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  • Brazilian Blowout. Myths, Facts & why you need it.

    Brazilian Blowout. Myths, Facts & why you need it.

    Brazilian Blowout has become a household phrase. From the stay at home moms to the career gals flaunting it down 5th Avenue. But, with the hype comes the dramatic myths. Everything from, you can get cancer from it (HARD EYE ROLL) to it makes your hair permanently straight. 

    I am here to set the record straight! By the end of this post you will be more educated & clawing your way to your local salon for your Blowout. 

    Lets get started...

    MYTH

    Brazilian Blowout is a straightening service.

    FACT

    Brazilian Blowout is actually a semi-permanent SMOOTHING service. It softens hair texture, making it more manageable and easy to style. It will not take the kink & curl out of naturally curly hair, but may relax the curl to more of a wave. Naturally wavy & otherwise lightly textured hair will see a more straightened effect.

    MYTH

    Brazilian Blowout contains formaldehyde, which can give you cancer & other long lasting health effects.

    FACT

    Brazilian Blowout contains no more formaldehyde than nail polish or any other daily cosmetics that you wear. Such as: Hair Gel, Eye lash glue, multiple types of makeup, lotions, deodorants, etc. Formaldehyde is mainly used as a preservative & with any chemical processing, there is always a chain reaction of bonding the treatment to the hair. Formaldehyde in cosmetics is used mainly to preserve the product, kill microorganisms & prevent growth of bacteria or other pathogens. 

     

    Moving on to other questions....

    Can you receive a Brazilian Blowout service if you your hair is chemically processed?

    YES! Brazilian Blowouts are great for color treated hair! It locks the color in & in cases of previous over processing, it can correct the look of damaged strands!

    What hair types work best for Brazilian Blowouts?

    ANY! According to Brazilian Blowout, being a good candidate isn't about your hair texture, its more about the condition of your hair. Fine, thick, wavy or curly. Extreme damage may be an issue for this service so consult with your stylist first!

    How does Brazilian Blowout work?

    Brazilian Blowout breaks down the current protein filaments in your hair that make up your hairs natural texture, then temporarily realigns the protein structure to create smoother & shinier hair.

    What makes Brazilian Blowouts different from other keratin treatments?

    DOWNTIME! Unlike other keratin treatments, this service does not require you to shield your hair from water, sweat or hair ties for days after leaving the salon. So you can hit the gym & the shower in the same day!

    How long does Brazilian Blowout last?

    With proper care & maintenance it can last up to 12 weeks. Proper care meaning you are using the correct shampoo & conditioner. No sulfates & no sodium chloride is a must! 

    How long will this service take?

    Depending on the thickness of your hair, it usually takes 90 mins. 

    Will I still be able to curl my hair?

    YES! You can curl, crimp & wave to your hearts desire!

    Let's recap...

    • Brazilian Blowout is a semi-permanet SMOOTHING service.
    • No Brazilian Blowout will NOT cause cancer or long term health effects.
    • All hair types are welcome including color treated hair!
    • There is zero downtime with Brazilian Blowout.
    • Brazilian Blowout will last up to 12 weeks
    • Receiving a Brazilian Blowout service will take about 90 mins depending on the thickness of your hair.
    • You can still style your hair however you want, including curls.

    If your salon doesn't offer Brazilian Blowout be sure to check their salon locator to find a salon near you! 

  • MYSTIQUE DAY SPA & CRYSTAL CASEY: THE BREAKUP

    Ok, so I feel like this is the beginning of a Taylor Swift song. Like at any moment I'm gonna break out into some guitar strumming, ballad about my broken heart & how I have the best revenge by being happy......"we are never, ever, ever, getting back toetherrrrrrr....."

    But, in all reality...that's not the case at all. 

    But, let me first start by saying...I am no longer an employee at Mystique Salon & Day Spa. I am now strictly working for myself. High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey! Its exciting & scary all at the same time.

    I worked at Mystique Salon & Day Spa 5 years ago (2 years out of hair school) I thought I knew it alllll. I quickly learned I did not. HAHA! Amy (the owner) took a huge chance on me when she hired me. My ego & know it all attitude quickly sent me on my way (by choice). Amanda (her sister & Master Stylist) was my mentor for over a year while I worked there & still remains to this day to be one of my biggest cheerleaders, supporters & mentor. (& isnt she so pretty???!?!)

    Last December, Amanda spoke to Amy on my behalf about bringing me back into the salon. I was ready to be back in a salon environment, be a team player, have continuing education with the backing of all the Mystique girls, work on events & brainstorm fabulous ideas together as a TEAM! & we did just that, we ROCKED some movie nights (& had a great time doing it) we executed a phonemail bridal shoot, & shared & enjoyed some great Paul Mitchell education. 

    Amy was very understanding about my current wedding business & allowed me to continue booking weddings. We agreed that my schedule would be very few days to begin with as I tried to transition my clients from a home based business to the structure of a salon & build from any walk-ins that would come my way. The wedding season that would happen for me in 2014 completely blindsided both of us. 

    I think I spent a total of 5 Saturdays in the salon from Jan-Sept. & lets face it, Saturday is a busy day in the salon. I also had some unforeseen health issues this year that kept me out on the 1-2 days that I was scheduled to be there outside of the weekend. 

    Ultimately, Amy felt it was best for her business & mine to terminate my contract. 

    Its not that I was a bad employee/stylist or that she was a heartless boss, because that most certainly is not that case at all. Honestly, she just couldn't keep me booked. I had many NO CALL/NO SHOWS & cancellations while I was there, leaving my days empty. But, for the clients that I did have in my chair, that I did build that bond with, that I did get that chance to make them feel beautiful & special....I will miss them but, I know they are in good hands with the girls there! 

    She also stated that she recognized all the hard work I had put into building my business & that I was better suited to be a business owner, than an employee. She has since helped me with any problems I have faced or questions I have had on the business side of things. Amy is a business guru & a great mentor. 

    I still have a wonderful relationship with all the girls there, specifically Amy. She gave me a very personal letter stating how sad she was that she had to make this decision, we even shared a very heartfelt moment & some tears were shed by both of us. 

    In my time at Mystique I helped launch, what I know to be, a wonderful Bridal division. We shot an AMAZING bridal shoot & I got to know & love the girls there all over again. I built personal & professional relationships that I hope will continue to grow. 

    Amy & I still work together as stylist & makeup artist on styled shoots & weddings together & will continue to do so as our businesses grow. 

    (Thats supposed to say August 25th 2014!)

    I will miss seeing all these girls every week!

  • Blonde instant gratification

    Ok, so tonights blog is kind of two topics rolled into one. 

    First lets start with instant gratification. When did our generation become so impatient? We'd rather have instant gratification rather than quality. If it's quality you want...why not wait for it?? If someone is booked weeks even months in advance, wether it be a a tattoo artist,make up artist, hairstylist or nail tech. That means they are GOOD & they are booked up for a reason & you obviously wanted to book with them for that same reason. So don't be impatient & box color your hair or go to someone else with less talent & end up with a horrible tattoo, a nail fungus or make up 3 shades darker than your face to quench your instant gratification. Just wait.

    With that being said-Lets talk about being blonde

    If you have box colored your hair & then decide you want be blonde (or have a super blonde ombre) Then I would hope that you decide to take the professional route and see a stylist for this, for the sake of your hairs integrity. Even if you get your hair professional done but have been dark for an extended period of time, going from dark to blonde is defintely something that should be done by a master colorist or a stylist who specailizes in color & blonding. DO.YOUR.RESEARCH. If your natural color is dark, then yes there will be some upkeep. Every 4-6 weeks your roots will need to be touched up & after extensive lightening to your hair, you may have to lose some legenth. So a haircut during each step of your lightening journey is reccommended to keep from having to cut of inches upon inches once its all done.

    OMBRE is defintely a skilled color technique. Again, DO.YOUR.RESEARCH. Look online, talk to friends, read reviews & check out portfolios. Once you find someone you like, if you have questions....ASK! If they arent available within a week of your final decision on wanting blonde ombre, just wait. Ask to be put on their waiting list in case someone cancels an appointment & let them know your schedule. I've had too many clients come to me with a bad ombre job just bc they wanted it when they wanted it. 

    The above also applies to Balayage. Balayage is the french word for "hand painting". Balayage hilights are also a specality technique & all of the above mentioned applies to this skill. 

    Last but not least- YOU WILL NOT BE BLONDE FROM DARK OVER NIGHT. It is not realistic to expect to have platinum blonde hair in your first appointment after having black box color on your hair. Or any box color on your hair for that matter. Becoming blonde is a process, your hair must go through many stages of lift before you can get to your desired color. Also, though it is our job to get your there, it is also our job to keep the health of your hair in tact & any good stylist will tell you during consultation that there are no promises made & that it will be a process. If they dont, then they are completely unrealistic as you or inexperienced & you should RUN. Ombre is no exception to this rule, actually when it comes to ombre, I as a stylist, am more concerned with the health of the hair since most of the lightening will be taking place on the ends of the hair. The most processed & oldest parts of your hair. In most cases these ends are already damaged by heat & previous color. 

    So please keep all of this in mind when making decisons on blonding your hair. Be realistic & be patient. For yourself, for your stylist, for your wallet & most of all for your hair. 

    This is Erin, I have been doing her hair for a year and a half. Erin sets up her appointments like clock work & uses professional, salon quality products on her hair. This is the perfect example of what Balayage Ombre can look like when done properly on top of professional color. 

    This is Nicole. When she came to me she told me she wanted to be "Gwen Stefani" blonde. She said she understood that she would have to cut most of her hair of because there was previous box color on her ends. We cut her into a bob, and this is her hair after he second process of lightening. 

    This is Mary & this has been our journey so far. When her stylist moved away mary came to me we took her from red to dark, dark brown. Then from dark brown to blonde. This is before, 1st appointment & 2nd appointment. By the end of her next appointment she should be fully blonde. 

    Can you believe these are the same person?? Yep ombre over box black hair color and by the second process we had her to a beautiful honey blonde.