Types of Beauty Salons and Some Tips For Choosing the Right One For You

A lot of modern beauty salons today are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for doing practically anything you wish to be done with your hair from getting a perm to hair coloring, hair extensions, hair straightening, hair re-bonding, hot oil, and so on. Beauty salons also offer a wide range of beauty services aside from hair styling such as manicure, pedicure, facials, massage, hair removal, tanning services, and even full-scale spa treatments.

Types of beauty salons

There are different types of beauty salons and one way to categorize them is by price range: low, middle, and upscale. There are walk-in facilities that do not require an appointment and are usually lower priced than the upscale beauty salons. These types are usually homegrown neighborhood salons and are ideal for the person on-the-go who wants a simple trim or a basic haircut or a wash-and-wear hairstyle. These salons may be a bit limited in their equipment and offer only basic services. The second type-mid-range category-is usually a franchise of a national salon chain. These salons are reputable and are known by trademark throughout the country. For those who want a change of hairstyle but wants to be on the safe side, this is a safe bet because stylists in these salon chains usually undergo strict training and have to pass certain standards before they are allowed to cut and style hair. These types of salons usually offer a wide range of services and are equipped with the latest beauty salon technologies. Upscale boutique salons may also be homegrown or owned by an international or national chain. Naturally, they are pricier and usually have a swanky or hip address. A lot of five-star hotels offer upscale beauty salons where the patrons are in the upper-class range. These salons usually have hairdressers in landau scrubs and provide full-pampering treatments. So if you have the money to spare, it is also god to indulge yourself in these salons once or twice a year.

Beauty salon tips

Sticking with one stylist and beauty salon is ideal for most because developing a relationship with your stylist makes it easier to get things done right; and when it comes to beauty, you want to avoid any errors as much as possible. Choose a stylist that you are comfortable with and one who has a natural instinct for knowing what looks good on you. Hunting for the perfect stylist will also be a matter of budget and proximity. Remember, however, when it comes to your hairstyle, think of it as an investment. Don’t scrimp too much when choosing a beauty salon since the right hairstyle can do a lot to make you look gorgeous and a bad one can do a whole lot to wreak havoc to your appearance. Also remember that the best salons are usually already discovered by a lot of people. Word gets around fast when a beauty salon or stylist is worth taking note of. This means that salons or stylists that are worth it are usually booked weeks in advance so don’t put off getting an appointment until the last minute.

Dying Your Hair Punky Colours During Pregnancy – Is It Safe?

The idea of not dying your hair during pregnancy has been around for some time; however, this is normally in relation to natural hair shades, not bright rainbow hair. So let me try and shed some light on this topic.

The reason people say you can’t dye you hair during pregnancy in the first place, comes from two issues. First is the theory that the dye chemicals may affect the development of the unborn baby. The second is that the hormones in your body during pregnancy can cause your hair to become resistant to the dye, and you may have problems with achieving the desired result. So lets look at both these issues…

The theory that the dye chemicals may affect the development of the unborn baby…

I believe this theory came about back in the 80′s when hair dyes where much harsher and contained chemicals (such as 4-MMPD) which was found to penetrate skin and cause cancer in laboratory animals. But today manufacturers have stopped using such chemicals, with some brands even producing ammonia free hair dyes such as L’Oreals INOA range.

In regards to hair dye and bleach products there hasn’t been much research in this area. The limited research that’s available is based on animal studies and suggests that it’s safe to dye your hair during pregnancy. As a hairdresser I know many of my customers choose to colour their hair during pregnancy, and I have yet to come across any one who has had problems.

Dr Miriam Stoppard (a parenting expert) said ‘The very powerful pigments in the darker shades of hair dye penetrate the scalp in a few minutes and can be detected in white blood cells in a few hours’ she goes on to say “…this means the body is dealing efficiently with the pigment. The white cells are mopping it up and getting rid of it so that it can’t do any harm.” Still most doctors suggest waiting to colour your hair until the second trimester, when the developing baby is less vulnerable.

However doctors do recommend you should stay away from chemical fumes when pregnant, and for this reason perms are not recommended.

So what about temporary punky rainbow hair dyes?

Bright, funky alternative colours (such as Manic Panic, Special Effects, Raw, ‘N Rage… etc.) have no peroxide, no ammonia and no fumes. This type of dye is synthetic, so it simply stains the hair cuticles in the same way cloths dye stains the material. This means its not using harsh chemicals to penetrate the hair as standard hair dyes do. In fact some rainbow hair colours have some of the the same ingredients as found in conditioner. Although there is no research in this area, I think you’re probably safer using this type of punky temporary colour rather than standard permanent hair dyes, as it is much kinder to both hair and skin. But if you’re still unsure I suggest you talk to your doctor.

Now although you can use these kinds of alternative colours directly over your current hair colour, you will find they only give your hair a slight tone. This is because these dyes are designed to work on pre-bleached hair.

So if you are after vibrant, true colours, you do need to pre-bleached the hair. Lots of pregnant women will use bleach on their scalp with no problems, but if you’re still concerned there are lots of ways to bleach your hair without any skin contact. (Any chemicals absorbed into your system would come through your skin/scalp, not through your hair.) So rather than doing an all-over head bleach I’d suggest you try one of the following techniques as an ‘off scalp’ alternative:

  • Foils (also know as ‘streaking’ or ‘highlighting’): Where small strands of hair are placed in foils with bleach.
  • Balayage (also known as ‘freestyle painting’): Where bleach is painted on to random strips of hair.
  • Shoe Shine (also know as ‘frosting’): Where bleach is brushed over the tips of short hair.
  • Dip Dying: Where only the ends of long hair are bleached to appear ‘dipped’ in colour.

I recommend you go to a salon for this, but if you want to bleach your hair at home I suggest you ask a friend to help you mix and apply the bleach. The ammonia in bleach can give off some fume if you inhale directly while mixing the bleach powder with the peroxide. So work in a well-ventilated space to help minimise inhaling any fumes.

The theory that the hormones in your body during pregnancy can cause your hair to become resistant to hair dye…

Some women have reported hair dyes not taking to their hair during pregnancy, and hair colours turning out different to what was expected. This is possible due to the hormonal changes in your body, however this is a minority of cases. Most women have no problem with achieving their desired hair colour. Hormones do however have other effects on your hair during pregnancy, and even after giving birth. A number of women will experience their hair becoming fuller, stronger and more shiny during pregnancy, as the body retains more protein. But after giving birth and particularly during breast feeding some women find their hair becomes brittle and weak, some even experience hair loss. Hormones can do crazy things to your hair during pregnancy. Dry hair may become oilier, oily hair may become dry, curly hair may become straight or vice versa.

Also during pregnancy your immune responses changes so you may be more vulnerable to having an allergic reaction to hair dye, even if you’ve never had one before. So if you intend on colouring I suggest you do a skin test first, as recommended by most hair dye products anyway.

At the end of the day…

To the best of my knowledge and as my experience as a hairdresser I would say it’s safe to colour you hair during pregnancy. However there is no hard proof of this as yet and at the end of the day it’s your decision and your baby. I would always recommend you discuss this with both your husband/partner and your doctor before you make up your own mind.

I believe it’s important for women to feel good about themselves during pregnancy, be that natural hair colours, or rainbow Mohawk’s. But whether colouring your hair will make you feel good or cause you to worry needlessly for nine months is something for you to think about.

Can Hair Tonics Treat Hair Loss and Thinning Hair?

A few decades ago, hair tonics were very popular in styling hair but they have been replaced by products such as gel, serums and mousse. They are scantily available at some salons and drug stores, for the die-hard fans. These days, hair tonics have been made so that they perform more functions than giving hair a shiny appearance and holding it in place. Modern day tonics contain ingredients that combat hair loss and thinning.

The hair is the crowning beauty of a woman. Unfortunately this beauty may fall or thin due to several factors like stress, pregnancy, medication, diet deficiencies, strain on the follicles due to tight hairstyles and fatigue. Loss of hair can affect a woman in many different ways. That is why solutions to thinning and losing hair are being sought daily.

It is important to understand the reason hair is falling out or becoming thin. Hair loss caused by stress, medication, pregnancy, illness, and diet deficiencies usually stops once the pregnancy, stress etc is over. Eating a healthy diet rich in protein usually restores hair to its original condition in a few weeks. If the cause of thinning is due to tight hairstyles then finding a new way to style the hair will reduce the strain on hair follicles and allow them to recover.

Hair tonics strengthen weak hair and in so doing makes it more resilient and less likely to break. They can also contain vital ingredients to boost hair growth by reviving slugging follicles. Some hair tonics that are believed to reduce hair loss and stop thinning are:

Rene Furterer RF80 – this is a patented plant based formula that is very effective for treating thinning and weak hair. It is enriched with plant peptides and vitamins which restore the scalp’s nutrition to give hair more body and shine. RF80 should be used once a week for three months. After the scalp has been cleaned, apply it evenly onto each part. Massage the scalp to aid penetration and blood circulation. A test was carried out on women using this product and the results were overwhelming. In three months, 78% reported that their hair had been strengthened.

Plantur 39 caffeine tonic is a leave-in tonic designed to treat hair loss in women. Its main target is women who have reached their menopause. It contains caffeine derived from plant based sources which stimulates hair follicles to increase the rate at which hair is growing. As hormones are responsible for the menopause, Plantur 39 caffeine also offers hormonal balance to the hair and scalp. This hair tonic is so mild it can be used as an everyday treatment. In addition to treating hair loss and thinning, it also treats other scalp problems like oily scalp and itching and is safe for use by men and women with male or female pattern balding.

For maximum benefits from hair tonics, apply to a clean scalp and use them as directed by the manufacturer. Always massage the tonic into the scalp. Massaging the scalp helps to evenly distribute the tonic to the entire scalp while stimulating blood circulation. Do not be tempted to apply too much tonic as it will leave your hair greasy, and mess your clothing and bedding.

Both Rene Furterer RF80 tonic and Plantur 39 Caffeine tonic are best applied as part of an overall strategy to combat thinning hair or hair loss. For women in the menopause or suffering from other hormone related hair loss like female patter balding, the manufacturer recommends using the Plantur 39 Caffeine shampoo regularly for a more effective treatment. Caffeine counteracts the effects of testosterone on hair follicles and is used in hair loss shampoos targeted at men with male pattern baldness.

Rene Furterer RF80 is more suitable for strengthening weak, thinning hair. It is designed to be used once a week for twelve weeks. Each dose to be massaged into the scalp comes in a phial so there is no risk of using too much. It is best applied after using the Rene Furterer Follicle Stimulating shampoo which contains micro beads to gently remove dead cells on the scalp, unclogging follicles in preparation for the application of the tonic.

The Importance Of A Good Hair Salon

Hair care is one of the most important things to a confident person. No matter the background, age or culture women always want to look fabulous and the best way to do that is to have incredible hair.

Women of every age want to look stylish and turn heads. As our lives change our schedules may require more of us, leaving less time to be concerned with certain luxuries. Salon visits are the perfect way to keep looking your best, enjoy some “me time” and cut out the frustrations that come with fussing over at-home methods.

A visit to a hair salon is also the perfect way to try out new styles without worrying about the outcome. Stylists are trained to meet the needs of each client and specialize in the areas they excel at. With this and the use of professional hair care products they produce the most desirable results possible. At a salon, there is no guess work involved and virtually no chances that the end result will be unfavorable.

With the right hairstyle, life becomes more enjoyable and easier to manage. Many people live their entire lives without learning to embrace their true hair type. Just because straight and long styles looks good on one person, it doesn’t mean it’s ideal for everyone. In order to maintain the healthiest, best-looking hair, it’s important to get a style that works with the hair type. This creates a look that is chic and sophisticated without wasting so much time and helps women feel more confident in themselves, allowing more time for the things that really matter in life.

The top salons use the highest quality hair care products and can be expected with each visit. With professional hair care products available and top stylists, every client can expect award winning results. If you’re ready to make bad hair days a thing of the past, research the best salons in your area and pay them a visit. The best ways to find a good hair salon are:

1. Find someone who has great hair, great hair colour, great haircut and ask where they have their hair done.

2. Look for testimonials- what others have to say can tell you a lot about the salon.

3. Look to see if the salon has won any awards or credible write ups in newspapers and magazines. This is usually an indication that the salon is committed to high standards.

4. If the salon values education for their employees. A good salon will usually send its staff to regular training workshops and the best salons have their own unique in house training program. These salons usually have much higher standards than what is required from state or provincial boards.

5. The top salons use the highest quality hair care products and can be expected with each visit. With professional hair care products available and top stylists, every client can expect award winning results.

6. Compare the pricing of the salon. It is impossible for any business in any industry to offer the cheapest price, have the highest quality, and provide the best service all at the same time. The old saying “you get what you pay for” is true. If the salon is charging higher than average prices, they are usually confident in their work and stand by it.

One of the greatest reasons to visit a salon is that a stylist will help you learn the best tips for the daily maintenance of your style and hair type. They are able to suggest the products, tools and methods for obtaining the most fabulous look in your daily life. This will make your life simpler because you will spend less time worrying about your looks and more enjoying your life with confidence. One should always expect to walk out with a beautiful hair style or fresh looking makeup and knowledge of how to better care for hair and skin.