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WHAT DOES CONDITIONER DO?

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WHAT DOES CONDITIONER DO AND SHOULD YOU USE IT DAILY? – Shampoo and then conditioner. It’s about as basic as a hair-care routine gets, right? But why exactly is conditioner so important, and why do you need to use it? The short answer is that conditioner provides your hair with moisture and helps it to fight off dryness. In a way, it’s like adding nutrients that your hair needs.

Your hair shaft and barrier need to be sealed in to prevent frizzy hair. That’s where a hair care product like rinse-out conditioners or leave-in conditioners comes into play.

That’s not exactly all there is to it. Today, we will cover everything you need to know about hair conditioner, including the best conditioner for your hair type, how to use conditioner properly, and anything else you’ve ever wanted to know about your conditioner.

What Is Conditioner?

Simply put, conditioner is the hydrating step that follows up shampoo in any good hair-care routine. From a scientific perspective, a conditioner is made up of ingredients such as oils (the moisturizing agent), emollients, and surfactants (the detergents used in hair products). To fully understand how conditioner works, you must first understand how shampoo works.

When your hair gets oily and it is time for a wash day, you lather up the shampoo to cleanse and wash away the built-up natural oils. After removing excess of your hair’s natural oils, you will need to rehydrate your hair strands and scalp with a conditioner.

Conditioner wraps around your hair’s cuticle to moisturize, smooth, and protect the hair from breakage and split ends. Conditioner is an essential step in any shampooing routine, whether you have short hair or long hair.

The Best Conditioner for Every Hair Type

Now that you know what conditioner is and how it works, it is time for you to discover the best conditioner for your hair type. Different hair types have different needs, so you should be using a conditioner that targets your hair’s individual needs. Using the right conditioner formula for your hair can improve your hair’s texture and give you the healthy glow you’ve always wanted.

Curly Hair
If you have curly hair, then you should be packing on the moisture. Curly hair is more prone to dryness and frizz. We recommend that you use Kenra’s Moisturizing Conditioner to
help give your hair follicles the hydration they crave.

This conditioner is specially formulated with a pH-balancing system that will balance the moisture levels in your hair, leaving it smooth, soft, and shiny. This product works especially well to give your curls a healthy moisturized bounce.

Damaged Hair
Damaged hair got you down? Many of the things we do to our hair can cause damage in the long run. You can easily damage your hair with coloring, bleaching, overusing heat styling tools, or even spending too much time in the sun.

Over time your strands of hair will become brittle, develop split ends, and then begin breaking off. If you notice these changes in your hair, then it is time for you to take a defensive approach with your conditioning routine.

For damaged hair, we recommend that you try the Kenra Strengthening Conditioner. This
anti-breakage conditioner is specially formulated to fortify hair against daily aggressors, reduce up to 99% of breakage, and give you visibly healthier hair after just one use. In addition, this conditioner will work to improve the elasticity of one hair follicle at a time by strengthening it from root to tip.

An option within the Kenra Platinum range for hair that needs some love is the Restorative Conditioner. This ultra fortifying conditioner helps to restore broken hair bonds from within
using a keratin amino acid technology, improving elasticity and durability for softer, healthier strands.

Colored Hair
If you color your hair, you should be using a conditioner that works to preserve your color. We recommend that you use the Kenra Platinum Color Charge Conditioner to extend your colors life up to 50 washes.

This conditioner is made to recharge the brilliance and vibrancy of your hair color by locking the pigment inside the hair’s cuticle. For best results, use cold water when rinsing your hair. This will also help close your hair’s cuticle and aid the color retention properties of your conditioner.

Deep Conditioner

No matter what your hair’s needs are, we can all benefit from the use of a deep conditioner every once in a while. A deep conditioning treatment, or hair mask, works similarly to a regular conditioner, except it penetrates deeper into the hair’s cuticle to fortify and condition your hair from the inside out.

Just like regular conditioners, deep conditioners come in a variety of formulations. Here are our deep conditioner recommendations based on your hair’s needs:

  • Damaged Hair: If your hair is dry or damaged, we recommend that you use the Kenra Platinum Restorative Reconstructor to restore broken hair bonds from within with our Keratin Amino Acid Technology. It penetrates deep in the cuticle to fortify and improve the elasticity of damaged hair.

  • All Other Hair Types: No matter what type of hair you have, the Kenra Nourishing Masque is the perfect deep conditioner for you. It replenishes your hair’s moisture for soft, shiny results. It is safe for color-treated hair and great for curly hair. If you have curly hair, you can even use this masque once or twice a week instead of your conditioner to give your curls an extra moisture boost.

How To Condition Your Hair for Success

You now know which conditioner to use, but how can you use it to get the best results? There are a couple of professional tips that can take your conditioning routine to the next level.

Right off the bat, the number one most common mistake that people make is rinsing their conditioner out too soon. Instead, leave your conditioner on for at least three to five minutes to allow the conditioning elements to do their job.

Detangle in the Shower
Combing out your tangles can be quite the challenge; that’s why we recommend that you try detangling in the shower. While you are letting your conditioner soak in the shower, use this time to detangle your hair. Use a wide-tooth comb or hairbrush to gently detangle your hair working from the ends up until your entire head is knot-free.

Make sure you are careful not to pull or rip through tangles as your hair is a bit more fragile when it is wet; instead, take your time and gently detangle using the conditioner as a detangling treatment. Brushing your tangles out with conditioner will also help evenly distribute the conditioner from root to tip, ensuring that every strand gets fully conditioned.

Condition Whenever You Shampoo
You may be wondering how often you should condition your hair. The answer is quite simple; you should be using conditioner anytime you use shampoo. When you shampoo, you are removing natural oils from your scalp and hair. You should use a conditioner each time to make sure you are rehydrating your hair for improved texture, smoothness, and manageability.

While we are on the subject, we should point out that if you shampoo your hair every day, you should probably try and space out your washes a bit more. Yes, freshly washed hair feels amazing, but over-washing can fade your color, cause dryness, and even cause your scalp to begin overproducing oils leading to an itchy scalp. It is best for the health of your hair and your scalp that you only wash your hair two to three times a week.

How often you deep condition your hair is up to you. Some people will find that their hair benefits from using a hair masque once every three to four washes, while someone else may find better results using a masque every other wash. It all depends on your hair’s unique needs. For example, if you have curly hair, your curls will likely benefit from frequent deep conditioning.

How To Dry Your Hair So That It Is Frizz-Free
Are you following all the conditioning rules but still ending up with a frizzy mess? Then you may be drying your hair the wrong way. When you finish your shower, use your hands to gently squeeze excess water out of your hair, then use your towel to squeeze the remaining moisture from your hair.

To prevent frizz, never rub your hair with the towel, as this will cause unwanted friction that will ultimately lead to frizz. If you are still struggling with frizz, you may want to try using a low friction towel alternative like a t-shirt to dry your hair. This will help to reduce friction and frizz.

Condition Your Way to Great Hair

Conditioning is an important part of any solid hair-care routine. You need to follow up any shampoo with thorough conditioning to give your hair the fortification and moisture it needs to look its very best. With the right conditioner, you can say goodbye to dry hair and hello to smooth, shiny, healthy-looking hair with just one wash.

BY: KENRA PROFESSIONAL

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SKIN ALLERGY TRADE SECRETS

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“SKIN ALLERGY – TRADE SECRETS”I have been in the professional skincare industry for 11 years. I find inspiration in listening to other educators and experts in the field. I am always reading anything regarding skincare and health challenges. I do not limit myself to industry knowledge and I incorporate the consumer avenue to see what they are talking about. I learned the most when working at the FDA laboratory. Working with clients to help formulate product lines and the knowledge of ingredients has really helped me in my current position. Ingredients are always changing in regard to new discoveries on ways to improve skin, as well as new methods of ingredient delivery. With the wellness trend still thriving, I see a need for more customized services and products to treat individuals that have skin or fragrance sensitivities due to a variety of internal/external sources. Ingredients are an important aspect of every consideration in this industry. Even with intake forms, clients should be aware of the ingredients they are using and the aesthetician should be aware of any contraindications the client may have. Many ingredients are contraindicated due to medications, menstrual cycles, allergies, current home care regimens, and even previous surgeries where lymph nodes were removed. The best spas have a great intake form as to really understand a client’s concerns and possible issues that could cause reactions in the treatment room. The spa staff should also be knowledgeable in the right treatments and home care for their clients. The spa management team should be willing to listen to the needs and concerns of their staff and clients and be able to adapt to upcoming trends in the industry as it is always changing. I tell every client to listen to what their bodies and skin are telling them. I also advise them to let their skincare professional know of allergies, medications, and past surgeries so the best treatment plan can be developed to treat their skin concerns with no adverse reactions.

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TRADE SECRETS
by Kris Campbell, Founder/Managing Director, Hale & Hush, and Eclectic Solutions
As seen in Dermascope Magazine – April 2015

From: https://www.haleandhush.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Dermascope_0415_Interview.pdf

 

2022 Wedding Hair Trends

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“2022 Wedding Hair Trends” – The 2022 Wedding Hair Trends You Need to Know About

During the coronavirus pandemic, people spent more time online than ever before. TikTok has opened up people’s eyes to the world of beauty—specifically the world of hair. More people are finding inspiration online, giving rise to new popular hairstyles, cuts, and colors. Whether you’re in the market for a fashion-forward cut or you just want fresh fringe ideas, we rounded up nine wedding hair trends for 2022 that you need to know about. As we head into the new year, there’s a new focus on intricate braids, low-maintenance colors, and nostalgic cuts from the ’90s and ’80s. (All of which would look incredible on your wedding day.)

Scroll through the biggest wedding hair trends of 2022 to find your favorite, and then set up a call with your wedding hairstylist to test it out. You can either visit a salon in person or set up a video consultation—whatever feels most comfortable to you. As we head into the new year, there’s no better time to try a new hair look (we see you eyeing that mullet). See the pros’ hair predictions for next year, below.

Half-Up Braids & Beach Waves

This viral look is all over TikTok, which is why celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa predicts it’ll be everywhere in 2022. “With #hairtok and #hairreels, the inspiration for the braiding details are so accessible to brides,” she says. Wondering how to get beach waves? “Use a smaller curling iron than you think,” Potempa advises. “Straight hair that long tends to fall fast—you want your curls to last all day.” She recommends using a one-inch curling iron (like the Beachwaver Pro 1) for loose curls.

Then, get creative with the braids. Try boho fishtail braids, classic Dutch braids, or retro bubble braids. If your hair tends to fall flat, Potempa recommends asking your hairstylist to add layers to your hair. “Layers will help add more volume into the look you’re going for,” she explains. “If your hair is fine, you can also add human hair extensions to balance out the braided top section.” Pin the braids into a half-up, half-down style, and you’re done.

Natural Texture

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, people visited salons less frequently and embraced their natural texture. As a result, celebrity hairstylist Kiyah Wright says people are gravitating towards low-maintenance hairstyles for their big day. “People are looking for styles that are easy to maintain,” she says. “A lot of women of color are cutting out their relaxers and going natural.” If you’re rocking your natural texture, Wright recommends using some kind of nourishing hair oil (like Pantene’s Gold Series biotin and kukui nut oil) to keep the hair healthy and happy. “It hydrates the hair, helps reduce hair breakage and makes [your hair] stronger—especially for newbies going natural.”

Potempa adds that prepping your hair while it’s wet makes all the difference. Use a t-shirt towel post-shower to reduce frizz and breakage, add in your products and then diffuse with a blow dryer. Her tip? “Make sure you practice how to part your hair,” she says. “Sometimes with curls, a really great side part can make all the difference.” The best part about rocking your texture is the endless ways you can style it. “Enhancing your natural hair with a veil, flower crown, scarf, bun or top knot is stunning.” Another headpiece option we love? A gorgeous wedding headband.

Bubble Braids

The early 2000s called, and TikTok answered. Bubble braids are everywhere—on runways, on social media, and, next year, in weddings. This fun trend is perfect for any to-be-wed looking for a unique day-of ‘do. They’re equal parts playful and elegant—and they’re extremely easy to achieve. Potempa says these braids are particularly great for to-be-weds with thick hair, as clear elastics can typically hold more hair than bobby pins. Create small bubble braids on the sides of your face for a nostalgic look or ask your stylist for a bubble braid ponytail to achieve supermodel status.

Shags

Calling all Friends fans. The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here: The shag is officially back. The style, popularized by Jennifer Anniston on the hit sitcom, was huge in 2021 and will continue to be popular in 2022. “The shag gives you tons of movement and volume at the crown with airy texture around the edges,” says Ryan Richman, celebrity stylist. He adds that this style plays well with any hair type—from straight to wavy or curly. “The Rachel” is the most popular version of this style, but feel free to make it your own. Rock straight-across bangs or your naturally curly hair for your own spin on this ’90s-inspired ‘do. Psst: This style works especially well for to-be-weds with short hair.

Down Styles

“Wearing your hair down is going to be a huge trend as it feels relaxed, confident, and free,” Potempa says. “From old-Hollywood glam waves to a middle-parted beach wave, this is a beautiful way to wear your hair—especially if you’re someone who also wears your hair down.” To achieve a perfect down style, start with fresh, clean hair (Potempa says oils from your scalp can weigh down your locks) and create a clean center part or side part. Next, get a voluminous blowout, lifting at the root while over-directing the hair (read: blow-drying in the opposite direction). Want more volume? Add in clip-in extensions. “For old-Hollywood glamour, create a strong side part by following the arch of the eyebrow,” Potempa says. “Use [a one-inch curling iron] and roll each section under and secure with pins.” Allow the curls to cool, and release. Turn them into waves by brushing through the curls once they’ve completely cooled off.

Modern Mullets

Yes, you read that right. Thanks to Miley Cyrus, the ’80s are alive and well—and Richman is here for it. “We’ll see mullets on males and females alike,” he says. “Miley’s mullet is a combination of all current hair trends: a lob, shaggy bangs, and short layers around the face. This haircut is edgy and very easy to style.” In fact, all you need is some kind of styling cream (Richman recommends Monat’s Studio One Air Dry Cream) to make it happen. Brush it through towel-dried, combed hair, and let your locks air dry. If you’re searching for fresh, unique hair ideas, this one is for you.

Simple Updos

Does another simple style Richman expect to see everywhere this year? Simple updos, like a casual low bun (like this one on Alicia Keys) or a modern French twist. We love these ‘dos because they look like they require a lot of effort and time—when in reality they’re easy to achieve. Additionally, they’ll keep your hair out of your face (and you won’t have to worry about any rogue bobby pins falling out during the ceremony or reception).

Dark Chocolate Hair

Feeling like you could use a reset after 2020 and 2021? This wedding hair trend is for you. Potempa says dark chocolate hair with rich caramel ombre is going to be extremely popular in 2022—especially after this long, hot summer. “Dark chocolate is the perfect rich, healthy looking color,” she says. “The highlights or balayage technique are heavier on the bottom with a ‘money piece’ in the front to add a pop of color and brightness.” Potempa adds that prepping your hair for coloring is key in getting a vibrant, healthy mane. “The new year is the perfect time to restructure, re-bond, and restore your hair.” Use Beachwaver’s Stay Strong Reparative Kit or Olaplex’s bond-building line.

Shadow Roots

Post-COVID, low-maintenance hair colors are everywhere—like shadow roots, which Potempa says will be big in 2022. “Shadow roots are cool because it allows you to blend the root with the color of the hair and allows you to grow your hair out longer,” she says. “It’s a natural sun-kissed look.” Keep any brassiness and dullness at bay by using a purple shampoo and conditioner.

Regency-Inspired Hair Accessories

Given all the wedding dress and wedding decor inspo Brigerton has given us, it’s not surprising the hit series has caused a new hair trend. We predict that regency-inspired hair accessories (think: tiaras, beaded combs, fabric bows and silk flowers) will be everywhere in 2022 thanks to Daphne and the other members of the Ton. Word to the wise, Dear Reader: If you’re planning on wearing a Bridgerton-inspired hairpiece, make sure you tell your stylist in advance. That way, they’ll be fully prepared to create the hairstyle of your dreams. You’ll be shining like the diamond of the season—we guarantee it.

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