Maybe you've always wanted to go blonde, brunette or even purple but were told that your hair is too fine, too thin or too damaged to do so. Don't give up on your dreams just yet. There are a variety of methods and techniques that can enable you to get those shades without the damage, including a relatively new method, Olaplex. Olaplex is a great technology for those who like to frequently change their hair color.
What Should I Do First?
Your first step is to seek out a stylist you trust, then meet to discuss exactly the look you desire. This will allow your stylist to plan ahead and determine how much time will be needed for the appointment.
Next, strip out as much old color as you can before the appointment. Use a clarifying shampoo, and lather and rinse twice each time you wash your hair. Follow that with a deep conditioner to offset the drying effects of extra shampooing.
The healthiest way to go is by lightening your hair gradually, which will lessen the risk of broken and brittle hair. And that's where Olaplex can come in.
Olaplex is a hair repair treatment that has become extremely popular in the hair-care community, especially among those who have damaged hair from excess bleach. Olaplex can be used as a separate treatment or can be mixed in with coloring products to limit damage to your hair. The treatment is often referred to as a bond multiplier that prevents damage to your hair during and after coloring.
How Does Olaplex Work?
The active ingredient in Olaplex, bis-aminopropyl diglyced dimaleate, can repair disulfide bonds in a single strand of hair. It can even be used as a regeneration treatment.
Olaplex basically consists of three treatments:
The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo is focused on the highest quality of service and individual attention. The Salon offers cuts, colors and styling — as well as Olaplex treatments. Call today to schedule an appointment.
Your hair says a lot about you. In fact, it says so much that how you maintain your style elicits comments on an almost daily basis. With that reality in mind, answer this question: When was the last time you got a haircut?
By reflex, most of us give the practiced response of 6 to 8 weeks ago. While this may fool coworkers and friends, your stylist will always know the truth: the average person gets their hair cut 4 to 6 times a year max. Of course, these coiffeurs also have a trick or two up their sleeves when it comes to extending the life of a haircut.
How To Pull Off A Hair-Raising Illusion
Try a couple of these methods to extend the life of your haircut.
First, if you are looking for long-term maintenance, avoid:
What to do about split ends? Avoid razor cuts whenever possible. Sure, you may achieve an edgy, textured look initially, but the price you pay for those sassy locks will become painfully obvious within 4 weeks. We’ve all seen the ravages of a cute shorter do — frizz and split ends gone wild.
Before you attempt to cut your own hair via a YouTube tutorial, consider a healthier alternative. Talk to your stylist and request a sub-layered (spider cut) or layered look. This not only softens your ends, but your cut will keep its shape as it grows out, giving the illusion of a longer, controlled style.
At Home Hacks
Some of us have a built-in DIY gene. No matter how hard we try, we can’t help trying as many hair fixes as possible before making that next appointment at the salon. If this is you, here are a few tricks-of-the-trade for in-home hair management:
A good haircut can make you feel invincible. But there is a lot that goes into getting the perfect cut for your particular hair type. Hair texture, face shape, and your upkeep desires will heavily play into what style is best for your cut. We've collected a few facts that will help you better understand how hair texture dictates your hairstyle options.
What Is Hair Texture?
Hair “texture” has two different definitions. Some people believe hair texture only refers to the circumference of each hair. Others believe that texture refers to the thickness of each strand, as well as how the strand lays, such as straight, wavy or curly.
Best Cuts For Fine Hair
Fine hair is generally thought of as thinner than a piece of thread. This type of hair is fragile and has a tendency to fall flat. Fine hair has a difficult time holding a style. Because fine hair has a tendency to fall flat, experts suggest cutting long layers into the hair to infuse volume into the style by lightening each layer of hair. People with fine hair can wear shorter styles with ease.
Best Cuts For Thick Hair
Thick-haired gals can wear their hair in short, medium and long lengths with ease. Stylists, however, suggest that coarse-haired women avoid wispy styles. Styles with fringing and wisping can look frizzy on thick-haired manes because the thick hair will fill in the style too much. Thick-haired ladies should also ensure regular upkeep of layers, as they can grow quickly and make a cut look too filled out.
Curly Hair 'Dos
Curly hair can look beautiful, but it is also prone to breakage and frizzing. Because curly hair can coil up quickly and frizz out if there is not enough weight to the hair, those with curly locks should avoid short 'dos. In fact, experts suggest curly-haired girls grow their hair as long as possible. The extra weight helps to tame the curl and frizz that is so prevalent.
Straight Hair 'Dos
Straight hair can be versatile, as long as it is not fine. People with straight hair that is of medium or thick texture can wear their hair in short, medium and long lengths with great ease, as the hair isn't prone to frizzing. With that said, experts suggest keeping straight locks at shoulder length or shorter, as the extra weight can make the hair sit limp.
Now that you know how texture plays into cut, you'll need to know how your face shape dictates the perfect cut for you. Once you've picked a few cuts that you love call the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown to take the plunge.
Finding the right hairstyle can be quite the challenge for most women. And just when you’ve found a style that you absolutely adore, you realize it makes your chin look like the Wicked Witch of the West.
In order to find a hairstyle that conceals your worst features and enhances your best, consider the natural texture of your hair, how much upkeep is involved and the shape of your face.
Which Hairstyle Works For Your Natural Texture?
Consider hair texture when choosing a cut. Coarse or curly hair looks best with a bit of length, for instance. This is because shorter hair creates higher fluff and frizz. Length gives coarse hair weight and results in a better controllability.
Thin hair, on the other hand, looks amazing in short cuts. Because it isn’t being weighed down, it appears voluminous and healthy.
Why Does Upkeep Matter?
If you can’t realistically maintain a style, you won’t experience the desired effect. Ask yourself these questions to determine the amount of upkeep involved:
How Does Face Shape Affect Hairstyle?
No matter your face shape, there are hairstyles that work for you and some that simply don’t. Most beauty experts suggest going for cuts that make your face appear more oval. Here are some guidelines for accomplishing this, based on each face shape.
Download our free Best Haircut For Your Face Shape infographic to find a hairstyle that truly works for you. And then, when you're ready, give the beauty experts at The Salon a call to schedule an appointment.
Who doesn't love the glamorous feeling that comes from a fresh blowout? There's just one problem: That glamorous feeling is fleeting.
Sure, those of us who are willing to rock Princess Leia buns overnight may hang onto our perfectly blown locks for an extra day. But one look at those drooping roots on day two and it's all over — unless you know a few of the simple secrets stylists use to make a blowout last all week.
Day One: Prepare For Bed
After spending the day enjoying the worry-free glamour you paid for, preserve the beauty before your head hits the pillow. Nothing kills a new blowout like the ravages of bedhead. This is where the aforementioned Princess Leia buns come in. If you don't feel up to defeating galactic warlords in your sleep, opt for a low ponytail instead.
However you choose to style your hair, treat it gently. Use scrunchies to pull it back or roll it into buns. Take a bath rather than a shower.
Day Two: Fix Droopy-Looking Locks
Resist the urge to grab your dry shampoo. Oribe Superfine Hairspray is the style-saving choice. Flip your hair upside down and using a paddle brush, apply this medium hold hairspray to your roots. This will guard against further drooping without weighing down your hair.
Day Three: Revive Greasy Hair
Your hair needs to rediscover volume and structure on day three. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray breaks down oil without leaving a matte finish. Use it sparingly, only two to three spritzes from root to tip. For curly hair, add moisturizing cream. For fine hair, add a healthy shot of Soft Dry Conditioner Spray.
Day Four: Save Yourself From Bedhead
Now it's time to reach for your Foundation Mist and Cote D’Azur Hair Refresher. Wet your hair down with a spray bottle to add body and remove product build-up. Spray the Foundation Mist through your roughly dried roots to clean them and quickly sweep your hair with a flat iron. Add a bit of Hair Refresher to finish your look.
Day Five: Remove Product Build-Up
Your goal: Remove product residue with a salt spray or Run-Through Detangling Primer. Then, style with a cute hairline twist or headband.
The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo is focused on the highest quality of service and individual attention. The Salon offers cuts, colors and styling. When the time comes around for your next blowout, contact us.
A fantastic way to begin the new year is with a new look. It’s the perfect time to experiment with your hair, no matter the color, length, or texture. There is a multitude of color shades to choose from, hair accessories are absolutely back in fashion, and trendy styles include everything from elaborately twisted braids, bouffant styles reminiscent of the 1960s, the Afro look, or loads of curly tresses. Following are three of the most notable 2016 hairstyle trends that will effortlessly revamp your look.
1. What’s The Newest ’Do That Screams ‘Charm?’
The messy, French twist. Classic French twists seem designed for formal occasions because of their sophisticated elegance. Designers for the upcoming year, however, have come up with a flattering new look to the hairstyle by styling it a little looser and messier. Messy French twists ooze panache and spirit, even though appearing slightly tousled and windswept. The unique look can be augmented by fastening the twist with a glamorous accessory, a glittering hair pin, tied ribbons, or floral ties.
2. What About Bangs?
Bangs are in, and can revamp any hairstyle. Halle Berry features a shorter hairstyle with bangs that are kept longer. Hairstyles that feature a center part can cause the face to appear longer and thinner; stylish chunky bangs are a great option to add width to the face. Your stylist can cut the bangs at an angle for a side-swept result that looks superb for hair that falls to the side naturally. Bangs can exude innocence, elegance, or sophistication.
3. Will Changing The Color Of My Hair Revamp My Look?
Yes. Your stylist can help you select from a variety of color shades available that brighten drab hair into magnificence. It is more than fine to choose shades that are conventional, and look natural, such as, strawberry blond, deep chocolate, or dark auburn. Purple is one of the less conventional colors, but offers an array of shades from deep to subtle. It goes well with almost every skin tone, and adds nothing but vibrancy. Burgundy shades blend an assortment of red tones that add shimmering dimensions to your overall look. Jet black shades add an exoticism to a hairstyle that cannot be missed.
The most important hairstyle trend — one that endures across the fashion runways — is healthy hair. If your hair is less than healthy, a revamp is a necessity. The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo is the solution for your next haircut, your new hairstyle, or your yearning for a new hair color. It’s a new year. It’s time for a new you.
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.