Hair Styling Quick Tips

August 5th, 2012

Improve the overall health of your hair, achieve optimum benefits between salon visits, and use what you have to look the best that you can…

At Home

  • Hold hair dryer 6-8 inches from your hair and move from each section every three seconds to help stop breakage that results from over-heating.
  • Brush hair when dry with a boar bristle brush to stimulate the scalp, maximizing volume.
  • Don’t overload your hair with conditioner. Heavy moisturizers cause major build up and weigh the hair down while making it appear dull.  Alternate a crème rinse with a protein treatment and use deep conditioner twice a week.

Coloring + Treatments

  • If you are ready for a major change of your hair color, do it in stages.  Drastic change requires chemicals – and too much at once can fry your hair.  Gradually go lighter by first lightening your base tone, then adding highlights.  Plan on going even lighter the next visit.  Do the opposite to go darker using low-lights.
  • If your hair appears brassy and dull, apply a demi-glaze.  This is a semi-permanent hair color with minimal peroxide.  Its purpose is to bring out the natural colors of your hair.

Find the Right Style for Your Style

    Master stylists agree that there are three factors that they take into consideration before creating a new hairstyle for a client:
      • Style of dress
      • Body weight, build, size and shape
      • Shape of face

Other advice from master hair designers:

  • Avoid a cut that falls just upon your shoulder blades.  Instead, cut hair so it falls either above or below your shoulders.  This elongates the neck creating a slimming effect.
  • Typically a shaved head or a “pixie” short cut looks the best on petite people with small faces.  Short styles draw attention to your face and frame.

Did you know?  When your hair sheds, new hair grows in its place!  The average person sheds between 60-100 strands every day.

Curly Hair Series 1 : Perfect Curls

August 5th, 2012

If you have thick and curly hair, you know that most hair advice doesn’t always pertain to you. Textured hair deserves its very own set of guidelines… so when confronted with a “niche” beauty concern, we like to consult beauty mavens who have an upper-edge in the task at hand.  For our “Curly Hair Series”, we’ve turned to a master of thick and curly hair  whether achieving sleek and soft bone-straight hair to bouncing out with the perfect curls, Ranya Khalil seems to know exactly how to tame tricky tresses.  Any time of year is a good time for no-fuss perfect, shiny and bouncy ringlets of curls.

For years, my favorite at-home trick has been to simply wrap strands of damp hair around my finger, easily taming flyaways.

For Perfect Curls:

Massage wet hair with your favorite leave-in conditioner (I love Aveda’s Be Curly and Giovanni Organic Weightless Moisture Leave-in.)  Use just enough to coat hair lightly, as using too much builds residue which causes curls to fall flat.  Take hair section by section, starting with the area that dries the fastest (I usually move from front to back) and curl strands around your finger.  Twirls strands in the direction of your curls natural growth or in the direction that your hair naturally falls, ensuring a natural look.  Once you have done this to your entire head, dry hair with a diffuser.  Be sure to use it on the coldest setting to help lock in the shape of the curl and to stave off frizz.  Once dried, apply a dime size amount of serum to give it a little shine.  My “must have” is Weleda Rosemary Oil.  It’s light, smells great and gives it just the shine you need for a healthy look!


August 4th, 2012

If your hair is damaged or lifeless, you can look to a variety of factors as the culprit: environmental toxins, product buildup, over-styling, coloring and perming, lack of internal care… you may also be using products that are not suitable for your hair type and/or its current condition.  Damage cannot really be undone, but you can certainly help your hair look its best until the damage grows out.

First, determine whether or not your hair is damaged by taking a strand out from the root and examining it.  Hold hair at each end and pull – if it stretches you have healthy hair.  If it breaks easily, it is damaged.

For overly dry or damaged hair from styling and over-processing: Look for deep conditioning products that have “protecting, nourishing, and replenishing” ingredients. We love Kerastase Masquintense Thick 3

For fine or limp hair: Look for volumizing products and light conditioners. Massage scalp vigorously in circular movements when shampooing to stimulate, then blow dry hair upside down to create a boost at the roots.

For dry, brittle or curly hair:  Find “controlling” products with added shine and moisture. Our favorite?  Weleda Rosemary Oil.  

For frizzy hair: Thick, coarse, and curly hair are prone to frizz, particularly in hot and humid weather.  Letting conditioner soak in for at least five minutes prior to rinsing will help. Comb with a wide-tooth comb and let air dry, avoid combing or brushing hair while dry.  Apply a couple drops of anti-frizz serum to wet hair.  An anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner duo we love: Brazilian Blowout Acai Anti-Frizz Shampoo + Conditioner.  

For dandruff-prone hair: Wash with shampoo containing salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, and rinse thoroughly.  Avoid alcohol-based styling products.  If problem persists, seek medical attention from a dermatologist as psoriasis or seborrhea dermatitis may be to blame. The crème de la crème of anti-dandruff shampoos? Kerastase Specifique Bain Gommage-Anti Dandruff Shampoo For Dry Hair.

Our favorite secret weapon for healthier hair?  Prenatal vitamins. They are packed with vitamins and minerals that help hair and nails grow super strong… pregnant or not. 

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