Salon New Normal & Tips for Limiting Exposure

One of our favorite things about the hair community is its resilience. Hairdressers are some of the hardest working people on the planet, constantly wowing us with their inventive ways to thrive their businesses by pushing the envelope. This resilience will make what will be, a new salon life moving forward. So, what does that mean exactly and what are some ways salon services and flow will change? In addition to cleanliness and safety (read our last article here), we are looking at ways that keep both you and your clients safe during this pandemic.

This means limited exposure and taking to express services. Now, we know what some may be thinking, and no this doesn’t mean rush your work! What is suggested, is to find corners that can be cut from in-person contact so you can focus on the service at hand. Right, so let’s get to it! It’s okay to not feel okay about a change like this. We know you can do it though and you’ll do the absolute best to make this work for the safety of yourself and those around you!

Some suggestions and practices we’ve encountered for express services:

Have your client wash their hair prior to their appointment. 

Coming in with clean damp hair eliminates time at the bowl for both you and your client. Naturally, we understand you may need to do this yourself at some point for color services… but if it’s at all avoidable, like in the instance of haircuts and styling, implementing this when possible could save time and lives. Remember, you’re already adding 10-15 minutes before and after every client to clean and sanitize. This could be an amazing way to actually spend more quality time with your client!

Virtual Hair Consultations

The consultation is one of the most important parts of a service. For many clients, this is a time they want to be heard, and find support in a new look they’ve been spending much time thinking about. For many hairdressers, this means some consultations are lengthier than others in order to get on the same page about your client’s hair history, desires, and expectations. This is a great opportunity to devote time to your client, without the added risk of contact. Set up a well-lit digital video consultation with them to go over their needs. That way, when they come into the salon you both are on the same page!

Online Retail

Consider this easy time-saver. Putting all your retail products into a webshop! With each client, you could e-mail or message them prior to their appointment on what you suggest for their take-home products and give them a direct link to your webshop for them to purchase. They can have their products paid for and packaged to pickup at there appointment! At OLAPLEX we have an amazing affiliate program that helps you earn 35% commission with every product sold so don’t miss out on that either!

Mandatory Mask Usage & Disposables

In addition to the safety suggestions and guidelines listed in our last post, stocking yourself up on safety disposables is a great way to limit exposure. Although it should be mandatory your client comes in with a mask on, stock up on disposable masks for emergencies as well as yourself should you choose to change your mask after each client. Another fabulous way to omit unnecessary contact is by switching temporarily to disposable capes for services. We know so little still about the novel coronavirus, and though contracting the virus from soft surfaces like clothing is lower risk than hard surfaces like metal, best practices should be in place to ensure you’re doing all you can to keep safe.

Express Service Tips

Express services can mean anything from cutting downtime on a haircut by skipping a blow-dry or style out, or even by sending your client home with an OLAPLEX treatment on for them to wash out later. We encourage you to find ways in your own salon to flatten the curve by doing what you can to give your clients an amazing cut, color, or texture service with their safety in mind.

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Mental Health for Hairdressers

As hairdressers, putting the needs of your clients front has center has always been second nature. Now, the world’s current climate is calling for you to put yourself first. Your wellbeing inside and out is all that matters, and we want to ensure you have all the tools to put yourself first. Mental health awareness is more important than ever, the most important being, it’s okay to feel what you’re feeling right now because it will get better. The way one works on improving their mental health is different for all; what works for you may not work for someone else. Don’t worry, there is something for everyone!

Last week, we went live on Instagram with hairstylist, @wespine, to open up the discussion about mental health awareness in the hair community. In discussion, we went over what Wes is doing to clear his mind, and received tons of feedback from our viewers with what they’re doing the keep their spirits up! Here are some of our favorites:

Exercise

Whether it’s an online workout, a masked run or bike ride, there’s nothing like endorphins to lift up your spirits. Elevate your mood by engaging in daily work outs like yoga, shadowboxing, core work, mat pilates, or any other forms of fitness that make you happy!

Clear space, clear mind

Wes let us in on what’s been bringing him joy this quarantine–cleaning and organizing! He expressed how much clearing his space, donating old clothes and knick knacks around the house has helped him pass the time and reduce the anxiety an untidy house brings. It’s true what they say about a clear space promoting a clearer mind!

Gardening & Plant Parenting

Say hello to the Spring and Summer of the green thumb! Bringing house plants into your space is not only an amazing way to care for a living thing, it also promotes mood, reduces stress, filters the air, and boosts productivity! Tired of all the grocery store runs? Start a vegetables and/or herb harden! Many vegetables and herbs survive thrive wonderfully in urban living conditions, some pots and sunlight is all you need!

Work on your branding and social media

We know it’s difficult to not be in the salon everyday. Working on your social media is a great way to revamp your branding and following until you get back into the salon. The productivity will keep you busy and feel rewarding as you help your business grow!

Bubble Baths & Treatments

Yes, it’s time for you to treat yourself! Hairdressers are some of the last to get pampered as they spend their days pampering their clients. Pop on an OLAPLEX treatment and fill up the tub for a relaxing spa experience. Both sunlight leaking daytime baths or candlelit baths do wonders for the soul. You deserve it!

Reading & Writing

Sometimes all we need is a little distraction; escape your mind by reading books! Books both nourish our minds and take us to a different place as we immerse ourselves into a story. Alternatively, pour your feeling out on paper. If you want to let it all out, keep a journal and let your thoughts flow!

Video & Phone calls with friends

With all this isolation, many of us are yearning to see our friends and family. Though the best thing for now is to stay safe at home, there are still ways to connect with your loved ones. Video calls have been a saving grace as we’re able to see many of our favorite people while still banding together to stay home and keep each other safe.

Art & Music

Another amazing outlet is to seek refuge in the arts. Whether it’s painting, collaging, watercolors, or drawing, art is an amazing way to lift the spirits by creating something beautiful. A song can also take us to a different place while evoking emotions just by listening.You can also opt to pick up a new instrument while you take the time to shelter in place!

Keep your hands in hair

If hair is what you crave to feel creative, consider investing in a doll head and brushing up on your technique! Be it cut or color, a doll head is an amazing way to feel the joy of creating something beautiful with hair. If a doll head is out of reach, work on yourself! Now is the time to finally work on some of those hair styling tutorials you’ve been wanting to try out!

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Hair Extensions Technical Terms Explained – Q & A Session 20

Let’s get technical

Have you ever been confused with so much of this hair extensions technical words, not knowing what they mean or what the difference between it really is? from today we will start busting all the hair extensions jargon.

Is Cliphair ethically sourced?

Yes, we are an ethically sourced brand, which means we only use suppliers that guarantee that the raw material they collect is sourced by ethical means, and no laws, or human rights are violated during this process.

What is human hair extension?

As the name suggests, human hair extensions are hair extensions made using only human hair. There are a lot of other types of extensions available in the market, including synthetic, horse, human hair etc. some sellers also do a mix of extensions, so you have to be careful when buying extension so make sure the hair you are receiving is 100% human.

How do I know if it is human hair or synthetic hair?

There are many differences between the two, visually you can tell both apart, as synthetic hair has an unnatural sheen. If not, you can judge by touch as synthetic will feel like plastic. Synthetic hair also cannot take heat and cannot be dyed using a regular hair dye.
However, some of the synthetic hair is now being produced to look very close to or just like human hair, and it can take some heat as well. Now to judge this type, you can use 2 methods, one is burning and second is dye.

If you dye a strip of hair and it does not dye at all, it is not human hair. When doing the burn test, when you burn human hair as compared to synthetic hair, you will need to look out for a few things. When you burn synthetic hair, it turns to hard plastic like balls and gets stuck together as it is melted into each other, however human hair will burn and contract and once you touch, it will be all ash and not like hard plastic.

What is Remy?

Remy hair is hair that is collected from a human donner and has undergone minimum processing, to keep the hair soft and silky. The Remy hair is supposed to have its cuticles in one direction ensuring the hair does not tangle.
The main terms for a hair to be Remy is human hair that does not tangle more than any normal human hair would. Contrary to popular believe Remy hair can also be stripped off from cuticles, and still be classified as Remy hair, if its high-quality hair raw material and does not tangle.

What is cuticle?

Cuticles are scales that goes all along the lengths of the hair, kind of like pores on the skin. These cuticles protect the hair from damage and makes them last longer. These cuticles also effect the porosity of the hair. However, hair with cuticles can be porous or non-porous.

What is porosity?

Porosity of hair means the absorption power of the hair, a highly porous hair will absorb any thing fast and easy, may it be dyes, conditioners, masks, water but this will also lose all this fast and easy. porous hair is often frizzy due to the absorption of too much water. A non-porous hair will not absorb anything and any product you apply will simply remain on the surface and this will mean it will be impossible to nourish this type of hair. The best kind of hair is a medium porosity level hair, which has the property to absorb but not too much.

What does it mean by double drawn?

Double drawn or one ratio means the hair is the same thickness from top to bottom. This is not a natural look, as when our natural hair grows it gets thinner at the bottom tips. So the double drawn hair extensions are more expensive as these are made by combining all the hair of the same length together, as all hair is not the same on the donors head, a double drawn look is achieved by hand to give the customers the top to bottom thick look.

Fractionated Coconut Oil vs Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides vs Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT)

While teaching this course last summer, an interesting question popped up from one of the students.

We were discussing oils, one of which was fractionated coconut oil.

Apart from the question being as long as a son-of-a-gun, it’s a really great query:
‘What’s the difference between Caprylic/capric triglycerides, fractionated coconut oil and MCT (medium chain triglycerides)?’

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Memorial Day Hues

We’re all about the hues red white and blue! This Memorial Day, we’re looking back on some of our favorite patriotic colors to celebrate the lives of those who fought for our colors! It just so happens that the three of these colors have their own special needs, all starting with healthy hair. How can you help your red color thrive without the quick face? What kind of maintenance does platinum hair really require? How can OLAPLEX help with vivid colors?

RED

Did you know that red is one of the hardest colors to remove from hair? We have seen countless corrective color transformations from red to platinum, brunette, blonde, to rainbow done with OLAPLEX that would make you think it was easy. For those true to their vibrant reds, here are some of our favorite tips to keep the fire thriving:

Use OLAPLEX in direct dyes.

Wash with cool water.

Wash hair less often.

Do OLAPLEX No.3 treatments, because the healthier hair is, the longer color lasts!

Avoid heat! Thermal styling tools rapidly quicken the fading process. The more you wear your hair in natural styles, the better!

It doesn’t get much more fire than this:

Photo by Allyssa Rae

WHITE

Ah, platinum. How we love a good snow queen! One of the most common situations that arise with platinum color, is how to get a true platinum hue and how to maintain platinum hair once you have it. Achieving platinum is a major commitment for clients. There are several factors that play into whether this shade is right for them, which are cost, time, and maintenance. Is a client able to commit to having their roots done no more than every 6 weeks? Is the cost of the service and and maintaining the service sustainable? Does the person have the time for regular upkeep at home with OLAPLEX treatments, moisture treatments, gentle styling, etc? If the answer to one of these is no, you may want to consider different options. You and your colorist can certainly decide on a lovely blonde look that works for your lifestyle!

What about that true icy platinum? How many times have you worked on a client and it’s come out just straight yellow? Many expert colorists, like OLAPLEX Ambassador Chad Kenyon, of the Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills recommend lifting past the level of desired lift to ensure zero brassiness especially during the fade out process.

These platinum tones are white hot:

Photo Madeline Marissa Mansel

BLUE

Oh how we love our vivid colors. Blue is one that looks dreamy in all its starry night glory and absolutely luscious in pastel. You can’t go wrong with the blues. To achieve any vivid look, start with the healthiest canvas possible. Have clients treat their hair with OLAPLEX No.3 prior to any color service and of course use OLAPLEX No.1 to rebuild bonds in the hair and No.2 to dilute your direct dyes!

Some of our favorite blues:

Photo by Steven Austin
Photo by Jessica Powers

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80’s inspired hairstyle tutorial

Halloween is just around the corner so  it is time to look for inspiration. Like many of us I have quite a lot of colour in my wardrobe. That means that 80’s halloween costumes are the most obvious choice for the end of the month. The decade that gave birth to ‘girls just want to have fun‘ is a great choice and so much fun. I will break it down in this step by step tutorial, se enjoy and #wearcliphair to show off your style.

Step number 1: prepar for big hair

That’s right, you want bigi hair for this look. In the 80’s the bigger the better. You can do this style on second day hair, it won’t have an effect, what matters is the body. Add your full set of cliphair extensions, targeted around your crown area. Make sure you create a side part before doing this so your extensions sit correctly. Backcomb roots and down the top 1/3 of your hair. Add some heat protecting serum and you are ready to go.

Step number 2: Create your shape

This is very different from a 1950s vintage look. Back then they preferred vig curs but in the 80s it is about much smaler curls and much more about volume. It is best to use a ½ inch curling iron for this. If you do not have a thin curling wand only use  the the narrow end of a larger curling iron. Start close to your roots to get the bounciest curl possible then hold it in your hands for a couple of moments to prevent the curl dropping. For the next section, go the opposite direction. This will help your curls look the most natural. Repeat this all over your head. Not the sectiont tat are directly next to your part or your fringe

Step number 3: Finish the style

Now you have a head of amzingly crazy curls it is time to make your shape you. Brush out the section either side of your side part. You are going to use a striaghtener but not for straightening. As you move down you fringe flip your straightener and continue to move down to create one big curve. This will look a little like the Little Mermaid’s fringe. Brush your curls out with your fingers.   Separate curls and add your hairspray, you are ready to rock halloween in style.

Katie

@katiedirect

How the VoiceOfHair Loyalty Rewards Program Works

We all love free rewards, right? Well, I don’t know about you but I can always appreciate rewards especially for doing things that I was already going to do. To be honest, this is how I feel when I get rewards from the brands that I love:

How the VoiceofHair Loyalty Rewards Program Works

Here at VoiceOfHair, we love to reward our amazing community and customers. Today, I am going to show you how the VoiceOfHair Loyalty Rewards Program works.

What is the VoiceOfHair Loyalty Rewards Program?

The VoiceOfHair loyalty rewards program is our way of saying thank you for shopping with us. As a growing, family-owned, black-business our loyalty rewards program is one of the many ways that we say thank you to our amazing community and customers.

How does the VoiceOfHair Loyalty Rewards Program Work?

It is very simple, for every $1 that you spend with VoiceOfHair you will be rewarded $5 of VoiceOfHair Crew Cash. Once you accrue enough rewards you can cash them in for discounts on future purchases. Plus, you can easily earn points for simply signing up for an account, sharing us on your Facebook page, letting us know when your birthday is, and for referring your friends.

How the VoiceOfHair Loyalty Rewards Program Work

Who is the VoiceOfHair Loyalty Rewards Program For?

This program is for you. Whether this is your 1st or 10th time shopping with us, you can earn Crew Cash.

How do I get started?

It is a simple and very quick process to get started with the VoiceOfHair Rewards Program. Sign up now, it will take you less than 15 seconds. If you’ve purchased before, be sure to use the email that you checked out with. All you need to do is sign up for an account here: https://voiceofhaircare.com/account/register.

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6 Children’s Books to Help Your Black Child Love Their Hair

If you’re like most parents who are trying to persevere through this new new norm of homeschooling you may already be feeling weary. However, one thing that you may want to do is incorporate more story time books into your child’s daily routine. In order to assist you we created a list of 6 children’s books to help your black child love their hair. These books will educate your young king or queen on the uniqueness of their hair while boosting their self-confidence.

#1 Bedtime Bonnet

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd

by Nancy Redd  (Author), Nneka Myers  (Illustrator)

This joyous and loving celebration of a family is the first-ever of picture books to highlight Black nighttime hair traditions. This book is perfect for every little girl who knows what it’s like to lose her bonnet just before bedtime. Couple this with some education on different cultures and you have the perfect afternoon lesson.


#2 What Are You Gonna Do With That Hair

by Ndija Anderson-Yantha  (Author), Dylan Gnitecki (Author), Kaela Beals (Illustrator)

This book encourages your baby girl to celebrate the beauty and versatility of her natural hair and learn the rich history of natural hairstyles.  In this book, the main people often ask the main character, Zuri, “What are you gonna do with that hair?” Zuri finds the answer in her cultural hair-itage and shows she can sculpt and shape her curls and coils into beautiful works of African art—braids, ‘locks, bantu knots—in other words, whatever she wants! This makes a perfect pair for a history lesson.


#3 Bippity Bop Barbershop

Book - Bippity Bop Barbershop by Natasha Tarpley

by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (Author), E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)

This is the companion book to the bestselling “I Love My Hair!, ” which we will highlight later in this article. This story takes place when a young boy, Miles, makes his first trip to the barbershop with his father. With the support of his dad, the barber, and the other men in the barbershop, Miles bravely sits through his first haircut. This is an awesome way to introduce self-care and upkeep to your growing son.


#4 Emi’s Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair

emis curly coily cotton candy hair 25 black childrens books that celebrate hair

Author: Tina Olajide 

This is a fun story that teaches basic natural hair care techniques and tips in a playful and memorable way. In this story Emi shares a positive message about her Curly, Coily, Cotton Candy Hair and what she likes most about it. This book will teach your little princess early on, how to care for her mane.


#5 I love my hair!

I love my hair!

by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (Author), E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)

“I Love My Hair!” captures the realistic relationship of a child growing up with their natural hair, and all of the struggles that come along with it. This book offers a relatable perspective along with positive affirmations throughout. This book is the perfect way to introduce self-love and build high esteem into your little black girl.


#6 All Hair is Good Hair

by Annagjid Kee Taylor (Author), Karibo (Illustrator)

This book shares a story of a little girl struggling with accepting her own hair as beautiful. In the book, ten year old Samaya believes she has “bad hair” and shares this with her mother. In a culture saturated with digitally altered photos and videos, raising girls with high self-esteem can be scary. But Samaya’s mother is determined to instill self-love and influence her both by what she says and what she does. In this book, Samaya reveals the events that lead her to acknowledging that All Hair Is Good Hair. This book is a must for any child who may fall into the “comparison trap” of hair.


Have you read any of the above books? If so, which was your child’s favorite?

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