DREAM COAT Anti-Humidity Hair Treatment You need to see it to believe it”


humidity proofing…plus silky smooth texture! Lasts up to 2 to 3 shampoos!
Color chemicals leave hair porous and vulnerable to humidity. Dreaded moisture gets in – hair gets puffy, frizzes out!
DREAM COAT, inspired by new textile technology, covers each hair strand with an invisible waterproofing cloak.

Heat-activated polymer works to compress, tighten and seal hair strands
Hair is supernaturally-sleek, smooth and super-silky
Unlike typical “humidity-guard” serums, Dream Coat will not build up, weigh hair down or make it greasy
Effects last up to 2 to 3 shampoos

Dr Joe Cincotta, PhD and Chief Chemist, Color Wow

“The key to fighting frizz is all about controlling moisture levels and locking the cuticle down as tight and smooth as possible. Unlike typical serum or oil-based humidity-fighting formulas that lay down a heavy coat on hair’s surface, (which deflate volume and leave the hair greasy) Dream Coat uses a groundbreaking, heat-activated polymer technology that is lighter than a feather. Dream Coat scatters teeny droplets randomly on hair’s surface. When heated with your blow-dryer these droplets connect and crosslink, forming an invisible, hydrophobic matrix that does two things:

1) Compresses each strand into a sleek, silky, supple shape
2) Sheathes every strand in a light, imperceptible “raincoat” that repels moisture





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Could burning split ends be better than a haircut?

The treatment involves twisting small sections of the hair until split ends stick out and then burning them off with a burning candle. This cauterizes the ends for a sleek, glossy look. This treatment works especially well with long hair. YOU DO NOT LOOS ANY LENGTH. Super models use this trick, new and hot out of Brazil, to keep their long hair healthy and glossy.

While candle cutting seems to be a hot new trend it actually has been around for quite a while. Urs learned it in the sixties at a time when everybody had long hair and cutting was frowned upon. He revived the practice and candle cutting is now available at Strands.

For the perfect look the hair gets candle cut, deep conditioned and the bottom ends cauterized with scissors with a hot blade and blow dried smooth. Urs recommends repeating this every 6 to 8 weeks.

Your Skin

Your skin is your protector that meets and greets your external world. As your body’s largest organ, the skin serves as a waterproof covering that helps keep out foreign invaders and protects against temperature changes and sunlight. Your skin is tough and it can take a lot of punishment, but some things can make it look bad and weaken it. The following are ten actions that are harmful to your skin.

  1. Picking, Popping, or Squeezing

REMEMBER: Popping zits doesn’t make things better; in fact, it often makes things worse. I realize that it’s tempting to think that squeezing them will help them heal more quickly — especially the swollen, red goobers filled with stuff! But scrunching these guys only pushes the inflamed gunk deeper and wider into the skin and that’s what most often results in scars. So, lay off the lumps! Having said all that, I realize that it’s hard to resist a squeeze or two here and there, but only do so when dealing with blackheads and whiteheads.

TIP: If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or plan to become a dermatologist or a cosmetologist, you can buy your own comedo extractor at a medical supply company. Better yet, see a dermatologist or go for a facial to have your blackheads and whiteheads extracted professionally.


  1. Pre-tanning at a Salon

Pre-tanning at a tanning salon to get ready for the intense sun at the beach isn’t the great idea that it’s been cut out to be. In fact, whether you acquire a tan quickly or slowly, you still damage your skin. Just like the sun, artificial tanning equipment beds and sun lamps emit UV rays that can cause burns, premature aging, and skin cancers, especially if you’re a higher risk, fair-skinned person who produces less melanin.


  1. Smoking

You’ve heard about the risks of smoking (like lung cancer, heart disease, and emphysema). But have you ever noticed that the skin of elderly smokers tends to have a yellowish coloration? Next to sun exposure, smoking is the highest factor in wrinkling. In other words, smoking makes you look older!

TECHNICAL STUFF: The nicotine in cigarette smoke also causes small blood vessels and capillaries of the skin to contract. This diminishing circulation deprives the skin of much essential oxygen it needs to create and maintain healthy skin cells.

There’s no controversy about this one — don’t smoke!


  1. Taking Too Much Vitamin A

You may have heard that vitamin A helps cure acne. What you may not know is that if you take too much of it, vitamin A can accumulate in your liver to dangerous levels and cause serious health problems. It’s best to get your vitamin A in moderation, from whole foods. Good sources include leafy greens (like spinach and watercress) and orange veggies (like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and carrots).


5.Traveling the Perilous Peel and Dermabrasion Route

If your complexion is dark, you may run the risk of having streaking, uneven pigmentation after chemical peel or dermabrasion procedures. Moreover, if you scar easily or tend to form keloids, you should probably consider these procedures as being potentially too risky.


TIP: Get a second or third opinion from practitioners experienced in these procedures on patients with your type of skin before embarking on something you might regret.


  1. Treating Rosacea with Over-the-Counter Medications


Don’t try to combat your rosacea alone. You should discuss your rosacea skin-care with a dermatologist. People with rosacea tend to have red, inflamed, sensitive skin.

7.Applying Topical Steroids to Your Face


Okay, if you have a mild rash or itch, you can go to your local store and buy the over-the-counter, low-strength cortisone cream or ointment to treat the symptoms for a few days or so. However, don’t make it a regular habit! Topical steroids can cause acne and potentially thin your skin after continuous use.


WARNING: You definitely should not use a potent prescription-strength topical steroid on your face unless instructed by your doctor or dermatologist. Steroid-induced rosacea and skin thinning are much more likely to occur with the high potency creams.


  1. Shaving with Four-In-One Razor Blades

If you have acne, shaving bumps, or sensitive skin, four-in-one razors–those that guarantee the closest shave– aren’t for you. Ignore the ongoing battle between razor companies to see who can stick the most blades on a single disposable razor head. Besides costing an arm and a leg, incredibly sharp blades will wind up shaving closer than what is necessary and really irritate your skin!


  1. Using Mystery Products

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t true.

Exercise caution — some of these drugs may have fraudulent claims, and others may even hurt you. Herbs can be as toxic and dangerous as prescription drugs. Look out for and avoid:

“Secret” formulas (real scientists share what they know)

Amazing breakthroughs or miracle cures (real breakthroughs don’t happen every day, and when they do, real scientists don’t call them “amazing” or “miracles”)

Guaranteed cures

Let your healthcare provider or dermatologist know about any of these products you may be taking or are considering taking.

WARNING: There have been reports of severe toxic reactions, so you should be very cautious before trying anything that is untested.


10) Looking in the Mirror too Much

If you’re undergoing treatment for your acne, you should know that it won’t improve overnight and by examining it continuously, you just magnify any flaws — real or imagined. Finding those flaws can cause stress to both you and your face.


TIP: When you apply makeup, use a “soft focus” with your eyes and don’t take magnified close-up looks at your zits or comedones. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your skin will improve if you ignore it for a few days at a time while your medications have a chance to work!


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.