Monday, March 11, 2013

Think Your Hair Is Healthy. Find out

Here are some clues that will help you to analyze the health
 of your hair. 
Take these simple tests to find out if your strands need saving — and how to keep your hair healthy. 

Strong strands can stand up to brushing and styling without breaking. "Strength is one of the main signs of hair health, because if it's not strong, you can't do much with it," says Madame Claude.

The test: When it's wet, stretch a strand of your hair. "Hair is at its weakest when wet," says Claudia, "so if it breaks with little effort, it's unhealthy. If it snaps back without breaking, it's in good shape."

The fix: Build up strength by using products that contain keratin, a structural protein that already exists in the skin and hair. "It fills in grooves in the hair cuticle [the outer layer of the hair] and strengthens it," says Madame Claude. . Be careful not to overdo , however, because proteins "can build up on the hair, harden the cuticle, and eventually become stronger than the hair itself, which can cause breakage," . For best results, ask our hairstylists to recommend a protein product that would be the most suitable for your hair type and how to use it and how often..

That mirror-shiny hair being flung  around in TV commercials doesn't just sell shampoo, it's shouts "hair health." "If your hair is shiny, it means that the hair cuticle is lying flat, which allows the hair to reflect light," says Madame Claude. When hair is damaged,  the cuticle is damaged — either roughened or chipped away and won't reflect light, so hair looks dull.
 If you can't tell whether your hair is shiny by looking at it there isa simple test. First wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo and don't condition. Then place a strand of hair in a glass of cold water and wait five minutes. If your hair floats, it has low porosity, which is a good. This  indications that your cuticle is healthy. If it sinks,  your hair is very porous, which means that the cuticles are open and won't reflect light
 The easiest way to restore shine is simply to brush your hair using a boar-bristle brush, which distributes the natural, protective oils from your scalp down the hair shaft. Or use silicone-based products, which smooth down the cuticle to help reflect light. Additionally, use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove dulling buildup from styling products. 

Frizz-free hair  — it also means your hair is healthy. Smoothness depends on healthy cuticles that lie flat and retain moisture, which prevents hair from becoming dry, rough, and dull
 Take a strand of hair and run your thumb and index fingers over it a couple of times, paying close attention to the feel of the cuticle. "If the hair feels rough, it's a sign of dryness and damage," says Claudia. "Your hair may also be damaged if you also notice a difference in texture from one section of hair to another, and from root to end."
One fix for this is to start brushing with a tool that has smooth synthetic bristles and a cushioned paddle. "Synthetic bristles cause less friction to the hair than other types of bristles, and in turn help eliminate frizz and flyaways,"  Madame Claude recommends regular use of deep conditioners and leave-in treatments, which will help smooth down the cuticle and restore the  moisture to the hair.
. Elasticity

Elasticity is a measure of your hair's ability to snap back into its original state after being stretched, and it means your locks have good moisture levels much like porocity.
 Take a strand of your hair and hold it with one hand. With your other hand, run the thumbnail and the nail of your index finger quickly down the hair (the way you'd curl a ribbon with scissors) to create a tight coil. Then gently pull the hair straight for 10 seconds and release. "If your hair returns almost completely to the curl pattern, you're in good shape," says Claudia. "If it returns to half or less than half of the curl, your hair has poor elasticity."
 Try a treatment that features proteins. "Any conditioners containing protein, such as wheat protein or keratin, will help hair become stronger and more flexible," . However, be careful not to go overboard with these products — the protein can build up with repeated use and the weight can actually cause breakage.
Discuss this with our stylist to determine the right products and proper amount of treatments necessary.
Whether you rely on Coloring your hair color or it's natural , the quality of the color has more to do with your hair's shine than its actual shade. If the hair cuticles lack moisture and don't lie flat, even the richest of browns can look lifeless.
Use the same test that you did for shine. First wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo and don't condition. Place a strand of hair in a glass of cold water and wait five minutes. If your hair floats, your hair porosity is low, which is a good sign. If it sinks, your hair is very porous, which means that it won't reflect light and your color will look dull.
This can be an easy fix by using  a tinted or clear glaze once or twice a month, says Claudia, to restore shine and add dimension to your color.
This model is 38 years old
Beautiful Greys
Whether you've have a few gray hairs or you've gone full-on silver, gray hair can look healthy and graceful The key is to lock in moisture since the follicles of gray hair produce a lot  less oil, making the hair feel dry and coarse, explains Claudia. "There also may be changes to the root of the hair, or there may be changes that occur to the outer layer of the hair shaft in general," explains Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
The test: Simply compare any gray hairs you have with your other strands — if they have a different texture, it can mean they're in need of hydration and protein moisture. Grey hair actually needs more care and products.
The fix is to use  clear glazes, which will coat the hair, give it shine, and make it more manageable," says Madame Claude If you have grey hair and you'd like to cover them, consult our professional colorists for best results.

Flake Free Scalp
Unless you're prepared to wear a wardrobe of white for the foreseeable future, it's time to take care of that dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis. This scalp irritation can be more than an annoyance — it can have lasting effects because it "can interfere with hair growth and lead to hair breakage and loss," says Dr. Zeichner.
Take a toothbrush and brush a section of your scalp back and forth six times. "If the skin feels irritated and flakes fall out of it, your scalp is inflamed," Zeichner says. Also, look to see if there are any sensitive red spots, or "plaques," which may indicate psoriasis. In this case, see your dermatologist.
 Luckily, Redken  dandruff Shampoo and conditioner works amazingly and it does not dry out the hair and make it dull like 99% of the shampoos and conditioners available on the market. This shampoo contains selenium sulfide, 1 percent zinc pyrithione, or 1 percent ketoconazole, which can calm the scalp and rid it of flakes. "While the treatments are called shampoos, it's best to use them as liquid scalp therapies, so lather and let the shampoo sit on the scalp for five minutes, then rinse," says Claudia. 
Not all flaking and irritation is caused by the prior conditions mentioned in the prior paragraphs.

Other reasons for flaky, itchy, and/or irritated scalp:
  • This condition can be caused by using to harsh of shampoos for your hair and scalp.
  • Being exposed to a very dry environment for prolonged times
  • Not thoroughly rinsing out shampoos and/or conditioners, which will leave a residue on the hair and scalp.
If any of these are the cause...the solutions are use a more hydrating shampoo and conditioner and thoroughly rinse the products out of your hair.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Injectables and plastic surgery

Jackie Stallone, mother of actor Sylvester Stallone, may be 90-years-old, but she don't hesitate when it comes to jumping in the plastic surgery ring. She's had her face and brows lifted, lips injected, cheeks implanted, nose changed, and other procedures that maybe  only legal in South Americas.

Wait a Minute. Is this one of Jackie Stallone children? Calling National Enquirer
Carrot Top  It’s unsure what surgeries Carrot Top has had, but it looks like an eyebrow lift, botox, maybe a face lift. He also reportedly took human growth hormone, which could explain his freaky muscles.

La Toya Jackson
Only thing La Toya Jackson appears to be toying around with is her La Face. Apparently plastic surgery runs in the Jackson family and it didn't skip this sibling either who underwent a rhinoplasty, among other procedures like her cheeks and forehead.

Lisa Rinna
Lisa  has been vocal about her trademark lips. The actress has spoken openly about her multiple surgeries, even admitting when they went wrong, from lip implants (and reductions) to Botox.


Nicole Kidman
Anyone whose watched a Nicole Kidman movie from the '90s can easily tell she's touched her face up over the past decade. She recently admitted to Marie Claire magazine that she's done Botox, but nothing more. "No surgery for me. I did try Botox, unfortunately, but I got out of it and now I can finally move my face again."  REALLY?

Madonna's in her 50s and clearly she's done something to fight the hands of aging. The pop icon's visage compared to 10–15 years ago shows someone with a fuller and wrinkle-free face. Speculation points to  facelifts, browlift, nose,  injectables and  Botox.

Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson has denied the rumors of plastic surgery for years, but are her newer, bigger, more luscious lips speaking for themselves? We, however, haven't had lip implants, so ours are easily sealed.

Donatella Versace
Designer Donatella Versace isn't only busy cutting into fabrics, but her image as well. There's definitely truth to the rumors of plastic surgery, what surgeries however are unconfirmed. Looks to be a few facelifts, lip injections, cheek implants, and other procedures.

Lara Flynn Boyle
Lara Flynn Boyle got lip injections and just looked like she had plumped up lips. Then her face started “melting” as old injectable fillers sometimes do and now her lips hang upside down. Why you sad, girl?

Bruce Jenner
The Jenner/Kardashian patriarch is a great guy with a strange face. He’s actual had several facelifts to correct his initial bad face lift.

Meg Ryan
Ohh the sad saga of Meg Ryan’s face. She was so adorable and then she went and got some of the world’s first collagen lip injections and coined the term “duck lips.”

Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey doesn’t look bad at all, but she got a nose job and became a different person. It’s incredible how you can change one thing and look like a different human entirely.

Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan, at the very mature age of 25, decided to start getting fillers. Because she had no lines in her face to fill, he face just plumped up! We called it a “pillow face.” I’m happy to announce that her skin has bounced back to normal.

Mickey Rourke
Ladies, do yourself a favor and Google “Young Mickey Rourke.” Have you done it? Attractive right? Like a rugged Alec Baldwin. Now look at the photo to the left. Sorry, man.

Tara Reid
Tara Reid was the victim of a botched liposuction job. Her skin looked like it got scrunched up after the procedure. Did Tara Reid even have any fat on her body to begin with?

Priscilla Presley
Priscilla Presley was the victim of a botox scam by a doctor who injected her with low-grade silicone, the same stuff used to lubricate car parts. The injectables started floating around her face causing her to look…lumpy?

Joan Rivers
I’m not even sure what a pre face-lift Joan Rivers even looks like. I’m imagining she looked like Blake Lively. Yes, Joan Rivers looked like Blake Lively and then she got an industrial fan to blow all her skin back.

See how other see you

Sunday, March 3, 2013

TEXTURE/Curly Looks and How to achieve the looks

TEXTURE/Curly Looks and How to achieve the looks

Regardless of your  ethnicity, texture, curl pattern or length, this technique with this type of rollers will  create defined, elegant-looking curls.

The Steps
1. Start with clean and Conditioned hair.

Redken "Curvaceous" hair care line is ideal for this look. Separate hair into 1/4´´ to 1´´ sections. The smaller the sectioning the tighter the curli
2. Prepare hair for the rollers by folding the ends with end papers.  Use  Redken's Curvaceous CurlDive

3. Starting at the bottom and rolling upward towards the scalp, wrap sections lengthwise around the roller to form natural spirals.
4. Secure by pinning the inside of the curl lengthwise against the scalp and dry hair completely under a hooded dryer.
5. Gently unwind each roller. Apply  finishing shine and use fingers to gently separate and arrange curls.

Rake & Shake styling technique.
 The secret to this look is to create the curl pattern
 while the hair is damp.


1. Gently blot hair with a towel to remove excess moisture. 

2. Use a leave-in conditioning spray such as "It a 10"  to seal in moisture.

3. Divide hair into 4 to 6 sections and distribute a dollop of styling product ( Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl"  through each section. Separate fingers on one hand and “rake” from scalp to ends, spreading styling cream throughout the section.

4. When you reach the ends, gently “shake” hair back and forth to create curl in the hair.

This is a  halo of diffused curls which  has a softness and natural  movement.

  There is Volume created at the roots which supports the loose shape. This look  flatters the face and creates  a rounded overall shape.

This  halo of diffused curls has a softness that results from natural movement. Volume created at the roots supports the loose shape flattering the face .

First wash with  Redken Smooth Down Sahmpoo and conditioner

1. Blow dry hair using a diffuser with a high heat and low speed, constantly stimulating the hair at the roots to create volume.
2. When hair begins to feel dry, remove the diffuser and blast the roots with the dryer to loosen up the shape.
3. Personalize the finished look, creating width by gently backcombing the sides with fingers and comb.
4. Finish with Bed Head Masterpiece to add shine and long-lasting hold.
5. Repeat the process on all sections; then diffuse hair or let it dry naturally.

Styling Product to use for this style is Redken Smooth Lock Stay Sleek

Styling product for this look is Redken Smooth Lock Stay sleek

Don't want the curl. Have curl but it is uneven curl and too frizzy, but Don't want to commit to NO CURL
Answer.....Global keratin Treatment

Claude Thomas is an expert in this treatment for hair. We have been doing this keratin treatment for 10 years now. WAY BEFORE MOST SALON EVEN HEARD OF A KERATIN TREATMENT.
Claude Thomas always in the forefront of the salon industry