For a long time people have stuck to the idea that fringes can’t be worn with curly hair

But in actual fact, there’s no better way of adding structure to a haircut than a well chosen, professional-looking fringe.
Curly hair. Before you think about getting a fringe, you need to make sure your hair is in good shape. To do this, use shampoos and treatments to counter your hair’s generally dry nature. We also recommend layers to help distribute the volume of your curls.
Which fringe? There aren’t really any restrictions when it comes to choosing a fringe for curly hair, but we do recommend avoiding overly short fringes. These are difficult to maintain and tend to be a slave to the weather. When it rains, fringes tend to lift, which kind of defeats the point of a short fringe!
Before you head to the salon, think carefully about the fringe you want so that your hairdresser can advise you on how to tame it. If you plan on straightening your fringe, you can usually keep it as long or short as you like. But if you plan on leaving it natural, it’s best to keep it on the long side to make it easier to style.
Generally speaking, curly, bouncy hair tends to look better with a longer fringe, worn slightly to the side, or a side fringe, which are both easier to wear. The side fringe looks great with layered or thinned hair and adds a bit of structure while maintaining the wild effect created by your curls.
How to look after it. We recommend visiting Strands  regularly (around every 2 months) to stop your fringe getting too long – this can look rather unflattering! A fringe is a great way of enhancing curly hair, and should not be neglected!

Crash course on keratin Hair

Crash course on keratin
Keratin is the essential component of hair. It is a protein formed by the combination of 18 amino acids, among which cysteine deserves special mention, being rich in sulphur and playing an important role in the cohesion of the hair. It is produced by the keratinocytes. These cells, situated in the bottom of the dermal papilla, multiply and differentiate: while some spread to the periphery of the hair follicle to form the internal and external epithelial sheaths, others become elongated to form the hair shaft. During this journey they fill with keratin fibres. As soon as they have filled with keratin, the keratinocytes die. Thus, after a journey of about 0.5 mm inside the root, the hair is definitively formed, and during the remainder of its life does not receive any further supply from the tissue which created it. Within the body of the hair, the cortex, the keratin is organised into protofibrils, composed of 4 chains of keratin. This assembly is held together by bonds or bridges between the atoms of the different chains. These bonds may be of variable strength: weak bonds such as hydrogen bonds can be distinguished from the stronger ionic bonds and sulphur bridges. It is by acting on these bonds that the shape of the hair can be modified.

Pilosebaceous unit (the what?)
To stay looking beautiful and ensure its strength, hair needs lipids. Some are a constituent part of the hair shaft, others are supplied to it by the sebaceous glands. The lipid components of hair represent 3% of its composition. Produced in the hair bulb they are formed from sterols, fatty acids and ceramides. They are present essentially in the intercellular cement of the cortex and the cuticle and provide the hair with a certain impermeability and ensure the cohesion of the capillary fibre. In-depth study of the latter point has allowed L’Oréal Laboratories to create Ceramide R which behaves in an identical way to natural ceramides, allowing damaged hair to be repaired. The sebaceous glands, next to the hair follicle, supply the sebum. This mixture of triglycerides, waxes and squalene form a film on the surface of the skin and lubricate the hair, thus preserving its suppleness and sheen. Being hormone dependent, the sebum can be produced in excessive quantities, making the hair greasy and heavy. On the other hand, if too little is secreted, the hair becomes damaged, dry and dull.

Coloured from the start
Melanin is responsible for the natural colour of hair. Produced deep in the root by the melanocytes, it is then transmitted to the keratinocyte as the hair is formed. Meaning that hair is coloured right from the outset. The immense range of natural hair colour is absolutely astonishing. However, melanin only represents 1% of the total composition of the hair and only exists in the form of two pigments: eumelanin=darker, and phaeomelanin=lighter. Add in water, which under normal conditions, accounts for 12% to 15% of the composition of hair and other elements present in small quantities. Some of these are provided by the environment. Thus hair’s relative porosity allows it to take up water or water vapour in considerable quantities and trap the mineral salts in it. These form an integral part of the hair shaft. Others come directly from our organism. Since the hair root has a good blood supply, substances from the blood are incorporated into the hair during its formation. Because of this, a hair can supply a great deal of information about its “owner”!

Pregnancy Hair Changes

Pregnancy Hair Changes

Causes of Hair Changes during Pregnancy
Changes to hair and the scalp. Many women notice that the hair on their head is thicker during pregnancy. Many lose a lot of hair a few weeks, or even months after delivery. These changes are normal. Hair growth generally returns to its regular growing cycle within six months after delivery.
When you’re not pregnant, the hairs on your head grow in a regular cycle. Each hair:
· Usually grows about one-half inch per month for anywhere from two to six years
· Then goes into a “resting” phase for 2 or 3 months
· Then gradually falls out, usually when you’re brushing or washing your hair
The growth cycle then starts again. At any one time, about 10 percent of the hair on your scalp is in a resting phase, and about 90 percent is growing.
During pregnancy, hairs tend to stay in the resting phase longer. And much more of your hair is in the resting phase, therefore, fewer hairs fall out each day. This causes your hair to seem thicker and fuller.
After delivery, this resting phase shortens. More hairs fall out, and you start to grow new hair. But the normal hair loss that was delayed by pregnancy tends to take place all at one time. This may cause your hair to seem thinner than usual.
Other hair growth. Some women also develop more hair on their chin, upper lip, cheeks, arms and legs during pregnancy. You also may notice new hairs (sometimes even just one or two) on your breasts, belly and back.
Pregnancy hormones and increased cortisone cause this type of hair growth during pregnancy. This growth usually lessens within about six months after pregnancy.
Hair Changes: What You Can Do
Hair growth on the face, arms and legs during pregnancy is normal. Your hair growth should return to its regular cycle within six months after delivery.
To get rid of unwanted hair growth, you can safely tweeze, wax or shave. Avoid using bleaches or depilatories that can be absorbed into the skin. Permanent hair-removal techniques (such as electrolysis) are thought to be safe during pregnancy. But they can be painful or uncomfortable.
You can do several things to have a healthier head of hair during pregnancy and after delivery:
· Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables. These may provide protection for the hair shafts and encourage hair growth.
· Be gentle with your hair when it is fragile and wet. Avoid fine-tooth combs.
· Avoid using blow dryers and other heated hair instruments. If you must use a hair dryer, use cooler settings.
· Avoid pigtails, cornrows, tight braids and tight hair rollers. They can pull and stress your hairs.
When to Talk to Your Health Care Provider
Some hair thinning in the months after delivery is normal. Your hair should return to its normal growing cycle without any special treatment. This hair thinning is usually not serious enough to cause bald spots or permanent hair loss.
If you have a lot of hair loss or lose quarter-size patches of hair, you may not be getting enough vitamins or minerals. It may also be a sign of a medical problem unrelated to your pregnancy (such as a skin disease or a thyroid disorder). Talk to your health care provider if you feel that your hair loss is unusual or excessive.
Hair Tips
Fuller, thicker hair is one benefit of pregnancy for some women and a myth for others. Pregnancy hormones can affect every woman’s hair differently. For some, the increased estrogen causes their hair to grow thick and fast, while others find that their hair goes limp and even falls out. To encourage healthy hair, make sure you eat well and get all your essential nutrients. Your hair is part of your skin system so the healthier you are: the healthier and more beautiful your hair will be.
Even if you are one of the lucky ones who experiences increased hair growth, it may behave differently than your pre-pregnancy hair. Dry hair may become oilier, oily hair may become dry. Curly hair may become straight, or vice versa. Your hair will take perms and coloring differently, and may also grow in areas where you may wish it didn’t such as your face, abdomen, back, and legs.
Hair loss during pregnancy may be the result of iron, iodine, or protein deficiencies which can also cause your hair to become dry and brittle and grow in lighter than your normal color. Many pregnant women don’t get enough iron, especially women who are experiencing severe morning sickness or are not getting proper nutrition. Foods that are particularly good for your hair include yogurt; fresh fruit and vegetables; cold pressed oils; pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds; whole grains such as brown rice and oats; and almonds, figs, and dates.
To combat undernourished hair, massage your scalp for five or ten minutes every day to stimulate circulation. Every few weeks, turn this into an aromatherapy massage by adding a few drops of essential oils (such as lavender, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, or ylang ylang) to a half-cup of warm vegetable oil. Massage the oil onto your scalp and hair ends, then wrap your hair in a warm towel and relax for ten minutes. If your hair is dry, wash it less frequently. The natural oils your body produces are good for your hair and scalp – washing it two or three times a week is more than enough. When you do shampoo, use a mild, low-detergent shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner. Whenever possible, let your hair air dry since blow drying and curling irons increase dryness and damage. Your Strands stylist will be able to assist you with treatments, products or special procedures. She/He will also be able to recommend the time to see a physician.
Many pregnant women want to try a new hairstyle that is easy to manage which often means they decide to cut their hair short. But short hair may actually be harder and more time-consuming to style than long hair which can be pulled back into a clip or ponytail. Also, a drastic change may not look as good with your face shape as you had imagined. Remember that your face shape may change as your pregnancy progresses and as you put on weight. Long, straight hair can create the illusion of a slender face.
If you usually color your hair, talk to your obstetrician about any color treatment you are planning during your pregnancy. Some animal studies have shown that a few of the chemical compounds in hair dyes can cause birth defects. However, in many of these studies the animals were exposed to extremely high doses of the chemicals – more than a woman would ever come in contact with while coloring her hair every month or two. The Organization of Teratology Information Services, which provides information on potential reproductive risks, says that coloring your hair during pregnancy is probably safe. Most experts agree, however, that it’s best to wait to color your hair until after your first trimester. To limit the absorption of any chemicals into your bloodstream, avoid processes that touch the skin and scalp, such as single-process coloring. Highlights are a good alternative since they involve painting sections of your hair with permanent color, which does not come into contact with your scalp or skin. Your Strands stylist can recommend non ammonia permanent or semi permanent ammonia free or ionic coloring systems that are safer. She/He is trained to work with your concerns and comfort levels.
When styling your hair during pregnancy, make the most of however your hair has decided to behave. If it is straight and limp, work a volumizing product through hair at the roots and blow dry upside down to increase volume. If you have curls, tame any frizzies by working in a curl-defining product and letting it dry naturally. If you’re not sure what to do, consult with your stylist on how to maximize your new pregnancy hair.
Once you have given birth, don’t be alarmed if your hair – be it limp or full – begins falling out in handfuls. Most women experience increased hair loss between 3 and 6 months after giving birth. Your hormones are simply returning to normal and it may take a couple of growth cycles (several years) before your hair completely returns to normal.
You have discovered you are pregnant and you immediately start to investigate the latest information on nutrican, exersicse and health for you and the baby growing within you. Everything is going great until you notice it is time for your next hair appointment. The hair has grown out and there are visible roots in a different colour. What to do? Can you stand the site for the months to come or is there an alternative. Your friends are, as always, a great help as there advice ranges from – do not even think about it – to no problem no ill effects have ever been proven.
Urs at Strands tells me, that there are two experts on this issue. You and what you feel comfortable with and your hairstylist. Your stylist understands your conundrum and has to deal with this issue on an almost daily base. With her/his help you will discover that there are colouring products approved by the FDA to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. There are natural products and ionic colours that do not need any developers (that is the liquid that transports colour pigments). Also most stylists have developed techniques to colour or highlight hair with out any product actually touching your scalp. If your decision is to stay away from chemicals during this time your stylist will respect that and may suggest a different hairstyle or a different styling technique to camouflage those annoying roots.
Your stylist is trained to help you thru all the changes you will encounter during your pregnancy and after. Keep in mind everybody reacts differently and what worked for your friends and the other women in your family may not apply to you at all. Your regular stylist knows you and your hair and could be a good adviser and calm helper. He/she will look foreword to baby’s first haircut and will be –if possible-even more exited then you are.




A Closer look Brazilian Blout Select Smoothing Treatments


to transform your untameable hair or put an end to frizz, here’s a natural, long-lasting solution: Brazilian Blow out select . This treatment will leave your hair soft and easy to style. A fantastic alternative to the ultra-straight thermal reconditioning treatment.

How Brazilian blow out select works. This gorgeous method is entirely natural and uses keratin, a protein which is already contained in your hair. Keratin represents 95% of your hair’s structure and ensures it stays shiny and healthy. Brazilian blow out select, suitable for damaged, coloured, highlighted and frizzy hair, restores your hair’s lost keratin. Your hair is visibly repaired; softer and relaxed right from the word go.

Why do we love it ?  Firstly because it’s completely safe, but also because it leaves your hair feeling so soft. This method is perfect for women and Men who aren’t after super-straight hair. It relaxes the most rebellious curls and stubborn frizz to give you soft and restored hair (all thanks to the keratin!)

Look after your Brazilian blow out select. Açai aftercare products ensure longest lasting results

The new formula Brazilian Blowout SELECT, has been created to meet all health requirements and pass health tests for Canada and parts of Europe, where the original formula is banned.





Going Grey ? Aging gracefully

Going Grey?

Aging gracefully means different things to different people. Sometimes it is letting go of things – like those regular salon colour touch ups. Yet if you thought nixing colour would improve your hairs condition, you are wrong. As we age, our scalp, like the skin on our face can become drier. Plus, when the hair loses pigment, it becomes frizzier than before. Don’t give up on pampering yourself altogether. Instead make regular trips to the salon for deep conditioning treatments. Different scalp and hair treatments are available to keep your grey hair soft, tame the frizz, stop the hair from yellowing and keep your hair well nourished. We will design a personalized program just for you. Ask about how to adjust your Make-up colours to complement your new look, and you will be given a quick confidence bust.