As a Los Angeles hairstylist for so many years, I’ve listened to many clients become frustrated with dull, dry, brittle hair, hair color that fades too quickly, or dry, itchy, flaky scalps. They’ve tried changing shampoo, expensive conditioning treatments, or scalp treatments that promise to magically rid their scalps of their itchy flakes. Clients come to my Monrovia Salon ready to give up on great hair with complaints that nothing they try keeps their hair shiny, scalp healthy, and hair color as beautiful as the day they left the salon. So much of the time, the solution is as simple as water.
Collagen seems to be the hot new supplement, but do collagen supplements work to revive your youthful glow? One thing is for sure, our body’s ability to produce collagen plays a vital role in keeping our youth alive. The desire to stay young keeps getting younger, with the 20’s crowd filling up their Amazon carts with what the reviews claim to be the top-rated collagen products for hair, skin, and nails.
Many people ask me for advice on the best blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, and hairbrushes. There are so many choices with newer Ceramic, Tourmaline, and Titanium technology. So what exactly does all this high-tech stuff do? Emit negative ions for a smoother look with less time. Positive ions are caused by many things, such as harsh chemicals, heat damage, and static electricity. When you put negative ions into hair, they neutralize positively charged electrons to give you runway-worthy style.
Itchy, flaky, dry scalp, otherwise known as dandruff, can be frustrating, even a little embarrassing if you’re a lover of black clothing. At my Monrovia Hair Salon, clients often ask me if there’s something they can apply to dry patches or a shampoo they can use to help manage their dandruff. While I do carry professional in-home treatments for various scalp conditions, the answer to keeping flaking at bay is not as easy as grabbing the dandruff shampoo off the shelf or clicking the “Buy” button on Amazon. So let’s dive a little deeper into the causes, treatments, and solutions to dandruff.
The most common question I get asked in the salon is, “I have ________________ (insert dry, limp, fine, frizzy, damaged) hair, what do I do?” I wish there were a magic potion that I could give clients that would take away every client’s hair problem. But there is not one shampoo or conditioner that will make hair amazing, and while I have some fantastic hair products on my shelves, the answer to hair problems lies in a combination of good daily habits that go beyond just one magic potion.