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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Fading Hair Color How to Stop It.

Everyone who colors there hair wants it to last, (Most of the time). Professional colored hair is an investment in ones self and the price is well worth it if it makes you look great. So I am asked all the time why does my hair color fade, what can I use to make it last? Here are some tips and tricks to keeping you hair color beautiful longer.

First we must look at what hair color is. the different types of color also play a big role in how long they will last and of course those rascally reds that seem to fade within days. We will start with semi permanent color. It is meant to wash out within a few weeks and if your hair is dry damaged or your water is treated it will wash away sooner. Semi permanent color only covers the shaft of the hair it lays on the outer shell of the hair only dying the outer layer. Thus washing away each shampoo. They are usually the least damaging and if you like to change colors often a great choice. If you are new to color and only want to see what it would look like they are a good introduction to color.
Then we have demi permanent hair color that uses a mild promoter or chemical to open the hair shaft to deposit color. The structure of this color is still less damaging and is meant to wash away gradually so you do not have a growth line. Great for blending grey hair and adding shine or a hint of color to dull hair. Also a wonderful addition to between color treatments.
Permanent hair color opens the shaft of the hair to change the color completely. Ammonia or a list of many chemicals I will not get into now. Opens the hair shaft then lifts the hair color that is there then leaves the color that is put on. Thus being great for gray coverage, shine, body, and completely changing your own color. They last until they grow out but will have some fading depending on the length of your hair. Can be damaging if not done properly.
So how Do we keep our Color longer?
It is not your shampoo that fades your color. Shampoo is actually for cleaning you scalp. Conditioners are great for de-tangling and adding shine and control and do not remove color. The biggest culprit in your color fading is your water. Water changes the molecular structure of hair. Ever wet your hair and roll it on rollers? When it drys it is in the shape of what ever roller you had it on. Water opens the cuticles and when that happens it rinses out color. Best thing to do is use Luke warm water. Hot water opens the cuticle of the hair more releasing more color. Chlorinated water also will remove color or salt treated water. Well water can leave mineral build up leaving your hair dull but is usually best if used at a cooler temperature. If you live in a city with treated water and want to save your hair color used bottled water at least for rinsing. Cold water will close the cuticle and get it ready for styling.
The other culprit is styling. Blow drying with hot air or using a styling tool will diminish you hair color also. Try using a styling aid that has a heat protector in it. Anything that has a silicone base will also help keep the cuticles of the hair flat and protect your hair color investment.
I hope this helps. Until next time when we talk about the right hair style for your age.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Salon

My salon is located on laporte ave. in Eagles Mere. I do everything from haircuts to colors, manicures and pedicures. I Do both men and women.
My shop is small but I still have enough room to do most services. My shop opened in this location in 1990. I since have been in the village shoppes located in the center of town. I then partnered with a good friend Jackie Dunham and had a very nice salon in Muncy Valley Pa. When the building was sold we had to move and both went our own way. My friend Jackie now has her own dog grooming salon in Muncy Pa.
Because it was a bit of a surprise to both of us that we had to move out of our shop I went on to do various other things. Thinking that I wanted to do something different I took a job immediately in a factory making plastic bottles. I don't recommend it unless you can't find anything else. The other things that I did included working at our sewer plant. That was a good job and because I was outside I loved it. I have done that for a few years now. Even after I opened my new salon. I also filled in a few hours and days with helping a painter, sanding and prep work. I learned a lot about painting from that job, like how sanding is very important. My arms got a great work out.

Which leads me back to where I started. Three years ago I opened my salon not even a year after Jackie and I closed ours right where I had began. At first I was disappointed but then found it to be nice for many reasons. One is it is right where I live. I just fall out of bed and go to work. Also because it is slow in the winter I can make jewelry in my spare time. You can see my creations on my website. These are one of a kind silver jewelry.
 So my adventures continue look for updates and articles on hairstyles new products, how tos and more. Coming soon.

Eagles Mere Salon & Our Town

This is part of my town I live in. Many shops reside in this historical building. The new museum is also located there. You can visit on the weekends. The shops are open all summer every day but this time of year they are only open on the weekends. You can find out more information about my town by visiting this link.
Anything that is going on is listed on this site.

In the winter it gets really quiet but if the weather is just right we have a toboggan slide that is made out of ice from the lake. Our volentire fire Co. builds it and runs it for as long as the weather will hold up.
You can view someones great ride below.

That's all for now. Just a little look at where I live and the little town I am from. Although I didn't grow up here my entire family is here so I visited as a kid often. My favorite spot is the pond, I love fishing there and the lilly pads are just beautiful in the summer. A great quiet place even in the summer when the town is buzzing with people.