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May 2015

For those of you have have known me for a long time, you know I have never been the hugest fan of Keratin treatments in the past. I don’t like my staff, or my clients, to have to breath in the foul odor of the formaldehyde (found in most treatments) and I don’t like to use chemicals that can damage a clients hair. In fact, we have never offered the most “potent” treatments at the salon, even when clients have requested them, because of these reasons. Healthy hair has always been our number one priority. This is why I am thrilled with the product we recently discovered, Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment. Cezanne is 100% formaldehyde free and, over time, it actually improves the health of the hair. It leaves hair shiny, manageable and easy to style. How it Works Cezanne uses siricin, which is a natural protein produced by the Bombyx Mori silkworm. Combined with botanical extracts, vitamins and amino acids CPF protects and fortifies the hair while cementing in the keratin, which creates the smoothness. CPF uses a low ph system, which allows the keratin, vitamins and botanicals to enter into the cortex of the hair. After the formula is applied to the hair, a flat iron is used to seal the cuticle and lock in the keratin blend. Depending on the length of your hair, the application process takes between 2 1/2 and 3 hours and the smoothing effects last for approximately three months. Results After treatment hair will be sleek, healthy and frizz free! CPF was given the thumbs up by staffers of Allure Magazine who said, “the treatment delivers serious shine and a dramatic reduction in frizz”. If your hair is naturally wavy Cezanne allows you to maintain your curls, but they will be slightly looser and much easier to smooth out (if you are going for a straighter look). Results are seen instantly and on every hair type. I am excited to be able to offer this new treatment at Fabio Scalia Salon and, so far, our clients have been thrilled with the results! Click here for the before and after photo gallery on the Cezanne website.  

I was recently interviewed by Marie Claire for an article about when it’s time to replace your flat iron. I want to share the article with all of you, but first, I want to offer a few additional tips on flat ironing. Flat irons may help you get the look want but it's very important, for the health of your hair, that they are used correctly. When to use a flat iron Only flat iron your hair when it’s being a little rebellious and you can’t get it as straight as you want. I don’t recommend using a flat iron every day because it’s a lot of heat and eventually your hair will become damaged if you do it too often. Only use a flat iron after hair has been blown out. As you're smoothing out your hair during your blow dry (preferably with a boar bristle brush) the cuticle becomes sealed. This will make the flat ironing less damaging to your locks. So, don't even think of flat ironing hair that is still a little damp because the cuticle is still open! Which products to use Always use a heat protectant spray before flat ironing. Use the spray on dry hair after it’s been blown out. I recommend Royal Blowout or Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray, both by Oribe. These sprays are heat activated and will protect your hair from the heat as well as keep it straight for a longer period of time. Don’t over flat iron your hair Never use a flat iron because you don’t have time to blow out your hair properly. Get your hair as straight as possible with the blow dryer and just flat iron lightly. Flat iron small 1/2 inch sections if you want a really sleek and shiny look. But remember, if you are only flat ironing small sections of hair then the heat will be more intense and the hair will damage more easily, so use judgement. If you are just looking to straighten out a few kinks and prevent frizz, you can flat iron larger sections of anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of hair. Which flat iron to use and when to replace it Not all flat irons are created equal. Want to know which one is best for your hair and your budget? Check out the article in Marie Claire! ~Fabio

Hair by Evelia Godinez Make-up by Michael J'ann Robinson. More and more clients are coming into the salon these days and asking about hair extensions. This excites me as a hairdresser because the possibilities, with extensions, are endless, and clients are usually thrilled with the results. You don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy the fun of going from short hair to long, fine hair to thick, or just adding a little va-va-voom to an up-do or a blow out. Glamorous side swept waves have been all over the red carpet lately and stylist, Evelia Godinez, created a how-to video to show everyone how to get this look using extensions. Evelia used clip-in extensions because they don’t damage the hair and they are super easy to work with. Clip-in extensions can be used over and over again and they won’t break the bank, as they are the least expensive type of extensions. Simply have your hairdresser order the extensions to match your hair color and have them trimmed to blend in with your hairstyle. If you request extensions made from human hair, they can even be dyed to match your own color precisely. (At the salon we also use tape-in extensions and fusion extensions, which can remain in your hair for several months, if you are looking for something longer lasting). Thanks Evelia for this great how-to video. And also a special thanks to our in-house colorist/ make-up artist, Michael J’ann Robinson, for doing the makeup of our model, Katherine Cooksey. Enjoy the video! Ciao, Fabio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmh1SAQXe0s