Caring for Short vs. Long Hair

Short Hair vs. Long Hair….Which is easier to care for?
There is no simple or right answer for any one individual.
Generally speaking, short hair requires more frequent haircuts to maintain. With the right haircut, it is super simple to maintain on a day to day basis.
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Longer hair usually only requires 4 haircuts a year (every 3 months), making it super cheap and low maintenance, right? Not really. It requires more effort in your day to day styling and because the density and length exceeds that of short hair, you spend more money on styling products, masks, shampoo & conditioners than your short hair counterparts.
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The real questions to ask yourself are:
  • Is my hair coarse?
  • If I don’t use a brush on it, is it disastrous?
  • Does it shrink in humidity?
  • Am I willing to use products in my hair?
  • Am I willing to get at least a partial keratin treatment in order to control hard to manage areas (cowlick; frizzy temples, etc)
  • Which hairstyle makes me feel sexy?
  • Is my hair always in a ponytail?
  • Do I hide behind my hair?
  • Do I only get it cut 1x a year?
  • Am I willing to spend money on quality ingredients?
Answer these questions with your hairstylist to discover if you are a long or short haired girl.

Help! What do I do with my frizzy, dry, curly hair?!

Good nutrition and scalp circulation are vital to healthy hair as is using professional grade products that are pH balanced for your hair. Yes, they are more expensive but they are also more concentrated, thereby lasting you longer. Invest in products that will bring hydration and elasticity back to your hair.  My first recommendation would be to use an ultra hydrating shampoo and conditioner that has keratin in it to smooth the cuticle layer. We love: http://shopaks.com/products/aks-anti-frizz-shampoo and http://shopaks.com/products/aks-anti-frizz-conditioner

When it comes to styling products, look for products that are anti-humectants as well as hydrating. You want to apply product as soon as you are out of the shower. Lightly towel dry and then apply (you don’t want it dripping wet but you also don’t want to give your hair the opportunity to dry before you get the product in). For hydration, start with a leave in conditioner: http://shopaks.com/products/phyto-9. For no frizz, shiny texture, use 3-4 drops of: http://shopaks.com/products/salon-aks-serum. Start with three pumps and work the serum in your hands. Then use your fingers like a comb to distribute the product from  mid-length to the ends evenly throughout the hair, lastly use what is left on your hands for the hairline and roots. Next apply a curl control cream, my favorite is MoroccanOil’s Curl Defining Cream. Apply in the same way that you did the serum. You may need more at your roots for better hold and frizz control. These products are awesome! They help control the frizz and maintain your curl without making your hair crunchy or left looking wet.

Once the product is in you can leave it to air dry. You could also twist larger sections, away from your face and air dry. Then break up the sections once it is dry. You can use a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer that disperses the air and dries your hair with less disruption.

If your hair is really curly and you want a more relaxed curl you could get a Brazilian Blow Out, this treatment helps manage frizz and tames your curls but does not completely straighten the hair. It also makes your hair easier to blow dry smooth or straight. A keratin will also relax your curl but leave your hair on the straighter side and it is a lot easier to blow dry straight.

Please reference the article on Symptoms of a Curly Girl on the AKS website for more tips on styling.

My house has well water which has a lot of minerals. It’s drying out my hair. how do i bring moisture into my hair with shower water that dries out my hair?

Bring bottled water into the shower with you to do a final rinse of your hair after washing and conditioning it.

Also helpful is to hydrate your hair with a leave in conditioner daily and a intense hydrating mask 1x/week. Wash hair as infrequently as possible.

Come to Salon AKS anytime for a complimentary consultation and personalized product recommendations.

Don’t Be A Slave…! by Ryan Slowey

I love creating beautiful, bright, vibrant, colors for my clients. I don’t like creating SLAVES to the salon. Here are few great tips on how to extend your color at home:

1. Wait at least 48 hours after your most recent shampoo to have your hair colored. Natural oils on your scalp help the color adhere to your hair.
2. Wait at least 48 hours after getting your hair colored to shampoo!! This allows time for the color to completely penetrate the hair and for the cuticle to rest
3. Don’t shampoo your hair more than you have to. Use a dry shampoo at the back of your nape or around your hairline to freshen up your look. When you do shampoo, select one thats gentle and hydrating. And always condition thoroughly.  HYDRATION is key!!!
4. Try to avoid exposing your hair to the sun. By all means please enjoy the summer season but try wearing a hat or a UV hair protector.

-Ryan, Colorist at AKS

Ryan Slowey

While pursuing his bachelors degree at Marywood University, Ryan decided to find true happiness and follow his passion into the hair and beauty Industry. Ryan discovered this would also marry together his love for hair and for taking care of people.
Ryan spent the first three years as a stylist, creating award-winning looks. Always thirsty for knowledge and eager to build upon his skill set, Ryan moved to NYC. He became an apprentice to some of the top colorists  in New York City. He has mastered how to create strong rich brunettes, shiny mysterious auburns, and illuminating blondes that pop! Ryan’s worked on Vogue photo shoots and National L’Oreal Ads to name a few things. He loves making his clients feel great and giving them an amazing look.  Ryan is versatile, creative and an all around talented artisan.
“It’s easy, I love what I do” -Ryan

Watch Ryan at work!: https://youtu.be/8vDrh-ZmYk8

A Look Inside AKS Class Night and What We Do

AKS believes in Education, Impeccable Customer Service and Team Work. To this end, every Tuesday evening at Salon AKS is class night. Classes are divided by subject matter and experience level.  Each class is designed with the students in mind; working to grow their skills as well as develop their strengths.

Click the links below to get a glimpse into class night:

Class Video 1        Class Video 2

Class Video 3        Class Video 4

Class Video 5        Class Video 6

Class Video 7        Class Video 8

Click on link below to also see work by AKS Stylists and Designers:

Press Page

Bridal Gallery

Class Night Photos:

 

Perfect hands in 3,2,1!

Perfect Hands in 3, 2, 1!
The solution to all of your nail polish issues is here.
The two biggest complaints when it comes to polish have always been: the time it takes to dry, the polish always chipped within a few days.
Well, a girl’s new best friend is CND’s Shellac polish.
This new system is light years ahead of any other polish on the market, it not only dries in 10 minutes, will outlast any regular manicure. Yes, you did read that correctly, 10 minutes to dry and 14 days without a chip.
A big thank you to the nail Gods – Doris Nunez, Rita Arutyunova, Johana Monsalve Suarez. Continue reading