BEHIND THE CHAIR | The ABC’s of Hair Pt. 1

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A is for… Amino Acids¬†|¬†Hair is built up of keratin protein, which is comprised of amino acids. In product lines such as the Eufora Thickening Collection, amino acids are heavily present to aid in hair growth and to combat hair loss and thinning.

B is for… Blunt Ends | When a cut line is left heavy and bulky without the use of texturizing techniques to soften the hair strands, the heavy ends are called “blunt”. Think of full, heavy bangs or a single length haircut without layers.

C is for… Cuticle | The outtermost layer of a hair strand. A damaged, dry cuticle can cause hair to look frizzy and unruly. A healthy, repaired cuticle can give hair more hold and a shiny appearance.

D is for… Deep Conditioner | A deep conditioner can help repair strands that are dry and dull. By adding moisture and even keratin protein if the hair needs restructuring, a deep conditioner can add time in between haircuts and ensure that your hair is always bouncy and soft.

E is for… Elasticity | Elasticity is the ability a hair strand has to be stretched. Damaged hair will feel spongy and won’t spring back quickly and easily when the hair is pulled. Healthy hair will bounce back similar to a rubber band when stretched. When a hairdresser is accessing your hair, the elasticity is a very important property she will look for to determine the health of your hair.

F is for… Frizz | When the hair strand has been roughed up and damaged, often times hair will become frizzy. Other ways to combat frizz (besides using professional products suited to your hair type) are using a microfiber towel for softness, trying out a keratin treatment and wearing your hair up in a bun and using a high quality pillow while you sleep.

G is for… Gloss | I love substituting traditional color with a gloss. Most glosses are a demi-permanent pigmented glaze that sit on the hair for 20-40 minutes and deposit desired color onto the hair strands. They make the hair look incredibly shiny and can even still color gray for those ladies who are less than 25% gray. And bonus points if this is your current game plan.. a gloss can usually be put on at the shampoo bowl, stay on the hair for less time than a permanent color and usually costs a bit less as well.

H is for… Hormones | Hair, skin and nails are all highly affected by your hormones. A hormone imbalance can cause hair loss, nail discoloration and decreased oil production among many other things. If you have continued symptoms that your nail tech, esthetician or hairstylist can’t diagnose, visit your physician for testing and diagnosis.

I is for… Itchy Scalp | This can be caused by such a slew of problems that it’s sometimes hard to decipher what’s truly going on. But the absolute first thing to check on with a consistently itchy scalp is lice. I had my first experience with lice last year and when I told the young lady that she had lice, she said she’d been complaining to her mother about an itchy scalp for a week. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

J is for… Japanese Straightening | For shiny, straight hair that still looks healthy and natural, try this system. It does minimal damage and lasts for about 3 months in the hair. The perfect solution for those ladies and gents who desire sleek tresses without the use of harsher products.

K is for… Kinky Curls | This one is for all of my curly girls! “Kinky” curls are often referred to as super tight, spiral curls. Curly hair must be treated, colored and cut differently than other hair types, so finding a curl specialist is a great idea for ladies with kinky curls. I believe that kinky curls look best with a long layered haircut to give a nice shape without thinning out the ends.

L is for… Lightener | Our super secret hairdresser term for bleach. You bleach clothes, but you lighten hair… as my former beauty school instructor taught me. Lightener is often used to create highlights or an ombre look. Lightener must be used on colored hair in order to lift levels because color does not lift color on its’ own. Some clients I’ve seen are terrified of using lightener on their hair for fear of damage, but if you find the right hairdresser who knows how to work with it, you should have nothing to worry about! By using a lower volume peroxide or adding conditioner to the lightener, your hairdresser can transform the way the lightener will affect your hair.

M is for… Medulla | This innermost layer of a hair strand, sometimes the medulla is completely nonexistent. Blonde and/or fine hair are typically the types of hair which don’t have a medulla. In these hair types that don’t have the inner layer of the hair, color and treatments fades much quicker because there is nothing substantial for it to grab onto.

N is for… Neutral Color | This refers to a specific category of hair color. Neutral color is completely in the middle of the spectrum balancing coolness and warmth. It doesn’t tend to look red or orange, but also doesn’t have undertones of purple or blue. It’s just what it sounds like: neutral! Neutral color looks beautiful on just about anyone and can be a great color category for someone who’d like to look natural and classic, but still with shine and a pop of color!

O is for… Ombre | A color trend that’s been around for a few years, ombre isn’t going anywhere soon. From dramatic black to blonde looks to a subtle, sun-kissed ombre to a purple or red ombre, this look is such a fun and flattering trend. And bonus points for you if you use your natural color at the roots for the dark accent… you’ll be able to let your hair grow for months without needing a treatment and still look amazingly chic.

Be sure to check back next Thursday for the second part of The ABC’s of Hair!

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