Your home care is equally as important as what we do in the salon. If you're looking to strengthen, grow or simply maintain your healthy hair, please follow the below recommendations! [Hair Extensions guests: Please follow below & following section]
There are SO many incredible options out there; however, it doesn't always mean it's the "right" product for the current state of your hair. For example: If you're using a protein based shampoo; however, your hair is dry, we may need to switch you to a moisture based product. I can't tell you how many guests are using a great product- it's just the wrong one for THEM. One product may make your sister-in-laws hair feel amazing; however, it can be the opposite experience for your own hair. Your styling care is super important as well. Please keep the communication open! For example: The temperature of your flat iron, what you're using on damp strands vs dry... this all can contribute to damage, color fading, dryness, breakage, difficult texture & more if not "prescribed" correctly. Your hair color, extensions + care can only be guaranteed by using your professionally recommended products.
A satin or silk pillowcase is much less aggressive on your skin and hair than a cotton case. The cotton fibers are a bit rough on our skin (wrinkles, eyelashes, hairline) & our hair ("bed head", frizz + fuzziness, matting + knotting). At night, please de-tangle hair thoroughly using a detangling brush by beginning at the ends and holding the hair above what's you're brushing firmly so there's zero tension on the scalp. Continue to work your way up until everything is completely smooth (make sure you get the "nape"- underneath your hair really well: this is where your sweat + oil builds up & the hair mattes. This is a sure sign you're not brushing properly) If your hair allows, wear a long, loose side braid to bed. Or, you can wear a silk scarf or wrap to really preserve your hair all over.
This is SO beneficial & most of us tell ourselves we simply don't have the time.
What is a deep condition? This is an intensive treatment used in replace of your routine conditioner to give it lots of extra love. Typically, I recommend this be done 1-2 times per week in replace of your professional conditioner.
Why do I need to do this? Think of this as a deluxe face mask for your hair. This will penetrate your strands with the needs that it's lacking to give it strength, hydration, shine + more. The salon has a few different treatments to choose from because everyone has different needs.
Which one do I use? Ask me! That's what I'm here for.
How do I do a deep condition? Shampoo your hair as normal. (I love using Paul Mitchell Shampoo Two on deep condition days because it makes my hair super, squeaky clean) Grab a clean hand towel or washcloth & soak up the excess water in the hair (especially the ends or thirsty areas so you don't dilute your treatment) Apply treatment on ends + work throughout the hair. I typically throw it in a clip & then shave/exfoliate & then rinse out. If you have more than 5 minutes to leave it in.. read, fold laundry, take a bath- enjoy this self care! Always be sure to rinse out completely + continue on with your day.
Most of us use some form of heat on our hair whether it's blow drying or also adding in hot tools (flat iron, wand, curling iron). It's okay to use heat on your hair; however, my job is to ensure you're doing this properly to keep your hair happy. I want you to check out:
Blow Dryer: Most of us have had the same one for years! This is okay; however, please check to make sure the heat is not too hot & that it has an attachment that covers the metal cover. This doesn't mean you need to go spend hundreds of dollars on a new dryer- just ask me which ones to check out!
Flat Iron + Curl Iron: Does this allow you to adjust the temperature or is there an on/off switch? An on/off switch is a red flag for me because you have no control on the amount of heat you're placing on your strands. Super hot does not mean faster or better results. Every head of hair is different & needs different temperatures. There are professional, affordable, great investments available to super easily to update your tools. Ask me!
Working in education has embedded the phrase "knowledge is power" into my approach with everything I do in my business. I want to empower each and every single one of you to feel super prepared and educated when coming in for your salon sessions.
If you're scheduling an in-person consultation or reaching out to me via text or e-mail, here are some things I'm going to ask you for:
1. Current Photo: [this does not need to be a glamour shot] Please snap a photo in natural lighting of the sides and back so I can see your natural tone, texture & what currently exists throughout your hair.
2. Inspiration Photos: If you're not sure where to start- there are so many great resources now to begin your search. Instagram (search hashtags, example: #blondehair #curlyhair) & screenshot looks that attract your eye! Google images is another great resource (search blonde hair, curly hair) & discover your favorites. Documenting a look you want to avoid or isn't your taste at all can be just as helpful as ones you love.
3. Products, Routine & History: I want to know exactly what you are currently using, when & why. [This is a judgement-free zone] This gives me the opportunity to learn what options & education I can share with you that are realistic with your schedule & lifestyle. There are many incredible products out there! I'll share with you exactly what I personally would use or not use on your hair to make you the most successful with your hair outside of the salon. Your "hair history" is vital- again- zero judgement. This will give me insight on how to approach your formulation to keep your hair healthy & better reach your goals.
4. Budget: Hair is an investment and I want you to understand how pricing works. I invest an embarrassing amount of time & finances back into my education on a regular basis to ensure I'm delivering the highest quality services & salon experience for you. Your service costs is dependent on the time it takes to successfully complete + the amount of product needed. If your hair is longer or thicker, it's going to take more time than someone with finer, shorter strands, so it costs more. For color services, I need the above information to determine your costs. The question I am asked most often is "How much do you charge for a balayage". I want you to understand that this is as general as asking a restaurant how much they charge for food- there's a range depending on what we need to do to create that look. For example, if you have finer hair, previous highlights in your hair & show me a beautiful balayage inspiration photo, I may book you for a partial highlight + gloss to achieve that photo. If you have a natural, dark brown head of hair & share the same photo with me, I'm going to need to create the entire look, so it's a longer process.
5. Availability: I want to know [realistically] how often & when you can come in for your salon sessions. For example: If you show me a picture of Gwen Stefani blonde & your busy schedule only allows you to book every 8 weeks, I'm going to have the opportunity to suggest a more maintenance friendly blonde for you. Gwen blonde requires a refresh every 2-4 weeks which is what we refer to as "high maintenance blonde". Let's work together to decide what color story will be most successful for your lifestyle!