Why Do We Go Gray?

One of the many questions my clients ask me at the salon is: Why do we go gray or what are the causes of gray hair?

Sometimes, my quick response to the question is: we are getting old, which truly could be one reason.

In fact, there are other reasons why we all go gray.  Some may experience graying at very early age, others at a later age, while the lucky ones they many never go gray.

Some other causes of graying could be:

Reduction or lack of melanin has been known to be one of the contributing factors for hair to become gray. Melanin is the one responsible for giving hair its true color and as we age, melanin-producing cells will decline.

Stress could cause gradual long-term graying in some people to an extend. Chemicals released by stress moments can stop or destroy the production of melanin-producing cells.  This hasn’t been proof completely but it could be a cause for graying in many people.

Genes could play a role in graying.  The University College of London found that gene IRF4, accounted for 30% of hair graying.

Smoking it has been said that smoking could cause chemical changes in melanin-producing cells. Some studies have shown a significant relation between going gray before 30 years old and smoking. Smokers will go gray 3 years earlier than nonsmokers, but further research needs to be done in this subject.

How to embrace going gray then?

Well, many of our clients they prefer to cover them up with some of our translucent colors, such as Dialight or Diarichesse colors, we offer at the salon. These colors are ammonia-free offering great shine and more natural hair colors for those who are not ready to transition into permanent colors. Another option available for gray blending is to add some lowlights and highlights to your hair.  The combination of the two add multi-dimension and great movement helping your to embrace gray in a more stylish way!

Highlights and Lowlights are techniques that required professional expertise. Therefore, it is best to look for a professional colorist if this is what you really prefer doing in order to blend your gray with some color, so it looks more natural.

Best Styling Products and Tools for Frizzy Hair

 Do you get overwhelmed because your hair does not look sleek and shiny as when you leave the salon?

Many of our guests would say their arms hurt, or they do not have the patience and time to do it right. They complain of getting unruly or frizzy hair a few minutes after they do it.

Proper styling tools and hair care products can make a significant impact on the longevity of the hairstyle.

Here are a few tips when blow-drying hair at home and when you try to do it yourself:

Start by using the shampoo and conditioner your hairstylist has recommended for you to use on your last visit to the hair salon. My clients all use Serie Expert Shampoo and Conditioner Products from L'Oreal Professionnel. I would customize accordingly to their needs. These hair care products offer excellent heat and color protection for our color clients. We also have shampoo and conditioner that add extra volume for clients with thin hair.

Drying the hair should be done with a microfiber towel because it will dry hair faster and will diminish the amount of frizz.

Adding a heat protectant spray should always be used before applying any direct heat to the hair. One of my favorite heat protectant sprays I use most often at https://www.westporthair.com/ is Vitamino 10-in-One. This product is excellent for detangling hair, and for adding shine. Also, it provides heat protection against curling iron, straight iron, and blowdryers. Our clients love the softness it adds to their hair. They say it makes it easier for them to wrap their hair around their Olivia Garden Round or Square Brush they have bought at the salon.

All these qualities are great when trying to blow dry hair at home because it will help control frizz.

The dryer to use also has a significant impact on the hair outcome. One of my favorite blowdryers is the Babyliss Volare Dryer . This dryer has ionic properties which help diminish frizzy hair. They are low in weight, so it is ideal for people with shoulder problems.

Once the hair has been blow-dry, let it cool down and spray it with a light hold spray to control the static and flyaways. Another of my favorite hair spray to use is Infinium 3 Medium Hold from L'Oreal Professionnel. This spray is great because it adds a finished look to your hairstyle and you can still run your fingers through your beautiful hair once is done.

Summer Days & How to Care For Your Hair

Summer Days can cause damage to your hair but here are some tips that could help you with it:

REACH FOR OIL

Mythic Oil Huile Originale is an oil leave-in that contains argan oil. Argan oil leaves hair soft, shiny and it is ideal for detangling after cleansing, and it adds radiance before or after blow-drying.from. This L’Oréal Professionnel product is great add on when blowdrying hair. Besides it is fantastic on dry hair and smells wonderful!

FOAM UP

The secret here is to apply Hollywood Waves Spiral Queen Mousse Spiral Queen adds great definition to your waves and curls . It has creamy consistency providing even distribution to your hair. Its formula has fantastic oils nourishing the hair creating a soft touch and shine to dry hair.  Hollywood waves mousse keeps locks sleek by sealing the hair cuticle.

GO GOLD MASK DEEP

A rich hydrating mask like Resurfacing Golden Mask is a must for after sun expose. It is powered by Quinoa and proteins that help in reducing surface damage by 77%. You could use it twice a week and leave it for 5 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.

SHOWER CAP

it could be tedious to wear one when taking a shower but it can save you time later on. Getting your hair wet means having a blow dry right after.  Resulting in more heat for the hair which can cause extra damage to your dry hair. Instead use Dust After Morning Dry Shampoo and brush with Olivia Garden Paddle Brush from roots-to-ends to remove excess oil build up. 

Then style as you wish and your hair will feel clean, sleek and smooth.

Stand out from the Crowd with Hair to Turn Heads at Your Wedding or Prom!

Whether you’re looking at bridal styles, prom styles or hairstyles for a special occasion, this hair guide can help! We’ll take you through all of the latest trends and styles so that your hair has the wow factor on your big day!

If you’re going to a prom, this is probably the biggest event in your life so far and it will be until you get married! That’s why we’re incorporating these two events into one great hair guide for your special day. We want you to choose a hairstyle that you love but that also makes you feel like a VIP!

Wedding hair up-dos

It has become a tradition that brides wear their hair up. Choosing an up-do doesn’t make you old fashioned, however. Whilst keeping with tradition, you can certainly choose a modern hairstyle to suit your wedding theme and style. Before you look at different styles with your hairdresser, it’s a good idea to show him or her what your dress looks like. This means your hairstyle will match the theme of your wedding or occasion. For example, if your dress is a 50s style dress, your stylist will be able to come up with a stunning up-do to go with it.

Even though traditional wedding up-dos are still preferred for many brides, stylists have seen a resurgence of retro and vintage hairstyles. You can also incorporate a veil, some flowers, a clip or a jeweled tiara into your hairstyle. Make sure you bring any accessories to your consultations and hair trials too.

Wedding hair worn down

If you’re struggling to know whether to have your hair up or down for your wedding or prom, look at the neckline of your dress. For a dress that is strapless or has spaghetti straps or a low back, long, curly hair that cascades to one side or down the back can really look sensational. If all down isn’t your thing, you can dress this style up with plaits or in a half-up, half-down style.

Short bridal and prom hairstyles

 

Your short hair is actually quite versatile! There are hundreds of different bridal and prom hairstyles for shorter hair. First things first, however – you need a really great cut. Whatever the look you’re wanting to achieve, you can add texture and volume really well to short hair and you can dress it nicely with bridal accessories.

Braids and Plaits for Proms and Special Occasions

These are great for prom hair or wedding party hair. Plaits are flirty and fun so this could be the best prom style to go for. There are loads of different types of plaits and braids so take a look online so that you know what to ask your stylist for. Have a look at fishtail plaits, waterfall braids, up-dos and buns that incorporate small plaits, and pinned-up braids.

Make your curls glam for prom

For a true red-carpet feel, go curly! Curls are so easy to achieve these days and you don’t need to go to drastic lengths by getting a perm (although this is an option too, of course). Stylists are super skilled in all sorts of curls so whether you’re after spiral curls, corkscrew curls, or waves, they’ll be able to achieve the right look for you.

Up-dos for parties and proms

Up-dos are still really popular for proms and that’s because there are so many different choices! If you want to go traditional, why not choose an elegant bun? Or, you could get something a little more edgy like a side bun!

Prom styles for short hair

If you have short hair, you should really make sure you have a decent cut and blow dry before your big day. You can still have a really great style added to a short hairdo. For example, you can make a short style more sophisticated by incorporating a low parting on one of the sides and making the hair super smooth and slick on that side. Another thing to consider is micro-plaits, which are really on-trend right now. Play around with waves, volume, and asymmetrical looks. The possibilities are endless!


Know your Products-Love Your Hair!

No matter what service you have done, you should always have the products to match. Hairdressers love to be needed but it’s important that we educate you to our best ability to help you maintain your style while at home. Here are just some of the products we have available to help you do so.

Color Care:

  • Vitamino A-Ox:

    • For color treated hair

    • The Ideal Client:

      • The client who wants an insurance policy on their hair color

    • Did You Know?:

      • 58% of women color their hair

    • Ingredients:

      • Vitamin E

      • Vitamin B5

    • What it Does:

      • Protects fiber to maintain color and shite

      • Formulated with UV filters

      • Leaves hair softer and shinier

  • Silver:

    • For white, silver, or blonde hair

    • The Ideal Client:

      • The client who wants to neutralize brassy tones in their colored or natural white, silver, or blonde hair

    • Did You Know?:

      • Purple shampoos are having a moment. The Google search for “Purple Shampoos” has increased 50% in the last year!

    • Ingredients:

      • Gloss protect system

      • Amino Acids

      • Anti-Yellowing Agents

    • What it does:

      • Neutralizes unwanted yellow tones with violet micro-pigments

      • Enhances shine with a natural sheen

      • Softens hair

  • Lumino Contrast:

    • For highlighted hair

    • The Ideal Client:

      • The client who is looking for color protection and damage repair

    • Did You Know?:

      • Twice as many women get their hair highlighted in the salon than do it themselves at home

    • Ingredients:

      • Vitamin E

      • Nutriceride

    • What it Does:

      • Formulated with UV filters

      • Makes highlights look brighter and shinier

      • Combats lipid loss without weighing the hair down

      • Replenishes the hair fiber

      • Formulated with Nutriceride to compliment Blond Studio Platinum

Nourishment & Repair:

  • Nutrifier:

    • For normal to dry, undernourished hair

    • The Ideal Client:

      • The client who needs deep drink of hydration, regardless of texture

    • Did You Know?:

      • Dry hair is a concern for ⅓ women

    • Ingredients:

      • Glycerol

      • Coconut oil

      • Silicone- free

    • What it Does:

      • Deeply nourishes and softens

      • Adds enhanced shine

  • Absolut Repair Lipidium:

    • For very dry, damaged hair

    • The Ideal Client:

      • The client who loves trying the latest trend...regardless of what it does to their hair

    • Did You Know?:

      • ½ of women claim to have very damaged or ultra damaged hair

    • Ingredients:

      • Lactic Acid

      • Phyto-Keratin + Ceramides

      • Lipids

    • What it Does:

      • Strengthens the weakened parts of the hair fiber

      • Adds intense nourishment without weighing the hair down

Texture Management:

  • Liss Unlimited:

    • For coarse and unruly hair

    • The Ideal Client:

      • The client who wants smooth or defined texture

    • Did You Know?:

      • 22% of women suffer from frizz

    • Ingredients:

      • Keratinoil Complex

      • Kukui Nut Oil

      • Evening Primrose Oil

    • What it Does:

      • Smoothes hair and controls frizz, whether wearing textured or smooth hair

      • Adds softness and shine

      • Double serum provides up to 4 days of smooth hair

  • Volumentary:

    • For fine hair

    • The Ideal Client:

      • The client who wants big, bouncy hair that lasts

    • Did You Know?:

      • 28% of Americans look for volumizing products while 19% look for thickening hair products

    • Ingredients:

      • Salicylic Acid

      • Intra-Cylane

      • HydraLight

    • What it Does:

      • Removes buildup at the scalp

      • Creates a volumizing effect

Strength:

  • Inforcer:

    • For normal to fragile hair

    • The Ideal Client:

      • The client who is prone to breakage, especially from blow-drying, ironing, or with age

    • Did You Know?:

      • Prevention to damage and breakage is a growing concern. 53% of women (of all ages) are interested in haircare products that offer anti-aging benefits, such as reduced hair loss and strength

    • Ingredients:

      • Vitamin B6

      • Biotin

    • What it Does:

      • Strengthens the hair fiber

      • Reduces future breakage

      • Prevents tangling

      • Adds softness and shine

How to Manage your Hair for Spring 2019

Spring has sprung! Is your hair ready? 

As the warm weather slowly creeps upon us, the time to try a fresh new look is nye. Easter is the perfect excuse to start new with your hair. From pastels to baby-lights, it’s an opportunity to add some color to your life. Blues, pinks, purples, white highlights, and short bobs are all in season! Are you up to date with this spring’s latest trends? If not, here’s a little something to give you some inspiration.

Spring Trends 2019:

White - blonde highlights

Adding some white - blonde highlights will get you ready for that sun kissed look for the summer, or add some brightness to compliment the warming of the weather!

Pony lights:

Pony lights will give you a subtle change, but equally as satisfying. It’s never been a better time for this feathered ombre 

Bold pink:

A bright and daring pink will set you apart from all the rest this spring! Adding this splash of color will give you a youthful glow, and bring out your inner peep

Copper Penny:

Bright colors or blondes not doing it for you, but you still need a new, refreshing color? Try a beautiful copper color. It’s always in style and will never fail to give you a beautiful warm glow.

Solid Brunette:

Have darker features? Highlights just not fitting you right? Try a solid brunette color to accent your natural beauty, and frame your face this spring. 

Baby Blonde:

Blonde, blonde, blonde! When is a beautiful blonde not in style? This natural look will rejuvenate your spring senses, without being too in-your-face.

Silver:

Looking for something sleek and sexy? Or cool and professional? Silver is always a staple to make a statement!

Curly Bangs:

Have curly hair, want bangs, but never found the right time? Well the time is now! This look is cute and will add a young touch to any haircut!

Blunt Bob:

Blunt bobs never fail to make a bold statement. This cut frames your face and adds a sleek and sexy feel.

70’s Shag:

The 70’s are back baby! Turn some heads with this messy, I-woke-up-like-this look! Shag will give off a fun and care - free look for the warmer months

Curtain Bangs:

Love the look of bangs but cant commit to the blunt lines? Try out a curtain bang! It will add some fullness and draw attention to your eyes.

French Chic:

This combo of bob and bangs will surely make you feel alive and care free this spring! Frame your face, take some weight off and enjoy the cool breeze with this beautiful look

Baby Bangs:

Bangs, bangs and more bangs! This spring is all about a beautiful banged out look. If you’re looking for a more edgy, alternative style baby bangs are a great addition to your style. 

Shaggy Pixie Cut: 

As the days grow warmer, hair gets shorter! Fun and carefree, this look will make you appear more mature, and highlight your beautiful natural features.

Written by Ash Niznansky