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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:56

Time to talk about men's hair

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

Published in Get Ginafied
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 23:54

Post-partum hair loss

There have been a lot of beautiful pregnant ladies coming into the salon lately with beautiful heads of hair and the cutest bellies. Recently I was asked about hair shedding after that little bundle of joy showed up. I was amazed at how many ladies were not aware that this will happen and why. I hope this article gives you some more information and puts your mind at ease.

It is normal and expected that we shed up to 150 hairs each day. Our hair grows in three-month cycles. At one time 90 percent of your hair is growing and the other 10 percent is in resting phase. Every two to three months our hair is shedding to allow new hair to grow. This is just an everyday, normal occurrence on our lovely little heads.

Published in Style
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?

Published in Get Ginafied
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!

Published in Get Ginafied
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.

Published in Get Ginafied
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.

Published in Get Ginafied
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.

Published in Get Ginafied
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 22:28

Shed happens

There have been a lot of beautiful pregnant ladies coming into the salon lately with beautiful heads of hair and the cutest bellies. Recently I was asked about hair shedding after that little bundle of joy showed up. I was amazed at how many ladies were not aware that this will happen and why. I hope this article gives you some more information and puts your mind at ease.

It is normal and expected that we shed up to 150 hairs each day. Our hair grows in three-month cycles. At one time 90 percent of your hair is growing and the other 10 percent is in resting phase. Every two to three months our hair is shedding to allow new hair to grow. This is just every day normal occurrence on our lovely little heads.

Published in Get Ginafied
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:21

Keep it professional

Prom and wedding season is fast approaching. I have to admit, this this is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year. After the longest winter ever, it is nice to think about warmer weather, bright colored prom dresses and the laughs and joy that a wedding day brings.

It is important to leave you hairstyle to a professional for this or any special event in your life. I know that there are many pictures and how-to videos out there that make it look easy. But if hairstyling were easy, all the salons that exist would be out of business. If you want to look your absolute best on your big day, make sure you schedule your appointment and do it fast!

Published in Get Ginafied
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