Thursday, June 23, 2011

Is Your Hair Too Long?

Many people really have the strong belief that hair stylists do not like long hair. They are convinced that our profession is full of scissor happy barbers that can’t wait to butcher your hair into a short bob or pixie. This is absolutely NOT true! We embrace all types of styles and lengths into our chairs with open arms.

As a hair stylist I want your hair to be as healthy and good-looking as possible. The longer you grow your hair out, the harder it is to keep hair looking free of split ends and vivacious. It is also harder to offer any sort of style to long hair. Not even the best of blow-drying, curling, or teasing can give super long hair volume until gravity robs it away. It’s just a scientific fact! So please hear me out with a few simple suggestions for those clients who have so long you can’t remember your last cut.

You don’t have to be Repunzal to have long hair. Consider taking off two to three inches at your next appointment instead of that half inch and see the amazing difference. You’re hair will actually be happier! Also consider adding in some layering to add shape and texture to long drab tresses. This can help add volume to the top of your hair. And most importantly, if you want to have long hair take care of it! Use good products to help keep it looking and feeling it’s best.

You Repunzals who have reached this point in the blog – I thank you for taking the time to consider what I had to say from someone who cuts hair off for a living. And who knows? You may be asking for a sassy textured bob in just a few visits!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Swimming Hair

Summer is a wonderful time of year to jump in the pool and get some exercise. Swimming laps is great for your body but can take a terrible toll on your hair. I wish I had known these tips and tricks when I was a swimmer back in the day. Take a look at these sweet swimming tips and your hair won't feel so bad when fall comes around:

-Before putting on your swim cap dampen tresses and put in a light conditioner. Hair won’t absorb as much chlorine this way and will also help with removal after your workout.

-After your workout go underwater to take your cap off instead of when you get out of the pool. Cap can slip off easier while still in the pool & reduce breakage. Then go rinse in the shower!

- Use a wide toothed comb on hair after getting out of the pool. Hair will be easier to detangle and also will be more gentle.

-Hair and skin can dry out easily during swim meets and after long workouts. Make sure you stay hydrated with moisturizing conditioners and lotions. Throw a moisturizing detangler in your workout bag and spritz onto your locks in between events or after your shower.

-Always hop into the shower after getting out of the pool to rinse the chlorine out. If you let the chlorine dry into your hair it can cause brittleness and sometimes a greenish hue. Use moisturizing shampoo and conditioners to add nutrients back into your hair.

You'll be swimming to healthy hair in no time!
Love, The Happy Hair Stylist

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What's NEW in Saratoga?

An Open-Air European Style Farmer’s Market
Wednesdays 2:30pm til 6:30pm
In the beautiful Downtown Saratoga Village

·      Succulent seasonal fruit & produce
·      Fresh local meats, poultry & seafood
·      Artisan cheeses & breads
·      Prepared ethnic cuisine
·      Flowers, art & live music
·      Gourmet condiments and jams
·      Unique hand-crafted accessories
·      Mid-week convenience
·      Plentiful parking
·      Located in Blaney Plaza / behind US Bank

Start date: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hope to see you there!
Love, The Happy Hair Stylist

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Get Inspired with RED!

From auburn, to copper, to fire-engine red, heating up the color on your hair can be make a huge statement.

Add red highlights for a fun punch. Or if you’re a natural red head adding some bolder red or blonde pieces can really brighten and spice up your look.

Could this be you?
Love, The Happy Hair Stylist

The Ombre Hair Trend

This trend is so fun I decided to try it myself! Tons of celebrities have been using this haircoloring technique for a low-maintenance look that grows out beautifully. The term “ombre” describes a fading technique from dark to light in fashion. So basically the look is darker brown roots that gradually fade into light caramelly / blonde ends. Can be subtle or drastic depending on the look you want to go for. It is so low-maintenance because your naturally darker roots can grow out and blend right into your ombre style.

Not as low maintenance for clients who have grays as monthly touch ups would still be required to cover the roots. Great for those who want something fun and different.

So far I am loving the look myself and hope you are inspired to try something new as well.

Love, The Happy Hair Stylist