A Few Features & Benefits of Steam Treatments

It is often stated that what’s good for the skin is also good for the hair. Because steamers is a hydrator, this statement holds true and definitely has benefits. First, let’s understand that what cause hair and skin to become damaged is the absence or lack of moisture. In order to replenish moisture and improve the luster to the skin and scalp, steam treatments have proven beneficial.

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First, let’s look at some of the features…There are hood dryers, color steam processors and heat lamps that aid the process. A less expensive method is using a hot towel. The latter is mostly used in a home setting and can offer the necessary hydration between salon visits.

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The use of the steamer in the salon can greatly expedite processing time of hair color, which means that clients spend less time in the salon while also achieving a more accurate outcome. Using a steamer for hydration can also improve the ability of the hair to maintain elasticity, preventing dryness that could result in damage. Often, there is a build-up of debris on the hair and scalp that prevents a healthy and clean scalp. The use of a steamer removes waxy build-ups on both the hair and scalp, opening the follicles thus promoting healthy hair and growth.

During cooler months, steamer should be used to provide extra protection against the harshness of the weather. Steamers provide a balance of hydration in the presence of heat. In order to receive this service, a consultation is recommended from a licensed hair care professional. You may also contact me at eeub143@aol.com.

 

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Winterizing Your Hair

Now that spring and summer are behind us, you must exercise special care for your hair in the coming  months of cold weather. Establishing a day and night routine for not only hat-and-scarfprotecting your style but the health of your hair as well. It essential to develop habits that will support and protect your hair especially during this time, as this is when breakage and dryness occur most. As the season change from fall to winter, there is less moisture in the air and frigid temperatures requires us to cover up. With that, certain materials you may use during this time, such as cottons and wools, when coming in contact with the hair, they absorb moisture and contribute to hair breakage.satin-pillowcase

Not protecting your hair when you sleep during the winter can result in brittle hair. If you’re not already diligent about using a satin or silky hair covering or sleeping on a satin/silky pillowcase, winter is a good time to start. Doing this minimizes styling time in the mornings. If your hair is relaxed or pressed, wrap it before applying your hair cover. Pin or wrap your hair in place prior to covering it at night. Ladies who sport natural hair can twist or braid their hair before covering; this enables the hair to maintain some moisture and simultaneously, prevents damage.satin-hair-cover

As well, indoor heating and freezing temperatures can sap moisture out of your hair.  It is common to cleanse your mane more frequently during warm weather. Regular exposure to water helps maintain moisture during the summer, but since many of us switch to a less shampoos during winter, retaining moisture into the hair becomes an issue.

Deep conditioning treatments maintain a good moisture and protein balance. Twice a month can greatly improve the condition and keep a healthy balance in cold weather.   Also, try adding steam treatments if it isn’t already a part of your routine. Sitting under a bonnet dryer with a low heat setting may result in a noticeable difference in your deep treatments.

For best results, please consult with a hair care professional or myself at eeub143@aol.com.

How Can Menopause Affect the Condition of Your Hair?

It is common knowledge that hot flashes and night sweats when women enter menopause. Though, you may not know that falling estrogen levels can also have a major affect on the health of your skin and hair. According to the North American Menopause Society, collagen loss begins early but is most rapid in the first few years of menopause, leading to dry thinning hair and sometimes flaky skin.

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With maturity, and menopause affecting our lives, many times it’s necessary to change hairstyles because of hot flashes. Finding a style that is not affected when these flashes hit can sometimes be a challenge. Some of us will notice that once thick hair now becomes soft and finer. The look that was once easily maintained becomes an ongoing challenge as a result of sweat outbreaks, coupled with thinning hair.

During menopause, chemical treatments such as relaxers and hair coloring may require longer processing time due to lower estrogen levels and/or moisture to the hair. 1442006133-hair-dye

Hormone levels can affect the quality and the quantity of hair,” says Miami dermatologist Janice Lima-Maribona, MD. “The texture of hair is directly related by hormonal issues that relate to thyroid as well as estrogen and testosterone levels,” she explains and that’s why “hair can be brittle, lusterless and slow growing,” during certain times of your life.

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While your hair texture might not change on a month-to-month basis due to hormonal fluctuations of your cycle, there are certain life events that can cause a dramatic difference. (www.newbeauty.com)

These affects can be minimized with slight dietary changes, exercise and an ongoing relationship with your haircare specialist. Please feel free to email )eeub143@aol.com) or comment below.

 

Does Wearing Weave Damage Your Hair?

I have been a hair stylist for more than 25 years. My experience has allowed me the opportunity to teach and work with many applications of hairstyling. This includes weaving hair.outre-first-lady-weaving-hair

After years of research and talking to colleagues in the business from around the world, it is unanimous that sew-in weave methods work well with most hair types. We all agree to stay away from bonding, as this also results in some form of alopecia or baldness in certain areas of the scalp. I highly caution you.

When you are considering wearing weaved hair, always have it done by a professional; someone who will provide you with a truthful hair analysis.

It is always in your best interest to be aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy condition to your hair, be it natural or chemically treated, while wearing hair weave. For best results, always use the better quality of hair for the most natural look. In most cases, when going for a natural look, less is best when it comes to the amount of hair used. Many people make the mistake of adding too much hair.

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Maintenance is very important in keeping a beautiful style, as well as a healthy scalp. Shampooing and conditioning frequently is very important. A visit to your stylist every two to four weeks for grooming and refreshing your weave is of the utmost importance. In order to properly treat the scalp and hair, the weave should be fully removed every two months. For more information on this subject, contact your professional hair stylist or myself, at eeub143@gmail.com.

 

When Cutting Your Hair Becomes a Necessity

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There are many opinions about how often we should cut our hair. The old standard says every six weeks is best for healthy hair. People in the fashion industry say twice a year is standard. Some even say phases of the moon is the best way to determine when the hair is to be cut. However, I want to give you an insider on the truth.

How Long Will a Cut Support a Style? 

If Hair Is Not Trimmed Frequently, Will It Take a Toll on Your Hair?   

As an expert stylist and educator, hairstyles like bobs, bangs and tapered looks will probably require cutting every three weeks to maintain its polished look. I base this on the fact that hair usually grows 1/2 inch per month. Such preciseness for these particular looks, this is necessary.

If your hair is treated with color, relaxers, or thermal styling tools, a minimum of 8 weeks is needed to maintain the health of your hair. If your hair is natural, with no present chemicals, this will vary, depending on your hairstyle.

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There is no one answer to fit everyone, as we are all different. You must find the sweet spots that is perfect for you. When you have questions as to when is the best time to get your hair cut, there are two important factors to consider:

  • When you can no longer achieve the hairstyle you desire.
  • When the ends of your hair is visibly damaged.

For more information, contact your personal stylist. You may contact me as well at eeub143@aol.com.

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Caring for Locs and Twists

There are various styles of locs and twists that appear to be carefree. Dreadlocks don’t need to be brushed and require very little to no trimming. While otherlocs hairstyles require combing to put hair back in place, tucking the hair back into the dreads is part of the maintenance routine. Contrary to some people’s belief, clean dreads lock up and tighten faster than dirty, soiled locs.

Most people who wear this style notice their locs look better when proper maintenance of cleaning and palm-rolling/latching is a part of their styling routine.

If your stylist is not maintaining your look, it is your job to keep them twisted. Caring for your twists requires routine maintenance that involve shampooing and conditioning, re-twisting before bed at night depending on the style and moisturizer to help control the twists. Leave-in conditioners are essential when wearing twists. This controls frizzes and holds hair together for a smooth, coil twist. twists

In order to get the desired style when your hair is twisted, a haircut will provide a foundation for the shape and silhouette that will support twists.

The product selection is far too large to name one that will fit your type and texture of hair.  To minimize buying unnecessary products, you should purchase your products from a hair care professional who specializes in these kinds of looks. Always remember to protect your beautiful tresses, be it locs or twists, by avoiding cotton pillow cases or other products that will absorb moisturizers when sleeping. Silk or satin are highly recommended. For more information, contact me.

 

 

How Often Should You Shampoo Your Hair?

There are many opinions on the frequency of shampooing. However, at the core of it all, the frequency will vary from one person to another.

There are a few considerations that will determine how often you should shampoo your hair. This can vary from genetics, physical exercise, exposure to chemicals, diet, as well as stressful conditions. All hair produces a natural oil called sebum. Shampoo is an emulsifier that captures and traps excess oil, dirt, and product residue, which you then rinse out to clean the hair. Image result for salon retail

Experts say there’s no single answer to how often people should shampoo. You may not need to do it as often as you think. It usually comes down to personal preference. For guidance, take a look at your hair type and styling choices. Hair care professionals have been trained to identify shampoos for your specific type of hair and styling preferences. Purchasing shampoo from your stylist or salon offers the necessary support if you have questions how they best work.

 

For more information, visit a professional hair care salon.

Why A Professional Hair Consultation is Important

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What’s important is not only the hairstyle but also what it takes to maintain the desired look and understand if it fits your lifestyle. Invest in a consultation to maintain style. A good consultation should be a minimum of 3 minutes, no more than 15 minutes.

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Points to consider:

How much time do you have to  style your hair before work?

How to protect your hair during a workout.

What’s the best way to protect your hair overnight?

Is the maintenance within your budget?

The flexibility of the style.