How to finally grow long hair!
We have so many clients ask us about how to grow long hair – often thinking that it’s not possible – that we decided to write about it and share some tips on how to grow long hair on your own and with the help of your Cedar Ridge Salon stylist.
If you’ve ever wanted to grow long hair and have only dreamed of long, beautiful locks, follow these tips, set an appointment with your Cedar Ridge Salon stylist to discuss your plan and get those locks growing!
Although it seems counter-intuitive, the first thing you need to do is get a trim. Why? Because split ends break. You’ve probably heard the old wives tale, “Cutting your hair makes your hair grow faster”. That’s not necessarily true, but it DOES prevent further breakage which is what can prevent you from being able to grow long hair. Start with a trim and then return to your Cedar Ridge Salon stylist every 10 weeks for a dusting or feathering trim, removing a bare minimum off the ends.
The right diet can help you grow long hair
A proper diet is very important for the health of your hair – and your ability to grow long hair. Be sure to eat plenty of protein (healthy hair requires protein to become – and to stay – strong), leafy greens, nuts, seeds and coconut oil are all beneficial to growing healthy, long locks – and nails. Biotin (also known as Vitamin H) is often recommended as a supplement for healthy hair and nail growth.
On the flip side, ingesting these items in excess can hinder your process to grow long hair: Sugar, caffeine, alcohol and smoking breaks down our collagen which leads to hair breakage. Maybe wanting to grow long hair can be the excuse you needed to quit one or more bad habits?
Washing your hair with well water can be very damaging to your hair. Washing your hair with the proper shampoo can lessen the side effects from damaging minerals found in well water. These pesky minerals can cause brittleness, breakage and even discoloration. You may not even know that your home is using water from a well – especially if you recently moved from a more urban area where well water is more rare.
Aside from using bottled water to wash your hair or washing it at the gym, we recommend certain shampoos and conditioners that are formulated for hard water. There are also weekly at-home treatments available that will strip the damaging minerals from your hair shafts. Cedar Ridge Salon also offers professional salon treatments for the removal of well water minerals.
How often should you wash your hair?
First of all you want to be using a high-quality, sulfate-free, paraben-free shampoo and conditioner. We use and recommend Unite Products and are happy to consult with you to choose which formulation is best. You can wash your hair when it’s dirty or every other day, but be aware that over washing your hair can strip the natural oils that are needed for healthy hair, hindering your plan to grow long hair.
Excessive heat harms your hair!
Do not use excessive heat when drying or styling your hair or when showering. A cool water rinse not only prevents damage but also adds shine to your hair strands by closing the cuticle down.
Comb your hair only when it’s wet and show your Cedar Ridge Salon stylist your hair brush to make sure it’s not another damaging factor.
With the advice of your stylist, perform at-home treatments periodically and professional treatments every 6 weeks or so to keep up the health of your hair. Everyone’s hair has different needs. Some hair needs more moisture, some hair needs more protein and some hair needs a balance of the two.
New treatments offered by Cedar Ridge Salon
A fairly new (and miraculous) treatment is Olaplex. Olaplex actually restructures the sulfur bonds that break in our hair shaft and stops and prevents breakage – helping you to finally grow long hair. The most common statement clients make about Olaplex is that they notice how quickly their hair is growing. Cedar Ridge Salon offers Olaplex treatments and additive to color services.
Always have color done professionally!
In addition to the above commitments to growing your hair long we recommend these products which offer your hair protection and moisture:
• Unite’s 7 Second Detangler is an awesome product that contains UVA and UVB sunscreens.
• Unite’s U Argan Oil is a high-moisturizing protectant that adds shine. It’s the best on the market!
Get started today!
Call your Cedar Ridge Salon stylist today and set an appointment for an initial consultation to start your plan to grow long hair: (530) 272-2557
What Is OLAPLEX?
It’s a New Salon Service
Go Blonder. Push the envelope further without compromising the integrity of hair. From the photo shoot to the salon chair, colorists are set free from the fear of damaged hair.
You can use Olaplex as a tool or a new service. The choice is yours. As a tool, use the Olaplex Bond Multiplier No.1 adding it to lightener or color and finish by applying Bond Perfector No.2 after color is rinsed from the hair to dramatically reduce breakage with every color service.
Optimize Olaplex by offering it as a new salon service.Include the professional Hair Perfector No.3 Take Home for your client to use once a week to strengthen hair further or to use as a pre-treatment to a future chemical service. Hair Perfector No.3 Take Home has amazing additional benefits reported by hundreds of clients.
What is this stuff…OLAPLEX?
The ORIGINAL chemistry that multiplies, bonds and cross-links broken bonds. There can only be one!
We started by finding two of the world’s leading PHD’s in Materials and Chemistry that had never worked on hair products before, Dr. Eric Pressly and Dr. Craig Hawker. With this fresh outlook, this dream team invented a single ingredient chemistry, that is free of silicone or oils, that links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before. It may all sound like the same old mumbo jumbo, but check out what top colorists are saying about Olaplex all over social media. As they say, the proof is in the pudding.
Call Cedar Ridge Salon today to get your very own OLAPLEX treatment and save your color!
How do you fix dry, damaged hair?
Cedar Ridge Salon has the answers that will rehydrate, repair and protect your hair during harsh weather conditions. As a Unite Diamond Salon, we have many incredible products from the amazing Unite line to help bring your hair back to life and protect it throughout the winter months.
Damaging weather, central heat and wearing hats can take their toll during winter months, leaving your hair dull, frizzed, crunchy and filled with static. Sound familiar? You probably know how hard dry hair is to control. It won’t hold curls, you can’t seem to get any shine and generally speaking it’s FRUSTRATING!
Don’t worry, we’ll set you on the path to healthy winter hair and get you loving your hair again.
- The first thing to do is to ask your stylist at Cedar Ridge Salon to do a deep conditioning treatment when you are in for your next appointment.
- Protect your hair! Come into the salon and pick up some Unite 7 Seconds Leave-In Conditioner. This will keep your color vibrant and will prevent hot hair tools from damaging your hair.
- Use Unite Moisturizing Treatment for deep conditioning and hydration. This will repair and reduce breakage by 80%, using a paraben-free vegetable protein blend.
- Try to limit the use of hot hair tools like curling irons, flat irons or blow dryers. If you have to use them, use the aforementioned Unite 7 Seconds Leave-In Conditioner which provides UV and Thermal protection for your hair.
- Don’t get yourself in hot water! Use warm to cool water to wash your hair instead of scalding hot water. Hot water can dry out your hair, fade color and even dry out your skin.
- Make regular appointments with your Cedar Ridge Salon stylist! Every 6-8 weeks, you should trim your hair, preventing split ends that make your dry hair frizzy.
- Put Unite Lazer Straight Relaxing Fluid into your wet hair, smoothing and taming wavy/curly or frizzed hair.
- Less washing! A lot of women don’t realize how shampooing too often can actually strip moisture from their hair. Use Unite 7 Seconds Dry Shampoo to remove excess oil, increase hair volume – essentially refreshing your hair – without leaving a powder residue.
If you have anymore questions about your dry and/or damaged hair, call us for more information. We are here to help!
Cedar Ridge Salon – A Unite Diamond Salon
Have you ever heard the saying, “A picture paints a thousand words”?
In today’s world of hair coloring, that is the truth. Feel free to bring pictures when changing your hair color!
There are so many techniques that have subtle differences. What’s trending right now in transitioning from winter to spring are Balayage, Ombré and Underlighting techniques. Here is a description of the difference of each technique:
Ombré is still quite popular. Ombré is a French word that means having colors or shades that fade into each other; from light to dark or dark to light. It can be used to describe hair color, fabric, painting or anything else. Ombré hair typically fades into somewhat of a straight faded line in hair color unlike with Balayage which looks more natural or sunkissed.
Balayage is a hair coloring technique which is designed to create very natural looking Highlights which typically grow out without developing a noticeable grow out line at your roots. Balayage is hand painted, lightly along the hair line to give some bright Highlights around the face and heavier at the tip of the hair. It’s a more natural looking Highlight, and by natural we mean, you look like you’ve spent long days at the river or surfing in the ocean. Balayage is very similar to a new technique being describe as Underlighting.
Underlighting has a similar technique to Balayage in that the colorist still hand paints the highlights where they want to place them, but avoids highlighting the crown at all with the exception of right along the hairline. Highlights are placed under the top crown layer of hair starting in the temples so that your hair still has bright highlights but no grow out in the crown part at all.
When considering these hair coloring techniques, you should always discuss with your colorist the level of grey coverage you need. These techniques work for everyone, however if you’re covering grey, you may benefit from more traditional highlighting techniques or be ready to schedule regular root touch ups.
Give us a call today so we can help you find what works best for you and your hair: (530) 272-2557