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Tool Time

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: hot tips

How many of us have a drawer full of round brushes at home and wonder...which one is "THE ONE"? 

Round brushes come in so many different shapes and sizes that choosing the right one can be a challenge!  But....it's worth finding the right one.

Things to consider when choosing a round brush are size, shape and type of bristle.  Ask your stylist for help and even a lesson or two so you'll feel comfortable when styling at home.  Many guests will say to us "I wish you could come do my hair at home everyday for me!". While this is a compliment, it's also a big "heads up" for us to spend a bit of time teaching how to style the hair beautifully at home!

OK, all of that to say - it really does matter which brush you choose.   First let's talk about the right size.  A couple of guidelines to follow are:

The shorter the hair, the smaller the diameter of the brush should be (makes sense right?!) A brush that's too small may get tangled or give too much curl at the root when really all we are looking for is volume.  A brush that's too large won't get close enough to the root to really make a difference. 


Tool Time

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: hot tips

Yesterday we began our discussion about different tools beginning with the brushes we use.  Today let's move on to the "flat brush".  This brush may come in different shapes (oval/square) and sizes but the common component is that there are no vents that allow the air to flow through the brush.  Some flat brushes have boar hair bristles mixed with plastic and these are great for finishing the hair once it's dry.  We'll talk more about those later but for today I want to focus on flat brushing when the hair is wet.  When working wet to dry a flat brush with flexible plastic bristles is what we will typically use. 


This is a great tool when you really want to control the hair.  For those of us with curly or wavy hair that love to wear it straight the flat brush is the perfect way to begin your blow dry with what is called "wrapping".  When you wrap your hair basically you are using your head shape to help straighten the root and control the mid-shaft.  Simply use the brush to wrap the hair around the head and follow this pattern throughout the sides, back, top and crown area.  Use small sections and continue brushing and wrapping the hair in opposing directions to control the root.  Another hot tip is make sure your blow dryer is truly following the movements of your brush and that the air is flowing down the cuticle - this creates a much shinier, smoother surface.

Once the root and mid-shaft are dry you can switch to your round brush to further control and give movement to the ends.  The flat brush really helps to cut down on drying time and the pain in your shoulders from round brushing the entire head from wet to dry!

blessings


Tool Time

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: hot tips

As promised, I want to begin a discussion about the tools we use in the salon and share some hot tips on how you can get the most out of them at home when you do your own hair!

Let's start with brushes.  It can be a bit daunting when you see such a wide array of brushes.  How do you know which is the right one for you??  Every brush will give a different end result and if we understand what we want to achieve it becomes much simpler to choose the right one.

Many guests have a "vented" brush at home. 

This is a brush that has holes through the flat or round "core" of the brush.  The vents allow the air from the dryer to flow through the hair and the end result is that the hair dries very quickly.  The drawback in using this type of brush is that you have little control over the end result of the hair because it does dry so quickly.  So when would you use a vented brush?  When you want to quickly remove water from the hair and at the beginning of the blow dry process.  Try to keep the focus at the root and mid-shaft and you will be able to control the end finish with a round or flat brush that is not vented.  It's also a great tool for men who want to blowdry their hair and don't need a lot of control over since the hair is already shorter.

Tomorrow we will continue our discussion by exploring another type of brush!

blessings


Education

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: hair

Today we had our quarterly training with our Design Team!  I always look forward to spending the day with our team learning together.  Guest Redken Artist Danny Felsted shared some great finishing techniques with us.  We spent the morning and afternoon creating modern textures and waves in the hair and working out the looks for our upcoming photo shoot.  It was a great day to try out some of the ideas we have all been thinking about and practice executing our vision.  Sometimes it's just as important to find out what won't work!  Now we can move forward with a clear vision and the inspiration gained from a great day of education.
What I loved about the techniques we used is that they are very wearable and can translate into what we see every day and what our guests want to see in their hair design.  
Make sure to schedule a little extra time with your next appointment so we can share some of the cool and quick techniques that you can do at home!

blessings


cowlicks

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: hot tips

It's our final day exploring how to control cowlicks! 
Let's recap our hot tips so far:
1)  Dry the cowlick first
2)  Use low air and high heat setting of your blow dryer and use a flat brush or comb to control the root area.

Here's our final tip:
Begin by drying at the root area only.  The ends will always naturally follow where the root leads them.   Start by placing the comb or brush on top of the root and pull it in the direction you want the hair to move.  Once the root is completely dried you can move to the mid-shaft and ends of the hair using a round brush to provide more body and movement.

Happy Styling!

blessings


cowlicks

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: hot tips

Let's pick up where we left off yesterday.  Cowlicks can be tough!  Yesterday we talked about one thing we can do to stay in control of them - dry the pesky area first...

Today, let's take it a step further and talk about the tools we use at home.   It can be confusing when choosing the right styling tools to use at home and that will be an entire different subject that we can talk about in the future.  For now, let's just focus on the tools that help control the hair at the root, which is where the problem begins.

When blow drying the hair be sure to have the dryer on a controllable setting.  Meaning, low air with a higher heat so that the air will be focused on the area you are trying to control.  The tools that give you the most control are ones that have a "flat" back.  In other words, there is no venting for the air to flow through.  The air is trapped between the hair and brush and will flatten out much more easily.  Another great tool is a comb with the teeth placed close together.  This helps to grip and control the root very easily. 

Tomorrow, we'll wrap it up with some final tips!  Feel free to post any questions you may have and we will be happy to answer them for you.

Blessings


cowlicks

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: hot tips

OK  raise your hand....how many of us fight every morning with that pesky area of our fringe that just wants to "do its own thing?"  One of the most common challenges our guests have is styling a cowlick that simply wants to take over.  It truly discourages them from trying to wear a fringe at all or even from trying  a new style because it seems like there is just no controlling which way the hair will move.
So today I will begin to share some tips for taking back control of your style!

What I find most guests do is leave the hardest to control area for last in the styling simply because it is so frustrating.  By the time they get to it, it has almost completely dried making it even harder to restyle. 


So, here's the first HOT TIP!  Tackle the cowlick FIRST!


At some point heat must be introduced in order to change the formation of your hair.  So...by introducing heat and styling the uncontrollable areas of your hair first, YOU are in control!  You will have more time to maneuver the hair into a new position before it begins drying on its own.
Tomorrow we will continue with more hot tips and tools for winning the battle against the cowlick!

Blessings


March Madness!

Posted by: Louie in Blog

Tagged in: salon news

What a busy few weeks we have coming up in the salon.  I am so excited for this month.  We have a  class  in our salon with Danny Felsted who is a Redken Artist.  The photo shoot is coming up very quickly.  Danny will be sharing latest styling techniques, and long hairdressing as well as editorial styling which we can use in our upcoming photo shoot.

Our photo shoot will rock!  We are all working together to create some amazing looks and trends.  Stay tuned for more details and pictures.

And last but not least, NEW COVER FUSION!!  A new color line for guests who have more than 50% gray hair!  Seen in the front row of NY Fashion Week!  Modern, naturally reflective haircolor with 100% coverage!  Cover fusion will revitalize the hair!

WOW!  I can't wait!


Education

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: salon news

What a great experience we had at the Paul Mitchell Academy yesterday!  The students were amazing.  It was very impressive to hear the questions they asked and the understanding they had of some basic techniques we talked about.  They definitely have a very positive environment in which to learn and it really shows in their enthusiasm and desire to learn more.  The one thing that hit me is that these students are the future of our industry.  It's so important as an industry that we recognize the need to mentor these young people as they graduate from beauty school.  Each student is like a diamond in the rough.  They just need some polishing to really let their light shine!
That's why the associate program we have at laus Deo is so vital.  We build our team one artist at a time while giving an opportunity to an individual to have a true career in the industry we all love.  The heart of any salon is its team.  I am proud to say that our team has a true spirit of passion, dedication and integrity and it's a blessing to be able to share.

Blessings


Education

Posted by: gina in Blog

Tagged in: salon news

Tomorrow I will be visiting the Paul Mitchell Academy in Twinsburg as a guest artist.  My friend is a teacher at the school and has invited me to come and do a demonstration for the students.  I have to say she is persistent!  I admit that I'm a bit nervous since it's been about 4 years since I have taught before a group of stylists other than my own team.  Hopefully it's just like riding a bike!
I plan to show a beautiful, long shape.  One of the most common requests we get in the salon is to create a different look, while still maintaining the length of the hair.  What I plan on sharing with the students is a fun shape that gives the guest what she is always looking for....length at the perimeter, volume in the crown and interest around the face! 
One thing is certain.  Education is a vital element to success in our industry.  If you are bored, go learn something new!  If you are in a rut, go learn something new!  If you want to be inspired...you guessed it - go learn something new!
I think that applies not only in our industry but in life as well.  So as I am teaching tomorrow I will look forward to a great learning experience myself!

Blessings


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