Long Hair Don’t Care
I love the long bob just as much as the rest of you, and fully understand that growing those luscious locks to anything past the shoulder seems like the most daunting task on the planet; but, long hair is in, baby. I want to help you get there! We’ve seen a transition in hairstyles recently. The long “Real Housewives” sweeping curls transitioned into more beachy waves on short bobs, then onto straighter mid-length hair with a slight blend and all the variations in-between. This fall and winter long hair is what’s hitting the runways, fashion magazines, and yes, even Knoxville.
Protect the investment
Good hair color is not cheap, and cheap hair color is not good. Summer takes a beating on your hair. We all know ‘the rules,’ but let’s be honest–who is thinking about protecting your investment on hair color when you’re busy chasing the kiddos outside or basking in the sun, freshly out of that beautiful extra chlorinated pool? At grow, we love to suggest L’ANZA Color Guard for our guests. This is a miracle spray that’s designed to protect your hair from fading and elemental stress. It basically works like Rain-X for the hair, repelling water and other elemental aggressors while protecting it against color fading by up to 107 percent. Color retention is a good thing, especially if you plan on growing your length. The healthier we can keep those ends, not constantly re-pigmenting your hair due to premature color fading, the better chances you have of reaching your long term hair goal.
A little treatment never hurt anybody. In-salon treatments are totally customizable and allows you and your stylist to get those Crystal Gayle dreams closer to reality. Healthy hair needs three things: moisture, strength and TLC. Next time you visit your hair care professional, mention adding a treatment to your service. Treatments are always a great idea, but this time of year is vitally important in making sure your hair is in the best condition possible before we head into the cold and dry winter months. If you don’t have time for an in-salon service, try at home masques like this MOI MOI moisture masque from L’ANZA. This isn’t just any masque, it’s scientifically proven to penetrate into the cortical layer of the hair (that’s the deepest part) and deliver weightless moisture to the inside where the hair needs it most. The tiny micro beads inside burst open upon application and add extra shine and elasticity to the outer cuticle of the hair, keeping it beautiful, bouncy and shiny. Your friends will notice the difference.
Turn that thing down
In the journey to long flowing locks, turn down the heat, and turn up the shine. Flat irons and styling tools get really, really hot–too hot for most of us actually. I like to remind my guests, “if you bake cookies on 350°F why is it okay to have the flat iron on 500°F?” Always use styling products that are customized for your specific hair type and needs. I promise products, as well as your stylist, are here to help. At Grow, we love L’ANZA Healing Haircare because of its added thermal protection to almost every styling product. Anything you leave in the hair should make the styling process easier and cut down the time it takes to create the finished look. Don’t be fooled by imitators over the counter, they’re generally chalked full of cheap surfactants, sulphates, parabens–and who knows what else that will coat your hair and end up causing more harm than good. Professional hair care is generally much higher quality and way more concentrated, sometimes costing less per application than even the over the counter products you see at the big box stores.
Keep it fresh
Regularly scheduled haircuts are vital in making sure you and your stylist keep your hair healthy enough to continue adding length. The biggest mistake we see in the salon, is when guests come for a bi-annual haircut because they are attempting to grow their hair out. When in reality, that typically means that much more needs to come off the perimeter to establish a healthy length upon the next visit. Normal healthy hair growth is about .25 inches per month. That being said, every eight to ten weeks would be ideal for a reshaping and treatment service in the salon to keep your hair in the best possible condition to continue growing. If all of this sounds great, but patience is not your virtue, we also offer extension services. Happy growing!
Shane is the owner of grow, he blends a world-class resume with his unique, fresh perspective on hair design. Shane’s enthusiasm for hairstyling is bested only by his talent and sense of humor. Upon opening his salon, Shane’s emphasis was to personally train and foster the education of his team to execute a specific standard and technique.