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Old 05-01-2006, 12:40 PM   #51
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I usually get my hair cut about every 1 1/2 to 2 months for $18. I use to go to the high priced salons but got lucky finding the lady I've been going to through a friend. When I did get highlights they were about $75 or so depending on where I went. I stopped because they would never stay in my hair that long. Come to find out, this is what my new stylist told me, since I'm half asian my cuticles are much thicker and don't hold highlights very well. Also, another reason why I love my new stylist is because she is honest and will tell me if something won't work well with my hair.

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Old 05-01-2006, 12:47 PM   #52
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Add me to the baby fine club. I used to wear it long and pulled back, but for my son's wedding, I had it cut chin length and turned under, and I love it.

A tip I learned from my mom, that may save you some money on "clarifying" shampoos. After you shampoo, mix a couple tablespoons of vinegar in a quart or so of water, and pour it thru your hair. Let it sit a minute or so, then rinse thoroughly. If you have really hard water, do it every time you shampoo.

Leaves your hair soft and so shiny. Yes, you can use lemon juice, cider vinegar, or white vinegar--all the same effect. A little bit of acid really gets the minerals out.

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Old 05-01-2006, 01:08 PM   #53
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Another thing, my stylist says I have the healtiest hair of any of her clients, it must be the diet, I eat a disqustingly healthy diet.
Beth, your healthy diet REALLY has a lot to do with not only your hair, but your skin and nails as well. Good for you for taking great care of yourself!
As for being 8 miles away, that is a bummer, however, because pro products last A LOT longer per oz than the cheapie stuff, you can just go purchasing about every 2 months for the larger sized bottles. (They are also a better price than the smaller ones).
There really is a difference in product. Really. Some people's hair really is much easier to deal with than others - that's a fact. But, if you use the better stuff, you'll love your hair even more.

Some stylists push product, others do not.
Here are some of the reasons why:
1. The stylist loves it and really knows it
2. The stylist owns the salon and gets 50% back in sales
3. The stylist makes a small (around 15%) commission on product sales
4. The stylist uses that product exclusively, because that's what the salon sells. This is generally not because that's the only one the salon owner likes, but if they are a flagship store, such as an Aveda or Sebastian salon, the company gives the flagship salon a nice kickback.

Ask your stylist a lot of questions. Ask what he/she uses at home.

Here's another idea: next time you go to the salon, ask the shampoo girl/assistant (or stylist, if they don't have an assistant) what product the salon is using on the back bar. (That's where they shampoo you)
That's usually a good indicator of what works really well on a lot of people.

As for clarifying your hair, unless you're using cheapie shampoo and/or more hairspray than most 80's hair bands, you don't need one. Unless, of course your city has ungodlly amount of yuck in the pipes. lol

As far as a thick cuticle not "taking " hilites well, that's a new one to me.
Knowing a bit of trichology, thick or thin, the hair "takes" the same way:
The high level of H2O2, or peroxide will strip the hair of it's color first. This basically blasts open the cuticle of your hair. Then, the color molecules jump into the cuticle and the color (professional does this 10 x better than home) closes itself into the shaft of hair. Now, yellow is a large molecule, red is second biggest and blue is smallest. The smallest will exit the hair first. That's why when you get a great color put in, you start to lose your blue first, which will give you a more orangey appearance, if you've not kept up on your hair coloring. All this to say, if your hair doesn't "take" highlights, you need to either do them on a more regular basis, or use a better, more gentle approach in hair care.
Folks, again, I'm off the box. Sorry for the long-windedness.
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Old 05-01-2006, 01:19 PM   #54
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Just a question for anyone. When I use to dye my hair back in college I would use the over the counter coloring products. In each box there was a small bottle of conditioner that came with the coloring kit. Does anyone sell this seperately?
Even after getting expensive deep conditioning treatments and using deep conditioning products my hair has never been as soft as it was after using this small bottle of conditioner.
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Old 05-01-2006, 01:25 PM   #55
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Anyone else wonder if these hollywood celebrities actually use the over the counter products. I mean really...........if you look at Heather Locklears hair you can tell its def. not a over the counter job. And I can't imagine Sarah Jessica Parker to use it. Those are just a few.
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Old 05-01-2006, 03:03 PM   #56
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Originally Posted by jkath

Here's another idea: next time you go to the salon, ask the shampoo girl/assistant (or stylist, if they don't have an assistant) what product the salon is using on the back bar. (That's where they shampoo you)
That's usually a good indicator of what works really well on a lot of people.

There is one beauty chair, one sink, one mirror, one worker where I go; she owns the business, cleans the bathroom and tanning beds, answers the phone and makes us beautiful. Whew, she is quite a woman! Makes me tired watching her.

Thanks jkath for the tips, I really appreciate it!!
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Old 05-02-2006, 01:45 AM   #57
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Glad you weren't ready to vote me off of the island...er...cooking board!

Sizz....if you made 12mil per movie....would you do your own color? 'nuff said.
However, some of those well-paid gals look as though they do!

abj: the little bottle is no doubt a humectant, of sorts. Probably had some hyaluronic acid, I'm guessing. That's an ingredient that basically goes into your cuticle a bit and sucks some of the moisture out of the air and deposits it into your hair. (For lack of better words)
Try nexxus' Humectress (little goes a long way). Better yet, click on this link and you'll get a 1oz. sample each of their Therappe shampoo and Humectress conditioner.
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:28 AM   #58
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:51 AM   #59
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Well - I'm NOT a girl ... but I did try to color my hair once back in the Beach Boy days in the mid 60's (lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide) so I could turn my brown hair blond. Let's just say I got the most awful "orange" hair for a couple of months ... until it grew out long enough the barber could trim it off.
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Old 05-02-2006, 03:10 AM   #60
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I should be on Guiness book of world records for having the most unfortunate hair... my problems rest on something more "deep rooted" than usual cases, which is beyond any cosmetic control. It is virtually impossible to make it look good because

1. my hair grows out sideways along the skull, thus whatever you do they just lay absolutely flat. I actually have lots of hair but it doesn't even look like that. (I even tried bodywave, it was fine for some days but as soon as the hair grew the new roots, they laid flat curling ridiculously SIDEWAYS.)
2. my head has an awful "E.T." like shape, sort of wide on sides, flat on the top and back... This makes my already misguidedly growing hair look even more ridiculous.
3. my hair has a weird kink, each strand just twists and gets into bizzare crook in random fashion. It is not like my hair is wavy or anything, it just look like a mop of straight hair with bad cowlick.

I realized long time ago even a very good haircut couldn't help the situation, so I stopped bothering about it and have been cutting my hair myself for almost 10 years. Probably I will get laughed at if a stylist takes a look at it, but by a casual look it doesn't seem to make any difference.
I think if there is any hair stylist who can make my hair look decent (not fabulous, nothing glamorous, JUST DECENT), he/she would deserve a Nobel Prize... so, anyone who are suffering a "bad hair day", take a little comfort in the fact that there are someone who is stuck in a "bad hair LIFE"!!

BTW I do colour my hair and have done so for 12 years, and will do it for the rest of my life... my hair is naturally pitch black and I can't stand it... initially I wanted a light ash brown shade but my natural pigment makes it reddish no matter what I did, so now I just use mahogany or some sort of soft red shade. I have always done it with DIY kit, if you choose a right kit, they work perfectly with much less cost than a trip to a stylist...

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