Faking Shine


Posted in Products on September 4th, 2012 by Reagan

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Now that my hair is finally pretty long again, Im dealing with dry ends. I have to trim it pretty frequently, or it looks like cotton candy..the bad kind. (the bad kind consists of any kind that you wouldnt eat.)

Anyway, when my hair loses its luster, I turn to artificial luster.

Basically I love shine sprays and serums.

Particularly:

Redken Vinyl Glam

This one gives you a spritz. Its very shiney and light and goes great on dry hair. This is best for medium to thick hair.

Tigi Headrush

This is an aerosol spray and goes on light as air, so it works for any hair type. It works best on air-dried/blow-dried hair.

SachaJuan Shine Serum

This is a pump serum and can be used on wet or dry hair. Its good for any hair type.

I know what youre all thinking. If teasing is the high heels of hair, then spray/serum shines are the bronzers of hair.

If you wont tell, I wont tell.

Top photo by Ty Mecham

More about the Gloss.


Posted in News on April 11th, 2012 by Reagan

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(Shades EQ by Redken is the gloss used in every salon Ive ever worked at!)

Ive mentioned glosses several times on HDOF and today is your lucky day, because Im going to talk about them more. Hairray.

A short description of a gloss would be the followingA semi-permanent haircolor done at the shampoo bowl to achieve desired hair tone.

If youre a blonde: You know, you cant really be anything but plain old blonde unless you do a gloss after highlighting your hair. Bleach just pulls out color, and doesnt tone as its pulling. It goes through the different levels as it lightens, but once those oranges and coppers are all sucked out and you have your blonde, thats really just supposed to be your blank canvas. You have the whole world (I mean, color world) at your finger-tips at this point. You can do a peachy blonde, or a rosey blonde, a strawberry blonde, a golden blonde, an ashy blonde, etc. If youre not trying to be a blonde and you just have highlights for dimension, you can also tone them down to just a shade or two lighter than your base color. Warm, cool, ash, whatever. You can do anything!

Also, toning your blonde hair makes for a much less frightful regrowth line.

If youre not a blonde: Lets say you had color forever ago but you grew it out. Now you have your natural down to your shoulders, and everything below that is some strange reddish (or other kind of ish) aftermath of your fading color process. You dont want to dye over it because that defeats the purpose of going back to your natural. By doing a gloss, you are just toning those ends to match your natural so the growing out phase is a little less painful.

If youre bored and dull: A gloss is a great way to freshen up your color. If you feel like the elements have dulled it inbetween color services, or even if you dont color your hair, you can just slap on a gloss and feel new again. I have loads of clients who get their same exact color, just in a gloss for shine and umph. You can even get a clear gloss!

A gloss is very similar to a single process, except that it is translucent, and lays on top of the hair instead of penetrating it. The fact that it is translucent is what makes it so dang shiny. If youve ever had a gloss you know the shine Im talking about.

A gloss is done after you shampoo the hair. Its applied on wet hair and usually sits about 5-10 minutes before it is rinsed (not shampooed) and conditioned. It doesnt require normal peroxide, so it causes no damage at all. Depending on what formula you use and what kind of condition your hair is in, it can last as long as 4 to 6 weeks.

Is there anything Im missing? Im pretty sure Ive never said gloss or shiny so many times in my life. They do go hand in hand though!

Stay tuned for my gloss formula!

Shampoo and Conditioner for color treated hair.


Posted in Products on February 22nd, 2012 by Reagan

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I get a lot of emails asking if color shampoo and conditioner is necessary.

YES!

Well, yes if youre trying to make your color last.

Shampoo is made to strip your hair of oils and dirt, and unfortunately this also means it strips hair color, making it look dull and faded. Color shampoo protects your hair color from fading. If that doesnt convince you, and youre holding back because you dont want one more thing to buy, remember that you are getting more money out of your color service if you are making it last longer! Not taking care of it properly is kind of a waste, right?

So, color shampoos and conditioners really work!

Here are a few that I like

Pureology
SachaJuan
Redken
Oribe

Although I dont recommend low end shampoos and conditioners, here are a few if your pocket book doesnt agree with the above.

LOreal
Herbal Essences

Then all you have left to do is chant to your hair colorwilling it to obey you.

last, last, last, last, last


 

Building a hair foundation.


Posted in News, Products on November 1st, 2011 by Reagan

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I have a strong belief that any hair can hold curl. A lot of clients swear that theirs is the hair that will never hold curl, and it is my true joy to prove them wrong.

All you need is products. Possibly handfuls upon handfuls, but that is all you need.

My very favorite foundation is mousse. I talk about mousse all the time, but I dont know that I ever get much more specific than saying that it is great for volume. The truth is, mousse is the worlds greatest foundation product. Note: sometimes my clients are shocked to see that I might use two or three handfuls of mousse in their hair. That is when I dont have time for nonsense (or misbehaving hair).

Here is what youre going to do. Shower (or just shampoo/condition your hair). Towel dry. Put in several handfuls of mousse. Every inch of your hair will be moussed, root to tip. The key is to take the silky/softness out. Then you are going to comb through. Then youre going to blow dry. Then you are going to curl your hair and possibly set it in pins (while it cools). And it is going to hold.

All day. Can you imagine?

It might not feel like real hair, but it will look beautiful and it will hold. Some people are lucky enough to have hair that does what you want it to with little effort and little to no product. The rest of us have to work a little harder!

 

Here are my favorite mousses.

Redken Full Frame

Sachajuan

Garnier

Go on now. Go get some curly hair!