Hairstyles At Any Age!

hairstyles for women over the age of 50Todays post is about honoring women of all ages!!  It’s no longer the rule to choose a certain hairstyle because of your age.  What holds true with my clients is when choosing your haircut or color, base your decision on what is best for your hair texture and skin tone.  So many of my clients are choosing to grow out there natural gray hair and are nervous because they worry it’s going to make them look older or unrefined.  I am here to tell you that this is just not true!!  These days there are no rules when choosing a hairstyle for women over the ages of 40, 50, 60 and beyond.  It is proven time and time again that as long as it’s flattering on you, that’s all that matters.  Below I have listed a few tips on what to think about when choosing your perfect haircut or color.

1.  THE CONDITION OF YOUR HAIR IS KEY!

The condition of your hair is vital to how it looks regardless of its length or color.  If your hair is healthy and shiny that is what will stand out.  Having a strong regiment is important to keeping your hair healthy.  Back in July I wrote a post called “HOW TO GET AND KEEP HEALTHY HAIR”.  I talk about four simple step you can take on how to get the healthy hair you’ve always wanted.  The first step is to always condition your hair after you shampoo it.  Next, is to apply a leave-in conditioner once you are out of the shower and have gently towel dried your hair.  I recommend using a hair mask or treatment at least once a month or as much as once a week (consult your stylist).  And finally one of the most important steps is to reduce stress, get enough sleep and to eat healthy.  If you are not getting the nutrition you need then it won’t matter what is done with your hair.  It just won’t be at its best.

2.  BASE YOUR HAIRCUT ON YOUR HAIR TEXTURE AND FACE SHAPE.

Your age should not be the deciding factor of a haircut, the deciding factor should be your hair type.  If you have fine hair that tends to fall flat then maybe its best to keep your hair chin or shoulder length.  The same holds true to those of you who have thick hair.  Keeping it longer with a strong shape can help make room for the hair so that it doesn’t take over your face.

3.  BE REALISTIC IN HOW MUCH TIME YOU CAN COMMIT TO YOUR HAIR.

The best way to find a haircut or color that works for you is to be honest with your stylist on how much time you are willing to spend on your hair.  If you look at most celebrity photos you can assume that they had someone style their hair for them or took at least 15 to 30 minutes doing it themselves.  If you choose a hairstyle that takes 20 minutes to style but you are only willing to spend 5 minutes on it, then it may not be the right look for you.  Same goes for hair color.  If your stylist explains that the color you want needs to be refreshed every 6 weeks but you only go every 3 months then it is best to choose a color based on what you are able to commit to.  Schedule a consolation with your stylist to go over what your desired look is and then discuss what the maintenance and up keep will be for that look.

Remember ladies that it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside its whats inside that is truly beautiful!!!  Your hair is just an added bonus to your inner beauty.  Contact me or comment below if you have any questions or wish to share your favorite hairstyle.  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!!

 

 

 

The Many Different Shades Of Brown!!

With colors named Chocolate, Cinnamon, Espresso, Caramel, Cocoa, Nutmeg and Brown Sugar, brunettes have the most delicious selection of shades to choose from!!  This can also be a bit overwhelming, so this week I will talk about some of the most popular shades of brown that come through my salon.  Starting with Cool Espresso Brown…

COOL ESPRESSO BROWN:

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Cool brown tones like the shade Espresso are particularly popular this season.  In general, Espresso has a rich cool or natural undertone.  Don’t be scared of the term “cool”, this does not mean it will look matte or murky.  Cool tones have just as much shine and silkiness to them as your warmer shades but give you a bit more of a dramatic finish.

As you can see on Mila Kunis, this rich shade is incredibly beautiful.  I do recommend before committing to this shade to talk with your stylist to really determine which shade is best for you.  In my opinion Cool Espresso looks best on medium to deep cool skin tones which include light to dark olive skin or dark brown to ebony skin.  That being said if you love the color then go for it!!

 

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In general, the color is defined as a deep, dark brown with warm undertones such as red or gold.  Glossy shades are more likely to be considered chocolate because they have the silky sheen that fine chocolate does… YUM!!

Just as with the Cool Espresso shades, Chocolate Brown hair color may not be perfect for everyone.  In fact, it may be to dark for some complexions, and it is essential to find the right hair color for you to ensure you have a style you are happy with.

This hue typically looks best with warm skin tones.  If you have a paler complexion, consider a chocolate shade with a stronger blonde or red component so your skin does not appear to be washed out.  Audrina Patridge has the most beautiful Chocolate Brown shade in this photo.  The warmth really brings out all the beauty and health in her skin tone.

 

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Caramel is a rich, soft shade of gold that can compliment many hair types.  It is important to understand that even within the shade “Caramel” there is some variation for the darkness and golden tint of the color.  In general, however, caramel color is a bold light brown or dark blonde shade that can coordinate with many initial hair colors.

Caramel tones work best on warm complexions and either warm blonde or brunette hair.  Individuals with red hair may find caramel shades to brassy or orange with their base color, and a bright caramel can contrast too much with very dark hair to provide a natural look.

Jessica Biel has a very rich shade of caramel which brings out the warmth in her skin.  If caramel isn’t quite right for you, there are similar hair colors that may work better for your skin tone, complexion, and natural hair color.  Consider hues such as honey, gold, and sun-kissed blonde as less dramatic alternatives to caramel.

 

rby-33-in-out-emma-stone-auburn-hair-mdnAUBURN BROWN:

If you consider yourself playful, adventurous and vivacious, consider a hot color like Auburn Brown!  Auburn is a variety of red hair, most commonly described as reddish-brown in color.  Auburn hair ranges from medium to dark with its tone.

When trying shades of red, determine which tone looks best with your complexion.  Emma Stone has a deep Auburn Brown hue to her hair which looks great with her paler skin tone.  Regardless of your skin tone, if you do take the leap into the red family I guarantee your friends and colleagues will take notice!!  Wear this shade with confidence and you will be the envy of all your friends!!!

I hope this breakdown of the different brown shades has been helpful.  Share with your friends and don’t hesitate to leave a comment or ask a questions!  Have a wonderful week and stay tuned for next weeks post!!

How To Protect Your Beautiful Brown Hair Color

brown color collageLast month we talked all about blonde hair color, so this month I thought we’d delve into the care and richness of those beautiful brown shades.

You may have finally achieved that beautiful deep color you’ve always wanted but there’s just one problem… keeping the dye from fading!  Just as we discussed how to keep your blonde porous shades from soaking up the negative environment, the same is true for the commitment in maintaining beautiful lush brown tones.

 

1.  BUY A COLOR-PROTECTING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER:

Something I always say to each of my clients is to NOT shampoo your hair everyday.  One of the biggest color-stealing culprits is H2O.  The more you wash your hair, the faster your color will fade.  Shampooing causes the hair strands to swell, and the color then washes out little by little.  Wash and condition your strands with products formulated to be color-protective. If you just can’t stop shampooing everyday, invest in shampoo and conditioners that have pigment infused in them.  That way you continue to deposit dye onto your hair strand, essentially re-coloring it a little each time you wash.  Another tip is to keep your water temperature cool.  Wet hair has more stretch than dry hair, and the “stretchiness” of hair increases with the water temperature.  So wash with lukewarm water or (gasp!) cool H2O!!

 

2.  HOT OIL AND DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENTS:

If you find your hair is damaged and dry this can also affect the life of your newly acquired color.  When the strands of your hair are weak or damaged the outer protective layer (the cuticle) is not able to seal in the hair color thus allowing it to be washed out more easily.  By using a hot oil treatment or a deep conditioning treatment you are infusing protein back into the hair strands allowing for the hair to repair and protect your hair color.  One of my favorite deep conditioning treatments is the Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask.  You can do a treatment as much as once a week or as little as once a month.

 

3.  AVOID SUNLIGHT ON YOUR HAIR:

Sunlight can be a brunette’s worst enemy!!  Luckily there are many products on the market these days with lots of UV protection infused right in.  When you are out buying your product make sure and pick up a leave-in conditioner or serum with sun protection.  You can apply this once a day or even multiple times a day to help protect your hair color.  If you are someone who likes to be outside in the sun most of the day, I recommend after applying a little UV protective serum you can throw your hair up into a messy bun or even wear a sun hat.  This will also protect your face from the harmful rays

 

4.  EFFECTS OF SWIMMING & CHLORINE:

Swimming may be fun, but the amount of chlorine in the water is extremely damaging to your hair!  This can cause your hair to fade, break off, or even bleach it!!  Wear a swimming cap, or add UV protecting serum or leave-in conditioner to your hair.  Protecting your hair from the elements helps prevent the formation of free radicals, atoms or molecules that contribute to fading when they snatch electrons from pigment molecules.  Keep in mind that red hair color fades the fastest because red pigment molecules are larger than brown and black pigment molecules.

 

Using the tips above will give you peace of mind so you can enjoy your deep rich tones.  Please feel free to leave any questions you may have concerning your hair or treatments!!  Stay tuned for next weeks post on the different shades of beautiful brown color!!!

 

 

How Water Affects Blonde Hair

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From the moment we wake up we’re battling the elements. When we’re exposed to environmental and seasonal stress on a daily basis, our natural protection process breaks down leaving the hair dull and brittle.

So, what can you do to keep your hair healthy and shiny? Here are some simple solutions to help your hair stay healthy, whatever Mother Nature brings your way.

Culprit: Water
About 85 percent of American homes use hard water which leaves traces of chlorine and copper and can make beautiful blonde hair very dry and lifeless.

Issue: Blonde hair that turns green or straw-like.
Hard water typically contains large amounts of calcium and magnesium. These minerals sit on hair and strip its natural oils, making it feel rough and frizzy. Whether it’s from a dip in the pool or repeat washes, chlorine acts similarly. Chlorine is hydroscopic, it absorbs moisture. If it dries on hair, it literally draws out moisture, causing hair to become brittle and dull.

Since bleached strands are more porous and have little color, the effects of harsh chemicals and oxidizing are more noticeable than on darker shades. Contrary to the common belief, it isn’t actually the chlorine that turns blonde hair green. Oxidized metals in the chlorinated water bind to the protein in the hair shaft and deposit their color. The metal that produces the green tint is copper (which turns green when it oxidizes, much like the copper on a roof).

Remedy:  A filtration system can remove harmful heavy metals and chemicals. (Much like a Brita you use for drinking water.) If the damage is already done, it’s not to late to reveal softer, shinier strands—and a brighter blonde.
Here’s a natural treatment that you can do from home:
Mix equal parts white vinegar with shampoo in a small bottle; lather into hair, rinse, then shampoo and condition. The vinegar is acidic and able to break down layers of mineral deposits coating the hair.  Try this every other week to combat the environment from wreaking havoc on your hair.

Don’t feel like doing your own DIY treatment? Contact your salon to learn about all the different types of treatments and which is best for you!

If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment or message me directly!  Have a great week!!

How Salon Lighting Can Effect Blonde Hair Color

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I often talk with my clients about lighting when doing a color consultation, especially when it comes to my blonde patrons.
Natural/outside lighting gives off a clear display to the blonde tones in the hair, as opposed to the lighting in the salon were you get your service done.  Lighting in the salon can either come from incandescent bulbs which give off a yellowish tone or from fluorescent bulbs which bring out more cool/ash tones.
In the photo above you can see that the photo on the left was taken inside the salon where we use incandescent bulbs which creates a warm glow over the hair and softens dimension.  Once we stepped outside into natural lighting you are able to see the true shade of blonde in the hair.  In this case the Vanilla Blonde really stands out!
If you ever have any questions about the end result of your hair color its important to express that to your stylist, be open to the variations of lighting and know the best way to judge your color is under natural light.
Feel free to comment below with any questions!!  Have a wonderful week!!