How To Manage Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19 Quarantine

While locked down at home, our daily lives have become full of stress and anxiety. We have a COVID-19 contingency plan and also a schedule for our kiddos to help manage and enhance their emotional well-being.  I need to manage my own feelings too because I’m also stressed, irritable, or anxious!  I’m a better parent when I’m a happier parent.  One of the things that have been very helpful in managing my emotional well-being is to treat myself like doing my own manicure, hair treatments, facials, and even try a new makeup palette.

If you are also looking to treat yourself while #shelterinplace,  I highly recommend some pampering me-time like COLORING your roots – you want to look fabulous when this is all said and done!  I have been using the @zotosprofessional AGEbeautiful products to keep my hair looking healthy and glossy, which I have been able to save over $1,000 a year.

Yes, I have been saving over $1,000 a year in hair coloring.  If you are following me then you know that I have been dying my hair at home and getting salon-quality color for over 10 years.  My hair grows exponentially fast making my gray roots very obvious.  Although I don’t mind going to work or hanging out with friends and family when my roots are showing, there are certain situations when I feel self-conscious about it. So I dye my hair every few weeks and in between hair coloring, I follow a hair routine maintenance to take good care of my hair.

For years now I have been following these tips to get the glossy, healthy, and salon-quality hair color after each dye. I have not had any split ends and only see my hairstylist every 14 weeks for a trim.

SELECTING THE RIGHT SHADE FOR YOUR HAIR

Whatever you do, do not make drastic changes to your hair color.  If you want to alter your color to more than 3 shades, I highly recommend getting it done by a professional hair colorist. Choosing the right shade is so important because you want the color to match and blend in with your natural hair color.  I have naturally black color hair but I want to go a tad lighter so it’s not harsh looking.  The shade  that I use on my hair is dark to darkest brown.  Many hair color brands offer several shades within the tone so choose one that closely matches your hair color. I love Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Permanent Hair Color in Darkest Brown 3N because it completely covers my stubborn grays especially the hairline and temple areas.

GATHER THE RIGHT TOOLS

Having the right tools ready is so important to get your hair colored without wasting time searching for them.   You would need the following: plastic gloves to prevent staining on your hands, petroleum jelly to rub around your hairline to prevent staining your skin, plastic cap to cover your hair, a hairdresser clip to section hair for better application, Argan hair oils (add a drop of two to the mix for the extra gloss), and a box of hair color along with the toner.

PREP YOUR HAIR

The best time to color my hair is when it’s been at least 2 days after shampooing.  The main reason is because dirty hair lacks the slippery conditioner that freshly washed hair has.  I usually wear an old t-shirt so that I don’t have to worry about the stain getting on my clothes.

DO A STRAND TEST

Everyone’s skin reacts differently.  If you have never used the product before I would highly recommend a strand test to see if you have any allergic reaction.

APPLY THE COLOR

So here’s the trick to prevent my hair from getting brittle and dry due to coloring.  Since the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Permanent Hair Color lasts so long on my hair strand, I would only color my roots.  and color my entire hair every so often.  The best news is that I can use the same tube for two separate applications thus saving me even more on cost

RINSE AND CONDITION

The average wait time for the color to deposit into your hair is 45 minutes.  During this time, I would do my laundry, clean up my house, and even prep food for the family.  When it’s time to rinse make sure you wash it without using any shampoo.   Don’t forget to have your gloves on to prevent staining on your hands.  If your hands and/or skin is stained, you can use an exfoliating cream and it should come right off.  After the rinse, use a paraben-free conditioner to finish up the process.  I usually don’t shampoo my hair until a few days after so the color stays longer.

I hope these tips will help you attain beautiful salon-quality hair color and save a lot of money as they have for me.

For more inspiration visit Mama In Heels.

Coloring Curly Hair Like a Pro

 

Whenever I tell people what I do for work, most are asking for my card and trying to book an appointment for the next day. However there are two people in the world who do not respond so favorably to my hair coloring abilities. Curly haired girls and my Mom.  My Mom just wants her gray covered and fast.  Faster than the last time and the time before that… but that’s a whole other blog. Curly girls are another story, they have literally been “burned” before and don’t want to roll that dice again. Whether you’re a curly hair type 2b or 4c, every ‘curly’ knows their textured hair plays by a separate set of rules including how to color it with care. Follow my tips and tricks below and you will be able to not only color curls but keep their gorgeous texture intact.

 

GET IN THE ZONE

Coloring curly requires attention to the unique porosity issues along the hair strand.  Typically curly haired clients will have healthy roots, normal mid lengths and super dry porous ends.  When you color curls you need to account for the differences in each zone.  The basic trick is to always lighten and warm your formula as you progress down the hair shaft.

 

DON’T GET LOST

Having a head of tousled curls is beautiful and stands out.  When placing color make sure to create bolder pieces that won’t get lost in the rest of the hair.  In foil work place three to four back to back foils with heavy weaves or slices for traffic stopping results.

 

SHADOWS AND LIGHT

The beauty of curly hair is how much depth is in it, play this up with root shadows.  When I color this type of hair I make sure to glaze the first inch or two off the scalp a level or two darker than the rest of the hair.   Try using a demi-permanent color for super gentle results.

 

 

CONDITION AS YOU COLOR

One of my favorite techniques for coloring curly hair is place a super moisturizing conditioner on the non-colored hair.  If I’m doing a base color I will apply a masque (I love All About Curls Divine Treatment) to the mid lengths and ends of the hair while the roots process.  Simply put the treatment in another bowl and paint on the in-between hair as you color.  Your clients will love that you’re nourishing their hair as you color.

 

COLOR WITH CARE

Over processing this special hair type leads to frizzled ends.  Bond rebuilders are the latest development in the color arsenal which allow you to color even further than we could before with minimal invasion.  When lightening reach for a bond building bleach like AGEbeautiful’s brand new Ultra Bond.  You will be able to lighten hair even further than before while rebuilding the hair bonds as you go.

 

SMOOTH WITH COLOR

A lot of times curly hair can become coarse, unmanageable and dull and dry as it ages.  Previous methods of coloring it only exacerbated this.  Today’s technology allows us to not only color the hair but improve the texture as we process it.  AGEbeautiful’s color line is fortified with keratin-peptides which smooth unwanted frizz and silky amino acids help to add tons of shine.

 

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

A great way to achieve more dramatic results gently is to break up the appointments.  If someone sits in my chair with dark brown inky curly hair and wants to be blonde, I will space out the lightening to two or three sessions.  Do one round of dense highlights, treat hair for a week or so with bond rebuilders and fortifying masques, then do another round in about 10 days.  This process allows you to slowly achieve your goal with minimal abuse to the hair texture.

 

 

SMOOTH PRECISION

One of the biggest complaints I get from curly haired clients is that highlights don’t float near the root enough. The seemingly random wave pattern can make placing even pieces tricky, but by smoothing the hair out before coloring you can achieve precise results.  I love to flat iron all over, and then take a super tiny flat iron to get right down to the root for the hairs along the face hairline.

 

 

By following these tricks of the trade you will be able to embrace curls of all shapes and sizes. So the next time you’re at a party with a circle of potential clients, you can be confident handing your card to that curly haired girl too!