Hair by David M

A stylist that brings inner beauty to the surface.

3 types of highlighting, what works best for you?

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     So one thing I come across often is not knowing what the differences are in highlighting and if you should get a partial highlight, a half head highlight, or a full head highlight.  Well let me help you figure it out and see what type of highlights you should get.

     First off lets start with a full head light, now a full head light is foiling throughout the head adding lots of lightness throughout head. Now with that being said some stylist will still do a full head highlight but won't go into what I like to call the Bermuda Triangle of your head. It's the part of the head that no one will ever see other than honestly your hair stylists. This part of the head is the section I would say about one inch to three or four inches above the nape of your head.  I like to do a lot of detailing around the hair line of the entire head just to ensure lightness if you wear your hair up a lot and don't want to see any darkness when your hair is pulled up. 

     Half head highlight is great for those clients that like that top of their head to be highlighted along with the sides of their head. Again great detailing around the front hair line to ensure lightness as the hair is pulled back. There are a lot less foils than a full head but still has a brightening impact on the hair.

     Partial highlights are great for maintaining your hair nice and bright. This would consist of highlights around where you part your hair. Usually in a Mohawk section to ensure that there's lightness that falls around your part. Again I feel like partials are great for those clients who have already reached their goal of lightness and just want to keep up with a more affordable service. 

With all that being said everything is totally customizable and every hair stylist is different and  does things differently but for the most part I would say that this a good general guideline that most hair stylist use. 

I hope that this helps you better identify what kind of highlights are best for you, and remember you can request any modifications to the standard 3 highlights indicated in this blog

Balayage vs. Ombre

     OK ladies we all know that we have heard these terms in the past couple of years, and chances are that you went to your hair stylist asking for either of them but do you know the difference? or is there a difference? Well lets go ahead and jump back a few years or so.

      The term "balayage" is a french word which mean to sweep. When getting Balayage done at the salon you usaully see the stylist taking a section of hair and sweeping lightner or color on the section of hair in order to give a nice blended product. The technique was first seen in the early 70's at a salon called "carita". With should an amazingly natural, end result.

     Now ombre´ is also a french word which means "shaded". Its the transitioning of dark shades or color to light shades of color. it become more popular around 2010 when we started seeing celebrities like Khole Kardashian, Lauren Conrad and even the queen bey her self beyonce having a darker root and lighter ends. Now it wasn't until about the last four years or so that the term balayage became known the to general public. It was seen more so as another trend.

      With all that being said the onlydiffrance between the two is simple. Balayage is a technique and ombre is the look. The transitioning of have a darker base color and lighter ends.

 

If you're a blonde, you need purple shampoo!!!

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     Working as a hair stylist, it's very important to me that every client's color lasts as long as possible, even more so with blondes. Its very easy for a nice cool, ashy blonde to turn yellow, orange, or gold over time. A lot of factors can come into play with this. Such as washing your hair with hard water, using to many hot tools without any heat protectant, or even using a hair serum over and over again that is too yellow or orange in color. Lets face it, no one wants yellow, orange hair. So what do we do to make sure that  it doesn't happen? GET A PURPLE SHAMPOO!!!!!!

     A purple shampoo is just that, literally shampoo that is purple in color. The purple color helps to nautralize any yellow, warm tones in the hair and leave the hair a nice ashy blonde. Now this doesn't mean that this will completely tone your hair like toner would, but it's a great alternative to use in-between salon visits for toners. Also another great thing about purple shampoos is that you only use them as needed so a bottle should last you awhile depending on how much hair you have and how much shampoo you use. 

     I've been blonde for about five years nows and I've gone through so many  different purple shampoo . Some purple shampoos smell really good but they leave your hair feeling very dry. Some smell horrible and don't seem to do anything at all. One of my all time favorites purple shampoos is Blonda shampoo by unite. It smells like grape and doesn't leave your hair feeling dry at all. 

Heres a few tips and tricks on using a purple shampoo 

  1. if your hair is super porous don't leave the purple shampoo in too long as it can turn your hair light purple or silver.
  2. If you're a medium blonde leave the purple shampoo in your hair a little longer as there are more yellow tones in medium blonde hair.
  3. Try mixing purple shampoo and your favorite conditioner together and leave on your hair for a few minutes. i the conditioner will help deposit more purple tones into the hair. (I've done this so many times)

Are you getting a real Brazilian blowout?

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     As a hair stylist in southern California I come across a lot of women who have damaged their hair by over processing their hair either themselves, having a really bad salon visit or just refuse to keep up with the maintenance. We all wish that we could just get up and go in the morning but lets be real, that's a hard thing to do when you don't have the time or energy to go to the salon for trims or deep conditioning treatment as often as you should. We all search far and wide for those miracle products that will just make doing our hair easier. Some of them we love and some of them will continue to sit on our bathroom counter tops until the end of time... or at least till we can't stand seeing them any more. During our search for a product that will make our daily routines a lot easier, we stumble across Brazilian blowout.

     So you do the research on the Brazilian blowout and every thing sounds amazing. You book an appointment at the closest salon that offers the Brazilian blowout and you leave feeling amazing. Your hair has become child like again. Amazingly shinny, soft, tangle and frizz free. Couple months go bye and you find someone else who claims that they do the Brazilian blowout for cheaper so naturally you book an appointment with them. However you notice that this time the whole process is different. They tell you that you can't go swimming, can't go to the beach, can't work out, can't put your hair in a ponytail. So you think to your self why all the restrictions this time? Well i'll tell you why. Its because you just wasted your money on something that's not a true Brazilian blowout.

     Brazilian blowout is like that high end designer bag that everyone wants but doesn't want to spend the money on. So they settle on the knock off, remember you get what you pay for. A lot of times stylist will offer a Brazilian blowout out but are actually preforming a different type of smoothing treatment because its cheaper for the stylist and usually a faster process. So how can I tell if it's the real deal? Well i'll tell you. 

     For starters the Brazilian blowout comes in a brown bottle that says Brazilian blowout on it. Ask your stylist if theres any down time. If they say that you can't do anything to your hair for a couple days then run as fast as you can because thats not a real Brazilian blowout. Brazilian blowouts don't have any down time. Meaning that you can wash, swim, go to the beach etc... that very same day if you wanted to. All other smoothing treatments require down time.

     Heres the benefits of a Real Brazilian blowout

  1. smother hair 
  2. less frizz
  3. manageable hair 
  4. Adds shine 
  5. cuts down blow dry time 
  6. great for all hair types