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7 Hair Mistakes That Will Cost You in the Chair

Everyone loves that fresh out of the salon feel when they get their hair done. The minute you walk outside, you feel like a million bucks. Your hair feels healthier, bouncier and shinier than ever before. While you may try to protect your investment as much as possible, there are a few bad habits that you might be doing that will cost you later. 

1. Using the wrong shampoo: Ladies, (especially my beautiful redheads) if you just spent over $200 to get a beautiful shade of color put into your hair, the last thing you want is to see it wash down the drain each time you wash it. If you want to maintain the vibrancy of your hair color, choose a sulfate-free option when it comes to your shampoo. If you feel like your hair is getting brassy (I'm looking at you, my blonde bombshells) then incorporate a violet shampoo to keep your hair looking fresh. 

2. Using the wrong styling tools: If you've ever gone shopping for a hair brush, you'll notice plenty of options when it comes to bristle types, sizes and shapes. Depending on your hair and texture, you'll want to choose wisely. You'll also want to invest in a few different types for different styling jobs. Talk to your stylist or beauty advisor about the best options for your particular hair type.

Style Your Hair Like a Pro and Cocktail Your Products

When it comes to getting our done, nothing makes us feel more confident than the first steps we take when we walk out of the salon with an amazing new style. That confidence is soon met with frustration when we attempt to recreate the magic in the days that follow. While you may have all the right tools (professional-quality styling tools, round brushes and styling product) your results may depend on one important little hairstyling trick: cocktails. 

I'm not referring to a tasty cosmopolitan (by all means, DO enjoy one). I'm referring to hair product cocktails. When I observe our own stylist Sherry working on a client, there isn't one magical product she uses every time. Like a careful mixologist, I watch her add a spritz here and a dollop there of different styling products to create a perfect, individualized style for her clients. While styling products have evolved greatly over time, there really isn't one product that will give you that satisfactory style you're seeking. With just a little cocktail of styling products, you're style will be elevated to another level of greatness. If you're looking for some great cocktails to try this coming year, check out some of our stylist's favorites.

Sleek Tresses: Styling Cream and oil
This wonderful duo will help tame flyways, give you light control and leave your hair incredibly shiny and sleek. We love the combo of Alterna's Bamboo Silk Sleek Brilliance Cream paired up with a little Ava Oil. Work this duo from the ends up. 

Ways To Keep Your Hair Healthy During the Holiday Season

Keeping your hair free from damage is a full-time job. In the summer, it's a constant battle against the sun, pool and chemical processing. Getting our hair to stay healthy becomes even more challenging in the fall and winter with the cooler weather, as well. Taking warm showers, styling with heat and coloring your hair can contribute to dry, frizzy strands. There's no need to panic, though. Making some simple changes during this time of the year can help keep your hair looking beautiful and shiny. 

1. Finish your shower with a cool rinse: It's very easy to damage your hair with hot showers during the winter. Those relaxing hot showers can quickly dry out your strands if you don't exercise some caution. When it comes to your hair, try to avoid rinsing it all the way through with hotter water. While this may be a huge challenge during the winter months, it will really help your hair. Finishing with a slightly cooler rinse will help maintain its moisture and shine. If you have wavy or curly hair, doing this will also help eliminate some frizz.

2. Let your hair air-dry as long as possible: The less time you spend blow drying your hair with heat, the healthier your hair will be in the long run. Using a good microfiber towel (Aquis hair towel, anyone?) can really help this process along. Even if you cut five extra minutes from your hair drying routine, you'll notice a difference in your hair.

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