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Ce mois-ci, Le shampooing. For the first “Tip” of our DIY section, Jean Marc wanted to begin at the beginning: The shampoo.
First of all, frequency:
– Twice a week, two shampoo each time.
– If you are active and you exercise, one shampoo every other day.
– If your hair gets greasy easily 1 quick shampoo every day
1. Pour a dime of shampoo in your hands and spread it evenly (too much product makes your hair greasy and flat).
2. Start massaging your hair from the neck up (it is always the greasiest and dirtiest).
3. Shampoo your hair in circles while massaging your scalp for a minimum of 30 seconds.
4. Quick rinse.
5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 for the second shampoo.
7. Rinse thoroughly.
9. Get rid of all the water and dry with a towel.
10. Apply the conditioner. Dose the quantity according to the length of hair, but always start from the tip: it’s always the most damaged part.
Extra tip: no conditioner at the roots! It will flatten your hair.
11. Leave the conditioner on for three to five minutes.
Extra tip: if possible, wrap your hair in a hot towel as it helps the product to penetrate.
12. Comb again.
13. Rinse well.
Extra tip: If your hair is thick and curly, do not rinse off the conditioner completely. It will give you more definition, a more polished look, and less volume.
Your hair is ready to style!
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What type of style for what type of hair?
Human nature is such that we always want what we do not have. Why would it be different when it comes to your hair? Fashion magazines have a large responsibility in this. Those beautiful movie stars and models are presented with one single message: if they can, why can’t you? Their hairstyles are young, sexy, and are the latest trend.
All of this is packaged and presented to you to make it look easy and natural. It makes you dream, right? We often forget that those photo shoots take hours of preparation: light, angle, make-up, the styling itself, etcetera. Ah, and let’s not forget the post-production and the inseparable companion of the modern photograph: the inevitable Photoshop. In summary: captured perfection. We are far from everyday life.
So when you see those gorgeous photos, the only real question is: Is this right for me? It seems simple enough, but it touches you on many different levels. It’s easy to become emotional and to do something impulsive.
Can you have it all? You have to be mindful of what you are asking for, but Yes! I believe so. Under certain conditions though:
1) Does your age, style, and profession fit the hairdo you want?
2) How is the daily maintenance of the hairdo?
3) Does the quality of your hair allow for the hairdo?
Essentially, if you spend more than 10 minutes on your hair every morning, you are doing something wrong. The more you choose a hairdo that fits the nature of your hair, the easier it will be to maintain it and style it. If you do spend more than 10 minutes on your hair you:
1) have not chosen the bet hairstyle for your hair
2) are not using the correct method
3) want a hairstyle that is not achievable.
So what is the secret? Here it is: style and personality have to become one. You cannot be sexy, fashionable, beautiful, and free if your hair and your personality are not one. Over the years, fashion has assembled a wide array of possibilities from which we can dig in. Nowadays, everything is “in.” You don’t want to people to notice your hair, you want people to notice you.
Simply, just let your stylist advise you on the perfect haircut for you. You are unique and your stylist will find the equally unique haircut that fits you best.
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How to choose your hairstyle
With a lock of experience, a brush of talent, and a layer of common sense, it’s an easy fix.
You should consider:
1. Your physical appearance: height, weight, age, your fashion style, etc.
- Your height matters. Unfortunately, we all to deal with the gene pool we have been given. We all wish we were slightly more this and less that. If you are on the shorter side of things, I would recommend you to not wear your hair too short or too long. It will only make you look shorter.
- The same advice goes with your weight. Too short or too long will only accentuate your curves.
- Remember, the way you wear your hair or your clothes matters. So think total package. It will make things easier for you.
2. Your profession: unfortunately, you cannot let your imagination run free.
- It’s ok to not be extravagant and to not have the latest hairstyle. If it fits your lifestyle and your job, why take on a change that will go against the harmony you have going on already.
3. The time you spend doing your hair every morning
- I do not want to bore you, so I would refer you to last month’s tip about this issue.
4. The nature of your hair. (I cannot stress that enough)
- This is the most IMPORTANT. Do not fight your hair, because it will win. Work with it and you both will be a happier pair. For example, if you have long, thin and not much of it, your hair will look flat, and lifeless. Instead, cut it shoulder length. I could go on forever, but it would be easier to just ask your stylist.
5. The frequency with which you visit your stylist.
6. How drastic of a hairstyle change you want.
- One thing is for sure: do not make any drastic changes while you feel blue, or down. Most likely, you will regret it soon after.
- But if you are comfortable, and open to changes you are ready to take on new challenges. At that point, Just do it and enjoy your new YOU in your new life.
Only when your stylist possesses all of this information can your stylist assess and recommend you on the best style for you. Then, of course, you are the only one able to make the final decision.
If you are reading those tips and thinking: “this does not apply to me.” Well, in truth that’s very possible. You are an individual. As such, we are ALL different from each other and that’s why it’s very hard to fit your SELF into a mold made for millions.
In conclusion, whether you come to see me or someone else, do not forget to be yourself and that your hair is part of you and that this needs to show in the hairstyle you choose to wear.
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The Blow Dry
I have always had a tremendous respect for what the time, care, attention women put in in getting ready and styling their hair every morning. It is difficult and sincerely, as a man, I am totally incapable of it. Here are a few tips to make your life easier in the morning:
1. First and foremost, a really good hair drier is an absolute necessity. It needs to be powerful to dry quickly, provide enough heat to help you shape and style, and (very important) a nozzle to direct the air in the precisely chosen direction.
2. The brush needs to have the correct size. It should be circular, made of wood or plastic (no metal brushes), with bristles, and it should have the correct diameter (the strand of hair needs to be able to go around once). If it is too short or too long, it will make your time in front of the mirror that much more difficult.
3. You also will need some clips to separate your strands of hair correctly. It will also help you “work” in the right conditions. Each strand you separate and clip need to be stright, more or less ½ inch in length and shorter than the strand you are styling. If you don’t everything you will get tangled.
4. Good products give good results. Shampoos, mosturizers, styling foams, pomades, and hair sprays, etc. it all counts. If you use them as directed that is. If you do, your life will be far simpler. Trust me. If it does not work, there is a good chance that you are not using the correct product or not using it correctly.
1. Curly hair: you should always start with the hair closest to your face. If you are straightening them, remember that wet hair is always easier to straighten wet than dry. Work slowly so as to let your hair dry little by little. A diffusor will be essential if you are trying to achieve a curly look. Use your blow drier at slow speed to not make your hair frizzy. Remember what we advised in our first tip of the month: leave a little bit of conditioner in your hair to decrease the volume and to enhance the definition of your hair.
2. Thin hair: use very little product on your hair. If you do, your hair will look greasy. Use your blow drier at slow speed and for little time to not let your hair lose its volume.
3. Long straight hair: dry your hair with a towel following the length of your hair. Once they are almost dry, smooth out your hair with big brush or a flat brush. Style with a little bit of pomade or some shine.
4. Short hair: the easiest one. Dry your hair and ruffle your fingers through it and style with your hands. Check yourself and fix where needed.
Good styling and good luck to you all.
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Skin care for Spring and Make-up
Paired with a nice outfit and great make-up, the right hairdo will always put the finishing touch for a great first impression. But enough about hair for once. For this month of April I asked to Julie, our aesthetician to write this month’s tip to help you give rise to the your most beautiful.
Here is what she had to say about skin care and make-up…
Frist and foremost, when cleaning the skin be sure to use a cleanser that compliments your skin type; using too harsh a cleanser will strip your skin from its natural oils. If you do, your skin will get counteract and produce double the amount of oil to replenish it. This also applies to acne skin type.
There are basically four different cleansers for different skin types. Choose wisely and you’ll see the difference.
#1. Creamy cleansers for normal to dry skins.
#2. Gel cleansers for oily combinations.
#3. Cleansers for acne skin types.
#4. And finally cleansers for sensitive skins.
After the cleanser, using a toner can be very soothing, leaving the skin refreshed and clean as it wipes away the residue that was left on the skin.
The eye area is very delicate and sensitive. It will show the first signs of aging. Fine lines can turn into what we refer to as wrinkles. Using an eye cream will soften and diminish those unwanted expression lines.
Sun Protection Factor! It is imperative that we take care of ourselves from all the harmful elements that can damage our skin. So lather on SPF creams which comes in different numbers. Of course, the higher the SPF grade the more protection you will have in the sun without burning.
Spring is here so many of us have become pale during the winter so we pull out the bronzers. The key to pure effortless style using a matte bronzer is to apply to the area’s of the face where the sun will naturally hit first: the forehead, the hairline, the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, the chin, and along the jawline. It will give you a warmer look.
For women with a darker complexion use a golden shimmer in the t-zone area. It gives natural highlights for a radiant golden glow result. Avoid glitters and sparkles. No one sparkles under the sun!
Lip Color Tips:
Vibrant colors are “in” this Spring: reds, corals, pinks, etc. These colors will allow an effortless natural clean make up for you to look striking. A dark red lip stick is a great way to add glamour though timeless classic look.
Contrasted with a subtle make-up using a fuchsia or an orange coral lip color will take you from subtle to absolutely amazing in no time.
Step out of your comfort zone and express yourself! Wear your make up proudly!
Brows are the key to a natural face-lift. They frame the face, so keep your natural brow shape. If you want to have your brows cleaned up or even shaped never wax the top of the brow but rather go into the brow line. Once you remove your natural high points of the brow, you are creating a different brow shape and its harder to match the brows. You will need the high points on top of the brow to be the guide for the arch.
I hope this helped. If you have any question, come see me, I’ll be happy to advise you and shoe you how it’s done.
Julie at the JMD studio.
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Preparing For Summer
Summer is always a special moment. The sun that warms your bones, the longer days, the rising temperatures, the sweet smells coming from the sea and the noticeable feeling of simple happiness that hangs in the air are the main ingredients of this relationship we have with this special season. It is almost like young love.
Being on vacation or just the thought of being on vacation adds to this general sense of excitement that generally drives us to make riskier decisions—even though the temptations are always fun. Vacations mean taking a bike ride, playing tennis, taking trips, having a BBQ on the beach, and going to all kinds of parties… aaah, summer (sigh).
But summer ends. Reality settles in and regains control over us; we stop being carefree. With everything you have done this summer, your hair has taken a beating. They are dry, damaged, and washed out. So here are a few tricks and tips for this summer to care for your hair that will not take long and will help you a lot:
- For the colored hair:
Once the sun is here (“les beaux jours” we call that in France), you should darken your hair color by half or up to a full tone. This will help your color being more resilient to the effects of the sun, the sea, or the pool, and consequently even to the frequent shampooing resulting from the summery outdoor activities.
Use soft shampoos that will not wash out your hair color. You can achieve that by alternating color shampoo and everyday shampoo. Only use one shampoo per wash and please remember to apply conditioner.
- For the hair with highlights:
It is basically the same advices than above, but for the products you use.
Because of the sun’s and the wind’s effect, you will also need to apply a protective oil to the tips to prevent your hair from drying excessively.
- For other types of hair:
I would advise you to apply a UV protecting spray on your hair in addition to your usual shampoo. This is a quick tip, but it will improve significantly your hair from damage being damages.
As you can see, maintaining beautiful hair over the summer is not only possible, it’s easy. I know I always tell you that, but be wary of the quality of the products you buy. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. That is why I recommend you use the best products around because I want you to have beautiful hair and René Furterer certainly carries the top of the line in that respect. You will find everything you need in their line of products whether it is at our salon or anywhere else.
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Going to the pool or beach
Carlsbad is really beautiful those days. Summer is drawing close announcing its arrival with the rising temperatures. You will want to refresh yourself with a glass ice-cold rosé, a plate of gazpacho, or a nice dip in the pool. Here are a few tips in addition to our May “tip of the month” you can apply to protect your hair when It’s the time to jump into the pool or go to the beach.
I advise you to apply a protective oil regularly to you hair; especially to the tips. This will help prevent your hair from turning slightly green (ugh) if you go to the swimming pool very often or to become very dry at the root.
Do not use too much of the oil and not too often because it is sincerely a waste of a product and it will make your hair look greasy and flat. So, read the instructions and follow them carefully. After you have applied the product, comb your hair so that you are sure the product is applied to the full length of the hair and is penetrating correctly.
Repeat the operation after each trip to the pool. Wait 15 minutes for your hair to dry a bit so that it will facilitate the penetration of the product. Remember: oil and water don’t mix well.
After the beach or the pool, I advise you to use a special sun care shampoo and conditioner to wash out and eliminate the oil completely. You hair will be nice, soft, and shiny after that. It is very important that you do a mask once a week if you spend a lot of time at the beach or the pool.
For more information on how to do the perfect shampoo, refer to the December 2010 “tip of the month.”
If you go out this summer, it is very important that you protect your hair with the right products before ironing or curling. Remember that slick ponytails, brad, or Chanel bin will let your hair rest but you will still look fabulous and fashionable. This way, when autumn comes knocking, you will have beautiful and healthy hair.
So, have a wonderful time this summer! For further personal advice please ask us.
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Okay Ladies, it’s that time of the year to step into your bikinis and you know what that means… time to get that dreaded bikini wax. Well, I have some tips for you to make your experience a little not so dreadful. You’ll be able to rock that bikini all season long with a beautiful bikini line.
First off, if you’ve never been waxed before, make sure your hair is at least ¼ of an inch long (that’s about the length of your pinky finger nail) which means stop shaving for a good 2 weeks before your appointment. If your hair is coarse, exfoliating is a good idea the day before to ensure no hairs get trapped under the skin by dead skin cells. Drink LOTS of water throughout the day. It keeps the body hydrated, which reduces inflammation. If you are taking any medication for acne or heavy prescription drugs, talk to your doctor before any kind of waxing.
The most important thing in my opinion is to BREATHE. Just relax. It will be over in 10-15 minutes. The fear of pain is worse than the pain itself. Tensing up will only cause more pain and could risk bruising.
So what about after my wax? You will most likely be a little pink and slightly sensitive, which subsides by the next day. For my ladies getting the Brazilian bikini wax (the whole shebang, whereas the bikini is just on the bikini line) no vigorous exercise or hanky panky for a good 24 hours (This will severely irritate the skin causing redness and itchiness… eek!) But should this ever occur, aloe Vera will do the trick, Neosporin for more extreme case. With any type of waxing it is very very important to wear sunscreen if you are going to be in the sun- YOU WILL BURN, so better safe then sorry.
Sounds tortuous, but trust e, its worth the 2 full weeks of NO HAIR! Over time you will notice less hair and the hair will be finer. You will not need to get waxed again for another 3-5 weeks depending how fast you hair grows. Also, the more you get waxed, the easier it gets (especially following these tips) so forget about nasty razor bumps and messy depilatories. Waxing is definitely the way the way to go.
If you have any other questions or would like to make an anointment with me, you can contact the salon. I am here Tuesday through Saturday and would be happy to assist you. Cheers to bikinis, beaches and Pina coladas.
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Along with the cool weather comes dull, dry skin. Here are some tips for keeping your skin radiant and fresh looking!
To get rid of the dull, dry surface layers of the skin, exfoliate three times per week with a gentle exfoliant. Harsh exfoliants can dry out the skin even further. Leave the deeper exfoliation to me by having monthly facials.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!! It’s time to replace your summer moisturizer. The cold, dry weather strips the moisture from your skin. To keep that dewy look use a richer moisturizer during the winter months. Put your moisturizer on right after you cleanse your face as this will help seal in the moisture.
As always, use sunscreen. Don’t be fooled into thinking that sunscreen isn’t necessary during the winter months. The suns rays are damaging to your skin all year round. Avoid brown spots and wrinkles by applying sunscreen every morning!
Don’t forget your lips! Exfolation and a good lip balm will keep your lips smooth and moisturized during this dry time of year.
I can help you with all of your skincare questions, needs and concerns. Consulations are always complementary!
Sandi at the JMD studio
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Up to now, we have always advised you to do this or do that with your hair. “You should shampoo this way,” “take care of your skin like that,” etc. But what happens if you think what you are doing is fine and you are actually damaging your hair? So this month, we thought to give you a few heads-up on WHAT NOT TO DO TO YOUR HAIR:
First, Do not buy cheap brushes. You get what you pay for. I have said it time and again: The tools you use are as important as the hand that wields them. You should have a few quality brushes and combs.
Do not use just one kind of brush to comb and style your hair. For example, use a large toothed comb for brushing wet hair, and use a finer one for dry hair.
Use a wide toothed comb if your hair is fall. Please do not use a combing brush or small comb.
Do not use an anti dandruff shampoo on a regular basis, especially the over-the-counter ones. Those can lead to hair damage. Actually, just use those if you have dandruff!
Do not use the same shampoo for months together. It’s always a good idea to keep changing the brand.
Do not comb wet hair rigorously. Patience is key here. Oh, and one more thing: wet hair will shed more, so avoid combing too much.
Avoid over-use of hair sunscreens, but conditioners can fulfill this task quite well.
Do not tie your hair in a bun all the time, if you have long hair. This can lead to lead to hairfall.
Do not tie wet hair as they are weak then, and the traction could lead to hair fall.
Do not use a straightening iron more than twice a month. It WILL damage your hair.
Do not use too high a temperature on your hair when using a blow dryer. In fact, the finer the hair, the lower the temperature. And by the way, when deciding whether take your natural hair texture into account whenever you use a curling iron or a straightening iron.
Work with your hair, not the other way around!
In conclusion, just remember to be kind to your hair. I guarantee you will obtain better results that way than if you force your hair to do what you have seen in the magazine. We all want to have different hair than what we have been given. And if you need an advice or want something different, just tell me and we’ll work on it.