Postpartum Hair Loss

AH! So, like me you are experiencing postpartum hair loss. As hairdresser, I want to share some tips with you on how I will be trying to combat this issue.

First, some background on the hair growth cycle and why we experience postpartum hair loss. I feel this article from Baby Center sums it up best:

Many new moms are surprised to find themselves shedding more hair than usual in the first few months after giving birth, but it’s perfectly normal. And there’s no need to panic: You won’t go bald. In fact, your hair should be back to normal by your baby’s first birthday.

Here’s what’s going on. Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out — often while you’re brushing or shampooing it — and is replaced by new growth. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day.

During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses.

After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you’ll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth.

By the way, not all women notice dramatic changes in their hair during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Among those who do, it tends to be more obvious among women with longer hair.

The article continues to say that there are some hair products or hair styles that can help but does not go into detail, here is where I come in.

Supplements:
First, be sure that you are continuing to take either your pre-natal vitamins or a multi vitamin with folic acid. In addition to this you can take a hair, skin and nail supplement.
We have recently started carrying Viviscal Professional Hair Growth Supplements at the salon. One of our stylists, Amanda, has been taking it for a few weeks and has had great results. We will be doing a blog about her results after she finishes her three month supply.

Diet:
As a new busy mom I sometimes have to remind myself to even drink water, let alone get a complete meal. However, diet is so crucial to to hair growth we need to try to make sure we get in enough protein. Hair is made out of protein, thus healthy hair growth starts with a healthy diet. One of the best and easiest ways to get some quick protein in your day is drinking a protein shake or meal replacement shake. Most good shakes will even contain vitamins and minerals that you need, so double win!

One key thing to remember is, we cannot stop postpartum hair loss from happening, but what we can do is make sure that the new hair that returns is the healthiest hair we have ever had. One other article I have written, Stronger, Healthier Hair Growth, goes into more detail about supplements and diet to achieve healthy hair.

Hair Products:


There are a ton of shampoos, conditioners and styling products on the market that are aimed at volumizing fine hair. What works for one person may not work for another so it may take a few tries to get the right hair care routine. Here are my top picks for volumizing products:

One of my favorite lines is Moroccanoil. They have a volume collection that should get you right direction to fuller hair. It includes a volume shampoo and conditioner, volume mousee, root boost and thickening lotion, just to name a few (aka my favorites and best sellers).

One product that they do not have in their line is a volume powder. To use a volume powder, you sprinkle the powder onto the root area of dry hair. It is like back combing in a shaker. Here is my favorite by Keune.

Hair Styles:
So compare to all the suggestions above, changing your hair style is really the only one you have full control over. Ladies, especially with long hair, may not want to hear it but one thing you can do is give yourself a good haircut to add fullness and refresh your hair. Think about it, all of those hairs that are falling out now are going to restart their growth process from the top down, meaning at some point you are going to have a lot of short hairs all over your head. So going a bit shorter with your cut will essentially help them all play catch-up. Now I am not saying you have to go pixie short, but if you haven’t yet tried the bob or the lob, now might be the time. Here are some inspiration pics:

 

I want to hear from you! Are combating postpartum hair loss? What has been working for you?

xoxo,
Sarah


Simple ways to give back at Christmas time

“What is Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas perhaps means a little bit more” – Dr.Seuss 
  1. Be a Dollar Store angel. Leave a few $1 bills in random spots in the dollar store.It sounds like so little to some of us, but it makes such a HUGE difference in the lives of others who really need it.
  2. Make up coupons for your next door neighbors that give them one free lawn mowing, leaf raking, or car washing when the weather warms up.
  3. Practice random acts of kindness by buying the lunch for someone in line with you at the local fast food restaurant.
  4. Clean out your closets and donate any gently used coats or blankets to your local shelter
  5. Leave a note and a treat in the mailbox for your mailman/woman.

What’s In Your Skincare Routine?

I ask this question often and I hear many different answers including some which surprise me. I have heard women say, “this cleanser I bought at the drug store, but I’m not sure what’s in it”, or “whatever is in my bathroom”, or “nothing, I let the water run down my face in the shower and it cleans my face” but the one that makes me cringe is when they say a “bar of soap”.

We don’t realize that through the course of the day you are exposed to free radical damage and external factors, like UV light, pollution, smoke, dust and dirt not to mention sweat, oil and dead skin cells that build up in our pores. The most important thing you do for your skin at the end of your day is clean it! Give yourself two minutes morning and night to take care of your skin. I recommend you use a medical grade cleanser that will penetrate to the deeper layers and really clean out the pores. Glycolic based cleansers magically dissolve dead skin cells so the pores stay cleaner. There are various PH balanced, organic or anti-aging cleansers that can be prescribed for your skin type. See an esthetician for a skincare analysis and she can help you. After cleansing all the junk off your face that you’ve accumulated from the day a serum is then applied. Many range from hydrating, lightening, glycolic or anti-aging whichever correction you are trying to achieve. To go a step further add one more step and add a repair cream to do its anti-aging magic while you sleep. Many vary but most contain a retinol, or a glycolic blend to help speed up cell turnover. In the mornings you can keep it simple, cleanse in the shower, add your spf moisturizer. Even if you are not in deliberate sun, you need to protect. UV light is everywhere and aging you daily. Whether you are thirteen and struggling with acne or thirty seeing your sun damage from childhood emerge, it’s never too early or late to start a proper routine.


Nail Art and the Holiday Season!

Nail Art and the Holiday Season!
It’s that time of the year again, with holiday parties starting and family gatherings it is the perfect time to try some fun nail art for the season! Here are some manis to rock this season:
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Have fun with some autumn color inspired glitter
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Or try deep matte shades
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Go all out with leaves or you’re favorite things about fall!
*All images used from google

Complimentary Color Consultations

Are you thinking about making a big change in your hair color? Or maybe your are a new client who would like to meet with one of our stylists before booking an appointment for hair color. Great news for you! We offer complimentary color consultations and for good reason.

Meeting with a stylist for a 15 min color consult before booking an appointment can be both beneficial for you and the stylist. This allows us to meet with you, find out what changes you are wanting to make and come up with a game plan. For you the client, you can get a feel for the stylist and make sure that its a good fit for you. Once we have a plan in place the stylist now knows how much time they will need to accomplish this new look. There is nothing worse than a client booking an appointment for a “color retouch” and come to find out they actually need or want a full color or to add some dimension with highlights or low lights and the stylist not having enough time to achieve what the client is wanting. We want all of our clients to leave with the new look they desire however if the appointment is not booked for enough time we simply cant accomplish it.

Be sure to call us at 919.435.7373 or use our online booking to schedule your complimentary color consultation before your first appointment or before an big color changes.


The Vital Role of Oxygen and Our Bodies

Oxygen is vital to the survival of every cell in our body. The average human can survive weeks without food, days without water and only minutes without oxygen. High concentrations of oxygen help trigger the natural healing functions that fight viruses, infections and the bacteria that cause acne cannot live in an oxygen rich environment. Oxygen provides energy to our cells and is essential to cell metabolism and the skins healing process.

Some things we can do to restore oxygen levels in the body are eating plant based foods with dark, leafy greens and avoid animal based or processed foods. Exercise at least 15 min a day to help flush toxins from your lymphatic system. Hydrate with plenty of filtered water which help toxins move through our system and allow cell to get the full benefit of oxygenation. Also, proper breathing from the diaphragm instead of the chest through the nose and out of the mouth, quiet and light helps increase our oxygen levels.  Just a few of the potential benefits of maintaining body oxygenation at a balanced level include: enhanced brain function, stress reduction, increased energy, and a longer and healthier life.

 


Taking time for you….

There is never enough time in the day. Between taking the kids to school, going to work, picking up the kids, then heading to their nightly sports activity, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. When will and how you ever just take time for you?

First, you need to plan time for you. Schedule it just like you do anything else and commit to it. Then be held accountable, just like having a gym partner, making time for your self with a friend will hold you more accountable to follow through. Make plans with the best friend you haven’t see in weeks or catch up with a group of friends.

So once you have committed to making time for yourself, what are you going to do with this time? To make the most of your relaxation and time away from your hectic day to day, we suggest a spa treatment or a whole spa day.

Once you enter Body Bliss Salon & Spa you will instantly relax. We offer a peace full environment will soothing music and an overall pleasing atmosphere. We are a full service salon and spa offering: massage, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair services.

Getting a massage or a facial is a great way to unwind. Massage has been proven to help relive stress, decrease feelings of anxiety and depression and lower blood pressure.

“A massage helps you shift your thoughts away from everyday worries and allows your body and mind to relax. Massage also helps you feel that you’re in control over your health and plays an active role in managing chronic illnesses.” –Livestrong.com

As for your face. Your face will show all sign of stress, from dark circles under your eyes to fine lines and wrinkles or even a break out, your face reveals it all. Treat your skin to a relaxing facial, which in addition to the great benefits of our skin care line, you will enjoy a neck, shoulder and arm massage and leave with a fresh glow.

Other services such as manicure, pedicures and hair services are also great ways to relax and you get the added benefit of changing up your look.

Our manicures and pedicures are performed in private, relaxing rooms. Our Ultimate Manicure and Pedicure will offer the most pampering including a foot and leg massage, callus and hydrating treatments, sea-salt scrub and detoxifying mask. Plus the added bonus of freshly painted fingers and toes which will serve as proof that you made time for yourself.

Getting a fresh cut and color is the greatest way to change up your look. All cut and color services start with a thorough consultation and include a shampoo with head massage. You will leave the salon feeling like a new person!

Come and schedule time for yourself at Body Bliss Salon & Spa.


Foil vs Balayage Highlights

There a new trend in color and its taking the hair world by storm…

Balayage!

You may have herd about balayage and questioning if it is right for you, well here is a comparison of traditional foils vs. balayage.

Both foils highlights and balayage are techniques for lightening the hair.

foilsFoiling the hair is a more “traditional” form of highlighting the hair. If you have had highlights done in the past it was probably with foils. Your head may have been full of tin foil, enough to pick up extra radio stations. Foil highlights give a more defined look. You can still achieve a blended look with foils, however you may still ultimately notice when its time to touch them up since the highlights start right at the scalp.  Since this technique uses foils, heat is conducted and the stylist is able to achieve a lighter blonde with foils compared to Balayage.

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Balayage, in contrast, is a more natural looking highlighting technique. Balayage is a french technique that literally means “to sweep.” That is what the stylist does with the lightener or hair color, sweeps or paints it over the hair. The result can leave more “root” showing than foils which is great for  an easier grow out. Since Balayage is processed open air or with the use of plastic wrap, no heat is conducted, thus the result will not be as light as foil highlights, especially if you have medium brown or darker hair.

 

 

If you have any questions about what highlighting technique is right for you, schedule a free hair color consultation with any Body Bliss Salon & Spa stylist.


Tales of Box Color: The story of “Helen”

This is “Helen.” Helen has never had hair color before, she had healthy brunette hair… she woke up yesterday and decided she wanted her hair to be, wait for it, LAVENDER.
Helen leads a busy life, two sets of triplets, co-chair of the PTA, is the president of her region with both Mary Kay and DoTerra. Not to mention she works a corporate job 3 days a week. Her husband travels for work and is only home every other week.
Helen… being the savvy, smart, and life’s-butt-kicking independent woman she is… thought she would save some money and get her lavender hair by doing it herself.
At home.
With box color.
From Kroger.
She wandered down the hair care aisle and happened upon Feria’s “smoky lavender” by L’Oréal. Upon reading the box she discovered she needed to lighten her hair first… because you know, it was “dark.” So she picked up a Nice N’ Easy one step “Born Blonde” bleach. She allowed it to process for 45 minutes, checking it every 5-10 minutes until she thought it was light enough… based on the pictures on the Feria box. Finally the stringent fumes burning her eyes became too much, so she rinsed her hair in the shower and applied the “step 3 conditioner.” After that was rinsed and dried… she was dismayed to see that her hair had not turned into the beautiful sandy blonde the box had promised… it turned light orange.
ORANGE.
Helen isn’t one to quit though. Still bound and determined to have her springtime fantasy color, she proceeded with Feria, praying to the Hair Gods that it would all turn out.
Hallelujah! The color on her head is turning purple the way the instructions said it would! 20 minutes to go… 20 minutes till 1 am… Helen is waking up at 6 to get the kids to school, she can’t wait to show this off to the girls at the PTA.
The moment of truth comes… she has shampooed and conditioned and it’s time to dry.
Oh no! Alas! Oh tragic day!
Not only is it not lavender… not even purple… it has become this aweful shade of dark orange with purple tinge throughout.
Looks like a hat to PTA tomorrow. Also- Helen will be calling a hairstylist to have this fixed. Which means her $20 attempt to save money will end up costing about $300 to fix… not mention she is going to have to pay a babysitter.
Never again, Helen. Never again.
-Courtesy of Kate Carmack, M4 Hair Studio, Buford Georgia


Bands, Clusters and Singles, Oh My!

Eyelash extensions have been a part of the beauty industry for many years. From theater to fashion magazine ads, to the everyday eyelash extension wearer they are indeed a very popular service.

There are three types of eyelash extensions which include: band (strip) lashes, cluster lashes, and individual lashes.

Band lashes are also called “strip” lashes because they represent multiple artificial eyelashes attached to a strip. Band lashes are the most popular for special occasions or everyday wear because they can be applied either by yourself or by a professional. Band lashes are only meant to be worn one time per set and only last one day, generally until you cleanse your face and remove your eye makeup. They come in all varieties from very natural to dramatic, some come with feathers or rhinestones as well.

Cluster lashes contain approximately 3-6 individual lashes that are banded together. Cluster lashes normally have a base point which hold the lashes together know as a “bulb.”Cluster lashes are generally best applied by a professional. A natural or dramatic look can be created with cluster lashes and which can last about a week.

Individual eyelash extensions, sometimes called “semi-permanent lashes” are single eyelash hairs that are applied to your individual eyelashes with an adhesive. Individual lashes should only be applied by a professional. The service can take anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 hours depending on the clients natural lashes and the look that is trying to be achieved. Individual lashes can last anywhere from 4-6 weeks depending on how well they are cared for. A fill-in or touch up service can be performed anywhere from 2-4 weeks to maintain the desired look.

Call us at 919.435.7373 or email us at info@bodyblissnc.com for more information about lashes and pricing.

-Blog post written by Sarah Boulton