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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

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Hair Thinning

Let’s face it. Hair thinning and loss can be a private panic for most women – and men. 

webmd_rf_photo_of_hair_loss_chartImagine if you will, the first time your client looked in the mirror or caught their reflection in a store window and truly realized it was serious. They couldn’t dismiss it any longer. The panic sets in.

That moment is not just about vanity. Hair thinning and loss evokes a physiological reaction, one that can result in a loss of self-esteem, perhaps cause depression, anxiety and lead to other emotional issues. For many, our hair is what makes us feel beautiful, youthful and well, healthy.

Being professionals, we want to help. But perhaps we aren’t sure where to start, or even how to identify the many factors that are attributed to hair thinning and loss. 

As a national educator on the topic, I’ve come across countless stylists and salon owners that ask me just that – how can they help their clients navigate the sometimes-complicated waters of “why” this is happening to them. And second, how can they help them find a solution?

To begin, we must understand that hair thinning and loss can be attributed to many factors and, often, combinations of those factors. Generally speaking, they may include:

 – Genetic predisposition (family history of hair loss)
 – Stress and trauma (constriction of blog supply; poor vitamin assimilation)
 – Nutrition and diet (high consumption of animal fats)
 – Health issues (thyroid imbalance)
 – Medication (side effect caused by chemotherapy or other medications)
 – Environment (pseudo-estrogens and pseudo-androgens)
 – Chemical damage (incorrect chemical processes applied to hair)

Most of these initial factors lead to a “miniaturization” of the hair, when hair follicle deterioration caused by pollutants or toxins caused individual hairs to become smaller and finer, until the follicle remain in the “resting” phase and is totally dormant. 

Sound confusing? It’s Ok. We are here to help. You can stop by our salon Char Le Blanc Salon & Spa so we can answer any questions you have.

Tips for more Volume

This post is for all of us who are continually frustrated with flat and lifeless hair.

Volume 1. Switch to a lighter conditioner: heavier conditioners may weigh your hair down and may simply not be right for your hair texture. Ask your Char Le Blanc Salon stylist which kind is right for you– I know, I know, it might mean having to depart from your favorite island-getaway-smelling conditioner, BB’s Creme de Coco– but there’s certainly an array of lighter conditioners like Thickening for volume and detangling or Let it Shine for some shimmer and they both smell lovely, too.

 2. Pat down your hair or air-dry (a little) before you blow dry. All this takes is time, or blow drying to a lower heat setting. This will help to reduce frizz.

3. When blow drying your hair, apply a body-building product like Styling Creme at your roots. This, along with blow drying with your head upside down, will help you to achieve fullness with the right amount of hold before you style.

 4. Try a round brush: Hate to say it but sometimes you have to work for bouncy, shiny, soft curls.

 We suggest using a medium-sized, boar-bristle round brush, blow out your hair as usual, until it’s about 80 percent dry. Then start rolling sections onto the brush and then flipping it vertical to your head. Hold each section that way and blast with heat from the dryer for several seconds, then pull the brush straight down until the hair slides up and off. What will happen is that you’ll get bouncy bend in your ends, just like Kate–sort of partial ringlets–instead of the curled under or out effect you usually get when rolling hair onto a round brush horizontally.

 5. Don’t be afraid to tease your hair. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t all have such thick and full hair– the ladies here at Char Le Blanc Salon & Spa secretly love teasing their hair.  First, get rid of knots and tangles from hair with natural bristle brush. Use a teasing brush or a flat-backed brush to backcomb sections of hair around the crown of your head 1-2 inches in thickness from the rest of the strands and clip the remaining hair out of the way. You can gather smaller strands for tighter results or larger strands for looser results. Oh, and don’t forget to brush down your hair thoroughly after teasing it, or else you’ll probably look like a lion all day.

 5. Confused? Book in for a 15 minute quick style or tutorial at Char Le Blanc Salon & Spa  with your favorite stylist. Any of our stylist will be happy to help you make sense of these techniques or simply explain quick and easy tips and product recommendations for building and maintaining hair volume.

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