Find The *Right* Products For Your Hair

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I get asked a lot about hair products. Everyone wants to know why they are so important, which ones are “right,” and if they are worth using. Often times there is a huge misconception about hair care products. People think they don’t work. Well if you are using the wrong product for your hair type, then yes, you might feel as though it isn’t “working.” This is why knowledge is king. Finding the right product for your hair can change everything!

People with fine thin hair want more volume and body may feel that mousse or bodifying products are too heavy or sticky on their hair. Or those with thick, curly hair might feel that gel is too much like glue or cement in their hair. Women with straight hair (that have a hard time holding a curl) tend to feel as though a setting lotion, or heat activated styling aid, doesn’t do anything to help their style.

This can all be true… if you are using the wrong product.

Product selection is super important when it comes to finding the right product specific to your own individual needs. Hair care products can be a very personal journey. Some feel aerosol sprays are terrible for the environment. Some prefer organic products. Some love the feeling of oils while others hate using any type of oil. This is why you need to be educated by a knowledgeable stylist (such as myself!) to help guide you to happy hair.

I carry a big selection of products from 4 different product lines that I sell at my salon. I chose each and every one of them with my clients and their many requests, needs and wants in mind. I love my product lines because they all offer something for everyone.

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I have Alfaparf products that are known for their wonderfully conditioning and repairative shampoo and conditioners. Their styling aides ranging from mousse to hairspray to pomade that offer fabulous hold without leaving a build up on your hair.

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Then, I have Neuma products which is an all organic, gluten free line. Neuma shampoo gives a great lather, which differs from other organic products which tend to never quite “suds up.” Neuma styling aids range in their level of hold. Their mousse is the best for fine thin hair and never leaves the hair feeling heavy. The smoothing cream, blow dry lotion, and pomade have a wonderful scent that is to die for. You feel as though you are at a spa when you use these products. Read more about Neuma products on my blog about Neuma: here.

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For my curly haired ladies, I of course carry Ouidad products because I am a certified Ouidad stylist which allows me the honor of being able to carry these products in my salon. I have several types of shampoo and conditioners, as well as styling aids such as mousse, gel, sulfate free co wash, and more.

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And finally I have Moroccan Oil products which many of you are familiar with. Their moisture shampoo and conditioner are fabulous as well as their oils and hairspray.

If you are looking to help enhance your hairstyle but just don’t know where to start, please call me or message me. I can lead you in the right direction to help figure out what product is best for your specific needs. I can help show you how to use it (how not to use it) and the best combination of products for you. I am so excited to help you love your hair.

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Curls and Summer: Ouidad-certified

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With summer here the last thing we want to do is spend hours trying to blow out our curly hair to have a sleek straight look we are craving. With temperatures rising and sweat forming as we stand under the dryer, why not use this time of year to embrace your natural curls? How nice would it be to not have to feel like you need to take a shower all over again, as soon as you’re done with your hair? Learning to not blow-dry could be the best thing you do for yourself this summer, and it’s only just begun! Did you know I’m A Ouidad-certified stylist? Girls, we have options this summer – let’s talk about them.

Summer is about trying to find the time to relax a little, spend extra time with the family, playing in the pool, going to the beach, or your local water parks. You want to be able to let loose and enjoy the moment you are in and stop worrying about your hair! How sad to not go in the water and have fun just because your worried about your straight hair. Instead, let it go! Once you give yourself permission to relax a little and enjoy the summer, you’ll appreciate any extra time… including the time you’re spending having fun instead of in the bathroom with a hot blow dryer and big round brush.

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Part of all of this is accepting what you were born with and letting those curls come to life – doing so will let you come to life too!

I know some of you are thinking, “oh no way could I ever do that. My curl is so ugly/frizzy/unruly. You might think that you will feel “ugly” going natural. Well first of all let’s remember that it’s not ugly, you just might not know how to wear it curly. You might not know how to work with what you have, and you might not have the right haircut to work with your curls. Luckily, I have the perfect solution to all of those complaints: Ouidad.

The Ouidad haircut will guarantee to control your curl and tame the frizz so you will actually love your curls. Yes, you heard me right… you will LOVE YOUR CULRS! The Ouidad technique has proven time and time again to take control of those curls, even the most unruly ones.

The Ouidad website (www.ouidad.com) describes this specialized process as 1. understanding our curl 2. identifying your curl and 3. loving your curl.

Ouidad offers the only trademarked cutting technique for curls. The process is a technique that involves “carving & Slicing” based on your specific curls to remove bulk and enhance the natural curl pattern to achieve a more defended ringlet that fit gently into each other like puzzle pieces. A Ouidad stylist (me) is taught to analyze each curl to look for it’s unique pattern and texture, to listen to both the curl and the clients desires to create a plan to optimize the curls.

Now you may come across a stylist that says “oh yeah I can cut curly hair” but ask yourself do you want a mediocre haircut or do you want a Ouidad haircut by a certified Ouidad stylist? There is a big difference between a haircut and and a certified Ouidad haircut. Being a Ouidad certified stylist is a very special certification. I spent time in the Ouidad flagship salon in New York City where I took a two day hands-on course that was supervised by highly trained instructors. We were taught the theory behind the technique and then utilized it on live models. We had to be graded on our work and approved by our instructors. In order to get my certification my work had to pass the inspection of my instructor. Talk about a process! But it was so worth it since I learned so much that I now get to use on my clients. Going through this class was by far the most fun and memorable experience I have had in my 25 plus years of being a hairstylist.

To learn more about Ouidad check out the Ouidad website and even see videos on the process here. They also have a section about learning to love your curls in their blog, check that out here. hope these links inspire you to take the first steps towards loving your natural curls. I would love to share my knowledge with you and help you to embrace your curls and rock that new summer look. Call me or email me to set up your next appointment.

I look forward to meeting you, and your curls, soon!

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photos taken from Ouidad’s Facebook page

A Ouidad Cut, A Specialized Cut For Your Curls in Arizona

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With summer quickly approaching who wants to spend endless amounts of time primping your hair, in front of the bathroom mirror, under a hot hairdryer followed up with time sucking hair tools, only to need another shower to cool off as soon as you’re done? Wouldn’t you rather spend your time enjoying the people around you and lazy summer days, while still feeling confidant in how your hair looks? Imagine how much extra time you could have if you didn’t have to give your hair so much one-on-one attention. 

Well for all you wavy to curly headed people I have the perfect solution for you: A Ouidad cut. This haircut is a highly technical technique for cutting wavy to curly hair. You will not loose all the body, instead you will lose the frizz while gaining a beautifully sculpted curl. A Ouidad cut will help reduce your style time by half, by allowing you the freedom and flexibility to wash-and-go if you choose to do so! So easy for those hot Arizona summer days.

I can’t express enough how completely amazing A Ouidad cut is. I spent two full days in the Ouidad flagship salon in New York City learning and getting certified to be an Ouidad specialist. Another great thing about this technique is it can be personalized specifically to your needs. By this, I mean if you love your curls and fullness but you feel like it’s too bushy I can reduce the bushiness without losing the fullness. I can go anywhere from mild to extreme with the carve and slice technique. It’s catered to your hair and your needs, which is what makes it so amazing!

I strongly encourage you to come see me for your next cut, and try out A Ouidad cut. You will be so happy you did. Just think how great it would be to spend half as much time on your hair and have it look twice as good as before!  

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OUIDAD – learning to love your curls

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I can offer over 25 years of experience with several different certifications, but there is one specific certification that I will be discussing today. The OUIDAD haircut. This haircut is specifically designed to be done on naturally curly hair. The type of curl is irrelevant. This application can be used on a variety of curls, from wavy to super kinky.

After spending two extensive days of training at the New York City OUIDAD flagship salon, I have learned the technique of this awesome method of cutting curly hair. The goal of this method is to help remove unwanted bulk from within the hair as well as aiding in the control of frizziness. One of the great aspects of this style is that there is no use of any thinning or texturizing shear used in this style of cut. Even with a style that has layers, you will not get a LEDGE effect when you hair is dry.

There is a special technique for applying product and styling this hair cut called the Rake ‘n Shake. With a variety of options within the product line, we can develop a system that feeds your hair exactly what it needs. This utilization of the correct product will assist in the final outcome of how beautiful, soft, and manageable your curls will be. I have also performed this style haircut on clients that get Brazilian Blowouts, and the two services compliment each other very nicely. So if you have naturally wavy, curly, or kinky hair, I strongly encourage you to contact me for your own OUIDAD experience!