Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pony Tail City

Many of our jobs require that we wear our hair up or at least out of our faces.  The worst thing you can do is use an uncovered elastic band.  Always use metal free elastic bands to minimize the breakage and stress put on the hair.  There are so many options out there so don't cause unnecessary damage!


      People with thick hair have over 200,00 hairs on their head, that's a lot to handle.  While some of us love the fact that we have thick luscious hair, thick hair is very hard to maintain.  Caring for thick hair creates a unique set of problems, thank heavens there are beauty tips to get you through all of them.
      Natural oils are present in all hair types, when natural oils remain in thick hair over a long period of time it helps condition the hair.  Shampooing removes oils from the hair, so it should be kept to a minimum to prevent the hair from drying out.  After washing thick hair, be sure to use a good moisturizing conditioner.  Thick haired ladies should avoid volumizing products.
     Care for thick hair is not limited to shampooing alone.  Thick hair tends to be harder to control. It is important to hire a stylist that is familiar with thick hair.  Out of control thick hair needs some taming, adding some layers is a good way to take some weight out of the hair to make it appear thinner.  Avoid one length styles.
      Styling thick hair takes time and lots of effort!  But the most important part is protecting your hair from the abusive heat we apply to it.  Using thermal protecting styling products that are moisturizing as well is a huge part of your hair care regime.  You should try to let your hair air dry as much as possible before you apply heat to it.  The less heat you use on it the better.  When you have your hair completely dry you can use your irons to finish your styling.
      With more than 200,000 hairs on the head, people with thick tresses have a special set of issues when it comes to caring for their mane. With the right hair care regime, thick hair can be maintained keeping it healthy beautiful and manageable.

SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER~ Pureology Hydrating, Thermafuse Moisture, Sebastian Drench, Joico Moisture Recovery
STYLING PRODUCTS~K Pak Color Therapy Restorative Serum, Thermafuse Shine, Marrakesh X, Marrakesh Serum, Moroccan Oil, Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Oily hair can go from shiny and healthy to lank and greasy in a matter of hours.  The challenges of oily hair not only lie in the proper care but also in your diet.  To keep control of your overly active sebaceous glands, special attention needs to be paid to your daily hair routine and diet choices.
     Oily hair is created by a build up of excess oil in the hair.  This oil is sebum, a naturally occurring byproduct that can help those with normal hair maintain a sleeker style.  But for those with oily hair, its a battle to keep it from looking dirty and unkempt.
      Shampooing your hair properly is the first line of defense against oily hair.  Balancing shampoos are available and work wonders.  Daily clarifying shampoos are also a great choice.  These shampoos remove all dirt and grime from your hair, it is vital that you do use a good conditioner after these types of shampoo to restore moisture to your hair.  Application of conditioner on fine hair is vital,  the conditioner should only be applied to the length of your hair not on the scalp.
      Any one who has eaten a garlic rich meal may know that what we eat is excreted by the skin.  The same goes for oily or fatty diets.  The more oil we put into our bodies, the more oil that will come out.  Keeping your diets low in fats is good for the body and great for oily hair.  In addition to cutting your fats you should increase your water intake.  This will help keep your body and hair healthy and strong.  There is a strong connection between an all around healthy diet and healthy hair.
      No one wants to spend all that time styling their hair to have it fall flat within hours due to excess oil.  Oily hair can be calmed and cared for both internally and externally.

Shampoo~Scruples Hair Clearifier, Biolage Normalizing Shampoo,  Paul Mitchell The Wash
Conditioner~Enjoy Instant Reconstructor, Biolage Detangling Solution, Joico Moisture Recovery,
Color Care

Monday, March 29, 2010


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Finish It!

      Most stylists hear it everyday usually towards the end of an appointment "I wish you could come to my house and do my hair everyday!"  The tools of the trade are intimidating to many of our clients. It is vital that clients are educated on what to use and how.
      If you don't have your stylist finish her work you may be missing a very valuable and informative time in the chair.  During a blow dry and style your hairstylist can go over with you how to achieve your style when your at home.  What irons, brushes, and styling products you should be using and when to use them.  Also during this time your stylist will have an opportunity to recheck the cut to make sure it will style with ease at home.
      So if you don't let your stylist take the time to finish your style, please let them.  It will benefit you at home between haircuts.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Causes of Hair Loss

Genetic predisposition of hormonal levels as well as the conversion of testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can be inherited from either your mother’s or your father’s side of the family. A common family predisposition involves natural, age-related hormonal changes that can cause hair loss.
Six major reasons that you might experience premature hair loss.
Acne is the inflammation of the sebaceous glands from retained secretion and is associated with hormone byproducts. Acne is an indication of hormonal imbalances that often lead to premature hair loss.
Seborrhea is a functional disease of the sebaceous glands that produces excess sebum, which builds up on the scalp. An over production of sebum is a warning sign indicating the same hormonal imbalances that lead to hair loss.
Alopecia areata is a systemic, non-hormonal cause of hair loss triggered by genetics, diet and stress and is characterized as bald spots that inadvertently come and go and can include permanent hair loss.
Excessive daily hair loss is when 50 or more hairs per day are lost and not replaced at the same rate, indicating potential hair loss problems.
Excessive body hair for men indicates a greater chance of premature hair loss; 50% greater risk if a man has complete chest hair; 70% greater risk if a man has chest, shoulder and back hair; and 90% greater risk if a man has total body hair.
Excessive or sudden appearance of body hair in women can indicate an imbalance in hormones. This same hormonal imbalance can cause premature hair loss.

Other contributing factors

Stress and trauma are prone to produce increased levels of testosterone, which converts to DHT, and interrupts the hair growth cycle [constricting the blood supply, oxygen and nutrient uptake and vitamins to the hair follicle].
Nutrition and diet play a significant role in hair loss whereby a high consumption of animal fats, rapid weight loss and liquid protein diets can create a lack of amino acids, biotin, iron, protein and zinc — all of which are essential to healthy hair.
Health issues such as a malfunctioning of the hormone producing thyroid and natural hormonal changes in women due to pregnancy, childbirth and menopause, can trigger hair loss.
Medications such as birth-control or any hormone therapy can contribute to hair loss as the hair follicle is incredibly sensitive to changes. Steroids, specific chemotherapies as well as many blood pressure, diabetic, heart disease and acne medications can cause temporary or permanent hair loss.
Environmental factors such as toxins, air and water pollutants, chlorine, metals and minerals may be left on the scalp and hair as we wash with water every day. Pollutants such as pseudo-estrogens and toxins from within our body can also contribute to hair loss.
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Sleek Styles for this Spring

For quite some time it’s been difficult to turn on the tube or hit the cinema without witnessing volume and big blown out waves, and these hairstyles have been heavily coveted, and not easily maintained by the average viewer. And though big volume and beautiful blow outs are well worth the effort, you may be happy to hear that when it comes to trends, gone are the days of the starlet blown out look, as today’s Tinseltown queens have been sporting sleek new locks that are straight. While this look is pretty, if you don’t have bone straight hair it can be tricky particularly in spring where one is prone to catch the wrong wind or precipitation.. So how do you achieve this look, and maintain it all day once you’ve got it? Easy, just a few simple tools and steps and you are well on your way to a gorgeous sleek main.
Tools you will need: Flat iron, straightening balm, hair gel (just a smidge), and a serum. Yep, that’s right!
Step 1 – Use your flat iron to flatten your hair from root to tips. And yes, even if you have straight hair use it. If you DON’T have straight hair, keep the iron on your locks longer than normal. It will straighten, and if you DO have straight hair, you only need to sweep it down your hair like you would a brush. You don’t want too much heat on your hair if you don’t have to.
Step 2 – Use a straightening balm over your locks once they’ve had the iron once over. You only need to smooth it over your already straight hair. Rub a drop and smooth it over, that’s all you need for stay put hairstyle.
Step 3 – If you have really stubborn locks, you will need to go a step further and this is where the hair gel comes in. Just rub a smidgen between your palms and smooth it over your straight hair. You can bring back the flat iron and lock in the gel for an all day hold.
Beauty Trick – Here’s where the serum comes in, and you can use whatever brand you like. As the day progresses, if you find yourself stuck with some flyaways, rub a dab of serum between your palms and smooth it over. Your locks will be sleek AND shiny all over again. Too much and you will look like you really need a shower!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Economical Situation

Most of us are still feeling the effects of the recession and will be frequenting the salon  slightly less often than we would like.  A good way to stretch out your color is to go with a natural look that will disguise the regrowth.  Thinner highlights or an all over color closer to your natural color are a good way to achieve a more natural look. 
We are all after shiny healthy looking hair, add a clear gloss to your routine either at home or in the salon.  You can buy a clear gloss and apply it on damp hair put a processing cap on it for 20 minutes and then rinse.  In the salon it can be applied after your hair color.  A color gloss also helps to maintain your color vibrancy and minimize frizz.

Friday, March 19, 2010


It maybe time for a new style when your bad hair days out number your good.  Before you do anything drastic have you explored all avenues to sharpen your style?  Here are a few tips to read before you go under the knife.

      Bangs are great for softening a severe cut or camouflaging a harsh face shape but when you have a cowlick it only brings frustration.  To corral wayward bangs try blow drying bangs forward using a vent brush or round brush then sweeping them to the side when they're dry.  If it doesn't work try parting your pangs at your cowlick.  If you have thicker hair pull more of your hair into the bang to weigh the cowlick down.  Back combing the under side of your bangs may also help to stop the dreaded split in the bangs.
       The reason hair doesn't fly away everyday is because hair follicles naturally attracted and retain moisture.  However, it takes moisture to attract moisture; when conditions are dry, you need to provide your hair with supplementary help.  Using a conditioning serum/oil will help with this.  Most serums can be mixed with other styling products.  Work serums into the ends of the hair and work your way up the hair.
Products to try: K Pak Color Therapy Serum, Chi Silk Infusion, Pearatin Repairative Serum
      Hair stays how it dries so if you dry your hair flat to your head you will have a hard time making it look fuller.  When the hair is damp lean over and let your hair hang, blow dry your hair starting at the scalp, brushing your hair the opposite direction it's going to lay.  Finish the drying process starting in the nape and working your way up to the forehead.  If you are flat ironing your hair make sure you elevate your hair at the roots before you continue down the rest of the strand.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sping Colors

The dark winter is on its way out and the sun of spring is kicking those dark winter colors to the curb!  The fashion gurus are predicting spring will be full of candy pastels!  These girlie colors will bring out the freshness of the season.  In case you are questioning how this new trend will look on you, here are a few tips.
  1.  Pinks of any shade go well on dark skinned divas.  Baby pink eyes with bright lips is a fresh look.
  2. The lucky olive complected ladies should opt for browns, lilacs, & ice cream pinks but nothing too pale.
  3. Our fair skinned maidens should stay far away from pink shades.  Go for greens and blues coupled with nude lips.

On the fingers, beige and nude tones were huge on the red carpets this year!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Winter is almost gone and with a new season on the horizon it's time to revamp you hairstyle.  Need ideas?  Here's a few tips of what's in store for us this spring...

While blonds were prominent on the runway for this spring there were also some gorgeous brunettes as well.

BLOND:Platinum blond is set to be massive, in many variations.  For the daring divas all over platinum, for the less adventurous nice bright highlights or blond flashes to accentuate your cut.

BRUNETTE: For the dark locks it's all about the glamorous shine!  Rich chestnut and chocolate brown are in full bloom.

No matter which way you fall blond or brunette maybe a little of both, remember healthy hair is always in style!  Condition it well to keep it shiny and luscious.

Happy Spring!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Get the Most Flattering Hair style

Many people look to celebrities for hairstyle ideas.   Then they go into the salon and request the fabulous style they saw on the celebrity only to find out (usually when they style it themselves) they can't have it!  That no matter how much time they spend on their hair it doesn't look like the picture.

There are a few very important questions you should ask yourself if you want the most flattering hair style for you!

  • How much time are you willing to spend everyday doing your hair?  Include hair drying, straightening, curling, special conditioning, etc.  Be realistic about your lifestyle and grooming habits.  If you don't have time to spare don't get a high maintenance style.
  • What condition is your hair in?  Do not plan on doing any type of perming, bleaching, straightening or extensions if your hair is already damaged or brittle.
  • What is your face shape?  Your face shape has a big impact on weather or not that A-line in the magazine will look good on you!  Check out my previous blog on face shapes to find your face shape and suggested styles for you.
  • Are you happy with your hairstylist?  Does your stylist give you instructions on how to properly care for and maintain your locks?  Do they address all of your concerns about your hair?  Your hairstylist plays a vital role in the way your hair looks from day to day.  You need a style that YOU can make look great on your own and the cut is key!
  • Do you know what hairstyles you like and why?  If you can explain to your stylist what you like about certain styles--i.e. the long layers in the back or the fullness on the top-- your stylist may be able to add some if these features to your hair style if the entire style isn't suited for you.


back in the year 1970.
california's dreaming.
hippie turns hip
before glamour digs its disco heels.
then hair really flips out.
geri cusenza, salon-starlet,
starts making waves
in her own sizzling fashion.
turning an amped-up invention
into a mane event:
the crimping iron.
electrifying the scene,
she and husband john
continue to spark a cult-following.
known to have blown the lid off creativity
for three-plus decades,
fearless styling
isn't a limp statement.
but a style uniquely, fiercely, feverishly
Sebastian. Stylist Choice Awards
November 4, 2009 / Feelin' the Love: Sebastian Nabs a Pair of Stylist Choice Awards
Industry VIPs gathered in Orlando, FL for the 9th annual's Stylist Choice Awards, honoring the crème de la crème in the biz. More than 500,000 BTC members voted on the professional products they love the most, and Sebastian walked away with two of the coveted awards: Favorite Styling Product (Whipped Crème) and Favorite New Shampoo/Conditioner (Drench Shampoo & Conditioner).  This is just one of the many awards Sebastian has been awarded over the past six months! Clients rave about Sebastian!  It's an all time fav!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The cure for Adult Acne

Is acne a prevalent pang of adolescence, or a life-long skin health challenge? Turns out it can be both.
While acne is associated with teenage years filled with raging hormones and the struggle for social acceptance, many adults are finding themselves caught in the middle of an acne epidemic. Skin care professionals and dermatologists alike are also reporting adult acne is on the rise.
Clinical studies indicate between 40 and 55 percent of the adult population in the 20 to 40 age group has been diagnosed with low grade, persistent acne and oily skin, with the primary catalyst identified as chronic stress.
Balancing personal and professional responsibilities makes this generation of adults the most time-compressed generation in history, which contributes to chronic stress: the constant, continued and heightened level of stress that throws our adrenal glands into overdrive, which in turn can boost sebum production, setting the stage for acne development.
Once there’s a boost in sebum production, the cascade of events leading to breakouts begins: oil spills onto skin’s surface and acts as a binder, creating a mixture of oil and cells that blocks oxygen from entering the pores. The lack of oxygen creates the ultimate breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to the swelling, redness, and inflammation around the follicle, resulting in acne.
Adult cases of acne are often more persistent and more inflammatory than teenage cases. Adult acne is also often accompanied by skin sensitization, or a combination of skin conditions, which makes treatment more challenging. To successfully treat, clear and prevent acne, the cascade of events leading to acne development must be controlled; but don’t turn to popular teen-centric treatments that may be too harsh and irritating.
MediBac Clearing™ is Dermalogica’s answer to the adult acne epidemic.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The last of the Wedding tips

We have all had a few--Hair catastrophes.  Bad cut, ugly color and we panic!  We do what we can to hide our hair until it can be fixed.  But when your big day is approaching there is no room for that!  Check out our list of dos and don'ts to get hair prepared without risking a wedding day fiasco.

  • Decide on a style before you choose your veil (use the previous blog to help pick a veil)
  • Play with a few styles before you finalize your look
  • Visit your stylist a few months ahead of time to set up a plan to get you gorgeous locks
  • Get a trim and Touch up existing color 2 weeks before the wedding
  • Pack an emergency kit for reception touch ups
  • Think about how your hair style will hold up at an outdoor wedding
  • Match your hairstyle to your gown in degree of formality
  • Consider hair pieces to add volume for fuller styles
  • Plan your special styles for the wedding rehearsal and bridal shower
  • Wear a button down shirt for your wedding day hair appointment
  • Talk to your stylist about when you should shampoo and condition prior to your wedding day
  • Add some glitter to your hair--be sure to test it out prior to the day
  • Invest in a good haircut!
  • Decide if you are going to remove your veil after the ceremony. Your hair style may need to be adjusted accordingly.
  • Don't make color or style changes in the 2 months before the wedding
  • Dye your hair at home
  • Let anyone talk you into the latest style unless you REALLY LOVE it
  • Choose a style that is too structured it will be hard to maintain
  • Go over board on the tendrils. They will look messy later
  • Choose an overly large headpiece you want to be the star not your accessories
  • Use new products on the big day you may be allergic
  • Wash your hair if your stylist prefers it dirty
  • Have your hair done to early...its a long day
  • Use accessories that are too heavy for your style
  • Overload on products
  • Change your mind about your style the day of the wedding

Monday, March 8, 2010



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We have all Joico products 10% off this week to celebrate the arrival of the highly recommended Silk Results line.  We also would like to suggest K-Pak Color Therapy to anyone who colors their hair.  All 3 items in the K-Pak Color therapy line are Fantastic!

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Wedding Styles & Veils

Long Hair Styles
The formal updo, with its sleek lines and timeless elegance, is a wedding day fav that works well with a variety of veils.  If you have your heart set on an updo remember:
  • When choosing a style and veil, take your face shape into account.  If you have a rounder face, sleeker styles with long veils will look best.  Fuller styles and veils work best on slender faces.
  • Veils that hang longer than your waist, like fingertip, chapel or ballet styles, are heavy.  Tighter styles hold up better under all that tulle.  So if you're wearing a long veil, choose a coif with less volume on top.  A chignon, where the hair is gathered into a roll at the nape of the neck, is a good bet.  Another option is the Juliet knot where the hair is twisted into a tight coil at the top of the head.
  • Do you love the drama of intricate updos with lengths of hair woven into an elaborate creation on the crown of the head?  This style can work with a longer, heavier veil.  Consider piling your hair on top of the veil.  The veil will cascade down your back adding romance and sweetness to your style.
  • The french twist, where the hair is gathered into a low ponytail then swept into a roll up the back of the head, is a classic and versatile look.  This will go great with any veil!
If you have decided to leave your hair down for a romantic look, remember that tousled shouldn't mean tangled.  Be sure to set your hair and use either hairspray or gel to give it structure and prevent flyaways.  The rule of thumb is that your veil should be longer than your hair.

Also remember that the longest veils may be too heavy for voluminous styles, so try a sleek look if you're wearing a long veil.

A good compromise between the sweetness of hair left down and the elegance of updos is a half up style.  This is where the hair in the crown is swept back and the rest is left down whether you gather the hair from your crown into a bun or pull the top layer back with sparkling combs.  Half  up styles are a great compromise in the up or down debate.  If you still can't decide,  many brides will choose the sleek updo for the ceremony and then let it loose for the reception.

Short Hair Styles
Styling is key for brides with short hair. One look that does well for cropped cuts is strategically placed tiny crystal-tipped hairpins throughout the hair to add sparkle.

Brides with shorter hair look lovely wearing short veils.  However don't think that is your only option--a cascading veil can look fabulous too depending on your face shape.

Tiaras are still the hottest wedding accessory but combs, clips, barrettes and jeweled hair sticks and hair pins are popular as well.  All accessories can look great with a variety of styles and veils just don't over do it.

The most important things to remember when choosing your wedding day style is your face shape.  Be true to you and be comfortable!  Your wedding day is going to be a long day and you need to be able to enjoy every second of it.  Be you and be happy!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


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More information on Dermalogica to come!

Monday, March 1, 2010



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Wedding Hair Styles & Face Shape

Now that we have taken the time to determine you face shape we should discuss how this should affect your wedding hairstyle.  Liking a style in a picture doesn't mean it will be the most flattering style on you.

Oval:  This face shape looks great in almost any style.  To show off your well balanced shape, pull your hair away from your face, such as in a tight updo.

Round: A high updo best suits a round face it helps to elongate the face.  If you are going to wear bangs keeps them wispy and side swept.

Square: To soften the edges of your face wear your hair down in beautiful soft curls or waves.

Heart or Diamond: A low Chignon with a side part will help to counter balance the narrowness of your jaw and chin.

Rectangle/Oblong: Like with the square you should wear your hair wispy around the face but with some volume on the sides to disguise the narrowness of your face.

Triangle:  Keep your volume around the temples to try to counterbalance the width of your jawline.  You could have a nice half up style with curls and volume.