Protective Styles: The Benefits of Flat Twists

flat twists with 4C hairIf you have joined the wonderful world of natural hair, you may be looking for some protective styles that will guard your tresses from the elements. When you want a simple yet elegant look, flat twists are a great option!

What are flat twists?

Flat twists are similar to cornrows in that hair is gathered bit by bit, keeping the resulting twists close to the scalp. However,  instead of using three sections of hair to create a braid, flat twists use only two sections of hair. For hair that passes the base of the head, the twisted ends can be gathered into a chignon or ponytail.

Why should you get flat twists?

  • Protection– As previously mentioned, twists are a protective style that allows you to let your hair rest while protecting it from the ravages of sun, heat, humidity, and pollution. 
  • Style– One of the best things about flat twists is that after you remove them, you can enjoy another distinct style! Removing your flat twists will result in a “twist out.” Depending on your hair type, this could yield spiral curls, coils, or puffs.
  • Convenience– Flat twists take less time to install and remove than some other styles, like elaborate cornrows or braids. This makes them a great choice for those who are always on the go, as well as for a child’s hairstyle.

Photo by 4C Hair Chick via Flickr CC 2.0

5 Tips for Relaxed Hair

relaxed African hairRelaxers are just one of the many services we provide here at our Marietta hair salon. They are perfect for those who love the look of sleek, straight hair, but don’t want to invest the time to press or flat iron their hair each and every day. However, relaxers do involve strong chemicals and can weaken hair if done too often or if the hair is weak and damaged. In order to get the beautiful, healthy relaxed hair you’ve always wanted, follow these tips.

Find a hairdresser you can trust. Your hair stylist will be able to examine your hair and tell you how long you should go between relaxers, as well as recommending the best products for your unique hair texture and type.

Seek out ingredients that work for your hair. Some hair types need more protein, while others need more moisture. This is another matter in which your stylist can provide invaluable guidance.

Follow a routine. The key to healthy hair is consistency. Once you find your ideal routine of care and products, make sure to stick with it!

To schedule a relaxer or other African American hair services in Marietta, contact Levell’s Salon today!

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Should Pregnant Women Get Their Hair Relaxed?

pregnant womanWe’ve all heard the saying “eating for two,” but when you’re pregnant, you’re doing more than just eating for your baby! It’s very important to be careful what you put into and onto your body during pregnancy, because it can directly affect your baby’s health and development.

If there’s one question hair stylists hear most from pregnant women, it’s probably this: Is it safe to chemically treat my hair during pregnancy? Women usually want to know whether it’s safe to get their hair relaxed or colored during pregnancy.

Relaxers

There is no proof that having your hair relaxed while pregnant will have ill effects on the baby, but unfortunately, there’s no evidence in the other direction, either. What we do know is that hair relaxers contain strong chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream, potentially coming into contact with your developing child. In the absence of scientific evidence, most stylists feel that it is best to embrace natural hair during pregnancy, just to be safe.

Color

The issue of coloring hair while pregnant is similar to getting a relaxer. Hair dyes can contain chemicals that are not known to be decidedly safe or unsafe for your baby in utero, and like relaxers, they can enter your body through the scalp as the color sits on your hair during the dyeing process. Experts advise most pregnant women to avoid coloring their hair during the first trimester, but many women opt to skip coloring for the duration of the pregnancy.

Ultimately, it’s up to you what you decide to do with your hair during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and looking for natural hair care alternatives, contact us! Our experienced stylists are passionate about helping you achieve a beautiful look that fits your style and your life. We would be more than happy to help you find a transitional or natural hair style that will help you flaunt your gorgeous glow during pregnancy and beyond. Call us at 770.423.9900 to book your Marietta salon appointment today!

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3 Beauty Tips for Valentine’s Day

If you don’t already have your Valentine’s Day look planned, now’s the time to figure out your beauty strategy! Whether you’ve got a hot date or just want to hit the town with your single friends, Valentine’s Day beauty is all about romantic, feminine style.

Hair

Jennifer Hudson wearing a weave

Channel the romance with waves or curls. If you want long, glamorous locks, call us to set up an appointment for a sew-in weave. Depending on the formality of your date, you may want to opt for a chignon or braided updo. Visit our previous post for more Valentine’s Day hair style inspiration.

Lashes

black woman with false eyelashes

Turn up the volume with big, flirty lashes. We offer false lash application that will give you big doe eyes your honey won’t be able to resist! Women often neglect their lashes, but once you have seen the difference falsies make, you’ll want to wear them all the time.

Makeup

Beyonce wearing smokey eye makeup

Valentine’s Day makeup can go sexy or romantic. For a steamy, sexy look that evokes the cinematic archetype of the femme fatale, try a smoky eye. If you prefer a more romantic, feminine look, opt for dewey, natural makeup with a palette of pinks on lips and cheeks. Even better: Combine the two for a glamorous look like Beyonce, seen above.

We can help you bring out your beautiful self with a range of Marietta salon services, including cut, color, hair pressing, braiding, sew-in and quick weaves, relaxers, brow shaping, and much more. Give us a call today to make an appointment, or follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our latest announcements and offers.

Photos via Pinterest: 1, 2, 3

Valentine’s Day Hair Styles

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and that means it’s time to make your salon appointment to get dolled up for the big day! If you have a special date planned with your significant other, take the extra effort to look your best and turn up the heat with a beautiful, romantic hairstyle.

Take a look at some of our favorite Valentine’s Day hair inspiration. We would be happy to help you get any of these looks, so give us a call today at 770-423-9900 to make your appointment at our Marietta hair salon.

Kerry Washington hair style

via Beauty Riot

Kerry Washington’s feminine waves and side bangs make this look a flirty yet elegant option for Valentine’s Day.

flower updo hairstyle

via Something Borrowed Something Used

You can never go wrong with a big blossom in your hair. Get a classic Old Hollywood look with a smooth, simple chignon or accentuate your twist-out with a vibrant bloom.

candy colored black hair

via Pinterest

Of course, if you really want to make a Valentine’s Day statement, just take your cues from a box of conversation hearts! We can hook you up with a candy-colored ‘do that is sure to turn heads. And don’t worry, if you’re not a risk-taker, you can ease into the world of bright hair colors with a simple ombre!

What To Do If You Have Multiple Hair Textures

hairbrushBlack hair can be hard to manage, but it gets much easier when you know the basics of black hair care. One of the first things you should know is your curl type, but the plot thickens: What if you have multiple hair textures?

Don’t worry; you’re not alone. This is actually a very common occurrence for people of all ethnicities! If you have a mix, say 3C curly kinky hair at the nape of your neck and 3A curly hair on top, it can be hard to manage the two different textures with just one product.

So, what can you do about this hair conundrum? Check out these tips on managing two different hair textures at once.

  • The number one rule of hair care (for anyone with any hair type/types) is to be realistic and know what you’re working with. Just because you admire the 3B curls of your favorite Instagrammer doesn’t mean you can achieve those results! Embrace the hair you have and create a hair care regimen that brings out your unique, natural beauty.
  • Give your hair what it needs. If you identify two or more curl types all coexisting on your head, you may need to use different styling and moisturizing products.
  • A good rule of thumb is that looser curls react better to gel, while tighter curls react better to the extra moisture of styling creams. Remember that the more pronounced the curl structure of the hair strand is, the more moisture it needs, since your natural oils cannot make their way as efficiently down the hair shaft.

Whatever your hair type may be, our experienced Marietta hair stylists can help you find the best style to express your personality while preserving the health of your hair. Call us today at 770.423.9900 to make an appointment!

Photo by Daniel Oines via Flickr CC 2.0

When Protective Styles Are Not Enough

winter-sceneYou’ve probably heard of protective hair styles before; styles that prevent breakage because they require less manipulation of the hair strands and diminish the exposure of the hair to destructive elements like heat, cold, humidity, and pollution. Protective styles are an important part of African American hair care, but don’t think that you can just get a protective style and ignore your hair through the winter!

As hair stylists, we are glad to see people embracing the benefits of protective black hair styles, but we also see an unfortunate side effect: Neglected, dehydrated hair! What can you do to really protect your hair? Take a look at these do’s and dont’s from your Marietta black hair salon to help you prevent damage, even in a protective style.

DO moisturize! Just because your hair is contained in a braid or other style doesn’t mean you can neglect the important task of moisturizing your hair. Whether natural or relaxed, your hair needs to be moisturized regularly to keep it strong and protected.

DON’T put too much tension on your hair. While box braids in top knots are tres chic right now thanks to stars like Solange, these styles can end up defeating the purpose of protective styling by putting too much stress on the hair at your scalp.

DO visit your hair stylist regularly. It’s very important to listen to your hair stylist and make your scheduled appointments. While it’s understandable that people often want to “get their money’s worth” by stretching a hairstyle out for a month or two longer than recommended, this can spell disaster for your hair.

To make an appointment with a stylist at our Marietta hair salon, call Levell’s Salon today at 770-423-9900!

 

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Do Yourself A Favor This Year: Find a Salon You Love

black hair style by Marietta beauty shopJanuary is a great time to reevaluate your life and decide what you want to do differently in the new year. While you’re making resolutions to eat healthier or get your finances in order, don’t forget to make another important resolution: taking the time to take care of yourself.

It’s so easy to let our obligations to family, friends, church, work, and everything else take precedence over our own needs, but how can you take care of others if you don’t do the same for yourself? It’s important to carve out time to pamper yourself and do the things that help you feel like your beautiful, confident best.

One way to do that is to take better care of your appearance, and our Marietta hair salon can help. Your hair is your crowning glory, so stop putting it on the back burner! Whether you are looking for skillful hair coloring, a relaxer to help make your haircare routine easier, or you want a great cut and some expert advice on going natural, we can help. We also offer cornrows, box braids, and other braiding techniques and salon services to help you protect your hair while looking chic.

Don’t wait to find a salon that helps you look and feel your best! Visit Levell’s Salon in Marietta today, and be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up to date on our latest specials and promotions.

 

Photo: Hair by Rodney at Levell’s Salon

 

Black Hair Tip: Exercise AND Have Great Hair

black woman exercisingIt’s that time of year again- you know the one. You’ve just made a list of New Year’s resolutions, and if you’re anything like many Americans, one of those resolutions may be to lose weight, get in shape, or exercise more. If you plan to go out and join a gym or hit the running trail, you’ll be doing a lot of sweating- and that’s one reason that many black women cite for avoiding exercise.

This year, don’t let worries about ruining your hair keep you from enjoying the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of regular exercise! With a little planning and some helpful tips, you can keep your hair looking stylish and still get your sweat on at spinning class.

Reduce washing

In addition to styling concerns, washing your hair too often can strip it of the oils that keep it shiny and healthy. However, you definitely need to wash your hair after a hard workout, so what’s a girl to do? Dry shampoo comes in handy to help you cleanse your hair without drying it out. You may also want to spritz some in your hair before your workout to preemptively absorb sweat.

Go natural

Embracing your natural curls can help streamline your hair routine. Once you learn how to manage your natural hair, you can embrace wash and go style that can be accomplished quickly and easily, even in the locker room- just wash and condition your hair, use a styling product to help define your curls, and blow dry with a diffuser to reduce frizzing.

Consider a keratin treatment

“Brazilian” straightening treatments, also known as keratin treatments, straighten hair and reduce frizz for up to three months. These treatments can be a bit pricey, but they offer the ease of maintaining straight, frizz-free hair even after a workout, without you having to have your hair pressed or styled.

Need help finding the hair style that is right for you and your lifestyle? Come on in to Levell’s Salon in Marietta, or give us a call at 678-612-1963 to make an appointment.

 

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New Year’s Resolution: Take Care of Your Hair!

2014 hair resolutionsAt our Marietta hair salon, we always want our clients to leave feeling beautiful and confident, and we make it happen with an array of salon services, from precision hair cuts and color to sew-in weaves to hair braiding and much more. As we approach the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, make your New Year’s resolution to take care of your hair!

Regular maintenance is so important, whether you are growing out your natural hair, maintaining a weave, getting a relaxer, or rocking braids. With the demands of work and family, it can be hard to find the time to make a salon appointment and take care of yourself, but you deserve it. Remember that you can’t give your family, friends, and community the love they deserve unless you are giving yourself the love you deserve. With that in mind, check out these New Year’s hair resolutions and give our Marietta salon a call to set up your appointment today.

  • Get rid of outdated styling tools and hair accessories. If your flat iron has seen better days and those hair clips date back to the 1990’s, it’s time to treat yourself to some new tools! Taking the time to look your best in the morning is so much nicer when you have good supplies to work with.
  • While we’re on the topic of tossing, it’s time to clear out all those hair products that are taking up space on your counter. If anything is more than a year or two old, toss it. Hair products can lose effectiveness after a couple of years, and if you haven’t used it in that long anyway, you must not have like or needed it! Talk to your stylist at Levell’s Salon to determine which hair styling products will help you achieve the look you want.
  • Be vigilant about follow-up appointments. Some styles, like sew-in weaves, require periodic maintenance to ensure that they continue to look great without damaging your natural hair.

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