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Transitioning Away from All Over Color

The past few years I have been transitioning into what I like to call the “natural world.”

What this meant to me was:

  • Researching ingredients and being able to offer top of the line products that include safer, cleaner ingredients. I highly recommend  Inner Sense Organic Beauty products.
  • Eliminating silicones, sulphates and parabens from my beauty routine.
  • Allowing my natural wave pattern to come through and actually figuring out a way to wear my hair like this daily. Offering that advice to clients as well.
  • Not coloring my hair every month and allowing my natural color to peek through.
  • Not painting my fingernails or toenails.
  • Cleaning with safer, healthier options.

If you’ve sat in my chair you’ve probably heard me talk about this journey. It has sparked some fantastic conversations and allowed some of my clients to want to explore this journey as well. This has been such a fun process for me! It has allowed me to expand my knowledge because there is no guidebook for this.  I am also helping my clients see themselves, for the first time in a long time, as they naturally are. This is about so much more than hair. I have felt a closer connection to these clients and feel honored that I got to be a part of this journey with them.

 

Here are some of the documented journey’s along the way:

Day 1 of no more all over color.
After first hair cut. You can see the curls better and some gray peeking through.
Final Product! A few demi permanent foils strategically placed to make the hair look salt and peppered.
Before picture: starting the process of seeing her natural color.
All Natural Color
Small Picture is first session, bigger picture is a few months in.
A few months between these pictures. I did a highlight to bring in some lighter pieces to make the difference not so noticeable.
Final Color! Nothing but a toner to blend the natural color with the gray coming through.

 

Along the way we would discuss how often they should come, at home maintenance but most importantly how they were feeling. Certain months were better than others. My biggest piece of advice if you are thinking of following this journey is to begin to
Loosen up your thoughts on how you see yourself
Give yourself some grace
Let the old go and embrace the new

I saw multiple times someone would take a comment from someone else so personally that they would want to stop the journey altogether. No one should have that much control over how you feel about yourself! This is your life and if you want to see who you are with your hair natural, then by all means do it!! In all honesty, that comment said to you shows more about what that person is struggling with than anything to do with your hair. They may be jealous of you for actually doing it!

If you are thinking of transitioning away from coloring your hair every 4 weeks, or if you are interested in what I call the “natural” beauty world, let’s have the discussion at your next hair appointment.

Tips for Curly Hair

First time Deva Cuts can be quite overwhelming. There’s so much information to be talked about in such a short time period all while doing the service. Here’s a quick reminder in case you forgot anything.

Hydration

Hydration is key for healthy hair. As we are transitioning into colder temperatures I want to offer some tips to maximize hydration and keep your hair from getting dry.

First- Fully saturate your hair with water before you apply shampoo.

If your hair is not saturated the shampoo will not be able to do the job it needs to do. I highly recommend Inner Sense Organic Beauty products due to the fact that they are concentrated and need water to make them perform properly. So before you even reach for the shampoo, make sure your hair is sopping wet and you can feel the water on your scalp.

Next- Make sure you emulsify the shampoo in your hands before applying it to your head.

This will allow the water from your hands to mix with the shampoo allowing it to begin to suds up. Then apply it to your hair and you should get a great lather and the shampoo spreads all over. If this is not happening, dip your head back under the running water and emulsify your hair some more. You need tons of water to allow the product to work properly.

Third- Rinse, Rinse, Rinse!!

Make sure all of the shampoo is completely rinsed from your head before you apply conditioner. Now the conditioner should be applied to sopping wet hair as well. With Inner Sense being concentrated, make sure to start with one pump and work up from there. I will tell you to scrunch your conditioner into your hair no matter what texture of hair you have. You are trying to push water into the cuticle layer of your hair.  Moisture will get trapped and the  cuticle will close over the water molecules hydrating your hair from the inside. You can now rinse the conditioner off of your hair. Depending on the texture of your hair, you can leave a little conditioner on your hair or rinse it completely apply a leave in conditioner.

Last- I highly suggest you apply your products to your hair while you are still in the shower but before you have towel dried your hair. You want to now trap all of the moisture still left on your hair with your products. This will seal the cuticle down completely, lock in the moisture and allow you to use less product because you are getting great slip from the added water. Always start with a leave in conditioner then followed by your product of choice. After this is complete you may towel dry your hair.

These tips should help you hydrate your hair all year round!

So don’t forget:

  • -Apply Shampoo to sopping wet hair.
  • -Emulsify your shampoo in your hands before applying to your hair.
  • -Rinse, Rinse, Rinse!
  • -Use a Leave in Conditioner or keep a little conditioner on your hair.
  • -Apply products on in the shower with sopping wet hair.

If you have found any of these tips to be beneficial, comment below, I would love to hear from you!

Why you should be using Apple Cider Vinegar in your beauty routine?

Did your Grandma ever tell you to wash your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar? I can remember thinking, “Yuck!” Fast forward 25 years and I am doing it on a monthly basis!! Why…..here’s the benefits I have found:

-helps breakdown buildup
-anti fungal and anti bacterial properties. This helps with any flaking you may have on your scalp.
-helps oily scalp
-helps in transitioning from not shampooing daily
-a clean scalp = a clean follicles which will help strengthen the hair root which in turn promotes hair growth!
-seals cuticle to lock in color
-exfoliates the scalp

This rinse is going to be adjustable based on your needs for your scalp and hair. A good starting ground is to mix:
1-4 Tablespoons of ACV to 1 cup of water
You can add it in a squirt bottle, cup, or spray bottle to make the application easier. Then you will shampoo your hair, rinse, then apply the ACV rinse. Make sure to get it on scalp and ends. Rub it into your hair and leave on for 1-2 minutes. Rinse. Follow up with a conditioner.

Make sure to use the apple cider vinegar that contains the “mother” in it. This type contains nutrients and enzymes that contribute to its many different benefits.

Try incorporating this into your hair routine once a month to keep the buildup under control. If you are struggling with oily scalp then try doing this every 4-5 shampoos until your scalp settles down. If all of this is too much to start with, I can recommend a great product that contains ACV in it.


5 Tips to Maintain Your Toner

With lived in color being such a trend right now, you will often hear the term toner, glaze, overlay or gloss being used in the salon. But what does it mean and why do you need it?

A toner deposits the lightest amount of color to your hair to help neutralize any unwanted pigments or tones. Anytime you lift the hair to get a lighter color, you are exposing underlying pigments. These pigments are not necessarily your desired tone. So we have to counteract it with a toner. A toner is usually done on wet hair and it processes anywhere between 5-20 minutes.

The benefits of a toner are:
-neutralizing unwanted tones
-incredible shine
-seamless blend between colors

You’ve spent the time and money to get your hair just right, now how do you maintain a toner.

Tip #1- Once you leave the salon try to not shampoo for 24-48 hours. This allows the cuticle to slowly lower and lock in the color. Anytime you shampoo right away, you are causing the cuticle to raise slightly, exposing the pigments and allowing them to wash away. The longer you can go the better. Also always use a sulfate-free shampoo. Don’t worry, I can recommend a few great products to help you get from shampoo to shampoo.

Tip #2- Avoid excessive amounts of heat by limiting blow drying and hot tool styling. Every time you add heat to your hair, you are expanding the cuticle which agitates that layer of the hair. This can cause color to fade and dry, brittle hair.

Tip #3- Try to avoid direct sunlight. Our skin tans when we are in the sun and our hair tends to lighten in the sun. Sitting in the sun for hours at a time without a hat or even an umbrella will cause your hair to naturally lighten, and pull out the color molecules that the toner placed in the hair cuticle. Go out and get a cute hat, head scarf or take along an umbrella!

Tip #4- Always using a leave in conditioner which helps close the cuticle down, sealing in the toner. This will also maintain shine, help with detangling and keep hair moisturized.

Tip #5- Use purple shampoos, conditioners or styling agents to help maintain that fresh from the salon hair color. These products will help deposit a slight amount of pigment to your hair to control brassy or yellowy tones. I can help recommend a great group of products to use at your appointment with me. But until then, my favorites right now are Milk Shake Silver Shampoo, Conditioner and Whipped Cream.

At the end of your service, we will determine when it is best to come back in and freshen up your toner. It can range between 2-8 weeks.

By incorporating these tips into your daily hair routine you should be able to increase the longevity of your toner. Comment if you have any questions!

Humectants

One struggle we can all relate to is a bad hair day. How often do we love a product then have a bad hair day and we never want to use that product again? As a hairdresser I want to dive into ingredients with you so you can have the knowledge to pick the proper products for your hair. We discussed silicones in a previous post, so let’s take a closer look at humectants.
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Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a must-have in my house for hair, skin & nails. Why is it so good for my thin, wavy textured hair? It has a tiny triglyceride which will penetrate the cuticle layer of the hair over time. This will allow for deep moisture and nourishment to happen. It also has antimicrobial properties. This helps prevent skin infections and has been known to help dandruff sufferers. When purchasing coconut oil, look for: organic, unrefined, cold-pressed pure coconut oil. All this means is you are getting a pure oil processed with no chemicals.
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Understanding Silicones in Hair Products

One struggle of being a hairdresser is one product does not fit all clients. I would love it if that were the case. I have heard over and over, this product worked but now it doesn’t. Over the years it has become easier to accommodate clients by understanding product ingredients. Some simple ways to look at ingredients is to put them into 5 categories:
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A New Way to Shampoo for Wavy Hair

Even though I have been in the hair industry for awhile now, I was still a little intimidated by all of the steps that seemed to go along in this new quest.  I had to

  • know ingredients of my products
  • own a microfiber towel
  • don’t run a comb or brush through my hair
  • don’t touch my hair
  • have special clips
  • not blow dry or straighten

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