Understanding Your Hair Type

Understanding Your Hair Type

Anyone who works regularly with hair, like a stylist, has to understand everything there is to know about your type. The reason behind this is that in order to treat it properly, your stylist needs all the background information they can get to avoid doing unnecessary damage. After all, hair is never created equally.

If you were to pull a strand of it out of your head, you would see a small bulge at the end of it. This is known as a follicle, and your hair grows out of each tiny follicle embedded in your scalp. It contains hundreds of cells which constantly divide and merge to form each hair as it grows. Because it is filled with your cells, each follicle of hair also contains your DNA, your own unique blueprint.

Each strand of it is made up of three layers: the medulla, the cortex and the cuticle. The medulla is the inner layer, and is only present within thick hair. The cortex is the middle layer, and provides strength, color and texture. The final layer, the cuticle, protects the cortex from damage. The entire finished strand is made up of proteins called keratin, created through chemical processes within the body, and made up of proteins processed from the foods you eat. Good stuff in, good stuff out. A bad diet can literally ruin your hair.

Genetics and geography also play a large part in how your hair is created. In people of Asian descent, the strands are round and thick, African descent grants you flat strands, which creates that natural fuzz and curl that embodies the Afro. Those of European descent will often be blond or dark with very thin strands. The only exception to that rule are the redheads of Irish descent, who actually have the thickest hair of all, beating out even the Asians for those luxurious tresses.

So, the next time your stylist makes what seems to be idle conversation with you, especially if you are a new client, she is actually asking just the right questions about your background. With enough information about your heritage, lifestyle, and even eating habits, a good stylist can instinctively choose the hair products that will work best with your hair, and will benefit it the best. Do a little research on your family tree, and you will see what we mean.

Greater Community in Redmond

Ladies, its time for a well known game. In a moment, we want you to think about anything BUT an awesome haircut. Please don’t envision how your hairstylist created it to perfectly shape your face with incredible texture. And DEFINITELY don’t think about the connection between that awesome haircut and the inner confidence you’ll have in the weeks following your new haircut.

Ready? Set? Go! ….

Great you are done!!!

Now, what did you think of while reading that? Our guess, AN AWESOME HAIRCUT!

Next game. In a moment think of ANYTHING BUT a flower pot full of rich organic soil, loaded with all the essential nutrients needed to grow a seed to full blossom and beauty.  Definitely don’t think about that encouraging caregiver who day-in and day-out seems to have the seeds best interest in mind, always celebrating every noticeable growth in the journey from seed to full blossom.

Ready? Set? Go! ….

Great you are done!!!

Now. What did you think of while reading that? Our guess, THINKSPACE!

Have you heard of Thinkspace? If not, you must go check them out.. like right NOW (don’t worry, we trust our friends over there will let you come back and finish this article): http://thinkspace.com!

Have a business idea that is just a seed? Need to plant that seed? Plant it at Thinkspace! Walk through the doors and you are greeted with positive energy and confidence that is rare to find. Be inspired. Be encourage. Be planted at Thinkspace!

Today, writing extraordinaire Kristin Eide of Thinkspace, posted an interesting article on Options to Avoid the 520 Bridge Tolling

I love the vision and commitment to Redmond found in point #3. Those of us who live and do life in Redmond should feel very fortunate to have this business community in Redmond, Washington! Here at C. Joy Salon, we are inspired by our neighbors and hope to play a part in creating a greater sense of community!

Kristin & Thinkspace you posted “I am asking for your support”…….You have ours!

Loyal Client Story

Client Story – Janet Barry

Janet Barry and Carolann Joy
January 11, 2011
By Larisa Amir

I met Janet Barry, one of C. Joy Salon’s first clients, for tea. This former Superintendent of the Issaquah School District has forty years of service in public education, including experience as the Associate Superintendent of Peoria, Arizona and Superintendent of the Central Kitsap District. Janet’s blonde hair was cut in short piecey layers. With her funky glasses, she looked confident and open, maybe even fun-loving.

“A lovely way to move into retirement.”

Today, Janet holds a teaching position at Washington State University. She has seven grandchildren and four adult children. She also works on superintendent searches and as an expert witness. “It’s been a lovely way to move into retirement,” she said with a laugh. “And I still need hair.”

In 2005, Janet was working sixteen-hour days. “I had other important things going on, and my hair looked that way.”

Janet Barry, Hair Salon LoyalistWhen Janet met Carolann at Exposé Salon, she thought, “This is quite a mismatch.” Carolann, in her early-twenties at the time, looked “very with it,” joked Janet. “We laugh about it now.”

Carolann was sure Janet would be a one-time client. “She was rigid with her hair. She asked for it to be exactly the same, just a little shorter.” I asked Carolann why she thought Janet came back after the first appointment. Carolann laughed and said she didn’t know. She then added, “I got the cut right.” She had listened.

Over the next year, the two got better acquainted, and Carolann recommended gradual style adjustments. I joked that this sounds like dating. Janet nodded and added, “I was looking for someone to trust and grow with.”

Hair Salon client Janet BarryWhen Janet began to prepare for retirement in 2007, Carolann proposed a change in style. They settled on a bob. Janet described it as, “Updated, relaxed, feminine, pretty. We had some growing to do. We went to work on it.”

I was surprised to hear this successful career woman talk about needing to grow, even if it was about her hair. Janet can lead 24 schools through change; changing oneself must be different. The word “we” seemed key here.


Janet said, “I knew Carolann as she was growing into her self, into marriage, and motherhood.” I sensed Janet was growing into new interpretations of these roles, too.

Carolann remembers the two talking about “love—lots of love, especially in the last five years. Janet was a staple person I talked to.” And Carolann was able to give to Janet, too. “I’m from a different generation. I’m able to bring something new. She brought something more grounded.”

Carolann added that Janet has seen her grow closer to God. “Ten years ago I had no spiritual side.” I asked how religion came into their conversations. Carolann said, “With questions like: What’s been going on in the last five weeks? How have you been emotionally handling all those changes?” At first I said these aren’t the typical questions you get at a salon, and then I realized they could be; it’s the answers that are unusual. Carolann and Janet talk openly and honestly. Carolann gave me her response to how she handles change, “I turn it to God and don’t keep so much of the burden to myself.”

For both Janet and Carolann, their friendship gives them the chance to share the burden and share the joy.

The ultimate compliment

Hair Salon Redmond, Wa client Janet Barry

Janet pointed to her stylish haircut, new as of six weeks ago. She and Carolann had been plotting a change. On the day of her appointment, Janet still hadn’t decided if she was ready for the new look. Carolann held her scissors to Janet’s hair and said, “Come on. Let me do it. You’re going to love it.” They have a playful partnership. “She enjoys pulling me out, respectfully, gently, and with persistence,” Janet said.

When Janet’s daughters saw her new cut at Thanksgiving they paid her the ultimate compliment: they said she looked edgy. I think she looks thrilled. Carolann’s own style has changed from her early hipster look to a self-assured elegance, a perfect match to her new salon.

Janet told me a favorite quote: “Work is love made visible.” The words are Kahlil Gibran’s. Maybe style is the inner self made visible. Style doesn’t change someone’s life; style is someone’s life.

Caution, with speed and decisiveness

I asked Carolann about how she decided to open her own salon and how her relationship with Janet contributed. “She was supportive. She leaned on the cautious side. She asked all the big questions—like what about parking or the commute.”

When Carolann had the idea of opening a studio salon, she talked to her husband Jordan that morning. They found a location already set up as a studio and went to see it that day. By the end of the week they had signed papers to lease. I was astounded at her speed and decisiveness.

Janet adds, “You won’t understand [Carolann] without seeing her space. Her husband did the floor and walls. It’s a special expression of her person and her purpose, a place where close relationships are formed, without distraction, confusion or chaos.”

Larissa Amir’s writing appears in numerous journals, and she is an assistant editor for “Narrative Magazine.” A Stanford graduate, she also holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Warren Wilson College.

Eat Your Way To Healthy Hair

The old adage “you are what you eat” has never been truer than when it comes to your hair. Hair is literally made up of proteins that are processed from your body and used as building blocks. Those proteins are converted into the needed genetic material to repair, replace, and reproduce everything your body needs to run efficiently and healthy. Nothing can throw a wrench into the works quicker than following fad diets. The first sign that something has gone wrong will always appear in your hair first.

The reason those diets are popular is because everyone wants results NOW, and are not willing to do it the healthy way. You don’t have to eat the entire table, or double your calories to save your hair, but you do need to make sure that certain items are included in your diet. Simple changes to restore your hair and keep your body healthy in the process. Want quick results? Get off your butt and exercise.

For healthy hair, one of the best foods to eat is salmon. Relatively inexpensive, and chock full of the vitamins and proteins your body needs to thrive. Dark green leafy vegetables are next on the list for eating hair healthy. Spinach, Swiss chard or broccoli can produce the entire daily requirement of needed vitamins in just one serving a day. Lentils and beans, once a week, will also provide the protein your hair needs. Including them with the dark greens makes for a simple salad that will not have you tipping the scale.

Rounding out the list are nuts, quick and easy snacks like walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans and almonds. They are important because of the zinc they contain, which will retard hair loss through shedding. Chicken is another great source of protein, as is eggs, none of which are going to cause you to gain weight, and combined with whole grains, can easily rebuild your hair into what it once was before you started the fad diet.

To sum up, the best thing you can do for your hair is to follow a balanced diet of lean proteins, like chicken, salmon, beef and lamb, fruits and dark leafy vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, and low-fat dairy. Combined with a decent exercise regimen, you will lose the weight you want, but in a healthy and hair happy way.

New Year, New You at a Great Salon

Each New Year presents an opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months and possibly more importantly to looking forward into the coming year. We resolve to be different or to do different. Typically most New Year resolutions have to do with these three things: relationships, health and finances. A New Year can mean a New You!

Most salon businesses experience a spike in appointments right after the turn of the year as many people want to bring in the New Year looking and feeling their best. As you begin to walk out the New You that you have resolved to be, we would like to share with you some of the benefits a personal salon experience can have.

1. Relationship – Hairstylists have the potential to be a woman’s best friend! When you find a hairstylist that you love, we strongly suggest that you commit yourself to that stylist. So much good can come from a loyal client/hair stylist relationship. Not only will your stylist be able to monitor your hair’s health and become familiar with it to be able to give you great service every time, but also you can develop a satisfying friendship full of laughter and encouragement with your hairstylist. On this website we’ve tried to put into words just how different C. Joy Salon is. Carolann has made people and relationships the salons number one priority. With this in focus throughout her career some of her best relationships are through the salon. This year enjoy the benefit of having your lifelong hairstylist!

2. Your Soul’s Health – Decide today that you are worth every penny spent at the salon. You deserve to look and feel your best in 2011! Coming to a high quality salon will refresh, renew and rejuvenate your soul! This year leave the salon with professionally designed hair, build your confidence and reward yourself!

3. Your Hair’s Health – Going to the salon regularly can really help to improve your hair’s health. Over the counter coloring kits are very harsh on your hair because of the high strength developer and bleached used. A professional hairstylist will mix and apply only a hair coloring formula that your hair can handle. Your hairstylist being familiar with your hair can inform you of the best products to use to help improve your hair’s health. Professional salon products are formulated with only the absolute best ingredients that promote hair health and help to make your hair color last. Lastly a regular haircut can help to keep split ends off and help your hair to always look salon fresh!

4. Finances – Adding point four to this blog was questionable, we admit it. Hair salon services can be pricey. Some feel that hair salon services are a luxury item while others feel it is a bare necessity. As you analyze your finances this New Year we suggest that you look at the total value a professional high quality hair salon can give. If a salon meant, strong relationship, feeling valued and cherished, being listened too, being refreshed inside and out, rewarding yourself, great service, healthy hair, looking your best, feeling confidence and perhaps enjoying one too many cookies, isn’t that priceless?

This New Year, remember that your professional hairstylist has an education and years of experience and that she is the best person to look after your hair’s health and overall appearance. Happy New Year and a Happy New You!

We would love to hear what your New Year resolutions are – beauty, or non-beauty… Share below!

Questions to ask your Stylist

Questions to ask your Stylist

Once you’ve found a quality hair stylist to work with, it’s important that you’re able to have a very open communication between each other. It never hurts to build a friendship with your stylist as it makes trips to the salon much more friendly and personal. In fact a lot of women often times manage to talk to their stylists about any and everything once they sit in the chair! When you have a stylist that you like and truly connect with, there are definitely some questions you’ll want to ask. While your hairstylist may become a good friend it’s important that you can have hair-based conversation as well!

Below are some questions you will want to ask your hairstylist at some point in time:

1. What new cut would suit me?

A lot of times women go into a salon wanting a new look after having the same haircut and style for a little while. This new look is often achieved by cutting your hair. If you’ve become accustomed to your stylist and vice versa, she will have a good idea of what type of cut may give your hair that extra spark. Considering your face shape and other factors, your hairstylist should know the type of cut that will be extremely flattering. If you’ve been eyeing a specific haircut it never hurts to bring in a picture! Visual aids make the hair cutting process a lot easier for your hairstylist.

2. How do I maintain or improve my hair’s health at home?

A lot of women are unaware of how to really keep their hair healthy. Sadly your hairstylist can’t do everything so once you leave the salon your hair’s health is in your own hands. After seeing your stylist a few times she should be well aware of your hair type, the texture, and any problems you may have such as breakage, thin hair and so on. Your stylist should be able to direct you to products you can purchase that will keep your hair healthy and beautiful looking. Most salons offer a wide range of products that may be useful.

3. I want a new look without cutting my hair – is it possible?

Cutting your hair isn’t the only way to give you a new look! Variety is definitely available when it comes to hairstyling. If you have a certain cut now, your stylist may be able to show you some easy ways to change it up for a night out. You can also consider getting highlights, lowlights, or changing your hair color. It all depends on what type of look you’re going for and how much change you really want to see.

Remember, your hair stylist should be easy to talk to and personable. Find a hair stylist you like and develop a relationship that allows you to have a pretty strong level of trust and comfort. You should be able to ask your stylist anything, especially when it comes to your hair.

Give Warmth Coat Drive 2010

Can you imagine not having a coat right now?  As this is written, the lows this week are mid 30’s.  That doesn’t seem so cold when you have a coat, and other winter clothing articles. Did you know that there are people right around Redmond who don’t have a hat, gloves, or a scarf?  Worse, not even a coat!?  This is hard to comprehend, but imagine how cold it must be for the little kid that doesn’t have a coat to wear while waiting for the bus. As many as 2,000 young people in King County, ages 12-24, are without a safe place to sleep each night. Think of those homeless youth, with no heat or blankets or comforter to keep warm. Friends of Youth out of Redmond, Washington over 60 years ago began to imagined these same scenarios and committed themselves to doing something about it. In light of the current economic state, more than ever, they need our help getting warmth to over 700 people this winter.

So what can you do to help?  C. Joy Salon, together with M.Macdonald Photography of Seattle and Caffe Ladro in Bellevue and the nonprofit organization Friends of Youth, are helping those in need with its Give Warmth Coat Drive, which kicks off Thursday December 16th. Gently used coat donations are accepted through Jan. 22nd at C. Joy Salon, as well as at Caffe Ladro in Bellevue.

Friends of Youth is a non-profit agency dedicated to supporting youth and their families in King and Snohomish counties. Friends of Youth provides a broad range of services to improve its clients’ emotional stability and self-sufficiency, including homeless shelters, transitional housing, outreach, mental health counseling and substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Cheryl Schnelle, Volunteer Coordinator at Friends of Youth says:

“We have many homeless youth in our shelters and through outreach that would benefit from your generosity as well as youth and families in our transitional living facilities and foster homes. The numbers are well over 700 so any and all coats would be fabulous!”

For more information, visit www.FriendsofYouth.org or phone (425) 869-6490.

Other types of outerwear are acceptable and appreciated, like sweaters, jackets and sweatshirts. Even blankets, hats or gloves could help someone stay warm this season. In the coming weeks, donated items will be distributed to people in need at no cost. Coat donations are tax deductible!

C. Joy Salon is offering a 5% discount for any service in the salon for anyone who donates an item to the drive!

So as the temperature drops and the weather gets frightful, please share your heart and give warmth this season.  Thank you for donating!

C. Joy Salon is a by appointment only hair salon, coats will need to be dropped off during the following appointment hours.


Thursday, December 16th
9:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, December 18th
9:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday, December 19th
10:00am to 2:00pm

Tuesday, December 21st
10:00am to 5:30pm

Thursday, December 23rd
10:00am to 6:00pm

Wednesday, December 29th
10:00am to 5:00pm

Thursday, December 30th
10:00am to 5:00pm


Tuesday, January 4th
10:00am to 5:00pm

Thursday, January 6th
9:00am to 2:00pm

Saturday, January 8th
9:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday, January 9th
9:00am to 1:00pm

Tuesday, January 11th
10:00am to 5:00pm

Thursday, January 13th
10:00am to 5:30pm

Tuesday, January 18th
9:00am to 4:00pm

Wednesday, January 19th
3:00am to 6:00pm

Thursday, January 20th
10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, January 22nd
9:00am to 2:00pm

Salon Christmas Gifts

This Christmas, Hydrate Someone’s Hair!

In the JOY of generosity, C. Joy Salon is offering a Pureology Hydrate set at a discount! The best part is, Carolann already wrapped the packages so you don’t have too!

This package has an $88 value for only $60!!

You will get:

The HydraCure Intense Moisture Masque is a luxurious deep conditioner giving back lost moisture leaving hair smooth and rejuvenated!

The Pureology Hydrate line is designed for color treated hair in need of color protection and deep hydration!  Enhanced with advanced hydrating technology and pure natural ingredients, this system restores dehydrated hair while the ZeroSulfate® shampoo and AntiFade Complex® maximizes color retention!

This Christmas give the gift of luxurious hair hydration!

You have three wrapping choices

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