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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:34

Feeling greasy?

Written by Regina Leonard

Do you shampoo every day? Have you ever tried not doing that? The natural oils that your scalp produces can be very beneficial to your hair by giving it the moisture that it needs. When you are washing it every day, you are stripping your hair of its natural oils. Most of you are already thinking that you need to do that every day because your hair and scalp is oily. You just know that if you don't wash it every day that you are going to look like a greasy mess. Guess what? You are wrong. Here is why.

It is true that some of us produce more oil and our hair, skin and scalp tend to have a higher shine than most. Just as others can be more dry. We all are different, and we all can benefit from not shampooing every day of our lives. If you tend to be on the oily side of the spectrum, you are actually making your problem worse by washing every day. By shampooing daily, you are stripping it, and you also are telling your pores to produce more to make up for the loss. Start foregoing the shampoo daily and go to every other day. This is going to trick your pores and help them slow down their production of oil. It will take a little time for this to work, and in the meantime I recommend that you use a dry shampoo or baby powder. Dry shampoo and baby powder will help to get rid of the shine and excess oil. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:21

Keep it professional

Written by Regina Leonard

Prom and wedding season is fast approaching. I have to admit, this this is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year. After the longest winter ever, it is nice to think about warmer weather, bright colored prom dresses and the laughs and joy that a wedding day brings.

It is important to leave you hairstyle to a professional for this or any special event in your life. I know that there are many pictures and how-to videos out there that make it look easy. But if hairstyling were easy, all the salons that exist would be out of business. If you want to look your absolute best on your big day, make sure you schedule your appointment and do it fast!

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 22:59

Day of Rest

Written by Regina Leonard

Our hair sure does take a beating with all that we do to it. Most of you wash it every day (you need to stop doing that), blow-dry, curl, flat-iron and spray hairspray on it. How many of you really give it a day of rest? Let's start this Sunday and continue every Sunday with giving your hair a break from all of that and a little TLC.

Hair products, minerals in the water and toxins in our environment build up on our hair. Even though I don't want you to wash your hair every day, I do want you to use a clarifying treatment once a week to cleanse your hair off all the buildup. This buildup will cause you to have bad hair days and will also leave your color look dull and even brassy. With summer coming (it has to get here eventually, right?) this is definitely something you want to include in your hair care regime right along with your kiddos who swim in the pool. Using a clarifying shampoo will gently cleanse your hair from the inside out. Ask your hairdresser what they recommend or simply use a baking soda rinse at home (baking soda paste mixed with water or your daily shampoo). Don't just go get any old clarifying shampoo from the store down the street. Many of those are way too harsh on your hair. The point to clarify your hair is to properly cleanse it, not 'strip' it and make it dry and brittle. Always ask a professional.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:46

Winter got you down?

Written by Regina Leonard

Spring officially showed up on the calendar last week, but it sure doesn't look or feel like it out there. It has to come eventually, and in the meantime let's think spring and start acting like it is. Who knows, maybe mother nature will take a hint. 

I am willing to bet that your hair is dry and drab right now due to the extra long and dry winter. You can fix this easily. I suggest a fresh spring haircut. Not your average trim - I mean a new style. Try cutting some length, add face framing layers, cutting bangs or going short. Short is in for spring and summer. These haircuts are fun, fresh and so easy to style. There are some simple changes you can make to your style that will make your feel like you have a brand new look.  

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 18:09

Three steps to a new you

Written by Regina Leonard

Are you seeing a new hair stylist for the first time? Are you looking for something totally new the next time you see your current stylist? How about a few suggestions to ensure a great outcome and leaving with exactly what you wanted?

1. Research 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:09

Don't do it!

Written by Regina Leonard

How many times have you been standing in your bathroom mirror with a pair of scissors? How many of those times did you actually cut your hair? You are holding the scissors in your hand while thinking, 'My hairdresser is going to kill me for this.' You just can't stand it anymore, and you didn't make an appointment ahead of time - but you are going to need one after this. 

Are your bangs right in your eyes? Your hair won't do anything and it's driving you crazy? You think just cutting a little here and a little there will do for today? Stop right there and put the scissors down. Keep reading.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 17:58

Take your stylist home with you

Written by Regina Leonard

How many times have you left your salon and your hairdresser feeling and looking like a million bucks? The next day, you shower and attempt to style your hair exactly the same way only to quickly discover that it looks absolutely nothing like it did when they did it. Wonder why that is? Well, here are a few reasons.

Your stylist does this for a living, all day, every day. We are trained and experienced in all things hair. This is always a factor in this equation that you can't change. Hairdressers have the knowledge and experience along with the advantage of being at a completely different angle while styling your hair. There is a bit of truth to your feeling that you could never style it like him/her at home - you just can't. 

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 20:06

Bad hair day

Written by Regina Leonard

I chose to become a cosmetologist because the most important thing to me was loving what I do and wanting to get up for work every day.  How many of us have heard that line, 'Do what you love and the money will follow'? I think I only really absorbed the first line. I can honestly say, as I approach the 12-year mark in my career I still feel that way. Being able to impact people's lives, make their day and give them confidence by making their hair look its best really is the best job in the world. I have met some pretty amazing people in the last 12 years and many of them have been my loyal and loving clients since day one. 

There is however, one part of my job that I can say I really hate. I hate shaving the heads of beautiful, strong, amazing woman faced with the battle of their life after being told, "You have cancer." 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 17:13

Red carpet hair

Written by Regina Leonard

Award season is in full swing. I don't know about you, but I just look forward to watching the red carpet pre-show. I love seeing what everyone is wearing and especially what the hair trends are going to be each year. Even though we may not have an event as big as this, we can take notice and use the trends we see in our everyday lives. 

I was very happy to see that the classic hairstyles are back. When I use the word 'classic,' think 'old Hollywood.' The looks are much smoother and simple whether the hair is left down or pulled up. Hair is smoother and more polished. In my opinion you can't go wrong with a style like this. The rest of your outfit can and will really shine when hair is left simple and polished. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 23:24

I dos and I don'ts!

Written by Regina Leonard

I and my team from the salon participated in the Bangor Bridal Show last weekend at the Spectacular Event Center. We did hair and makeup for about 30 models who participated in two separate runway shows, one on Saturday night featuring dresses from Dream Dress Bridal and one on Sunday featuring dresses from The Henry's Bridal boutique. We had a lot of fun doing the hair and makeup, especially since we had complete creative control over the looks. We chose to show classic wedding hair based on three hairstyles: the classic vintage wave in long hair left down, the top bun (think Audrey Hepburn) and the low romantic chignon. All hairstyles are really based on these three looks, and a bride can never go wrong choosing one of these for her big day. 

I gave a talk prior to the start of each runway show where I discussed classic hairstyles and my own list of 'dos and don'ts' of wedding hair and makeup. For most, the dress is the most important thing when planning a wedding. It is the first thing you think about. I am here to tell you that your hair and makeup need to be #2. 

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