November 16, 2009

Hair Treatments

Well, you learn something new everyday right?

Today I was in a basic Aveda education class where for two days we are going over all the Aveda products. This afternoon happened to be haircare. Our educator was going over the different hair treatments and she gave us this little nugget of advice. Don't do your treatments once a week do them every five washes. Profound for those of us who are not washing our hair daily! If you are a daily washer (and you should not be-read why here) then once a week is fine. But if you are like me, and only wash a couple of times a week, then to do a deep conditioner one of those times might be too much. And for my fine haired friends that is WAY too much. So my friends I take back my earlier statement that you should deep condition once per week. Change that to once every five washes.
Happy Conditioning,

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November 8, 2009

Haircolor at Home-Part 2

I've said it before and I will say it again-I think haircolor should be left to a professional. There is a reason we go to cosmetology school and have to get a license to do hair. A lot can happen to your hair when you color it and if you don't know color theory there is a great potential for disaster. With that said, I totally understand that getting haircolor done professionally isn't always an option for everyone and you need to do it at home. Here is my advice take it or leave it.

First, if you are going more than a few levels darker or going lighter you really should see a professional because going lighter at home usually results in an orange color and going more than 2 levels darker gets tricky because you need to add back or "fill" the hair with the missing colors. So, if you are sticking around the same level or going a bit darker you should be fine.

Next, please, please, please don't use box color from the grocery store or drug store. You can get professional color from places like Sally's Beauty Supply. The results with professional color are going to be so much better and you aren't putting crap-like metallic salts on your hair. Also, if you decide to go see a professional hairstylist the professional haircolor is so much easier to work with than box color. Some box colors you cannot color over or remove because what is in them will make your hair BREAK OFF!

Last, don't be fooled by the highlighting kits. They might look easy to use, but I've yet to see someone do a good job with them. Most people end up with polka dot hair. Happy coloring!

Your friendly Hair Girl,

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November 1, 2009

The Big Tease

Here are a few pictures of me dressed up for Halloween. I'm Betty Draper from the hit show Mad Men. This classic 1960's style requires lots and lots of backcombing along with a ton of hairspray.

I parted off the top section and curled it all towards the back. Then I parted the back down the middle and curled the 1" sections forward towards my face.
Once it was cool I went to town with my comb. I teased the crap out of me entire head. Then, using just the edge of my comb and my mason pearson brush I smoothed it over and into the shape I wanted.

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