How often should you shampoo your hair?

special-occasion2All great hairstyles begin with clean hair!

The number of times you clean your hair depends on your lifestyle and/or if you have a diagnosed scalp disorder. In general it is okay to shampoo your hair every 3-14 days. Assessing your scalp, hair texture, and if your hair has been chemically treated in conjunction with your daily activity will help you determine how often you should shampoo. Choosing the right shampoo is as important as how often you should clean your hair.

For fine hair choose a shampoo that will thicken your hair strands. Ingredients to look for: Hydrolyzed oatmeal protein, Hydrolyzed wheat protein, Hydrolyzed vegetable protein. These ingredients will penetrate into the hair shaft easily and plump up your strands leaving your hair full of body!

For dry hair, choose a shampoo that will impart moisture. Ingredients to look for: Shea butter, Nettles, Rosemary, Jojoba, Almond oil, Vitamin E, Abyssinian oil. For severely dry hair it is advisable to to a deep oil treatment before you shampoo or a deep moisture treatment after you shampoo.

For thick, coarse hair, choose a shampoo that will help to soften and detangle your hair. Ingredients to look for: Rose hip, Seaweed, Grapeseed oil, Camellia oil, Almond oil, Avacado oil. These ingredients help to in part and seal in moisture. They are also great for detangling hair!

For brittle hair, choose a shampoo that will help heal the hair. Ingredients to look for:  Baobab plant extract, Quinoa extract, Bamboo extract, Sugar cane, Sage. When healing brittle, damaged hair it is important to use a shampoo that will impart strength into your hair!

For dry, itchy scalp choose a shampoo that will help soothe and eliminate flakes from the scalp. Ingredients to look for: Zinc ommadine, Salicylic acid, Menthol, Chamomile, Peppermint oil. For a very irritated scalp, put the shampoo directly on the scalp, cover with plastic cap, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes!

For any hair type, a clarifying shampoo is great for removing excess dirt and oil. Ingredients to look for: Baking soda, Vitamin C, Hydrolyzed oatmeal protein, Aloe, Chamomile. Deep cleansing shampoos are a great first choice to ensure that your 2nd and 3rd shampoo and conditioner will penetrate the hair shaft properly!

If you have a scalp condition, such as psoriasis, your physician or dermatologist may prescribe you a shampoo that will gently exfoliate the scalp. These shampoos are generally used 5-7 days a week for the best results. If you are unable to shampoo as frequently, ask for a topical cream to help manage your scalp disorder.

If you sweat heavily due to exercise the sweat can leave behind salt deposits causing the scalp to be very dry and at times flaky. Always use a clarifying shampoo to remove the salt build up. I find cleaning my own hair 1-3 times a week to be the most suitable way to maintain a healthy head of hair while in a steady workout routine. For days that you don’t do a traditional shampoo try using a dry shampoo to hold you over until your next shampoo. Dry shampooing will remove a small amount of dirt and excess oils leaving the hair fresh and shiny!

If you are heat styling your hair choose a product line that offers heat protection. My favorite is by ColorProof! The shampoos, conditioners, leave-in conditioners and dry shampoo contain a great heat protecting ingredient called HelioPlex. It literally wraps around each hair shaft creating a barrier between your hair against the heat.

If you have any questions or need assistance on choosing a shampoo that is best for you please don’t hesitate to ask!

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!”

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!!!


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


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!