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).
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
Most days at the hair salon, I hear the question: "why are sulfate free shampoos better for you?" The answer can complicated and depending on the needs of a person, maybe be interchangeable. Sulfate free shampoos are known for being mild, yet they may not have the flash their sulfate counterparts might have. Typically, sulfate-free shampoos do not lather as well as shampoos with sulfates. The good thing is, if your hair is color treated, sulfate-free shampoos can help preserve the color. And if your hair has a tendency to be oily, sulfates might be good for you.
The sulfates in shampoos have a tendency to pull color from color treated hair. Hair...
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. Thank you salon 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 their. 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...