New Products!

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For those of you that have used Finipil before, I know your probably jumping with joy!

For those of you that have not used Finipil before, you are missing out! But you’re in luck because we got a shipment in and you can come pick up a bottle today.

 

What’s so great about Finipil, you may be asking. Finipil is a product mainly used before, after and in-between hair removal services. It is an antiseptic cream that is scientifically proven to kill 99.999% of all bacteria. It has a cool feeling which soothes and protects the empty hair follicle.

It can be used daily to help with dry, chapped or rash prone skin. It is a first aid to help prevent bacterial contamination in minor cuts, scrapes and burns. It really has many amazing uses and helps protect your skin against all those environmental elements that cause such harm.

 

Check out their website for more information about Finipil.

THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of our wonderful clients for helping us reach the #1 spot on the Herndon Patch​ list! We are so honored and excited to be able to work for such amazing clients!

 

We have worked so hard to make every guest’s experience amazing and for them to feel welcomed in our quaint salon. We couldn’t be more pleased to know that all our hard work is paying off.

 

The Brush Strokes team makes a huge commitment to make sure all of our stylists are highly trained, talented and skilled! We will not stop learning and growing!

 

THANK YOU, FROM ALL OF US!

 

Blink of a Smoky Eye

Jane Iredale has released two new amazing products.

– Blink in a Smoky Eye Kit – Its a beautifully created kit with 5 eye shadow colors and 3 contouring colors to create an endless amount of day or night time smoky eyes. Also included is an instruction booklet on how to create the perfect smoky eye.

– Forever Red Just Kissed Cheek and Lip Stain – Before they released the Forever Red, there was only Forever Peach, which was a huge hit! There are many great things about these Just Kissed Cheek and Lip stain! They double for a blush stain which will last all day. Also, the color will change or adjust according to the chemistry in your skin, so it doesn’t look the same on every person. It adjusts to your skin tone to make sure that the color pops with your skin!

Stop by the salon to pick up one or both products while they’re still here!

*Supplies are limited.

 

Here’s a great video tutorial from their you-tube channel.

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Sweater weather is here!

Who doesn’t love fall; all the beautiful colors, the cooler weather and getting to snuggle in front of a cozy fire! Its about that time that everyone starts turning off their A/C and turning on their heat. It’s also the season that your skin and hair become a little sad with lack of moisture.

Have you noticed that your scratching at your scalp a little more? Or that your skin seems to scream it needs more lotion? This is the most important time to stock up on some great hydrating products to keep your skin and hair loving you.

Eufora’s Beautifying Elixirs are just what your needing!

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Eufora created the Beautifying Elixirs to help cure damaged hair but its also great to keep you hair moisturized. Check out the science behind your new life/hair saver on their website.

You’ll thank us once your purchase you first Beautifying Elixir product!

Jane Iredale’s discontinuing products

Effective in December, Jane Iredale will be making the transition to PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation Refills and and their NEW empty rose gold Refillable PurePressed compact only. Eliminating pre-filled PurePressed compacts entirely.

This choice is incredibly wise and eco-friendly which we here at Brush Strokes stand behind. This is an exciting new step for Jane Iredale and we hope that you share their excitement.

If you have any questions or concerns you may contact to us at any time. We will be happy to assist you with finding your correct PurePressed color.

 

Jane Iredale’s newest looks

Jane Iredale releases new products and colors every season to keep up with the latest trends. Their new fall line looks fabulous!

Check out their newest and hottest makeup tip and tricks. Jane Iredale has perfected the 5 minute face – who doesn’t love that?! Check out their youtube channel for more fun and flirty makeup videos.

We have all the new products in stock! Come get those beautifully pigmented eye shadows or the new, fun and playful lip crayons before they’re gone!

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Home Remedies

Hair masques are a huge part of your beauty routine. (If it isn’t, you need to add it to your list of priorities!) Shampoos and conditioners are great and help your hair in so many ways but they will never compare to the greatness that an amazing masque can do for you hair. A hair masque typically contains more potent nourishing components that penetrate your hair even deeper than a conditioner can.

There are so many masques on the shelves, it’s hard to determine what is best for your hair and what you will like. Ready-made masques are most defiantly the easiest way to go but they can get a little pricey depending on the product. I have many masques on my list that are absolutely amazing, including Eufora’s Beautifying Elixirs Moisture Masque. It contains Eufora’s Damage Control Complex, which is an ultra rich treatment that restores the hair.

When your looking to save money, there are some common household items that can turn your hair from drab to fab in 20 minutes! You can combine items to create a do-all type masque or create more unique treatments for one condition.

Eggs Whites & Egg Yolks. Amazingly, eggs are one of the best home remedies for all hair types. Eggs are full of great vitamins that protect your hair from heat and the environment. There have been studies that also show that using an egg hair masque will contribute to the prevention of hair loss or thinning. Eggs will make your hair more manageable, silkier, softer and less frizzy.

Honey. If you happen to have hair that suffers from sun damage, then honey is the best option for you. Honey has is a natural humectant and this means that moisture is drawn to it and it locks that moisture in.

Kefir. Many people may not know what kefir is, kefir is a product made from fermenting milk. Weird, right? Because it has a thicker consistency to it, it creates a perfect hair masque for anyone that has extremely bad breakage. It helps protect your hair from breaking off after any damage and prolonged usages helps protect your hair from furniture breakage.

Sour Cream & Plain Yogurt. When you spend a lot of time outside, you may not realize that the environment may be causes damage to you hair leaving it very dull. The sun is a big one! Those UV rays are not friends with your hair! Adding sour cream or plain yogurt to your masque will help strip away all the impurities and toxins from you hair.

Baking Soda. If your like me, then you love your hairspray and texturing spray. Those two products are the most amazing products that you can have in your collection! (I may be a little bias.) However, when you use a ton of products in your hair you can create buildup, which leaves your hair feeling grimy. Baking soda is a great way to clarify your hair. We recommend to clarify your hair at least once a month to keep your hair clean.

Cornstarch. Now, using cornstarch can be a little tricky because it can be very difficult. When its used properly, it also acts like a clarifying agent. It strips everything and anything in your hair. You may not want to use it very often because it can be abrasive. If you suffer from oily scalp, cornstarch is a great way to neutralize it.

Lemon Juice. There are so many uses for lemon juice! One use would be that it relieves an itchy scalp. When you use lemon juice, you want to make sure to pair with something a little thicker (like an egg!) to protect your “new” skin.

Beer. AAAAHHH! I know you’re thinking, WHAT! But its true, beer is a good addictive to your hair home remedies. Its great for limp or fine hair. It thickens and plumps up your hair strand giving you a voluminous look.

Tea Tree. Many professional products use tea tree in their products. It has many benefits and it’s usually prescribed for clients that suffer from dandruff or psoriasis. The mint helps calm an irritated scalp and clarify the toxins off your scalp. It’s also considered and antiseptic and its a great brush cleaner.

Avocado Oil. Did you know that when your hair is dry, it becomes a static mess? Avocado oil is perfect solution! It contains many moisturizing components to it and also has vitamin A, which also helps reduce dryness.

Castor Oil. Your probably thinking, really? Castor oil, no. But its true! Castor oil is great if you have a lot of dandruff and very dull hair. It soothes and smooths your hair.

Olive Oil. There are quite of bit of professional products that contain olive oil because its a great product that helps keep all those pesky split ends at bay. Now, it’s a myth that you can mend split ends back together but olive oil will help your from splitting more.

Flax Oil. Who likes their natural hair color, unless your white blonde? No one, that’s who! When you color your hair there will be some chemical damage to your hair because your opening up your hair cuticle. Flax oil would be an amazing additive to your treatment because it helps repair extremely damaged hair and chemical damages.

 

 

Are professional products and services really worth the cost?

Many of our clients ask us if there is a real difference between buying products, such as shampoos, conditioners and styling aids from a salon or buying them from the grocery store. Our answer is always yes, there is a huge difference!

Really getting to know your hair is the best way to determine what kind of products are best for you. You need to know the style that you desire and understand your hair texture. Not all products are meant for the same type of hair or the style.

When your buying quality products, they are going to cost more because the company is putting more money into the science and technology of the product as well as the ingredients that go into the products. Not saying that all ingredients in professional hair care products are the best or even good for you and your hair, however they are typically of a higher quality. I tell clients, you get what you pay for… Don’t buy a Ford and expect the same luxury that a Bentley will have.

You may have always heard that you shouldn’t buy professional products from a grocery store or a big box store because the product may be diluted or of low quality. That really isn’t the case anymore, more and more brands are trying to expand and sell their products in more stores. However, you should proceed with caution and double check with the company’s website to make sure that the retailer has rights to sell those products.

Can you perform your own color services in your home with color you purchased during your weekly grocery shopping trip. Of course you can but is it worth it? The box of color you just purchased may have only cost you about $10 but you could end paying hundreds of dollars trying to fix the damage that that color has caused your hair. When you use professional color and products, your more likely to achieve your desired look with less damage. After spending all that money on your color at the salon, you want your color to last and stay vibrant. To ensure the life of your freshly-colored hair, you want to make sure that you have color-safe products. You will truly notice a difference between products when you switch a quality products!

It is always important to do your research on any products that you might be interested in purchasing because you want to make an informed decision and you want to really understand what your putting on your hair and body.

This is an example of you hair with different kinds of shampoos after so many washes.

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hair-DO or hair-DON’T? Uncovering Hair Myths. Pt. 2

Hair myths are the bane of our existence! There’s so many out there in the world, it becomes hard to keep up with all of them. We’re still trying to uncover the most popular hair myths that you hear about on a day to day basis.

6) You need to skip the conditioner if you have greasy hair.

No. Don’t blame your conditioner for your greasy scalp, you need to be thanking your scalp for that problem. Greasy or overly oily scalps are caused from overactive sebaceous glands which are also known as the sweat glands. If this is an issue for you, it’s best to take care of it with an oil based shampoo or a good clarifying shampoo. (Oil sticks to other oils.) Conditioner is an important step in your healthy hair routine.

7) Cutting your hair frequently helps make it grow faster.

Unfortunately, this is completely false. Your hair doesn’t grow from your ends, your hair grows from your scalp. We do recommend to cut your hair frequently to promote healthy ends, which also helps make your hair look thicker. When you go long lengths of time between haircuts, your ends tend to break and split. This makes it hard for your hair to grow long when your ends are constantly breaking off.

8) Air drying is better for your hair then blow drying.

When you think about this myth, if it were true, it would make completely sense. It is true, you want to try to avoid excessive amounts of heat on your hair, however, when you put your blow dryer on a warm or medium setting, this is better for your hair then air drying your hair. When your hair is wet, it is in it’s most fragile state. Air drying your hair takes quite a bit of time, during this time your hair can pulled or stretched excessively causes breakage. Also, it is important to remember when you are towel drying your hair, you want “blot or squish” the water out of your hair rather than aggressively drying with a towel.

9) There’s no need to protect your hair from the sun!

It’s true, your hair can’t get a sunburn or cancer but over exposure of UVB and UVA rays can cause damage to your beautiful locks. The sun will dry out your hair leaving it brittle and weak. Your hair will become more frizzy and prone to breakage. We also recommend wearing a wide brimmed hat when your going to be in the sun and applying a leave in conditioner that specifically says it has UV protection in it. You must always avoid any “sun in” product with alcohol, peroxide or lemon juice.

10) The dirtier, the better when it comes to up-dos.

I would just like to ask, whoever is telling everyone one this myth, PLEASE STOP! Freshly washed hair is always the best to start a clean and beautiful up-do. If you have naturally straight or fine hair, stylist have many products that create texture for us to help give you volume or curls. Creating an up-do is similar to starting a painting, when you start with a fresh new canvas, it is a lot easier then having to build paint on top of old paint. Unless otherwise instructed by your hair stylist, we ALWAYS recommend to come into your up-do appointment with clean, dry and with no or minimal product on your hair.

hair-DO or hair-DON’T? Uncovering Hair Myths. Pt. I

First and foremost, we always encourage our friends, family and clients to research and educate themselves on any new hair product or hair tool that interests them before investing time and money into it. We are always here to help answer any and all questions that may come up.

We’ve all heard of different ways to keep our hair healthy. Myths range from the truly unbelievable, outrageous and downright crazy to the so sane it’s hard not believe them. With this technology filled generation, its so easy to find home remedies and cures to bad hair days right at your finger tips.

Keep in mind, not all websites are to be trusted! Not everything on the internet is the truth and it’s important to comb through all the lies to reach the truth. Lucky for you, the Brush Strokes investigative team went deep into the world wide web to uncover those nasty little hair myths.

1) Spit ends can be mended or repaired.

This, unfortunately is so false. Chemical damage, heat damage, sun damage and using to aggressive products are just a few reasons why you could be getting split ends. The only true way to get rid of those pesky split ends would be to cut your hair on a more regular basis. (I would also like to say that even with a decent haircut, your hair may still have some split ends afterwards.)

2) Washing your hair everyday is bad!

When it comes to how often you should be shampooing your hair there isn’t a designated amount of days that professionals recommend because it varies between each person.  Shampooing your hair everyday can be damaging because your scalp creates natural oils that are meant to help protect your hair. However, if you have fine hair, exercise daily or people with extremely oily scalps, shampooing daily may be a recommendation for you. On the other hand, it’s also not healthy “to go as long as you can” without shampooing. This can cause overactive sebum, which is a leading cause to dandruff. You need to determine a happy medium for you and your hair.

3) Pulling a gray hair out will cause two more to grow in its place.

Now, this myth has been around for ages and I don’t see it going away any time soon. Pulling or plucking out your gray hairs will not cause two, three or four more to appear in its place. (It also wont turn the surrounding hairs gray either.) There is NO BENEFIT to pulling out your gray hairs! What your really doing is traumatizing your hair follicle. Over time, repeated trauma to your hair follicle can cause it to rest, which it will then shrink and can no longer produce a healthy hair shaft. Destroying your hair follicle will cause bald patches. If you don’t like your gray hairs, come to us and we’ll color them for you. That is what color is for, after all!

4) You are not allowed to color your hair while your pregnant!

This may have been true ten, maybe even five years ago, but today color has been re-invented and made to be less harmful then you’d think. Back in the days, color was made with formaldehyde and coal-tar dyes which is bad for everyone! Nowa’ days there is so many color lines out there for you to choose from, colors range from high chemical compounds, vegan, organic, ammonia free and the list goes on and on! Your body changes quite a bit during pregnancy, your hormones can change how your hair color turns out or you can become allergic to hair color when you weren’t before pregnancy, but your always welcome to request a patch test to determine how you will react to any color line. If you are concerned about how hair color may effect your baby, we always recommend to speak to your doctor.

5) If you use the same shampoo for too long, your hair will become immune to it.

I will admit, I strongly believed this myth until not too long ago… Many things can cause you to think that your shampoo isn’t doing what it used to, hormonal imbalances may change your hair texture, the weather plays a big role in how your hair feels and how much product you use on a day to day basis can affect how your shampoo works. The most important rule to remember, always choose the shampoo that is right for your hair. If your using the correct products, your hair will never become immune to them. It is fun to switch up your shampoos and try new ones every once in while though.