This technique is feathering color into hair. It can be decorative, made to look natural, or all outrageous. This process can be a splashing of color into hair, highlighting in certain areas (sometimes around the face), or just a few peekaboo lights so they appear once in a while when you move your head a certain way. I’ll talk about Peekaboo highlights in a future post.
These highlights, low lights or lights in general can be done several ways.
You can paint them on, board them on, or pick them up and put them in foil to strategically place them where you want to see them exact.
This is one of my favorite ways to color hair. The effects are beautiful.
Next time you feel like experimenting with you hair color, ask about the balayage technique.
I’m here to announce the keratin hair treatment miracle here today.
The big mystery is the question whether or not your a good candidate for the treatment. The keratin treatment is for everybody! Whether your hair is straight and just needs a little more luster sheen and shine. Whether your hair is curly, frizzy, or needs to be smooth and straight, the keratin hair treatment is the miracle for you.
I choose Uberliss for my keratin go to, NOT the formaldehyde producing agent The Brazilian Blowout.
Unlike the Brazilian Blowout that uses methylene glycol (the active ingredient in the Brazilian Blowout) , I use Uberliss, an organic glyoxilic acid.
Uberliss is my go to keratin hair treatment miracle. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to feel silky shinny beautifully hair. Stop with the frizz and start with smooth silky hair. It’s truly a miracle.
Recently I received an unsolicited text from a salon client who was reporting to me how much she liked the keratin treatment she had just had.
Clients sometimes take for granted the emotional energy we hair stylists put into not only making sure their hair looks good, but always satisfied with the customer service they receive when they visit the salon.
Emily, a fairly new salon client was sweet enough to send me a text about how quickly and easily her has has been to take care of since her Uberliss keratin treatment.
I just want to say, it means a great deal that she took the time to not only drop me the message, but include pictures of what her hair was looking like so that I may keep track of my notes for the next time she comes in.
Thank you Emily!
And to all my salon clients, thank you for taking the time to let us know how we’re doing.
Always making sure I have the best and safest products, research is one of my passions. Finding out about the ingredients in the products I use is key. The quality of the products I use is and always will be my top priority.
In the age of today’s ingredients, vetting the products should always be a must. Scrutinizing them should be number one. The degradation of ingredients in the products available are more harmful than ever.
It’s up to me to make sure salon clients always get the best and are not subjected to unnecessary toxicity.
We’re really interested in making sure that you’re not only happy and coming back, but proud to refer your friends and family so that they too become our new salon clients, friends and family.
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. 🙂
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.
If you live in an area where there is hard water, chances are you’ve noticed that your hair isn’t in the best of shape. Ask Michael at MJ Hair Designs about the MALIBU BUILD UP TREATMENTS.
This is because minerals such as rust and chlorine build up in your hair, leaving it feeling dry, coarse and dirty. This excess buildup can also cause blondes to take on a brassy hue in their tresses. A good way to remove this buildup and start with a clean slate is by getting a Malibu hair treatment.
MALIBU BUILD UP TREATMENTS are salon treatments. There are also at-home products like Malibu shampoos, conditioners and other hair treatments. The best way to get the most effective Malibu treatment, though, is by visiting a Michael at MJ Hair Designs.
A packet of the Malibu hair treatment consists of granules referred to as a “crystal gels.” These granules are mixed with water and rubbed into the hair. Stylists usually allow the treatments to process under a hair dryer for at least 40 minutes. Make sure that you have at least an hour to spare before getting the MALIBU BUILD UP TREATMENTS , depending on the length and thickness of your hair, processing time can vary.
A Malibu treatment typically will remove excess buildup in your hair caused from hard water, calcium from swimming pools and water softeners. Hard water often contains chlorine and iron, which is what makes lighter hair take on a coppery or brassy hue. If you are a swimmer or use the pool frequently, chlorine and copper can build up in your hair, also causing damage. Copper is what causes light hair to take on a greenish cast. MALIBU BUILD UP TREATMENTS will effectively remove this buildup.
MALIBU BUILD UP TREATMENTS are also great for prepping hair for color, perms and relaxers. Think of each strand of hair as a small hallway. The more people you shove into the hallway, the less room there will be, and eventually, you will run out of space. When there is buildup in the hair, minerals and impurities absorb into the strands, saturating them. As a result, hair color, perms or keratin treatments have less room for the absorption of these products.
MALIBU BUILD UP REMOVING TREATMENTS are applied before a professional hair coloring, perming or keratin treatment. It will remove buildup and make room for these processes.
Frequency of Treatment
Michael at MJ Hair Designs typically recommends that you get a professional Malibu treatment every nine weeks or so, especially if you have color-treated hair. If you are using at-home Malibu treatments, follow the directions on the packaging. Malibu clarifying shampoos and conditioners should be used weekly. Other clarifying shampoos like Neutrogena Clean Volume, Clairol Herbal Essences Clarifying and Avalon Organics Lemon Clarifying shampoos will all work great.
Uberliss – a nano two-step keratin treatment with an added color-guard to help retain client color. The formula embeds a conditioning mesh into the cortex to reduce steps and allow for easier application, while improving smoothing performance. Step one of the nano keratin treatment is the Uberliss Fiber Expander which offers a dual functionality of expanding the hair cuticle and inserting the conditioning crosslinker, di-amine.
Step two, Uberliss Fiber Restructure, penetrates the cortex and inserts the straightening active glyoxylic acid and the blend of nano technology keratin, cysteine and buriti. During heat application, crosslinks form between the di-amine and glyoxylic acid to create the mesh that keeps hair soft, silky and smooth for up to five months. The Uberliss Frizz Elixir is used before the final flat-ironing step to give thermal protection, add shine and control any remaining frizz.
One question is, “Is there formaldehyde or methylene glycol in nano keratin treatment technologysystem Uberliss?”. Of course not. Uberliss has never worked with formaldehyde or methylene glycol. nano keratin treatment Uberliss is about how formaldehyde was not good for your health or the industry. Some brands have 6%-7% methylene glycol in their products, but this is bad for your health.
When you blow dry or flat iron, these fumes will affect your eyes, throat and nose. This is all documented by OSHA and health institutes. That is why I stay away from formaldehyde or methylene glycol. OSHA and EPA tell you that the nano keratin treatments that contain this ingredient are one and the same thing. Uberliss uses a compound called Glyoxylic Acid with a very low pH. Any fumes there are will not really affect your health. To me, my health and the health of my clients is most important.
Knowing that consumers have become savvy to the dangers of chemicals in hair dye, manufacturers have gone all-out in their attempts to green wash their products. Just because the name of a product may sound ‘green and clean’ doesn’t mean it is.
Some of the worst offenders? L’Oreal Natural Match(the ‘natural’ refers to your original hair color, but could easily be misinterpreted); Garnier HerbaShine (yes, it contains bamboo and has no ammonia, but is not without high levels of peroxide without buffers. Clairol Natural Instincts(again, ammonia free, but packed with other harmful chemicals.
In America, the legal maximum is 2%; brands that really try hard to be natural (such as those below) could contain as little as .06%.
A 1994 National Cancer Institute report states dark dyes used over long periods of time seem to increase the risk of cancers such as lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Despite all the potential dangers, in America, the FDA doesn’t regulate hair dye ingredients (synthetic or natural) at all.
You should be aware that all permanent colors will always use some chemicals; choosing the one that is the least damaging and most natural really is a case of using the best information you have to do so.
But never fear – I’ve done the research and selected best and most natural hair color around.
My favorite with top models and celebrities, this Australian brand was one of the first to produce professional grade ammonia and non at all, resorcinol and PPD free permanent hair color making it gentle on hair, scalp and hands. In fact, they call their formula CCT™–Clean Color Technology. This delivers clean, lustrous blondes, bright fashion shades and lasting, vibrant colors while completely and gently covering grey.