Every woman knows that conditioner is crucial for hair health. The weather, shampooing, dying, and styling all take a toll on your hair over the years. The right conditioner restores and repairs hair so that you can always put your best foot — or head — forward.
Which Conditioner Is Best?
How do you know which kind of conditioner is right for you? With so many options available , making a decision can quickly become overwhelming. Take a look below at the differences between protein-based conditioners and moisture-based conditioners, and then read our tips for gorgeous hair.
Benefits Of Protein-Based Conditioner
If your hair is broken, damaged, or weak, protein helps bring it back to life. Protein is also beneficial for hair that’s regularly dyed or chemically treated, as these processes often strip hair of important proteins and amino acids. Here are some other benefits of using a protein-based conditioner:
Benefits Of Moisture-Based Conditioner
Dry, brittle hair benefits greatly from conditioning products that contain plenty of moisturizing ingredients. When using moisture-based conditioners, you’ll find that they:
The Best Way To Keep Hair Healthy
As women, we’re constantly looking for beauty tips for the best hair. Well, here’s one that tops all the others: Find a healthy balance between protein and moisture. Too much protein can cause the hair to break and can leave hair dry, while too much moisture often results in oily, limp hair.
To combat the dilemma mentioned above, we recommend alternating between the two types of conditioners. While the specific rotation you choose depends mostly on your individual hair needs, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind.
Deep condition once or twice a week, depending on how often you shampoo and how naturally dry your hair is. When doing so, use a leave-in conditioner as well as a deep conditioner. (We love ORIBE Hair Care Supershine Moisturizing Cream!) To manage breakage, repair damage, and keep hair strong, consider giving yourself a protein-based deep conditioning treatment every one to 2 weeks, same goes for the moisture deep conditioner.
Ask The Experts
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Dry and damaged: Two terms that have become interchangeable to most women. Maybe it’s because half of the hair care products available say something along the lines of “For dry or damaged hair.” But in reality, one doesn’t always mean the other.
What’s the Difference Between Dry Hair And Damaged Hair?
Can your hair be dry and damaged? Definitely. But it can also be one or the other. Knowing if your hair is dry, damaged, or both is the best way to keep your locks healthy and gorgeous.
Signs Of Dry Hair
To determine if your hair lacks moisture, consider if the following symptoms apply:
Signs Of Damaged Hair
If your hair is damaged, you’ll notice some or all of these:
What If My Hair Shows Signs Of Both?
Many of the signs of dry and damaged hair are similar, and it can be difficult to tell which applies to you. Fortunately, there’s a pretty simple way to make that determination: the wet strand test.
Pull out one strand of wet hair and gently stretch it. If the hair stretches by approximately one-third and then returns to its original shape, it’s healthy. But if the strand breaks immediately or after only stretching a bit, it’s damaged. On the other hand, if it does stretch but doesn’t return to its original form, it’s dry.
How Can I Keep My Hair Healthy?
Once you’ve determined if your hair is more dry than damaged or vice-versa, you can begin proper treatment. Damaged hair requires protein-based conditioners in order to be restored, while dry hair needs moisture-based conditioners.
It’s important to remember that your hair can be a little of both. The trick to a healthy mane is balance. Alternate between protein-based and moisture-based conditioners, using a deep conditioner about once a week.
To jump start your new journey to gorgeous tresses, see the beauty experts at The Salon by Lora Brown. We’ll recommend products and services that help control dryness and prevent damage.
Now that 2016 is officially underway, hair trends for the year are beginning to emerge. Along with new trends in hair colors and styles, 2016 is shaping up to be the year of the hair accessory. It makes perfect sense, too. Hair accessories are a fun and easy way to freshen up your look. We've collected five accessories you'll want to use this year.
When we say headband you are probably thinking back to the headbands you wore as a kid. Well, that's not what we’re talking about. There is a plethora of new headband offerings on the market, and this year is all about multi-strap, thinner options. To rock them with style, utilize a stretchy headband when rocking an updo. Simple create a slightly messy style, then add a stretch headband.
Jeweled Hair Clips
Clips are generally thought of as a utilitarian method of holding hair in place, but they can inject style into your 'do, too. Make an already romantic style truly feminine by using a jeweled clip. Experts suggest pairing jeweled clips with a loose, side braid.
The Ponytail Holder
The ponytail is no longer just for the gym. You can achieve a super sleek ponytail that is perfect for a day in the office or a night on the town with the right accessories. To do this, you'll want your hair perfectly straight. Secure the ponytail into place with a thick leather ponytail holder, or a metal ponytail cuff.
Floral-Inspired Hair Accessories
Whether in the form of clips, barrettes or headbands, floral is making its way into just about all hair accessories. To pull off this style without looking juvenile, add just a touch of floral charm to your style. To keep headbands from looking too childish, pair them with messy up 'dos. Clips can be worn to hold ponytails in place, or to secure a half up, half down 'do.
The Classic Bobby Pin
Everything old is new again, eventually, and that is true for the classic bobby pin. Use bobby pins in a multitude of different colors to secure side-swept hair. This look is chic, classic, and sure to flatter just about any style.
Now that you know what hair accessories are hot for 2016, you'll need a new style to go with them. Call the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown to find a 'do that is fitting for your super-trendy hair accessories collection.
Bangs can update a hairstyle and help accentuate the best features of your face. Yet sometimes bangs can have a mind of their own. So if you want to keep your bangs looking their best, try these simple styling tips.
Blow dry your bangs properly. Your bangs will dry more rapidly than the rest of your hair, and letting them dry naturally may cause them to take an unusual shape. Tame your bangs by blow drying them right away on high heat to keep them in the right direction.
Use the right brush. When drying your bangs, be sure to use a round bristle brush so that each strand is grabbed during the process. You can use the brush to pull your bangs straight and even give them a slight under curl to achieve some height.
When you can’t blow dry, do the twist. If you are in a hurry and blow drying your front locks isn't an option, twist them to have them dry in the right direction. Start by taking small sections and twist the pieces outward, leaving them alone until they dry.
Iron them out. For a quick style fix, a small flat iron will put your bangs back into position and tame any unruly flyaways. Flat irons are a great tool for in between shampoos, as well.
Prepare for bad weather. On days when the weather is less than ideal for your bangs, pinning them to the side will help them keep their shape as well as minimize frizzing. If you are going out in a hat, try a few spritzes of product, such as Oribe’s Superfine hairspray, that will keep your bangs in place and reduce static buildup to prevent the dreaded hat hair.
Use the best product for your bangs. When choosing a product, be sure it is not heavy or thick so it does not weigh down your hair or make it look too greasy. It is best to stick with gels or mousses to shape since they are applied by hand and you will have more control with the style. To alleviate frayed ends, add wax to the bottom edges.
Rely on a professional. While it may seem simple enough to give your bangs a trim, it is probably not the best idea. Leave the maintenance to a stylist who will know the best cut to use for your hair type and face shape.
Expect to see bangs everywhere in 2016. Check out other hair style trends of the year in our free infographic below.
To learn to style your bangs and hair, call The Salon by Lora Brown today to set up a hair tutorial.
The mighty bangs made a come back several years ago, but appeared to fade in the fashion world. Now, bangs are back in a big way, but these styles aren't your childhood fringe. Bangs have been modernized to look sleek, sexy and a little bit fun. Here are four bang trends to mull over before your next hair appointment.
Micro Bangs (AKA: Baby Bangs)
Fashion has been looking back to the pinup era for a year or so now, but the hair world is getting there, too. Micro bangs are a big trend for 2016, and they are a great way to sass up a hairstyle. Micro bangs are bangs that end far above the eyebrow. They have to be worked with a lot to look good, but when done right, the look is sleek and stylish.
The Blunt And Brow Bangs
Sometimes call a mod bang, this cut is great for thicker hair. It hits just at or below the eyebrow and creates a mysterious and stylish look. Rounded at the edges, the blunt and brow bang is cut bluntly across the center, managing to just avoid the eyes. It's a cut that works for a lot of different face shapes, and can really play up a pair of beautiful eyes. A quick blow dry, a pass through with a straightening iron, and a little hairspray keep these bangs looking sleek.
Tousled And Textured Bangs
Tousled and textured bangs are great for ladies who are aiming for a beachy look, and who don't want to put a ton of effort into styling their bangs. Tousled is the name of the game here. These bangs generally graze the eyes, although they can be cut slightly shorter, too. The bangs are cut vertical to create a shaggier, more textured look. Run a touch of pomade through them and letting them fall where they may.
The Side Bangs
Perfect for the indecisive woman who wants a romantic look, the side swept bangs are what happen when you can't fully commit to bangs. The good news is they look great. These bangs sit longer, generally grazing the cheek or the jaw, and are swept to one side to ensure visibility. It's a soft and ultra-feminine look that works great whether your hair is straight, wavy or curly.
Now that you know the latest bangs lingo, call the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown. Our stylists will be happy to help you find a trendy bang option that fits your hair and your style.
After you go to the salon and get the perfect hairstyle for your face shape and the perfect color for your skin tone, the only thing left is to get that beautiful shine to make your hair truly star worthy.
The two types of products most used to give your hair luster are hair glazes and hair glosses. While both are similar and result in more shiny, silky looking hair, they are different in how they work on your hair to achieve the desired results.
In general, a hair glaze is a temporary solution to add shine or complementary tones to the color of the hair. It can come in clear or colored pigments and sits on top of your hair. Hair glaze does not contain ammonia or peroxide and is unable to permeating the hair cuticle. Because it does not absorb into your hair, a glaze is simply a top coat to protect your color while adding shine. It is best to have hair glaze applied at every hair color appointment as well as maintain it on a regular basis at home with a quality product. Glaze should be applied every four to six weeks or depending on how often the hair is washed.
While hair glaze is only temporary, hair gloss is considered semi-permanent. Like glaze, it can be done at home or the salon, but it actually works by penetrating into the hair cuticle instead of simply lying on the hair. At the salon, heat is used to open up the cuticle, giving the gloss extra staying power. Once applied, the gloss will absorb into the hair, closing up the cuticle and creating a much smoother surface. This surface helps reflect light better, which gives hair a radiant shine. Glosses can also be tinted like glazes.
Glosses should be done every four to six weeks. The gloss will coat the strands of hair and create a protective covering that will help preserve hair color.
One of the important factors in deciding whether to use a glaze or a gloss is how long you want or need your product to last. Since glosses permeate into the hair, they will last longer than glazes and do not have to be applied as often. It is important that while using a hair gloss or glaze, you wash with a shampoo that isn't harsh so that your product will stay in longer and you will be able to maintain your shine.
If you live in the Amarillo area and are looking to take your hair up a notch with a gloss, contact The Salon by Lora Brown today for an appointment.
Hair trends come and hair trends go. In 2015 we saw some pretty big trends, like when rainbow hair lit up social media sites, and Kim Kardashian's platinum locks nearly broke the internet. It's a new year though, and new trends are beginning to emerge in the hair coloring world. We've collected four of the biggest trend for 2016.
Babylights are all the rage in 2016. Babylights are simply highlights that are applied to very fine strands of hair using a mesh or plastic wrap technique. The concept of babylights accomplishes a few things. First, it lightens up a darker head of hair without looking over-processed. Second, it gives a multidimensional look to the hair that really helps a face glow and shine. If you are looking for a lightening method that looks completely natural, babylights are the way to go.
2014 was all about the ombre; 2016 is all about the sombre. Sombre is simply a softer ombre. Instead of the stark contrast of a traditional ombre, the sombre coloring method opts for a more gradual change from dark to light, creating a sun-kissed, grown out look that is soft and romantic.
Instagram lit up in 2015 with celebrities and ladies rocking rainbow hair. While rainbow hair is still in, the trendier ladies are setting their sites on opal hair. Opal hair is a complex coloring that utilizes pinks, purples, greens and blues to create a pearlescent effect. Raven Simone and Ginnifer Goodwin have been spotted rocking this look. It's a great look for those who are a bit more adventurous with their hair colors.
If you are looking to keep it professional, while creating a bit of edge to your hair color, you happen to be in luck. 2016 is gearing up to be the year of blue tints. This black hue adds a blue tint to the overall color, creating something very reminiscent of Betty Page and the pinup girls era. It's an edgy look for a lady who is looking to keep it relatively tame.
If you are in the market for a fierce new color for the new year, contact the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown in Amarillo. We will be happy to help you find a color that makes you feel fabulous in 2016.
Have you ever left a salon feeling great about a haircut, only to find over the next few days and weeks that you just can't get your hair looking exactly as it looked when you left the salon? It's not an uncommon experience.
For many, it's simply a styling issue, while others find that the cut they received simply doesn't fit into their lifestyle. At The Salon by Lora Brown, we've come up with a way to help you find a style that suits your needs, and a few steps that will help you prepare for the journey to a brand new 'do.
Before Your Appointment
Before your appointment, spend some time thinking about what type of cut you'd like, and how much time you are willing to spend styling it on a regular basis. Scroll through pictures online to find some inspiration. Prepare several options and inspirations to bring to your appointment.
During Your Appointment
Before your stylist starts cutting or coloring your hair, have a conversation about your expectations. Show the stylist the cuts and styles you've picked out and let them decide what would be best for your hair. Stylists are educated on what cuts work best for certain hair types, and what styles require the most work. Discuss your daily schedule and how much time you can allot to hair care each day. This will help your stylist work the style around your expertise, your time limitations and your personal expectations. If you don't like a suggestion, don't be shy; tell your stylist if one of their suggestions isn't what you’re looking for. Stylists are trained to work within your comfort zone, so let them.
Recently, we dealt with a client who was originally interested in a perm. Through the course of conversation, one of our stylists was able to figure out that the upkeep of a perm was more than the client expected. Instead of perming the hair, we worked with the client to learn how to most efficiently curl her hair.
Are you in the market for a new style? Have you always dreamed of having salon hair every single day? The professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown can help you achieve just that with a styling consultation. Contact us today to schedule a hair tutorial!
While it would be great if every single day was a good hair day, sometimes Mother Nature conspires against us. Heavy winds can wreak havoc on even the most done-up 'do. While bad hair days aren't fun, don't let the windy weather get you down. We've collected a few hairstyles that will look fabulous, even on windy days.
The Fishtail Braid
Braids are a great option for the windy weather, because they are tied back, but still look like you put a lot of effort into your ’do. To achieve a fishtail braid, pull your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. You can use an elastic to secure it into place. Section the ponytail into two sections, then take a small amount of hair from the left and cross it over the right section. Repeat from the right side, crossing the hair over the larger left section. Continue this down to the bottom and secure the hair with an elastic band. Spray with hairspray to hold in place. Or visit The Salon by Lora Brown’s Braid Bar.
The Ballerina Bun
To start off you'll want to curl the ends of your hair under to make the bun more sleek. Then, pull your hair into a high ponytail. You can back comb the hair to create more volume. Volume is important here, so go big. Once you've gotten enough volume, simply twist the hair around the ponytail holder to create a bun, and secure it in place with bobby pins. Use a gel or hairspray to tame flyaways and to keep the hair looking sleek.
The Classic Ponytail
Surprise, you don't need to relegate ponytails to the gym or a night at home. A ponytail can look sleek and professional, even on windy days. If your hair isn't super straight naturally, you can use a straightening iron to get an ultra sleek look. But be sure not to turn the temperature up too high! Once you've straightened all of your hair, you can move onto creating the perfect ponytail. Section away the top section of your hair. Make sure you've gotten an even amount from both sides. Clip them to the side. Take the back of your hair and secure them into a high ponytail. Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic. This will hide the ponytail holder for an extra sleek look. Take the front section of your hair and create a poof that flops over the back of the ponytail you've created. Secure that section into place with bobby pins.
Once the wind dies down, call the professionals at The Salon by Lora Brown for a new style that will take you from day, to night and through any weather you can imagine.
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.