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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:55

Shiny, healthy hair

Written by Regina Leonard

Last week I talked about ways to grow your hair out. It is always a challenge and takes a lot of patience. My first suggestion was to ease up on harsher color services like blonding. I suggested that maybe you go darker. Why not? Try going back to your roots.

Consider getting your hair color to a more natural state. If you are a woman in her 30s or older, more natural hair color is going to make you and your hair look younger. Going darker is going to be like giving your hair an instant deep conditioning treatment. It will fill in all the little 'holes' in your hair. It is going to leave your hair feeling brand new and shiny.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:07

Grow already!

Written by Regina Leonard

Are you trying to grow your hair out? Is it driving you nuts? We are women and we are always changing our minds about our hair aren't we? Cut it, grow it. Add layers, grow out layers. Cut bangs, grow them back out and tell yourself you'll never do that again. All of this indecisiveness is why hairstylists have a job. Sometimes I think that the biggest challenge with hair is when it's time to grow it out. It just seems like it takes forever doesn't it? Here are a few dos and don'ts of the grow out.

Do baby those locks of yours. Your hair isn't going to grow if you don't take care of it. You need a regular trim of those ends to keep it healthy. If the ends get dry and split, they will just break off. Don't think that you can get away with avoiding a haircut during this process. I do suggest stretching out the usual time between appointments when you are growing. I recommend every 8-10 weeks. Your hairdresser can include a deep conditioning treatment at this visit to keep your hair strong and healthy as well. Listen to your stylist's recommendations on take home products to keep your hair looking good and staying healthy.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:56

Time to talk about men's hair

Written by Regina Leonard

As I was reviewing past articles I have written, I realized one topic that was missing. I think that when it comes to hair we automatically think of the ladies and women's hair in general. What about the boys? Men's hair and grooming is a very large part of the cosmetology industry. The purchases of men's hair and grooming products has increased over 50 percent in the last five years. I think that tells us they have a place in the hair world too. I want to cover three key topics when it comes to men's hair:

1. Why choose a hair salon over a barber

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:50

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, 03 September 2014 18:50

Change of seasons

Written by Regina Leonard

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

Written by Regina Leonard

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

Written by Regina Leonard

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

Written by Regina Leonard

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?

Written by Regina Leonard

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.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:31

Body hair

Written by Regina Leonard

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.

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