DIFFICULT SALON CLIENTS

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Got your attention, didn’t I! I bet you thought I would talk about difficult salon clients.  Well, what I really want to talk about is how grateful I am for my clients.

I’ve got the best clients in the world! I am so grateful for the customers that come in everyday and let me know they’re  loving the work I do. They spread the joy and love of the art I practice everyday, and for that I am grateful. It’s a wonder my head fits into the door in the morning. I am so grateful and humbled to have all of you. You are the reason I’ve been in the business now for over 30 years!

Oh, it’s not all peaches and cream, but the few challenges I do have are nothing compared to the love I get everyday.

Recently my client Schirin sent me a picture from her car, she was so happy to share with me. Her kind words were an incredible inspiration and help for me on a day I was ready to crash from exhaustion.

What a lot of people don’t know is that even though us stylists are lucky to make money practicing our art everyday, it can be taxing on the body and mind. When you get a kind word from a client and know you’re being appreciated, it makes up for it all.

Let me tell you, it’s been a good life sharing in real time the lives of my clients,  watching their kids grow up and still getting the chance to hear words of appreciation.

I have to say, I’ve had very few difficult salon clients. I can honestly say, my existing clients and new ones are truly a joy.

Thank you Schirin for your bright beautiful smile, your amazing energy and, the  kind words you use with me everytime I see you.

You’re the best!

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA
(818) 783-0084

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BANGS OR NO BANGS

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One of the questions I get a lot of  is, bangs or no bangs. Whether or not someone decides on bangs can depend on how much time they have, but more importantly, it’s going to be work.

I myself usually warn against getting bangs. It’s a choice they’ll most likely regret in the long run. I guess I’m one of those people who’s not a big fan.

When I’m creating a look, I’m usually seeing a continuous line or silhouette on a person. Bangs are usually a disruption to that. When considering the look, I’m usually looking at features, the shape of the face and hair density. Unless, you’re ready to wear your hair short, they usually don’t work.

I’m not saying bangs don’t work for all, but it’s certainly the focal point of a haircut and should be used as that. Bangs are a real fashion statement and meant to be used as such. When I put bangs or fringe on a person, they’re usually there as a statement and meant to be seen. Bangs are not a way to hide your forehead or your age. They do the opposite.

Bangs very rarely look good on people, and never ever look as good when they’re growing out.

Others might argue that 2019 is the perfect year for bangs and an easy way to transform a look without a complete aesthetic overhaul. That’s great if you’re 16.

It’s a decision that most people with hair will eventually consider as a low-risk option for changing up a look that might be unremarkable, but it can be complicated. Bangs usually have to be blown out, ironed and trimmed frequently. They can get dirty quickly and can cause acne, they don’t work for all hair types, and as mentioned before, they’re a pain to grow out. Even very well styled bangs don’t look good on everyone, which some former bang-wearers unfortunately learn the hard way.

My advice is to be sure your ready for bangs before you take the leap.

 

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA

(818) 783-0084

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BEAUTY QUEEN IRENA

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What does it feel like to work on the beauty queen Irena?

As a hair stylist, I’ve worked on many beautiful women in my career. But never have I worked on a beauty queen so incredibly humble.

Irena came to me about 5 months ago asking if I could bring her hair back to life. She’d been feeling down, abandoned, and looking for just the right thing to pick her up.

After learning about her career and the education under her belt, I personally became very humbled by this mild mannered woman who just wanted to feel good again.

We began by talking about her Ukrainian background and the adversities associated with her coming to the states. Her life was not an easy one, but one that would remind any of us to live in gratitude.

When you work on a mature beauty queen, you see the knocks and immediately see the beauty. Once a beauty queen, always a beauty queen.

Happy to say, after a keratin treatment and coloring her a blonde on blonde, Irena was feeling good again. The gratitude she showed was something I’m so lucky to experience in this business.

Irena has not only warmed my heart, but my soul.

Irena reminded me once again, how lucky I am to be serving the beautiful people I see, and my art.

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA

(818) 783-0084

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WHAT IS AN UNDERCUT

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Do you have really coarse thick curly hair you just don’t know what to do with? Have you ever wondered what to do with your big bushy sides. What about a short trendy undercut? What is an undercut?

From cutting the under parts of the sides of your thick hair and the underside of the back of your hair, leaving the hair in the crown long to hang over.

Recently a client asked what she could wear to achieve a look that might give her a trendier edge with all her thick hair. So, I explained that an undercut leaving the top floppy to hangover and letting go of her thick sides would give her many different looks and less grief with her thick unruly hair. She agreed, and so we moved forward.

First I started by changing her base color a few shades lighter than her natural  before highlighting so the two shades would blend.

Next we cut all of that thick unmanageable hair underneath. We then decided to leave her with the wet look with a BodyWealth Frap for a more sleek edge.

NO MORE THICK UNSATISFYING HAIR! Next we’ll do a keratin treatment to loosen up that curl and bring smooth hair back into her life.

 

Needless to say, Nadia’s thick unmanageable hair looked absolutely beautiful when we were through. I can’t wait to hear about all the other looks she’ll be able to sport with this new short haircut.

Check it out!

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks
(818) 783-0084

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TOXIC LATHER SULFATES

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Although you’ll see fewer salon brands with that toxic lather sulfates create,  you’ll see them in almost virtually all commercial brands shampoos.

Sulfates are a toxic detergent you’ll want to avoid. They may lather well and help remove dirt and oil from your hair, but it’s poison to you and your hair in the long run. Yes, you love the suds they create and the lather is refreshing, but sulfates are the little devils in disguise.

Surprise! The lather and suds you love in your shampoo could be hurting you and your hair.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good lather too, but these irritants do more than just that—they’re also responsible for causing sensitivity to the skin and scalp, and can strip the hair of its natural oils. Sulfates are so good at cleaning your hair, they can over clean causing them to become rough, dry, and brittle.

Instead, use a sulfate-free surfactant that gently cleanses the scalp and hair without stripping it of its natural (healthy!) oils.

A sulfate free shampoo will help preserve your hair color and help your keratin treatment last longer.

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA
(818) 783-0084

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HARD WATER HAIR

I had a new client come in today not knowing why she just can’t style, comb, or manage her hair. I immediately recognized her problem. She has what I call Hard Water Hair.

I got to work immediately and before she left the salon, she had the beautiful hair she used to have under all those built-up minerals.

When horrendous hard water gives your hair a truly tough time, this wellness hair remedy restores the life of weighed down locks for body, bounce and sheer brilliance.

If you find your self with unmanageable hair. You might have Hard Water Hair. Hair that’s fully saturated with minerals from hard water will prevent color from taking, or even the wrong color taking.

Why You Need It

  • naturally removes hard water deposits and impurities leaving hair instantly softer, shinier and full of swing
  • eliminates brassiness, discoloration and damage caused by mineral absorption
  • vitamin-infused formula deeply penetrates for superior moisture retention

Key Benefits:

  • 100% Vegan, ionic food-grade, wellness ingredients
  • immediately improves the look and feel of hair
  • formulated with a patented nature-identical vitamin C complex
  • enhanced with nourishing chelators
  • hermetically sealed eco-chic, travel-ready sachet
  • formulated without preservatives, parabens, gluten, fragrance and no sodium chloride (salt) added

Make your appointment today and be rid of your HARD WATER HAIR. A salon treatment you won’t regret. Bring back the life into your hair. Try a Malibu Hard Water treatment.

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA
(818) 783-0084

www.mjhairdesigns.com

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REHABILIT8 HAIR TREATMENT

Malibu Rehabilit8 Treatment

Still craving  the benefits of smooth silky hair, but unsure of intensive brazilian blowouts or keratin treatments? REHABILIT8 WITH THE NEW HAIR SMOOTHING TREATMENT!

Everyday I speak to women who still don’t understand how a keratin smoothing treatment  with a glyoxilic acid could  actually be good for your hair.  No matter how convincing it may be, they just don’t want the hassle or to spend any more  time at the salon.

The answer is REHABILIT8 by Malibu Professional.

REHABILIT8 is a smoothing protein conditioner that helps repair elasticity, breakage, correct the weak strands and replenish amino acids lost in hair.

Visit me at MJ Hair Designs and ask for a Malibu Rehabilit8 Treatment.

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA
(818) 783-0084

www.mjhairdesigns

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pH HAIR SKIN

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Have you ever wondered what the pH of the hair color your colorist is using?

PH is a number measurement of  the acidity or alkalinity of a product.

Whether it be the milk your have in your cereal in the morning, or the mask you put on your face at night, they all have a pH number rating. The scale tips from  1 -14.  1 acid,  7 neutral, and 14 the highest number in alkalinity.

The pH of your skin is usually at 5.5 and is slightly acidic.

Make sure if your colorist is using a permanent color or, bleach to color your hair, find out how high or low on the pH scale it is.  Most companies will have different pH balances depending it’s acidity or alkalinity.

Permanent hair color can reach an alkalinity as high as 11.0. This will not be the best for the health of your hair, but may land you the color you want and not thrash your hair if it’s thick with lots of cuticle.

Whether it be your hair care or skin care, try and make sure the pH is as close to the number the pH is of your skin. Anything too alkaline or to acidic could ruin your hair or damage your skin.

So the next time you’re in the chair at the salon, ask your hair colorist what the pH of the color is that they’re using. If they don’t know, call me and make an appointment. 🙂

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks

(818) 783-0084

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LONG HAIR COLOR BALAYAGE

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Ever wonder what it might be like to have long hair color balayage? Coloring your long hair is a major risk if you don’t have the right person doing it. It could take years for your hair to recover from the wrong person coloring it.

In all the years I’ve been doing hair, I’ve seen many hair colorists who just don’t get it. Some hair colorists go to far with color, and some don’t go far enough.

Here’s an example of a young lady with super dark long hair who wanted something a little more decorative in style and color.  When she first approached me with the idea of putting in some highlights, I balked at the idea knowing this could be a risky affair with such dark hair.  But who better than myself to throw some color into her life and some hair color balayage into her long hair. Although I loved the color of her hair, I sensed this  young lady was just trying to be different. I’d rather be the one doing her hair than knowing some inexperienced person who might ruin her hair for a long time to come. 

When she first came to me, I noticed the old orangey ends that someone never brought up light enough to the right level to get her away from the brass. She had been permanently stained for a long time.

I immediately got to work on this gorgeous super long hair that demanded total care every step of the way. With a couple of different processes, not only was the color beautiful when I got done, but the integrity of her hair had never been compromised.

Take a look at her before and after.

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks
(818) 783-0084

www.mjhairdesigns.com

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BEFORE AND AFTER KERATIN TREATMENTS

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Below are a few of the before and after keratin treatments I’ve done.  The new Uberliss Revolution has taken hold. The Uberliss Smoothing Keratin Treatment has been a life changer for me and  a lot of people.

I’ve seen a lot of products come and go, but I’ve never seen something so revolutionary.

The thing is, there are a lot of Keratin Treatments out there, but few are toxic free like Uberliss. Never convinced of doing these treatments because of the gas it was emitting, I specifically had the receptionist let me know the days the other hairstylists were doing them and always made sure not to book my clients those days. I felt one day, we would find out that hair dressers would be getting sick of the formaldehyde gas it was emitting. Low and behold I was right.

I was always interested in the science and ingredients of the chemical in the beauty products we used. The geek I was,  I always read the ingredients and looked them up and contacted OSHA for any safety notices.

One day I was at the International Salon and Spa Exposition and happened to come across a class given by a gentleman from India. Chemist, Dr. Ali Syed.

As I sat through his lecture and watched his before and afters, I was immediately put at ease.  Knowing Dr. Syed’s formula did NOT use a formaldehyde or Methlyne Glycol fuel like the others, I became very curious. The Glyoxylic Acid he was using as the accelerator was not only benign and organic, but at the lowest levels on the ph scale for a product like this I’ve ever seen.

Finally,  I was convinced to try this new technology since it was safe.

Since then, I’ve been sold on not only something that has revolutionized the hair industry in a healthy manner, but has changed the lives of so many of my clients that were living with frizzy, curly, dull looking hair.  Now we are all enjoying healthy, smooth, shiny lustrous hair.

Thank you Uberliss Keratin!

MJ Hair Designs
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks
(818) 783-0084

www.mjhairdesigns.com

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