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Tribal Textures

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I did a fashion show in Lenoir NC a couple of years ago with my friend who let me do whatever I wanted so I went tribal with texture. I embossed all the hair above the parietal ridge, while splitting the hair below into three separate braids. To make sure the braids held their texture I put Matrix Volume Builder Mouse on the hair before and during braiding. When the braids were completely dry, I ran a flat iron over the braids to make sure they held their pattern. Remember when we use heat we are breaking the hydrogen bonds in the hair to reform the hairs natural state into the one we are trying to achieve (curl, crimp, etc). If you allow the hair to cool in the same shape as it was heated the bonds will fully reform in that shape and therefore sustain the shape for longer periods of time. Once the braids were cooled, I gently separated the braids with my fingers for less frizz. I heavily brushed the hair that was embossed to make sure I got the most volume in the crown of the hair. I then secured the front fringe to crown with gold hair clips for a tribal feel. I loved this look, even the second day wear of this look with all the texture allowed the model to do some great braids/styles. Stay tuned for more models from this show!

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Color Correction


My Marilyn Monroe client finally decided she wanted to go back closer to her natural color (which you can see at her new growth on the left).
Using Color Sync I filled her level 10 mid lengths and ends with a level 6CG and 8WN+ 10 volume Matrix cream developer. I processed for ten minutes rinsed and towel tried her hair. I then applied 6WM + 10 Volume Matrix cream developer new growth to ends and processed the hair for the full 20 minutes (we did not add SOBOOST which would have allowed us to process up to a full 30 minutes).
I find that when I am doing a color correction of such an extreme degree, using Color Sync to fill and as a final toning improves the integrity of the overall final color. Color Sync is an Ammonia free color line formulated with a Cera Oil Priming Complex. Which evens the hairs canvas by using ceramides to fill the hairs porosity for seamless color and a brilliant shine. 2XCeramides for 2X Condition for 20 shampoos.

“E tu Brabis?”

image image This is my try at an online tutorial! I saw it and loved it. I wanted a messier version than what they showed.I used some texture builder from the Matrix Style link line to make the hair messier and texturized.

To recreate this look style the hair on your natural part. Pull back a small section of hair from both sides of the face, and secure in a pony tail holder at the back of the head tightly. Flip this small pony tail partly under so that you can spilt the pony tail into a heart shape above the holder leaving the remainder of the hair below the holder in loose fall. Repeat as many times until you run out of hair, or create desired look. I finished the hair off with a double strand knot bun at the bottom.  I found some great ideas at this website so I thought I would share!

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Insatiable Inferno

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Matrix SOBOOST Model

My newest color model is displaying new SOBOOST Color Additions from Matrix. I used 4RV+ on her new growth with Red SOBOOST and Copper SOBOOST for her ombre. What beautiful rich colors were achieved using the new SOBOOST color additions. The SOBOOST range can be used alone or in conjunction with both SOCOLOR and COLORSYNC lines from Matrix to enhance/neutralize any color.

This was the first time I had ever used the SOBOOST color additions, and the result was fantastic. I used them alone to see how vibrant they would be so I will now know exactly how they will brighten my SOCOLOR and COLORSYNC formulas.

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Texture Tessellation

Texture Tessellation

I loved this style…and since It has finally been sent off for review for the magazine American Stylist I can now show it to the world! This was all the model’s natural hair that has been crimped in specific pieces and pinned into curls all over the back of the head. I used Vavoom Finishing Hair Spray for a stronger hold and shine!

Pinning for Pintrest

Apologies for the space between posts, my computer bit the dust. These next few posts will be edited via phone! I have become addicted to Pintrest, and finally created an account. I hope you enjoy my Pintrest inspired “Pin-Up”.

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I used alot of Matrix’s Vavoom finishing spray in this style for a firm hold. Start by hot rolling the hair. Then tease your hair close to the scalp for volume. Section off hair, starting at the top, and brush curls into big pin curls and secure in a pattern on the head. Continue until theres no hair left. You can do so much for with this style from classic to asymmetrical! Try it out today.

Summer Slacking

Clients go on vacation during the summer and delay color/conditioning appointments. This creates frizz, split ends, and dull uneven color. My client today had all of the above. With the help of Imprints Demi-permanent Sheer coverage by Logics, I evened out those high-lights from sunlight. Also this color added shine with its sheer coverage. Her hair looks even and healthier.

 

 

Diffuse the Situation

You can use a diffuser to create voluminous styles as well as keep damaged hair even further from the heat of a hair dryer. Diffusers usually are the attachment that comes with your hairdryer. The one above have round tipped small prongs that facilitate air flow. This design allows the air flow to spread out or “diffuse” from the dryer. Inhibiting the full force of the dryer, you will have an overall gentler drying process reducing damage or frizz in curly styles.

Diffusers similar to this second one can be used to direct airflow to specific locations, allowing for intentional drying of particular sections and improved use of a round brush.


Heating Things Up

“When red-haired people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.” -Mark Twain

STOP THE HOT!
Your hair like any other part of your body needs some kind of protection from the intense heats of your blow dryer, flat-iron, and curling iron. Heat from your styler of choice must be hot enough to break and reform those hydrogen bonds we’ve been talking about.
 This is an imperative step in keeping healthy hair when you iron on a regular basis.

  Some irons can reach temperatures in excess of 400 degrees Fahrenheit (~204 celcius).  That is the temperature you cook a roast, so this extra step is crucial to the upkeep of your locks.  Most heat protectants have at least one or more of the following products; silicone, silk, jojoba, and some UVA protectants. You need to know what type of hair you have before choosing either your iron or protectant. Thicker coarser hair need heavier formulas while finer hair need more lightweight products. Just make sure to use some kind of heat protection, though I prefer ones that have natural ingredients such as silk or macadamia nut oil.

Hair Care Basics

“I’d love to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.” -Bette Davis

 I have a couple hair maintenance requests for you all out there, they are as follows.

  1. CLEANSE and CONDITION your hair regularly. If your hair is thick or dry you can go a couple more days than the rest of us, so this rule use at your discretion. 
  2. Put some kind of OIL in your hair when its wet. Just about every major hair product line has an oil, you just need to find one that works well with your hair. If your hair is extremely dry try argon oil or macadamia nut oil, they are heavier natural oils. 
  3. SEAL your hair with some kind of spray conditioner. This helps not only condition your hair by sealing in moisture, but it can also stabilize the pH of your hair and seal out pollutants from your daily environment. 
  4. Always use a HEAT PROTECTANT. This is crucial to the health of your hair especially if you flat-iron on a regular basis.

These four simple steps will improve the health of your hair, while protecting it in the long run. You can compare this to the cleaning and moisturizing of your face and body to keep everything looking young and healthy. You wouldn’t walk around with chapped lips would you?