Know Your Hair

Is your hair too dry or too greasy? Do you suffer from fly-aways or the frizzies? Does your hair lack luster or is it just plain hard to manage? It is important to know your hair and what it craves and here’s why…

The first thing you want to do is to make certain that you are using hair products that are formulated for your specific hair type. It really does make a difference. Then, no matter what your hair type, make sure you don’t use hot water when you shampoo, as hot water can strip hair of essential oils. Cooler water will lock in moisture, resulting in smoother, shinier hair.

Most people shouldn’t shampoo every day, as that can also strip hair of nutrients and cause drying and damage. That includes people with hair that is chemically treated, older hair and hair that is normal or dry. However, if your hair is oily, you should wash it more frequently – possibly even daily depending on how oily.

If your hair is thin and you want more lift, try parting on the other side to make hair appear fuller. Conditioning at the roots can also weigh hair down, so stick to the hair shaft and ends when conditioning. Shampoo is totally the opposite and should be applied to the scalp and roots, as it can strip hair shafts and ends of moisture.

Rinse thoroughly to avoid build-up. If your hair lacks luster, scrubbing the scalp with an exfoliating product can help you get rid of excess build-up too. There are also great products for hydrating hair. If your hair is dry or damaged, enhance your regular hair care routine with weekly deep conditioning. Adding a good heat protecting product prior to styling can also help prevent the damage caused by excessive heat styling. Hair can also change over time. So pay attention to what your hair is telling you and as you respond to its requests, you will be rewarded in kind. 

My personal hair care routine is so specific, you might laugh. Since my hair and skin is oily, I wash it every day. It is also curly, but more so at the ends and I use heat to style the top. So I condition the top lightly with a volumizing conditioner and use a heavier, deeper conditioner on my ends. Then I add curl definer to my hair shafts so that when my hair dries, I get ringlets instead of frizz. I usually only deep condition once a month since my hair tends to retain its natural oils. I bump that up to around every two weeks if I get highlights or spend a bunch of time in the sun.

At New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon our professional stylists make it their business to know hair. Everyone’s hair is unique and we understand the nuances particular to each of our clients. So if you would like professional assistance to gain that full head of shiny, easy to manage, gorgeous hair, make your appointment at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon. We have the beauty expertise and hair care products to attain your goal.

How to Keep Hair from Looking Greasy

Over-washing hair is one of the worst culprits for drying out and damaging hair. Plus, believe it or not, over-washing can actually propel your hair into a protective mode, causing it to produce more oil! For healthy hair, try to keep shampooing to one to two times per week, depending on your hair type. 

Even hair type has an effect on the amount of oils in our hair. Did you know that oil can more easily slide onto straight hair shafts? Sorry girls with beautiful flowing locks that flow in the breeze!

So how can you go more days without shampooing and manage to avoid that greasy look? One good way to make hair look less greasy is by using a decent dry shampoo, which will help soak up excess oils.

There are also things to avoid if you want to keep your hair from looking greasy, including frequently touching your hair. It may seem basic, but our hands contain oils that can transfer to hair. Another easy fix is to regularly clean your hairbrushes, as dirty brushes can harbor oils as well.

Using too many or the wrong hair products can lead to build-up which can also cause hair to appear greasy. Try to avoid hair products including silicone. Additionally, heat styling close to the scalp – which is where we come into contact with more oils can also be a factor.

Just remember that oil has a purpose and that its healthy production is important for maintaining natural lubrication and protection against the elements, styling and over-processing. To learn about products that will give your hair a professional looking finish, just ask the hair care experts at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon!

Fashion Week Hair Style Trend

Often, dry textured hair is replaced with a wet look and amped up shine. There is hair glossing, which employs hair dye and bond builder to brighten lackluster hair. French glossing fuses permanent hair color with subtle hair gloss for sheen with dimension. However, there is also an ultra-glossy alternative reminiscent of slick, polished lacquer or shellac without the hard edge – hair enameling. 

Hair enameling is a hot trend emanating from the ever iconic Fashion Week; and, with burgeoning popularity throughout Paris, London, New York, Copenhagen and Milan, it is not likely one to be ignored right here in Florida, especially with our often oppressive humidity.

Not only does hair enameling take tamping down frizz to a whole new level, its sleek appeal adeptly showcases daring make-up choices and glowing skin. And, since it is easy to apply, hair enameling is quickly becoming the 2022 version of a messy top-knot without the required adjustments throughout your daily or evening activities.

Hair enameling is also a versatile hair styling technique, with styles ranging from slicked back ponies, to gelled side parting, to the far more avant-garde. If you want to make a bold statement, use hair enameling for shiny, sleek bangs paired with fluffed out locks or enamel one side of your hair. 

Hair enameling is considered by certain fashionistas to be on-point fashion at its refined pique. If you would like to dial up your gloss or any other aspect of your hair, you’re sure to take a shine to the stylists at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon.


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Ombre Nail Ideas

Do you prefer timeless or trendy nails? It doesn’t really matter with ombre nails because their seamless blending melds into a nail design that just happens to be both…and ombre nails run the gamut from yowza to demure. So everyone can find a “flavor” that suits their tastes. Look at the sampling below to find your favorite, but beware…You may not be able to choose just one!

For a twist on your French manicure, why not try pink ombre tips or go total ombre for a French manicure that is trending off the charts!

If you have never been one to color within the lines, how about changing up each nail…starting with a full, bold color on one nail, partial ombre on another, a full light color and then another partial ombre that starts at a different point on the nail. You can mix and match however you choose!

It’s not easy to stand out during Bike Week, but with a set of orange flames leading into peach, you will be sporting an ombre nail design that is on fire!

Or opt for calming shades like lavender that melds into a nude base.

There’s ombre in neon, cool gray tones and the soft greens and blues of the sea. Black ombre is formidable and red ombre is fierce. Also, the holidays are right around the corner, so don’t forget  metallic and glitter! Plus, you can dip those tootsies in the pool for an ombre pedicure that is hard to beat!


Marble Nails – the New Trend!

Who wouldn’t want nails as beautifully cultured as marble? What you may not expect from marble nails is that they can be as versatile as they are stunning. For instance…

Go marble on your whole hand or on just one single nail. There are white marble nails for an ethereal effect, black or gray marble nails that exude sheer elegance and white marble nails with black striations are amazingly gorgeous too.

Opt for bold red, brilliant blue or mix and match for patriotic. Nude and clear marble nails possess a natural appeal and go with just about everything. Or wow them with marble nails in purple, as only purple can do!

For fun, add a rainbow splash of color or floral motif to your marble nail design. You can also do striped marble nails, pastel marble nails or even marble nails with nail art for Halloween that will look so good it’s scary! Choose fall colors for your marble nails now, switch to winter colors once the holidays hit and roll them in gold to be the New Year’s Eve belle of the ball. Marble French manicures are lovely as well – any time of year!

Also trending are marble nails adorned with nail accessories like rhinestones. Of course, every shape from stiletto to coffin will beautifully complement your marble nails and a marble pedicure will too!

To make your marble nail appointment, simply call 386-428-0777 to reach the nail art experts at NSB Hair Salon in New Smyrna Beach, and get your marble on!

Nail Care 💅

Nail care is an important part of good hygiene, but it can also help ensure that you maintain strong, healthy, great looking nails. Here are some tips to help…

  • When filing your nails, don’t use a back and forth motion, as that can damage nails. 
  • When trimming your nails or toenails, trim straight across to help avoid ingrown nails. If your nails are very hard, making trimming more difficult, try trimming your nails after bathing when they are softer.
  • Avoid cheap nail polishes that contain formaldehyde which is a highly toxic carcinogen that can weaken nails.
  • If your nails are prone to splitting, moisturizing them after trimming can help. Using nail polish remover without acetone can also keep your nails from drying out.
  • Use a base coat to keep nails from getting stained and decrease the chances of nail chipping.
  • It is also important to properly tend to your nail tools. Any clippers or other metal nail tools should be treated with 70% or higher isopropyl alcohol to keep them sterile and your nails healthy.
  • You can also use your diet to improve your nail health. Salmon and nuts contain protein which can strengthen nails. Leafy greens which are high in vitamin B improve nail strength as well. Zinc can help reduce white spots, and foods which are rich in iron can help prevent nail ridges.

Nail care vigilance is key because nails can easily become damaged by every day activities such as washing dishes, gardening and ordinary cleaning tasks. Bad manicures can even damage nails, so make certain you only use qualified professionals for your manicures and pedicures, like the highly skilled nail technicians at NSB Nail Salon in New Smyrna Beach.

Haircuts We’ve Had

The (dreaded?) family album is a chronicle of the haircuts we’ve had, some of which weren’t so bad, most of which were certainly interesting and often embarrassing. I’m not sure how old you are, but if you open up that scary photo narrative, you may just see some of the following…

The 80s was the birthplace of the iconic big hair, like back-in-the-day Jon Bon Jovi. Why do you think they called them hair bands? Another rock star hair trend was the Joan Jett shag; and our actress hairdo of choice was the Farrah Fawcett. There was the asymmetrical cut for those of us who thought we were cool, the cheerleader side pony, banana hair clips, the oh-so-popular perm (including the spiral perm for those with really long hair. Don’t forget the mullet. What am I saying? How could you?

The 90s were dominated by Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel haircut and, if you had short hair, it was most likely in a Winona Rider pixie cut. There were also fluffy blowouts and hair pulled back by butterfly hair clips or plastic headbands – the “modern” version of those ridiculous Richard Simmons headbands from back in the 70s.

The 2000s brought with them hair with the end flipping outward at the bottom, piecey bangs, super straight Brazilian blowouts, bobs, fades, the edgy appeal of long shaggy bangs with the rest completely shaved, timeless layers whether they be long layers, bottom layers or layers throughout, all the way up to the effortless look of today’s beachy waves, Ombre and every possible use of every color in the universe.

Treat Yourself to Fantasy Colors

Are you tired of the same old, typical hair colors? Why not change things up with dreamy, fantasy colors that look like they came straight off the pages of a fairytale? Plus, even fantasy colors come with a brand new spin now. Here are some of the latest trends in fantasy hair…

Romance is in the air and it starts with your hair. We’re talking about rose gold – the perfect, soft blend of gold and copper. Or opt for a blush rose, which bumps up the reds a little more. Maybe even ratchet the fantasy colors up one more, crazy notch to a bright orange and hot pink combo which is sure to please those wishing to revel in vibrant color. And if you like the aforementioned hues, consider sunset fantasy hair which can beautifully transition bright orange into red and then purple.

Speaking of perfect combinations, you may want to try mermaid hair – a fantasy hair color combo that can be achieved by lifting color to add seafoam green, turquoise, blue and purple. Ever seen the iridescent colors on top of an oil spill? They are actually gorgeous…cool shades of green, purple, blue and even yellow, which look great on a dark base. A similar, lighter version is opal fantasy hair, which is an array of pastels added to a pearl base and topped with a soft metallic. Don’t forget rainbow fantasy colors which can range from the whole head, to just bangs, or underlights so you can pull up your hair for a sweet surprise!

There’s cotton candy, neon yellow and spilt 50/50 down the middle dyes. Peach pastel is trending and rich colors – like deep blue or purple – that morph into pastels of the same hue are also hot. Or you could transition from dark to light with two colors, like magenta and lilac. Whatever your hair color pleasure, New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon is here to make your fantasy come true.


What Is Our Rewind Conditioning Treatment?

Do you wish you could rewind back to a time when your hair was unscathed by all those products and primping? That is exactly what the Rewind Conditioning Treatment provided by the professional hair stylists at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon can give you.

Our Rewind Conditioning Treatment process works to transform hair into healthy, luxurious, easy-to-manage tresses without the frizz and fly-aways that often accompany the humid summer months. Scientifically proven, Rewind Conditioning Treatment rebuilds and seals hair follicles. When the Rewind Conditioning Treatment is expertly applied by the seasoned professionals at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon, hair cuticles are bonded and hair becomes beautifully smooth. 

Rewind Conditioning Treatment rewinds the clock by repairing hair cuticles that may have been damaged over time by coloring, bleaching, perming and with heat from blow dryers, hot curlers, curling irons, hair straightening wands and rods and even the sun’s harsh rays.

Don’t let simply enjoying yourself in the sun or beautifying your hair the way you have always loved to do…with color, styling tools, straightening products, highlights and other beautifying processes and implements…become problematic, when a Rewind Conditioning Treatment at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon allows you to wipe the slate clean. If you would like to rewind for more control and more beautiful hair, just call New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon at 386-428-0777 to book your Rewind Conditioning Treatment appointment with a professional hair stylist.

Balayage Highlights

What better way to make a spectacular entrance into the spring and summer season than with highlights, and balayage is an excellent way to do just that! Balayage highlighting, providing lighter ends with a softer look on top, was created by French colorists. In French, balayage means to sweep, which is exactly how balayage highlights are applied – painted onto random pieces of hair in a sweeping motion using a brush. 

Balayage highlights are a relatively low-maintenance, natural looking blend of face framing color that gives hair gorgeous dimension, and offers tons of options. Here is a sampling of some of the most popular balayage options that happen to be trending right now… 

Dirty blonde, dark chocolate and auburn with amber highlights are all excellent choices. Then there are the warm tones of caramel that look luscious on long waves or worked into layers. Or tap the opposite end of the hair color spectrum with the sophisticated cool tones of ash brown or blonde. You can take things up a notch with bright blonde or go with fine balayage highlights all over for a more saturated look. Long streaks of platinum on dark blond hair pop. Blonde and metallic blonde (a slightly bolder choice) are both beautiful on natural brunettes; and silver and copper balayage highlights can both be very flattering to several skin tones. There is even multi-color balayage for those who want it all!

Whatever you choose, a balayage color specialist is waiting for you at New Smyrna Beach Hair Salon!