Friday, April 27, 2012

Ten Things You Need to Know About Your Hair…

Even celebrities like Nicole Kidman have fast-growing gray roots.

1. A lot of people wonder why they start seeing roots around their hairline, especially those who are covering their gray, the week after they get their hair colored. It isn’t that the color didn’t “take.” It’s that the hairline grows faster that the rest of the hair on the head, because it is really facial hair. If you think about a man’s beard, and how he only has to stop shaving for a day and you can see growth, then you begin to realize why your roots show so quickly around your hairline. Also, remember that your hair grows at least ½ inch a month, sometimes faster during the summertime!  

2. A question I am asked about constantly is hair falling out, when my clients are “seeing a lot of hair on the floor.” 

Stress, medications, and even pregnancy can add to hair loss.
The truth is that your hair is always falling out at a rate of about 50 to 100 strands per day. And if you have long or curly hair, it will seem like even more because of the volume of the individual hairs.  So, just accept the facts that those 50 to 100 strands every day is perfectly normal, and remember that they’re being replaced and growing back. On another note, stress, medical problems, going through difficult emotional times like a divorce, certain medications, and even pregnancy can add to hair loss – but with the right treatments, that abnormal hair loss can be stopped and it will grow back.

Lather, rinse...and stop
3. You should know that the directions to suds up twice when you shampoo were written back in the days when women only washed their hair once a week and sprayed their hair heavily every day. Under those circumstances, you really did need to shampoo hair twice to get it clean. But today, most people wash their hair daily or every other day, and in that case, lathering up once is enough. Remember that hair is a fabric, and the more you wash it, the more it wears out. So, if you wash your hair every day you only need to lather once, but always remember to condition.

4. Another question about shampooing I get is whether people need to switch shampoos occasionally because hair gets used to it. As a professional colorist, my recommendation is that you make sure that whatever colorist does your hair recommends the right shampoo and that you use it. If you experience product build-up, which is not uncommon, you should use a clarifying shampoo once in a while – no more than every 4th or 5th time your shampoo, and then you should condition well, and go back to your regular shampoo. The most important thing today, since most people shampoo so often, is to use a shampoo that is sulfate-free with UVA/UVB sunscreen protection, and Thermal V-Complex that seals in your color and prevents thermal styling damage. One of the companies that makes a superior line of products that meet these requirements is Aquage and its SeaExtend line.   

Brrr....but it works
5. Clients often ask for a cold-water rinse to make their hair shiny. Just like heat opens the pores of the skin and cold water will tighten them, so will hot water open the hair’s cuticle and cold water close the cuticle. Rinsing with cold water will cause that closed cuticle to reflect more light and make the hair look better.

Haircolor done right doesn't damage
6. I am often asked, as a Master Colorist, whether coloring the hair damages it. Like everything else, you can get damage if it is done the wrong way; in the hands of a professional with training and knowledge you can get beautiful and healthy results. And part of those healthy results is what you do after you leave the salon. If you like to shampoo every day, your color will fade more quickly, and you’ll need protective shampoo and conditioner, and special products for home maintenance to keep your hair healthy and your color vibrant and true.

The only sure cure for split ends
7. Here’s one that’s coming up a lot lately due to advertising for new drugstore products that focus on split ends – can you actually repair split ends? I always tell people that hair, as it grows longer, is like a rope and once it starts unwinding, the best thing to do is cut it off. There is no conditioner or product that is going to stop it or repair it. But proper trimming will help you get ahead of split ends, and healthier, stronger hair will be able to grow longer over time.

Hot rollers work wonders on fine hair
8. There are a lot of “fine” women who come into my salon – and by that, I mean women with finely textured hair. Their chief complaint is always that their hair is flat and they cannot get any body into their hair. There is an art to cutting fine hair in order to achieve the proper texture that will support its length. If it’s too long, it collapses the texture and makes fine hair look even thinner and flatter. I also find that coloring and highlighting fine hair will add texture and body. Using the proper products like volumizing shampoo and conditioner, and amplifying and body-boosting styling products like light whips, uplifting foams and thermal sprays help. To give more volume and bounce to fine hair, set it for five minutes in hot rollers, then hit it with a light finishing spray, and voila! Big, bouncing volume.

Product, product, product
9. Everyone wants to know, “Why doesn’t my hair look the same when I do it at home than when my stylist does it? What am I doing wrong?” The answer is “Product, product, product.” Stylists use products according to your style and you hair type, and then utilizes the right professional tools, the best brush, the hottest dryers, curling irons and flat irons; but unfortunately may stylists are lousy at prescribing the right products for their clients to take home. So, they go off to the drugstore or the supermarket and buy the wrong thing for their hair – it’s too heavy or too strong or not strong enough for their hair – and it doesn’t work. I strongly suggest that before you leave the salon, you ask your stylist what was used to wash and condition your hair, what was used to style and finish your hair, and take home whatever you can afford so you can come as close as you can to the same results.

The consultation is priority #1
10. This last thing you should know should be the first thing that you do – the consultation. Make it the #1 priority when you book an appointment. At D Laudati Salon, the consultation is our most important meeting. It’s just like taking a trip – you want to start at the beginning, know where it is you want to go, find out how you are going to get there, and how much it is going to cost not just to get there, but to stay there. You stylist should tell you about payment, and about how much it will cost you to maintain the look you want, how long it will last, and how often you’ll need to come in. At D Laudati, we always offer a complimentary consultation so we understand what you like and what you don’t, we look at pictures, we visualize the target and goal and color, and then I give my point of view on what color I believe will look good with your skin tones, what cut will work with your hair’s texture. I take into consideration things like whether you’re a working professional who does not have a lot of time to fuss with your hair in the mornings nor the time for lengthy and frequent visits to the salon. I want to know all of this before the scissors ever touch the hair. We must get to know each other before we start this very personal relationship!

Until next week, ciao…  

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