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WHY DOES MY BLONDE HAiR GET DiNGY LOOKiNG?

Blonde Hair

WHY DOES MY BLONDE HAiR GET DiNGY LOOKiNG?

 

The biggest complaint of a BLONDiE is that their blonde hair gets dull and dingy looking. Almost always the first thing they say when they sit in our chair is, “I want to be brighter!” So let’s look into why blondes seem to get dingy looking quicker than our other color guests.

The biggest contributing factor is the porosity of the hair. Hair that has been lightened tends to be more porous and needs a bit more TLC than other hair colors. So what does it mean to have porous hair? Well first let’s start with the definition of porosity. Porosity refers to how well your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture. Environmental stressors, thermal use, and chemical processes affect the porosity level of your hair.

Blonde hair tends to be more porous allowing it to quickly absorb elements such as “Urban Dust” that can be small enough that they get trapped in the inner cortex layer of the hair strand. This build up of pollutants is what causes blondes to get dull & dingy.

To remedy this challenge we recommend using a shampoo that gently removes these pollutants followed by a conditioner that adds moisture, restoring the hair to its optimal lipophilic state. Leave in conditioners & weekly masks are a must as well! When the hairs porosity level is lowered less pollutants can get inside the hair strand allowing the hair to reflect more light and look brighter.

Here at MOD we recommend this regimen for all our BLONDiES:

  1. Shampoo & Condition with L’anza Healing Blonde. If you don’t shampoo daily you may need to shampoo twice prior to conditioning.
  2. Once out of the shower, apply L’anza Blonde Rescue leave in treatment. This helps to rebuild & strengthen the hair.
  3. Mask once a week. We recommend using Moi Moi from L’anza because of its abundance of moisture. With all L’anza masks you have to shampoo, mask for 5-10 minutes, and follow it up with your daily conditioner. The reason is the mask works inside the inner cortex layer to heal the hair and the conditioner works on the outer cuticle layer to seal the hair. Be sure to wring out the water from your hair prior to applying the mask as this allows it to penetrate into the hair strand.
  4. Use thermal protectants! Heat can happen quickly. There are a variety of thermal protectants you can use. Blow dry sprays are our favorites. Spray in after the leave in treatment and follow with your favorite stylers. Two salon favorites are Bounce Up Spray and Smooth Down Spray.

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WHAT iF i DON’T LOVE MY HAiR?

WHAT iF i DON’T LOVE MY HAiR?

 

So the day has arrived. You’ve waited weeks for your color appointment and  you can hardly contain your excitement. You’ve finally decided that today is the day you are going to make the change to that amazing Pinterest pic you’ve been ogling.

You go in, have a consultation with your stylist, and you sit there for 3+ hours expecting to look exactly like the picture. You and your stylist are hitting it off. She’s sharing great information about styling and you are taking mental notes so you can fully enjoy this new look at home.

Then she rinses, glazes, cuts, and styles you out. She hands you the mirror and you are expecting to scream with excitement but wait, it’s not quite as blonde as you wanted. The haircut is great. It’s styled out great. But man it’s not blonde enough! Now what!?

Fear starts to take over and before you can say what you are really thinking you say it’s okay, you pay, set up your next appointment and go home. Once home, you can’t help but think, “Man this really isn’t what I was looking for. I really wanted it to be brighter.”

Does this story sound familiar? Hey we all have been there. It can be hard to tell someone that you don’t quite love what they did. No-one wants to hurt someones feelings. And that’s why we here at MOD wanted to take a minute to tell you that it’s okay to tell us if we missed the mark! That is how we learn and grow!

We want you to feel comfortable enough to let us know. We are always willing to make any adjustments necessary. Never do we intend to get it wrong and almost always when we have had to make an adjustment it is something that is a pretty easy fix.

We work as a team here at MOD. So we will work together to do what works best for you and your schedule to make that adjustment. We ultimately want you to feel beautiful and love your hair!

So here’s a few tips to bring up the subject:

  1. If you know right away in the chair it is not for example blonde enough, let us know. We will make the adjustment immediately if we can. If we can’t do it then we will work with you to get you in at a time that works best for you with one of our stylists.
  2. If you are unsure but want to go home and decide, let us know. We’d be happy to reach out to you in a few days to see if we need to make any adjustments. Sometimes, just like when you go shopping, you need to try it on.
  3. If you get home and realize it isn’t what you were wanting or expecting, please call us. One of our front desk team members will be happy to get you in with one of our stylists to make that adjustment. Or they also would be happy to connect you with a manager.

 

Our mission is to create hair color you will love! But should we miss the mark, we want to know. That’s why this blog was important to us. We want to take the uncomfortableness out of what can be an uncomfortable situation so you can love your hair.

 

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IS IT CHEATING IF IT’S THE SAME SALON?

Is it cheating if it’s in the same salon?

 

“If I see another stylist in the salon where my stylist works won’t she be mad at me?” or “I went to Sally while Jane was on maternity leave and I love how she did my hair. I want to continue seeing her but I don’t want to hurt Jane’s feelings.”

These are some things we have heard a lot over the years. The fear of cheating is a real thing and sometimes leads one to stop going to a salon all together to avoid any conflict. So we wanted to take a moment to talk about this issue and give you our thoughts on it.

Our team is here for you, our guests! If it wasn’t for you beautiful people we wouldn’t be living our dream on a daily. At MOD we want you to feel comfortable seeing any stylist you choose. Life is busy and we get that! Sometimes you just need in for a color before your friends wedding and as much as you want to see the stylist you have been seeing for 5 years your schedules just aren’t lining up. That’s okay! We invite you to book with any one of our fabulous stylists if that works best for you and your schedule. NO GRUDGES! NO HARD FEELiNGS! You won’t get the cold shoulder from the stylist you didn’t make an appointment with. In fact when that stylist has a moment she will most likely pop over to say hello and catch up.

Now what if you see another stylist while another one was gone and you really like the haircut and/or color they gave you. You want to continue to see this new stylist because she gave you a fresh new look and you simply want to change things up. We say go for it! Rebook with them. There is no need to explain or defend yourself. We all crave change! We promise none of our stylists will be upset if you are sitting in another teammates chair. You can even bounce back and forth between stylists within MOD. Like we mentioned before, life is busy and sometimes schedules just don’t line up. You may even choose to see one stylist for color and another for haircuts because you like what each of them do. That’s okay too. We all have different strengths.

Of course if you want to stay with one stylist you can. We just want you to know that all of these things are okay with us. We are a team here at MOD so seeing our fellow team mates slaying hair fills up our hearts and makes us happy inside. There is no “my guest” or “your guest” here. We as a team want to take care of OUR guests. We want to take care of YOU. TEAM MOD is here to do what is best for you and your hair.

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BALAYAGE vs CLASSiC FOiL

BALAYAGE vs CLASSiC FOiL

 

BALAYAGE vs CLASSiC FOiL, which one is better? The truth is both of these techniques are great and it’s not which one is better, it’s about which one is better for YOU!

 

Let’s start with the CLASSiC FOiL. Not to be confused with a MiCRO-FOiL! That is a topic for another day. 😉​

PROS- Classic Foil highlights are an even lightness from scalp to ends. This creates the most brightness especially when the foils are placed around the face. It’s a great way to camouflage gray without having to do an all over color.

CONS- There is a definite line of demarcation when it grows out, making the maintenance more frequent. Usually between 5-8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows and how dark you are naturally.

A classic foil is great for the person who wants to blend gray, someone who is wanting brightness through the part line, or generally wants to just be lighter. Also, for those who don’t mind visiting the salon every 5-8 weeks.

 

Now let’s talk BALAYAGE. Balayage is one of the latest trends in coloring. It is defined as a technique for highlighting hair in which the color is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.

PROS- Balayage creates a very natural look allowing for soft and subtle grow out. This allows you to go 10-12 weeks before needing it done again. If you glaze in between (around 6 weeks) you will most likely get the full 12 weeks out of your balayage. It is also very customizable.

CONS- Highlights do not go all the way to the scalp so you have a more rooty look to your color. It also takes more time than the traditional classic foil to have done as we recommend doing a GLAZE with every balayage.

 

A balayage is great for those who love that natural rooty look and those wanting to space out their salon visits. So what if  you like that rooty feel but need those bright blondes around the face? WELL….that’s where FOiLAYAGE comes in! Again, a topic for another day.

 

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WE DREAM iN COLOR

COLOR

WE DREAM iN COLOR!

Our favorite thing to do here at Mod is COLOR! Color is a great way to change your look as it can be as subtle and natural or it can be as bright and bold as you want!
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There are several techniques that we love to do and reasons why we do them! Sometimes we combine them for a more customized look! Creating things like FOiLAYAGE! ⠀⠀


1. 𝘼𝙇𝙇 𝙊𝙑𝙀𝙍 𝙎𝙊𝙇𝙞𝘿 𝘾𝙊𝙇𝙊𝙍 𝘼𝙋𝙋𝙇𝙞𝘾𝘼𝙏𝙞𝙊𝙉 – This is great for maximum gray coverage! It also requires the most upkeep as it leaves more of a solid line of demarcation. Damn gray hair! 😝

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2. 𝙁𝙊𝙞𝙇𝙞𝙉𝙂 – FOiLiNG is great because it allows us to place the highlights or lowlights in the places that most flatter your style. Whether it be a full head or partial, this look has a medium maintenance schedule as the line of demarcation is shattered some.

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3. 𝘽𝘼𝙇𝘼𝙔𝘼𝙂𝙀 – Not only is this a growing trend it is also the most natural and customizable color technique! There is so much diffusion that it’s sometimes hard to tell where one colors stops and another color begins. It is by far the most low maintenance color! And it is a salon favorite!

 

4. 𝙂𝙇𝘼𝙕𝙞𝙉𝙂 – We pair GLAZiNG with our foiling services and balayage services all the time! It’s a great way to add shine and give the hair the perfect tone and blend. This is also a great way to brighten up your balayage in between appointments or simply brighten up your natural hair color!

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This shot features @hairbender21 rocking out some hair behind the chair! 💖

 

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