Why Hair Treatments Are A MUST!

There are many types of hair treatments.  Let’s break them down into 2 categories: Salon Treatments & Home Treatments.

Salon Treatments come in a variety.  There are treatments prior to a color to remove minerals from the hair, equalize porosity, add moisture, protein, & other necessities your hair may be lacking.
Let’s talk about treatments that remove minerals first.  These minerals can cause a chemical reaction with your hair color. Where do you get this mineral build up from?  Swimming in a pool, the ocean, or a lake.  Your well water & even your city water can contain minerals that will cause a reaction.  These pre-color treatments give your colorist a clean slate & helps ensure the integrity of your hair & color.
Another type color treatment is a porosity equalizer.  These treatments can go into your color bowl or on your hair before a color service.  This type of treatment is great for anyone wanting to go 2 or more shades darker or anyone who is predominately blonde and/or damaged who is wanting low lights or all over color.  If your hair is very porous it will not hold color very well. This can result in your hair not taking color at all or only a percentage, your hair not taking the color evenly- the color on your roots is nice & right but towards the last few inches of your hair your color is faded even though you just had it done.   A porosity equalizer treatment helps ensure your color takes evenly from roots to ends & that the color stays.
Treatments that add moisture, protein, & other necessities put back into your hair that you are lacking.  Dry hair results in static hair, & lack of protein results in weak hair.  Usually these in salon treatments are products that are not sold for retail because they are highly concentrated.  Some hair care lines do not have an exclusive salon only treatment.  But the salons who carry those types of lines will use the retail on back bar.  Now, I know what you are thinking “Why even offer an in salon treatment if I can just buy it in the salon?”. Well, the answer is simple: Not everyone has the time to do a treatment at home, or they simply do not want to do a treatment at home.  Sometimes just coming into the salon & receiving an in salon treatment is more convenient for some.

Now let’s talk about at home treatments.  At home treatments can be anything from a mask you leave on for 20 mins, to an oil, to a shampoo you only use once a week or so.
At home masks usually replace your conditioner once a week or so. Typically you leave them on between 5-20 mins.  Please talk with your stylist about what type of mask you need & follow their instructions. Do not use a protein based mask every day.  Protein will dry your hair out & cause your hair to break! So always read directions & listen to your stylist!
Oil treatments are either pre-shampoo treatments or leave in treatments.  Pre-shampoo oil treatments are applied to dry hair, processed for 5-30 minutes (depending on the brand), & then shampooed out.  Leave in oil treatments are applied after you have already shampooed & conditioned.  Pre-shampoo oil treatments are great for those who like to treat while drinking coffee in the morning, before they shower, shampoo, & get ready for the day.  Pre-shampoo oil treatments are typically used once or twice a week. Leave in oil treatments are less concentrated, can usually be used daily, & are applied after shampooing/conditioning.
Treatment Shampoos are typically used once a week or so. They are highly concentrated, so you must not over use them.  They can be ultra hydrating, ultra repairing, used for dandruff, brightening gray or blonde hair, & used for oily scalp.  If you use them too often you can cause more harm than good. Once again talk with your stylist.
There are also treatments you can sleep in.  They usually hydrate, repair, & regenerate.

Now all of this information is a generalization.  Depending on the brand your stylist recommends will depend on how & when you will use them.  This is why it is important to talk with your stylist.

Call your stylist & try a new treatment!

 

 

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How To Have A Consultation When Looking For The Right Stylist!

Looking for a new stylist can be frustrating. Will he/she listen to my wants? Will I be able to get my wants in one appointment? Will things be explained? Will he/she be nice? Hopefully the following tips will help you with

When looking for a the right new stylist it is important to discuss your chemical service history, your current complaints about your hair, your end goal, pricing, and how often you desire to come into the salon. These things will impact your end goal and possibly change your end goal.
-Some chemical services can not/ should not be done if other chemical services have been done in a certain time frame. You do not want to put bleach on your hair same day you relax or perm. Depending on the health of your hair, bleach may not be an option for you changing your end goal to a different look. If your stylist is not informed of your chemical history, your stylist can accidently cause more damage.  Think of your chemical history as informing your new doctor of all the medications you are on.  Just like certain medications can not be taken at the same time because of interactions, chemical services can not always be done in the same appointment or ever.
-Your current hair complaints about the color being too gold, too red, too ashy, too heavy, too flat, lifeless, etc gives your stylist a direction where to take your color and/or cut.
Your end goal may be achievable in one appointment or it make take multiple appointments.  If the end goal is achievable in multiple appointments your stylist should take notes on what you currently have, your chemical history, your current complaints, your end goal, and a plan of action.  Of course your stylist will inform you of the plan of action.
-Price.  It is okay to ask about pricing. Sometimes we stylists get wrapped up in our plan of action thoughts that we forget to talk price.  If you are set on paying a certain price please let your stylist know.  You may pay a higher price upon your first appointment because your color may be a color correction, but appointments after the first may be less.  Ask your stylist how much it will cost to maintain the color you are wanting.  How often you desire to come to the salon and the price range you are looking for may result in considering a new style.
-Discuss how often you are wanting to come into the salon to maintain the color or cut. If you desire to come to the salon once every 5-6 months your price (depending on your look) may be the same higher price of your first appointment.  If you have long hair and desire a color with 3+ colors as well as coming in to maintain every 5-6 months you will be paying a higher price.
After all has been discussed you may feel that you’ve really connected with this stylist and proceed to schedule your service.  Or you may feel that you did not connect but you really enjoy the salon so you may want to schedule a consultation with a different stylist in the same salon and that is ok! If you did not make a connection with the stylist or feel that he/she is on the same page as you and you do not enjoy the salon enough to try another stylist, it’s ok to go elsewhere.  Finding the right stylist can be a challenge.  If you are moving to another area, ask your current style for your color formula or at least permission to give his/her number to your new stylist so the two of them can discuss your color and cut.  Sometimes this is best as things can get lost in translation or if the new stylist is not familiar with your other stylist’s color line and has some questions.

I hope these tips are helpful!

 

Such a Slacker.

It has been such a long time since I’ve posted. I’ve been busy like the rest of everyone. But the past year I’ve done a lot of soul searching.  One of my goals is to keep up with this blog better.  To write helpful hair tips for stylists and clients.  Tips that I’ve learned as a stylist to help stylists and clients to be able communicate in a better way.  The first two topics I will be covering will be kid cuts & communication.

So stay tuned! I promise you will not have to wait a year for the next post!

Wedding & Prom Preperation

Wedding and prom season is still a few months away, but you should start prepping for it now.  If you are wanting a specific hair color for your event, talk with your stylist now about it.  It may take months to go from dark hair to blonde hair.  Your hair may need to do a series of treatments to get it to a healthy state.  Healthy hair will not only take color better, it will make color look better, and be easier to work with when styling for special occasion hair styles

If you are not seeing an aesthetician, you should be.  If you have problematic, acne prone skin you should be seeing a skin care professional now.  It takes time and multiple treatments to treat problematic skin.  Your professional skin care provider will assess your skin, make a treatment plan, and recommend products to help with your treatment plan, and to maintain healthy skin.

A lot of people make the mistake of treating hair and skin issues just a month or few weeks before the big event.  This can cause more issues. Don’t wait! Make consultation appointments, discuss your wants, needs, your timeline, and work with your hair and skin care professionals on treatment plans.  Let your stylist know what kind of color, and/or style you are wanting for your event.  Show him/her a few different pictures of what you are looking for.  Certain styles may not be doable depending on how fine, thick, heavy, long, and health of your hair.  Let your aesthetician know about your skin concerns, listen to him/her on what he/she is seeing and work together on a treatment plan.  You may need two or three treatments to help with your skin, or you make need 6-12 treatments depending on what is going on with your skin.   Write down all of your questions.  Request more time when reserving your consult appointment to make sure all of your questions are answered, your stylist/aesthetician can do a thorough consultation and make a plan.

Heat Protectants!

Do you blow dry your hair? Curl it? Straighten it? If so you need a heat protectant! Not all protectants are the same.  Look for one that you can use on wet hair when blow drying, as well on dry hair when using a hot tool (blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron, etc). I have seen non chemically (color, relaxer, etc) treated hair that has more damage than chemically treated hair.  The reason?  Heat.  Even blow drying your hair can cause damage, dry.  When using a heat protectant, apply all other hair products first.  Hydrators, root lifters, styling products, and then lastly apply your heat protectant.  I recommend using one when blowdrying and again on dry hair before flat ironing, or curling if you have a lot of blonde highlights, and/or already have a decent amount of damage.  Talk with your stylist about heat protecting products!