This week I am going to share some knowledge with you all that I recently ran into. I’m going to tell you all about a little miracle product called “Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment.”
How did I learn about it?
While I was working at Sally’s one night, a long-time hairstylist walked in. She overheard me giving coloring advice to a different customer and approached me to tell me that she thought I handled the situation well. I talked with her for a few minutes and she said to me “I’m going to let you in on a secret. This stuff right here (the aphogee) is the best thing in the world. I always keep it on stock in my salon.” She let me know that it works miracles on even the most damaged hair. I decided to give it a shot.
How does it work?
This protein treatment is different from a traditional treatment. You wash your hair, towel dry it, apply the treatment, comb it through, an let it dry and harden. You do not wrap your hair up or put a bag over your head. You just let your hair fall like it normally does and sit under the dryer. The product will turn very hard when it dries. Do not attempt to comb through your hair after the product has began to harden. When it is done processing, you simply rinse out the product with warm water.
The treatment, formulated with modified proteins and magnesium, fuses into the hair with the application of heat. This product will dramatically reduce breakage, regardless what condition your hair is in.
How is it different?
Most other deep conditioning treatments only strengthen your hair for a few washes, while the Aphogee Two-Step treatment lasts up to 6 weeks. It is recommended to only treat your hair with this product every 4-6 weeks.
What is my opinion?
I really do like it. It does make my hair a lot stronger. However, this product is recommended for use under a hooded dryer, which I do not have at home. The heat from the dyer completes the fusion of protein to your hair. So in other words, I didn’t get the full experience of the treatment.
Have you tried this treatment? I want to know what you think! Leave feedback in the comments!
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Feathers are crazy popular right now. Surprisingly, I never knew how to put them someone’s hair until the other day when my coworker showed me. My mom had purchased a 100-piece kit on amazon to do feathers and I needed to learn how to do them. The kit is only 12.99 and you can buy the same kit here. Anyways, I didn’t realize that it is so easy to do feathers, and even though I am a hairstylist, and would rather charge you to put them in your hair, you can do it yourself at home. It takes just a few minutes and they will last quite a long time.
Other hairstylists can also learn how to do them from this tutorial. It’s great, because you just buy the kit and charge like 5-7$ per feather. There is a high profit margin on this service. Another word of advice is to try to get rooster feathers or emu feathers if you want to be able to curl / straighten them. I don’t think you can do that to the feathers that come in the kit, so be warned.
Remember, that if the feather comes out, there’s a pretty good chance that some of your hair will come out with it. Be extra gentle with your hair around the area your feather is in, and don’t rip through it with a comb.
Part off the area of hair that you want to apply the feather to. Make sure it has enough hair covering it so you can’t see the bead, but make sure not too much hair is covering it that you won’t be able to see the feather. I would place it about 1 inch under the part.
Place a bead on the hook. Make sure the bead is the color that will match the hair.
Hook a small area of hair, where you want the feather to be attached.
Step 5- Place the tip of the feather in the bead with the hair.
Step 6- Using pliers, clamp down on the bead, which tightly fastens it to the hair.
Tip: If the tip of the feather is sticking out of the bead too much, cut it, otherwise it will poke you in the head.
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For those of you who haven’t seen it, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover is pretty much the best show ever. Tabatha Coffey, who is a world-renowned hairstylist, goes to failing salons that have asked for her help, and well, takes over. She works every aspect of professionalism and helps turn the salon around, so it can move in the right direction. She is seriously so smart, talented and professional and is totally my hair stylist role model (although I don’t think I would ever want her critiquing my work). She is very upfront and can be a total Btch with a capital B. Usually though, she is only smart with the people who are not willing to change and are giving her lip.
I’m seriously addicted to this show. It’s probably the one show that I am faithful to watching. In fact, I’m about to start an episode on my DVR right now. I have learned a lot of really cool things from watching her show, like that you should never fold foils on the sides. This is because bleach expands, and if the foils are tightly folded, it has nowhere to expand except up, creating a bleed line. Another cool trick I learned from her, that I use daily, is that color will remove color on the skin. You just use a little bit of leftover color from the bowl and rub it on the stain and it will take it off. I have no idea whatsoever how it works, but it does work. If you are a fellow hairstylist, I suggest checking it out. You can seriously learn a lot from Tabatha.
Another thing you can learn from her show is what NOT to do. Many of these salons make really common mistakes, which I have seen in almost every salon I’ve worked at. Not cleaning, non-professional conversation, inappropriate clothes, micromanagement, failure to keep records, alcohol drinking, etc. are all things that happen in most of these salons. There are a few extreme cases, where people go overboard. A manager of one of the salons had a sex toy in his drawer called the “bitch tamer.” He stated that he handed the toy to any people in a bad mood and told them to take it to the bathroom and come back out in a better mood. How crazy and unprofessional is that!? I can’t even imagine. Some of the owners are like, seriously schizophrenic. They are so crazy; how can you blame their staff for not respecting them? I watched one episode where the salon housed a stripper pole for customers. For every minute they danced on the pole, 1 dollar was taken off their total bill. The only thing that it did was give away free services and make people feel uncomfortable. Don’t worry though. Tabatha whipped all those people right into shape.
Tabatha Coffey was born on May 17, 1969 in Surfers Paradise, Australia. Both her mom and brother were hairstylists, and she got her first job in a salon as an assistant at the age of 14. At 15, she entered a four year apprenticeship to study hair, and followed up with three more years of training in London. On the opening credits of Tabatha Takes Over, she states “I’ve devoted everything I have to this industry. I love it.”
She eventually opened her own salon in Ridgewood, New Jersey, called “Industrie Hair Gurus,” while also working sometimes at the “Warren-Tricomi Salon” in West Hollywood, CA. She also casually mentions in the opening credits, “My salon is so successful, there’s a 3 month waiting list to get an appointment with me.” Her artistic style includes creating a unique look for every single person, instead of specializing in one certain style. On top of that, she travels the world 6-12 times a year, representing Joico International, as a platform stylist. She loves to show off her talent during these hair shows, along with helping other aspiring stylists. She admitted, “My favorite thing is to do work with other professionals and teaching. I love giving and getting back from other professionals.” She recently sold her salon to make time to work with other stylists. Eventually, she became the star of her own television show and the author of her own book called It’s Not Really About The Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty. Her work is also featured in beauty publications like Seventeen, Marie Claire and Mademoiselle.
She is open about being part of the LGBT community and has shared that she has been with her partner for over 15 years. She doesn’t talk about it all the time, because she feels it’s inappropriate, but she has never hidden the fact that she is a lesbian.
Out of curiosity, she applied to be on the show Shear Genius, in which 11 people are eliminated through challenges, revealing the best stylist. Although Tabatha didn’t win, she made it to the top 6 and later won $10,000 and the “fan favorite” title. She was most known for her mouthy, blunt attitude. Her show, Tabatha Takes Over was a spin-off of Shear Genius.
During the course of the show, she takes the salon from “failing” to “ready to succeed.” She first sets up hidden surveillance cameras, and watches the salon from a distance. Then after observing everything, she brings the manager in to talk to them about what is going on. She also shows them the lowest points she saw on surveillance. After being fed up, she will say to the manager “Give me your key. I’m taking over.” Next, Tabatha and the manager enter the salon and talk to the staff. Usually on the first day the staff is so excited to have her there. She informs them that everything is going to change in her presence, and at the end of the week, some of them may not have jobs. She inspects the salon (which is usually covered in dust and hair) and plainly lets them know how disgusting it is. She will tell them to come back in the morning for a staff meeting. During the staff meeting, she addressed all of the problems with management. The manager is never present at the meeting so the staff usually feels comfortable to tell Tabatha their problems. She then talks again with the management and asks for their point of view. The next day, she will bring in live models for the whole salon to work on and assesses their work based on consultation, formulation and how they followed through. This is when people start to get frustrated. She usually spends a day or two making the salon do things to promote the salon or better their skills. Towards the end of the episode, she remodels the entire salon. The staff and management return to see the new salon and have a grand opening with Tabatha there. Tabatha observes every little thing and makes note if people didn’t take her advice. She finally, speaks one last time with management to give them her final recommendations. They announce to the salon what was good and bad, and Tabatha returns the salon key. She comes back 6 weeks later to check up on the salon. Most of the time, the salon has improved, but sometimes old habits die hard.
Reruns of this show airs on Bravo. They are currently filming season 5, and it is unknown when it will premiere.
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I always see these things all over Facebook and most of them are frikkin hilarious. I figured I would share these ones with the other hairstylists out there. I hope it brightens up your day!
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For this week, I chose Rihanna with a side cut!
I think she looks really awesome with a side cut. I especially like that she kept the rest of her hair long, because it makes her look feminine but edgy. This is a basic hairstyle to do. You just have to shave a small area from the front of your hairline, to about your ear. I would probably not take it too high. You always have to part your hair where the shaved part ends to make this style work. Believe me; I think it looks horrible if you don’t. This is also one of the most popular haircuts of 2012.
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