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Sunburn Skin Relief

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Sunburn Skin Relief

You didn’t mean to get that nasty sunburned! You lost track of time, missed a spot, forgot to reapply… now you’re as red as a lobster and miserable!

Here are some quick tips for sunburned skin:

Act Fast to Cool It Down

Take a cool shower or bath. Continue to cool the burn with cold compresses. You can use ice to make ice water for a cold compress, but don’t apply ice directly to the sunburn. Avoid harsh soap, which might irritate the skin even more.

Moisturize While Skin Is Damp

While skin is still damp, use a gentle moisturizing lotion (but not petroleum or oil-based ointments, which may trap the heat and make the burn worse). Repeat to keep burned or peeling skin moist over the next few days. Aloe Vera will also soothe mild burns and cooling to the skin.

Decrease the Inflammation

At the first sign of sunburn take an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin, which will help with discomfort and inflammation.

Drink Water

Replenishing your fluids is key. Burns draw fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body, so you may become dehydrated. It’s important to rehydrate by drinking extra liquids, including water and sports drinks that help to replenish electrolytes, immediately and while your skin heals.

Fall 2015 Hair Color Defined

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Fall 2015 Hair Color Defined

Balayage? Bronde? Ombré?  Sombré? What do they all mean? There are so many hair color terms floating around this fall. No one expects you to be a professional when you call to make a color appointment but here’s a little cheat sheet to help out. Below are the top fall 2015 color trends defined:

Balayage

When you see the colorist at the chair next to you meticulously painting every strand of hair with bleach, that is balayage. In French, the word means sweeping or scanning. It’s just a myth that balayage always looks more natural than a foil highlight. You shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a good balayage and a good foil.

Bronde

Is she blonde or brunette? No one really knows. That’s why colorist created a term just for that middle space — bronde. It is best described as taking a woman with dark blonde or light brown hair and adding a layer of highlights.

Ombré (and Dip Dye)

Ombré is the hair color trend that is dark at the roots and lighter on the tips. One reason we think it won’t ever die — every summer women want sun-kissed color that is dark at the roots and lighter on the tips because it’s so low maintenance. It’s like a beachy brunette, pretty and subtle. Then’s there’s dip dye. Dip dye is the most extreme form of ombré. There is a clear demarcation where one color ends and the other begins. This high-contrast technique is definitely for the more bold client.

Sombré

Best described as subtle + ombré.  It’s a mix of typical ombré with babylights. There are some highlights near the roots, but the majority of the color is still at the ends.

Say Goodbye To Pool Hair

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Say Goodbye To Pool Hair

Is chlorine killing your hair? Simply tips for clarifying your locks.

Swim caps are best… however, when it’s not an option or you don’t want it to stump your style, there are some simple at home solutions to remove the dreaded chlorine. Blondes especially are extremely vulnerable to their hair turning green. Chlorine can act like a toner that can change your color — sometimes instantly!

Tip #1 – Get it wet before you swim.
Wet your hair BEFORE jumping into the pool.  You’ll fill up your hair’s cuticles with good water instead of taking the dry porous hair and letting all the chlorine and chemicals sink in.

Tip #2 – Block the buildup. 
Clarify your color weekly. Apple cider vinegar is a great and cost-effetctive natural clarifier. Just add one part vinegar to four parts water and pour it over freshly washed hair. Then do a final rinse. You can also mix up a citrus lift. Combine  1/2 tsp. lemon juice,  1/2 tsp. baking soda and 1 cup club soda. Use like a shampoo in your hair and follow with your favorite conditioner. The carbonation in the club soda and the acid in the citrus juices work together to detox your hair and remove impurities like dirt, chlorine, and salt.

9 Flat Iron Don’ts

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9 Flat Iron Don’ts

Are you addicted to your flat iron? I know we are! What’s not to love about turning your frizzy hair sleek and smooth? The problem is, if you are not using your flat iron correctly, you are damaging your hair. There is a big difference between silky smooth locks and fried damaged ones.

9 Flat Iron Mistakes Many of Us Are Guilty of Making: 

  1. You set the heat too high.
    Most of us are GUILTY of this! We crank the heat up as high as it will go. Well, you shouldn’t. Yes, it works much faster, but it is also damaging your hair more quickly.
  2. You don’t let your hair cool.
    Let your hair cool down so it can relax for a few minutes before you pull it back in a ponytail or bun.
  3. You don’t section it. 
    Sectioning your hair is important. It guarantees you won’t straighten the same pieces over and over causing repeated damage to the same hair.
  4. You hear a sizzle. 
    If you ever hear your hair sizzle, STOP immediately! This is the ultimate in hair damage. Make sure hair is completely dry before straightening.
  5. You don’t clean your flat iron.
    Products can build up on it causing it to snag and pull your hair.
  6. You use the wrong products.
    Help your flat iron out by using shampoos and conditioners that will help make your hair sleek and smooth.
  7. You set the temperature too low. 
    We know we said having the heat setting to high ruins your hair, but so does setting it too low! Medium to medium-high is the best temperature. If it’s too low, you will have to straighten pieces more than once.
  8. You don’t brush it first. 
    After sectioning, you will want to brush each section to get the kinks and knots out.
  9. You don’t pre-treat your hair. 
    Thermal protectors really do work! They shield your hair from heat and help prevent damage.

5 Foods For Healthy Hair

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5 Foods For Healthy Hair

You really are what you eat – even your hair! Your diet has a big effect on keeping your hair strong and shiny. Fill up on these nutrients to begin growing your healthiest hair ever.

  1. Salmon. It keeps your hair shiny. Oily fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Your body can’t make these healthy fats on it’s own so you can only get them from food or dietary supplements.
  2. Greek Yogurt. This food is packed with vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid. It helps with blood flow to your scalp, which encourages growth. It may even help against thinning and hair loss.
  3. Spinach. It’s not just for muscles! It has tons of vitamin A, iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C. These nutrients keep your hair and scalp moisturized which helps against loss and breakage.
  4. Eggs. Your protein and iron bases are covered when you eat eggs. And we mean both the whites and the yolks. They are rich in biotin, a vitamin B that helps hair grow. Not having enough of this vitamin can actually lead to hair loss. Biotin is also good for your fingernails.
  5. Oysters. Rich in zinc for fuller hair. Cells that build hair rely on zinc. When your diet is lacking zinc, you can have hair loss – even in your eyelashes.

Head Lice Prevention Tips

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Head Lice Prevention Tips

No one wants to think about these nasty little critters, but let’s face it if you have a grade school aged child lice should be on your radar. There’s no 100% guarantee your child will not come home itching and scratching with a case of lice. However, there are some steps you can take to avoid it.

  1. It’s not okay to share.
    Remind your children it is not always a good policy to share! Teach good habits that avoid sharing any item that comes in direct contact with hair like combs, brushes, hair accessories, bath towels, hats, and bike helmets. Headsets and ear buds also touch the head – do not share these either.
  1. Store stuff separately.
    Do not store scarves and coats together. If you child has a cubby or locker at school, remind them to store their winter clothing there and not in a pile on the playground. Practice this even at home as well.
  1. Don’t go head-to-head.
    Avoid games and play where children touch heads or go arm and arm. If your child takes a nap at school, remind them to stay o their own mat and do not share pillow or plush toys.
  1. Get a little dirty!
    That’s right! Lice love clean hair. Try spraying your child’s hair with hairspray before they leave for school. Or add a little gel or styling products. You can also try an over the counter lice prevention spray. Many are homeopathic and contain rosemary, lemongrass, tea tree and citronella. Since lice are bugs, so they are naturally deterred by these scents.
  1. Have fun with up-dos.
    Lice need a way to attach to the scalp. Wearing the hair up is a natural way to keep long hair inaccessible to these little hitchhikers. Braids and buns work best.
  1. Once a week, take a peek.
    Regular checking for head lice can identify a new case early. Look around the ear, nape of the neck and especially the crown of the head, as these are common areas for lice to be found.

If you or a family member does contract head lice, don’t panic.  This very common condition has nothing to do with cleanliness and it can be treated without the use of pesticides.  Millions of North Americans have a head lice experience every year.  A whole range of treatments is available at your local salon supply stores and drug stores.

Tips To Tame Frizzy Hair

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Tips To Tame Frizzy Hair

  1. Don’t brush dry hair. If there’s one tip repeated by just about every expert, it’s this: AVOID BRUSHING HAIR AFTER IT’S DRY. Brushing not only disrupts your hair’s cuticle, it can also stretch hair, leading to breakage. Instead towel dry hair after a shower and brush, comb, or finger-comb it. Next, add a touch of your preferred conditioner or anti-frizz product.
  2. Comb dry hair with wet fingers. If you shouldn’t brush, what can you do when humidity or a brisk day leaves your hair a frizzy mess? Water is the key. The problem with frizzy hair is that it’s dry. Water is a basic response to this basic problem. Wet your hands, then finger-combing to tackle frizz and tame tangles.
  3. Tame with a touch of conditioner. To foil your frizz, try watering down a dab of conditioner and then use your hands to apply it to just the tips of your hair.
  4. Look for protein in your products. A protein-infused conditioner will both manage frizz and create shine.
  5. Don’t over-process hair. Relaxers and straighteners can make hair brittle and lead to breakage.
  6. Put moisture back in your mane. Frizzy hair tends to be drier, so you need to put moisture into it. Use a conditioner, a natural oil, or a frizz cream. Natural oils are better than synthetic because they are absorbed into the hair. Synthetic silicon moisturizers, on the other hand, lie on top of the hair, making it appear dirty.
  7. Stop ‘cooking’ your curls. Avoiding flat irons and curling irons and limiting heat sources to a blow dryer with a diffuser.
  8. Use a round brush to smooth your hair. Spin a round brush through your hair as you blow dry to help smooth the cuticles flat.
  9. Dry only the roots of your hair. Try blow drying only your roots to give hair lift and avoid drying the hair shaft and hair tips.
  10. Go alcohol-free. Alcohol can dry hair out, setting you up for frizz. So look for alcohol-free products. That may mean switching to salon-quality shampoos, conditioners, and hairsprays.
  11. Fight afternoon frizz by smoothing hair with a small amount of children’s detangling spray.
  12. Talk to your stylist. If what you’re using works, use it! Whether it’s a pricey product or a great drugstore find. But remember that your stylist probably has a host of hints that’ll help keep you frizz-free from morning to night.

Our stylist at Salon Envy can assist you on the right cut and products to keep you frizz free!