ASK A PRO
Q. I was told you shouldn’t style your hair in the room where you showered to avoid frizz, is this true?
A. Yes, the humidity from the water in the air doesn’t allow the hair to fully drive.
Q. What is the best type of hair oil treatment?
A. Oils add moisture, shine, strength and smoothness all without greasies. Instead of sitting on the hair surface like silicone based products, the nut or berry based treatments are formulated to penetrate deeply and absorb instantly. Regardless of oil type or brand, work 1-2 drops between palms and work through damp hair evenly, then blo dry. Once hair is dry add 1-2 more drops for extra shine. It’s a good idea to experiment with the number of drops that work best for you to avoid over use. Equally great on straight or naturally curly hair.
CHOPSTIX favourite is AWAPHUI WILD GINGER STYLING TREATMENT OIL
Q. Is there a product I can use to stop my flat iron from drying my hair out?
A. Women need to protect their hair before using a flat iron or curling iron. Using a hot tool which can damage cuticle cells can lead to breakage. Furthermore, the heat can burn your hair making it feel dry and brittle. A conditioning heat protective spray coats your hair so your hot tools will glide over it and acts like an insulator, preventing your strands from burning. Paul Mitchell’s “Hot Off The Press” spray builds a weightless barrier. Protects from thermal heat damage. Wheat proteins provide strength. Do not under estimate the quality of a professional pro tool in protecting your hair as well.
Q. My kid want pink hair for Halloween. What are my options? Are drugstore products safe?
A. Clip in extensions are best! They come in a variety of colors, can be used over and over, and are economical. Drug store product may stain light color hair and the desired color may not be achieved with spray options. Also available are feathers, hair bling, (tinsel) and hair diamonds.
Q. How often should I do a deep conditioning treatment on my hair?
A. Treatments are a very important part of looking after your hair. Most people don’t realize how important they are. With everything that is done to our hair and the damage and stress its put under, a treatment can help balance that out and give back what’s missing. These days the technologies of treatments has enhanced the accuracy of specializing to exactly what the hair needs. Whether your hair is dry, brittle, breaking or exposed to the sun there is a special treatment for you. There are several different types of treatments. The three most common are intense (wash out), leave in, and in-salon. It is good if you can do an intense treatment once a week. For someone whose hair is being exposed to more damages and needs that little bit more a leave in treatment can be great. And can be used in conjunction with other treatments. The in-salon treatment is the most intense and prescribed. Not recommended more than every six weeks; as it’s considered a permanent protein treatment. Follow up with a home maintenance intensive treatment for the ultimate in healthy, conditioned, shiny hair. Our stylists at CHOPSTIX can analyze your hair to see which intense conditioner is best suited to you.
Q. I would like to grow my hair out. What’s the best way to accomplish this without sacrificing style?
A. Many women get frustrated while growing their hair out. Yet skipping hair cuts is not necessarily the best way to go achieve longer hair. Hair grows on the average of 1/2″ per month, though your hair maybe getting longer, without regular hair cuts you sacrifice shape and accumulate split ends. You should visit the salon at least every 8 weeks while growing to have split ends trimmed. It can be accomplished without loosing length, after all you don’t really want hair that isn’t healthy. You don’t have to give up style while growing out. Your stylist will have ideas on shape or modifying your existing cut or finding new ways to style your hair while in transition. Also there are so many accessories today, a pretty scarf, clip, head bands could help you along the way. Do not under estimate proper maintenance your stylist can make a personal recommendation. Our choice for healthy, strong, conditioned hair is Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment. Happy hair!
Q. I swim almost every other day, mostly in an indoor pool at the gym. Trouble is, my blonde hair tends to look green. What can I do?
A. We suggest using Paul Mitchell’s Shampoo Three, designed to remove impurities from the hair, including chlorine and mineral build up (from well water) as well as product build up. You can also apply a leave-in conditioner to help protect hair while swimming, but a swimming cap is going to be your best friend. You are also going to want to do some home maintenance of an intensive treatment every 10-14 days as chlorine is a bleach and can be very drying on the hair. At Chopstix we recommend, Awapuhi Wild Ginger Intensive Treatment or Paul Mitchell’s Super Charged Moisturizer.
Q. How can I get my hair to shine?
A. For hair to really shine, the cuticle layer must lie flat, creating a smooth reflective surface. Chemical treatments (like hair color) raise the cuticle. To restore gloss apply a drop of a silicone based shine serum. This temporarily reseals the cuticle and adds lustre. Go with a blunt cut, it will reflect light more effectively than a layered look. CHOPSTIX pick Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil.
Q. How do I get rid of split ends?
A. There are different causes for split ends and there isn’t much you can do to repair your damaged hair once you have them. Split ends can not be repaired. The only efficient way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. Trimming every 6 weeks can avoid recurrence. Do not ignore split ends. The longer you have them the further they will climb up the hair shaft. There are few products that will temporarily cure your split ends by sealing and coating the ends of the hair. As soon as the hair is washed they re-appear. Intensive conditioning treatments might help to reconstruct the hair shaft, but again it is temporarily. The only real solution for split ends is simply avoiding them. It is a fact that dry hair will split faster. Our choice is Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratriplex, Intensive Keratin Treatment, that will strengthen hair by 80% and last 6 weeks in the hair.
Q. What is the best hairbrush to use?
A. There are a few factors that will influence this answer. Hair type and desired result and quality come into play. Paddle brushes have soft cushions and ball-tipped and lengths. They can be used on hair of all types and lengths. They are great for drying, detangling and straightening. Round brushes, conduct a lot of heat when blo drying, providing stronger hold, control and volume. Note: shorter bristles and professional designed is best to not tangle in hair. Sculpting brushes are the lightest brush with widely spaced pins that allow warm air to circulate to the hair closet to the scalp and can be used on all hair types. All hair brushes are not created the same, some are best for styling and others for smoothness. Our pro’s know that every brush has a different purpose. Your stylist can best recommend which brush is right for you.
Q. What is the best way to clean my hairbrush?
A. Without regular cleaning to restore your hairbrushes, you risk putting grease, oil and product residue right back in your hair. You will first need to remove all the hair from your brush by either comb or another brush by running the teeth thru the bristles or you may need to cut with scissors. Wet bristles under tap and apply a dime size of shampoo or dish soap (if really dirty). Work it to lather with other brush or comb. Rinse well and set to dry.