coloring long hair


Recently I got a call from a young actress looking to color her hair.  I love this kind of work since it's what I do best.  As a hair color specialist, I take my job very seriously! When your hair color could mean the difference between landing or losing the role, it becomes an even more challenging experience and super fun for me.  When coloring long hair, one must be very careful not to do too much. Virginia is a versatile young actress whose work includes a lead in the film Wicked Mom's Club (Lifetime) and a supporting role in the sports movie Last Champion (In-House Media Film Partners). She also recently played various TV roles in the series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS), Miss 2059 (New Form Digital), General Hospital (ABC), and Code Black (CBS). Virginia came...

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Cruelty Free Hair Dye


PETA Certified Salon Products PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is a nonprofit organization that fights for animal rights. In fact, with over 3 million members and supporters, they are the largest animal rights organization in the world. The animal activist group is a widely accepted source in the vegan and cruelty free community, and I'm happy to reassure our customers through this certification that we are a cruelty free hair coloring salon. Oway, or Organic Way, is a professional organic salon brand with a complete lineup of biodynamic, fair trade, eco-friendly and cruelty-free hair products. They’re the world’s first organic hair coloring system. The products begin with their family-owned biodynamic farmland, nestled away amongst the rolling green hills of Bologna, Italy. Insiders call these farms OrtOfficina. This is where Oway grows, picks, and distills over 12...

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Relaxed curly hair, relaxing curly hair, sherman oaks salon, hair colorist, los angeles, best salons


If you're one of those people who likes your curl, but just wants your hair slightly relaxed, you can still have a keratin treatment. Relaxing curly hair is as simple as the technique used to do it. Valerie came to me and asked me to relax her curl. Of course when you're doing a keratin treatment the hair will look poker straight at first. But once Valerie washes it, it will be just perfect. Relaxing curly hair requires less heat than someone who wants it perfectly smooth and straight. I start by using the Fiber Expander by Uberliss. Uberliss is a formaldehyde free keratin treatment that prides it's self in being safe and effective. I can tell you from using it...  it is. I personally stayed away from all keratin treatments and brazillian blowouts because of the formaldehyde gasses...

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curly hair, hair stylist for curly hair in sherman oaks, los angeles


A lot of my clients ask "what's the best way to style my curly hair?" First rule of thumb always, never over dry your curly hair. If you're using a diffuser or a blow dryer, try and retain at least 10% of the water in your hair by the time you're finished. Curly hair thrives on moisture. Once it looses it's moisture, it goes frizzy and looses it's curl. The reason us stylists use elixirs, gels and oil is to help seal in the moisture firm so that the hair doesn't lose it's shape and go frizzy. I start by combing the hair while it's wet.  (Word of caution) - Do not brush your wet hair, it'll break. I then will add either a styling lotion, or a gel. This insures that that your curly hair has sealed in...

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modern bob, keratin treatment, hair coloring


A Modern Bob is always beautiful. Have you ever wondered why some Bobs look so hard on some ladies? My feeling is a classic Sassoon Bob is a hard look to wear unless you're under 30 and/or have features and a face so beautiful, exposure means nothing. It's a totally exposed look. But a Modern Bob might be a little different. The facialist at the salon asked me if I would cut her hair. How could I resist such a beautiful lady, let alone beautiful hair. Maria is latin beauty. I felt a Modern Bob would help accentuate that. A pie shaped part would help balance out her overly thick and abundant hair so she doesn't look lopsided. This is also part of the sex appeal in the haircut. Making sure to pull out some of the weight in...

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Hair Coloring and Keratin Treatment Strawberry Blonde


Diane is suited best as a strawberry blonde with some featherlike balayage highlights. She has very frizzy coarse hair, and quite a bit of gray. I began by giving Diane an Uberliss formaldehyde free keratin treatment to pull the frizz and smooth out her hair. After Diane's keratin treatment, I used a level seven gold copper by OWAY for her base. OWAY is an ammonia free, resorcinol free, PPD free organic color system. Diane has flawless Irish skin and copper base on her skin is perfect to brighten her up with a strawberry blonde glow. After changing Diane's base, I threw in some blonde highlights making sure to graduate them heaver closer to her face for that natural effect. This helps break up the color and make her new strawberry blonde haircoloring look like her own. Hair Coloring Keratin Treatments Services Blog    

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This years International Salon and Spa Expo ISSE 2020 was truly exciting!  A three day event that was filled with education, fashion, new trends, and hairstylists from all over the world. The International Salon and Spa Expo is the one destination happening in Long Beach with an interactive experience in professional beauty. Over 30,000 licensed professionals, salon owners, students and educators, ISSE is the place to showcase the latest and newest innovations, trends, and techniques. ISSE, The International Salon and Spa Expo offers unparalleled opportunities to promote your brand and products through targeted, customized exhibitor and sponsorship offerings. After a long invigorating weekend of lots of new information to take home, I'm very excited to get back to the salon and put to practice all that I have learned from my colleagues and friends at ISSE. Get ready for...

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To explain what benefits a scalp detox would have


For those of you who may be losing hair, shedding skin, or having hair product build-up, a scalp detox might be in order. Scalp Detox treatments are known to bring your skin and hair follicle back to a free breathing and healthy pH. Hair Loss: Have you ever wondered why you might be losing hair? Losing hair can be one of the most traumatic things a person can go through. It becomes even more devastating when your doctor says there's really not much you can do. As a hair stylist of many years, I have learned that in order to maximize the health of your hair and skin, keeping your scalp clean and detoxed is key. A scalp detox treatment is one of the many ways you can keep your hair on your head and not on your pillow...

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hair coloring sherman oaks, los angeles, and Pulp Riot Velvet at MJ Hair Designs Salon Sherman Oaks


Pulp Riot. The dare to be yourself hair coloring.  Have you ever wanted to try something avant garde? I got a call from a young lady who knew exactly what she was looking for. She wanted to try some hair coloring that would set her apart from all others. Velvet by Pulp Riot. This young lady was very special, sweet, self assured and as daringly positive. That's all I needed to know to get to work. First I sectioned her hair in two sections. The bottom half and the top half. Based on how she was going to wear her hair, I made sure when she wore it up, she would still see some of the purple highlights she was ready to show off. And when she wanted to wear it down, it would be all a glow....

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