Warm to Cool Hair Tones



Have you ever had a hard time knowing the difference between “warm” and “cool” tones? Our stylist love educating clients who are curious to know. Just ask us, we’d be happy to explain. We always do our best to make sure we are on the same page as our clients.

Here is a picture of a recent C. Joy Salon client where Heidi took her hair from a warm golden blonde to a beautiful cool toned blonde.

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Redken Symposium 2013



We had a fantastic time adventuring out as a team together in Las Vegas at the Redken Symposium show. We learned new color formulations, color techniques on a new settle Ombre, color blocking, foil placements and top hits on styling. Here is a video recap of our trip:

Moroccan Oil



I have used morracanoil for years and have loved it!  Moroccanoil is an ultra-light formula which is absorbed by the hair instantly, resulting in a natural, silky finish and brilliant shine. I’m so excited to tell you we now carry it at our salon.  Our clients are absolutely diggin it!  Dry hair is instantly hydrated using Moroccanoil. Moroccanoil is generally what we will use on your hair the next time you come in, but feel free to request it as well so you dont miss out. Moroccanoil not only has the ability to restore over-processed hair damaged by environmental factors and chemical procedures, but it also revives, hydrates and detangles hair! Here is some history behind this amazing product:

At Moroccanoil®, our passion is empowering beautiful transformations. We started with the original Moroccanoil Treatment which revolutionized the haircare industry. We built our reputation on positive word of mouth from runways to salons to editorial spreads. Our antioxidant infused, nutrient rich, innovative formulas are unmatched and provide dramatic results. That is why salon-exclusive Moroccanoil® is preferred by professionals and consumers alike — because our products simply work. 

This blog post was written by Heidi, C. Joy Salon’s lead Redmond hairstylist!

Protect Your Hair From Heat Damage!



It is very important to protect your hair from heat!

Blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons weaken and/or destroy vital proteins in your hair as well as deplete your hair’s natural oils.

Blow dry damage can be prevented by using products containing glycerin and propylene glycol because these actives retard water evaporation.

Iron damage can be reduced by using conditioners formulated with low molecular weight conditioners that can penetrate into the hair like cetrimonium chloride. Another study (see Reference 2) showed that exposing hair to heat in the presence of such a conditioning agent actually caused an increase in tensile strength (the force required to break a hair). This is because the heat reacts with the conditioning agents and cross links some of the protein chains inside the hair.

When Looking for thermal protector try finding a product with low alcohol content.

A few of my favorite protectors are by Pureology and Enjoy.

Pureology ColourStylist Fortifying Heat Spray

Thermo-protective spray with Xylose Sugar. Primes and protects hair up to 400ºF when using thermal styling tools. Mild hold.

HOW TO USE

Lightly mist on damp hair before styling.

Use as a foundation product and layer with other styling products


Antisplit Blowdry Styling Cream

Lightweight humidity resistant cream. Adds moisture and reflective shine for an effortless blow-dry. Mild hold.

HOW TO USE

Apply evenly to damp hair and blow-dry.

Tips: Massage into mid-lengths and ends to increase slip and prevent mechanical damage while blow-drying.


Enjoy Conditioning Spray

Protect your hair from blow drying, sun and other thermal services. Excellent for detangling, preserving hair color, hair smoothness and softness without weight or greasy feeling.

HOW TO USE

Towel dry hair, spray in, then comb or brush through hair.

 

 

The best part is that these products aren’t just going to keep your hair from getting fried, but they are also going to add shine, de-frizz, help straighten your hair or enhance natural curls — depending on the style you’re going for. Once applied, you can heat style your hair with confidence.

References (online links not available)

1. Gamez-Garcia, M. “The Cracking of Human Hair Cuticles by Cyclical Thermal Stresses,” J. Cosmetic Science, 49, 141-153 May/June 1998.

2. Ruetsch, S.B, et al, “Effects of Thermal Treatments with a Curling Iron on Hair Fiber,” J. Cosmetic Science, 55, 13-27 Jan/Feb 2004.

5 Steps to Give Your Hair More Body



How To Get More Body In Your Flat Hair

 Add volume to flat hair with these smart styling tips from our Redmond Hairstylist Ashley  

As a stylist I get asked all the time “How can I have more body in my hair?” A simple solution is to back comb!

Follow the five simple steps I’ve listed below.

Step 1) Take a 2” section on top of your head a little more then half way back from your forehead; hold it straight up and hairspray at the roots.

Step 2) Using a fine tooth comb or small bristle brush start at the roots and push down.  Keep moving farther up until you reach mid way. The higher you go up the more backing combing and height you will get.  Be sure to pull your comb or brush out of your hair after each time you push down.

Step 3) Take a section behind the first one and repeat until you have back combed the crown of your head.  You can back comb on the sides as well to help give more body, it also helps with blending the top section.

Step 4) With your hands lay your hair back to the right position, then with your comb or brush begin lightly smoothing the top layer of your first section into the other sections.  Be sure you don’t take the back combing out by brushing too much.

Step 5) Finish with some hairspray to hold it in place. Now you have some amazing body in your hair!

Back to Your Natural Hair Color



A new client called with a question.

She is attempting to grow her color out to her natural color. She has 2-3 inches of new growth that is her brown natural color and blonde previously highlighted ends. She is curious if we would be able to match her natural color, or blend her color to look more natural as it starts to grow out. She asked what the process would be and asked for a tip to keep her hair looking fresh and clean.

Eventually, ladies who like to color their hair will have this same question! It is a common question.

Going back to your natural color can be a long and not too cute process. It can sometimes be an emotional undertaking with a few tears shed along the way. There are ways to make this task a prettier one! The best way to tackle this situation is to feather low light as close to natural color as possible to soften the line of demarcation. This is simply the line where the natural hair ends and the colored hair starts. Feathering low lights will give you the look of being in the sun. Ombre is a look that lots of women are paying for. This is where the roots and some of the mid shaft is a darker, richer color and the ends are lighter. Demi-permanent color or a gloss is another option to help with this transition. Keep in mind that some woman have a natural hair color that is not flattering with their skin tone. Your C.Joy stylist can help you with this and suggest alternatives such as a warmer version of your natural shade!

Once you have had your color service it is very important to protect your investment, by using color safe shampoo and conditioner. When your hair has been lightened the color tends to fade quicker, due to porosity of hair and dryness. A leave in conditioner will help lock color in and protect from UV rays as well as heat. This is key to keeping rich, shiny, happy hair!

Finally, as you settle into your natural color, consider other changes to your hair and lifestyle. Perhaps add layers where you once had highlights, maybe taking up a new hobby, or begin an exercise routine. Going back to your natural color is a reinvention of yourself. In a way, it is going back and accepting the old you. It is an opportunity to find a new sparkle of joy in an old place!

If you are interested in going back to natural, your C.Joy stylist would be happy to help you with this change!


Principles for Healthy Hair



Nutrition For Healthy Hair Part Three

A Healthy Hair Perspective From Jennifer Jordan, A Seattle Area Certified Nutritionist

Don’t miss the previous two articles by Jennifer: Part One: A Healthy Body and Healthy Hair and Part Two: Holistic Solutions to Hair Health Concerns

Universal Principles for Healthy Hair

  • Take a food-based (no synthetics!) daily multi-vitamin.  My top pick is Garden of Life Vitamin Code.
  • Fat is your friend!  Use a variety of cold-pressed oils (olive, hemp, sesame) to dress your salads, enjoy ground flax in smoothies, and snack on mineral rich nuts and seeds.  Don’t forget coconut oil, which is an important medium-chain fatty acid, and probably deserves a blog post all of its own!
  • Taste the Rainbow:  To ensure you get a wide range of nutrients, aim to fill your plate with foods from every color of the rainbow.
  • Steer clear of processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and these 5 nutrition no-no’s:  When you see “enriched”, “bleached”, “hydrogenated”, “sugar”, or any word you don’t recognize on a nutrition label…put it back on the shelf!
  • Perform seasonal nutritional cleanses to clear your body of toxins:  This does not = drink cayenne pepper & maple syrup for 40 days.  Be smart. A true cleanse comes from the produce department and is not found in any box, supplement store, or on any celebrity website.
  • Get your sweat on:  Keep your lymph system clear, circulation going, and stress down by getting your sweat on 4-5 times per week.

Last but not least, genetics can definitely play a role in your hair health, specifically in terms of balding and premature graying.  In other words, check out your family hair-health history before you consult your physician.  I hope you enjoyed these healthy-hair tips.  With sound nutrition, and a little glam from the team at Carolann’s, I know you’ll have the hair of your dreams in no time!

To your GLOW!
Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is the Chief Exercise Officer at For the Glow, and is a women’s fitness expert, certified nutritionist (holistic, raw, sports) and detox specialist. 

Jennifer teaches fitness & nutrition classes in the Seattle area, and is an online coach to clients around the globe. 

For more healthy living tips, or to contact Jennifer, visit http://everydayglow.com

Holistic Solutions to Hair Health Concerns



Nutrition For Healthy Hair Part Two

A Healthy Hair Perspective From Jennifer Jordan, A Seattle Area Certified Nutritionist

For Part One of This Article By Jennifer Jordan Click Here: A Healthy Body and Healthy Hair 

The Top 3 Concerns + Holistic Solutions:

#1 Premature Graying
Premature graying is caused by a nutrient deficiency, usually surrounding B vitamins, essential fatty acids, and trace minerals.

Solutions

  • Mucuna Pruriens: This superfood is high in the enzyme catalase, which is what prevents your hair from turning gray.  It is also significantly high in human growth hormone, which is your body’s natural anti-aging fighter!
  • Real Sea Salt:  Sea salt (not to be confused with table salt) contains over 80 trace minerals.  I recommend my nutrition clients to put a pinch of sea salt in every liter of H20 they drink.  Not only will the trace minerals boost your hair health, but it will also provide you with superior hydration and a metabolic boost.
  • Bee Pollen:  Bee = B Vitamins!  Bee pollen is packed with B vitamins, amino acids, essential fatty acids and is known in many cultures as “the fountain of youth”.  To assist with seasonal allergies, seek out local bee pollen (found at most health food stores).
  • Ground flax seeds:  Ground flax seeds are the most superior way to take a flax nutritional supplement as it is the only form that contains anti-cancer phytoestrogens.  (This is SO important for women!) Flax is high in the essential fatty acid ALA (alphalinolenic acid), and is best when found in organic + sprouted form.

#2 Hair Loss
Hair loss can be the result of malnourishment and clogging of the hair follicle.  Hair loss is also caused by weakened kidney function, which as we learned above is directly related to the cleanliness & circulation of our blood.

Solutions

  • To maintain a healthy follicle, eliminate mucus-forming foods such as: pasteurized dairy products, gluten, meat, and cooked oils.  For cooking on high heat, only coconut oil should be used.
  • To purify your blood, chlorophyll is a must!  Chlorophyll is one of the most valuable nutritional compounds found in the green leaves of plants and grasses. It is almost identical to hemoglobin, the compound in our bodies that transports oxygen in the blood.  Remember oxygen rich blood = Improved circulation, balanced ph and healthy kidney function!   Chlorophyll is instantly available to your body when taken in liquid form.  The easiest way to get your fix?  Cruise into your local juice bar for a double shot of wheatgrass!

#3 Dry & Damaged Hair
Dry & damaged hair relates to nutritional deficiencies (see #2), but can also be traced to a lack of sulfur in the body.  Sulfur is one of the most important mineral compounds, and is known to be one of the most beautifying food nutrients in the world. Sulfur plays an integral role in cellular detoxification, collagen production (buh-bye botox), hair, skin and nails.  Sulfur helps our body to build keratin, which translate to lustrous hair.

Solutions

  • Consume foods rich in sulfur, such as:  Spirulina, bee pollen, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, garlic, hemp seeds, kale, mustard leaves, cauliflower, onions, pumpkin seeds, radishes and watercress.
  • Take MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) supplements, which is an organic form of sulfur.  Consult your holistic healthcare provider for specific recommendations.

Part Three of this article will include Universal Principles for Healthy Hair!

To your GLOW!
Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is the Chief Exercise Officer at For the Glow, and is a women’s fitness expert, certified nutritionist (holistic, raw, sports) and detox specialist. 

Jennifer teaches fitness & nutrition classes in the Seattle area, and is an online coach to clients around the globe. 

For more healthy living tips, or to contact Jennifer, visit http://everydayglow.com

A Healthy Body and Healthy Hair



Nutrition For Healthy Hair Part One

A Healthy Hair Perspective From Jennifer Jordan, A Seattle Area Certified Nutritionist

When I see clients for nutritional consultations one of the first things I analyze is hair health.  Hair & fingernails are two areas of the body that are the last to receive nutrients.  In fact, unless your body has a surplus of nutrients, your hair and nails will go without.  When a client comes to me with dull, lackluster hair, I know she is nutrient deficient without even seeing her food journal.   In western medicine unhealthy hair is usually brushed off (no pun intended) as a concern related to vanity.  However as a holistic nutritionist, I see it as a serious underlying imbalance within the body.  From brittle hair to premature graying or hair loss, nutrition can play a huge role in restoring your hair to a vibrant and healthy condition.  Not to mention, improving your nutrition to achieve a gorgeous mane will also give you a gorgeous body to match!  Along with improved energy, a strong immune system and superior health!

The Top 3 Areas of Your Body that Pertain to Hair Health:

The Lymphatic System
My nutrition guru David Wolfe says, “Hair is an agricultural crop that has its roots in lymphatic soil beneath the skin.  The most important aspect of rehabilitating hair is to cleanse, purify, and nourish the body, blood, and lymphatic system”.  Translation:  Exercise to stimulate your lymph system, go for regular massages (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it) and perform seasonal cleanses to rid your body of toxins.

Kidneys
In traditional Chinese medicine, thinning hair suggests kidney weakness.  The kidneys perform many functions in your body, but primarily work to keep your blood clean and chemically balanced.  Translation:  The kidneys are responsible for clearing out the waste in our blood that occurs from our food intake.  By consuming a natural foods, organic, plant-based diet we can reduce the stress on this important organ.

Ph Levels
ph balance is the measure of acidity in our body, and dictates the amount of oxygen in our blood.  An ideal ph level for the human body is somewhere between 7.0-7.5.  A shift below this (acidic) puts our body into a vulnerable position, making our cells porous and susceptible to disease.   Translation:  Acidic states cause premature aging and a weakened immune system.  By shifting our diet to one that is rich in alkaline-forming foods, we can maintain healthy and stable ph levels.

Part Two of this article will include Holistic Solutions to the Top Three Hair Healthy Concerns!

To your GLOW!
Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is the Chief Exercise Officer at For the Glow, and is a women’s fitness expert, certified nutritionist (holistic, raw, sports) and detox specialist. 

Jennifer teaches fitness & nutrition classes in the Seattle area, and is an online coach to clients around the globe. 

Hair Changes During Pregnancy



Pregnancy changes everything, including your hair! It is most common for pregnant woman to experience thicker hair during pregnancy and thinning hair after pregnancy. My experience runs true to what is most common for pregnant woman. During my pregnancy I experience an increase in hair and nail growth. Hair that I normally would have lost due to regular hair loss cycles is prevented from falling out by a higher level of hormones.  I’ve got to enjoy noticeably thicker hair for the nine months of pregnancy.  However, some women experience the opposite such as thinning, breakage and dryness.

If this is you be of good cheer, there are ways to win the battle with a little extra love and knowledge. For dryness be sure to use a good conditioner and deep condition more often at the salon. My personal favorite product line when pregnant is Pureology.  All of their products use natural ingredients and their conditioners are very rich and full of nutrients.  A little goes a long ways.  You definitely get your money’s worth.

Unfortunately, breakage is very hard to prevent. Styling products, however work well to hide the evidence of hair breakage. I would recommend a dry pomade or a light hairspray. Be careful in choosing your hair products and make sure you consult your stylist to get the right product for your specific hair type.  Having healthy hair can help with hair breakage. A healthy diet leads to healthy hair. Pack your diet with foods rich in protein, iron, essential fatty acids and vitamin E.  Try to take control of your caffeine and sugar intake.  Both can be detrimental to the health of your hair  if not enjoyed in moderation.

The biggest and most common complaint I hear from my new mother clients is hair loss after giving birth.  About five months after giving birth to my children is when I have noticed my hair falling out. Not just a little extra hair in my brush or on my clothes, but handfuls every day.  Shocking amounts of hair fall out daily.  All of that extra hair I had during my pregnancy went down the drain, literally. It felt as though my hair was thinner than before I got pregnant, but this is only because I just had nine months of extra thick hair.  Don’t be alarmed, these changes are normal for pregnant woman. The state of your hair will generally return to its previous state within six months after it stops falling out initially.  Having the hair grow back is absolutely wonderful and relieving, but I’ve experienced frustration because of the halo of fuzz (baby hair) that surrounds my whole head until the new hair is long enough to behave and lay flat.  When this happens to you, don’t freak out, it’s natural and is only a short season!  Do not forget to seek council from your personal stylist on tricks and products.

Cheers to being a mom, babies, vanity and hormones!

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