It's Friday night, and you're getting ready for a night out with friends or your significant other. You want to do something special with your hair, so you pull out your curling iron. Your hair looks great for the next hour. But, after that, it falls flat.
Does this sound familiar?
Losing all that hard work and perfect curls can be frustrating. Learning why your curls fall flat is key to preventing those stringy strands.
These are the four most common reasons your hair may not hold a curl.
You're using the wrong product.
Many hair styling products contain oil and silicone. When you use those ingredients on fine, soft hair, your curls are not going to last.
Instead, you need lighter products that don't use as much moisture. A texturizing product will prepare the hair to hold curls. Apply it when the hair is almost dry. When finishing, use a heat styling product that does not include waxes, silicone or oil.
You're using the wrong blow dryer.
A weak blow dryer will not dry your hair fast enough for curls to take hold. A strong blow dryer dries hair quickly and lets curling irons do its job. Use a round brush to build in volume.
Your hair doesn't have enough texture.
Soft hair doesn't hold curl well because the cuticle is closed. An opened cuticle can hold a new pattern much better than a closed one.
To get that cuticle open, you need to texture your hair. A texturizing iron can do the job. It uses ridged plates to expand the cuticle structure. This helps curls take hold and last.
You aren't letting your hair cool down properly.
You apply the curling iron to a section of hair and get a perfect curl. Before it fully cools, you let it fall to your shoulder as you work on the next curl. It actually takes up to 30 minutes for a curl to cool and set into place.
Instead of letting that curl fall to your shoulder, clip it into place and let it cool as you work on the next curl. After all the curls cool down, you can release them and achieve a finished look of perfect curls.
With a bit of practical advice, you can get the curl you want for your special night. Of course, you can always get some help by making an appointment at The Salon by Lora Brown. One of our stylists can give your hair the curl and look you desire.
As a woman, it’s easy to acquire tons of excess hair and beauty products.
You try something once or twice and it doesn’t give the results you expected, you receive gifts from friends, or your Birchbox goodies begin to pile up.
Or maybe you even purchase something you’ve heard great things about but forget to use it for a few months.
But do these hair products have a shelf life? The answer is, yes.
How Long Do Hair Products Last?
When it comes to keeping hair products, it can be difficult to know when long enough is too long. That frizz control spray your friend gave you may still be good a year later, right?
The lifetime of a product depends on several factors and varies from brand to brand. Here are a few things to consider before determining whether to trash that old shampoo:
When your hair product isn’t labeled, you can generally figure that unopened it will last around three years. Once opened, however, the longest you can expect it to last is one to two years. Oribe, for example, lasts approximately one year once opened.
What’s The Difference Between Natural And Chemical-Based Products?
Another thing to consider when it comes to the life of a hair product is what it’s made out of. Natural products often don’t last as long as those that are chemically enhanced. However, the benefits of using natural and organic products may outweigh the drawback of a lesser shelf life.
Natural products use ingredients like oils, minerals, and herbal extracts to nourish your hair, while chemically enhanced products use synthetic materials.
These synthetic materials can sometimes have adverse consequences for your health. And although occasionally more expensive, natural hair products help revive your tresses after years of harsh chemical care.
At The Salon by Lora Brown, we know what it takes to help clients achieve the gorgeous, healthy locks they crave. We only use Oribe products, which are made of natural, high-quality ingredients — no harsh chemicals.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get a look you love.
With dry winter weather here, we've got moisturizing on our minds.
Here are some tips to keep your hair healthy and hydrated throughout the dry winter months in the Texas Panhandle.
1. Wear A Hat
The most obvious way to protect your hair from the elements is to keep it covered when you're outdoors. Throw on a cute beanie during your morning run or evening out.
If you usually fall victim to the dreaded hat hair, try wrapping your hair in a scarf before adding the hat on top. Making a style statement when heading outside will save your hair from daily damage.
2. Wash Less Often
Hot showers may feel like heaven on a cold day, but the hot water can cause your hair more harm than good. A hot shower will take away some of the natural oils that help your hair stay moisturized on its own and will take away from your extra efforts.
It may be a bit hair-raising, but take cold showers instead. And rather than washing daily, take a couple days off in between and opt for dry shampoo. We love Oribe’s products to combat oily, flat hair.
3. Hold Back on Heat Tools
When your hair is dried out, it's more vulnerable to damage. Help your hair help itself by using less heat during the winter.
Blow dryers, hair straighteners, and curling irons pull the moisture out of your strands and add to the damage caused by the dry air outside.
Instead, embrace your hair's natural texture, which is all the rage right now. Let your hair air dry and use products to accentuate the texture, curl and volume.
4. Try A Hair Masque
Luxurious hair masques, like the Signature Moisture Masque from Oribe, are like a spa treatment for your dry hair. When left on the hair, the ultra moisturizing creams will soak in and condition your hair to hydrate it. Those with thick or super dry hair can use masques daily, while those with thinner hair or less damage should use them about once per week.
If you are busy, we also recommend sleeping in your hair masque. Be sure to remove moisture from your hair and massage in the masque. Place a towel on your pillow to prevent it from getting drenched.
5. Get A Trim
It makes sense that the ends of your hair are the most damage, as they've been exposed for the longest amount of time. Getting a regular trim will keep your hair looking and feeling healthy. Talk to your stylist about when you should stop in for a quick touch up.
There are several steps you can take to keep your hair healthy. To keep it looking and feeling its best, visit the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. Contact us today to make an appointment for a new cut, color or style for the new season.
When it comes to hair care, there are thousands of theories swarming around salons and beauty blogs.
Some of these theories are simply myths, “solutions” created by women in desperate need of an answer to their hair problems. Others, though, are scientifically sound.
One such sound theory is that of cold water being better for hair health. But before you drench yourself in a frigid shower, you probably want to know how this theory works — and if it’s worth freezing for.
Hot Or Not?
Nothing relaxes a person more than a soothing, hot shower at the end of a long day or intense workout. Or maybe you prefer to start your day relaxed, so you breathe in the steam of a hot shower first thing in the morning. Either way, what you’re doing could be detrimental to your mane. Here’s how:
Should You Go Cold-Turkey?
It’s hard for most people to completely change from hot-water hair washing to cold-water hair washing, understandably. While both methods have benefits and drawbacks, cold-water washing wins the best hair contest by a long-shot.
Below are four benefits you can expect to experience with cold water.
If you find your hair loses volume, look to Oribe. Oribe has an array of products that will give your hair the boost it needs. One of our favorites is Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray.
The Healthiest Temperature For Your Hair
The best way to get salon-perfect tresses is to utilize cold water. We recommend staying away from piping hot water temps as much as possible, since the damage far outweighs the reward. Not only does it dry your hair out, but it also dries out your scalp.
That said, to improve the condition of your hair, rinse with cold water. Every time your body is screaming at you, your hair will be thanking you!
To get a beautiful new look, make an appointment at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Does your hair need some added oomph? Two products from Oribe can give you the lift you need. Below, we compare Oribe's Gold Lust Dry Shampoo and Dry Texturizing Spray to help you decide which product you need and when to use them.
Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo
Oribe's dry shampoo was made for those days when washing your hair just doesn't fit into your schedule. Gold Lust Dry Shampoo cleans hair by absorbing oil and dirt. Your hair will instantly feel clean, fresh and soft.
Many women are coming around to the idea of not washing their hair every day. Going longer between washes means that hair has time to rest, without being stripped of natural oils and being damaged by the heat of a hairdryer.
Dry shampoo is a great way to keep hair looking its best on the days between washes. It's the perfect solution for maintaining your blowout.
Gold Lust Dry Shampoo is lightweight. However, it does not add much volume to your hair. It's sole mission is to give you a clean look and a blank canvas. As a bonus, though, it gives your hair Oribe's signature scent!
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
On days that you want an extra boost for big, beautiful hair, Dry Texturizing Spray will save the day. Like dry shampoo, texturizing spray helps to get rid of dirt and oil to leave hair looking clean and fresh. However, texturizing spray also adds some grip to the strands, to make styling easier.
When it comes to staying, just washed hair isn't the easiest to work with. Freshly washed hair can be slippery, making it more difficult to hold a curl or stay in place. That's where texturizing spray comes in. By leaving some grit on the hair, you'll notice added volume and find that your hair stays in place, holding onto the style you create.
Dry Texturizing Spray has a bit more weight to it. It adds texture and pumps up the volume, giving you sexy, glamorous hair. Texturizing spray takes that blank canvas and primes it for styling. And, yes, the Oribe's texturizing spray has the same great scent.
Get Your Hair in Shape
Products like Gold Lust Dry Shampoo and Dry Texturizing Spray from Oribe can keep your hair looking its best between salon appointments. When it's time for a refresh, visit the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. We carry a full line of Oribe products at our salon.
Not every day can be a great hair day. When the weather doesn't cooperate, your go-to styling routine may not do the trick.
Follow these tips to protect your hair and look great, even when cold weather gets in the way.
Avoid The Dreaded Flat Hair
Do you notice your normally bouncy style falling flat in the winter? You're not alone.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to bring back the volume. Start with daily scalp massages. You'll stimulate hair growth and boost your roots.
Styling products like a volumizing spray can help. And when you need to wear a hat to protect you from the elements, just throw your hair into a bun first. When you get back inside, just take out the elastic and give your hair a quick shake to bring it back to life.
Don't Skimp On Moisture
Dryness is a common and annoying issue for hair in the winter months. Dryness can lead to a flaky scalp, hair breakage, and a dull appearance.
Fight back with a conditioner. Use extra conditioner when you shower and try out a deep conditioning treatment twice a week to replace the moisture that's lost to the cold, dry weather.
Keep It Cool
Heat is an enemy for your hair in the winter. While hot showers may feel great when the temperatures drop, the hot water can do major damage to your strands. Rinsing in cool, even cold, water can help to keep your hair healthy and shiny.
When styling, cut back on heating tools like hairdryers and straighteners, which will dry out your hair. If you do need to use heat for styling, be sure to use a heat protecting spray first.
Call Your Stylist
If your hair is suffering from the winter blues, your stylist can help you find the cut, color, and style that will bring it back to life. Make an appointment with The Salon by Lora Brown to get your hair winter-ready!
If you’re like most women, you use a hair product (or several) every day.
As a salon, we encourage this — we love hair products! But is your favorite serum causing your skin to break out?
Can Hair Products Really Cause Acne?
Hair products breaking out your skin even if you wash your face daily — that’s a myth, right? You don’t want to believe it. After all, how will you keep your hair on-point without products?
The Truth About Acne And Hair Care
Unfortunately, this problem isn’t a myth. Maybe you think you’re safe because you don’t have bangs or long hair. Sorry, wrong again.
The truth is that anyone who uses hair products is at risk for acne. While bangs and long hair certainly increase your acne risk (since the hair is resting on your skin), there are other ways products cause trouble.
Any time you have skin-to-hair or product-to-skin contact, there’s a chance acne might occur. In the shower, for example, when you rinse out your shampoo and conditioner, those products run down your skin.
And when you sweat during an intense workout, product from your hair streams down your face even if your hair is pulled back.
What’s The Best Way To Avoid Product-Related Acne?
The first thing you need to do is determine if your acne may be a result of hair products. There’s a good chance it is if it’s located in the following areas:
Once you’ve eliminated or replaced all your hair products, start adding your favorites back in one at a time to determine the culprit. As an extra precaution, always follow these tips.
To learn more about hair care, give the beauty experts at The Salon by Lora Brown a call and be sure to follow our blog!
Do you dream of full, glamorous hair, but feel stuck with thin and fine strands? There's hope!
Below, we share tips, tricks, and products that can help to bring your hair to life.
1. Love Your Body And Your Scalp
Healthy hair starts with a healthy body. Keeping up with a healthy diet can help your hair grow faster and stay strong. If you're interested in supplements, try Biotin to promote hair health.
Keep the love going by treating your scalp well. Weekly scalp massages feel great and do wonders for releasing pores to make hair follicles happy.
2. Prevent Build Up
Every girl with thin hair is already very familiar with volumizing products. Using the right products is a great way to add volume (we'll get to those later!) but adding too many products can cause build up that will make your hair appear more limp. Use a super cleansing shampoo to remove residue and keep hair clean and healthy.
3. Learn How To Blow Dry
It's true, you may be blow drying your hair incorrectly. The key when drying your hair is to lift the roots. The best way to achieve that is starting with blow drying upside down. This will let you get to the roots and achieve maximum bounce. Be sure to use a heat protecting spray to minimize damage.
4. Use The Right Tools
Not all combs and brushes are created equally. Skip tools that have plastic bristles. Instead, opt for brushes made of natural boar bristles. These brushes are much more gentle on your hair and will give you a smoother look when you're finished drying and brushing. Brushing your hair helps to distribute the hair's natural oils, so find the right tools and get to work.
5. Choose The Right Products
The right products can add volume to even the most lifeless hair. Check out the Magnificent Volume collection from Oribe for a range of products designed to pump up the volume and keep your hair looking great all day. Start with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner that will plump strands without weighing your hair down. Then, use a lightweight mousse or thickening spray when styling.
6. Talk To Your Stylist
Adding volume to your hair starts with a great haircut. Your stylist will be able to add layers, helping your hair to move and giving the appearance of more volume.
To get an expert opinion and a new cut and style for maximum volume, make an appointment at The Salon by Lora Brown today.
Many of us reach for a curling iron each morning to get the coveted beach waves or glamorous, bouncy curls.
However, it's not always as easy as grabbing a wand and creating an effortlessly beautiful look.
Follow our list of do’s and don'ts to achieve curl perfection.
Do start with healthy hair. Strong, shiny hair will give you the best base to make any curled style look its best.
Don't skip the heat protectant products. Especially for those who use straighteners and curling irons on a daily basis, a heat protectant product can make all the difference in keeping your hair healthy.
Do curl one section of hair at a time and clip each section after it's curled. Focusing on one section at a time will prevent some pieces from going uncurled. Pinning each curl will hold it in place while you work and set the curl.
Don't rush. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for styling if you want to curl your hair the right way. Curling, pinning, and cooling will take some time, but the end result will be well worth it.
Do choose the right tools. Pick a curling iron or wand that's the right size for the look you want to achieve. Remember that different tools will help you to create different looks.
Don't pull sections that are too big to be clipped. You don't want any stray pieces falling down. Go through your hair, small section by small section, taking your time to get the best possible outcome.
Do run your fingers through your hair after it's cooled. Breaking up the strands a bit will make your hair look more natural.
Don't break up the curls with your fingers too soon. Wait for the hair to cool down completely before separating curls or they'll fall and you'll be back to the hair you started with.
Do finish with a flexible hold hairspray. A light layer will keep curls in place and cut down on frizz throughout the day, without weighing your hair down.
Don't work at the wrong temperature. Thicker hair can hold up against higher heat settings, but thinner hair is more easily damaged. Dial down the heat if you're hair doesn't have a lot of thickness or texture.
Do make an appointment with a great stylist to get your hair looking healthy and beautiful before you curl. Your stylist will be able to get your hair into shape and show you techniques to use at home.
Contact The Salon by Lora Brown today to schedule an appointment.
Thinning hair is more common than you might think, but it's a problem that isn't often talked about. Thinning hair can happen to women of all ages and lifestyles.
If you suffer from thinning hair, here are a few styling tips to give you a great look and more confidence.
How To Make Thin Hair Appear Thicker
One secret to adding volume to your hair is to bring in texture. Thin hair will look limp and lifeless without the visual interest that texture can create. Creating razored ends with a graduated bob is a great way to bring texture to your hair. Adding curls or waves through products or styling tools can also add interest and detract from the thin look.
When dealing with thin hair, a long mane can emphasize the issue. By choosing a short to mid-length style, your hair will have less weight, which will give more natural volume. A shorter cut can also be easier to style with the right tools and products, creating more volume and reducing the effects of thinning. Try an asymmetric bob to draw attention away from the volume of your hair.
Create Depth with Color
Color creates dimension and dimension makes hair look thicker and fuller. Starting with a dark base and bringing in highlights can give the look of more textured and thick hair. Be sure to have a professional tackle this task, as thin hair is more likely to become damaged from harsh chemicals that often come with hair coloring.
Primp with Products
With so many volumizing products on the market, there's something for everyone dealing with thin hair. Avoid products, like thick gels, that will weigh your hair down. Instead, opt for lightweight sprays, like the Volumista Mist from Oribe. These products can be applied before blow drying the hair, to help add volume when heat is applied and the hair is styled with a round brush. A lightweight hairspray will help set the look and keep your volume strong throughout the day.
Start at the Root of the Problem
For some, hair loss or thin hair is genetic. For others, there are outside factors. Some medications, surgery or disorders, like thyroid problems, can cause hair loss. Stress is another major factor that can cause many men and women to notice their hair falling out. While a hair stylist can help with your appearance, seek out a specialist if you notice serious hair loss.
Are you concerned about thinning hair? Let our friendly professional stylists help you find a look you'll love, to get you looking and feeling your best. Contact 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.