KERATIN TREATMENTS AND BLEACHED HAIR

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Hair that is bleached loses a substantial amount of keratin. As a result, a great fix is a keratin treatment.  Keratin treatments bring back the life and condition by injecting keratin back into the hair where there’s a loss. Keratin treatments and bleach work very well together.

Recently Maureen came in requesting a keratin treatment since her hair was stripped, dry and damaged from over-processing.

I was impressed with the idea that Maureen knew that a keratin treatment would help and not further hurt or damage her hair.

In my experience, the benefits of a keratin treatment for colored  hair exceed the expectations of the client almost every single time. It brings back the sheen, the luster, and the elasticity it had before the bleached hair.

Keratin treatments and bleached hair are synergistically the best combination because they both work together to bring back the condition at the nano level. 

The fact that colored or bleached hair is more porous is precisely the reason why a keratin treatment can help more effectively.

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HAIR LOSS AND HAIR COLORING

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Is hair loss and hair coloring connected? The answer is no. However, if you have any underlying health issue or ailment, it can play a part.

As a hair colorist and stylist, I take my job very seriously when it comes to the products I use on your hair. Let’s face it, if it’s going on your hair, it’s going on your skin.

Hair loss and hair coloring is one of those topics that comes up quite a bit in the salon.

The products I use, I’ve studied very carefully before using. I know the pH, I know the ammonia, resorcinol,  the PPD and formaldehyde contents. These ingredients can add to the inflammation. Inflammation is a major cause of hair loss.

When there’s a problem with the papilla… (the root of the follicle), it’s usually attributed to what’s going on inside. But, your insides will also sometimes send out these free radicals on to your scalp and into your papilla.  DHT is thought to cause hair follicles to miniaturize, and this contributes to hair loss as well.

I use Redken Shades EQ for my clients that are experiencing hair loss. No ammonia, no peroxide. This product is one of the safest on the skin. It’s not meant to cover gray, but I’ve been using it to do so. I’ve had a tremendous amount of success coloring and covering gray hair on my clients with hair loss and without the irritation on the scalp.

If you’re experiencing hair loss and are afraid to color your hair, try a demipermanent color system that won’t leave a demarcation line when your roots grow out. My go to is Redken Shades EQ. Ask your hair stylist. Come in and ask me.

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ONE PROCESS IN HAIR COLORING

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Recently I got a call from a long time client and now friend requesting for her hair to be colored and  styled.  She was attending a work holiday party with an old Hollywood theme. One process in hair coloring was very high fashion in old Hollywood. Marylyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, Jeanne Carmen, Grace Kelly and many more. All were one process color girls.

One process color in hair coloring is the best way to cover gray and change your over all color and look.  

Although my client Paula doesn’t have gray hair, the dark blonde shade she naturally has could use a little zing. Paula’s natural hair color is about a level 7.

To breathe some life into her hair, I decided to go a little warmer than her natural color. This well help  brighten up her skin and add a little pizzaz to her look with a one process color.

Using OWAY, the PPD free, Resorcinol free and ammonia organic color, I colored Paula’s hair with a formula using two different shades of blonde.

One process color can be very striking when done right.

After coloring Paula, I curled and set her. I then used a finger wave technique with clamps and cutout boards to create the old Hollywood crescent shaped waves. What a blast!

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HAIR COLORING CROLAYAGE

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Recently I came up with a new technique in hair coloring I call  CROLAYAGE.

Crolayage – Crocheting hight-lights into the hair to achieve the balayage and ombre effect by using one color at the root, one in the middle and one on the ends.

With Samantha, I colored her hair first with a gold concentrate to fill in the missing pigment from the previous color job. At that point I use the final color to achieve the base.

After the right base was achieved, I then used my new CROLAYAGE technique to face frame her hair crocheting  some blonde lights into middle to lower parts of her hair for an ombre effect.

Samantha and I were very pleased with the final product. She was now ready for her boss and  big power meet.

Hair coloring crolayage is my new friend. 

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HAIR COLORING AND HIGHLIGHTING DARK HAIR

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Highlighting dark hair can be  tricky in the hair coloring world. But if it’s done right, it can be a really cool effect.

With Elaine,  she came in with severely damaged hair after being colored time and again to try and get it right. No luck with her last colorist.

Sometimes when your dealing with dark fine hair, you don’t want to highlight to much of the hair.

Hair coloring and highlighting dark hair should be done very conservatively. I took Elaine to a level 6 double ask and then add a few panels of highlights in the front of her hair without doing to much.

Elaine may need a few more visits to get all her hair to the right place. Cautioning on more damage, Elaine will come in a few more times till we get it perfect.

Highlighting dark hair should be done very conservatively. Hair coloring is an art of not only coloring but sometimes letting hair sit for a while for the healing.

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HOW LONG DOES KERATIN LAST

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Before I commit to answering the question of “How long does a keratin treatment last”, here are a few considerations.

Are you washing your hair with a sulfate free shampoo?

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 of your hair faster than a shampoo with out it.

Keratin has a tendency to last as long as the person who has the treatment understands it’s not meant to last forever.

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

If you have hair that’s super thick, chances are, you’re keratin treatment may  last longer than someone with fine hair. If your hair is colored, chances are your keratin treatment might last longer than 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 it less often.

At the salon today, Jennifer asked me, “How long will this keratin treatment last?” Jennifer likes to wash her hair everyday, but I cautioned that such a practice might do her more a disservice than she might think. She could be washing out the keratin from her hair sooner than what it might be worth to keep it super clean. 

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 after several treatment due to the keratin buildup momentum.

 

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BETO CUEVAS

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Lately, I’ve been getting calls for work with new celebrities at the salon. And usually they can be very private and non disclosures are a given and I don’t get to promote the work I do with them. Today was a little different.  I had the privilege of working on the amazing Beto Cuevas.

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

Beto is quite famous in the latino community. He’s truly a gift to the music world. He is currently playing Jesus in “Jesus Superstar” on the latin stage currently in Mexico City.

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

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

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

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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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