Get the Most Out of Your Sew-In Weave

Malaysian hair weave AtlantaAt our Marietta hair salon, one of the many services we offer is sew-in weaves. Sew-in weaves are a great option for those who want to protect their natural hair or even just enjoy a completely new look. Our selection of high quality human hair extensions ensures that you can get the look you want, from a gentle, sleek body wave to the beautiful coils of Malaysian curly hair. Visit our Hair Extensions page to see our options, and give us a call at 770.423.9900 to make sure we have your selection in stock.

Why choose a sew-in weave?

Sew-in weaves are made from human hair, making them the highest quality weave option. They are also popular due to the natural look they provide and the secure installation. With professional installation and proper maintenance, you won’t have to worry about your weave going anywhere!

Installing the weave

A weave is only as good as the braids it is sewn into! Your stylist will braid your hair close to the scalp, then sew the extensions into the braids. The braids need to be tight enough to be secure, but not too tight, as that could cause damage to the scalp and over time, even hair loss. For this reason, it is vital that you choose a reputable salon to install your weave.

Caring for your sew-in weave

The more closely you follow your stylist’s instructions, the better your weave will look and the longer it will last. With proper care, your weave may last up to eight weeks. Take a look at the tips below for washing your weave.

  • Oil your scalp to keep it moisturized.
  • Gently wash your hair and extensions every week to two weeks. Using an applicator bottle (bottle with a nozzle tip) can help you get to your hair and distribute product evenly without disturbing the braids too much.
  • Dry your hair with an old t-shirt rather than a towel. Pat it dry, don’t rub. This will keep the hair from frizzing.

To schedule your appointment at our Marietta weave salon, call us today!

Look Younger with These Hair Styling Do’s and Don’ts

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Warm, spicy hair colors give a youthful glow.

Your hairstyle and hair color can make you look older or younger, depending on how you go about it. Most women want to look younger. So, don’t think just about masking that gray. As a matter of fact, when you style and cut gray hair the right way, it can still make you look youthful.

Here are some things you should avoid so you don’t look older than your years.

Incorrect Haircut

Regardless of the length of your hair, opt for haircut that’s soft and layered. It can eliminate years from your face. Stay away from unflattering and severe cuts. You’re never too old for bangs, which is a great way to hide those lines on your forehead! Ask your hair stylist to give you a younger-looking haircut that softens the lines of your face and also frames your face delicately without falling on your eyes.

Tightly Pulled Hairstyle

Tight buns and ponytails are a sleek look that can also give a mini face lift effect. While this can make you look young for the time being, these hairstyles also make those lines and age spots more prominent. Choose a style that doesn’t require you to pull your hair back severely but still allows you to hold it back from your face when needed.

Avoid Cool Shades

Stay away from cool-toned hair colors. These shades will make your skin appear ashy in comparison with your hair color. African American women generally have cooler skin tones, so it’s best to opt for warmer hues when considering hair color. Highlight your hair in honey, taupe or wheat color; for all-over color, choose chocolate brunette, burgundy, and orange-red. These warm, spicy colors are vibrant, radiant, and youthful.

Speak to your hair stylist today and use these tips to take years off your appearance. For appointments, contact Levell’s Salon at 770.423.9900.

Just Say No to Elastic Band Hair Breakage

prevent hair breakage from elastic hair bandsElastic hair bands have been around forever and are a favorite quick styling tool for many hair types. But be aware they can cause hair breakage from wearing them too tightly or for too long. At our Marietta salon, we see this type of breakage all the time. But no matter what hair type you have- kinky, curly, straight or thinning- you can reduce the damage done by hair styling accessories. Here are a few tips to wearing hair bands that reduce hair breakage.

Better Ways to Wear Elastics

Goody’s and Scunci make hair elastics that are gentler on hair. Look for terms such as “ouchless, seamless, no-damage and non-metal” when purchasing hair elastics.

Do’s

  • Purchase a variety of elastic bands, head wraps and headbands.
  • Throw out bands that are stretched or show signs of wear.
  • Use fabric-covered elastic pony holders.

Don’ts

  • Don’t wear bands too tight. Styles that are tightly pulled can break hair strands and give you a tension headache.
  • Don’t sleep with them in. Tossing and turning during the night can cause knots and tangles. Better to remove them and use a sleep cap or wrap hair in an old, soft cotton t-shirt.

Alternatives to Elastic Hair Bands

For versatility in style, try some alternative hair accessories such as hair sticks, clips, pony tail holders, bobby pins and more. You can create updos, twists,  buns, puffs and braided styles without damaging the hair.

In a pinch you can use ribbons, strips of old pantyhose and other recycled materials to make your own hair ties- a great way to be stylish and eco-conscious.

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Hair Rehab: Treating Color Damaged Black Hair

Marietta African American hair salonLet’s face it, new hair is always a thrill. For the style chameleons among us, new cuts, colors, and textures debut on a regular basis, but some of those style changes are more harmful to your hair than others. If you’re a color addict, always changing from one hue to the next, light to dark and back again, you may have noticed that your hair has sustained some battle scars in the war of style, like dryness and breakage.

At Levell’s Salon, we help our clients get the beautiful hairstyles they crave without  sacrificing hair health. Read on to learn how to care for color damaged black hair, and remember, these care tips will also help you prevent damage in the first place!

  • Use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for color-treated hair and apply a leave-in conditioner after washing to lock in hydration. 
  • Use a protein treatment up to three times a month in order to replace the protein that has been stripped during the coloring process.
  • Use a deep conditioner or warm oil treatment once a week, leaving on for 30 minutes.
  • Seal the dry, fragile ends of your hair with shea butter before washing.
  • Rinse with diluted white vinegar after washing and conditioning. (Ratio should be about 4 tablespoons vinegar to one quart water.)
  • To prevent further damage, take a break from double process coloring, relaxers, and any other chemical process that puts stress on your hair until your hair has fully recovered. Your Levell’s Salon stylist can help you find style solutions that look great and will give your hair some much-needed R&R.

For salon services that are both stylish and hair-friendly, visit our Marietta hair salon. We specialize in African American hair care and welcome walk-ins. Call us today at 770.423.9900 for assistance!

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Essential Oils for Healthy Hair

essential oils for African hairWho doesn’t love essential oils? These heavenly scented, concentrated oils are extracted from the various parts of plants and trees, derived from the leaves, stems, seeds, flowers, bark, or roots depending on the type. Essential oils have been around for ages and are still popular for their applications in health, beauty, and even around the house. Uses range from cold remedies to scenting the home, but one of the very best applications for essential oils in in hair care, especially African American hair care. Read on to learn how you can use essential oils to get beautiful, healthy hair, and be sure to discuss your hair care needs with your Levell’s Salon hair stylist for expert guidance.

Stimulating hair growth

There are several essential oils that can stimulate hair growth, including rosemary, peppermint, basil, bay, and lavender. Lavender oil is actually recommended for the treatment of alopecia, but anyone wanting to increase hair growth can benefit.

Treating scalp conditions

Scalp conditions often require cleansing and purifying in order to correct the problem, and essential oils can do the job. Tea tree oil is especially effective, cleansing the scalp of bacteria and fungus, unclogging hair follicles, and correcting imbalances in oil production (helpful in treating dandruff). Sage oil also works well for dandruff, and its strong clarifying properties make it an effective treatment for psoriasis.

Moisturizing hair

Moisturizing hair is so important, particularly so for African hair types that tend to be dry and crave moisture. The best essential oils for moisturizing and treating dry scalp/dandruff are chamomile, bay, and rosemary. If you have an itchy or irritated scalp, chamomile is wonderfully soothing and an excellent choice.

Warning: Pregnant women should not use rosemary essential oil, as it can harm the fetus. Photo by Praisaeng via freedigitalphotos.net

Christmas Card-Worthy Haircuts for Kids

Marietta haircuts for family Christmas cardsYou’ve battled the Black Friday crowds, wrapped every present, cooked a turkey dinner, and booked family portraits. After all that work, maybe the kids aren’t necessarily Christmas picture-perfect just yet. But the holidays don’t have to be stressful, so this Holiday season, let us help you and your family!

The creative minds behind Marietta’s best-looking hair are here at Levell’s Salon and ready to help your whole family look their best, without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for a quality salon offering kids’ haircuts in Marietta, book an appointment with us today. Girls and boys, long and short, natural or relaxed, our professional stylists can quite literally do it all. While we specialize in African-American hair, we welcome (and are proficient with) any and all ethnicities.

Popular holiday photo hairstyles for boys and girls include:

  • Girls’ braids and twists: box braids, Senegalese twists, kinky twists, cornrows
  • Boys’ cuts: polished fade, buzz,
  • Girls’ updos: braided mohawks, curled ponytails, high-top buns
  • Boys’ styles- twists, ‘fros, waves

So, with the holidays quickly approaching, our top quality salon is fully prepared to get the kids picture perfect. Once your kids look their best, it’s Mom and Dad’s turn! Our salon services include:

  • Men’s and women’s trims and cuts
  • Sew-in weaves
  • Braiding
  • Permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes (highlights, ombre, gray coverage, and more)
  • Twists
  • Updos
  • Press and curl
  • Plus many more!

Book your appointment today at 770.423.9900!

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3 Reasons to Love Weaves

Marietta human hair extensions Weaves can help your hair look luxurious every day with minimal effort. Here are three reasons why you’ll love the look we can give you at our Marietta weave salon:

Saving time

A weave can help you save time every day. You can have great-looking hair in just a few minutes each morning. Whether you’re getting ready for work or freshening up after a workout at the gym, weaves can save you a lot of time and effort.

Versatility

Changing your hairstyle is a fun way to get a whole new look and express yourself in a completely new way. From big curls to shiny, smooth hair, you can have it all with a weave. It lets you change your hairstyle, color, or length without damaging chemicals. If you decide you’d like hair that looks much longer, a weave can provide what would take years to achieve naturally.

Protection

Natural hair can become weak and damaged over time. A weave can help protect your hair underneath for months with the proper care. It gives your natural hair a break from the heat and stress of styling, straightening, curling, and perming so it will look its best and be strong and beautiful.

We sell high-quality human hair extensions, so we can match the color and texture of your natural hair or give you a whole new look. Our Marietta weave salon stylists are experienced in sew-in weaves, so we can safely keep your hair healthy and looking great!

Get Ready for the Holidays at our Marietta Salon!

lashes and hair salon in MariettaThanksgiving is just around the corner, followed by Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years. The holidays bring so many parties, family gatherings, work functions, and social activities, and lots and lots of photos! Are you ready for the season of Facebook and Instagram tags? Want to look fabulous in the family portraits and festive group selfies? Of course you do, and we can help at Levell’s Salon!

Our Marietta hair salon has the bests stylists and services to help you get a look you’ll love this holiday season. Our services include:

  • Blowouts
  • Wash & press
  • Relaxers
  • Color
  • Highlights
  • Haircuts
  • Updos
  • Weaves
  • Hair braiding
  • Twists
  • Cornrows
  • Brow grooming
  • False eyelashes

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We also offer salon services for kids and barber services for men!

So how can we help you look your best for all of the occasions you’ll be enjoying this holiday season? Below are our 3 top tips for holiday beauty.

Make it memorable with special occasion hairstyles

Whether your style is glamorous, classic, or unique, we can help you look your best with updos and special occasion styles for natural or processed hair. Channel Kerry Washington with a sleek chignon or add festive beauty to your ensemble with an intricate braided crown or goddess braid.

Add length and volume with a sew-in weave

We sell the finest human hair extensions to give you a glorious mane of long, thick, stunning locks. The extra volume and length of a weave photographs beautifully, so you can feel confident in your holiday photos.

Go all-out with falsies

False lashes are the perfect finishing touch to your special occasion look. Make your eyes pop and add that little bit of romance to your holiday event beauty routine.

We do it all at Levell’s Salon, so call us today at 770.423.9900 to make your holiday hair appointments today!

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How Diabetes Affects Your Hair

black woman with natural hair eating an appleIt’s American Diabetes Month, a time to spread awareness about diabetes, how to prevent it, and how to manage it if you have already been diagnosed. According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and another 86 million people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The disease disproportionately affects the African American community– 13.2% of all African Americans over the age of 20 have been diagnosed with diabetes.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disease caused by the body’s inability to produce enough insulin, resulting in higher than normal blood glucose levels. But why are we talking about diabetes on a hair salon blog, and what does blood sugar have to do with hair? Well, a lot, actually!

Diabetes and hair loss

Hair loss is a symptom of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. But how does it work? First, as explained above, the pancreas is not producing enough insulin, resulting in high blood sugar. This in turn causes the body to produce too many white blood cells. White blood cells are supposed to attack viruses and bacteria in order to keep you healthy. However in this case, there is no outside invader for them to attack, so instead they go after the cells of your hair follicles, slowing hair growth or stopping it altogether. This can cause baldness anywhere from eyebrows and eyelashes to body hair, and even the hair on your head, a condition otherwise known as alopecia areata. (Not to be confused with traction alopecia.)

What can you do?

If you or your hair stylist notices hair loss, talk to your doctor. Diabetes can be managed effectively with proper medical supervision. Even if you have not noticed symptoms of diabetes, talk to your doctor and find out if you are at risk. There are many factors that affect your likelihood of developing diabetes, including genetics, number of family members with the disease, and weight, among others. Learning how to keep your blood sugar levels normal through diet, exercise, and medication will help you prevent or control the symptoms of diabetes and minimize your risk of developing alopecia.

 

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3 Hair Tips for Curly Girls

natural curly hairMaintaining natural curly or kinky hair can be a challenge, but it’s so worth it to have a glorious mane of curls and coils! However, it can be hard to keep curly hair from frizzing, so check out these tips from our Marietta salon to keep your curls defined and gorgeous.

Say no to friction

Friction, or rubbing and pressure, can occur in a number of ways, from your pillow at night to the hat you wear, and even to the headrest of your office chair or car seat! The back and forth rub of rough textiles is harsh on your hair strands and can result in damaged and frizzy hair. Your best protection is to minimize friction by using smooth, silky fabrics as a barrier. For instance, sleep on a silk pillowcase or use a silk kerchief to protect your hair while you sleep. You can also have silk linings sewn into your hats, or DIY if you’re handy with a needle and thread.

Say yes to moisture

Curly hair is less structurally sound than straight hair, and when dry, is more susceptible to breakage. To retain your length and protect fragile strands, condition your hair regularly using a good conditioner. At Levell’s Salon, we carry high quality Design Essential products; just ask your stylist for help choosing the right products for your hair.

Ditch your brush for something better

Brushes are not designed for tight curl types, but picks are! Start using a pick to gently separate your ringlets, rather than a brush which separates each strand and causes frizz.

Whether you’re a naturalista or love your relaxer, we can help you maintain healthy, beautiful hair at our Marietta hair salon! Our services include precision cuts, single and double process color, wash and set, wash and press, special occasion hair, braiding, cornrows, sew-in weaves, and much more. Call us today at 770.423.9900 to make your appointment!

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