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Spring Clean Your Products

March is here and with it, the first official day of Spring! This year, get ready for summer by clearing out your old hair products and making way for new and exciting products that are perfect for the warmer weather.

What to Trash:

Did you know that most hair products have an expiration date? The vast majority of gels, creams, and other products that come into regular contact with your hands and hair have an accepted shelf life of 18 months.

So that pomade you bought when you got your first pixie cut two years ago has got to go!

Other products that can go bad before you run out include some kinds of shampoo and conditioner. There are no expiration dates on shampoo and conditioner, so we recommend you discard any unused product after 6 months of opening.

You can check to see if your products are going bad easily. Any change in smell or texture, any separation or curdling, or any discoloration are sure indications that a product has gone bad!

What to Treasure:

Unlike creams and gels that make regular contact with your hands and hair, most products in spray cans have a much longer shelf life. Hair spray, for example, is sealed and has much less opportunity for contamination.

Likewise if you’ve never opened a product – if it was a gift or a promotional sample – and you acquired that product in the last 3 years, it’s most likely safe to keep it and take it for a spin.

If you have any question as to whether or not a product has expired, make sure to test it on a paper towel, napkin, or tissue before applying it to your skin and hair!

Make it Last:

You can extend the life of all your hair care products by following a few simple (but possibly surprising) steps!

  1. Store away from direct sunlight
  2. Store away from heat sources such as radiators, heat vents & towel warmers
  3. Store away from water
    1. Water is a key ingredient in the growth of mold and mildew, so many experts recommend drying your hair products and storing them in a cabinet after use.

Out With the Old….

And in the with the new! Now that you’ve got some extra space in your hair care regimen, come into Blades Salon and let us advise you on the best, most effective products for your hair type.

Red Carpet Style

With Awards Season in full effect, we thought we’d show you some red carpet styles you can steal. Need help achieving the perfect ‘do for the special day? Blades offers bridal and formal services to help get you ready for your close up.

Adele’s Elegant Updo: We love this elegant updo with a retro twist! Perfect for everything from bridesmaids to school formals, this red carpet look adds an element of sophistication to the classic chignon. Pair it with a winged eyeliner and red lip and you’ll be the bombshell of the ball! Read More

Make the Most of Winter Style

Masters of winter, the Dutch have developed a concept of coziness that helps them thrive through the dark, gloomy days: Hygge. What is hygge? Pronounced hue-gah, it means, “a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, everyday moments more meaningful, beautiful or special.” Read More