So I recently had a client in my chair that was experiencing a lot of hair loss. She had started taking a new medication and the result being hair loss/hair thinning. She asked me for some advise on what she can take or use and I figured this would be a wonderful opportunity to do some research and answer her questions.
So in my research I found that there are 3 ways of trying to aid in hair loss:
1. prescription medication or shampoo/conditioner
2. over the counter vitamins (biotin, b-complex, iron, fish oil)
3. over the counter shampoo/conditioners/treatments
I am going to focus on the over the counter shampoo/conditioners/treatments that I have tried or know that my friends or family have tried.
Rogaine: this is the oldest of the hair growth products in the market. It is a foam that you apply to the effected area daily. How Rogaine works is that the active ingredient reinvigorates the shrunken hair follicles which increase their size and help hair grow. It does seem to work but it will not bring back a full head of hair. However it thickens the existing hair on your head and allows for new hair to grow.
Thymuskin: this is an over the counter shampoo that is good for both men and women. How it works is that it penetrates the hair follicle and cleanses it of all dirt, oil, and buildup to allow the hair to grow. This works great for prevention of future hair loss, especially if you have a medical condition that is aiding in the hair loss.
Aveda Invati System: This is a fairly new product for Aveda. The way it works is the shampoo works as an exfoliant that cleanses the scalp of oil (sebum) and build up. This allows for the existing hair that is trapped under the buildup to come out and grow. The conditioner thickens the hair and restores the hairs strength. The last part of the system is scalp revitalizer. You apply this directly to the scalp once shampooed/conditioned and massage it in. This reinvigorates the scalp to allow for hair growth.
There are many products out there, but these 3 seem to be the most effective. Remember these aren’t quick fixes. Whichever road you take to allow for your hair to grow it takes time and you have to continue to use the products to see the best results. Happy hair growth!
I WAS GOING THRU MY OLD BLOG ENTRIES AND REALIZED THAT THIS ONE WAS NEVER POSTED. I FIGURED BETTER LATE THEN NEVER.
I have been thinking about resolutions and why do we make them. Do we make them because we feel like we didn’t do enough this past year or do we make them for a fresh start…what do you kids think? This new year I am reflecting back to this past year and thinking about how to go forward and make some changes in my life a.k.a resolutions. Like every person I definitely want to work out more and take better care of my health/lose some weight. I want to continue working on my craft and improving my skills everyday. Lastly I have had this fun short haircut for 2 years now and have decided to let it grow out….long hair here I come.
2013 should be called the year of daring hair! Looking into the new year one of the biggest hair trends is going to be the Side Part. I know your saying side part, how is that a trend. Well there are many ways of doing it, deep side part, textured side part, sleek side part, side part with braid and the trend goes on and on. It’s all about reinventing something that seems so simple and making it your own.
Another big trend in 2013 is Platinum Blonde Hair. Going platinum makes a true statement and you will definitely stand out in a crowd. However going platinum is not for the faint of heart. It can be very damaging to your hair and you will have to be at the salon much more often than usual. However if you take care of your hair and make sure you speak to your stylist about preserving the integrity of your hair and this will look beautiful.
A really daring new look for men in 2013 is the Undercut. This used to be considered a hair cut only for the young, but thanks to shows like Boardwalk Empire this haircut is being brought back. If you decide to get this haircut just remember that this does not work on everyone. If you have curly hair I wouldn’t recommend it since it will be difficult to slick your hair back (unless you want to put in the work blowdrying/styling). Also consider your face shape if you have a very round shaped face this haircut may accentuate that. However this haircut can be modified and I think is a really sexy look for men this upcoming season.
Get your resolutions in place and remember the best change you can make is to your hair. It will change your look, mood and self-esteem. Happy New Year everyone. I hope this year brings you everything your heart desires.
Adore-purple hair color
Before and After
Aveda Damage Remedy
So the lovely Kerriann (our blog creator) is one of my favorite clients. She always wants to change up her look and do something fun and creative. This time around Kerriann went from having a dark to light ombre to a dark to PURPLE ombre. We also cut about 3 inches off of her length and gave her lots of fun layers to give her lots of volume and movement. I am going to outline what I did:
1. I first applied a single process color on her new-growth. This time around Kerriann wanted to go a shade darker so I did not have to worry about not being able to lift the color. I used Aveda color and the formula is 4n+ violet/red + 10volume.
2. I then applied the color to her mid-lengths. I used a different formula as she had previously colored in this area. I used Aveda color and the formula is 4n + violet/red + 20volume.
3. For her ends I was going to have to get it as light as possible so that the purple color would stick. I used enlightener and 10 volume on ½ her head and then enlightener and 20 volume on the other ½ so that it would lift all at the same time. Instead of back-combing (as you normally do for an ombre) I took sections of her hair and put them in a foil and feathered the enlightener up so not to create a line. I also did not leave any hair out as Kerriann wanted her ends to be all be purple. I processed it until it got close to pale yellow, with no heat.
4. Once she was fully processed I started by rinsing out the single process first and slowly started rinsing out the foils as not to darken her ends. I rinsed it throughly and then used the Aveda Damage Remedy shampoo and hair masque. I wanted to impart a lot of strength and protein to Kerriann’s hair as we were doing a lot of different processes to it.
5. Once she was throughly shampooed I towel dried her hair and put the 2 different purple colors in 2 bowls. I then went back thru all the sections that were lightened and painted in the purple using the same foiling technique as for the lightening process. You must make sure to saturate each section thoroughly as not to allow the blonde to shine thru. I used the Adore brand of hair color. You must let this sit under heat for up to 15minutes. If you can not put it under heat let it sit longer and put a towel on your head to generate some heat from your scalp.
6. Once the 15 minutes were up I rinsed again and shampooed and conditioned again. The end result was a beautiful, creative ombre that looked amazing on Kerriann!
After 2 1/2 long years and lots of hard work and dedication I have been promoted to a stylist position at Scott J/Aveda!!!! I am so overjoyed to be able to say that my dream of being a stylist in NYC has come true. This career change came right before my 30th birthday. When you are creeping into 30 your reflect and think “Am I happy”, “Do I like/love my job”, “What am I doing with my life”. And when I answered those questions I realized I needed a change and change was hair. I have been doing hair for years (non-professionally) and wanted to make it a real life dream and now it is!
So if anyone would like to have their hair done by me here are the details for the salon: Scott J/Aveda 2929 Broadway 2nd Floor, btw 114th and 115th, 212-496-3902, ask for Jessina. I also attached some images of hair I have done.
Look forward to seeing you in my chair….woohoo!