Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Best Hair Secrets by Cheryl Farman

Best Hair Secrets Revealed - Hair Washing

• Try washing your hair at night before bed and then sleeping on slightly damp locks, so no matter what hair texture you have, the air-dried, slightly slept in look is a winner.

• Stuck in a hair plateau? It may be your products’ fault. The hair is alive – a creature of habit. Once you find a cleansing and conditioning agent that works miracles on your strands, guess what — that feeling won’t last for long.  Shock the strands by switching up cleansing and conditioning agents at least every 4 to 6 weeks or every other bottle.

• Washing your hair every day can take away nutrients that help keep it manageable. Instead, a few times a week, just wet your hair in the shower without shampooing. Apply a conditioner, rinse out and follow with a leave-in.

• Determine your washing regimen by checking the oil level of your hair. To do this, run an open napkin through your hair after a day or two of not washing it and with hardly any product in your hair. If the napkin looks oily, consider washing your hair four to five times a week and not using a leave-in conditioner. If there’s hardly any oil, then wash hair every three days and use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.

• Avoid extra hot — and extra long — showers. The hotter your shower is, and the longer it lasts, the more your hair is stripped of natural oils that keep frizz at bay and locks shiny and lush. Lukewarm water is your friend!

• Another hair-washing tip: Make sure to use a wide tooth comb or a wet brush , detangling your hair from the bottom and slowly working your way up since hair is in its most delicate state wet. This will prevent unnecessary breakage from occurring.

• Always shampoo your hair twice for a ‘hair facial.’ That’s right — twice! First shampoo to remove grease and dirt, then shampoo again to cleanse the hair. Follow by conditioning to moisturize your hair.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How Often Should Uou Cut Your Hair by Cheryl Farman Sanity Stylist

How often should you get your hair cut???

We’ve all heard the old standard haircut rule of every six weeks. So we decided to get to the bottom of things once and for all because everyone wants to know:

How long can a style hold up? Do infrequent trimmings take a toll on your hair’s health? And is there a one-size-fits-all rule for everyone to follow? These are all questions asked by many!!!
Scroll through to find out the verdict!

If you have a short, structured cut…

We say between every three and five weeks. If you have a specific style, like a bob with bangs, then you probably need to get your hair cut every three weeks to keep the look precise and polished. This is based on the fact that your hair usually grows about half an inch  per month. More frequent trims are a must to maintain the style and shape of your shorter ’do. But if you’re more laxed  about your look, then you may be able to stretch that to four to five weeks.

If you have healthy medium to long hair…
And let us repeat...... healthy!!!!

We say that getting a trim at least every two months should suffice. “If you have generally healthy hair that isn’t damaged and you’re keeping it mid-length to long, it needs less cutting than shorter styles. We recommend  just to dust the ends and touch up layers.”
But even for long, healthy styles, you need to base your decision off of how good you want your hair to look. “When you like to have your hair longer than your shoulders, layered or not, and it’s been longer than three months, your shape has completely grown out, and you’re ready for a new one.”

If you have long damaged hair…

We recommend visiting the salon at least every six weeks. “If your hair is more prone to split ends or you have had a lot of chemicals done, trimming every six weeks will help keep your hair healthier ,”

If you have naturally curly hair…

We recommend at most 12 weeks between cuts. "Ideally, We would recommend 6-12 weeks for anyone with wavy or curly hair, while coil-y, tight curls and kinky patterns could wait as long as two months for a trim. If your hair is colored or heat damaged We would advise to check if the hair needs cutting every time you are having it colored to avoid over processing the ends."
“Textured hair tends to naturally be quite dry and crave moisture.” As such, we recommend 12 weeks between cuts but stress the importance of time between washes: “The best number of days will vary from person to person, but every two to three days might be good for wavy hair; every three to seven days good for curly hair; and every seven days or possibly longer for coil-y and kinky hair.”

The Bottom Line

There’s no one answer, but depending on your hair and what your end goal is, there is a sweet spot that’s perfect for you. “Two key factors when wondering [if it’s] time for a cut are as basic as this: 1) Can you no longer achieve the styles you desire? And 2) are the ends of your hair visibly damaged?”

When you start to approach the three-, eight-, or 12-week mark, ask yourself those questions. If you answer yes to either one, head to the salon......

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Waxing or Tweezing by Cheryl Farman

"Eyebrow waxing or tweezing"

Eyebrows are one of the most important features that you can control on your face. With that being said, proper upkeep is essential. Many people ask me how I maintain my brows and which method I prefer: waxing or tweezing. Both of these are great options and some techniques work better for some and not others. To simplify your life, I’ve put together the following quickie guide to help you decipher which means of brow grooming is best for you…

If you have sensitive skin, tweezing is a great option for those of you with delicate skin (or even Rosacea). While waxing tugs at the skin, tweezing barely has any contact with your skin so it doesn’t lead to irritation. Additionally, tweezing doesn’t remove the top layer of skin like waxing does so your makeup will stick to your skin properly and it won’t lead to irritation if you’re using a topical prescription cream either.

If you have coarse hair…
Wax! If you have thicker hair that grows back quickly, waxing is definitely the best option for you. Not only do most people see thinner, softer regrowth, they can also go longer in between waxes since the results are fairly long lasting. There are a few drawbacks though: 1. It can be expensive, 2. It can irritate skin (but the irritation typically goes away after a few hours), 3. It can remove tiny (virtually invisible) hairs on your face that help makeup stay in place.

At the end of the day, the best recommendation I can make to you is to experiment with both methods. Everyone’s body reacts differently to things so it’s important to see what works best for you. You may have coarse hair and find that you love the results tweezing yields. Or you may prefer waxing… Personally, I would love to wax my brows, but when I do I tend to breakout since I.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Box Dye Just Say No by Cheryl Farman

Box dye! 😖 If we could take every box off of every shelf and replace it with our business card and somehow not land up in jail, believe me, we would! Now, I understand that not everyone has the means or even desire to see a stylist but let me give you a few reason why investing in a good stylist is 100% worth your time and money.
1. One size done NOT fit all. Box color is formulated so that everyone and anyone can use it, but not everyone’s hair type, texture or color is the same. In fact, most box dyes are formulated with maximum amounts of pigment and developer, so that it is able to work on most people. If you have already dyed your hair previously, your processed hair will not need that strong of a developer. Don’t damage it further by getting a one size fits all box color. See a stylist who will customize your formula according to your individual hair needs.
2. Most permanent box dye works through the use of ammonia. The corrosive nature of ammonia allows it to blast open your hair’s cuticle, allowing the new color particles to penetrate the hair, and irreversibly changing the hair’s pH to an undesirable level. When the hair’s cuticle has been blasted open that much it has a hard time closing back up. Think about it, an unclosed cuticle means major damage, split ends and an inability for the hair to lock in color which causes it to fade faster. And guess what? The more you use ammoniated color, the more your hair will fade, causing you to dye your hair more often, causing your hair and wallet distress.
3. Box dye is extremely difficult to remove. I can't tell you how many people contact me and want to go from jet black box dye to a gorgeous silvery blonde or reds to blonde. It's very difficult to do and I always tell people that it will be a process and investment to remove layers and layers of box dye. The hair is already compromised because of the ammonia and salts, and typically there are bands of inconsistent color that we are needing to fix. So, taking extreme caution with lightener is crucial when removing box dye and maintains the integrity of the hair. Remember, Just say no and call your stylist


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Dry Shampoo Tip by Cheryl Farman

✨✨Hair Tip Tuesday✨✨

Dry shampoo! Who doesn't love it?!  It saves your locks from the dreaded washing and drying day after day, and saves you loads of time in the morning while getting ready. Don't judge, but with dry shampoos, some can go 3-4 days at times 🙈 First off, you must try our two favorite dry shampoos here at Salon Sanity !!! I personally love Pureologys Fresh Approach dry shampoo. The smell is phenomenal and not overly powdery. Great for those with darker hair like myself and besides the freshness, it really does work  !!!!   I also really like Redkens Pillow Proof Dry Shampoo Spray!!!!! It instantly refreshes hair and absorbs oil to extend the life of your blow-dry by two days-love the results! ... Instantly . ... Absorbs oil to extend the life of your blow-dry!!  (stay 6" away from scalp). For best results, Divide your hair into small sections and spray each section at the root. Flip your head over and spray your roots for added volume. Let the dry shampoo sit for a few minutes to dry and to absorb the oils, then brush it through. Voilà! Instant volume and ready to go hair! #salonsanity #redkenelite

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Hair Tip Friday by Cheryl Farman

✨✨Hair Tip Friday✨✨
Fashion colors are still in right now and add a little spice to our lives. But darn it those colors fade fast! Here are a few tips to help the color last longer!
1. Cold water is your friend. And I'm talking the colder the better. Hot water will open your cuticle which will allow the color to escape down the drain. Shampoo and condition your hair in as cool water as you can stand then crank up the heat for the rest of the shower.
2. Use sulfate free shampoos and alcohol free styling products. Sulfates and alcohol strip the hair and will fade those vibrant colors a lot faster. Also, try not to wash your hair everyday. Invest in a great dry shampoo which will allow you to go longer without washing.
3. Stay away from the heat as much as possible, but if you absolutely must use it 😉 lower the heat and use a heat protectant to protect your color and your hair.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Thin Hair Tip by Cheryl Farman

*Thin Hair Tip*

Thin hair can be tricky, especially when trying to find the right look to enhance every strand and give the illusion of full thick hair. Below are tips to achieve just that.

Get the right haircut. Unfortunately if you have thin hair you're pretty limited to the types of cuts you can get. The beat haircuts for thin hair are blunt, short, and long layers. If the hair is texturized too much or given too many layers this will cause the hair to look even thinner. When our eyes see a straight line our brains automatically think weight and structure. Creating that blunt, strong line along the perimeter of the hair will give the appearance of thicker, stronger hair. Great example is a bob.

Get highlights. This may sound counterintuitive with thin hair, but hear me out. I'm not saying to go crazy and fry your hair with all over highlights, but getting a beautiful Balayage from a stylist who is gentle and experienced with thin hair can do wonders. When the hair is highlighted, the cuticle is getting slightly roughed up. This gives the hair some texture and volume, creating the illusion of fuller and thicker hair. You will also notice your hair should hold curls and styles longer with a few highlights in there.

Invest in a good volume spray such as Redken's Guts!!!!  I love love love Redkens Guts Volumizing Root Boost! Before you start to blow dry, spray the root boost at your root and crown area and massage into your hair. Don't go over board as you don't want to weigh the hair down, but enough so you feel a slight bit of texture as the hair drys. Flip your head over and dry the hair in the opposite direction it grows for added volume. Once the hair is 80% dry, section your hair and style it smooth with a round brush. 🙌🏼 #salonsanity #redken