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"Olaplex" What is it and why do you need it?
Over a year ago at a trade show I learned about a new product called "Olaplex". It claimed that using it during and after chemical services would make hair strands stronger than they were before. So once I did some more research I ordered my Olaplex starter kit and began selectively incorporating this new additive into some of my clients color systems. I can honestly sat that this is the most revolutionary product I've seen in a long time, and I have seen a lot of things come and go in the beauty industry.
Basically, when you put chemicals on the hair anything from bleaching, coloring with peroxide developers, or relaxers the sulfur bonds split on the outside of the hair strand. There is no way around it. Using bleach to lift hair color will weaken hair bonds, leading to drier texture. The chemical process can eat away at the hair proteins, which causes damage. Olaplex helps to reconnect the broken disulfide sulfur bonds for a healthier result and without compromising the integrity of hair.
Olaplex is a 3 step system with all three steps containing the same patented active ingredient. It was founded by Dean Christal and created by two of the world’s leading PhD's in Materials and Chemistry, Dr. Craig Hawker and Dr. Eric Pressly. They invented a single ingredient chemistry, free of silicone or oils that links broken disulfide bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before.
A great introduction to Olaplex is a Bond strengthening professional salon service. Unlike a deep conditioner this is done prior to a shampoo and takes about 15 minutes prior to shampooing and conditioning depending on the damage you are trying to repair. This typically runs between $15 and $25.
I always approach a new color client with "We need to look at the canvas we are working on to determine where we are going next" So in other words how much damage is there and what can I do to prevent further damage and keep the integrity of the hair intact. I look at each client’s hair like a canvas that I am painting and often you need to correct the canvas prior to adding more colors. This is where Olaplex can be used as a pre treatment to strengthen hair prior to having another color service!
As a colorist you can use Olaplex as a tool and a new service. As a tool, use the Olaplex Bond Multiplier No.1 adding it to lightener or color, and I have also added it to relaxers, and finish by applying Bond Perfector No.2 after color or chemical is rinsed from the hair to dramatically reduce breakage.
To get the best results "take home care" is suggested. That is the Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 you use it once a week to strengthen hair further using it in between chemical services.
Many salons are going to be "up charging" for this type of addition to a clients color service, but we are not going that route at Doyle Designed Salon, we will be adding the complex into many of our color processes that can benefit from this wonderful discovery just because we feel our clients deserve it!
For a complimentary consultation call #708-799-5758!
Starting off the New Year is a great time to commit to taking care of yourself. So why not start with your image?
Whatever job position you have, you are someone in the public eye. Once you are representing a company or interacting with customers, clients or your followers in any way, you'd better believe you're a brand.
Taking a few extra minutes each day will enhance your appearance and will also make you feel more confident. People will take you seriously if your look is polished and pulled together.
Stay fresh. First and most important is to be conscious of your hygiene when looking to make a first impression. All of these not only destroy self-confidence, but also cause people to judge you: bad breath, yellow teeth, untidy hair or clothes, body odor, overly strong perfume.
Hydrate. Keep up with hydration by drinking plenty of water. It will enhance the look and feel of your skin. It also curbs your appetite, and will lighten dark circles under your eyes. Water helps flush out the toxins from your system and will reduce the amount of salt concentration in and around the eye area that causes puffiness.
Dress for the situation. You don’t always have to look the best in the room, but make sure you look suitable for the situation. At work, observe people whose careers you’d like to aspire to. Take a cue from them on how to dress. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
Having a polished appearance—clean and well-fitted clothing, styled hair, manicured nails—is an important component when representingyourself and your company, as demonstrated by Michelle Moreno of Crown Point.
Check your wardrobe for "damage control." Do you have items where the buttons are loose, threads are hanging off of them, or there are holes in them? If so, get them fixed or don’t wear them. It's the detail in your outfits that defines you as a professional.
Stock your wardrobe. Find well-made pieces of clothing and accessorize them with more stylish accents based on your own personal style. Looking good not only builds confidence, it can assure other people's perception that you can "do the job." So consider your overall look as an investment in your future.
Make time for yourself. Schedule into your week some type of fun activity. Learn to say "no" and feel okay with it. Try not to apologize for things that don't need an apology, like taking care of yourself.
Splurge. Every once in a while, spend on yourself! Buy something you want but don't necessarily need: a new lipstick or a pair of earrings. A new outlook on life doesn't have to be expensive.
Ask around. Take a little insight and ask your friends, family and those who personally care about you what they think your look says about you. The real trick is taking their feedback and making changes without your feelings being hurt. So don't ask if you don't want to know.
Judge not. Always remember to not look at anyone and judge them completely on the first impression. They may have more gifts than you can see at first glance, and you might have missed something unique and special!
Northwest Indiana Times, Inspired Living
Winter is upon us which means grueling weather that can increase damage to your hair. During the holidays you are probably seen by many friends, family and colleagues. Make sure your hair stays healthy and rich looking with these helpful hints and regimens to combat against seasonal dry and brittle hair.
1) Get a trim to start the season on a good note. By removing the split ends prior to the frigid weather you will help to prevent increased damage.
2) A deep conditioning treatment is in your best interest to avoid a dry and damaged look. Call and book a conditioning treatment prior to your next haircut service. Arriving a half hour early for this type of treatment will allow time to condition, strengthen and hydrate your hair. The warmth of the dryer will open up the cuticle and the cool down time will allow the cuticle to close so you soak up all of the moisture.
For a DIY (do it yourself) apply a deep conditioner then place a plastic cap over it and let your body temperature heat up the conditioner for about 20 minutes then rinse with cool water. Feeling natural? Take 2 ounces of olive oil and warm in the microwave for one minute let cool then apply and follow the directions above. Make sure to wash your hair after an olive oil treatment to remove the excess oil. The only flakes you want to see in winter is snowflakes!
3) Washing your hair during the winter months too frequently will lead to more damaged looking hair. Alternate not washing your hair every time, but condition the ends each time. Using Sulfate Free shampoo will help to not strip out your hair color but also will be more moisturizing to your scalp than shampoo that contains sulfates.
4) Always try to avoid leaving the house with wet hair. With the cold weather, air drying is not a good option. Since you find yourself grabbing the blow dryer more often, you must blow out your hair properly to avoid dry dull winter hair and overusing additional styling tools. Gently pat you hair dry with a towel after showering, removing any excess water. Detangle your locks by gently combing starting from the ends and work your way up to the roots with a wide-tooth comb. Blow dry on a medium heat setting so you are not burning your hair.
5) Static in the hair can be helped with the right product. Thoroughly dry your hair to avoid damage when wearing a winter hat. If you are wearing coats that have wool collars be sure to have a silk scarf or cotton scarf over the collar so you do not create friction, it will diminish the rubbing on your hairline which can result in damaged hair. Applying Doyle Designed "Shine Repair" will help to smooth out fly away hair and add shine to dry hair.
Going forward I wish you a Happy Holiday and Joyful New Year! Best wishes from your friends at Doyle Designed Salon.
November is a great time for pampering yourself! Holiday scuttle hasn't started yet, and the changing day light hours make you want to relax at home. This is a great time to spend a little extra time to care for your skin and hair.
Lets start with you feet! Fall does not mean you need to put your pretty feet away. Remember those peep toe pumps you love, they deserve to have a great fall tone showing thru, so keep up the polishing for the fall just change up the color! They are currently showing boots for fall with a peep toe so even if you are not getting a full pedicure make sure to change the polish color. So don't hide you toes just yet!
Now for your hands. Cold and wet weather adds to dryness of your hands. So they need special attention. Look for ingredients like Panthenol, Vitamin E, Glycerin which holds in precious moisture, and Allantoin is an anti irritant. All of these ingredients will soften the roughest of hands. Doyle Designed "Intensive Hand Treatment" has
all of these ingredients! Other active ingredients to look for in lotions are grape seed oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, and chamomile will make your hands soft and silky.
Hair care tips for fall although are typically much simpler than summer hair care, but there are some things to do during this season. You need to make sure that your summer hair is shiny, soft and rehydrated. Natural hair in typically lighter in the summer and darker
in the fall and winter. Carmel and golden hues look great if you are a blonde and will give your complexion a warm glow. If you are a brunette add in natural looking lowlights or some with a warmer tone.
A Hair Clarifying Treatment is a great way to eliminate the build up from chlorine, well water and other things that are coating your hair. Fall is a great time to get rid the build up and start with clean shiny hair. Get your hair professionally clarified with an in salon treatment followed up with a deep conditioning to strengthen and moisturize hair. A deep conditioning session is best done after a clarifying treatment to restore softness and restore strength but wont feel weighed down because of the clarifying treatment.
So now that you have cleaned off the hair and moisturized it you need to get a trim. You do not want to start out the season with split ends. Take time to at least get a little trim, or what I call "Caress your ends".
This type of cut will give you a fresh cut look without loosing any major length.
Conditioning your hair definitely needs to be in your fall and winter regimen. Think of all the things that create static like sweaters and turtlenecks. To avoid that do an occasional moisturizing treatment.
Also consider using a sulfate free moisturizing shampoo/conditioner
to avoids stripping out the natural oils in your hair.
With Thanksgiving coming up try to surround yourself with traditional holiday themes of fall colors, fragrances of pumpkin, clove and cinnamon. There’s something comforting about the warm scents of fall
so enjoy them all during this season!
One of the hottest hair trends of the moment is "Balayage". Inspired Living - Click here
Balayage refers to the process of "sweeping" color onto hair using a paddle. Balayage gives the colorist more freedom to place color where they choose, unlike foils which can be much more precise but leaves a visible outgrowth.
Doyle Sims of Doyle Designed Salon in Flossmoor IL believes that Balayage is not just for blondes. It is great for first time coloring, and for blending gray strands so you do not have to color the entire head. It is also great on brunettes and redheads.
Doyle believes being more artistic with hair coloring allows him to take a color and create two or three shades rather than just one shade. It is a softer color result because you sweep the color onto the hair. So rather than taking a section of hair and putting it into a square foil, on a round head we can take select pieces of hair from the head. It can be a few strands or a much more dramatic change.
So why choose Balayage over traditional foil highlights?
It is great on first time clients for natural subtle highlights on any shade. Short hair will be given a more natural look with no stripes. People that feel that they are too blonde can low light or darken some pieces with Balayage techniques.
Balayage is more tedious that foiling, but the artistry of coloring is well represented with a Balayage Color Service. Pricing varies because the typical half head, full head foil structure does not apply. Also the color of your hair prior to Balayage may need to be corrected. You may need to build up the base color then go in with Balayage.
Either way Hair Color is evolving and it is more refined than it used to be!
DOYLE DESIGNED SALON COLOR UPGRADE!
Doyle Sims, owner of Doyle Designed Salon and Education Center in Flossmoor, Illinois, is taking all the steps to make hair color gentler by incorporating a new system called Olaplex into their color systems. Basically, when you put chemicals in the hair — from coloring, or peroxide developers, or straightening treatments — the sulfur bonds split, and they then become sulfur hydrogen.
This process can eat away at the hair proteins, which causes damage. Olaplex prevents the splitting from happening. In short, it links broken bonds in the hair caused by chemical processes...preventing them from damage.
Many Salons are going to be "up charging" for this type of addition to a clients color service, but Doyle as usual is not going that route and will be adding the complex into many of their color processes just because he feels their clients deserve it!
Call Doyle Designed at 708-799-5758 for your next Hair color Service!