HOW LONG DOES KERATIN LAST

How long does a keratin treatment last

Before I commit to the answer of “How long does keratin last”, here are a few factors one might consider.

If you want your keratin treatment to last, the first rule of thumb is to make sure you’re using a sulfate free shampoo. A shampoo with a high concentration of Sodium Laurel Sulfate will wash the keratin out faster than a shampoo with out the SLS.

I talk about this subject quite a bit at the salon. Keratin has a tendency to last as long as the person who has the treatment understands that keratin is not meant to last forever.

Some people have better luck than others depending on porosity, volume, or whether the hair is thick or fine. 

If you have hair that’s super thick, chances are, you’re keratin treatment may  last longer than someone with finer hair. If your hair is colored, chances are your keratin treatment might last longer than a someone who hasn’t colored their hair.

If you’re used to washing your hair everyday, you may be pulling more keratin from the hair than someone who washes every other day.

At the salon today, Jennifer asked me the same question. “How long does a keratin treatment last?”Jennifer likes to wash her hair everyday, but I warned that such a practice might do her more a disservice than she might think. She could be washing out the keratin sooner than later.

Preserving your keratin treated hair could solely depends on how much you’re shampooing, coloring, blowdrying, or flat ironing your hair. Treat it delicately and you could count on healthier, smoother and silkier hair for a longer period of time.

Keratin treatments usually last anywhere from 3 to 4 months. If you get a keratin treatment on a regular basis, they could last up to 6 months.

 

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HAIR COLORING BASE AND HIGHLIGHTS

Hair Coloring Base and Highlights

At times when highlighting hair at the salon, I like to highlight parts of the hair  on a person’s head. The reason why is I might want my client to look as though she’s been overexposed with overhead sunlight which is the most way hair get’s highlighted by nature. On Michel I covered her base with a level seven ash. Most blondes have an ash base to begin with by birth. Michel came into the salon and with mostly gray hair.

Coloring her hair with an ash base will help help her color graduate from the deeper base to the natural shades of a lighter blonde.  With fewer golden tones and more shades of winter wheat we can ad some sterling  light highlights.   With a base of 7.0, Michel at the hair salon will notice a backdrop to her beautiful rosy skin .

Coloring Michel’s base will help break it a few shades so that she doesn’t have too dark a base that stands out next to her gorgeous new highlights.  Both taking away from each other.

So remember, when you’re in the hair salon and your hair is in need of some good coloring,  but you don’t know what. Coloring your base and highlights can brighten up your look immediately and make you feel like a million bucks! Try it and see.

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BETO CUEVAS

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Sometimes I  get to work on celebrities. But usually they can be very private and I don’t  get to promote the work I do with them. Today was a little different at the salon. I had the privilege of working on the amazing Beto Cuevas. Beto is quite famous in the latino community. He’s truly a gift to the music world.

Beto Cuevas and I had some great conversations at the salon today. I truly took a liking to him.

He is currently playing Jesus in “Jesus Superstar” on the latin stage.

Beto Cuevas is a regular very cool kind of guy who you could sit down and have a deep conversation with. He is as humble as they come, not to mention as handsome too.

It was great doing his hair at the salon today. Beto received a keratin treatment. Celebrities are moving fast forward on keratin treatments. They’re really transforming and now creating a big buzz.

I look forward to seeing him again. Thank you Beto Cuevas!

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KERATIN TREATMENT COLOR CORRECTION

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Recently I got a call from a young lady in a panic that a hair colorist had botched up her color. I asked her to come in and let me look at it. Well, she was right. She must have had about 5 different colors running through her hair. I recommended a change in color with the plan to end with a  keratin treatment.

The first plan of action was to get her back to a base color we could start from and not to do more until we see how her hair washed out in the coming weeks.

That entailed not using more permanent color, but a superficial color system that would not subject her to any more of the same chemicals that fryed her hair to begin with. I used Redken Shades EQ,  a demipermanent color system that would normalize all the awkward shades running through her hair and create a new beautiful base with few shades that confuse.

Of course to make sure her hair was in the best condition afterwards, I used the Uberliss formaldehyde free Keratin Treatment. The treatment reinforced  the new base color by locking the color in and smoothing the hair down to a silly finish.

A Smooth and Silky formaldehyde free keratin treatment is a real treat for those with dry brittle colored hair.

Once all was said and done, her color correction and keratin treatment was a true success. Take a look at the the new color with the keratin treatment finish of Uberliss.

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KERATIN TREATMENT AND FINE HAIR

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Something I hear often is, are keratin treatments bad for my fine hair? The answer is no.

Keratin treatments help build fine hair up and make it thicker.   The nano system is all about creating a micro mesh netting that helps trap keratin and attach it to your hair. This new layer of hair serves as another new layer of keratin like the keratin your hair is make of. That spells, thicker, weightier and heavier hair that moves like it didn’t before.

The diamine molecules crosslink with the keratin and form hair that’s soft, silky and smooth. Soft silky and smooth with more keratin on top of your hair.  Keratin will give you nothing but beautiful results you’ll wish you had done long ago.

The next time you go to the salon, make sure to ask for a keratin treatment. You won’t regret it. Keratin does not break the hair down, but builds it up. A great way to have thicker, smoother, silkier hair.

Keratin treatments with time, wash out. A keratin treatment will last sometimes up to 4 months at a time. You’ll know when it’s time to have one done again. Your hair will revert back to the way it was before you had the keratin treatment. There’s no rule on how often you can have them.

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FINGER WAVES

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What some of you may not know is, when I was in beauty school, one had to do finger waves to pass the boards.

The idea behind the waves was to get as close to the head to understand the anatomy of a person’s scalp. The shape of the scalp, where the hairline begins and where it ends. Every scalp is different. Every manipulation depends on the texture of one’s hair. And every wave pattern depends on the mood or the occasion.

The flappers who wore the style were known for one of the first waves of the independence of women in the 1920’s.

Just for fun, and to expand my portfolio, I decided to do some finger waves and photograph the work. For those of you who don’t know, I’m also a fashion photographer. You can see some of my work at www.michaelhaddadphotography.com

Check out Ashley my model. I’ve used her for a few shoots now and think she is just beautiful. Hope you enjoy her too.

 

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SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO VERSUS SULFATES

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Sulfate free shampoos and shampoos with sulfates both serve a purpose. They’re both just as good as each other.  Below I’ll explain why.

SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOOS:

Most days at the hair salon, I hear why are sulfate free shampoos better for you? Sulfate free shampoos are known for being mild, yet they may not perform as well as their sulfate counterparts. Typically, sulfate-free shampoos do not lather as well as shampoos with sulfates. Sulfate-free shampoos may leave a build-up in the hair and on the scalp. The good thing is, if your hair is color treated, sulfate-free shampoos can help preserve the color.

The sulfates in shampoos have a tendency to pull color from color treated hair. Hair coloring is usually much more vulnerable to being stripped than normal hair.  Especially hair that’s color treated with semi or demi-color treated hair.

Also, another important factor before choosing a shampoo at the hair salon is where the SLS Sodium Laurel Sulfate falls in the list of ingredients. Some shampoos have just the right amount of SLS to help clean the hair well enough and still keep it conditioned.

An example when to use, sulfate-free shampoos is when you just had a keratin treatment at the hair salon. Keratin treatments are risk while using an SLS shampoo. The sulfates in shampoo can easily strip the keratin you just had pressed into your new beautiful smooth and straight hair. I always recommend a sulfate-free shampoo for hair that’s keratin treated.

SHAMPOO WITH SULFATES:

Shampoo with sulfates are great for people who have oily hair. If your hair has a tendency to get a little on the oily side, the SLS surfactants in shampoo are effective in cleaning and removing it. Thick hair may need the sulfates to help lather up enough to attach itself to the dirt and oil to when a milder shampoo won’t cut it.

Sulfates can sometimes help hair that’s thinning and can help remove the free radicals or the DHT build-up on the scalp that’s suffocating the follicle.  A clean scalp can help reduce the inflamed follicle these byproducts might produce. The follicle will breathe better and grow thicker and nicer hair.

Whenever I see someone with fine oily hair at the hair salon, I always use a SLS.

I myself like my hair stripped of the oil so that my fine strands look a little thicker. final result looks like you have more.

So the next time someone suggests a sulfate-free shampoo, take into consider what you heard at the hair salon here at MJ Hair Designs. Sulfate and sulfate-free shampoos have their plusses and minuses depending on your hair and it’s personal needs.

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IS SHE TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR HAIR

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Is she telling you the truth about your hair. She is your girlfriend, but she might just be trying to spare your feelings.

Everyday we rely on the opinions of others for how we look.  Unfortunately, asking a friend her opinion or the truth about your hair may leave you both in an awkward position.  Why would she want to hurt your feelings if she can say whatever it is to make you feel good.

Working in a hair salon as a hair stylist of many years, I’ve learned that the wrong person to ask about your hair is a friend. That’s my job! The really great part is you don’t have to rely on your friends for the truth about your hair and put them in the position to lie to you. A hair salon is the best place to get the truth about your hair. I get paid for it.  As a professional it’s my role to make sure you’re wearing the right hairstyle and color that suits you. As a trained expert, I will make sure you don’t have to put your friends on the spot.

The reason I’ve been in the business of beauty for so many years is truth telling is part my job description that helps build trust. Yes, sometimes the truth hurts, but you’re going to look beautiful at the hair salon at the end of the day.

So the next time you need to run your hair by someone, make sure it’s a trained professional at a hair salon who knows how to politely and diplomatically tell you the truth. Don’t put your friends in the awkward position of having to do it.

Your 90’s hairstyle or that darker shade you used to love may not be working for you anymore. So, next time you’re at the hair salon, ask your hairstylist what they think about your current style. If they’re good at what they do, they’ll tell you the truth. It’s the kind of truth everyone needs to know. Ask Michael at MJ Hair Designs.

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC HAIR COLORIST

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As a certified organic hair colorist and educator, with confidence, I say go organic! Don’t be fooled into thinking you won’t get the right hair color.

As a colorist, I found a company I truly believe in. OWAY.

Not only do I enjoy the amazing cool color palette, but but the warm and rich reds tones light up a room. The blondes are forever and the browns are deep and glossy.

So many of us are unnecessarily putting our health to the test with harsh chemicals. The PPD’s, Resorcinol and Ammonia in hair coloring that color companies just love to use to meet their bottom lines are poisoning us. These companies are willing to do the most creative marketing to distract and never let their dirty secret out.

Companies are subjecting you to these carcinogenic poisons daily. As a certified organic hair colorist, I learned years ago that paying a little more, pays off for you and me.  I didn’t need to be subjected to those toxins either.

Organic Salon Products

Organic Way (Oway) is the world’s first professional organic hair color. It’s also a care and styling line with biodynamic, organic and fair trade ingredients.

Their green chemists hand select the highest quality formulations to achieve professional results without the use of common salon toxins.

Oway lets me immerse my clients in a multi-sensorial, non-toxic salon experience with active botanicals and pure essential oils.

From Farm to Chair

Oway’s organic salon products take root their family’s biodynamic farms in Bologna, Italy – where Italian quality meets nature.

Oway insiders call it OrtOfficina.

They grow, pick and distill pure organic extracts, essential oils and hydrolates with zero chemicals, in accordance with biodynamic farming standards.

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So the next time you color your hair, think twice about whether of not your colorist is certified in organic color. Think again about what they’re subjecting you to.
In a world where regulations have been lifted, an a free market dictates what you use, educate yourself and use OWAY.
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MENS SHORT HAIRCUTS

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Are you a man who sports long hair and  wonder if you might look good in a short haircut? Mens short haircuts are some of my favorites. Using clippers are fun for me since I’m not only a cosmetologist, but barber trained.

Recently at the hair salon, I had the chance to make-over my client Jeffrey Janis.  Jeffrey came in and wasn’t sure about whether he might want short hair. You have to know, Jeffrey has been a good client and friend now for many years… a super loyal customer I cherish. So, I always aim to please him. Sometimes when you’re a hairstylist, you walk a fine line between telling someone your truth, or letting them have the reigns on how they’d like to wear their hair. Jeff is amazing and always asks my professional opinion. Today I had the chance to get Jeff into a beautiful short haircut.

Jeff is a very special guy and has worked in the non profit community as a professional fundraiser for 30+ years. He also works in a volunteer capacity on various boards. Currently on his synagogue Board,  and also serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. There’s a very special place in my heart for all his great work and I’ve been admiring and following him now for many years.

Needless to say, I felt I could do him a service by getting him a cleaner look to follow his long reputation and philanthropic work. Don’t get me wrong, short hair isn’t always better for everyone. But, Jeff’s hair was starting to look a little draggy and needed a pick-me-up.

Check out his before and after at the hair salon and judge for yourself.

Thank you for your loyalty Jeff! I am so grateful for all the years. You’re a good man!

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