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    Are you colors looking drab?


    2011 - 07.27

    Summertime always adds a level of extra maintenance to hair color.  Whether you are swimming in the pool, gardening or out at the beach, color tends to fade and the chemicals your hair are exposed to affect the color of your hair.  Here’s a few hair maintenance tips for the summer time:

    1. Pool time ususally means that your hair will be exposed to a variety of chemicals, which often cause ashy looking hair.  In order to protect your hair, you can either wear a swim cap (but who wants to wear one these days?) or you can gently run some conditioner through your hair before swimming.  The conditioner will not stay in the whole time, but it will provide some protection.  If you have already noticed your blondes are looking a little drab, then use a clarifying shampoo to strip the chlorine out.
    2. Sun time means that your browns and reds will fade quicker than usual.  Usually when you see some brassy tones coming out, your natural pigment is showing.  One way to combat the fade is to apply some conditioner whenever you go out in the sun, just a little bit will do.  While you are in the salon, we can offer Redken Chemistry System for color treated hair.  This system helps to close the cuticle and seals in the color, and will help slow down the process of color fading.  We can also pull your color through and refresh the ends, again maintenance is the key to keeping fresh looking color.

    Whether it’s by the pool, out in the garden, or just a simple walk, maintaining your hair is just as important as maintaining your skin.   If you have any questions about hair maintenance please feel free to talk to your stylist the nest time you come in.

    Let’s talk about hair removal


    2011 - 07.12

    There are so many options out there for hair removal in the industry, from tweezing to laser hair removal. For us at Altered Image Hair Designers, we have several different types of wax that we can utilize for hair removal. We carry eight different waxes for anything from coarse hair to fine, from dense to sparse.

    When scheduling your hair removal service, it is important to understand what is involved in hair removal. We recommend that no one tan within 24 hours of the service, and that any topical medications be discussed with your professional. Any other medications that might affect blood flow or skin elasticity should also be discussed with your professional. We usually plan for 15-30 minutes for smaller areas such as face or armpits, while areas such as legs take 45 or more minutes.

    Most guests don’t even feel the hair being removed, however each guest is different and there are certainly areas of the body that are more sensitive than others. We have found that on men, ears and nose are less sensitive than those love handles. And on women, armpits are typically sensitive.

    After your service, it is important that you do not touch the freshly waxed areas with unwashed hands for 24 hours. You are more prone to infection if you touch the freshly waxed ares.

    Those are just the basics, for now. Any questions you may have can always be asked during your consultation with your professional.

    New Colors for the summer


    2011 - 07.02

    Have you ever wanted something different and new? Have you ever wanted to express yourself in ways that you didn’t think possible? Well, we have all sorts of colors available ranging from a hot new orange to a deep red.

    There’s nothing we will not try here at Altered Image. The beauty of our business is that we deal with hair, and luckily hair grows back. Contemporary to stylish, straight to curly, rocker to diva…we do it all. Come into the salon or schedule an appontment today.