Home Hair Treatments – Simple steps to keeping hair healthy

Home hair treatments are a great way to keep your hair healthy between salon visits. But as discussed in this post, there is science behind real results.  Doing it correctly allows beneficial ingredients to penetrate deep in the hair strand, producing effects you can see and feel.

Before diving in, it’s a good idea to talk with your stylist about the right treatment. When it comes to hair treatments, there are so many products to choose from that it’s easy to feel confused. Masks, serum, conditioners…matching a product’s purpose with your hair type and desired outcome is key. Let your stylist be your guide to narrow down the search. She can point you in the right direction and match you with the perfect product. Once your ready, follow these simple steps to bring out beautiful, healthy hair at home.

1. Start with a deep cleansing shampoo

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Before applying any treatment, it’s best to be working with a clean surface. Find a deep cleansing shampoo to remove any product build up on your hair. This will create a “clean slate” that will better accept the treatment. A deep cleansing shampoo can be used prior to treatments or alternated with your daily shampoo about every 8 washes. At Fix Salon, we love Redken’s Hair Cleansing Cream. It has a yummy citrus scent and a foaming lather for squeaky clean results.

2. Towel Dry

After rinsing out your shampoo, take the time to really towel dry your hair. This should be done by scrunching your hair in a towel, rather than wringing it dry. Removing the excess water gives the treatment more room to “live” in the hair.

3. Watch where you apply the treatment

Hair treatments should be applied to the midshaft and ends of your hair first. These are the areas that benefit the most. Afterwards, you can apply a small amount to the hair near your scalp. If you tend to have an oily scalp, avoid your scalp area altogether. With most quality products, a little goes a long way. Make sure you cover the hair thoroughly and evenly, but don’t over apply.

4. Bag it up

If you are stepping out of the shower while your treatment processes, put on a shower cap to protect your hair and your surroundings. You can buy light weight disposable shower caps from a beauty supply or better yet, grab the complimentary caps when you stay at a hotel. In addition to keeping things tidy during the treatment, bagging your hair provides the added benefit of trapping in heat. When your hair warms up, it expands, allowing for better absorption of the treatment into your hair.

5. Warm it up

In addition to using the shower cap to trap heat, you can also stay in the shower for the processing time or sit in a warm place. Hair treatments are perfect when you are sitting at the beach or by the pool. The sun warms your hair for a better result.

6. Rinse well

Be sure to give yourself extra time to rinse out your treatment. Treatment masks are typically heavier than a daily conditioner, so it requires more effort to get it out of your hair. If you do a quick rinse, you run the risk of leaving residual treatment in your hair, causing it to feel over conditioned and heavy.

Treating your hair at home can be a fun, relaxing event that produces noticeable results. By using the right treatment in the correct way, your hair will look amazing. For best results, always use a professional salon product and save the avocados and mayonnaise for the sandwiches.

Adding Big Volume to Your Blowout – Video Tutorial

Here is the second My Hair Fix video tutorial! I would post them more often, but I am realizing I am a much better hairstylist than video editor. Our last tutorial was recreating a salon blowout at home, so for this video I wanted to take it one step further by showing you how to add dramatic volume that will last all night.

I mention it in the video, but it’s worth saying again: using the right styling product is the key to creating a long lasting look. When you purchase product from your stylist, be sure to have her take the time to educate you on how to use it to get the result you want.

Some of you have left comments about the video topics you want to see next. Thanks! It’s been noted and we are working on it. Hopefully this process will get more streamlined so you can have a entire video library at your fingertips!

My Hair Fix – Volume Blowout Video

PS – I also want to give a big shout out to Inti St Clair, the photographer who took some great photos, giving me the new clean, pretty picture for the blog! She does amazing work! Check her out!

Changing Your Identity with Hair Color: Are you ready for the challenge?

Tiffany "The Blonde"Meet Tiffany. Tiffany has been one of my best friends for over 20 years. Tiffany is a blonde. I’m not using this as a discriptor as much as I am using it as a title. Tiffany is “A Blonde”. It’s her identity, philosophy and lifestyle. Two years ago we took her from a dimensional foiled blonde to a full on platinum blonde. She LOVED it. When she walked in a room you couldn’t help but turn to look at her. Blonde is an attention grabbing color. Why do you think so many Hollywood celebrities take on this look? Unfortunately, after two years of heavy lightening every three weeks, her hair surrendered. It couldn’t take the demand of such intense treatments. It weakened, and became damaged beyond repair. Tiffany had to make a decision: change her hair color or cut off the damaged ends into a short haircut. Both of which were the kiss of death to her identity. Here’s where the journey to her new identity began….

The Consultation (Intense Therapy)

If Tiff couldn’t be platinum blonde, she wanted to find a new color that would still “pop.” She started to talk to me about becoming strawberry blonde like Nicole Kiddman. My concern with this choice was her skin tone. Tiffany has a pink complexion, and pink skin tones look best when complimented by cool colors. (Warm tones make the pink stand out more.) I also needed to make sure that my client and best friend understood that whatever choice she made, she would have to stick with it. Her hair was in no condition to handle  re-lightening. Of course, explaining this is difficult. Since seeing is believing, I decided to take Tiff on a field trip to prove my point.

A Wig Shopping We Will Go

I asked Tiffany to meet me at a beauty supply store that carries tons of wigs. Here we chose wigs of different tones of red for her to try on. It became immediately clear that strawberry blondes were a miss. They didn’t compliment her skin tone and they provided no “pop.” Then she tried on a dark cool cherry red. It was perfect! Initially Tiffany would have never thought to go from lightest blonde to this strong red, but getting to “test drive it” first gave her a whole new insight on the possibility. At my suggestion, Tiff bought the wig to take home so she could warm up to her potential new look.

Decision Time

I checked in with Tiffany 3 days after the wig purchase to see how it was going. She had experienced mixed reviews from her husband and friends. Remember, Tiffany’s blonde was a signature statement for her, so a new hair color not only changes the way she views herself, but also affects the way people see her. We discussed how it was important that she love the choice and to be ready for further mixed reviews. At the end of our conversation, she was ready to commit. Tiffany was going red!

The Process

In an earlier post, I documented my client, Christin, going from brown to peach. Christin and Tiffany’s processes both fall under a color correction service. Many times we see celebrities go through extreme color changes in what seems like overnight. I think it’s important to recognize the investment of time and money, as well as the value of working with a colorist who understand the importance of maintaining the hair’s health and integrity through this service. We took pictures of Tiffany’s entire journey to red so you could understand the process.

Step 1: Pre-Tre

Before we could apply any color, I performed two different protein treatments on Tiff’s hair. When hair has been extremely lightened, it needs protein to strengthen it. Additionally, the protein gives the color something to hold on to. If we skipped these protein treatments, the color would have a hard time looking dimensional and fall out in the first few shampoos. Redken CAT treatment was applied first, then followed by a Redken Chemistry Strength shot and sealed with a 3.5 pH spray.

Step 2: The First Fill ProcessFirst Fill

In the salon world we use numbers to refer to lightness and darkness and color as the tone. Our goal for Tiffany was to achieve a level 6 Red. If I applied a level 6 red on her blonde hair as the first color step, the end result would be flat, chalky and pink. This is because red needs yellows, golds, and oranges to give it vibrancy. To build these colors in the hair, it must be done in layers, a process we call “filling” the hair. A fill formula is a color application designed to put base tones in the hair that will support the final color. Each layer is applied and processed like a traditional color application. For the first fill, I chose a Redken Shades EQ gloss with copper and warm gold tones.

Step 3: More Protein

Firs Fill Result

After the fill formula processed for 20 minutes, I shampooed it and followed up with another protein treatment to continue to prepare the hair for more color.

Step 4: Second Fill Formula

Second Fill Application For the second fill formula, I chose more copper and gold tones with a little bit of red. Shades EQ cream was the perfect choice for its low alkalinity, but rich deposit.

Step 5: More Protein
Are you seeing a pattern here? Protein is a big deal in color correction!

Second Fill Result

Step 6: Final Formula ApplicationFinal Color Application
After two fill processes, I had built up a warm base to support the final red color we wanted. For the final formula I went with Redken Chromatics. This is a permanent color with no ammonia. That means is will give a rich deposit and is gentle on Tiff’s hair. Chromatics uses an oil delivery system which also helps to reduce future breakage in hair. I love the Reds in this line because they are strong, vibrant and dimensional. I applied the color from roots to ends and let it process for 35 minutes.

Step 7: Last Treatment
For the last treatment, I blended protein with a color sealer to lock in Tiffany’s new hue.

The end result: beautiful show- stopping red! This picture barely does the color justice. I added a second picture Tiffany took of herself the next day! Guaranteed to make you notice.Final Red!

Tiffany’s hair looked and felt amazing. It was worth every effort to get such a beautiful end result. Tiffany was so excited with the finished look. From start to finish, this was a 5-hour process. If I had skipped a treatment or fill, I would have sacrificed this awesome end color. For color correction services, I charge by the hour to ensure that every step is included.

Changing your identity with hair color can be scary. If you are known as a striking blond, rich brunette or fiery red head, it can be life altering to you and those who know you when you make that change. Take the time to research what you want. Try on wigs in the color you are considering and work with an experienced colorist who can be honest with you about the expectations, maintenance, and end result. It can be one of your biggest and exciting life adventures.

And this is Tiffany now:

Tiffany's New Identity

A transformed and gorgeous “redhead”!

Donating Your Hair – Resources and Tips

Donate Today!Our hair is a part of us. Many times it defines who we are. The idea of losing our hair can create feelings of anxiety and depression, especially if it is coupled with a debilitating illness. There are many amazing organizations that help women and children who have experienced hair loss as a result of illness by providing them with wigs. These wigs are produced with generous donations of people like you who have sacrificed your hair to help them through the process. Locks of Love is probably the most well-known organization for hair donation, but there are even more. Each facility has different requirements for donation. I thought it would be helpful to list these resources to make it easier to provide the gift of hair to these deserving individuals.

A few facts about hair donation:

  • It takes 20-30 donated ponytails to create one wig.
  • Hair that is shorter than the minimum length and gray hair is sold to help offset the cost of wig manufacturing.
  • Adult wigs are more plentiful, but do not fit children. Therefore, these organizations focus on providing smaller systems that fit snugly and comfortably on kids.
  • The cost of manufacturing one wig is approximately $1800. Your support helps to cover the expense so that wigs can be donated to deserving women and children.

In addition to donated hair, many of these organizations also accept monetary donations and/or you can choose to sponsor a child or their hair replacement program.

Locks of Love

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.

Requirements for Donation

  • Hair must be 10 inches in length
  • Colored and permed hair is acceptable
  • Highlighted hair is not acceptable
  • Gray hair is accepted

For all other requirements and a donation form, go here.

Wigs For Kids

Wigs for Kids is a private, non-profit organization relying solely on donations to make durable, custom Hair Replacement Systems that look just as real as a child’s natural hair. Additionally, Wigs for Kids has a link to partnering salons who help with the donation process.

Requirements for Donation

  • Hair must be a minimum of 12 inches
  • Hair that has been colored, permed, or highlighted is not eligible for donation
  • Gray hair is accepted

For all other requirements and a donation form, go here.

Children with Hair Loss

Children With Hair Loss was created as a resource for all children who have medically related hair loss. It is their mission to empower these children to become whole again by making hair replacement available to those who may be financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they want and need.

Requirements for Donation

  • Hair must be a minimum of 8 inches
  • Non-chemically treated hair is preferred, but any hair in good condition is accepted
  • Gray hair is accepted.

For all other requirements and a donation form, go here.

Childhood Leukemia Foundation

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national non-profit organization that provides multiple services to children battling cancer and their families. It’s hair Hugs You Wear program focuses on helping children experiencing hair loss from leukemia.

Requirements for Donation

  • Hair must be a minimum of 10 inches
  • Chemically processed hair is not accepted
  • Hair that was cut years ago is not accepted

For all other requirements and a donation form, go here.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society, the largest non-profit health organization committed to saving lives from every cancer and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease. The role of Pantene is to help women grow long, strong, beautiful hair and provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer.

Requirements for Donation

  • Hair must be a minimum of 8 inches
  • Chemically processed hair is not accepted
  • Hair can have a maximum of 5% gray

For all other requirements and a donation form, go here.

As you can see, there are many organizations passionate about helping women and children living with hair loss. Your charitable contribution of hair or money can greatly impact the way a child feels as they go through treatment. Thank you for taking action on this life changing cause.

The Best Online Summer Hair Inspiration

It’s unusually hot in Seattle and I’m trying to remember where I put my 2 pairs of shorts from the last time our temperature peaked at 85 degrees. Hot weather is not typical here and as a result we don’t have air-conditioning, box fans double in price, and we squint because we aren’t used to seeing this much sun. Hair can be a whole other issue. How do  you stay cool and look good at the same time? Celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, and Jennifer Lopez make summer hair look so easy and tons of online magazines create summer hair tips and tricks. I spent some time online looking for the best and compiled them here for you. So grab a popsicle, turn on the fan and take a few minutes to get inspired.

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The Quickest Easiest Summer Hairstyles Ever – redbookmag.com

Cute simple suggestions for warm weather styles featuring Amanda Seyfried, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lopez, and Kate Hudson

10 Easy Summer Hair Ideas – allure.com

This article not only features celebrities like Zoey Saldana and Jennifer Lawrence, it also mentions great hair products and tools to achieve the looks.

10 Ways to Get Easy Summer Hair (Without a Blowdryer) – glamour.com

This had me at “Without a Blowdryer”. Perfect hot tips for cute hair without heat.

How To: Easy Summer Hair – luckymag.com

Special event in warm weather? These looks from Luck Magazine take a little more time but are worth it for that summer wedding, cocktail party, candle light dinner or Girls Night Out.

20 Quick Celebrity Hairstyles – more.com

I am a fan of More magazine for focusing on health and beauty of women over 40. Here are 20 easy up-styles inspired by celebrities that look great on any age.

Hopes this helps to keep you looking good in that hot weather!

Quick DIY Blow Out

It’s our first vlog! My clients are always asking, how can I get my hair to look like it does when I walk out of your salon? To answer that, I’ve created this step-by-step video. Watch as I coach Fix Salon model Stephanie through a do-it-yourself quick blow out at home.

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Video: Quick DIY Blow Out


Here are a few additional tips to keep in mind.

1. When you think your hair is dry, keep drying.

Have you ever taken the time to blow out your hair only to have it frizz out a few hours later? Chances are it wasn’t completely dry. When you think your hair is dry, continue to dry it for another 5 minutes or so. Lots of times there is still moisture in the interior of the hair. Unless all the moisture in your hair is completely dried out, your hair will revert to its natural texture.

2. Practice makes perfect.

For the first couple of blow outs, find a time where you are not in a rush and make sure you have all the right tools and products in front of you. You might assume that as a hairstylist, drying my own hair is easy. Believe me, it isn’t. It used to take me 45 minutes to get a perfect finish. Now, because of practice, I can do it in about 20 – 25 minutes.

3. Pick your tools and products wisely.

The difference between so-so hair and show stopping hair is highly dependent on the right products and tools. You just can’t get a salon-looking blow out at home without using the same tools used by the pros. For a quick reference of everything we used in the video, see below. All products are available at Fix, either in stock or by special order. If Fix Salon is far from you, you can find these items online.

Tools and Product Resources:

My favorite tools for a DIY Blow Out

You now have everything you need to know to get a fantastic looking blow out at home. Want a one-on-one blow dry class like Stephanie had? Give us a call. We do that!

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Your Hair on Vacation – Tips and Tricks to Keep it Easy

You Hair On VacationYour vacation is coming up. You have your packing list, reservations, and some fun planned. What about your hair? Have you thought about how you can make it easier to keep your style fresh while away? Here are some easy tips and tricks to make your hair look great with as little effort as possible, giving you more time to enjoy the view.

1. Consider getting a salon blowout.

Getting a fabulous salon blowout the day before you leave can save tons of time on your trip. The style will last longer than a do-it-yourself style and make you look fantastic as you jet set to your destination.

2. Schedule a professional smoothing service with your stylist.

Smooth Lock Stay Sleek

Smooth Lock Stay Sleek

At Fix we offer the Ultimate Blowout that gives you smoother, more manageable hair for up to 13 shampoos. It’s perfect to combat frizz in those humid tropical climates or to keep your hair sustainably sleek for your city adventure. For details, check out The Ultimate Salon Blow–Beat Your Frizz This Summer. Short on time? Smooth Lock Stay Sleek Leave In Cream is your next best option. This styling cream reduces frizz, fights the humidity, and makes your ‘do shiny and smooth.

3. Don’t forget your dry shampoo.

Powder Refresh 01

Powder Refresh 01

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, dry shampoo is a girl’s best friend, especially while traveling. Why take up precious site seeing or beach time by going through an entire wash and blow dry process? Instead, spray dry shampoo at the root to absorb accumulated oils and you are ready to go! My favorite is Powder Refresh Dry Shampoo. I love it because it smells minty fresh and is easy to apply with the aerosol nozzle. A little goes a long way, so not only do you really get a bang for your buck, but you can extend your style for 2-4 days!

4. Pack travel size hair products.
Just about every hair manufacturer makes most, if not all, of their full size items in travel sizes. Perfect to stash in your bag when you are limiting yourself to carry-on or giving you a bit more space for another pair of shoes. Tip: Ask your stylist if they have any of your favorite products in sample sizes. These are generally small thin packets with one or two applications and are typically complimentary!

5. Leave your styling tools at home when heading to Europe.
First of all, there is always the issue of needing transformers for your dryer, flat iron and curling iron. In my experience, even when planned well, I’ve blown my best styling tools. Total pain. Plan on using the dryer at the hotel or consider purchasing inexpensive tools at a drug store once you’ve arrived. They will be calibrated to the electrical outlets causing less trouble during your styling. At the end of the vacation, donate them back to the hotel, hostel or housekeeping for them to pass on to future guests.

6. Let the air do the drying.

Full Swirl

Full Swirl

In hot sticky locations, it takes twice as long to dry your hair with a dryer and the humidity can potentially reverse the result rather quickly. Talk to your stylist about tips and tricks to let your hair air dry using the appropriate products. I love Curvaceous Full Swirl 2 in 1 Cream. This 2 in 1 cream/serum is a great way to conserve space and blends the best remedy to control curly hair. It controls frizz and locks in moisture to keep curls fresh all day. You’ll save time and fit in with the relaxed atmosphere of your destination.

7. Embrace the bun.
If your hair is long enough a bun can make for an effortless look. Whenever I travel, I make sure to have ponytail holders and hairpins in my purse, backpack, beach bag, make-up bag, and any thing else I may be carrying around. These are my favorite bun hairpins. I get them at Sally’s beauty supply. They are inexpensive and even the thickest hair can be “bunned” with four of them and a hairband. The perfect way to transition from day to night in any location.

8. Mask by the pool.
Sitting by the pool or beach all day? Do you hair a favor by letting it sit in your favorite

Deep Facets Mask

Deep Facets Mask

treatment mask. Try Diamond Oil Deep Facets Mask. It’s a patented blend of rich oils that will give your hair shine and flexibility.Wet your hair before you head out, preferably in the shower but pool or ocean will work too. After towel drying your hair, add the mask. Wrap it on top of you head in a loose bundle and you’re set! Now let the sun do the work by warming it up to get maximum effect. Don’t forget to rinse it out at the beach shower or back in your room so you’re not adding mask to the pool.

9. Scope out the best blow dry bars.
Recently in New York I treated myself to an amazing blow out at Blow, a blow dry salon. City trips can get so hectic! It was the perfect way to have some relaxing down-time and saved me the trouble of doing it myself. In most larger cities, salon blowouts range from $35 – $65, and the feeling of being pampered is priceless.

10. Have a great hat.
Last year I had a salon guest who was going on a safari in Africa. She was staying at a beautiful camp resort, but was going to have very little access to electricity and water. When all else fails, pull out that hat. For this occasion she purchased a simple black baseball style hat, but depending on where you’re visiting, you can buy a great wide brimmed beach hat, fedora, or a casual cowboy hat and have a memorable souvenir from your trip.

There you have it! Everything your hair needs for your vacation. Now go get packing.