Nov 29, 2011

Email: Itchy Scalp After hair Color

Hi my scalp is very itchy and gets flaky after I color my hair I do go to a Aveda hair salon and they say that they only use Aveda hair color which is why I chose that salon in the first place. I have now gone at least 5 times for color and this continues to happen, I do not want to switch my stylist or salon so any advice would be helpful
Thank you

Having a itchy scalp after a hair color is quite common and there are many possible reasons for this, in my experience most people that do react afterwards I base on a few critical scenarios 1/ improper shampooing, 2/ hormonal, 3/ sensitivity too activators , developers, peroxide, 4/ dehydrated scalps.2 out of 3 hair color manufactures use PDD, Aveda hair color is PDD free and a good choice for not only health of hair as well being a non-debilitating hair color line, however sometimes even with natural hair colors there could be an ingredient or symptom that could still itch the scalp. Try to rule out all the above scenarios, with your stylist you can both try a few old school remedy’s which has always worked for me and my clientele.
Your hair should not be shampooed for at least 48 hours prior to hair color service, also adding fron the list below will not impede the formula. 


        1-       In formula add 2 packets of sweet low, (equal, splenda) etc. + 4 drops Lavender essential oil

2-       In formula add 1 to 2 tablespoons milk or cream , a natural coater, soother

3-       Take an antihistamine 1 hour before hair color service

4-        Lightly spray the roots with ½ water ½ Calming Composition oil ( in spray bottle)

5-       After shampooing use Damage Remedy Equalizing Solution massage scalp then apply Scalp Benefits Balancing Conditioner, finish with a cool to cold rinse.  
These suggestions are tools that have worked for me and may not work for everyone, I strongly advise any individual to see their Doctor.

Nov 22, 2011

Eye Lashes Lash Out

From runways too hollywood to the everyday working woman and moms eyelashes are the biggest latest trend and whether it is false strip lashes from the drug store or high end cosmetic companies that offer colored ones or jewelled more and more women are wearing them, but the best trend is eyelash extensions. And there seems to be a ton of new lash/brow lounges and salons popping up globally catering to this growing popularity in the beauty service. The variety of eyelashes and eyelash designs offered is almost endless since every person has different eyes and desires in terms of what kind of outcome they want. The beauty of lash extensions is that they are semi-permanent meaning they can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks, can you imagine not applying any mascara for that long? Depending on your own individual lashes (fine, thick, amount) the styles offered are, Natural, Defined, Dramatic and Lux. I am completely in love with this fantastic service and glad that we offer this in our salons; my clients are looking gorgeous and are thrilled thanks to the fabulous artist hands of Melanie who is highly trained and a perfectionist. The most important thing to remember when choosing where to go or to whom is that their hygiene is of the upmost importance and know what they are doing, after all they are our eyes. This is a fabulous and fast approaching mainstream beauty service that for those who don’t have the time or want to put their mascara on or simply need some lashes it’s the perfect alternative with no compromise in individual beauty !.     

Nov 21, 2011

Extra Touch #2

Hot Towel Sink Treatment

When you ask anyone women/men what is there favorite part in a hair service 90% say the shampoo and conditioner, so why not create an experience with extra touches on a hundred year old service every salon offers. I started doing this hot towel sink treatment on my clients not that long ago and by far with all the extra added value services we offer this is what they look forward to the most, not only is it a wonderful relaxing 10 minutes for them but also beneficial for the hair. After each color treatment whether it is a color (single process) or highlights it is important to nourish the hair lock in moisture and shut down the cuticle for longer lasting results and health of the hair, all you need is a spa towel warmer a few products good hands and off we go
Just before the shampooing begins we let the clients smell Aveda’s Singular Note Peppermint and Lavender, they choose which one is their favourite. After the hair is shampooed and rinsed we apply Aveda Color Conserve Strengthing Treatment to the hair and massage it through, we then place a hot towel on the neck and another one wrapped on the head, at this point with the singular note they picked we sprinkle the towel with a few drops then place the towel over their face. This entire extra touch is the one that will spread the word faster then even hair color, so remember to continue to create unique relaxing client experiences and stay consistent which is the key to success and a long term clientele.

Nov 13, 2011

The Finger Wave

Finger waves were developed in the 1920's to add style to, and soften the hard appearance of the bobbed hairstyles that became very popular during the flapper period. Many Hollywood movie stars wore the latest finger waves which added to the popularity and progression of this style. FINGER WAVING is molding the hair while wet with product into "s"-shaped curved sections creating them with the fingers and comb. These waves when dried without being disturbed will fall into beautiful deep waves. This also is a great way to set hair and once its dry brush or comb out the wave’s creating more of the pin-up hair era. Setting finger waves is a wonderful way to smooth out frizzy, curly hair and also successful on straight hair creating texture and body.Today we can use the old fashion way (comb and fingers) or curling irons, flat irons even hot rollers to achieve this very beautiful classic look and as history has shown us finger waving is here to stay.

Nov 7, 2011

Featured Corner #2

As a colorist having someone leave without a makeup touch up to me makes no sense, I have always said if a client comes in as a brunette and leaves as a red head with the same makeup as she came in with then we really haven’t done our job. We both work from the same palette and I must say I have been fortunate through my career to have worked with some of the best makeup artist there is and have picked up many tricks but no one has taught me as much as my featured makeup artist Anna Conte.

For the past 15 years she has been our makeup /eyebrow guru not only for the salons as well a part of The Aveda Canadian Creative Team, with a clientele so devoted to her talents that you have to book a appointment months in advance, why so popular? It’s her passion, gentle touch, fashion forwardness and servant’s heart. A born educator she shows her clients how to use and apply the products always even if it’s in a 15 minute appointment and above all makes every person she services feel beautiful. This colleague of mine shares with me almost my entire clientele and there has never been a time any one of them brought a compliant to me in fact there eyebrows look impeccable and there makeup finish is completely connected complimenting them and hair color! Her favourite makeup artist and peer is Fulvia Farolfi , one of mine is Ms Conte.

Patch Testing For Hair Color

Hair Color sensitivities is known to be the third most common allergy after fragrance and preservatives and I am not exactly sure nor an expert on why we are seeing more and more allergies towards hair coloring products today. It has become more apparent to me that bringing back the patch test and making it a mandatory policy in the salons is the safest approach for both client and stylist to do. There could be thousands of reasons why some people have allergies towards hair dyes and some don’t, it is very possible to also suddenly become allergic maybe during times of stress, change of life, diet, medicines, water (plumbing) or simply a product formulation change.

A patch test is a tiny patch of color product which we place onto your skin to test for an allergic reaction. I always dot either behind the ear, nape or in the crook of the elbow. I leave it on for at least 15 minutes and if there is an allergic reaction it generally takes place almost immediately, the area would feel itchy or redden and possibly a bit of swelling might occur. Now having said all this please keep in mind that even if you use non-debilitating non-aggressive products things can change, so let new and long term clients know to ALWAYS mention to you that they are feeling something different on their scalp.

Recently I had a client who has seen me for years and all of a sudden she tells me that she is feeling a bit of burning (this has never happened before) quickly I moved her to a cooler spot in the studio which seemed to subside what she described as burning, she also mentioned that lately she had been experiencing hot flashes and when I touched her shoulder I could not believe the heat that was coming off her, hence people and things change. At the end of her service at the shampoo sink we finished off with a cool water rinse, her hair color was as always the same and no indication of sores on her head, could it have been because I acted fast in cooling her down ? Might be but I do know for next time to take extra care in how to approach this client who is suffering with menopause. I am a firm believer in practising the art of being safe after all we are servicing the general public and with that comes many challenges, let’s eliminate this one by simply doing a quick patch testing.

Nov 4, 2011

Crimson & Red Rose Hair Color

Adding Crimson-Red Rose shades into your hair color palette offers this fall/winter an assortment of choices for all those red heads or wannabes out there. This fall/winter attention is on red hair colors with more blue/violet in them that will work with most skin tones adding richness and a healthy glow and a bit of pow. My Crimson Reds are equal parts of red + violet, Red Rose is equal parts of red+violet+a dash of orange, and regardless of any level  on a current brunette or red shade going either way can add an overall or dimensional fantastic look to a great haircut.

I very rarely just do an all over solid color (tint, single process) on my clients even if I take a few slices of the hair and apply the same new-growth (root) color to those pieces and leave the rest out, end result hi-lited hair in a flash and not always do we have to refresh all the hair all the time. Another way I am loving using these tones  are color blocking whether vertically or horizontal sections layering these 2 shades either together or with darker rich browns  and blacks commands attention. My beliefs on red hair colors and skin tones is this; warm skin is primarily complemented by cool hair color, cooler skin is primarily complemented by warm hair color, hence a dash of orange in our Red Rose,  remembering that it's all about balance and nothing is more regal then a festive red jewel whether on a finger, lip or hair color. 

Nov 1, 2011

The Braid

History has shown us that no matter what the current trend may be the hair braid is a classic and open for reinvention. And as the holiday and party season is approaching hair braiding is a great way to add accessory to the hair, whether it’s a french braid, milkmaid braid, fishtail braid, princess braid, hair pieces that are braids or plaiting braids they all are definitely something to consider offering something different to your clients instead of boring same old holiday upstyles.

So if we can start to look at that client who already loves getting an upstyle (updo) and those who would look great in them we have plenty of time to plant the seed with them. And have you booked solid for holiday hair and not only haircuts/blow-dries, we all need to be reminded from time to time to step out of the box having fun be creative so here is one of those opportunities to make an upstyle  the talk of the town.