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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

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.

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!

Your Hair Should Match Your Lifestyle

As tempting as it may be to follow the trend we must embrace what is best for our hair in our daily lives. Especially since ‘no-maintenance’ hair does not exist. What may have worked 10 years ago may likely not work for you now. Between work, school, kids, gym, and social events the task of maintaining your hair can seem daunting! Embrace and explore more options for your hair such as wet sets, natural twist outs, extensions, wigs, bangs, shorter lengths, longer (ponytail) lengths, chemical free straightening systems, or permanent relaxers. I encourage you to take a moment to decide what options are best for you. Who knows, you may fall in love with your new look! Questions and comments are welcomed! Love Love LaTasha