“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. You’ve probably heard this phrase before and used it several times in your life. We often resort to this thinking after trying something new and not feeling completely satisfied from the results. So, instead of wasting money again, we shrug it off and reach for the same thing we’ve come to know and love. This phrase can be used for many things, but today we’re going to talk about your shampoo and conditioner.
Although it may seem like no biggie to stick with the same combination, it’s important to remember that your hair is different at different points of the year. Your hair may be drier in the winter, more oily in the summer and frizzy during Fall and Spring. Using the same shampoo and conditioner all throughout the year can result in unsatisfactory hair. Read on to learn the importance of changing up your shampoo and conditioner to put your best hair forward.
Your hair isn’t going to ‘get use’ to your shampoo and conditioner, so you don’t have to worry about it not doing its job; However, using the same combo for a long time can result in buildup throughout the year. It’s also good to keep in mind that your hair isn’t the same all throughout the year. So, when should you be switching it up? There’s no ‘right’ time to change, but there is a right ‘feel’. The moment you start to notice changes in your hair (dryer, duller, oily, ect) is the moment you should start thinking about switching up your products.
Getting to know your hair and what it needs to look its best is important. Talking to your stylist about what is happening at the time can help them consider the problems you’re having and which product will help to improve that. If you notice your hair feels drier, grab something for moisture. If you see that you’re suffering from brittle ends, get something focused on reversing damage and so on and so forth.
When it comes to changing what you know, you may have a hard time deciding which product to go with. A hydrating shampoo may be good because your ends are dry, but if your scalp produces excess oil, you don’t want to add more moisture into that. If you don’t need a heavy conditioner for your ends, but you notice your scalp is dry, you shouldn’t get a moisture-rich conditioner.
Try thinking of your hair as two parts: top and bottom. The top of your hair consists of your scalp and new growth. When considering your scalp, you should be considering shampoo. If you have excess oil, you don’t need a shampoo that is going to add more. Try considering a shampoo such as Aveda’s Rosemary Mint or Shampure. These are your basic shampoos that will get the job done without any added help. For dryer scalps, Aveda’s Dry Remedy Shampoo will help encourage hydration. If you color your hair, it’s best to get a color safe shampoo like Aveda’s Color Conserve since shampoo is the more ‘stripping’ of the two, this will help keep your color nice and fresh looking.
When it comes to your conditioner, you should think about your ends and whether or not they’re dry or damaged. If you color your hair, but keep the ends light, a color safe shampoo and a damage repair conditioner would be a great combination for you to try. It’s all about paying attention to your hair and what you’re looking for for your scalp and for your ends. You may not need excess moisture on your ends, but your scalp could use it or you may have too much at the scalp, but your ends are dry and brittle. Feel your hair and take a mental note the next time you need to purchase more shampoo and conditioner.
At the end of the day, it’s important to switch up your shampoo and conditioner. Not only will it help keep your hair looking its best in every season, but you also get to try new and exciting products to see what they can do for you. If you’re at a lost or are trying to be a little more cautious when it comes to new things, don’t worry. Your XEX stylist is here to listen and help you out. All we want is for you to look and feel your best so it’s our job to let you know what products will help!
Spring is here! As we scour the magazines for the latest hair trends of the season, deep down inside we know that once winter rolls around the process of change happens all over again. With each passing season there is always going to be a new, fun trend to try for your hair. Let’s face it, changing your hair is fun and a great way to change up your look without permanent commitment. However, all that changing from dark to light and back to dark isn’t really the best for our hair. So how do people go through these changes and their hair still looks healthy? Read on to find out how you can have healthy hair through all of the trends.
When you consult with your stylist, you should ask them what type of color they use. Permanent color is, well, permanent and even though it will stick to your hair, it will be all the more difficult to remove once you’re ready to lighten up again. Ask your stylist about using Demi-Permanent color instead. Demis usually will last you 6-8 weeks until you’ll need a touch up again and will be much easier to get out of the hair compared to permanent color since they fade out of hair.
Next, it’s time to think about what kind of change you’re looking for. You should consider your hair type, the integrity of your hair and how much change you’re looking for. If you love your blonde locks and don’t want to go much darker, choosing a brunette shade for cooler seasons is probably not the best choice. The same goes for darker hair. If you aren’t too keen on brightening up too much, a heavy highlight session is probably not in your cards. This is not to say that it won’t be flattering, but if you’re going to go back to blonde in the summertime, it’s going to take a toll on your hair.
The best way to change it up during the year is a more subtle approach. For blondes who like to stay blonde, going a few tones darker- or even opting for a ‘cooler’ tone- will help you feel on trend with the winter without being too much of a hassle. For brunettes and darker, adding in a few highlights just a few shades lighter will help brighten you up for spring without being too damaging on your hair.
Now that you have an idea of what color you’re going for, it’s time to think about a service. You need to ask yourself the following questions: How much brighter/darker do I want to be? Where do I want to see the most change? Do I want to keep any of what I have now? These questions will help during the consultation with your stylist. They will help your stylist determine what service would work best for the look you’re trying to achieve.
It’s important to do your own research and bring in pictures. To help you and your stylist visualize how much lighter or darker you want to be, pictures will help a great deal. Even though your hair and the model in the picture’s hair are different, it will still help with a general direction to go. Are you looking for an all over lighter look, but still want to keep some of your natural color? Do you love the contrast of a sombre or are you more into the subtle, sun kissed look of a balayage? Figuring out how you want to change for the season will help you and your stylist choose a set service to book.
Whether you’re blonde going darker for cooler months or a brunette shaking things up with some highlights for summer, you will experience some damage. Keeping up with the trends also means keeping up with your hair and knowing what it needs. When you’re looking to go lighter, you should have a hair mask that will help add protein to your hair. Aveda’s Intensive Treatment or MoroccanOil’s Reconstructive Mask are great to help add a little oomph to your hair. These will help with damage control on your next highlighting service. Though they won’t stop all the damage, they will surely help keep hair stronger.
When it’s time to deepen the color, you should get a good hydrating mask like Aveda’s Dry Remedy Mask or MoroccanOil’s Light or Intensive hydrating mask. Winter months are drying and our hair suffers just as much as our skin. Getting a good mask to keep hydration in your strands will also help keep damage at bay so your hair is nice and healthy for summer highlights!
Seasons change and so should you. Not only is changing up your look is keeping you in trend, but it’s also fun to experiment with your appearance. It’s extremely important to consult with your stylist when deciding a major change. Brightening up and Toning down doesn’t have to be as dramatic as brown to blonde, but it can still change the way you look. Since spring is around the corner, it’s time to lighten those locks! Book your consultation with your XEX stylist soon so you can warm up just in time for beach weather.
Even though we’re still feeling the chill of winter, it is March. That means that spring is around the corner. While we’re waiting for the flowers to bloom, it’s the perfect time to transform our hair into a springtime style. Here are some of the trends to look out for this spring season.
Selena Gomez’s hairstylist is responsible for this trend. Taken inspiration from the late Kurt Cobain, this look combines a soft, platinum blonde with a brown shadow-root to give you that grown out, grungy kind of effect. Ask your stylist to closely match your natural color to maintain this look for longer times in between appointments. This platinum-beigey look won’t be too harsh against the sun and will still make you feel soft and feminine.
To keep your blonde from turning golden, check out Keratin Complex’s Blondeshell shampoo and conditioner! These are free of sulfates and have special toning action to battle against golden tones in hair- perfect to maintain the ashy-beige look.
For those of us who live for fashion colors, the trend this season is “Ghosted”. This look plays off the delicate coloring of opal hair mixed in with granny hair from a few years back. The overall look gives you a soft, light color with hidden dimensions of pastels and silvers. With every movement, your hair can reveal Smokey pinks, lavenders or any color you can think of. It’s about subtly with this trend.
The trick with this color is to take extra care of it. Rinsing hair in cool water and grabbing color safe shampoo and conditioner (like Aveda’s Color Conserve) will help with the fading of the subtle tones. This look will be high maintenance, so if you’re not looking for frequent trips to the salon, talk to your stylist about similar options that will keep for longer.
If you’ve ever been caught between whether or not to get bangs, this is your year to take the plunge. There are two types of bangs coming into season year. For those who like a shorter bang, boyish bangs are here! These are shorter and give a choppy look to them to give off a piecey, effortless feel. They can extend across the forehead at an angle, or they can be a little longer and side-swept. Usually, this style of bangs is located above the eye and above the brow.
Another ‘bangin’ trend this year is wavy bangs. This look is more delicate and is often seen on Victoria’s Secret runways. These are longer, less harsh looking bangs that are still choppy, but the strands are kept longer and wispier. Combine these with beach waves and you’ve got the perfect summer look.
To keep your bangs looking fresh and your eyesight intact, XEX offers complimentary bang trims for our regular clients, so the upkeep of bangs can be a little easier on your wallet.
The redemption of 90s fashion hasn’t stopped just yet. This year, haircuts are taking inspiration from this time period. It’s all about blunt cuts with the ends curled or flipped out. Structured, blunt cuts give you an edgy look while still maintainable. You can go for a sleek, straightened look or a fun, textured feel with just a few minor styling choices. The best thing about these cuts is that they’re not too short or too long, so growing them out isn’t a hassle.
Do you have natural texture? This Spring, find products that will enhance what you’re working with. Products like curl creams and enhancers will help you get an extra bounce in your strands. The bigger the hair, the closer to the stars so why not let it go wild. Moroccan Oil’s Intensive Curl Cream or Aveda’s Curl Enhancer will become your best friends. These two products pack a punch to your curls, springing them into action while keeping away the frizz.
Spring is around the corner and it’s time to get your hair prepped and ready to go! There are a ton of trends to choose from and not all of them are right for you. Consultations with your stylist are important when deciding someone different for your look. Your stylist knows your hair and what will look great on you. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call at XEX today to get your locks ready for the spring.
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Your Valentine’s guide for perfect lips
Valentine’s Day is around the corner and whether you have a date in mind or you’re treating yourself to some love this year, it’s never a bad time to perfect your pout. Cracked lips and smeary lipstick no more. It’s time to start learning about how to get your most kissable lips ever (even if you’re just admiring how awesome you are in the mirror).
The first step to soft lips is exfoliation. How often you exfoliate depends on your daily habits. Liquid Lipsticks are notoriously drying while some brands of stick lipsticks have extra moisturizing power. If you’re one to rock liquid lips every day, you may want to think about adding exfoliating to your daily routine; However, if you’re a few times a week kind of person, then every other to every three days should be plenty. It all depends on your lips’ needs and how dry they get during the year.
There are several ways you can exfoliate the dry skin away. A popular way is to use a sugar scrub. You can pick one up at any store that sells beauty care products (your salon may differ on what their brand has to offer). You can also concoct your own exfoliator by using coconut or olive oil and sugar. For a more immediate solution, use a wet tooth brush and gently scrub your lips to achieve the same results (without the yummy flavor).
When it comes to keeping your lips smooth, moisture is key. We tend to forget to take our lip balm with us or even use it, but getting into a good habit of moisturizing multiple times a day will help keep cracks away. It’s important to get a good lip balm that won’t wear down in a couple of minutes. Aveda’s Lip Saver is a good, thicker moisturizer designed to deeply penetrate your lips and keep them hydrated even against the cold wind. You should always have three lip moisturizers on hand: One for home, one for your bag and one for the office. This way, you have no excuse to not apply.
Now the fun part: wearing lipstick. Before you begin to apply your lipstick, you should use a lip liner the same or slightly darker than the lipstick you’ll be wearing. For ultimate staying power, line your lips and then fill them in with a liner. Lip liners help create a base for your lipstick, keeping it in place and helping it last a lot longer in between reapplication. You can also play around with tones underneath different lipsticks to change the shade or create a different appearance (like red liner under pink lipstick).
There are many different types of lip products to choose from. Lip glosses can add color, but will still leave some translucency to your lips, so a good liner is a must for a solid look. These will help keep moisture in your lips, but you will need to apply it more often. A stick lipstick is your traditional type of lipstick. These can range from matte to glossy and contain more pigmentation than glosses. Even though the applications are usually after eating and drinking, these will still wear down throughout the day. Stick Lipsticks will hold some moisture to them, but run the risk of smearing or feathering. Liquid Lipsticks will give you the most staying power. These work well for date nights since they tend to last through eating and drinking for the most part. Some liquid lipsticks are metallic, but most of them are matte finished. When applied, liquid lipsticks go on wet and then dry leaving your lips feeling a little dehydrated. It’s especially important to exfoliate and moisturize before you wear these lipsticks to prevent your lips from looking too caked.
Don’t be afraid to doll up even if you’re just treating yourself this year for Valentine’s Day. Your lips are the outline to your smile so they should be taken care of to finish off a radiant appearance. Have fun with the colors and choices you choose, there’s a million different options. Don’t forget to put your best pout forward and smile.