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The Cosmetology Health Corner

Dear Clientele, Family & Friends:

As a Certified State Examiner for the State of Virginia Cosmetology Licensing Board, it is my responsibility to disclose to you the latest in artistic elements & disciplines of cosmetology and dangers, safety and tips of cosmetics products and hair products to include the health and science discoveries.  The health and sciences field of cosmetology is ever evolving and proceeding forward with regulations and reports that will help us lead more healthy lives as we pursue our cosmetology esthetics in Beauty.  The Cosmetology Health Corner is the vehicle where it will be reported on an on-going basis the different articles, news and up-to-date information to keep consumers well informed.  Stay tuned, to stay healthy!
Respectfully Yours,
Joe Gurley

Glamour's Queens of Curl

(excerpted from Glamour Magazine &

Every woman with spirals has an icon of her own.  Glamour's favorites: 

Simone:  Diana Ross in 1973 (1) | Jennifer:  Tracee Ellis Ross (2) & Yara Shahidi (4) in 2017

Allie:  Sarah Jessica Parker in 1998 (3) | Laurel:  Cher, Susan Sarandon & Michelle Pfeiffer in 1987 (5)

How We Wash, Care & Style
Laurel:  My morning ritual is really specific.  I can't revive my curls after sleeping on them, so every morning I put my head directly in the show stream and let the water part my bangs.  I also bursh it wet.  When I'm out, I lightly pat it with a towel.  After that I can't touch it; I can't even look at it or it'll just fall apart.  My hair has been colored so much, so I never use heat on it.

Jennifer: At night I tie my hair up in a loose scrunching, then wrap a satin scarf around it.  In the morning I use just a bit of finishing cream to refresh my curls.  I can stretch them out two or three days this way.  I avoid gel-based products; they leave my hair crunchy.

Simone:  I braid my hair every night-it dramatically cuts down my in-shower detangling time.  My bangs are on a shampoo-every-other-day schedule.  I like my hair to dry super fluffy, so I brush it out as it dries.  And I hear drying your hair with T-shirts is gentler than using a towel.  It does leave my hair feeling softer.

Allie:  I want to try that now!  When ever I use diffusers, it gives me this crinkly, unnatural curl.  It's not the same curl if I let it air-dry.

How We Cut Our Curls

Jennifer:  Because I run natural-hair-salon-finder Swivel, I try different services.  But there's more comfort in cutting it dry.  You can see what's going on.

Allie:  I do a lot of hair shoots for work, so I get haircuts on set, both we and dry.  But I prefer dry; you can see the length as you go.

Simone:  My hair gets really big by the end of the day, so I get it cut dry after work. I just got bangs last year.  Sometimes they're full other times short and springy.  I trim them every two months or so.

Laurel:  Growing out a really short haircut when you have curly hair is the worst.  I was also bleaching it myself, and the texture was really strawlike.  When I first cut my bangs, they felt really heavy and helmet-y.  But once they got longer, I could part them kind of the way Alexa Chung does hers.  It felt sexier and just generally better.  I think I'm going to keep them this length.  What I like about bangs is that when i wear my hair back, people can still see that I have curly hair-and I love that.


The last time the federal government passed a safety law for beauty products? 1938.  It took a woman's going blind from using mascara to help push the law through.  the U.S. bans 11 chemicals in cosmetics; the EU prohibits more than 1,300.  There is work to do, and Gregg Renfrew, founder of direct-sale clean-products line Beautycounter, has made it her personal mission.  Her company is lobbying Congress to pass the Personal Care Products Safety Act that Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Me.) introduced in 2015.  One thing Renfrew is advocating for manufacturers to list ingredients origins (companies may not otherwise know they're using sketchy chemicals).  When many of us already have so much to write or call our reps about, I feel better knowing that Renfrew and her 30,000 consultants are fighting for women's safety. by Simone Kitchens of Glamour Magazine

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Split Ends,

(Glamour Magazine Excerpt)

Q I have long, color-treated hair and use a curling iron to style it.  How can I repair my split ends without cutting them? -Kelley Simon, @kelley_simon, 23

​A In the past the only way to fix damaged hair was a good chop-efficient, yes, but no good if you're trying to grow your hair.  (I once had to cut my hair into a pixie after years of curling it with a too-hot iron.  I'd wanted to do it for a while; the damage was the final straw.)  While there's no way to totally restore hair, there are now options that can fix frayed ends without a cut.

Try a split-end sealer:  When you style your hair with hot tools, and even when you brush it, your ends are bound to get worn out.  Instead of getting a trim, try adding more moisture, advises Redken stylist Sean Godard.  Split-ends sealers hydrate the lengths of your hair while temporarily binding broken ends and protecting them from further damage.  We like Orlando Pita's product, which nourishes and also keeps hair from looking drab; apply just at the ends.

Use leave-in products with protein:  When you chemically treat your hair, the outer-layer gets weaker, leading to holes, splits and less silky-smooth strands.  So if you think your split ends are a result of your hair coloring or straightening appointments, look for products with protein, the only ingredient that can actually rebuild that layer.  Using leave-in products like Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Liquid Strength Treatment with Protein ($7, at drugstores) will make you hair less strawlike over time. 

Consider a hair bonder:  I swear by bonding treatments during the color appointments; they act as a buffer against dyes and can help rebuild weak strands.  (Maintaining the effects with Redken's treatment, above right.) Yes, you'll still need a trim-every so often-but they'll keep you un-split in the meantime. -Erin Reimel, beauty assistant

Utilized the “Red Lists,” to avoid the chemicals of concern for each product category:
  • shampoo & conditioner
  • creams & sunscreen
  • color cosmetics & hair color
  • skin lighteners
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