How to do hair color at home?( The Professional Way )

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Do you know which color is for you?

Deciding your natural level

What is your natural level?  In hair color terms, we called it the ” N “shade.  A good way to tell is by looking at your eye browse.  They are usually very close to each other.  It usually ranges from 2 ( black ) to 10 ( lightest blonde ).  Most people falls into the 4 to 6 levels.

Next, you have to decide what level is your target color.  If you are a 4 level and you wanted to go to  6 level target color, you need to mix your color with 20 vol peroxide ( 2 levels lift ).  If you want to go to a 8 level target color, you need to mix 40 vol peroxide ( 4 level lift ).  It doesn’t matter what your desire color is, whether it is red, brown or copper, you follow the same guidance.

How to apply the color.

This is the most important part that you have to pay attention to.

If you have virgin hair, meaning you never colored your hair before, apply the color mixture 1 inch away from the scalp then brush it through.  You can either use a comb or use your hand to massage the color thoroughly .  Wait 25 minutes than apply the rest of the color on the roots and wait for another 20 minutes. The reason is, color activate faster with heat.  If you start the color from the scalp, your body heat will make the color on the roots work faster  than the ends.  Resulting in lighter color on the roots and darker on the ends.

If you have previously color your hair before and now you have new growth from the roots, we would reverse the steps.  Apply the color mixture on the roots beginning from the nape are ( that area is the coolest part on your head ).  Wait 20 minutes then apply the  the color all over the rest of the hair and wait 25 minutes.  The reason is, new grown hairs are more resistance and require longer time for the color to be lifted and deposited.  Hair that had previously colored takes on the color faster, yet needed less time to deposit.

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If you have gray hair and wanted to cover them perfectly, follow these steps.

  • Make sure you match the N color exactly to your natural level.  A lighter color will not give you 100% coverage.
  • If you are mixing a fashion shade to you N color, make sure the proportion is 75% N to 25% the other target color.
  • Make sure the mixture of color is nice and thick, not runny, meaning more color and less peroxide.
  • After color has been applied, wrap the hair with a plastic cap or food wrap.  Make sure the hair line ( the most resistance area ) is covered by the plastic and stick to the head.  Leave the color on for 45 minutes for maximum result.
  • Most people just let the hair expose to the air.  Doing so will leave the hair at the roots not sticking to the hair color to get perfect coverage.  On top, remember color activate better with heat.  The plastic on the scalp is going to trap the heat within the hair for better result.

The final thought

If you have been coloring your own hair for and did not get the perfect result.  Try these professional hack  hair coloring .   If you want your hair color to last longer or shines up more, try to a Keratin Treatment a week after hair coloring.  Leave a comment or email if you have more questions.

 

Hair Salon Should Be Opened By Now. It Causes More Damage By Shutting Them Down.

images (1)Hair services is essential.

If you are a hair stylist, you know how appreciated your clients are every time they left the salon. Hair cut and color is a necessity to most people, not only it maintain personal hygiene, it also maintain people’s mental health.

To people that are still going to work everyday, they need to look neat. To the elderly who can not do their hair themselves, they look forward for that once a week outing to the salon and see their favorite hair stylist giving them a blow out, to make them feel good about themselves. To people who have mental health issue, they might get depress looking at their gray hair, every time they look into the mirror, they feel more depress. To men who gets their hair cut every two weeks, they feeling of having longhair is like gaining a 100 pounds.

If someone could do study on the number of people who got depression over this lock down because they can not get their hair done. I believe the number is quit dramatic.

Working with it rather than avoiding it.

Closing the hair salon does not get rid of the problem. In fact, it makes the problem bigger. If you look around, you will see a lot of people still manage to get their hair cut some how. Some are done by family member, but a lot of them are getting it done at the basement salon, or the back door of their own hair stylist. Some hair stylist are doing house call. The number of people that are looking for and willing to get the underground services are only going to increase over time. It has been two months and people are losing their patients.

Stopping the operation of legitimate hair salon only going to promote more underground business. That hurts the hair salon business and also the tax revenue of the government. Not to mention, some hair salon can not even make it through this two months with no revenue. The worse thing is, underground operations can not be monitored by the government. Which means they can’t even ask them to practice protective measures when operating.

Instead, the government should open the hair salon right away, but give out appropriate guideline on how hair salon could operate safely. Hair salon owners are desperate to open and they will follow any guideline in order to get back their businesses.

Hair salon is a safe place

Hair services are not high risk at all if proper protective measures are being practiced. We might have to wear mask, not shake the clients hand, try not to go face to face with the client, sanitize equipment more often than normal, don’t book back to back client. That is all possible to be practiced right away.

As they say, patient is the key. However, if people started to lose patient, both hair stylists and clients, an unexpected result could happen. Our government should start learning from other countries that didn’t have to lock down the country and successfully hold down the spread of the virus.

5 Myths About Hair Straightening

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1.One big problem for people who has curly, frizzy hair is no matter how much time they spent on it, it never turned out right, or if lucky enough it did, it never lasted in humidity. 

Free radicals in the hair allows moisture to get in.  No matter how much you spend to dry your hair, the minute you walk into humid area, moisture in the air will get into those free radicals, making it goes back to it original state.  One of the solution to this is to seal your hair with a Keratin Treatment.

2.Your expensive flat iron that made with some high end metal will never damage hair.  

Hair is the only thing on your body that can sustain 200 + degree Celsius heat.  Yes, it is quite amazing that the finest thing on your body can resist that high heat over and over again, but every time heat is applied to the hair, it still causes damage no matter how expensive your iron is. You can minimize the damage by spraying heat protector every time or perform a long lasting heat protecting treatment like Keratin Treatment.

3.Using deep conditioning hair treatment or mask makes hair so much easier to manage that some people just leave them on without rinsing.

Hair treatments or masks are  designed to rinse out after the hair shaft absorbed what is needed.  They are made with a lower PH ( more acidic )than daily conditioner.  Acid helps close the hair cuticles to make the hair soft and shiny.  However, too much acid will make the hair cuticles closes too tight and cause damage eventually.  It is like when you squeeze an object too tight and it will break. The only hair treatments that can leave in the hair are ‘ leave in conditioner ‘ and ‘ Keratin Treatment ‘.

4.You have tried every hair straightening products on the shelf from the retail store, and they all scams. 

Retail products are for consumer use only, it will never worked like the one they use at a professional hair salon.  The reason is professional products are made stronger and it requires a very unique knowledge to perform.  It can cause damage if used incorrectly.  Some people find ways to buy professional products and do it on their own, if you are talented enough, you can get better result than retail store products.  When it comes to hair straightening services, it is recommended that you get it done professionally for the best result.

5.Keratin Treatment damages hair, yet not ideal for curly, frizzy hair people as it creates more frizz.

As Keratin Treatment becomes more and more heard of, a lot more products put the name ‘ Keratin ‘ as a selling point.  Keratin Treatment requires 220 degree Celsius flat ironing process to seal the Treatment in the hair.  If the product itself does not contain the REAL Keratin Treatment content, it can damage hair. Even though you get it done in a professional hair salon, there is no guarantee that they are using the REAL deal, that’s how some people had bad result from Keratin Treatment. 

 

If you are still wondering if Keratin Treatment is suitable for you, contact a reputable Keratin Treatment Salon for a consultation.

 

How to decide which Keratin Treatment is for you? ( The professional way )

Do you know which Keratin Treatment formula is for you?

1. Do you have unmanageable hair?

If you are readying this article, you probably have hair that you are not happy with. In most cases, frizzy, curly, too much volume, dry looking, damaged, the worse of all – unmanageable. Which means you are spending a lot of time styling it, yet it still not looking half decent.

Another scenario is, your hair is not that hard to manage but the minute you walk outside in humidity, it frizzes up. That happens because humidity in the air attacking the free radicals in you hair.

If you have the above problems, read on.

2. What type of Keratin Treatment should I use?

Now that you made it into the hair salon, how do you decide which Keratin Treatment is suitable for you? An experienced Keratin Treatment salon can usually help you decide the right formula. The most important is to make sure the salon is using the original true Keratin Treatment formula. Some salon even use a conditioner that has ‘ Keratin ‘ to perform the service. Which is not going to give the true Keratin Treatment result.

Basically, it is the Formaldehyde content that determine the strength of Keratin Treatment. The higher the percentage, the straighter the hair comes out and the longer it last.

If you are just looking to make your hair easier to manage, the Formaldehyde free or 1.5% formula will do. It will make the hair smoother, easier to style and humidity proofed.

If you have slightly resistance curls and wants it straighten, you will need the 5% formula. If you have very curly hair and looking to just relax the curl, 5% will also do the job right. Keep in mind Keratin Treatment did not design to straighten hair to begin with. It designs to make you hair easier to manage, repair the damage and soften unwanted curls. However, hair could turn out quite straight if the hair is not that resistant.

If you don’t like the word Formaldehyde, you can choose the organic formula, some even made vegan. It is not going to give you the same effect as the original formula, but it will serve the same purpose.

3.How do you know you are getting the right thing done?

Now that you have the basic knowledge of Keratin Treatment. ( Trust me, you know more than a lot of hair stylist out there by now. ) You probably have a good idea of which formula you need when you are at the salon. Let the hair stylist take a look at your hair and see what he or she suggested. If it matches what’s in your mind, go for it. You have got the right person. If the hair stylist suggest something else, it doesn’t hurt to take a look at what it is and then decide. If the hair stylist doesn’t sound like he or she knows what you are talking about, leave as quick as you can.

In my 20 years plus hair salon experience, I have heard a lot of stories of how an inexperience hair stylist can destroy your hair.

Now that you have decided which formula to use. Don’t feel embarrass to ask the hair stylist to show you the bottle. We have nothing to hide if we are honest to you. The treatment should look like conditioner with a bit of scent to it. Don’t be surprised if it bother your eyes or nose when the treatment is being applied. It is normal and it is a good thing, meaning they are using the legitimate formula on you.

After the process is finished. You should feel your hair a little sticky with the smell of the treatment. That will stay with you for 48 hours until you wash it.

After you wash the treatment off, you should feel your hair much easier to comb through and dry much quicker. Again, if it doesn’t come out perfectly straight as you might be expected, it is normal. It straightens according to how resistance the hair is.

If your hair didn’t feel like any of the above. You got scammed.

If you need more information on Keratin Treatment. Leave a comment or send us an email.

 

How to repair damaged hair. ( The professional way )

How to repair your hair from chemical damage?

What causes hair damage?

Most of the time hair damage comes from over process of chemicals, for example, coloring, highlighting, bleaching and permanent straightening. Over use of heat like flat iron and curling iron comes second. Environmental damage from dry weather or UV from the Sun came third. Chlorine and salt water from swimming can also affect the health of the hair if you do it constantly.

What to do if your hair is damaged.

If you notice your hair has been damaged from one of the above, stop that process right away. That will allow the hair to take a break from the damage and at the same time, you can perform certain procedure to restore some of the health of the hair.

It doesn’t mean that you have to stop coloring or straighten your hair permanently. It is just a process to give back what your hair has lost, so you don’t damage the hair further to a point where it is not fixable. Think of it like you injured yourself from exercising, you have to let your body heal before you can exercise again.

How to repair damaged hair by yourself ? ( The professional way )

There are tons of hair products on the shelves that says it can repair damaged hair, but which one you should get?

Basically, they all serve to tighten hair bonds, replenish keratin content in the hair, close hair cuticles. Hair usually feels a difference right after. The question is… does it actually heal the hair to its original state? NO, nothing will ever bring your hair back to virgin. Even the most expensive hair brand does not do magic.

Does that mean you shouldn’t buy those products? No, if your hair is damaged, doing something is for sure better than nothing. It is just a matter of what you should do.

I limited them to 3 categories:

  1. Hair mask – It is a intensive hair treatment that is formulated with oils, collagen and other nourishing ingredients. The result is usually temporary and you will need to do it regularly.
  2. Hair bonds re-builder – Olapex is a good example for this. It helps tightens the hair bond making the hair stronger from the inside out. The result is not as noticeable as it works mainly inside the hair, making the hair stronger, not prettier.
  3. Keratin Treatment – It fills the hair up with Keratin and Collagen, seals the hair cuticles with heat during the process. Hair is made mainly with Keratin, by giving back the keratin content to the hair, it is like hair re-born again. Sealing the hair with Keratin is like putting a top coat on the hair, it shines up the hair, making it look healthy again. Hair gets both the inside and outside benefits in one. It is also the longest lasting treatment of all. You can contact us if you need more information on Keratin Treatment.

Should you stop once you feel the hair is healthy again?

Once hair is damaged, it will never be the same no matter how much you do to it. Yes, it is like putting a broken mirror back together, there is always gonna be cracks. Whatever kind of treatment you have chosen to use is going to make your hair better to a certain extend, you will have to keep up with the process in order to maintain it. In fact, even your hair is not damaged, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do one of those treatment to intensify the hair quality and to protect the hair form damage.

 

If you have more questions about repairing your hair, send us an email and we will be more than happy to help.

 

How to do Keratin Treatment at home ( The Professional way )

Are you thinking of doing your own Keratin Treatment?

This is probably the most legitimate instruction on how to do your own Keratin Treatment at home.

As a hair professional Keratin Treatment hair stylist, I probably shouldn’t be giving out the secret. Considering not every single person in the world can be my client, or not everyone are able to get it done in a hair salon. I am willing to give you the best possible way to achieve the best result from a professional quality Keratin Treatment. Let’s get started.

First of all, you have to make sure the hair is clean enough that there is no hair product residue on it. You can do that by washing your hair with a deep cleansing shampoo two times.

Then you need to dry your hair 100% before you apply the treatment. Leaving any moisture in the hair will dilute the treatment yet the result might not turn out as good as it can be.

The perfect tool to apply Keratin Treatment.

Put on a pair of protective gloves on. Using the application brush like the one above to apply the treatment from the roots, then use the comb side to comb the treatment thoroughly. ( Hair at the roots are the healthiest, meaning they are the most resistant ). If you have long hair, you might have to dip more Treatment half way down. The most important thing is to make sure the hair is saturated with the treatment.

After you apply the Treatment on the whole hair, wrap the hair up with either a plastic cap or food wrap. This is to avoid the treatment from drying up while you are waiting for the treatment to process. Leave the Treatment on for 45 minutes for maximum result.

Remove the wrap and start drying your hair right away. Never rinse off the treatment as it decreases the result dramatically. You will find it takes a long time to dry the hair because of the consistency of the Treatment. Make sure the hair is 100% dry, you can use a paddle brush as you dry the hair along, it will make the drying process easier as the Treatment might make the hair feels a little sticky before it is totally dry.

The final step. Make sure your flat iron heat up to 450℉ before you start ironing the hair. Keratin Treatment needs high heat to activate and to seal the Treatment on the hair properly. If the temperature drops while you are performing the process, wait until the temperature goes up again before you go on. Make sure every section is no thicker than 2 mm. If your section is too thick, the inner layers of the hair will not get the same heat level as the outside layers, hence the job will not be done perfectly.

As you are ironing the hair, fumes will be released as you go along. That’s is normal. Note that it is the ironing that make the hair straight not the treatment itself. Which means the more you iron it, the straighter your hair turned out. So, don’t be afraid to iron it as much as you can for the stubborn part of your hair. If you saturated the hair with the treatment, that is natural heat protector. Very unlikely you can damage your hair with the heat. However, once you see no fumes are coming out when you put the iron on the hair, stop the process. It means that all the treatment has already been evaporated, and heat could damage the hair at this point. The guideline is to flat iron each strands of hair up to 10 times.

After the process is done, leave the hair unwashed for 48 hours or longer if you like. It gives time for the treatment to settle down. If you wash it off too soon, the strength of the treatment might be decreased or the treatment might not last as long.

Keratin Treatment can be done as often as you need. If the result is not intense enough after the first time, you can do another one on top of it right away to intensify the result.

Now that you know the process of how to do Keratin Treatment professionally, get a professional quality treatment and try it for yourself.

I have linked the product that I would recommend.  Comment below if you have any questions. 

 

 

How to do Keratin Treatment at home ( The Professional way )

Are you thinking of doing your own Keratin Treatment?

This is probably the most legitimate instruction on how to do your own Keratin Treatment at home.

As a professional Keratin Treatment hair stylist, I probably shouldn’t be giving out the secret. Considering not every single person in the world can be my client, or not everyone are able to get it done in a hair salon. I am willing to give you the best possible way to achieve the best result from a professional quality Keratin Treatment. Let’s get started.

First of all, you have to make sure the hair is clean enough that there is no hair product residue on it. You can do that by washing your hair with a deep cleansing shampoo two times.

Then you need to dry your hair 100% before you apply the treatment. Leaving any moisture in the hair will dilute the treatment yet the result might not turn out as good as it can be.

The perfect tool to apply Keratin Treatment.

Put on a pair of protective gloves on. Using the application brush like the one above to apply the treatment from the roots, then use the comb side to comb the treatment thoroughly. ( Hair at the roots are the healthiest, meaning they are the most resistant ). If you have long hair, you might have to dip more Treatment half way down. The most important thing is to make sure the hair is saturated with the treatment.

After you apply the Treatment on the whole hair, wrap the hair up with either a plastic cap or food wrap. This is to avoid the treatment from drying up while you are waiting for the treatment to process. Leave the Treatment on for 45 minutes for maximum result.

Remove the wrap and start drying your hair right away. Never rinse off the treatment as it decreases the result dramatically. You will find it takes a long time to dry the hair because of the consistency of the Treatment. Make sure the hair is 100% dry, you can use a paddle brush as you dry the hair along, it will make the drying process easier as the Treatment might make the hair feels a little sticky before it is totally dry.

The final step. Make sure your flat iron heat up to 450℉ before you start ironing the hair. Keratin Treatment needs high heat to activate and to seal the Treatment on the hair properly. If the temperature drops while you are performing the process, wait until the temperature goes up again before you go on. Make sure every section is no thicker than 2 mm. If your section is too thick, the inner layers of the hair will not get the same heat level as the outside layers, hence the job will not be done perfectly.

As you are ironing the hair, fumes will be released as you go along. That’s is normal. Note that it is the ironing that make the hair straight not the treatment itself. Which means the more you iron it, the straighter your hair turned out. So, don’t be afraid to iron it as much as you can for the stubborn part of your hair. If you saturated the hair with the treatment, that is natural heat protector. Very unlikely you can damage your hair with the heat. However, once you see no fumes are coming out when you put the iron on the hair, stop the process. It means that all the treatment has already been evaporated, and heat could damage the hair at this point. The guideline is to flat iron each strands of hair up to 10 times.

After the process is done, leave the hair unwashed for 48 hours or longer if you like. It gives time for the treatment to settle down. If you wash it off too soon, the strength of the treatment might be decreased or the treatment might not last as long.

Keratin Treatment can be done as often as you need. If the result is not intense enough after the first time, you can do another one on top of it right away to intensify the result.

Now that you know the process of how to do Keratin Treatment professionally, get a professional quality treatment and try it for yourself.

I have linked the product that I would recommend.  Comment below if you have any questions.