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Women ask ” How do I achieve and maintain Salon Quality hair at home?”

Ladies, do you want that salon look for weeks to come after your visit to the salon?  We hear this time and time again from clients “why doesn’t my hair look the same when I try to style it at home?”  First thing we need to remember is to always purchase salon quality styling products to ensure the longevity of your style is achievable and maintained!  Our favorites are Techni Art by L’oreal Professionnel offering a wide variety of styling products from priming the hair, all the way to finishing your look!

The reason most looks are not maintained after leaving the salon is lack of product and knowledge of how the product works.   First it is best to start with a great shampoo and conditioner to ensure your hair is receiving the proper nourishment for your hair type!  Next what you want to do is analyze what type of hair you are working with and what your desired outcome is.  Start by priming the hair with some form of heat protection.  Once you have applied a primer, you will want to consider your styling products whether it be a mousse, volumizing spray or curl cream.  Just a dime size ladies is all you need!  Blowout your style using a round brush if adding volume or a flat brush if smoothing out for a flat liner look.  When hair is dry and styled then you are going to want to complete the look with a great finishing spray to ensure the look is maintained all day long no matter what you’ve got going on!

 

Here are some product recommendations for you ladies from our favorite Techni Art line by L’oreal Professionnel!

 

Liss Control is a soft cream to help tame frizzy, out of control locks.  Add a dime size to towel dried hair from mid-shaft through to ends avoiding the roots to prevent the hair from being weighed down or having a greasy look.  This product is lightly scented and gentle on the hair while providing anti-frizz protection for up to 24 hours!

Full Volume is a strong hold mousse that lasts all day long.  Looking for that extra boost in your voluminous look?  Try Full Volume by adding to towel dried hair post primer application.  Shake the bottle and tip upside down, adding 1 or 2 mandarin sized amounts to your hand applying to the hair roots to end evenly.  Blow dry with a round brush and watch your look transform into a gorgeous smooth and voluminous celebrity worthy style!  This product can be used on even the finest of hair types.  Always keep in mind that less is more and you can always increase the amount but too much can leave the hair sticky and heavy.

To finish off your look and ensure it lasts all day, try Fix Anti-Frizz finishing spray!  An anti-humidity, anti-frizz protection spray which acts like a real anti-static “shield” for unique and long-lasting anti-frizz protection, even in extreme climatic conditions. Long-lasting strong hold and no residue this finishing spray is sure to deliver results!

 

From Prime to finish, those are some of our top pics to help you achieve and maintain salon results in your own home!!

Men ask ” Which product is best for me and how much should I use?”

Working in a salon, you hear this question often when men are considering buying products used on them by their stylist. “How much product should I use?”  Well gentlemen, we are here to help!!  As always it’s best to first analyze your hair. Is your hair thick, thin, coarse or soft? Next you have to ask, what is your desired look?  Do you want a mat finish, a wet look, slicked back, messy or effortless?

I always say “start with just a pea size of any product and learn your hair!”  Just like the old saying goes ” less is more.”  For finer, thinner hair you always want to use less product so you don’t have the weight of the product holding your style down from being fierce and sexy!  If your hair is medium density and a little more on the thicker fuller side then you are definitely going to want to up your product amount.  Remember to ALWAYS START WITH LESS!  you can always add more product, but adding too much again will weigh you down and you may even feel like you need to wash and start again ( and really, who has time for that?).   If you have extremely coarse and thick hair then again up your product amount!

Here are some Product recommendations from our top choice mens line Homme by L’oreal Professionnel!

 

Poker Paste is a strong hold matte finish styling paste for all of your spiking needs!  Have a faux hawk or a classic messy short look, then this product is perfect for you!  A dime size or less is all you need.  This product is good for all hair types and can be used on dry or damp hair.  A little bit of this product goes a long way men, so be sparing when styling!

Strong is exactly what is claims to be, a strong hold gel with an enticing fragrance and a gloss finish!  If you have a delicious comb over or slicked back style, then Strong by L’oreal Homme is perfect for you!  This product can also be used on any hair type as well as on damp or dry hair.  A pea size is all you need and apply to the hair evenly.  Strong will hold up your style all day long!

4 Mat is a medium hold mat finish styling paste that can give just that right amount of hold to any effortless style!  Used on all hair types and damp or dry hair, this fantastic paste can really just tie in your whole look with less than a dime sized amount!  Allowing for shape and versatility withing your style, this product is sure to meet all of your styling needs.

Last but not least,Sculpte Fiber Paste is best for medium to fine hair and gives a light hold to any tousled look.  If you want to have that “organized chaos” look then this product is definitely your pick, adding a light hold to give depth and texture to any style!

 

So gentlemen, hopefully this helps give you some ideas as what products are best for your desired styles as well as how much is suggested to achieve and maintain that gorgeous salon style!

Wedding Hair Tips

10154068_656342954451117_1104384409_nWedding season is approaching and we know that all is stressful for those brides-to-be out there; here are some tips and pointers to make life a little easier for you.

The first mistake made by many is not scheduling a hair trial for their big day. The best advice we can give when it comes to booking these appointments is book months prior for the wedding day, at least 6 weeks for the hair trial and 2 weeks for a trim and conditioning treatment. All of this preparation will give you ease in the end, there will be no stress over dead straggly ends, you AND your stylist will be prepared for your updo weeks ahead of the set appointment and you won’t have to worry about your stylist or salon not being available for the wedding day because you’ve had it reserved with more than enough time ahead.

Next is DO YOUR RESEARCH!! Find multiple styles that you can see yourself wearing, even if you only like pieces of the style; this will give your stylist a visual idea of what you are looking to create. Schedule enough time to try out 2-3 different styles on your trial day and remember to bring a friend, a second opinion will never hurt to have by your side; just ensure it is someone you trust to be entirely honest with you. Bring a camera with you and have your friend take photos from all angles; doing this will make things easier when it comes to decision-making.

The dress plays a big part! You could have a beautiful dress and beautiful hair, but putting them together is what matters. Harmonizing everything is what makes a beautiful bride; if chosen correctly your stylist will be able to create the perfect overall look just by seeing a photo of the dress, preferably of it on you, but on the hanger works too! Now, for all you soft speakers out there.. This is the time to speak your mind. On your wedding day you could never be too specific, if you don’t like something about the style your stylist is giving you, no offence will be taken by letting him/her know; however don’t be opposed to taking suggestions either, keep in mind your stylist is the professional and may actually be able to improve the look by playing off your ideas.

Stick with the weddings THEME.. It may surprise you but, this will pull the entire wedding together let alone your look. For example if you’re planning to have more of a vintage theme you want to keep your hair very elegant rather than big, busy, and wild. Braids are beautiful but a tight braid around the hairline doesn’t photograph well and often has a tendency to look adolescent. NEVER wear a pullover shirt or sweater to the big appointment, the last thing you want after all that stress and work is to ruin it when it comes time to change into the dress. Stick with a button down or a zip sweater, it’ll make things easier when the time comes.

The most important part is to remember that YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL; it’s your day!

-CLB team

www.charleblanc.com
905-257-7776

Colour Max

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Colour Max contains UV filters and Pureology’s AntiFade Complex. Use Colour Max on dry hair and comb in before you go out in the sun to block free-radical damage. Also, this protective spray evens out porosity in sun-damaged or hi-lighted hair. With aromatherapy blend of wild rose and sandalwood, this spray is perfect for summer.

How to have a great hair extension experience

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Getting hair extensions can be life-changing. In just a few hours, you can have hair that would take years to grow. There are so many possibilities, and the experience can be amazing. Here are some tips that can make getting hair extensions extra special.

1. Come to your appointment prepared. Make sure your hair is free from any oils and buildup. This will help the extensions stay in securely. Ask any questions and resolve all concerns before the installation process so you feel confident and ready. Bring something to read or watch while your stylist is working. It could last anywhere from half hour to three hours.

2. Use only sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. Sulfates are too harsh for extensions. You can read more about the dangers of sulfates here. Your extensions will last much longer if you avoid sulfates.

3. Brush often. Three times a day is recommended, and make sure to be gentle, starting from the tips and working up, always holding the roots with your other hand. This will prevent your hair from matting and tangling.

4. Go to your touch-up appointments. Your hair will grow and take the hair extensions with it. About every 6 to 8 weeks, your stylist will take out your extensions and move them up closer to your scalp. These touch-up appointments are a great time for your stylist to check your hair and look for any signs of damage.

5. Don’t overdo it. It’s okay to give your hair a break. Although extensions are designed to last for a long time, your hair might benefit from a rest for a while if you’ve been wearing extensions non-stop for years. The scary damage seen on TV comes from improper installation and overuse of extensions.

With proper treatment and care, extensions will not be damaging. They’ll be fun, fashionable, and beautiful!