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What are the differences?
1. Japanese Thermal reconditioning e.g. Yuko is permanent. In other words, it stays there until it grows out. Most people, depending on the length of hair, will re do the procedure between 9-12 months.
2. Brazilian Blowout is a temporary treatment that lasts between 8-12 weeks.
3. Yuko uses FDA approved chemicals which are non toxic and not carcinogenic.
4. The Brazilian Blowout chemicals which used to include Formaldehyde but now includes other aldehydes chemicals which cause eye irritation and burning of the throat and nasal cavity. In fact recommendations include the salon implements ventilation systems and the stylists wearing masks! Yuko uses the same chemicals as seen in permanent waves.
5. The YUKO Hair Straightening System obtained patent approval in the United States in 2000. It was approved as a “Hair Repair, Styling and Straightening Process” and is also a recognized technique of restoring health to the hair.
The world-renowned researchers of Phi-ten first developed the breakthrough technology of water-soluble gold, “Aqua Gold.” This special water undergoes what Phi-ten call the “Phild Process*” and made electrically stable, which in turn allows for active ingredients in hair solutions to permeate the hair swiftly, minimizing damage from chemicals while producing the desired effect.
All YUKO products use soluble gold to bring to your hair the perfect harmony between exquisite beauty and vibrant health.
6. After the permanent straightening process you have to wait 72 hours before getting your hair wet. With the temporary straightening you can wash your hair immediately if desired.
7. Brazilian Blowout will not guarantee their product without the use of their product, i.e. Shampoo and conditioner. That is not the case with Yuko.
8. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that formaldehyde is a probably human carcinogen based on limited evidence in humans and sufficient evidence in laboratory animals.
9. Claiming to be “formaldehyde-free’ still means chemical derivatives of aldehyde such as those you might find in keratin treatments (another name for Brazilian Blowout) and include acetaldehyde, ethanol, methanol, formalin and chemicals ending in -aldehyde. Again these chemicals can cause irritation of the eyes, nose and skin during the keratin treatment process.
10. Pricing can vary from $200-$400 for the temporary treatment and from $400-$600 for the permanent straightening.
11. Treatment time varies between 2-3 hours for the temporary to around 4 hours for the permanent system.
Why pay to have your hair colored at a hair salon when you can just by a box color at the grocery store?
Primarily, professional stylists use much gentler products, higher in protein and moisture. Different color lines offer different levels of longevity, vibrancy and shine. One of the best color lines in the world is currently Alfaparf, formulated and originally manufactured in Italy it consistently out classes most other professional color lines. This line offers:
- - Intense and Ultra Luminous Reflections thanks to extracts of Saffron, Indigo, and Rubbia, plants used to produce rich and glowing color effects in fabrics.
- – Unparalleled Lasting Power thanks to Tannin, a natural fixative that bonds color to the hair fiber with the same principle used to fix color to the fibers of textiles.
- - Extremely Conditioned and Touchably Soft thanks to the high concentration of Natural Ingredients in the formula.
Highlights are generally lighter panels or pieces placed in foils either with a base color or without. This will brighten and lighten the hair without a solid color allowing blending of grey or just a change of tonality. Low lights by contrast are darker or a different tone within the same shade to achieve dimension. Placement of highlights and low lights can give incredible dimension and interest with head turning results which are completely unobtainable with at home color. Stylists who stay current on the latest trends will offer unusual and interesting color techniques instead of the old fashioned ‘weave’ which is now out of date. Specialty hair color generally involves a combination of different colors and placement, taking into account the hair cut and clients lifestyle. Of course choosing the correct stylist and a high-end salon is crucial. Color techniques, mixing and application comes from years of experience and training.
Box colors are formulated with harsh “idiot proof” chemicals that leave the hair lifeless, dull and quite often damaged. The opposite actually is the case with Alfaparf color, which leaves the hair incredibly shiny, soft and in better condition than before color was applied.
Do not be fooled by the hard core marketing campaign by the box color manufacturers showing beautiful hair on beautiful models. Of course these girls do not use ‘at home’ hair color. These implied images undermine the professional salons who strive to achieve optimum health and beauty of hair color.
For women in particular this is a very important question and one that can potentially have life changing consequences. The apparent toxicity of many chemicals in personal care products is of great concern.
Choosing a salon that offers natural products is a welcome alternative.
Sodium lauryl sulphate is one of the chemicals to be aware of. It is the detergent element of a formulation and is a sudsing agent.
In its final report on the safety of sodium lauryl sulfate, the Journal of the American College of Toxicology notes that this ingredient has a “degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties.” What’s more, the journal adds, “high levels of skin penetration may occur at even low use concentration.”
Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as anti-microbial preservatives in food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics products, including underarm deodorants. Parabens are absorbed through intact skin and from the gastrointestinal tract and blood. Measurable concentrations of six different parabens have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. The particular parabens were found in relative concentrations that closely parallel their use in the synthesis of cosmetic products.
Parabens have also been found in almost all urine samples examined from a demographically diverse sample of U.S. adults.
Parabens have been shown to be estrogen mimickers, binding to the cellular estrogen receptor (ER). They also increase the expression of genes that are usually regulated by estradiol and cause human breast tumor cells (MCF-7 cells) to grow and proliferate in vitro.
The only professional hair care product on the market now which is both sulphate and paraben free is Kevin Murphy, originally form Australia. The company now has a manufacturing plant here in the United States but has to meet strict ingredient standards.
Hair stylist themselves how constantly have their hands in shampoo and conditioners all day long are potential at a higher risk of developing irritations, sensitivities and certain cancers. It is very evident that it is totally unnecessary to include these and many more synthetic, harmful chemicals that have a negative effect on the body. These ingredients are cheap and fast to manufacture there by boosting profits for the companies promoting them. Educating ourselves on these and other organic and natural alternatives would, I believe be not only beneficial for the environment but for our own health.
By Caroline Douglas, Master Stylist/Owner, Aspen Grove Salon, Castle Rock, Colorado.
Having a hair cur from a “master stylist” as opposed to a hair stylist really comes down to experience and expertise. For an hour of your time and certainly no less than forty-five minutes you should definitely be able to tell the difference, primarily with regards to accuracy.
Famed stylists Vidal Sassoon and Kris Sorby teach precision and accuracy as their primary concept. In order to achieve that level of accuracy, certain systems and techniques must be in place, for example, accurate sectioning, positioning, stance and good hand and arm control. A master stylist is working systematically around the client, adjusting and controlling hair placement and natural fall, checking and cross-checking on wet hair.
The blow dry follows, which generally can take ten to twenty minutes, depending on the density and length of hair. Blow-drying itself is a skill many stylists still have yet to master. Once dry, the master stylist can see exactly how the hair falls, how movement and hair growth patterns affect the desired shape and flow. Approximately thirty percent of the cutting is done when the hair is styled. This includes adding texture to the cut, personalizing the shape, blending and softening, which can only be done accurately during the final moments on dry, styled hair. Perimeters can be made precise (if that is the requirement for the style). One example of this is the A-line “bob” haircut. This classic style is the most challenging haircut to execute well. It should show blunt lines and blended graduated layers through the interior of the haircut.
Talent can come from natural ability, but often it is also taught. Only ten percent of stylists maintain and continue their education, a statistic of grave concern to anyone who values a current hairstyle and precision haircuts. A master stylist continues their education, which is key to growth and development, improving techniques and skill levels, which can further enhance the stylist’s overall value in the marketplace. Additionally, continuing education is also essential for keeping up with industry and fashion standards. Stylists who works for companies that offer inexpensive haircuts generally have not invested thousands of dollars on their continued education.
To receive a haircut from a master stylist, you can expect to pay for the numerous years of education and hands-on experience, (hopefully) receiving a product that is more than worthy of the time and financial investment offered by you, the client.
If you’ve ever endured a bad haircuts, you know it can be a horrifying experience that takes months, even years to correct. Who wants to have 250 bad hair days, all because of trying to cut costs in an area where actually more money should be invested? Receiving an amazing cut that is versatile, easy to manage and looks stunning is the perfect result that any woman would want.
Find a true master stylist and prepare to adore your hair. Join us today at Aspen Grove Salon.
What’s the latest on the runways for fall 2010? Can we simulate these looks in Colorado?
Absolutely we can! Combine these trends with timeless classics that are versatile and worldly.
During Fall Fashion Week 2010, we saw:
- Loose sexy waves: Curls are back, not so much the 80′s tight structured chemically produced curl but more the irregular free form texture created by rollers, or variable curling irons. Body waves have become more commonplace. Lightly pinning front pieces away from the face or lots of volume around the face and crown work equally well.
- Blunt fringe (bang): Blunt straight fringe or textured but blunt giving a strong frame for the face are now widely seen. This is something you have to get used to and have the confidence to pull off.
- Side ponytails: Either low or high but definitely off center is the look for the fall. Great for the low maintenance day time style for busy young moms.
Casual long styles signifying ‘second day hair’ working with the natural wave in the hair.
These are some of the new trends. Of course the same old classics appear every season with some artistic variations.
- Bob: This timeless precision cut will never disappear from our runways, magazines or our neighborhood and nor should it. Created by hair icon Vidal Sassoon, it takes a master stylist with years of experience to create a perfect bob.
- Shag: Variations on this layered cut continue to be seen everywhere. Fun, flattering and versatile. You just can’t go wrong here, assuming you have a great artist with a pair of scissors!
- Pixie: Again, so many choices here and so easy to style and maintain. From the executive to the kindergarten teacher, express your creativity with this style. From one cut you can style in a variety of ways in a few seconds.
Hair colors are bold this season but tonal. Creating dimension within the shape of the cut, which can be subtle or creative. Chestnuts, gold, blondes and caramels hit the stage and look stunning around town. Find a creative colorist who will work with your skin tones and lifestyle. The idea this fall is to move out of your comfort zone with color and be noticed. When a stranger comes up to you and remarks on your hair you will know you have made a good choice. The right cut and color for you personally maximizes your features and contours and generally makes every day a great hair day.
Anyone who’s ever had a haircut knows that all hair salons are not created equal…but how can you choose the perfect salon for you?
One of the hardest things to do, especially when relocating to a new area, is finding a new hair salon. Certainly, it’s not as high a priority as finding a dentist, a school, or a pediatrician, but it’s pretty close. Whether you’ve just moved, or are simply ready for a change, here are some effective ways for finding the hair salon that’s right for you.
1. See who is advertising.
You might find ads on billboards, in local publications, in coupon mailers, on the exterior of vans or other forms of transportation, or anywhere in town. One of the best places to begin your research is online. Some salons don’t put up a website, and this should raise a red flag in your search. A professional website can be constructed for as little a few hundred dollars, so if a salon chooses not to put up a website, it makes you wonder how serious they are about their business (and about staying in business). Another reason a salon might not have a website is if they’re brand new – another reason they likely wouldn’t be the best choice for you.
2. Go in for a closer look.
Once you’ve reviewed some websites and narrowed your search a bit more, the next step is to drive around, check out the location and wander into the shop. When looking inside the salon, the first person to greet you should ideally be a very warm and friendly receptionist. Everyone likes to feel comfortable with the people around them, especially if you might be a little nervous about a new “hair experience.” This initial contact is key. Consider these factors: how is the decor and the feel of the salon? How clean and tidy is the salon? Ask to be shown around, see how the staff react. Look at the clients in their chairs as you walk around. Ask the front desk if any stylist specializes in the cut or color you are looking for, ask how many years they have been doing hair.
3. Ask for a referral.
Keep your eyes open and be on the lookout for people in your area with a great haircut or color. Ladies generally love to be asked about their hair and complemented even if you just bumped into them in the library or at the grocery store. If you see someone with a nicely cut bob for example the chances are their stylist will be able to do any haircut you desire, as a nicely executed bob is probably the hardest haircut to do well.
4. Test the waters.
Once you have narrowed your search down to just one or two locations and asked all the relevant questions, you could book a blow dry and style for yourself to get a feel for that particular stylist. If you have a teenage girl in the family you could also bring them in to have a cut and watch closely how that goes.
Finding a great stylist may take a bit of time, but it’s worth the investment because when you find someone outstanding, you know you’ll always get a great cut and you’ll want to keep coming back year after year.