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    New Type of Hair Salon Business Opens

    Hair Salon Business

    Hair salon business gives rise to “The Dry Bar.”

    You know I’m always keeping an ear out for what’s new in the world of hair and hair salon businesses. Here’s a new idea that we might see popping up across the country and wouldn’t you know Los Angeles, California is first to have a “blow dry only bar.

    My first reaction is that it takes some pretty big cojones to open a new type of hair salon business like this one that services what seems to be such a small niche.  But as I read on, I remembered all the women in my classes, “Finding the Right Hairstyle for You,” who insisted that when they left their hair salon their hair looked fabulous, but when they tried creating the same style at home . . . they were hair styling impaired.

    The “Dry Bar” opened in February in Los Angeles with the expectation that enough women will grace their place in order to have an amazing looking hairstyle for an evening, a special event or just because they want their hair to look great and had no time to do it themselves.

    If the reviews on-line are a true indication of how things are blowing . . . it looks like they just might have found a new niche for the hair salon business. (And not to worry, they aren’t trying to steal you away from your hairdressers.)

    The ambiance is more like a lounge than your average hair salon. Clients sit at a bar, sip complimentary cocktails, munch on snacks and watch the tube with chick flicks like “Sex in the City,” all the while getting all dolled up for whatever occasion!

    Hmmmmm . . . you know ladies how much you love the pampering of a great pedicure/manicure and how it can make you feel like a million bucks. Why not a great blow-out? (I did read one review that mentioned a curling iron came into play with her blow out hairstyle, that’s good that’s an option.)

    Here’s what Kat said:

    I was going away for the weekend and leaving right after work so I had to make a lunch appointment to go get my hair styled. I made my appointment online and had the option to have it texted to me to automatically have it put in my calendar on my Blackberry.” She asked me how I wanted my hair to look and what the occasion was and moved right on to the blow drying and styling. Even with curling iron action we were done within 40 minutes and my hair looked VA VA VOOOMish! Well worth the $35.


    The menu is straight forward, each blow-out option costs $35. The menu includes The Cosmopolitan for loose curls, The Mai Tai for messy, beachy styles and The Southern Comfort for voluminous, full-bodied hair. (Up-dos are an option too).

    What do you think? Good idea for a type of hair salon business? Could you see yourself kicking back at the ‘Dry Bar’ or making an appointment for a rare dress up occasion where you could use some professional help? Gotta love our entrepreneurs!

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    Hair Growth Vitamins

    Are hair growth vitamins worth your $$?

    Carrie asks:

    I want my hair to grow faster and I see there are a number of hair growth vitamins available. Is there a good hair vitamin supplement you would recommend?


    Those who have had a bad haircut or a bad chemical treatment and more so, those who are experiencing hair loss, are searching for an answer to, “How can I grow my hair faster, and are hair growth vitamins a good option?

    Several years ago I wrote an article “How can I grow hair faster” on this topic that I find is still consistent with what we know today. So rather than dump the old article I thought I’d bring it up to date. So I’m using the relevant information from that article here with some added bits of updated information.

    “Hair Growth Vitamins Don’t Work”To cut to the chase, there is no magic elixir, snake oil, or pill that has been proven to grow hair faster and this includes hair growth vitamins (one exception-Minoxidil see below). Hair growth density, texture and hair color are mostly determined by genetics. However, your general overall health and nutrition does have a positive or negative effect on your hair.
    I’m afraid people are riding on a wing and a prayer when choosing to put faith in any of these concoctions. Companies selling hair growth vitamins or pills on the market, rely on the public’s vulnerabilities. They understand, those who want to believe hair growth vitamins will work for them will believe it. There is a range of other vitamins that can promote hair growth. If you want to learn more about vitamins and health in general check out Draftgore Health Magazine (Draftgore Gesundheitsmagazin).

    The problem with proving the significance in the “snake oils” sold to make hair grow, or make hair grow faster, is, probably best found in people’s optimism or overactive imaginations for such a reaction to occur.

    Paula Begoun, reveals the results of double blind studies done by drug companies regarding growing hair faster, in her book Don’t Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me, in it she says, “Frequently what is found is that volunteers on the drug or placebo indicate they believe they have regrowth of hair, but when comparing their positive comments to the hair count/density data, it is revealed there is no actual improvement and there may even be a deterioration.”

    A wealth of information on this subject can be found at where Kevin McElwee says, in regards to some people who see some improvement of hair growth for a short time, ”Someone using a hair growth vitamin or product might falsely attribute this slowdown or temporary reversal to the use of the product they purchased.” More here
    The one and only pill to date that has had some significance in the hair growth area is, Minoxidil (Rogaine) and here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about it;
    “In one study women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer applied Minoxidil twice daily throughout treatment and for four months afterwards. Though their hair eventually all fell out, it took longer for the women who applied Minoxidil to lose all their hair than it did for the women who didn’t use it, and their hair started to grow back earlier.”

    Balanced Diet & Exercise over Hair Growth Vitamins

    On a more positive note, by eating right, exercising, reducing stress and maintaining a good hair care routine, you can positively affect the hair on your head and possibly the growth pattern as well.

    Great hair starts with a healthy diet and exercise routine. A poor diet, specifically one lacking in proteins and essential fatty acids, can be particularly hard on your hair.
    Hair growth vitamin companies would have you believe their supplements contain just the right amounts of added vitamins and minerals you need that will make your hair grow, but none of it has substantial proof . . . and how do you know what vitamins and minerals you may be deficient in? Doctors need to take blood tests to accurately assess the level of nutrients in a person’s blood. Consuming too much of a vitamin or nutrient can also be toxic.

    WebMD has a good article “Eating for Hair Health,” that quotes leading nutritionists and dermatologists on the matter. “The same foods that are good for your body and your health overall are good for your hair, including foods that are high in protein, low in carbohydrates and have a reduced fat content,” says dermatologist Michael Reed, MD, an expert in female hair loss at New York University Medical Center in New York City. Reed says that what you put on your plate may not put hair on your head, but it can help the hair you do have remain healthier longer.

    If you were born with fine, thin hair, you’ll never have rope-thick tresses — no matter what you eat — but a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of growth-promoting protein and iron can make a difference, say nutrition and hair experts. And beware of dietary supplements often marketed to thicken hair or make it grow faster. They may backfire.
    “Even though you can find beauty supplements on the shelves of most stores, try to get the nutrients you need from foods whenever possible,” Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a dermatologist in Vallejo, Calif., tells WebMD. “In rare instances, excess supplementation of certain nutrients, such as vitamin A, has been linked to hair loss.” Go here for more information.

    Top 10 Foods List for Healthy Hair from WebMD Specialist

    1. Salmon
    2. Dark green vegetables
    3. Beans
    4. Nuts
    5. Poultry
    6. Eggs
    7. Whole Grains
    8. Oysters
    9. Low fat dairy products
    10. Carrots

    They give some alternatives for some of these foods, go here for more information.

    Instead of Hair Growth Vitamins, Try Damage Control

    Another area you can manage in order to keep the hair you have is . . . damage control.

    • Use a thermal protector when styling your hair with heat.
    • Use lowest heat settings for desired results.
    • Don’t over dry the hair.
    • Use a conditioner with UV protectors and wear a hat in the sun.
    • Use a low or no ammonia hair color when possible.
    • Never brush wet or damp hair.
    • Use a wide toothed comb on wet hair.
    • Use a clarifying shampoo on your hair once or twice a month to remove excess product.
    • If hair is dry or damaged, use a deep conditioner to keep hair soft, pliable and shiny.
    • Keep your hair trimmed regularly.

    If you search the web, you can find people selling vitamins and a whole line of hair care products claiming to grow hair faster. Sorry, but I won’t include links to these folks, I’m an unbeliever! But I will follow-up with a post on factors that can grow hair faster or thinning, and what you should do if you are having a hair loss problem

    Instead of putting your money into hair growth vitamins . . . consider purchasing hair extensions!!

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    UV Hair Protection

    UV Hair

    5 Best Ways to UV Hair Protection

    UV Hair and Scalp Protection

    I love summer, it’s my favorite time of year in Minnesota, but it can reek havoc on the hair!
    Until recently we haven’t had UV hair products formulated to protect the hair from UV rays. But, with more and more research being done on the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays, the hair industry has improved research and development for UV hair and scalp protection products. “UV Hair Protection”Your scalp is at risk for skin cancer and will burn from UVA and UVB rays just like the rest of your skin.  If you’re lucky enough to have thick hair, it may protect most of your scalp but even with thick hair, your part line is vulnerable to burning. Until recently hair products were not formulated with a SPF factor. Sunscreens with an SPF factor were too greasy and heavy for the hair and would weigh it down.

    Andre Puleo, a scientist at Unilever proved  that UV rays do damage to the hair shaft itself, resulting in breakage, faded hair color and dry brittle hair. So, here are 5 things you can do to protect your hair from UVA and UVB rays.
    Best Ways to UV Hair Protection

    1. Apply a SPF formulated hair product to scalp and hair – A product like Redkens Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12. All of Redkens Color Extend Sun Collection is formulated to protect against UV hair damage and to add moisture to sun-stressed hair.


    1. Wear a hat – Hats are great for UV hair and scalp protection, but won’t always filter out all the rays. Try a wide brim floppy hat that will cover more skin and more hair.


    1. Apply an extra dollop or two of leave-in conditioner —  and slick hair back into a bun, tucking ends underneath.


    1. Try a hair protectant spray like, Avedas Sun Care Protective Hair Veil. It’s a lightweight water-resistant spray that protects hair from the sun and helps minimize color fading.


    1. Nioxin System 8 Scalp Treatment SPF 15 –  this product has been highly acclaimed in the hair industry for years and is one of the few to receive an FDA approval to carry the SPF factor.

    Some SPF ingredients to look for in hair products are one or a combination of the following: oxybenzone (absorbs light), titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (reflects light). Another noted sunscreen agent is Octyl Methyoxycinnamate.

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