Los Angeles based hair color specialist, Michael Joseph at MJ Hair Designs presents, advanced personal hygiene standards at the salon. Coming soon!
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 the water. Once that’s done, I comb the hair again while it’s wet to finely distribute the product through the hair for even distribution.
Once you have the product distributed evenly in the hair, you can then run your fingers through it, scrunch it and dry it.
If you’re looking for bigger hair, once the hair is dry, at that point you can use a fine mist of hair spray and add your final touches
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.
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 in the morning when you wake up.
Dandruff and Psoriasis:
Sometimes shedding a lot of skin might be the result of an off pH. This can be a result of a shampoo or conditioner or product build-up. These beauty products may also be inadvertently changing the natural pH of your skin. One of the greatest ways to make sure your pH balanced is to detox your skin. This works wonders when nothing else will.
When it becomes difficult to style or just get a little more bounce in your hair, product build-up can be a big factor. One of the best remedies of shampoo, conditioner, or styling product buildup, is a scalp detox. A scalp detox will remove product, reinvigorate the hair, and bring back the life to your style after many failed attempts. A scalp detox will leave you with the hair you remember.
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.
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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14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA
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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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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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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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 treatment last as long as the person knows how to care for it.
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.
MJ Hair Designs Salon
14252 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks CA 91423