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Olaplex: The Hair “Reset” Treatment

What if you had the power to rebuild the strength, structure and integrity of your hair, a sort of “hair reset” that would take your hair back to days of stronger, shinier, softer feeling hair? I’m willing to bet you would use that power in a heartbeat.   

Olaplex is not just another conditioning hair treatment, it’s the answer.  It’s real science with real results and a huge game changer for winning the war on breakage and badly damaged hair.  

This hair perfector, is composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen chains. These molecular chains link broken disulfide bonds in the hair and restores the health of hair damaged during thermal, mechanical and chemical services. Especially beneficial for chemically colored hair this hair repair system transforms the texture of colored hair and allows colorist to do what they have only ever dreamed of before, i.e. such feats as going from black to blonde in one session. How do you think Kim Kardashian went platinum?

Kim Kardashian swears by Olaplex

Kim Kardashian swears by Olaplex

If you've over-bleached, over-colored, or even severely damaged your tresses over the years, Olaplex works from the inside the hair shaft out to strengthen, condition and literally reconnect the hair strand structure where broken.  It makes the hair stronger by rebuilding the damaged disulfide bonds in your hair that are broken during the chemical process. Our stylists love how Olaplex makes the hair look and feel. The results are truly phenomenal and because our stylist swear by this amazing hair repair system, we are pleased to offer Olaplex at our salons.

How Olaplex Works:

Olaplex works in three stages:

 1.     Stage 1 - Olaplex Number 1: Bond Multiplier is used - this can be put on the hair as a stand-alone treatment, or if you're getting your color done, it is mixed in with the color or bleach and put straight onto your hair in foils.

 2.     Olaplex Number 2, Bond Perfector is then put on the hair once the bleach is rinsed out. This is left on for a good 10 to 20 minutes to really get the most out of its chemical mending.  When the time is up it’s rinsed out followed by a shampoo and condition as normal.

 3.     Olaplex Number 3, Hair Perfector is the third step in the process and also is a take home treatment.  We recommend you use once a week. Apply to damp hair, comb through, and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes at home before washing as normal. If you want to maximize the effect you can leave it on overnight.

Because of the repairing power of Olaplex, we forecast more and more people will demanding beautiful, healthy hair without risk or sacrifice. For more information, ask your colorist about Olaplex or stop in for a complimentary hair consultation.

Taking Blonde to the max without sacrificing the health of your hair.   Ready to get your hair back into shape, Call for your appointment.  Midtown salon:   212-586-6482    Flatiron salon:  212-448-0600

Taking Blonde to the max without sacrificing the health of your hair.   Ready to get your hair back into shape, Call for your appointment.  Midtown salon:  212-586-6482   Flatiron salon: 212-448-0600

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Eat This For Healthy Hair

With the New Year well into week 2 how are you all doing with your resolutions?

Diet and taking better care is always being a top priority, but this year, why not tweak the goal a little bit? Instead of saying “I will eat better this year,” how about in 2017 take a nutritional approach not only for healthier you, but for healthier, stronger and more beautiful hair?

Make 2017 about Healthy Hair Goals by taking a look at your nutrient intake to ensure your hair follicles have all the vitamins and minerals they need.

Healthy Hair

Here are 6 of the best foods to eat for healthier, thicker hair:

1. Lean Red Meat

Loaded with protein, that juicy steak helps with overall cell growth, including your hair follicles. It also has in large amounts of iron, which is absolutely need for nail health. Hair loss and iron deficiency generally go hand in hand. When iron levels are healthy, blood is better at doing its job of carrying oxygen to your nails and hair follicles to help them grow.

We realize too much red meat can increase risks for other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes, so we don’t recommend eating it every day, but introducing a lean, healthy cut of beef once or twice a week will help you grow thicker, fuller hair.

2. Beans and Lentils

A great way to get essential healthy hair nutrients such as zinc and biotin is with plant protein such as beans and lentils. This is great for vegetarians and for those who do not eat meat vary often because they have some of the highest levels of protein and iron of all vegetables.

3. Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

A diet of leafy greens have the essential nutrients, helps to regulate sebum production for natural hair conditioning and are extremely rich in zinc and vitamins A and C.  Spinach with its high levels folate, beta-carotene and vitamin C help circulate the natural oils on your scalp. Healthy hair is conditioned hair.

4. Green Tea

The exciting news is the antioxidant properties of green tea can help your hair grow. A little green tea will help you relax and improve the circulation of blood to your scalp. Try swapping your morning joe for green tea for a healthier boost of caffeine because not only does it naturally help detox your body, ridding you of impurities blocking your body from get nutrients where they need to be, but it creates a better growth environment for your hair follicles.

5. Fish (Salmon, Oysters)

Fatty fish like salmon are necessary for thicker, fuller hair because they are an amazing source of protein, vitamin D, and Omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3’s which are scalp rejuvenators.  They moisturize the scalp and encourage your follicles to grow.

Oysters, one of the best food sources of zinc help to combat zinc deficiencies, which have been linked to hair loss as well as dry, flaky scalp. Zinc also regulates androgen production and prevents slowing hair growth and dandruff.

6. Beer

Interesting, isn’t it? Who knew incorporating beer into your diet would aid in growing thicker, fuller, healthier.  Beer is one of the richest sources of silicon, a trace mineral that has been shown to increase scalp circulation.  To meet your daily need, all you need is a single serving of beer, which has more than 10 mg. of silicon.

Healthy hair starts from the inside out and a few simple dietary tweaks by adding these 6 foods into your diet will help you meet you 2017 healthy hair goals. You will notice the results overtime.

Also essential for healthy hair are regular trims and hair and scalp treatments.  Call us to book  your appointment or complementary consultation.    Midtown salon:  212-586-6482      Flatiron Salon:  212-448-0600

 

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Healthy Hair Resolutions

It's that time of year again!  And this year to make it easy we give you some expert advice on how to take care of your hair! Here are 5 resolutions for healthy, beautiful hair.

1.  Protect your hair from heat

Straighteners, curling irons, or a hairdryer in one hand and a brush in the other... Protect your hair with a thermo-active serum. This treatment acts as an excellent shield against heat, as long as it is applied evenly to towel dried or dry hair. When in contact with a heated appliance, the product's active ingredients react and protect hair fibers.  We recommend NUTRITIVE Nectar Thermique by Kerastase

2.  Reduce how often you blow-dry

Again, we cannot stress how important it is to protect your hair from excessive heat abuse. Everyday blow drying and styling will cause damage to your locks. Excessive heat exposure can result in lackluster, weak brittle hair that will break easily. Opt for a natural or wavy effect instead by using a saltwater spray or by doing a braid in your hair the night before.

3.  See your stylist regularly for trims

Getting a trim every 4 months prevents split ends from forming, which weakens the hair and slow down growth.

4.  Massage your scalp

Treat yourself to one of our amazing custom-created Riccardo Maggiore Scalp Massage and Hair Treatment. Besides indulging in a relaxing treatment, massaging your head helps supply oxygen to the scalp. The result: fortified and shiny hair.

 5.  Protect your hair from the sun

You need to protect your hair and scalp during the winter months too! Many hair products on the market today not only nourish the hair, add shine, volume, control and texture, but they also provide UV protection. We recommend our Riccardo Maggiore Rinnova Texturizer.

 

Want some more tips on how to grow beautiful, healthy hair? Check out this article we found from One Pampered Life.

For an appointment or a complimentary hair consultation, call 212-586-6482 for our Midtown location, 212-448-0600, for our Flatiron location or book online.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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2017 Hair Color Trends

The other day we were talking to a few of our hair experts at Riccardo Maggiore Salons asking them what 2017 had in store for new color techniques.  2017 will be about experimenting and making tweaks to your existing style.

Balayage, a continuing obsession from 2016, which is perfect for those out there who are afraid of a major chop or color change.

Without further ado, here are a few trend terms to know for your New Year, New ‘Do color transformation:

Tiger Eye Color

Tiger Eye Color

Eclipting

Eclipting

Ecaille

Ecaille

Tiger Eye - Tiger Eye hair color, named for the ‘Tiger Eye’ stone of rich brown and gold tones, uses warm tones on dark hair to achieve the same effect we have come to expect from hand painted highlights.

Eclipting - Eclipting hair color technique is going to be the next big ‘IT’ Hair thing! It incorporates makeup techniques using strategic color placement as a way of framing the face using the contrasting colors that differ from person to person based on their undertones and features. Compared with balayage technique, eclipting is all about getting a visible contrast.

Ecaille - “Ecaille” means tortoise shell in French.  For this cool dye technique, is a freehand color, similar to balayage or freehand painting. The main difference is instead of using lightener your colorist creates a gorgeous blend effect on the hair and it is great for ladies who are looking for a low-maintenance color. Touchups every three to four months are more than enough.

 

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Quick Holiday Hair Hack

For a Quick 'do sweep back hair in a low twist with ends out and add a decorative accessory as shown here (from holiday decorations...LOL) shiny berries or whatever decoration compliments your outfit .

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Fringe Benefits: Riccardo Maggiore's Tips For Trimming Your Bangs

There are only a few things I don't like about having curly hair, and at the top of the list is not being able to pull off bangs. I love them, and have always felt serious hair envy toward those who have perfect, eyebrow-skimming fringe (Zoey Deschanel, Rachel Bilson, and Nicole Richie: I'm looking at you). If you're lucky enough to be able to rock the bangs, here are some tips from NYC stylist Riccardo Maggiore for how to maintain your 'do at home:

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Zoey Deschanel

Zoey Deschanel

1) Get the right scissors
Scissors you have lying around the house are most likely too big and the blade too thick to cut bangs. The wrong scissors can easily cause you to make a mistake. I suggest going to your local drug store or beauty supply store to pick up some mini shears. Having the correct scissors will allow for more precision and control.


2) Cut hair dry
Wash your hair and dry it thoroughly prior to cutting bangs. If you cut hair when it’s wet, you may accidentally cut too much, as wet hair deceptively looks longer.


3) Don’t pull
Avoid pulling your hair down while cutting. The extra tension will make the hair seem longer, so when you release the bangs they will be much shorter than expected.


4) Be mindful of your cutting technique
I suggest taking a sharp hair scissor, positioning hair below the brow and cutting vertically in little choppy pieces, slowly chipping away from one side of the face to the other. Don’t try to cut your bangs straight across, since it’s almost impossible to keep a perfectly straight line.


5) Take your time
Stop and evaluate your cut; thinking carefully whether or not you need to cut more hair. It’s better to take your time and be mindful not to cut off too much at once.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Shampoo

Learn surprising facts about washing your hair

Shampoo like a pro

When it comes to shampooing your hair, it's as simple as lather, rinse, repeat. Or is it? By now we all know there's no need to repeat––the instruction is just a clever ploy to get consumers to use up the product more quickly. But that's not all. We talked to the pros for insider information on everything from how to keep color from fading to the right way to wash your hair. Read on to get the lowdown on what you need to know to start having a good hair day, every day.

1. Shampoo is not the most important part of washing. You can buy the most expensive shampoo on the market, but if you aren't using it correctly you won't see results. "The massaging of the scalp and hair as well as the rinsing are the most important parts of washing your hair," says celebrity stylist Riccardo Maggiore. Curl expert Ouidad recommends using the cushions of your fingers to massage the scalp while you shampoo in order to get rid of the secretion of sebum (an oily, waxy substance) so hair follicles can grow healthily from the scalp. And always be sure to rinse the shampoo completely out of your hair to prevent buildup.

2. Natural home remedies aren't necessarily better. Just because a shampoo contains a natural ingredient doesn't mean that ingredient is good for you on its own. "Lemon, for example, can irritate the scalp and hair follicle," says Maggiore. "And mint and menthol—which, when used in salon products can create a soothing effect—can actually cause severe allergic reactions when used in home remedies." So don't use shampoos as guides to what to use on your hair—they've all been formulated and balanced by professionals.

3. Don't expect the same results as in shampoo commercials. "I know firsthand that all the volume in those beautiful flowing full-headed hair ads comes from setting the hair in hot rollers," says Terrence Renk, a television and film hair stylist. "While you do need a good foundation product to create the swelling of the cuticle that creates volume, those luxurious locks of hair are the result of very patient and talented hair artists."

4. Less is more. According to Maggiore, using too much shampoo—more than a quarter-sized amount––to create a lot of foam is actually counterproductive. "Foam can help you effectively work the shampoo into the hair and scalp, but too much foam actually prevents you from massaging the shampoo in properly."

5. Even though a shampoo boasts a fancy-sounding ingredient, it might not do any good. "I've seen some shampoos that contain olive oil or caviar," says celebrity stylist Philip Pelusi, owner of New York City's Tela Design Studio. "But for it to make a difference, the shampoo needs to contain anywhere from one to five percent of that ingredient." Similarly, Pelusi advises being wary of bold claims. "When companies make a big promise, they have to deliver results right away. So if you use a conditioning shampoo, it may work well the first few times, but you might notice it over-delivering—creating a buildup––by the third or fourth wash."

6. You can buy salon shampoo brands in a drugstore. Though in the past you may have heard you shouldn't buy salon brand hair products at the drugstore or big-box store because they might be diluted or low-quality, that isn't necessarily the case anymore. "With the economy as it is, companies are finding different ways of getting their products out to the market," says Ouidad. "So some brands are simply extending the places where they sell their products."

7. Blondes need to use clarifying shampoo more often. If you have chemically treated light hair, you need to use a clarifying shampoo more consistently. "Dyed or highlighted hair—particularly bleached hair—becomes very porous," says Renk. "So it can easily absorb unwanted yellowish tones from the outside environment, like from hairspray, perspiration, city smog and even minerals from your shower water." Using a clarifying shampoo weekly will help dissolve product and natural buildup, neutralizing those unwanted tones.

8. Your hair doesn't get used to shampoo over time. If you notice your shampoo isn't working quite as well as it used to, don't toss the bottle. "You hair changes with the seasons, so that might account for a difference in texture," says Ouidad. "Or, if you aren't rinsing thoroughly enough, there might be a buildup of product on your scalp. It has nothing to do with the shampoo not working for you anymore. You don't change your face cleanser, so why would you change your shampoo?"

9. Even the fanciest shampoo can't permanently change your hair. "Washing your hair with the right shampoo is like a great exercise program: As long as you do it you'll look good, but if you quit, three months later you're back to where you started," says Pelusi.

10. Not all ingredients are created equally. "Many shampoos contain foaming agents like ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate, which are harsh and drying to the scalp," Maggiore says. "So you should stay away from those shampoos." Instead, sodium laureth sulfate is a gentler agent, as well as TEA lauryl or laureth sulfates, which are also good picks.

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Best Haircuts for my Face Shape

Your face shape: OVAL/LONG

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You fall into this category if the widths of your brow, cheekbones and jaw are almost equal, and you have a gently rounded hairline.

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FAMOUS FACES
Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Alba

YOUR SUPER SNIP
“This is the most versatile face shape. You can pull off almost any look—short or long, straight or wavy,” explains celebrity stylist Riccardo Maggiore of Riccardo Maggirore Salon in New York City. “Sophisticated bobs, bangs and long, beachy waves are especially flattering.

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