I’d like to think that I’ve seen everything one could see in the world of hairstyling, but just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes something that totally blows your mind. When people get into serious hair trouble, I’m the one they come to. And I mean that quite literally…it seems there are days when my co-workers get all the easy and low-maintainence clients, and I’m inundated with people who’ve attempted to cut, color, or perm their own hair and in the process have turned it funky colors or have made it fall out, break off, or turn to mush. And yes, I have seen hair turn to mush. This month, I dedicate this column to all you daring and courageous do-it-yourself hairstylists who keep me in business and make my day interesting. This is your survival guide for overcoming hair disasters of Hindenburg proportions.
PROBLEM: Bubblegum stuck in hair
CAUSE: Most likely happens to people who fall asleep with gum in their mouths, or the gum gets stuck in the hair when attempting to spit the gum out. Most victims are children, although I have witnessed this happening to adults.
SOLUTION: Solidify the gum by gently rubbing an ice cube over it. Then, using small household scissors, cut away as much of the gum as possible without cutting off any hair. Use an oil (mineral oil seems to work best) to loosen the remaining gum and slide the loosened chunks down the hairshaft to the ends. Do not shampoo until all the gum is out, otherwise hair will knot. Apply a leave-in conditioner or detangler and gently comb out remaining tangles with a wide-tooth comb. Peanut butter, mayonnaise, and bacon grease have all been used in the removal of gum, due to their high oil content, but they are not recommended because food products may attract insects.
PROBLEM: Child takes chunk out of hair with scissors.
CAUSE: Your child finds the scissors and attempts to play hairstylist; usually the day before school pictures.
SOLUTION: If the chunk missing is in the back or near the ends of the hair, a hairstylist can easily fix the situation with minimal loss of hair. But more likey, your child took out a big chunk in the front hairline close to the scalp. The stylist may have to fix this by giving him/her a style with bangs, in order to cover the missing chunk. For boys, I would suggest a cut in which the hair is worn forward, such as a Caesar cut, which consists of closely cropped or faded sides blending up to a scissor-cut top which is left longer in the front.
Every now and then, a person should toot his own horn, it’s good for the ego. I spend alot of time analyzing and forecasting trends, and its quite a thrill to see your forecast come true. I wonder if weather forecasters get the same satisfaction….In 2015, I had written in one of my columns that choppy, wispy, and uneven bangs were on the way out. I even went so far as to prophetize that by this year, the trend would lean towards a long solid bang. Many readers wrote back scoffing the heavy-bang prediction, saying that it would never come true. I was happy to see the return of the blunt bang on the cover of the American Salon magazine. Several articles in other May issues of fashion magazines raved about the appearance of the blunt bangs that had graced the Spring runway shows. While other stylists are satisfied following trends, I find my satisfaction in creating them.
This installment of Hairdressing Diary focuses on a photoshoot I conducted in 2015. I was preparing for that year’s NAHA (North American hairstyling Awards), and I had a few ideas I had been throwing around in my head that I wanted to try out. I decided to enter the Avant-Garde category, which consists of hairstyles that border on the eccentric and sometimes bizarre.
I had worked out my ideas on paper a few months prior to the shoot. I made a list of the supplies I would need, and then tried to construct a budget. My original idea involved elaborate underwater lighting and costumes that revolved around a mermaid theme. It soon became clear that there would be no way to finance such an undertaking. I was a “starving artist”, so to speak, so I had to come up with a new idea that would not put me in a financial mudhole. I found my inspiration in an old cemetery, of all places, in the form of a large statue of an angel. I knew I had to recreate that sculpture, but at the time I had no clue as to how I would go about it. Later that evening, I began constructing the wings that would later be used in the shoot. They had to look like stone, but at the same time be light enough for the model to wear for several hours of shooting. I stayed up the entire night making the wings out of papier-mache, which I painted gray using acrylic paint. I found that the paint looked authentic on the wings, so I tested it on my skin, and it looked very convincing. The only question was, could I use this paint to cover an entire body? I dismissed the idea of using theatrical make-up, because it always appeared moist on the skin. I needed something that looked like a statue, and acrylic paint was just what I was looking for. I bought six tubes of paint, estimating that it would take at least that much to cover a person.
Brazilian Hair extensions can cost anywhere from R3000 to R6000, depending on the type and brand. When paying this price, you will definitely want to get the most out of your money. The only way to do this is to take care of your extensions utilizing the recommendations from the top hair stylists. Plus, you will want to keep them looking great for as long as possible. Below, you will discover several tips to make your hair extensions last longer.
Shampoo For Hair Extensions
People with hair extensions must choose their shampoo carefully. In fact, some shampoos contain ingredients that can be harmful to Brazilian Hair extensions, as well as your real hair and scalp. One such ingredient is sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming agent and emulsifier. This ingredient is well known for causing scalp irritations, hair loss, dry hair, and fading hair color.
Shampoos that are designed specifically for hair extensions will maintain proper moisture levels, while preventing tangles.
It is only natural for Brazilian Hair extensions to become tangled. The only solution is a detangling brush that is designed specifically for Brazilian hair extensions. A detangling hair comb will also work and will probably work better near the attachments.
Proper Brushing Technique
A dentist will tell you to make sure that you are always brushing your teeth directly after eating. Well, the same thing can be said about Brazilian Hair extensions. Any hair expert will tell you that brushing your extensions multiple times can loosen tangles, as well as keep your hair looking silky and shiny. If you have ever dealt with Brazilian Hair extensions before, you probably already know that they are extremely notorious for tangling. And, brushing is one of the best ways to ensure that your hair stays tangle-free.
If you do experience tangles, it is best to start at the bottom of the extensions and work your way up towards the scalp. Try using your hands to loosen the tangles before running a brush through your hair. This will make your Brazilian Hair Extensions last twice as long. Be sure to keep a firm grip on the hair near the attachments to prevent the Brazilian Hair extension from being pulled out.
Do Not Wash Frequently
It may seem kind of gross and you might be surprised to learn that over-washing your Brazilian hair extensions can cause them to wear out much quicker than normal. This does not mean that they do not need to be washed. Just make sure that you are not over-washing them. It is true that hair extensions are made of human and synthetic hair. Since they are not actually tied into the scalp, they will not receive any of the natural oils that your real hair does. This means they do not need to be washed as often and this is even truer for the clip-on style extensions.
Even if you find that you are wearing your clip-on extensions on a daily basis, you should be able to make it a month or two before you actually have to wash them. If you do transition from curly to straight, use a flat iron or curling iron rather than washing.