When you discover the perfect hair color to fit your coloring and personal style, it's a look you'll want to hold on to for as long as possible. Below, we're sharing our tips for extending the life of your color. Try out these tips and products to keep your look fresh.
Trust The Pros
The process of keeping your hair color looking its best starts with how you get your color in the first place. First thing’s first, always leave the job to the professionals. A salon dye job will last longer than do-it-yourself kits, as your stylist will know which products and techniques will work best. There's also a much better chance that you'll end up with a shade you love.
Keep Heat To A Minimum
We all know that heat causes damage to hair, and that damage is multiplied when hair is color treated. The heat will cause color to fade faster, leaving you with a dull look. Opt for air drying whenever possible, and use the lower settings on tools when you need them. Heat protecting products can also help to cut down on the damage.
Slow Down The Shampoo
Shampoo is made to strip hair of additives. While that's great for removing oil and product build up from your hair, it also means that each shampoo will chip away at the color you've added. Try to limit shampooing to a maximum of three times per week to prevent fading.
Use The Right Products
When you do shampoo, make sure you're using great products. Ordinary shampoo will get the job done, but it won't help to preserve your color. Look for products that are designed specifically for those with color treated hair. We suggest Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color, which is made to give your hair a mega dose of moisture, while protecting strands from the elements that can cause damage and fading. Find Oribe products at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Tend To Your Roots
Over time, as your hair grows, your roots will be a tell tale sign of your colored hair. To reduce the appearance of roots, add volume and variety to your hairstyle. Part your hair in a different way, then use a volumizing spray or dry shampoo to add lift. Both will make roots less noticeable. While you wait to go back to your stylist for another dye, maintain your look with root touch ups, adding color just to the roots.
To make the most of your hair color, visit the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. The stylists will help you choose the perfect shade and offer advice for maintaining your look between appointments.
Taking on a bold, new hair color is an easy and fun way to change things up in the new year, but before you take the plunge, you'll want to research hair dye and which colors will give you your desired effect. For your convenience, we collected some information about popular hair color choices, and how they react over time.
Becoming A Redhead
Artificial redheads know the pain of watching their color fade. Artificial reds, for a myriad of different reasons, fade faster than any other color in the color palette. The reason is complex and scientific, but the long and short of it is that the molecules used in red dye don't penetrate deep into the shaft of the hair. Because of this, it is more prone to washing out and thus fading over time. Intense reds fade the quickest and most notably, while auburn and more red-tinted browns tend to have more staying power.
If you are a brunette with plans of going blonde, you should be aware that going blonde isn't exactly a dying process. Instead, the color needs to be stripped, then toner applied to get the color you are seeking. Because of this, blonde dyes do have staying power, but the hair needs to be treated with care to ensure the color doesn't turn brassy.
Brunette Hair Dye
Brown dyes have the most staying power. Brown is the most common natural hair color, so fading colors generally just turn into another brown. Brown dye also penetrates the hair more deeply than other dyes, leading to a more locked in color. Different shades of brown are the most low maintenance hair dye options.
A new trend has emerged with unnatural hair colors. While the lavenders and pinks you see on Pinterest are certainly eye-catching, the colors come with heavy upkeep. In most cases, unnatural colors can only be added to hair that has been stripped of its natural hue. After that is done, the dye is added, but remember, the brighter and more intense the color, the more likely it is to fade. Lavender, a relatively new trend, has more staying power than hot pink. Muted blues have more staying power than fire reds.
Once you've picked the color that will turn you into a whole new you, call the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. We'll be happy to help you find the perfect shade for your new hairstyle.
A new year is about to start, and there really is no better way to kick off the new year than with a new 'do. If you've always dreamed of chopping off your long locks in favor of an edgy, short style, you've come to the right place. But before you make a final decision on the big chop, do take into consideration these dos and don'ts of short hairstyles.
Consider The Upkeep
Somewhere along the way a common misconception was born: Short hair doesn't require upkeep. That isn't true. Short hair can require as much upkeep as longer hairstyles, and in some cases, more. Short hair needs to be trimmed more often, and will require styling efforts in the morning. With that being said, the styling time is significantly lower with short locks. Short hair can be low maintenance, but be prepared that not all short styles are maintenance-free.
Ask Your Stylist For His/Her Thoughts
When you’re planning a big change with your hair, it is always a good idea to consult your stylist about your choice. He or she is a great sounding board, and can help you find a style that will work for your face shape, hair texture, and desired level of upkeep. As you know, short 'dos aren't as “wash and go” as one would believe, so discuss this with your stylist before you take the plunge and cut off a lot of length.
Don't Make A Hasty Decision
Going short is a big commitment, both in terms of time, budget and emotion. For women who have worn their hair long for years, there can be an emotional connection to long locks. To ensure you love your new cut, don't make a hasty decision. Take some time, think about the style, and look at different cuts online and in your day-to-day life.
Don't Ignore Your Face Shape
Face shape is an important consideration when going short. While it is largely believed that short locks can make a round face look rounder, that doesn't mean there isn't a short cut out there that will work for a round face. Take your face shape into account and consider the different style that work best on that shape.
Take a look at our free "Best Hair Cut for Your Face Shape" infographic and call the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. We'll be happy to help you find a new cut for the new year that makes you feel like a brand new you!
Your hairstyle says a lot about you — the wrong one can send a less-than-ideal message. But how do you know which style really brings out your best features? There are so many things to consider: the shape of your face, the texture of your hair, and what kind of upkeep is required.
While it’s good to evaluate these factors before going under the scissors, there’s a secret that might just give you a jump start on looking your absolute best. And that secret is...
There’s a hairstyle that works for every woman, regardless of face shape or hair texture.
Which Hairstyle Is Guaranteed To Work For You?
Is it really possible that one hairstyle looks amazing on nearly every woman? According to Linda Wells, author of “Confessions of a Beauty Editor,” the answer is a resounding “yes!”
This universally flattering style? Shoulder-length cuts. Neither long nor short, shoulder-length hair works well for every face shape and hair texture. This is because long hair makes a long face shape appear longer, while short hair leaves a round face appearing rounder. Shoulder-length hair is a great alternative for both shapes.
Additionally, long hair often causes a petite woman to seem like a young teenager, and short styles have a mushroom effect on curly or thick hair. But shoulder-length styles look great on the majority of women, regardless of age, size, or texture.
What Makes Shoulder-Length Hair The Best?
It’s all about length. The key to gorgeous shoulder-length hair is to have it cut so that it just reaches the collarbone. Too long or too short often ruins the look and won’t grow out as well. As for styling, long layers that start below the chin work best, with ends texturized so as to avoid the appearance of bluntness.
The great thing about this length is that it looks amazing straight or wavy, with or without bangs, with a side or center part, and so on. You can blow dry it to straight perfection, let it air dry for a beachy look, or use a curling iron for a polished and sophisticated effect.
If you’re looking for a hairstyle that’s low-maintenance and is sure to make you look great, the shoulder-length style is for you. Even though it’s one of the hottest hairstyles among celebrities right now, upkeep is totally doable for the average Jane.
Grab our infographic to take a look at other hairstyles that work for your face shape, and then give The Salon by Lora Brown a call to update your look.
We hear a lot about managing dry hair in the world of beauty, but oily hair can be just as frustrating. While some oil is natural, healthy, even, an excess of oil causes your hair to appear greasy. And since no one wants to walk around looking like they haven’t seen the inside of a shower in days, we’re diving into this issue.
What Causes Oily Hair?
Hair feeling greasy? Blame your sebaceous glands. Every pore on your skin contains these glands (also known as oil glands) for the purpose of producing sebum (oil) to maintain proper hydration levels.
The sebaceous glands on your scalp help give hair a gorgeous, healthy shine. But sometimes these glands produce too much sebum, causing hair to appear oily. This overproduction is largely due to genetics (meaning, if you’re prone to oily skin, then you’re likely prone to oily hair), but sometimes occurs as a result of poor hair-care habits.
How Can Oily Hair Be Corrected?
Even if your hair is oily as a result of genetics, you can take steps to help control that extra shine. Here are five ways to manage those pesky sebaceous glands.
If you’d like to learn more about managing your oily hair, talk to a beauty professional. The stylists at The Salon by Lora Brown can provide expert advice on keeping your hair healthy and beautiful. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
We’ve all heard the warnings against using hot tools. You know it causes damage, yet you continue to blow dry, flatiron, and curl. Maybe the results are too gorgeous to forego in exchange for a more casual look. Or maybe you can’t fully grasp the long-term damage using hot tools actually causes.
Either way, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know if you simply can’t give up the heat.
How Does Heat Damage Hair?
To understand how heat styling damages hair, you need a basic knowledge of hair anatomy. Your hair contains cuticles, which protect its cortex and act as a defense against dryness. Hot tools can fry these cuticles and leave the cortex parched.
As a result of fried cuticles, the cortex attempts to compensate by absorbing moisture from the air. Unfortunately for you, this causes what we refer to as “frizz.” As if that isn’t bad enough, continuing to overstyle already-damaged hair with extreme heat leads to brittleness and breakage.
How Hot Is Too Hot?
The amount of heat your hair can safely handle depends largely on its texture. Thicker hair, for example, withstands higher heats than fine hair.
So what’s the magic number? Most normal hair is OK to style at 350 degrees. You’ll want to decrease that number by 10 degrees if your hair is fine, and increase it by 10 degrees if your hair is thick or coarse. Keep in mind, though, that these temps may vary based on how often your hair is color treated or processed.
The absolute highest heat setting anyone should use is 400 degrees, and that’s rare.
Can Hair Be Protected During Styling?
You’ve gotten the bad news that hot tools damage your hair. But there’s a bit of good news, too. You can minimize damage while using these tools by making a few minor adjustments, such as:
Never brush your hair wet; instead, use a wide-tooth comb and put the product in before you comb your hair out. In addition to the tips mentioned above, talk to your stylist about ways to protect and repair your hair. Our experts at The Salon by Lora Brown can help you achieve the look you want with the least amount of damage possible. Contact us today to learn more.
Successful salon owners know the secret to success is attracting new customers and turning them into long-term clients. Those clients are gold when it comes to referring friends, family members, and business associates to the salon. That's why it is so frustrating to see a customer walk out and never come back, especially one who has been coming to the salon for a long time. The challenge is to figure out why a client has not returned and to take measures to win him or her back.
Strategies For Winning Clients Back (And Keeping Them)
Each of these strategies will help you win customers back while retaining the ones who are still with the salon. For more information on client retention and career success, join the team at The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo, Texas. We offer advanced training to all of our stylists so they can build their salon business skills.
Christmas is coming upon us quickly. Now that we are getting close to the final stretch before Santa comes to town, you might feel stuck for stocking stuffer ideas. Well, there is nothing like a Christmas stocking full of hair care products that will ensure a healthy mane. Consider these 10, must-have beauty products to fill a lucky recipient’s stocking!
Keep The Holiday Shine Year Round
Proper hair care is necessary all year long. So when Christmas rolls around, give your loved ones the gift of year round hair care with a series of Oribe products.
For The Traveler In Your Life
Travel isn't always fun and glamorous, but you can help make even the most mundane trips across the country or the globe a bit less harrowing with a hair care travel kit this Christmas. Consider these top kits for the jetsetter in your life.
Take Care Of The Whole Body
If hair care products aren't what your loved one is after, you can stuff their stocking with fun fragrances and beauty products.
Find a range of Oribe products at The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo.
And if you find yourself in need of a new hairstyle for the holidays, or just a blowout for a festive holiday party, we can help! Remember, however, to book your appointment early as the holiday season books up fast.
Holiday parties are just around the corner and there's no better time to start thinking about your look. Your hairstyle can quickly take your look from everyday to holiday-ready. Below, we've sharing a few of our favorite holiday hair ideas that will work for all of your upcoming events, from an afternoon office party to dinner with family and friends.
Keep It Simple
If ponytails and braids are your go-to look from day to day, you can stay in your comfort zone while adding some fun to your look. Try a new braid style like the fishtail or the waterfall. Even a simple ponytail can get a holiday update.
Start by sectioning your hair with a horizontal part. Pull up the back section into a normal ponytail. Then, split the front section into a right section and left section. Pull back the right section, wrap it around the ponytail, and secure with bobby pins. Repeat with the left section. You'll have a ponytail with more volume and a fun twist detail.
Pump Up The Volume
Channel your inner classic Hollywood star by adding volume to your hairstyle. Using a root lifter and volumizing spray, you can bring your normal hairstyle up to a new level. For a new look, try a deep side part. Add root lifter and tease the hair at the crown of your head. Then, pull the hair over, to create faux side bangs, and pin the hair back with bobby pins.
Create A Quick Updo
A quick braid and a simple chignon will give you an updo that will look like it took much longer. Start with a braid along the crown of your head and secure the end with bobby pins behind your ear. Then, gather up the rest of your hair and put it into a messy chignon by twisting and wrapping pieces and securing them with pins as you go.
Add Glitz And Glam
When it comes to holiday hair, details are everything. Add some sparkle to your look to get into the festive mood. A beaded headband can add something special to ponytails and braids, while jeweled clips can be used in place of simple bobby pins. This is the perfect time of year to step up your accessory game and choose fun pieces that may seem too lavish for everyday use.
Have The Professionals Do It
To really make a statement with your look, have your hair professionally done. The Salon by Lora Brown offers a range of blowout styles, braids and updos that will help you turn heads at every holiday party. Contact us to make an appointment.
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.