FAQ- frequently asked questions
PREPARING FOR YOUR CHEMICAL SERVICE APPOINTMENTS
Q- I've always heard it is best to come to the salon with dirty hair when I'm getting color done.
Great question! I have been asked this quite a lot. The "dirty-hair rule" is only true if you are planning a service that requires on-the-scalp lightening process such as a high-lift Blonding applications such as root-to-tip platinum or pale blondes. This is really the only case that it HELPS to have slightly dirty hair because the oil on your scalp will be a barrier for these stronger chemicals. (Other services such as hair cut only appointments or scheduled body/texture wave appointments you will be receiving a shampoo prior to the service anyhow so this would be a non-issue.)
It is important to understand that many salon chemicals have become gentler over the years and my experience is that sometimes color, including Permanent colors won't cover resistant gray hair as well when the scalp and roots are dirty or makeup is applied to right at the hairline. This is especially true when Demi & Semi colors are used as they are extremely gentle and may not take (or hold) as well on hair that is coated with sebum or scalp oil or even cosmetics. In such cases when only the hairline is affected, I keep Witch Hazel (a gentle astringent that can be applied to the skin) to the hairline prior to the chemical service.
So, if you are scheduling a color service, it is suggested to GENTLY wash hair and scalp the night prior to your hair appointment (or even the morning of!).
I also always request that my clients who are scheduled for off-the-scalp color such as Highlites (foil packets keep the color off of the scalp) or Lowlites to arrive at the salon with CLEAN, DRY hair. So please do keep this in consideration when you are preparing for your appointment. Again, it is fine to have some hair products in your hair as long as they aren't especially heavy and oily.
Please try not to SCRATCH (rough scrubbing or brushing) your scalp the days prior to your scheduled hair color. This will open up more possibility of scalp irritation. (Minor scalp irritation, such as a slight burning sensation due to a scratch you were not aware of.) Please know that as a precaution your appointment for any on-scalp treatment should be rescheduled for a later date if you have any compromised areas on or near your scalp.
Q. "I have had reactions and/or Allergic Reactions to Chemical Formulas in the past. Should I talk to you about it?"
If you DO have more sensitive skin or have had sensitivities with past color or chemical processes, please do let me know when scheduling your appointment. If it is only a slight reaction such as a slight skin irritation that goes away within a short period of time then there are ways I can help protect your sensitive skin, given it is something I'm made aware of.
If you have had negative reactions that are severe, you will not soon forget, so if you are wondering if you fall in this category, then please don't worry. It really isn't common, and I can say that given my vast experience all these years in the salon.
Yet, if you have any concerns of possible skin allergies to any scheduled processes or ingredients, we can always perform a patch test on the inside of your elbow as it is considered to be the best place to detect any reactions. For complete accuracy this test is best performed 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment and is important that the test site be left uncovered. If you experience any reaction it will be confined to the one small localized site.
Q. "no offense but do you do any black people hair? my hair broke off and i was trying to something to make it less noticeable. But i usually just get a roller wrap."
I'm sorry to say I don't have the experience to offer my services for highly textured hair aside from dry haircuts.
That meaning a client will come in to the salon with clean, dry hair after scheduling for a 'dry cut'. If it's
chemically straightened or naturally textured I cut it dry with no shampoo or drying.
Given your hair is damaged and breaking off I'd suggest contacting ShyRa Salon at 13214 Coursey Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA - (225) 756-3338...... Or you might ask around your friends or do a search online to find a stylist that can properly address your concerns with your hair especially since it's breaking off. You will need special care during this re-growth phase and an experienced stylist can help you prevent further breakage and suggest protein and moisturizing treatments to restore the health of your hair. Morrocan , Argan and Jojoba oils will help restore a healthy lustre to your depleated locks.