When you walk into a high-end hair salon like Hair Rx Salon and Skin Care in Aurora, CO, you know that you are getting your hair done by a master technician. This means that she knows a lot more about the hair products, techniques and trends in the hair business than the average stylist. The technicians at Hair Rx do their best to educate each and every client, so that you know the best ways to care for your hair when you are between visits to the salon.
Tammy Jimenez, one of the owners of Hair Rx, recently opened up about a few of the misconceptions, tips, techniques and trends in the hair world. Always eager to educate, Tammy was happy to sit down and share a bit of her knowledge.
What is with this sulfate-free trend?
There are actually different kinds of sulfates. Without getting too technical, the sulfates that are in soaps, laundry detergents and cheaper shampoos are extremely small. They’re inexpensive and cleanse well. Then there are some shampoos that have sulfates that are larger, and can’t penetrate into the cuticle of the hair, but they are more expensive. The problem is that when you use the small sulfates that are in cheaper shampoos, the sulfates get into the cuticle of your hair, which fades your color, and is also very drying.
Is it true that if you want to grow your hair, you can’t cut it?
If you don’t cut your hair, you get split ends. Split ends split up the hair shaft and cause breakage, which keeps your hair from growing. You have to get your hair cut every six weeks to prevent split ends, and your hair will grow like a weed. It may seem counterintuitive, but getting your haircut regularly will help it grow—that’s how it works.
I have curly hair, but I can’t keep it from getting frizzy. What should I use?
A lot of people with curly hair will use gel. Gel has alcohol, and alcohol by nature is drying and creates frizz. You actually want to use moisturizing products that tame frizz. You can still use things that have hold to define curls, but without concentrated alcohol, which creates frizz and dries your hair out.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions you hear from your clients?
People think that conditioner is optional. You have to use conditioner. You simply have to— especially in Colorado because it’s so dry. You do have to choose the right one for your hair type. We hear that one a lot, especially with people that have fine hair; they don’t want to use conditioner, but don't realize that they will never see the full potential of their hair if they don't. Our hair is so depleted of natural moisture here that you need it; you're not just holding your hair back by not conditioning, you are actually damaging your hair by depriving it of moisture. Also, shampoo opens the cuticle of your hair, and conditioner closes it. Open hair cuticles look dry and frizzy. Closed hair cuticles make our hair look shiny and vibrant. Ergo, conditioner is not optional.
Ok, back to curly hair, how should I be applying my product, once I get the right one?
Most people take their product, put it in their hands and scrunch their hair before they use the diffuser. That is the wrong way to do it. Put the product in your hand, emulsify it, run it through your hair, and then comb it through so it is evenly distributed on every single strand. Repeat this process with the next product if you are using more than one. Then scrunch and diffuse. If the product is not evenly distributed, you will still have frizzy pieces or strands with less defined curls.
It seems like you can get really high-end salon products in the grocery or drug store now. Is that the same thing?
No, not at all. A lot of the boutique salon products have been sold to larger companies. Once those companies acquire those brands, they have to change the ingredients to make them cheaper for mass production. You’ll notice that now the first ingredient for those products is water. As soon as you see products on the mass-market shelves you know that the ingredients are not the same. Boutique salon lines are more pricey but it is the best you can get and the best for your hair.
Visit Tammy Jimenez and her amazing team at Hair Rx and you’ll see just why this salon is worth the trip. With a full range of services including skin care, airbrush tanning, bridal hair, and makeup you’ll find many reasons to fall in love with Hair Rx.
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