Episode 106: How long should you wear hair extensions?

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By Rico

I know that most women love they’re hair extensions but they don’t last foor-eeveeer. You have to be kind to your own hair. If you leave the extensions in for an extended amount of time it will start to matte and you begin to work against the reason for wearing them, which is to grow your own hair out to your desired length. Let’s talk what’s what in the land of hair extensions. The differences in the installment which would give you the desired look.

Hair Extensions ex·ten·sion noun \ik-ˈsten(t)-shən\
an increase in length of hair; specifically : an increase in hair length installed by a professional stylist or cosmetologist. This method is commonly installed as to extend the length in sections by blending in your own hair with the extra hair.

Hair Weaving hair·weav·ing [hair-wee-ving] noun
the attachment of matching hair to a base of nylon thread interwoven with a person’s remaining hair, to cover a bald or braided area leaving little to no hair visibly out or exposed.

Now that we have explained the difference of which technique can be used to install hair extensions, lets get down to how long you should leave in the installment before taking down and reinstalling. I totally understand that these installments are expensive but please understand that leaving an installment in for extended amount of time will cause damage to hair follicles and cause hair thinning.

Time Table / Time Period / Cause if left longer

Hair Weaving 2 months – 3 months matting, hair lost, thinning

Hair Extensions Weft 2 months – 3 months matting, hair lost, thinning

Hair Extensions Micro Ring 3 months – 4 months (*) thinning, hair lost

Hair Extensions Glue / Fusion 4 weeks – 6 weeks hair lost, thinning

Lace Wigs 5 days – 14 days (*) hair lost,thinning

• This time line is tentative based on your own personal hair type and hair growth. Also due to personal body sweat, medicines, etc.

The length of time a hair installment will last depends largely on the type of hair quality used for the extensions, the skill level of the stylist installing it, and the application method used to install it. There are the sew-in and glue-in extension wefts that can last as long as three months if properly maintained. But please know that you or your stylist should check the hair installment every 4-6 weeks to make sure there are no problems developing between your hair and the installment at the scalp. Also ensure that you are not having any allergic reactions to the adhesive used in installment and to make sure the adhesive is holding well. So in the words from Ms.Vanessa Bell “ You better know your weaver” Always know that you pay for the level of skill you receive.



Episode 105: How to flat Iron or straighten all hair types


Episode 105: How to flat Iron or straightener all hair types
By Rico

Hello everybody! I know that trying to achieve that salon blowout or flat iron is enough to grab the whole bottle of Stella Rosa and find your best hat and say screw it! But I will walk you through how to achieve that smooth and silky flat iron with out frying your hair follicle and looking like an 80’s music video vixen.

1. Please understand that you cannot achieve a silky look with dirty hair. Please take the time to clean your hair and deep condition your hair to give a healthy layer of protectant to protect the hair cuticle. I would suggest Joico Smooth Cure or whatever sulfate free shampoo conditioner you prefer.
2. Proceed to blowing out your wet hair in sections to achieve a smooth surface to begin the flat iron process.
3. Now grab a serum or a protectant this creates a layer on the hair to assist in straightening it and creating a thermal bond that can keep lock in the heat from the flat iron in place to have a smooth finish.
4. Now just because your flat iron or hair straighter can get to and achieve a heat of 450 degrees does not mean that a daily usage of this high heat won’t damage the hair follicles. It can dry out the inside of the hair, which will start to be come unruly and dry to the touch. So thin or fine hair should be set to 150 – 200 degrees wavy or thicker hair should be around 200 – 300 degrees thick and coarse hair should be around 300-400 for an initial flat iron. For touch ups start off with 150 to 200 depending on your level of straightening and thickness.
5. Now a small flat iron 1’ to 2’ inches will allow you more styling and straightening control. So take small sections of hair and start at the scalp and slowly pass downward to the ends of the hair.
6. Now keep your hair in four sections starting in the back.
7. Do not spray or rub any oil product in hair before using the flat iron. The oils weigh down the hair and make it stringy instead of bouncy and vibrant.
8. Separate the sections no wider then the width of your flat iron. You do not want to have too much hair then you are not allowing the heat to properly straighten each strand.
9. Slowly make your way around your hair and began to flatten into your desired style.
10. To complete the style you can take a dime size amount of serum or spray a holding spray to control your style.

Now that it is all over looking at that hair shiny and bouncy makes it all worth it. Hey I say it’s 5 p.m. somewhere open that bottle and have a go.



Episode 105: How to use dry shampoo

Express Dry Dry Wash - Waterless Shampoo By- Paul MitchellEpisode 105: How to use dry shampoo

By Rico

Many hairstylists and dermatologists have began the campaign that supports the theory that washing your hair too much can strip away healthy natural oils and lead to dry, damaged hair. Dry shampoo has been gaining popularity because many dermatologist and beauty experts recommend washing your hair less frequently to keep hair shiny and healthy. Dry shampoo can be used in between washes if you’re trying to lengthen the life of your hairstyle or blow-out.

So dry shampoo is a dry substance that cleans your hair without the use of water. Dry shampoos work by absorbing oil from your scalp and hair, and making it look and feel like freshly washed hair. The ingredients in the spray-type of dry shampoos are usually a mixture of aerosol agents, powder substances, absorbing agents, solvents, conditioning agents and fragrance. It is not meant to take the place of regularly washing your hair with water, but to serve as a means of lengthening time between washes or to use in a time crutch. The max limit that the dry shampoo should be used is 2-3 times before fully washing hair.

Dry shampoos usually come in the form of an actual powder (hence baby powder or cornstarch substance), a liquid that comes from a pump dispenser, or an aerosol spray. Whichever one you choose, please pay attention to the color of the actual product due the white residue that can be left after using some dry shampoo products please use a agent close to you hairs natural color. i

If you have dark colored hair you can rest assure that you will not see little sprinkles of white particles. As the product is applied please allow a couple of minutes (2-4 minutes) for the product to activate and began absorbing the oils in the hairs root. You can apply the product directly to the scalp by separating the hair into sections. The product doesn’t coat the hair with a thick powdery substance. This product will lock onto excess oils on the root of the hair and absorb oils quickly. After brushing the product fully through the body of the hair. Begin to style as normal. You will start to notice the bounce and liveliness reappear to limp oily hair.  Please make note that you are suppose to hold the can 6-8 inches from hair to spray a lite mist over the scalp. Most clients make the mistake of holding the can like it’s a styling spray or oil sheen and spraying it too much, too closely to the hairs scalp. This process is meant to clean the oils from the scalp shaft to give life and body back to the hair quickly.

There are also natural alternatives to the commercial brand dry shampoos, which often contain many chemicals to aid the absorbing process, you can buy organic dry shampoos as well, which are made from all-natural ingredients.


 Things to remember if using dry shampoo

  1. Hold spray at least 6-8 inches away from the roots.
  2. Do not spray on damp or wet hair.
  3.  Wait about 2-4 minutes before styling. Please don’t panic when you see a white substance appear. Allow time to absorb on to hairs root. Please note you must comb through hair and began styling with a comb, blow dryer, or flat iron.
  4. Dry shampoo can be used on the roots and ends to give added volume and depth to the texture of the hair.
  5. Do not worry if product gets on the mid-shaft. This will aid in more volume, decreasing the feel of fine lifeless hair.
  6. What is the difference between spray and powder dry shampoos? Both do the same thing: soak up excess oil.  The force of the spray of powder helps aid is absorbing oil. However the powder version, you don’t have to deal with the lite fragrance odors. The use of the powder version is good for those that have serve allergies to airborne particles and certain fragrances.
  7.  Please limit the use of any dry shampoo agent to 2-3 times in between washes.
  8. The hairs natural oils from your scalp will soon start to weigh down your hair, giving it a heavy greasy look. Dry shampoo is great for all hair types. Women of color can benefit from using a dry shampoo to extend the life of the hair in between salon visits. It helps aide in the drying of heavy natural oils that start to weigh down. This is a way to decrease the amount of natural oils being absorbed into the body of the hair without taking out the natural oils that the scalp needs.



Episode 104: How to choose a hair dryer

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By Rico


The crazy idea that the hotter the hair dryer will get the quicker it will dry my hair, wrong! Understanding what you use to dry your hair can either help or kill it quick. Let’s take the time to understand some key components when choosing a hair dryer. I came across this tutorial online and it explained in detail the differences in what a good vs. bad hair dryer can do to hair over time.


The Heating Element:

•     Cheap hair dryers normally use metal or plastic heating elements that burn with intense and uneven heat. Essentially, they dry your hair by cooking the water out of it – literally boiling it off.

•     If you don’t take great pains to protect your hair, prolonged blow drying will make it grow brittle and eventually break, as your hair can’t stand up to being flash-fried on a regular basis. Even products that protect against heat damage can’t hold up to this kind of heat for long.

•     With high-end hair dryers, ceramic heating is the standard. Ceramic has remarkable properties of heat conduction – which you may know, because modern space heaters and similar home technology tend to use ceramic.

•     This is because ceramic produces “far infrared heat” which is radiant – it penetrates the hair shaft safely, instead of heating from the outside in. This also explains why ceramic flat irons & curling irons are the choice of professionals.

•     Ceramic, which can be infused with tourmaline or other elements, produces a gentle heat that means ceramic heating is safer – ceramic space heaters won’t catch things on fire the way metal ones are prone to do, and ceramic hair dryers won’t blast your hair with harmful energy.


“Ionic” drying:

•     Cheap hair dryers that use metal or plastic elements diffuse positive ions that cause the (normally neutral) cuticle covering of the hair shaft to open, causing frizz and dull appearance.

•     Ionic hair dryers produce negatively charged ions, which cause the cuticle to remain flat, “trapping” moisture, eliminating frizz and giving hair more body



•     Tourmaline was recently introduced to the hair science for its incredible capability to generate negative ions. With more negative ions, a hair dryer can dry faster (up to 70%) for unbelievably sleeker, shiny hair.

•     Tourmaline hair dryers can be combined with tourmaline treated brushes or other heat styling tools like tourmaline flat irons to add to the shiny, sleek effect.



•        While wattage varies among hair dryers, we always recommend something 1300 watts or above (unless a travel hair dryer). All of our professional hair dryers fit this category. Wattage directly affects how fast your hair dries (higher watts = more time to snooze in the morning).


•        Plus, they dry hair faster than regular dryers and leave it shinier and smoother. This is because they don’t “cook” your hair dry like the old metal or plastic coils did – they actually break down water molecules in your hair instead. Ionic dryers also banish the static electricity that results in a flyaway mess of hair.=Ceramic charges ions negatively – to an extent – but combining it with other



  • We recommend a hair dryer with multiple speed settings (standard on professional hair dryers).


  • Separate heat settings are also a plus; if your hair is only damp, use cooler settings.


Cool Shot options available on most hair dryers create a blast of cool air which is useful when setting finished styles – you can use it to dry finishing sprays or similar setting products.



Many people look for hair dryers that say they produce “low EMFs”, or electromagnetic fields. The old traditional dryers produce EMFs at levels considered potentially dangerous for prolonged use, while today’s professional quality dryers generally produce very low amounts – this is safer for you and also friendlier to the environment.


Information cited from http://www.misikko.com/best-hair-dryer.html. Check out salon tools at All Eyes On Me Hair http://alleyesonmehair.com/product-category/salon-tools/



Episode 103: What is sulfate-free shampoo?

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Episode 103: What is sulfate-free shampoo?

By Rico

What is sulfate-free?

Sulfate free shampoos have no bubbles when it lathers. Verses your regular shampoo, which have a chemical agent, referred to as Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. These are commonly found in hand soaps and laundry detergent. Please be aware of the list of ingredients on the label. If these two ingredients are in the top five listed means that a majority of your shampoo has this agent in it. The common misconception is that when washing your hair the sudsy white bubbles produce nice clean hair this is wrong. These bubbles break down the moisture that is locked into the hair follicles. This also can start to damage the hairs follicles, which will slow the hairs growth cycle.

The more you use the sulfate free shampoos your hair will start to have a natural shine to it and feel more soft and manageable. There are more benefits to using sulfate free products, such as in alot of make up you wear contains some sort of sulfate that can lead to irritation and breakouts. I strongly suggest trying a sulfate free shampoo for a month to give your hair a chance to fully react to the change. And then make a serious decision if a sudsy lather is worth the prolonged damage to your skin, body and hair.


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