Health & Style Institute Beauty Bites

HSI student, Traona, fighting the frizz on a salon client.

For folks with curly hair, frizz crops up all the time, and it’s incredibly tough to eliminate. Sometimes it’s caused by heat, sometimes by lack of moisture. Other times, it’s simply a bad hair day. No matter the reason, when frizz shows up there’s no way to ignore it. Nor should you—it can be an indication that your hair is suffering from dryness or damage. Harsh chemicals, excessive processing, and constant heat from blow-drying or straightening can all lead to flyaways, split ends, and broken strands. To combat the problem, you need a combination of tactics, all designed to moisturize and protect against the elements.

With these steps you can take to fight frizz, go ahead — let your glorious mane down!

When Air Drying Your Hair

If you’re air drying your ‘do, avoiding frizz starts right when you step out of the shower.  Use a towel to “blot” your hair, as giving your hair a rub down will leave hair frizzy when dry. If you have serious frizz that you are trying to fight, take a styling cream with plenty of moisture and distribute evenly throughout the hair using a wide tooth comb. Most importantly, don’t touch your hair until it’s totally dry!

When Sleeping

Fight frizz while you sleep with a satin pillow case, which will reduce friction. And don’t make your pony too tight before you go to bed and use a soft hair tie.

When Trimming Your Hair 

Split ends can be bad news for avoiding frizzy hair, because the end can split all the way up the strand, causing it to frizz out. Try and get your ends trimmed every 6-8 weeks, and use an oil on the tips to keep them moisturized.

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When Blow-Drying Your Hair 

When using a blow dryer, use an anti-humidity smoother or cream which will seal the hair cuticle and make sure that your hair can get 100% dry. Also, coat strands with a frizz fighting serum pre-blowout  to battle frizz even more. Lastly, make sure to direct the air flow down the hair shaft when drying, and using a ceramic blow dryer will help your frizz-fighting cause.

When Showering

Hair is more frizz-prone if it’s dehydrated, so use a weekly deep-conditioning hair mask moisture treatment in the shower.  Use products with coconut oil, Shea Butter, or Argan Oil for regular shampooing and conditioning.

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Your health and Style Institute stylist can help you select the products that are just right for your hair to keep the frizzies tamed. We have a slew of great and affordable products at both locations!

 

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Fall is about upon us, and it’s the perfect time to address any hair damage from the summer elements and consider a new fall look.

Our conditioning treatments are SUPER affordable, starting at only $6! Very hydrating, it will nourish your hair and move you into fall beautifully.

Going into fall is a time many consider adding some darker dimension to hair.  Our September special will save you money:  Get a Free Mini Foil with a Full-Priced All Over Color Service.

This offer is good at both our High Point, NC and our Kennesaw, GA locations, September 1 through 30, 2015. Call today to schedule!

Color correction done by HSI student Jennifer.

Color correction done by HSI student Jennifer.

If you’re not open to a complete color change, there are still ways to add some great oomph to your hair color, less radical than a complete new color.

Highights by HSI student Sheila.

Highights by HSI student Sheila.

Highlights

Good news for all you brunettes and red heads:  highlights aren’t just blonde streaks!  Instead, it’s dying strands of hair at least two shades lighter than your primary color.  This means you can keep the color you want and can just have lighter, complimentary strands with it.

If you want a really light look, you can go three shades lighter than your primary color. More than that and you won’t have a naturally sun-kissed look; you’ll have two completely different hair colors.

For a really dramatic look, many people use “chunks” of highlights, which are really just thick areas of hair that have been highlighted.  The thicker your highlights, the more obvious and less natural looking they’ll be.  The thinner, the more natural.  If you want a subtle look, ask your stylist at Health and Style Institute to go for “contrast.”

If you want to change your hair color, highlighting can be the way to go.  Just widen the highlighted area a little more every time you go to Health and Style Institute, and you’ll have a completely lighter hair color before you know it.

Lowlights

These are the often misunderstood and misused treatment of the coloring world.  Luckily, Health and Style Institute stylists know just what they are and how to use them.

Lowlighting is basically highlighting, but you go darker instead of lighter.  Your lowlights are 2-3 shades darker than your primary color.  If you color your hair, lowlights are fantastic at making your new color blend with the old.  When your darker, natural hair starts showing at the roots, it looks like it’s just complimenting your lowlights.

If your hair’s a little on the thin side, lowlights on the underside of your hair can give the illusion of depth and dimension.  It’s basically creating shadows where none exist.

Do Both!

To create an incredibly dramatic look considering doing a combination of highlights and lowlights.  However, please do not try this at home.  It’s complicated and easy to give yourself a freak-ish color.  Instead, visit the Health and Style Institute so the professionals can give you the look you want.

And fellas, we have a great September special for you too, see here.

Now…….. who’s ready for fall sweaters, boots, and pumpkin spiced latte?!

Spring may not yet be in the air, but we can certainly help it be in the hair! All the recent snow and rain can wreak havoc on that perfectly coiffed style you spent too much time on for it to get ruined by the elements. Consider adding “rain-proof” curls or waves, with a perm.

Or if you want straight hairstyles, a relaxer gives you that option without worrying that your hair will revert to its naturally curly/kinky texture if you get caught out in the rain.

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In either case, you’ll love our March Promotion, “Think Fresh, Spend Less!” $10 off a Perm or Relaxer, good March 1 – March 31, 2015. Call today to schedule at either of our two locations!

As each process results in a permanent change to the hair’s structure that can only be removed by cutting it off, these processes are best done in a salon, rather than the DIY route.

It’s important to understand the condition and health of your hair will affect the outcome of these processes. Come see us, we’ll help you determine if your hair is receptive to optimal results, and if not, we can provide extra deep conditioning before undergoing either process.

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Using the right products on your hair following a perm or relaxer, will help you maintain the best results. Be sure to check out all our great hair care products and get our input on what best suits your hair.

Happy March, happy Spring!

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Holidays are about upon us, and it’s the perfect time to add a little somethin’-somethin’ to your look. If you’re not open to a complete color change, there are still ways to add some great oomph to your hair color, less radical than a complete new color.

Highlights
Good news for all you brunettes and red heads: highlights aren’t just blonde streaks! Instead, it’s dying strands of hair at least two shades lighter than your primary color. This means you can keep the color you want and can just have lighter, complimentary strands with it.

If you want a really light look, you can go three shades lighter than your primary color. More than that and you won’t have a naturally sun-kissed look; you’ll have two completely different hair colors.

For a really dramatic look, many people use “chunks” of highlights, which are really just thick areas of hair that have been highlighted. The thicker your highlights, the more obvious and less natural looking they’ll be. The thinner, the more natural. If you want a subtle look, ask your stylist at Health and Style Institute to go for “contrast.”

If you want to change your hair color, highlighting can be the way to go. Just widen the highlighted area a little more every time you go to Health and Style Institute, and you’ll have a completely lighter hair color before you know it.

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Lowlights
These are the often misunderstood and misused treatment of the coloring world. Luckily, Health and Style Institute stylists know just what they are and how to use them.

Lowlighting is basically highlighting, but you go darker instead of lighter. Your lowlights are 2-3 shades darker than your primary color. If you color your hair, lowlights are fantastic at making your new color blend with the old. When your darker, natural hair starts showing at the roots, it looks like it’s just complimenting your lowlights.

If your hair’s a little on the thin side, lowlights on the underside of your hair can give the illusion of depth and dimension. It’s basically creating shadows where none exist.

Do Both!
To create an incredibly dramatic look considering doing a combination of highlights and lowlights. However, please do not try this at home. It’s complicated and easy to give yourself a freak-ish color. Instead, visit the Health and Style Institute so the professionals can give you the look you want.

Call now to book your appointment to stay colorfully ravishing for the holidays! And SAVE with our November special: Get a FREE Keratin mask (a $15 value) with any full-priced highlight service. Good November 1 – 31, 2014. See our full salon menu for all our affordable services!

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While masks aren’t just for dry, damaged hair — every head can benefit from a moisture surge once a week, you can especially benefit from them during winter. And even more so if you are guilty of committing girl-on-hair crime, whether it’s over coloring, heat styling, or overzealous detangling.

From hat hair to static electricity, split ends to dry frizz, when winter weather hits, a bad hair day can last an entire season. In fact, even if you live in a moderate climate, you’re still susceptible to hair-raising changes as the seasons change. The environment can have some of the most damaging effects on hair in both summer and winter, but in winter it’s often worse because people often don’t take as many precautions to protect their hair.

Sun exposure can be as intense on a ski slope as it is on a beach. Combine with winter elements, i.e. wind, snow, rain, and icy cold — which makes hair brittle and dry – they can all come together to create some pretty bad winter hair days.

And even if you plan to spend all your time in the ski lodge with some hot cocoa, rather than on the slopes, winter is still your hair’s enemy. Experts say dry indoor heating can be something akin to spending an entire afternoon under a hair dryer!

The good news: No matter what’s causing your winter hair woes, you can take both protective and replenishing steps. At the top of the list for most stylists: regular use of a thick, rich, moisturizing and conditioning mask with a few key ingredients. It will repair, rehydrate, and rebuild even the most desiccated hair. It rinses out to leave strands glossy, frizz-free, and strong enough to withstand the winter elements… or another round with the curling iron.

How it Works
To get the most out of your mask, look for keratin, amino acids, or essential fatty acids. Keratin masks deliver keratin deep into the hair shaft, strengthening from within while simultaneously sealing the cuticle layer.

It’s a myth that Keratin dries out your hair. Keratin is a naturally occurring protein that is extremely resistant to breakage and protects hair from sun damage, chlorine, heat styling appliances and chemical processes like color treatments and straightening systems. Keratin masks have an abundant amount of keratin to make your hair visibly stronger, shinier and healthier with each use. It is not possible to overuse keratin.
And SAVE with our November special: Get a FREE Keratin mask (a $15 value) with any full-priced highlight service. Good November 1 – 31, 2014. See our full salon menu for all our affordable services!

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Like a wise frog once said “It isn’t easy being green.” Chlorine, even if it isn’t taking away your beautiful color, can be damaging your hair in other ways. We naturally create oils that protect each strand of hair from dirt and breakage, and it’s chlorine’s job to destroy oils (among other things). A few dips in the pool and your hair can be vulnerable to severe breakage.

But, let’s face it, it’s hot. And it’s only going to get hotter. You’re not going to skip the dip to save your look. So what can you do to protect your precious hair?

Before you stick your a single strand in the pool, hit the showers. Get your hair soaking wet, and don’t even towel it off before jumping in the pool. If your hair has already absorbed all the water it can handle, there’s no room for chlorinated pool water. You’ll still get some of the chlorine absorbed, but not nearly as much.

Once you’re out of the water, get all the chlorine that snuck in out. Rinse your hair thoroughly with clean water, and give it a good shampoo or two as well. There are a range of shampoos that are designed to get chlorine out of hair, but any cleanse is better than none.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! In order to do any damage, chlorine must be absorbed into your hair (that’s why showering first is a good idea), but even better is if you keep your hair moisturized round the clock. Use conditioner frequently (while there’s no chlorine in your hair) and deep condition often. If you know you have dry hair already, it’s time to step up your moisturizing routine.

 

If you start to feel that dry, straw-like texture, especially a day or two after you’ve been swimming, you’re probably about to see some severe chlorine damage. Get to the stylist immediately! We can work to remove any lingering chlorine and repair the damage that has already been done.

And take advantage of our May special: Buy a $25 retail gift set of some great products that can help restore your pool hair, and receive a $25 service certificate, good for use on your next visit! Win-win!