Home

head-missionEveryone wants to have healthy and beautiful hair. The good news is that there are just a few basic steps to achieve it at home!

Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner is the most important part to achieving great hair at home. Always be sure to choose what your hair will need. Often times we get carried away with what someone else is using. However, what works for one person may not be what your hair needs at the time. For healthy balanced hair your shampoo and conditioner selection should include ones that have good moisture and/or protein.


When choosing shampoo, pick something that is fit for your hair type. For fine hair, choose a shampoo that will add volume. Ingredients such as wheat protein, rice protein, keratin and amino acids add volume to the hair. For thick/coarse hair, choose a shampoo that will add moisture and increase manageability. Look for ingredients such as shea butter, rosemary, nettle extract and avocado butter. Focus applying shampoo to the scalp working it down to the ends. Massage the hair and scalp gently to avoid tangling.


 When choosing conditioner consider the same factors as choosing shampoo. Focus on applying conditioner to the ends of the hair working it up to the roots. This hair is normally more prone to dryness especially if your hair is collar length or longer. Remember when conditioning that your hair is like a sponge. Once your hair absorbs what it needs it will not absorb any more. On average conditioners take anywhere from 1-5 minutes to penetrate the hair shaft while deep/masked conditioners need to be capped and processed for 10-15 minutes. This is because there is a molecule size difference. The smaller the molecule the quicker the penetration. While larger molecules require the assistance of heat (simply capping to trap body heat or using a hooded dryer) to penetrate. Rinse hair with luke-warm then cool water to help close the hair shaft sealing in moisture.  After conditioning use a wet or cream leave-in conditioner before detangling and part hair into sections to prepare for drying.


 Depending on hair texture and your desired style is how you will choose which method is best. Blow drying works best with most hair types. For naturally curly hair blow drying begins your straightening process. For fine hair, use a medium heat and lower blowing pressure to help keep hair full. Choose a blow dry brush that has fewer rows to maintain fullness. For medium to coarse hair a higher heat setting and higher blowing pressure can be used. A blow dry brush with 9 rows (such as the Denman brand) has great tension to smooth thicker hair. For wet-set styles a hooded dryer or air drying is best. Many dryers these days have ceramic, ceramic-ionic, and tourmaline technology. This technology helps to dry hair faster and locks in moisture leaving hair shiny and frizz free!


 Be creative yet practical with your chosen style! Like blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons have ceramic, ceramic-ionic, and tourmaline technology offering the same benefit of locking in moisture for shinier hair. Although the heat of these irons is ‘safer’ it is still important to use a heat setting that is appropriate for your hair. Heat in any form can still cause dryness and breakage to your hair. Always start with a lower heat setting and turn it up as you see fit.

Nighttime Maintenance

 Nighttime maintenance is key to preserving your style. Whether you are wrapping, rolling or both be sure to cover your hair with a silk or satin wrap. As for your pillowcase, cotton pillowcases tend to dry the hair out. Choose a high-thread count or satin case that will not pull moisture out of your hair while you sleep.