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What You Need to Know About Laser Hair Therapy

Be honest, it may have crossed your mind a few times. For the longest laser hair therapy has been an effective solution to hair loss and yet we still avoid it. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to face our hair loss problem or maybe it’s because we don’t know too much about it. When I used to go to the salon I would tune out conversations about it because I assumed it wasn’t something I needed. “That’s for older wealthy people who are losing their hair, I’ll never have that problem” I thought to myself. But hair loss is NOT limited to aging people and laser therapy can be very beneficial to hair loss and prevention. Here are a few facts about Laser hair therapy that you probably didn’t know.

The Sooner You Get It, The Better The Results – Natalie McNeill, owner and hair loss consultant at Ends Hair Design & Spa, recommends getting laser therapy the minute you begin to notice hair loss or thinning.

Once a hair follicle is dead, it’s dead! However, laser therapy can provide blood flow to a sleeping follicle and generate hair growth in thinning areas. The sooner you jump on laser therapy, the better your results will be. -Natalie McNeill

Consistency is Key – Hair Loss is like weight gain. Once you get the results you’ve wanted, you still have to maintain them. You may not need as many sessions as you did when you started your treatment but you should still get a treatment at least once a month. If you stop cold turkey on the hair treatments, your hair loss will return.

It’s NOT Instant – I know you’re probably expecting to get one session and then by the end of the month, your hair will grow and your locks will thicken. This is not ideal and anyone who is promising you that, is probably running a scam. Laser hair therapy takes time and patience. Many clients testify seeing results as early as 4 months but did not see a major difference until a year of treatments. You’ll see little hairs growing in but the full damage will not be repaired until at least 1 year after starting sessions

Pain Free – You will not feel a thing during your sessions. Many prospective clients assume that they may feel a burning sensation but with the advance technology of the lasers, you will not feel a thing!

Flexible – Treatments are scheduled around your availability and do not take long at all. The best part is that you can still get some things done during your session. Bring a laptop and clean out your inbox or just bring a book to read.

Budget Friendly – Hair loss consultants have various packages for laser hair therapy available to clients. The most a treatment could cost would be $5,000 a year which ends up being about $50 per session for someone who goes often.

I always ask my clients what there budget is for the therapy sessions so that we can can create a treatment based on their needs. I also have portable laser therapy combs for those who can’t do the sessions as a cheaper option. -Natalie

So if you’ve been contemplating on an option to repair your hair loss, you should definitely look into laser hair therapy. I should also let you know that laser hair therapy will NOT work on hair loss due to chemotherapy or alopecia. It’s also very unlikely to see results for extensive hair loss for over 5 years. Don’t wait until it’s too late, schedule your consultation today! If you need help with hair loss contact us for more information.

5 Hairstyles Perfect for Summer Vacations

The back to school commercials may be flooding your screen but that doesn’t mean it’s time to break out the pumpkin latte’s just yet. Summer is still here and we are going to enjoy it down to the last day.

For many of us, August is the perfect month to head on vacation. Prices go down, it’s right before fourth quarter, and since there are no holidays we need that time to ourselves.

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One of the biggest problems I have when it comes to preparing for vacation is choosing a hairstyle. When you’re traveling, you want a hairstyle that will provide convenience and make you look good. No one wants to wear a style that’s going to require them to spend hours in the mirror. So here are a few of my favs for you to take courtesy of our favorite stylist, Maxdella Poe.

Maxi is the founder of Mes Cheveux, a private styling service for women on the go. As a professional stylist, it’s important for Maxi to stay ahead of the game when servicing her clients. Here are a few styles she’s suggested.

Senegalese Twist – light and convenient

Full Sew in with no leave out – great way to avoid hair damage from heat

Ghana Cornrows – convenient style that you can take out when you come back home

The summer hot new braids seems to be thesecfeed in cornrows. Get yours now!! Prices starting at only $40

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Crochet braids – Great look that allows you to reach your scalp for cleansing

Individuals – Get them short for a quick on the go style

 

Make sure you follow Maxdella (@maxi_poe) for more great hair styles. Make sure you remember to properly clean and oil your scalp while you’re away. You may be on vacation but your hair care is never off the clock!

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How To Protect Your Hair From Chlorine

Pool parties and beach trips might be everyone’s favorite summer time fun activity. Who wouldn’t want to throw on a bikini with a sassy cover up and strut around with a margarita in hand?

Most of us spend hours online searching for the perfect swimsuit and researching the perfect hairstyle, but did you ever stop to think of researching how to protect your hair from the chlorine?

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No matter how ratchet or fancy a pool is, you can guarantee that there is a ton of chlorine in it. The chlorine helps keep the pool clean and eliminates any bacteria that can form inside of the pool. This is great for keeping your health safe but can be detrimental to your hair.

Chlorine can cause your hair pH balance to shoot up and dry your hair out. It only takes one pool dive to cause damage to your hair and yet it takes months to repair it. This is why it’s important to take the proper precautions to your hair by doing the following:

WEARING A SWIM CAP – You might be thinking “well, DUH!” in your head but I bet you probably don’t even wear one when you’re swimming and who could blame you? Think back to summer of 97 when everyone was sent off to sleep away camps with swim caps packed away (thanks to mom). It wasn’t exactly the most stylish accessory and it was very uncomfortable. Thankfully, you have innovative brands like Sporti who make cute swimming caps in different styles and colors.

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Wearing a swimming cap is your number one defense against Chlorine. It’s the most protection you can get for your hair while taking a dip in the pool. By creating a barrier against the chemicals and your hair, you are saving yourself a ton of damage. A good alternative could be a plastic cap or shower cap also. If you have a lot of hair, just throw it back into a scrunchie on the top of your hear or in the back and then place the cap over it.

RINSE OR CONDITION BEFORE SWIMMING – If you’re not sold on the idea of wearing a cap, then I suggest rinsing or conditioning your hair before you go into the pool. By doing this, your hair will absorb the water which means less absorption of chemicals when you go swimming. By putting in conditioner it also creates a barrier between your hair and the chlorine. You can also use shea butter or coconut oil to create a barrier to protect your hair.

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WASH YOUR HAIR IMMEDIATELY AFTER SWIMMING – I don’t care if you have braids, twists, extensions, or even faux locs, YOU MUST WASH YOUR HAIR AFTER SWIMMING! A lot of people think since they have “protective styles” in that they can skip out on shampooing their hair after swimming. You’re doing more damage than you think.

The chlorine that your hair absorbed while you swam can be trapped inside the hair if you don’t wash your hair. This could mean weeks of chlorine sitting in your hair causing your hair to dry. You can still shampoo your braids and use a squeeze bottle to get into those strands that are braided. I personally prefer crochet braids because they are easier to get into.

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Now that you are armed with knowledge use that power to give your hair the treatment it deserves. I know August is a big time for people to travel and hit up pool parties so if you plan on going under, I suggest taking these tips so that your hair remains healthy.

Death to DIY: You Should NEVER Clip Your Own Ends

Death to DIY! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Pinterest recipe showing me how to make my own stuffed avocados and creating fun art for my home decor. I’m always stalking Buzzfeed video to find out new crafts to make but one thing I’ve never done myself nor intend to do, is clip my own ends. You may see me styling my hair but hand me a pair of scissors and i’m like…

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I’ve been styling hair for over 25 years and I’m licensed in cosmetology along with certifications for hair loss, still you will never see me grab a pair of scissors and place them to my hair to clip my ends. It’s something I have always preferred another stylist to do.

So you had to imagine the look on my face when I was on Youtube University and I saw hair bloggers, who had never studied cosmetology, teaching their viewers how to clip their own ends.

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First off, cutting hair is a skill! If it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be thousands of students spending thousands of dollars to learn how. You need to leave the tools in the experts hands. When you attempt to cut your own hair with little to no knowledge, you risk doing more damage to your hair and I guarantee that you will pay the price.

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Think about all of the DIY videos you watch on Home Depot on how to build objects for your home. Would you build your own home based off of one video? Of course not. You would hire contractors to do the job. Invest the money now to save in the long haul. 

Second, How can you expect to get the right angle if you’re cutting your own hair? How can you be sure that you are cutting at the proper angle if your head is naturally leaning to the side so that you get a good view? If you’re going for a perpendicular triangle look then by all means clip away but if you want a straight line, go to the expert.

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Lastly, Your hair may not even be in the right state to properly clip off the dead ends. I clip all of my clients hair after a proper wash, blow dry, and press (if not relaxed). I’ve seen plenty of DIY enthusiasts try to take short cuts and ruin their hair. You can not clip it while in a fro and you can not clip it while wet. If you really want to be lazy, just go to a stylist.

If you’re avoiding the salon to save money, I suggest going every other month. You’re supposed to get your ends clipped  every 6 to 8 weeks, that’s plenty of time to scramble a few coins for a press and curl with a trim ($40). Some salons have deals where you can get that style cheaper on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so call around and ask. If you think it’s a waste of time because you’re getting a protective style, it’s not! You want to treat your hair before adding extensions anyway to protect it and your stylist will do that for you.

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Best Hair Styles at the BET Awards

Last night the BET Awards aired and it did NOT disappoint! From the powerful opening featuring King Bey and Kendrick Lamar, to the sweet and smooth vocals from new artist such as Chloe & Halle. It was a great award show full of good music. BET even put together a tribute for the late entertainer Prince, who was a favorite of mine when I was younger. You can watch a few of the performances here.

CHECK OUT OUR FAV LOOKS FROM THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS! 

Of course you know we had to keep an eye out for some of the styles on the red carpet and there was plenty of slayage occuring. We couldn’t just choose one so we’re going to show you our favorite hairstyles below!

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How did you like the performances this year? Were there any looks that had you swooning? Tweet us and we’ll share!

10 Easy Hairstyles for Short Hair

Let’s face it, Monday mornings are a struggle! Even if you have a job that you love, you’re still coming off of a weekend high. The privilege of sleeping without an alarm clock and brunch dates are completely gone by Monday morning. For many of us every morning is a struggle when it comes to doing our hair, especially if it’s short. You can’t just throw it up in a bun or do a simple updo, that will fail fast. Leaving it out, can be bothersome in this type of warm weather so what is a girl to do?

Thank the hair gods for Youtube Vloggers like “Fabulous Hannah” who take their time to help us out with creative styles for our hair. The vlogger was kind enough to put together 10 easy styles for short hair that come to the nape of the neck or shoulder. I found her tutorial very helpful and she also had looks for all types of occasions. If you’re looking for something to do with your hair this morning then check out the video below for some creative looks.

 

5 Chic Updos That Will Have You Slaying Your Night

TGIF Ladies!

The weekend has finally arrived and that means a night out of fun with the girls or romance with “bae”. One thing for sure, wherever you decide to go you’re sure to look your best. You may even planned your outfit for the night and already envisioned the poses you’re going to do for your Snapchat selfies, but have you decided what you’re going to do with your hair? For some reason we always forget about that until it’s moments before leaving out. Instead of having a mini break down with your hair, take a look at our fav simple updos that will help you slay your night!

1. Double French Braid into a Bun – very simple updo that can be completed within minutes. All you have to do is part your hair down the middle, do two loose french braids, and pin the hair up in the back. It’s a style that will have you looking like a Goddess with your gladiator sandals.

 

2. Classy Pompadour– A great style for thick curly hair. Just roll, tuck, and pin the hair from the back leading to the front. When you get to the top take the rest of your hair and roll it into a pompadour. You can pin this down with however many bobby pins as you want. Just be sure not to make it too tight.

 

3. Cornrow Braid Pinned Style– If you’re looking for something a little more secure, then braid your hair in two cornrows and pin it up in the back. You can even loop it through like the picture below.

 

4. Pinned Curls – If you wore your curls out all day, push it up for the night! All you have to do is roll, tuck, and pin the hair from the back leading to the front and leave out a nice amount of your curls. It’s a great updo that works for all types of adventures.

 

5. Braided Bun– If you’re in a rush, this is a great style for you. Part a section in the front of your hair and braid it all the way down. Put all of your hair into a bun and pull out a few pieces of your edges for a simple yet chic updo.

3 Differences Between a Hair Stylist & a Trichologist

You wake up one morning crawling out of bed tired, but ready to start your day. You check your social pages and browse through your texts hoping for a good morning text. Boom! that cutie you went on a date with sent you one early in the morning and you gained a few followers over night. Today is going to be a good day! After showering and throwing on your best dress, you are ready to slay your day. All you have to do is style your hair and…wayment, is that chunk of hair mine? You reach up to touch your hair and easily pull another clump of strands out. What is going on?! Panicking you reach for your phone and dial…well who would you dial?

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While this scenario may be just an awful nightmare for you there are plenty of women who wake up to this every day. Some choose to ignore it and others shed a few tears. When it comes to hair loss, people aren’t sure who to go to. Believe it or not, there are a group of people who would know how to handle this situation and it isn’t your hair stylist, it’s a Trichologist. A Trichologist is also known as a hair loss specialist. While a Trichologist could be a hair stylist as well, there are differences between the two like:

  1. Education – Just like a doctor can specialize in cardiology or oncology, a hair stylist can choose to specialize in hair loss. A hair stylist only learns cosmetology and does their hours, a Trichologist has to participate in extensive training and earn certifications.
  2. Knowledge – I could not tell you what I know today 15 years ago before I started my hair loss journey. As a stylist, I knew how to style hair but trichology has allowed me to go more in depth with the study.
  3. Equipment – In order to target the source of the hair loss on each client there are a lot of tools required. I currently have a hair scope to view my clients scalp during a consultation to determine the cause of hair loss. I also have laser hair therapy equipment to treat that hair loss.

Trichology (from the Greek word “Trikhos” meaning hair) is the branch of science that deals with diseases, disorders, and functions of the hair and scalp

While your first step may be to call your stylist, you really want to be referred to a Trichologist. Many of my clients have been referred to me from their hair stylist, some found me on Google. When you do reach out to a Trichologist, make sure you schedule a consultation and ask for their certifications. You want to make sure they are credible and have knowledge on the topic. I should also warn you that a consultation typically takes up to two hours and will require a lot of background information so be prepared to sit for a few.