March 31, 2010

HAIR COLOR – Is your color aging you?

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As we age, our hair color changes when we lack melanin, the pigment that gives our hair its color.  Fortunately, we can improve this condition with the help of a professional colorist.  To achieve great results, ask the following four key questions and remember to have your colorist use darker tones underneath, lighter ones on top and the brightest lights around your face to achieve your best look:

  • What color would be most compatible with my skin tone and lifestyle?
  • When is it time to use permanent, temporary color or a glaze for shine?
  • What would add more body to my hair; a single process, highlights or both?
  • What products can I use to maintain my color and retain body?

Once you achieve your best color, here’s what you should do to maintain it:

Tips to Maintain Your Color:  

  • Use the products that your colorist recommends; many ingredients in certain hair products can dry your hair and fade your color so it’s important to use   the product that has been prescribed for you.
  • To preserve your color as long as possible, do not shampoo your hair every day unless you have extremely oily hair.  You can wet your hair using warm water (not hot) and work your fingers through it as if you were using  shampoo; add conditioner, if necessary.
  • If you have quick regrowth, have your colorist apply a single process color to your hairline or part in between visits.  This is cost effective and will provide you with color consistency. 

Looking your best takes work, but the end result is worth the investment. 

Kathy Savage trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy and is the owner of Christopher Street Salon located in Commack . In the next issue of Generations Magazine, look for Kathy’s tips for maintaining healthy nails.  For immediate information, contact Christopher Street Salon at 631-499-1990. http://generationsmagazine.com/current.htm

BEST HAIR STYLES FOR WOMEN OVER 40!

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Many clients over 40 enter a salon looking to improve their appearance and assume they should have short hair…”Not true!”, says Kathy Savage, owner of Christopher Street Salon in Commack. “One key factor when choosing a style is your facial shape. What looks good on someone else, may not look good on you”, says Kathy. Study the shapes below to find the most flattering hair style for you.

FACE SHAPE WHAT WORKS
Round Longer geometric cuts with angled layers. Avoid blunt styles
that hit above the chin.

Square Flattering cuts that soften the jaw line with face framing layers
is best; short crop or long styles will work with this shape. Avoid
short blunt cuts with bangs.

Oval ` This is the ideal shape and can look great with any style.

Heart Side swept bangs are very flattering; women with larger
features can also wear long hair. Always keep top layers
long, if you go short. Avoid blunt bobs or box shaped cuts.

Long Chin length cuts or bobs and bangs are best because they
add width. Avoid long or very short styles.

Kathy Savage is the owner of Christopher Street Salon and received her training at Vidal Sassoon. In the next issue of Generations Magazine, look for Kathy’s article on hair color and what shades work best for women over 40! For immediate information, contact Christopher Street Salon at 631-499-1990. http://generationsmagazine.com/current.htm

Nail Care Tips

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No nail care product alone can give you healthy nails. But following these simple guidelines can help you keep your nails looking their best: 

  • Don’t abuse your nails. To prevent nail damage, don’t use your fingernails as  tools to pick, poke or pry things.
  • Don’t bite your nails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even  a minor cut alongside your nail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
  • Keep your nails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria, fungi or other organisms from  growing under the nail. Clean under the nails regularly and thoroughly dry your hands and  feet after bathing. Wear rubber gloves when using soap and water for prolonged periods.
  • Trim nails and file nails regularly. Trim nails straight across and file down thickened areas.  Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers and an emery board to smooth nail edges. Trimming  and filing are easier and safer if done just after bathing or soaking the nails.
  • Never pull off hangnails — doing so almost always results in ripping living tissue.   Instead clip off hangnails, leaving a slight angle outward.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly. Shoes that place excessive pressure on your toes or pinch  your toes may cause your nails to grow into surrounding tissue.
  • Moisturize your nails frequently. Nails need moisture just like your skin does. Rub lotion  into your nails when moisturizing your hands. Be sure to apply a moisturizer after removing  fingernail polish.
  • Watch for problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or  is associated with other signs and symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor to get it  checked out.

Excerpts from the MayoClinic Health Manager 

February 13, 2010

ENJOY THE SUMMER MONTHS WHILE PROTECTING YOUR HAIR AND SCALP.

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During the summer, we spend a great deal of time out doors enjoying our family and friends. We host barbecues, go boating or water skiing, lounge on the beach or swim laps in our pools.  We think about relaxing and forget about how damaging the sun can be not only to our hair but to our scalp as well. 

The sun is hot and strong and its rays are damaging.  Pool water or beach water can also damage our hair.

There are several products we should use to help maintain our shine, texture and color throughout the summer months while protecting our scalp.

Your First Line of Defense:
First, use protectants that have a sun screen in them.   There are a variety of products ranging from sprays to lotions.  Check the front of the product, it should have wording such as “Beach Protectant”, “UV Filter” or “SPF Protection.”  Like our skin, our hair, whether naturally or professionally colored, can get sunburned.  

Second, always rinse your hair with fresh water after swimming in chlorine or salt water.  Be sure to use a shampoo that protects your color but yet removes chlorine and salt. 

Your professional salon will have these products available for purchase.  Generally, purchasing professional products will be much more effective than what you will find over the counter.

Other Ways you can Protect Your Hair:

  • Wear hats (the larger the better).
  • When getting your hair cut or colored, request a deep conditioning treatment.  This will help repair damaged hair.
  • Use professional oil treatments to help retain moisture, add shine and control frizz.
  • Use leave in conditioners to help maintain dry hair.  These products are available and should indicate on the front label they are “leave in”.  
  • Minimize the use of blow dryers or hot tools such as curling or flat irons.
  • At your next salon visit, inquire about Brazilian treatments.  They can help smooth hair, maintain shine and eliminate frizz without removing body from your  hair. 

Following these suggestions will leave you with beautiful hair, even in the summer!

Kathy Savage is the owner of Christopher Street Salon, a full service salon in Commack. She has extensive experience in hair care and has been trained at Vidal Sassoon. In the next issue of Generations Magazine, look for Kathy’s article on anti-aging treatments. For further information, contact Christopher Street Salon at 631-499-1990.