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!

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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Getting to Know: Danielle

Christmas came early for the Practically Perfect family! We would like to welcome Danielle, our new massage therapist and stylist, to our spa family! We are so excited and know that you all will love her enthusiastic, sweet personality just as much as we do. Danielle is very knowledgeable in a wide range of salon and massage services, your care is her top priority.

Before you head to Book Now, take a moment to get to know the newest friend in the little white house on Main Street. We know you’ll be glad you did.

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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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Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Hair Stylist (Before They Start)

The relationship between you and your stylist is an important one and it can take awhile to develop a friendship. Apart from husbands and best friends, your hairstylist usually knows the most about you and your life, work, and family. The salon should be a naturally supportive environment where you can feel comfortable sharing your ideas and learning how to achieve them. Your stylist should act as an extension of that hospitality and make you feel right at home.

In order to get to that point though, you will need to ask some questions first. Any stylist worth her salt should be able to answer these for you and if they can’t, get yourself a new one post haste!

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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: Madi

“She’s a Dreamer, a Doer, a Thinker. She sees possibility everywhere.”

That quote might well have been written about Madi, our former front desk associate, esthetician in training, and now stylist assistant. She is the first to try new things, to learn new things, and to share new things. She keeps us laughing with her funny faces (and Face Swap) and her silliness.

When she isn’t working at the salon, she is with her beautiful baby girl, Ellie and her main squeeze, Chas. If you don’t know more about Madi, you really ought to read on.
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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: Lisa Furilla

Guest Post, y’all! The boss lady (as we lovingly call her) is taking a break from writing today, so we decided to write about her. You might know Lisa Furilla from her involvement in the Canton Main Street Program or from her work with Sean at Teasley Middle School. You might know her beautiful girls, Brooke and Brittany, or her sweet pups, Max and Betty. If you have visited the spa, chances are you have seen her smile from behind the desk.

She keeps everything running for us. She is our backbone and our pillar. She is practically perfect in every way.

Want to read more about Lisa? Read on.

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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.

If you’ve had those days, it might be because you weren’t shampooing and conditioning your hair properly. We’ve made it easy for you in this article to get the perfect shower cycle down every time. Just follow these 6 easy steps: Continue reading