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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:50

Change of seasons

The kiddos are back in school, which means fall is right around the corner. I wanted to address a few key points when it comes the change of seasons and your hair.

Many of us are celebrating that our kids are back at school and our back to school shopping is done. Something to consider and try to prevent is the dreaded hair lice. Kids are playing sports, sitting close together and hanging their backpacks close to each other.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:02

The changing of the seasons

Editor's Note: While Gina is moving in to her new salon we're running some of her older columns until she gets settled.

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?

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 21:51

Take the leap

Editor's Note: This article initially ran on Aug. 14, 2013.

Have you ever just gone out on a limb and tried something totally new? I think we all get too comfortable in life with our day to day routine. Summer is almost over; before we know it, we will be dreaming of warm summer nights as we hibernate for winter. I say try something new before we are stuck in our house trying to keep warm. I recently have done that myself and I am telling you first hand, that it feels great!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:04

Lazy hair

The lazy days of summer are upon us. We all have felt the humidity in the air lately. 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. In fact, I hope you are reading this article outside right now. Maine summers are just too short to be fussing over your hair.

Humidity causes a challenge when it comes to styling hair. You can fight it, or you can stop trying so hard.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:54

Where do you buy your products?

Have you noticed salon products on the shelf at the local grocery store and/or pharmacy? Most likely you have, and I am here to tell you why you shouldn't participate in purchasing those products.

Professional hair care products from any line such as Paul MItchell, Matrix, Crew, Sebastian and more are professional products only. This means that they are to only be sold in a hair salon by a licensed cosmetologist. No other businesses are licensed to carry or sell these professional products in their stores. This is called diversion and it is illegal. There are many, many lawsuits out there right now to fight this very thing. I know for a fact that Paul MItchell spends millions fighting this and I have personally noticed less and less Of Paul MItchell on shelves where it should not be.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:49

Curly-Q for you this summer

One of the biggest complaints I get from clients is, "What do I do with these curls?" So many of you have them and have no idea how to style them. On the other hand, so many of you have them and don't even know it. Either way, these tips will help you. Texture is back in a big way - natural texture, that is ('80s perms are not coming back). Let's talk about how to tame it and also how to get it.

Frizz=lack of moisture! The solution starts right in your shower. If you have curly hair, you automatically need more moisture than the average head of hair. You have to invest in quality shampoo, conditioners and styling products. Trust your hairdresser to give you a prescription of take-home products that are going to make styling your hair a breeze. Once you have your professional products, on to the styling.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:31

Body hair

Why, oh why must we as women have facial hair? Don't we go through enough as women by giving birth? It is such a nuisance, and trust me ladies, all of us have it in some way. We don't like to talk about it, but it is there. I feel that it is my duty as a hairdresser to bring it up and/or recommend options to remove it. I think there is one reason that women don't do anything about it and that is fear - the fear of the lie you have been told: 'If I try to remove it, it will come back thicker and/or darker.' It is a lie, I promise.

Removing body hair does not make it grow more, faster or come in darker. The reason that it may seem it does is because the facial or body hair has been there and it has become 'damaged' if you will. It makes it appear softer and finer (just like damaged ends of your hair). Once you remove it, it comes back in as brand new hair, the edges of it are more blunt and it may feel rougher or thicker. This is especially true if your method of removal is shaving. A better options for removal is waxing. When you wax the hair, you are removing the entire shaft of hair down to the roots. The more you wax the same area consistently, the less the hair will grow back because of the damage caused to the roots. Think of your eyebrows and those of you who can't get them to grow back because you over-tweezed them. The reason is because you removed the hair by the roots and damaged it, causing it to stop growing.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 23:38

Expectations

The 2014 wedding season is officially here and it is going to be a busy one. There are a lot of hairdressers who don't really love to do updos, but I am not one of them. Next to haircolor, formal hair styling is my favorite thing to do. It really allows me to be creative and each style that I do is different. I do find that each wedding season has its own trends, and they carry through the entire season. This year's trends are loose and romantic.

As much as I love formal hair styling, there are a few things about styling hair for weddings and events that I don't like. My goal with this article is to help you avoid those mistakes and situations.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:59

Tomato Tomata

You say tomato, I say tamato - so true in many areas of life, and most definitely with your hair. Many of you, I am sure, have gone to get your hair done and come out with something different than you expected. It can be frustrating on both ends. As a stylist, I want to make your day every time you see me. I want you to love what I did for you.

Communication is the key in any relationship, especially in your relationship with your hair stylist. And communication is a two way street.

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