Autumn is here!

The gorgeous colours, the cooling in temperature and darkening of the season inspires the trends we start to see in hair as we head into Autumn. What do you need to know about leaving your Summer colour behind and embracing the richness of the Autumn this year? The trends this Autumn are mimicking the trends of Summer, and really all of 2017. Cool brown bases, subtle to very highlighted balayage effects, and icy blondes with lots of depth including low lights and dropped or deepened roots. The Summer loving crowd will find their tresses in a desperate need of TLC before attempting to revive their colours, especially if looking to drop to a cooler, deeper shade. The reason being is because pre-lightened (bleached or sun lightened) hair is porous, meaning it's lacking in protein, moisture and pigment. To take any blonde darker, that porous hair must be filled with what was taken from the hair when it was lightened, meaning we must fill it with the protein, moisture and pigment missing.  Any deep conditioning treatments you can pack on your hair will help you and your stylist with the porosity issue and ensure that new colour looks healthy and lasts once you take the leap!   Aveda makes great masques (Dry Remedy and Damage Remedy), which I personally use weekly to keep my long, highlighted hair moisturized. Cool colours are also a bit tricky to maintain, as the cool pigments (blue, green and violet) are the first to fade out of the hair. We’ve all been frustrated with that “brassy” colour we see in our sleep (yellow, red, orange).  Please, save the pumpkin spice for pie!  To prevent that from happening, toners (gentle ammonia free colour, from deposit only lines) are always recommended.  A toner can either add or neutralize [...]

Pregnancy and Beauty Products- Here’s what you need to know

The excitement of peeing on that stick, finding out it's not just the stomach bug and experiencing the joy of growing a new little human...So many changes, and so many questions, ranging from nutrition to supplementation and of course, beauty care and skin care during this 9 month incubation period. Where does one start? Well...I'll start with the roots.  Can we even put hair colour on those now? After all, it's a chemical. What is the protocol for hair colour and pregnancy? According to recent studies, hair colour and chemical services today are much less potent and penetrating than they were in the 1980's. Prior to the '90's, chemical services on pregnant women were not recommended and in fact avoided, but studies of late on women who have hair colour services while expecting, show no correlation between the service and harm to the fetus. In fact, on animal studies there was shown to be adverse reactions but on human comparisons, there appeared to be no complication to the pregnancy, possible due to lack of absorption through the skin, and less exposure to the chemical service over time (6-8 weeks for colour retouches). However, there is no harm in avoiding chemical services and the choice is entirely personal. To help give women more informed choices, here are some of the studies I found in my research: (This one is more concerned about pregnant hairstylists and overexposure and exertion during each trimester) (This one points to a potential link between darker hair colours, more exposure to the chemicals and the increase in childhood malignancies IF there is genetic history, but only on animal models. This study was inconclusive on human models)  (This one plays it safe and recommends avoiding first trimester exposure to chemicals and confuses the study by using [...]

Just give it to me straight, man!

Post by Chantelle Ever feel like hairstylists are talking in a different language altogether? Technically, we are. Don't feel bad if you don't understand us. It's the same way in any profession. There are just terms we use that aren't generally used in normal everyday conversation. Well, today's your lesson in language, and I'm here to guide you through some of this messed up hair talk. First up....Ever wonder what we're talking about when we say "Hang on a sec before I rinse your color out, I'm going to mix up a toner for you"? Keyword being, of course, TONER. Ah, toner. One of the most overused, under explained, confusing terms in hair talk. And I'm saying that as a hairstylist. When we mix up a toner, what we're actually doing is mixing up a color. (Here's where I get a little more technical) Toner is a non permanent color ( a semi-color, or a demi-color, depending on how the stylist refers to it), and what exactly makes a color non permanent? Lack of Ammonia. Ammonia is what opens the hair cuticle, and helps push that artificial color deep inside. Here's the catch though. You're probably wondering why we would TONE your freshly lightened hair, which now possibly looks orange or yellow, with something that's not permanent?  Well, the lightener already opened your cuticle for us. Toner (or non permanent color) will easily find its way deep into your hair shaft, without damaging it any further. In fact, the non permanent line from Aveda (the only line we use) has extra soy protein (protein is the stuff your hair is made of, if you remember all the way back to my first blog posting) to help counteract any damage lightening it may have caused, and also has extra essential oils, [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:41-07:00February 25th, 2013|Consultation|0 Comments

The Art Of Change

Post by Chantelle I know......It's a scary word. Change. Those 6 letters can cause unimaginable, unforeseeable consequences. But that's not always a bad thing. Speaking as a hairstylist, and being a creative bunch, we ABSOLUTELY love change! Be it on ourselves, our families, our clients or our friends.....We get contact highs from it. (Look straight in my eyes next time you ask for 6'' off.....That's not fear baby, that's excitement). Because change can (And should) be fun! It can boost your self image, lift you out of a tired routine, and refresh a decade off you (Or even just a couple years). However, to some, it can ruin a day, or be a regret, or make one feel not quite themselves. So how do we balance wanting something different, yet staying true to ourselves? That's probably one of the hardest parts of my job. It comes down to communication, and understanding what you want. I can guarantee this week I will have at least one client who comes to me, requesting a change, but after we discuss it, nothing new happens. The client leaves unsatisfied, and I feel frustrated. And it all comes down to some simple communication. So if you're thinking of a change, here are some things you should consider: How much time are you willing to invest in styling your new hair? That's the number one reason why changes never get made for some of my clients. They want to do something different, and fun, and creative, but failed to think about the added styling time, tools, and products needed. Of course, the first couple weeks are always going to take longer to adjust, and once that adjustment gets made, the routine of getting ready comes naturally once again. There's always an adjustment period to consider. What [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:42-07:00November 16th, 2012|Consultation|0 Comments