Protect your Hair from the Sun!

By Kyla Davies

Before you take off on that beach getaway, remember your hair needs protection from the sun, similar to your skin. It’s important to protect your hair to maintain your colour and the overall healthiness of your locks. Here are a few of my solutions to help keep your hair health all year long:

Cap it

The best way to protect your hair from the sun is literally having something to wear to stop the UV rays from coming in contact with your hair. Such as hats, head scarves and bandannas.

Reduce heat styling

Ditch your hot tools all summer and enjoy your natural hair! Let your hair air dry, put some braids in it over night.

Use an SPF conditioner

Also, find an SPF deep conditioner or mask to protect from any other damage. You can also find UV protection sprays, works just how sunscreen works on your skin.

Dust those Ends

To keep you hair looking great all year long, be sure to get your hair “dusted” every 4-6 weeks. Dusting or micro-trimming, just removes the tiniest tips of your strands to remove the dry damaged ends. Dusting can also help if you are trying to grow your hair out. See our tips for growing hair here.

Kyla Davies is a stylist at The Loft Salon • Spa • Bar in Winnipeg.

To Pre-Book or Not To Pre-Book?

By Amy Friesen

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Everyone has heard it before: “Would you like to pre-book your next appointment?” Your stylist has most likely suggested this multiple times and here's why...

We CARE about your HAIR!

We don't want you sitting in our chair simply for the financial benefits. Your hair is our calling card and when you leave looking and feeling your best that is what we want people to see; not grown out, brassy or faded colour. Even those trendy blunt bobs require regular trims to keep that perimeter sharp and looking great.

We CARE about your hair GOALS!

Getting you to your dream hair is what we're in this business for. Making a customized, long term plan specific to each person, takes a lot of work and commitment. By pre-booking we make sure we have ample time to spend with you during your next appointment so we can stay on track. Waiting too long between maintenance trims could result in additional breakage, making it seem impossible to achieve that long, healthy hair. Forgotten colour appointments may even turn into corrective work, costing you more time and a lot more $$$!

We CARE about YOU!

As stylists, we love our clients! You support us, trust us and we appreciate being in your lives. Not always having availability to fit you in when you need us is not something any stylist enjoys telling a loyal client. Well established, industry leaders can be expected to book out one to two months in advance. But what about the ones just starting to make waves in the hair world? Taking on an apprenticeship means you're hustling! On going education, self promotion, volunteering and building a clientele keeps our schedules packed no matter our experience level.

It makes sense now, right? We suggest these dates to make sure your needs are met, it's in your best interest. Appointments in high volume times like grad, back-to-school and the holiday season are hot commodities in our industry and pre-booking can save your hair and your wallet.

Amy Friesen is a hair stylist at The Loft Salon • Spa • Bar in Winnipeg.

Root Melt It and Forget It

By Reanne

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Tired of colouring your roots every 4-6 weeks? No problem! We have the perfect solution for you — root melt!

What is it exactly?

A root melt is a technique used to blend darker roots into the rest of the hair, blurring out any lines of demarcation. What we typically do is pick a shade close to your natural hair colour, smudging it into the lightened/coloured hair. While your roots grow out, it will create a seamless natural blend between the dark to light hair. This can extend your colour (and time in salon) by up to 3-4 months! Wha?? Yup, you heard that right. This look is great on blondes, balayage, highlighted, and even grey hair.

So stop dreading over those harsh roots and instead enjoy the grow out period!

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Reanne is a hair stylist at The Loft Salon • Spa • Bar in Winnipeg.


How to Use Dry Shampoo

Want to extend the life of your style? Check out these tips from Tyler on How to extend your blowout!

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At The Loft, we love Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo! Stop in today and grab yourself a bottle. You won’t regret it!

True Colours

As you've noticed, fashion colours or "vivids" are a hot trend this year! Although those glorious locks of vibrancy look fun and exciting, with great colour comes great responsibility! 

For the first time this year I decided to take the plunge and go PINK (see me up there ^ in the middle)! It started very subtle and eventually grew into an all over glowing magenta, and most recently a soft violet. And I love my colour, but I want to give you the full picture of the commitment that comes with vivid locks. 

Extreme lightening
In order to achieve cooler colours or "pastels" your hair must be very light. That means if your hair is light brown or even a warmer blonde, it won't work. You need to see a professional for your service and get to what we stylists call "a level 9 or 10" which is just a fancy way of saying "the hair needs to be as light as the inside of a banana" (pale yellow). Once you've reached that level and you've committed to the service, you must be willing to come in every 6-7 weeks for a toner (refreshing the colour) and a retouch (for those pesky roots that come in).

Treatments are key!
If you're looking for more of a deeper or warmer colour, you can apply on hair that is not as light, but keep in mind that the darker your hair, the less vibrant and the less it will show. For these services I ALWAYS use Olaplex because it is a bond multiplier and links the damaged bonds together making it much stronger and less susceptible to damage. It is always followed by the Olaplex treatment which is the icing on the cake for healthier hair. Without proper precautions, you could end up with dry, straw-like hair, meaning it has become "over-processed" which can eventually lead to what we call "a chemical haircut". There is a way to treat over-processed hair, but you must be willing to treat it like gold and come in for regular treatments and haircuts until it is healthy again. But once your hair is beyond repair, it must be cut. These are just some things to keep in mind when lightening your hair, whether it's for vivids, balayage, highlights, anything that requires you to bleach your hair. It is important to know these things so you are aware of how delicate hair is and what to expect when getting any of these services in excess or without proper precaution.

Because I only wash my hair once a week, my colour lasts twice as long which saves me time and money in the long-run!
"Miracle in a bottle"

"Miracle in a bottle"

Keeping up with the colour
And of course, there's the after care. Never wash your colour treated hair with hot water! It will strip the colour out much quicker than lukewarm will. It is important to also have salon professional products that are "colour safe" because that is essential to maintaining your beautiful mane! Stylists may also recommend a restorative product to strengthen and reverse any signs of damage in the hair. I use Living Proof's Restore Shampoo and Conditioner. After only a few months, I have noticed a significant difference in the quality and health of my hair! I can wash my hair less often (once a week) because of their patented molecule "OFPMA" that repels dirt and oil making the hair feel cleaner longer. Not only that, but it's colour safe and makes the hair 20x stronger in just 14 days! Because I only wash my hair once a week, my colour lasts twice as long which saves me time and money in the long-run! It's truly a miracle in a bottle and is the best insurance for your hair! By using salon professional products and treating your hair responsibly, you will guarantee that your colour will last much longer, and your hair will be much stronger and healthier, which means beautiful looking hair that's the envy of them all!

Selene is a hair stylist at The Loft Salon in Winnipeg.