Bridal Trials

Bridal Trials are not necessary but we highly recommend doing a practice round!   We’d like your wedding day to be stress-free and relaxed! Our part in that is having a good hair plan ready to go!

Sometimes it is not possible if the bride is out of town and just can’t make it work.  It is still a good idea to set up some time to talk to your stylist about your hair and the style you’ve chosen.  There are lots of styling tips we can give you that will make the wedding day hair perfect!

 

A trial is important because then you will know that the style will work with your hair and that you’ll like it!  So often we do the exact style the bride has chosen and she says it’s just not her!  It’s not uncommon for this to happen.  You never know until you try. The day of the wedding is too busy to not be sure about your hair!

The trial can be done at any time.  Months or days before the wedding. Preferably it’s best to do as soon as possible. It’s nice to know ahead of time that you are all set!  Some styles don’t require super long hair, so it’s good to know that you don’t need to grow it for months and not like it along the way.

At the time of the trial, we talk about what you like and go over our options. Bring lots of photos of hair styles that you like.  I like to always try down and up styles.  Most brides know right away what feels right.

At the time of the trial we can go over what’s best for your hair to prepare it for the wedding. When to shampoo, what styling products work best and any other tricks that we’ve learned along the way are important things to know!

I’m not saying that you are locked in to the style we do at the trial! You can always change your mind! It’s better though to only do one look the day of the wedding. On the day of the wedding it’s really hard to do a style and then take it down and try something else.  I like to spray and tease and pin as we go so that it stays all day and night.  If I need to take that down the teasing and spray can make the hair look frizzy and the hair can start to separate.

Once we’ve chosen your hairstyle the wedding day is a breeze!  It’s nice to know that your hair will be exactly what you envision.  It’s fun to check “bridal hair trial” off the list too!

Silver Hair

Who wants silver hair? Well, alot of people!

The picture above is Christina’s client Cecelia! She has very dark hair naturally. Christina was able to lighten her hair and tone it with silver.

We were wondering when the silver, gray hair trend started! Well, I looked it up and it’s in Wikipedia!

It’s called the Granny Hair Trend! Also known as Granny Hair. I personally have never heard this term, and it doesn’t seem like a flattering name to give the silver locks that we are doing!

25-30 years ago, there was no gray hair color that you could buy. No one EVER asked me for silver gray hair! At the sight of one gray hair, we were covering it up!

Now there are so many silver choices!  Women, young and old, are now adding silver or gray streaks to their hair. Those who are blessed with naturally gray hair are embracing their sparkly highlights! There are amazing gray shampoos and conditioners that enhance the gray and make it bright and shiny!

The trend is attributed to fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier! In 2011 his Autumn/Winter fashion show featured models with gray beehives! In 2015 his fashion show in Paris showcased models all with gray, silver hair.

Ellie Goulding was seen in 2011 with platinum hair that was leaning toward gray. Kelly Osbourne was also wearing her hair gray in 2012.

Unfortunately, this is one of the hardest color services to do.  The hair must to lightened to the palest white. If the hair is even a little bit yellow or gold, the silver hair color can look green or have an odd blue cast to it.

It’s so sad to explain to someone who has dark, dark brown hair that this may be something that they may never be able to have. It’s especially difficult if someone has dark hair color on the ends of their hair to begin with.  The hair has to be lightened with lightener and sometimes that color just doesn’t want to lighten past a pale red or gold. Hair can be only lightened so much at one time before it loses all of it’s integrity and starts to break off.  It’s a long process and you need to do lots of treatments that will keep your hair healthy as the process goes along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brazilian Blowout Split End Repair

Brazilian Blowout Split End Repair is an amazing 10-minute treatment! If your hair has had too much fun this summer and needs some tlc, this split end repair may be just what you need!

 

We love the Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Treatment and now they’ve developed a treatment to help your split ends! Nothing can replace a great haircut, but you don’t always want to cut as much as you need to.  Also your hair can be split not just on the ends.  Often split ends can go up into the hair 4-6 inches from the bottom. The treatment is applied to the bottom of the hair and can help the ends look rejuvenated!

The Split End Repairing Treatment is a 10 minute service that is only performed on the ends of the hair to instantly repair, mend and seal broken and split ends for up to 4 weeks. It can be preformed on all hair types. It can be given after any chemical service or just alone after a haircut. It is important to use a sulfate free shampoo at home, so that you don’t remove the repair system from your hair.

The Split End Repair has a Thermo-Marine Bonding System™.  It is a heat-activated, protein-enriched technology that instantly gathers and binds together broken and split ends while the Brazilian Blowout Super Nutrient Complex™ smooths the cuticle. The end result is stronger, healthier ends defended against damage caused by heat styling, hot tools and environmental stress. It eventually shampoos off after 4 weeks or so.  The less you shampoo the better and making sure you use sulfate free shampoos are imperative.

After your haircut or other service the product is applied to damp hair.  It is then blown dry and a low heat flat iron then seals the product onto your hair. Instantly your hair looks smoother, healthier and damage free!

We are offering this service in the salon for only $15! Who doesn’t want smoother, healthier looking hair!

 

 

Postpartum Hair Loss

Postpartum Hair Loss can be scary! Especially when you’re not expecting it!

It’s been about 3 months or so and you’re finally starting to feel better after having your baby. Unfortunately, you start to notice that you are having severe hair loss!  It seems like it is falling out in clumps. Normal hair loss is 80 hairs a day. New moms can experience as much as 400 strands of hair loss a day! If you have fine, thin hair it can seem devastating! The good news is that postpartum hair loss is totally normal! Still scary, but normal!

Postpartum hair loss usually starts 3 months after you’ve given birth and can last up to the 6th or 9th month.  The good news is that it is temporary and your hair should grow back!

High levels of the hormone estrogen during pregnancy helps keep your hair strong and healthy.  Many women say they stopped shedding hair all together while they were pregnant.  After giving birth, the estrogen levels drop dramatically and all of the hair you didn’t loose for 9 months seems to fall out all at once!

Nutritional deficiencies can also add to hair loss. Nutritional requirements change dramatically going to pregnancy to postpartum.  Your body needs more nutrients especially if you are breast-feeding. It’s important to maintain a healthy diet with lots of protein.

It’s important to continue to take your vitamins and to add a vitamin that promotes hair strength and growth. Biotin is the vitamin most helpful for hair health.

Nioxin Hair Cleanser and Scalp Therapy System helps promote a healthy scalp. The cleanser helps remove DHT which is a kind of hormone that can promote hair loss. Keeping your scalp clean and nourished will definitely help.    https://www.nioxin.com/

Keeping your hair trimmed and conditioned will also help the appearance of thinning hair look fuller.

It can take several months for hair to fill in and look like it used to.  I’ve had several clients finally get their hair back to normal and then it’s time for baby #2! 🙂

It helps to be prepared and take steps with your eating habits and hair health before the hair loss starts.

Burgh Brides, A Pittsburgh Wedding Blog

Burgh Brides has featured us on her blog!

Wedding season is upon us!  We’ve met some many wonderful women doing wedding hair! The brides, bridesmaids, their family and other wedding vendors are all great people! It’s so great to look at past brides who we’ve had the honor of helping on their wedding day! Harbor did this amazing wedding hair style for Brianne last year!

 

I received an email from Victoria at Burgh Brides that she was showcasing Brianne’s wedding! Brianne’s entire wedding was so perfect and is worthy of sharing! I want to get married again so I can wear that wedding dress!

Most of the time hair and makeup are scheduled first thing on the wedding day and we go on our merry way. It’s always so exciting to see the photos of how the wedding comes together. The bride with hair and makeup and dress all together! Lots of planning and thoughts about the day and the pictures capture every detail!

This is so pretty Victoria! She is the creator and driving force of #burghbrides.  Burgh Brides is a Pittsburgh wedding blog. Victoria is the queen of all things beautiful about weddings and Pittsburgh! She shows unique wedding ideas for inspiration for other brides. She helps connect brides with local vendors. She gives lots of hints and tips for a gorgeous and stress free wedding. She knows everything from flowers to preparing the best bridal registry!

Victoria has chosen one of our brides to showcase for your current blog post! Harbor had the pleasure of working with Brianne to create her amazing wedding hairstyle.  Christina and Harbor styled the rest of Brianne’s bridal party the morning of the wedding.

Check out Victoria’s blog for more photos of Brianne’s beautiful wedding and fabulous dress!  https://burghbrides.com/blog/

We’re looking forward to this year of beautiful weddings and meeting more fabulous people!