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    How Do I Get Shiny Hair?

    Shiny hair

    Shiny Hair is Made Simple With the Right Products

    You’ve seen those ads where the models get shiny hair so glossy you swear you could see your reflection in it! How do you get shiny hair like this? For shine or lack of it, there are a lot of contributing factors like water, hair texture, products, the amount of damage and your styling habits that contribute to shiny hair or not. Some people are lucky to have beautiful shiny hair without doing anything extra, it’s “natural”. Others have to “force” the shine with the products or styling techniques they use.

    Each strand of hair has an outside layer of overlapping scales called the cuticle, similar to shingles on a roof. When the cuticle of the hair is lying flat, light will hit the hair, reflect back and create shiny hair. When the cuticle is open or lifted, as it is in damaged hair, the light hits the hair strand and the light is absorbed, producing no shine, no reflection of light.  You will not get shiny hair when the cuticle is lifted or damaged and the light is absorbed.

    Color damage, other chemical damage, heat styling, sun and wind can all contribute to a raised cuticle. Sometimes you just may need to use the proper shampoo and/or conditioning treatments to get shiny hair.

    A good rule to follow is to use moisturizing products in the winter months due to lack of moisture in the air and dry heat on in the homes.  A product I like for adding moisture to the hair, especially in winter is Biolage Hydrathérapie Hydra Seal Leave In Crème.

    Get Shiny Hair

    Protein products are also good to use to get shiny hair.  Protein products are used to restore strength in the damaged or fragile hair. Redken Extreme CAT Protein Treatment is a protein product I highly recommend for those of you with fragile hair.

    Get Shiny Hair

    Some hair color and hair color gloss treatments will also seal the cuticle and promote shiny hair. One of my favorite professional color gloss treatments is Redkens Shades E Q, Equalizing Conditioning Color Gloss advertised as “the color that thinks it’s a conditioner”.

    Get Shiny Hair

    A cool water rinse after shampooing will help to seal the cuticle for additional shine. A bad habit people can get into that also prevents shine is rubbing the hair dry with a towel – it raises the cuticle and promotes tangles – towel blot it instead!

    Use of the correct hair care products during styling will sometimes weigh down the hair cuticle and disguise the condition of the hair and produce added shine.

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    Hair News Round-Up November


    Considering a Hair Stylist Job?

    Here is a fun way of getting the low-down on what’s-up with a beauty school! You can follow a student on her way to becoming a hairdresser through her weekly blog as she experiences the day to day stuff of beauty school.  Grant it, not all beauty schools are the same and the Paul Mitchell School she attends called The Cao Institute in Alhambra, CA. Seems pretty progressive, but, they all need to have students pass their State Board Exams at the end of their stay and the exams are basically the same.

    So if you’re on the fence of whether or not hairdresser jobs are right for you, here’s a place you can get some inside/real-time information on what you might expect at beauty school. Here you can follow Hanna Compton, as she blogs weekly about her thoughts and experiences in beauty school.

    I’ve found her (firsts) experiences, first hair coloring, first color removal, first male client, etc. is warmly familiar and brings back memories of my days in beauty school. She gives you a feel for what to expect and how beauty school goes about training to become a licensed hairdresser. She has lots of enthusiasm for the business and is sure to give you a push towards taking the plunge if you are so inclined. She just finished her 10th week and should have about 26 weeks left to go so lots of experiences yet to be shared!  This is a good read if you’re considering a hairdresser job.



    Pre-Launch Press Release for Salon/Spa Industry H1N1 Best Practices

    King Research and The Professional Beauty Association are working together to release an industry response that addresses the H1N1 influenza virus. King Research is the maker of Barbicide, which is widely used in the hair salon/spa industry for sanitation and disinfection purposes.

    I spoke with Alan Murphy, president of Kings Research last week and he said we can expect an ‘online toolkit’ probably sometime this week. The tool kit will be a dedicated site that will have information and resources specifically geared towards the hair salon/spa environment. They will also announce a webinar on salon/spa sanitation and disinfection best practices and several workshops during the International Salon & Spa Expo in Long Beach, California January 30 – February 1, 2010.

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    Holiday Stocking Stuffer

    PureOlogy products have made “The Best Hair Care Products” lists in the last few years voted in at the hairdresser Choice Awards. This year brings a little extra added cheer to someone’s ‘big hair dreams’ by wrapping up this package. PureOlogy’s Pure Volume Stocking Stuffers includes 2 oz. bottles of PureVolume Shampoo, Condition and BlowDryAmplifier, along with EssentialRepair SplitEndCorrecting Treatment. Get it for $21.00 at a salon near you. Find a salon at the PureOlogy website.

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    8 Gorgeous Ideas for Wearing Head Scarves this Summer

    Head Scarves

    Head Scarves – The perfect accessory!

    Are you tired of searching for new hair cuts in order to freshen your look, or to keep up with the trends? If you are not so keen on styling your hair in the hot summer months only to have it fall flat, why not opt for a new hair accessories instead?  Scarves are highly versatile and you can create a variety of fun looks that are bound to turn a few heads.

    We have eight creative ways to wear head scarves that will change your look. and just maybe make your life a bit easier.  You will be surprised at how many different looks you can create with these adorable scarves!



    Head Scarves

    Retro hairstyles are still hot!  In fact, they have made a huge comeback again this year  with several reinventions, such as crimping and styles like the bouffant. If you’re looking for a fun way to wear a scarf, this look is worth a try. Tease the hair at the crown of your head and smooth it over into a bouffant.  Fold a long headscarf to create a long thin strip about 1 to 2 inches wide. Tie it around your head leaving the tails fall over your shoulder. Smooth side swept bangs or a blunt fringe are perfect for this look. Scrunch in a bit of texturizing spray for a casual summer appeal.  It is a great look for keeping your hair off your face throughout the day.



    Head Scarves

    If you have always dreamed of channeling Jackie O’s style, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Drape your headscarf over your face and tie the pointed ends together. When styling your hair this way, make sure to let a few hair strands on the sides of your face loose to create that effortless chic look. Go for a patterned scarf for maximum styling effect.


    Twisted Turban

    Head Scarves

    This is a perfect look for casual, easy weekends in the summer. Who wants to waste precious hours of  beauty sleep, getting up much earlier than needed, just to do your hairdo’?  I’m sure most of you would agree, we hate that! The twisted turban is a go-to look  for the fashionable housewife, or just those with a flair for cuteness!  Put your hair into a high bun and leaving a few wisps of hair out to frame your face.  Fold your scarf to create a wide 4 to 5 inch band. Wrap it from the back to the top of your head and tie it into a bow. If you end up with long ends, simply tuck them under the scarf.


    Bohemian Style

    Head Scarves

    Create a hippie hairstyle by adding a long and skinny headscarf to play up your bohemian look. For added drama, allow the other half of your scarf to trail along the side. This is the ultimate festival hairstyle and look this summer. For more festival looks check out our article Festival Hair; a Survival Guide.


    Retro Tie

    Head Scarves

    This is one of the most popular ways to wear a head scarf simply because of the chic vibe it brings. If you want to get more punch out of this idea, opt for bright colored or patterned scarves!


    Bigger, Bolder

    Head Scarves

    In most cases, scarves are used as complimentary styling accessory for your hairstyle. But why don’t you step it up a notch and make your scarf the centerpiece of your hairstyle? Oversized accessories look great for summer too, because you want to keep everything else minimal. By wearing an oversized scarf such as this one you can; cover up a bad hair day; protect your hair from harmful UVA and UVB rays; or just sport a unique summer cool look!


    Wrap It

    Head Scarves

    If you are hair challenged and simply lack the desire to do all the knotting and tying involved with a headscarf, try an elastic head wrap. This is super easy to wear as you simply slide it over your head and you’re done! What could be easier?  Wear it as a bandanna or just like a headband, either way the scarf will have its own unique appeal.

    When choosing a scarf any pattern is fun;  just keep in mind your favorite wardrobe colors, or pick one like this to match the color of your eyes and make your baby blues pop!

    Do you like wearing scarf as hair accessory? What is your favorite way to wear it?

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    Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and FaceBook.


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