Marietta Salon Advice: Caring for Cornrows

silk scarf for sleeping in cornrowsLevell’s Salon in Marietta is dedicated to providing our clients with excellent hair care and a wide variety of services, including hair braiding and cornrows. Cornrows can be a great protective style when installed correctly, but you will still need to know how to care for cornrows in order to protect your hair and keep the braids looking good longer. Read on for some of our salon tips for cornrow maintenance, and be sure to contact us today to make an appointment if you are looking for a Marietta braiding salon!

  • Moisturize– It’s important to moisturize your hair and scalp without overdoing it. Use a natural, oil-based moisturizer, but do so sparingly so as not to gunk up your hair with excessive oil. Use leave-in conditioner one or two times a week, gently working it into the braids while disturbing them as little as possible. 
  • Prevent friction– One of the benefits of cornrows is that when braided properly, they do not put as much stress on your roots/hair as free-hanging braids. However, you will still need to protect them from friction by either sleeping on a silk/satin pillowcase, wearing a scarf or silk/satin cap to bed, or both.
  • Be gentle– The more you mess with your cornrows, the more stress you’re putting on your hair and the more likely you are to damage the braids or cause them to become frizzy. When washing your hair, go slowly and gently.

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Prepare Your Hair for Summer

Sure, technically it’s still spring here in Atlanta, but step outside and it becomes apparent that summer has arrived. Here at Levell’s Salon in Marietta, we want to help you nurture and care for your hair, so read on for some salon tips on protecting your hair from sand, salt, sun, heat, and chlorine this summer.

woman with yellow scarf for hair protection

Hydrate and moisturize hair

Most of us spend more time outdoors in the spring and summer, and that means your hair will be exposed to Georgia heat. Whether you are swimming in a rooftop pool in Atlanta or in the ocean at St. Simons, the chlorine or salt is sure to dry your hair out. Be proactive and start giving your hair some extra moisture now. Drink lots of water and consider a deep conditioning treatment in addition to your usual moisturizing and conditioning routine.

Use sun protection

You put sunscreen on your skin to protect it from UV rays, so why wouldn’t you protect your hair? If you are planning to be out in bright sun for extended amounts of time, protect your hair by wearing a hat. You can also minimize UV damage by staying in the shade or wearing a scarf.

Cool off

Give your hair a break from heat styling. Georgia summers are hot enough without subjecting your tresses to the flat iron and blow dryer.

Swim smart

Protect your hair from chlorine and salt when swimming by conditioning your hair first. Your hair will soak up the conditioner and not have as much room to soak up the salt or chlorine. After swimming, never let salt or chlorine sit in your hair. Rinse with cool water at the very least.

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Spring Salon Specials in Marietta

If you’re looking for a great hair salon in Marietta, you’ve come to the right place! Levell’s Salon of Experience offers salon services for all ethnicities, from haircuts and braiding to highlights and weave installation. We pride ourselves on providing excellent hair and beauty services at affordable prices, and we’re excited to announce our latest special: Get a shampoo and style for just $35!

Shampoo & Style salon special

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in May and June (2014) we are offering this great deal to help you look your best and save money! We also offer a full range of other salon services, including:

  • Semi-permanent color
  • Highlights
  • Double process color
  • Relaxers
  • Hair pressing
  • Bond-in, sew-in, and quick weaves
  • Box braid installation
  • Braiding, twists, and cornrows
  • Special occasion hair styles
  • Men’s haircuts
  • Kids’ haircuts

To make your Marietta salon appointment, call us today at 770.423.9900!

Can Natural Hair Be Colored?

purple colored hairThose who have decided to “go natural” by foregoing relaxers (aka naturalistas) are very careful not to to do anything to jeopardize their carefully-tended locks. After doing a big chop and growing your hair out, it only makes sense to treat it gently and let your hair’s natural beauty shine. But what if you want to spice up your look with a little color? Read on for the answer to a common question about coloring natural hair, from your black hair experts at Levell’s Salon in Marietta!

Will coloring my hair damage it?

The short answer is no, coloring your hair should not cause appreciable damage if done by a trained, experienced colorist at a salon. While it is true that demi and permanent hair dyes (and the developers used with them) penetrate the hair shaft and technically damage the hair to some degree in that they compromise the structure of the hair shaft, when used properly they will not damage your hair in any significant sense. Remember that brushing, braiding, and otherwise handling hair damages it too; the key is to give your hair the TLC it needs depending on your styling choices, lifestyle, etc.

The most risky and potentially damaging part of coloring your hair is lightening it. If you are aiming for a lighter color, or a bright color that necessitates lightening your hair in order for it to show up, bleaching agents will have to be used. Bleach is undeniably hard on your hair, making it an absolute necessity to let a trusted professional handle the job.

“Natural hair” means different things to different people. Whether you are willing to opt for a double-process color (bleach and then color), a single process color (just dye), a semi-permanent, gloss, or temporary color that poses less of a commitment, or decide to keep your hair its natural hue, the choice is yours. Just remember that it is always best to let a seasoned professional handle your hair color instead of playing science lab in your bathroom at home!

If you would like to make an appointment with one of our talented Marietta hair stylists, give us a call at 770-423-9900 today.

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What to Look for in a Hair Salon

black hair salon stylistIf you are looking for a new hair salon in Marietta, the options can be overwhelming. And let’s face it, you do not want just anyone messing with your hair! Take a look at our tips for choosing a salon you will love, from your friends at Levell’s Salon.

Stylists

Having a good hair stylist makes all the difference, not only to your hair itself, but to your sense of confidence as well! Never trust your hair to a stylist who doesn’t take the time to communicate with you and get to know your hair and what you want. We’ve all experienced the horror of someone else’s “inch” being a lot different than an actual inch, which is why good communication and trust are key. Our team of Marietta hair stylists will take the time to learn about your hair and your style in order to provide you with the hair services that best meet your needs.

Services

Your hair is your crowning glory! Don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to salon services, both in quality and selection. We offer a wide range of services for all ethnicities, including black hair services. Whether you are looking for a precision cut and color, sew-in weave installation, cornrows and braids, relaxers, or special occasion hair styling, we can oblige.

Don’t wait any longer to get the fabulous hair you deserve. Call us at 770.423.9900 to make an appointment today!

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False Lashes: The Do’s and Don’ts

false eyelashes in Marietta

False lashes finish the look

False lashes are all the rage right now, from the celebrity red carpet to weddings and even the club scene. It’s no wonder, because falsies are a quick and easy way to attain a glamorous, romantic look. When properly applied, they can make your eyes look bigger and give you that doe-eyed appearance that is so alluring. However, badly executed false lashes are incredibly obvious and will send you from “best dressed” to “hot mess” in the blink of an eye. Read on to learn the do’s and don’ts of false eyelashes, and give us a call today to schedule your appointment for false lash application at Levell’s Salon in Marietta, Georgia.

False eyelash do’s

  • Place them as close to your natural lashline as possible, and make sure to follow the curve. There is nothing worse than falsies riding high or crooked on an eyelid!
  • Keep the length reasonable. Many false lash strips are meant to be trimmed with scissors for a more realistic look.
  • Use a good quality glue to ensure that your lashes don’t start drooping halfway through the night.
  • Apply mascara, eye shadow, and if needed, eyeliner in order to obscure the false lash line and create a more natural look.
  • Consider having a professional apply them. At our Marietta salon, we offer false eyelash installation you can trust. Experience makes all the difference, and we know the tips and tricks to yield the best results.

False eyelash don’ts

  • Don’t apply falsies in a hurry, as that is a recipe for disaster.
  • Don’t apply glue and then immediately stick the lashes to your lid. Most eyelash glues need to cure for a moment to reach optimal tackiness.
  • Don’t ever use any glue not specifically sold for false eyelashes. At best, your lashes will fall off early. At worst, you could injure yourself by using a glue not designed for use on human skin or near the eyes.
  • Don’t rip your lashes off at the end of the day. Use makeup remover to gently work the false lashes free and remove any adhesive residue.

Ready to go glam with false eyelashes? Call us at 770.423.9900 to make your appointment!

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3 Tips to Preserve Your Sew-In Weave

Brazilian hair for sew-in weaveSew-in weave hairstyles are a major part of today’s fashion landscape, allowing anyone to change up their style with long, luxurious locks. At Levell’s Salon, we offer a variety of weave installation services, including bond-in weaves, quick weaves, and sew-in weaves. If you are opting for a sew-in weave with high quality human hair, learn how to preserve it with these weave care tips.

Choose your weave salon wisely

Preserving your weave starts from the moment of installation! Be sure to use an experienced salon where the stylists are well-versed in proper sew-in weave installation that will protect, not damage your natural hair. Give us a call at 770-423-9900 to make an appointment. Braiding your natural hair too tightly and further stressing it with heavy hair extensions can result in thinning hair or even baldness over time, as seen with supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Buy good quality hair

The better the quality of the hair you buy, the better it will hold up over time with proper care. Virgin Remy hair is a good option because it real, won’t tangle as much as cheaper hair, and can be styled just like your own hair.

Wash and care for your weave

Just because it’s not “yours” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash your weave! Be gentle and use a shampoo specifically formulated for weaves or recommended by your stylist. It’s also important to protect your weave just like you would your natural hair by limiting heat styling, using appropriate products, and sleeping with a silk pillowcase or kerchief to prevent breakage.

 

Should You Dye Your Hair Black?

dyed black hairJet black hair is chic and sexy, but is it the right choice for you? Before you take the plunge and opt for jet black tresses, read on for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about hair coloring, provided by our Marietta hair salon.

How long will you keep your hair black?

Permanent black hair color is hard to remove, so if you like to change your hair color with your mood, black may not be the best choice for you. If you want to try out the look without a long-term commitment or the risk of damaging your hair through stripping the color later, you can opt for a semi-permanent dye. This is where communication with your stylist is key!

Why are you dyeing your hair?

If you are just dying your hair for the sake of personal style, you may want to opt for semi-permanent color for the reasons above. However, if you are trying to cover white or gray hairs, a permanent color will provide longer-lasting performance.

Is dyeing my hair black more damaging than going lighter or opting for another color?

Clients are often concerned that changing their hair color will result in dry, damaged, stressed-out hair. It’s a valid concern, but mostly for those who take matters into their own hands with home hair dye out of the box. Don’t worry- professional colorists are trained to provide a wide range of colors without damaging your hair.

Furthermore, since black dye does not require lifting color from the hair shaft, it is far less drying than the process of going lighter. Colored hair does require specific care, like extra moisturizing, but your stylist will be able to advise you on exactly how to care for your new do to both preserve the color and retain the strength and beauty of your mane.

How can I maintain my dark-colored hair?

  • Avoid washing your hair in hot water. Just as hot water fades the dye in your clothes, it will also fade the dye in your hair. You don’t need to take ice cold showers, but using warm water as opposed to hot will make a difference in the longevity of your color.
  • Use sulfate-free shampoo and keep your hair soft and shiny with a moisturizing conditioner. For optimal life of your color, you should use products designed especially for colored hair. Color-boosting shampoos and conditioners can help you keep a rich, deep color.

Ready for a new look? Contact Levell’s Salon today to make your appointment at our Marietta hair salon!

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4 Easter Hairstyles for Girls

Looking for cute Easter hairstyles for your little lady? Here at Levell’s Salon, we provide beautiful natural hairstyles for all ages, including twists and hair braiding for kids! Read on to see some of our favorite special occasion hairstyles for little girls, and be sure to call us today to make an appointment at our Marietta hair salon.

Cute heart braid

heart cornrows

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Let us give your sweetheart a hairdo to match! Heart shaped cornrows are a fun way to protect your child’s hair with a low-manipulation style while still adding some sass to her Easter ensemble.

Elegant braided part

braided part hairstyle on little girl

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A braided part is simple yet striking, and you can easily accessorize for Easter with a pretty pastel bow!

Twisted lattice hairstyle

special occasion hairstyle for little girls

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This beautifully ornate, twisted hairstyle features a lattice back that is sure to complement your child’s Easter dress. If you want something special for Easter pictures, this is the way to go.

Trendy chevron braids

chevron hair braids for girl

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Chevron patterns are everywhere these days, from interior design to fashion, and now hair. A chevron braided hairdo is a great way to spice up your daughter’s Easter ensemble, but this style is so cute you’ll probably want to keep it around!

Marietta Natural Hair Pressing

pressed natural hair at Marietta salonMore and more women are getting in on the natural hair care movement, but what can you do if you want to go natural but still wear your hair straight from time to time? Don’t worry, being a naturalista doesn’t mean you have to forego silky straight hair thanks to hair pressing!

What is hair pressing?

Hair pressing uses heat to straighten curls and waves. It is a way for women with naturally curly hair to occasionally wear their hair straight, and can last for anywhere from a few days to well over a week depending on your activity level, how you care for your pressed hair, humidity, and other factors. A skillful stylist can take your hair from tight coils to sleek and straight with hair pressing.

How to care for pressed hair

As with any type of heat styling, it’s important to protect your hair. Hair pressing works best with clean hair that is free of unnecessary products. A heat protectant should be applied to clean, dry hair before heat is applied.

To keep pressed hair looking good longer, wrap it, braid it, or put it in a bun to workout and be sure to wrap it or wear a silk scarf while sleeping.

If you miss the look of smooth, straight tresses, but don’t want to get a relaxer on your natural hair, having your hair professionally pressed is a great solution. Call Levell’s Salon in Marietta today to make your appointment!

 

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