DOES COLOR DAMAGE HAIR?
Not if it's properly applied. Damage occurs only when the colorist is not experienced in the technique or knowledgeable about the product. Actually, color can be very beneficial. It adds body and texture to fine, limp hair, making it more manageable. It improves on any dull natural shade and covers gray, to help you look years younger.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COLOR MY HAIR?
It depends on your goal and the type of color procedure you and your colorist choose. If all you want is some well-placed highlights to enrich your existing color, upkeep is minimum, as little as three or four times a year. If you decide on an extreme color change or need to cover gray, you'll probably have to re-touch roots every four to six weeks, since hair grows about a half-inch a month. There are techniques that allow you to go longer between touch-ups, so discuss your options with an experienced colorist.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY COLOR FROM CHANGING?
Many things influence hair color in between visits to the salon: your shampoo, sun exposure, the type of water in your area, your styling tools (products, hair dryers, flat irons). When you come back to the salon for a re-touch, the colorist will evaluate your hair for changes and make adjustments to your formula so your color will remain beautiful and consistent.
WHAT IS TEXTURING?
Texture within your hairstyle can be achieved in several ways- mechanically, as with shears or razor tools and temporarily with tools like irons and/or texturizing styling products, or chemically, such as with perming techniques or hair straighteners. Notice how the texture of the hair changes with hair color- this is a slight chemical change resulting in a different texture to the hair than you started with before hair color. Most texturizing is done during hair-cutting, putting different lengths of hair within the style to add body and fullness. The next most often used form of texturizing the hair is with a chemical treatment, "perms."
I want to get a perm and a color. How long should I wait between services and which one should be done first?
It is possible they could be performed on the same day, or from three days to a week apart. Perms should be done first if you are doing them closely together (within a few weeks).
DRY, FLY-AWAY HAIR?
You're probably scrubbing your ends too much, and not moisturizing them enough. Use very little shampoo and target just the scalp, and don't rub the ends at all. Rinse thoroughly and use a tiny bit of conditioner on the ends only, without touching the scalp.
Most likely, you're not getting the scalp clean enough, or not rinsing completely, leaving a residue. This makes styling difficult. When you shampoo, target the scalp and rinse very thoroughly. Apply just enough conditioner on the ends to make hair feel soft and tangle-free, and none at all on the scalp.
OILY SCALP AND DRY ENDS?
With this combination, you're not targeting the scalp when you shampoo, just the ends. If you have a naturally oily scalp, it's perfectly okay to shampoo your hair daily, as long as you don't involve the ends. Target the scalp with a shampoo formulated for oily hair, rinse thoroughly, then apply a very small amount of conditioner on the ends as a moisturizer.
LIMP, UNMANAGEABLE HAIR?
You're probably using too much product and not rinsing enough. Target the scalp using a minimal amount of shampoo, massaging the scalp to remove all the oils, dirt and bacteria. Rinse out completely, then use a minimal amount of conditioner to moisturize only the ends. Remember: Using more product will not give you better results.
FINE VS. THIN HAIR?
Fine hair refers to the thickness of each individual strand. Women with fine hair may have a lot of it, but each hair is smaller in diameter. If they have both fine and less of it, then they may have what is considered to be both fine and thin.
CAN I HAVE LONG HAIR IF IT'S FINE?
You can wear your fine hair longer, although shoulder length or just below is probably the optimum maximum length. Follow your your salon professionals suggestions to the letter.
IS IT ALRIGHT TO PERM MY HAIR IF IT'S FINE OR THIN?
Perming is a chemical process that seriously degrades the hair, and those with fine hair cannot afford to risk the negative results. No matter how gentle the perm may be for 'normal' people, it probably is something you want to stay away from. Concentrate instead on making your hair and healthy as possible with help from your salon professionals.
WILL CHLORINE AFFECT MY ACRYLIC NAILS?
The chlorine shouldn't hurt your acrylic nails, but having them in water quite a bit, you must be sure to have them filled every two weeks. The acrylic has a tendency to "lift' a little after several weeks, requiring a touch up. If water gets in between the nail bed and the acrylic, that could cause mold or fungus growth.
FIBER GLASS NAILS VS. ACRYLIC NAILS
Gel nails are a softer product. Acrylic is a much harder and sturdier product. Clients choose gel over acrylic because of preference- they can be much more shinier than the acrylics or they may not be able to wear acrylics for whatever reason such as an oily nail bed (acrylic doesn't stay on well) or sensitivities to the product. We do much more acrylic than gel nails. They seem to hold up on the nails better.
HOW OLD SHOULD GIRLS BE BEFORE THEY GET NAILS?
Young girls 12- 14 usually just have tips applied and polished. after that age, they are better able to make the commitment to having the nails "filled" every two weeks.
WHAT IS MMA (Methyl Methacrylate)?
Some nail tech's are using an acrylic named "methyl methacrylate" (MMA). The same sealant used to seal teeth. This makes nails virtually unbreakable and the underlying nail bed to disintegrate. The reason they use MMA is that it can be purchased very cheap, costing as little as $15.00 per gallon, compared to ethyl methacrylate (EMA), a high quality acrylic product.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A MANICURE?
Soaking the fingertips, filing the nails, pushing back any excess cuticle, trimming them if needed. A hand and arm massage is performed, finishing with polish.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET A MANICURE?
Every one to two weeks, as needed for your nails.
HOW LONG WILL THE POLISH STAY ON?
Five to seven days.
WHY DO NATURAL NAILS TURN YELLOW?
Usually from not using a base coat before polish. Darker colors can stain the nail bed.
WHY DO CUTICLES CRACK?
They need to be trimmed and cuticle oil applied.
WHAT IS PARAFFIN DIP?
A hand and nail treatment during your manicure that involves exfoliating the skin, applying essential oils or lotion and dipping your hands several times into a warm paraffin bath, forming an "occlusive" seal over your skin to "push" the needed moisture into your skin. Warm hand mitts are left on for ten to fifteen minutes.
WHAT IS A PEDICURE?
Soaking in a pedi bath, exfoliating the skin, removing calluses, trimming toe nails and cuticles, filing the nails, a relaxing massage, a deep heat treatment on the feet and polish.
DO ACRYLIC NAILS DAMAGE YOUR OWN NAILS?
After acrylics are removed, your natural nails will be weaker than usual until the nails have grown the whole length again.
Skin and Body
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A BASIC FACIAL?
Cleansing of the face, neck and all the shoulder area with a steamer, brushes and hot towels, skin toning, appropriate masque applied and finishing with moisturizers and home care recommendations.
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY TYPES OF FACIALS?
Every client has different skin needs to achieve balance of their skin.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I RECEIVE A FACIAL?
First time clients benefit from a series of three to four facials a week to ten days apart. Monthly appointments are recommended for best results, maintaining with recommended home care. At minimum, at the change of every season.
CAN THE AESTHETICIAN UNCLOG MY PORES?
Yes, with special essential massage oils that attract follicular debris and the use of a specialized facial vacuum.
HOW SOON CAN I SEE RESULTS?
Immediate results can be seen such as smaller pores, improved skin tone and suppleness of the skin.
I HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN, WILL A FACIAL CAUSE BREAKOUTS?
No, a facial will be performed for sensitive skin; any underlying debris that may be seen has been brought to the surface and cleansed away.
WHAT CAN A FACIAL DO FOR ME?
It is deep cleansing, flushing out your pores, results- smaller pores!
It is exfoliating by removing dead skin cells, results- smoother skin!
It will even out your skin tones,results- gives skin a clean & fresh appearance!
It will balance your natural moisture level, results- softer, supple skin.
Is there a difference between store brand and professional products?
Yes, you will find better performance, higher quality ingredients, higher concentration of the product (less water) and a better price per ounce or usage with the professional products.