How to keep your hair garden growing healthy and strong


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I consider hair like a garden.  The scalp, I visualize, is like that of soil or the dirt in which you will be tending for your garden of luxurious hair.  In order to have your hair garden grow plentiful and beautiful, to start, and I know that you’ve heard this before, that beauty comes from within.  In this case you must monitor what you intake for the health of your body, skin, hair and nails.  starting from the inside out is the easiest and quickest way to help your body to product your strongest healthiest hair.  Vitamins such as Biotin, Niacin, folic acid, and MSM do wonders for your hair, skin and nails.  All of these can be found in one simple place, and I know from experience that some of you will question me when I say this, but Prenatal vitamins have all of these in them and all you have to do is find one that you like and take one every morning.  questions that you may have with taking the Prenatal vitamins that I have even had myself are:

Q: Are they going to change my body to think that I am trying to prepare it to house a baby?

A: No, if you are taking the necessary precautions in order to prevent pregnancy, you will be perfectly fine.

Q: Will they make me gain any weight?

A: Prenatal vitamins are not birth control pills where your body is confused and made to bloat and retain water weight.  As long as you are exercising regularly and eating correctly for your body nothing out of the ordinary will happen to you.

I am sure that there are more questions that you have on the prenatal vitamins and if you do, you can always email so that I can answer any questions that you may have.

The next very important thing to do for you healthy hair growth system is to eat whatever vegetables and fruits that you love. Sometimes you may have a hankering for some veggie or fruit that is out of the ordinary for you, and that’s OK.  That means that your body is trying to tell you that you need a specific mineral or nutrient from that food.  Listen to your body.  It could be great fun. If you are Vegan or vegetarian this regimen shouldn’t be difficult for you at all.  of course if you’re like me and just want a burger once in a while, this might be a little more difficult.  Now, I’m not saying that you must absolutely cut out meat, I would never say that.  I love bacon too much :).  What I am saying though is to pay attention to your portions.  eat smaller amounts of meat and larger amounts of veggies.  a good amount of fruit or veggies or both in the morning.  These will all help your hair, skin, and nails to grow healthily, beautifully and plentifully.  Who doesn’t like abundance?

Lastly in our regimen toward the hair garden of your dreams is to make sure that you shampoo only at your scalp and condition from the mid-shaft (about a few inches away from your scalp) all the way to your ends.  If your hair feels dry at the ends from environmental damage (blow-dryer, heat, sun, coloring) a moisture rich shampoo will do the trick to help your hair feel supple and soft again.  You must leave the moisture conditioner on your mid-shaft to the ends of your hair for about 5 minutes or so.  you can do this as often as you feel that you need to.  Most people need to do this procedure often because  they didn’t know it was a priority in the first place.  If you want long healthy hair, you absolutely must take care of it, otherwise you will have to cut it off and start over.  Lets back track a bit, I know you have questions like…

Q: Why would I only need to shampoo my scalp isn’t the rest of my hair dirty too?

A: Actually no the only part that really needs a good cleaning is the scalp area especially the nice scrubby part.  The rest of your hair can’t handle that sort of rough stuff anymore.  Plus when you rinse your hair the shampoo tends to slough off any dirt or oil from the rest of the hair very gently.

Q: Why would I only need to condition the mid-shaft to the ends of my hair? Why not the scalp area too?  doesn’t my scalp need moisture?

A: your scalp secretes natural oils that are very good for the hair that is currently coming from your hair folicle (the folicle is the place where the hair grows from and is nourished) the folicle needs that lubrication and nourishment to grow new and existing hair.  If you were to put conditioner on your scalp what you are essentially doing is suffocating the hair folicle and clogging the pores on your scalp. definitely not a healthy situation for your hair or the foundation for which you are trying to produce hair.

More healthy habits for growing a plentiful bounty of hair.  Brush your hair with a paddle brush as often as possible, especially right after you work out and are all sweaty.  Your scalp LOVES sweat!  I know you feel gross right after a workout and you may think that you stink a bit.  Brush your hair shower up, but don’t wash your hair.  Only rinse it with cool water.  It feels amazing right after your heart’s been pumping for a half and hour to an hour, but also your hair grows faster when you sweat.  The more you work out the longer healthier hair you will have and just think, in conjunction with all of the other things that everyone should be doing on a daily basis anyway, your hair will be down to your ankles in no time! ;)

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Kinds of Brushes: Which One(s) Best For You?

Have you ever wondered if you were using the right brush to keep your hair healthy and growing strong?  Here are a few tips from me about brushes.


I have heard from several clients that they are concerned because their hair has been falling out a lot lately, and then I ask them what kind of brush they are using.  When they tell me that they have a brush that looks like this I immediately understand their problem.  I then ask them if it feels as if their hair is being pulled when they use this particular type of brush.  My clients tell me that yes it does feel like a pulling sensation and it hurts.  I have to suggest that they either hand this brush over to their husbands, boyfriends, brothers, or fathers because the guys are the only ones that these brushes actually work for.  That is, unless the guys have long hair.  Having long hair and keeping it long and healthy is a challenge to those who are not educated in the ways of taking care of it.  DO NOT USE THIS BRUSH IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR HAIR LONG!!!  I cannot stress this enough.  All these brushes do is pull and break the hair.  They do have a purpose, and that is to help blow dry and style short hair.  They are great brushes for adding a bit of fluff and smoothness to short hair.  So again, if you have long hair, do not use this brush.  toss it in the trash or give it to a short haired person (sanitize it first of course).



I have had clients tell me that they have a brush like this but they will not use it.  When I ask them why, they tell me that they once got this brush stuck in their hair when they were blow drying because it got tangled so much that the brush wouldn’t release their hair.  These brushes are great for smoothing slightly frizzy hair just by blow drying.  It takes some practice to get used to these brushes but when you do you can create the most beautiful blow dry styles from using them.  It’s important to continue from the roots to the ends when using this brush and not curl the hair in on itself, that is, until you get the hang of it.  All it takes is practice, practice, practice.



After using one of these babies on several of my clients all I ever heard was “what kind of brush did you jsut use on my hair?  It felt like my scalp was being massaged and it didn’t feel like my hair was being pulled out of my head.”  This Ladies and Gentlemen is called a paddle brush.  You can find these at any and all rite aids, CVS’, Ross’s, Marshalls, beauty supply stores of any kind.  I recommend these to all of my clients just because they feel good.  These brushes also help keep your scalp and hair healthy by using the natural oils from your scalp to aid in the process of healthy hair, healthy scalp and hair growth.  If your natural oils do not get distributed throughout your hair, eventually your scalp will cease to be healthy and will no longer produce hair out of the folicle, so use this brush, it’s a great one.



These are Round brushes.  They can be found in all different sizes for the varying degrees of volume and curl that you want to add in your hair.  I use these a ton in my blow dry styling because I like the fact that they heat up with the blow dryer because of the metal core and you can curl the hair with them and leave them in the hair for a curl that looks like you did them with a curling iron.  Neat huh?!  Again, using these types of brushes takes practice to work with and perfect.  Be patient when using them.  work with them a little bit every day and you will become a pro at styling your own hair like your hair stylist when they blow it dry.  The only difference between you styling your hair and them styling your hair and they way that it comes out is that they have had more practice with a blow dryer and round brush than you have.


If you have any questions or want a personal blow dry class to help get you on your way to styling your hair like a pro, Call, text, email or book and appointment with me so that I can help get you started!


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Smoothing Treatments


Frizz is a Beast Which Can Be Tamed

There’s nothing worse than your hair being freshly done and when you walk out of the house in the summer heat, it’s like your hair was never styled.  I’m sure that there are quite a few of you out there that struggle on a daily basis with the frizz of your hair.  I know that you’ve tried EVERYTHING known to man to tame your mane.  Frizz can be seriously difficult to get rid of, unless you know how.

On a hairstylist stand point I have researched and tried so many different products, myself, to help those of you that have the most frustrating hair type out there.   There are products out on the market that work but they are not necessarily good for your body or your hair.  These products have formaldehyde, or aldehydes which when in contact with heat make formaldehyde.  For those of you that don’t know, formaldehyde is a chemical that is used to embalm lifeless bodies that are ready to be buried into the ground to preserve them.  Most likely this is done so that rotting flesh smell doesn’t come up from the ground after several months of decomposition.  I would never use a chemical like this on my hair or anyone’s hair for that matter.  Formaldehyde is a carcinogen that is also found in cigarettes and certain beers.  If you are going to use it on your hair, you may as well be smoking 20 packs of cigarettes a day or if you are a stylist that is using these products you may as well be smoking 1000 packs a day.  Continue to put formaldehyde on your hair and you can be sure to get cancer, either in your lungs from breathing the fumes from the product or a form of skin cancer on your scalp.

I’ve Done This For You

I have heard and read reviews about stylists that use these products.  Did you know that their lungs have bled from over usage of them?  Then after that review came out, we as stylists were supposed to use masks to protect ourselves from the harmful fumes.  I’m sure that there were several of you clients out there that became slightly worried about what these products were then doing to you since we had to wear the masks.  Why in the world would you want to have the experience of having to wear a mask or put a towel over your face for 2 to 3 hours while having a treatment done on your hair that supposedly makes your hair healthier?

The Best Product I’ve Found

With all of this being said, allow me to invade your mind a little bit with a wonderful, actually healthy hair product that does in fact smooth out your frizz.  The only product that I will ever use again is called Agave Healing Oil Smoothing Treatment.  This treatment is free of formaldehyde or any derivative of formaldehyde.  Some clients have told me that it smells like brownies or something baking in the oven and some clients have told me that it smells like the beach.  Either way there is no chemical smell.  The burn off (the smoke factor that happens when the product is blow dried and then flat ironed into the hair) is not harmful to anyone, which means that no masks or towels on faces are needed.  No gloves are needed for application.  Agave lasts for 3 to 6 months depending on how often you wash your hair.  You can color your hair the same day if you want (before the treatment is applied).

Because Agave is a Healing Oil smoothing treatment what is happening is that with the treatment and the heat being applied to the hair with both the blow dryer and the flat iron the cuticle of the hair is being smoothed and sealed downward producing a shiny and conditioned feeling hair.  Any splits that you may have had on the hair shaft will be sealed and healed down again.

The Moment of Truth

I often recommend cutting the hair right after the treatment is completed, if needed, because I can then see how healthy the hair actually is and what really needs to be cut off, especially if you are trying to grow your hair out.  Going without a good ¼ inch trim every 3 months could cause your hair to split upward again making your new growth pointless.  (Did you catch the pun?)  Instead of trimming every 3 months you could definitely get the Agave treatment again to seal and heal then you won’t have to trim the hair again unless it is needed.

Let’s Make it Easy

If you live in the Sherman Oaks or surrounding areas, or you are visiting and would love to have this TREATment done on your hair you can contact me by emailing, texting, calling or booking through my website.  Just click on the Schedule and Appointment button to book and you will be well on your way to smooth manageable hair.  Also, Check out my reviews on yelp! Hope to see you soon!



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Hey Ladies!

Have you ever wondered how your hairstylist can blow dry your hair and make it look so AMAZING but when you try to do it at home your hair is falling short of the big beautiful locks that you walk out of the salon with?

I am holding a class to teach any and every woman, who wants to learn, how to blow dry their own hair and make it look like you just walked out of the salon!

You will need:

Your Blow dryer

Your Brushes for styling

Your Hair products that you use or want to use on your hair.


The class is $20 per person.

Please bring your friends.

Email, call or text me if you will be coming to the class so that I know how many of your beautiful faces that I can expect!  See you then!! :)



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