Category: Hair Care

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.

Introducing Amika, our newest product line!

Introducing Amika!  This is a new product line for our salon.  We are loving it!  The fragrance, the way your hair feels and the packaging is all perfection!

 

Amika is brand new for us! They are unlike any other product I’ve tried. They smell amazing! The electricians working in the space next to our salon actually stopped me to ask what the amazing smell was from!

The shampoos and conditioners make your hair perfectly nourished and full of body. My hair is fine and can easily feel weighed down. With the first try of shampoo and conditioner my hair felt great for days!

They’ve been around since 2007. They do not try to attain perfection with hair. They want your hair to be as individual as you while being super healthy.

Positivity is their main focus and their packaging delivers “puddles of fun and has a sunny disposition.”

Their main focus is to deliver protection from heated styling products. https://loveamika.com  Check out their website for a full list of products.

Their number one best seller is their Perk Up Dry Shampoo. It’s very light and has their signature fragrance.  The smell comes from Buckthorn Berry. It’s a super fruit and it’s included in most of the products. They also have Silken Up Dry Conditioner! It’s nice if your ends are super dry and great if your hair is curly and needs a little extra boost of moisture.

Amika products are vegetarian-friendly, cruelty-free and free from sulfates, MIT, MCI, Phthalates and artificial colors.

Amika never has and never will conduct animal testing. They test it on themselves, their friends, anyone and everyone we can get our hands on! They test on people, not animals.

They have lots of blow-drying products to give you the biggest, long lasting blowout ever! The Wizard is fabulous! It gives just the right amount of shine and hold.  It doesn’t feel like there is anything in your hair at all!

We are offering buy 2 products and get one free! It’s a great way to try them! Or you come in for a blowout and try them.

 

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 

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!

Filtered Photos are Deceiving!

Filtered photos are deceiving!  Shannon, our new stylist founds these photos and wanted to show everyone the deception that is on the internet. The following is her blog post of what she found!

Ever just get bored with your hair color and start internet searching for a new fun shade?! Ever find a picture that you fell in love with?! Well that picture could be a big, ole, fat LIE! Take these pictures for example:

These are extreme examples. Photos can be photo-shopped to look very different than reality.  There are lots of filters and color options for photos.  Hair looks different because of the lighting! Inside and outside the lighting will change the color dramatically. Hair can be made to look so different. So different that the colors can be difficult or even impossible to achieve in reality.

I know these colors may not be for every one but these are a perfect examples on how pictures are filtered and altered in the internet world. This fun, aquatic blue and purple look can be achieved but you are going to have to pay some big bucks to get it.

Also, the reality is you may not get these styles in one visit to the salon. Why? Well, first it all depends on the level and condition of your hair. Its difficult to pre-lighten someone with “black or dark brown hair” that is color treated (get an in more depth explanation in our November 9, 2016 blog, Colorful Hair is Beautiful)  After lightening the hair,  it’s time for the fun colors and then styling. So overall you are going to be paying for two color processes (maybe even more depending on how light you need to go), a haircut if desired, and styling. Also, if you are going for these fun and bright colors they fade very fast and are hard to keep vibrant in the hair.

Try to keep your expectations realistic. A thorough consultation is a must for every color!  We will try everything in our power to give you the perfect color!

Shannon Grady