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    Hair Styling Products; Life Changers

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    These hair styling products are my recommendations on must-haves!!


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    John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze

    John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze is a fabulous at-home hair styling product to try if you want to add a color or shine boost to your hair. An affordable alternative to in-salon glazing processes, the John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze typically costs less than 10 dollars! You can use one bottle of the glaze several times and it leaves your hair super shiny in less than five minutes in the shower. They have three colored glazes: red, brunette and blonde or a clear which works well for anyone. I have to say that being a professional hairdresser, I usually prefer to use (and recommend) professional styling products only, but this product is so great I have to let everyone know about it! If you’re interested in more information about how hair glazes and hair glosses work, check out Lindsay’s article A Surefire Trick to Sustain Intense Hair Color.

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    Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo

    Dry shampoo is a definite life changing product! Without this product, I wouldn’t be able to extend my hairstyle an extra day or two. Out of all the dry shampoo products, this one is a must have for anyone that suffers from the ‘greasies’. It soaks up excess oil from the scalp and refreshes your hair in just a few sprays. It even adds volume! This is one of my favorite dry shampoos because it leaves the hair feeling so clean. Other dry shampoo’s I’ve tried have too much extra ‘stuff’ in them and they don’t leave the hair feeling or smelling as fresh as this one.

    The spray in feature makes this product easy to focus where and how much to use. Just spray Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo into the root area and let sit for two minutes before brushing through to regain a ‘just washed’ feeling to your hair. For more on second day hair check out Nicola’s article Talking Dirty, Second Day Hair.

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    Jonathan Product Dirt Products

    Do you ever notice how your hair is easier to work with, takes curl better and even looks better the day after it has been washed? Dirt is just the right hair styling product to recreate that look. Hairdresser and reality show star Jonathan Antin, created Jonathan Product Dirt Products because the industry was in need of a hair styling product that re-created the look and feel of ‘second-day’ hair without waiting. This texturizing paste gives hair light hold and control without excess shine, grease or product build-up. As a matter of fact, this hair styling product has become so popular that there is now a whole line of Dirt Products, including Spray Dirt (which I love), Detox Dirt and Silky Dirt. You can find out more about these products at

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    Hair Styling Products; Professional vs Store Brands

    Store shelves with dozens of hair care product brands

    Where you buy your hair styling products matters!

    Over the years, many clients have come to me with the same question, “Can’t I just buy my hair products at the store where I get everything else?” My simple answer is always no, and here’s why:

    The most important thing you should do when choosing any hair care product item is to read the ingredient list top to bottom. The order in which they are listed represents how much of that particular ingredient is inside, (the top being the most and the bottom being the least). If you are unsure of what an ingredient does, pull out that smart phone, search, and you will find the beneficial (or harmful) attributes of that specific ingredient.

    While massive retailers sell brands that boast the same results as salon brands, this is simply not the case when you look at the ingredients. It’s an age old saying that you get what you pay for, and that is especially true with hair styling products. Take shampoos for example, while many contain similar ingredients, the amount of those ingredients may differ, which is why reading the label to it’s full extent is important.

    Several mass market brands contain waxes and that can also be found in products like wood sealers. While it may give you smooth shiny hair, you’ve also just coated your strands with the same ingredients you use to shine your floor. Over time these simply build up, preventing hair color from working (making your color disappear like a child star) and hindering things like conditioner from doing it’s job. These issues combined lead to dry, unruly hair. These ingredients also can block the scalp from getting the necessary oxygen it needs to work properly, and blocked follicles can lead to hair loss.

    At the head of most salon hair care brands is a hairdresser, who’ve had their hands in thousands of heads of hair, who work with scientists to create products that do as promised, and who use quality ingredients that will be benefit your hair. And those creations are in the hands of stylists around the world daily who have also had their hands in thousands of heads of hair and believe in those products.

    Famous names such as Vidal Sassoon, Anthony Mascolo, and even T.V.’s Tabatha Coffey have all worked with professional haircare companies on their products.

    Why do I see your salon brand on the shelves of Walgreens?

    The other question I get quite often is, “Why do I find your salon’s brand inside big box retailers?” Well, the answer is both simple and not. It’s called diversion, and it’s a problem plaguing the hair industry. Large retailers pay dishonest salon suppliers and factories which specialize in counterfeit products to get the products that are in high demand. However, often the packaging is outdated, and the products do not smell the same.

    These effects are due to products sitting in warehouses for long periods of time and expiring, or in some cases, the products are not made by the proper manufacture and are fake. These counterfeit facilities are not working under professional-grade guidelines, and they can fill a bottle of shampoo with anything. This recall in Canada is good example.

    Now, while these instances are not always the case, many of the products that are labeled “sold only in professional salons” should be just that, and what you find in the next aisle from vitamins, is not a salon.

    The truth is that while many mass market brands claim the same result and are sometimes shelved next to salon brands, there are massive differences. In the end, it’s up to you. The real question is; would you rather leave you hair in the hands of professionals or save few bucks?

    Kalvin Pugh
    Contributing author Kalvin Pugh has been a licensed hairdresser since 2007. After advanced training at Toni&Guy in Dallas TX, Kalvin became an educator and shared his love of hairdressing with thousands of salon professionals around the US. In 2012 became an ambassador for TIGI. In 2013 Kalvin fulfilled his dream since beauty school opening up his own hairdressing space Kalvin Pugh Hairdressing in Overland Park, Kansas.

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    Hair Dressers Who Sell Hair Styling Products

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    Is your hair dresser selling hair styling products too hard?

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I look forward to the relative peace and quiet that I experience while I’m sitting in the chair during my visits to my favorite hair salon. No television, no telephones, no radio advertisements, what a great place to escape from all of the thousands of marketing messages that we are bombarded with everyday. But it sounds like those days might be over.

    Hair styling product manufacturers are falling all over themselves trying to teach your hair dresser how to become hard sell. Of course it is hoped that while you are a captive audience while they’ve got your head in my shampoo bowl that you are more likely to buy hair styling products by the carload (kinda like the subliminal ads of the 1960’s). Overly ambitious hair dressers who use these hard sell tactics I think are likely to see a backlash . . . I for one would be looking for a new hair dresser. Here from the St. Paul Pioneer Press is an article about one such experience:

    Nice cut = hairdo/Hair Styling Product hard-sell = hair don’t

    I should have bolted the moment the eager young dresser zeroed in on my “natural waves.”

    Mine are not Sarah Jessica Parker’s silky waves or even Debra Messing’s. Mine are uneven, unflattering and frizzy, with a lost-my-hairbrush-a-week-ago quality.

    But I had come to this strange new hair salon to pull myself out of a hair rut — to once and for all break my straightening-iron dependency after many, many fai more hair styling products salesperson than hair dresserled attempts. So I let the hair dresser convince me that she could give me a new look. One that — and this is the key — I’d be able to easily replicate at home.

    “So let’s see,” the hair dresser said with glee, “what hair styling products shall I use?”

    I tend to believe the appearance of one’s hair has more to do with cut than the hair styling product. I’ve tried smoothing serums, conditioning treatments, pomades, grit, creams and lotions of all brands and at all price points with similarly unremarkable results. Sure, some hair styling products smell nicer than others. But no matter what I use, my hair ends up looking the same.

    This new hair dresser, however, was pushing the hair styling products, and hard. So hard that I finally asked if she was actually going to cut my hair or just load it with hair styling products. She absently snipped, all the while sounding like an Aveda infomercial. When she had finished making me look like a poodle crossed with Nicole Richie, she met me at the counter with a pile of bottles and tubes. She didn’t ask if I wanted to buy them; she simply thrust the stuff toward the cashier.

    I told her I wasn’t sure if the $30 — $30! — diffuser would fit on my hair dryer. She told me to take it home and try it.

    I pointed out that the Elements Smoothing Fluid looked a lot like the Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss I had at home. She insisted one was much thicker than the other.

    I said I already owned Aveda’s Brilliant Universal Styling Cream , which must be similar to the Be Curly Enhancing Lotion she wanted me to buy. Miraculously, she didn’t argue.

    Eager to get out of there and never return, I paid $20 for the Elements Smoothing Fluid. That overpriced hair styling product glares at me every time I open the medicine cabinet, symbolizing yet another bad hair day. The unpleasant experience has left me wondering: Are hair salons grooming new hires to be more salesperson than hairdresser?


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