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Deep conditioning treatments at home

Q: I love to come into the salon for deep conditioning treatments, but I wish I had something similar that I could use at home.  Is there anything I can do?

A: This past month we have been offering a special on one of our favorite keratin deep conditioning treatments.  But what you may not know is that we have a special combo pack of the same products we use, available for you to use at home! It's called the Keratin Complex Intense RX duo pack, and it is a wonderful option for over processed, or dry hair. Ask us about it the next time you come in for an appointment!

What's the difference between an Ombre and Highlights?

Q: What's the difference between an Ombre and Highlights?

A: Ombre has a subtle fade from dark to light, or a reverse Ombre which is light to dark. There are hardly any streaks touching the root of the hair. One of the main reasons for this look is to make it look like it has grown out to look that way, very gracefully, very subtle, no line of demarcation. The difference with highlights is that they touch the root with every foil you put in. they can be streakier or blend more, depending on the look that you want to accomplish. 

What about men's cuts? What is in fashion?

Q. Your newsletter is always talking about new cuts for Women, what about men's cuts? What is in fashion?mens-hair-styles-2013

A. Here are some hot new men's looks for 2013. Notice Highlights are in for men and Haylee is an Expert in every one of these styles.

Let's take a moment and talk about facial hair.

The subject of, "what makes us feel and look older?"

bearded-ladyUnless you are making money as the bearded lady, facial hair is not an asset for a woman. The Hair Research and Treatment Centre at the University of British Columbia in Canada believe that 22 percent of women in North America have unwanted facial hair. Having unwanted facial hair can make you look and feel old. Usually we see excess facial hair when women are approaching or in menopause.  My mother told me if I shave or wax my face the hair will come back like a man's beard. This is not true.  In fact waxing is a great way to remove facial hair and refresh the texture of the skin by removing the dead cells that creates a dull skin tone to the face.  Most women that come into the salon are looking to remove the hair to the upper lip and chin but are reluctant to remove the fine hairs on the check. We recommend that smoothing the whole face will give you a feeling of younger skin. Here is list of other methods for removing unwanted hair: Shaving, Tweezing, and Depilatories, Friction (rough surfaces used to buff away hair); "Epilation", or removal of the entire hair from the root, lasts several days to several weeks.
 
Note there are always advantages and disadvantages to
any method that you might choose, so first investigate the pros and cons.

Varicose Veins - Is there anything that is natural that might work?

Q. I like that you are talking about what makes one feel old. I have varicose veins so I stopped wearing dresses, or anything that might expose my legs. Is there anything that is natural that might work?

A. I have not tried this product, but doing my research I came across this line of products, so please give me feedback on this home treatment.

Are there new ways of blending my gray and natural color?

Q: I have always colored my hair and now that I am older and have some gray, are there new ways of blending my gray and natural color?

A: I would recommend highlighting.  The newest  approach we  are doing in the salon  is  blending of 3 or 4 tones of hair color ranging from light to dark and applied in various sizes.

Foiling is the best method to achieve this look. Highlighting and lowlighting using foils allows for total creative freedom and gives the best results as each section is kept separate from the others.

The best part of this process is that all of the different colors can be applied and process at the same time.

How can I achieve the after a day at the beach ook for my hair?

Q: I love the look of hair after a day at the beach, the problem is, we don't live near the ocean! How can I achieve this look with my hair even though I am in the middle of the desert?

A: This look is surprisingly simple to recreate even without the ocean or a beach in site! You can do it a number of ways. If your hair is naturally wavy, you should wash and condition it at night, go to bed with a loose bun, and when you wake up, viola! you have your "beach wave" look. Add a bit of styling mouse or gel for hold and you're good to go. Another approach is to use a salt water spritzing spray for added texture and waves, such as Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. Or you can make your own with a couple of tablespoons of sea salt, with some water in a spray bottle. Spritz your hair when it is damp, scrunch, and allow to dry naturally.

Over-use of this practice can make your hair dry. You can keep it moisturized by using Tijeras Naturals daily shampoo and following with the Tijeras Revitalizer.

Can you recommend any natural remedies for Adult Acne

Q: I have adult acne, and the typical products out there contain harsh ingredients that dry out my skin or make my acne worse. Can you recommend any natural remedies I can try?

A: There are a number of natural products you can use in combination to lessen your acne. However, first you need to start with developing good daily habits. Make sure you are washing your face twice a day with a mild cleanser, washing your pillow case frequently, and most important of all is eating right and getting plenty of exercise. Tea Tree Oil is a good natural product as it has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which will aid in killing acne bacteria. Use caution when using pure tea tree however, as many people have sensitive skin and it is very strong. Try diluting it with either water or aloe vera for a soothing effect when treating affected areas. You can also make your own face mask with baking soda (to soak up excess oil on your skin), honey (anti-bacterial) and apple cider vinegar (alpha-hydroxy acids help to detox your skin). If you have persistent or severe acne please consult your dermatologist before using a new treatment.

My hair is really fine, so it tends to get oily easily.

Q: My hair is really fine, so it tends to get oily easily. I don't want to wash it every day, as that makes it even worse! However, by the second day it doesn't feel good and wont do anything. What can I do?


A: I would try a dry shampoo such as Eufora Touch Up texturizing dry shampoo. Eufora Touch Up comes in clear for those who do not color their hair; or tinted (light and dark) for those who need a root touch-up between colors. You can pick it up at our Salon Tijeras Hair Co.

Also, as a reminder if you are using our Tijeras Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner, you can wash your hair every day without drying out your hair. Our products are specially formulated to gently cleanse so you shouldn't have a problem with excess oil stimulation.

How can I get the "bed-head" look?

Q: How can I get the "bed-head" look without just rolling out of bed in the morning?
 
A: We love this look on younger guys; however, if you are over the age of 40, it might just look lazy! To get this "hassle-free" hairstyle, try washing your hair at night and adding your hair products before you go to sleep. When you wake up, all you should have to do is a little bit of finger-combing and you have your bed-head hairstyle to make all the girls swoon.

Read more: How can I get the "bed-head" look?

I have all these red bumps on the backs of my upper arms

Q: I have all these red bumps on the backs of my upper arms, it almost looks like a rash or hives. I went to a dermatologist and they diagnosed it as something called "Karatosis Pilaris." It is a harmless condition but I can't get rid of them! Do you have any suggestions on what I can do to help?

A: Karatosis Pilaris is a common skin condition where keratin in the skin forms hard plugs within the hair follicles. It occurs woman putting on lotionmost often on people with very dry skin so the trick is daily exfoliation and moisturizing. We found a nifty product from Lush handmade Cosmetics that does both at once. It's called Buffy Body Butter and contains bits of rice, almonds & beans for exfoliation, and coca & shea butter for soft, moisturized skin. Or you can use Tijeras Organic Alchemy Body Washes, that come in natural fragrances and a Loofa the two products will have the same effect.

Your physician may have recommended skin-conditioning creams containing urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or tretionion. All these help with cell turn-over and help sooth the skin.  However, you have to be cautious in the sun while using such products, as you will burn more easily!

What are some ways I can pamper and take care of my skin?

Q: What are some ways I can pamper and take care of my skin? I use a daily moisturizer on my body, but is there something else I should be doing?

A: Yes! There are many options for achieving healthy, glowing skin. First, you can soak in the tub with a bath salt such as our Tijeras Organic Alchemy Wild Primrose Bath Salts. The natural emollients help sooth, hydrate, and refresh your skin. Also, body scrubs will help get rid of old, dry skin, revealing a youthful glow. If you live in a dry climate and need extra care, try a homemade moisturizer with almond or grape seed oil s mixed with your favorite essential oils.  You can add these to a bath or apply directly to dry areas. Keep up this regime a couple times a week, and you will have brand new, radiant skin!

Is a ponytail, worn every day, bad for my hair?

Q: I have got into the habit of wearing my hair in a ponytail every day, is this bad for my hair?
 
A: You're right. Wearing a pony tail every day can cause breakage, snagging, or splintering of the hair. If wearing it down is not an option, maybe you play sports or work in a profession where you can't have your hair hanging down, or you just like the look of a sleek ponytail, there are preventative measures you can take in order to lesson the damage. First, make sure you aren't using plastic, rubber bands, or ponytail holders with metal on them, as these will snag on your hair, and cause breakage. Try for accessories covered in fabric or silk, as they are more delicate on your locks. Second, a nice trick is to first spritz your hair with a silicone spray before you put it up so it will glide more smoothly against any hair accessories.

I always hear about skin types, and how they affect what products you use

Q: I always hear about skin types, and how they affect what products you use, and even makeup applications. How do I determine my skin type?

A: Determining your skin type is based upon amounts of oil secretion, and where the different areas of your skin produce (or do not produce) oil. This is mostly decided by heredity, although environmental factors can certainly intensify conditions. Here are the 6 skin types--dry; somewhat dry; normal; somewhat oily; oily; or combination. Combination skin is the most common; it is characterized by being oily in the T-zone (area of your forehead and nose) and normal to dry elsewhere. You can also have "sensitive" skin, in which case you should try and minimize the number of products you use on your skin, and use natural or fragrance free products. Tijeras Naturals carries both hair care and body care lines specifically designed for sensitive skin. Try our Uber Unscented Daily Shampoo & Conditioner or Tijeras Organic Alchemy Unscented Body Wash.

I am a woman in my 50's and I find myself overwhelmed looking for personal care products

Q: I am a woman in my 50's and I find myself overwhelmed every time I go to the beauty isle for personal care products- there are so many products out there! Do you have any tips on what skin-care products I should be looking for to narrow down my search?
 
A: You should be looking for products with Pentapeptides - this is a chemical in many new products that will help produce collagen in skin cells. Collagen helps support skin by giving it a firmer look, and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. Another ingredient you should be looking for are retinoids. Retinoids help skin cell turnover, giving your skin a youthful appearance.  Although, you should consult a doctor before use, as some retinoid creams will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Make sure to always use protective sunscreens while exposed to the sun, especially during these summer months!

Brazilian Blowout FAQ'S

Q. Who is the best candidate for the Brazilian Blowout?
A. It has been our experience, that good candidates for the Brazilian Blowout are anyone who has frizzy, damaged or processed hair. We have performed the treatment on every hair type (fine/course/frizzy/curly), as well as hair that has been permed, Japanese straightened and extensions. In doing so, we have found that with proper communication and a well considered application, everyone can benefit from the Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment.

Read more: Brazilian Blowout FAQ'S

What should look for in anti-aging products?

Q: I am a woman in my 50's and I find myself overwhelmed every time I go to the beauty isle for personal care products- there are so many products out there! Do you have any tips on what skin-care products I should be looking for to narrow down my search?

skin_care_creamA: You should be looking for products with Pentapeptides - this is a chemical in many new products that will help produce collagen in skin cells. Collagen helps support skin by giving it a firmer look, and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. Another ingredient you should be looking for are retinoids. Retinoids help skin cell turnover, giving your skin a youthful appearance.  Although, you should consult a doctor before use, as some retinoid creams will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Make sure to always use protective sunscreens while exposed to the sun, especially during these summer months!

Why is my face puffy in the morning?

puffy_faceQ: In the morning I look in the mirror and my face is really puffy (not attractive) Even if I get a good night sleep. What is up?

A: It is always good to take a look in the mirror; it's amazing what your face can tell you about your health. One tip is changing your eating habits. Try weaning off refined sugar, and you will notice a change almost within a day. Another tip is pay attention to spring-related allergens in the air. Allergies can cause irritated eyes, and even contribute to those dark circles and bags.

Bazilian Blowouts to control frizz

Q: My hair tends to frizz up at the first sign of moisture. When it rains, I don't feel like there is anything I can do to tame this wild beast on my head. What are your suggestions for ways to minimize frizz, and ways I can wear my hair on windy days?

A: Good news! There is a new hair treatment service we are offering in the salon called the Brazilian  Blowout Zero. This revolutionary hair-smoothing formula is made with a breakthrough plant-derived "KaraSafe Bonding System." It's 100% safe to use and you'll have frizz-free hair for up to 12 weeks with lots of body and shine!
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brazilian blowout aftercare productsBrazilian Blowout Açai Hair Care is an aftercare product regimen developed for the sole purpose of extending the life of the Brazilian Blowout Professional Smoothing Treatments.

How can I control the static in my hair?

hair staticQ: Lately I've noticed that when I get up in the morning, my hair has a lot of static! What is causing this phenomenon in my hair and how can I control it?

A:  During the winter months, your hair can accumulate static electricity due to environmental factors. The outside air is cold, inside you have your heaters which rob your hair and skin of moisture. All these factors can cause static build up in your hair!. While you can't control your environment all the time, you can use certain products to help alleviate the issue. Our new Tijeras Naturals hair-care line is perfect, because they help to penetrate and balance moisture in your hair, and alleviate static electricity. Even on your worst hair days, discover what a difference this three step system will make!

How do I use styling products like in the salon?

styling products weighing hair downQ: When I go into a salon, stylists always recommend styling aids but I find them heavy and my hair does not look the same as when they do it in the salon. What is the problem?

A: Your instinct may be to apply your styling product such as mousse, spray or gel, to the top of your head  because , it's the spot that needs the most lift . But the truth is, that you have the least amount of hair at the crown and hairline, so it needs less product. Instead, work the product from the back of your head toward the front while massaging it into the roots. Then you will love working with styling products!