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Clip-in Extensions

If you're anything like me, you don't like anything too permanent which is why I LOVE clip-in extensions!!!

There are many types of extensions; most of which are long lasting and can be damaging to the hair but with clip-ins, you can interchange colours and lengths without any damage! Not to worry; you don't have to be a magician or hair stylist to put them in can easily do it yourself!

How about a funky purple piece on those days you feel sassy or a few blonde pieces on top to brighten up your look?

Clip-ins come in different lengths, colours and in my opinion, are just the way to go!

You'll wonder why you never made this decision earlier!

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In the winter there is less humidity in the air and the heating in our homes is a dry heat, so you can imagine how that dryness affects our hair! During the cold season comes the inevitable static electricity that collects in the hair and tends to build up when we brush the hair, removing a sweater, hat, scarf, etc. Sound familiar? Let's look at some tips and tricks to lessen static cling and stop flyaway hair!

The laundry room is the first place to head if you are looking for an immediate solution to static-y hair. Try rubbing a dryer sheet on your hairbrush and then brushing your hair; or better yet, rub the dryer sheet directly onto your hair to encourage the hair to lie flat against your head. Dryer sheets are formulated to discourage static electricity production in the dryer so why not use it for your hair?

*An easy trick (that won’t involve visiting the laundry room) is using hair spray. Spray a generous amount of hairspray on your hairbrush and brush your hair thoroughly while the brush is still damp. This technique also works well when sprayed onto a tissue and rubbed across the hair.

*Hair spray isn’t the only styling aid useful in this situation…hair gel can also be helpful not only to control static but to tame those pesky flyaways! Squirt a small amount of gel into your hands and rub them together and then lightly rub your hands through your hair.

*If you’re in a pinch and away from the bathroom, try using hand lotion! Rub the lotion completely into your hands and run them over you hair. Make sure to use a small amount though to prevent hair from looking oily.

*Wetting your hands or brush with clean water and patting down or brushing your hair to smooth static-filled strands is also an option but if you have already gone to the trouble of styling your hair, this may not be a sensible choice.

Although quick fixes are gratifying, a little prevention never hurts either!

Using conditioner is a good routine to get into for many reasons but putting moisture back into the hair is the main one, which also helps to reduce the static. You should use a regular conditioner for daily use or a deep conditioning treatment once a week (or more if you feel your hair needs it) for a more intense result. If you decide to use a deep conditioner, try this little trick for the best results!

*After you’ve applied the treatment to the hair and scalp (you think your scalp isn’t dry too?), dip a towel in hot water. Rinse out the water and wrap your hair in the warm towel. The heat helps open up the hair cuticle allowing more of the moisture to seep in. Leave for 30 minutes and shampoo.

Last but not least, avoid brushes made of synthetic fibres. Brushes made of wood and/or have natural fibre bristles are best because they don‘t hold a charge as easily as synthetic ones such as plastic or vinyl do.

I hope that at least one of these tips and tricks will help you in the fight against the winter hair blues and chin up…spring is around the corner!

You’ve seen the commercials for shampoos that make your hair extra shiny for a fraction of the cost of professional products, right? You want your hair to look just like the model’s so you go right out and buy it, right? Well, I’m here to tell you…to STOP!!!!

As a professional hair stylist, it’s important for me and my clients to have nice, shiny and healthy hair so I can relate to your urges to go and buy a product that promises to deliver shiny, silky, frizz-free hair. But there are reasons why that product, full of promises, is only a fraction of the cost…you get what you pay for!

Most shampoos, conditioners and styling aids you find in the drug store have a lot of the same ingredients as the professional products found in a salon, but at different ratios. Anytime you read the ingredients on a product of any kind, they are listed from most to least. Drugstore hair product brands have a high percentage of wax in them therefore making the hair appear to be beautifully shiny and healthy, all the while remaining unchanged underneath all of the wax. The intense shine you get from the knock-off brands only masks the condition of the hair underneath. Even the professional brands that you see sold in the drugstores are not what they seem. These products have been altered (watered down) and so you’re not really getting a professional product for a drugstore price. A word to the wise is not to purchase a professional brand that you see sold in drugstores because they are no longer salon/professional quality and the companies make them are therefore cheating themselves and the customer.

As a hair stylist, it only makes sense to use in the salon what your clients can only buy from you. Salon shampoos and conditioners use more proteins, vitamins and moisturizers than the drugstore brands, which accoun for a deeper penetration into the hair shaft and that‘s what the user wants. The same rules apply when it comes to styling aids such as hair spray, gel, mousse, etc. These drug store products can contain a high amount of alcohol which can be very drying to the hair especially when they’re used on a regular basis. Professional brand styling aids have a much lesser amount of alcohol or none at all.

We all know the economy’s not doing the best but if you’re using drug store hair care products, likely, your hair‘s not doing the best either. Sometimes it takes putting things into perspective to realize our priorities. Your hair is an integral part of your appearance and plays a major role in your overall look and feel so spend a few extra dollars and have peace of mind that you’re doing the right thing…your hair deserves it!

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