Friday, January 29, 2010

Blow Dryer Etiquette

Blow Dryer Etiquette

        It would seem that a blow dryer is a simple enough tool that it would be used correctly.  However many women don't, simply because they were taught improperly.  Incorrect use of a blow dryer results in the loss of moisture in the hair which creates a dry frizzy look.
       The first important thing to consider is dryer quality.  The most efficient dryers have variable temperatures, airflow and even a cool shot button.
       Next on the list is products: thermal protection is needed for blow drying, even healthy hair needs thermal protection.  These products are necessary but selection is based on personal preference.  There is no one product to suit everyone.  Any gel, mousse, serum, or leave-in conditioner will work if it provides a heat barrier from your appliance.  Many styling products contain thermal protection while also helping to produce the style you desire.
       Okay so last is your blow drying method.  For best style results, blow dry your hair to remove the bulk of the water.  Then apply your root lifter or texturizer (if you use one).  Next you can section your hair and use your brush to finish out your style.  Keeping in mind that when you want to create a curl you should dry the hair around the brush then use the cool shot to set it. 
Happy styling!


Thursday, January 28, 2010

When to retire your brush

When to retire your brush

A hair brush is like all other beauty care items, it needs to be replaced every so often.  A hair brush's optimal life span depends on the material it is made of.  A good rule of thumb is to replace your brush every year.  You should check its performance by making sure the ends of the bristles are not scratchy.  Rub the hair brush on your arm.  If the bristles feel scratchy it's a good indicator it's time to replace it.  An unhealthy brush leads to unhealthy hair.  Scratchy bristles pull the hair causing it to break and have split ends.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Irons & Dryers
Ionic or Nano? Ceramic or Tourmaline?

Ceramic-Uses: Curling iron, Flat iron, Blow dryer.  Ceramic technology negates radiation, making the hair smoother and shinier.
Ionic-Uses:  Curling iron, flat iron, Blow dryer.  Ionic technology uses negative ions to stop static-causing positive ions, preventing frizz while restoring moisture to the outer layer of the hair shaft.
Nano-Uses: Flat Iron & Blow dryer.  Water molecules are broken down into extremely tine particles, releasing frizz reducing natural ions allowing more moisture to remain in the hair.
Tourmaline-Uses: Curling iron, Flat iron, Blow dryer.  Black tourmaline stones help to protect the hair from negative energy and harmful radiation to make hair soft, shiny and frizz free.  It also emits negative ions and far-infrared heat which minimizes static electricity when they collide with positive ions.  This also helps to prevent thermal damage and reduce drying time.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How to choose a Hair Brush

How to choose a brush

Boar Bristles are porous to help transport the oils from the scalp to the hair strands: they also help to close the outer layer of the hair shaft creating a more polished look.  One-hundred percent boar bristle is best on fine, straight hair because it is flexible and minimizes breakage.  Boar bristle is not ideal for people who have thicker hair.
Mixed Bristles are a combination of 100% boar and nylon.  Nylon bristles are stronger than boar but are not porous.  However nylon bristles are important because they help create tension.  When working on medium, coarse or very curly hair some nylon is crucial although all nylon is not recommended because it can cause breakage.
Ceramic barrels are great in styling brushes because it holds the heat for a long time and conducts heat evenly, without burning the hair.
Wooden barrels with ceramic coating are also a good option.  The coating can make the wooden brush as efficient as a ceramic brush: it will retain heat without over heating.
The shape of the barrel is also very important.  An oval shaped barrel will give you extra tension and added control over difficult hair.  The flat area of the oval allows you to create extra tension, especially at the ends to give you a flat iron finish.  The oval shape is best on overly processed hair or very curly hair.  The round barrels help create curl or smoothness depending on the size of the barrel.  The smaller the barrel the tighter the curl.  And the bigger the barrels the straighter the hair.  Almost any shape brush can be used close to the scalp to create volume, by brushing the hair up and away from the scalp.

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Hairstylist on duty

We are proud to announce the arrival of our new hairstylist. We hired Sandra to join our wonderful crew here at Red's. We hope to be able to serve more clients on a daily basis with our new addition to our team. Congratulations Sandra, let's do some hair!


Catwalk is 10% off this week! 
Get it while you can!  All of Catwalk has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
They have already relaunched the volume collection Your Highness.

The curly line should be available soon!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CHI Products

All CHI products are on sale 10% off this week.
Save on your favorite hair products and appliances.