For March our Flavor of the Month is the amazing Whipped Treatment by Arrojo!
Long-lasting, color-saving, treatment conditioner that preserves shine, luster, and the tone of applied hair colors. Using a medley of rejuvenating natural ingredients, it is exceedingly kind to hair, making it softer, stronger, thicker, fuller. Great for needy hair types, and those that like a weekly treat.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
We love this treatment not only for it’s moisturizing qualities, but it also helps to preserve your color longer!
On October 29th, Salon Head Candy held a very special two-fold event: It was our first Cut-A-Thon for Multiple Sclerosis and it was the re-launch of our salon joining forces with celebrity stylist Nick Arrojo to become part of a prestigious group and be an Arrojo Ambassador.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable disease in which the body’s immune system attacks it’s own central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The immune system attacks myelin- the substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers- as well as the nerve fibers themselves, and forms scar tissue (sclerosis). When any part of the myelin or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted. MS can cause many symptoms, including blurred vision, vertigo, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness, depression, and more. These problems may come and go or they may persist and worsen over time. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 40. The disease is thought to be triggered in a genetically susceptible individual by a combination of one or more environmental factors.
The Delaware Valley MS Society sent us a handpicked list of people living with MS and we began the day with free makeovers and “before and after” photos. Our owner, Robin Dorton, lives with MS and it was so important to her, and to us, that we use this event to raise as much money and awareness as possible. Besides the free makeovers, we also scheduled some of our salon regulars for cuts and blowouts with 100% of the proceeds being donated.
You may have heard the saying “everyone knows someone with MS” and that really is the unfortunate truth. More than 2.3 million people are living with MS worldwide. Meeting people whose lives have been reshaped by this illness was humbling; despite incredible odds, everyone we met that day was in great spirits, and a few were happy to speak with us and let us know how they approach each day with positivity and gratitude.
Kristen, 32, was diagnosed at 27, while in grad school. She describes the pain she felt as a “pinched nerve” and chalked it up to a heavy book-bag and stress. She was eventually diagnosed over the phone after several visits to Rutgers, and she says that having MS is both “a blessing and a curse.” Since the disease was identified, she has adopted a healthier way of life – she goes for long bike rides and eats much healthier. She has completed her Doctorate in Chemistry and found great success with medicine in a pill form versus an injectable. She says that these days she is steadier and her routine is working for her. Kristen is already cute as a button so it didn’t take a drastic cut to perk her up! We just shortened her bangs for a more youthful appearance and softened up her layers to add more movement without taking off too much length. She has beautiful hair and such a positive personality and we loved spending the day with her!
We also spoke to Sandy, who was diagnosed in 1999 following a series of bad headaches and dizzy spells; she underwent three MRI-s, a neurological scan, and a spinal tap before being told she had MS. She has suffered with chronic fatigue and memory loss but maintains her sense of humor; her son, who accompanied her to her free makeover, joked that driving with her now is an adventure! Despite having to leave her job of 27 years, Sandy said that since she found a medication that works for her, most days are good and that since her diagnosis she has really focused on her quality of life. We loved being able to give Sandy this great new cut with long layers to add volume and softness around her face, while putting the personality into her hair that’s a better match for her light-hearted spirit!
Maxine told us about her unique experience with MS: In 1988, she experienced a bevy of symptoms including numbness, itching, and one eye becoming darker than the other. However, in a week, all of these disappeared and her concerns were dismissed after tests came back with no concrete diagnosis. It wasn’t until the mid-2000’s that she began to experience symptoms again, including loss of balance and clumsiness. Again, tests were run and this time, they showed MS, but Maxine has not let that stop her. She says her approach to life is to “play her hand with grace and dignity” and, despite retiring only a month ago, she has remained active in her community and volunteers at a crisis hotline.
She was diagnosed in 2000, when she was working in a casino as a banquet server. She said that one day her balance just changed; she described this feeling as having “marbles under her feet.” On New Year’s Eve in 1999, her body completely locked up while she was working, and she lost feeling in her legs shortly thereafter; since that time, she has been in a wheelchair. It was a few years later that a specialist “un-diagnosed” her MS, but a subsequent spinal tap showed the disease to be still present; after a decade of trying new meds and dealing with the side effects, she is finally on a prescription that works for her. Maxine told us that she does not let MS control her life, and she does what she can to fight for others impacted by the disease, including fighting for a New Jersey state law to prevent the abuse of placards that allow disabled drivers to park in designated spaces. She says, “if I can make a change, that’s the reason I was given MS.” Maxine didn’t want a haircut the day she came to visit but we decided to pamper her anyway and gave her a free shampoo, scalp massage and blowout!
Here’s the lovely Nancy. When we got word that Nancy was coming in to get her hair done for the first time in over 10 years due to her mobility issues, we knew that there was a reason we were meant to do these makeovers. She called ahead of time to make sure that our salon is wheelchair accessible and we assured her that she was coming to the right place with nothing to worry about. We cut a few inches off her length to get rid of the tired ends, added some soft, low-maintenace long layers, and fixed up her bangs to make them even. We also made sure that after a 10 year wait she not only received an amazing haircut, but got the star treatment with a full makeup application so that she left feeling as beautiful on the outside as she truly is on the inside!
Everyone who participated in our Cut-A-Thon thanked us for shining a spotlight on Multiple Sclerosis; however, it’s really us who want to thank them – for their bravery, for their candor, and for showing us that life doesn’t stop with a diagnosis!
Once the Cut-A-Thon was completed, we were ready to party! Friends, family, and clients filled the salon as we waited for Nick Arrojo to arrive – and, once he did, the fun really started. He graciously took photos with everyone and helped us raffle off baskets containing everything from a collection of his Shine Luxe products to a movie night basket that included candy, popcorn, and DVDs.
The true highlight of the evening, however, was the impromptu haircut he did on a client that wore orange in support of MS! In 20 minutes he turned a head of tired, frizzy curls into a short, bouncy cut full of movement of shine. Clearly, Arrojo is at home in front of a crowd, playing to the audience and making jokes, all while breathing new life into the head of hair before him. We at Heady Candy are truly grateful for the opportunity to be an Arrojo Ambassador salon and look forward to everything we will accomplish with the support of this new partnership.
October 29th was a long and emotional day; from meeting some wonderful people living and thriving despite MS and being able to pamper them with makeovers, to celebrating our relaunch as an Arrojo Ambassador salon. It was a wonderful day of empathy and appreciation, gratitude and celebration.
To every person that participated in any capacity, you have my sincerest gratitude and you’ll never know how much it truly meant to me that you were there that day. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. — Robin
Autumn has arrived and is bringing its best – beautiful trees, clear blue skies, and pumpkin spice everything! Here at Salon Head Candy we are inspired by so many elements of the fall, from the stunning sunsets to the crunch of leaves under our boots. We see so much gorgeous color leave the salon and our stylists want to let you in on what’s hot for this season!
The emphasis from several stylists has been on utilizing your natural texture to its’ fullest. Robin is loving messy twists that work with that texture – knots and chignons especially for that “undone” style. Jamie and Robin both note that lived-in, comfortable color is very popular; auburn, strawberry blonde, and rooted caramel has been in high demand.
Alexis and Kristen observe muted tones being requested from clients – soft violet and sandy beige. Whether a fashion or standard color, soft subtle tones are great this time of year; they evoke the fall sky at dusk or the supple shades of morning sun. Alexis says she is very inspired by the autumn sky, the way the colors blend delicately, flowing from diffused to saturated. And if you are looking for a more bold and dramatic look, Kristen suggests our Hotheads extensions which can be custom colored to create striking dimension in the hair.
If drama is what you crave, try the latest creation from Tina – an “oil slick” color combo which pairs all-over black with pops of neon yellow, green, purple, and pink. Upping the surprise factor is a structured cut – any movement in the straight lines reveals a sneak peak of color. Tina and Jamie both note that angled cuts works well with color blocking – the movement of the color plays off the controlled shape of the cut. And if you prefer natural tones but still want something special, Robin suggests ashy gray blondes or super gold blondes – nothing neutral. As she says, “Why be neutral when you can have more fun?”!
Rianna suggests warming up your brunette locks with plum, crimson, cinnamon, and maple to give gorgeous dimension and shine, a sentiment echoed by Ami. She loves the glint of deep jewel colors with a dark base peeking out from under a cozy hat. Blondes have no fear – Rianna says her lighter clients often feel they “should” go dark for the fall but she says toning the hair with a cooler hue will breathe new life into your style.
Even if you don’t color your hair, fall is a great time to refresh and repair bring your summer-drenched natural tresses.
Tronisha says the key is moisture and protein (please note, protein usage should be limited as too much can cause breakage). Shampoo hair with a clarifier then generously apply Arrojo Hair Repair Masque; cover the hair and let process for twenty minutes (apply heat if hair is truly damaged). Rinse, apply leave-in, and style as usual and your hair will be soft, supple, and ready to brave the dropping temperature.
Whether you want a drastic change or a tonal shift to make your color pop again, fall is the perfect time to try something new. Come visit us at Salon Head Candy and let us bring your locks back to life!
It’s HERE! The moment you’ve all been waiting for! This revolutionary smoothing system is only at Head Candy!
That’s right!! We are the ONLY salon in the entire area certified and offering this amazing smoothing treatment in awesome package deals just in time for those humid summer months! Book your appointment now because we know these spots are going to book up FAST!
Get Straight, Get Smooth, Get Frizz-Free!
Get softer, smoother, more manageable hair with Head Candy’s NEWEST smoothing system!
Lasts 3-4 months (or more!)
Methylene Glycol free
Not tested on animals
Safe for all hair types
Head Candy is the FIRST salon in the entire South Jersey/Philadelphia area to offer a smoothing system that is fully customizable! You can now keep your volume and waves while reducing frizz and some curl, or you can still go for that stick straight look! Head Candy can customize this system for each individual client!
Every client gets frizz and curl reduction with superior shine, reduced styling time, amazing softness, and truly life changing results!
We spent the past 6 months researching to find the best product on the market and this is it!
Special Introductory Head Candy Smoothing Packages Include:
Full consultation to examine hair and customize treatment
Uberliss treatment of your choice
Uberliss shampoo to take home
Haircut/trim to keep hair in optimum health
Uberliss treatment package starts at just $229!
Uberliss Ultra package starts at just $279!
Go from frizzy, curly, uneven waves, to smoother, softer, shinier hair in just a few hours! Reduce styling and blowdrying time significantly! This amazing treatment is humidity resistant and will stay smooth and shiny even on those super humid days! No more worrying about the weather or bad hair days!
This treatment and photoshoot was done in July on an extremely humid day with a rain storm on the way! (The rain even forced us indoors for the after pictures!) Look at the results in the picture to the right! The model’s natural hair became more and more frizzy the longer we stayed outside in the humidity. The side that was treated with Uberliss stayed perfectly smooth and shiny ALL DAY!
Just look at the side-by-side comparison!
Superior shine, humidity resistant, does not damage the hair, and is safe for color treated or previously smoothed hair!
No harsh fumes
NO formaldehyde or hidden aldehydes
YES there is a customized treatment for afro textures!
YES there is a customized treatment to keep your volume!
YES even fine hair can get this treatment!
NO you don’t have to only get stick straight with this treatment!
Book a FREE consultation to find out more!!
Hair: Alexis Makeup: Rianna Model: DeAnna Photographer: Andrew Zamzuki, Zamzuki Digital
Who is it for?
Clients that want any reduction of frizz and curl
This service is the most customizable of all the treatment options and can get hair the “flattest” or can still leave hair with volume!
Safe for color-treated hair
This service is not recommend for clients with overly-damaged hair
How long does it last?
3-5 months, depending on hair type, lifestyle, maintenance and adherence to all aftercare instructions. Has been shown to last even up to 8 months!
What is the maintenance?
72-hour waiting period before hair can be wet or washed.
Must avoid making any impressions on the hair with pins, clips, elastics, bands, ponytail holders, hats, sunglasses, etc for the first 72 hours.
Avoid using shampoos and products that contain Sodium Chloride and sodium lauryl sulfate.
Avoid salt water and chlorine (the ocean and swimming pools, hot tubs, etc.)
We recommend Bumble and Bumble’s Straight, Hairdresser’s Oil, Color Minded or Uberliss Shampoo.
What are the benefits?
Smoother and silkier
Straighter and shinier
Blocks the effects of humidity
Easier and faster to blowdry
With each treatment and with proper at-home maintenance and products, you can actually build-up the keratin on the hair strand to keep the hair even smoother over time. The Uberliss shampoo and conditioner also help build up extra keratin into the hair!
What is the cost and service time?
This service starts at $199 for the regular treatment and $249 for the Ultra. The price is increased based on the length and density of the hair; there is a density charge per ounce of extra product used.
This treatment takes approximately 2-3 hours.
Any other useful info?
We recommend getting the treatment done approximately 1-2 weeks after and 1-2 week before a color service. The cleansing shampoo can make color fade so try to plan and schedule getting your smoothing treatment 1-2 weeks before you are due for a touch-up, then we can refresh your color with your touch-up appointment!
We always highly recommend getting a hair cut since the hair does lie differently after a smoothing treatment and split ends will be much more visible.
The treatment can be done as often as every 6 weeks.
It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women. Although it has not been found to be harmful, Head Candy takes the health of our clients and their unborn/newborn children very seriously and will not take the risk!
Clients are always asking if there are any magic vitamins that will help with growing healthy, beautiful hair. Of course, there’s more to hair health than just taking a vitamin! A healthy lifestyle, following your stylist’s advice for proper hair care and products, and getting enough sleep can all do wonders for your hair. And to go along with that, here is our Top Ten List of foods and vitamins that can help give you that great hair and skin you long for!
Salmon is rich in protein, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. About 3% of the hair shaft is made up of these fatty acids, which your body can’t make, and which you need to grow hair. They also keep your scalp and hair hydrated! Trout, avocado, and pumpkin seeds can also give you these amazing fatty acids!
These are the only type of nut that contain a large amount of those essential omega-3 fatty acids. Even better, they are rich in biotin and vitamin E. Vitamin E is a great protector from DNA damage, and sun damage. Use walnut oil in your salad dressing as an easy way to ensure getting it into your diet!
Having a lack of zinc in your diet can lead to hair loss, along with a dry scalp. It can also be a great help for dandruff and psoriasis sufferers. You can take a supplement for zinc, or you can add foods rich in zinc into your diet like oysters, cereals, nuts, and eggs.
4. Beta Carotene
Beta Carotene is a much needed antioxidant which your body turns into vitamin A. It helps your scalp produce the oils used to protect and nourish your hair. Being low in vitamin A can lead to a dry, flaky scalp. Foods rich in beta carotene include sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes and pumpkin.
Not only are eggs a great source of protein, but they are also full of a few other minerals that are key to maintaining hair and skin health. They are rich in zinc, and also in iron, which helps carry oxygen to the hair follicles. Too little iron, also known as anemia, is a major cause of hair loss in women.
6. Dark, leafy greens
Spinach, kale, and broccoli are all rich in iron, beta carotene, folate and vitamin C, which helps to keep hair follicles healthy and helps with scalp oils for hydrating the hair.
Lots of vegetarians and vegans know about the amazing health benefits of these legumes. They’re a major source of protein for those that don’t eat meat, but they are also rich in iron, zinc, and biotin- all essential to healthy hair and scalp! You can also try adding edamame and kidney beans to get all of these great nutrients.
8. Vitamin B Complex
You may see this ingredient in a lot of hair care products, for the wonders that it does for the health of the hair follicle. You can find vitamin B5 in a lot of dairy products, like Greek yogurt, cheese, and milk, which also contain protein and vitamin D. Vitamin B Complex contains every vitamin B available, including B6, B12, and Biotin. They help reduce hair loss, slow down graying process, and promote shiny hair.
9. Vitamin C
This vitamin is critical for circulation, and supports blood vessels that feed your hair follicles. Not having enough vitamin C in your diet can lead to hair being fragile or breaking. Try adding more blueberries, tomatoes, and strawberries to you diet to get plenty of vitamin C.
10. Vitamin A
This may be the most essential vitamin for optimum hair and scalp health. This is one vitamin that is easiest to get your daily allowance by taking a supplement. Vitamin A adds conditioners to the scalp, it fights free radicals like pollution that weaken hair, and it strengthens hair strands.
Natrol Biotin Maximum Strengthand Viviscalboth contain many different nutrients that help with hair and skin health. They are an easy way to add a supplement to a healthy diet that can give you a good all-around assortment of the essentials needed every day. Both can be found at most health-food stores, pharmacies, or online.
We are not doctors, nor do we claim to be. These are merely professional stylist’s research and findings over many years of experience that we’d like to pass on to our clients. When in doubt, seek the guidance of your physician! But if you’d like some general ideas of what your hair might be saying about your health, read on!
Problem: Dry, limp, thin-feeling hair
What it may be telling you: Many factors can lead to overly dry hair, including home hair coloring, blowdryers, curling or flat irons, swimming in chlorinated water. But a significant change in texture that leaves hair feeling finer than usual, can be an indicator of an underactive thyroid, known as hypothyroidism. This doesn’t mean that you’re losing a lot of hair, but more that each individual hair is becoming finer and weaker. See your physician to find out if there is a health concern. We recommend DS Labs Revita Shampoo and Cor Conditioner to help with hair thinning.
Problem: Scaly or crusty patches on the scalp
What it is telling you: When a thick crust forms on the scalp, this usually indicates psoriasis, which can be distinguished from other dandruff-like skin conditions by the presence of a thickening, scab-like surface. Psoriasis affects nearly 7.5 million Americans and is the most common autoimmune disease. The discovery that you have psoriasis should alert you to the possibility of a more serious condition. Approximately 30% of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, or have another autoimmune disease. It also puts you at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. There are plenty of ingredients that can relieve psoriasis, and it may take some time to find the treatment that works best for you. A few of the ingredients to look for relief include coal tar, zinc, salicylic acid, aloe vera, hydrocortisone creams, and vitamin D. Once you get your health checked out, see a Dermatologist for treatment options. And don’t be embarrassed or afraid to get your hair done! We are professionals with many years of experience and have seen plenty of cases of psoriasis. Just let us know ahead of time and alert us to any medicated shampoos you need to bring with you for us to use!
Problem: Hair falling out in small, circular patches
What it says about your health: We know this as alopecia areata. This happens when the immune system attacks and shrinks hair follicles, causing hair to fall out, usually in small round patches. Diabetes is the most common trigger for this condition. It can continue to spread, causing hair loss over a large area, or over the entire body. We’ve had a few clients that have found great success with our DS Labs products. We can also help by giving a style that helps to blend in those patches, and we can even use the amazing Hotheads extensions to fill in thin areas.
Problem: Yellowish flakes and scaly, itchy patches
What it says about your health: Most of us know this as dandruff, with the technical name being seborrheic dermatitis. It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the scalp and is an interaction of health issues that deserve to be taken seriously. This condition causes skin to develop scaly patches, often in the areas where the scalp is oiliest. When the flaky skin loosens, it leaves the telltale “dandruff” flakes. It is caused by a fungal infection due to an overgrowth of the yeast that is present on our scalps and skin. This yeast organism, known as Pityrosporum ovale, inflames irritated skin, causing excessive flakes. To see the difference between plain dry skin and seborrheic dermatitis, when skin is dry you’ll also see dry scaly skin between the eyebrows and by the sides of your nose, where as seborrheic dermatitis is mostly found on the scalp. While it is not contagious, it can be triggered by stress, oily skin, cold or dry weather, and infrequent washing. Left untreated it can cause premature hair loss and hair thinning. We have found great success using DS Labs Revita shampoo at least 3-4 times per week.
Problem: Traction Alopecia (Pulling hair too tight)
What it is telling you: Change your hair style and loosen up! Pulling hair too tight in constant ponytails, cornrows, and tight headbands, can damage the fragile hair follicles around the hair line and causes hair to break and fall out. Changing your hairstyle usually lets hair grow back. Pulling hair back tightly for a long time, though, can lead to permanent hair loss!
How to maintain hair and scalp health: Eating healthy is not only good for our bodies, it’s also good for our hair and scalp. Salmon and walnuts with omega-3 fatty acids are great for shiny hair. Spinach and carrots for vitamin A, cashews for zinc, low-fat dairy, and vegetables are all great for overall skin health.
How to preserve hair coloris one of the biggest challenges that many clients face and we have the solution here at Head Candy!
When trying to preserve hair color there are a few things that we know are color faders. One is cheap shampoos containing sulphate, and the other is the sun’s harsh UV rays. Bumble and Bumble has an amazing line of products and a professional-only treatment that conquers that challenge and preserves permanent color for up to 40 shampoos.
Head Candy and Bb have several shampoos that are free of sulphate and help preserve your hair color to help keep it fresh! Color Minded shampoo, Invisible Oil shampoo, and Straight shampoo are all completely free of those terrible sulphates. The Color Minded and Invisible Oil lines also provide protection against UV rays. Not sure which to use? Stop in any time to get a personal recommendation of which line is perfect for your hair!
And read on to find out a bit more about the amazing Bumble and Bumble Color Minded line!
Want to know how we find inspiration for all those amazing colors in our portfolios? Head Candy finds inspiration for our color in places that perhaps only other colorists or artists would think to look.
We find inspiration in food, candy & our favorite beverages…
We find it in nature…
We even find it in work by other artists…
Where do you find your color inspiration?!
Bumble and Bumble Color Minded
The Color Minded Preserving Complex is a proprietary two-polymer technology that seals the hair to prevent color wash out and fade. It keeps shade, shine and tone true.
Color Minded Pro Treatment
The color process opens the cuticle to deposit color into the hair shaft. If the cuticle is not sealed properly, water can enter and wash away new color, as soon as the first shampoo (which is when the most color washout happens).
Colorists often relied on glosses and glazes to provide a sealing coat, but glosses and glazes wash out quickly. The Color Minded Pro Treatment contains the highest concentration of the color preserving complex and should be applied in the salon following the color service to preserve permanent color for up to 40 shampoos.
This professional, in-salon only treatment protects with the Color Minded Color Preserving Complex and is applied at the end of your haircolor service. It seals in color, adds shine and vibrancy for up to 40 shampoos.
Color remains true; no tonal changes visible to the eye; prolongs color vibrancy; prolongs color brilliance; non-damaging; color safe. This treatment can be added after any color service for just $25 and is a must for vibrant colors! Color Minded Shampoo
Ultra-mild, sulfate free cleansing protects color integrity, helps prevent color fading and eliminate color washout. Color Minded Shampoo contains the color preserving complex to help minimize fading effects, prolong color’s vibrancy and brilliance and maintain the Color Minded Pro Treatment.
Color Minded Conditioner
It’s a moisture whip so rich, it moonlights as a masque. Designed to seal, shine and keep all tones true, the conditioner prevents color fading with the highest concentration of the proprietary color preserving complex out of the Color Minded retail products. It helps maintain the Pro Treatment and prolong hair’s vibrancy and color brilliance, while providing lightweight, yet deep conditioning. Use as a daily conditioner and once a week as a masque for up to 10 minutes.
Color Minded UV Protective Styling Balm
A nourishing balm for natural movement, control and lustre. With UV filters, heat protection, humidity protection, and a color preserving complex to help minimize fading effects. Those who color; those who don’t will enjoy its styling benefits, heat and humidity protection and UV filters to protect from the elements (weather or not), not to mention the luxurious, nourishing formula.
Color Minded UV Protective Polish
An illuminating finisher that seals weightlessly, provides definition, adds shine and illuminates hair color. With UV filters, heat protection and a color preserving complex to help minimize fading effects.
Provides heat-styling protection; controls frizz and flyaways; adds luminosity. Those who color and those who don’t will enjoy the polishing, refining and protective properties of this elegant formula. Work sparingly through dry hair.
Our craft is about finding these inspirations, designing them to be suitable for each and every client’s individuality, and making it become a reality on our chosen canvas, which is, your hair. Much like the beautiful works of art on display in a museum or in nature, haircolor is an investment worth protecting and preserving.
We made a list of the ten most common hair questions that we hear from our clients on a daily basis here at Head Candy and we wanted to take some time to clear things up! Here is our top 10 list!
10. Hair must be washed every day.
MYTH! While bathing or showering every day is certainly a great idea, we do not recommend washing your hair every day! Three times per week is plenty but every other day is just fine as well. Don’t forget that hair is a fiber much like wool or silk. Think about that comfy wool sweater you have that starts to look worse and worse with every washing. If you have long, thick, coarse, or curly hair you can go even longer in-between washings. These hair textures tend to dry out and become frizzy due to lack of moisture. If you have an oily scalp, make sure you are using the proper shampoo that is meant to correct any scalp or oily issues and try to retrain your scalp by washing every other day. We love Bumble & Bumble Tonic shampoo for any oily or itchy scalp problems!
9. Trimming your ends will make your hair grow faster.
MYTH! Typical hair grows about ½” per month and trimming your ends won’t make your hair grow any faster. We still suggest getting regular trims to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy, but the only real factors that affect hair growth are genetics, hormones, diet, and the overall health of your scalp and hair follicles. To keep your ends from getting split or broken, avoid using heat from irons and blow dryers. If you do use heat on your ends regularly we recommend using products that protect your hair from those elements and doing a regular moisturizing treatment to keep in good condition. Bumble and Bumble Quenching line is amazing for keeping your hair moisturized and there are quite a few great styling products that do double duty of helping to style and protect your hair from heat. When trying to grow hair, we love the Revita shampoo and conditioner to keep your scalp and follicles at their optimum levels.
8. You can’t get your hair colored during pregnancy.
MYTH! Head Candy is always concerned with what our pregnant and nursing clients are exposed to in the salon but no studies have ever proven that hair color is dangerous for a developing fetus. We only use the highest quality hair color in our salon and all of the services we provide are completely free of formaldehyde. Please be sure to inform your stylist if you are pregnant and all of your concerns will be addressed. There are still plenty of options available, including our amazing Wella color glazes, which are perfectly safe for everyone and they are totally ammonia-free!
7. Wearing ponytails will cause premature baldness.
TRUE! This may be surprising to most people but this is somewhat true! While an occasional ponytail won’t cause any harm, frequent super tight ponytails could lead to traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is a form of gradual hair loss caused by stress, tension, and regular pulling of the scalp and hair fibers. This type of alopecia can happen to anyone but is more common among women of color who wear their hair pulled tightly in braids, ponytails and extensions. Even parting your hair the same way for a long time can cause the part to widen which is another form of traction alopecia. The same goes for headbands, rollers, and excessive heat. Try using less tension in your ponytail and changing the way you part your hair every few weeks. And don’t forget to take your stylist’s advice on changing styles and shampoo and product recommendations!
6. Washing hair in cold water will make it shinier.
MYTH! Hair does not actually contain any living cells so it does not react to hot or cold water. The myth comes from the belief that cold water will make the cuticle, or outer layer, of the hair close so that it lays flat and helps to reflect light. Cold water will not close the cuticle layer of the hair- that requires a pH balancer to restore the hair to its most natural pH level. Many of the in-salon services can close down that cuticle layer, including toners, glazes, and several conditioning treatments. If you’re looking to add shine to your hair, we recommend getting a Wella glaze or glossing service which can even be done in a totally clear formula if you don’t want to change the color of your hair. We also love Bumble and Bumble “Let it Shine” shampoo and conditioner for at home use to get your hair extra shiny!
5. Hair loss and baldness comes from the Mother’s side.
MYTH! You can still blame your maternal grandfather for some of your hair loss but he can no longer take all of the blame! Research has shown approximately 200 different genes that regulate hair growth, coming from both sides of the family. There are also many other reasons why we lose our hair or go bald including diet, environment, sun damage, hormones, and several others. At the first sign of hair loss you need to start a regimen of using shampoo, conditioner and treatments specifically designed to help keep the hair that you have and prevent further loss. We carry the Revita line of products that are 100% guaranteed by the manufacturer. And talk to your stylist about the best ways to care for your hair and scalp.
4. Exposing your hair to sunlight is the best way to get natural highlights or lighten your hair.
MYTH! This is a total myth! UV rays are just as damaging to hair as they are to our skin! Those powerful UV rays can cause hair to lighten, but can also cause your hair to fade and can burn your scalp! Hair is not a shield or protective barrier between the damaging sun and your sensitive scalp. With so many safe and affordable ways to lighten up or add eye-catching highlights to your hair, don’t risk the permanent damage that can be caused by the sun! Instead, opt for a subtle accent highlight that starts at just $20 and take home the amazing Bumble and Bumble Color Minded products with UV protection!
3. Your eyebrows should be the same color as your hair.
MYTH! The most natural look is for eyebrows to be 1-2 levels darker than the hair on your head. While you certainly can color your eyebrows to closely match your hair color, keep in mind that our eyebrows shed about twice as fast as the time needed for a root touch up. Most touch-ups are done every 4-5 weeks but eyebrows will need touched up in about 2 weeks. Even platinum blondes shouldn’t lighten their brows too much or you’d end up looking like you don’t have any brows at all! Keep your brows a bit darker and instead opt for filling in brows with a lighter colored pencil or powder.
2. If you’re planning to wear an updo for a special event, your hair should be slightly dirty.
MYTH! This statement may cause many debates, even among different stylists and so-called magazine experts but at Head Candy we say it is a myth that dirty hair works best for formal styling! The main problem with this statement is that nearly every person has a different definition of the word “dirty”. Even though freshly washed and conditioned hair tends to be too soft for the texture and grip needed for doing a formal style or updo, we would rather just add that grip ourselves with products. We have no idea what products you are using at home and unfortunately most non-professional products are not meant to be layered. They can cause flakes or white spots when brushed out or touched with a hot iron. Once that happens there is no way of fixing it except to wash the hair, which then adds on a blowdry service at a cost of $30 & up, and adds an extra 30-45 minutes to the service time. We have the most amazing Bumble and Bumble products which stand the test of time all while layering, applying heat, and brushing backstage at NY Fashion Week and through countless shows and photo shoots. Most non-professional products can’t do the things that our products can do, which is why we use them. We are professionals that know how to make hair do what we need it to do. So we recommend coming to your updo appointment with clean dry hair. Use very little conditioner so your hair isn’t too soft, but leave the other products to us!
1. I Wouldn’t Look Good with Short Hair.
MYTH! There are so many different styles nowadays that anyone would look great with shorter hair! We just love when celebrities help to inspire our clients by cutting off their hair and sporting those modern, hip, and super sexy pixie cuts! When you have a great stylist you can easily trust them with helping you choose a short crop that would suit you perfectly. Be sure to start saving pictures of all the short styles you crave so we can get an idea of exactly what you’re looking for. Take the time to ask lots of questions and pay attention to the styling and products used to go with your new do. Whether you decide to go gradually shorter or just take the plunge and get a dramatic new makeover, we know you’ll love the freedom and ease of a great new short haircut!
Clients constantly ask us how to duplicate the amazing blowouts they get in our salon so here are our expert recommendations for the best tools to maintain those looks at home!
The Best Brushes
Not every brush is created equal. Picking the right brush for your specific needs and making sure you get a good quality brush are both important for styling your hair and for keeping it in good shape. Don’t skimp here- using a poorly made or broken brush on your hair can not only damage your fragile locks, but can also pull it from your scalp.
The Wet Brush
For detangling wet hair we love The Wet Brush! The Wet Brush is super soft and has IntelliFlex bristles. They detangle hair with ease, without tugging or pulling and reduce split ends and hair loss. Rated 5 stars on Amazon!
Salon Head Candy always carries The Wet Brush in a bunch of fun colors!
The Wet Brush $12.00
The Best Round Brushes in the World are… Ibiza!
There is just no comparison! Ibiza round boars hair brushes have been voted as the best brushes by countless beauty experts, stylists all over the world, and users on Amazon, who have given them 5 star ratings for years. The Ibiza round brush was just voted a 2013 “Best Beauty Buy” from InStyle Magazine, among many others!
The EX Series is the most innovative design in ergonomics in a round brush EVER and comes in 4 sizes. They are super lightweight and easy to maneuver with extra dense reinforced boar for high performance styling.
More Boar Bristles = more shine, volume, and possibilities.
Salon Head Candy is proud to carry these amazing brushes in all 4 sizes, ordered directly from the manufacturer in Spain!
EX2 Small 35mm $44.00
EX3 Medium 55mm $44.00
EX4 Large 65mm $46.00
EX5 Extra Large 80mm $48.00
And don’t forget the Mahogany Oval Boars Hair Flat Brush, perfect for long hair, coarse hair, and extensions! $42
Ibiza also makes the most amazing ceramic brushes on the market! They spent 2 years testing every ceramic brush around and the Yolles Ceramic brushes out-performed every one!
The Yolles brushes have Ionic Nylon Bristles that distribute negative ions for faster drying time leaving hair softer, shinier, and more humidity-resistant. The ergonomic non-slip rubber handle keeps the brushes super lightweight, causing less stress on your wrist, reducing hand fatigue. They are a seamless one-piece design with no gluing and no gaps where most brushes usually get hair caught & snag. They are recyclable with a Ceramic Carbon Fiber Barrel that eliminates frizz & is anti-static.
Available in 3 sizes: Small 33mm, Medium 43mm, Large 53mm $35.00
Stop in the salon any time to learn more about all of our favorite tools, or book an appointment for a blowout and let us give you a lesson in styling your hair at home! Also keep an eye out for our next blowdry bootcamp styling class and video!