Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Strength and solutions for fine, weak hair

One of the questions I've been hearing often over the years from my clients is "How do I make my hair thicker? Not just when I'm styling it but every day..."

There are many reasons why some peoples hair is thicker than others. A lot of the time its just that everyones hair is different. Some people have thick hair and some have fine. But there are ways to take care of yourself and your hair if you do want to improve the strength, shine and density of your hair in the long term.

First of all, diet. Make sure you have a diet full of protein, iron and vitamins. So obviously more meats and veges but if you're a vegetarian then nuts, eggs and fish are also very important to your hair. Vitamin B complex, C and a multi vitamin is also going to be helpful.

There is also an amazing mineral supplement called Silica which, when taken daily, greatly improves hair strength, elasticity and shine. It also is great for the strength of your skin and nails and even prevents against wrinkles.

Secondly, products. For styling, a Sea Salt Spray or the Karpati Natural Hair Care Volumiser are going to improve thickness and texture when blowdrying or even letting the hair dry naturally.
For a great product that externally treats the hair so it will maintain strength and thickness and prevents against balding and thinning in a noninvasive fashion is the Activance range. I highly recommend the Hair Stimulant Spray and the Shampoo in this range. I have recommended it to many clients and even tested it out on myself and it helps even if your hair isn't thinning. I also found that my hair was less frizzy.

Lastly, treatments. Protein and Keratin treatments are so helpful in strengthening your hair.

Please try one or all of these if you wish for stronger, thicker and shinier hair. I hope to hear some great feedback.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Vidal Sasson. Remembering the man who revolutionised hair

Sadly, the man who changed the world with a pair of scissors died this month in L.A. at 84.

Vidal Sassoon was the man who brought hairdressing to the forefront of art and fashion. 

He opened his first salon in London in 1954. In the 1960's he started getting more attention when he opened another salon in New York and his client list included celebrities such as Jane Fonda, Twiggy and Mia Farrow. After that a string of salons opened up internationally and he became a brand. 
Now the brand has become more than salons. There are products and equipment and academy's around the globe that are world renowned and hairdressers who are trained there are highly sought after. 

Sassoon's style was designed to be a low maintenance wash and wear, modern style. A revolution for everyone to have perfect salon hair at home. His slogan was "If you don't look good, we don't look good"

His signature works include the geometric perm and eventually a recreation of the classic "bob" which was geometric, angular and sometimes asymmetrical. While these straight shiny styles seemed severely cut they were entirely lacquer free and low maintenance.  

Sassoon said "Hair is nature's biggest compliment and the treatment of this compliment is in our hands. As in couture, the cut is the most important element ... haircutting simply means design and this feeling for design must come from within."

Hairdresser's everywhere have Sassoon to thank for the way he changed the industry for 5 decades and that even after his passing we can learn from him. I look forward to studying at his academy's in the future.

If you want to know more there was a movie made based on Vidal Sassoon in 2010. 

Monday, 7 May 2012

Celebrity Hair Icon : Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie has been a Hair Icon since she chopped off her hair extensions and brought the bob back. Nobody has rocked it better than this fabulous gal. Not only is her style always amazing, from the bob, back to long bohemian waves with a grown out parted fringe and now with a textured fringe and shoulder length locks, her colour is always flawless. So many clients ask for the "Nicole Richie Blonde" Creamy highlights in a caramel base. And then theres the braided styles and high pony tails. Always stunning and inspiring. There's no doubt she will always be a Hair Icon
Whoever is doing your hair Nicole, never let him/her get away


Sunday, 11 March 2012

What Hair Extensions are the best?

Have you ever had hair extensions? The are such a fun way to cheat! You can have Long, Thick Hair overnight. They're fantastic, but...... Extremely high maintenance and if you want the best quality they can be extremely expensive and you can pay as much as $3000 for a maximum period of 6 months.

There are some things you should now when choosing which extensions are best for you.

Firstly remember, when you are regularly getting any type of extensions please remember to give your hair and scalp a break every now and then. Having an extra set of strands on top of yours can get heavy and weaken the follicle roots over extended periods and the result can lead to hair loss or thinning.

Secondly, types of extensions:

Great Lengths bonded strands. These are amazing great quality extensions that work best on courser darker hair. The look natural and are easy to manage and can last up to 6 months. The don't put complete strain on a concentrated area of your scalp and follicles. However in some cases where the hair is finer, or frizzier naturally, they can matt up over time and be quite painful to remove. So if you go down this path remember to take good care to wash and comb your hair well. Only getting them styled at a hairdresser is also a great option but becomes a very high maintenance solution.

Tape in extensions are fantastic. They are cheaper and you can get amazing quality hair. They don't really last as long as they fall out easier but that just means they aren't putting very much strain on the follicles at all. They also don't matt up and are a low maintenance option.

Weaves.  These are my favourites. They always look natural. Depending on the quality of the hair you buy and who sews them in they can last a very long time. They can strain your follicles in a concentrated area as you are  getting the weft re-sewn to a tightly braided area under your crown every 6 weeks. Prices vary depending on the quality of the hair and the experience of the hairdresser who applies them.

Lastly is the cheapest, easiest, longest lasting and low maintenance option. Clip in wefts. You can buy a pack of one or two great quality wefts with clips attached for under $350. They aren't permanently sewn or bonded to your hair and you can clip them in and take them out whenever you please. They are easy to style as you can clip them to a hanger and straighten or curl them out of your hair before you attach them. You can wear them for special occasions only so no damage or strain ever comes to your scalp or follicles. No commitment necessary. And depending on how well you look after them and how often you wear them, they can last years.