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Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:56

Fighting frizz

Written by Regina Leonard

The lazy days of summer are upon us. We all have felt the humidity in the air lately, haven't we? We have an extended amount of daylight right now, and I believe you should spend it wisely - not in the bathroom trying to fix your hair. Maine summers are just too short to be fussing over your hair, but humidity causes a challenge when it comes to styling hair. You can fight it, or you can stop trying so hard.

Put up the hair dryer for the summer. You're just going to sweat to death while you use it anyways. Hang it up and let it stay there until fall. I suggest turning on the fan in your room while you get ready. Let your hair catch some fresh air for the summer and air dry it. Humidity causes frizz, and adding more heat to it from your hair dryer isn't going to help. I also scrunch my hair while on my way to work with the ac cranked and the windows cracked. You may chuckle at this, but I get the most compliments on my own hair when I have done nothing but let it do its thing that particular day. This will be true for you too, I promise.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 17:03

Ask Gina

Written by Regina Leonard
Common questions get answered

How do you know when it's time for a new style, or maybe even a new hairdresser?

This can be a tricky situation. Personally, I always let my clients know that need to tell me if they are unhappy. You have to communicate with your stylist. If you are unhappy with your hair or you want change, you should voice that to them. Your stylist should also be checking in with you and suggesting changes every now and again to keep your look updated. You should feel amazing when you leave the salon. You also should leave the salon knowing you had a great experience and feel that you want to go back. If either of those things are not true for you, you need a new hairstyle and/or a new hairdresser!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 15:24

Your wedding day

Written by Regina Leonard

The trend this year appears to be a June wedding. In fact, the most popular request that I received was June 15. I'm not sure why, since in past years June is usually a slow wedding month with the unpredictable weather we have here. Regardless, wedding season is in full swing, and this is my favorite time of year as a hair stylist. I enjoy up-styles so much. They allow me to be super creative, and each one is unique. Having been a part of many weddings, I have learned a few things that I can share with all of you brides-to-be in hopes I can help you avoid a few of the common mistakes I see.

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:35

Head Lice 101

Written by Regina Leonard

Schools are about to finish for the summer, but that doesn't mean you are free from the risk of lice. It is a topic none of us really ever want to talk about, but if you have children you should be aware of this very common and persistent problem. 

Recently I have been made aware of many reported cases of lice in the Bangor and Ellsworth area. Head lice is out there, but if taken care of promptly and properly will go away as fast as it came. 

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 15:41

Hair tells the story

Written by Regina Leonard

Do you know how much your stylist knows about you simply by working with your hair? Your stylist has a perfect view of your hair, scalp and skin when doing your hair. Everything - and I mean everything - that goes into your body comes out on your hair. Oftentimes when there is something going on within your body, good or bad, your hair will tell the story.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:16

Simple suggestions

Written by Regina Leonard

Sometimes just one simple new accessory can change the whole look. The same goes with your hair. Here are a few suggestions you can try that apply only to how you style your hair without a new cut or color. If you are not confident executing these ideas, just ask your stylist next time you see them to give you some of their tips.

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 15:30

Bad hair day? Give your hair a break

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 - every Sunday from now on, try giving your hair a break from all of that.

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 of all the buildup. This buildup will cause you to have bad hair days and will also leave your color looking dull and even brassy. With summer coming, 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. I do warn you to either 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 get any old clarifying shampoo from the store down the street. Many of those are way too harsh on your hair. The point of clarifying your hair is to properly cleanse it, not 'strip' it and make it dry and brittle. Always ask a professional.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:33

Don't cut back for your wedding

Written by Regina Leonard

The recent warm weather has me thinking about my favorite time of year wedding season. I am one of those rare hair stylists who actually loves weddings and updos. It really is one of my favorite things to do. Most often I get to travel to the bride's wedding location to do her and her bridal party's hair, and in Maine that usually means visiting the coast. I have been privileged to be a part of some truly gorgeous weddings. 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 16:02

Try something new

Written by Regina Leonard

Spring is the best time of year for hairdressers in the Northeast. The sun shows its face, the temperatures warm up, and my phone starts ringing. Many clients want a change with their look and they want it now - and it's usually a big one. I fall into this category myself: if I am going to change my hair drastically, it will happen in the spring. 

This column is for those of you who haven't dared to try something new yet. Why not? I am here to tell you, it's time. Look at pictures of yourself in the last few years and even beyond. If you see the same old hairstyle, run to the phone and call your hair stylist. 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:22

Get real

Written by Regina Leonard

Many new clients tell me that they are looking for a haircut that works with their face shape. I get it, you want a new style that flatters your face and makes you look your best. Here's what I want you to really consider and it means more than what face shape you have. What type of hair do you have? What is your lifestyle? How often can you maintain your look? If you don't know the answers to these questions, then it won't matter at all if your haircut flatters your face. 

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