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Does Cut Hair Really Grow Faster?

January 13, 2014 / / Uncategorized

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Is it true that the more you get your hair cut the faster your hair grows?

In some ways this is true but perhaps not how you would expect. Getting the ends of your hair trimmed doesn’t make the hair grow faster from the root. If you are trying to grow your hair out, we still suggest coming in to get your hair cut.  But, you can come in every 8-12 weeks, instead of every 6-8 weeks.  We can trim only the damaged ends (no more) to help your hair stay healthy and continue to grow longer.

By keeping the ends trimmed you are less likely to get split ends, which can make the ends of your hair brittle and THAT can lead to hair breakage. The cleaner and healthier the ends of your hair the more progress you’ll see when growing your hair!

-Susan Fitzpatrick

Store Bought vs Salon Quality

February 8, 2013 / / Uncategorized

A question I often get asked is if there is really that big of a difference in our products, and drug store brands?

So I figured I’d put it to the test, and experiment on a new mannequin with human hair.

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I used a popular shampoo that you can buy in all the drug stores and super markets and compared it to our professional salon brand shampoo, P2 Age De Phy.

The Experiment:

I washed the left side of the mannequin hair 5 times with our P2 Age De Phy shampoo and conditioned once, then I did the same on the right with the drug store brand’s  “natural” shampoo. Then when I blow dried I did not add any extra styling aids or a brush.

The Result:

Looking at the mannequin you can tell that the side treated with our professional shampoo looks a lot healthier. It was also easier to blow dry with just my hand.  My fingers were able to slide a lot smoother through the hair as I was blow drying and there are a lot fewer fly always.

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The right side, washed with the drug store brand, was very gummy feeling when I was blowing it dry. It is fuller LOOKING and that is because of the product build up that is on the hair.  It was also more strenuous trying to pull my fingers through it while I was blow-drying and combing it out.

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You’d be amazed how much nicer the P2 Age De Phy hair felt!!

Stop by the shop & feel it for yourself.

Taking it a Step Further:

I decided to look up the ingredients on this “NATURAL” drug store bought product.  The first ingredient is water, which means the product is diluted and you need to use more.  I also looked up a few of the scarier looking ingredients, like ethyl ether (a volatile flammable solvent), and methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (known irritants used together as an antibacterial/antifungal)!  Further research showed the shampoo had a whole cocktail of preservatives, dyes, and artificial fragrances.

If you are only concerned with making your hair smell good then by all means use this product.  But if you want to actually preserve the integrity of you natural hair then an over the counter product is NOT going to do that!  It is going to pump your hair full of waxes, dyes, silicones (BTW, not ALL silicones are bad but that’s a whole other topic) and who knows what else?

-Mary Facemire

*Disclaimer:  The statements in this article are not meant to be final results on the efficacy of these products.  They are our personal observations.*

NBC25 WHAG Interviews Earl

January 14, 2013 / / Uncategorized

Going Green With Your Locks

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Earl talks about what it takes to make our studio green, the studios passion for eco-friendly and healthy hair care and what constitutes green salon products. Check it out here!

Dry, Itchy, Flaky Scalp in the Winter?

January 13, 2013 / / Uncategorized

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Its that time of year again when I hear a lot of complaining about dry itchy, flaky scalp. A lot of people mistaken the itchy, flaky scalp for dandruff when in reality what it really is dry scalp.  So how do you tell the difference?

  • Dandruff: Is a larger, greasy or waxy flakes or cluster of skin cells and are usually yellowish or grey looking.
  • Dry Scalp: Is small white flakes of scalp.
  • Dry scalp can be caused by a number of things: including dehydration, over shedding of the scalp, poor quality hair products, over washing your hair, hot water, change of seasons and it can also just be genetic.
  • There are a few things you can do about it: Make sure you’re well hydrated, drinking water not only helps your scalp but also the rest of your skin and body. Try to wash your hair in cooler water, and maybe not every day, for most people that is not necessary.  Switching to a professional shampoo & conditioner can really help, as they don’t strip away the natural oils in your hair and scalp. Finally you can also try gently brushing your scalp before you wash your hair.

-Nicole Kammer

DIY Deep Conditioning Treatment

November 17, 2012 / / Uncategorized

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Want a deep conditioning treatment but don’t have time to go to the salon? You can use a regular conditioner or a deep conditioner if you have one on hand…

Home Deep Conditioning

Before you hop in the shower throw a towel in your dryer and let it warm up. While that is in the dryer, take your shower and leave the conditioner till the end. Put enough conditioner in your hair that it has a nice coating on it, about a nickel to quarter size. If you have CHI Silk Infusion you can add some of that to your conditioner.

Without washing the conditioner out of the hair get out of the shower and wrap your hair up in that warm towel from the dryer. Leave the towel on your hair for at least 10-15 minutes.

Hop back in the shower and rinse your hair with the coldest water that you can tolerate!

What it’s doing:

The warmth from the towel will have opened up the cuticle of your hair so the conditioner can really penetrate in to your hair.  The cold water will close the cuticle to trap all of the proteins in.

I recommend doing this on a day you have off and/or plan on staying in, because your hair can feel a bit heavy for the first day.

-Susan Fitzpartick