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Have idea for your hair or where to get inspiration?

Are you tired of your hair and not really sure what to do?

You go to all of these hair websites and they have wonderful cuts and colors and you feel so inspired for a change.

Changes are great when you are ready and the first step is to decide how far to go with your hair style. Sometimes getting ideas for your hair can come from someone walking down the street (ask if you can take a photo of their hair) or it can come from a magazine or a website like pinterest.

You also need to figure out what tools or items you will need for this new look. Will it be clip in hair extensions or new product or even a new tool like a blow dryer or a curling wand? OR just refurbishing your old tools into something new like taking the clip off of an old curling iron and turning it into a curling wand.

Once you have done your research to determine how much change you want to experience or even just making the decision to change your hair it is now time to sit in the chair and discuss it with your stylist.

If the stylist is educated and confident they will give you suggestions on how this new style you have been thinking about will fit your lifestyle or capabilities.

If you have no idea what to do with your hair .. it can be as simple as saying to the stylist ‘What would you do.. if you could do anything to my hair” THEN ask “what will I need to make that style work for me ? -tools, combs, dryers etc”…

If you are not ready for a change but just need to change something… ask the stylist for ideas on how to style your hair in a new way.

I advise my clients to use mini ponytails in the nape area and fold them in towards their crown so that they can see what it is like to have less hair and less length before they have their hair cut off. I find this can be the best way to explore shorter styles without commitment.
You can also explore using your current tools in a new way. An example would be taking diagonal sections of hair and using your curling iron on hair that has been twisted first and then wrapped around the curling iron and held for a few seconds. Once the whole head is done you could bunch it all up into a very loose ponytail and then anchor the pony tail to the head so you have volume at the roots of the style, curl and still some length left in the style.

If you are stuck  on what to do with your hair …I have an idea for your hair in my back pocket. You just have to call and even come in for a free consultation so we can make a goal to grow your hair or transition to a new style at your pace.
Call Rebecca at 250-675-4713


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Beware of the Brazillian

Health Canada is warning Canadians that ten additional professional hair smoothing solutions have been found to contain levels of formaldehyde above the limit set by Health Canada. An earlier advisory on Brazilian Blowout Solution was issued on October 26, 2010. These products are known to be available at salons across Canada but are not generally available directly to consumers.

Health Canada has received complaints of burning eyes, nose, and throat, breathing difficulties, and one report of hair loss associated with use of professional hair straightening products.

Formaldehyde is permitted as a preservative in cosmetics at levels of no more than 0.2%. Formaldehyde is a known irritant, sensitizer, and is linked to cancer in humans when inhaled chronically over a long period of time. Health Canada believes that the reactions are being caused by formaldehyde becoming aerosolized during the blow drying and flat ironing stages of the treatment. Any procedure containing formaldehyde above the allowable limits places clients and stylists at increased risk.

The following table provides the names of the products and the levels of formaldehyde found in our testing:
Product Level of Formaldehyde
Brazilian Keratin Treatment by Marcia Teixeira 1.8%
Advanced Brazilian Keratin Treatment by Marcia Teixeira 1.7%
Chocolate Extreme De-Frizzing Treatment by Marcia Teixeira 1.6%
Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola 1.8%
Global Keratin Taming System Strawberry by Global Keratin 3.0%
Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Resistant by Global Keratin 4.4%
Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Light Wave by Global Keratin 1.4%
Pro-Collagen RX Keratin Treatment 2.8%
IStraight Keratin (Advanced Keratin Treatment) by IBS Beauty 2.3%
Brazilian Thermal Reconstruction by Cadiveu 7.0%
Who is affected

Consumers receiving these hair smoothing treatments, and stylists performing the treatment may experience reactions of burning eyes, nose, throat, and breathing troubles.
What consumers should do

* Consumers who are experiencing adverse reactions to these professional hair smoothing solutions are advised to seek medical attention. Consumers who have used this product and not experienced any reactions likely have no cause for concern.
* Stylists who use these professional hair smoothing solutions should immediately stop using the affected product. Health Canada has not tested all professional hair smoothing solutions. It is the responsibility of manufacturers, importers, distributors and sellers to ensure that their product is in compliance with the Food and Drugs Act.
* Adverse reactions to cosmetics can be reported to Health Canada using a form available on Health Canada’s website.

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada is working with the Canadian distributors to address concerns regarding professional hair smoothing solutions and to stop sale of the products listed above at all levels of trade.
Products recalled/affected:

This advisory is for the products listed in the table above.

Health Canada understands that the affected products are typically available in salons only.
For more information

Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.
How to report problems with consumer products

Health Canada is interested in receiving reports of incidents or injury reports related to consumer products and cosmetics that have been previously recalled (health and safety related complaints). Incidents or injuries may be about the same hazard or may be about a different hazard related to the same product. An incident report form can be accessed on the Health Canada website.
For the originoal article please see: Health Canada’s Website

Blind Bay Macrame vs. Salmon Arm Shi Shi Fancy Pants

Shuswap Hair SalonI find it funny.

I was reading an article about how to decorate a salon. In this article it indicated that ” if the first thing your clients see when they come through the door is a macramé basket holding a fern, the answer is “yes. you need to redecorate”
Think about it–your salon décor forms your customers’ very first impressions, so if it’s rundown or out-of-date, what does it say about you and your skills?”

If you haven’t been in my salon.. umm.. it is out of date. so far out of date it is cool. 1950’s themed cool. Classic and funky. The thing is though what they neglect to mention in the article is.. it doesn’t really matter what the salon looks like, what REALLY matters is what YOU look like when it is done.

I had a friend who lives in another province who went to a shi shi poo poo fancy pants salon and paid $270 for a basic cut and color. Her result? A terrible hair cut hack job (her words) that she had to grow out for 7 months and another $300 extra dollars at another salon having the  black color she didn’t ask for stripped out.

The best advice I could give anyone is: Go for a FREE consultation. Ask your hairdresser to see if she has a license (I think this is VERY important because it indicates dedication). Be clear about what you want. ASK what their definition is of a trim or a cut is. ASK what their definition of funky is. It is ok to ask. It is your hair and your money. She should be  confident to say that she doesn’t understand what you want and will not start until both of you are clear! That means she respects you as a person and as a customer.

If the hairdresser wears plain jeans and a t-shirt this doesn’t indicate her skills. For example If you are in your pj’s and your at home painting the most beautiful piece of art.. it is because you are happy and comfortable … you produce  what comes from inside you.  If the hairdresser chooses to become an investigator to find out WHO you are then she will produce the hair that fits your life style and personality…. who you are inside to express on the outside.

Yes, a fancy pants salon can give you an “experience” but what is more important to me is the next day, next week and the month after your hair cut that means more to me. Having you look in the mirror and be happy and have fun with your hair (and not curse the day I was born) means more than sitting in a $2000 cutting chair, an $8000 desk to book your appointment and $9000 sink to suds up your head. The time you spend with me is the hour or two to treat you like you need a vacation, a little love and basic understanding and a ear to listen.. and even a hug when you need it. Because you are a person first not a wallet that I need to impress.

I do agree packing is important  but the inside is more important. Like you, who you are inside is more important than the surface and if someone cares about you and how you feel …this is priceless.

Next time you go to your salon, listen to the tones of how people are talking, are they happy to serve YOU?

Shuswap Health Warning : Brazilian Blowout Solution contains 12% FORMALDEHYDE

Why embracing your natural curl will save your health.

I have a friend in Australia who emailed me with excitement.  He just had a chemical process done called Brazilian Blowout.  He raved about it and how much it made his hair awesome. So he encouraged me to look into it.