Sulfate-Free Shampoos with no Suds!

Sulfate-Free products are a benefit to almost everyone once in awhile. Mostly used for curly, dry hair, highlighted and over-processed hair can benefit from gentle cleansing.

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Most shampoos are Sulfate-Free now.  Over shampooing your hair can cause lots of troubles.  It can make your hair dry and take away the shine. It can make curly hair more dry and frizzy. Many clients are trying to not shampoo as frequently as they have. Shampoos that are not sulfate-free can remove your Brazilian Blowout, your color and especially semi-permanent color.

DevaCurl is a product line that is 100% sulfate, paraben and silicone free. DevaCurl Products are specifically designed for the curly haired girls.  Although I have straight hair, I do like the moisturizing feeling it gives my hair.  I just can’t use it very often. There are 4 different strengths.  No-Poo Shampoo and Conditioner is very creamy and doesn’t have any suds at all.  The LO-Poo has a low amount of suds if you have fine, thin hair that can get weighed down and needs a little cleansing. They have a Light formula if you have fine, curly hair that is healthy.  The Decadence line is for super curly, dry hair that needs maximum moisture.

DevaCurl has a whole line of styling products as well to maintain your curls or keep them hydrated if you are straightening. The DevaCurl Light Defining Gel is great to keep your curls under control. While in the shower after cleansing and conditioning, with hair still wet, add the gel. Squeeze the gel into the curls and let air dry.  The gel will dry a little firm. After your hair is dry, you can break up the strong gel feel to get the lived in soft curls.

DevaCurl has lots of tips, other products and videos showing the proper way to use their products.  http://www.DevaCurl.com 

Hair Extensions for Everyone

Hair Extensions for Everyone!  Who wouldn’t like a little more hair!  If your hair is fine and thin and won’t grow long, you can do something about it. Extensions can give you fullness and length. This is Shelley and she’s wanted more hair her whole life!  When Shelley saw our tape-in hair pieces from Cinderella it was like Christmas morning! She couldn’t wait to try some new hair. The extensions take about 5 days to special order, so we had to be a little patient. 🙂

                  

These are 22 inch long human hair extensions.  They come in several colors, lengths and textures.  Shelley has multi-dimensional, wavy hair.  We choose 2 colors in a wavy texture and it matched perfectly with her own hair.

The Tape-in hair pieces last about 3-4 months.  They can be reused 2 to 3 times.  They are easy to remove. A little solution is applied to the tape and it loosens the adhesive.  This is the best method for preserving the health of your own hair. Many other extensions can pull out hair and even leave bare spots on your scalp. The hair is shampooed, dried and a new tape strip is applied.

Shelley wanted all over length and fullness.  We used 4 packs of extensions. That’s 40 pieces.  Two strips of hair extensions are sandwiched over a fine section of your own hair.   The strip of tape is very flat so they are very comfortable.  You can shampoo and condition like normal. There is a special loop brush that won’t pull on the extension.  You should also refrain from using any oily products or serums.

Shelley would’ve loved to keep all of that length! We trimmed the extensions to a more believable, manageable length. Now Shelley has the hair she’s always wanted.  She can curl or straighten her new hair just like she would her natural hair. Shelley was all smiles for days with her new hair! We’re so happy for her!

Beautiful Brows for Everyone!

Brows for Everyone!  Eyebrows can really make or break your whole look.  Eyebrows are such a distinct part of your face.  Without them your face loses all dimension and expression.  Eyebrows come in all shapes, colors and sizes.

There is a correct way to groom your brows to make the most of your features.  There are many little, easy tricks to filling them in and coloring them so that they are more noticeable.  Some brows need to be less noticeable! 🙂

It Cosmetics makes the best pencil to fill in your brows!

This is the best brow pencil, The Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil.  I received it as a gift and didn’t think I needed it.  I tried it and I can’t believe the difference! I can’t go without it now! It fills in just a little or alot wherever you need it.  Eyebrows are never perfect and rarely the same. This pencil helps even the brows out.  We’ve always said “Your eyebrows are sisters not twins!”

Here are some tips right from It Cosmetics website for using the Brow Power pencil.  http://itcosmetics.com

  • Apply softer strokes for lighter hair colors including blonde and silver, and press harder for darker tones including brown and black. As a finishing touch, lightly brush the built-in spooley brush through your brows for a natural, polished look.
  • To create your most perfect-looking brows, follow these easy-to-remember tips: (1) The start of your brow should line up directly with the edge of your nose; (2) Your brow arch should align to the outer edge of your iris, and (3) The end of your brow should line up with the outer corner of your eye!

 

We are adding more services for your eyebrows to the salon.  We can help you design the perfect shape, tint them a gorgeous color and maintain them for you. Check out our website for a list of details and prices for Beautiful Brows! www.BrookeRockwellHair.com.

A Bridal Trial is so Important!

This is an example of what a bridal trial looks like!  We tried up and down and all around, and finally found the one!

Bridal Trial

It’s so important to us that your wedding day is perfect. We are responsible for your hair that day and we take it very seriously! A bridal hair trial is super important.  You want to look back at photos and remember every detail and hair is a big one!

We recommend a trial as soon as possible. We suggest sooner rather than later! It’s good to know if you will like what we do. If you don’t like what we do, you’ll need to find someone else. Hairstylists book quickly for weddings so it’s good to plan early. We’re taking weddings for next fall already!

Pinterest is great for ideas!   Just start looking and pin everything that you may want to try. Some brides know for certain the way they want their hair, whether they like their hair up or down. It depends on the style of your dress as well. You may want to show off details on the back or it may have a high neckline. Hair can be adjusted around all of these details.

I like to start a trial looking through your photos and talking about what you like and don’t like. The front of your hair is the most important and hardest part to decide on. We try several ways and eventually one them will be just perfect.

A trial usually takes about an hour. You should arrive with dry hair. At this time we can discuss the best way to prepare your hair for the big day.

Normally, I curl all of the hair first to get some texture. It’s a great time to see if you like your hair down and curly. Next, we try half up/half down. Then we can try a bun. The bun can be centered or to one side, high or low, big or small, smooth or detailed. Recently, we’ve had several brides wear their hair down and curly. Some are doing very high, big, full buns. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and like yourself! The trial is the best way to figure this out!

Stand up Straight for better Posture!

Good/Bad Posture

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I’m sure you’ve all had someone say to you “Stand up straight!”   My friends mother would make her stand against the wall for 5 minutes whenever she was caught slouching!

It’s so easy to just relax and slouch down to a little ball. Especially if you sit for long periods of time at a computer or stand while you preform tasks. Now more than ever, we are staring down at some kind of device!

My posture has become horrible!  I don’t even realize I’m not standing up straight until I catch myself in the mirror or in a photo.  My back, neck and shoulders really feel the effects after a long week.  I thought I need to have help reminding myself to stand up straight!

After I read so many articles about posture, it seems that good posture not only looks better but it’s better for your overall health. Good posture improves your breathing, your lungs have more room to expand to so you get more oxygen. More oxygen leads to a better memory, better learning and improved mood. This power stance help some overcome anxiety. The other benefit is that you look taller, slimmer and younger!  Win, Win, Win!  Proper posture keeps your bones and joints in correct alignment so muscles and ligaments are used properly. Bad posture can wear out joints quickly and causes lots of pain in your neck and back. Your spine can also become fixed in an abnormal position.

I didn’t want to wear an uncomfortable brace so luckily I found the LUMO Lift from Body Tech. http://www.lumobodytech.com/   It’s a little device that you attach to your clothes below your collarbone. It’s magnetic so it doesn’t put holes in your clothes. They give you a black and silver button to match most clothes. You can purchase additional buttons in different colors and one even looks like a ruby. It gives a little vibration when you are not in the correct position.

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It’s connected to an app you download on your phone. When I started to order the device, the total was $99 but when you go to checkout it’s $79!  It stays charged for about 5 days. The app is great at keeping track of your progress. The LUMO Lift also counts your steps and calories burned for the day too! I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now and I am doing better even when I forget to wear it!