What’s THAT For? Definitely Do NOT Throw It Away!

Dryer Nozzle

An mature client with beautiful hair came in the other day. She has been getting her hair done by a professional for a long time.  She admitted something embarrassing. Toward the end of her blowout, she said (a little sheepishly) that  she just realized what the nozzle on the end of the blow dryer was for!  She said that for years at home, every time she bought a blow dryer she would just  throw it in the trash.

Its embarrassing to admit you don’t know something. But that is the surest way to grow.

Here is a brief explanation of what that ‘nozzle’ is and how to use it.

dryer with nozzle

Most blowdryers (even the store-bought ones) will come with at least ONE attachment called a concentrator. Some will include several different attachments. Basically, a concentrator focuses the stream of hot air leaving your blowdryer onto a very small section, instead of letting it spread out. When you want a good salon-style blowout (WHO DOESN’T?!), you definitely NEED this simple tool.

After you’ve mostly dried your hair (about 75-80% dry), you need the air to be more focused to avoid frizz. As you learn to use a round brush, you need that air stream focused on only the hair in your brush. Using tension to gently stretch the hair, the concentrator eases your hair into the right position as you dry the  base and mid-shaft of your hair, instead of blowing air EVERYWHERE. As you work your way to the ends of your hair, the concentrator aids in keeping the ends firmly in your round brush, for a polished, smooth finish. My client will never throw out her concentrator again…neither should YOU 🙂

 

How To a Get The Hair You Want: Communicating With Your Stylist

Communication

I have recently had a number of clients come to me after having a bad experience with another stylist. Here are a few things that stand out to me as important steps toward getting the hair you want. And it all starts with communication.

1) Schedule an appointment with a stylist someone has recommended; preferably someone  with GREAT HAIR. New to the area? Visit  Yelp or other reviews so you aren’t going in blind.
2) Every stylist should begin your appointment with dialog about your hair. Even if you’re shy…please ENGAGE! Share with them any concerns you may have about your hair, its overall condition, and especially, talk about how you want your hair cut, colored, and styled.
3) Whip out the PHOTOS. Stylists are visual artists so pictures speak a thousand words to us. Try hard to find pictures of celebs or random people who have hair similar to yours in fullness and texture or desired color (if it’s a color service). Be open to reality or a change-up if need be. Trust us.
4) SPEAK UP in the middle of a service if things are taking an ‘unusual turn’. You wanted a lot more off the overall length, you wanted more face-framing, shorter bangs? Say it. Nicely, of course. You are making an investment.  When we hand you a mirror to see our finished work, you need to communicate with us.  We’re not afraid of you asking for another snip here or there. And nothing beats our client saying “Yes! This is just what I wanted!”. We kinda love that.
5) Re-book and share your positive experiences. There is just no greater compliment to a stylist. Blab to your friends about why you like this stylist. Who doesn’t talk about a good hair day?

5 Steps To Serious VOLUME: Pump It Up!

SO:  You have straight, silky (often ‘virgin’ or natural) beautiful hair BUT you are bored to tears with your lack of styling options. Or you are prepping for a special occasion and are wondering how to give your hair some Va-va-Voom? This one’s for you!

Getting the most potential volume out of your fine, straight, healthy hair:

1) Shampoo with a clarifying formula (with any haircolor, be sure to use a color-safe formula or your will be stripping your hair of expensive work). Focus shampoo on your SCALP. As you rinse, the shampoo will cleanse the rest of your hair without over-drying it. If you need to, shampoo it twice to get as much oil as possible out of your hair.

2) Condition with your favorite formula, but focus only on your ENDS. Okay, maybe some got halfway up your hair? Perfect! Keep the moisture where you want it, which is never at your scalp…

3) Power-Dry

Apply heat protection (again) only to the ends of your hair, then begin to blowdry hair from your scalp out (this is called the ‘base’ of your hair) in the opposite direction of its natural ‘fall’. Adding a ‘Root-Boost’ lightly at the top of your scalp is great here.

This means: feel free to look silly and hang your head upside down, force all your hair into your face…basically you are trying to begin the drying process with the ‘base’ of your hair getting as much volume as possible.

When hair is about 75% dry, apply styling product to ends of hair, working up to the mid-shaft to give some hold for curl (foam/mousse is great here since it is generally light and doesn’t weigh hair down). Complete your blowdry with a quality round brush. This will generally smooth the ends of your hair.

Summary so far: Keep moisture away from the base of hair and blowdry for volume. If you haven’t followed these cleansing/blowdry steps before, your hair may already look fuller!

from loxabeauty.com

4)Style:

Assuming you long for a voluminous, curly or wavy style, this is your best bet:

Divide your hair into at least 3 sections: Crown, down to your ears, and nape. Clip sections to secure out of the way.

Start at the bottom, and don’t worry much about volume here unless your hair is relatively short already (shoulder-length or shorter). In small panels, focus your curling iron, wand, or smoothing iron(for curls) on the mids-ends of your hair. **Alternate the direction of each curl for more separation**.For extra ‘hold’, after dropping each curl into your hand, secure with a clip or pin against scalp and let cool. This ‘sets’ the curls. Give a super-light spray with finishing hairspray before moving to the next section.

At the MIDDLE section, change the way you are curling! Curl each small panel from the BASE of your hair out. Do not start at the ends and ‘wind’ your hair up. This can actually remove volume. This takes a little practice at first but is well worth the effort. Again, clip each curl and spray lightly with a quality finish spray.

At the CROWN section, keep curling from the base out…but add to it a bit of ‘overdirection’. This means: sectioning your hair into small panels, gently pull your hair forward (or UP) as you begin to curl the base of your hair on top. Then don’t just drop the curls but secure them ‘barrel-style’ to the crown of your head and let cool (5 mins or so). You should look exactly like your Grandmother at this point! Again, lightly spray…

5)Pump It UP!

Remove all clips/pins from your curls starting from the bottom.

Turn your head UPSIDE DOWN and run your fingers through your hair to separate the curls! I think of this a ‘frazzling’ and there’s an art to it…separate without completely brushing the curls out. It works. If you want waves, feel free to pick/lightly brush through your hair at this point. In this upside-down position, apply a light allover mist of finishing spray and let dry for 15 seconds or so. Stand up.

This is one of the best parts and the one thing I sincerely wish I could perform in a salon but alas professionalism…

WITH FINGERS: Gently re-arrange those curls. Don’t do too much pulling, but separate and place them where you want them. Add some light teasing if needed for really flat areas, then give a last finishing spray.

Last Important Note: Now Leave Your Hair Alone. That’s it!

I would love to hear if any of these styling tips were new to you, or if you know of other ideas I left out, but mostly if any of these tips actually WORKED on your fine hair!

To read more on this check out

10 VOLUMIZING HAIR HACKS FOR LIFELESS LOCKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Went *SHORT* For The Weekend: Here’s How!

 

Stylists get bored with our hair too! Should I cut it (trying to grow it out forever…), should I color it? Since I couldn’t decide, I went with a more temporary solution! If you have thought about going shorter but can’t commit the act just yet, try this out: When I went to work at my salon, some of my favorite fellow-stylists instantly commanded me to CUT IT NOW! I went with plenty of teasing in the crown and a few curls just falling over the ‘bun’ in the back. Easy-Peasy.

I followed the tutorial on this site, and here’s how it turned out:

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Source: Crop Your Mop: Go Short for a Day with a Faux Bob! – Story by ModCloth

Got ‘Jacked-up’ Layers?

Layers

I have a few friends in this position (as well as a couple of desperate new clients) and was so happy to run across this post. If your over-zealous Mom or stylist leaves you with CRAZY AMOUNTS OF layers, what do you do? Here is a good article from the beauty editor.

“Read it and weep: “Last (ever) visit to a trendy, high priced salon: I found that their “let’s choppy it up a bit shall we!” handiwork was actually NOT the easy-care, sleek, jolly little shoulder-length bob my fine-to-medium (lots of it), dark brown (and actually very healthy and shiny!), straight hair required.” 

If your over-zealous Mom or stylist leaves you with CRAZY AMOUNTS OF layers, what do you do?

Source: Q: How Do I Grow Out My Layered Haircut? – Beauty Editor