A question often asked in hair salons is what temperature should you use to shampoo and condition the hair. Most people perform both tasks while in the shower or bathtub. Both hot and cold water can wet the hair and rinse product from the hair strands. But, each has its drawbacks. One, though, is far worse than the rest.
Extremely hot water (think 120 degrees or above) should not be used on your hair or scalp.
Why Is Extremely Hot Water A Bad Idea For Hair?
It makes it easy to break your hair. When you use hot water to wash or rinse your hair, it opens up the hair cuticle wider than it needs to be. Applying any pressure, like brushing or combing, to the hair cuticle can damage or break it.
It weakens the roots of the hair. Hot water opens up the pores of the scalp. This has the potential for weakening the hair roots. If this happens, your hair can become frizzy and begin to curl.
It strips all the natural oils from the hair. The body produces a natural form of oil, known as sebum, which coats the hair, protecting it from environmental damage. Shampoo, applied with cold or warm water, removes the excess sebum, leaving behind enough to protect the hair. Extremely hot water removes all the sebum, leaving the hair vulnerable.
It is a potential danger. Water above 120 degrees has the potential of scalding a person's skin, including the scalp. And if you burn the scalp, the hair cuticle will also sustain damage.
How To Wash Your Hair
Extremely hot water is off the table. So, what temperature should you use on your hair and scalp? The answer is a mix of warm and cold.
For more tips on keeping your hair healthy, contact The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo.
Male pattern baldness is an issue everyone is familiar with, but many don't realize millions of women deal with thinning hair as they age, too. Thinning hair is a problem that many women face in private. It can be embarrassing and emotionally trying, but there are a few causes of thinning hair that you might not be aware of. Avoid these top five triggers to ensure your hair is healthy and beautiful regardless of your age.
A Too Tight Ponytail
Pulling your hair back into a tight ponytail or bun might seem like an easy way to look stylish, but overtime it can lead to thinning hair. Overtime the tight hairstyle pulls on the hair follicles, damaging them (this is known as traction alopecia). A couple of tight ponytails are fine, but years of such hairstyles can lead to permanent hair loss.
The high heat of blow dryers and straightening irons can damage your hair, that much is known, but most people don't realize it can lead to thinning hair, too. Limit the amount of heat you use on your hair, and air dry as often as possible. Also, never use a straightening iron on wet hair, even if the product suggests it is safe to use on wet hair.
Stressful events (the death of a loved one, a breakup, or financial issues) can cause hair loss, experts say. In many cases, the hair loss can take up to 6 weeks to take affect. The actual mechanism behind this effect is unknown, but doctors believe hormone shifts may play a part. The good news is that hair generally grows back when stress is under control.
Brushing When Wet
Brushing your hair when wet can damage and break the hair, leading to thinning hair in patches. Avoid brushing your hair as soon as you get out of the shower, instead opt for brushing once it is dry and less vulnerable. Be sure to squeeze the water out of your hair — don’t rub it with a towel. Before using a wide tooth comb, apply product. You can also comb in the shower to remove tangles when wet.
Your diet can affect everything from your overall health to hair growth. According to doctors, a spike in Vitamin A can actually cause hair loss. To keep your hair in great shape, avoid taking excessive vitamin supplements, and ensure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet. Download our free infographic on nutrition for optimal hair below.
If you are in need of advice for your thinning hair, contact the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown.
You spend a long time on your hair. There are blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons in your bathroom that you may use on a daily basis. While these styling tools can make your hair look fabulous, they are capable of doing severe damage.
Excessive heat damage can result in split ends, breakage, dry or coarse-feeling hair. But this does not mean you have to abandon your favorite styling tool. By following a few simple tips you can keep your hair looking fabulous.
Never apply thermal heat to your hair (i.e. blow dryer, straightening iron, curling iron) without having product in your hair. Always use a heat protectant or leave-in conditioner, such as Supershine Moisturizing Cream by Oribe.
1. Use Quality Styling Tools
Use tools that have different heat settings. This will allow you to control the temperature and minimize the damage done to your hair. Cheaper tools will have only one setting, which makes it harder to protect your hair.
Look for styling tools that actually display the temperature. This will give you the opportunity to really control the heat you are applying to your hair. Most tools range in heat from 170 to 400 degrees. Keep in mind that 400 degrees is far too hot for your hair.
Oribe Royal Blowout spray-in heat protectant is one of the most popular products for straightening irons.
2. Style According To Your Hair Type
Now that you have some excellent tools in your styling arsenal, it is time to take your hair type into consideration.
As a general rule, the thinner your hair, the lower the heat you should use. But this does not mean that if you have very thick hair you should crank up the heat; there is almost no situation where your should be using the highest heat setting.
3. Use Protection
There are a number of products out there that will provide your hair with some protection against the heat from your styling tools. The main ingredients in these products are usually silicone, natural oils or water-based.
You should be using these products on a regular basis, especially if you use irons as they cause more damage than blow dryers.
4. Get Professional Help
A little professional help can go a long way. The next time you see your stylist, ask for some advice on styling your hair. Your stylist can give you a few tips or techniques that will keep your hair healthy and looking great.
The Salon by Lora Brown can help with all your styling needs whether it be cut, color, blowouts, braids or anything else.
Having a dry, flaky scalp can not only be annoying, but embarrassing as well. No one wants to spend their day scratching their head and making sure they don't have white flakes decorating their clothes. The key to dealing with dry scalp is to first identify and address the underlying issues that are causing the flakes. Common causes for dry and flaky scalps can include:
If you suffer from a dry, flaky scalp, there is no reason to be embarrassed. Proper treatment and maintenance of your hair and scalp by hair professionals can alleviate symptoms and make the situation manageable. If you are looking for a stylist or hair specialist in the Amarillo area, stop in or call The Salon by Lora Brown today. The quicker you start treating the issue, the sooner you can go back to looking and feeling like the real you.
The cooler winds of autumn have arrived and it's time to get your hair ready for the colder weather. One thing you should do is get rid of old hair products that have outlived their shelf life. The problem is, there may be no expiration date. The FDA does not require hair product manufacturers to include expiration dates on the container. It is a purely voluntary action by the manufacturer.
What Can Happen If You Use An Expired Hair Product?
You run out of shampoo and don't have time to run to the salon to pick up some more before you go out to dinner with your significant other. So, you go digging in the cabinet to see what you have on hand. You find a bottle of shampoo in the back corner. You don't know when you bought it, and it has no expiration date on it. It's OK to use, right?
If the product is past its shelf life, the best case scenario is that you may be applying product that is completely ineffective. The expired shampoo may be as useless as plain tap water for cleaning your hair.
Then there is the worst case scenario. Old hair products can become breeding grounds for bacteria that can cause severe infections. While this usually only happens with previously opened products or those in damaged containers, it is not something you want to take chances with.
How Can I Tell If A Product Is Expired Or Not?
Always check the container for an expiration date. If there is no clear date, take a close look around the UPC code. You might see the picture of a small container with a number beside it. Typically, that number will be a 6, 8 or 12. That indicates you have 6, 8, or 12 months to use a product once it's opened.
If you are absolutely not sure when the product was bought or opened, check the product itself. Take the lid off and smell the contents. If it smells funny, or acrid, it has gone bad. If the smell seems OK, put a dab of the product on your finger. Does it feel funny? Bacterial growth tends to leave a slimy film behind. If a product, that normally feels creamy, has a funny or slimy feel to it, toss it.
Always get your hair products from a reputable salon known for the highest quality. The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo, Texas, is the place to go in the Panhandle. Give us a call today.
The salon industry is a constantly growing and changing entity. New technology, new products, new techniques, and new styles are coming through the doors of salons across the country everyday. While there are plenty of positives to this, there are also some pitfalls. Often times, clients are left feeling confused and unsure of what is going on inside a salon, and this can lead to people feeling “ripped off.” We've collected a few tips that will help you ensure you get what you pay for.
Are There Specialists?
Some salons will have specialists who work with color, and specialists who focus on cutting. While both specialties are part of the larger hair care industry, they are very different. Before you put your head in the hands of a stylist or a colorist, don't be afraid to ask if the person you are dealing with specializes in one thing over the other. Ask about training, too, if you don't feel comfortable yet. This isn't rude; it's just taking good care of your hair.
Who’s Doing The Heavy Lifting?
Assistants are often utilized in hair salons to deal with basic maintenance. They will sweep hair off the floor, wash heads, and check in clients and guests. This is normal, but assistants shouldn't be moving onto more intensive salon work. If it appears they are dealing with every task shy of actually cutting hair, you might not be getting what you pay for. Some salons will employ stylists to do all the work. In the end, your stylist should be doing the consulting, cutting, coloring and styling of your hair.
A stylist’s apprentice, on the other hand, works directly with the stylist. An apprenticeship offers a more hands-on experience and educational opportunities. An apprentice will still act as an assistant, but will learn how to be a stylist behind the chair.
Before your stylist ever picks up a pair of scissors or even a hair brush, they should be consulting with the client. Many bad haircuts are born from poor communication. When looking for a good salon, look for a stylist who listens to what you have to say, can repeat back what you want, and is honest about whether or not the style you had in mind is feasible with your hair.
Go With Referrals
When in doubt, pick a salon that has a good word-of-mouth reputation. Many salons still rely on this type of advertising, and you can easily see the handwork of the stylist on your friend or family member's head. Don't be afraid to ask around; it is an easy way to find a dependable and talented stylist and salon.
If you are in need of more hair care advice, contact the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo. We'll be happy to answer your questions, and help you find the hair care you've been looking for.
The term “professional” is used frequently to describe how employees and customers are expected to act in a place of business. While it seems straightforward enough to show up on time, get your work done, and wear the right clothes, most people don't actually know what it means to be a professional beyond these basics. It's important to go one step further and think about professionalism within your given field.
As A Salon Stylist, How Can I Step Up My Professionalism?
When clients go to a high-end salon, they're expecting more than a great haircut or flawless wax job. Being greeted in a friendly manner when they check in, being shown into a waiting area and offered something to drink right away, and being able to relax with soothing music all contribute to the clients' overall experience at the salon. As a stylist, getting the little elements of your job right, such as maintaining a neat hair cutting station and not keeping your clients waiting, go a long way.
Is ‘Dress For The Job You Want’ Applicable In The 21st Century?
The phrase “dress for the job you want” gets used far more often than it should. “Dress for the clients you want” is more appropriate for salon stylists. When you meet with a client for the first time, your attitude and appearance make a huge difference. You want your personality, outfit, and accessories to reflect your level of professionalism. It may not seem fair that a potential client would assume that you'll give her a bad haircut because your outfit is old and tired, but many clients will make that assumption. Use your clothing to express your personality while also impressing your clients.
Is It Possible To Be Professional And Creative At The Same Time?
One of the key reasons many people have grown wary of the term professional is because they associate it with being boring. They think of men and women wearing outdated suits and answering phones in a stuffy fashion, and they want to run the other way.
As a salon stylist, creativity is key to success. Clients expect to receive modern, versatile haircuts and other salon services (i.e. manicures, waxes) that boost their confidence and help them further their personal and professional lives. Staying up-to-date on trends in hairdressing and fashion will allow you to cater to your clients accordingly.
The Salon by Lora Brown is a chic, urban, progressive salon in Amarillo. We are always looking for new stylists to join our team. To learn more about our salon, contact us today.
The foundation of any great appointment is the consultation. When conducted properly, the consultation sets the tone, gives the stylist direction, and instills confidence in the client. Simply put, the consultation is the roadmap to success.
Before The Consultation
It's vital you take certain steps before the consultation to set the tone for the entire appointment. Make sure you’re dressed well and are confident in your look. It's important to arrive at least 30 minutes before your first client to review your schedule, each client's projected service, and the client's spending pattern. In this time, ask yourself:
Create Raving Fans
Every customer encounter presents the opportunity to create a raving fan, which is a lot easier than most people imagine. Some of the most simple, effective ways to create raving fans are:
Now it's time to show your stuff and provide a mind-blowing conversation. A few important steps are:
For more information and education on customer experience and stylist excellence, join the team at The Salon by Lora Brown. We strive to create a collaborative team environment with a focus on advanced learning.
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.