March Color Madness! (A Months Worth of Color)

After working with Redken for well over 8 years, I’ve become underwhelmed, and I’m not quit sure what changed, but the line is definitely different. At first the color seemed to get brassy. Sometimes I’d use a dark brown (a level 4 for the pros out there) and it would end up as a light brown/dark blond (level7). Or, a few clients colors would be really bright at the scalp (we call that hot roots) Then I noticed colors would dull and wash out quickly, clients started to complain of scalp irritation, then when the color wasn’t covering gray, that’s when I had enough. I have used many color lines in my years as a hairstylist, but I wanted to find something I haven’t used before. I’m in a spot in my career where I’m getting board, I haven’t been impressed with anything new since discovering Brazilian Blowout 5 or years ago. I wanted to bring in something clients had never heard of. Something that would reignite my passion for my career I love so much. After many months of looking and trying and experimenting with different lines, I’ve found something refreshing and makes me really excited! I’ve settled on a color line called Keune. It’s a very conditioning color line that doesn’t stain or irritate the scalp, the reds are vibrant, and the colors fade factor is much lower. It smells good and it doesn’t sting my nose or make my eyes water.

I’m so in love with this new line, I wanted to share some of my creations using the new color. There’s been lots of ombré’s some Sombrè’s and some melted ombre done in the salon these past months. I’m going to admit, I LOVE creating these blended ombré looks. Here’s my favorite looks from the month of March!
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Thanks for reading! Your comments and ideas for other posts are welcome, I’d love to know what you want to read about!
Once again, thanks for reading

Your girl,
Becky

How To Get It Up… My favorite products to create volume

One of the biggest requests I get in the salon, “Give me voluminous hair Becky.” “You know I like lots if volume”. While I’m styling the hair I discuss the products I use, why I use them, and where. Most times clients eyes are closed relaxing and enjoying a little free time without their kids, husbands, ect. They’re aren’t paying any attention to me.

I’m going to be realistic here. I understand and can’t expect my clients to be able to round brush their hair the way I can. To be utterly honest, I can’t even round brush MY own hair the way I can round brush yours.
Having said that, there are things you can do to get a decent result as long as you are using the right product.

There’s a problem though. Clients are going to stores like Target and Walmart to get their products.
When you buy products at the store, you are self diagnosing. Your buying things that probably aren’t meant for your hair. If your buying it at the grocery store (because you THINK it’s cheeper) you are more then likely buying something expired.

Most hair products have a shelf life of 1-2 years. When the manufacturers haven’t moved the product in time, they sell it to grocery stores. And you buy it. (It’s ok, you didn’t know). You are not getting a better deal. The price is exactly the same if not a few cents more then if you’d buy it in the salon.

Or, you go to a place like Ulta, or Beauty Warehouse where some chick says, “This product is so amazing! It like, works SO good! You’re going to love it!” More times then not this person knows nothing about hair or the product they are selling you. So, your using something like Biolage (barf) and wondering why your hair feels dry and isn’t doing what you want. All because the girl at Ulta talked you into buying it.

Here is my list of things I use on the majority of my clients who want big round brushed hair.

Once the hair has been washed, I spray a root volumizer when the hair is wet. I like Keune’s Root Volumizer.
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Depending on the texture of the hair, I will use either Keune’s Smoothing Creamimage
Or I will use something with a light hold to give the hair memory with out making it sticky. For something like that, I’d use TIGI’s Your Highness Thickening Gel Cream. image
I’d also spray the roots with a Dry Shampoo. Keune is coming out with one this summer and I couldn’t be more pumped. image
Then I’d round brush the hair dry. Once the hair is cooled, it is ready to be broken up. For that I like to use a light styling oil. I like MoroccanOil’s light oil. image
Spray with hairspray. I like MoroccanOil’s Luminous Hairspray image

Something to think about: If you want your hair to go a certain way, you need to blow it dry that way. If you want your hair to have lots of volume, you need to dry it at the root at a 90 degree angle from the head. Doing that will build a base for your hair allowing your style have longevity and it’s most possible amount of volume.

Guys, listen to your stylist. They know your hair. They’ve seen it do great things, and they’ve seen it do some funky things. You trust them, and they only want you to have great results after you leave the salon, after all, you are our walking advertisement.