Summer Hair Care: What to Know

Last week, we talked about taking care of your skin during the summer (and year round!) This week, we want to focus on hair care during the summer as we find that people often forget that the outdoors (sun, chlorine, sand, saltwater) can be rough on hair. The strands in your hair are coated with a protective hydrolipidic film, which breaks down over time. Chemical treatments, heat styling, swimming in chlorinated water can speed up this process, which is why by the end of summer hair tends to feel a bit fried.

Here are a few easy things to do to protect your hair during the summer months:

  • Soak Your Hair–Before you get in the pool, soak your hair in the shower. Your hair acts like a sponge, so instead of having it soak up all the chlorine and algaecide in the pool, instead give it a thorough rinse with clean water.
  • Au Naturel–In the summer, leave the straightener and blow dryer in the drawer. Let it air dry to prevent dehydration.
  • Wear a Hat–Or use a hair product with sunscreen in it! These will protect your hair and scalp from damaging UVA/UVB rays which will add to the fried feeling.
  • Coconut Oil–When you head to the beach, braid your hair and then put a little coconut oil on the ends. This will act as a protective layer between your hair and the saltwater.

Not as trendy, but wear a swim cap! These do great work at keeping the pool chemicals off your hair. However, if you wind up with slightly green hair at the end of summer, we can help. Our shampoo and style service can be modified to get rid of the green with ease!

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What’s New: L’Oreal Pro Fiber

We recently added a new product to our arsenal in the spa, L’Oreal Pro Fiber. Pro Fiber has three different levels of treatment based on how much hair damage you have. Our stylists will assess your hair and then choose a corresponding treatment plan. For example:

  • The Pro Fiber Revive  would be used on fine to medium hair that has been slightly damaged from heat styling.
  • The Pro Fiber Restore would be used on hair that is frequently colored, highlighted or chemically treated, as well as regularly heat styled.
  • The Pro Fiber Recover would be used on medium to coarse hair that has been double processed, chemically treated, and regularly heat styled.

After your shampoo and scalp massage, the stylist will use the concentrate and masque on your hair to ensure nourishment and to correct damage. After a short wait while the products work their way into your hair, your hair will be rinsed and styled.

The Pro Fiber regimen has been hailed as the best new formula from L’Oreal for damaged hair. We are excited to use it in our salon. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to try Pro Fiber on your hair, click here.

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Before and After a Pro Fiber Treatment by Barbara

Have questions? Talk to us in the comments.

A Man’s Haircut: How to Talk Hair

In honor of Father’s Day, we thought we’d address an issue we have seen a lot during our years in business. A bad haircut on a guy. It happens frequently to both men and women, but it’s almost worse on a guy because they don’t usually have that much hair to work with.

For example, one of our regular clients went to a major men’s haircut chain for a quick cut and…. it didn’t turn out well.

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Yeesh! It’s like the proverbial line in the sand.

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Aaaaand afterward, all fixed up by Sasha

We aren’t sure whether it just wasn’t the stylist’s day or if she was lacking experience, but we know that a lot of bad haircuts stem from miscommunication. So let’s clear that up with today’s post on how to talk to your stylist.

The Style

First up, tell your stylist the look you are aiming for–if you want to look like Tom Hiddleston, Brad Pitt (circa Inglourious Basterds), or Jon Hamm aka Don Draper. These are all very different styles. Remember that pictures help, so save a few on your phone to give the stylist an idea if what you want. Also make sure you tell the stylist to be up front with you, if she doesn’t think it will look good for your head/face shape- you want to know that too.

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The Cut

Now is the time to be specific about how much you want taken off. Don’t say “a little off the top” because that can mean a variety of things to different stylists. Say something like “a quarter inch off the side and half an inch off the top.” If you don’t have them memorized already, ask your stylist what clipper guards she uses on your head so you know what to repeat the next time.

Taper and Napes

A tapered haircut means that the length of your hair gradually gets shorter from the top of your head to your neck. This is a fairly standard haircut, however, if you want your hair the same length all over, be sure to mention it. When it comes to the nape or neckline, you have three options: blocked, rounded, or tapered. The blocked nape is squared off and can give the impression of a wider neck if you have a thin neck. The rounded nape curves the corners of a blocked nape. Both will have to be maintained so that it doesn’t look unkempt when the hair below starts to grow in.

The last nape is taper, which just follows the natural neckline. It doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and is generally the preferred way to go.

Texture and Product

If you want to a choppy/piece-y look on top, tell your stylist about it. Then ask for his/her suggestions on product to get the look you want.

Lastly don’t forget to discuss your sideburn length and the arches around your ear. You know what looks good on your for sideburns and most men prefer that the stylist stick with the natural arch around the ear. Clarify these things with your stylist so your haircut is perfect all the way around.

We hope this will help solve those bad haircuts! Let us know if you have more questions, we are here to help. If you’d like to book with Sasha or one of our great stylists, click here.

We are also offering a deal for Father’s Day! Click here!

What’s New: Marula Oil – Rare Oil Treatment

We have a new conditioning treatment at Practically Perfect, Marula Oil!

The Marula tree, as well as its fruit and seeds has long been utilized by people in South Africa and is one of the great, indigenous trees of the region. Because the tree is drought resistant, it is suited for the climates in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

In 1972, Eve Palmer and Norah Pitman wrote in Trees of Southern Africa, covering all known indigenous species in the Republic of South Africa, South-West Africa, Botswana, Lesotho & Swaziland that, “It is the oil from the Marula kernel that has come to give the Marula tree its spiritual status. The kernels are so full of oil that a squeeze with the hand can release a rich yield. This healing oil is used as a cosmetic, by Southern African women, and is massaged onto the skin of their face, feet and hands.”

So if your hair has been a little under the weather lately, schedule an appointment for a conditioning treatment today!

 

 

All About the Olaplex

If you have visited one of our stylists before, you may have already experienced the miraculous-ness that is Olaplex. One of our longtime stylists, Barbara, is a huge fan of the product and recommends it to most of her clients. But what exactly is Olaplex and how do you know if your hair would benefit from it?

Let’s go over it step by step:

  • What is Olaplex?
    • Olaplex is a bond multiplier. This means that when the disulfide bonds are broken in your hair through chemical, thermal or mechanical processes like dyeing and blowdrying, Olaplex can be applied to repair those bonds and strengthen your hair.
  • How is it applied?
    • Olaplex can be used as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with a color service.
  • How do I know if I need it?
    • Anyone can benefit from an Olaplex treatment. If you color, blowdry, straighten, or curl your hair regularly, you will see a marked difference after using Olaplex. If you have very damaged, over processed hair we recommend having a couple of Olaplex stand alone treatments before we try to color correct your hair.

Let’s take a look at few before and afters:

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All of these were completed by our stylists at Practically Perfect. (Btw, follow us on Instagram at Practically Perfect Day Spa.) You don’t have to live with unhappy hair!

Interested in getting an Olaplex treatment for your hair, Book Now or call 770-704-5614.

Spotlight on a Stylist: Kara

The one, the only, Kara! You may have heard of her– our true original.

Before she joined us at Practically Perfect Day Spa, Kara owned Kara Christian Styling Studio in Woodstock. She decided to move a little closer in to Canton and we were so lucky that she chose us as her new home. If you have been following us on Facebook, you may have seen some of her talent.

We love her laugh, her style, and her readiness to try all things new and different. By pushing herself to be better than she was yesterday, she encourages us to improve as well!

What would we do without our Kara? It doesn’t even bear thinking about!

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Spotlight on a Stylist: Carrie

“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you is your trademark.”

I don’t think there is another person that fully incorporates this phrase into their life, both professionally and personally, more than our Carrie. Each and every day, she comes into the spa with a smile on her face, ready to greet the day. There are usually clients up early and waiting to see her. They all have regular weekly appointments and Carrie’s knows just about everything that is going on in their lives. She is both anchor and wings for many people, holding them steady and lifting them up.

This is why we couldn’t do without her and why we strive to be more like Carrie every day.

Check out a little bit of her work next.

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Spotlight on a Stylist: Barbara

Have you ever met someone so spirited and full of life that you wonder how they contain all that energy everyday? That’s what it is like knowing Barbara, our free spirit with boundless enthusiasm. As she says, “Life is too short for boring hair.” Or boring anything, really.

Check out Barbara’s work in today’s spotlight on a stylist and book with her next time you need a little jolt!

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Spotlight on a Stylist AND Massage Therapist: Danielle

Most of you all know Danielle as a FANTASTIC massage therapist. Seriously, Danielle is magic. She attended the Cohutta Healing Arts Institute in Ellijay, where she underwent rigorous training for her certification. Her hundreds of satisfied, happy clients can attest that the training definitely paid off in spades.

You might not have know though that she is also an amazing stylist. She is experienced in a wide range of salon services like bayalage and ombre and can deliver the perfect cut and color to her client every time. She also does amazing Keratherapy Keratin Smoothing Treatments. If you have curly, thick, unmanageable hair, hurry over to Book Now to schedule a session with Danielle.

Don’t believe me? Check out her work below.

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Spotlight On A Stylist: Sasha

Last year when Sasha was out following surgery, I posted this photo.

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I wasn’t even kidding, really. It really says something about Sasha that the majority of her clients waited for her to return rather than see another stylist. Especially when you consider that she is KNOWN for her men’s cuts and there isn’t a lot of time between haircuts for most men.

If you know Sasha, then you know she is so special and talented. Her skills wow us every day and we are so excited to share her work in this post. Check it out!

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Spotlight On A Stylist: Callie

If you regularly follow our Facebook page, you’ve seen the amazing work that Callie has done on our clients. She is truly gifted when it comes to giving clients exactly what they ask for, whether it be bayalage, ombre, the perfect cut, gorgeous make-up, or a beautiful updo.

Check out her work below and get inspired this spring!

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Hair Care During Pregnancy: What to Know

Congratulations on your impending bundle of joy! We know that this an exciting, yet overwhelming time for you and your partner. You might be dealing with awful morning (noon and night) sickness, extreme fatigue, food aversions and so many other symptoms. Your hormones are even changing the hair on your body. When you’re pregnant, your hormones encourage the growing phase of your hair while also reducing or skipping the resting phase, where the hair falls out to make way for new growth. Therefore, you’ll probably notice extra thick hair for the next ninth months or if you already have thick hair, it might be even harder to manage. Plus all the hair on your body starts to grow even faster (hello, chin hairs.) 😐

When you aren’t feeling good, it can be hard to even care what state your hair is in. Believe us when we say that we totally understand. But if you are wanting to freshen your look, we can help. Or if you just want to be pampered for a little bit, we can help there too.

Let’s talk a little bit about what services we offer:

  • Shampoo/Blowout–There is a reason that the shampoo is the best part of the appointment, it just feels so dang good to have some rubbing your scalp and neck. It reduces all of that tension and the great-smelling products leave you relaxed with shiny, bouncy hair.
  • Hair Cut and Style–You might not be ready for a big chop when it comes to your hair, but even getting a trim will help your hair (especially if it’s constantly in a messy bun, while you are hurling up breakfast.)
  • Hair Color–The jury is still out on this one. Some doctors recommend not dyeing your hair during pregnancy, while others say not to dye during the first trimester. Some say that any dye is fine, while others feel that a naturally-derived dye is best. Talk to your doctor about her recommendations and then to your stylist. We can find a way to compromise (even if it’s just highlights!)

As your hair continues to change throughout pregnancy, you might also want to consider switching products to suit. Hair can become oilier, dryer, and even grayer (yay) so flexibility is key.

Don’t forget that we also offer prenatal massage for our moms-to-be. It’s a great way to relieve back and leg pain and relax before your due date. Check out our recent article to learn more!

Blessings to you and your baby!

Love, the Practically Perfect Team

Why Pureology?

If you have been to visit one of our stylists at Practically Perfect, you know that we use Pureology products both in the back bar and for finishing your look. We also highly recommend them to our clients for use at home. There are a few reasons why we are so in love with Pureology, but the most important to us is that they are a cruelty-free and green company. This means that their products are 100% vegan, they aren’t tested on animals nor do they use animal products or by-products. In addition they also have made huge reduction of their environmental footprint:

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Getting to Know: Kara

She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
I have always loved this poem by Lord Byron and when thinking about what to write for Kara, it just popped into my mind. It describes her personality to a T, she does walk in beauty and she is the first to see the good in people. She is kind and giving when so many are not. She tries each day to do good in the world through her relationships with her daughter, her family, and her clients.
We love her ready laugh, her smile, her sweet nature and we know you do too. Take a peek inside Kara’s world by reading below.

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Getting to Know: Callie

She’s SUPER-CALLIE-fragilisticexpialidocious and I’m sure she has never heard that before (forgive me, Callie.)

Ahem, anyway, I would love to introduce the newest member to the Practically Perfect family, Callie. She joins us as our new stylist and colour expert. You might have seen on our Facebook page the lovely style she did for Brittany’s homecoming, if not here it is:

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We are so excited to have Callie join us and we know you will love her enthusiasm and sweet personality just as much as we do. If you haven’t yet made her acquaintance, read on to get the inside scoop.

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Getting That Perfect Hair at Home

We have all been there, sitting in the stylist’s chair as they are showing you how to style your hair and telling you how to do it at home. On the outside, you smile and nod and maybe say something like, “Sure, I could do that.” On the inside you are just like, “Yeah, no, that’s not happening.”

Maybe you are short on time or your arm hurts after holding the blowdryer for more than 3 minutes or perhaps the ponytail is your life. Believe us when we say that we know all about it and we want to help!

On Thursday, November 12, at 6pm, we will be offering a class for YOU. Bring in your products and your brushes and after we shampoo you, we will see how you usually style your hair, while offering suggestions and advice. We know you have a specific look in mind and this is a great way to get some hands-on experience achieving it.

The class is limited to 18 and the cost is $20. Visit Book Now and once you click the link, choose Book Class on the left or give us a call at 770.704-5614 and we will get you signed up.

This is a great way to prepare for all of the holiday parties in a supportive, helpful environment. Plus refreshments are included!

Getting To Know: Sasha

Most of our clients know that Sasha recently injured her knee and was unable to work for almost two months. What you might not know is that her clients, especially the men, waited for her to get back before getting a haircut. For two months. It was almost like this:

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Seriously though, Sasha is one of the most talented, warmhearted, giving people we have ever had the pleasure of working with and her clients know it. She makes us laugh and reminds us to be a positive force in the world, even when things aren’t going our way.

When she isn’t at the spa, she loves spending time with her family and friends and at her church. Want to more about the lovely Sasha? Read on.

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Getting to Know: Heather

The staff at Practically Perfect our so excited to introduce to you our newest team member and friend, Heather. While she hasn’t been at the spa for very long, she has been in the industry for a number of years. Her enthusiasm and the joy she takes in working are a perfect fit with our team. She always ask questions and takes initiative to make things run just a little bit more smoothly.

When she isn’t at the spa, she is busy raising her beautiful children, hanging out with her husband, running her own business and taking care of her extended family. We aren’t sure when she finds time to get a little shut-eye, but we are oh so glad she decided to include us in her world.

If you haven’t met her yet, this post will give you the inside scoop!

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Getting to Know: Barbara Holloway

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Barbara Holloway chose Goldie Hawn as the actress to play her, should her life ever be made into a movie. Barbara, like Goldie, exudes positive energy and warmth. Her motto might very well be, “There are no strangers, only friends we haven’t met yet.”

Barbara’s 30+ years in the hair industry, not to mention the thousands of returning clients, are testimony to her friendly personality and the high standards to which she holds herself. Practically Perfect is better for having her on our team.

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Getting to Know: Tess

We love our sweet, country girl who has the strongest eyebrow game in the business. Tess routinely has us all cracking up, not to mention she is a Jacqueline of all trades (hair, makeup AND nails!) Her dream is to someday open her own salon, but she loves working at Practically Perfect, raising her son, spending time with her family, and racin’.

Want to learn more about our Tess?

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How To: Wash Your Hair

This one seems pretty simple, right?  You have been shampooing your hair for years, and it seems to have worked out all right. However, you may have noticed dryness or oiliness from time to time and you can’t figure out why. It didn’t seem like you had done anything differently, but  your hair just would not style that day. So you put it up or wrap it up and forget about it.

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