For The Shear Fun Of It: 5 Fun And Creative Hairstyles To Try This Summer

Throughout winter, we pray for summer to finally grace us with its presence. We wish to bask in the glory of the sun, dance in the rain, and leave footprints on the white, grainy sand on the beach.   Read more

The Power of Argan: Why Argan is One of the Most Popular Hair Care Ingredients

Argan oil is often touted as the liquid gold for hair due to its many benefits. It’s made from nuts that are native to Morocco and is packed with essential nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, E, fatty acids, omega 6 and fatty acids.

Pure Argan oil has the power to seep deep into every strand of hair and hydrate it from within. Argan oil is essentially the best food for your hair. It enriches the hair with vital nutrients that make it healthier and glossier than ever before!

If you’re struggling with dull and lifeless hair, it’s time you incorporate Argan oil into your hair care routine.

Let’s take a look at some of its benefits:

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3 Reasons to Opt For Scalp Micropigmentation

Have you undergone significant hair loss due to a medical ailment or a chronic condition? Is your hair no longer as voluminous and dense as it used to be? Are the bald patches on your scalp beginning to affect your self esteem?

Scalp micropigmentation may just be the thing you need! Read more

How Salons Began: A History of Sophistication and Elegance

It all began in the 17th and 18th century Paris, a long time from now.

Salons back then were not meant for hair cutting and scissors and blow dryers—well, they weren’t just meant for the hair mowing.

It goes without saying that Paris in the 17th and the 18th century (as well as other parts of the world) was a largely patriarchal society. Women weren’t encouraged to discuss politics, language, or much of anything else.

The establishment of salons changed this power structure. Women—sophisticated women, mostly from the nobility—would gather and discuss politesse, appearance, sophistication, and things of the sort. They would also freely discuss politics and ideas, in their safe sanctuaries where no nosy men would come about mansplaining.

Eventually, this time period came to be known as the Age of Conversation. And soon enough, it wasn’t just Paris where establishments like these were brimming, but they took over all of Europe and were to be found everywhere in the immediate aftermath of the European Renaissance.

The Salon Culture

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What became to be known as salon culture was basically the nobility meeting together to discuss ideas and culture (fashion, of course, was never far from the discourse). As this gained popularity, the “trends” that took birth inside salons began to slip out, and soon a following was generated—not unlike the trends of today.

A cross-cultural phenomenon was taking place across Europe, challenging existing power hierarchies by bringing women and people who did not belong to the nobility into the table talk. Ideas ranging from literature and philosophy, science and metaphysics were all up for grabs.

It’s important to note that in the age of enlightenment, having knowledge and an opinion about these subjects was considered the fashionable and sophisticated thing to do.

This is exactly what salons have today come to represent: fashion and sophistication. Women of Europe back then used to visit salons on a regular basis to “groom” themselves in sophistication, not much different from what we do today.

Salons Today

Although Jürgen Habermas in his book The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere tells us all about the salon culture in 18th century Europe, we have come a long way since then. Since we have women who stand side by side with men in college and studies, there’s hardly a need for educational grooming in secret havens.

What we still adhere to is the grooming aspect of it all, how we take care to visit salons regularly and ensure that we’re keeping up to date with all the sophistication that can be managed.

So the next time you visit a salon to have your hair styled and your nails trimmed, think about how it all began and feel proud to be part of such a thriving tradition.

About Empire Salon Equipment

Empire Salon Equipment is a leading equipment and furniture provider for salons and hairstyling establishments. They provide a wide range of equipment including barber chairs, salon chairs, shampoo units, dryers, stations, and more. Give them a call at 718-395-2030 to find out more.

Avoiding Hair Loss When Wearing Weaves

With spring approaching, you’re probably looking for ways to switch up your hairstyle while keeping your locks protected from the weather changes. We think it’s the perfect time for getting a weave!

Weaves allow you to transform your look instantly and protect your natural locks from damage. This gives your hair a good break from styling, which it deserves. However, in some cases, poor installation of weaves can lead to unnecessary hair loss. Also known as traction alopecia, such hair loss is caused when strands of your natural hair are pulled too tightly.

Here are some tips you can follow to avoid hair loss when wearing weaves.

Pick a Weave Style According to Your Hair Type

There are just about as many textures of hair in the world as there are people. Each individual has a distinct hair texture. Even those with curly hair have different types of curls and not all weave styles are suitable for all hair types. Identify your hair type and pick a weave style accordingly to ensure that there’s minimum damage to your hair

Never Skip Pre-Weave Preparation

Once your weave has been secured in position, you’ll have limited access to your natural hair, as they’ll form the braided base required to install weaves. This is why it’s important to cleanse and moisturize your hair thoroughly before you get your weave fixed. Apply hair masks with ingredients known to boost hair strength, so you don’t lose your hair easily when it’s braided. The kinkier your hair is, the more preparation you’ll need to keep it in good shape.

Consult a Weave Expert

When it comes to hair weaves, it’s always best to consult experts with years of experience in hair styling. Professionals have the knowledge and skills needed to understand which weave technique suits your hair type. Amateurs, on the other hand, might end up braiding them too tightly, which could result in a damaged, itchy scalp or serious hair loss.

Think your weave needs some touch ups? Get in touch with Hair Weaves and Extensions!

This Maryland-based salon offers comprehensive hair weave and extension installation, maintenance and styling services at economical rates. Skilled cosmetologist Alithea Robinson uses her vast experience in hair care to cater to the needs of her clients which why is she is regarded as one of the best hair stylist in maryland. The salon also makes every effort to ensure that their clients are satisfied with their services.

To book an appointment, you can contact their team by calling them at 410-744-4900 or you can send them an email at info@hairweavesandextensionsmd.com.

Your Guide to Brushing Hair Extensions

Can’t seem to get enough of your brand new hair extensions?

Now that you’ve got the locks you always wanted, it’s time to work on developing a rigorous hair extension care routine to keep them healthy and damage free for a long period. Hair extensions, much like your real hair, are prone to knots and tangles, and need to be brushed regularly to minimize the possibility of breakage.

However, as aggressive brushing can weaken extension bonds, you might have to upgrade your brushing technique to protect your hair extensions.

Follow this quick guide for safe hair extension brushing and care.

Step#1: Dry Your Hair

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Before we dive into the details of the brushing process, it’s important to mention that extensions can be brushed under both wet and dry conditions. However, brushing wet hair isn’t typically recommended as it can be rough on the strands.

Ensure that your extensions are completely or partially dry, before you begin combing through them. You can choose to use either a blow-drier for drying hair extensions, or allow them to air dry on their own.

Step#2: Pull Hair to One Side

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Hair extensions are either taped in, sewed, glued or micro linked. The bonds are placed near the scalp and can lose their integrity if pulled aggressively.

To prevent that from happening, the first step to brushing dry hair extensions should be to gather your hair to either side of your shoulders and hold them around your neck’s base in the form of a low ponytail.

Step#3: Bottom to Top Strategy

Wide-toothed combs or extension-friendly looper brushes are typically recommended for those with hair extensions as they don’t tug on hair and remove knots with ease. Start detangling from the tips of your hair and work your way upward. This’ll enable you to remove tangles more efficiently and will also prevent breakage which may occur otherwise.

Step#4: Use your fingers

Once you’re done detangling, run your fingers through your hair to remove any missed knots and tangles. This step also helps double-check if any bonds or weft tracks have been damaged during brushing.

Step#5: After-care

If your natural hair is frizzy, consider applying a leave-in conditioner or anti-frizz spray after your brushing routine to keep the frizz under control. You can also consider carry an extension-friendly brush in your bag to carry out quick touch-ups throughout the day.

The key to having long-lasting hair extensions is to consult professional hair experts for installation and maintenance, such as Hair Weaves and Extensions!

Based in Maryland, Hair Weaves and Extensions is a top hair salon offering comprehensive hair extension services at affordable rates. One of the best hair stylists and cosmetologist Lisa uses her 20 years of experience in cosmetology to cater to the hair extension needs of each client.

For a free consultation, contact them at 410-744-4900 or info@hairweavesandextensionsmd.com

How To Wash Natural Hair Underneath A Sew-In

Sew-ins are some of the most popular choices in terms of protecting styling these days. For one, it’s versatile! There are so many options to explore and try out. For those who absolutely love experimenting with hair, it’s quite literally the perfect option, since you can try a new style every few months!

But it goes without saying that many women find themselves at a loss when figuring out how to take care of and wash their hair with protective styling.

Washing your natural hair is essential to ensure that it remains healthy. It’s often easy to overlook properly drying and washing your natural hair underneath the sew-in. If you find yourself at a loss about washing and drying your natural hair, here’s a quick guide that covers all the basics:

How Often Should I Wash It?

A sew-in will last you anywhere from 6–8 weeks.

A very common and one of the most costly mistakes people make is not washing their sew-ins regularly. While sew-ins reduce the hassle of having to wash your hair every other day, sew-ins can go without a wash for up to 2 weeks. But it’s advised that you don’t hold out for so long.

Wash your scalp every 7–10 days if you have sew-ins.

A good tip to maintain the look of your weave is to deep condition the extensions to leave your hair soft and free of tangles.

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Getting The Perfect Wash

The process is a little detail-oriented, but if you follow these steps, your scalp will feel great once it’s dry and your sew-ins even better!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 applicator bottles
  • Clarifying shampoo
  • Hydrating conditioner
  • Moisturizing hair oil
  • A hooded dryer; although this one’s completely optional.

Shampoo

Mix equal parts shampoo and water in one applicator bottle. Fill the other one with equal parts of conditioner and water. This thins out the products, making it easy to rinse them out.

Use the applicator bottle to apply the diluted shampoo directly to your scalp, covering the entirety of it. Use your fingertips to run a gentle circular motion to work around the braids. This will help avoid the braids from getting frizzy and loosening up.

Once you’re done, thoroughly rinse out the shampoo a couple of times to ensure all the product is out.

Condition

Next, apply the conditioner and water mix to your scalp generously. Using a vertical motion, starting at the hairline and moving on to the tips of your hair, smooth out and spread the conditioner. Leave it in for about 5–7 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

Dry & Moisturize!

Take a towel and wrap your hair around it. Gently squeeze out all the excess moisture. This typically takes a while, but it’s essential to ensure that your braids dry properly.

Using a hooded dryer, dry your hair until it’s about 80% dry. You can also leave your hair to air-dry. Bear in mind that you need to avoid putting your hair up until it’s completely dry.

Finish off with a moisturizing hair oil to keep your hair looking lustrous and shiny!

Looking for a place to get weaves done in Maryland?

Lisa at Hair Weaves and Extensions has an experience as a cosmetologist for over 20 years. As one of the top hair stylists in MD, she’s the go-to person for all things hair!

Learn more about Hair Weaves and Extensions services. Call them at 410-744-4900 for an appointment today!

3 Terrific Hairstyles for the Holiday Season

It’s almost time for the holidays! And you know what that means! Parties, family dinners, and celebrations all around call for a change of look that is in line with the festivity around you!

This holiday season, try some of our gorgeous dressed-up hairstyles and updos and wow the haters with your chic, elegant, and effortlessly sexy hair! While the outfit you choose may be half of what makes you stand out at any occasion, your hair is what pulls your entire look together!

With our collection of chignons, braided updos and more casual wavy hairstyles, you’re sure to become the talk of the party. Let’s get started!

Large, Loose Curls

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Of all the hairstyles you could try, nothing could make you look more like a Grecian goddess than sexy, voluminous waves! Swap the hair ties and dozens of bobby pins with a wide-barrel curling iron.  Invest in some quality hair extensions for added volume and length.

Divide your hair into six equal sections and run a wide toothed comb through them thoroughly. Wrap each section around the curling iron and count to twenty. Once all six sections are done, use the wide-toothed comb again and run it through your locks for the perfect, voluminous waves.

French Twist Ponytail

A twist on the traditional French twist bun, this hairstyle combines the elegance of the French twist with the effortless-casual look of a low ponytail for a look that’s perfect for semi-formal events!

Simply take two slightly thick strands of hair from one temple, wind them around each other until you get to the bottom of the other ear and secure with a fancy hair tie. Use the same method as above to add soft curls to your ponytail for the perfectly sexy holiday hairstyle!

Waterfall Braid

The Pinterest trend that took over the internet a few years ago shows no sign of slowing down and for good reason! The easy, gorgeous style for short or long hair is perfect to give your look the oomph it needs to stand out!

Start at the temple, grabbing a section of hair and dividing it into three. Do one full pass of a three-strand braid at the beginning to hold your hairdo together. Take a one-inch section of hair from the left side; join it to the left section of the braid, crossing it over the center piece. Let the right strand go, grabbing a new equal section of hair as a replacement, crossing it over the center piece. Repeat until your braid reaches the center of your head and secure.

Repeat the same process on the other side of your head and secure in the middle with a fancy clip. All done!

Don’t have enough hair length or volume to pull off these gorgeous hairstyles? Struggling to grow out your hair? Here’s a tip: micro-link hair extensions!

Hair Weaves and Extensions is one of the top hair salons in Maryland, offering a comprehensive range of services in hair styling, hair weaves and microlink hair extensions.

With a 20 year experience in the cosmetology world, Lisa gives all her clients’ hair the individual attention it deserves! Reach out to Hair Weaves and Extensions at 410-744-4900 for details and appointments.

Coloring Your Hair Extensions: What You Need to Know

Hair extensions: the holy grail for all us ladies who are unable to grow our hair to the length we want or just don’t have the patience to wait! While hair extensions can added much desired and length to your natural hair, they are also perfect for changing your hair color without damaging your own hair!

But when dyeing hair extensions, there are a few things you should be aware of. The type of extensions used, the color you want and the dyes to use all play a very important role in getting your dyed extensions to look exactly like you imagined them to!

Before you try to dye your extensions, read through this essential guide for best results:

Virgin Hair vs. Synthetic Hair Extensions

Whether you’re planning on chemically dyeing your hair extensions or subjecting it to heat styling tools, it might be a better idea to invest in real human hair extensions. This is because synthetic hair does not typically reach very well to the harsh chemicals in most hair dyes and you could even end up damaging it completely!

While a little pricier than synthetic hair extensions, human hair extensions are not only easier to dye, they also look more natural, last longer and are easier to style.

Prepping Your Extensions

If your extensions have previously been used, they need to be washed thoroughly to get rid of any product buildup prior to dyeing. Use a sulfate-free, moisturizing shampoo and lukewarm water to remove any hair wax, serum or oils that may affect the dyeing process.

Tip: After your extensions have been successfully colored, it is advisable to wash them as infrequently as possible. Over-washing can cause the color to fade more quickly!

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Don’t Use Over-the-Counter Products

Bleaching or highlighting your hair extensions should always be done in the presence of a professional. There is typically a very delicate balance to the exact amount of peroxide to be used, as well as the right amount of pigments for the color you want. Overusing peroxide can leave your extensions dry, brittle and damaged beyond repair. Bleaching extensions while they are still attached to your natural hair could even damage the hair cuticle if care is not taken.

Going the Professional Route

The best way to get perfect results every time would be to opt for a professional consultation prior to your dye job! Not only will a professional be able to suggest the best color for your skin tone, a dye job done by a cosmetologist will last longer, be less damaging to your extensions AND get you exactly the color you want without having to dye again and again.

Looking for a cosmetologist for your hair extension problems? Hair Weaves and Extensions is one of the best hair salons in Maryland offering professionally done weaves and hair extensions with an experienced cosmetologist, Lisa. Whether you’re in need of a dye job or require extension placement, Lisa can do the job for you!

For more details on their services for hair weaves and micro link hair extensions, head over to their website or call at 410-744-4900 for an appointment!

Top 5 Benefits Of Carrot Seed Oil

The unsung hero of the essential oil world, carrot seed oil has only recently started gaining traction as a near-perfect solution to many common hair, skin, and aging troubles. From aromatherapy to the cosmetic industry, fans of the natural oils boast about its antibacterial, anti-aging, detoxifying and anti-carcinogenic properties far and wide.

Steam distilled from the dried seeds of the Daucus Carota plant—also called Queen Anne’s lace—carrot seed oil is an excellent addition to any daily healthcare routine, and here’s why!

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