AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Curly Hair Styling, Frizz Control, hair care, Styling, Styling Tips

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    As much as we love how our straighteners and curling irons give us that perfect smooth and straight hair, or those sexy corkscrew curls, heat and chemical damage to hair can be irreversible.  Understanding the physical and chemical structure of your hair can help you to make better decisions regarding when and how much heat to apply to your hair, as well as some strategies to protect and nourish your hair.

    The hair shaft is actually a quite delicate hollow structure. It consists of 3 layers; the outermost protective cuticle, the middle cortex, and the innermost medulla. The cortex and cuticle provide the protective layers for the air and water-filled medulla. The smooth cuticle, when healthy, is what gives hair its shine. Hair damage occurs when those outer layers are compromised through either excessive heat or over processing with chemicals.

    Other than avoiding heat completely or never coloring your hair, what is a girl to do?

    If your hair is already dried out and brittle, sometimes the only answer is to go for the big chop, cutting off the damaged hair and allowing new, healthy hair to grow in. This is especially the time to pay attention to how you can make changes in your styling practices and diet for the best results for healthy, vibrant hair, avoiding damaged hair occurring again in the future.

    Remember that just as your skin needs moisture for health, so does your hair. Moisture keeps your hair nourished and protected. Make sure that a weekly or even bi-weekly deep conditioning treatment is a part of your beauty regime.  Also, when you schedule your hair appointment, ask for extra time to allow us to provide some hair repair and protection with our deep condition treatment. Talk to your stylist at Pinup about some of our wonderful moisture-enhancing products that will nourish and protect your hair.

    In addition to applying moisture externally, various vitamins and nutrients found in our diet and supplements can impact our hair and skin. Some moisture-encouraging nutrients to target:

    • B-Vitamins: Important to restore shine and thickness to your hair, biotin, cobalamin and niacin are examples of important B-vitamins. Find these in eggs, avocados, whole grains, and legumes.
    • Zinc: This hair growth mineral is especially important for those who exercise heavily and sweat, since doing so loses significant amounts of zinc. Target pumpkin seeds, lamb, and turkey for more zinc in your diet.
    • Vitamin D: an important vitamin for the health of your hair follicle is also beneficial for those suffering from eczema.  Great sources of vitamin D are beef liver, salmon, mushroom, and whole grains.

    Remember that hair that is already damaged is lacking the protection in the cuticle. Back off of your heat styling with a different cut that allows a great new look without the heat. Tricks to avoid getting to that irreversibly damaged point can include incorporating “no heat” hair styles in your weekly repertoire, allow your hair to go a bit greasy on days when you can stay in, and not shampooing quite so frequently.

    Safer styling tricks should include not only rest days from heat, but also proper use of straighteners and curling tools. Teflon coated tools are less likely to dry out your hair, as well as keeping your irons cleaned of burnt hair buildup. Use of a heat protectant product also goes a long way in protecting your tender locks.

    Make sure your hair is not damp when heat styling since that can cause steam damage and cracks the walls of the medulla as well as damaging the cuticle, causing visible dry and brittle hair.

    Color treated hair is also more susceptible to damage, so talk to your stylist about ways to extend time in between visits with semi-permanent colors or going with a color that is closer to your natural color to help the “rooty” grow-out less obvious, allowing more time in between visits.

    As we age, our hair gets thinner is more susceptible to damage, so it is especially important to have a hair protection strategy in place.  Don’t wait until serious damage has occurred to adopt some of the tricks described here. Doing so will help avoid having to go with a radical chop and will keep your hair healthy and happy in the long run.

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: hair care, Hair Dreams, Styling, Styling Tips

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    Spring hair trends are fresh, soft, and just waiting for you to try them out. The softer, bohemian look is showing itself in both styles and hair color. For longer hair, soft, sexy, and disheveled braids and softer curls will be supporting the artsy, natural mood. You will see longer hair swept to the side in soft Boho waves.

    Whether you go with braids or long tails, a softer, undone look will take prominence over the sleeker look we have seen in seasons past. Both braids and tails are going noticeably longer for Spring 12015, so get growing now if you have not already done so!

    A definite move away from the corkscrew curls to a softer, more natural twisted curl can be achieved with twisting damp hair overnight and gentle finger styling in the morning.  This also will give your long hair a much needed break from all that heat styling.

    African American hair is also going to a natural twisted curl and moving away from chemically straightened hair.

    Color: Moving away from the biolage look, hair colors will be less edgy, warmer, and more natural. Softer baby highlights for blondes and a smoother more gradual effect for brunettes are taking the turn. Redheads will see more hints of copper, gold, and auburn to complement their natural color.

    Big buns, lower on the nape as opposed to the high “yoga hair” we have seen. Softer, slightly messy braids will feature a fun array of options such as side braids and looser French braids.

    Not only are buns going lower on the nape, long tails will be repositioning there, as well

    A fun, more effortless “Out of the Water” look with the use of products to keep that wet look all day long will support your beach and pool time in the summer.

    The good news is that this move to a more natural look will also result in giving your hair a break from daily heat styling and save yourself some time to enjoy the spring and summer weather and activities that go with the season…so enjoy!

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Great Lengths, hair care, Hair Extensions, Keratin Bonded Extensions

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    These long, gray months of winter in the Northwest can leave a girl feeling a bit pensive, musing over the true meaning of life, world peace, and how to grow out your hairstyle gracefully.  Well, ok, maybe not in that order, but certainly the hairstyle is up on that priority list.

    Whether you are growing out from a short style to longer, going back to your natural color, or transitioning from straightening to naturally curly, each of these situations presents its own challenges and can have some pretty frustrating transitional stages.  We have some tips to make that transition a bit smoother.

    Going from short to long?

    • Hydrate, Hydrate! Avoid those brittle, old looking strands from taking over you (hopefully) long, luscious new do. Since you won’t be cutting as often, help your hair to retain elasticity with good conditioning and minimize heat styling.
    • Trim it up!  People tend to assume that growing out your hair style means no cutting at all.  But you can avoid the awkward yucks with teeny, tiny trims to maintain a more useable definition.  Just a quarter inch is enough to cut off the damaged hair and nurture along minimal shaping
    • Accessorize! During those most difficult to avoid transitions, learn to depend on clips, scarves, and up dos to add style and hide the transition. You may just find this the most fun part of the grow out!
    • Nourish YOU!  What goes in must come out, right?  Well, at least when it comes to skin and hair, the quality of nutrients and supplements on a daily basis go a long way in improving your hair cells for a healthier looking and faster grow out.

    Going back to your natural color?

    • Tint back! Have your stylist apply a “filler” color to replace missing hair pigments. This is either a semi or demi-permanent color. This may take multiple appointments over the course of months depending on how much different your colored hair is from your natural color.
    • Low down! Add in either low lights or highlights to blend back to your natural color
    • Do a Demi! Demi-permanent color, that is. This will not fully cover gray and help make the transition smoother.

    Going natural curls after relaxers?

    • Do a big chop! This is cold turkey for cutting off all or most of the chemically relaxed hair to a super short cut and letting the curly hair grow in. You will need to trim often at first to get rid of those final, relaxed ends.
    • Protein and H2o are the way to go! A good diet will have a noted impact on how well your hair grows. Pure, straight water and at minimum, 5 oz. of protein per day. Also consider protein treatments such as egg, mayo, or avocado masks, and coconut oil.
    • Moisturize! Use heat protectants and leave in conditioners to beat the frizz on those days when detangling gets tougher.
    • Just say no to heat! Heat damage from straighteners can cause damage to your new, natural hair before much has grown in. Be kind!
    • Slumber shield! Tie your hair up in a scarf or bonnet for protection while you slumber.

    Regardless of why you are growing out your hair, learn to embrace the change as you contemplate the new direction you are going, and who knows, you may just find a happy medium along the way and stay there a while.

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: hair care, Styling, Styling Tips

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    The holidays are well over and all that celebrating and party hair styling has left your locks in less than desirable condition.  Since hair is made up of dead protein cells, you cannot heal what is already dead or damaged.  You can, however, sooth, moisturize, and condition your hair as well as take some steps to be kind to your new, undamaged hair that is growing in.

    The things that damage your hair are everyday wear and tear, heat styling, harsh products, and over-processing.  If your hair feels damaged, brittle and looks dull, you need to take a good look at what you do to your hair each day. If you use hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons, that is a lot of heat in one day.  What can you do to cut down on that? Here are some tips for hair recovery during the winter…

    • Consider washing your hair in the evening and let it dry without a hair dryer.  The next morning all you need to do is style it.  Perhaps you can come up with some styling options through the week that don’t require a straightener or curling iron.  It is possible with these strategies to cut the heat processing in half over the course of a week.  That is going to give your hair some needed recovery time.
    • Make sure your hair products are gentle and that you are not shampooing too frequently. Brittle hair is often caused first and foremost by harsh, frequent shampooing that washed out the hair’s protective oils.  If your schedule permits, let your hair go a bit oily once or twice a week, maybe on the weekend or a day or two when you can have a hat day and give your hair a break.
    • When you do shampoo, make sure your final rinse is with cool water. This will close the hair cuticle and leave your hair shiny and smooth looking.
    • If you color your hair, reduce the amount of processing by choosing a color that allows for a longer regrowth time so you are not feeling the need to get your roots touched up so often. We have some great ideas and options to make that work for you including going for a period of time of no coloring or just semi-permanent colors that give your hair a chance to recover.
    • Pinup has some great leave-in hydrating conditioners.  These have valuable humectants which add and hold much needed moisture for damaged, dry hair.
    • Consider a trim to get rid of the badly damaged hair since once your hair is damaged, you are left with the option of trimming the damaged hair. Talk to your Pinup stylist to assess the level of damage to your hair and the trimming options for getting rid of the damage.
    • After your trim, schedule regular deep condition treatments with us each time you come in for a cut and color.  It will make a world of difference.
    • For a DIY option at home in between appointments, try this Mayonnaise Hair Mask for softness, shine and growth.
    • Lastly, don’t forget that what you eat makes a huge difference in your hair, skin, and nails.  Add to your diet some of the ingredients noted in this article and you will start seeing a difference in your hair and your skin!

    So, no need to freak out and stress over those tresses. Your personal emergency hair repair experts at Pinup are here to help you with a recovery plan to have your lovely locks back in top shape in no time.

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: hair care, Hair Dreams, Styling, Styling Tips

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    As much as we all would like to believe that we don’t judge a book by its cover, the reality is that to a certain extent, all of us do.  And that includes our own self-image. How you perceive yourself is a part of your own personal confidence and it affects how you project yourself, which in turn has a direct effect on how others perceive you.

    Think about it, when we are not feeing very sexy, beautiful, or plain old happy, we have a hard time convincing others that we are any of those things.  Many times, a new hairstyle, make over or new outfit can be the ticket to your show of “I am Wonderful”, where you are the star.

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: hair care, Hair Dreams, Styling

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    You are putting a lot of thought and action into creating your own personal style.  You shop with a certain look in mind for your clothes, jewelry, and shoes.  You know that when you see those oh-so-perfect-boots that not even your limited paycheck will stand in the way of owning that coupe du resistance pair to finish off your look for fall.

    So GIRL, why do you leave your hair to last minute and trim your salon budget long before your bangs? Your hair style and color are a part of the stage that helps to make that statement about who you are. Not taking time to extend your look to your hair is a bit like baking a great cake and forgetting about the frosting.  Well, we are here to help you frost your cake and finish off your look with flair and finesse (and just maybe a bit of fondant, as well!)

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: hair care, Hair Disasters, Styling Tips

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    Nothing can ruin a perfectly perfect hair cut and color more than damaged hair. I mean, what is the point of going through all that effort, spending your hard earned euros on a most stunning cut and color by your artistes at Pinup…only to go home and ruin it all day after day with your horrifying hairstyling habits until your next appointment in Pinup Paradise?

    Here is a list of no-no’s that you must promise on scouts honor never to commit or at least promise to minimize:

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Coppola Keratin Complex, hair care, Smoothing Treatments

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    All the gorgeous styles from silky straight to cute curls have one thing in common that make them and YOU look so hot…sexy, soft and healthy looking hair. So what is a girl to do? How to achieve that sexy look, yet not over-process and over-heat your hair with straighteners and curling irons?

    Your gals at Pinup have just the solution (pardon the pun) for you…Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola. This product is causing quite the hubbub in the hair industry.

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    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Bridal Hair, hair care, Hair Dreams, On-Site Wedding Styling, Styling, Styling Tips, Wedding Hair Styles, Weddings

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    So you keep noticing Hollywood glam queens like Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Georgia May Jagger, and Taylor Swift with their show stopping, high volume, classic Hollywood icon do’s?  If you want to achieve that ultra-glam look for yourself, remember, these new Hollywood glam queens are only re-inventing the classic glam styles inspired by the originals such as Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Wyman, Dorothy Hart from the 1930’s to the 1950’s.

    So what exactly qualifies as a “Pinup Do”?  Think flapper-inspired, vibrant tints and dramatic curls for an authentic pinup hairstyle. A Veronica Lake inspired mane with pin curl bangs. High-rise up dos with headbands, big volume retro bee hives, glossy side swept manes. Pinups do’s look neat and sleek with fly aways controlled. You will see retro finger waves, and a feathered head piece to set it off. Voluminous up-dos with sequined, silver or gold splashes of hair accessories and side swept retro waves set off with glam clips.

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