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.
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.
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.
This 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 from blow dryers and straighteners 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.
Not Managing Stress
Stressful events (such as 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 six 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.
Eating A Poor Diet
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.
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.
Dry winter weather is starting to take over. Do you have a plan for protecting your hair?
Find out how two products from Oribe can save your hair from damage and dullness.
Benefits of Hair Masques
It's no surprise that cold winter weather can make hair dry, damaged, and frizzy.
There are several steps you can take at home to keep your hair hydrated, and one of the best solutions is to use a moisturizing masque.
Here are a few of the benefits you'll find with using a masque.
When winter weather leaves your hair looking dull and feeling damaged, the answer is the Signature Moisture Masque by Oribe. The product is full of hydrating and repairing ingredients like lychee extract, keratin, amber extract, and macadamia nut seed oil.
The masque can be used on any hair type. Just massage the product into your hair and leave it on for five to ten minutes.
After rinsing, you'll be back to having soft and healthy hair. The masque is thick and provides a deep condition, making it perfect for those with thick hair who want a daily treatment. For those with thinner or less damaged hair, the product works well as a once a week treatment.
Gold Lust Transformative Masque by Oribe
While some masques will replace the moisture lost to winter weather, the Gold Lust Transformative Masque by Oribe goes above and beyond to leave hair looking better than ever. Made of white tea, baobab, and jasmine extracts, the formula is made to restore and improve hair's strength and elasticity.
Use the Gold Lust Transformative Masque by massaging it into the hair and leaving it in while you sit back and relax, then rinse it out. The product offers deep conditioning to nourish the hair. You'll notice that your hair will be healthier and stronger, along with feeling softer and looking clean and shiny.
If the winter weather causes damage to your hair by dulling your color, drying out your strands, or causing split ends, a stylist can help. A cut, color, and new style can bring your hair back to life and help you look and feel your best all season long.
Call The Salon by Lora Brown today to make an appointment and to learn more about Oribe’s products.
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.
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.
Hair loss is a common side effect of bariatric surgery. The hair loss associated with bariatric surgery is referred to as telogen effluvium and is related to the hair growth cycle. The more you know about telogen effluvium, the less stressed you'll be in the weeks leading up to your surgery.
Why Does Telogen Effluvium Occur Following Surgery?
Human hair has a two-stage growth cycle, which consists of a growth phase or anagen, and a resting phase or telogen. At any given time, 90% of our hair follicles are in the growth phrase. The resting phase lasts between one to six months with an average of three months.
On the other hand, 5-15% of our hair follicles are in the resting phase. Due to the surgery itself and the significant weight loss that occurs as a result of the surgery, more hair follicles than normal may enter the resting stage. Then when your hair enters the growing stage one to six months following surgery, the old hair follicles are released, resulting in hair loss.
Other Factors That May Contribute To Hair Loss
Any sort of trauma, acute illness, or surgery may trigger telogen effluvium. Additional factors that may heighten hair loss include the following.
Unless you have a chronic illness or genetic condition that plays a role in your hair thinning, telogen effluvium is a normal side effect following bariatric surgery.
As your hair runs its standard growth cycle, it will grow back in full. Typically, bariatric surgery patients lose 5-15% of their hair and grow it back completely within six months. During the weeks leading up the surgery, take the following steps to minimize your bariatric hair loss.
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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Oily hair is the bane of existence for many women. When your hair is especially oily, you might feel like it looks dirty, or that it falls flat, leaving you looking lifeless and boring.
Well, know that you aren’t alone and there are ways to combat oily tresses in just a few simple steps. The exciting news is that banishing oily locks can be done relatively easily and cheaply; you just need to know how to shampoo your ‘do into submission.
Here are a few expert tips on the best ways to shampoo oily hair.
Pick the Right Products
People with oily hair need to be extra careful when picking shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Experts suggest picking a shampoo that is translucent in nature rather than creamy. Creamy shampoos generally have moisturizers built in that can cause your scalp to go into overdrive. You may also be washing your hair all wrong.
Since your scalp is producing more than enough oily, you don’t need to add additional moisturizers into the mix. When dealing with conditioners, experts suggest avoiding conditioners at the roots and crown. Rather, simply condition the ends with a small amount of a good quality conditioner. For best results, rinse out shampoo and conditioner with very cold water in order to trap the moisture in the strands.
Cut Back on Washing
It may sound counterproductive, but some people wash their hair so often that the scalp simply produces more sebum to counterbalance the washing efforts. It may make your situation worse for a while, but washing less often can actually return your scalp to a healthy balance and reduce sebum production. During the waiting period, utilize dry shampoo to keep your locks from looking like a greasy mess, or rock a slicked back ponytail for a little extra style.
Wash in the Morning
Sebum production is at an all-day high during the nighttime hours, so combat greasy locks by washing in the morning for an all-day clean look. Finding the perfect washing routine is a personal journey, however, and your mileage may vary.
When you wash make sure you avoid very hot water, and only wash with as cold as water as you can stand. Hot water can kick your scalp into heavy oil production in an attempt to protect your hair from the heat. While it might not sound like much fun taking a lukewarm shower, getting your oily hair under control might just be worth the hardship.
Cut and Style
Finally, a new cut and style might just help your scalp return to balance and kick the oil to the curb. If you’ve been dreaming of a new ‘do, call the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. We can help you find a style that works for you, and the products that will keep oil at bay.
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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.