Heat styling can be a regular fixture of many people’s hair care regimen. Hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons and other heat styling devices litter the counters of many bathrooms. Excessive heat or improper care can cause some serious damage to your lustrous locks. The damage caused from improper heat styling techniques can range from excessive flyaways and brittle, dry feeling hair all the way to burnt and singed hair or even hair loss.
In order to avoid the negative effects of heat styling, you need to know how to care for your hair — the right way. There are some easy ways of safeguarding your hair by adding a few extra steps into your daily routine.
Sometimes people get in the habit of heat styling every single day. It can be nice to have perfect bouncy curls or straight tresses for work and school, but your hair needs balance. Try an updo on alternating days to cut down on the daily heat styling.
Braids, buns, and ponytails are a great way to get around your heat styling woes. You can even keep your hair wet with a pinch of gel to get a unique part look. Even air-drying your hair is a great option to keep it happy and healthy.
Use Quality Product Lines
Heat styling is not necessarily an issue if you have great, all-natural, hair salon products. Investing in a great blowdry primer or a heat protectant spray will help protect your hair against heat and humidity. This can even help reduce your overall blow-drying time, ultimately leading to healthier hair.
Care for your hair in the downtime. Use masks and moisture replenishing products on your hair regularly to help restore the moisture. Natural, hair salon products, such as replenishing butter or repair conditioner, are a must when you heat style your hair often.
There is something to be said for quality heat styling equipment. There is nothing better than leaving a hair salon (like ours in Victoria, BC 😉) with freshly cut, styled, supple hair. Your stylist should be using great quality natural hair products but also quality straighteners, hair dryers and all manner of heat styling equipment. Having a good quality straightener can leave you with salon level shine every time.
Always keep moving. When you see smoke, your settings are either too high, you have excessive product on your hair, or your hair is still wet. Make sure your hair is dry before using any heat straightening or curling devices and that you’ve used a heat protective product on your hair. Always move your straightener in a fluid movement. When curling your hair, never let it sit for too long and keep the temperature comfortable. You shouldn’t be terrified of burning your ears.
Styling your hair with heat doesn’t have to be damaging. If you take proper care when using heat styling equipment and you pamper yourself at our hair salon in Victoria, BC regularly, you can have perfect curls or straight tresses without the damage. We love styling with straighteners and curling rods. These tools allow us the power to play with our looks and styles. With great power comes great responsibility, and you have a responsibility to heat style responsibly.
Summer is here and everyone is loving it. Who doesn’t love hitting up a patio for some afternoon cocktails, going to the beach or taking in all the great summer events Victoria has to offer? Now, while we may be ready for summer, our hair never is. During the summer months, it’s hot, sunny and beautiful outside and while it’s great to bask in every minute of it, you should always be wary of how your hair handles it. If you have thick luscious locks, you need to make sure your hair is protected from possible heat damage to your hair.
One of the biggest annoyances in the summer months is knowing how to style your hair and keep it from looking frizzy or heavy with all the heat your hair is absorbing. For those of you that may not know, having thick hair may need some extra attention in the summer. Check out the tips below so you can make sure your hair stays beautiful all summer long.
Protect Your Hair
First and foremost, you want to protect the length you have. If your hair runs well below your shoulders, you know how long it took to grow that, and how long it’ll take to regrow your locks if there’s a lot of sun damage. A good hair salon will tell you to use leave-in conditioner, like this one, in the morning and put your hair in a bun. You’ll lock in moisture and rehydrate your hair from any sun exposure.
Layer Your Hair
When you come into our natural hair salon for a trim, ask your stylist to keep your length, but ask them to cut long and loose layers in the back and the front of your hair. This reduces any bulkiness and weight, especially for the summer. Having bulky hair can make styling your thick hair in the summer a lot harder to maintain so keeping it bulk-free is key.
Braid Your Hair
Braiding your hair can help reduce the weight of your hair during the summer months. Choose a French braid and pin it back in place behind your neck. You can also do a cute side braid. Having thick hair can be a lot of maintenance and with the added heat, your hair can seem even heavier. Alleviate some of that weight by braiding it before you head out.
If you have curly hair, you’ll want to use natural products to help maintain your curls. Less natural ingredients can make your hair heavy and your curls can look weighed down and dishevelled. Use a curl cream like this one to keep them intact and choose a stylist that specializes in curls when going for a trim.
Long, thick hair is truly a gift and the last thing we want is for the sun to damage or ruin your hair. Being a hair salon in beautiful Victoria, BC, we know how the seasons work and how you should be caring for your hair. We’re a natural hair salon that offers some of the best organic hair products on the market. Book an appointment at our salon and come in for a trim. While you’re here, don’t be afraid to ask for more advice on how you can maintain your beautiful hair all summer.
We’re almost in the middle of 2018 and the best hair trends have just started to surface. We’ve been seeing our colourists focus more on warmer tones and trying out unconventional shades. They’re even making subtle changes that make our clients natural features stand out. As a top hair salon in Victoria BC, we strive to stay on top of every trend while focusing on our eco salon roots. This summer, we challenge you to be bold and beat the heat with some amazing 2018 trendy colour tones. As a salon, we offer natural and organic products that not only get you that summer “lewk” you’ve been dying to try but do it in a way that also helps the environment.
We all know the delicious fruit but have you thought about putting that colour on your head? Blackberry hair is a look people will be loving this year. This kind of colour job involves using purple tones and infusing a little blue to add some dimension. If you have dark hair and want a little jolt of colour, this will add that colour infusion you want while being on trend for the summer.
Pastel colours are all over Instagram and it’s perfect for someone who already has a double process and wants to switch it up. Dusty tones are sexy and sophisticated and when your hair is lifted to that super light blond, everything looks so reflective and opulent.
While 2017 was the year of platinum ash blonde, this year we suggest going darker with your blonde hue and trying a warm golden-honey colour. Don’t let the idea of warm blonde tones scare you. It’s not all brassy. There are several variations to the tone and our stylists can certainly help make sure you choose the right tone that matches your complexion. If this is the look you want this summer, make sure you are diligent about the upkeep. When changing your hair colour, it’s always important to use conditioner meant for colour-treated hair.
As we’ve mentioned in a previous social post, violet and plum colours are so in this year. Purple-like colours are set to pop this summer and make a statement. The colour adds an unexpected flirty and fun tone that is sure to make heads turn.
Ombre is a hair colour tone that goes in and out all the time. This summer, it’s all about rich dark hues that add a touch of lightness. Dark brown and light brown are great when you want to warm your complexion without fully committing to a solid colour.
Whatever you choose to do with your hair, designHouse salon in Victoria BC will be there to help make you look your best. We pride ourselves on being an eco salon that offers organic products that benefit you and the environment. Come in today or book an appointment with one of our amazing stylists and own summer 2018!
We want you to get to know the people that do your hair because trust isn’t earned overnight. Our monthly Staff Q&A helps you learn a little bit about who we are outside the salon. This month, we focus on California bombshell, Cory.
Besides earning more money and becoming even more profitable, what do you think the goals of designHouse Salon are?
I think one of our biggest goals has always been to educate our clients on the importance of sustainability in the beauty industry. I want to make sure each person leaves our space looking and feeling like a million bucks!
What do you contribute to the team that makes you stand out? What do/should clients come specifically to you for?
I like to build a strong bond with my clients and co-workers. I feel like being a caring and sensitive friend has always taken me far in life and I feel that it is something that is appreciated by coworkers and clients alike. I also love huge transformations and makeovers!
What does Sustainable Beauty mean to you and why is it an important focus?
To me, sustainable beauty means making people look and feel their best, while also taking care of the environment. This is important because people shouldn’t have to choose between helping the world and helping themselves. They should feel good about looking good.
Why should people come to designHouse Salon over the TONS of other available options?
We care about every person that walks through our door. Our service and attention to detail separate us from the competition. We are also a Green Circle Salon, which means that we strive to contribute very little waste to the environment.
What about the beauty industry excites you and why?
I love that boundaries are being broken down. The term “beauty” can mean so many things now. The classic definition of what is beautiful no longer applies and expressing yourself through your style is incredibly exciting!
Tell us about your background. Where are you from? What have you accomplished?
I am originally from California, but my story really begins after moving here, meeting my boyfriend and having a beautiful daughter. They are by far my biggest accomplishment!
When you aren’t working, what are you doing? Hobbies, interests, etc.
When I’m not working, I love going on adventures with my boyfriend, Drew, and daughter, Chloe. I also love exploring the island, horseback riding, painting, jewellery making and planning my next vacation spot.
Do you prefer Cinnamon or Vanilla?
If you could grant a co-worker a superpower, who and what would it be?
I would grant Matt the power to magically make me food of my choosing mainly because he’s always at work when I am — and I’m usually hungry!
What’s your go-to midnight snack?
Name 2 things you want everyone to know about you.
- I’ll never say no to chocolate;
- The best gift you could give me is to be kind to animals (via a donation to BCSPCA)
And lastly, name 3 things on your bucket list.
- Scuba dive with a whale shark;
- Eat a chocolate croissant in France.
Everyone wants their products to be natural, bio, eco or organic. In fact, we’re more health conscious and care much more about the environment than we did about 20 years ago. Marketers love to claim that their brand’s natural or organic products are better for your face and body. While that’s certainly true if the product comes through on its promise of health-conscious ingredients, it’s more important to do your research and find out what it all means.
While you may think natural and organic mean the same thing, they actually don’t. Marketers have this great ability to confuse us with what this all means. I’m sure anyone who reads this will agree they see natural skin care products as healthy and better than the alternative. Don’t let those labels fool you though. Do your research and find out if their claims are actually true before spending money. Some of the best skin care products in the world use natural ingredients, you just need to know how to find them.
As you can see, this can be confusing, so we wanted to outline the difference between these four labels.
Walk into any beauty product aisle and you’ll find natural skin care and makeup products everywhere, or at least, a product that claims it’s natural. Because the term “natural” is not regulated by the FDA, if a product has even a small amount of natural ingredients, a company can slap a “natural” label on it. If you got your product from a local producer, chances are good you have a real natural product, but make sure to ask about the ingredients. You should always remember to check the label of any product you find. If you read the ingredient list and can pronounce fewer and fewer words, the more likely the product isn’t as ‘natural’ as they’re claiming.
The term “eco” is also not regulated, so while the label may make “green” claims, that eco product may be filled with chemicals. Don’t forget to check the label!
We hear the term “organic” all the time. Regulated by the FDA, organic products like organic makeup are certified and tested. The ingredients in these products are organically farmed and are always guaranteed to be pesticide-free and not genetically modified. If the products want to be deemed as strictly organic, the product has to be made of 95% organic ingredients, otherwise, you’ll see a label that says the product was made with organic ingredients.
If you’re concerned about where the ingredients come from and the environment they were in, bio products are for you. They step it up a notch from organic products and are as green as can be.
designHouse offers a lot of different types of organic, natural, eco and bio cosmetic products so feel free to check out our selection online or in-store. If you’re still confused on what the differences are and which type of products are best for you, come and visit us at one of our locations! Ask any of our stylists, they’ll be happy to help you find the right product.