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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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The Beginning of my Wavy Journey

I’m going to be honest, I have become extremely bored with my hair over the past couple years. I would wash, blow dry, and then straighten my hair. I used every type of volume product possible to add some kind of body to my thin, fine hair. This went on for many years, never really knowing what year or age I was by looking at pictures. I did the same routine over and over. I wanted a change so I started to just let my hair grow.
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