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Trusted Regina Salon share steps to Restore Hair Damage

 Restore Hair Damage - Part 1: 

Does your hair feel brittle and stiff? Dyeing, bleaching, straightening or blowing out your hair a lot can damage it over time. These processes dry out your hair and leave it prone to breakage and split ends. Once your hair is damaged, the best way to restore it is to give it time to grow back in healthy and strong. Use deep conditioning treatments to help bring back its luster, and be healthy from the inside out to promote the growth of new healthy hair.

Helping Your Hair Recover

Step 1

Stop using harsh treatments. Many popular hair treatments strip the hair of its natural oils and damage the hair shaft. When you're ready to restore your hair, it'll be very difficult to do so unless you stop all treatments and let your hair return to its natural state. If you're used to relying on treatments to make your hair look the way you want it to, it might be hard to make the shift to natural hair. However, you'll be rewarded with hair that's much healthier in the long run. We suggest only using  professional products that are recommended for you by your stylist as part of an in depth consultation. ( contact us if you would like to do this)  

Step 2

Handle your hair gently when you wash and dry it. Hair is a fragile material that needs to be handled with care, especially when it's wet. Wet hair stretches and breaks easily, so it's important to be gentle when you're washing and toweling your hair dry. Think of your hair as though it's a silk dress or a fine wool sweater. You wouldn't roughly scrub it, wring it out rub it dry with a towel, right? Just like special fabrics, your hair should be handled with care.

When you wash your hair, massage your scalp with your fingertips and gently pull the shampoo through your hair, rather than rubbing it vigorously. Do the same with conditioner.

Let your hair drip dry for a few moments before gently squeezing out the excess water. Use a towel to pat your hair dry.

Step 3

Shampoo no more than once or twice a week. The scalp produces a natural oil called sebum that protects the hair from drying out. When you wash your hair too often, you wash away this oil before it has the chance to travel down the length of your hair and provide protection. Washing your hair just a few times a week will help your hair stay shiny and healthy.

When you first stop washing your hair every day, your scalp will overproduce sebum, since it's used to your routine of washing it away every 24 hours. After a week or so things will balance out and your hair will no longer look greasy right away.

 

Step 4

Let your hair air dry instead of using heat. This is a difficult rule to follow for people who are used to using hair dryers and other heat styling tools to create the perfect look every day. When your goal is to restore your hair to good health, using heat is like taking a step backward, every time. Start letting your hair air dry, and try to embrace your natural look to give your hair the chance to heal.

If you feel you really must use heat styling tools, use them on a low setting, and save it for special occasions.

Since your hair might take awhile to be completely restored, it may not look the way you want it to at first. You might be tempted to iron out those frizzy curls or bring some life to limp, dry locks. It's worth it hold out until your hair is healthy; you'll see the texture improve immensely if you're patient.

Step 5

Don't brush your hair. Brushing with a plastic-bristled brush is very damaging to hair, especially when you try to brush through tangles. You end up pulling out hairs and breaking them off mid-shaft. To detangle hair, use a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush. Gently work it through your hair, starting near the tips and gradually working up toward the roots until you're able to move the comb through your hair without catching on a tangle.

It's especially important not to brush your hair when it's wet, since your hair is so much more fragile wet than it is dry. If you use a brush on wet hair you'll end up with breakage and frayed ends.

Step 6

Avoid restrictive hairstyles. Certain styles pull on the hair and cause it to fray or break. Hair extensions and weaves are particularly bad for the hair. Whether they're sewn in or glued to your hair, they inevitable result in damage (and in worst-case scenarios, bald spots). When you're working to restore your hair to health, it's best to completely avoid styles that are hard on the hair.

 

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A Trusted Regina Salon and esthetic experts tip on Eyelash Extensions

En Vogue Day Spa & Gift Studio have been in business since 1998, a member of the Leading Spas of Canada since 2001 and one of two spas in Saskatchewan that has passed stringent requirements to attain Leading Spas of Canada Quality Assurance Designation. A Designation that means they meet consistent safety, operational and hygiene standards. In 2012, Patricia, who is passionate about spa safety, was elected to the Board of the Leading Spas of Canada, the association that represents spas across the country.

En Vogue Day Spa and Gift Studio is a Trusted Regina Spa 

Here they share a tip on Eyelash Extensions:

Extensions - Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash Extensions are a popular new product that lengthens and thickens your own natural lashes. They are single strands of falseeyelashes that are curved to replicate a natural lash. They are applied to each individual eyelash with a specially designed bonding agent for a natural, beautiful and luscious look. Eyelash Extensions are perfect for that special occasion or for day-to-day wear. They are virtually weightless and will not damage your natural lash so you can choose to wear them permanently.

At En Vogue we apply FAUX MINK EYELASH EXTENSIONS

Faux Mink Lashes are our lashes of choice to provide you the softest, natural looking and full lashes that you will love!

Faux Mink Lashes have a lot of the same characteristics of Real Mink Lashes with the added benefit of being more affordable and unlike real mink, faux mink lashes won’t lose their curl when wet.

Faux Mink Lashes are so light and fine, they feel like your own lashes. They are long lasting (with proper care) and are great if your own lashes are fine and weak.

The extensions are single strands of faux mink lashes that are curved to replicate natural eyelashes. They provide length and thickness to your own lashes and are available in varying lengths and curls to create a look that 'opens' up your eyes.

Eyelash extensions are applied to your individual eyelashes, one lash at a time. The result is thicker, longer, eye opening lashes

Will the application be harmful to my natural lashes? 

Not at all! Our eyelash extensions are applied on your own natural eyelashes one by one (without touching the skin) with an specially designed bonding agent developed exclusively for eyelash extensions. This new technique is not harmful to your natural eyelashes. The adhesive dries very soft on lashes allowing flexibility and comfort.

What do Eyelash Extensions look like when applied? 

With proper application, meaning one synthetic eyelash applied to one natural lash the look and feel is completely natural looking and real. No one will know you have extensions. They will just think you were born with beautiful, long and luxurious lashes!

How long will a set of Eyelash Extensions last? 

When applied properly, eyelash extensions will last the length of the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes. Everyone's experience will differ based on day to day activities but over all touchups should only be required every 2 to 3 weeks.

How often should I get a fill? 

We recommend getting a fill every 2 to 3 weeks. If you wait too long your eyelash extensions will fall out and you will require a full set. A fill averages about 30 to 45 minutes.

Just like your hair, eyelashes grow and fall out. In fact, we lose between 10 and 15 lashes every month. The term 'semi-permanent' refers to eyelash extensions that fall out before natural lashes. On the other hand, if the eyelash extension stays perfectly in place during the entire lifespan of the natural lash (2-3 months on average), 'permanent' is a more appropriate word.

Can I apply mascara to Eyelash Extensions?

Yes, even though mascara is not really required since the extensions actually give the illusion of wearing mascara it can be worn. It must however only be a water-based mascara. Care also needs to be taken in washing off the mascara .

Can I swim, shower, exercise, or visit a spa while wearing Eyelash Extensions?

Yes. The bonding agent we use is waterproof and allows you to shower, swim, exercise etc. Special care is required but overall maintenance is low. We do recommend however that you do not wash your eye area for approximately 2-4 hours after the eyelash application.

How do I take care of my new Eyelash Extensions?

  • Do not get lashes wet for 2-4 hours after application
  • Avoid hot steam or sauna
  • Avoid running water directly on your lashes
  • Do not rub your eyes
  • If applying mascara do so from middle to tip, avoid root area
  • Use water based makeup remover
  • Do not perm your lashes
  • Do not use a mechanical eyelash curler
  • Do not pull on your lashes (this may cause your natural lashes to come out prematurely)

DO'S - DAILY MAINTENANCE

Do use ONLY water based (oil-free) eye make-up and eye make-up remover: Use a small, cotton based tipped applicator to gently remove eye-make up. Do be gentle while cleansing the eye area and pat lashes dry.
Do use a sealer. A sealer will help protect and extend the life of your lashes from harmful particles such as dirt and oil.
Do schedule a touch-up session Lash Artist: The natural lash life cycle is about 100 days and the eyelash extensions may fall off during this period of negligent care by client. Touch-ups are recommended to be done every 2 weeks to replace any lashes that may have fallen off within that time period.

DON'TS - DAILY MAINTENANCE

Don't use regular, over-the-counter mascaras: We recommend using specially formulated mascara for eyelash extensions. Put the mascara only on the tips of the extensions - do not apply from the root of eyelashes!
Do not use lash curlers
Don't receive acidic facials: Acidic peels such as Chemical Peels, Alpha and/or Beta Hydroxy Peels will dissolve the bonding agent of eyelash extensions.
Don't excessively rub lashes or eyes while washing face.
Don't use oil-based eye products around or on the eyes. Oil-based products around or on the eyes will dissolve the bonding agent of eyelash extensions.

How long will it take to apply Eyelash Extensions and how is it done?

The application process for lash extensions normally takes 2 hours with an experienced technician. You will lay comfortably with your eyes closed. The Eyelash professional will then apply an under eye gel pad to cover your lower lashes. The extensions will then be applied to each individual eyelash with a specially designed bonding agent.

How do I choose the look I want?

Eyelash extensions are available in a number of lengths and thicknesses. We consult with you first to see what type of style you are interested in and we also determine what your lashes can hold in regards to length and size. Each person's lashes will vary so we take this into consideration when creating a look for you. The overall goal is for the lashes to look glamorous but natural.

Can the eyelash extension be removed?

Yes, at any time for any reason! It is a simple procedure that doesn't take long and we have a specially formulated removal solution that will break down the glue and safely remove your extensions without damaging your natural lash. Please do not attempt to remove the lash extensions yourself as this will cause premature pulling out of your natural lashes.

FOR YOUR SAFETY! Beware of potentially harmful inexperienced imitators...many eyelash extensionists use "in-house" or third world lash adhesives that can contain harmful chemicals. Please do your research before selecting a lash artisit and ensure that they have been certified by a reputable distributor.

Are eyelash extensions suitable for everyone?

Anyone of any age can have eyelash extensions applied as long as there is a natural lash to glue the extension onto. Ladies who have undergone chemotherapy (and their lashes are starting to grow back) are a great candidate as well as people who wear contact lenses and glasses.

HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVE AN EYE INFECTION OR HAVE RECENTLY UNDERGONE AN EYE OPERATION OR COSMETIC EYE SURGERY IT WOULD BE BEST TO WAIT UNTIL THE EYE AREA HAS COMPLETELY HEALED.

 


Whatever your needs we are sure you will enjoy the experience that En Vogue offers and we strongly suggest that you go along and check it out for your self!!! Check out their reviews and the complete Trusted Regina directory listing 

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Regina Salon share The Difference between Gel Nails and Gel Polish

Just For You The Difference between Gel Nails and Gel Polish:

Gel Nails and Gel Polish, What’s The Difference?

What Are Gel Nails?

Gel nails are an artificial nail enhancement that can be applied over the natural nail, a nail tip or used to sculpt extensions. Artificial Gel Nail Enhancements require regular maintenance fills. Gels are called gels because the product is in a gel form. There are three types of gels. UV, LED and No Light. UV gels are cured in a UV lamp. LED gels are cured in an LED lamp or a UV lamp. No Light Gels have a spray or brush on activator to cure the product.

UV Gel comes in a jar or tube. If it is in a jar it is applied to the nail with a brush. If it is in a tube it can be applied to the nail and spread over the nail with the tip of the tube. Some manicurists put the tube gel in a small dish and then apply the gel to the nail with a brush.

LED Gel comes in a jar and is applied to the nail with a brush. LED Gels can be cured in a LED lamp in 30 seconds or less or cured in a UV lamp for 2 minutes. Cure times will vary by manufacturer.

LED is UV light. The difference between the lamps is the type of bulbs. The UV lamp uses florescent bulbs that are changed after x number of hours of use. X is determined by the manufacturer. LED Lamps have Light Emitting Diodes or LED for short. LED bulbs are not changed, when the lights go out, a new lamp is required. Both lamps emit UV light.

No Light Gel comes in a tube. It is a thick viscosity glue and requires an activator to cure. Activators are available in spray or brush on formulas. Most people are referring to UV or LED gels, not No Light gels, when they say “gels”.

Powder can be added to UV Gel or No Light gel for added strength. Powder is dipped or sprinkled into the gel before curing the gel in the UV light or using the activator. The powder used is a specially formulated powder for use with both types of gel, not the same acrylic polymer powder used in liquid and powder acrylic nails.

Fiberglass can also be used with UV, LED or No Light gels. The manicurist can imbed a strip, or cover the entire nail with, a fiberglass fabric before curing.

What is Gel Polish?

Gel Polish is a colored nail polish in a gel form that cures in a UV or LED lamp. Gel Polish comes in a bottle that resembles a regular polish bottle or, in the case of OPI Soak Off Gel, in a pot. OPI also has a newer formulated Gel Laquer that is in a bottle. Both are soak off gel polishs. Gel Polish is applied over the natural nail and is NOT an artificial nail enhancement. Gel Polish is soaked off with the manufacturers remover or acetone before each service. It is generally not “filled”.

Here’s Where Things Can Get Tricky

A manicurist can apply a plastic tip to extend a nail or all nails with a Gel Polish overlay. The finished nail will NOT be as strong as a UV Gel nail that is meant to be worn as an enhancement, but it can be done as a temporary fix for a broken nail. Gel polish can also be “filled” to freshen it up. The manicurist can buff the surface of the gel polish to remove the shine, then apply an additional coat of the same color, a different color or just clear top coat. This should not be done more than one time as it makes the nails look very thick.

More tricks up the Gel sleeve are that there are “hard” gels and “soft” gels. All “hard” gels are UV Gel Artificial Nail Enhancements but not all UV Gel Artificial Nail Enhancements are “hard” gels. Another twist, all Gel Polish products are “soft” gels, but not all “soft” gels are Gel Polish. The terms “hard” and “soft” are not a reference to strength or durability. The terms are simple. “Hard” ( non-porous) gels do not soak off in acetone and “soft” ( porous ) gels do soak off in acetone. So you see how all Gel Polishes are “soft” gels? They soak off in acetone.

Now I’ll confuse you some more. There are UV cured, “hard” gel colors that do not soak off in acetone. These are used with “hard” gel artificial nail enhancements and are filed off at the time of a maintenance fill and should not be used on natural nails because they do not soak off with acetone.

An Acrylic Nail With a Gel Overlay is NOT a Gel Nail.

Any salon advertising that they do gel nails, but are actually doing an acrylic nail with a gel overlay are using dishonest business practices. Every layer of gel product that the manicurist applies to the nail must be of a gel consistency and must be cured in the UV lamp, LED lamp or, in the case of a no light gel, activator must be sprayed or brushed on over each layer of gel, or it is NOT a gel nail.

There are gel top coats that are formulated to be used over acrylic nails to give them that high gloss gel shine. This is a perfectly legitimate nail service as long as it is marketed as an acrylic nail with gel top coat service not marketed as gel nails. “Hard” and “soft” gel color can be applied over acrylic nails as well, but should be marketed as such. Salons who lie to clients about what services they are receiving really burn me up. Salons do usually charge more for acrylic nails with gel color or gel top coat, that is acceptable, even expected, false advertising is not.

The easiest way to determine if you are getting real gel nails is if the gel is in a jar or tube, the gel is odorless and you put your hand in a UV or LED lamp between every coat of gel, not just at the end with the last coat. If the manicurist dips an artist brush in a liquid and then into a powder, the product has a strong odor and air dries (no lamp used between layers) it is an acrylic nail.

One more thing to muddy the water. There is a UV cured acrylic by Star Nail Products. An artist brush is dipped in a liquid, then dipped in a powder and cured in a UV lamp. It is also odorless. It is still an acrylic nail product, not a gel.

In Summation;

Liquid + powder = acrylic
Gel consistency in a jar, bottle or tube + a UV or LED lamp = gel.


 


 

Trusted Regina Salon share's What Every Stylist Wished You Understood

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Here they share a tip on What Every Stylist Wished You Understood:

Original article here! 

http://www.hairproductandtechnique.com/articles/hair/what-every-stylist-wishes-you-understood/

Warm honey blonde and very light orangy brown highlights on wavy medium hair

Have you ever wondered why your hair service didn’t result in the hair of your dreams? Has your stylist ever told you that the hair in the picture you brought won’t look the same on your hair? I used to wonder about that too, until I started doing hair myself and discovered the truth. Keep reading and lay your concerns to rest. You will understand how hair really works and put things into perspective.

If we get straight down to the point and the real reason what it all comes down to is time and that’s the truth. To get the hair of your dreams it takes time. When you call the salon and book your appointment for your full foil or balayage service they book you for 3 hours. Maybe 4 hours at the most. But in reality sometimes those services can take anywhere from 4 to 9 hours and in some cases even longer. When a stylist has such a small frame of time to work in, they cannot achieve the beautiful hair in the picture you brought.

We all want celebrity hair

I was watching a video on YouTube called The Fabulous Life Of Miley Cyrus and in it I heard that one session with her hair stylist Chris costs $1000. She most likely books him for a full day in case she changes her mind or wants something extra added. Or if he will feel he needs more time to achieve a certain look. Celebrities don’t just pay more because they are celebrities but because quality costs more. Especially when someone’s time is involved. It just takes longer to achieve beautiful hair.

Why it takes so long

One of the reasons why it takes so long to do hair is because most of our hair has been colored over and over again and every time you want something new the stylist will have to spend more time to achieve that look. Coloring hair the right way is not as simple as a client might assume. Also if your hair is very damaged from previous coloring, your hair will not take color how it should and that will add more time to your hair service as well as costing more money.

You don't have virgin hair

If your hair is virgin hair when you come in a salon it’s much more simple and less time consuming to get results in less time. But if you come in with colored hair and want a look different from your current color it’s going to involve color removal just to start with. That service alone can take up to a few hours. The hair you might be dreaming of might require color removal, coloring your hair to a new base color, balayage or highlights and toner. That is 4 hair services in one time. That means you will be charged for 4 separate services. That is why it will take lots of time and not a simple touch up service. This is something I explain to my clients so they have real expectations.

Celebrity stylist Guy Tang knows

I follow a really cool celebrity stylist on Instagram Guy Tang and below are a few pictures he posted of his clients and how long it took him to achieve the results. Typically his clients book a full or half day with him and he sometimes has a licensed cosmetologist as his assistant helping him as well. This is a realistic way of getting that amazing hair you want along with having a knowledgeable hairstylist who is great at what they do.

 

Here is what Guy says

“So many people ask me why I take so long to color one client! The reality is that most people do not have virgin hair walking in the salon or in my studio. Most clients have box color in their hair or just had a bad color experience that leads to splotches and spotty color that takes me hours to balance out and blend away. As you can see in the before and after pics! I do whatever it takes to finish it in one day which requires multiple steps and hours to process each step and not to mention in depth consultations so my clients feel safe and know what to expect in between each stage without being nervous! And that is why it takes 6-9 hours for color correction!” –Guy Tang

    

If you can’t afford to book your stylist for as long as they require to get that look – then you just have to be patient and get one step done at a time. You can start by getting a subtle version of what you want and have your stylist take you in the direction of your dreams and eventfully they will get you there. But remember each step or service that gets you closer to the hair you want, you will have to pay for.

Big changes take time

I once had a new client who wanted a very big color change from black colored hair to platinum blonde hair. I explained everything I wrote above but more in detail specific to her situation. Saying that this will take many services and this cannot be done in 1 or even 2 times. And on her second appointment after taking her another step lighter she didn’t pay me, said she forgot her wallet but then text me saying that how can I charge her for the first unfinished job. And she didn’t even let me finish her hair before she left because she had to leave, so I ended up throwing away her toner which was the last step for that service.

The point of this story is it’s important to listen to your stylist and believe them when they are telling you that big changes take many services and you do have to pay for each step. It’s the same as if I went to a dermatologist and after one facial thought that my acne would disappear and I thought I will just keep going until I get the skin of my dreams for free or because I paid for the first appointment.

Killing your hair isn’t an option

There are things as a stylist I am not willing to do like damage your hair to the point of no return. The few hundred dollars I would have earned will not have changed anything in my life – except ruin my reputation. The most important thing a stylist wants for their clients is for them to have the hottest hair out of all their friends. So if you are willing to take their advice and pay the price for celebrity looking hair you can have it. If not all in one day then within time.

I hope this article gave you a look into the life of amazing looking hair from a stylist perspective and what it takes to get it. If you are a stylist and you have something to add please contribute in the comment section. For everyone else please add your concerns or comments below as well. 

 

 


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