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The Hard Truth About Hard Water + Your Hair

One of the aggressors against beautiful, soft, shiny hair is the environment.  This can take the form of free radicals, dry winter air, and UV damage from the sun.  Many of these you can combat by using professional haircare and styling products from award-winning companies like Kerastase and Bumble and bumble.  These products are scientifically developed with quality ingredients that infuse moisture, add vibrancy and vitality, repair damage, and protect against further damage.
One environmental component that is challenging to defend against is
hard water.

What is hard water?

Water is nature’s best solvent and picks up impurities easily.  Hard water is water that has a high mineral content.  It is created when water “percolates” through calcium and magnesium deposits such as limestone, chalk, and dolomite.  The Midwest and parts of the Ohio Valley have some of the hardest water in the nation.

How does hard water affect hair health?

Hard water isn’t only hard on our appliances, clothes, and skin- it is also damaging to our hair.  Bathing with hard water leaves behind minerals that build up over time.  This causes hair to be:

  • Brittle,
  • Frizzy,
  • Dull,
  • Susceptible to color fading,
  • Brassy.

Regionally, many of us complain of brassiness when it comes to hair color.  Some may even notice a green hue when they look in the mirror.  These results are caused by a natural chemical reaction to the minerals found in the water you shower with.

How can I avoid hair damage caused by hard water?

We can avoid damage caused by hard water; the easiest method is to install a water softening system at home.  Not only will this help your hair, but will improve your skin, clothes, and the amount of product you use at home to clean with.  Sure, not many of us have the budget to install house-wide systems, but it can be as easy as changing your showerhead.  Many DIY and “big-box” stores carry showerheads that have a built-in filter that softens water much like drinking filtration systems.  Typically the cartridges are replaceable and are fairly easy on the pocketbook.

Regular hair treatments to remove mineral build-up

Another method to help battle the mineral “bulge” is asking your stylist for a professional treatment to remove mineral impurities and restore the body, bounce, and brilliance of your hair.  These treatments are especially poignant prior to coloring services.  Creating a clean (hair) canvas before applying color is the most effective way to achieve precise results and prevent premature fading.  Add these treatments before haircut services or to a weekly shampoo-blowout and you will be on the road to the best hair of your life without hard water giving your hair a hard time.

P.S.  Did you know that rainwater is naturally soft?  This is because the water in a droplet of rain lacks calcium and magnesium ions.

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Spring Fashion

With the unseasonably warm temperatures we’ve felt in Omaha lately, looking forward to spring fashion at the beginning of January doesn’t seem so unrealistic.  We at BUNGALOW/8 have just been DYING over photos of all the Spring collections and while we’re still swaddling ourselves in wool, velvet, and fur, we can’t help but drool over what came down the runway this season.

As a lover of ultra-feminine looks, I am beyond delighted to see the figure-flattering peplum cut coming back in vogue. I can’t wait to pair the shape with a perfectly tailored pencil skirt and a pair of statement sunglasses, the best part of warm-weather dressing.  

Chanel’s ready-to-wear collection for spring has been a favorite of ours here in the salon. Nothing like some stand-out futuristic looking Chelsea boots paired with impeccable suiting in luxurious pastels and stark whites and creams. In the salon, we’ve all been playing with color and pattern. Some of us have been mixing stripes and patterns, a trend I feel we’ll see for seasons to come. Others have been experimenting with monochromatic looks, something that’s easy to pull off and looks very chic on a budget.

In terms of hair, or, the best part of fashion, what we’re seeing on the runway is contributing to what we’re seeing on the streets more than it ever has. Ombre color and more lived-in, sexy texture are proving to have more staying power than I ever thought they would.  In many spring collections, deep side-parts are all the rage, a great way to adjust your look without losing all the length you’ve worked so hard for.  At Sonia Rykiel, deep side-parts were adorned with lovely minimal black barrettes, a great way to add interest and keep misbehaving hairs in place.

As in past seasons, we continue to see braids, waves, and towering top knots galore. While I am absolutely delighted by the continuing trend of legitimately STYLING one’s hair, it is important to continue to keep it in the best of shape by implementing a hair maintenance routine. We at BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing are proud to announce our new relationship with Kerastase, a brilliant European treatment line focused on maintaining and restoring the fabric of the hair, making it possible to style and restyle day-in and day-out.  Healthy hair is always in style, and Kerastase’s rich masques, custom-blended, in-salon Fusio-dose treatments, and luxurious home hair care products are something we are so proud to be able to offer our clients from this day forward.

With frills, finery, and long-lush-luminous locks,

Rebecca Forsyth  |  stylist

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Our Newest Addition

BUNAGLOW/8 Hairdressing is pround to announce the addition of the premier haircare line, Kerastase.  We are delighted to offer our clients, friends, and family a product line dedicated to the science of cleansing, protecting, and treating hair for amazingly beautiful results.

Since 1964, Kérastase has been creating new haircare services developed with the most advanced formulas. Dedicated to enhancing the natural beauty of the hair, Kérastase is based on 4 essential values:

  • Performance 
  • Expertise 
  • Personalization 
  • Beauty 

PERFORMANCE

Since its creation, La Recherche Avancée L’Oréal has produced some of the most advanced technology in the industry. Kérastase products are innovative, unique formulas designed for both men and women to enhance the natural beauty of the hair.

EXPERTISE

A Kérastase Consultant Stylist will begin with a detailed consultation to diagnose the needs of your hair and scalp and then select the in-salon ritual and personalized home care program best suited to your hair/scalp type.

PERSONALIZATION

Every person is unique; each hair type has its own particular needs. For these reasons Kérastase has developed a collection of personalized haircare products that target individual needs and desires.

BEAUTY

All Kérastase products and rituals are designed to enhance the natural beauty of the hair while maintaining the experience of complete well-being and relaxation.

A NEW VISION IN HAIRCARE

Consumers today have new expectations in the kind of service they wish to receive. The sensorial Kérastase In-Salon Ritual, the ultimate in luxury haircare, immerses the client in a ambiance of beauty and well-being.  Kérastase offers consumers a brand that is classic and modern, audacious yet not provocative, aspirational without being inaccessible.

BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing, A FUSION OF HEALTHCARE AND BEAUTY

A complete personalized haircare service is offered in a Kérastase Consultant Salon with the professional advice of a qualified Kérastase Consultant Stylist. The salon provides a unique sensory experience, a true moment of relaxation in which the client is exposed to evocative textures and delicate fragrances, products which awaken the senses, and an ultimate moment of well-being.

www.kerastase.com

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Become a Professional!

Getting a salon-worthy blowout every day is a dream for most women when it comes to kids, career, and social obligations, but it doesn’t have to just be a dream.  First and foremost, you need to have the perfect haircut for your face-shape.  Finding a technically precise stylist who is an expert in haircutting to set the foundation is one of the most important aspects of looking and feeling beautiful every day.  Along with finding the right stylist for a perfect haircut, the second biggest mistake people make is cutting their own fringe.  At BUNGALOW/8, all bang trims are complimentary which allows the stylist to keep your bang piece melted into your hairstyle.

Next, keeping your hair in tip-top shape is also something that is of the utmost importance.  Staying away from over processing, too much color, and too much heat will preserve the integrity of your hair.  It is easy to trash your hair with the wrong products and too much styling, so spend your beauty budget on good products and chill on the heat tools.

Next, when you are in the salon with your favorite stylist, take the time to ask questions and request that your stylist actually teach you to style your hair at home.  There are a myriad of tips and tricks the professionals use in tandem with professional styling products and boar-bristle brushes to replicate the salon style in your own bathroom.  These small nuances will make or break your home-based blowdry.

Want to become a pro at styling your hair sans salon?  Join BUNGALOW/8 and our team of extraordinary stylists for our third annual Blowdry Bootcamp and spend an hour with us for instruction on the basics of the blowdry, special event styling, and hair tips and tricks.  Also, get a recommendation from your stylist about the perfect products to make achieving a salon-worthy blowdry at home easier!

Blowdry Bootcamp

Friday, November 18 from 5-7pm

Friday, November 25 from 5-7pm

Friday, December 2 from 5-7pm

Join BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing for wine and appetizers, styling instruction, and make-up tips to help you through the holiday season.  Reserve your one hour of instruction for $35, which is redeemable in retail products following your appointment, by calling 402.934.8727.  Space is limited and will fill fast so grab your friends and make it a night of glamour starting with Omaha’s premier boutique salon, BUNGALOW/8.

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Rose Gold… Hair

The expert stylists at BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing have fallen in love with this season’s hottest trend; ROSE GOLD. From it’s inception, the stylists have embraced the rosey hue whether it is found in a rose gold watch, shimmery rose gold nails, a metallic rose gold shirt or- you guessed it- awesome rose gold hair.

Creating this luxe result with classic hairdressing techniques is a process for specialized colorists.  The result is effortless and beautiful.  Champagne, blush, and pink colored colored hair create an unexpected burst of soft femininity that pairs nicely with rich fall hues.

During this year’s Fashion Week runway shows in New York, Peter Som enlisted Wella stylists to infuse panels of varying rose-gold tones in each model’s hair that coordinated with his designs seamlessly.  At BUNGALOW/8, our colorists have the tools (including professional Wella color), technique (we call it advanced education), and expertise (also dubbed “experience”) to translate this hot trend from runway to real-world.

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The Best of Omaha

 

The team at BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing would be truly honored to have your vote for Best Salon in Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha 2012 challenge.  To help you qualify BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing for the Best Salon in Omaha, let us tell you a little about ourselves.  Within our space, we strive to:

  • be the Beauty Authority,
  • provide expert services from advanced stylists,
  • respect each other and build deep relationships,
  • constantly evolve through technical education and honor creativity in all forms,
  • offer the best experiences locally and nationally,
  • build trust,
  • love what we do, otherwise, why bother?

To vote, simply click the www.bestofomaha.com link and follow the instructions.  Although you are required to vote in an additional 14 categories to make your vote for us “count” we are sure that some of your favorite people, places, and things are listed and they would also appreciate you taking your time to cast your vote.

In appreciation, we can honestly say that if “Best Clients in Omaha” were a category, the treasured friends and clients at BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing would win, hands-down!! 

After voting, take some of your valued break time, transit time, or home time to check out www.teganasha.com.  Ms. Tegan Asha Brideson is a brilliant Aussie that Eric and I met while attending Business Immersion I at Bumble and bumble University.  Tegan and her two lovely friends (also from Australia) were enjoying the last leg of their summer holiday in the States back in May of 2010 and we all became fast friends.  As an easy, and fashionable, way to keep tabs on each other, we follow her website which has grown in leaps and bounds from a daily closet-based fashion blog to a full blown fashion site with premier fashion publication, PROFILE.

Covering fashion, photography, travel, and issues, Tegan brings the true art of lifestyle alive through her thoughtful stories, fashion information, and photos.  In addition to her print publication, Ms. Brideson brings her love of design, styling, and art into the spotlight and delivers thoughtful and imaginative information related to living a full and beautiful life. 

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