Good Hair, Good Day

A key element to tell what time period it is in a movie, a history book, a painting is how their hair is done. From times of the earliest renditions of Egyptian scrolls, hair has always been a signature aspect of a person and a signal of status and wealth through thousands of years. These days, lots celebrities are known for their hairstyles, colors and cuts, offering clients endless inspiration to find their perfect look.

When a good hair day happens, studies prove that it boosts your mood, productivity and positive vibes. When one has more confidence in themselves, they radiate it to others, creating a positive environment. In study by the market research institute ODC, 74% of women said they wanted to appear to be self confident, beating out sexy, alluring, intelligent and successful! 88% of these women, stated that styling their hair was most important and only ranked second to finding the perfect outfit.

This connection study is so popular that even budget hotel Travellodge surveyed 2,000 women to find how their hair affects their mood. 8 out of 10 of them believed their glory, self-worth and beauty lies within their hair. (reported by femalefirst.co.uk). If a person is confident in themselves, they are more likely to assert themselves, accomplish goals and are perceived as more charming.

In recent times, there are plenty of options to enhance and create any hair look you want, from color, cuts, styling methods to extensions and wigs. Whatever your perception of beautiful is, there is a way to get you there and help you become your best, most confident self.

We are all about finding the cut and color and overall look that best suits you. Always take into account the time and effort you realistically can do to make your hair do what you want it to do. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for styling tips, how to use the blowdryer or hot tools and about the best products for your hair.

So what are you waiting for, it’s your time to be your best self!


Posted on January 29, 2019 .

Scalp Care Can Be Your Best Hair Care

Lola Hair Studio Experts dish about how winter hair can be conquered! Who knew a good skin care regime might be the answer?

Scalp health is the newest hair care trend for a reason. Scalp treatment is just as important in healthy hair as a heat protector. Hair and skin is comprised of very similar fats and proteins.  If the skin is blocked with sebum, dandruff or is irritated, the hair isn’t going to grow in its prime state. This can lead to hair loss, breakage, dullness, etc. If you’re not living your best hair life, maybe the root of the problem is at... The root.

Benefits of Scalp Treatments

Helps Eliminate:

Itchiness and Sensitivities

Redness and Irritation

Flakiness

Greasiness

Hair Fall

Exfoliators and deep cleansers break up and pull out dead skin cells that clog hair follicles and oil glands. This cuts the greasiness, allows the scalp to breathe and creates an environment for the follicles to rejuvenate themselves and to begin their growing cycle again. When dead cells are blocking the sebaceous glands, the oil builds up, blocking pores and follicles which can lead to hair fall. This is a treatment to look into if you have the kind of hair that never grows past your shoulders.

If you’ve been battling oily hair all your life, think about your scalp like your face. If all of the oil is stripped from the skin, the sebaceous glands will go into overdrive and you end up in a greasy cycle. Stay away from purifying shampoos for everyday use. Typically, a good skin care regime consists a gentle cleanser, exfoliation once a week and a daily moisturizer. Follow suit. Cleansing every other day is also ideal.

Hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid and niacinamide are some of the most popular skin care ingredients that are now in many hair care lines like Oribe. Oribe’s Serene Scalp and Gold Lust collections are full of these skin grade ingredients that penetrate the hair shaft and are also beneficial for the scalp.

How can we help you? Lola is one of the first salons to bring scalp treatments to Boston!  We have customized Hair Facials and Scalp Treatments to address your locks root to tip for a unique experience that will revive your scalp and hair alike so it can breathe once again.

Posted on January 29, 2019 .

Faces of Children Foundation

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The Foundation of the Faces of Children is a Boston-based, not-for-profit organization that helps fund programs and events to support children affected by craniofacial disorder. This disorder is the malformation of the face and skull (such as cleft lip) and is typically present at birth. Faces of Children provide the children and their families with the most accurate, up-to-date information about facial differences and advocates for the best possible care for children with facial differences.

In the US, approximately 600,000 individuals have been diagnosed with a craniofacial condition,

Today, the Foundation’s mission has expanded to address not only medical concerns but also psychosocial and educational issues related to craniofacial differences.  To achieve this, FFC collaborates with leading specialists to provide accurate, up-to-date information for patients and parents, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

We are donating $10 for every 3 products you buy. We are also accepting any additional donations for Faces of Childrens December 18th through December 22nd.


For more information about the Foundation for Faces of Children visit www.facesofchildren.org.

Posted on December 5, 2018 .

HairToStay

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Lola Hair Studio is proud and happy to support the HairToStay nonprofit organization for the second year in a row! This is the first and only organization dedicated to helping cancer patients afford scalp cooling, a treatment that helps reduce chemotherapy-induced hair loss. We will be donating 5% of all services between December 26th and January 5th. Keeping normalcy in one’s life can help keep the confidence that often goes a long way when facing any battle, including such a stressful, life changing ordeal as cancer.


This treatment is somewhat new to the US but has been used successfully for decades in Europe. Cooling the scalp during chemo helps prevent hair loss by reducing blood flow to hair follicle cells. This method helps expose the follicles less to chemotherapy medications and reduces the effect of chemo medications on the hair growth.


There are two kinds of caps, manual and automated. Manual caps must be changed throughout treatment. They require a source of refrigeration to keep replacement caps cold – usually dry ice, although some centers have dedicated freezers. Automated Systems are self-contained refrigeration units that continuously cool the cap during treatment, eliminating the need for multiple caps.


HairToStay was launched in April 2016, with a goal of building a national subsidy program that could be supported by partnerships with both philanthropic and commercial organizations.

HairToStay has raised over $1M and has awarded subsidies to over 800 patients!

Lola Hair Studio will be donating 5% of all services between December 26th and January 5th to help support the accessibility of these caps to patients who may otherwise not be able to afford one. Please help us in our efforts to give cancer patients an opportunity to reduce at least one stressor in their fight against cancer.

 

Posted on November 9, 2018 .

Fall Hair Inspiration

Fall is the perfect time to make a change in your hair, and it’s fun for your stylist too!  Whether you’d like to change to an easier style, a deeper shade, or new shaping, we’ve got plenty of ideas for you that are trending this fall.  See below for inspiration for men and women.

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Women’s Cuts

Everyone is cutting the long lengths!  Shorter cuts and shags are the go-to this year. No more super long beach waves, this fall it’s time to take off all of the summer damage. From chin length to collarbone, there is a cut for any face shape and texture. Go for shaggy layers on longer lengths, for an easy to care for cut with plenty of movement and styling versatility.  Styles can go from 70’s glamour to 90’s grunge or mix in a little of both.

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For shorter styles, keep the layers a little bit longer for a constructed yet soft shape. This works well on fine to medium crops. For thick or curly girls, The triangle bob is catching like wildfire. The name is intimidating but it’s cut quite like the other short bobs for straight hair, with longer layers. This cut is all about creating a shape that works with your bulk instead of deconstructing it.

Women’s Color

With the cooler days, hair color tends to get deeper, richer and more dimensional. If you’re not looking to completely overhaul your signature shade, have no fear! These fall trends are all about mixing in to what you’re already rocking.

Blondies

If you’re blonde, you’ve probably put in a lot of effort to get it there and maintain it. If you want to switch it up without creating a whole new you, why not try a new tone? A honey blonde glaze will change your look and it will be sure to fade as the weeks move into winter. Or put in a few tone on tone blonde placement pieces to create dimension, add a little depth and make your existing blonde really pop.

Ravishing Reds

There’s nothing quite like a red-head.  If you can wear red, you absolutely should, says Lola Hair Studio owner, Anna Walsh.  If you’re a natural red head, enhance your fire with a rich, high gloss color or multiple tones for a more interesting look.  Tones we’re seeing fall more in the “natural” red category or auburn. Golden Coppers, Cinnamon & Orange Infused Auburn are just a few ways to step out this fall.

If you are using color to warm up your tones, there are great ways to impart some spice. If you’re a brunette on the ashy side, weave in some auburn or ginger highlights (depending on how dark your hair is). This creates a soft cool red that still goes with your skin tone and allows you to walk on the wild side without fully committing to becoming a redhead. And chestnut tresses are a perfect match for the rose brown trend! It’s the new rose gold that can be better customized to fit any skin tone.

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Brunette

Rich, deep browns are often a fall favorite, this year tone on tone hues and color melting hold strong. If you stick to a one process, and are feeling sassy this fall, tone on tone placement pieces are your best bet. Your stylist can paint in some deeper or mixed toned placement pieces. This technique brings you color to a whole new level while still staying true to your classic brunette. Think of it as your very own signature color. Check out Mila Kunis, Vanessa Hudgens, Gal Gadot, Tessa Thompson and Olivia Culpo’s brunette shades for inspiration! Mixing warm and cool tones is totally on point this fall as well. Mushroom brown (super ugly name, super rad shades) mixes in lots of violet undertones, leaving a flattering (for almost every brunettes), smoldering pallette. For those with already ashy tones, adding neutral to warm brown adds depth and creates a smoky brown fit for a flannel/hot chocolate party.

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Men

Gone are the days of structured coifs and layering products, men’s hair is going back to basics just in time to match with the comfort of a button down flannel or a cool classic leather jacket. This fall, all men’s cuts are based on old classics with just little changes to update and customize to each crop. This means whether your hair is fine, wavy, thick, curly, straight, or thin, you can make one of these styles work.

Those who like length and need to migrate from a topknot or manbun (and please do), this season you can brush it back. This cut is great with or without a part, as you can slick it back for a more refined night out or just loosely push it back with your hands when you’re just lounging out during say.. a horror movie marathon. The length should stay between chin and collar.

Use your natural texture, done - but undone and for crying out loud put something in it!  If you have fine hair, products will help give it the look of texture and density. Thick/Wavy?  The right products will help tame the wild beast and also keep you from looking like you’re wearing a helmet.  Think Antonio Banderas. His short crop is super curly but when it’s collar length, he’s able to comb it back and keep it tamed. Bradley Cooper and Patrick Dempsey are great examples of this look working with wavy hair. Longer lengths always need extra moisture, especially curly and wavy hair. Ask your stylist what your best options are in styling and products for your hair type.

Beards are getting a little bit easier to maintain as well. No clean shaven faces here. Rocking everything from 4 day stubble to a full, grown out manicured face mane, a little slack on the trimmers is the name of the game. The one trend that's been cropping up is the beardstache. A combination of stubble and ‘stache, this allows for low maintenance upkeep as long as its groomed correctly. Grow the ‘stache beyond the corners of the mouth but not beyond the jawline. This will not work with patchy beards (sorry you guys may just need to stick to clean shaven or next day stubble). This look gives the masculine ruggedness of sporting an all out beard while still being appropriate enough to live life indoors and keep your 9 to 5. But when you do spend a night around the campfire, that little scruff will keep your face protected from the cold.

Autumn marks the beginning of a new round of social adventures. So while you’re warming up next to the fire, sipping on hot toddies or cozying up in thermals to keep warm, remember that when you look your best, your feel good confidence and energy radiate to those around you.

Posted on October 3, 2018 .