Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:43

Go out with some bangs

Do you know what you can do to completely change your look in an instant? Get bangs! Not only is this the hottest new fall/winter 2012 trend, but it is the fastest and easiest thing you can do to spruce up your look. Fall/winter is the perfect time to try bangs, and if you happen to regret getting them, they will grow back before summer.

Published in Get Ginafied
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:33

A bit too summer?'

Fall is here and winter is on its way. 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 now some pretty dark roots. What do you do now?

Published in Get Ginafied
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:57

Styling with purpose

Salon Bonifacio gives back to Bangor community

BANGOR - A Washington County man gave himself a 38th birthday present he will never forget. In August, Guy Ortega opened his own business - a hair salon on Ohio Street in Bangor that he's named Salon Bonifacio.

"I wanted to use all my life experience and create my dream come true," Ortega explained. "I wanted to be in a field that made you happy."

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 20:57

Dear Gina

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.

Published in Get Ginafied
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 15:18

The changing of the seasons

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.

Published in Get Ginafied
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:05

Taking a till on your hair

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.

Published in Get Ginafied
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 21:42

Poolside hair

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.

Published in Get Ginafied
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:26

Getting married? Be prepared

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.

Published in Get Ginafied
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 13:08

Hair myths

We live in a fast-paced world that has many claims for the quick fix for everything in our life. Unfortunately, we have to educate ourselves on what really works and what doesn't even when it comes to hair. Here are a few hair myths I'd like to set straight.

Once your ends are split, there is no turning back. The only solution is to cut them off. Deep conditioning treatments are always recommended and can help you prevent split ends. I suggest you turn to your hairdresser and ask for advice on the right products to be using as well as maintenance and the time you should go in between haircuts to avoid split ends in the first place.

When it comes to coloring your hair, save yourself time and money by seeking a professional in the first place. There are many money-saving options when it comes to hair color. But doing it yourself is not one of them. Set up a consultation with your stylist and be honest about what you want and what your budget is. I am positive something can be done that will work for you and your wallet.

Published in Get Ginafied
Thursday, 14 June 2012 10:56

Go natural

This is the time of the year when almost every one of my clients wants a change to her look and hairstyle. It is a very fun and exciting time to be a hair stylist. I got caught in the rut of being boring, and asked a client this week 'So, are we going to just trim your hair?' She looked at me and said, 'No, we are going to cut ita LOT.' We both laughed, and I was very excited to give her a brand new haircut. Seeing the transformation in my clients is so rewarding.

Everyone always wants to know what the newest trend is, and the truth is trends just go round and round in a circle with a little twist on the way they were done before. For spring/summer 2012 it is natural highlights. If you want to be trendy, then do away with the ultra balayage hair color and/or chunky highlights and embrace fine, thin natural foils.

Published in Get Ginafied
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