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Hair & Scalp Care

There are blogs all over the internet giving advice on how to care for your hair. They make promises of long luxurious locks just like theirs. They name products and have you believing that you too can have hair like them. Unfortunately, it’s easier than that and also not as easy as that.

What we need to start off with are the 3 basics of all Hair & Scalp Care: internal health & genetics, external care of the hair and environmental factors. You may not believe they are are related but they definitely are. Hair grows from beneath the skin in the hair bulb. The actual hair shaft then emerges out from the scalp and while its no longer living, it does need maintenance.

With regards to genetics, you have the hair you are born with. If you were born with fine hair with a low density amount, you cannot have thick hair with high density. Genetics also plays a major part in hair issues you may encounter in the future. When the hair is forming in the bulb, it depends entirely on the blood supply given to it. This is where drinking plenty of water, vitamins and nutrients play a role. Exercising is also important because it becomes oxygen enriched and allows the blood to travel at a more excessive rate than being sedentary.

Environmental factors can also affect how your hair looks. Do you roast your hair in the sun? Smoke? Drink excessive alcohol? Well water, filled with harsh minerals can make your hair feel rough and unmanageable. Having surgery and being under anesthesia can also have an impact on hair growth and appearance. Lets not forget medication and recreational drugs.

Now let’s talk External Care of the Hair and Scalp. Everything we do and put on our hair and scalp can affect its integrity and appearance. Two things need to be considered: What am I using/doing to my hair? and What am I physically doing to maintain it? The hair is made up of 3 layers. The 1st layer is the Cuticle. It acts as the “security guard” of the hair. If a product is given permission to enter, it will be allowed. Otherwise, the “guard” will make it  “wait outside”. The Cortex layer is “the Boss” of the hair. Here, chemical processes occur and break the bonds in the hair that will either change its texture or its color.

The idea is trying to maintain the integrity of the Cuticle at all times and if the Cortex bonds are permanently changed, what do you need to do now? This is where the pH scale is introduced. Everything that contains water has a pH rating. It ranges from 0 to 14.  An item is considered acidic if it falls below 7 on the scale and alkali if over 7. Seven is water and considered neutral.  Hair and Skin generally fall around 4.5 to 5.5, making it slightly acidic. Any item applied to the hair that is alkali swells the cuticle, allowing the chemical to penetrate into the cortex layer. Adversely, any item applied to the hair that is acidic closes the cuticle. Hair products that are extremely high or low on the pH scale can have adverse affects on both skin and hair and be left seriously damaged. Once damage is done to the cuticle layer of the hair, it cannot be repaired. Intense salon treatments are needed to manage the hair and keep the remaining health of the Cuticle intact.

No one thinks of how important daily care of hair and scalp really is. It is essential to ensure that the hair is healthy and growing at its optimal rate. Just as it important to brush your teeth regularly or wash our bodies, so it is with our scalp and hair.  If the hair and scalp are not cleaned on a regular basis, it is very possible to catch an infection or other nuance like fungus or bacterial growth. The scalp needs to be exfoliated of dirt, hair care products, built up natural oils and dead skin cells.  If you have a skin/scalp condition like dandruff, psoriasis or eczema , it’s even more important to have a consistent plan to deal with the condition.

It is simply a matter of trial and error to find the right products for your hair type and/or issues. A product that works for your girlfriend may not necessarily work for you. Consider your hair type, what chemicals are present in your hair and what issues you may be having. Someone with very fine hair who also has color in her hair may need a light moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair. Someone with very coarse curly hair may need a rich concentrated shampoo and conditioner with heavy emollients, followed by styling products to help detangle and define the curls. If you have a scalp condition, medicated shampoos are needed. It may need to go beyond that by seeking medical advice of a dermatologist.

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Straight Variations

Straight Variations

There are so many services offered by the salon that can help you achieve the look you want. For years, Japanese Straightening has allowed those with extreme curls or frizziness to have sleek permanently straight hair. But what if you like your curl but just need it to be more manageable or have it’s volume reduced? What if you want straight hair but want to keep the volume?

Now you have a say in how you want your hair to look. You’re not trapped in either a curly ‘do or the flat straight locks. You now have a choice! How is this accomplished?

With our multi-purpose Straight Variations.

Straight Variations:

Easier to Manage Hair

Choose the Look you Want

Straight Variations is in the chemical family of the Japanese Straightening

but provides more freedom.

It’s a two to three-step process. The first step “Thioglycolate” softens the bonds of the hair.

The second step may require a light blow dry for smoothness, if that’s the look you want or we can skip this step and go straight to the “oxidizer”  which puts the bonds back together. Straight Variations restructures the hair molecules to reduce frizz and curl volume, making the hair softer, smoother, shinier, with hair that is more manageable and moisture balanced.

Straight Variations is an alternative to formaldehyde smoothing systems, sodium hydroxide relaxers and other harsh chemical services. This is similar to a Thermal Reconditioning but without the tedious and time staking blow dry and flat iron work during a Thermal Recondition process.

  • Eliminates overlapping when doing a retouch. Helps the stylist to apply the best strength to the areas of the head that have uneven porosity or other chemicals present.

  • Does not burn.

  • Stylist can take their time applying the solution.

  • The shine and manageability is unbelievable.

  • Less time needed for styling.

  • Less product needed.

  • Hair will retain it’s elasticity

Unlike the Japanese Straightening, less time is needed, taking only 2-3 more, including styling. How often you come in to do your new growth depends on your look and how different your hair is from its natural texture.

It is safe to switch from the Straight Variation method to The New and Improved Gina Curl and the Thermal Reconditioning Continue reading



The Gina Curl

Gina Rivera from Hair’s Talent in East Haven Connecticut has been doing the Japanese Straightening / Thermal Reconditioning on ALL textures of hair since 1999, even when it was told it could not be done on African American hair Texture. “Hair is Hair”. Although now the trend of switching from chemical to natural doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all! Gina decided she needed to come up with a new technique that can  satisfy these clients to able to choose the curl they are looking for, retain health & provide more manageability.Gina has been doing her original Gina Curl for over 20 years now. Many clients love the fact that it helped their hair to grow healthier. This technique worked out wonderful for years because these clients kept their hair short & didn’t care about retaining length. Now with more clients going natural & having longer hair,Gina needed to come up with another technique. She was concerned about overlapping chemical with the old Gina Curl. Back in September 2012, She created a new technique for the Gina Curl to overcome this obstacle,using the Japanese Straightening chemical & rodding with no chemical.(So no need to worry about to much tension) The results are beautiful and the hair is healthier as a result of not overlapping.When the client comes for a retouch Gina can apply the chemical only to the new growth & add protection to the ends. This eliminates any over lapping keeping the ends healthier. Clients are loving her new technique & are traveling from all over the USA to receive this service from Gina.

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Hair’s Talent is coming to San Antonio Texas

Hair’s Talent is Planning on Coming to San Antonio Texas!

After answering all the phone calls and email requests, Hair’s Talent is now taking Thermal Reconditioning / Japanese Straightening and The New And Improved Gina Curl on the road to Texas!

We were invited to come to Texas by a client who will be arranging dates and a location for us.

 Do you wish for smooth silky straight hair?? Looking for an alternative to relaxer? Something far less damaging? Are you just looking to relax your natural curl to make it easier to maintain? Or are you looking to loosen up your natural texture with loose soft curls or looser coils? Well, we have an answer!

We will conduct online consultations before coming and set you up for your appointment. As a new client, you will receive a consultation going over what your desired look is and your past hair history. We’ll go over any health issues that might be affecting your hair and design a personalized Hair Care Plan. To view exactly what this process is all about, look up our YouTube videos

Please email us if you or someone you know is interested.

If you are a stylist and you are interested in our specialized techniques, we will be willing to train you while doing these clients.


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Thermal Reconditioning / Japanese Straightening – a permanent chemical service that straightens your curls and waves and eliminates frizz. It gives your hair a sleek, shiny and silky feel.

Straight Variations– from the chemical family of the Japanese Straightening but provides more freedom. It is a permanent, retexturizing service that can reduce your curl up to 70%, smooth hair and eliminate frizz, bulk and weight. A healthy alternative to formaldehyde smoothing systems, sodium hydroxide relaxers and other harsh chemical services.

The New and Improved Gina Curl – is an alternative to formaldehyde smoothing systems, sodium hydroxide relaxers and other harsh chemical services, allowing you to have a soft curl pattern, looser coil or a natural wave. This is similar to a Thermal Reconditioning using the same products but requires a rod set instead of the use of blow dryer or flat iron during a Thermal Recondition process.

All 3 techniques

• Eliminates overlapping when doing a retouch .

• Helps the stylist to apply the best strength to the areas of the head that have uneven porosity or other chemicals present.

• Does not burn.

• Stylist can take their time applying the solution.

• The shine and manageability is unbelievable.

• Less time needed for styling.

• Less product needed

PPT Treatment – a 2-level molecular Protein treatment used to maintain the strength of your hair after any chemical service.