lazy days of summer

The lazy days of summer are upon us. We all have felt the humidity in the air lately, haven’t we. We have an extended amount of daylight right now and I believe you should spend it wisely and not in the bathroom trying to fix your hair. In fact, I hope you are reading this article outside right now. Maine Summers are just too short to be fussing over your hair.  Humidity causes a challenge when it comes to styling hair. You can fight it, or you can stop trying so hard.

    Put up the hair dryer for the summer. You’re just going to sweat to death while you use it anyways. Hang it up and let it stay there until fall.  I suggest turning on the fan in your room while you get ready. Let your hair catch some fresh air for the summer and air dry it. Humidity causes frizz, adding more heat to it from your hair dryer isn’t going to help, but only make it worse. I also scrunch my hair while on my way to work with the ac cranked and the windows cracked. You may chuckle at this, but I get the most compliments on my own hair when I have done nothing but let it do it’s thing that particular day. This will be true for you too, I promise.

    You do need to get some great products for your hair to help prevent frizz and provide your hair with proper hydration. It may be humid out, leaving you to think you don’t need more of it in your hair, but in fact you do. Hair needs proper moisture balance and in the summer it needs extra love and protection. The summer sun, heat and humidity all take a toll on our hair. Along with regular trims with your stylist a good product will make a big difference.  Paul Mitchell released a SUN line last year that is sulfate free, protects your hair from the sun, adds protein and leaves it looking it’s best all summer.

    If you have any type of texture in your hair, don’t fight it it. Go with it. Use a great styling product like mousse or gel and scrunch away. The more you fight natural texture the worse your hair is going to look. Embrace your texture, those that don’t have it, wish that they did. Summer is a great time to sport loose messy beach hair and simple styles that are pulled back and kept in place for the day. I can’t urge you enough to just go with it and let your hair win. If you start with the right products, I am sure it will stay looking it’s best.

   If you still are uncomfortable with this, make sure you talk with your stylist about it. Ask for a summer styling lesson at your next visit, or schedule a consultation.  I am always here for questions by email getginafiedbnd@gmail.com

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SUNDAY HAIR

  Our hair sure does take a beating with all that we do to it. Most of you wash it every day (you need to stop doing that), blow-dry, curl, flat-iron, spray hairspray on it etc. How many of you really give it a day of rest? Let’s start this Sunday and continue every Sunday with giving your hair a break from all of that and little TLC.

  Hair products, minerals in the water and toxins in our environment build up on our hair. Even though I don’t want you to wash your hair every day, I do want you to use a clarifying treatment once a week to cleanse your hair off all the build up. This buildup will cause you to have bad hair days and will also leave your color look dull and even brassy. With summer coming, this is definitely something you want to include in your hair care regime right along with your kiddos who swim in the pool. Using a clarifying shampoo will gently cleanse your hair from the inside out. I do warn you to either ask your hairdresser what they recommend or simply use a baking soda rinse at home (baking soda paste mixed with water or your daily shampoo).   Don’t just go get any old clarifying shampoo from the store down the street. Many of those are way too harsh on your hair. The point to clarify your hair is to properly cleanse it, not “strip” it and make it dry and brittle. Always ask a professional.

   After you have taken the time to clarify your hair, finish off with a great deep conditioning treatment. Once that is sulfate free and contains proteins. Again, this should be something you get from your hair stylist or your kitchen cupboard, not the store.  I recommend are Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keritriplex intensive treatment as a professional product. I am sure there are some other great professional products as well, I just use and know Paul Mitchell, therefore I recommend it. One of my absolute favorite things to use in my hair and for literally everything is Organic Coconut oil. This is a great treatment in your hair and will rinse out nicely without being too heavy. Whatever you use, the point is to replace your hair with vital nutrients and moisture. The most perfect time to do this is after a clarifying treatment. Deep conditioning treatments can be done more than once a week, unlike my recommendation for the clarifying treatments. You don’t want to over do it here, but use as needed (really no need for more than twice per week).

   We just left a long dry winter and now are headed into the summer months with sun, sand, surf and chlorine. There is no better time to start your Sunday hair care regime than now. I always welcome questions at getginafiedbdn@gmail.com. Happy Sunday..

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Take the Leap

     Spring is here! I can’t wait for green grass, sunshine and leaves on the trees. This time of year does seem to drag on, but warmer weather is approaching, I promise. Winter really does a number on on hair and skin. I urge you to see your stylist for a Spring pick-me-up. Just go for an instant face lift by getting a new look, taking off some length, adding layers and highlights. Trust me this can take 10 years off and is way cheaper then seeing the plastic surgeon.

    There are many simple ways to spruce up your look as we head into Spring. Winter leaves our hair and our skin dried out. With all the abuse we give to our hair via coloring, blow-drying, curling, flat-ironing, teasing, washing it every day and so on, our hair deserves a fresh start.  I am not telling you all to completely cut ALL your hair off, but think about it. What is it that you are hanging on to? So many of us (me included) hang onto our hair and don’t want to cut it, even when it really needs to be. Maybe we are afraid of change, who knows exactly what it is. I say let it go and try something new. Spring is a perfect time to do that.

   Very few women can actually grown long beautiful healthy looking hair on their own. Please know that the rest of them that you see on t.v. or in magazines with long gorgeous hair are wearing extensions, I promise! Talk with your hairstylist about what type of hairstyle really works for your, your hair and your lifestyle. Healthy hair is what is gorgeous, if the ends are dry, skinny or split, they need to GO. There is no repairing that. Start fresh, start new. After all, the wonderful thing about hair is that is GROWS BACK (and why I have a job).

   As I walk into retail stores I see so many bright colors all around. It really gets me excited for warm weather. The easiest way to brighten up your look and your hair is to add some highlights. No matter your hair color there is a complimentary lighter shade that you can add with just a few foils around your face. This is such a simple and affordable way to add life and dimension to your hair. Most stylists offer partial foiling specials, especially this time of year. So give your stylist a call and take the leap into spring.

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Golden Rules

Happy Friday to all of you! Here are a few words to think about through the weekend. 

 I have been involved in the cosmetology field now for 15 years and from day 1 I got my outside education from Paul Mitchell. They not only train us with the leading styles and techniques to bring into the salon and to our clients they train us with life skills and lessons. Years ago I attended a class with a gentlemen names Winn Claubaugh. This class was all about teching us how to balance life. This is where I learned about something he called “The Golden Rules”. I got thinking about it this week and looking at it and thought I would share it with my readers. I hope that these “rules” inspire you and help you out in your daily life. The juggling act that we all struggle to keep going every day is a constant challenge and I think needs much revision throughout life. I had these rules blown up to poster size and they hang on our breakroom door in the salon.  It is the basis for which I run my business and my life. I like to go over them every now and again and check in with myself to see where I may need to make some adjustments.

 

You can read more about these rules and more at beniceorelse.com, enjoy!

1. Always be on time
2. Always be in a great mood (fake it when necessary)
3. Come to work prepared
4. Be informed (read all memos and information)
5. Gossip is not allowed
6. Hold each other accountable
7. Resolve all personal challenges with love
8. Go to the decision maker with and apprently unsolveable challenges
9. Be knowledgeable, literate, and articulate
10. Always “look the part” of an impeccable professional
11. Be professional always
12. Do not get personally involved with clients
13. Personal lives remain personal

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Trying to grow your hair?

   Are you like me and trying to grow your hair out? It can be a long and tedious process that requires patience. If you are like me and most women out there, then you know that being patient while we wait for hair to grow is not an easy task.On average our hair grows ¼- ½” every month. Everyone of us and how fast our hair will grow is different. Many factors play into that and I thought I would share some tips on how you can speed up the process.
The condition of your scalp says everything about the health of your hair. You want your scalp in optimal condition at all times. Make sure you are brushing your scalp and hair daily to exfoliate and stimulate blood flow. You also can use oils on the scalp to condition the area, such as coconut oil or olive oil.
Store purchased products contain harmful chemicals that are going to damage your hair and prevent it from growing.  Most of these products have a ph value high enough to strip a floor so imagine what they can do to your hair.  Make sure you throw those out and contact your stylist to stock up on professional hair care that is actually good for your hair and scalp.
Shampoo your hair no more that 2-3 times per week. Washing your hair every day is going to dry it out and strip it of the natural moisture it needs to be healthy and grow. If your hair and scalp are too dry, the hair is going to break off and you’ll be getting a haircut instead of a longer style.
Your hair has to be maintained even if you are growing it out. Make sure you see your stylist regularly for a small trim to keep the ends at optimal condition  If your ends are dry or split they will continue all the way up the hair shaft until it breaks. It is true that your hair will grow faster with regular visits to your stylist for a trim. I recommend between 6-8 weeks, no longer.
Growing your hair out can be a bit of a pain, but these tips are sure to help make sure it is growing at the fastest pace that it can. While your hair is growing out, make sure to be gentle and give it a bit of a break so it can stay as healthy as possible. Soon enough your hair will be just where you want it. Just in time for you to decide it’s time for a new hairstyle. After all, this is why I have a job. Women change their mind all the time and I am just as guilty. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns at thelfactor@myfairpoint.net

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You need some sparkle

I can’t help but notice all of the shiny, sparkly things all around this time of year. If you need to stock up on sequins, now is the time. All of the shiny pretty things grab my attention and I also think it is the time to make sure that your hair is one of those things that sparkle and shine through the holiday season.

 This time of year also gets colder and dry which takes its toll on us. Our mood, health, hair and skin are all affected. There is a lot you can do to hydrate your hair and keep it that way throughout the winter. Hydrated hair=shiny hair and who doesn’t want that? Salons always offer great deep conditioning treatments which also usually include some scalp massage and relaxation time which is my top recommendation. If that is not an option for you right now, go grab some olive oil or coconut oil. Heat up a small amount in the microwave and apply to dry hair. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and/or a warmed up towel. Leave this in for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better). Shampoo and style as usual. This treatment does wonders and this time a year once a week or once every two weeks is ideal.

 Another way to add some sparkle to your hair is to see your hair stylist for a Clear Coat. Think about what a clear coat of polish does for your nails. It seals it, protects the color and makes them shiny. Well, this can be true of your hair too. A clear shine treatment involoves clear semi-permanent hair color that is applied and processing usually in about 20 minutes. This is good to add to your hair color service or also a great thing to do even if you don’t color your hair, but you want too add some pizazz and sparkle! Clear color also hydrates and protects your hair from winters harsh, dry air.

  Most of us decide that when summer is over it is time  to color our hair back to our natural and go darker. I like this option and dark hair is so rich, shiny and natural. I do suggest you add just a few foils (by few, I mean 10 and under). The color in these foils does not have to be super blonde, just a shade or two lighter than what you do have to add some brightness and “sparkle” around your face. Adding just a few foils can really change up your look and add dimension to your color. This service is very quick and easy for your stylist to do and usually is also very affordable. Don’t make the mistake of buying one of those at home highlighting kits, this is not going to give you the sparkle I am talking about. That will give you orange, blothcy, fried hair that will cost you upwards of $100/ hour to fix. Leave it to the professionals.      This time of year gets very busy for all of us. We feel stressed, overwhelmed, tired and frumpy. Take time for yourself and take care of your hair throughout the winter months. Give yoruself a pick-me-up by adding some sparkly to your do.

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Get a great cut!

Many new clients tell me that they are looking for a haircut that works with their face shape. I get it, you want a new style that flatters your face and makes you look your best. Here’s what I want you to really consider and it means more than what face shape you have. What type of hair do you have? What is your lifestyle? How often can you maintain your look? See, if you don’t know the answers to these questions, then it won’t matter at all if your haircut flatters your face.

Your hair is like fabric and what type of fabric you have depicts the care that is needed to make it look its best. Most of you posses  fine silk for hair, which is fine, thin and delicate. Others have denim, thick stiff and coarse hair. Not every haircut that looks good on a heart-shaped face will work with your hair type. I don’t know of anyone who has one type of face shape either. Most of you have two or more. You may have an oval forehead and a hear shaped jaw. We are all individual and cookie cutter haircuts don’t work for anyone. So, if you consider your face shape alone, you are not going to leave the salon happy. You have been given a haircut that “flatters” your face, but  not your hair. It will leave you frustrated because it won’t style correctly and is time-consuming in your busy, hectic schedule.    The magic trick I can share with you, it to get real with yourself and your hair. Talk with your stylist about what haircut works best with your hair TYPE and your lifestyle. Don’t try to make your hair do something it doesn’t want to do. No GOOD haircut should take a lot of time to style each day. The next time you see an article about hairstyles for your face shape, keep flipping the page because that is not the magic solution. Get a haircut for your hair type and lifestyle and you will never have been more happy.

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Little Secrets I know

  Do you know how many things that your hair stylist  knows about you simply by working with your hair? Your stylist has a perfect view of your hair, scalp and skin when doing your hair. Everything and I mean everything that goes into your body comes out on your hair. Often times when there is something going on good or bad within your body, your hair will tell the story.      I have been doing hair for more than 10 years now, so these are things I have learned along the way, so I speak for myself and not every single stylist out there. But, it is true and something to think about. If your stylist notices changes in your hair and suggests you see a Doctor, listen to them. Some of the things that I can tell simply by looking at someones hair and scalp are; Pregnancy, new medications, poor diet, diabetes (or the potential to get it), drug use, thyroid issues, cancer (the need to have a mole checked), stress and more. Surprised? My clients usually are too when I tell them this.

     Recently I spoke with a client who was talking about the worry of possibly having diabetes. I told her that the dark shaded area on the back of her neck often means that you have or can have diabetes and that she should go get that checked out. This conversation is exactly what inspired me to write this article.  Obviously my advice is just my observation of working with people and I am not a Doctor. What I think is important is this aspect of the relationship that I build with clients and how much your hair really reveals about you and your body.  I can tell when my clients are pregnant often times long before they know. The reason I can tell is because there is a sudden burst of new hair growth on their scalp. My clients think I am a psychic or something, but that is not it. Most of my clients have been with me a long time and I see changes easily with their hair and scalp.    

Your hair is like a piece of fabric to your stylist and the type of fabric that is currently really depicts the treatments and services that your hair needs in order to look its best. Trust your stylist and their recommendations for your hair. If they tell you to go get something checked out listen. If they want to pre-treat your hair before a color service so it removes build-up from the long list of medications you are taking, let them. If they tell you your hair is not in condtion to recieve a service you want, trust them. Your stylist is not psychic, just observant and very knowledgeable and really does know your hair, scalp and skin.

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Take a GOOD look, you’re a BRIDE!

I have said it over and over, but I sure do love weddings! I have been a stylist for over 10 years now and have been lucky enough to have been a  part of some really great weddings. I often travel on location and style the bride and her wedding party where the wedding will take place. If you are planning your wedding, think about that and having your stylist come to you.

   Because I have done so many weddings, I have learned a lot about wedding, planning, photos, you name it! I definitely have the confidence in my God-given talents to know that the brides hair will look its absolute best. With that said, the best hairstyles I have created have been when the bride is pretty relaxed about her hair and let’s me just do my thing.

     Recently my brother-n-law said “I DO” to his long time love and my new sister-n-law, Kyleen. They planned their wedding at their home this past August. Kyleen and I had talked about her hair, looked at photos and had a general idea of where we were going with it. I did recommend that she purchase clip-in extensions for the day to add fullness to her already long hair and I told her we had to work with the weather and the humidity. August weddings and hair don’t always mix. The heavy humid weather just makes hair go flat and I usually recommend the hair be put up no matter what.

    Kyleen completely trusted me on the wedding day and let me do what I  needed to her hair and makeup so that her look was complete and perfect. She never looked in a mirror once to check in with what I was doing. The best part is that the photographer  Sarah Marble, captured the moment that Kyleen got to see herself as a bride for the very first time. I absolutely love these photos, they take “Gettting Ginafied” to the next level.

My advice to all you brides out there is to trust your hair stylist and if you don’t think you  will or can, then find one that you can trust.  Trust their ability and knowledge of what is going to work and what isn’t going to work  with your hair. You have to consider your dress, the overall theme of the wedding, the weather, inside or outside ceremony, your hair type and texture and more. Look at photos and get a general idea of what you would like your hair to look like. Share these with your stylist, but don’t put the pressure on yourself or your stylist to make your hair look exactly like the photos.  Lastly, I would suggest capturing a moment like the ones in these photos. We all dream of our wedding day our whole lives and what we will look like as a bride. I just love this moment and am happy I got to share it with my new sister-n-law. Congrats Kyleen and Derek!

 

I welcome questions and comments. Please e-mail them to me at getginafiedbdn@gmail.com

If  you are looking for a stylist for your upcoming wedding I am taking reservations for the 2013 wedding season now. You can reach me at The L Factor Salon 989-5515

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Don’t Panic

     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 a bit 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  3 month cycles. At one time 90% of your hair is growing and the other 10% is in resting phase. Every 2-3 months our hair is shedding to allow new hair to grow. This is just every day normal occurrence on our lovely little heads.      During Pregnancy  hormone levels put your hair in its resting phase so you do not shed as much hair as you normally would on a daily basis. I can attest that during my last pregnancy I did not shed one single hair for 38 weeks! I absolutely loved it and had awesome thick hair. So, ladies if your preggo right now, love it while you can. Once you deliver your hormones are going to crash and you can expect that 2-3 months after delivery, your hair is going to shed and it may seem scary and overwhelming to you. Don’t panic and know that you are not alone. It is ok to talk about it and I would encourage you to do just that and give your hair stylist a call.       During this time, make sure you are still getting proper nutrition (lots of fruit and veggies) and vitamin supplements (Vitamins B Complex, C, E, Biotin and Zinc).  Make sure you take extra special care of your hair as well. Be careful when combing (especially wet hair), lay off excessive styling and the use of blow dryers etc., Don’t sleep on your hair when wet or tie it back when wet (EVER, but especially now) and make sure you are using a quality shampoo and conditioner (I recommend Nioxin Products that are made especially for thinning hair).     Remember that hair loss postpartum is temporary and it will stop. Plan on it being completely over within 6 months of time. In the event that it doesn’t seem to be stopping and/or it is worse, contact your healthcare provider to assure you don’t have a thyroid issue or any other health problem. Also note, that if your hair is falling out DURING pregnancy you should be concerned and contact your Doctor immediately. This could be a sign of a vitamin deficiency and/or thyroid problem.  Our hair and it’s condition is a great way for us to know the overall health of our body, so pay close attention to it.

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