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by: Sara Altizer
It has happened to all of us at one time or another. We’ve taken the plunge into a sexy cropped cut, embraced that “lob” trend or gone edgy with an incredible pixie. And we loved it. We really did. But then… eventually… we didn’t anymore, and it was time to make that arduous journey of growing it out.
At this point, most women will start popping vitamins, like Biotin, but what may be surprising is that growing out your hair is more about your ENDS than it is about your hair coming from the scalp. It’s all about keeping the ends healthy enough to see those length results you are craving.
The photos above are exactly 1 year apart, and I am thrilled to share how I grew my hair 7 inches in one year and how you too can give your hair the best opportunity to be healthy the whole way there. It’s my grow out survival guide! Enjoy.
I am going to get real with you here. As a hairstylist, haircutting is an essential part of my livelihood; and, yes, keeping your split ends trimmed is vital, but you don’t want to keep the same haircutting schedule as you had with your cropped cut. I would recommend adding another 2 weeks to your regular routine (if you’re used to getting your pixie trimmed every 4 weeks, start doing every 6). YES this will make you a little crazy at first, your shape will be growing out and styling may be more challenging those last 2 weeks, but, adding a little more time between trims will allow your hair a chance to spread its wings. I am convinced that adding this 2 weeks into my haircutting routine really made the difference for me.
It is not a secret that repetitive motion is unhealthy for our bodies. The Ergonomics industry has exploded in the past decade with a plethora of products to reduce Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and help us do our daily tasks more efficiently.
Your hair is no different from your hands or your elbows! Repetitive styling is going to adversely affect your hair and cause breakage and damage much more quickly. This is why adding variety into your WEEKLY styling routine is absolutely key. Blowdrying your hair every day looks great, but will cause breakage- particularly around the front hairline. Curling or straightening your hair with hot tools looks incredible, but will cause breakage- particularly through your ends. Braiding your hair or upstyling it every day is elegant and professional, but again, will cause breakage due to the tension that is being placed throughout the hair strand.
Simply switching up this routine will give your hair the best environment to grow strong and healthy.
This may surprise you, but how you wear your hair to bed may be impacting it’s health more than you think. For collarbone length and longer, you want to be sure you are brushing your hair and securing it before bed, this can be in braids, a loose bun directly on top of your head (fastened with a large claw clip, bobby pins or hair ties can cause too much tension). I personally like to add a small dab of Redken’s Argan-6 Oil through my ends- giving me moisturized and shiny ends when I wake up.
The 2 biggest influencers of your hairs ability to grow out healthy are Protein and Moisture. Here are my favorites that I use religiously to keep my hair looking and feeling it’s best.
Argan-6 Oil which is enriched with Omega-6, reduces frizz and offers deep conditioning and shine.
Pureology Colour Fanatic which has 21 essential benefits to prime, protect and perfect my color treated hair. I love that it has protein and heat protection.
Extreme Strength Builder Plus which is a fortifying hair mask which makes my hair feel like SILK.
Extreme Length Primer and Sealer which are formulated with a liquid form of biotin which seals in split ends, builds strength and is GUARANTEED to get healthy hair 6″ longer in 1 year.
Cheers to being able to have healthy AND long hair my lovelies!
[By Shear Art’s Blake Evans]
Heat protectant hair primer is your first step for any style! This priming spray cuts blow dry time, protects from heat up to 450 degrees, helps reduce breakage and provides 24-hour lasting volume without weighing hair down. Hair is left 3x stronger and healthier and perfectly primed for any other styling products.
This is what is customized to you! You can use ANY Redken styling product according to your hair needs. Use at least one product from the styling collection to complete Step 2 of the Pillow Proof Blow Dry.
Style-extending dry shampoo instantly refreshes hair and absorbs oil to extend the life of your blow-dry by two days — tested ‘pillow proof’ results! Also can be used to add body and texture for updos.
If you are struggling with styling your hair at home, schedule a blow drying lesson with a Shear Art stylist. Call (813) 968-4836 to reserve!
[By Shear Art’s Blake Evans]
You’re at home brushing your hair and you notice something but you keep brushing. As you keep brushing, you notice something again. This time you realize that something is different about your hair. There might be more scalp showing than normal. Your recessive areas are pushing further back. Now, you are starting to accept this hair as your reality. You part your hair a certain way, always style it in the direction to make your hair look not as thin. What if you did not have to do this any longer? There are products out there that can take of this issue! Your next question must be “So where do I begin?”
Just like using going on a trip, we need to know where we are on the map. Once you know that, you can pick your destination. The last step is to pick your route. Prescribing hair products work the same way. Take a look at the images below to determine what category you fall in.
|Normal thinning hair looks like this:|
|Advanced thinning hair looks like this:|
|Normal thinning hair looks like this:|
|Advanced thinning hair looks like this:|
Now that we know where we are and where we are going, it is time to decide which route to take. Redken has given us two routes: Defy or Retaliate. Defy is for those of us that have normal to fine hair. Retaliate is for those of us that have advanced thinning hair (defined above.) For advanced thinning hair, there is a product option called Minoxidil. What is amazing about this product is that it is the only FDA approved product to regrow hair!
Minoxidil comes in two formulas. 2% for Women and 5% for Men. We promise Cerafill isn’t sexist! Scientifically, each gender requires a different amount of product. There could adverse reaction if a woman used the men’s formula, including but not limited to growing facial hair. Yikes!
I don’t know about you, but we like instant results! There are two styling products called, “Maximize Treatment Stylers.” One is called Dense FX which gives you 9,000 more hairs on your head! How? Through the use of technology called filloxane, it surrounds the hair and plumps each hair strand 9%. The results are INCREDIBLE! The other is a product called Texture Effect. This absorbs oil and adds texture to the hair to avoid the eye being drawn to any exposed scalp.
This is how we can take your look to another level! Through the use of proper color placement and the right hair cut, your hair can look even fuller. Our staff has been trained on techniques to best serve your hair.
Imagine, after a few months of the right product, cut, and color, you could look in the mirror and recognize your hair again! We would love to help get you there! Please call (813) 968-4836 to set up your thinning hair consultation!
With ombre gracing the streets for over four years, some of us might be wondering, “What’s next”? Splashlights are this year’s hottest haircolor trend. We started seeing this color appear on the streets of New York and Los Angeles on hipsters and indie musicians. Look at the magazine cover below, you can see within the circle, the illusion of lighter haircolor on the model. Splashlights are permanently building in that shine.
What’s incredible about this trend is the versatility it has. If you are looking for something that is dramatic, Bold Lights are the way to go. If you are not a fan of theatrical haircolor, Spotlights or Fringe Lights might be the way for you. The placement of lightness can also be altered according to face your shape and hair texture. For increased theatrics, have your colorist make the lighter pieces by three shades lighter or more than your base color. If drama is not your cup of tea, have your colorist keep everything within two to three shades of each other.
If Splashlights have caught your eye, you can view dozens of Splashlight creations from colorists around the world by clicking here. If you have more questions, set up a consultation with a Shear Art colorist by calling (813) 968-4836.
[By Shear Art’s Sara Altizer]
So you decided to live in a coastal state full of palm trees and sunny blue skies. With sandy beaches and the relaxing waves of the Atlantic on one side and the peaceful Gulf of Mexico waters on the other. Where it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere and where, while not recommended, you can basically wear those weird floaty tropical shirts all day, e’ry day.
There’s just one small teeny tiny detail missing.
For six months out of the year (June to November) it’s this thing called, HURRICANE SEASON. And while hurricanes are unlikely, tropical storms are aplenty. Enter high winds and that weird slanty rain. Enter humidity and dampness. Enter the potential for a summer full of bad hair days.
I am not going to let that happen to you!!
Talk about hold hold hold hold hold. This is Redken’s strongest hairspray and it offers 24 hours of anti-humidity protection. Your hair is not going anywhere with this.
In my professional opinion, if your hair has any kind of texture, wave or curl to it, on the highest humidity days, it is best to embrace your natural texture and let your hair be wild. My hair has what I call, “lazy waves”, but when I use this product, it provides order and helps my waves spring into action.
To use: I comb my hair in the shower while conditioner is in it, but do not brush it when I get out of the shower. I use the towel to start scrunching my hair and remove excess moisture. Then I take a quarter amount of the Illuminating Curl, disperse in my hands and start scrunching into my hair. As it air dries, I may add more for additional control.
This leave-in is incredible, and my favorite for a variety of different textures. It nourishes your cuticle and provides a sleek blow out while keeping frizz under control.
To use: For fine hair, a dime size is plenty. For coarser textures, start with a quarter amount. Disperse in hands and run through damp hair at the mid-lengths and ends. Blow dry in.
This a cream-paste that has a beautiful shiny finish to it. It is perfect for creating tousled and textured hair. While it can be used in longer hair, I would recommend this for mid-length and shorter hair.
To use: For medium length hair, disperse in hands and then, using your palms, shake the product through your ends, creating that definition and separation. For shorter hair, disperse in hands and run product through hair, shaping it as desired.
Diamond Oil is all about protection and shine. When walking outside can lead to our hair getting frizzy or our ends looking dull and dry, this is my go to. Plus, it helps to make your hair 3 times stronger, while protecting it from damage.
To use: Place a couple drops into palms, disperse and run through your ends. Use more as needed.
Never ever underestimate the power of a beautiful up style. It’s the easiest way to feel elegant and put together even on the stormiest days! The two looks I’ve included here are both completely on trend right now, and very effortlessly glamorous.
There you have it!
I think hurricane season is going to have nothing on us!
Cheers to the best hair yet.