Natural Hair Texture: where the curls are.

It’s my personal mission to get everyone to embrace their natural hair texture.  I love to work with curly hair, but straight, wavy, or curly I want all my clients to enjoy their hair as much as I do! 

Curl Type

There are a couple of systems out there to help define what “type” of curl you have.  There is the 1, 2, 3, a, b, and c system credited to Andre Walker (Oprah’s hair guru).  Naturally Curly has some great photos of each curl type.  This is the most used method.  There is also the Mizani system which is a simple I, II, II, IV.  I tend to gravitate to just two groups, tight curls or loose curls (I will also accept wavy, but in my mind, it’s really loose curls).

Curl enhancing products

Most naturally curly hair tends to lean toward the dry side.  If you think about it, curlies have more of their hair exposed to the environment.  Straight hair has a veil of hair that protects the hair underneath, only one side of that veil is hit by the sun.  It’s important to support your curls with moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.  There are a lot of styling products out there that can protect your hair form the elements.  Most contain sunscreen these days.  Also, curly hair doesn’t reflect the light like straight hair does, so I like to finish with a shine spray so it sparkles.

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Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

The Enemy

Heat styling is the enemy.  When I style your hair in the salon, I’ll use a diffuser attachment to my blow dryer.  I do that to expedite the drying process so you can see the finished cut or color.  However, on a daily basis I would prefer you air dry our hair.  If you use a micro fiber towel and a curl cream or styling lotion you should be able to get a great curl formation without the frizz.  I’m not against enhancing some wavier areas with a curling iron, please use a heat protectant product beforehand and absolutely do not try to curl wet hair.  Make sure it’s 100% dry before you heat style.

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Protection from the elements.

Coloring curly hair

Our natural hair texture tends to be more porous (like a sponge).  If you want to make your color last longer, make sure to use a color preserving shampoo and conditioner.  There are also color enhancing shampoos to reinvigorate your color between services.  That said, I’m a big fan of shampoo for your secondary issue and condition for your primary issue.  So if your color treated hair is dry, go with the color preserving shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner.

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Color Hold Shampoo and Conditioner

Perms and Relaxers

Philosophically I’m not a fan.  Remember my mission is to help everyone to embrace their natural hair texture?  I sure appreciate the struggle, I know the grass is always greener on the other side.  If you have straight hair, you long for body and curl.  If you have really curly hair, you lament the lack of control and frizz.  Perms can give anyone curl, but they can also reform curls into a tighter or looser pattern.  It can get all those curls going in the same direction or create natural variations in size and flow.  Relaxing hair is also reforming the curls into a looser to almost straight pattern.  Both of these processes use chemicals to break down the protein bonds in your hair and reformat them into either the shape of a perm rod or a flat iron.  Frankly I prefer to minimize my exposure to these chemicals and I hope you do too.

Embrace your Texture

I encourage all my clients to enjoy the hair that they have.  I’m happy to recommend products to help each and every one of you manage your curly hair and rock those coils!  Let’s discuss the struggles you’ve had with your hair and I’ll tailor a cocktail especially for your hair type and styling preferences.  Would I prefer that you use Alterna products?  Yep, but there are plenty of other options.  I can help.

Sarah Kelly

805.324.7950

Summer Hair Tips

Summer Hair Tips

Summer can be tough on our locks.  The sun, baking our heads at 100*, sand and salt and let’s not forget chlorine!  We have it all here in Santa Barbara, sea, sand, wind, humidity and desert dryness (love those sun downers).  How can we protect our hair from the harshness of summer?  What are some things you can do to keep your color fresh, even in the hot weather?  What can you do to rehabilitate dry, damaged hair?  

Hair Protection

Every story about hair starts in the shower.  What are you using as your cleanser?  What are you using as your conditioner?  I like to recommend to my clients that they shampoo for the hair you would like to have and condition for the hair you currently have. 

  • If you are struggling with dry hair and you’d like to have smooth hair, start with an anti-frizz shampoo and use a moisturizing conditioner.
  • If your challenge is breakage and would like healthy hair, shampoo with a smoothing shampoo and finish with a protein infused conditioner.
  • Your hair color is fading and you’d like to keep in vibrant longer, wear a hat!  Seriously, it’s the best way to protect your head, but if you just don’t have a hat head, I understand, start with a mild cleanser and finish with a sulfate free (possibly color enhancing) conditioner.
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Wear a hat!

If you only have one concern, color for example, double up and shampoo and condition to protect your color longer.  You get the idea.

Summer Hair Products

The products you use in the summer time should be few and light.  Choose products that will achieve the style you want.  Sleek, smooth, curly, wavy, you do you!  Here are a couple of ideas.

Protective Hair Styles

The way you wear you hair in the summer can affect the overall condition.  If you’re a pony tail person, a great protective style, try to place your pony in various elevations on your head.  If you always put your elastic in the same spot you’ll eventually get breakage in that area.  You can also switch it up by opting for a braid without the elastic on top. 

  • Try tucking your hair through the hole in the back of a baseball cap rather than tying it up. 
  • There are so many decorative combs and headbands available now, just remember to stick them in different spots to avoid breakage. 
  • Scarves and head wraps can evoke an island vibe.
  • Classic big straw hat.
Repair your hair

Sometimes you can do everything right and still you have damaged your hair.  The best thing to do first is not panic.  i have deep conditioning treatments that can help restore resilience to your locks.  I also have products available for you to take home to manage your summer hair.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah Kelly

805.324.7950

Bespoke hair styling for discriminating people.

Be-spoke

bəˈspōk/

Adjective, British

  1. (of goods and services) made to order.

When you come in the Salon with a picture of a haircut you like, I will ask you a couple of questions.

What is it about this hairstyle you like?  Is there anything that you would change?  Then I will look closely at your face.  I know, it’s a little unnerving, but I think it’s important to assess your features, symmetry, proportion, and current hair length and texture.  This is why I love the idea of bespoke hairstyling.  It’s not only a picture of you when you looked and felt your best, it’s an image of you right now.  I want to give you what you want, but I want to tailor it to who you are right now. Bespoke hair styling means a hairstyle especially for you.

We all gravitate back to the hairstyle we wore when we felt our best.  I can’t say it was when we were at our most secure, most successful or even most beautiful, but it was when we felt like a million bucks.  It’s usually a time when we felt youthful maybe even invincible.  I’m not saying that we’re longing for our youth.  Hell no.  I think we are a lot wiser than we were and wouldn’t exchange that wisdom for anything.  What I’m trying to say, is that we gravitate to the place where we felt comfortable.  I can tell you, I’ve done the pixie, bob, long hair thing so may times.  If I were to be really honest with myself, I have to admit that the length of my hair is proportional to my weight.  I cut my hair off when I’ve dropped a ton of weight.  I don’t have perfect features by any means, but I feel terrific with short hair, and clearly no photos of my really long hair.

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and every length in between…

What is your lifestyle, how much time do you have to do your hair?

Let’s talk about what’s going on in your life right now.  Where do we want to add emphasis?  Where would we like to add drama?  What can we do to draw the eye away from certain areas?  That’s what I mean when I say Bespoke Hair Styling.  I want you to have the perfect style especially for you.  I schedule an extra fifteen minutes just for our consultation so I can customize the perfect look to suit your lifestyle in the next forty-five minutes.

Get a custom hairstyle, tailored specifically for you.  Be Bespoke

Sarah Kelly, P3 Hair Design, 805.324.7950

Color your curly hair

Do you struggle with how to color your curly hair? 

Do use box color, only to be disappointed with the flat mat lifeless reflection in the mirror when you’re done?  I did too until I became a Colorist.  They say the mirror doesn’t lie, but it doesn’t exactly tell the truth either.  I want my next job to be the box color namer.  Tahitian Sunset sounds great until you see mauve roots and the same brown ends, with a weird purple tinge. The lady in the picture has shiny straight hair that is a beautiful burgundy. What happened?

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Curly hair takes color differently.

Curly hair and gray hair are not smooth and straight.  Textured hair is often coarser and more porous (sort of like ‘spongy’) than straight hair.  Mature hair doesn’t reflect the light like everyone else’s.  Coarse hair isn’t necessarily shiny. Curly hair is usually dryer than average hair so it will absorb light and color differently.

can you relate?

I have curly hair with some gray to cover.  I understand texture and curl formation and I also understand how to use color to enhance a haircut and lifestyle.  Your curly or gray hair will absorb the color quickly and may initially appear darker than the targeted shade because of the porosity.  It will suck up that color because your hair is thirsty for hydration any hydration.  That same open, thirsty cuticle will potentially also release that color equally as fast.  Which is why you may feel your color fades fast.  It’s not necessarily the colorist’s application that is sabotaging your results.  What we, as colorists, may be afraid to tell you is that you aren’t taking care of your color at home.  I’m going to recommend good quality products to you that will quench your thirsty strands and help you maintain your color until our next visit (6-8 weeks, sooner if your hair grows fast or you have a lot of gray to cover). 

Gray Hair accepts color differently

Some gray hair has trouble absorbing color.  The cuticle is super tight and requires extra Oomph to open it up to accept the color.  As a professional I’m going to assess your hair and make the right call on how to best feature you and your hair.  I’m going to be introducing L’anza Color in the next several weeks.  L’anza is a local company in Santa Monica and uses their patented Color Attachment Technology and Keratin Healing System replenishes protein and moisture.  I will also be applying the color to wet hair with this line.  That will help mitigate any porosity and make sure we get even color results.  L’anza also has Flower Shield to slow the fading process.

Make your appointment today with me at P3 Hair!  Call 805/324-7950 today.  I’m available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11-7; or by appointment.

Sarah Kelly is P3 Hair.

Curated Curls, carpe diem!

 

 

 

Plopping Curly Hair

Plopping curly hair is just carefully placing your curls into a cotton tee shirt and allow the shirt to absorb the excess water, without the friction and frizz of a terry cloth towel.

I’ve had a couple of easy breezy long haired curly girls in my chair lately who had never heard of hair plopping.  It’s a really easy way to dry and style your curls simultaneously.  By the way, it also works on short curly hair.

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Prep, Style and Finish!

Here is what you’ll need to get starting plopping:

  1. A great hair cut. The best tools and products aren’t going to give you amazing curls unless you have a great cut to start.
  2. Good quality products.  I like to use a Prep, Style and Finish product.  The Prep product should be a leave in conditioner.  Even if you’ve conditioned your hair in the shower, use a leave in to protect your curls from the elements.  UV protection is a bonus, moisture is a must! You can use a mousse, a gel, or a lotion to Style your hair.  You might even want to keep each of these types of products on hand.  Each one has a different level of hold and degree of softness.  The lighter the hold, the more soft your curls will be.  When your hair is mostly dry, finish your curls with shine spray, an anti humectant or even an anti frizz product.  I’ve written about what a fan I am of Alterna Haircare, but you can review my post here
  3. A very well loved tee shirt.  I wouldn’t recommend a pit stained shirt with old paint spatters, but a tee shirt that has been washed more than a few times.  The video shows a long sleeve shirt which I think is a terrific idea.  I’ve also had clients use their husband’s tee shirts because they’re big enough to fully envelope their curls.

Here is a short YouTube video that will walk you through the process of hair plopping:

If you’re at work and can’t do a video right this moment, here are some instructions on plopping hair with a t shirt with photos from naturallycurly.com (love those curly gurrlls).

Call (805) 324-795 to schedule a consultation with me on how to get your best curls yet!

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

curated curls

Special Offers for first time and established customers

I have some special offers running through the end of the year!  Something for everyone.

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$20 off your first service!

New Customers

I’ve been out in my neighborhood and leaving a special offer door hanger.  Wow! 12k steps in just a couple of hours.  Is it me or has it been unusually warm in Santa Barbara?  This is not what I signed up for people.  I covered a lot of the Mesa, but ran out of water pretty early in my walk about.

If you received one of my door hangers, terrific!  If you found this post, I’ll still honor the deal. Call (805) 324-7950 and make an appointment to see me and you’ll get $20 off ANY service.  Here is a link to my Services Page to check my prices.

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Refer a friend!

Current Customers

I’m also encouraging my current customers to refer a friend.  I’m happy to give your buddy $20 off and the next time I see you, I’ll give you $20 off your service too!  WIN/WIN.  Please, PLEASE invite a friend to come in and visit me.  I’m still in the building stage and have appointments available in the evening for anyone to come in after work.

super secret discount: $10 off your service if you ‘like’ P3 Hair Design on Facebook……

Gift Certificates are also available!

 

p3 hair by Sarah Kelly 805.324.7950 for an appointment.

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 11 – 7

Hairstyles for older women

Hairstyles for older women have gotten a bad rep.

The lack of moisture and texture changes can make the products that we have trusted for most of our lives useless. Guess what? The products I have been recommending for curly hair are the same products I would recommend for aging hair. Aging hair styling starts in the shower. Be sure to use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. When you’re ready to style, my recommendations are ‘don’t’s’ rather than ‘do’s’. Avoid alcohol, sulfates, and silicone in your products. Read the label – if you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want to use it (steps off of soapbox). I’m currently recommending hair products from Alterna.  This hair care company really fits the criteria.

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Is this normal?

Has this happened to you?

You shampoo your hair and it comes out by the hand full?  I personally am in the midst of “the change” as Jessica Tandy said in “Fried Green Tomatoes”.  This is usually a sure sign of hormonal changes.  But if you’re not yet in your 50’s or well past them, it might be a good idea to have your thyroid checked by your healthcare professional.  If all other causes have been ruled out (age, thyroid, medications, etc.) it could be due to stress or even heredity.

If you’re at all concerned about your thinning hair, there are more options now than just Rogaine.  We have just brought in the Kevin Murphy line into Mira Bella Salon and Spa.  KM has a new product called Body Mass that utilizes the same medicine as the eyelash restoring products.  We can special order the accompanying shampoo and conditioner for you.  We are also introducing Alterna Haircare to the salon and their Caviar Clinical line that will organically improve hair growth and enhance volume. Changes are good, embrace them and learn from them.  If you would like some additional product information or styling tips, feel free to call me at (805) 324-7950 for a consultation.

Sarah Kelly – p3hair

(805) 324-7950

curated curls

New Santa Barbara Hair Stylist

Sarah Kelly is new to Santa Barbara, but not a new hair stylist!  She was a Salon owner and hair stylist in Minnesota for several years before becoming a part of Mira Bella Salon and Spa.

Sarah specializes in curly hair cuts, but loves to work with all textures of men’s and women’s hair. The recommended styling line she uses is Alterna Haircare.  An organically sourced line featuring low alcohol, no sulfates, no parabens, and not tested on animals.  It’s now for sale at the Salon.  Mira Bella also offers Kevin Murphy products.

Sarah also offers custom dimensional color.  The product line is L’anza Color which is a low ammonia.  L’anza is infinitely customizable.  Any shade is possible.

P3 Hair Design (Sarah) is located on the Mesa of Santa Barbara (inside Mira Bella, across from CVS ad just behind The Good Cup). 

Address: 1819 Cliff Road, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

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Telephone: (805) 324-7950 for an appointment with Sarah!

Email: sarah.kelly@p3hair.com

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11 – 7; or my appointment

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