We know there’s a lot of information swirling around out there on what exactly is the best way to deal with the tricky nature of curly hair but we’re here to be a resource for some of those answers. How to properly care for curly hair can differ greatly on style, cut and texture but we wanted to provide a solid basis to at least get you started.
Curly Hair. It’s a blessing and a curse but with the right tips and a little magic product even the wildest hair can be (relatively) tamed. What curly haired girl hasn’t heard from her straight haired friends that they would pay good money to swap places? Sound familiar? We’re big believers in embracing your natural texture and working with it! We’re here to talk curls and also give you some great education in how to embrace them! [Read more…]
For women in the Western world, hair extensions are a quick and easy beauty solution that has turned into a billion dollar industry. After all, why wait for your own hair to grow naturally, when you can seek a more rapid alternative? There is a large disparity between the hair extensions women are able to purchase at the store here in Canada and their actual origins. [Read more…]
Colouring your hair might seem like magic and an over-the-counter box of hair colour (or hair dye) or a few hours at a salon can completely transform your hair. Modern day science is hard at work, but did you know the hair dye you’re regularly using can have negative effects on your health? [Read more…]
Dry shampoos are by far one of the most convenient hair tools to decrease oil, improve volume and make “dirty,” hair smell like it’s been freshly washed. “Dry shampoos are so convenient, they save time, energy and add a nice gritty texture to your hair. In a pinch a dry shampoo can be a life saver but using them regularly as “shampoo” really doesn’t support keeping your locks full and thick long term, (source).” Dirt, pollution and oil pile up and accumulate daily resulting in build up on the hair shaft. The only way to balance and cleanse these impurities is to actually wash the hair. Dry shampoos are convenient but they don’t actually remove this build up resulting in the hair follicle being even more smothered. In an attempt to mask dirt dry shampoo actually just adds more grime..not what you want on your lovely locks.“The point of dry shampoo is to absorb excess oil, but just like on the rest of your body, your scalp and hair needs oil, (source).” Being oily is seen as undesirable but did you know that it’s integral to balancing our bodies own natural processes? “When you apply dry shampoo, it sucks up any oil on your head but it also stays put, leaving a dry shampoo/oil combination to sit on your follicle and, over time, sink in, (source).” This throws off the delicate balance of your hair resulting in dryer, lackluster locks. This is why it’s incredible important to invest in a high quality shampoo that needs to be used regularly instead of daily dry shampoo mists. We love the Naturaltech line from Davines as the blends of essential oils and soothing nutrients really calm the scalp. The calming line uses a blend of “blueberry phytoceuticals. Blueberries are a nutrient-dense superfood, full of C and B vitamins and antioxidants, which are essential for the health and protection of hair and skin. They are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties, (source).” If you still can’t part with your beloved dry shampoo making your own can be the lesser of two evils.
DIY Wet/Dry Spray Shampoo for Light or Dark Hair
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup arrowroot or cornstarch
- 1/4 cup vodka, rubbing alcohol or witch hazel.
- Essential oils or a spritz of your favorite perfume to scent
What to do: Mix all ingredients in a small spray bottle and shake well. Shake before each use and spray on roots or oily parts of hair. Let dry and style as usual.
Treating your hair gently and making it’s health a priority will translate to stronger, longer and more vibrant hair as you age. Use dry shampoos sparingly and if you absolutely have to reach for one consider making your own to keep the scalp healthiest as possible. An added bonus is that by making your own and using a spray you avoid environmentally wasteful aerosols as well. Here at designHouse we’re all for sustainability and health so phone us for a consultation and we can find a shampoo that will work for your hair type and lifestyle –> 778-433-4393.
Big, wild curly hair is back and not just for those naturally curly haired girls. There has been a resurgence of embracing natural textures and the bigger the better.
People (yes men too) used to subject their locks to some serious harsh chemicals to get the permed look. “Well, with advances in hair styling technology, you can retain the health of your hair while still getting that perfect curl. And if you are one of those people who has straight hair and has always envied the dynamic energy that curly hair exudes, a perm is exactly what you need to go for, (source).” If you are already spending tedious hours curling your hair each morning considering a perm is not only a great way to save time but your curls will actually last throughout the day. Women with flat, limp hair at the root especially benefit from this treatment as they can gain volume and also body throughout the hair shaft. “If you’re one of the millions of women who love wearing their hair in curls, you’ll know how much of a hassle it is too though. How many seemingly endless hours do you spend a week trying to achieve the perfect curls? (source).” Below are three of the most popular and chic styles of perms, keep in mind different hair lengths and textures will determine what style works best for your individual hair type:
Spiral Perm: Long perm rods create extremely tight, cascading curls or ringlets. “They look like tightly wound spirals or corkscrews. Of course, how tight the curls are depends on the size of the perm rod and the various chemicals used, (source).”
Body Perm: This style of perm is perfectly suited for people with thin or flat hair. The curls will be larger and looser on women with hair that is naturally quite straight. “This style produces loose curls and a gentle wave which is great for adding volume and a bit of life to dull hair, (source).”
Loose Wave Perm: “A gentle wavy perm will give you soft and natural-looking wavy hair that’s perfect for any occasion. It’s created with large rollers that add volume to your mane without making it look artificial, (source).” This is one of our favourite styles of perm to work with as it creates beautiful body throughout that is manageable and effortless looking.
The perming process remains similar across the board with changes regarding perm wand size and also time needed to set. Disulphide bonds are applied to the hair in order to make the hair more flexible before being curled into the perming rods, this mixture will depend on the kind of perm you desire, acid, alkaline or exothermic perm. A neutralizer is then placed on the hair after the desired amount of time, working to bond your hair into its new curly structure.
Here at designHouse we strongly encourage setting up a consultation appointment to determine what hair style you are looking for. We take great care to ensure your hair is left healthy and also provide you with the tools you need for maintenance of your new look. We don’t do perms ourselves but can point you in the right direction! Contact us anytime!
Now I know what you’re thinking…grey hair? How could this be desirable, chic or even remotely flattering on the average woman? We wanted to write this article to empower women in various age brackets to not be afraid of their grey. Now this differs from the grey hair trend going around on celebs such as Rihanna, and Cara Delavigne as this movement is about embracing natural grey tones that signify so much more. Anne Kreamer, author of “Going Grey: How to Embrace Your Authentic Self With Grace and Style,” works to debunk grey hair myths. Her mission is to disprove the societal stigmas of “how you’ll look old. About how you’ll look as if you’ve let yourself go. About how you can never have long hair again. About how you’re invisible. About how you’ll kill your career. It’s simply not true, (source).” Firstly we want to define the different kinds of colouring that can manipulate the hair:
Permanent: Dyeing your hair permanently is a two step process. “When permanent hair dye is applied to the hair, ammonia (alkalizing agent) causes the cuticle to ‘open up’ and let the dye in. Then, peroxide (oxidizing agent) is used to penetrate into the hair cortex and remove your existing hair colour (melanin), (source).”
Semi-permanent: This form of colouring is less intense and harsh on the hair than permanent but usually only lasts 4-6 weeks. “Semi-permanent dye doesn’t have ammonia or peroxide, and simply adds tiny colour molecules to the cuticle of your hair without dramatically changing the original hair colour, (source).”
Au natural: Just straight up leaving your hair be. This can be incredible difficult and take time when trying to go completely grey after dyeing hair for long periods of time usually years! Noami Rand author of “To Dye or not to Dye, That is the Question,” went through this herself. “So I stripped out as much of the color as I could and then waited. And waited. And waited some more. It turns out hair grows surprisingly slowly at my age, (source).”
We do want to emphasize that going grey is a personal choice and we fully support both sides of the colouring or not colouring spectrum. It is about personal freedom, choice and feeling like if you want to go grey that you should act on that decision. “Men who embrace their grey are treated as if they’ve found a cure for cancer,” she laughs. “They’ve become gorgeous. Women who do it don’t get that response. We’re either brave or mad. It would be good to change that, (source).” Colouring your hair can act as an ageing disguise but that doesn’t mean you will have more confidence. “It’s your sense of vitality and your character that define you. You could have the best dye-job from a top salon, but have a slump in your step, and you would look ancient, (source).”
Here at designHouse we want to encourage you to make your own decision when it comes to letting yourself go grey or not. We want you to know we fully support the grueling growing out process and will make it all the more bearable with a beautiful cut and maintenance techniques. Interested in more tips on going grey? Contact us and we can help!