Monday, January 1, 2018

18 Resolutions for Healthy HAIR + Tress-Related Tips for 2018

18 Resolutions for Healthy HAIR in 2018

(Plus hair-care tips and hacks you will NOT want to miss!)

Happy New Year! My team and I at Salon 1580 wish you health, happiness, and prosperity in the new year! May 2018 bring you and yours a year of immeasurable blessings and joy.

The start of a new year is always a time of change … new hopes, new goals, a call to action. According to a Nielsen survey, 37% of Americans say their #1 new year’s resolution is to “Stay fit and healthy.” That resolution should include your HAIR – it’s part of your body, too! If you resolve in 2018 to do nothing else, commit to making and keeping your hair healthy for a beautiful new year. 

Healthy hair is good hair. Period. Healthy hair is your best accessory, your crowning glory. Talk to your stylist about the type of hair you were born with and the type of hair you want and what looks best on you, and take steps together to make it the healthiest and most flattering it can be.

Here are 9 + 9 more recommended healthy hair resolutions plus tress-related tips for 2018. I hope you embrace them!

#1: Try a Keratin Treatment.

This truly may be a life-changing experience (that’s what so many of my clients say!). Keratin is a protein that already exists naturally in your hair (and nails, for that matter).  Keratin hair-smoothing treatments are a hugely popular option for delivering more manageable and healthy hair. They temporarily (lasting 3-5 months, depending on the type of treatment you choose and your commitment to proper follow-up care) eliminate frizz; reduce time spent blow-drying; make hair silky, glossy and smooth; and generally make hair healthier, strengthening the hair shaft by bonding keratin to your hair proteins. My salon uses GKhair (formerly called Global Keratin) hair-smoothing keratin treatments (and we’re so happy that we were chosen as a “Top 20” Atlanta-area GKhair Salon!) Also, our hair care products are the GKhair line, which are infused with their proprietary Juvexin keratin polymer. Unlike many over-processed hydrolyzed keratins found in the market today, GKhair's Hair Smoothing System with Juvexin is an active compound (derived from baby sheep wool!), delivered to the hair in its raw, natural state. For healthier, more manageable hair, try a hair-smoothing keratin treatment in 2018! You can read more about keratin treatments HERE.

#2: Eat Your Way to Healthier Hair

Protein is essential for healthy hair growth so focus on white meat, fish, dairy products, and nuts. Try the superfood spirulina, and add the dietary supplement biotin to your daily multi-vitamin/multi-mineral regimen. Spirulina, a blue-green algae rich in chlorophyll, iron, and vitamin A, is a lean protein and potent detoxifier. Spirulina and biotin are powerful nutrients that help your hair, skin, and nails to grow. 

If a flaky scalp is your concern, munch on sweet potato and carrots, great sources of the antioxidant beta carotene which your body converts into vitamin A – a wonder vitamin which helps protect and produce the oils which sustain your scalp.

#3: Be Kind to Your Hair + Commit to a Hair Care Routine

You probably put your hair through a lot. Regular, hair care dedication will give you healthy hair that looks and feels more beautiful and will be easier to style.

Here are (nine!) good resolutions to help with hair health:

Reduce the heat: Choose at least one day a week to give your hair a break from heat styling. Resolve to allow your hair to air dry as often as possible and/or try “plopping” (see #6, below). There’s nothing worse than damaged, brittle, or burnt hair, which you can likely avoid by turning down the heat on your styling tools. Any heat over 300(F) degrees can damage the cuticles of your hair, leaving it feeling weak and lacking luster. (An exception would be when locking in keratin treatment product, but this is done only by a certified stylist, in the salon.) 

Protect while heat styling: Protect your hair with serum and/or leave-in moisturizing spray/cream before heat styling. You may need add a little more product to the dryer ends of your hair.

Use the correct hair styling tools: Hair is at its weakest when wet, so avoid brushing it when the strands are likely to break. Always use a wide-tooth comb when it’s wet, never a fine-tooth comb or a brush (which will break the hair). Use the right type of brush on dry hair; talk to your stylist about what sizes, shapes, and bristles work best for your hair type and to create and maintain your best style. 

Use the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and your hair chemical treatment needs (color-safe, keratin treatment-safe, perm-safe, etc.)

Give yourself a deep conditioning home hair treatment every week or two.  Here’s a tip for deep conditioning your hair at home: once you have applied the deep conditioner to your clean, damp hair, heat a damp towel in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and wrap it around your head turban style. Leave it on for 15 minutes. The heat will help the deep conditioner absorb into the hair shaft. Leave a little of the product on your hair, especially the ends; rinse less thoroughly than you would for post-shampooing; and rinse with cool water.

Get a professional, deep-conditioning hair treatment every 6-8 weeks at the salon (or every 3 months for keratin treatments. If you get keratin treatments, commit also to the keratin refresh treatments six weeks after your initial full-service keratin treatment to replenish and compound the keratin. This is very important and will extend the life of your keratin treatment and will save you money and time in the long run; as the keratin compounds, you can go longer between treatments.

Get regular hair trims to keep split ends at bay and your style fresh; depending on how fast your hair grows, this will usually be every 6-12 weeks. Get out your calendar and pre-schedule appointments with your stylist. If your stylist lets you pre-pay for discounted hair services to lock in the price, buy ahead while on sale, and save!

Care for your hair while you sleep. This year, resolve to use a silk or satin pillowcase, or sleep in a satin hair bonnet or hair wrap to keep your hair protected all night long. Not only will your hair look better when you wake up, as it can help maintain your hairstyle, it will prevent drying, tangling, and roughing the hair cuticle through friction that cotton pillowcases often contribute to. (Did you know also that a satin or silk pillowcase is recommended to prevent wrinkles? It won’t absorb your moisturizer and will reduce friction. Resting on a smoother surface will help reduce the appearance of sleep lines and the formation of wrinkles on your face.)

Protect your hair (and scalp!) from harmful sun rays. We're all aware of the risks we face by exposing our skin to the sun's rays. Your scalp can get skin cancer, too, especially at the part line and/or if you have thin hair where sunlight can penetrate to the scalp. The sun’s UVA and UVB rays can damage your hair with prolonged exposure, from the cuticle to the inner structure of the hair. Signs of sun damage to your hair can include faded hair color; dry, brittle hair; broken or split ends; frizzy hair; and/or weakened and thinning hair. If your plans include fun (or work) in the sun during 2018, consider protecting your hair from damaging rays by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and/or use UV protection shampoos, conditioners, and styling aids (we carry the GKhair line and it's fabulous, even if you don't get keratin treatments).  This is particularly important if you get keratin treatments, and your stylist can give you tips on how to protect your investment while in the sun (and salt water and chlorine, which damage hair, too). Weekly deep conditioning treatments will help keep sun damage to a minimum. Because the sun breaks down the hair's protein (keratin) it’s important to use a deep conditioning treatment with protein or keratin.

#4 Try Something New

During 2018, resolve to embrace change: a new color … a new cut and style … straighten it or perm it … try a hair-smoothing keratin treatment … the possibilities are endless. Salon 1580 can help you find and maintain YOUR best style. For what to expect in a hair makeover and nine key factors to consider, read my blog post HERE.

Commit to try multi-dimensional hair color this year. I can assure you that you will fall in love with your hair and your look. Using highlights and lowlights to achieve multi-dimensional hair color will have YOU turning heads. Virgin hair has many layers of multi-dimensional color (have you looked carefully at a child’s hair color?). So, for your chemically enhanced hair color to look more natural and vibrant, try adding highlights or lowlights, or both -- two or more colors to the base color -- for beautiful, multi-dimensional hues. If you really want to be brave, try an ombré or balayage or other color trends.  

Scissor-shy? Bangs can be a great way to change your look without cutting your hair off. Some ladies resist bangs because they want to be able to pull their hair back, but bangs are a great way to soften this look and will better frame your face.  

#5: Out with the Old; in with the New

You throw out your groceries each week when they go stale, purge your closet from time to time, and you should do the same each year with your beauty tools and products! Go through that stash of blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, and other tools and accessories (brushes, combs, headbands, decorative combs, hair clips, barrettes, etc.), and toss the ones you've owned for quite some time. Take inventory: Do they smell when you're using them? Are they coated with stuck-on hair product? Have they been sitting in your closet/drawer/cabinets for several years? Are they dusty? Do they have broken parts? Did you forget you even had it, or when you bought it? If you answered yes to any of these, it's time to throw it away! INVEST in one good hair dryer and in one good flat iron and/or curling iron. DO THE RESEARCH to find out which flat iron or curling iron is best for your hair! Ceramic? Ionic? Titanium? Tourmaline? Discuss with your stylist your best option. (i.e. If you get keratin treatments, use only titanium!) 

#6: Learn at Least One New Hair-Styling Skill and Step Up Your Hair Game

Most of us need and like pretty low-maintenance when it comes to hair. But if you've been neglecting your inner hair styling skills, it's time to step up your hair game. Your hair is your most important accessory … learn how to showcase it and use a little variety. Try something new this year to spice up things in the hair department. Learn how to braid, use hot rollers, master different types of updos and ponytails, or learn how to work with a curling iron. Learn to “plop”. Ladies with wavy or curly hair are probably familiar with plopping already, but if not, take note! Plopping is a technique where you basically plop your wet hair in a towel or T-shirt (best!), wrap it, and twist and secure both sides of the shirt or towel, leaving it in tact while your hair dries. If you're not familiar with this technique, there are lots of tutorials on YouTube that demonstrate step-by-step details.

Use cute hair accessories to accentuate your lovely locks: How about a sparkly headband, a pretty bow on a low ponytail, bejeweled bobby pins or combs, hair ties with silk flowers, or small barrettes? 

Invest in a proper teasing brush (not a plastic comb – a natural bristle brush), and learn how to tease/”back-comb” to enjoy that volume you’ve been dreaming about!

#7: Invest in a Good Hairbrush and Keep It Clean

A good, clean hairbrush is essential for keeping your hair strong, voluminous, and shiny. Brushing your hair improves the texture of your hair and helps activate blood circulation in your scalp (which will also reduce stress!). Shiny and smooth hair is the sign of a good brush, as brushing keeps all the natural oils flowing through your hair. Wash your hairbrushes regularly; to do it like a pro, check out this video:

#8: Commit to a Cold Wash

A blast of cold water creates shiny locks, encourages growth, and is invigorating. Wet and rinse with tepid water for shampooing first thing in the shower. Apply conditioner, pile it on your head or cover with a thin cap, then turn up the heat for your body and facial cleansing and shaving, while your hair is conditioning (this will generate moist heat for your hair which helps the shaft absorb the product). Rinse your body and the last thing before you step out of the shower, rinse your hair with tepid, then cool water. Leave a little product in your hair, especially on the ends; you only want “squeaky clean hair” after shampooing, not after conditioning.

#9: Referrals & Social Reviews

Last, but not least, for your 2018 Hair Resolutions, add to your list to help others (and most likely yourself!) via personal referrals and by giving your hair salon good online reviews. By doing so, you may help others find their perfect stylist to give them hair they have longed for, and they will be grateful to you. Of course, it benefits your stylist, an independent, small businesswoman/man, who will also be grateful to you. And it will most likely benefit YOU. Many salons have a referral reward program, with discounts off future services and/or products to thank you for your referrals and/or reviews. And, if they don’t, privately propose this to your stylist and perhaps you can work out an arrangement. I’m sure she/he will be grateful and will make your efforts worthwhile to show how your referrals and/or reviews are appreciated. 

Start now! Make a list of friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc., who could use a hair-smoothing keratin treatment, a hair color better suited to their complexion and/or age, or perhaps someone who has been sporting the same old, tired hair style for way too long. Don’t forget to include those who have complimented you on YOUR hair in the past. Contact each one, suggesting that they give your stylist a try. If your stylist offers a discount to first-time customers (like I do), share that tidbit with them to save them money and sweeten the pot. Offer to make joint appointments for the next time you are due for hair service and enjoy your salon time together (and be there in case there needs to be some figurative hand-holding with a new treatment or style). Secondly, go online to social media sites where your hair salon/stylist is listed and take a few moments to write a good review. If you don’t hear back from your stylist, thanking you, be sure to let her/him know of your efforts (usually they will write a response at the review site, thanking you, if not a personal form of contact, or both). If you’re not sure where to start, tell your stylist you are considering writing a good review for them and ask for their recommendations, which may include their website, Yelp, Google+, Kudzu, Angie’s List, Facebook, etc. Personal referrals are the best form of advertising, and with recommendations and good social reviews, everyone wins!

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It’s time for a new you! If you are in the Atlanta area, call today for a consultation or appointment! 678-361-4247



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Roswell Marketplace   |   10800 Alpharetta Hwy., Suite 240
Roswell, GA 30076 |  678-361-4247  |

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Created by:

Susan Leonard, Communications Marketing Specialist, Writer, and Graphic Designer

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Summer 2017 Hair Trends + Summer Hair Protection & Repair

Get ready for summer hair trends from the Milan, Paris, and New York Fashion Week runways! What hairstyles and colors will you see this year? We've done the research for you. What will YOU choose? Speaking of summer, be sure to protect your hair from damaging sun rays, chlorine, and saltwater. Remember … great hair doesn’t happen by chance. It happens by appointment: 678-361-4247

Hair Cuts & Styles:

'80s beauty signatures are staging a serious comeback in 2017 – clothing fashion, hair, and makeup. From crimps at Marc Jacobs’ Resort show, to spiral perms at Topshop Unique, styles once labeled glaring mistakes suddenly feel fresh and modern. 

Short shags with choppy bangs give an effortless look and are showing up on a lot of platinum blondes. Ask for a razored, sliced, free-handed haircut for texture that brings the ‘80s shag edgy and current.

The high, side ponytail made a return to the catwalk for 2017. Wrap a band of hair around the base to add some fancy. To get the look, spray thickening hair at the roots and brush up toward the top back of your crown. Secure the pony with two elastics, one on top of the other, to create volume. Flat iron the ponytail and finish with hairspray. 

Sleek, straight hair will always be in fashion, and long hair with blunt-cut ends is seen everywhere, on the runways and off. How do you achieve hair this smooth and luminous? With the best keratin treatment around – GKhair Hair-Smoothing Keratin Treatments (formerly Global Keratin). Salon 1580 specializes in these treatments and has been named a “Top 20 GKhair Atlanta Area Salon”! There are five treatment choices to accommodate your hair type and the look you want to achieve. Read more about these life-changing, hair-transforming keratin infusion treatments HERE

Beachy waves are still hot. Create the look with a dollop of mousse and lots of scrunching for sexy, wet-look waves.

Perms are in. If you want beachy waves but have straight hair, get a semi-permanent, texture-enhancing salon perm or body wave like Julianne Hough did to achieve volume and movement in your hair. Rather than going for the big, teased look from the '80s, get a modern perm that offers a soft wave pattern.

Create a dropped-out perm using a chopstick curling iron to create skinny spirals.

Half-straight, half-wavy hair took center stage on the runway. Roots should be kept sleek, with the ends given an “S” wave.

The iconic beehive is back! All up or half-up. Pass me a teasing comb and some hairspray for this retro style that screams Brigitte Bardot.

Long hair? Channel Pippi Longstocking with cute, loose and low pigtail plaits.

 Simple, twisted low knots look sleek and stylish. This easy style is great for disguising unwashed hair or bad hair days.

Sleek blowouts with sweeping, curled ends were hot on the runway. 

 Go bohemian with some micro plaits. Accent braids add a bit of chic to a simple down ‘do.

 The mushroom cut (a bowl-like bob) is cool again.

 Looks like the hun (half-up bun) is here to stay. 

Hair Color Trends & Professional Coloring Techniques:

Delicate blonde hues are big in 2017 and perfect for summer. Shades are soft, almost see-through and pastel.

Hair strobing – individualized highlighting specific to your hair color, face shape and skin tone -- is much more flattering than plain bleach foils. Ask your stylist to customize your highlight colors to your specific features if you want hair color that makes you glow.

Color melting is the new trend that allows colorists to use multiple tones of color to create seamless color from root to ends, whether you are a brunette or a blonde. This multidimensional color effect uses a number of different colors in the same spectrum and blends them together to look as if the highlights could be happening naturally in your hair. 

Eclipting is coloring the entire head with a dark base then strategically placing highlights in specific sections to accentuate the shape of the hair while contouring the face.

Snowlights – With these highlights, shimmering pieces of pale blonde scatter across the top of the head like snow. As you can see from Miranda Lambert's 'do below, it’s a sparkling lift for your summer hair color.

Flaunting your grown-out roots is increasingly trendy. Shadow roots are going to the extreme. Instead of an inch of growth, expect to see a solid five-inch chunk between the root and color. And those impatient for natural grow-out are actually paying to have those roots darkened to achieve this look.

2016’s hottest color trend – rose gold, the color that blew up Instagram – is still hot. Like rose gold precious metals, it’s a pink-tinted blonde that lights up your look.


Warm blondes are making a comeback. Buttery beige and sandy blondes are overtaking icy blondes, as seen below with Gwyneth Paltrow. 


Blorange is the color mix to watch in 2017. It’s a hue between blonde and ginger.

Blonde-Gray is often seen with a solid inch of nearly-black roots. Also gray-gray is still a hit. You can read more about this color in my blog post HERE. 

Bronde is here to stay, a color that sparkles blonde in the light, and goes chocolate in the shadows.

 Honey-colored highlights in dark hair for a super-subtle look is gorgeous.

 Amethyst roots with platinum blonde is hot for a fun look. 

Protecting Your Hair for the 2017 Hairstyles and Colors + against Summer Hair Damage

Please, don’t even think about coloring or perming your hair without protection. And, if you want to go this route, you need to commit to proper hair care maintenance. 

Summer can be torture on your hair with chlorine, UV sun rays, salty ocean water and sweat, and humidity. Protect your hair before and during your summer outdoor activities. Keratin treatments are great for summer hair.

The best salon tools to repair your damaged hair and to protect your hair against any chemical treatment damage are either Olaplex treatments or GKhair SHIELD ADDITIVE+ treatments (read here). After your salon treatments, commit to follow up at home with affordable products from both Olaplex and GKhair. 


If you are in the Atlanta area, call Salon 1580 today for a consultation or appointment! 678-361-4247 


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Salon Lofts   |   Lofts #11 & #13
Roswell Marketplace   |   10800 Alpharetta Hwy., Suite 240
Roswell, GA 30076 |  678-361-4247  |

  Copyright © 2015-2017. All Rights Reserved.  

Created by:

Susan Leonard, Communications Marketing Specialist, Writer, and Graphic Designer

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