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Are you the type of girl who loves to dye her hair multiple colors at a time? Do you liiiiiveeee for hair extensions?
Even though the outcome of these actions may be fire, it’s important to get the proper hair care treatments to prevent dyeing (and more) from completely ruining your hair.
We sat down with licensed cosmetologist and owner of Amora Luxe Beauty Salon, Shayna Simoné, to learn about steaming and Keratin hair treatments, how to care for color treated hair, and everything in between.
Check out the exclusive interview below!
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What’s your background and how would you describe what you do?
I graduated from Aveda Institute and became a licensed cosmetologist in 2014. I was always passionate about doing hair, wearing hair, and researching the latest hairstyles. I would do my close friend’s and family’s hair for free. I worked as a personal assistant in a hair salon while I was still in high school.
Although hair was my passion, I did not feel it was “good” enough for me to pursue a career doing it. My experience with salons and hair stylists lead me to believe the business was unprofessional. It wasn’t until I had my daughter and received the horrible news that she was diagnosed with cancer, that God was able to shift my view of everything!
The corporate world did not care that I needed time off to care for my daughter. It was then that I knew I had pursue my passion. Life is too short and full of uncertainties. I own and operate and professional hair salon and luxury hair company. I am committed to helping my audience of professional women care for and strengthen their hair despite busy schedules and limited time.
I was once a consumer and a client. I understand the needs of my clients from a professional standpoint. I work hard to accommodate the needs of my clients. I know what experience I would want as a professional woman and make it my goal to provide this.
What is steaming and why is this treatment beneficial?
The hydrating steam treatment is beneficial because it hydrates dry hair. It also helps to promote blood flow and stimulates hair growth. The steam lifts the hair cuticle which allows the conditioning treatment to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft.
Is there a difference between the amount of heat used in a blow out vs. a silk press? What are the key differences with these techniques?
For my services, I offer a hydration silk-out which requires less heat than a pressing comb. The steam treatment makes the hair more manageable, and then we proceed with our blow out service which straighten the hair with heat and tension. We then proceed with the silk-out with our ionic flat iron that seals in the moisture.
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Explain your signature “Keratin Smooth Out” treatment. What is it and what are some of its benefits?
The Keratin Smooth Out treatment is a solution that I blow dry and flat iron into the hair. This reduces the frizz and maintains the silk-out longer. It also seals any broken bonds in the hair and promotes hair growth. This treatment lasts 12 weeks.
In addition to natural hair, your beauty bar specializes in color treated hair and extensions. What are some major keys people with color treated hair and extensions should know to prevent hair breakage and damage?
People have to maintain a regular maintenance program by getting protein treatments and trims every 6-8 weeks. Clients should get a bond sealer immediately after a color service. Clients with color should also use products with penetrating oils such as argon and grape seed.
Clients who wear extensions should avoid keeping extensions in longer than 9 weeks. I also recommend getting a protein treatment and trim before getting extensions installed.
All of my clients with extensions come in for maintenance every 3 weeks. This includes a wash and hydrating steam treatment to moisturize the braids under the install. All of my clients who follow my recommendations experience hair thickening and growth.