Winter Blues, and Static Too

17 Jan

The beach, the cool ocean breeze, the smell of salt water, skin that glows, ahhhhhhhhh.  Not only has the warm summer sun left us, but apparently our hair’s sanity has too! What’s with all the static?! The air is cold and dry outside, warm and dry inside, and where does that leave us? With hair standing on ends!! Going from one extreme to the next hot to cold, cold to hot, generates static in the hair which we all know can be pretty stubborn and unruly. How do we rid our hair of this clinging mess? You have probably heard the one with the dryer sheet, rub one across your hair and you are set free.. 

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Errrrrrrrrrr, wrong. 

Your locks need extra love in the winter.

Just as our skin begins to dry out in the winter and we reach for those heavier hand and face creams, we should be reaching for something

Vitamino Color Shampoo and Conditionermore for our hair. Up your hair regimen to include a slightly heavier shampoo and conditioner. A personal favorite of mine is the L’oreal Professional Vitamino Color Shampoo and Gel Masque. You may even try opting for a sulfate free shampoo, like L’oreal Professional Delicate Color, which tends to smooth out your locks more so than a regular shampoo due to the lack of sudsing agents in the shampoo.

If you don’t already use one, when you come out of the shower, blot your hair dry with a towel, and apply a dollop of leave in conditioner. I love the L’oreal Professional Vitamino Color Care Leave-in Condtioner. Loaded with nutrients and designed for color treated hair!

Use some type of ceramic round brush to dry your hair, as doing this will further help to smooth the cuticle out, thus eliminating frizz. Finally, finish off with a few drops of light oil or polish. Always working from the ends up.

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The Great Oil Debate!

7 May

It’s all you hear lately.  Oil this, oil that. Moroccan, Argan, Grapeseed, we can’t get enough! At home remedy lovers rejoice over mayonnaise and olive oil. But what really works when it comes to these Oil based products and what can we let slip through our fingers?

There is a simple test you can do at home to see if what you are using is the real deal or a real dud. Pour 2 ounces of luke warm water in a glass. Add to this 2 drops of your favorite Oil product. Revisit this after about an hour. If the Oil has separated from the water and it’s just floating on the top, well then you’ve got a dud. If the oil and water merge and coat the entire glass you’ve struck gold! And by gold I mean, Mythic Oil by L’oreal Professional. 

Let me embellish a little. This is the most luxurious hair care line to hit the market in recent years. From the packaging down to the nitty gritty of how it is made. To sum up for you, the Oil is grape seed based which means its molecules are small enough to slip into the Cortex, or inner part of your hair. Therefore, these products don’t just lay on the surface of your hair, they actually penetrate deep within. There is a home care line and an in salon Treatment Bar. At the treatment bar, your stylist will cocktail up a treatment that fits your hair needs. At home care includes a Shampoo, Conditioner, Masque, and 4 different Oils to use as styling agents. The Mythic Oil in Salon Treatments are just to die for. They not only nourish the hair, they stimulate circulation in the scalp, and remove excess build up. The treatment involves 3, count em, 3 different scalp massages. Which are stimulating, invigorating, and revitalizing. The benefits of these treatments reach far beyond conditioning the hair. Stimulating the scalp encourages good circulation which in turn promotes healthy hair growth.

Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t. The treatments and the home care line are absolutely luxurious. Indulge in one of these treatments and you will leave the salon feeling pampered like the queen you are.Image

In the thick of it…

2 Apr

Looking to thicken or lengthen your hair? Or maybe both?

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Hair Extensions are a great way to achieve thicker, fuller, longer hair. But with so many options, where do you begin? There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding if Hair Extensions are right for you. Follow my tips to find out what is right and what is oh so wrong.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What specifically bothers you about your hair?
  • What results are you looking to achieve. Are these realistic for your lifestyle?
  • Are you capable and ready for the maintenance that comes with most semi-permanent Hair Extensions systems?

If you had clear answers to these questions then you are ready to take the next step and schedule a consultation with your Stylist. If your stylist is not an Extension Technician, find someone reputable that is. Ask for before and after pictures and any and as much information on the system they use. In my opinion, it is best to stay away from systems that use heat. This means any application that involves a tool that needs to be plugged in.  Often, a “keratin bond” attached to the end of an extension strand is melted around the tiniest piece of your own hair. keratinbondextensionsNow, in the hands of skilled Extension Technician you will most likely have no trouble as far as damage goes. However, the opposite is also true. In the hands of a reckless stylist, disaster can strike. Also, be wary of Stylists/Salons offering these services at a discounted price. You truly get what you pay for when it comes to this service. If you want quality in your Stylist and Product, chances are you will be paying for it.

If answering those questions made you realize you aren’t ready for extensions, there are other alternatives. There are tons ofgreat clip-in sets, ponytails, and hair pieces that can enhance your hair, without the commitment. These will usually stay in your hair for a day or two and require little to no brushing and washing. You can find these at your local beauty supply store and in some salons.

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Like all things, everything in moderation is best. Even if you decide a semi-permanent system is for you, give your hair a break every once in a while. They usually last about three months and then require maintenance. After six-nine months of having your extensions in, leave them out for a month or two. In my experience, the current product that I am using now is the best system I have ever worked with. It is basically a three inch wide piece of hair topped off with a strong hold double-stick tape. They are truly seamless. Gentle application and ever more importantly, gentle removal. No DAMAGE whatsoever. Trust me, I have had many unpleasant experiences having worked with and been theguinea pig with other systems. (More than I would like to admit.) However, it comes with the territory! I am always one to test on myself before using a product on my precious clients. If I don’t love the product and the result, no way I am using it on anyone else!TAPE HAIR EXTENSIONS

Still finding yourself saying..

“But what’s with my hair? It used to be so thick and full!”

Well, this could be caused by one of a few things; age, diet, hormones, environmental factors, or change in medication. Some things you can’t control but one of these things you can. This is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Reduce stress whenever possible, whether it be through exercise, meditation, or visiting a spa. Be sure to get your vitamins daily either through a diet rich in fruits and veggies or by taking a multivitamin. A healthy you equals healthy hair and a very happy stylist 🙂

peace, love, and great hair.

Ombre! The Softer side of it..

27 Mar

Haven’t tried it yet?

Well, this trend is not going down without a fight. It’s gorgeous. You can carry it through every season, lightening for spring/summer and richening for fall/winter. I am sure most of you have seen it, tried it, or wanted to try it in the past year.

It can be scary. Some thoughts that may have come up: I don’t usually have my hair colored. I am not sure if my stylist can achieve the look. I am not sure about how it will look in general. No worries! Here’s the plan! When going to meet with your stylist to discuss your venture into ombre, having a common dialogue is key.

Bring pictures and be prepared to show what you like and don’t like. This will help you and your stylist achieve your perfect look. Also, ombre doesn’t have to be done in its’ truest form, (think Khloe Kardashian). There is a softer side to it.khloe-ombre

The softer side of Ombre is achieved through hair painting. The hair is painted with lightener from the mid to bottom lengths of the hair and a few pieces around the face. Usually this look is kept more subtle by glazing the hair to give a soft, tone on tone look. (Mila Kunis) Think chocolate brown with caramel swirls. Yumm!!

Bottom line… don’t be scared to try a new trend! It doesn’t always have to be all or nothing. There is something for everyone and every personality. Dabble with some hair painting and when you get comfortable with that, you can always try more! Spring is here and as the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new! Hair that is…

Amanda Intoccia

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Making Waves.

26 Mar

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