Care for YOUR hair

Care for Your Hair

Follow these tips and tricks to lengthen the life of your luscious long locks

Wash

Use only professional products that are paraben and sulfate free. Apply a hair mask (a stronger conditioner) every 3-5 times you wash your hair to lengthen the life of your hair extensions. Refrain from washing your extensions more than 2-3 times a week.

Products

A minimum of two products are essential to keep your extensions in tip top shape:

• Leave-in conditioner with heat-protectant capability and

• Moisturizing oil

Apply the leave-in conditioner to your hair, after washing, but while it’s still wet. The oil should be applied daily to wet and/or dry hair.

Drying and styling

After showering, use a towel to carefully blot your extensions dry. While using your blow dryer, flat iron and curling iron it’s imperative to keep the heat settings on low (below 350 degrees). Blow dry and style often to keep your extensions smooth. Comb often using a Wet Brush or wide-tooth comb – start at the bottom of your hair and work your way to the top.

Sleeping

Braid your extensions before bed to keep them from tangling. Use a silk pillowcase for less friction. Going to bed with wet hair can cause your hair and extensions to mat and knot.

Swimming and adventuring

Summer is the BOMB; however, all it brings is hard on extensions. Hair is like a sponge and will soak up whatever liquid it comes in contact with first; so, to protect your hair and extensions from drying out, remember this – if you choose to swim with your extensions, wet your hair, add a generous amount of leave-in conditioner and braid your hair before entering the water. Use a clarifying shampoo and very moisturizing conditioner when you’re done. Take your time combing it out. Bold City Hair will not be liable for any negative reaction that may occur. Limit contact with salt water and chlorine (ocean or pool).

Coloring

Coloring your extensions can change the integrity of the extension; however if your choose to do so, we suggest a demi- or semi-permanent color. Never use any lightener or bleach on the extensions. Any coloring should be done be a licensed professional. For best results, contact your Bold City Hair certified stylist.

Cancellation/Late/ No Show Policy

When you book an appointment with me, I will provide you with all the information for your appointment, including my cancellation and no show policy.

If you are more than 20 minutes late, you may not be seen and will have to reschedule to my next availability. I require a $50 deposit/late fee to secure your next appointment. I have had to be strict with this policy to protect my business. I require a 24 hour advance notice by text if you wish to be able to reschedule. Please text me personally, not the automated texts.

If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you may be charged up to 50% of the service cost. You will not be able to schedule again until the previous appointment cancellation fee is paid for. If you no show without any prior contact, you will be blacklisted and will not be able to schedule again.

These policies are in place to protect my business. I understand incidents happen, sometimes out of your control, but it is your responsibility to communicate with me as soon as possible so your spot can be filled in.

I understand there are extenuating circumstances, but when one client is late, it rolls over + messes up the entire days schedule. That means every single client afterward is affected.

I am so lucky to work in an industry I am passionate about, but at the end of the day time is money and money helps me put food on the table.

Have respect for your stylists time. We are here working for you. We do what we love for you guys. Please understand we enforce these policies to protect ourselves and our business.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me!

The Circle Chronicles

I find that so often many people come to the salon and pay good money to have their hair how they like it, but then they will go home and use their products they bought from Publix, Walgreens, target, Sephora and even amazon. I won’t lie! I’m guilty of amazon shopping for nearly everything, but my hair products are not one of them. If you spend good money on your hair why not use professional products to ensure longer lasting results and maintain the integrity at home? You wouldn’t put regular gas in your Mercedes Benz would you?…

The great thing about Davines is that they have created the perfect solution for dull, dry, damaged hair in an affordable way for you to use at home. (Or a pampering in salon service). The line is called The Circle Chronicles and includes five different masks that are great for multi masking too!

Just like the face, the hair has different zones each with different needs. Multi masking is the combination of different hair masks on the three main areas; scalp, length, ends. So several specific hair and scalp needs can be addressed in one session.

Here’s the line up. Quick fix is literally a quick fix and only sets for 3 minutes. Your hair will be hydrated and smooth in no time. Second, the spotlight circle. This mask give extraordinary shine and is great for special events. You will leave this mask on for at least ten minutes. Third, the renaissance mask. This mask repairs damaged hair, restores health, shine and softness and also sets for ten minutes. Fourth, the wake up circle. This mask can go on the scalp as well as length and ends and sets for ten minutes. It gives the Hair new energy and volume for stressed hair and scalp. It contains rhodiola extract which has rebalancing and anti stress properties. Lastly, the purity circle. This mask can also go on the scalp, length and ends and sets for ten minutes. It purifies the hair and scalp from impurities from pollution, heavy metals or free radicals.

Each of these masks contain natural active ingredients such as matcha tea extract in the purity circle for neutralizing free radicals or yellow clay which has a restoring action.

Take care of your hair at home with these great masks!

All of these masks can be applied at the salon or at home.

Have a question? Don’t hesitate to ask! Drop me a line below.

Protect your hair from the sun

Much of the beauty industry is dedicated to sun protection for the skin but preventative measures for hair are often overlooked. Hair is just as important and sun exposure can cause long term damage to your hair without becoming noticeable until it’s too late.

The sun gets to you from everywhere! Even if you aren’t in the sun a lot or at the beach. When you’re driving in the car, you are not as protected from the sun like you would think. When you get your hair done and you come back six weeks later for a touch up, your hair has most likely lightened a bit, and it is just from the sun! Sometimes you may have to use a toner to tone the hair back down to its desired tone.

It is so important to use products to protect your hair. Why spend all that money to get the hair you want to have it change your desires tone or even damage it from the sun. This is why products are important. I always tell my clients to put something in their hair to protect it, especially if you wear hair extensions.

If you go to the beach or the pool, put a leave in mask in it. This way your hair is protected from color fading and sun exposure.

I love my Davines products and I love their Su line because it is perfect for this. Their hair mask is great for restoring sun-exposed or damaged hair. Anti-Aging SU replenishes softness, moisture and shine to all hair types. The Su hair milk is great for protecting hair from sun exposure. SU Milk is enhanced with UVA and UVB filters, conditioning while protecting all hair types.

Protect your hair from UV rays with the Davines SU line of remedies. Stop by my salon loft today for all your Su hair care remedies. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Best and worst foods for healthy hair

Instead of relying on shampoos and other products, reach for these items that are perfect for achieving healthy hair. All of these are essentially great for your diet as well.  

There are many factors that influence your hair health such as genetics, age, hormones, and nutrient deficiencies. But what you eat is one of the few things you can do to control your hair’s health. I know this through hands on lifestyle changes. I noticed a dramatic difference in my hair when I stick to foods in this list. 

When you eat nutrient-rich foods that are proven to help your hair, you can influence your hair’s thickness, its growth or shedding, how shiny it is, and even its likelihood of greying. Look at the list below that I created after researching and years of experiencing things on my own. I think you will find this list very beneficial. 

FIRST, THE BEST FOODS FOR HAIR

1 Almond Butter

Almond butter has a wide variety of nutrients. Some including protein, healthy fats, and certain vitamins which have all been linked to healthy hair. The vitamin E content in the nuts are what researchers say is particularly good for keeping your locks thick and lustrous.

2 Tangerines

The benefits of tangerines affect your hair in two big ways: One, its vitamin C content makes it easier for your body to absorb iron. Two, the vitamin B12 in tangerines promotes hair growth, reduces hair loss, and slows down the graying process. Did you hear that ladies?! Slows down the graying process!!

3 Amla Berries

Amla is a sour fruit native to India. They are also known as Indian gooseberry. It is high in antioxidants and prescribed by Ayurvedic (The worlds most ancient holistic wellness practice) doctors for glowing skin and hair. Defrost the berries, cut into small pieces and add them to your next Zero Belly Smoothie! -I buy mine online, as well as the tangerines sometimes too.

4 Spinach

Sometimes, a mineral deficiency is the cause of hair loss. Spinach is iron rich and it contains sebum, which acts as a natural conditioner for hair. This leafy green also provides omega-3 acids, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. All help keep hair lustrous, shiny and, most importantly, out of the drain.

5 Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is rich in vitamin B5 (known as pantothenic acid), which helps with blood flow to your scalp and hair growth. There are some procedures now a days that help to stimulate the blood flow in the scalp. 

6 Salmon

Salmon is one food that helps the body process insulin more efficiently. But avoid farmed salmon at all costs! Salmon is rich in Omega-3’s and are anti-inflammatory. It’s best to get omega-3s from natural sources, such as salmon and cold-water fish like sardines and mackerel. In addition to helping you stay fit and disease free, omega-3’s enable you to grow hair and keep it shiny and full.

7 Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps to improve circulation, which brings oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles. Sprinkle this evocative spice on your toast and in your coffee, or sprinkle it on top of your oatmeal.

8 Oatmeal

Oats are rich in iron, fiber, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which stimulate hair growth, making it thick and healthy.

9 Guava

Vitamin C prevents hair from becoming brittle and breaking. Although we often think of oranges as the best source of vitamin C, one guava packs four to five times as much.

10 Eggs

Eggs are packed with a B vitamin called biotin, which helps hair grow and strengthens brittle fingernails. Not having enough of this vitamin can lead to hair loss. Other good sources of biotin include almonds, avocados and salmon.

11 Lentils

Lentils have plenty of folic acid and are full of protein, iron, zinc and biotin. The body needs folic acid to restore the health of red blood cells that supply skin and scalp with hair-improving oxygen.

12 Oysters

Zinc is an important mineral for overall health. When you don’t have enough, you can experience hair loss…even your eyelashes!

13 Liver

I know I know. Gross right? Liver may sound not so appetizing, but if you like pâté, your hair will benefit. Organ meats such as liver have an abundance of iron. As mentioned, iron deficiency can lead to hair loss, most notably in women.

14 Lean Poultry

Have you ever noticed how your muscles don’t grow (and sometimes deplete) when you’re not getting enough protein? The same thing could happen to your hair. Without sufficient dietary protein, your hair will essentially go on strike. Less new hair will replace what’s falling out and you’ll experience an overall loss of hair. We loose on average of 100 strands per day through natural shedding!

15 Barley

Barley contains vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant that can actually absorb damaging UV light and protect skin cells. It also repairs sun damage on the scalp, which can cause hair to thin.

16 & 17 Nuts and Seeds

Pistachios have been linked to helping with male pattern baldness, cashews have biotin, and walnuts contain oils that add to the amount of elastin in your hair. Elastin helps to keep your hair supple and stops it from breaking.

18 Sweet Potatoes

Beta carotene protects against dry, dull hair and stimulates the glands in your scalp to make an oily fluid called sebum. So where do you find this elixir of the locks? Orange-colored fruits and vegetables are your best bet: Carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, mangoes and sweet potatoes!

19 Halibut

Along with iron, another important mineral for keeping the shine off your dome is magnesium. Halibut has plenty of magnesium, as do several other types of fish. Women especially have been known for lacking this essential nutrient, that’s why we have cravings for chocolate!

20 Shiitake Mushrooms

Copper may help hair maintain its natural color, regardless of your color.

21 Chickpeas

Chickpeas contain some of the highest concentrations of vitamin B9. A cup of them packs a whopping 1,114 micrograms of B-9! I love making homemade hummus which is basically all chickpeas.

22 Spirulina

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes in subtropical climates. The highest concentrations of copper are found in the livers of various animals, but the highest amount of non-animal-derived copper can be found in spirulina.

23 Marmite

While it was once smuggled into the U.S. by the families and friends of British expats, Marmite can be found at Whole Foods and Amazon. This yeast-extract spread looks like tar and has a unique and powerful odor all its own and for some may be an acquired taste. But if want to fend off the greys, you may want to give it a try.

24 Bok Choy

Dermatologists treating hair loss look at the level of ferritin in your blood. If you had been eating plenty of bok choy, which is super iron rich, they would likely see a spike in your ferritin levels.

NOW, THE WORST FOODS FOR HAIR

Sometimes it is just as important to know what not to do, than what to do. Here is a list of foods to stay away from if you want to change your hairs health.

1 Swordfish

Steer clear of fish like swordfish, mackerel, and even some tuna. They contain high levels of mercury which can lead to hair loss.

2 Diet Soda

Just like anything else ‘diet,’ the artificial sweeteners—specifically, aspartame—has been linked to hair loss.

3 Sugar

Protein is super important for your hair and sugar hinders the absorption of it. Steer clear of added sugar.

4 Starchy Whites

This one goes hand in hand with sugar, since white bread, cakes, pastries, white pasta, and other refined, over-processed starches are converted into sugar, which causes your hair to thin.

5 Alcohol

Alcohol slows the levels of zinc in your body, which is a necessary mineral for healthy hair and growth. It also dehydrates your hair, making it more brittle and likely to break.

6 Fast Food

Greasy food translates to greasy skin, including on your scalp. When your pores on your scalp get clogged, it can cause hair loss.

I hope you found this list to be helpful. You don’t have to incorporate all of these foods but it certainly wouldn’t harm you if you did. Also, every person has different chemical make ups and needs. When choosing the right foods for you and your diet sometimes takes a little trial and error, but this list of foods are scientifically proven to help your hair health. Some of you may need to go a step further and meet with a nutritionist to determine the best diet choices for you and your body. Life is about choices, so we want to gain as much knowledge as possible to make the right choices for our body.

~Rachel Yancey

All About Hair Extensions

When you think of hair extensions what is the first thing that comes to mind? For some people it is quality, for some it is price, and for some it is about manageability or maybe all of these things. Hair extensions are a great accessory to add to your style and overall look. It is all about your lifestyle and what suits your needs and desires.

Most of us want hair extensions because we are unhappy with our own natural hair in one way or another; for some of us our hair is too thin, or not long enough. We want that long and luxurious hair we always see the movie stars wear in the movies or music videos. Whatever the case may be, hair extensions are a great tool to enhance your look and your confidence. Like the say, ‘Your hair is your biggest accessory,’ or ‘It’s the crown you never take off.’ It is important to know what to look for when you are on the search for a hair stylist to perform a hair extension service, whether it be for a special event or day to day wear. The options and possibilities are almost endless! It is important to schedule a consultation before getting any hair extension service to make sure you are getting what you want and expect. Some guests already come in knowing what they want, but it is always best to consult with a professional so that you can make sure you are getting the best option for your hair.

Lifestyle is a major factor in determining what type of hair extension is best for you and your hair. If you are active into sports like swimming, running, or roller derby you may not be an ideal candidate for hair extensions. Excessive sweating can cause certain types of hair extensions to slip and ultimately cause discomfort, or the hair extensions may not last as long as desired. It is important to discuss with your stylist your lifestyle and tell them how much time you want to spend styling your hair.  At the end of the day, you are adding more hair to your head, so extra time, care, and products will be required to maintain your look and integrity of your hair.

So how do you know what hair extensions to choose? Your hair stylist should be able to guide you as to what would be best for you after the consultation. There are fusion keratin bonded hair extensions, I tip or bead hair extensions, Tape in hair extensions, there are also hair pieces that you can add for extra thickness either alone or in addition to your other hair extensions. There are also lace front wigs available for people who may not be the ideal hair extension candidate. Think about how you normally style your hair and what you want to be able to do with it. Make sure you discuss this with your stylist so they are able to match you with the hair extension product that would be suited best for you and your lifestyle.

Want to schedule your complimentary hair extension consultation today? Call, text, or email me and I’d be happy to schedule time to discuss hair extensions with you. I can be reached at (904) 228-3310 or boldcityhair@gmail.com.

During the consultation we will discuss your desires and needs, as well as pricing, care and maintenance schedules to maintain your look. We will also color match your hair color. Once a method is chosen, a deposit will be required to book your appointment and special order your hair, if it is not already in stock.