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Spring into Style Shopping Event

Who’s ready for Spring? Okay, so we know it’s not even January yet, but we’re already looking ahead to spring and all of its wonder. We have just opened up sponsor and exhibitor registration for our March event and we’re excited to have professional  project management services provided by Distinctive Soirees, LLC!

More details to follow, stay tuned!

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Let’s Talk about TEXture: A Curly Conversation

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Join us for a lively discussion about the adventures of our textured, curly wonders in southern Arizona! Our guests will enjoy games, giveaways, exclusive vendor shopping and fun! We’re looking forward to spending a “night in” with the ladies of Sierra Vista and beyond! Let’s talk about it!

Tickets are on sale now, click the flyer to purchase yours today!

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The Importance of Porosity

Why is porosity important in textured hair care?

Porosity is defined as the state or quality of being porous (Source), so your hair’s porosity is it’s ability to absorb moisture.

It’s pretty easy to find out what your hair’s porosity is, pull some shed hair from a comb or brush and drop into a bowl or glass of water. If your hair floats you have low porosity hair, if it sinks you have high porosity hair. If it is hanging around somewhere in the middle you have normal porosity.

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What does this mean?

Arming yourself with this information you can build the best regimen for your hair. Textured hair  frizzes up when its not properly moisturized, so once you can learn how to add moisture and and trap it into your hair, you can help your hair stay at its healthiest.

 

Characteristics of  low porosity hair:

– takes a while to get saturated when shampooing

– products tend to just sit on top of your hair

– resistant to chemical treatments (relaxers, color, etc.) or  takes longer than normal for them to work

– takes a long time to dry

– known for being resistant to treatments (protein, color and other chemical treatments)

Low porosity hair has a cuticle that closes tightly, so moisturizing requires effort.  The hair cuticle does not easily open, but once moisture is added it stays there.  Opening the cuticle often requires heat. Rinsing with warm water or deep conditioning with a hood dryer or steamer  opens the cuticle, allowing the opportunity to use light weight creams or oils.

Characteristics of high porosity hair:

– absorbs products and water very easily, almost instantly

– dries very quickly

– looks and feels dry, even after you shampoo and condition

– responds well to protein treatments

– tangles easily and is often frizzy

Most believe that high porosity hair comes from regular chemical treatments and heat damage….and some people are just born with it.  A consistently open cuticle makes this hair type challenging (tell me about  it….).  Experimenting with products that close the hair cuticle or techniques like rinsing the hair with cool water after shampooing may help.  Moisture from the use of heavy crèmes, oils and butters is “lost” at a slower rate than lighter products and may work as well.

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Do you know your hair’s porosity? On your next shampoo day don’t forget to drop a strand in some water to find out for sure.

To your Beauty,

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Caring for your Nails, Naturally

With winter settling in, it’s important that we make the necessary changes to our body care regimens in order to keep looking our best. Our nails shouldn’t be the last on the list, and we’re providing a few easy tips to keep your top ten in top condition.

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Exfoliate – mix a 1 tsp of sugar (white or brown, whichever floats your boat) with 1-2 tsp of oil and massage all over your hands to slough off dead skin and smooth. Add your favorite essential oil for an added aromatherapy benefit.

Add oil – to your cuticles, that is. We condition our hair every time we shampoo, why not condition your cuticles every time you wash your hands? Properly moisturized cuticles are less prone to hangnails, not to mention the cuticle is the first line of defense against nail fungus and bacteria.

Keep it Warm – hot water strips moisture from the skin, wash your hands in warm water if possible.

Use Protection – damage from the sun, harsh cleaning products and excessive washing can be damaging to hands. Use gloves when possible while doing dishes, gardening, etc.

Clip, Don’t Pull – Hangnails occur as a result  of dry cuticles that peel. When these occur its best to clip them and follow up with an astringent to prevent bacteria from entering the nail bed.

Buff it Out – Some emery boards have been known to tear the nail bed and leave the edges rough and uneven. A 4-way buffer can be used too shape nails, remove ridges, smooth the nail surface and bring out the natural nail shine.

What’s your favorite method for pampering your hands? Let us know below!

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Have you Found your ‘Fave’ Stylist??

Here at The Confetti Collective we are always looking out for professionals in the hair, beauty, fashion and health and wellness industries. Not only do we want to help you find your way to a better life, but we value the expertise of a professional partner on the journey. We connected with a Tucson hair stylist recently and once we found out that she’s a Carolina girl herself ;-), we KNEW that it was destiny that she be featured. Read below for our interview with Dianna “Urfavstylist”.

Do you wear your hair in its natural state?

Yes, I wear locs.

How did you make the transition to your natural texture?

Back in October 2006 I decided to “loc up”.  At the time I had relaxed hair that was in the process of transitioning. During my transition, I wore braids or a weave until I was ready to do the big chop.  I did not do my big chop until my baby locs had begun to bud on the ends.  I then went and had the remaining relaxed hair cut off.  It was rough but my own were the first set of locs that I had ever cultivated.   I’d done braids and weaves since I was a young teenager but this experience
birthed my love for natural hair especially locs!

How long have you been a hair stylist?

I’ve been a professional stylist  for almost 5 years.  However, I have 15 years of hands on experience.

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What percentage of your clients have textured hair?

Whether it be straight, curly or kinky(tightly coiled) all of my clients have some sort of texture.  85-90% of my clients have a curly or tightly coiled texture and are natural.

Do you have a specialty?

 Yes.

What is it?

I take pride in specializing in naturally textured hair. Too many people are afraid of it.

What’s your hair philosophy?

NATURAL IS WHERE IT ALL STARTS! Before any service can be performed on hair we must first understand what we are working with.  If you understand the natural state of any person’s hair you can then easily envision your end results and better understand how to get there.

What are your favorite products to use on client’s hair?

Currently, I’m in love with Laran’s Memory Foam and Luxury Hair&Body Oil.

If you could change anything about local the hair care industry what would it be?

In Tucson stylists have a tendency to hoard information, clients and we lack unity.  I realize that stylists are allowed into multiple personal bubbles(and/or spaces) daily.  A person allowing you to get that close to them on a regular basis is not something to be taken lightly.  I feel that as Tucson Stylists we should take advantage of our intimate client/stylist relationships and use them to grow ourselves and the community for the better.  There is more than enough to go around for everyone and it takes teamwork to make any dream work.  So I guess to answer your question in a shorter version I’d say we need more unity and to build a better network.  Services that I don’t offer could benefit another stylist and vice versa.  There needs to be more communication!

What advice would you give to someone looking for a stylist to care for their textured hair?

ALWAYS be sure to check your stylist’s credentials before having them work on your hair. You are paying for a professional, so you deserve a professional! Make sure your stylist is knowledgeable about your hair texture and the products she chooses for you. It is always a bonus when you get a stylist that is willing to teach you how to fish and not fish for you! You should be educated on how to take care of your hair in between visits.

How can our readers contact you for services?

Check me out at www.MelvirasHairStudio.com  or call me at 520-409-8837.  $20 OFF 1ST SERVICE and DON’T FORGET TO ASK ABOUT YOUR FREE GIFT!!! I am located inside Sola Salons at 7090 North Oracle Rd, Suite 80 Studio 6 in Tucson.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dianna.urfavstylist

TWITTER: @Urfavstylistdee

INSTAGRAM: #Urfavstylistdee

 

 

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What’s your Vision for 2014??

As December 31 creeps closer and closer, many people reflect on what the past months have brought, as well as  what they wish for in the coming year.

People make resolutions and promises to live better and work harder, but many give up after a short time has passed.

We want to help those around us be intentional about their goals by making them as clear as…an image.

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On January 11, 2014 we will host our Inaugural Vision Board Brunch!

Join us for an afternoon of creating a collage of inspiring images and words to take home with you that will help empower and manifest your goals and wishes for the future. 

Limited seating is available for this event, and Early Bird tickets are only $5!!!

Visit www.tccvisionboardbrunch.eventbrite.com

Here’s to making 2014 the best ever!

 

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The Science of Silicone: An Experiment!

For those that are on a journey of avoiding the use of products that contain chemicals that strip and weigh down the hair, words like sulfate and anything ending in -cone are turn offs when reading labels.

Silicones are used in commonly used shampoos and conditioners for its ability to form a film around the surface of the hair, which increases slip and provides protection against heat. These properties also render silicones insoluble in water…which leads to buildup and possible breakage/damage.

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Manufacturers are aware that consumers are getting wiser about ingredients, and we want to turn a  ‘buyer beware’ situation into a ‘buyer aware’ environment, so we have a test that you can try at home if you want to see if your shampoo could be a silicone suspect before using it. The only tools you need are a bowl and some water.

We used two shampoos from our stash, the first shampoo (A) is a tear-free, detangling shampoo that is gentle, reduces split ends and leaves hair “feeling extra soft”. The second shampoo (B) states that it “cleans, moisturizes and hydrates hair.

How can you “see” if your shampoo contains hidden cones? Pour a bit of shampoo into a bowl of water….and wait.

 

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After 30 minutes……

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After one hour:

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Notice any difference?? Shampoo A did not dilute as much as Shampoo B (remember the non-water soluble characteristic of silicones?) Let’s take a look at the ingredients:

 

Shampoo A ingredient label:

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Shampoo B ingredient label:

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Even though there are no obvious ‘-cones’ listed on the label, Shampoo A  does contain “dimethiconol”, which is assumed to be a combination of dimethicone and a type of ethylene glycol to help it become water soluble.

Without a doubt there are visual benefits to using cone-containing products; shine, less frizz, heat protectant and better color penetration. The important thing to remember that these benefits are temporary, damaged hair that appears shiny after a shampoo is still damaged.

If you find that silicones make for a better hair day for you, just remember that it is important to clarify regularly to remove damage-inducing buildup.

 

Tell us, are you a cone-head or do you abstain??

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The Benefits of Bentonite

Bentonite clay is formed from weather volcanic ash and oceanic sediment consisting of seaweed, algae and other marine life. It is known as a ‘living clay’ because of its detoxifying and absorption properties.

Bentonite works on the entire body; it can be used to clarify and condition the hair, detoxify the scalp and clarify the skin. Before you ingest any clay, make sure that it’s not cosmetic-grade, which is NOT safe to eat.

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How can you incorporate bentonite clay into your regimen?

Mask: Mixed with water or aloe vera juice, the clay paste can be used as a facial or body mask to draw out impurities (think blackheads), tighten and soften skin.

Bath Soak: Pour 1/2 cup of clay into bath water to detoxify, tighten and soften the skin. As with any detox bath, you should drink plenty of water and try to plan on not doing anything else afterwards, you’ll need a nap.

Hair Cleanse: Mix 1 cup of ACV or AVJ with 2-3 spoonfuls of clay (depending on your preferred consistency) and apply to hair and scalp. Cover with plastic cap and leave on for at least 30 minutes. The ACV or AVJ makes the paste more acidic and closer to the hair’s natural pH, water is also an option.

Be sure to avoid using metal tools when mixing, metal degrades the clay’s ability to draw out toxins by attracting it’s positively charged particles.

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We believe in multi-purpose products so you can get the most bang out of your bucks, and this product definitely qualifies.

If you want to see a tutorial on our ‘Easy Application’ Bentonite Clay Hair Wash, check this out:

 

 

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Beauty Products that start with Coconut Oil

Coconut OilMost people know that coconut oil is an EXCELLENT moisturizer, it has properties that allow it to penetrate the skin and hair strands. It also contains the antioxidant vitamin E, which is known for its protective properties in helping the body stop  damage to other healthy fats and tissues. This oil can also be used as a foundation for products that we use daily, which offers a double dip opportunity 😉

 

Makeup Remover – warm a glob (that’s a technical term) of coconut oil between the hands and rub all over face, including the eye area(make sure you get it all off or face blurry eyes later). Use a cotton pad or warm washcloth to remove makeup.

Deodorant – mix 1/3 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of baking soda,  1/4 cup of cornstarch and your essential oil of choice (can’t go wrong with lavender). Allow to solidify, and voila!

Toothpaste – mix 1 part coconut oil with 1 part baking soda (add peppermint oil if you wish). Brush

Shaving Oil – known for its slip, coconut oil is a great alternative to shaving cream, with extra moisturizing benefits

Skin Moisturizer – this really goes without saying…massage coconut oil on damp skin for penetrating moisture

 

With so many uses, coconut oil is probably the most valuable product in your house. Are you using coconut oil in other ways? Share your  comments below!