Re-Invent Yourself

Re-Invent Yourself
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Beauty Hairess: You can live Anywhere and not be "dated" with your...

Beauty Hairess: You can live Anywhere and not be "dated" with your...: "The big question is: what is in and what is out? And in an ever changing world of beauty, sometimes people just get lost. So I h..."

You can live Anywhere and not be "dated" with your Hair Colour

The big question is: what is in and what is out?  And in an ever changing world of beauty, sometimes people just get lost.  So I have been looking back at the trends since 2000, the Change of the Century!  Flat Irons were born, better products created,  Pop Idols took the stages, and we all followed suit.

In my 10 years of hairdressing, I made it my goal to keep up with the trends, without being a slave to fashion.  I never wanted my clients to look like their hairstyle was dated or boring.  So I began my journey of "keeping up".  Whew, it's tough.  So let me fill you in on my findings.

  It all started with the Kelly Clarkson chunks for me. Yep, that was hott in 2003.  Me and my fellow team of stylists would chunk a piece of this in your hair, then a color of that.  You know the look: the first introduction of "dimensional haircolor".  We made all kinds of awesome "looks" for our clients, and then something happened, Finally the chunks stopped.

We moved on to "sister colors" in 2007: still dimensional, but colors close to eachother in tonality and level of lightness or darkness. Hair trends started to become softer.  They flowed more.  Even the pinks and the blues that were once so cool to have became more pale, translucent and "danced in the hair", instead of standing out like a street light.

Here we are in 2011, so what has changed in the past 4 years?  France's hi-lighting technique, balayage, came to America, and every celebrity's luscious locks are wearing the trend. You cant see lines anymore. Whether you are blonde, brunette, or a shade of red, You could be embracing this look!  Not only is it "current", It's Gorgeous.  

And Finally, Fear No Warmth!  If I could get a nickel for every time I heard someone say, "I just don't want to see any red in my hair", I'd be richer than the Trump man myself!  If you don't want to see golden or copper hues in your hair, that's ok.  Some people like cool tones.  But don't be afraid to ask your stylist's opinion on what would look good with your skin color?  What brings out your eyes? And can they create a look for you that is in the here and now? If not, you had better get a hairstylist that knows their stuff.

 If you're not getting compliments, or are stuck in a phase, pause, do some research, and do yourself a favor.  It's time to re-invent your look.  A New You on the outside makes you feel better on the inside.  GET YOUR POWER BACK!  It just may change your life. ;)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Winter Hair

Well, here we are, 2011, in the heart of winter, and our hair is snapping into pieces! AGH!  What is going on?  Why is this happening?  Where is the volume?  Our lips are dry our skin is flaking, oh and embarrassingly our scalp is too!  Why?  The humidity is gone and our bodies are begging for moisture. 

 When it comes to your hair, it's time to pull out that pocket-book, head to a respected salon, and get yourself a mask.  What? you don't have time?  Take 1 long shower a week and leave it on, or on a day off wear around the house for 15 minutes.  JUST DO IT!  Your scalp will need some extra attention when it comes to shampoo and conditioning. Massaging is the trick, and using moisturizing shampoo during the winter that you may not choose in the hot months is a very good idea.

  I recommend Davines yummy products.  The Momo, LOVE, Melu, and Nourishing Remedy Shampoos are awesome, as well as Eufora Moisture Cleanse and Hydrating Shampoos. & 
 As far as a snack for your hair goes, these companies have powerful eco-conscious, organically derived conditioners that will give you the drink your hair needs.  Whatever brand you choose, do your research, find a salon and treat your hair to a good one.  You could also do an in salon treatment that is more powerful than what you can take home. 

 If you don't have a hairdresser, Get one!  Really!  Find someone who will really take the time to give honest good advice.  Ask your friend, or a stranger while out shoping who has gorgeous hair.  And Ask questions to your stylist if you ever have concerns.  If your stylist isn't giving you the attention you deserve, Fire them!  Your hair has to be worn each and every day!  Why not love it?  This winter hair that is breaking in half could be shiny and soft.  Going with your natural textue this time of year is a Great idea. 

 Don't go against the curls, find a way to embrace them.  Blowdry less.  I have fine naturally wavy hair, so i use Davines Sea Salt Primer and Melu Shield every day in my hair and I don't have to blowdry.  There are ways around blowdrying so much, but if you have to, use a product that gives moisture to your ends, like Eufora beautifying serum. But like I said whatever your stylist recommends and isn't just trying to "sell you stuff", take the advice.  I tell my clients if their wallet is tight, come in between your services and purchase your products, and you don't have to get them all at once.  Just get a regimen.  I guarantee you the difference between drug store items and professional items is low grade ingredients and little of them and high grade, high quality and pure ingredients.  Did you know that your average drug-store shampoo has a harsh cleansing agent called sodium laurel sulfate and a lot of it in there, mixed with 75% water, mixed with dimethicone (low grade plastic) which gives shine, the first few times, and a small amount of the few other ingredients thrown out on the commercials or front of the packaging! Then all of a sudden your hair is dry and tangled and just GROSS!  No wonder you have greasy dandruff! No wonder it always feels dry!  You are putting plastic on your hair! How in the world is any kind of conditioner going to penetrate through plastic?  That's what we store it in.

  Now, if you have made this choice and want to reverse the results, go get a clarifying treatment, or purchase a good shampoo and mix with baking soda, leave on a few minutes and help yourself out!  I've seen many girls and guys go through these stages.  It actually changes the hair over time, and your hair is healthier and shiner than you ever thought could happen!  Believe me, It makes people happy.  People who think it's just them.  They were just born with dry greasy limp hair.  NOT SO my friend!  So this winter, just like your house, winterize your hair with moisture, and exfoliate each time you shampoo!  You're worth it!

All Hair is NOT created equal!

Just as all of our fingerprints are unique, so is each strand of hair.  None alike, and you deal with it everyday.  I mean, it is one of your greatest accessories, right? or Worst one.  And I find for most people you're not going to spend the kind of time I would on your morning blowdry.  So what to do? How is it that hair is such an issue?  Shouldn't we all be born with a manual so our mothers don't freak out when she can't figure out what to do with our hair?  It would avoid the pictures you don't want to show, the hair you hated as a child.  I always loved my girlfriends hair, but never my own.  I felt it an exercise in frustration everyday trying to create something that didn't just look disasterous.  This is part of what led me to pursuing hairdressing.  For you, I say there is HOPE! Hair has been quite a discovery for me, so many types, so many textures, and Colour, ahhhh the ta'da! factor is a brilliant tool to create an entire new look for someone.  There are so many options in haircolour and product today, and so many questions about what's best, what's good but doesn't break the bank and upkeep!  I think this is why so many take the "I'll do it Myself" factor.  But deep inside you know it could look better.  YOU could look better, younger, brighter, and guess what that does?  Helps with depression.  When you look in the mirror you like the image you see, you feel better about yourself and you're ready to face each day with confidence! But how do we achieve this?  Well, I'm here to offer advice.  It's all  my opinions and experiences, but I feel it will be valuable and fun to share secrets, ideas, pictures and advice.