As a hair professional, it’s important to analyze both scalp and hair to choose the right shampoo, conditioner, and styling products to ensure that every cut and color looks great both in the salon and at home. Through this process it’s truly amazing to see what a difference the right products make on improving the health and appearance of one’s hair. So when I heard that we were getting in a new product I jumped at the chance to learn all about it and start using it.
The latest product line is called MELU by Davines. It was designed for weak and long hair to help prevent breakage, repair split ends, and protect the hair from thermal styling.
After a week of trying MELU, we were all very impressed at the salon and clients have loved the products. Over-processed hair that often tangles was easy to comb at the shampoo bowl and the finish stylists were able to achieve from the styling products was shiny and smooth despite the fragile hair. All the clients who tried the products reported that their hair actually felt thicker and Cristiano commented on how the products protected the hair from heat so well that when he tried to over-dry the hair, it just kept getting shinier and static didn’t form.
Some of my favorite features about the products are the natural ingredients and anti-oxidants: The MELU Shampoo contains strengthening spinach extract while the MELU Conditioner contains hydrating apricot butter. The thermal protection MELU Shield is sprayed either on wet hair before the blow dry and/or on dried hair before the flat-iron. It contains rosemary extract (anti-oxidant) and protects the hair from temperatures up to 220 C (wow!). The MELU Serum is applied to the ends of styled and dried hair and contains strengthening Keratin from New Zealand sheep (double wow!) and helps prevent and repair split ends.
The MELU line is great for those looking to repair, strengthen, and protect weakened hair as well as for regular users of blow driers and irons who want to protect their hair from thermal damage. Today I bought the products to take home and can’t wait to use them even on myself.
To book a haircut or color with a Stylist or Colorist at Cristiano Cora Studio call 212.414.1333. To purchase the MELU products, stop by the studio at 3 W 13th Street (between 5th & 6th Ave.), 2nd floor.
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In all my years of cutting hair some of my most fulfilling experiences have been working more with naturally textured hair. I enjoy watching the shape unfold as I cut each section to enhance their facial features as well as the texture of their hair.
Another gratifying moment is when it’s time to refine the shape. That’s my favorite part, dusting through the ends to make my shape that much stronger. Refining is like tying all the loose ends together to create a beautiful end result. The perfect finish to enhance the completion of my cut is applying the right Davines products for maximum shine and control.
To book an appointment with Arlene for a haircut, call Cristiano Cora Studio at 212.414.1333.
How often do you struggle with finding the appropriate brush or comb? With the hundreds of options it can become overwhelming when deciding what items to purchase. Checking with your stylist or neighborhood salon will ensure the quality of the tool. I have created a mini brush kit if, you will, of my favorite things.
The base of all styling tools is your brush and comb. There are many misperceptions on what brush is appropriate for simply brushing out the hair, or what to use for styling your hair. A paddle brush is excellent for long straight hair. Its great for brushing through the hair when damp to avoid hyper extending the hair strand and causing damage. A Denman brush is great with shorter hair styles i.e. a bob, mid-length hair or for a cropped shape. There are variations in the sizes of brushes which help you achieve flatness and shine. Smaller width Denman brushes are great for short hair strands while wider widths move gracefully through longer hair. When attempting volume, a round brush is the go-to tool. The size of the brush can help determine how easily volume can be achieved. Avoid using tight-toothed combs and brushes when the hair is wet/damp. Look for something with wider teeth so it moves through the hair effortlessly, causing less damage. Do not abrasively brush or comb through wet hair. I would suggest applying a leave in conditioner for chemically treated or damaged hair and gently brushing it through the hair.
Be sure to follow these suggestions and you should see an improvement in the condition of your hair.
To book an appointment with Adam Maclay for cut and color please contact Cristiano Cora Studio at 212.414.1333.
Having grey hair is something everyone has to deal with at some point. There are a multitude of options on coloring grey hair. It depends on the coverage you desire and your lifestyle. Options range from temporary, demi-permanent, semi-permanent to permanent color.
Temporary color is perfect if you just have a few greys and want to blend in with your natural color. It gives great shine and camouflages the grey hair. It gradually washes out after 8 – 10 shampoos. If you want a little more coverage and longer lasting results, you would be a perfect candidate for semi-permanent color. For 75% more coverage that still looks natural, semi-permanent is perfect. I typically suggest this service for many of my male clients as it doesn’t look so obvious that artificial color has been applied. If you can’t tolerate seeing any grey, then permanent color will give you 100% coverage and will need to be retouched every 4 – 6 weeks.
For a look that is more pepper and less salt, highlights and lowlights can be added to camouflage greys. Creative results can also be created through paneling and foiling techniques. For example, if you’re happy with grey around your hairline or if you’d like to keep a grey streak, a section of grey hair can be separated while color is applied to the rest of the hair.
Thanks to modern hair color and technology, there are many options and techniques for grey hair that will leave you looking beautiful and feeling great.
To book a color appointment with Paola Veron, please call Cristiano Cora Studio at 212.414.1333.