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Q: Lately my hair seems to look dull and drab. What can I do to make it look shinier?
A: Shiny hair is healthy hair and starts from the inside out. Every time you shampoo, use a shampoo and conditioner that is right for your hair type. Using a thermal protectant on your hair before you do any heat styling protects the hair. For ultimate shine, finish your style with a styling iron. Consider getting a Keratin Smoothing system which locks down the cuticle, creates shine and seals in color.

Q: How do I get my unruly curls to look good?
A: If your hair's natural texture tends to be curly and unruly, start by using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Using a curl cream, shine serum or a leave-in conditioner while your hair is still wet will help manage curls and control frizz. Next, take big sections of your hair and twist them around your finger, this will help achieve a nice soft curls.
If your hair tends to be on the wavier side, use a diffuser until your hair is about 80% dry (or until your waves start to frizz) and then let your hair air dry the rest of the way. Once your hair is air dried, tame any unruly curls with a one inch curling iron. Finish off with a flexible hold hair spray.

Q: I think I would like to experiment with red hair. How do I know if I’m making a mistake?
A: The best people to go red are those with pale skin. If you have olive skin and you want to try red, choose a very dark violet purple red, natural red hair tends to have copper and golden undertones. Finally, red hair tends to fade faster than other colors so it is best to gloss your hair in-between services or have a Keratin treatment to keep your color fresh and last.

Q: What are highlights and lowlights?
A: This technique involves weaving, slicing, or ribboning several colors throughout the hair. A mixture of some lighter shades, some darker shades, and your natural color to create a realistic multi-dimensional effect.

Q: How long do highlights last?
A: Even though highlights will grow out, and look natural as they do, this is a permanent hair color service. Highlights should be touched up every six to ten weeks depending on the amount of highlights you have in your hair.

Q: What are the most youthful, natural looking colors?
A: As a general rule, it’s best to stay within one or two levels of your natural hair color for the most believable effect. Try to avoid extremes of any kind; brunettes will find that warm, chocolate browns are much more flattering than black or very dark brown. As we mature, we lose pigment in our hair and skin, hair with warmer brunette tones; help restore some of the lost “glow.” The most flattering shades for blondes are honey tones and golden-blonde tones.

Q: I want to be a blonde?
A: How blonde you go depends on your natural coloring: the lighter you are naturally, the lighter you can lift your locks for a flattering result. Your target shade should also reflect your complexion. If your skin is cool, ash, or neutral, blonde tones like wheat and mocha will be beautiful; if your skin is warm, stick to golden and strawberry blonde colors.