Avoid Split Ends with These Tips

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Chilly weather is on the way, and that could spell trouble for your hair! Dry winter air, scratchy wool hats, hot air blowing from the heater- it’s all a recipe for damaged hair strands and split ends. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your hair! Read on for some tips from our Marietta hair salon to keep your hair healthy, happy, and gorgeous despite the weather.

  • Get your hair cut regularly! No, you don’t have to lose a lot of length, especially if you are trying to grow your hair out, but regular cuts will get rid of split ends and help prevent tangles. 
  • Wear protective styles. Protective hairstyles hide away the delicate ends of your hair, helping you retain length and preventing damage from constant manipulation. Whatever you have in mind, we can help you achieve the protective style that fits your look and works for your hair.
  • Moisturize your tips. Hydration is important for overall hair health, but especially so for the ends. Use a good moisturizer and seal the moisture in with oil. Split ends and breakage are symptoms of dry hair, so treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment once every week or so. And don’t forget about one of the simplest and most effective beauty tips of all- drink more water! Drinking plenty of water can make a big difference in your hair and skin.

What’s  your hair conundrum? Leave us a comment with your hair questions, and give us a call today to make your appointment at Levell’s Salon in Marietta!

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Relaxed to Natural: Caring for Transitioning Hair

transitioning to natural hairAt Levell’s Salon, we offer a wide range of African American salon services, from relaxers and double process color to natural hair styling options like cornrows, braids, weaves, and precision cuts. These days, many women are choosing to forego relaxers in favor of “going natural,” that is, letting their hair grow in its natural curl pattern. While some women go for a “big chop,” cutting off all of their relaxed hair in one fell swoop, others don’t feel comfortable with such a drastic haircut.

For those who want to keep their length, the challenge is to style and care for two very different hair textures at the same time while waiting for the natural hair to get long enough that the owner feels comfortable cutting off the relaxed parts. Transitioning from relaxers to natural may seem daunting, but it’s very doable with the right haircare and styling! Read on to learn how to care for transitioning hair.

  • More moisturizing– Moisturizing is already an important part of black hair care even with a relaxer, but it becomes even more important (and challenging) when transitioning. You will probably need to use a different product for the natural parts vs. the relaxed parts. Ask your hair stylist for product recommendations; we carry high quality hair products from Design Essentials to help you manage your hair.
  • Trim the ends– Length is the name of the game while transitioning, and some people take that as a reason to stop cutting their hair altogether. However, your hair naturally grows a quarter inch or more per month, so consider cutting off the old relaxed ends as your new growth comes in. Your hair will look perkier and fresher overall but you won’t be sacrificing length.
  • Reduce manipulation– Low-manipulation, protective hairstyles are key when transitioning. There are many lovely options for cornrows, braided styles (crowns, pompadours, etc.), and buns that look polished and stylish while allowing your hair to grow in peace, without being constantly handled and thus experiencing growth-slowing breakage.
  • Say no to heat- Another cause of breakage that will make it take longer to grow your natural hair out is heat styling. The occasional hot press by your professional hair stylist in the salon is fine for special events, but on a daily basis, avoiding the hair dryer or hot comb will help you see better results more quickly.

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How to Find a Hairstylist You Love

find a hair salon through word of mouthGoing to the salon should be a fun and relaxing experience that ends with excitement over your new ‘do. If you’re not loving your hairdresser, it’s time to set off in search of a stylist who will give you the hair of your dreams! At Levell’s Salon, our team of experienced stylists is committed to giving you that “WOW!” feeling every time you leave. We want you to be more than satisfied with your hair; you should really love it. Read on to learn how to find a stylist who works well with your hair needs, or just call us today to schedule your appointment at our Marietta salon!

  • Word of mouth- Personal recommendations are a great way to find a hairstylist, assuming of course that the person doing the recommending has great hair!
  • Social media– Take a look at a salon’s social media presence to get an idea of the type of work they produce. You can follow Levell’s Salon on Instagram, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+!
  • Communication– It’s so important for stylists to consult with the client before beginning any salon service. Stylists aren’t mind readers, which is why they should ask you plenty of questions about the style you’re looking for (including “How long is an inch to you?” when it comes to length!), your hair care routine, and your hair type and texture. It can also help to bring photos of hairstyles you like as reference, but remember, what looks good on a celebrity may not look the same on you. Allow your stylist to provide guidance and you’ll be much happier with the outcome!
  • Saying goodbye– People often get hung up on “breaking up” with their hairstylist. If you try one stylist and aren’t entirely pleased, or even just want to try someone else for the heck of it, don’t be afraid to do so. Stylist/client relationships are very personal, so some personalities or styles fit better than others. Your stylist would rather lose you to another stylist at the same salon than have you leave completely.

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Go Big or Go Home with a Luxe Weave for Fall

Fall has officially arrived and that means it’s time to revamp your hairstyle for the new season! At Levell’s Salon in Marietta, we can help you transition to a fall look with a wide range of African American salon services, including sew-in and quick weaves. There’s no better look for fall than a high-quality human hair weave that adds volume and length to fulfill all of your big hair diva desires.

Big hair, don’t care.

If you long for mounds of ringlets and tons of volume, a weave can help you get the look. You won’t be able to stop tossing your glorious mane! Just remember that when adding large volumes of hair to your head, you are also putting more pressure on your natural hair, which will be supporting the weave. It’s important to go to an experienced weave stylist you trust, and be sure to follow all directions from your stylist regarding the maintenance of your weave.

Tyra Banks weave

Tyra Banks rocking big curls

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Go long!

It can be hard to grow your natural hair out, but if you’re frustrated with your length, don’t fret. Just call us to make an appointment for a sew-in weave and we can help you get those Rapunzel-esque locks you’ve been dreaming of. Long layered looks are a stylish choice for this fall.

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Jennifer Hudson with long, sleek hair

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To make an appointment at our Marietta weave salon, call us today at 770.423.9900, and be sure to check out our selection of beautiful, high quality Malaysian and Brazilian hair.

Salon Do’s and Don’ts, or How to Be a Better Client

Marietta salon etiquette- be on timeMany people are unaware of salon etiquette or they simply don’t think about it. After all, it’s not one of those things you learn in school, but rather something you pick up over time. At our Marietta hair salon, we strive to provide the highest quality hair services to all of our clients while also creating a positive, rewarding environment for our talented stylists. The following do’s and don’ts are not hard and fast rules- we know things come up, days get busy, and unintentional faux pas will occur- but abiding by them helps the salon run smoother and ensures the best possible service for everyone.

  • DO be honest about your hair care routine and preferences. If you’re a low-maintenance gal, your stylist needs to know that so he or she can give you a style that will look good with minimal time and effort.
  • DON’T be late. Running a few minutes late every now and then is understandable, but if you’re running substantially behind schedule, understand that your stylist may not be able to complete the style you want or may have to skip your appointment altogether. You want to be seen promptly when you arrive, right? That can’t happen if your stylist is having to finish up with a late client, so for everyone’s sake, be on time. If you can’t make your appointment in a timely manner, call the salon. We may be able to fit you in with another stylist or reschedule you for a better time.
  • DO communicate your desires as clearly as possible. Since you may not have the full hairdresser lingo down, bringing photos is a good way to explain what you’re looking for. You can even pull up your Pinterest boards on your phone to show your stylist!
  • DON’T be afraid to speak up– courteously- if you need something or are concerned about your service. We’re here to make you comfortable and give you a great haircut that you’ll love. If something is not to your liking, we’d much rather you let us know so we can fix it than having you leave unhappy.
  • DO ask about prices when you book your appointment. Pricing varies from salon to salon and even from stylist to stylist. Asking up front ensures that you will not be unpleasantly surprised at the end of your visit.
  • DON’T be that person on the cell phone. Chatting on the phone is annoying to other clients and your phone calls, texts, and Angry Bird game can interfere with your stylist’s ability to do their job.

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September is Alopecia Awareness Month

woman with alopeciaDid you know that black women make up almost 40% of the 80 million people in the United States who have experienced Alopecia at some point? September is Alopecia Awareness Month, so today we’re going to share some information on this disease that causes hair loss in varying degrees.

What is Alopecia?

Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease that results in hair loss and for which there is no cure, although there are several treatments available. The disease often begins with small bald spots appearing on the scalp, and can progress to complete baldness or even total hair loss over the entire body.

But Alopecia Areata is not the only form of alopecia. Traction Alopecia is another common problem that arises not from an autoimmune disorder, but from stress and trauma to hair follicles.

Causes of traction alopecia

While people with Alopecia areata often have no idea what brought about their hair loss, Traction alopecia can usually be traced to one of these causes.

  • Braids/cornrows that are too tight– If too much tension is put on the hair in a braid or cornrow style, it can damage the hair follicle, causing short term or even permanent balding. Usually the balding occurs adjacent to the braided area. It’s important to work with a stylist who has the knowledge and training to securely braid your hair without pulling it so tightly that it traumatizes your hair follicles. 
  • Improperly installed, poorly maintained, or excessively worn weaves- People usually have weaves installed to gain length and/or volume, but it’s important to remember that all that extra hair on your head can be heavy! Wearing heavy weaves for years with no breaks can cause Traction Alopecia, as seen in the case of supermodel Naomi Campbell. Working with a stylist you trust can prevent this, because they will be able to advise you on the type of weave and installation method that will be best for you, how often you will need to come in and have it tightened, as well as ways to transition your look when you need to take a break from weave.
  • Overprocessing the hair– Hair can also be damaged by chemical over-processing, as bleached blonde actress January Jones experienced, noting that her hair was “falling out in clumps.” Bleaching, dyeing, and relaxing can all put stress on your hair, especially if attempted by someone lacking the training to perform them safely. Our experienced and highly-trained stylists know how to help you get the hairstyle you want without sacrificing hair health in the process.

So many cases of Traction Alopecia could be prevented with proper hair care and guidance by a skilled stylist, so don’t put your hair in the hands of someone you don’t trust! Give us a call today to make your appointment at our Marietta black hair salon.

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Natural Hair Tips for Kids

little girl with natural hairThe natural hair movement has exploded in popularity in recent years, with many women doing a “big chop” and getting back to their natural, unprocessed hair for the first time since childhood. Those who have had relaxed or permed hair for as long as they can remember may lack knowledge about natural hair care, which can be frustrating if you have a child!

If you’re a newcomer to the natural care movement and are trying to preserve your child’s natural tresses, don’t stress. We’ve got some tips to help you keep your child’s hair looking great while also encouraging healthy growth and good habits. Read on to learn more from our Marietta black hair salon.

  •  Be gentle- Detangling is an important hair care task for curly folks, and it can be time-consuming. Be as gentle as possible so your child will not associate detangling with pain. Make your hair maintenance time together more fun by watching a favorite movie or television show, listening to a book on tape, or playing some of their favorite music.
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize– Children often experience dry hair and breakage, so nip it in the bud with regular moisturizing. In addition to using moisturizing hair products on a daily basis, it’s also important to deep condition once a week.
  • Teach good habits– Explain to your child why you are taking each step in their hair care routine and how it affects their hair. Provide a satin pillowcase and show your child how to wrap her hair in a silk scarf if necessary to keep her hair style protected overnight. Fortunately most kids will love getting a “special” pillow case.
  • Style for protection- Protective hairstyles are great for kids because they not only protect natural hair from damage and encourage growth, but also keep hair out of the way and easier to manage.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out our other hair care tips for kids, and give us a call today to make hair appointments for your whole family at Levell’s Salon in Marietta!

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Black Hair Care in Marietta

black woman with curly hair typeFor those with 3A to 4C curly hair types, finding a hair stylist can be a challenge. The stylists at many salons aren’t experienced working with curly and kinky hair types and aren’t knowledgeable about the finer points of African American hair care. If you’ve been searching for a stylist who really “gets” your hair and can give you the gorgeous style you deserve, give us a call!

At our Marietta hair salon, we welcome customers of all ethnicities. Our experienced stylists are trained to work with all types and textures of hair, and we offer a wide range of services, including black hair services. Our full range of services includes:

  • Wash & blog dry
  • Wash & press
  • Relaxers
  • Permanent and semi-permanent color
  • Highlights
  • Precision hair cuts
  • Braiding
  • Cornrows
  • Twists
  • Special occasion hairstyles and updos
  • Bond-in and sew-in weaves
  • Quick weaves
  • Brow shaping
  • False eyelash application
  • Barber services
  • Children’s haircuts

Whether you’re in the market for trendy or classic, glamorous or low-maintenance styles, we can help. Our full-range of salon services for the whole family also means that family haircuts are a one-trip excursion! We’d love the chance to show you what sets Levell’s Salon apart from the rest, so call us today at 770.423.9900 to make an appointment.

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How to Wear a Weave in the Summer (Yes, Even in Georgia!)

woman with weave hairstyle in summerSew-in weaves and hair extensions are a popular way to add length and volume to hairstyles, but can they survive the ravages of summer? Read on to learn how to protect your weave from summer sun, sweat, swimming, and more, with tips from the expert stylists at Levell’s Salon in Marietta.

  • Style– Leave outs can be a great option for a more natural weave style, but they can be harder to manage in the summer. Keeping your natural hair styled to match the weave will be much easier in cooler months, so go for full coverage weave hairstyles in the summer.
  • Quality- One of the most important considerations when getting a weave installed is always the quality of hair you choose. High-end human hair is far less likely to tangle than synthetic options. Humidity is a fact here in Georgia, so you may as well work with it rather than against it. Choose a curlier hair texture that can be styled in beachy waves, and save the stick-straight styles for winter.
  • Hair care– The one drawback of weaves is that many people fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” trap and end up neglecting their real hair! Even though your hair is concealed beneath your weave, it’s important to follow normal summer hair care steps for both your hair and your weave, especially in the hot, sweaty summer. Wash and moisturize your hair regularly, using an applicator tip bottle to help you cleanse and condition your braided hair.

No matter what style you’re looking for, we can help you achieve it with sew-in, bond-in, and quick weaves in Marietta. We also offer high quality Brazilian, Malaysian, and Peruvian hair to help you achieve a beautiful weave. Contact us today for more information, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for our latest Marietta salon specials!

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Back-to-School Salon Specials in Marietta

Summer is almost over for Marietta students, and that means it’s time for back-to-school haircuts for the whole family! Students in the Cobb County School District will begin a new academic year on Monday, August 4th, while Marietta City Schools will resume classes on Wednesday, August 6th.

Marietta salon specials

The start of a new school year is a great opportunity to debut a fresh new look, and at Levell’s Salon in Marietta, we have the affordable salon services your family needs to look their best. You only get one chance to make a first impression on teachers, administrators, and other students, so make it count.

We are offering great deals for the next month on wash and sets, relaxers, press and curls, highlights, and barber cuts for boys. Just bring in or mention this coupon to get the discount! Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged for your convenience.

Call us today at 770.423.9900 to make appointments for your family. We look forward to becoming your go-to Marietta salon and barbershop!

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