Archives for August 2011

Myth or Fact: Strung Out Over Split Ends

There are many hair myths that circle the globe like urban legends. Like a new flu virus, once a hair rumor is started, it develops a life of its own and spreads like wildfire. Some of the strand stories endure for years.

False!

We know that hair is dead. It grows out of a living something or other but it is still dead. Hair has many purposes other than the obvious. For some it is a shield from the sun, hair protects our skin. For you and I; hair serves as a frame where your features from head to toe can be manipulated into what we call you overall presentation to the world.

Ashely Green: Makes her hair healthy by going from long to short

That being said the only way to get rid of damaged split hair is to cut it off. I know some of you think that your hair is damaged because it looks frizzy or is limp, this is not necessarily true. Hair is like a fabric some have been blessed with silk others cotton. Damage is when the cuticle of the hair is destroyed from the inside out causing it to explode. Typically it does not style well and you have to do a lot of cover up work to make it look good.

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Holmes: embraces the “cut it off” trend by wearing a stylish pixie

 

 

 

My tips for damaged hair are these

1. Cut it off
2. Maintain the health of your hair with weekly treatments. (Consistently!)
3. Shampoo only a few times a week (fine, limp, oily or people with scalp issues excluded) with a professional salon bought product from a trained professional who knows hair. Namely they have to have a vested interest in making you look your best; which benefits the both of you
4. Don’t use a two in one shampoo and conditioner; this is horrible for your scalp! Your scalp like your skin needs to be free from a buildup of oil, dirt, salt, and product. Remember a healthy scalp is where it all starts. You hair will rarely be healthy if your scalp in which the root of your hair lives is not maintained.
5. Use product to protect your hair from the heat of anything you are using
6. Take a break from styling you hair once in a while, throw a texture cream or leave in styling treatment.


7. Keep regularly scheduled appointments for your hair cut (maintenance)
8. Make sure a well trained colorist is doing your hair, peroxide and ammonia when used incorrectly can have serious side effects on the health of your hair.

More myths to come stay tuned

 

 

 

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The Reality of Rectangles: Shape Face Guide

For years I have been teaching about face shapes and I am still learning. In the multicultural world we live in today it makes it more fun to look and discover the intricacies of our unique differences. Today I am going to focus on Rectangular Shaped Faces.

Sandra Bullock, Our classic choice for this shape face.

The rectangular face shape is very similar to the square in that it is defined. It is similar to the oblong in that it has the same length. If you have this face shape the good news is that you don’t ever have to worry about volume on the top of your head you could have the flattest hair ever and it would not matter.

Gisele Bundchen, The super model who rocks her shape, even down to her face!

Why is this you ask? If you have a rectangular face you will want to create width around the cheek bone area to widen your face. A long side bang is also recommended and very flattering. It will be important for formal affairs or weddings that you not pile everything on the top of your head, this will not be flattering.

 

What I really like about this face shape is the character and strong statement they make for a woman. I would not dare make a blanket statement but in my experience women who have this face shape usually mean business.

Julia Roberts , Our ultimate working woman.

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