Meet The Salon’s Newest Stylists
The Salon by Lora Brown is excited to announce we have two new stylists going behind the chair.
Treyla Stoner has been a licensed hairstylist for six years and is a graduate of Clovis Community College Cosmetology Program. She joined The Salon in March and has already acquired 164 hours of hands-on education as of the end of May.
Treyla specializes in braids, updos, coloring services, and wedding and special events. She has also done hair for a variety of photo shoots, including senior portraits and boudoir sessions.
Sandra Torres has been a licensed stylist and cosmetologist for 10 years and is a graduate of the Ogle School in Arlington, Texas. She joined The Salon in April and has earned 80 hours of hands-on education as of the end of May.
Sandra worked as a makeup artist in Mexico City, styling hair for professional photo shoots, runway shows, weddings, parties and other special events. She specializes in color techniques, cuts, styles, formal updos and braids, as well as wedding, prom and special event makeup.
The Salon’s stylists are committed to furthering their training so they can provide customers with the latest styles, precision cuts and color.
Book an appointment with either Treyla or Sandra and receive 10% off any à la carte service!
New Services At The Salon
With Treyla and Sandra’s experience and wide array of styling skills, The Salon is able to offer more braid and updo services, as well as professional makeup services for weddings, prom and other special events.
Contact The Salon today to book your appointment.
It’s a funny thing, the thyroid gland. One doesn’t really think about it until they have a problem with it.
Hypothyroidism, when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormone, and hyperthyroidism, when the thyroid produces too much hormone, are common problems with an array of symptoms.
Sadly, thyroid disorders are extremely common, especially in the United States. And, on top of fatigue and brain fog, women dealing with thyroid disease often complain of hair loss as one of their top symptoms.
Why Does the Thyroid Affect Hair Growth?
Thyroid disorders can be nasty. The truth is that every single part of your body requires thyroid hormone to function and those hormones have to be at optimal levels in order to keep everything in balance. The hair follicles are no exception. When the thyroid hormone is not at its optimal levels, the hair follicles begin to shut down rapid cell production and division. This can cause your hair to fall out and thin noticeably.
What Can I Do to Help My Hair?
If you notice hair loss or thinning in certain areas, your first stop should be your doctor. They can take blood to determine what might be causing your hair loss. If you do suffer from a thyroid disorder, it is possible to return your hormones to optimal levels restore your hair, or at least stave off any further loss.
Some have found that a healthy diet that excludes gluten and dairy, and a dose of Biotin can be helpful in speeding the process along. Hair regrowth can be a slow process, but keeping your thyroid levels in check and keeping your diet healthy can help immensely.
Hair Styling and Cuts
Another way to deal with thinning hair from thyroid disease is to change up your hair cut. Some women will notice thinning at the temples or around the crown of the head with thyroid disease. This type of thinning can be very concerning, but there are styles that can mask the hair loss while you go through the process of dealing with your thyroid disease.
When you are dealing with thinning hair, sometimes a shorter cut can help you feel a bit more beautiful. The heaviness of the length doesn’t pull down on the individual strands and cause your scalp to show through.
You are not alone and there are ways to bring your hair back to its former beauty. A good first step, after your doctor’s visit, is to visit the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. Our stylists can help you discover a style that makes you feel beautiful and confident.
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If you’re like most people, you’ve had one or two bad experiences at a hair salon.
Maybe a cut that was too short, layers that were too choppy, or a style that didn’t fit your face. And, if you’re like most people, you might have cursed the stylist who ruined your hair.
But we’re here to tell you a secret: it’s not completely the hairstylist’s fault.
Sure, there are a few bad stylist apples in every bunch, just as with any profession. But most hairdressers truly care about the experience their clients receive.
A major component of that experience—and, in turn, your overall satisfaction—is how you communicate with the people working on your hair. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of five things your stylist wants you to know.
5 Things To Know For Your Next Hair Appointment
1. Dying Your Hair Isn’t A Crime
Many people are embarrassed to tell their salon experts that they dye their hair. Whether you’ve only colored your tresses a time or two or you regularly color, be upfront about it with your stylist. Previously colored hair requires different cleansing and conditioning formulas than virgin hair. Being coy about your dying history will only result in less than ideal results.
2. The Truth Will Set Your Hair Free
Be honest about what you want when consulting with your stylist. The more upfront and detailed, the better. For example, be open with your hairdresser about your lifestyle habits. He or she wants to give you a style you’ll love not only when you leave the salon, but also for weeks to come. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend on your hair in the mornings, be truthful. Your stylist will know what cut suits you.
3. Salon Time Is Money
Occasional unexpected delays are inevitable, but try your best to respect your stylist’s time. They are usually booked solid, so running 10 minutes late could disrupt her/his entire day.
4. There’s No Need To Be Ashamed Of A Bad Cut
Whether your best friend gave you your new ’do on a dare or you went to a shady barber shop, there’s no reason to be embarrassed. Your stylist has likely seen much worse, so have a good laugh and then let the stylist fix it.
5. A Picture Really Is Worth 1000 Words
If you have inspiration for a new hairstyle, find a picture that most closely resembles it. Showing your stylist a picture of what you want is easier than explaining, and it gives her/him a better idea of how to achieve the look.
When you’re ready to refresh your hairstyle, reach out to the beauty experts at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Most of us use products each day to make our hair look shiny, clean and healthy. However, if you're using products with ingredients like sulfate, you could be doing more harm than good.
What Do Sulfates Do?
Sulfates are mixtures of molecules that attract oil and water, allowing them to clean off the dirt and grime that accumulates in your hair throughout the day. Sulfates also help to create foam. The foam doesn't contribute to the product's ability to get the hair clean, but many people associate the two and prefer products that get foamy.
If you're looking for sulfates on an ingredient label, you'll most often find sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS), as these are the most common types used in beauty products.
What's the Problem with Sulfates?
Sulfates clean by separating oil from water and rinsing that oil away. That means that in addition to taking away the dirt and grime, products containing sulfate can also strip away the natural oils in your hair that make it healthy and shiny. Removing those oils means that your hair will have a more difficult time repairing itself and protecting against the elements. You could also be left with less healthy, less voluminous hair.
The problem with sulfates goes beyond the appearance of your hair. For many people, sulfates can be irritating to the skin. Some people will notice dryness, redness and itching.
Who Should Eliminate Sulfates from their Hair Care Routine?
Anyone who has a problem with dry hair or dry scalp may want to look into sulfate-free hair products. If you're looking for more natural hair care products, you might be interested in sulfate-free alternatives. Finally, those who color their hair should look into those alternatives as well. Sulfates can do damage to colored hair by stripping the dye more quickly while sulfate-free products won't cause the same quick fading.
Is There an Alternative to Hair Products with Sulfates?
Absolutely! There are many more mild products, like the now sulfate-free products from Oribe, that will get the job done, without causing more damage to your hair. These mild detergents will remove the dirt and grime, without stripping your hair of its oils. When you choose quality products, like Oribe shampoo and conditioner, you won't have to sacrifice style. You can still have volume and shine.
To learn more about hair health and to achieve a cut and color to leave your hair looking its best, make an appointment with The Salon by Lora Brown today.
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A man's topknot, known today in popular culture as the man bun, has been making waves in the fashion and beauty industries the past few years. But believe it or not, this trendy style isn’t a new creation.
From ancient warriors to traditional religious symbols, the topknot has been worn by high status men for centuries. Let’s take a look at some known fans of the style.
The Man Bun Throughout History
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jared Leto may think they’re catalysts in this trend-setting movement known as the man bun, but men have been sporting this look long before the invention of red carpets.
Love it or hate it, the man bun has been everything from a symbol of class to a representation of a warrior’s ability to kick butts and take names — and not just in the movies. We’re talking actual mad fighting skills.
Here are some other times in history the man bun has made an appearance.
- The Maori People of 1300 - These indigenous Polynesian people styled their hair with berry oils and wooden or bone combs. Only the most high-status Maori men would wear a tikitiki, their version of today’s man bun.
- The Joseon Dynasty in Korea - If you were a married man in Korea between 1392 and 1897, you likely sported a man bun. Except you called it a sangtu. These men even wore hats shaped to fit around their buns. Imagine seeing that at Fashion Week.
- The Edo Period in Japan - The man bun trend in 1600s Japan can be credited to samurai. Even though the fearsome warriors used the hairstyle for practicality, mainly to keep their helmets in place so as not to die from a common blow to the head, such wasn’t the case for the average Japanese man.
Maybe these guys thought shaving their heads and only leaving a cluster in a bun at the top would make them look tough.
- Buddha - Yes, Buddha himself chose to wear his hair in a man bun. To look powerful? Sure. But even religious leaders sometimes want to stay in vogue.
The Man Bun Today
Whether you’re for or against the man bun, you can’t deny its longstanding history. On the streets, the runway and the red carpet, this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. While the men under the buns might not be warriors, they’re certainly leaders in the hairdo arena.
Want your very own man bun or maybe one for your main squeeze? Give the beauty pros at The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo a call today. We can give you a cool cut and style.
Surgery can be a stressful experience, and it doesn’t end when the surgery is over, either. Anyone who has undergone a surgical procedure with anesthesia knows that the recuperation from surgery can be difficult and painstakingly long.
While those suffering the aftereffects might be focused on the actual surgical site, surgery can actually have intense side effects on other parts of the body. Many people who have been treated surgically have complained about hair loss or a change in hair textures.
This rarely spoken about side effect actually occurs more than people think, but it is only recently that researchers have been looking into what might be behind this odd side effect. While there isn’t definitive evidence of a cause yet, there are several different hypotheses that researchers are working on.
Anesthesia Disrupts Cell Division
The cells in hair follicles are the most delicate and rapidly dividing cells in the human body, according to experts. To keep the hair growing over the course of time they have to divide quickly. Because anesthesia forces the body into a relaxed state, cell division is disrupted. Because hair follicles are delicate, the anesthesia is thought to force the cells into a resting state that doesn’t wear off immediately following surgery.
Another theory is that the body’s hair follicles stop producing when the body is under any stress. Because surgery is such a traumatic experience for the body, it can cause hair loss that lasts for weeks or, in some cases, months. The emotional stress of worrying about surgery and the physical stress of the actual procedure might be the culprit, surmise some doctors and researchers.
Some doctors believe the body, following surgery, diverts all of its assets to the surgical site in hopes of promoting healing. This is commonly seen when there is major surgery on a bodily organ, like the heart. Doctors believe the diverted nutrients essentially starve the hair follicles and make it impossible for them to grow further. Once the site is healed the nutrients will be sent back to other parts of the body, and hair loss will taper off.
If you’ve recently undergone surgery and you are noticing loss of hair or changes in your hair texture don’t panic! Odds are that your hair will grow back or return to its normal texture once you are healed from surgery. Your best bet during the interim is to meet with one of the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown to find a style that will make you feel gorgeous again!
Temperatures continue to rise here in the Texas Panhandle and many of us are making plans to rush to the salon for a shorter, cooler summer cut. Before you make your appointment, check out our tips for deciding whether to embrace your long locks or go short for the summer.
5 Questions To Ask Before Cutting Your Hair
1. Do You Have Spare Time?
Short cuts can look simple, but often require a lot more maintenance. Maintaining a short hair style usually means more trips to the salon to get trims. A more complicated look can also mean spending more time styling yourself in the morning, along with more products to get the look you love.
On the other hand, you'll be saving precious time shampooing and blow drying every day.
2. Will the Look Work for You?
After poring over photos of celebrities showing off their shorter styles, it's normal to want to jump on the bandwagon. However, not all looks are right for all faces. Before visiting the salon, think about how the style would look with your face shape. When you sit down with your stylist, they'll be able to help you make the final decision.
3. Are You Ready to Commit?
A trendy lob or a bold pixie cut are great looks for the summer. But, be sure to ask yourself if you're ready to commit to the short look before diving in. Remember that your long hair won't grow back overnight. While you'll love having less hair weighing you down at pool parties, you'll also have to deal with the awkward in-between stages if you decide to grow your hair back out in the cooler months.
4. Do You Have a Bad Hair Day Plan?
This may seem like a silly question, but give it some thought! Those with long hair have plenty of options for dealing with bad hair days, from braids to top knots to beanies. Shorter hair offers less options. If you aren't willing to put in the time to style or deal with a messy look from time to time, a short style might not be the right choice.
5. Is it Time for a Change?
If you're ready to choose a chop, or if you just want to get a little trim, our stylists are here to help. Call The Salon by Lora Brown today to make your appointment.
By now, we all know that changing your eyebrows can change your whole look.
However, not everyone is cut out for trendy, thick brows a-la Cara Delevingne or an extreme arch like Angelina Jolie. Find out which brow shape is the best fit for your face shape, below.
Eyebrows For Round Faces
If you weren't born with angles that shape your face, you can help to create them. Shape your brows with a defined arch to help give your face definition.
With the right eyebrow shape, you can give the appearance of more defined cheekbones and wider eyes. Those with round faces should avoid soft rounded brows that will exaggerate the face shape.
Eyebrows For Oval Faces
For those with oval shaped faces, anything goes. While you might want to play with arches and fuller looks, your natural brow is often your best bet. The natural brow offers a classic, well proportioned look. A bit of tweezing can keep you looking groomed and polished, while a professional can help if you want to create more of an arch.
Eyebrows For Long Faces
If you have a long face, your brows can help minimize that length. Rather than focusing on arch, give your brows some length. Keeping the arches minimal and creating tails on the ends of the brows can give your face a wide appearance that will balance out the length.
Eyebrows For Heart Shaped Faces
The heart shaped face is defined by a pointed chin. That strong angle can be balanced out with your brows. If you have a heart shaped face, embracing your natural arch can help to soften your angles. The key is to keep the eyebrows perfectly groomed. When manicuring the brows, be sure to avoid overdoing it. A harsh, pencil-thin brow won't do you any favors.
Eyebrows For Square Faces
Like those with heart shaped faces, those with square faces will want to balance their angles with a more rounded brow. The goal is to create a soft look to contrast the square shape. Opt for a slight, low arch and don't be afraid of a little extra volume. Those with a square face can take part in the bushy brow trend. Use a brow pen or powder to make them slightly darker and thicker.
Whether you want help in shaping your brows, or a new hair cut and style to finish your look, we're here to help. Call the experts at The Salon by Lora Brown 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.