Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wanted: Platinum Blonde by Sanity Stylist Cheryl Farman

Q: What does it take to go from jet black to platinum blonde?

It’s not as easy as it looks.  The first thing to take into consideration is the potential damage your hair will face (even when done by a professional).  When lightening hair this dark to a platinum blonde, it can take anywhere from 2 to even 7 all over lighteners. Yikes!!!

Patience is key to achieve this look, patience.  We unfortunately live in a fast-paced world where we want everything now, but when it comes to hair, baby steps is the best…that is if you still want to have hair on your scalp!

Here is an easy way to explain it to our guests about the hair lightening process: think of your hair as an onion.  An onion has layers, so the lighter you want to go, the more layers you are taking off.  The more layers you take off, the finer and weaker the onion gets until you’re left with just the inner portion of the onion with nothing outside to protect it.

The first time you lighten your hair it will turn out red or orange…yes orange.  Don’t be scared!  This is all part of the process.  Red and orange are the underlying pigments of black, so by lightening the hair you’ll expose them.  After your first lightener session, your hair will probably start to feel super dry.  Hydration and conditioning will be key!

Alright!  Time for your next lightening process.  Now you’ll be more of an orange-yellow, and even drier.  Depending on where you started, there is also still a possibility that you won’t be blonde at this point.

And now!  Time to talk about haircut.  Ahhhhh We know!  At times we get scared to cut our hair but a few inches will also make your hair feel and stay healthy.  The ends of the hair are always the most damaged.  This can be due to any hot tools you use (especially when your heat is too high – check out a blog about that here) or just dead ends.  By cutting off the damaged ends, you’re preventing that breakage from working its way up your hair.

It’s important to stick to the schedule your artist recommends.  This is to ensure that your hair stays healthy and there are no complications or banding (uneven color) as times goes on.  The heat from the head makes lightener work faster, and it becomes very difficult to achieve an even color when the outgrowth is so far that it’s not being affected by the “hot zone”.

Lastly, products: it’s very important to protect your investment!  A process like this can cost you a few hundred dollars and you don’t want it to go to waste.  So listen to your hair artist.  We are looking out for you.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thermal Ironing Tips by Salon Sanity Stylist Cheryl Farman

Thermal Settings:

Q: How hot should my thermal tools be when I’m styling my hair?

Every head of hair has a certain amount it can sustain. When you select a heat setting on your flat iron, curling iron, or wand, consider the thickness of your hair; you wouldn’t use a toothpick to hold up a boulder, just like you wouldn’t use a 450 degree flat iron setting on fine, chemically-treated hair. The finer the hair, the lower the temperature. That doesn’t mean to instantly opt for the highest setting because you have an extra thick lion mane. Listen to your hair, work with it – not against it.

At Salon Sanity, we carry products that can aid in heat styling by protecting your hair. We have products like Redken's IronShape 11, Redkens Pillow Proof EXPRESS Treatment Primer and Pureologys 21 Essential,  that make styling easier and prevent topical overheating and damage to your hair.

Here’s a quick guide:

– If you have fine/damaged hair, you should iron below 300 degrees (low setting).
– For normal hair, you can flat iron anywhere between 300 and 380 degrees (medium setting).
– For very thick/coarse/extra curly hair, your hair can be flat ironed anywhere between 350-400 degrees (high setting).

Have you ever noticed your hair looking like it has white paint or round, white bulbs at the ends a few weeks after your get your hair cut?  This is damage from heat styling and means that your tools are too high!!!Listen to your hair, work with it – Keep your hair happy!!!!😀

Thanks for your interest on this topic.  Keep following Salon Sanity for informative blogs that will  have you looking beautiful in no time!!!!❤️

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Choosing the Right Bridal Style by Sanity Stylist Kaylin Scheurmann

With an asymmetrical neckline, or single-shoulder gown, there are a couple of captivating hairstyle option. Side-swept curls or a braid will cover your bare shoulder and balance the neckline, whereas updos will focus attention on the stylish cut of the dress. We like a mussed beehive, which integrates volume and glamour while contrasting with the gowns architectural lines. Sweep your bangs off to one side, to mirror the dress's shape.