Tips to keep hair healthy during cooler months During the colder months of the year, our hair can tend to suffer a bit. Hair thrives when it has a proper protein/moisture balance and the cold winter weather can throw off that balance and tip the scales, resulting in drier hair that is more prone to breakage. There are a few quick and easy changes we can implement into our routine that can really benefit to keep our hair healthy and help it adjust during the seasonal transition. Keep reading for some tips and tricks that we can incorporate to keep those locks flourishing all winter long! What is hair made of? Hair is a protein that our bodies create, surprisingly, for the unusual purpose of protection. Our bodies have evolved to produce hair as a barrier to assist in combating daily stressors that otherwise would be in direct contact with our skin, nostrils and eyes. Amazingly, the hair on our head innately grows longer than anywhere else on our bodies and this is the hair that most of us are the most concerned with. Today, this hair we use for expression and styling is made up of dead skin cells so keeping it well nourished is essential for maintaining its optimal wellbeing. How cold weather wrecks our hair There are multiple reasons that the cold weather can be our hair’s worst enemy. Leaving the house with wet hair allows hair follicles to shrink and dry hair out in cooler temperatures Scalp issues such as dandruff or flaking Rough fabrics on sweaters and jackets that rub against hair and cause damage Hotter temperatures inside that create less humidity Ways to combat poor hair health in winter · Protein/Moisture balance Balanced protein and moisture levels are essential for the health and wellness of our hair. If our hair has too much protein, it becomes brittle and breaks easily upon handling. If our hair has too much moisture, it becomes gummy and stretches which causes limp hair. The sweet spot is right in the middle. A good rule of thumb is to do a regular protein treatment to ensure the protein level remains sufficient, and conditioning regularly to even out that protein that has been deposited. If your hair ever tips too far in one direction, you can implement the appropriate component to get your strands back on track. · Use moisturizing hair products Using moisturizing products assist our hair in retaining moisture throughout the day. The ingredients in our hair products are important as they determine the effectiveness of the product. The first 3 ingredients are what the product is mostly made up of. The first ingredient of a moisturizing hair product should be water or contain a substance that is heavily water based. By having water being the basis of the product, you can ensure that the product will actually moisturize the hair and not just sit on top. A pro tip: Warm your products before application for better penetration and add a light oil afterwards to seal in all that moisture! · Deep condition with steam Deep conditioning our hair is crucial, especially as temperatures start to drop. Traditional deep conditioning methods involve leaving the product in for extended amounts of time or intensifying it with heat. Adding steam instead of heat levels up moisture levels like no other. The steam more efficiently opens up the hair follicles and allows the products to penetrate more deeply than with dry heat or time alone. The best (and most inexpensive) way to steam your hair is to apply your conditioner as soon as you get in the shower and allow the steam from the hot water to do its job. If you would like to take this up a notch, you can purchase a hair steamer to sit under. Trust me, you wont regret it! · Use satin lined hoods and scarves Most of the clothing items that keep us warm and cozy in the winter are the worst for our hair. The reason is because the warmer materials like cotton and polyester that trap in heat, are rough and very harsh on our delicate strands. In the colder months when we are constantly bundled up, our hair can tend to repeatedly rub against these harsh materials all day long. This constant friction causes breakage and contributes to drier than normal hair. A way to combat this is to purchase satin lined hoods and scarves. The material is slick and gentle on our hair so we don’t have to worry about the friction causing breakage. Win win! Final thoughts Just because the weather is changing, it doesn’t mean that our hair has to suffer. We can easily enjoy mother nature’s gift and keep a head of healthy hair on our heads. Winter is actually an amazing time to establish a solid hair care regimen that we can sustain year round. Incorporating even one of these tips will make a massive impact on our hair after summer. When all else fails, remember that a trained hairstylist, like at one of our Salons, can always assist you in getting back on track. Happy hairing!
We all notice those times when our hair appears to be uncooperative, and slightly difficult to manage. If you have straight hair, you may notice that some strands just seem to stray off from the rest of the hair. Additionally, if you have curly hair, some curls just don’t fit into the rest- that is frizzy hair. Essentially, hair frizz has been debated by a lot of people including hair care professionals. The argument about whether or not frizz is okay for various hair types depends on what is in vogue at the time. The reason is that there are a couple of reasons underlying hair frizz and some of those reasons are no fault of the bearer. Reasons like genetics, health, and damage, and weather conditions all affect hair frizz. However, regardless of what the reason behind the hair frizz may be, everyone just loves it when all of their hair just sits well. And this goes for whether or not your hair is straight or curly. In this blog post, we will be discussing the top five ways to prevent frizzy hair. Keep reading to find out more about frizzy hair and how you can manage yours. What is Frizzy Hair? Frizzy hair is a hair type that contains strands that appear not to align with the others. Essentially, the frizz is created by strands of hair that either stands up or curls separately and creates some irregular texture. As a result, some people naturally have frizzy hair while others do not. However, the best approach to managing frizzy hair is to identify the cause of the hair frizz. Below are a few causes of frizzy hair. Causes of Frizz Hair damage Hair breakage and split ends are the first liners when it comes to hair damage. Also, hair damage is one of the fundamental causes of hair frizz. Essentially, several factors can damage hair. Things like, using harsh chemicals, excessive heating agents, and rough brushing can all cause damage to the hair. Therefore, every hair requires mild handling and care with product selection to avoid hair breakage and split ends. Humid and dry weather conditions Quite many people have no idea that the weather condition per season significantly affects hair health and maintenance. As a result, the hair is more likely to frizz during humid and dry weather conditions. The reason is that heat is one of the primary causes of frizzy hair due to excessive opening up of the hair follicles and consequent boiling of the hair proteins. All of which causes moisture to go up the hair shaft and cause it to swell and split up leading to hair frizz. Top 5 ways to prevent frizzy hair Preventing frizzy hair is not as complicated as most people think. The reason is that knowledge of what can cause your hair to frizz can help you with better hair care and frizz management techniques. If you wonder how to prevent frizzy hair; here are our top five ways. Be particular and intentional about your choice of hair care products. Minimize exposing your hair to heat, especially excessive heat from styling Take care of your nutritional needs and always stay well hydrated Incorporate a good quality hair conditioner or mask in your hair care routine Invest in a good quality frizz protectant if you reside in a humid climate, like Kerastase. Even though frizz can seem like such a pain to deal with, it is not the worst of hair issues because it is pretty easy to manage. Always be gentle with your hair and watch it appreciate you in return. For a consultation on your hair or products, contact us today.
Scalp Treatments, What is the difference? When it comes to proper hair care, a weekly deep cleansing routine is a very good habit. Dry shampoos, conditioners, hair serums and a multitude of styling products can cause a build up of residue at the hair root. A thoughtful hair care routine is the best way to maintain a healthy head of hair growth. If you invest in a few quality pre-shampoo cleanses throughout the month, the hair follicles at the base of your hair strands collect less residue over time and support stronger lengths. Just like the pores on your face, hair follicles at the root often collect whatever your daily cleanse and style leaves behind. Different from a regular shampoo, scalp treatments are often sold in the form of a scrub or mask. Like a facial exfoliant, a pre-shampoo scalp treatment will unclog the hair follicles so as to clear any oils or residue from hair products. When your scalp is clean, your hair should grow and look most healthy. Often, the hair is washed without regard to scrubbing the scalp. While most of your hair follicles support clean hair strands, the root of the hair at the scalp most likely holds microscopic debris. If you'll focus your attention on scrubbing your scalp with a pre-shampoo scalp exfoliant, your head will benefit from a deep clean to unclog those hair follicles. A deep cleaning scalp treatment will help stimulate blood flow and support optimum hair health. Milbon Scalp For scalps with itchiness, dandruff, dryness, oiliness or odor, we recommend Milbon Scalp. To help get down into the first layers of hair follicles on your head, you'll softly rub the product into your scalp in a circular motion. This line offers a Purifying Gel Shampoo, Hydrating Treatment and Soothing Scalp Moisturizer. The entire line of Milbon products focuses on the science behind a healthy scalp. The best thing about this collection is that it deposits healthy oils and essential moisturizing nutrients to your scalp after scrubbing your deepest roots clean. Kerastase Scrub Again, scalp treatments unclog the hair follicles, differentiating these products from a daily shampoo. Pre-shampoo cleanses in the Keretese hair scrub line of best-selling scrubs are scalp-specific. While they provide a large array of hair conditioning cleaning treatments, the products that have been created to get rid of excess sebum and dead skin cells are available in the list of hair scrub products. To help support hair health, we recommend trying out a set that is grouped together so that you can choose the right system for your oily or sensitive scalp. This line is unique in that it combines ingredients to treat dull, lifeless hair. Whichever product that you choose, remember that a deep cleaning scrub is best when practiced once a week. Regular shampoo has sulfates that create soap suds so as to deliver fragrance and condition the length of your hair. The biggest difference in a scrub is that it is slightly gritty and it treats the scalp. For a professional treatment, book an appointment at one of our salons.
Meet Mellisa Goodwin We met with model and actress Mellisa Goodwin to talk about hair color. Hair pigment changes in the hair are very common. However, we don't speak enough about how common it is for people in their twenties to experience these changes as well. Mellisa's started to notice some hair pigment changes in her hair a few months back. Understandably, the problem became worrisome and made her very anxious. The right way to tackle the problem If you start to notice pigment changes in your hair color, do not panic! It's very common and can have many different reasons behind it. One of the most common reasons is stress, autoimmune diseases or if you are vitamin deficient. We found a great article that explains the most common reasons here! Mellisa used box color dye in order to take care of the problem. This is the wrong way to approach the problem. You always want to go to a professional hair colorist. They are experts in understanding hair pigment changes and how the hair reacts to chemicals. Consult with them before you put anything in your hair. Box color did not give Mellisa the result that she had hoped for. Instead if left her with undesirable color bends in her hair. This is where our color specialist Giulia stepped in to make sure Mellisa would get the hair color she desired. The Process Giulia's first step in the process was to start by removing the pigment from her previous box color dye. Then, she did a single process color which takes care of the base color. After, Giulia followed with a balayage technique aimed at correcting the color bends imprinted by the box color dye. The balayage technique allowed Giulia to break the bends and blend everything nicely together. Finally, Giulia added a gloss to tone it all down and give it a nice shine! Press play to check out the process and please comment below for any questions, and you are always welcome for a hair consultation if you are uncertain of your hair! Schedule your appointment with us today Check out the video to see the process in action. If you have any questions please drop a comment below! Fabio Scalia is an upscale hair salon in SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, New York. We offer services such as haircuts, styling, balayage, coloring and extensions.
In previous posts, we’ve talked about the importance of using high-quality products to maintain healthy hair. In addition to having the right products, what you eat also makes a huge impact on your hair and scalp’s condition. We have listed 10 nutritious foods below that will help you achieve the ultimate #hairgoals you’ve always aspired to. Fill up your kitchen with these nutrients to grow your healthiest hair ever. Walnuts Smoother skin, healthy hair and brighter eyes are a few of many benefits of eating walnuts. Walnuts are a terrific source of zinc, an ingredient known to strengthen hair follicles. Almonds Almonds eaten in moderation have proven to have a positive impact on human’s health. This also includes the condition of your strands. The nut is a great source of vitamin E which researchers say is particularly good for keeping your locks thick and lustrous. You heard it right – this gives you another reason to dive into that almond butter jar! Spinach Spinach is filled with nutritious ingredients such as sebum, iron, omega-3, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. All mentioned help keeping hair lustrous, shiny and hydrated. Salmon Besides from being a good source of protein, salmon is a rich source of Omega-3’s. These are anti-inflammatory and enable you to grow hair faster and keep it shiny and full. Eggs Eggs are packed with biotin, a B vitamin which improves the growth of the hair. You can also find biotin in almonds, salmon and
Attempting professional-level hairstyling at home is no easy process. But using the right tools is sure to make it easier. A couple of months ago Fabio Scalia, owner of Fabio Scalia Salons, decided to produce his own line of brushes – professional high-end brushes that style and benefit the hair at the same time. Fabio, what made you want to produce your own line of brushes? – I’ve been using these types of brushes since I started doing hair at the age of 14. It was then, back in Italy, that I realized that I had a passion for high-end tools. At that time, a lot of hairdressers were using metal brushes, but my mentor taught me the importance of high-quality brushes and its effect on your hair’s health. I respected and valued the integrity of the hair so I wanted to educate myself further in this area. What is the difference between metal brushes and your brushes? – Most hairdressers use metal brushes because they think that they’ll get a better and quicker result. For me, styling shouldn’t be at the expense of your hair and scalp’s health. Metal brushes hold heat and don’t have the same heat control as bristle brushes. They could raise up the heat to a crazy level and that can cause severe damage to the hair. It’s comparable to taking a section of hair and going over it with your straightener repeatedly. Also, metal brushes usually have no flexibility so worst case scenario would be to rip your hair off while styling it. Well, we definitely wouldn’t want that to happen… – No, we sure don’t want that to happen! The bristles on our brushes bend much more easily and treat the hair in a more gentle way. By using a brush like this, you can massage and add shine to the strands at the same time. I believe that this also allows you to maintain your hair color better. If you want a long-term result and healthy hair, a good brush is definitely a well worth the investment. I dare to say that our brushes get better with time. Attempting professional-level hairstyling at home is no easy process. But using the Fabio Scalia brushes sure makes it easier. Get yours at the salon today! What is Olaplex and how does it work? Find out here!