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I get a lot of common questions from fans and clients. I collect them and every so often will use them in an article to help you all out. If you have a question for me regarding hair and makeup, e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Enjoy!

Hair color changes from the salon to the next visit.... What the heck am I doing wrong?

All hair color is going to fade between visits no matter what. How much it fades depends upon a few things. Is your stylist using a semi, demi or permanent color? How healthy is your hair? Are you using the right products at home to support your color? It is hard to narrow in on exactly what your specific problem is without seeing your hair. I would recommend using the products your stylists suggests that you use. It really does make a difference in longevity of your color as well as condition of your hair. Are you washing too frequently? Maybe you have well water (with hard or soft water issues)? Another suggestion is to adjust the length of time in between salon visits, schedule a Glazing (color top coat) or toner (quick service to rid hair of brassy or unwanted tones for lighter hair color) for your hair in between your scheduled color.

How can I make my hair look shiny?

Isn't this the million dollar question? We all want barbie doll shiny hair! I can only speak from my personal experience here and tell you that what you put in your body comes out on your hair. So first, start with a healthy diet and vitamins. Secondly, use professional products - over-the-counter products are just too harsh. This goes for box color too! Do you know that box color contains almost six times the amount of ammonia and peroxide that salon color has? Beyond that, Paul Mitchell's The Color has the least amount of these chemicals of any on the market. Contact your salon for a deep-conditioning treatment followed by a clear glaze for healthy hair that starts from the inside out.

How do I know when to use the different temperature settings on my blow dryer?

Each dryer is different, but you get what you pay for when it comes to the tools you use on your hair at home. I never used to really believe I had to have the latest professional dryer tool until I got my hands on one and used it. The difference is amazing. The hair is more shiny and healthy, dries faster and has fewer flyaways. You want a dryer that has a good amount of heat, but is not going to scorch your hair. Make sure you start with some sort of product on your hair to aid with styling, but also to protect it from the heat. There are many different heat protection products available as well. I recommend those if you blow dry your hair often. The cool setting that you have on a dryer is there for a reason, so start using it. The cool air is what is going to lock in your hairstyle. It is great to use after you put hot rollers in your hair or just to hit your hairstyle with the cool air at the end to close the hairshaft and lock in your style you just worked so hard on. Doing this is will also aid in adding shine. Still have questions about your dryer? Bring it with you to your next appointment and ask your stylist for a Styling 101 course!

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