It's the beginning of December, and if you are anything like me...you haven't started your Christmas shopping. It's harder to shop these days, especially if your crowd of babes are approaching or deep into their 30's. We know what we want, and we buy it for ourselves. We are boss babes who have our own money honey! So what do you get the gal in your life that has everything?
I'm going to share a few of my favorite things, all available locally.
C H A R L E I G H W R E N C O.
Now before we get going here, I'd just like to reiterate that the title of the post says "WHY IT'S BEST" not "WHY YOU SHOULD".
As some of you know, I wrote a pretty controversial blog post last week about 'open to the public beauty supply stores' and the problems selling chemicals to non-licensed/untrained consumers can cause. As I write this it's been read over 300k times, which is far more than I ever even fathomed. I write my blogs for my clients, future clients and friends. They are always solely my opinion and nothing else. A lot of the readers took my post very personally and some were offended. As I sifted through countless comments attacking me for my opinions I couldn't help but think a lot of them were missing the point.... It's not that I don't want everyone to have access to affordable beauty, I want everyone to have great experiences with it. Your hair is very important, I want everyone to feel beautiful on ANY budget.
Having said all that, I have a new topic to discuss!
Is it best to purchase your hair products through your stylist? I think so! Here is why:
"OTP": Open to public
"BSS": Beauty Supply Store
Ok, let's just take a few minutes and talk about the "elephant in the room" of the hair industry. This post has been a long time coming. Some of the following are my experiences and some are from other stylists.
My first negative experience with an OTPBSS happened when I first moved back to Regina. I had a lovely client with 85% grey hair, the first few appointments were correcting past work, she had lots of banding (different shades along the hair shaft) and over processed highlights (that I imagine were placed there to correct the banding). Soon she had beautifully even colour and I could see the excitement in her eyes. A few appointments later she mentioned to me that she had a friend who kept offering to do her hair at home (and it wouldn't cost her nearly as much!), she seemed offended by these comments and let me know that she wouldn't be going that route. One day she came into her appointment and her hair was altogether different, there was banding again! She never said, but I had to assume that she was coerced into letting her friend (who I've affectionately nicknamed "the kitchen magician") retouch her colour, and her hair was compromised again. It took us several appointments to get her back to where we were before the "botched job" and restore the health of her hair. The issue here isn't that she "cheated on me", I don't own your heads- but I 100% care about every strand on that head! The issue here is that she was promised a cheaper alternative that ended up costing her more in the end, and that makes me sad.
What does this have to do with Sally's Beauty Supply? Any one who fancies themselves a "hairstylist" even without proper training, can go into Sally's and buy hair color, perming solutions, decolorizers etc. They don't need a license. It's important to note that these are not salon quality products, they are rarely better than the Shoppers Drug Mart specials, but they are available nonetheless.
I decided to write a blog post on colour corrections because it's the topic I receive most questions on as well as it seems to be the service I'm doing most often lately! Let's call it like it is... colour corrections are a beast. They can take hours, even multiple appointments to complete. They can, at times be pricey and there is a lot of maintenance involved before and after the process.
I'd like to share with you some frequently asked questions to better educate my clients currently in the process of a big transformation or thinking about a big change.
What constitutes a colour correction?
By definition a colour correction is simply a colour change. If you currently have dark hair (coloured or virgin) and want to be blonde, have blonde hair and want to darken your tresses or love to change up your pastel/vivid/rainbow coloured locks-- you'll be sitting through a colour correction. Your current colour needs to be removed from your hair, the remaining pigments left behind need to be toned (corrected) and then possibly even further your final colour will be applied. If you are going light to dark, a colour fill will be needed to ensure you have all the supporting pigments your goal shade will need for longevity and brilliance.
Do I need a consultation?
Yes, consultations are very important. We will discuss budget, how many appointments it will take to achieve your dream hair, and how to take care of your hair before and after your appointments.
How long will it take?
Most colour corrections take a minimum of 3-6 hours. Your appointment may take longer depending on your starting shade and where you want to be. Consultations are very important to determine the length of your first appointment and whether additional appointments will be needed.
How much will it cost?
Colour corrections are $100/hr. If your appointment goes over the initial amount of time booked this will reflect in your price. Additionally products will be needed to maintain colour and integrity of your hair. Please budget for these products if they aren't already in your arsenal as they are VERY important. Proceeding your appointment you will want to protect your investment. If you are unsure which products will work best with you hair, don't worry- we will cover this in the consultation.
What's involved after my colour correction?
Keeping up with Olaplex treatments and protein masks will be a must. Depending on your final colour a custom conditioner may also be created for you.
Have any further questions? Leave them in the comment section below or book a consultation. :)
As most of my clients know all too well, I'm absolutely obsessed with dry shampoo. Being a fine haired girl myself, keeping the oily roots at bay is always a challenge. I'm going to share some of my favorite secrets for dry shampoo.... there is more than one way to love it!
1. Find your hair gets oily by next morning? Try spraying dry shampoo in at your roots the night you wash it, this way while you sleep you'll create natural volume/texture & the oil won't have a chance to present itself.
2. Need a bit more vavavoom to your style? Use dry shampoo as a texture spray, or even better- use it WITH a texture spray* for even sexier lived-in results.
3. Spray dry shampoo in fresh washed wet hair (YES, I said wet hair) and blow dry with additional desired products. It's basically a combination of #1 & #2. I learned this trick at an advanced styling class with Jon Reyman and immediately tried it on myself because I was as awestruck as you are now and I'm thrilled with the results. I'm sporting Day #2 hair as we speak and I didn't have to put a thing in it this morning- just brushed and headed to work. Double yay!
*What is this texture spray I keep raving about? It's only, EVERYTHING! It basically creates tiny spider webs in your hair (not gross I promise) keeping your style bouncy & voluminous. Spray it in your hair, as if you are spraying anti-static spray up your skirt (I know I'm weird, but it's the best way to explain it). Simply lift a veil of hair up and spray, continue until desired fullness is achieved.
But Nadine! My hair won't feel soft and luxurious with all these dry products. Well girlfriend, do you want your hair to look good or feel good? Choose one and style accordingly. Seriously though, do it.
My FAVE products:
Questions? Drop em below!
This is a question I'm asked very frequently lately.
The short answer: YES, wash your hair the morning of your appointment (for best results).
The explained answer: Not washing your hair before your colour appointment means color has to try and penetrate minerals, hair products, built up oils and whatever else is left on it.
Is it imperative that you wash your hair before your appointment? No. It is better? Yes.
If you have ever had trouble covering greys, or colour fading it's best to give your hair it's best shot. You can even go one step further and wash the morning of your appointment with a treatment packet from Malibu C called "Color Prepare". Eco-chic wellness hair remedy primes hair for color perfection while drawing out all color-blocking elements to ensure optimal coverage and extended color vibrancy.
why you need it
Directions: Shampoo, rinse & pour Color Prepare crystals across wet palm. Rub hands together, adding water to dissolve crystals. Apply and scrunch throughout hair, then allow to remain on hair for 5 minutes. Shampoo & rinse thoroughly. Conditioner is not recommended. Follow with color service. Color service should be processed within 24 hours.
Where can I get it? At Saffyre Salon of course. Call ahead to be sure we have some in stock or pre-order before your next appointment.
Now, for those of you who don't have grey hair, this still applies to you. I saw a video by Comedian Tanya Hennessy that made me laugh cry, because it's so true. At 1:59 she explains to the hair dresser that she hasn't washed her hair in over a week but has come in for a color service.
Can your hair still be coloured if come in with greasy dirty hair? Yes. Will a think you are gross, well.... maybe a little bit ;p. Don't get me wrong, I only wash my hair about twice per week! But it IS nice to work on fresh hair. :D I won't judge you, you do you girl. But it IS absolutely better for your hair and the longevity of the hair color if you come in with fresh locks.
*Disclaimer* For those of you who are bleach retouches, by all means come with dirty hair. The oils on your scalp will act as a barrier for the lightener and make the process easier for you. Directly after we've bleach out your roots I will wash your hair before any further color or toner is added to your hair. Same with highlights, you may come with dirty hair, (if you must) because the lightener has no problem lifting through hair product. And your hair will be washed before a toner or color is used. However, even in the case of highlights, it's best to work on fresh hair.
Got any questions? Leave them below!
Did you wash your hair today? Or better yet, did you NEED to wash it today? Many people suffer from an oily scalp and feel like they can’t go a day in between washes without risking a bad (and greasy) hair day. But what they don’t realize is that a daily shampooing – which seems absolutely necessary when looking in the mirror – is actually doing more harm than good to their locks. When you wash your hair every day you actually strip your hair of all the nutrients and natural oils it needs to be healthy. This can lead to breakage, brittle strands, very little shine, and overall, it will dry out your scalp.
Forgoing a wash may seem crazy, but skipping days in between shampooing will actually slow down oil production and leave you with a healthier, more styling-friendly mane. It may seem like you’re running a marathon you can’t finish by taking on the task of training your hair not to need a daily dose of shampoo, but a month or so of effort, a few hat days and the following steps, and you’ll be well on your way to the hair you always wanted. Shiny, grease-free hair, here we come!
Day 1 - Wash your hair as you normally do and style. If you use products on your tresses, like hairsprays or volumizers, that’s fine. They’ll actually help the texture and will keep your strands looking less greasy in the days to come.
Day 2 - A shower always does a body good, especially if you’ve worked out or need to shave. On the second day though, don’t wash your hair. Instead put it up on your head with a clip or wear a shower cap to prevent your hair from getting wet. Once out of the shower, follow your beauty routine as usual. When ready to style your hair, add a little volume to your tresses by teasing the sides just a bit and go about your day. If you have super oily hair, spray a thin layer of dry shampoo at your roots and work it in with your fingers.
*PROTIP* I spray dry shampoo in my hair the night before, I find that sleeping on it creates natural volume and the grease is soaked up before it even shows.
Day 3 - If your scalp isn’t too oily by day three you may get away with a little more dry shampoo, but I suggest going the updo route. You can wear a messy bun or a sleek ponytail. Either works, as one plays on the texture of your hair and the other uses the oils in your locks to smooth out your hairstyle. Then, go about your day as usual.
Day 4 - If you’re feeling super daring and have a day of relaxation ahead, consider day four a hat day. But, most of us will be at that point when washing our hair just makes sense. On day four you’ll have some dry shampoo build up and are probably longing for hair you can run your fingers through once again. Hop in the shower and shampoo as you did on day one!
Bonus Trick: If on day two you wake up with a crease in your hair or what seems to be an unmanageable cowlick hop in the shower and wet your hair with warm water (Not hot!). Apply conditioner half way up your hair to the ends, let sit three minutes, and then rinse out. This will condition your strands without striping your roots of oils. Finish by blow drying your hair with the cool air setting on your blow dryer.
After a few weeks of following this four-day process your hair will begin producing less oil. Remember, patience is key – once you can make it two days, you can train for three and so on.
If you've been in my chair you know I'm mad about dry shampoo, we are in the midst of a torrid love affair. It's not weird. On more than one occasion I've ranted about how it has changed my life. It's also the most asked about product from my clients. Since adding dry shampoo into my styling routine I've had more swoon worthy hair days, I shampoo my hair less often, my styles last for days and I have more time to spend cuddling with Biggie in the morning.
If you incorporate dry shampoo into your beauty routine you'll not only save precious time, but you'll save money too. How you ask? By washing your hair less, you are using less products, less water and less electricity. Your carbon footprint is lowered AND your hair will be healthier, shinier (in a good way) & stronger.