Last week I came back from celebrating New Years in the Big Apple. I had a lot of fun but couldn’t wait to come back and share my latest news with you. I had a write up in “Russian America” newspaper and it was nice to be recognized in the Russian community.
Even though it is printed in Russian language, you can paste and copy it into Google translator to read it.

Click on the link here

Now back to hair!

With the new year comes the temptation to reinvent yourself! One of our favorite ways to shake things up is with a drastic cut or color. But we’re all fallen victim to the post-makeover. Here are a few things to consider before making the leap into a new YOU.

Chop, Chop

With the darling short cuts debuted in 2012, it can be tempting to follow suit. A drastic haircut can be cathartic; a tangible symbol of getting rid of excess baggage. But make sure to look before you leap short hair is a big decision, and it can take years to grow it back to its former glory and some of the in-between stages are not so pretty. So before you chop, consider this:

Is this cut right for my face shape and my hair texture? A good stylist will be able to suggest the most flattering cuts for both.

Am I prepared to deal with the upkeep on this look? Some short haircuts can be wash and wear look, while others require heavy styling to look good. Work with your stylist to figure out your maintenance style, and remember that short hair does call for more frequent salon visits to keep it looking fresh. The same goes for bangs: it is an easy way to switch things up, but the grow-out stage is tough (bobby pins and clips are your best friend).

How will I feel about this look in a few months? Maybe it goes without saying, but take some time to consider how you will feel about your cut after the makeover glow wears off. Try tricks like pulling your hair back in the mirror to simulate shorter hair or clip on bangs. Be sure you are okay with the possibility of hating it for a while and develop a game plan for the growout stage (your stylist can help you with this).

Color Change

Another great way to feel like a brand new you is to switch up your hair color. Want to find out if blondes really do have more fun? Itching to finally see how you look as a redhead? Or maybe it is time for a sultry new brunette you. Changing up your color can be fun, but be sure you know the basics.

It is best to go blonde in a salon, where the expertise of a professional is necessary. If your hair is very dark, it may call for several sessions and lightening in stages so as not to damage the follicle of your hair. Also, be sure to discuss the upkeep with your stylist blonde hair tends to show roots very quickly, and you will need to stay on top of them or get some really fantastic highlight work to camouflage. Blond also can go brassy, make sure to use silver shampoo to keep brassiness at bay. My favorite is Sachajuan shampoo Sachajuan Silver Shampoo 250 ml and it comes in a cute little bottle.

We all wanted gorgeous tresses at some point. But trust me on this one red will stick around for a long time. In fact, even if you are trying to achieve another color, treated hair tends to go brassy. So really give this one some thought, and if you make the plunge and are not happy with the results, work with a professional to phase the color out (it may take quite a bit of time, patience and haircuts).

Lucky you, brunette is the easiest color to achieve in the salon. Blonde hair can tend to go very warm when dyed darker, so try to stick to the cooler shades. If you start to see brassiness, ask your hair colorist to tone it.

Whichever color you choose, be sure to invest in products to soothe your color-treated hair and protect it from environmental damage like fading. Sojourn Sojourn Colour Preserve Shampoo for Unisex, 10.1 Ounce
has a fantastic color-protecting line, and you can find other color-safe products in salons.

And don’t be too shy! Life is risk, after all. If you’ve been wanting a bleached-blonde pixie for years now, don’t  deprive yourself out of fear. Ask your hair colorist what she thinks. After all, there are always extensions!!