Serum vs Oil

I bet you didn't think there was a difference between serum and oil. True, they both add shine, softness, they both look and feel similar. The reality is that they perform differently, giving them different jobs. Serum sits on the outside of the strand while oil is absorbed. Serum Being that this often thick goop circles around the hair strands it tames frizz, guards hair from pollutants, protects against styling tools and sun damage.     [caption id="attachment_9647" align="aligncenter" width="209"] Ultimate Repair System Revival Serum by Hair Bar NYC[/caption] Oil Because oil penetrates the hair it deposits fatty acids which act as a glue to split ends and prevents more breakage from happening. While moisture is infused into hair with the oil, it also fixes a tangled mess. [caption id="attachment_1748" align="aligncenter" width="243"] Pure Argan Oil Treatment by Hair Bar NYC[/caption]   In a nutshell, serum is used for styling (applied to wet hair) and oil is for treatment. Oil can be thrown into a mix with a hair mask or applied to wet or dried hair.    ...

Color in a Box- Pros & Cons

  Let's start with good news first. Here are some Pros to color in a box. It's cheaper. A $5 color job sounds great! No appointment needed. You are a very last minute type of person? You do things on the fly? This is a perfect option.   Unfortunately here is a heavy list of cons: A mistake with your cheap box of color could cost you $$$. You could have created such a hair blunder that it takes several visits to the salons to fix it. This mess is one of the more challenging tasks for a colorist. Hope your stylist doesn't give you he stink eye! You want a new image and want your hair to reflect it? If you are looking to make a drastic color change to your hair, do not use color in a box. Going from Brunette to pale blonde or blonde to red is a process and a professional is well trained for this. Even before a colorist starts this project, your hair gets assessed for the right strategy. Highlights done from a box on the shelf of your local store can also come out messy. They can come out orange in tone, stripey, and can bleed....

6 steps to all day curls

You take so much time curling your hair for a party and mid party your curls are more like waves going flat. Here are 7 steps to create curls that have staying power.   Step 1: Wash hair from oil and dirt. Oil and dirt weigh down hair. This includes conditioner, so go easy on applying a heavy amount. Step 2: Towel dry and use a lightweight product that protects hair from heat (Smoothie by Hair Bar NYC). This will also help detangle the hair to distribute the Volumizing mousse (by Hair Bar NYC) from root to ends. Step 3: Time to Blow dry. This isn't going to be one of those beautifully sleek, glossy looking blow outs. Soft hair will not hold a curl for long. Instead use a paddle brush or just work through with your fingers. Flip your head over while blow drying for added volume. Step 4: Mist some hairspray (Stay Perfect Hairspray by Hair Bar NYC) on each section before wrapping it around the curling iron. Adjust Curling iron temperature with higher heat for thicker hair section. Cutting sections smaller will create tighter curls. Tighter curls will take a much longer time to loosen up into waves. Sections should be spread out...

Bad Habit: Stop picking at your split ends!

  Just as you are told that biting your nails is a bad habit, so is snapping off your hair's split ends. If you are bored and catch yourself passing time by with this destructive hair habit, then STOP! How did the hair split? Stress...

Hair color lesson your colorist would like you to understand

It's not magic, it's science. Many of us go to our colorist and ask for unrealistic work to be done. This leads to an unhappy client and frustrated colorist. Scenario 1:  A  dark brunette comes into the salon and asks to become a creamy, beige, blonde ("because blondes have more fun"). This is one very dramatic change! Really dark hair becoming really blonde isn't an easy process. I will use the word "lightener" because it's a nicer way of saying bleach. Bleaching your hair sounds almost crazy! Lightener and developer are mixed together, painted masterfully on hair to become shades lighter. The lightener breaks down hair's pigment. The pigment goes through a scale of color to color until you reach the desired lighter shade. You could be left with an orange or yellow tone in your hair before you reach your blonde ambition. Your colorist will keep lifting the foil a highlight is wrapped in to check the status of your hair's pigment change. When it reaches the right shade the colorist deactivates the lightener by washing it out. The color phase goes like:   Warning: Making such a drastic change will cause your hair to feel like hay! Leave a hair mask in your...

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