Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Glaze Days!!! A Tiny Update Post-Hair Salon and What's Coming up on How Bourgeois!

Hi Silver Sisters, it's Lauren from September 2018!  I have the most amazing update for you - my husband Jon and I have launched our very own hair care line!  I have learned so much on my gray journey, and our new products incorporate all of my "tips and tricks" for making silver hair look terrific.  I am leaving all prior recommendations in place because I hope that they will continue to be helpful to people, and I will continue to use and enjoy many of the products that I have written about in the past. My opinions still stand on them. 

I hope that you will take a look at our new line By The Way, Your Hair Looks Fabulous!™  - it is a complete line of hair-care and styling products made especially for Silver Sisters AND for anyone who wants their hair care to be more natural and more affordable! 

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HELLOOOOOOOOO........ my sweet, wonderful, caring How Bourgeois readers! This quick post is for all of my gray-haired friends out there. I just came back from the salon and I knew that a few of you would want to know some of the new information I just learned!

First though, I just want y'all to know how much I've missed writing this past week, and how I have at least two, partially completed posts just waiting to be finished up and published! These days family and home have kept me quite busy. I LOVE blogging, but as many of you personally know yourselves, family is a priority. Noah only had school two days last week, and just went back today, so that's where I've been. Anyway! More to come on the blog very very soon! :)

Sooooo......guess what I did today? Early this morning, as soon as Noah was off to school and Jon to work, I rushed over to my FAVORITE stylist ever, the lovely Lydia at New You Salon,  for a what I call a HAIR GLAZE and a trim!!! These glazes last about three months. They cover the hair shaft and leave it feeling soft and looking smooth and shiny. Lydia adds just a touch of violet color into her glaze, that takes away any yellowing to my whites and then my gray end up bright! I just love it!!!
HERE is an older post that I wrote specifically on hair glazing, you might want to read more!

This is the new info that I learned today from Lydia: first, the treatment is  also known as "SHADES!" Lydia uses a product called "Shades by Redken." She said that she puts in something like ( wait, am I remember this wrong?) a 1/4 oz. violet color to 1.5-2 oz. clear. Oh gosh, don't quote me on these numbers! Now I think I might be remembering incorrectly. The point is - #1. it is a small small amount of violet color, and #2. ALWAYS ask your stylist as this color stuff seems like tricky business and I think quicker than you know it, you could end up with purple hair! We all have different hair, so ask a professional first! ;)
Lydia also said that this product is similar to a demi -permanent color. It washes out completely within about three months.

Ok, so there you have it! That's all I've got! Sorry, not much.
Here's the thing, before growing out my hair, I just colored it myself at home, and never got it cut. My Mom would sometimes trim my ends, and many-a-time, I'd even "practice" cutting my own hair. It was so much fun, but always turned out terrible, because I had NO IDEA what I was doing. 
I've now learned that going to the salon once in a while can be such a nice thing, and important. There is something about Lydia's nice, professional sharp scissors that can do an infinitely better job than I can. Oh, that and all her education and training! Yeah, I will never cut my own hair again!
So, if you're not a big salon person, I truly understand, but if you're on the fence, I think they can be very nice places to go.

Also, those of you who have been reading for a while, know that in my day-to-day life, I try to use as natural of products as possible. In fact, one of the reasons that I stopped dying my hair, was to be able to give up my monthly hair dye with all of it's chemicals! I've come to realize that if I need a clear, wash-out-able hair treatment every three months, it's worth it. I felt very guilty about putting this demi-permanent color on my head at first, but later realized that moderation is key.  It takes away the inevitable yellowing of my white hair from shampoos and other products and it helps with shine, which we lose much of as we gray. 

I don't know why I am telling you about this, but perhaps because I struggled with the salon trip idea, and I just wanted to share my experience. 

So that's what's been going on! The next post up to bat is a basic catch-up with some pictures new and old, a funny story, a video and some recipes! Then we have the third installment of Year of You, which will be light and happy and all about making your own little space in the world. I'll share the mini-makeover that I did on our tiny office to make it a cozier and more creativity friendly in just one day and on the cheap! Also, my spring/summer wardrobe piece is coming up. I've been experimenting with soft, pastel colors, because who doesn't want to feel pretty!?

Well, until next time, stay YOU my friends!
Lauren :)


Unknown said...

When my hair grows out more if it ever turns yellowish I will visit your hair dresser you look fantastic❤️

Lauren said...

Hi Pamela!!!!

Oh fantastic!!! You will LOVE Lydia, she is just the nicest, most wonder, pro-gray hair friends to have! Thank you always for you kind support! <3
Lauren :)

Unknown said...

Cannot wait to get my glaze on!!!! Going to let it grow all the way out first. I already bought some of that shampoo that you recommend though....the natural purple one..got it at Whole Foods!! I don't know where I'd be without my beautiful "silver sister!"

Lauren said...

Hi Ashlie!!!!!

Oh awesome! I hope you like the shampoo. Whole Foods, at least the one near me, they have a really nice return policy. If you try one of their beauty products and don't like it, you can rerun it, even a bit used! I think you'll like it though.

Oh my gosh, the glaze, it's so amazing!
Keep being awesome you Ashlie!!! I'm so glad that we've met. :)

Melinda said...

Hi Lauren....I'm 9 months into going grey and am so inspired by your confidence. I was having bad reactions to hair color and had to stop. I am so happy I did.
I just love my hair naturally. Have you ever tried coconut oil on your hair? I put a small amount
in the palm of my hand rub the ends of my hair and touch the top of my scalp and hairline....oh my goodness my hair has never looked healthier. Just had to share. I like your website and am looking forward to the next Year of You post.

Lauren said...

Hi Melinda!!!

It's nice to meet you. Thanks so much for sharing your story! I'm THRILLED that you are loving your new, natural hair. Isn't it great to be able to stop with the hair dye? I'm guessing that we might have a similar story with the hair dye reactions.

Coconut oil! Thank you so much for mentioning that. Yes! I am absolutely in love with a product from "Shea Moisture" called "Coconut and Hibiscus curl and style milk. It's shea butter and coconut oil, BUT....you've inspired me to try some of my pure coconut oil on it's own. Thanks so much! I love when I learn new things from fellow silver sisters. :)

Have a great day and thank you again!

Unknown said...

Curious Lauren, since you said you prefer natural products, have you tried Aubrey organics swimmer's shampoo? It was recommended on O's post about gray, by a reader. I am contemplating buying this shampoo, ason top of the silver color I also have high mineral well water. Any thoughts?

Lauren said...

Hi Denise!

Hi, hi, hi!!! I LOVE questions like yours because I learn something too! Thank you for writing and for stopping by. WOW! I hadn't heard about Aubrey's Swimmer's shampoo until now, but it looks FANTASTIC for gray! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention. I've read the articles on gray on O's website, but hadn't read comments.

For starters, anything Aubrey is top quality I feel. What a thoughtful company too. I read up on the Swimmer's Shampoo, and besides being wonderfully paraben and sulfate free, it sounds PERFECT for removing the yellowing that can happen with gray hair. It must take away any residue left from styling products pollution. Oh, and I would bet the mineral well water too! I would think that this balancing shampoo is as good as the commentor mentioned.

So, I'm sorry that I don't have a definitive answer for you Denise, but it really sounds great. If you do buy some, please let us know how it goes! I recently purchased Shikai's Color Reflect Shampoo in platinum for blond and gray hair, but maybe I need Swimmer's Shampoo next! :)

Thanks so much again.

Unknown said...

I will DEFINITELY keep you in the loop on this. I am going to go ahead and buy the Swimmer's Shampoo and post about it both here and on my blog as well. I am just beginning my silver fox journey and just LOVE your beautiful blog. Thank you so much for sharing with us all. After reading this post, I went out and got a clear glaze. I love it! I had some blonde coloring on my hair, and the glaze enhanced it so nicely my husband thought I had gotten it colored. And it feels oooohhhh soooooo soft! I wanted to share a pic with you but I don't know how to do it here. :-/ Sorry!! But I posted on my blog the start of my journey, so if you have a moment please visit -- http://hoovesandhighchairs.blogspot.com/2014/04/silver-fox-on-run.html

I learned a lot about what I WANT my blog to look like, visually, after visiting yours. Thank you also for being so creative and inspiring! ;-)


Lauren said...

Hi Denise!!!

I'm so excited for you! WOW, you got the glaze! Isn't it WONDERFUL? I'm so so happy that you like the results. That's awesome! :)
It's going to be ok, you're going to do great! Thank you for sharing your web address, I just went over and read. You are beautiful, and so strong! I have no doubts that you are going to pull this off and rock the gray! Thanks for being so sweet about myself and How Bourgeois too. That was very touching. :)
You have such a nice blog too, by the way. I LOVE you title, that is so cute! And your warm color scheme feels very happy. I'm always playing around with my blog and learning as I go. These things are a work in progress.
Well, so excited for you Denise. Let me know if you get the Swimmer's Shampoo and I'll do the same. You take care and thanks again. Have a great day!!!
Lauren :)