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November 13, 2009

productsWith so many hair products to choose from, do you know how each one works on your hair? There are mousses, gels, pomades, pastes, serums, balms, creams, sprays…each creating a different style.

Mousse gives your hair bounce and volume.  A dollop of mousse can add spring to curls and softness to any hair type. It’s good for hair that needs lift and hold. Mousse should be scrunched throughout damp hair, and used sparingly. Too much creates stiff, brittle hair that flakes.

Gel is useful for sculpting and giving a harder-edged look. A bit of gel can turn hair into a spike or create a wave. Use gel as a setting product in pin curls or rollers to make the hold last longer. Good for defining ends, contouring your hair shape, and taming flyaways. Gel is better for thick hair, as thin hair can be weighed down.

Elastic defining pomades can be used on short, medium or even long hair and may be used in sections to create hold. It can be used on wet or dry hair, and contains oils, which leaves hair glossy.

Styling paste creates weightless long lasting hold, maintaining versatility and shine. Create wild styles without feeling like you have gel in your hair.

smooth_eSerums are for creating shine, conditioning and the first line of defense against dry, wavy or frizzy hair.  Most serums help protect hair from damage by lightly coating the outer cuticle.

Straightening balms are designed specifically to condition and provide temporary straightening for parched, naturally wavy and curly tresses.  Balms offer extra holding power, which is important for creating those stick straight styles. 

Hair creams, such as DeFrisant, are fast drying creams that calm unruly hair with soft and pliable results. Other creams, such as Diva Brulee, increase curl and wave definition, with soft holding power.

Finally, sprays… besides basic hairsprays, also try sprays with infused ingredients, like salt for texture; Heat activated thermal styling sprays protect against the damages of heat styling; Finishing sprays, which are light and soft; and spray laminates to add shine.

Your hairdresser can suggest which products work best for your hair type, texture and current hairstyle goals. Experiment with hair products to create many different styles, perfect for upcoming holiday festivities!

Diva Brulee, DeFrisant and other products mentioned above are available at Edna’s Salon and Spa:  22934 Lyon’s Avenue 661-755-6081, or online at www.ednassalonandspa.com

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Have fun with homemade hair masks…

November 13, 2009

Hair masks are great for improving condition but some of them can be expensive. Why not try making your own? The biggest advantage is that your mask won’t have any chemicals so it will really help your hair. You may already have most of the ingredients in your home so you can always whip one up for an emergency conditioning session! And it’s fun! Give it a try – but be warned, it’s addictive!

Here are some lovely hair mask recipes – have fun!

Rescue Masks for dry, damaged hair

You can also use these if your hair isn’t in bad condition but just needs a boost. Leave them in for the minimum time.

Coconut cream mask

Soften a large chunk of coconut cream in your hands and massage into hair. Wrap your head in a warm towel and leave it on for an hour. Wash out with a gentle shampoo.

Egg mask

Beat two full eggs with 2 tablespoons of water. Apply to clean, damp hair, massaging in well. Leave for 10 – 15 minutes and then wash out with mild shampoo.

Banana smoothie for hair – not for drinking!

Mix 1 mashed banana, 1 full egg, 3 tablespoons of honey, 3 tablespoons of milk and 5 tablespoons of olive oil. Make sure it’s well combined and then apply to hair. Leave for 15 – 30 minutes and wash out with a gentle shampoo.

Yogurt hair mask

Separate an egg and beat the white until it’s foamy. Mix with 6 tablespoons of natural yogurt. Massage into the hair and leave for 15 – 30 minutes. Wash out with a very mild shampoo.

Avocado hair mask

Mash the flesh of one ripe avocado. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix until creamy and then apply to your hair. Leave for 20 minutes and then wash out with a gentle shampoo.

Olive oil hair mask

Whisk up 5 tablespoons of olive oil – it doesn’t matter which sort – with 2 full eggs. Massage thoroughly into your hair and then cover it with plastic wrap or a shower hat. Your body heat will help the oil to penetrate. Leave for a minimum of 30 minutes and then shampoo out, rinsing well.

Honey and Olive oil mask

Mix 3 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply to your hair and wrap your head in plastic film or put on a shower hat. Leave for at least 30 minutes and then shampoo as usual, rinsing well.

Banana and almond mask for dry, damaged hair

Mash a ripe banana and add a few drops of almond oil. Mix well and massage into your hair. Leave for 15 – 30 minutes. Wash out with gentle shampoo.

Milk and honey mask

Mix a tablespoon of honey in half a cup of full fat milk. Apply to your hair and leave for 15 minutes. Wash out with a mild shampoo.

Masks to help get rid of dandruff

Fenugreek mask

Soak a handful of fenugreek seeds overnight in just enough water to cover them. In the morning, grind the seeds in the water to make a paste. Apply to your hair and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it out using a mild shampoo.

Thyme hair rinse

Put 7 heaped tablespoons of dried thyme into 2 cups of water and boil the mixture for 10 minutes. Your kitchen will smell heavenly! Strain the mixture and leave it to cool. Lean over a bowl and pour half of the solution onto clean, damp hair. Keep scooping it out of the bowl and re-applying until all your hair is well soaked. Don’t rinse or wash out. Keep the other half of the solution for another treatment!

Hair rinses

Rinse for blondes

Add a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice to a pint of water and use as a rinse after shampooing.

Rinse for brunettes and redheads

Add a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a pint of water and use as a rinse after shampooing.

Orange musk rinse for shiny hair

Mix the juice of a fresh orange with 1 tablespoon of honey and 5 – 7 drops of sandalwood oil. Dilute with enough water to make a rinse – about a pint – and mix thoroughly. Use after shampoo and then rinse out.

Honey shine rinse

Mix 1 teaspoon of honey into 4 cups of warm water. Make sure it’s well dissolved. Use as a rinse after shampooing and don’t wash out. Dry as normal for a great shine!

Be prepared!

These are quick, easy and fun to make – and they’re great for your hair! Once you’ve found a few favorites, keep the ingredients in your store cupboard so you can indulge in one up whenever you want!

Visit www.ednassalonandspa.com for more great haircare products and tips. Shop online for shampoos, conditioners, balms, sprays.. everything you need for perfect salon hair day, everyday!
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Ten tips for winter hair

November 11, 2009

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1. Prevention is better than a cure! It’s a good idea to start early and get your hair into the best condition possible. This is easier than waiting for damage to happen and then trying to mend it. Get a good cut, even if it’s just an all-over trim. This will make sure that the hair ends are strong and more able to fight the extremes of temperature.

2. Use some form of conditioner every day. Try using a leave-in conditioner, and also a deep conditioning treatment once a week.

3. If you’re using a wash in / rinse out conditioner, do a final rinse in cool or cold water. This is great for locking moisture in and giving a great shine!

4. Don’t ever go outside with your hair wet. If it’s very cold, you hair can actually freeze and can cause severe damage.

5. Try and cut down on heated styling appliances. Your hair is getting enough dry heat from indoor heating – give it a break!

6. When you have to use heated appliances, always use a heat protector and leave-in conditioner.

7. Avoid having the shower too hot. It all helps to minimize the amount of heat your hair has to deal with at this time of year.

8. Use a humidifier to stop the air from getting too dry. It’s also going to help your skin… You’ll be amazed!

9. Wear a hat, scarf or cap to protect your hair from harsh weather but make sure it’s not too tight. Remove it as often as possible.

10. Now’s the time to really pamper your hair. Have fun trying out different hair masks and deep treatments each week. Slick on a face mask at the same time and you’ll be ready for every holiday party!

For more winter hair care tips, log on to www.ednassalonandspa.com.

While online, sign up to receive discounts and special offers sent directly to your email! Also, shop for all of your winter hair care needs conveniently online, or stop in to Edna’s Salon and Spa, located at 22934 Lyon’s Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321 

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