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North America Hairstyling Awards Open for Entries!





Hair stylists . . . don’t miss your chance to get funky and shine!

So you think you can style hair?  Now’s the time to put your imagination, talents and skills where your mouth is! The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) is once again taking entries for the most highly esteemed photo competition of its kind!

Thousands of hairdressers participate in this rivalry for one of 13 coveted North America Hair Styling Awards given annually and it’s open to any professional who would like to give it a go!  Both hair stylists and photographers are recognized in this competition. This is a great opportunity for growth and recognition in the industry. Any hairdresser who has participated in a hair competition will attest to the many benefits received whether you take home a prize or not . . . and this competition is one of the best!

Kris Sorbie, 2011 Master Stylist of the Year

NAHA 2012 has 13 categories which you can enter. Every year they add something new and this year “Newcomer Stylist of the Year” category was added to the competition.  Categories include subjects like, Avant Garde; Hair Color; Salon Team; Make-up Artist of the Year and Student Hairstylist of the Year and more.  For some inspiration just take a look at my article on some of the creations that took home rewards in previous years.

The NAHA 2012 will be held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, July 22, 2012 during PBA Beauty Week. Entries are due by February 9, 2012. So don’t delay, and get started now to be part of this great opportunity.


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Frizzy Hair? Try No Shampoo

No Shampoo

Do you have dry, frizzy hair? You may want to try dry shampoo or no shampoo

The practice of doing a no shampoo or dry shampoo . . . hair washing, has been catching on all over the country and women with dry, frizzy hair love the results!

Here is a recent student post in my online class Finding the Right Hairstyle for You! who has the type of problem which could benefit from the no shampoo . . . hair washing.

She writes in answer to this assignment:

List a hair care concern you have;

  • I have always wanted to be able to wear my hair completely down without feeling like it was huge, frizzy mess etc. Most of the time I have to wear it in a ponytail for work so it always looks the same, but when I try to wear it down I usually end up wearing it half up or straightening it because I am not happy with the frizz!

Make an inventory of your hair care routine;

  • “I usually shampoo and condition every other day because if I do it every day it seems frizzier than if I wait, but by the second day it feels very oily. I also have been deep conditioning once a week, which I’ve now learned is too often. Should I use a clarifying shampoo to counteract this??Thanks for your help!

My reply

The idea of the no shampoo . . . hair washing, is to let the natural oils in your hair remain in the hair, in a manageable way, to keep it conditioned. Women who have this hair type report great results! Their hair becomes shinier, better conditioned and more manageable.

Here is how it’s done:

  • Wash your scalp with plain water, giving your scalp a good massage, as if you were using a shampoo.
  • Condition the ends of your hair. (not the scalp)
  • Rinse

The oil doesn’t get striped out from the detergents in a no shampoo. The massaging of your scalp with water can be sufficient to remove enough surface oil to give your hair a clean look. With the water alone you are getting moisture to your hair. Although the no shampoo routine isn’t for everyone, I suggest trying it, especially if you have a frizzy hair type. Natural curly hair has the tendency to be dry because the oil can’t travel down the curly twists and bends of the hair shaft.

I’ve tried the no shampoo on my own medium wavy hair and had mixed feelings on the results. My hair felt heavier, (as most women report) and when scrunching my hair, it gave a more conditioned smoother looking curl. For my hair type it won’t leave it fluffy like I like but to do this once in a while, I feel like a no shampoo interlude gives my hair a break . . . and it works!



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How to Choose The Best Shampoo

Tutorial for getting the right shampoo

By: Melanie Scott

Are you one of the estimated 80% of Americans who shampoos their hair every day? If so, then you must go through boatloads of shampoo and conditioner every month, which means you are also exposing yourself to the boatloads of chemicals contained in those hair care products. Should you be worried? Answer: maybe.

You might think that all those chemicals you use to get your hair clean and shiny are just fine because you only use them for a few minutes a day and then wash them right off. Unfortunately that’s only half the story, as these chemicals stick around (literally) by attaching themselves to your hair and by being absorbed into your body through your scalp. Washing your hair every day might make you feel clean and healthy, but it might not be the best thing for your hair – or the rest of your body.

What to Watch For

So what can you do to avoid harmful chemicals in your personal hair care products? Start by reading the labels and finding out what’s actually in your favorite shampoo before you lather up. There is a bewildering array of ingredients that manufacturers use in their products, but here are a few to think twice about before you buy:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). This is a very common shampoo ingredient, and it’s used to rid your hair of oil and leftover styling products. Sodium laurel sulfate is a strong chemical that is also used to degrease engines and clean concrete floors. It’s really good at getting your car clean too. Just learning all that might make you want to avoid SLS, but (even worse) this chemical has been linked with hair loss, eye damage and brittle hair, and if it gets mixed with other chemicals, it can produce cancer-causing agents such as nitrosamines.
  • Ethanolamines (DEA/MEA/TEA). These are used in shampoos to give you a rich, foaming lather, which makes you think your shampoo is working better. There are multiple types of DEAs, and they too are common shampoo ingredients. But they’re also easily absorbed by your skin. High levels of these chemicals have been blamed for liver and kidney damage
  • Phthalates. Do you like shampoos that make your hair smell great all day?  Then you probably like hair-care products that contain lots of phthalates, or fragrance chemicals. Some researchers think that these chemical agents can affect your immune system and possibly your reproductive system. So think carefully before you pick a shampoo off the shelf just because it smells yummy.

Choosing a Safe Shampoo

Before you take a vow never to shampoo your hair again, remember that there are some things you can do to get clean hair while at the same time limiting your exposure to all those potentially nasty ingredients.

  • SLS-free shampoos. These are easy to find, or you can pick shampoos that use sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) instead. SLES is generally agreed to be less toxic than SLS, but it can still get out those sticky hair styling products you use.
  • Organic or natural hair care products. These are also a popular way to avoid getting a daily dose of carcinogens – but you do have to make sure they really are organic and natural. Labels can be deceiving sometimes, so go for products that are USDA-certified organic if you want to be sure.
  • Shampoo less often. This doesn’t mean you have to go around grossing everyone out with your oil-slick bangs. You can use dry shampoo instead. It absorbs all the grease and dirt that accumulates between washes, plus it’s easy to use and generally has fewer harmful products.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you’re the one controlling what you put on, and in, your body. Check those labels and keep your wits about you – or you too could succumb to the dangers of shampoo.



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