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Are you looking for smoother, straighter hair? Maybe a way to tame the frizz in your hair? Well, the keratin complex treatment could be the perfect solution for you.

What is Keratin?

Keratin is a protein that is naturally in your hair. It is the key structural material for making up hair. Keratin is extremely insoluble in water and organic solvents. Keratin monomers assemble into bundles to form filaments, which are tough and form a strong bond for your hair.

How does it work?

The hairstylist will apply a keratin hair-straightening product to your hair and then uses the heat of a flat iron to seal it in. The process takes about 90 minutes or longer, depending on the length of your hair. The entire process will straighten out your hair texture and completely eliminate frizz for up to three months.

Time Saving

Once getting the treatment, it will shorten your blow-dry time by 40%-60%.

Keratin treatments every three months can be healthier for your hair than daily heat styling.

While the high heat (450 degrees) of the flatiron used to set the treatment is not the easiest on your hair, it’s still probably better than heat styling yourself day in and day out.  If having a treatment allows you to set aside your iron, the single dose of high heat may be well worth it.

What to Know After the Treatment

You can forget about frizzy hair! You can walk out in moist or light rain and your hair will not change.

You shouldn’t wash your hair for three to four days after getting the treatment. That is because the solution takes time to work, and showering before three days can ruin the treatment.

After getting the keratin complex treatment, and after the don’t wash period, you should use a Keratin Complex shampoo and conditioner to care for your new treatment. The shampoo and conditioner gently cleanses and helps restore strength and shine to your hair.

The Keratin Treatment will not make your hair break. Keratin is a restorative treatment. Even if you have good hair strength now, it still strengthens the hair shaft and makes your hair more resilient.


By applying keratin to your hair cuticle and sealing it in with heat, your hair takes on a glossier appearance. Your hair will be smoother and easier to manage on the daily. The effects vary greatly depending on whether your hair is healthy to begin with and what the natural thickness of your hair is.

Keratin works by smoothing down the cells that overlap to form your hair strands. The layers of cells, called the hair cuticle, absorb the keratin, resulting in hair that looks full and shiny. Keratin also makes curly hair less frizzy, easier to style, and straighter in appearance.

Every person loves to pamper themselves every once and a while, especially with a good manicure. Getting your nails done is a form of relaxation as well as good proper care for your nails. There are many different manicure options to choose from, including gel polish and regular nail polish. With the breakdown of the pros and cons of both, you will realize which is best for you with your next manicure.

Gel Nail Polish

Gel polish is originally referred to nail extensions made by using a soft gel product that is cured under an ultraviolet or L.E.D light. Gel polish is relatively new in the polish world and is known as a soak-off polish.

UV and LED curing is a chemical process where a chain reaction creates heat and the gel begins to set. When the gels sets, it leaves a residual sticky layer on top that’s removed with a lint free cloth.

Pros of Gel Polish

*Long lasting: Gel manicures are known for lasting a lot longer than regular nail polish. A gel manicure can last up to two weeks if properly taken care of.

*Zero drying time: No drying time! When curing the gel polish under UV or LED light, the light sets the polish in place in a matter of minutes.

*Perfect nails: No chipping or smudges of the nail. Because the gel polish dries so quickly, you don’t have to worry about messing up your nails with any activity.

Cons of Gel Polish

*Rough removal: The removal process can be rough. Using nail polish remover and a cotton ball to wipe off the polish will not work. You must soak your nails and file off whatever is left on the nail.

*Costly: Gel manicures do cost more than regular polish.

*Can be damaging: Gel manicures are known to damage your real nails in the long run. They are known to weaken the nail and can cause them to become brittle over time.

Regular Nail Polish

Everyone knows the good olé fashion regular nail polish, or also known as normal nail polish. It was the most common and most fashionable nail polish for nails until 2010, when gel polish came to the market.

To put it simply, normal nail polish is a lacquer where the ingredients been refined over the years to protect nails against drying out and cracking. When receiving a manicure with regular air dry polish, a professional will lay down a base coat, three polish coats and a top coat. A regular manicure only lasts up to a week and can chip quite easily.

Pros of Regular Polish

*Changeable: It is easy to change the color if you do not like it. You can also experiment with nail art and wipe off if you don’t like it.

*Affordable: Regular nail polish manicures are more affordable than gel polish manicures.

*Regular polish is safer: They are safer than gel polish. You are not exposing your skin to any harmful lights during the process. Also, your nails will not become weakened or brittle with regular polish.

Cons of Regular Polish

*Hours of drying time: Regular nail polish takes forever to dry! Sometimes nail polish can take up to an hour or more to fully dry.

*Chips easily: Regular polish manicures have a reputation of chipping more easily.

*Multiple coats of polish: It can take multiple coats to get the shade you want. Because regular nail polish is a lot lighter, it can take a while to get your nails to match the color of the polish bottle.

With these two types of polishes becoming the most popular in the nail industry, it is important to know what is best for your nails. I hope by reading this article, that it helped you make a good decision of what is best for your nails. Now, go ahead a pick out your favorite color and go get your nails done!

Have you ever wondered the exact difference between balayage and full highlights? Well, there really is a difference between the two. After reading this blog, you will be up to date on telling your hairstylist exactly what you want.

Full Highlights

A common mistake when it comes to describing full highlights is that they are streaks of blonde hair that run through a brown base color. That’s not exactly the case here! Highlights are small sections of your hair that are lighter than your base color.

So, someone with a dark brown base color could get light brown highlights while golden blonde highlights would complement deep honey blonde hair.

When it comes to applying full highlights, they are done with the help of aluminum foils. The dye is applied from the roots to the tips and covered with foils to trap in the heat and lighten your hair more drastically.

The size, placement, and tone of the highlights can be planned according to the hairstyle that you are going for. Just make sure to tell your hairstylist your plan!

Now, What is Balayage?

Balayage is a French word that means “to sweep”.

When applying, the dye is swept on or painted onto sections of your hair in a freehand manner. Normally, the dye starts from the middle of your hair to the ends. First, the dye is applied to the bottom section of your head, which is the neck on down. Then, it is worked up to the midsection of your head. Finally, the top of your head will be colored at the end.

Balayage ends up looking like thick highlights that are just a few shades lighter than your base color. Balayage highlights add a ton of depth and dimension to your hair. The color adds a perfect sunkissed look to your hair!

Down to the Nitty Gritty, What is the Real Difference?

Highlights follow a more structured pattern and are more carefully placed than balayage. Balayage is more hand-painted on into larger sections of your hair. So, balayage blends more seaminglessly into your hair than highlights.

If your want more intensely lightened highlights, then you should go for the full highlight look as they use aluminum foils to saturate the color. Balayage is just a few shades lighter than your base color and adds a softer, more blended look to your hair.

First of all – why not? Customized color is created just for you! You’re special and worth it!  The answer is simple. Do you want healthy, beautiful vibrant hair? Professionals have practiced their skills to be the best at what they do.  Think about it, most Professionals color at least  4 – 5 clients in a day.

 All Over Color Versus Retouch! What’s the difference?

All over color and retouch are completely different!

Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to explain. Getting “all over color” differs from a “retouch” because it is all over your hair. It’s a root to ends application. A “retouch” is used when there is a line of demarcation. It goes from your roots to that line where the color was applied.

All over color initially costs more because you are changing your hair color. To maintain this new color, you will need to be on a schedule to return for a retouch. This is typically in 4 to 8 weeks and depends on what color you choose and your natural hair color.

A retouch is an application of color that is only intended to last for 3 or 4 weeks. You will need to return to the salon to maintain the color. When to return will depend on the color that has been chosen and the re-growth line of demarcation.

It does not necessarily benefit you to wait to come in for a retouch. If you return in 8 weeks you still will have a line of demarcation that should have been retouched 3 or 4 weeks prior. So that means that there is now more hair to cover (from the line of demarcation to your roots). That means that more color product has to be used, and it will take longer for your stylist to do this correctly – hence the cost will be higher than a normal retouch.

Benefits of using a professional hair colorist

We all have a choice about where to go for hair color.
Here are some reasons to use a Professional Hair Colorist:

  • First – the color looks professional! It’s not haphazard!
  • Professional hair colorists are trained in choosing the correct palettes.
  • The color tones that professionals have access to are ricer and more vibrant.
  • Confidence that your color has been customized just for you.
  • Less fading when used in conjunction with your take home care package! This helps with the care necessary to maintain your beautiful color.
  • The texture type of your hair influences how the color goes on your hair. Some textures are more resistant to color. This is all taken into consideration when a professional colors your hair.
  • Maintenance guesswork is eliminated. You will know when to have your next treatment so that your color can be properly maintained.
  • Professional hair stylists have a wide range of colors to choose from. This makes for true custom hair colors.
  • The color a professional creates for you will be much closer to what you had in mind than color from a box will be.
  • You get specific recommendations for products that will work with your hair color and texture type. It is not hit or miss – the recommendations are based in knowledge and experience.

How often should you get your hair colored?

A professional hair colorist takes into consideration many factors when creating the perfect color formula for your hair. This includes the texture of your hair, the amount of gray in your hair, and the length of your hair.

A consultation prior to any coloring or cuts, is vital to determining what your goals are for your hair.

Once both you and your colorist know what you are trying to achieve, then a plan can be formulated. The plan takes into account realistic times frames for maintenance, budget considerations, and of course, your customized hair style.

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