Undone Salon Tips for Maintaining Long Healthy Hair

According to many historical beliefs, the hair on your head is meant for more than just looking good. Since the biblical story of Sampson and Delilah, hair has been equated with magical powers. From a yogic perspective, hair is an amazing gift of nature that can actually help raise the Kundalini energy – creative life force, which increases vitality, intuition, and tranquility.

Of course there are also the cultural aspects of hair. Think about it. How we choose to wear our hair is an expression of our individuality. Flappers in the 1920’s cut their women’s hair short to proclaim equality. Hippies of the 1960’s grew their hair out for peace. In fact, the hair on our heads is often used to make political statements. Whether you have long, natural hair, hair extensions, or a permanent, isn’t it amazing that something as simple as a hairstyle can speak for generational and cultural movements?

No matter the reason, long hair requires maintenance. If you have long women’s hair, you probably want to take care of it in the healthiest possible way in order to preserve your luxurious locks.  Below are some helpful Boise hair salon tips and tricks that will help transform your tresses from drab to fab in no time:

Don’t flip

Flipping your hair or vigorously drying it with a towel can be a hard habit to break. Often these drying habits can damage your hair which causes split ends. Rejuvenating oils can help replenish and strengthen your hair. We like Rusk products like Rusk Deepshine® Protective Oil Treatment. With its marine mineral-enriched argan oil treatment, it helps to eliminate frizz, improves elasticity, and leaves hair soft and manageable.

Never use a comb on wet hair

Your Boise hair salon stylist will explain that when hair is wet, it has the extra weight of water in it. Therefore, it stretches more and breaks easier. Wait for hair to dry or use a detangling brush because it holds less tension and safety untangles wet hair compared to combing through wet locks with a regular brush or comb.

Make sure to schedule regular trims with your Boise hair salon stylist

If you have long women’s hair, you probably don’t like cutting off any of your luscious locks but scheduling a regular trim every six to eight weeks with your Boise hair salon stylist is vital. Cutting of damaged ends helps hair from developing split ends.

Choose the right products

Choosing the right shampoo & conditioner that suits your hair is important. Often times, people tend to choose the wrong products depending on their hair type. If you have dull, dry hair, use a product that specifically caters to strengthening and moisturizing your long, women’s hair. Talk to your Boise hair salon stylist to see what products would work best for your hair type.

Don’t shampoo as often

Its important not to shampoo your hair every day. Hot water and over-shampooing strips your hair of its natural oils contributing to further moisture loss of your long locks.

Get your daily dose of vitamin E

Whether you take it orally as a supplement or rub it into your hair, vitamin E is proven to help maintain healthy hair and skin. Not only does it help to strengthen your long hair, it helps with split ends as well.

 

Men’s Hair Grooming Basics

When it comes to male grooming, every gentleman needs a little sculpting here and there. Below are some men’s hair grooming basics every guy needs to apply to their no-fail grooming routine to help turn heads:

*Men’s hair routines differ depending on hair texture and chosen men’s hair cut & style.

STRAIGHT HAIR, WAVY HAIR, & LOOSE CURL PATTERN

Men with these hair types should wash their hair on a daily or every other day basis in order to prevent oil build-up. While it’s been a long-standing tradition to get a men’s hair cut once a month, it all depends on the rate in which your hair grows back, your chosen hairstyle, and budget. Its also important that your Boise hair salon stylist is familiar with cutting your hair so it grows out evenly and looks great for the entire month between cuts.

CURLY HAIR/TIGHT CURL PATTERN

Men with these hair types should generally wash their hair every couple of days or once a week in order to maintain the moisture. Moisturizing shampoos & conditioners are highly recommended. Hair should also be lightly moisturized on a daily basis to keep it from becoming dry and breaking off. The frequency of a men’s hair cut also depends on the hairstyle, budget, and rate at which your hair grows back. Routine men’s hair cuts (every week or every other week) are recommended by your Boise hair salon stylist.

Long Hair

Long hair is back in style and it seems that everyone has taken notice. Remember that just because it’s long hair doesn’t mean it’s healthy hair. Longer hair is prone to dryness so washing your hair every other day will help keep it looking fresh. Use a good conditioner at least three times a week & don’t over-brush. The key to long healthy hair is to keep it hydrated—just as you would your skin. Conditioned hair doesn’t solve all split ends, so visit your Boise hair salon stylist for a trim every month or two.

 

Recommended Holiday Hairstyles From Your Boise Hair Salon

Everything glimmers during the holidays & so should your hair! Between shopping, and all the last minute details to tend to during the fast pace of the holiday season, the last thing you need to worry about is your hair. And yet, once party invitations start rolling in, you may do just that. Make a fresh, bold statement & turn heads this holiday season with a new haircolor, permanent,  mall hair extensions or up-do wedding inspired styles!

The holidays are a perfect excuse to put bows & sparkly things in your hair while feeling like a princess without being called one. Need inspiration? No worries. We asked our Boise hair salon stylists to come up with a few of their favorite Tinseltown hairstyles to rock this holiday season.

Great Gatsby Hair

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Our Boise hair salon stylists love the romance and iconic fashion period of the 1920’s. Define the decade, and cause a head turning commotion by redefining this rebellious “flapper” inspired style.

The Ballerina Knot

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The image of a ballerina knot has been a favorite icon for decades. This ever famous hairstyle still rocks the streets of fashion capitals around the world, and as long as it’s flattering and not too mussy, you should be good to go.

Long Wavy Hair

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Long, wavy hair is always gorgeous for any holiday party. Need some added length? The stylists at Undone Boise hair salon are your hair extensions experts. After that, all you have to do is look in the mirror and check yourself from behind to make sure your holiday hair is perfect.

The Formal Updo

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For a truly formal, holiday event, traditional updo’s are styles guaranteed to turn heads. Keep in mind you shouldn’t attempt these on your own. Before hitting the party visit the Undone Boise hair salon to achieve this classic look.

2014 Winter Hairstyle Trends to Dye For!

Fall & winter are officially here! Unfortunately the days of soaking up the warm summer rays are over. With the winter months ahead, its time to start thinking fresh, and what a better way than to ring in the coming holidays with a new cut or haircolor from your Boise hair salon?

Switch up your style! Celebrities everywhere are toning down, and muting their ombre tresses for faint, discrete locks. Loud colors are a thing of the past this season, and untamed hair is going into sleeker, more polished looks. Natural, softer tones are making a big comeback and with tons of Keune color shades to choose from, you’re bound to find a hue this fall to suit your fresh look perfectly.

Blondes:

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Calling all beach goddesses! From dazzling gold to sparkling champagne, the best blonde hair color are designed to illuminate your skin and enhance your eyes. Haircolor choices include: creamy yellow, light brown with blonde contrast, honey blonde, and buttery blonde hues. Keep your haircolor fresh and vibrant by touching up your roots with a visit to the Undone, Boise hair salon and dont forget the shine!

Brunette:

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In a sea of blondes, stand out with a darker statement! From creamy caramel colors to dark chocolate tresses, brunettes everywhere have never looked so delicious. Haircolor choices include: mahogany brown, chestnut brown with flecks of sandy brown, light ash brown, dark coffee brown, dark golden brown, and rich espresso. To maintain your color, remember that color treated hair shampoos & conditioners are designed specifically for brunettes to help maintain your color while enhancing it.

Red:

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Calling those of you who love to add splash of ginger to their tresses! By simply adding more depth or darkness, new shades of red are becoming real head-turners this fall.  Haircolor choices include: deep rose gold, bronze, copper, & sombre. Keep in mind that in order to maintain your favorite red hues, it’s important to wash & rinse with cool water, and visit your Boise hair salon for a boost of glaze to maintain your vibrancy and shine.

Styles:

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Straight from the runway to real life, many 60’s era, Jacki O. inspired hairstyles are making a huge comeback this fall! Mix it up your casual statement with an air of sophistication! Choose from a variety of ballerina buns, glossy ponytails, mermaid waves, gym sleek styles, braids, and twists. In the end, have fun experimenting with your Boise hair salon stylist and finding the perfect look for you during this trend trial while showcasing the natural beauty you already have!

Reflection: My Destiny Rescue Mission to Thailand Part 3

Mission Part 3
by
Kimberli Denton

The Destiny Rescue prevention home not only takes in children considered to be at high risk but provides a home for other children from far away villages in need of an education whose parents are unable to take them to school. Often times these children live at the Destiny Rescue home during the week but return home only on the weekends or holidays. While we were unaware of each of their individual stories, every child was special and very loved, and in their eyes we are like superheroes to them.

There was one little girl in particular that caught my attention. At only eight years old, she enjoyed spending time with me and having her picture taken. Together we took pictures, played and hugged. The children there are so full of love. After getting to know, and spending time with her, my heart told me to ask about her. I later found out that she’d only been at the Destiny Rescue home two days prior to me meeting her. She was my rescue, and now I am proud to say she is my sponsor child.

Upon visiting each of these homes, I found myself asking, “Why?” Why in America do we often turn a blind eye to these children. What is it that makes us any better than them? The only difference is that they were born into a society in need of better education. They are hard working people, and there is no welfare to support them. Their only means of survival is to work as education is rarely available. I understand that while those in need of help choose to live, they did not choose to live the lives they were given, and it hurts my heart knowing there are really no answers to any of my questions.

When it was time to leave, each hug broke my heart. I had fallen in love with every person and child I had encountered. Having returned home, I can’t help but feel that I left my heart in Thailand. Do I plan on going back? Yes, indeed. My Destiny Rescue trip not only changed who I am but my faith as well. In reality it was very hard to come back to America and do hair without any real purpose. My purpose now is to help the Destiny Rescue Salon and Tina Cairo in any way I can. The Destiny Rescue salon there has to thrive in order to make an impact for those in need. As the owner of a salon, I understand what it takes for a business to survive, especially one that has such a mission and purpose. I am proud to say the Undone in Boise, Idaho now has a sister salon in Thailand.

In reflection, I encourage other stylists and salons to get involved. We have a gift, and we need to share it with others in order to build a stronger bond with other stylists from around the world. Its not about how good we are, if we cut hair on stage, how many salons we own or how much money we make. Its about sharing our passion and helping one another become successful.

To learn more about Destiny Rescue, the Thailand salon, cafe or to sponsor a child, please visit: http://www.destinyrescue.org/us/

God bless.

Kimberli Denton

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To Body Wax or Not to Body Wax?

Depending on today’s fashion styles, mini skirts, shorts, and other leg-baring styles call for smooth legs, worthy of baring. Depending on your preferred method of body hair removal, there are a number of treatments to choose from. Shaving and body waxing are two popular methods readily available with products that are easily provided by your Boise hair salon or found at your local drugstore.

Why Body Wax?

No razor burn! Not only is razor burn painful and itchy, it looks terrible! What’s a sexy bikini or leg barring skirt with red, irritated skin? Body waxing is a much better alternative to shaving because it helps eliminate razor burn completely…

Time Saving

These days, who has time to shave or pluck stubborn, unwanted hair? Who has time for it? Plain and simple, body waxing simply saves time. Since the results of body waxing can last up to six weeks, this technique helps to eliminate everyday time-consuming shaving & plucking.

Body Waxing Helps To Reduce Hair Regrowth

Want another perk? Over time, the repetition of body waxing can help hair grow in less and less. Hair papilla is responsible for supplying nutrients to the hair follicle in order for it to grow, and body waxing, over time damages the papilla. Without it, the hair can’t grow!

Reduce the stubble

We all hate the feel of the stubble of hair the day after shaving. Shaving cuts the hair, leaving a blunt tip. Body waxing on the other hand removes it from the root. Compared to shaving, hair that’s waxed grows back with a fine tip that is soft instead of pokey. No more stubble!

Long Lasting Results

Body waxing results last up to a month compared to the chore of shaving daily. Not only that but it grows back finer and softer. While you have to let the hair regrow in order to wax it again, the hair is much less noticeable than if you were to shave.

After Care

After a body wax treatment at your Boise hair salon, your Undone technician recommends wearing loose clothing for a few hours to reduce uncomfortable rubbing on sensitive skin. Try not to take hot showers or baths for at least 24 hours, and avoid loofahs or mesh sponges that are known to harbor bacteria that are known to cause unwanted breakouts. Keep in mind, its not uncommon to have a break out after your first waxing session. Regular body waxing at 4 to 6 week intervals will help provide you with smoother results, and less ingrown hairs!

Wedding Hair

Planning a wedding is no easy feat. In fact, it can be quite stressful! Every little girl dreams of her big day, and once it all starts coming together, you want it to go as smoothly as possible. Call a time out. Relax & take a deep breath. The stylists at the Undone, Boise hair salon have you covered!  With a customizable, hair salon wedding package, we can help you feel beautiful on your big day while reducing overall stress levels. Our team of talented, Boise hair salon stylists offer a variety of up-do wedding styles as well as haircolor treatments or hair extensions depending on the look you’re searching for.

Since planning a wedding is a huge undertaking, planning in advance is key. Below are some tips & tricks to help you get find your perfect wedding hairstyle:

Find your perfect wedding look

Since planning a wedding takes time, don’t stress about whether you want an up-do wedding style or long flowing locks complemented by hair extensions. Start saving pictures that inspire you, and keep an eye out for what you like and don’t like about particular hairstyles. Keep in mind you can always ask your Boise Hair Salon stylist for a particular part of one hairstyle to incorporate with another that you might also like.

Longer Locks

If you want long flowing locks on your wedding day you really only have two choices: either let it grow, or apply hair extensions. Depending on the amount of time you have until your wedding day, hair can grow up to 3 inches during a 6 month waiting period. Not long enough? Hair extensions are a great way of adding the length, texture and volume you want while  transforming the thinnest, shortest locks into beautiful, flowing tresses.

Consider a “trial run”

While a trial run is by no means necessary, it can however be fun to see what you and your hairdresser can come up with. A trial run can be a great opportunity to benefit from the experience and creativity of your Boise hair salon stylist. Don’t be afraid  to ask what they would think would look best on you! Chances are, your stylist pays a lot closer attention to wedding hairstyles than you do.

The day of the wedding

Clean, dry hair is preferred by most Boise hair salon stylists. Depending on the look you have scheduled with them, they may want to wash and blow dry it anyway. Keep in mind that clean, dry hair provides your stylist with a fresh canvas to get started on. In addition, if your wedding party is having their hair done at the same time, let them know that by having clean, dry hair saves a TON of preparation time for you and your stylists.

 

Reflection: My Destiny Rescue Trip to Thailand Part 2

Mission Part 2
by
Kimberli Denton

So how does Destiny Rescue save these girls? The answer may surprise you. Destiny Rescue has male volunteers that go into the brothels and buy them. By doing this they build trust and pray with these girls while providing hope for a new life. Keep in mind the majority of these girls are broken and hopeless. Few choose to leave but others choose to stay because their ties to making money to support their families are much tighter compared to those who choose to leave at a very high risk.

Once I had a better understanding of how Destiny Rescue works, my heart sunk just walking into the salon I would be working in. While I was unaware of each of their stories or the trauma they had endured before being rescued, I only knew I loved each of the girls I met right away. While each of them knew very little English, the girls were very welcoming, and thankful for all the luggage full of salon supplies and individual presents we brought them. They really loved all the nail supplies, and the passion they showed for nails far exceeded the haircuts or up do’s we taught them. My team member, Kinsey Henry, from InsideOut had a lot of fun teaching them about manicures & pedicures.

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Their hair braiding skills were also just as amazing, they probably taught me more than I could ever teach them! They also instructed us how to cut Asian hair as the styles, and preferences in Thailand are different than what we are used to here in America. In the end, I think they were just as happy teaching us as we were teaching them. We also took them out to ice cream. I know that in our country that may sound like a normal, everyday thing but to them it was a real treat. Beautiful from the inside out, they all looked so beautiful all dressed up.

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We also helped Tina cut hair at a Destiny Rescue home. A rescue home is where the girls that are rescued go to stay. Once rescued, they are counseled, schooled, and taught about jewelry. They also have a small beauty school that teaches them salon basics before going to a school where they can become licensed. Its important to note that when many of the girls are first rescued, they have short attention spans mainly because very few of them have had any sort of education. Destiny Rescue works very closely with each of the girls they rescue as some of the girls are also handicapped. Depending on their family circumstances some are allowed to go home on the weekends and holidays. In the end my heart ached for all the girls, and all I can say was that I was honored to teach & cut their hair.

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Boise Hair Salon Making a Difference in Thailand – Mission Part 1

Reflection: My Destiny Rescue Mission to Thailand

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Mission Part 1
by
Kimberli Denton

Sitting down to write this, it is very hard for me to know where I should start. Upon returning from Thailand, the last week for me has been very emotional as I reflect on the time I spent over there. Having seen, heard, and learned so much about the girls I helped there I also gained a much better understanding of their culture as well. We are so blessed here in America, and as I sit down to write this, its important to note that we should all count our blessings and be thankful for so many of the everyday things we so often take for granted.

People often ask why I don’t support local organizations within our own country. Actually, yes I do. In fact, I am involved in helping those affected by sexual exploitation within our own backyards. I have helped to organize, sponsor, and promote multiple fundraisers to help those in need including: children dying of cancer, abuse victims, shop with a cop (Christmas) while helping children who come from abusive homes (or) families that simply don’t have much. Helping others has always been a soft spot for me, and it hurts knowing how many children are out there suffering.

Over two years have gone by since I first heard about children getting sold into sex trafficking or sexual exploitation to help support their families. I cant tell you how badly this filled my heart with sorrow. As a mother to a nine year old daughter, it is so hard for me to think about how lucky she is and how unfortunate other little girls her age are. Inside I felt this was a calling for me to help, and I remember thinking to myself, “How can I possibly make a difference?” Since God blessed me with the gift of hairstyling, I realized it was important for me to help provide these girls with a trade so they would never have to be sold into sex trafficking again.The more my heart was pulled, the more I dug into what I was eventually called to do. That is when I learned about Destiny Rescue. Less than a year later, I contacted them, and asked to help at a Destiny Rescue Salon.

For a person like Tina Marie Cairo however, it was a much bigger calling. Having met her during my mission, she runs a salon in Thailand for girls that have been directly involved in sex trafficking. Not only does she sacrifice her life for these girls, she lives in Thailand and only goes home once or twice a year. Working with her was such a blessing. For me it was only a week, but that one week would change my life forever.

Reflecting back on what I learned about the culture over there was amazing to me. Flying into Bangkok was like flying into New York. It was a busy city with lights, action, and really no sign of poverty. Flying into Chiang Rai however, was a completely different story. Tina explained to me that while Bangkok welcomes more visitors than any other city in the world it views its surrounding cities much differently because they are very poor and still developing.

Outside of Chiang Rai are additional villages that are extremely poor. This is where the importance of sex trafficking comes into play. Because their culture is so different than ours, many people simply depend on having children for survival. When a child comes into age, they are often pushed out to work. With no education and a need for money, girls are often sexually exploited to support their families. While the bonds that hold these families together are strong; abuse, drugs and alcohol are often just as powerful.

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With no other way to work or support their families, girls either sell themselves on street corners or are sold into brothels or mamma saunas for money by their families. One brothel we visited in Bangkok was three stories high with curtains hung in front of the doorways of each room. As you walked by the young girls & boys standing outside would simply open the curtains to let you peek inside. Mind you this was only five blocks away from a busy mall and anyone could walk in.

Each girl had on them a number so it was easy to identify and ask for them. What really affected me was when I reached the 3rd floor.  I saw two small boys just standing there. They couldn’t have been any older than six or seven years old. No parents. Just hanging out. I was informed that this was very common as their parent(s) may have been busy working in one of the rooms nearby. Disgusting. My heart dropped and all I wanted to do was take these little ones home with me. Do brothels sell children you ask? Well of course… No age limit applies! Although it is against the law to sell a child under ten years of age, it still happens. All you have to do is ask. At least I can proudly say that it was Destiny Rescue that first brought down a brothel in Thailand, that was known for selling children and that brothel is still closed to this day…

 

Women’s Hair Tips from a Hip Hairdresser

On Monday, Sept 9th, 2014, the unDONE Boise Hair Salon had the pleasure of hosting, and learning from the world-renowned hair master, Albie Mulcahy! Hairdresser/Stylist-educator, Mulcahy offers over 35+ years of hair & fashion expertise having worked in over 35 countries, and fashion capitals throughout the world.

Master hair stylist and owner of unDONE, salon, Kimberli Denton was excited to share her experience. “The class went very well. Albie worked on three different models with long, to mid-length, to short women’s hair. He shared with us his famous dry cutting techniques where the hair is left completely in its natural state. By doing this, it allows women’s hair to fall where it naturally needs to be. Dry cutting is an art form in itself.  Albie cuts and textures a woman’s hair as he goes along with a visual guide. He was very inspiring and full of energy. Being able to learn from him adds a wonderful element to the collection of techniques we utilize at our Boise hair salon. Many of our clients really like the dry cutting technique as it allows their hair to fall more freely.”

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Master of the dry-cutting technique Albie explained that, “Shaping Hair Dry is a refined method. Only 1% technical 99% visual, I call it Visual Balance. Like a new language it must be practiced every day. After shaping dry hair for over ten years, I still learn something each time. Its about creating a personalized look for your client. Its about HONEST hair shaping NOT just cutting hair. It comes from the heart and creative mind, NOT a book.”

unDONE was very happy to have Albie stop by, having inspired us all, and we appreciate his dedication to teaching our stylists new techniques. When a salon professional such as this takes the time to share his knowledge and creativity with the world we all win but in the end, it’s the clients of our Boise hair salon who really reap the benefits!