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How To Style Your Hair Like A Victoria’s Secret Model!!

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After moving to NYC I had the chance to work on a few Victoria’s Secret photo shoots.  The tips and tricks I picked up have continued to be the top choice in how models and celebrities go about styling their hair.  Believe it or not there’s not much to it and most anyone can achieve the look regardless of how much hair they have or how long it is.

One of the key components to this look is MOUSSE!  When I tell this to my clients most of them express there concern of ending up with crunchy, sticky or wet-looking hair, but its not true.  Once your hair is washed and towel dried apply the mousse to the hair concentrating on the roots.  With your blowdryer blast the hair with high heat and work it through with your fingers (no brush).  I like to focus the blowdryer at the root area first using your fingers to pull the hair straight up from the scalp.  You will notice that as the hair dries it no longer feels wet and sticky.  When the root area is dry, and no longer sticky, flip your hair over and continue to rough dry.

Once the hair is completely dry the next step is to spray on a bit of dry shampoo.  This may seem odd being that your hair is freshly washed but if you want the kind of lift and hold as well as fullness its key to this look.  Once you have utilized both the mousse and dry shampoo you can judge wether or not you are happy with the texture or if you want to add a bit of curl.  If you decide to add curl you want to use a large barrel curling iron (start with a 1 inch size) and wrap the hair around the iron do not clamp!!  You want to start the wrapping at least 2 to 3 inches from the scalp leaving out the ends to give yourself a loose deconstructed curl.  One final note is if you add a bit of curl make sure to wrap the hair away from the face so that the curl doesn’t fall into the face but falls away.

Now its your turn to show off some of that sexy texture.  Feel free to comment below or send a photo of your favorite sexy curls and have a wonderful week!!!

Going From Blonde To Brown

ashleygreeneblond to brownMost people think that summer is the time to go from dark to light when talking about their hair.  This summer I have seen a new trend!!  So many of my clients are done with blonde and ready to go dark.  Here are a few tips to make this process fun and enjoyable!!

1.  When you are looking to do a major change with your color (even if its to go back to your natural shade) its so important to do research.  Find at least 3 to 5 photos of the color you are looking for.  These can come out of a magazine or they can be old photos of yourself as long as they show off the color.  You can even go as far as to bring in 1 or 2 photos of colors you don’t like.  This will really provide the right kind of boundaries for your stylist.

2.  Step two is finding the right stylist for you.  This process can be a bit daunting if you don’t already have someone you trust.  I recommend talking to your friends and co-workers when looking for a new stylist.  Seek out those whose hair color you love and they will guide you in the right direction.  Once you have a name its time to schedule a consultation.  Usually these appointments last between 10-15 minutes and are free.  You don’t want to show up to a new stylist asking for a major color correction without meeting them first.  During the consultation, show the stylist your photos and tell them what you hope to achieve with your hair color.  Its important to listen to the stylist.  If they say that it will take two to three appointments before you achieve your desired color that is a good thing.  The integrity of the hair is whats most important.   Before you leave make sure to ask how much the service will cost and what the estimated cost of future services will be.  This way you can ensure you are prepared and don’t feel over whelmed with the price.  Finally, confirm how long the appointment will take.  When doing a color correction it can take anywhere from one to three hours.  Its important neither you nor your stylist rushes the process and be sure to be at least 15 minutes early for your appointment.  This will allow time for restroom breaks and another brief consultation which can eat away at the time they have allotted for you.

3.  Once you have your desired color your next focus is upkeep.  The density and quality of hair will determine how long the color will last.  A few steps that will help with this is using a color protect shampoo and conditioner and then applying a leave-in conditioner.  For more information check out my post from 7/14/14 on “How To Get And Keep Healthy Hair”.

4.  One other tip, if for any reason you feel uncomfortable with your stylist or feel that they do not see your vision, don’t rush into making an appointment.  It’s always better to find the right person who will give you the support you need than to rush the process with someone that you don’t click with.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or leave a comment below.  Have a wonderful day!!

How To Get And Keep Healthy Hair!!

All right everyone, its time to get real about the health of your hair!!!!

If your hair is dry, has split ends, is brittle or crunchy no matter what your stylist puts on your hair it won’t matter.  You can’t cover up damaged hair with new color, you need to start from the inside out to improve the look of your hair. Below I have listed a routine to get the healthy hair you’ve always wanted!!

 

STEPS FOR HEALTHY HAIR:

  1. Always condition the hair after you shampoo.
  2. Always use a leave-in conditioner after you shampoo and condition your hair.
  3. Use a treatment at least once a month
  4. Try to reduce stress, eat healthy and get enough sleep.

 

1.  Always condition the hair after you shampoo.emma-stone3-300x420

It’s important to only shampoo your hair every other day or every two days.   However, whenever you do shampoo your hair you must follow it with a conditioner.  I am going to say that again: ALWAYS USE A CONDITIONER AFTER YOU SHAMPOO!!!  The reason this is so important is because shampoo expands the hair strand to allow the dirt to be cleansed from the hair.  By doing this it also strips the hair of its natural oils which the hair needs to stay nourished and healthy.  The conditioner then replenishes the hair with essential nutrients (it differs depending on your brand) as well as protein and then seals the hair strand back down so that it is no longer expanded.

 

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2. Always use a leave-in conditioner.

It doesn’t matter if you have fine, thick or coarse hair you should always use a leave-in conditioner.  A leave-in conditioner is very different from the conditioner you use in the shower after you shampoo.  It helps protect your hair from dehydration, the sun and basic daily habits you may have.

To use, apply once you are out of the shower and you have gently towel dried your hair.  If you have fine, oily hair then apply to the ends first and work your way up to the mid-length of the hair strand.  Your scalp will produce natural oil to protect the rest of your hair.  If you find that oil is not a problem then once you apply the leave-in conditioner to the ends and mid-length of your hair gently run your hands through the rest of the hair for a light distribution from scalp to ends.

If you feel that your leave-in conditioner makes your hair heavy or limp then you may be using to much.  For some of my fine haired clients I use a small drop (as small as a dime) and gently apply that to the ends of the hair.  Regardless if you have fine or thick hair, if you are new to using leave-in conditioner start with the small dime size amount and slowly increase the amount everyday until you find the right amount for your hair.

One other thing to keep in mind is that your scalp can produce different amounts of oil based on your body and the environment.  If you find that your hair has a bit more oil one week and then seems a bit dry the next don’t stop using leave-in conditioner just adjust the amount until your body regulates itself.

 

3.  Treatments, Treatments, Treatments!!!!935ee19bed9397b9c810c46c4865c3b4

Treatments are often confused with conditioners, or the term “conditioner” is often used as a generalization for making your hair healthy. While a conditioner is very important to your haircare regimen it acts more as a protective outer layer to your hair while a treatment will penetrate the hair and restore and maintain internal strength.

Treatments can be used as much as once a week or as little as once a month. As with most products, treatments should be applied using the instructions on the pack or given by your stylist. However, most are as simple as applying to towel dried hair for 20 min.

Its very important you know the shape your hair is in, you don’t want to over treat your hair especially if it is a protein-based treatment. Excessive amounts of protein may make the hair weak and brittle. The next time you visit your salon make sure to talk with your stylist about the different types of treatments out there and which would be best for your hair.

 

 

4Eat healthy foods.blondes-gisele-grown-out-blonde

One final tip to leave you with is to eat healthy. The food you put in your body will directly link to how healthy your hair is. Try to put at least 80% of whole foods in your body and don’t be afraid to eat healthy fats like avocado, nuts and healthy oils. STAY AWAY FROM PROCESSED SUGARS!!! I recently read that women are only suppose to get between 20-24 grams of processed sugar a day. To put this into perspective a Vanilla Chobani yogurt has 17g of processed sugar. Yikes!!!

Never fear, implementing just one of the four tips I talked about this week is a great step to achieving the healthy hair you’ve always wanted. Listen to your stylist, if they tell you that the color you want will damage your hair or if they suggest using a treatment a couple of times before your next color. Listen!!! The priority should be healthy hair!!!

 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and good luck!!