Nicole has been doing my hair for years now, and has completely become part of our family. She has taught me so much about hair and I pick her brain every time she comes over – what hair products I should be using, split ends drama, how to make a blow out last longer, etc. Through sips of vodka (me, not her. well, sometimes her too) she happily embarks her hair knowledge on me. Her passion always shines through when she talks about hair, it’s really infectious! So I thought hey, why not share this knowledge with you guys?! See below for the awesome interview with Nicole, Hair Doctor Extraordinaire. She does it all and makes it look oh so easy.
Q: What products do you recommend to girls who straighten their hair daily?
A: All hot tools (blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons) can weaken or destroy proteins in your hair as well as diminish natural oils, which means frequent use of hot tools requires extra maintenance and proper hair products. In order to prevent hair damage and breaking, it is crucial to apply some sort of heat protecting hair care product like a spray, serum, mousse or cream before subjecting your strands to high temperatures from irons and dryers. My favorite product for all hair types is Moroccan Oil. Not just any "moroccan oil"...I am solely speaking about the TRUE treatment oil that so many other brands attempt to emulate but never fully satisfy the hair.
Moroccanoil® Treatment’s versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. It blends perfectly with other products and even speeds up drying time. This treatment for hair completely transforms and repairs as its formula transports lost proteins for strength; fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine; and antioxidants for protection. It absorbs instantly to fill gaps in hair created by heat, styling and environmental damage.
Q: Why use sulfate-free products?
A: Any hair products containing sulfates can be extremely harsh on your hair, however switching to a sulfate free shampoo is most crucial. Using any shampoo containing sulfates/sodium is equivalent to scrubbing your hair with sand paper! Imagine how terrible that is for your delicate strands. It can lead to dry hair, lack of shine and hair thinning! If you are going to switch anything in your hair routine, I strongly suggest switching to a sulfate/sodium free shampoo. I should warn you that sulfate free shampoo is quite different from what you’re used to. It does not lather like regular shampoos and might take a few weeks to get used to. It might not feel like your hair is clean even though it is. Your hair texture will noticeably improve as well as hair color will stay lustrous and last longer in between salon visits. The most affordable and available sulfate free line is the L'oreal EverCreme, EverPure, EverSleek, or EverStrong. Each line is made for a specific hair type and desire. Visit your local drug store and try one of these today and you will be on your way to healthy hair!
Q: Can split ends be prevented? If so, how?
A: Unfortunately, split ends are inevitable. Over dying and over drying are the main culprits. Split ends can move upward the hair and cause breakage and thinning. There is no way to get rid of split ends, except to trim them, so prevention is key! First and foremost, do not brush hair when it is wet; use a wide tooth comb and pair it with a leave in conditioner spray to detangle. Always use heat protecting products when blowdrying/styling. Get to you stylist for trims every six to eight weeks to assure healthy ends. Treat your hair as the fragile living thing it is; don't abuse it!
Q: What products are good at making hair shiny?
A: Primarily, if you haven't switched to a sulfate free shampoo routine yet...do it today! Sulfates, sodium, surfactants are all culprits for dulling hair color and lack of luster. Also, a shine serum can help smooth strands and even treat common hair problems. But above all, they create serious shine. Once more i will promote the TRUE MoroccanOil brand for shine. Not only will this treatment make hair healthier every time it is used, but it will also restore shine and diminish frizz. MoroccanOil has a Glimmer Shine spray that is to die for! This product attracts and reflects light as well as protects the hair from environmental damage.
Q: Any tips on how to get a blow out to last longer?
A: This is where the "rinse and repeat" can come in handy! In the case you are looking to get a week or longer out of your blow out, start with 2 shampoos followed by one conditioner only on the ends (try to avoid conditioner on scalp to prevent limp roots). Next, avoid using too many styling products in your hair after the initial shampoo and conditioner. This means no gel, hairspray or lotions. However, a dab of a silkening agent is fine to smooth post-blowout flyaway hairs, as long as it's used sparingly. When bathing, a shower cap is a must. Be sure to protect your blowout from any wet weather conditions. Hair bands or ponytail holders are good to hold back hair while washing your face. During the life of your blowout try using a dry shampoo to soak up any oils building up in the scalp. The proper way to use dry shampoo is to hold the can 8-12 inches away from your hair and then spray a small amount on the scalp, allow to dry, then comb through your hair. Salon Grafix makes dry shampoos for blonde, brunette and black hair.
Q: What shampoo and conditioner do you use?
A: I have been religious to Pureology Hydrate shampoo and conditioner since 2006. It is my absolute favorite and I have never been in that "my hair is used to my shampoo" rut with using Pureology. It is a completely sulfate free line; all of their products (shampoo, conditioner, styling) are all sulfate free. I especially enjoy using the hydrate conditioner because it contains peppermint as one of the ingredients and is very invigorating on the scalp. http://www.pureology.com/systems/hydrate
Q: Any tips on how to properly brush extensions without pulling them out?
A: Hair extension matting and premature loss can be vicious! It’s one of the worst things that can possibly happen to extensions. When the extensions become tangled or are pulled out directly from scalp, it is damaging to your hair, your extensions, and your scalp. Knowing how to properly brush your extensions is crucial part of keeping your hair beautiful, long, and healthy. Start with using the proper brush. Invest in a soft bristle brush made with boar hair. This brush won’t pull out hair or cause strain on the bonding points. To brush: hold your hair taut with one hand to support the bonds. With the other hand, brush gently by starting at the ends and working up toward the scalp. Always go in a downward direction to preserve the hair’s natural direction. Then, when brushing through the bonding points, be sure to be gentle using more of a soft smoothing action as opposed to a direct bristle on scalp action.
How kick ass was THAT? I know, you're welcome.
Here are some photos of my hair evolution, all Nicole's work!
A few years ago at the MAC AIDS Walk - I had just gotten a new set of extensions in!
While Nicole bonded in this hair piece by piece, we discussed very important issues - like reality TV.
This smile can only mean one thing - I just got my roots colored and now I'm happy! And on a swing!
With my brother before a wedding - Nicole curled the crap out of my hair and it stayed like this the entire night, and the next morning. If I try curling it myself, give it 15 min and it's flat again haha!
Super blonde...and super tan! With my friend, Flavia in my parents backyard
And the red extensions are BACK! If I didn't work in a corporate office, I would love to dye my whole head a bright color. But for now, a few colored extensions gave me a little bit of an edge!
Before our engagement dinner! I wanted some lose curls that looked natural, but a little bit dressed up from my normal hair. Love it!
Super blonde and lots of extensions! I get so many compliments on my hair when I have extensions,
might be about that time to get them back in!
Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Find Nicole on Facebook - Nicole Ceccarelli. If you're in the NJ area and want to look awesome, she's your girl! xoxo