Wednesday, 30 May 2012 15:52

Bangs and face shape

Often clients want to change up their look, but they really don't want to cut any length or add more layers. That is always a real challenge for a hair stylist and leaves us with very few options. What I always tell them is to add bangs and/or face framing layers. Luckily they are the biggest trend that I see right now in all shapes, sizes and styles that you can imagine. If you want to change up your look, easily go for bangs.

The next question to ask is what style of bangs is going to work for you. I would ask you to consider your hair texture, type and most importantly your face shape. Here are the four face shapes and the bangs that go with them:

Published in Get Ginafied
Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:27

Wedding season

The recent warm weather has me thinking about my favorite time of year: wedding season. I am one of those rare hair stylists who actually loves weddings and updos, and I have been privileged to be a part of some truly gorgeous and amazing weddings. I work exclusively with Amber Small from Sweetest Thing weddings, and that has brought me to some great locations to do wedding hair. In Maine, that is usually the coast, and it makes for a pretty great day at the office. As I started preparing for the upcoming season, I began thinking about what the upcoming trends would be and what brides would be wanting this year. As I was doing some searching on Pinterest and Google, I thought more about what not to do with your hair on your wedding day. There is so much to consider when it comes to your hair for your wedding.

When and where are you getting married?

The location of your wedding and the time of year are crucial details for every aspect of your big day, but especially for your hair. If you are planning a wedding outside in August, then I would insist that your hair be put up. Don't plan on a long, curled hairstyle that you want to leave down in the hottest and most humid time of the year. What you will be left with is a flat mess.

Published in The Wrath of Grapes
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:15

Stop washing your hair

So many of you are so used to grabbing your shampoo every day and washing your hair that you have not even thought about not doing it. Meanwhile, you are complaining about limp and dry hair and wondering how to fix that with a magic product or hairstyle. You just need to stop washing your hair! There is absolutely no need to shampoo your hair every single day not matter what. I know what you are thinking right now, 'Are you kidding? I can't do that. My hair is greasy. I will feel dirty.' I've heard it all. Just keep reading, give a thought to it and start the process by only washing your hair every other day.

When I tell you not to wash your hair, I am telling you to not put shampoo in your hair. You can still rinse it thoroughly with water in the shower and use conditioner on your ends if you must. The water is going to rinse away sweat, dirt and most professional products. Not shampooing is going to allow your natural oils to penetrate the rest of your hair and leave it conditioned and healthy. The reason our hair is so dry is because every 12 to 24 hours (or more if you are a two shower a day person) we are stripping it by using shampoo to clean it. So let today be the day you give this a try. Before you get in the shower use a nice brush (preferably a boar's hair brush) and brush your scalp and hair thoroughly so that the oils are worked throughout your hair. Remember the old saying, 'brush your hair 100 strokes each day?' It is necessary and something a lot of us have long forgotten. Look back in time to the days when women had long beautiful hair. Do you know why? Because they brushed it and didn't wash it every day.

Published in The Wrath of Grapes
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 16:09

Dear Gina

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.

Published in The Wrath of Grapes
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:43

Flat-out risky

The trend in hairstyling known as the Brazilian Blowout, keratin smoothing treatment or any other similar-sounding service deserves immediate attention. I want everyone to be educated in the dangers this product comes with. I have been telling clients, friends and colleagues for months that the infamous Brazilian Blowout is just that - a blow out. This process that chemically smooths and straightens your hair is doing way more than that, and most of you either just didn't know or refused to believe it. This product contains extremely high levels of formaldehyde and is extremely dangerous for the client, and even more dangerous for me as the stylist.

Customers are paying upwards of $300 for a carcinogen. Sound good to you? Is your idea of perfect hair really worth it to you? Are you willing to put yourself and your stylist at risk for that? I have been leery of this from the beginning and now reports have been released that the FDA is aware of this problem and are calling for these companies to lower the levels of formaldehyde and make their consumers aware. OSHA has issued a hazard alert to consumers and professionals which will outline the problems and hazards associated with this product, and the FDA has issued the companies a warning letter with a deadline to lower the levels or face enforcement action. About time if you ask me.

Published in The Wrath of Grapes
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:13

Stop giving me static

We bundle ourselves and our kids up to leave the house this time of year only to be left with bad hat head and even worse static cling! It's that time of year - it's so cold we all really need our hats on to keep warm. But hat hair isn't quite the look we were going for when we left the house was it? Fortunately there are a few tricks of the trade to prevent static in your hair. Here are my top three.
Published in The Wrath of Grapes
Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:59

Ask Gina - Common questions get answered

How do you know when it's time for a new style or maybe even a new hairdresser?

I think this can be a tricky situation. Personally, I always let my clients know that they can and need to tell me if they are unhappy. You have to communicate with your stylist. If you are unhappy with your hair or you want change, you should voice that to them. I do think your stylist should also be checking in with you and suggesting changes every now and again to keep your look updated. You should feel amazing when you leave the salon with your hair, how it looks and feels. You also should leave the salon knowing you had a great experience and feel that you want to go back. If either of those things are not true for you than you need a new hairstyle and/or a new hairdresser!

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