Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Blow Out? Yes, Please!

We' ve all been there, you go to the salon, get your cut, color and style and you feel amazing. You're checking yourself out in the rearview during the drive home, you're pretty much on cloud 9. However, in the back of your mind, you're dreading the day after next when it's time to shampoo and you know you can't create the same style. You may be able to get the shape close but it doesn't seem to be quite as soft or the volume doesn't seem to hold quite as long.  6 little words. It's all in the blow out!

Before we start, a few rules to using a blowdryer...
- Always use a nosel or diffuser. If you don't have an attachment on your blow dryer the chance of you burning your hair goes up substantially.

- Always blow in the direction of your cuticle, down (shown below).  If you blow up the hair strand your hair will get frizzy and won't hold a style.

Make sure you have all your wet styling products distributed evenly in your hair before your start blow drying. Once they're in place and you've done a quick once through with your comb, you can start your dryer up. For the first little while you want to either use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to seperate your strands gently while you use your dryer to get rid of some of the excess water. Make sure your hair is at least 70% dry when you start using a brush to create your style. If you use a brush before this point you're putting stress on the strands when the hair is at it's most vulnerable state (when it's wet), and you're doing a whole lot of work for nothing (the only reason you need a brush is to create a style, wet hair holds no style). So, once you're at this point, go ahead and grab a hairbrush, my favorite is a wide paddle brush, and start brushing to smooth the hair as you're blowdrying. Personnally I like to use the paddle brush until the hair is about 90% dry then I switch to a boar bristle round or flat brush, depending on the shape I want the hair to take. A round brush is used when you need volume and smoothing. When you start roundbrushing, start with the brush at the roots of the section your holding. Use the brush to push the hair in the opposite direction of where it normally lays, this will give volume and only needs to be done around the crown of the head. As it starts drying start pulling the brush down and out to dry the midshaft and ends of your hair.  When you're finihsed with each section use your cold shot button to set your style and close the cuticle.  When finished with the entire head, set with your favorite finishing spray or textutizer.

As always, questions are welcome at any time! Happy Blowing!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Annihilating Your Split Ends, For Good

Lets face it, every girl has the same question. How do I keep my ends from splitting?

Believe it or not, there is no secret to keeping split ends at bay. However, there are a few, simple, rules to follow, all of which involve moisture, heat protection and regular Haircuts.

First - This is the MOST important piece of information you'll ever get about your hair, so listen up! Moisture. Plain and simple. You need a good cleanser and moisturiser (shampoo and conditioner) that balances the moisture in your hair. You also need a leave in conditioner. It doesn't matter who you are, or what type of hair you have, if you're not using a leave in conditioner every time you get your hair wet you are doing yourself an extreme disservice. A leave in conditioner is going to help your hair to retain moisture throughout the day as well as keep your style smoother, longer. Bonus: Most leave-ins have heat protectant in them so you're getting a double dose of awesome! Another thing that is going to help retain your moisture is to get deep conditionings regularly, at least every 4-6 weeks (the more often, the better)

Second - Use a heat protectant. The outside of your hair has a cuticle, when the cuticle heats up, it opens like a Christmas tree. When it's open, it releases moisture quickly and your hair dries out. split ends happen when your hair is dry....  When you use a heat protectant, it's helps to keep the cuticle from opening as far, thus, retaining that moisture and saving your ends.

Third - Getting your hair trimmed is very important when you're trying to manage your split ends. If you neglect making regular appointments and allow your hair do dry out and start breaking, it just keeps drying and breaking off until you give it a clean edge. When you get your hair cut it gets oxygen to the ends of your hair and oxidizes your ends which creates a sort of foundation and strength to your hair. If you let it break, or pick at your ends, they won't get that foundation and the ends will just keep breaking.

I hope this helps answer some of the questions you may have had about keeping your hair healthy. If you have any other questions or if you'd like to book an appointment call or text 801-318-2883
Appointments can also be booked at

Products I recommend to keep your hair healthy, smooth and fabulous are:

Potion 9 by Sebastian  (leave-in)
Drench by Sebastian  (cleanser, moisturizer, deep conditioner)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Year, A New You (and me)

With this new year comes so many amazing opportunities in my life. As most of my clients already know Salon Nichole has closed it's doors. Though this is sad, it's actually come to my attention that this has been a much needed change in my professional life. The vision I have for the future of my clientele and I simply couldn't exist there.

I'm extremely excited to start working tomorrow at Letitia's Studio. I'm extending my hours to make room for professional growth and an expanding clientele. As for my long loyal clients I have to say thank you. I really can't say how much all your support means to me. I love what I do and that has mostly to do with the incredible people I get to see on a daily basis.

Now that my announcements and gratitude are out of the way, let's discuss what is really important, you.

Now that Christmas is over, New Years has come and gone, and kids are on their way back to school, it's time to do something for yourself. Chances are, this odd weather is reeking havoc on your hair. The best thing you can do for it is add moisture! The two most essential products for your hair right now are a deep conditioner and a leave in conditioner. Yes, both.

Deep Conditioner is used 1-3 times per week depending on how often you wash your hair. It should be used after cleansing, applying to the ends and working your way to your scalp (if you have an oily scalp, you'll want to keep the conditioner towards the ends). Using a wide tooth comb to gently release tangles can be helpful to evenly distribute the product. Make sure you rinse thoroughly, sometimes I like to rinse twice to be sure to get it all, especially with thick hair. I recommend Penetrate, by Sebastian ($30)

Leave-in Conditioner is used as a styling aid, which means it is put on the hair while it's still wet. You'll want to choose a Leave-in that compliments the texture of your hair, if you have thick coarse hair you'll want to use something a little heavier, I recommend Potion 9, by Sebastian ($16.40) it has enough weight to it to be effective without weighing the hair down. If you have thinner hair or a very oily scalp I recommend something lighter like Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-in Conditioner, by Healthy Sexy Hair ($14.50) it's very light but is also effective for those who need moisture but have problems with products weighing their hair down.

All of the products I've talked about you can get through me. I also offer Conditioning Treatments in the salon that you can add on to any service for $15. Or you can schedule it by itself for $25. It includes a relaxing shampoo with invigorating scalp massage and style.

I hope this helps with your midwinter hair blues and I'll see you in the salon!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How To Wash Your Hair - You thought you knew

One of my favorite things about my profession, is educating my clients about the little things they can do while washing and styling their hair to have the best hair day, every day. I love sharing small tips and tricks with my clients to make living with their hair easier than ever. I like to  start small so this week I'll focus on washing and conditioning only, and we'll get into styling next week.

When you first get your hair wet, before you grab your shampoo, gently massage the scalp with the pads of your fingers. Doing this is going to help release any build up on the scalp and get the oils from your scalp moving so your shampoo won't have to work as hard and your hair will come clean easier and faster.

Ok, now you can use your cleanser, aka shampoo. When shampooing your hair you should only be using about a dime to a nickle size amout in your palm.... promise, that's all you need. Before you put the cleanser in your hair, make sure you completely emulsify it in your hands (this basically means rub your hands together until your shampoo is a thin, white or light colored film that covers your hands from you palms to the tips of your fingers). Finally it's time to take your cleanser to your SCALP. Using the lengths of your fingers and the pads of your fingertips, massage and scrub your scalp again the same way you did when you were just using the water. You want to avoid taking your shampoo to the ends, because it is a cleanser and it will dry out the ends of your hair. If your having problems with your ends drying out and breaking off, this could be why. I always tell my clients, "Your shampoo is just the vehicle the oils in your scalp takes to get to the mid-shaft and the ends of your hair." I know this sound odd but the oils your scalp produces is very good and super hydrating for your hair and you should avoid getting rid of them completely. Make sure you rinse thuroughly, so your conditioner can get right into the cuticle of your hair for maximum hydration.

The amount of conditioner you use is going to depend on the thickness of your hair as well as the length. If you change your shampooing habits, you'll probably be able to use less than your used to. Experiment with about half of what you're used to then, add more or use less according to the state of your hair when it's styled. Before conditioning, make sure you squeeze the access water out of your hair so it can absorbe as much conditioner as possible. When applying, you'll emulsify the same way you did with you cleanser. Start at the ends of your hair and work your way up, running your fingers through to evenly displace your product. ONLY APPLY CONDITIONER TO YOUR SCALP IF YOU HAVE DRY SCALP OR EXPERIENCE ITCHING. Otherwise you should keep it off your scalp and you should be able to skip a day or two of washing your hair. Make sure you rinse thuroughly and always use a leave-in conditioner before you style.

If you are unclear about any of this information or have further questions, I'm always able answer questions via email at

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Box color: Do or Don't?

Major Don't:  Because over the counter box color from a grocery store is such an easy (and cheap) fix, it's probaby one of the most important at home salon issues to address. This easy solution to your burning desire for a change can do much more than give your style a little re-vamp. It can tear up your cuticle leaving your hair with a synthetic look to it. Nobody wants their hair to look fake.  Also, it will dry out your hair, won't cover evenly and make it so your hair has a hard time retaining color in the future. The porosity of your hair differs from the root, through the midshaft, and to the ends of your hair. Porosity is your hair's ability to absorbe moisture. So, if your hair is really porous at the ends and not porous at all at the root then your color will be much darker at the ends where it's been soaking in the color more and the root will barely have any coverage and both will fade quickly.
When you see your hairdresser for a professional salon color service, you're not only seeing someone who should know all the solutions to these problems, but someone who has the resources to get your hair in the best condition it's ever been in. One of these resources can be professional haircolor. Professional hair color has the technology and the funding behind it to actually help with some of the most common complaints clients have for their hair.
If your hair is not as smooth or shiny and you'd like it to be, you can put a nice polishing demi perminant haircolor like Shades eq from REDKEN and that will not only shine you right up, because it has the technology to evenly smooth the cuticle, but it will do it without adding any excess oil you might get from using a shine serum. If more volume is what you're looking for but your hair just keeps falling flat, a subttle highlighting service will fix that right up. Your hair might be falling flat because your cuticle is too tight. By adding highlights you'll open up that cuticle just enough to add some volume and stability to your style. So what if you are wanting all this wonderful benefits that these professional salon colors offer but you love the color of your hair? No worries, they also have clear gazes so you reap all the benefits and don't have to sacrifice the natural color you love so much.
         So, next time your considering grabbing a box off the shelf, consider making an appointment instead.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Joining the Beauty Scene in Provo Utah

Hello Provo Utah, I'm Camille and I'm pleased to be your new hairdresser. Now Cutting, Coloring and Installing Extensions out of Stuart Fraser Salon. I'm a graduate of Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design and have developed skills in Cutting Curly Hair as well as Straight Hair. I'm proficient in the works of REDKEN, Pureology,Wella, and Deva Curl product lines. My passion for hair design probably stems from the joy  I get in sharing the knowledge with my clients. That is, most easily, my very favorite part of my career. Giving the knowledge to my client so they can have the best hair they've ever had is my daily ambition.

Now with the business stuff out of the way, let me tell you a little about me.  I'm a driven business person with the compulsion for fun.  Raised at the sand dunes and among the mountain canyons, one of my greatest passions is riding four wheelers with those who I love the most.  I really can't explain the euphoria that surges through my veins when the only thing I'm required to think about is the next dune my bike and I are to conquer. Though I have an absolute love for nature, I'm also appreciative of the indoors. Curling up on the sofa with a blanket, popcorn and my fiancĂ©e Matt ( blanket and popcorn are just for me, he never lets me share) to watch a movie is a top 5 favorite of mine.

Thank you so much for taking a moment to learn a little about me and I'm greatly looking forward to bringing you the latest beauty tips, fashion and hair styles of the industry.