So you've stopped washing your hair everyday, now what?
I'm sure you’ve heard the latest advice in haircare that you shouldn't wash your hair everyday. If you're a client of mine then you definitely have ;)
Often times we hear advice like this however there never seems to be a follow up of any changes that may occur or tips to be aware of once you stop washing everyday. (My bad, guys!)
Here’s some tips I think could be useful to you since you’re trying this out!
Cutting back on using too much product:
Since you’re now taking a break from washing often, you can allow your natural sebum to produce shine and make your hair feel soft. Don’t cut them out completely though, as they are still necessary if you’re going to be blow drying or styling (hello, heat protectant!). However, it might be wise to cut back on how often or how much you are using.
2. Wash enough and be mindful of smell!
No one wants to talk about it, but it’s necessary (sorry!).
You can run the risk of your hair smelling if you’re not washing enough, so finding that balance is key! What works for your cousin, sister, mama might not work for you! But also know that just since you’ve worked out, it’s not necessarily time to wash just because you're used to it. My favorite tip? Use a little diluted essential oil by mixing it with water and massage it into the scalp to deodorize. Follow up with a Mirai Clinical hair brush and liner set to gently freshen your scalp!
*Please scroll to the bottom of this post for links!
3. Double cleansing may be necessary!
This depends on how long you’re able to go between washes. If it’s been at least 3- 4 days, cleansing the hair twice with shampoo will be necessary to get a good clean on the scalp. I typically double cleanse every time, as my scalp produces sebum whether I’m 2 days between or 4 days between!
I hope you all find this information helpful and I can't wait to see you in my chair!
the fault in our hair ties
Ah, yes. The conversation we typically want to avoid when it comes to hair. Listen, I understand it! But I do feel like we can have these important conversations. Remember, it's not to make you feel bad about yourself but to give you options and knowledge to make educated decisions when it comes to your hair!
One thing you can expect from me as your stylist is the God's honest truth. Here's an undeniable fact - Hairs resilience to damage is almost near impossible even if you aren't using heat or coloring. Environmental damage is a real risk. The reality is, you have to find out where your hair risks damage the most. Color your hair often? Let's talk about some color safe products and proper protocols.
Tie your hair up often for work or hobbies that require hair out of your face? Let's talk about the realities, risks, and how to be preventative.
Don't let this information scare you, but let it give you power ! ❤
So, let's get started shall we?
no need to panic
show me the hair fax!
so what is true when it comes to tying/throwing up your hair?
The truth is, excessively tying up your hair can cause breakage that's usually found at the place where you tie it up the most. So if you wear a high ponytail with an elastic hairband, you can expect to see some breakage around the top back portion of your hair.
Tension is your biggest problem. Excessive pulling on your hair follicles can cause permanent damage. This is called "traction alopecia". If your ponytail/clipped-up (yes, even your claw clip) style feels too tight, it is. (Don't worry, I will give you some great loose hairstyle ideas before this blog post is over!)
You run a high risk of breakage when tying your hair or braiding your hair when it's wet (yes girl, I know you trying to get them heatless curls, lol). When wet, your hair is at it's maximum elasticity (that's why your hair tends to look longer when it's wet) so it's more prone to breakage. Ever took a rubber band and pulled it to it's breaking point after reaching it's highest elasticity? Imagine the same for your hair!
Clipping it up with loose claw clips and hair sticks are typically better. The reality is that while strong ponytails are better since they hold the hair better, they also risk too much tension and repeat strain on the hair shaft.
why you shouldn't panic and what you can do
You shouldn't panic or feel like you've failed hair care because you have to tie your hair up often. A lot of us require it because of work, hobbies, you're a new mom and your baby won't leave your hair alone. Hair can often fall to the back of our mind and be a last priority and that's why we tie it up and get it out of the way.
You all know my philosophy, I don't judge why people have to do what they do!
Here's some ways to be preventative and to make you feel better about your hair care!
1. Make sure to give your hair some rest.
- If you tie it up often due to work or wellness, give your hair a break on rest days. If you're off let that hair down! And use a leave in treatment so it can have a spa day!
2. Use alternative ways to tie it up
- switch up between using elastic hair ties, claw clips, hair sticks and etc. A great way to be preventative is to make sure you're not straining in the same place every time. Switching up your tools will help by keeping repetition at a minimum. Still, be mindful not to pull it up too tightly or wet no matter what the style is.
Here's a great YouTube video for some loose hairstyles you can do!
3. Make sure to use products that aid in breakage prevention
- one of my favorite things to do on the weekends is give my hair a spa and do a 20 minute hair mask. I shampoo my hair, rinse and put my Maria Nila Eco Therapy Revive Mask in for 20 minutes. In the meantime while I let it rest I'll finish my shower or spend the whole time exfoliating, maybe get out for a little do a few house chores and come back to rinse out my hair. After I'll spray in some heat protectant, wrap my hair in a T-shirt and after 20 minutes allow it to air-dry 80% before applying a little more heat protectant and blowdrying.
I hope you all find this information useful in your awesome hair journey! Here's to healthier, softer and resilient hair!
DRY HAIR OR DAMAGED HAIR?
HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE AND KNOW THE CAUSES
Hi there friends! I wanted to to touch base on this because I've found that my clients have a hard time being able to differentiate their hair being damaged vs. dry. I hope you all find this blog helpful!
your hair feels rough and coarse when it's dry
it's much more manageable when hydrating products are used
It isn't all dry, it's restricted to just the scalp area
swimming in salt water or chlorinated water can make the hair lose moisture
excessive hot water exposure
shampoos with chemicals such as sulfates can cause dryness
Always consult with your stylist before using a new product or trying a new technique. In most cases, avoiding hot, chlorinated or salt water can help remedy your dry hair. If your scalp is dry, stop washing every day. Allow the scalp to produce oils naturally. When you wash your hair everyday it dries out the scalp and causes it to over-produce, thus making the hair oily. If your career makes you have to wash your hair everyday, make sure to take breaks when you can.
Loses body and become limp
Becomes tangled easily
Feels mushy when wet
Damaged hair tends to occur in certain regions of the hair where it is damaged, not throughout. Split ends are an example of this.
Friction caused by rough pillowcases
Tying your hair up too often with elastics
Always consult your stylist before using a new product or technique. In most cases, treating your split ends by getting trimmed regularly(6-8 weeks)will improve the health of your hair. Using products that promote healing such as Olaplex are a great help. If experiencing color damage, ask your stylist ways to improve the health by switching up the color or by returning back to your natural. Avoid box dying!
"Come in with dirty hair for your appointment"and other Myths debunked!
When it comes to caring for your hair, there is no end to misinformation and old wives’ tales for remedies that aren't always suited for your hair type. Many common beliefs and advice can make your hair regimen more challenging and in rare cases, worsen the state of your hair.
Here are my top hair myths debunked, and options for betterresults!
1. Hair must be dirty before a coloring service - partially true
While this myth was well intentioned, it's only partially true. If the hair has too much build up whether that be from product or natural sebum, it can actually hold back the color from processing correctly. Second day hair often has a slight oil build up which is ideal for hair coloring. This way your scalp can be protected with your natural oils while still being clean enough to not disrupt the color process!
2.Sudsy shampoo is the only way your hair will get clean - false
Often times when a shampoo is very sudsy, there's a higher chance that there's a presence of harsh chemicals common in sulfate shampoos. Many think the more suds, the better the shampoo works/cleans.
Pro-tip? If you are using organic shampoos free of sulfates/parabens/silicones that aren't particularly foamy and you're wanting that lathery goodness, try pumping the shampoo into your hand and running it under water before applying to your hair. On extra dirty days, wash your hair twice.
3. Stress Causes Gray Hair - partially true
FULL STOP - trust me, this one shocked me too. While genetics play the most important role in whether gray hair will grow, stress can play a factor in premature graying. A study called the "Quantitative Mapping of Human Hair Greying and Reversal in Relation to Life Stress." done in December 2021 actually noted that graying hair can be reversible for some if stress is reduced. This means that gray hair caused by stress isn't necessarily permanent, this is why I wrote it's partially true if there's the possibility of reversing it!
There are exceptions to this though since genetics are the most important factor. In example, a 70 year old woman who's been grey for many years won't be able to reduce her stress and have her hair return to it's original color.
4. Color Protecting Shampoos don't make a difference - false
Doing a swatch test on color safe shampoo's versus non color safe shampoos would be eye opening. So much more bleeding(hair color rinsing out)can occur when using a regular shampoo vs. color safe. Trust your stylist when they say this because they are trying to save you time and money in the long run by having longer lasting hair color!
5. Wash your hair everyday if it gets oily quickly - false
In actuality, it's the opposite. Roots are more likely to get oily because your washing everyday. Your body works on supply and demand. Every time you wash your hair you are removing the protective oils from your scalp. In some cases, people who tend to have oily scalps also forgo conditioner all together. This can worsen the state of their scalp making it drier, forcing it to produce more oil.
Before washing, try brushing the oils down from your scalp to distribute them evenly. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, like Olaplex 4 and 5, since it works with all textures. Switch to shampooing at least every other day until you are able to extend to a more days over time. It will take time for your scalp to get used to it, but you'll find this will save you time, money and stress in the long run.
I hope you all found these debunked myths helpful and I hope that they aid in a clearer sense and understanding of your hair and how to better care for it!
Air drying - let's do it right!
Hi friends! This blogpost may cover one of the most important topics I've talked about yet.
I'm so excited to share with you all the Do's and Don't's when it comes to "Air Drying!"
"Air drying" has always been a hot topic within the hair industry since most would say that it's the ideal way to maintain the health of your hair as opposed to applying heat.
Studies are now showing that hair care is not a one size fits all, much like a skin care regimen. Let's talk about the pro's and con's and more importantly, the do's and don'ts!
What happens when we air dry?
The common misconception is that maximizing water retention in the hair (which is what happens when it's air dried) is ideal, but over time it can be harmful.
Ever felt like, "Wow, I am not even putting heat to my hair and I don't color my hair, why am I seeing breakage and flyaways?" Well according to Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, a celebrity stylist and extension specialist, “The longer your hair stays wet, the more the cortex of your hair will swell and break, resulting in brittle ends and lots of flyaways.” So if you are to air dry, make sure you're air drying from damp, not soaking wet.
It turns out there is certain hair types that are more susceptible to this, such as thick hair(crazy, right?). This is because thick hair tends to hold more water than those that have thin or fine hair, so the risk of damage and flyaways is greater. This can also apply to color treated hair as it also has a tendency to retain a lot of water.
So you telling me that blow-drying is better?
No, not necessarily! It is fact that using consistent high heat of any form be it from a blowdryer/flat-iron/curling iron can cause long lasting damage on the hair, if not done properly and occasionally. If you're using heat tools too often, the risk of dehydrating your hair are greater.
So what's the best way to dry my hair?
Experts say that letting the hair air dry up to 60% and finishing with the blowdryer/steamer on the lowest heat setting. I would say from my personal experience, this has been the best option for most of my guests, however life doesn't always allow for this and air drying may have to be your go-to. So how do you make sure you're airdrying the healthiest way for your hair?
Read below for air drying tips according to your hair texture! These products still work beautifully even if you're air drying with the intention of blowdrying!
DO: Use a wide tooth comb and part accordingly. Apply a foam leave in treatment or a light spray leave on treatment. This is to protect your hair from environmental harm while also not adding any additional weight to the hair.
DON'T: Avoid products completely in fear of weighing down the hair, talk to your stylist about the right kind of products to apply and how to properly apply them.
DO: Finish with a light oil, like Olaplex no.7 to give the hair some shine and you're all set!
Thee's Go-to Products for air drying with Fine Hair
Tokyo Lab Perfect Repair - This stuff is amazing for color treated hair and airdries beautifully!
AG Hair Deflect
- so incredibly lightweight, you'll feel like there's nothing there!
WAVY HAIR - Up to 3A
DO: Towel dry your hair with a t-shirt
DO: Use a detangling brush, such as the Rizos Curls Pink Detangling Brush
DO: Use a light cream and gel mixed together in your palm, pat the product on to your wet hair and allow to air dry fully. When done, mix the products together again and twirl them around strands to define the wave.
DON'T: Use a regular towel to dry your hair, as the little fibers can cause frizz and flyaways!
Thee's Go-to Products for air drying with Wavy Hair
Olaplex No. 6 - tried and true, it never fails me. Mix a little in with your curl enhancing product for an amazing air-dry!
Curl Fresh Definer - It's perfectly light weight while still having some great hold. Love mixing it with my Olaplex No.6 for a soft finish!
DO: Apply product directly and thoroughly on wet (not damp!) hair.
DO: Sleep with a silk pillow case or bonnet to maintain your styles shape
DON'T: Use a regular towel, similarly to wavy haired girls. T-shirt towels are ideal for this texture!
Style according to your liking! Whether you're going for a wash n go or a two strand twist, air drying is ideal on coily hair. Water attention is a must to keep those curls hydrated!
Thee's Go-to Products for air drying with Coily Hair
Olaplex no. 6 - I'll keep repeating it, don't be surprised if you see it on the next few slides
Influance Honey Almond Styling Foam - incredibly versatile for different natural hairstyles and is a great assistance to moisture retention! A must-have for coily haired ladies
DO: Apply a root lifter to give your hair a boost so that it can air dry with some volume!
DO: Apply a leave in treatment on the ends to keep them smooth
DON'T: Try to fight that your hair is straight, enjoy it! Instead find ways to add volume to your look.
A really cool tip that I heard once is as your hair is air drying and still damp, tuck the front behind your ears so they can dry with a little face framing wave! SUCH a cute look!
Thee's Go-to Products for air drying with Coily Hair
Volume Spray - contrary to other volume sprays, this is meant to be used while damp. This is why it's an amazing product for air drying!
Olaplex no. 6 - The perfect lightweight cream to keep your ends smooth as they air dry!
Air-drying your hair can be a great way to give your hair a much-needed break from heat-styling. Using proper products do make or break how well your air-dry will turn out. Be mindful of the risks that come from over air-drying as well as over blow-drying. Everything and anything is good in moderation!
Remember that if your hair is on the thicker and coarser side, it may be best to start with a protective product and use a blow-dryer to keep your hair from absorbing too much moisture and causing breakage.
Below is a list of a few of my other favorite products that I think are great for both blowdrying and air drying!
Bumble & Bumble - Don't blow it
Bumble & Bumble - Hairdressers Invisable Oil
Moroccon Oil - Protect and Preserve Spray
Natural, low-maintenance hair is back with a force for our brunette girls! The hair color that seems to be trending for the year 2022 is dimensional brunette. This means that you can maintain your darker root and incorporate a softer, lighter brown dimensional through the ends for an effortless and seamless color! It goes with any season, and is a great way to give your hair a break for a few seasons before transitioning into something new!
Talk with your stylist today about dimensional brunette!
BLOG POST: Jan 18 2022
God is a Woman- an editorial piece
everyone knows i'm a huge ariana grande fan. i called this series 'God is a Woman' to showcase my model in different settings. channeling both masculine and feminine energy, the bridal shots and styles with scarves represent feminity. the soft neutral earth tones with hints of green symbolize mother nature and the calmness of a woman. some of her poses represent both feminine and masculine energy and i feel like this photo set brings the angelic and confident facets of a woman.