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.
At nearly $400, Dyson's new hair dryer has a price tag that will make nearly anyone do a double take.
We'll take a look at what Dyson says sets their hair tool apart from the rest and whether it lives up to the hype.
The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is a small but powerful hair dryer with a unique shape, made to dry hair without causing excessive heat damage.
The shape of the hair dryer includes a small but powerful motor in the handle, rather than in the top of the tool, making it more comfortable to hold while styling.
How Does The Dyson Hair Dryer Work?
Dyson invested a great deal of time and money developing the technology used for its hair dryer. What they came up with was a heat control system; a powerful motor allows the dryer to heat up quickly. Before the temperature reaches a level that can be harmful to hair, the processor adjusts itself to a safe temperature.
What Other Features Are Included?
With such an expensive price tag, those considering buying the hair dryer understandably expect more than just an average hair drying time. While the hair dryer doesn't work in record time, it does have some features that make it stand out in the crowd.
Those who have already given Dyson's cool tool a try rave about the design of the hair dryer. Because the company spent so much time developing the design and technology, those who love to be the first to have the latest and greatest products have been waiting to try it out.
While most didn't notice a difference in speed or strength, reviewers have noted that the design, heat protecting technology, and packaging are better than other products on the market.
Now that you have the facts, the question is would you pay $399 for Dyson's hairdryer? We’ll let you decide!
While high-end tools can help you style your hair at home, there are some tasks better left to a professional. If you're in need of a new cut, color or style, call The Salon by Lora Brown for an appointment.
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.
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.
Hairdryers are an essential tool for anyone that wants to create a polished look at home.
With so many products on the market, choosing the best one can be daunting.
Use our guide to find the top rated and best reviewed hair dryers for every price range.
Budget Friendly: Under $30
Even with a small budget, you can find some great options. One common complaint about less expensive hair dryers is that they take too long to get the job done.
The Revlon Perfect Heat Fast Dry Speed Hairdryer solves that problem. Positive reviews say it dries hair quickly and works well for all hair types.
Mid-Price Standout: $30-60
Ceramic hair dryers do less damage to the hair while giving you a sleek and smooth look. The Remington T Studio Pearl Ceramic Professional AC Hairdryer is a favorite among reviewers. Boasting salon quality for quick drying, this hair dryer promises to leave you with silky smooth hair.
Reviewers agree, saying that their hair has less frizz and feels healthier than ever after a drying session.
Serious Styling: $60-100
Do you love the look of a blowout, but fear the damage that heat can do to your hair? The Chi Ultra CHI Pop Pink Dryer is a mid-priced smart solution. A slightly lower heat setting effectively dries your hair, while minimizing heat damage.
The brand that everyone loves for their certain straighteners uses the same ceramic elements to offer even heat to reduce frizz and boost shine.
Beauty Investment: $100-200
When you choose from products at a slightly higher price point, you can find hair dryers that will be your go to tool for years to come.
The ghd Air Professional Performance Hairdryer has rave reviews at Sephora, from customers who say the higher price tag was well worth it for the at home blowout achieved with the tool. The ghd dryer works quickly, cutting down on styling time in the morning.
The Splurge: $300+
When money is no object, the Bio Ionic 10X Pro Ultralight Speed Dryer is the best of the best. Most hair dryers work by heating up the hair, but the Speed Dryer takes it to a new level.
This hair dryer works by dissolving water molecules from the inside out, leaving hair shiny and smooth. Science meets style, and reviewers love the results.
Beauty tools can help you style at home, but when you need a serious update, call the pros. Contact The Salon by Lora Brown today to make an appointment.
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!
Every woman desires gorgeous, healthy hair, but how do you get your locks to that ideal place?
If you’ve ever tried to manage unruly hair, then you know it’s easier said than done. And with thousands of hair products on the market — all claiming to give you a runway-ready mane — it’s difficult to know what to use and how to use it.
Is Less Really More?
With hair care as with life, less really is more. Too much of a good thing can give you less than desirable results. Depending on the type of hair care product you’re using, applying excessive amounts make your hair appear oily, dry, or even crunchy.
So what is the magic amount? Product labels all send you in different directions, from pea-size to dime-size to quarter-size. That’s a pretty big difference when it comes to caring for your tresses. While the exact ideal amount of product depends on your hair texture and your desired outcome, there’s a general rule of thumb that serves as a great starting point.
Does Quality Trump Quantity?
The most important thing to remember about hair care products is that quantity matters much more than quality. If you’ve got a good, high-quality product, you can use much less than you could with a drugstore knock-off.
Worried about cost? Use less hair product means each bottle lasts longer. This means you spend the same amount — or maybe even less in the long run — on a better quality product than on something cheaper.
Ask the Experts
It can be overwhelming trying to navigate the waters of hair care. When push comes to shove, seek the advice of professionals. Hair care experts can assess your hair needs to determine the best products for you, how often you should use those products, and how much you should apply.
We all want runway-worthy hair. Unfortunately, we aren’t all born with it! Add years of blow drying, flat ironing, curling, and dying to less-than-perfect locks, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Choosing the right products and knowing how to use them is the best way to get the look you crave. To learn more, reach out to the beauty experts at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Does it seem like the hair care aisle is getting larger and larger every time you walk into a store? Hair care is a complex process and there definitely seems to be a flurry of new products and styling options on the market today.
Dry conditioner is one of the newer items to go mainstream, but many people seem stymied by the product. Dry shampoo appears to have a clear and important role in our daily hair care routine, but what exactly is dry conditioner? In fact, some people seem confused about the difference between dry conditioner and leave-in conditioner.
Are Dry Conditioner And Leave-In Conditioner The Same?
While they both have the word "conditioner" in the name, leave-in and dry models are nothing alike. Leave-in conditioner is generally a wet formula, while dry conditioner is an aerosol. They are also used for different purposes and during different points in your styling regime. Think of leave-in conditioner as a “before” styling product, while dry conditioner is intended to come to the rescue after your hair has been styled and is in need of a pick-me-up.
What's The Point Of Leave-in Conditioner?
Leave-in conditioner is a great way to ensure your hair is getting a healthy dose of moisture, and to tame fly-aways and frizz. It also aids in detangling and can help ensure your hair is manageable during the styling process.
Leave-in conditioners should be put in your hair when it is still damp from shampooing and conditioning, and combed through the hair with a wide-tooth comb. You can dry then style your hair as you normally would.
What’s The Purpose Of Dry Conditioner?
Dry conditioner is a quick way to help your hair get the extra moisture it needs when you don't have time to wash and style it. The conditioner should be sprayed on the scalp, avoiding the ends. You can then brush through for instant shine and revitalization. They are helpful in keeping your hair looking healthy between washing and styling, and should be in the hair arsenal of every girl-on-the-go.
If you are looking for a product to refresh hair, we suggest the Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray and the Dry Texture Spray.
Now that you know the basics, it's time to find the perfect leave-in conditioner and dry conditioner for your hair type. If you feel overwhelmed by all the options on the market, call the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo. We'll be happy to help you find a conditioner that meets your needs and give you a gorgeous cut, color and style!
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.