In recent years, biotin has become a hot button vitamin. Many hail the effects of biotin on skin, hair and nail growth. Some users rave about the changes in their hair and nails after taking the supplement for a short amount of time.
However, there are cons to taking such a supplement. We’ve decided to dispel the biotin myths so you can figure out if you should be taking it or not.
What is Biotin?
So, what is this vitamin all about? Simply put, biotin is part of the B-complex family. Responsible for everything from the synthesis of fatty acids and glucose, it's naturally found in egg yolks, liver and yeast products. Most people do not get enough biotin naturally, and supplementation can offer massive benefits, especially when it comes to the hair, nails and skin.
Biotin has plenty of pros. After all, that’s why so many people are taking the supplement and seeing great results.
As with any supplement, it isn’t all positive reviews. Negative effects have been experienced by those taking biotin supplements. Some users have reported acne and other skin issues that coincide with taking supplementation. Others have experienced digestive issues.
Before you begin taking any supplementation, including biotin, it's important to speak to your doctor to ensure there isn’t an underlying cause for your issues. Hair loss, dry skin and brittle nails can be symptoms of more serious medical conditions that need to be treated by a professional. Some who deal with thyroid issues have such symptoms. Before you get started, see your doctor to discuss your concerns and to figure out if biotin is right for you.
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There’s often a lot of buzz surrounding company culture among big businesses, but the idea is just as beneficial to small businesses, like hair salons. And at the root of culture are values.
Your salon’s ideal culture can only be achieved if you have specific values put into place.
What Constitutes Values?
Maybe you’re wondering what we mean by “values.” Simply put, values are the core principles by which you do business. They represent what the salon stands for and what sets it apart from all the rest.
What are Effective Values for Hair Salons?
The values you incorporate into your salon should be ones that are important to you personally. They should allow clients and staff to get a sense of what you’re all about. Because of this, not every salon will have the same values.
That said, here are 5 can’t-fail ones to give you an idea of what we mean. Start with this list and then customize it as desired.
1. Team Work
Working together, resolving issues calmly, and striving for the same goals allows a group of stylists to co-exist with little competition and plenty of camaraderie.
To create a culture that keeps clients coming back time and again, include excellence in your list of values. Never settle for doing mediocre work; continually put your best foot forward and you’ll see amazing results.
Integrity is all about living up to your word and being honest. With fellow stylists and with clients, never promise something you can’t deliver and always do what you say you’ll do.
A big part of the culture you create in a salon revolves around communication. How well your stylists and employees interact with one another can either cause tension — which clients pick up on — or encourage a positive work environment.
Whether it’s attending regular styling workshops, learning from your mistakes, or staying up-to-date on the latest trends, education is crucial to the success of a salon. Be sure it gets included in your values list and that you’re constantly striving to become better educated.
Where Can Excellent Hair Salon Values be Found?
At The Salon by Lora Brown, we’re a family. We understand the importance of creating a culture in which our employees thrive and our clients receive remarkable service every time. We support our employees’ career goals and do everything in our power to assist them in achieving those goals.
If you’re looking for a new salon home and want to be part of a positive culture with exceptional values and educational opportunities, reach out to us today.
Layers are great for adding volume and texture to your hair. However, they can make it difficult to achieve trendy styles, such as braids. Here are some tricks for creating braids that work with your layered hair.
5 Ways To Fix Flyaways When Braiding
Give it a Twist
One problem you might encounter with a braid is having the shortest layer of hair come undone, especially when making a side braid. An easy twist and a couple of bobby pins can help. After braiding your hair, gather the loose pieces from the top layer and twist them around the sides of your head. Pin them behind the braid with bobby pins to keep in place.
Cover with Curls
Before braiding, curl the ends of your hair. If your ends are straight, they'll be more likely to stick straight out when your hair is up. Instead, grab a round brush and your hairdryer to give the ends a slight curl,. An alternative is to use a curling iron or a wand to curl all of the hair. When you create your braid, the pieces that fall will look intentional instead of disheveled.
Choose Higher Braids
While fishtails and French braids will cause layers to leave pieces going astray, opting for braids higher on the head can conceal layers. Try out a milkmaid braid by making two French braid pigtails and crisscrossing them behind your head. When you're done, secure stray pieces easily by tucking them into the braid. A beaded crown can also work well for those with long layers. Just separate the top layer and braid that part of the hair, letting the other layers flow underneath.
Spray and Secure
When braiding layered hair, bobby pins will be your best tool. Luckily, most stylish braids are meant to look a bit more messy, so some stray strands will only add to your look. For those larger pieces that won't stay put, bobby pins and hairspray will keep things in place. Just pull the pieces through a section of the braid and use a bobby pin to secure the piece behind the braid. When you're finished, use a bit of pomade to hold the piece in place, then secure it all with hairspray.
Start with a Great Cut
When your hair has a great cut full of layers, texture, and volume, nearly every trendy hairstyle will look great. To get your new cut, visit the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown.
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It's officially the first day of summer and thoughts of sun, sand, and relaxation are likely on your mind. And with these thoughts is probably the pesky little reminder to pack the sunscreen.
We all know sunscreen is critical for preventing sunburn and reducing the risk of skin cancer. But did you know that hair can suffer irreversible damage from the sun, too?
Why Does Hair Need Protection from the Sun?
Just like skin, hair is vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun. Overexposure damages follicles and affects the health of your hair. This happens when blood vessels become inflamed as a result of the negative effects of the sun on the natural oil barriers on your scalp.
Inflammation of these blood vessels often leads to the creation of a compound known as superoxide, which may cause your hair to enter the shedding phase. What does that mean? In a nutshell, hair loss.
How Can You Protect Hair From the Sun?
To prevent damage to hair follicles and, ultimately, hair loss, it’s important to remember to give your head plenty of protection from the sun’s rays. There are a few different ways you can go about this. Take a look below for some simple and effective hair protection ideas.
1. Hats or Scarves
Throw yourself some shade by donning a cute hat or scarf while out at the beach, the park, the lake, or anywhere else you may be exposed to direct sun for more than a few minutes. Not only does this offer superb protection from sun damage, but it also gives you a chance to show off your style.
Most people know to add their regular sunscreen to their scalp at the part and the crown, but you can add that same sunscreen to your hair as well. Simply rub some together in your palms, and then run your hands through your hair as if spreading a hair care product.
3. Hair Care Products with SPF
Speaking of hair care products, there are several options on the market that are designed to protect hair from the sun. Many of them come in a spray formula, such as conditioning sprays and hair veils. As an alternative, you can also try a natural oil for sun protection. Avocado, raspberry seed, coconut, and olive oil all protect hair while also offering other benefits.
Summer Hair Care and The Salon by Lora Brown
The Salon by Lora Brown specializes in keeping your hair healthy and gorgeous all year long. For more tips and tricks for beautiful summer hair, reach out to our beauty experts today.
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Pregnancy is an amazing and wondrous thing. Still mysterious in some ways, doctors and experts have been studying the effects of pregnancy on the body for decades, and they all seem to conclude one thing – pregnancy can affect women in every bodily system, including their hair. In fact, pregnancy can affect the very structure of the hair and alter texture, even permanently in some cases.
How Can Pregnancy Change Hair?
Pregnancy can change and alter your hair in just about every way you can think of.
According to experts, pregnancy hormones can slow the rate at which hair falls out and it can also alter the life cycle of individual hairs. Some women find that they have more hair during pregnancy because of this, or they notice their hair isn’t falling out as much during their pregnancy.
Pregnancy hormones can also change the texture of hair. Some women report losing their curls during pregnancy. Women with previously straight hair may notice that waves and curls form as their baby grows.
Oily hair can become oilier and dry hair can become dryer, too. The reverse is possible as well. Finally, some report a difference in the fineness of their hair as they enter the second trimester of their pregnancy.
Why Does It Happen?
The reason behind changes in hair texture are two-fold, according to experts in the field. Prenatal vitamins are offering the body, and thus the skin system, nutrients in higher concentrations than most women are used to taking. This can positively impact the skin and hair. When the body has enough nutrients to sustain hair growth, many women will notice a change in the amount of hair they have and the feeling of that hair.
While prenatal vitamins might be the reason you feel like you have more hair, it doesn’t account for changes in texture. Doctors suggest that these changes are directly attributed to changes in hormone levels, and the stability of those levels throughout the course of a full-term pregnancy.
During pregnancy hormone levels change and rise to support the growing fetus. This can alter the texture of some women’s hair, although not all women will experience a noticeable change.
If you are currently expecting a new bundle of joy, congratulations! The process of pregnancy is amazing, but as a growing mother, you’ll need to take care of yourself, too.
If you aren’t feeling that fabulous during your pregnancy, consider embracing a new look by getting a fresh cut and style at The Salon by Lora Brown. We know how to pamper our clients and give them a luxury salon experience. Contact us today to make an appointment.
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Culture. The word is tossed about like a hot potato in the corporate world. But it’s not just business mumbo-jumbo — a good culture is the best recipe for a successful hair salon. In that recipe are several ingredients that come together in perfect harmony to create an enjoyable salon work experience.
Today, we’ll discuss five of these ingredients that are sure to please the palate.
What Are the 5 Secret Ingredients to Success?
Culture is made up of your business’s core values that influence the way you interact with coworkers and clients. While culture can be anything you desire, here are five crucial ingredients that should always be added to your mixing bowl.
It’s easy to become competitive in a salon environment when it’s run on the booth-rental model. Stylists compete against each other for clients, fostering resentment toward one another. This hurts the salon. But a commission-based salon encourages stylists and employees to work together for the greater good, which results in better employee retention.
2. Five-Star Customer Service
This one’s a no-brainer, but if you don’t consciously work toward it, it may fall through the cracks. Clients are the single most important aspect of your beauty business. No matter what else is going on, if they’re happy and continue to come in and refer others, then you’ll see success.
3. Continuous Training
The beauty industry is constantly evolving, and stylists need to evolve with it. Honing your skill and keeping up with trends are two of the best ways to stay in business. Education really is key. Hair shows, workshops, and even in-house training should be an integral part of any hair salon.
4. Shared Goals
While stylists should certainly set personal goals for their own careers, it’s important for all members of a salon team to come together and create a set of shared goals. This gives the salon as a whole direction and purpose. When everyone knows they’re working toward the same end result, they’re more likely to encourage each other.
5. Clear Guidelines
When developing or revamping your salon culture, be sure to write down your values in the form of guidelines that every team member can easily access at any time. For example, if one of your values is education, include a company-wide guideline that requires stylists to attend at least one training workshop each month.
What Does the Salon by Lora Brown Offer Employees?
At The Salon by Lora Brown, each and every member of our team is valued and treated with respect. We encourage our staff to advance their careers, and we provide tangible ways for them to do so, such as regular education and training. To learn more, take a look around our website or apply now.
Hair loss is an often talked about topic when it comes to men. After all, there are products and services specifically designed to deal with male pattern baldness, but hair loss is a problem for the female population as well.
While less common, women who are balding or have thinning hair is a major issue and can cause distress. With that being said, there is a certain amount of hair loss that is perfectly normal for women and won’t lead to thinning of the crown.
How Much Hair Loss is Normal?
According to experts, most women will lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair per day. Even up to 150 strands per day is not considered a problem. Most women won’t even notice the number of hairs they lose each day because it’s a process that happens over the course of time. That is to say, you won’t see 100 hairs in your shower drain every morning, but you’ll notice hair in your car, on your floor and in other places.
Experts say you can test the number of hairs you lose by pulling a piece of hair containing about 60 hairs away from your scalp, and slowly running your hand down it. Normally, between 5 and 8 strands will come loose.
Why Does Hair Fall Out?
All hair has a cycle, according to experts. 90% of the hair on your head is in the growing phase of its life. It is continuing to grow from the root. About 10% of the hair is in a “resting” phase. This is the phase during which hair falls out so new hair growth can continue. It is perfectly normal and healthy.
Normal hair loss is a part of life, but if you are losing more than the normal amount of hair, there could be a medical issue causing it. Women with PCOS, thyroid conditions, hormones, your age and other medical problems may experience hair loss at an accelerated rate.
Women who have just given birth may also notice more of their hair is falling out than what is considered normal. Often times, dealing with the underlying medical cause can yield good results, but there are supplements that can also help, in some cases. For patients undergoing chemo, there is a new cancer therapy that may fight hair loss.
If you are experiencing hair loss that you don’t believe is normal, speak with your doctor. When you are ready for a beautiful cut, color and style, contact The Salon by Lora Brown. Our team of stylists will make sure you walk away feeling confident and gorgeous.
With summer vacation plans on our minds, many of us are looking for a simple summer look. Here are a few tips creating easy beach waves that will look great on any vacation (or staycation) destination.
The Twist and Flatten
There's no need to get out the curling iron. A hair straightener can do double duty as a curling tool, and give you waves in less time. Start with a heat protecting spray, like Oribe’s Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray, before taking hot tools to your hair.
Separate the hair into four parts. One at a time, twist a section, then run your flat iron slowly over the twist several times. Release the hair so it untwists, check out the waves, and move on to the next section until you're done.
The Twist and Release
If you're short on time, you're not out of luck. You can still achieve beautiful beachy waves just by twisting your hair.
Start with damp hair, divided into sections. One at a time, twist each section tightly and let it move itself into a coil. Pin each coil into a bun on the top of your head. When all of your hair is pinned up in coils, get the blow dryer. After drying your hair, let the coils down and pull the strands apart to reveal your beach waves. Finish with a texturizing spray and hairspray.
The Pin and Sleep
Why spend time curling your hair in the morning when you can wake up with gorgeous curls? The pin curl method is great, even for those who have a hard time getting their hair to hold a curl.
Start by creating curls with a straightener, by moving the straightener down the hair while twisting with your wrist. When you're done, let it cool. Then, divide into sections about one inch thick. One at a time, twist each section and roll into a coil. Pin the coils to the top of your head and get some beauty sleep. When you wake up, take out the coils and enjoy waves all day.
More Tips and Tricks
There are plenty of ways to give your hair beachy waves. Keep them looking their best by finishing with a sea salt spray to add texture. For those who battle frizz, adding a serum before styling can help tame the hair.
Finally, if you use hairspray to keep waves in place, be sure it's a spray with flexible hold to prevent a stiff look, such as Oribe’s Anti-Humidity Spray.
Start with a Cool Summer Style
Creating the perfect beachy waves starts with having healthy hair and great style. To get a summer look you'll love, visit The Salon by Lora Brown. Our stylists know all the latest trends and styles.
Learn how to create easy beachy waves with our stylist, Emily!
Coachella may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you should hang up your flower crown just yet.
Flower crowns are a hair trend perfect for the summer, whether it’s going to a daytime festival, a party or a wedding. Check out our tips for pulling off this look.
5 Tips For Wearing Flower Crowns
Some flower crowns are sweet and dainty, looking more like a headband. Others are big and bold. If you're unsure about jumping on the flower-crown bandwagon, choose a more tame and easy-to-wear option first. A thin band with smaller flowers in one color can act as a simple and sweet accessory.
Find a Style that Works
Some flower crowns look more boho, some give off a retro vibe, and others are perfectly preppy. Find or make a flower crown that fits your personal style or whatever you'd like your style to be for the day. Your look can also change based on how you wear your crown. When it sits down on your forehead, you'll achieve a more boho look. Pushing it back further can make it look and feel more like a traditional headband.
Style it with Your Hair
Many are opting to wear a flower crown with their hair left down, either straight or in waves. Another option is to incorporate a braid into the look. Try a loose fishtail braid and make your crown the finishing touch. Flower crowns also work well with a messy bun. The combination of undone hair and wildflowers creates an easy, carefree look that's perfect for casual summer days.
Wear it with Friends
There's power in numbers, even when it comes to summer hair trends. Get a group together and plan a DIY flower crown party. Gather some supplies, encouraging your guests to bring extras. Look for inspiration on blogs and Pinterest, then get creative.
Embrace the Trend
The key to pulling off any trend is to wear it with confidence. The beautiful thing about flower crowns is that they work with any hairstyle. Whether your hair is short or long, dark or light, wavy or straight, a band of flowers can only add to your look.
Give your hair a new summer style before adding finishing details like flower crowns. The stylists at The Salon by Lora Brown will help to bring your hair into the new season with a fresh cut and new color. Contact us today to make an appointment.
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Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.