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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 21:47

Head lice 101

Written by Regina Leonard

It is a topic none of us really ever want to talk about, but if you have children you really must become aware of the very common and persistent problem that is head lice. Recently, I have been made aware of many reported cases of lice in the Bangor and Ellsworth area. I do find it necessary to get the word out and inform you all in the hopes you will pass the information on to your friends, daycare providers and teachers. Head lice is out there, and if taken care of promptly and properly will go away as fast as it came.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 18:45

Your tell-tale hair

Written by Regina Leonard

Do you know how many things your hair 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. Often times when there is something going on, good or bad, within your body, your hair will tell the story.

I have been doing hair for more than 10 years now, so these are things I have learned along the way. I speak for myself and not every single stylist out there. But it's something to think about. If your stylist notices changes in your hair and suggests you see a doctor, listen. Some of the things that I can tell simply by looking at someone's hair and scalp include pregnancy, new medications, poor diet, diabetes (or the potential to get it), drug use, thyroid issues, cancer (the need to have a mole checked), stress and more.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 20:57

Dear Gina

Written by Regina Leonard

I get a lot of questions that I hang onto, and every once in a while I like to put a few together in a 'Dear Gina' format for you. Please don't hesitate to contact me with your questions or comments at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on twitter @getginafied. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 16:25

Post-partum hair loss

Written by Regina Leonard

There have been a lot of beautiful pregnant ladies coming into the salon lately with beautiful heads of hair and the cutest bellies. Recently I was asked about hair shedding after that little bundle of joy showed up. I was amazed at how many ladies were not aware that this will happen and why. I hope this article gives you some more information and puts your mind at ease.

It is normal and expected that we shed up to 150 hairs each day. Our hair grows in three-month cycles. At one time 90 percent of your hair is growing and the other 10 percent is in resting phase. Every two to three months our hair is shedding to allow new hair to grow. This is just an everyday, normal occurrence on our lovely little heads.

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 16:15

Don't set yourself up for failure

Written by Regina Leonard

I see it time and time again: clients who walk in the door of the salon and will not be satisfied when they leave. That is one of the hardest parts of my job. I love what I do, truly. I am confident and educated enough to be able to execute just about anything thrown my way. There are just many situations where no matter how great of a job I do, the client isn't going to be happy.

Don't let this be you the next time you walk into a salon. You should leave happy and feeling great with the best hairstyle for you and your hair. I want each of you be able to go to your next hair appointment and leave with the style that you have always wanted.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 15:18

The changing of the seasons

Written by Regina Leonard

We may not want to admit it, but summer is winding down. Our kids are headed back to school and we have been busy preparing them by getting their supplies, new clothes and haircuts. Well, what about you? Is your hair feeling and looking a bit too "summer?" Those highlights we all had to have in May combined with lots of sun exposure through the summer have left you with a whole head of dry blonde hair and some pretty dark roots. What do you do now?

When you highlight your hair, you are actually removing pigment from the hair, which is why it dries your hair out. When you reverse that process, you are "filling" color back into the hair, which is going to make it feel fuller and healthier. This is also why darker hair always gets so much more shine than blonde hair gets. Going darker doesn't mean you have to go back to your root color all over your head and become a brunette. Darker just means any color that is darker than what you currently have.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 22:37

Get inspired

Written by Regina Leonard

By the time you read this, I will have run my first ever 10K in the Champion the Cure Challenge, which raises money for the Lafayette Cancer Center in Brewer. I see cancer come into my salon all too often, and I have shaved so many heads during my 11-year career that I feel like I can't only work in this community, I need to give back. This year, after some recent weight loss, I decided to go out on my own and commit to running my very first 10k. I ran track in high school and never even ran that far. I knew that by registering I had to commit to actually doing it and doing it well (because this is just how I am with anything). Champion the Cure only required that I get sponsored $75 to participate, and I set a personal goal of raising $500. I am in contact with people every day, so why not use that aspect of my career to support the local cancer center and also encourage me to reach a personal goal all at the same time?

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:05

Taking a till on your hair

Written by Regina Leonard

I hate to complain about how hot and humid it gets especially during a great summer like this - because I know that it won't last long. But there is one thing about this weather that I don't like: what it does to our hair!

Are you suffering with a head full of frizz? Lucky for you, texture is back in a big way right now. Let's talk about how to tame that frizz and end the war you are having with your hair.

If you have frizz, your hair is telling you that it needs moisture. That may seem strange to you considering the dew points and the humidity we have been having, but it is true. The solution starts right in your shower.

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 21:42

Poolside hair

Written by Regina Leonard

With all the great weather this summer, have you or your kids spent a lot of time in the pool? How is it treating your hair? If you or your kiddos have lighter hair, you may notice a green tinge before summer is over. Blondes definitely notice this more than other hair colors. It usually grabs onto the driest part of the hair, which is the ends. The last few weeks of summer, before school starts, I get a lot of panicked phone calls of how to get the green out of hair. The good news? There are ways to prevent it and ways to get rid of it.

Leave-in conditioner is your best friend this summer. The sunshine and chemicals in the pool (especially the public pools) really dries our hair out. Adding a leave-in conditioner to your routine will help to prevent that. I personally love Paul Mitchell The Conditioner. It works great and is not heavy. You can even use it on your skin! Before you head to the beach or jump in the pool, run some through your hair to help with color fading and to protect your strands from chlorine (focus on the ends of your hair). If you are spending the whole day in the water, just re-apply the conditioner as often as you do sunscreen.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:26

Getting married? Be prepared

Written by Regina Leonard

Wedding season is in full swing - my most favorite time of year as a hair stylist. 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.

If you have not hired a wedding planner yet, do it! I wish I had known this for my own wedding. There is absolutely NO comparison between a wedding that has a planner and one that doesn't. As the bride, you should be soaking up every little moment and spending time with loved ones instead of running around like a crazy lady all stressed out on your wedding day. You may think that hiring a planner is too expensive, but a planner can help you get organized, recommend vendors, plan the entire event or be hired to work the day of the wedding setting up and organizing the day. I just can't stress to you how invaluable a wedding planner is to you and your wedding. Leave this stuff to the professionals.

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