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Keratin. By Angel.

19 Feb

 

What is keratin and what’s the big deal?

Keratin is fibrous protein found in the outer layer of skin and in hair, nails, feathers, hooves… Ok, not really expecting the hooves and feather part… Anyways… Keratin Treatments are a commonly known, in-salon service for your hair. We’ve all seen the Pantene Pro-V commercials where it shows the hair shaft with damage from heat and chemicals. Salon treatments of Keratin restore these damaged areas. This strengthens the hair shaft, preventing breakage.


My Personal Experience

My personal experience with Keratin is with the brand- Coppola and I can’t say enough good things about it.

3 Reasons – Keratin by Coppola changed my life

 

  1. Have you ever seen a lion, that was me without Keratin enough said.
  2. Rainy days used to be sick days; I didn’t want to scare the general public with my crazy hair!
  3. Any type of water, summer activity was banned for me. See how Keratin can change your life!

Keratin by Coppola

There are two types of Keratin Treatments by Coppola. The Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Keratin Express Blowout are both great options for people with frizz, damage, and curly hair. This product will reduce the frizz, help repair the damage, and calm down some of your curl. These are not relaxers, and your hair is not going to be super straight post treatment. People with normal to thick hair might find the Keratin Smoothing Treatment a better fit for them as people with thin to fine hair find the Keratin Express Blowout a better option. Ask your stylist which one would be a better fit for your hair.

 The Keratin Smoothing Treatment

The Keratin Smoothing treatment is done in salon. Hair is washed with a special Keratin Shampoo. The hair is then blown dry and the Keratin Smoothing Treatment is applied, and left on for about 35ish minutes. Your hair is then blow-dried again (with the treatment still in), and flat ironed with a 450 degree flat iron. The treatment is left in your hair for 3 days. It is then washed with a special Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner.

The Keratin Express Blowout

The Keratin Express Blowout is also done in the salon. Hair is washed with a special Keratin Shampoo, and product is applied to the hair. The hair is then blown-dry and flat ironed. Eight hours after the treatment is applied, the hair is then washed, but I suggest waiting 24 hours and then you’re good to go.

Post Treatment

You MUST use a Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner! Now, you can use pretty much any sulfate-free shampoo…but why would you pay the money for the service and cheap out on the shampoo?!

Now that your Keratin service is done, your hair should feel silky, smooth, shiny and help repair damage. You’ll be able to blow-dry your hair in half the time – it’s amazing! It can rain outside and you won’t need to hide, you can go in water and not have your hair FREAK out and turn all lionesses on you while at the pool or beach. The product should slowly start to release itself from your hair the more you shampoo, so try to go every other day to get longer results.

Rumors, Rumors

Ok, I know the formaldehyde rumors. Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used in manufacturing and household products. Some Keratin treatments contain 0.2% or less of this chemical. I’ve been doing the keratin for a few years now I haven’t grown a tail, extra toe or horns. Coppola claims their product does not contain formaldehyde, which is one of the reasons I prefer this product.

URGENT!! BEFORE DOING THE TREATMENT FIND OUT THE BRAND!

Keratin is just a generic treatment term – it is not a brand. There are hundreds of Keratin brands out there, and it’s important to find out what your salon is using. Keratin treatments range from $25 to $400. If you are getting charged $300 for the service, make sure you are paying what the treatment is worth!

The hair industry is built off word of mouth. If you are in the market for a good Keratin treatment, get recommendations from your friends and co-workers. PLEASE do not buy a discount deal and expect glamorous results. Invest your hair. It is one of the most important features to a woman! In fact, it is widely considered the most important feature to our self-image!

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Hair Products by Angel Boston

2 Jan

Hair products are some of the most important products a woman should own. There are a few things you can’t be cheap on – good make up, botox, lingerie and hair products.  Products in the drug stores are cheap in every meaning of the word “cheap.”  The shampoos will strip your color making your hair color fade faster and the conditioners will build up product junk on your hair.  I strongly suggest you ask your stylist for recommendations. Most salons give a minimal commission percentage or none at all which means your stylist will recommend a good product without trying to rip you off.  Most salons carry high end and lower end products as well, to appeal to all aspect of their clients. Not everyone wants to buy a $45 dollar bottle of shampoo. Big names in the hair care industry are Kérastase, Wella, L’Oreal, Goldwell, Matrix, Redken. Although these are big names it doesn’t always mean they would be the best for you. If you go to the hairdresser and you get your hair color or highlighted, it’s extremely important you use a salon sold shampoo and conditioner. Why spend money on coloring your hair and not spend money on taking care of your color you just had done?

Styling products

If you have thin, fine hair or thick, medium-course hair, it can make the world of difference when styling your hair. Finding a product that works best for you can be discouraging, but don’t give up. Ask your friends that have similar hair to yours for recommendations.

Everyone who blow drys, flat irons or curls their hair should use some sort of heat protection. Different brands make different versions, and I suggest looking for a “thermal” heat protection spray. Make sure its dry before flat ironing or curling it you don’t want to burn your hair.

If you have frizzy hair, the density of your hair determines what you should use. Fine to normal hair with frizz you might want to use light spray or a light smoothing cream. Either way, you’re going to have to blowdry your hair to help smooth the frizz down.  While blow drying, don’t be a wild woman.  Take a paddle brush and have the air blowdry in one direction. The direction of the brush going down your hair. It’s always good if you can use the products your stylists are using; they can give you recommendations on how to work the product for your hair.

 Where you buy your products matters.

Now when you see products inside TJ MAX, Marshalls, Ocean State Job Lot and even name brands inside of CVS there is a reason. Hair care products have an expiration date, like everything else if it sits on the shelf for so long is it still good? Name brand hair care companies will sell to discount stores if product has been sitting in the warehouse for too long. Distributors of products could sell it to the discount stores too if they find it sitting their the warehouse.  At any point in time, the company can make the choice to sell the product to discount stores.  Why you ask?  The answer is to make money. Just because you find Kérastase at your local CVS doesn’t mean the brand is less good then before you saw it there, it only means the that product inside CVS might be expired or was damaged in some way. You can’t put your full trust into the products and expect the same results as if you bought them inside a salon. If you’re interested in trying them go right ahead the likeliness of your hair burning off and falling out from using an expired product is less but just know… cheap products are NOT good for your hair.

Switch it up, and Share.

Last of all don’t marry a product. It’s good to switch between different brands of shampoo, conditioners and styling products. This way you hair will not get used to the product and stop working. It’s good to experiment with products, borrow your girlfriends products and let her borrow yours. You might find that some of your friends have extreme hair regiment, others might not. If you need help you can always turn to youtube many people have posted how to style hair better, using products. Its all a matter of finding what works best for you.

Good luck and remember there is never an excuse for bad hair unless he made you breakfast in bed 😉

I wouldn’t be a Barbie Doll if I didn’t have Fake

12 Dec

Hair. 

And you thought I was going to say “boobs.”  Not yet. 

I’ve had lots of different types of fake hair.  Lots.  Here’s a lil info written by myself and Mike Manzo (@MikeyManzo) of Michael O’Rourke’s “Rock Your Hair.”  (He rocks my life).

In the Beginning…

Picture from the Beginning

The first time I had extensions they were clips.  And it was love at first site.

Clip-Ins

These can be purchases for between $70-$100 at Sally’s Beauty Supply.  Make sure you get real human hair, and ask the people who work there to help you match it.  You don’t want to look like you got your weave at a mall cart.  They’re easy to apply, but take some practice.  By teasing the root of your hair, they stay in better.  Ask your hairdresser for some guidance!  They can be curled and flat ironed (I recommend doing this BEFORE you put them in).  Make sure you take these clips out before you sleep… mine make me break out.  The best way to clean these is with dry shampoo (I love Bombshell).  You should wash them every once and a while though with real shampoo.

Weave (Swing Wefts)

Swing Weft

My girl Ava did some very interesting techniques with my hair (microbeading, bonding… ect).  But my first step up from the clip-ins was as a model for Ava’s new technique with wire (like fishing wire… in fact… I think we went to Target and bought fishing wire).  She wired wefts of fake hair into my natural hair.  It looked awesome down, but was hard to put up (I only wear my hair up at the gym anyways).  The hair was totally re-usable.  Ava was awesome and gave me an hour long lecture on how to take care of my new hair.  I was so excited I think I paid attention to half of it. 🙂 I think this counts as white-girl weave?

Taped Wefts

Oh boy, did I have a bad experience with this one.  Mark from Dellaria’s in Newton convinced me they were the best thing.  Guys a great salesman.  But a horrible hairdresser.  My friend Nikki and I both got the extensions.  We both hated them.  You could see tape tracks in the hair.  Taking them out was a dirty gluey mess too.  Don’t Do It.  I’d like to thank Ava here for fixing this mess. Oh, not only did they look awful, but you couldn’t die them easily.  Bad for someone like me who highlights AND lowlights.

**No pictures.  Sorry.  I wore a hat most of the time during this phase!

Went back to clip ins about here.  Added some chemical free color.

A splash of color for concert going.

After my tape debacle, I went back to the clip-ins.  Had to let my hair recover.  It was around this time where my business was taking off in Newton Center, and I realized I couldn’t have fun funky hair anymore.  Or could I…

Red, blue, green, pink… clips from Sally’s for $3.99.

Whatever you do though… don’t flat iron or attempt to curl these.  They are synthetic and will melt.  And it smells.  Bad. 🙂

Next it was time for some Classic Bondage.

Classic Bonded Extensions

When I was ready to take the financial plunge and get real extensions, I had classic bonded extensions.  A tiny iron is used to melt the bond as it lies against your hair, which the stylist rolls until it cools and hardens with your own hair locked inside.  It takes FOREVER.  That’s why it’s so expensive. Accidental contact with a curling or flat iron could melt the bond, causing two to stick together or even to slip out of the hair. Removal requires application of a solvent, which softens the bond so the stylist can loosen it and slide it off (like the tape wefts).  Also, as your natural hair grows out… it can get a lil ratty looking.  And by ratty I mean dread-y.

Microbeading 

Straight from the bag (ie, i need to flat iron the layers together--pic pending)

This is the latest and the greatest. This method is one of the longest and safest for your natural hair.  Strands can be customized to different sizes for the most personalized fit.  A small bead is threadedaround a tiny section of your hair and a strand of extension.  The tube is then flattened with a plier-type looking thing, holding the two together.  It is perfect for those who like to highlight and lowlight (like me!).  There is no glue or adhesive, so it doesn’t ruin your natural hair when they are removed.  Removal is quick and easy with Microtubes. The now-flat tubes are popped back to their original shape and slipped right off.

Things I’ve never done… but you should know about.

Heat-Free Protein Bonds

These are the smallest fusion points available and also the hardest, yet they are as flat as a piece of paper. This makes Heat-Free Protein Bonds ideal for fine hair, because they are the least likely to cause visible bumps or be felt when running a hand over the hair.

What sets them apart from the classic protein bond is that they are applied using ultra-sonic vibration to soften them as they are attached.  This means that there is no heat applied to the hair at any time, and that it would require a much higher degree of heat to melt or damage these bonds. Blow-drying and irons are of little or no concern.

Shrink Tubes This newer technology uses a clear plastic tube to attach your new hair, and is the option which allows the most hair to be added. Your hair is threaded through the tube just like it is with the microbeading, but in this case the plastic tube is heated until it shrinks to half its original size, tightly gripping the extension and your hair together.

There is room for two extensions to be sealed into each tube, if your own hair’s root is thick and strong enough to anchor that. These are great for creating a “lion’s mane” type of look, or for curly hair.

Sewn-In Wefts AKA “weave”! Tried and true, sewn-in extensions have been done longer than any of the methods above. They are often more cost-effective, but can be heavy and even painful when first applied.  The hair can be re-used for many cycles, but can be difficult to blend with layered looks.

In Conclusion…

It’s always a good idea to talk to your hairdresser before spending money on extensions, and it’s also a good idea not to go cheap.  If your salon doesn’t have a stylist who does extensions, ask who they recommend.  It’s ok to schedule consultations with a few salons before choosing a stylist and extension method. This consultation should be free and take 15-30 minutes. You should be shown hair samples, color choices, and examples of the stylist’s work. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

How to Tip Your Beauty Provider

1 Nov

In their younger years, my mother was a waitress and my father was a bartender.  They taught me you always tip 20% unless the service is really bad.  People who work in the service industry depend on their tips as a large portion of their income.  Waitress’s make like $2 an hour.  You can’t live off that!

Hairdresser’s and aesthetician’s have a similar sentiment.  How should they be tipped?  Here’s a guide!

Hair Stylist  15%-20% of your service.  If you have a hard time figuring this out, and for some reason you left your cell at home, think of it like this.  20% is $2 on every $10.  So if it’s $100 you should tip about $20. 

Aesthetician 15%-20% of your service.

Shampoo Girl  $2

Manicurist $2-$5

Massage 15-20%

Valet $2

Waxing $2-$10 Eyebrows think $2, Back… think $10 (…and then think about laser or electrology!)

Electrologist:  Tipping this person is a toss up, because you do see them very often. 

Laser Person:  Does not require to be tipped.  This is a more medical service and is usually treated as a Medical Personnel.  If you buy a package and you do feel you need to tip, divide the price you paid by the number of treatment sessions you are receiving and tip 15-20% off of that (usually about $20). 

Business Owner (who provides your service): It is a long standing idea that you don’t need to tip the owner of a place if they provide you your beauty service.  It is in my opinion that we need to abolish this rule.  As a small business owner, I can tell you, cash flow is difficult.  Banks aren’t lending money to anyone, making it harder on small business.  Tip them.  They work harder than you know!

Medical Personnel  You do not need to tip the person who does your Botox!  As a nurse injector, I never accept tips.  You wouldn’t tip the doctor!

A Free Service 20% of what the service would have cost.  If you by some chance won a free service, say in a raffle, you should still tip the person!

 

Hairdresser Terms You Should Know!

21 Oct

I needed a haircut.  Bad.  Split End City!  Fortunately for me, I have an office in a Salon/Spa in Peabody!  Sitting in a new chair is always scary.  Our hair is very important to us!

I sat down, and said, “do whatever you want.”  She then handed me an article from Women’s Home Journal, October 2011.  I love articles.

Uncertain terms you give your hairdressers:

  1. Layers:  If you’re okay with adding movement but don’t like a choppy look, tell your stylist you’d like to keep the density of your hair.  Ask your stylist where the shortest layers will start and where the longest layers will finish.
  2. Bangs:  They can be anything from a think fringe to just a few strands swept across the forehead.  Specify length, width, weight, and angles.  I was talking into baby bangs once… also referred to as slow bangs… because they take FOREVER to grow back.
  3. Auburn:  Tends to suggest brown undertones to professionals, but many people envision something reddish.  The term “chestnut” causes the pros to think reddish, and the client to think rich brown.  I think Auburn as a purple undertone and chestnut as brown, and red… I would never think of in my hair personally.
  4. Ashy:  Client thinks dull or brassy, pro think subtly whitish.  The pro often adds warm or gold tones, which the client didn’t want.  Being“bleach blonde” for years… I actually did know the difference on this one!
  5. Brassy: most think “not pretty” or “dull”, but it actually refers to a metallic look.  I think of the greenish hue of a bad die job after coming out of the pool.
  6. Trim:  A standard trim gets rid of dead ends.  If you’re good at you’re upkeep (every 6 weeks or so) this could be a centimeter.  If you go every six months… it could be an inch or two.
  7. Lightening:  Anywhere from brightening to bleaching.  If you’re blonde, discuss “golden vs. pale” and dark “warm caramel vs. neutral brown”
  8. Texture:  Has a lot of different meanings.  From a natural wave to a full-on Farrah, this is important to be clear with.
  9. Volume:   A little goes a long way… (but in my opinion a lot is better!).  If you’re looking for a little lift at the root, or all-over volume, you should specify.  Or you could wind up with a mushroom cut.  Ask your stylist to teach you how to tease.  I like to wear my hair “Texas-style,” which to me is big!  (People from Texas do not actually wear their hair like this).
  10. Whatever you think is best:  Granting creative freedom without direction… not a great idea.  Remember, beauty is a personal, cultural, and universal perception.  Stylists are often culturally edgy and trendy (which is what I LOVE about them).  If I had my way, we’d all have huge lips, because personally, I love this look.  But does everyone want to look like a duck?  No.  (Not all lip augmentations results in the duck look either!).

With any beauty professional, make sure you are clear with what YOU think is beautiful.  I love my big Texas hair and Barbie bangs.  Thank you Michelle!

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