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Styling Tips for Thin Hair: Pumping Up the Volume

Tricking the Eye is The Key

Styling thin hair poses challenge. Creating volume where there is none is no easy task. You have tried everything – teasing, blow-drying, spraying – but they don’t hold up. Well, here are some tips to lift your hopes that it’s still possible to have thin hair with a lot of volume.

First, let’s talk about what you’ll need. Every girl with thin hair should have these easy tools to work with her hair. These are dry shampoo and volumizing powder, thickening mousse, dry texturising spray and a hairspray that gives volume as well as staying power. Dry shampoo as a finishing spray is the most important. Spray versions are best for a softer finish, compared to powders that have a stronger hold for more buildable volume. Remember to not overdo it, as too much styling product can make hair look flat

There are hair cuts for fine hair. Super long hair that’s also fine is not so cool together, however, you can make it appear thicker with well-cut layers. Best length is nothing much further than the shoulder. If you’re daring enough, you can go shorter for the full effect. The angled lob or a choppy bob with tousled ends works well with thin hair.

What hairstyles do you choose when you sport thin hair. Actually, anything that makes the hair appear thicker is alright, experts say. Examples are half ups with some back combing. Here are some tips to go.

On damp hair, spritz a salt spray or thickening foam at the roots and comb through before blow-drying for added volume and texture.

Without using a brush, you can add volume to thin hair. For a longer, fuller look, hand-dry and air-dry hair to keep the cuticle layer open. Flip your head upside down and from side to side and blast hair in the opposite direction – this will boost volume. Once hand-dried with root lift, twirl the hair away from the face in four large sections while drying. This adds wave and body to the hair.

Use spritz and tong. If you prefer an undone look, spray with dry shampoo. If you prefer a slightly more polished look, finish with a large barrel tong and only wind random pieces away from the face. Irregular texture is a great way of fooling the eye into thinking there’s more hair.

Don’t give up on fringes. Fringes that are longer, grazing the cheekbones, are best suited to thin hair. Structured hairstyle takes away from the bulk of the hair and not suited for fine hair.

Transforming Thin Hair to Gorgeous in Bellevue

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Sleeping Habits That Damage Hair

Nightly Hair Habits

Did you know that certain things you do while sleeping can cause damage to your hair? Yes, there are seemingly harmless habits you are up to that unmindfully may be harmful to your hair. Consider the following.

You are using pillowcases made up of materials other than silk. Be a silk or satin sleeper. Preserve your hair while sleeping. Tossing and turning on a smooth surface allows hair to glide – not get roughed up. You can place the hair in a loose bun, wrap it with a silk/satin scarf, or sleep with a silk/satin pillowcase. It might seem over-cautious to switch up your bedding, but regardless of your hair texture, breakage can happen to anyone.

If you feel better going to bed after brushing your teeth, then brushing your hair before sleeping applies, too. Brushing the hair before bed distributes the natural oils of the hair and conditions it while you sleep. Keep brushing to a minimum, certainly not the 100 strokes beauty myth. Too much of anything can ruin hair.

Wash, dry, and style your hair before going to bed. It’s not only refreshing but it conditions your hair as well. If your hair is smooth and sleek hair, wrap it at the nape and around the head; secure with bobby pins. For curly or wavy hair, twist your hair nice and tight into a topknot, securing on the highest point of the head. Use a fabric hair tie to secure it instead of elastics. The next morning, simply unravel and apply a little serum to style.

Do you go to bed with wet hair? Experts say it’s ultimately a bad idea. When the hair is wet, its elasticity is loosened, which makes it easier to snap and break. It also causes friction and can create tangles in the hair.

Hair regenerates while we sleep, just like our skin. Use those sleeping hours with your hair in an overnight masque. Comb it through the hair, pulling longer pieces into a loose bun. To protect your sheets, toss a towel or old clothing over the pillowcase. Do choose a masque designed for periodic overnight treatment only, not a regular conditioner which may have ingredients not suitable for prolonged application.

Learning Good Hair Habits in Bellevue

Learn more about caring for your locks while you sleep. Certain good habits can be relearned. You won’t forget our easy, helpful tips when you come visit us at Geena Moon’s hair salon in Bellevue.

Does Bad Hair Mean a Bad Scalp?

Ways To Improving Your Scalp Health

Let’s face it. If we don’t take care of our scalps, let us not expect perfect hair. We might have itchy and flaky scalps, but these are often the results of skin conditions, such as dandruff, scalp eczema and psoriasis. On the other hand, external factors also play a role – air pollution, UV rays, hard water and general grime – to irritate and clog the follicles of our hair. Since we take good care of our face, we ought to do the same to our hair and scalp, since they are also exposed to the same pollutants. So what can you do to achieve optimal scalp condition?

Do shampoo regularly, but avoid shampoo products with silicone. Silicones are harsh cleansers such as sodium lauryl sulfate, which dries out the hair and scalp. In extreme cases of scalp scaling, follicles can temporarily ‘switch off’, and stop growing hairs; hence, you’ll notice thinning hair. It is recommended to shampoo daily (without the silicone) in such cases to avoid buildup. At the most, three days between shampoos is alright; longer than that will cause more itching and flaking, leading to hair loss.

Use a toner. Your scalp will benefit from it with daily use. After towel-drying your hair, apply the toner to your scalp in one -inch partings from eat-to-ear. This will help to stimulate the scalp and ward off flaking and oiliness throughout the day.

Use a good exfoliant. For those with a dry and flaky scalp, use it at least once a week to remove dead skin cells, as well as old products, dirt and bacteria build-up. The debris can gather on the scalp and around the base of the hair follicle and may restrict growth.

Brushing can improve blood circulation in the scalp that promotes hair strength and repair. The scalp is nourished enough to regenerate hair cells and strengthen the hair structure. Premature thinning or hair loss happens if blood circulation is reduced leading to weakening and decline of cells. A good brushing allows oxygen, nutrients and minerals to enter the hair follicles to be able to grow.

Diet and lifestyle are also important, so one must eat right. Avoid foods high in unhealthy oils, rich or greasy foods, and fatty foods can result in scalp issues. Psoriasis and dandruff-causing conditions can be exacerbated by these foods. Dandruff and eczema may be exacerbated by dairy, especially cheese, and also white wine and champagne. Also try supplements, like Vitamin D3, Selenium, Collagen, Silica, Co-Enzyme Q10 and anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fatty acids. Also, avoid stress; it can show on your hair.

Connecting Scalp Health to Your Hair in Bellevue

Is your hair distressing you? No matter what you do with it – cleaning and treating and others – you are not getting the hair you want. Come by Geena Moon’s hair salon in Bellevue and have a look at your scalp.

Your Hair Beauty Routine in Winter

Winter Tips for Great Hair

After a sticky summer, it’s time to switch to cool weather alternatives for hair and skin. The key to ultra-shiny hair in even the harshest, driest season is not to wait at the last minute. Your hair needs hydration, nourishment, and protection more so during this time.

What would you need? Firstly, transition to shine butter. Super-moisturize with a finishing butter melt into your hair and scalp for a lightweight shine. Reapply for days to refresh and reset your hair. Just a small amount between your palms to rub, then lightly pat, scrunch, or comb through hair for extra moisture.

Try a hair oil vegan formula, especially with ethically sourced ingredients. If you can find one that smells good too, like with blended cold-pressed almond oil and Bulgarian rose petals, it’s a dream scent. For soft and silky hair all cold season long, apply to wet or damp hair after shower working it through, or you can retouch on dry ends.

Treat your hair once a week to a deep conditioning treatment. It can replenish moisture which tends to deplete in cold winter air or in a dry-heated apartment.

Get regular trims to keep your hair in good health during the winter months – every six to eight weeks, just getting a light dusting of the ends helps reduce the chance of dry, splitting ends.

How often do you wash your hair? Keep that to a minimum, two to three times a week will prevent hair from drying out too much. Make sure you dry your hair before leaving the house, as the moisture in your hair will combine with the cold air and further damage to your making it more brittle and dry.

You can wear a hat that will keep your hair covered from the wind, rain and snow. But avoid this if you don’t want some of your hair getting caught in the hat fibers. Instead, wrap your hair in a silk scarf before putting on your wool beanie. This helps to protect your hair from damage caused by the hat rubbing against your hair and it also cuts down on the static.

You can also fight static if you use a good heat styling product for blow drying. This can also be used on dry hair before using a curling iron or flat iron.

Winter-Ready Hair in Bellevue

Come over to Geena Moon’s, your favorite hair salon in Bellevue, and know more about getting and maintaining great hair in in all types of weather.

Growing Your Hair Faster, Longer, Stronger

Tips And Treats

So you want to grow your hair longer and you don’t have the time to wait? First, let’s see if this is at all possible and educate ourselves in hair growth care.

Your genes will determine the maximum rate at which your hair will grow. For most people this is averaging half an inch a month, and there is not much one can do to make it any faster. However, you can take steps to ensure your strands are growing at their optimal rate and not falling out before they should. You can optimise hair growth at the fastest rate possible by ensuring your hair is healthy from roots to ends, nourishing from inside out, and giving it lots of care.

First consider your scalp. It’s the environment from which hair grows. It is essential to look after your scalp if you want to grow long and strong hair. Regular cleansing, daily toning and weekly exfoliating scalp mask commendable treatments.

Where hair supplements are concerned, you can take healthy levels of certain minerals to boost hair growth and help prevent breakage. A high-quality iron supplement can ensure you don’t lack iron which is said to cause hair loss. Biotin is another supplement you can take, the lack of which leads to loss of hair.

Hair will start to break off if it reaches a certain length. Hence, use products that will strengthen hair and keep it in great condition. Using a weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment will plump the hair shaft with moisture, improving elasticity and strength.

Is your diet healthy for your hair? Protein and complex carbohydrates are key to maintaining a good hair growth cycle. A diet with both of these during the most important meal times of the day – breakfast and lunch- can give your hair strength when energy use is at its highest.

Are you brushing hair correctly? Your brush shouldn’t damage your hair’s outer cuticle, which protects the strands from damage. Rounded, plastic prongs and a cushioned base are better than boar bristle brushes. Also, brush hair from the roots up and not the the other way around. It can cause friction to the shaft.

Lastly, trim your hair ends without taking off length, like an invisible cut every 3 months. Follow with regular strengthening treatments to prevent breakage and always use a thermal heat protection product when using heating tools. A keratin blow dry can add protein.

Helping You Grow Your Hair in Bellevue

Come for tips and great advice from Geena Moon’s Bellevue hair salon. We take hair seriously and care for it beautifully. It’s about time you visit.

Why a Hair Consultation is Important

A Heart-to-Heart Talk About Hair

Any hair care routine should have a hair consultation with experts, namely your stylist or colorist. It’s a very important part of hair care, especially when it comes to decision-making regarding a new hairstyle or a color change. It is best that you begin any type of hair service with a consultation.

You may opt for an everyday style or an intricate wedding updo, or a simple blow-dry, but just the same, your hairstylist must understand your needs for the service to run without issue. When you have a hair consultation, you’re having an open communication, making clear what your expectations are while your stylist can inject pointers and make clarifications. It’s the best way to determine the outcome.

In a consultation, be sure to give your stylist important information, such as: what you really like done and what you don’t like. If it’s a hair cut style or a color, it will be best to have a picture of it. The salon will surely have a catalog of sorts for you to look over and make a final decision. Your stylist may also suggest the cut or color fitted to you based on your preferences, your lifestyle.

It is also good to give some information about yourself, the occasion for which you need the service done. It may also help to share if you can afford the time and dedication for home care, styling and maintenance. You can also give a history about your hair, particularly any latest treatment you’ve had, including products used. It can be important for your stylist to know for it may have an adverse effect on the procedure you are seeking, affecting the hairstyle or your hair. Mention, too, if there are any bad hairstyling experience you’ve had to serve as a guide to your stylist.

Listen to your stylist when advice, tips or precautions are given. The stylist can forward suggestions and it is really up to you to help you make decisions. And to be able to enjoy the results for as long as it takes, mind the stylist’s advice on maintenance, home care and other requirements.

It doesn’t really seem to take that long for a good consultation before you can proceed with the service you seek. A good 10 to 15 minutes may be all that is required, maybe longer if you have some issues. A good hair salon makes time for these preliminaries which are all too important, really. Over time, as you and your stylist get familiar with each other, these consultations can be a breeze.

Happy Hair Consultations in Bellevue

We always have friendly and breezy consults at Geena’s hair salon in Bellevue. So if it’s a new cut or a new hair color you want, we are always happy to sit down with you and talk hair.

How Often Should You Have A Trim?

To Trim or Not To Trim

Having a hair trim does not usually make it to the top of to-do list for most women. Sometimes it’s just a dread to have this done. But later, you wonder why you keep putting it off because you simply feel amazing after. Hair trimming is an important part of self-care and can even be considered therapeutic.

You will know it’s time for a trim when you see split ends start to show up, when your hair feels bulky, dry and drab, and when you couldn’t handle those tangles any more. As everyone is different, so is one’s hair texture which may require different frequencies as far as trimming time is concerned.

For the buzzcut, women will need to schedule regular upkeep. Though it takes hair a full month to grow half-an-inch, people are better able to see the growth on a buzzcut because it’s so short. Then you’ll require touch-ups every three weeks.

The pixie is a short cut with a shape that needs to be maintained. It’s really important to get frequent cuts every six weeks. Hence, it doesn’t mean that short hair styles, such as a pixie, will need less taking care of. To maintain its shape and still look good, it takes that frequent a cut.

Shoulder-length hair is easier to manage. A mid-length cut can hang on longer than a short one.If yours is something slightly above the shoulders, by the time the ends brush your shoulders again, you’ll know it’s time for a trim. It should be around every eight weeks.

Long hair requires the least visits to the salon. If you have a one-length cut and your hair is of fine texture, every 2-3 months visit to your stylist is fine. If the hair is thicker, curly, or heavily layered, trimming time may be shorter than 3 months. Now when you notice layers seem to disappear or when you find that the middle of your hair is fuller than usual, it’s time for a snip.

How about if you are growing your hair out and you’re needing a trim?

Give your hair a chance to grow, but not too long before that length needs to be cut off. If you get your haircut too often during the grow out process, you’re just cutting off the new length. You can have a trim every 12-16 weeks if you’re trying to grow your hair out. However, the less stress you’re putting your hair through on a daily basis, the longer you can go between trims. For example, the more you bleach, color, or utilize styling tools like blow dryers, the more frequent your trims should be.

The Best Times To Trim in Bellevue

Do you think it’s time to have a trim or are you needing a new haircut? Come by Geena Moon’s hair salon in Bellevue, have the cut of your dreams and know when to re-trim.

Amazing Pixie Hairstyles for Ladies

Short Cuts and Pixie Cuts

Women above 50 do know how to look beautiful. From their choice of clothes, accessories, to their makeup, these women know that very little can make astounding changes in their looks. One way to get great compliments is a change to the right hairstyle. For older women today, simple yet elegant short hairstyles are very popular. They don’t blindly pursue hair trends, but are inspired by the best tendencies.

Flatter your heart-shaped face with a short or very short hair cut. You can consider a cut just below the chin for a fun, youthful appearance and great body around the ears. Or a shorter one works with more volume on top, plus layers which elongate the face. Side-swept bangs in both add a youthful appearance.

Remember that bangs can liven up any haircut, even one that you’ve had for a few years. Bangs main benefit is that they can take years off your face. They cover up a hairline that begins farther back on the head. They draw attention to the eyes, and can help add volume to flat, lifeless hair.

Pixie hairstyles are classics for women over 50. They frame your face, showing off and highlighting the best features. You can wash this hairstyle, add some pomade for texture, and go. They are also somewhat low-maintenance. Also have the versatile pixie via getting layers cut in and adding a few highlights to freshen up the average pixie. A super-edgy pixie simply is keeping your gray hair and wearing it bravely in a pixie. The elegant pixie is soft and sensual with more layers and great volume, with the help of a styling product. It works best on thick hair with a little natural wave. It’s also perfect for making a rounder face look a little longer.

A stylish pixie is a super short pixie, best on petite, thin women, and anyone with a long, elegant neck, and thicker hair. It can also look great on tall and curvy women. However, you might have to go for a little longer pixie if you’re tall with a smaller bust or are full-figured. The modern pixie tends stay ultra close to the scalp and works best on women with oval, square, and heart-shaped faces. For round faces, add some longer bangs and style them forward or up to create the illusion of length. If you have thinner hair and tend to fall flat, keep the layers longer to add volume. Add highlights to create the illusion of more body, the color itself will actually plump up your hair follicles.

Hairstyles for older women can and should be interesting, modern and, certainly, flattering.

Looking Years Younger in Bellevue

The pixie cut is an amazing and versatile hairstyle not just for the modern, mature woman of today, but this short rendition looks great in most other ladies, young and old. Come see Geena at your hair salon in Bellevue.

Child’s Hair and Adult’s Hair

Understanding Your Child’s Hair

You probably know that a child’s hair is a lot softer than your own. Run your fingers through you little one’s hair and see and feel the fine and soft strands. Childhood hair is rounder versus your own flatter strands. This is because the medulla, which is the core of the hair, is absent in young hair, and as it develops with age the hair becomes coarser. It also becomes more difficult to work with.

Did you know that babies have more hair follicles than adults?

In the 22nd week of pregnancy, a fetus will have one million hair follicles. It is actually the largest number that a person will ever have, and new follicles will not appear or grow anymore in their lifetime. As the body grows, hair density decreases, hence the lack of hair in the elderly, and the existence of the receding hairline in others.

Due to hormonal levels, which is low in infants, scalp skin of babies is characterized by subdued sebaceous gland production. The sebaceous gland secretes sebum, a wax which maintains the acidity of the scalp and provides a coating that keeps skin supple and moist. In adults, it builds up every 2 to 3 days, so daily washing is needed. Children’s sebum do not build up so soon, experiencing longer intervals. For babies, the sebaceous gland production is not at peak, thus daily washing is not typically needed.

Children tend to have lighter hair, somewhat darkening when coming into adulthood. For example, a child who has blond hair may grow to have brown hair later in life. Younger hair have less melanin, the dark pigment in hair, skin and iris of the eye, and hair is also more transparent. As transparency decreases, hair becomes darker.

When it comes to children’s hair care products, like shampoos, because of children’s hair being more sensitive than that of adults, more abrasive products probably shouldn’t be used. Baby shampoos are formulated to ensure that hair is preserved and the child does not experience irritation, stinging or burning sensations. Shampoos are not also supposed to hurt their eyes.

Hence, it would be in the interest of young children that the parents first consult their stylist or a physician before choosing any hair care products for children’s use, or going for any professional treatment.

Caring for Young Locks in Bellevue

Know more about your child’s delicate hair and scalp at Geena Moon’s hair salon in Bellevue. We understand just how intricate hair care can be for children. We can also say the same thing for yours.

Catching Up with The Best Bridal Hairstyles in 2018

Most Popular Hairstyles for the Bride

Planning your wedding to happen this year? You might have already a dress designed or might have chosen one already. Have you any idea which hairstyle goes well with it? No worries. Let’s walk you through some of the most popular dos that complements the dress choice and give you lots of beauty mileage.

Wedding hair in 2018 is no-fuss, laid-back, but absolutely gorgeous. To start off what’s out this year are the styles of a bygone era – top knots, intricate updos, and hairspray-stiff dos. 2018 wedding hairstyles are all about showing off your natural beauty. Be the best version of yourself on your wedding day.

Low messy buns are everywhere in bridal fashion week runways. Tie the hair back loosely and frame the hair with just a few strands left out. This makes for a really relaxed look, enough for a beach wedding. It can also be dressed up with delicate flowers or sparkly pins.

Half-up styles are also the most popular for 2018 bridal shows. The style is half up and half down, providing a lot of versatility. Sleek low buns with big accessories are big this year. Tie the hair smoothly back and put on large flowers, pins, and other adornments. This is a fun update on a classic ’do.

No-heat, no-fuss hairstyles lets you look absolutely stunning on your wedding day. Looking yourself, you don’t feel obligated to wear an intricate updo. Just wear your hair down like you used to. If you like, you can add flowers, a veil, or a little sparkle to dress up an everyday look.

Birdcage veils are a timeless classic. Veil your hair to half down your face for that mysterious, “something old” look. It’s vintage glamour, beautiful for daytime or outdoor weddings.

Beachy waves are laidback and tousled, so naturally wavy that can be worn as soft waves down, half-up, with a braid, or with a veil.

Long side braids are a natural for 2018. Long and messy braids are in. A side-swept fishtail braid or loose Dutch braid would look ethereal if studded with cascading delicate flowers like baby’s breath.

Hairstyles Fit For A Bride in Bellevue

To make your special day really hassle-free, talk to Geena Moon, stylist extraordinaire at her Bellevue hair salon. Take it from her to give you any of 2018’s trending bridal hairstyles for your very special day.

You May Be Blow Drying Your Hair Wrong

Most Common Blow Drying Mistakes

Don’t you just love you hair after a blow dry? It’s smooth, so shiny. For short or long hair, you get to style it the way you want, have straight today and wavy tomorrow. Thank goodness for the blow dryer. It’s one of modern time’s great inventions. Some get it right. Some do not. There are common mistakes we can make with the blow dryer and suffer from its consequences. This excellent tool must be used with care and some degree of skills.

What sort of mistakes do we do while blow drying?

The most common is turning it to highest setting. We believe we speed up the drying and that hair responds faster. Too hot will only burn and damage hair leaving it dry, dull and frizzy. Medium heat is more like it for styling. It may take longer but you’ll avoid frying your hair. Using cold blow drying will only dry hair without the styling. Do use the cold setting after medium heat drying to set that style in place for longer.

Don’t dry too close either. It can result in hair frizzing and breakage and cause burns to the scalp. Too far may not get the maximum style result. We recommend at least a hand’s width from your head for applying heat, unless it is cold drying. Do not rush blow drying, it does take time. Take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on length and thickness of hair. Set aside time and don’t be tempted to use high heat to rush things. Sometimes, you also tend to blow dry large sections of hair in one go. Too much hair may not style well. Try small sections at a time, using clips , and start from nape to the top of the head.

Don’t be too hard on your hair by pulling hair taut, or brushing harshly or too quickly. It can break and damage hair and even pull hair out at the follicle. Notice if you get some hair fall during your blow drying.
Use long, slow strokes with your brush instead with every section. Also, be sure to keep your dryer moving and never stationary in the same position for long periods. Keep it as parallel to the floor as you move it around your head. Besides, it can fatigued you as well.

Be careful about using too much product on your hair, before or during blow dry. However, a heat protective product applied before drying your hair is ideal. But if you’re thinking of gels, sprays, or other hair products it is better to use them to keep the style in place after drying. Chemicals in these products may not favorably react with heat and just cause hair damage.

Take It From the Expert at our Bellevue Hair Salon

As you get along with these tips, the better you are at becoming a pro in blow drying hair. But for a real professional blow dry, see how the experts do it at Geena Moon’s hair salon. In Bellevue, it’s one of our top services to love.

The Chemistry of Hair Color Explained

Understanding How Hair Color Change Happens

Did you know that thousands of years back people already are into hair coloring? Perhaps to enhance beauty of hair, they learned to use ingredients from plants and minerals that contain pigments to improve or change hair color. You wonder how safe they were? Maybe safe enough to still be popular down the ages. The first safe commercial hair coloring came out only in 1909 formulated by a French chemist.

We know that hair is mainly keratin, a protein, found in skin and nails also. Hair has two other proteins, eumelanin, and phaeomelanin, the quantity and ratio of which determine the natural color of one’s hair. The former is responsible for brown to black hair shades while the latter for golden blond, ginger, and red.

Natural pigments generally work by coating the hair shaft with color. Applying temporary or semi- permanent colors can deposit acidic dyes on the outside of the hair or maybe its minute pigments can sip inside the hair shaft, using a small amount of peroxide or no peroxide at all. Sometimes, a collection of several colorant molecules enters the hair to form a larger complex inside the hair shaft. However, this is only temporary, and shampooing can wash it off. These colorants don’t have ammonia so the shafts don’t open up during the application. Your hair’s natural color comes back after a shampoo.

Permanent hair color application is a two-step process -removing the original color of the hair and then depositing a new color. The colorant contains alkaline ammonia that opens the cuticle and allows the hair color to penetrate the cortex of the hair. Then the developer is applied, which is peroxide that reacts with the permanent hair color when they come together, the ammonia being the catalyst. Peroxide is used as the oxidizing agent, it removes pre-existing color, breaking the chemical bonds in hair, releasing sulfur, which accounts for the characteristic odor of hair color.

The reaction will decolorized hair melanin, a new permanent color is bonded to the hair cortex. In most commercial hair dyes, these two components – ammonia and peroxide – are already combined. Applying conditioner will close the cuticle to seal and protect the new color.

On the other hand, to bleach hair is to lighten it. Bleach reacts with the melanin removing or oxidizing the color in an irreversible chemical reaction. The melanin is now colorless. However, bleached hair tends to have a pale yellow tint which is the natural color of keratin, the structural protein in hair. Bleach reacts more readily with the dark eumelanin pigment, so some gold or red residual color may remain after lightening. Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most common lightening agents.

We Know Hair Color at our Bellevue Hair Salon

We don’t only know the chemistry behind hair coloring, but we’ve also got a myriad of colors to choose from. So come for a consultation at our Bellevue salon and see for yourself!

Foods That Can Help Hair Loss and Hair Thinning

Eat These and Potentially Save Your Hair

Hair products and hair treatments are great helps to make your hair beautiful, full and shiny. But you know that these aids, essential though to your beauty routine, can be useless if you lack the proper nutrition to keep hair and scalp healthy, especially if you are suffering from hair loss.

Hair Loss and Hair Thinning

Hair loss is common and have a variant of causes. Genetics, age, hormones, nutrient deficiencies, toxicity, medications, and autoimmunity can all lead to thinning and loss of hair. If you’re experiencing this lately, take a look at what your eating. Changing your diet can, in many cases, be helpful.

You’ll need spinach. Spinach is iron rich and contains sebum, acting as a natural conditioner for hair. It provides omega-3 acids, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron. All help keep hair lustrous, shiny and keep it from falling off. Salmon’s omega 3 fatty acids enable hair to grow, keep it shiny and full. It’s anti-inflammatory that can help prevent hair shedding.

One cup of roasted chicken contains 154 milligrams of arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid found to stimulate hair growth, making it thick and healthy. Beets are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates, contributing to improved circulation, which may bring oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles. Eggs are packed with biotin, which help hair grow. Not having enough of this vitamin can lead to hair loss. Other good sources of biotin: almonds, avocados, and salmon.

Oysters are rich in zinc, and not having enough of zinc can lead to hair loss, even the eyelashes. It helps the cells responsible for building hair. Other rich stores of zinc are beef, crab and lobster. Nuts and seeds like pistachios, walnuts and other nuts are a good food source for beta-sitosterol, oils that add to the amount of elastin in your hair. Elastin keeps hair supple and stops it from breaking.

Hair needs protein most especially. No matter your diet, meet your daily recommended protein intake by eating healthy foods- including plant-based choices like legumes, nuts, tofu, quinoa, and chia seeds. Get protein from meat, pick lean options like chicken, fish, or lean pork loin.

Recommending Proper Hair Diet

Your Bellevue hair salon says that proper diet and supplements can slow or reverse hair loss, and make the hair thicker and healthier. Consult with your doctor to see possible options and treatments.

Having A Haircut Change? When To Know It’s Time

Signs That You Need A Hair Change

Should I have that haircut now? I think I need a haircut. You ask or tell yourself this and you’re both excited and anxious. It can be a big or small change, but you struggle and are emotional. The thing is, you know it’s going to be your decision alone. Are you really ready? How do you know you’re ready?

Experts say that there are signs that it’s time for a change. They say that you should ask yourself three questions: 1. Do you always wear your hair up? 2. Does it take a really long time for your hair to dry? 3. Is the hairstyle you sport the one you’ve had since high school? If you answered Yes to one or more of them, then it’s time for a chang!.

If you think that only the one and same hairstyle suits you, think again. Get that change. There must be something else out there for you. Ask your friends, ask a hairstylist. A hair change can also change your whole attitude.

Have you noticed that after a new hairstyle, you get loads of compliments? Family and close friends remarked how good you look and that your new do fits you. After a time, the compliments will trickle to a stop. It’s also a time to rethink your style. Experts also say that it need not be a major change, especially if you are not so sure what you want or that you are not too brave to try something way different. It still is a change. And that’s another sign that it’s time.

Ask yourself a few honest questions first before you hit the salon. Does the new cut and style you’re looking at require more upkeep? Are you ready to make salon trips more often? Will your new style complement your lifestyle? Is the style you’re considering compatible with your hair texture and face shape? Or is your decision to change comes in the heels of an emotional event in your life?

Again, experts say that if you don’t have any strong answers to these questions, don’t make that change yet.
New hairstyles can breathe new life into your world, but just make sure you’re ready before taking the plunge!

Making The Change in Bellevue

Ready or not ready, seek expert advice from professionals. Set up a consultation at Geena Moon’s hair salon. You don’t have to make the decision yet, but we can surely give you a lot of tips. We’ve got a variety of cuts and styles that will suit you. Let’s talk new beginnings in Bellevue.