Category Archives: Let’s Get Geeky

Friday, October 26, 2012

Let’s Get Geeky – Sulfates

By now, you've probably seen or heard the words "sulfate-free" when shopping for shampoo. But, if you are like most of my clients, you may not know what sulfates are and why they should be avoided. Sulfates are surfactants added to shampoos to clean hair and to create lather. All surfactants contain molecules with hydrophobic…
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Let’s Get Geeky – Permanent Haircolor

Haircoloring products generally fall into four categories: temporary, semi-permanent, demi-permanent and permanent. Today I will explain the chemical action of permanent haircolor, which, along with demi-permanent formulas, is most widely used in salons. Permanent haircolor is most often used when 1) covering grey hair and/or 2) a shade lighter than the natural shade is desired.…
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Let’s Get Geeky – Thick Thin Fine Coarse

It happens all the time: A client sits down and says, "my hair is so fine!" when it's actually coarse or "I have thick hair!" when it's really quite thin. The terms for describing hair texture and density are really easy to confuse. Chances are, your stylist knows what you mean but in case you…
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Q and A – Too Much Protein?

Question: I've heard that some protein-based products can actually make your hair brittle. Is this true? Answer: The short answer is yes, this is true. Breakage is caused by an imbalance in hair's elasticity. For "normal" elasticity, there must be a balance between protein content and moisture content. Adding too much protein to your regime…
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Let’s Get Geeky * Bonds

Have you ever wondered how you can make curly hair straight or straight hair curly? Well, even if you haven't, I personally found that understanding WHY the techniques work really helped them connect for me. Basically, it's all about breaking bonds and reconnecting them in a new pattern. There are three types of side bonds…
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