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Blow dry tips

A great blow dry can last a few days and make life a whole lot easier. Just ask Shannon Mary! http://www.facebook.com/stlphoto

BLOW DRY TIPS:

    • Clarify your hair to remove excess oils and product build up. I like Redken’s Hair cleansing cream

  • After clarifying use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair type and condition of your hair. On Shannon’s hair I used L’Oreal Professional Absolute Repair it has a great balance of protein and moisture to not only condition, but strengthen the hair as well.
  • Use a 100% cotton T-shirt to dry your hair.
  • Prep your hair for heat. I love Davines Melu shield!
  • Always use a wide tooth comb to detangle. Your hair can stretch up to 50% more when wet resulting in weak or broken hair
  • Use a styling product based on your desired end result. I wanted to give Shannon’s hair body, shine, and smoothness so I cocktailed Davines Oil non Oil an Mattering mousee to create a delicious smelling hair potion!
  • Dry hair section by section with your blow dryer nozzle facing downward. You want to visualize a bead of water being forced away from your scalp traveling down the strand out through the very ends. This ensures a smooth cuticle surface resulting in silky shiny hair.
  • Finish with a paddle brush and cool blast of air to set the style and close down the cuticle even more.

The Evil Box Color


Everyday people put their trust in educated doctors, dentists, lawyers, and etc. So why do so many people put their trust in a box of color instead of a professional colorist? The first excuse is usually, “I don’t have the time or money.” When I hear that it’s like someone is saying, ” I have a cavity, but no time or money so I’m just going to buy a pair of pliers and just rip the damn thing out.” A few painful hours later they realize they need to see a real dentist immediately and pay twice as much as they would have in the first place because they pulled out the wrong tooth!

So really stop buying that 3 dollar box color that turns your hair a lovely shade of pumpkin or my personal favorite shoe polish black. Stop coloring your bathroom walls, it will save you money on a can of that 2-in-1 expensive primer + paint. Oh, and please stop thinking you were born knowing how to highlight your own hair. When you are ripping 50% of your hair through a plastic cap from the 1980s, all your accomplishing is premature baldness. Not beautiful/seamless ribbons of light.

What did your hair ever do to you? It’s always been shiny and strong since the day you were born and you dare perform an operation on it yourself!? Forget the amateur show and forget those YouTube videos that say it’s O.K. Start a search for a professional colorist near you. Find a colorist who displays great customer service, continues their education, has professional tools, and is genuinely excited to work on your hair.

The salon is just like the doctor’s office. You go in, you tell them your concerns and the end result you desire. They then diagnose the problem, write-up your regimen and your on your way to a better you.  Not only is your colorist going to perform surgery on your hair but he or she is going to send you home with the correct products to keep your color looking its best until your next visit. Now do as I say and you will never regret it!

A few great colorist I highly recommend…

Patrick McIvor  www.patrickmcivorcolorstudio.com


Melissa Johnson  www.melissajohnsonhair.com


Rachel Bodt www.cutlersalon.com


Kristen Linares  www.kristenlinares.com  www.matthewrobertsalon.com


Lisa Mcauliffe www.thealcorn.com

…just to name a few.