5 Hair Time Drains and How to Remedy Them

Does your hair seem to be taking up more and more of your time?  Here are some solutions to a few common hair time drains.

Time Drain #1-You start blow-drying your hair too soonrusk speed freak

It takes longer to style dripping wet hair and it is more prone to breaking at this stage.  Save time and your hair by flipping your head over and blow dry to get the excess water out (added bonus this will give you great volume!).  Then flip your head over and blow dry to get the excess water out (added bonus this will give you great volume!).   Then pin or clip it up and let it air dry some while you continue getting your outfit or some of your make-up started.  When your hair is about 80% dry start styling it by pinning it in sections, and while using a round blow dry the rest of your hair dry section by section.  It is important to use a concentrator on your blow dryer at this step (see left for image).  A concentrator allows all the air flow to be focused on the one section you are working on and cuts down on frizz and fly a ways.

Time Drain #2-You wash your hair too often

Just because you are taking a shower does not mean you need to wash your hair.  Unless your hair is oily or you have product build-up you should not wash your hair.  The longer you can go without washing your hair will not only save you time but will also be healthier for your hair.  Crazy I know, it sounds so backwards to not wash your hair.  But shampoos are cleansers – they are meant to get everything out of your hair and clean your scalp and unfortunately shampoos not only take the gunk out of your hair but also removes the essential sebum or oil from your scalp your hair needs and dries out strands as well.  If you find your hair to be too dry it is probably because you are washing it too frequently.  Depending on your hair type you should only be washing your hair 3-4 times per week and again the longer you can go the better!  Another added bonus to washing your hair as often if you color your hair is that the color is going to last longer, the more you wash your hair the more the color is going to fade.  Skipping the wash also allows you to skip the blow dry and the less heat you can put on your hair the better!  So save money and again time and the health of your hair and don’t wash it so much ladies.

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Time Drain #3-You don’t know how to fix a bad hair day

Some days you just can’t fit your hair you just have to go with it.  If you have short hair embrace the messy look!  Apply a dime-size amount of pomade to your hair and tousle it with your fingers this will make your hair instantly modern but put together.  For longer hair try a topknot which is all the rage right now!  It might take a little practice so you may want to try it when you have some time on   your hands to master everything.  Start by putting your hair into a high ponytail, then dividing the tail into three sections.  Wrap the first section loosely around the elastic band and bobby pin it  in place.  Continue with the other two sections wrapping them in the same direction around the elastic and secure them with bobby pins.  This will create a big, slightly messy, high bun perfect for any occasion and add a bold lip color like Lauren Conrad to really spice up your look!


Time Drain #4-You use too many products


whipped cremeIf your hair is limp, greasy, dull, or lifeless especially right after you wash it odds are you are using too many products.  If you are layering product after product and still not getting the results you are looking for and then compensate with layering more products you are using the wrong products for your hair.  When it comes to products less is more we promise,  you should only be using a maximum of four products-shampoo, conditioner, styler, and finisher.  Using any more is weighing your hair down and is probably making you wash your hair more and in turn damaging it more.  If you are a product junky then start but limiting your hair product arsenal to the bare essentials and by using a clarifying cleanser to start fresh and remove all the product build up.  Here at Lather Hair Salon we use and highly recommend Nioxin’s Clarifying Cleanser, it gently neutralizes hard water mineral deposits, chlorine and environmental and styling product build-up.  As far as the bare essentials you should have a professional brand shampoo (if you color your hair make sure it is a color-protecting shampoo to add more life to your color), a professional moisturizing conditioner, a root-lifting spray or mousse or some sort of heat protectant (we live by Sebastian lite weight Whipped Creme Styling Whip at Lather-added bonus it smells just like whipped cream!), and finally a finishing spray or polish to smooth everything.  Again if you can not get the look you want with the four products you are using the wrong ones for you hair and should consult your stylist about what would work best for your hair type.


Time Drain #5-You have the wrong cut for your lifestyle

If you can’t maintain your haircut at home yourself, it is too high maintenance for your needs.  When you go to your stylist it is very important to be as honest as possible about home much time you will and are able to put into your hair on a daily basis and to be honest about your hair skill level.  On the other side of this it is extremely important that your stylist is asking you these questions and is able to educate you on your hair.  Don’t resist your hair type, you are only torturing yourself-work with what you got!  If your hair is fine and straight consider a blunt chin to shoulder length bob; your hair will fall in sheets that stack up building volume.  For thicker straight hair graduated layers that are shortest at the shoulder and taper down the back works best because it gives your hair movement.  If it’s fine but wavier go for a shoulder length or shorter layered look; the layers build body and you won’t constantly be working to make your hair straight because it’s not in a precise bob.  If your hair is thick and wavy you may need a few layers so that it doesn’t get too heavy and is best to have it shoulder length or longer.  Another haircut mistake people make that add time to their everyday routines are bangs.  You shouldn’t have to fight them every morning, not everyone is cut out for bangs.  Like the rest of your hair make sure to ask your stylist to work with your natural texture and part when cutting your bangs.  If you have a cowlick your bangs will need to be thick and heavy.  If you have course or wavy hair get your bangs cut on an angle (shorter over one eye and longer over the other) that way they won’t have to lie perfectly flat.  If your hair is super straight don’t fight mother nature with a side bang instead go with short, straight bangs that just graze the eyebrows.  Use the weight of your hair and it’s natural texture to your advantage, don’t fight mother nature!


Lathers September Product of the Month

We would like to feature Nioxin’s DiaMax this month as an truly amazing product.  DiaMax  has a a fusion of Niacinamide, Panthenol and Caffeine and is proven to 1. increase the diameter of  each existing hair strand, 2. penetrate hair and make it fuller and more manageable, and 3. strengthen hair resilience against breakage.  Nioxin’s intensive therapy DiaMax also uses HTX, an advanced thickening complex containing a fusion of a number of ingredients.  DiaMax is a leave on product that you apply throughout the scalp and massage gently at the roots and style as normal.  It is a simple easy product to add to your hair routine that will make your hair fuller.

For more information feel free to contact Lather via email or phone or also Nioxin (http://nioxin.com/en-US/home-page.aspx) to explore all they have to offer for promoting strong healthy hair!


New Towne & Reese is Here!!

Lather Hair Salon is so excited to have the new Towne & Reese line!!  We have expanded our collection to include amazing pieces from the Summer/Fall line.  Whether you are looking for something everyday or more of a statement piece Lather has a great variety of Towne and Reese pieces.  Stop in today and pick out that perfect gift for someone or spoil yourself with something great!



Keep it simple with these Silver or Gold Hannah Earrings:

  add a dose of elegance with these May earrings that make a huge statement!

We love this Laci necklace!  It hits you right at your collar bone which makes it the perfect everyday necklace.

This  Avery Necklace comes in red/orange and aqua and adds a bright pop of color to any outfit.

It’s Finally Here…

We are so excited to finally have our TIGI Cosmetics here at Lather Hair Salon!!  TIGI Cosmetics reflects your every style. Premium ingredients create effortless application with staying power. Clean, clear and modern; it’s apparent from your first glimpse that this is a cosmetic line that will do more than conceal, it celebrates and reveals what’s more important to you, yourself.   TIGI has been voted favorite professional makeup 7 years in a row and is a multi-generational and multi-cultural line that truly has something for everyone.  You can use our eyeshadows as wet or dry to create dramatic effects.  The newly released waterproof eyeliners and mascaras are a must for all women!  Lather Hair Salon is carrying the entire TIGI Cosmetics Line everything from Mineral Tint and Concealer Pencils to Whipped Foundation and High Density Eye Shadows so stop in today to check out all amazing TIGI make up at Lather Hair Salon.


Adding Volume to Your Hair

A lot of women struggle with having limp lifeless hair and it can be a bit overwhelming when trying to figure out what will work to add more volume to your hair.  Here are a few different easy tips to try to get the most volume out of your hair.  The first thing is super easy and simple try adjusting your part.  Your hair can get use to the same part you use so try mixing it up by parting it to the side if you usually part in the middle to part the opposite way or in the middle if you part to the side.


Of course if you are looking for more volume, volumizing products are a must!  Lather Hair Salon carries and recommends Sebastian’s Volupt line of shampoo and conditioner for a great shampoo/conditioner while still adding volume.  Revolutionary cushion particle technology constructs your hair into a harmony of soft volumes while shielding-in the lightness for a color safe shampoo and conditioner.  Sebastian’s Volupt Spray can provide extra volume after using Volupt shampoo and conditioner.  Just apply to damp hair and blow-dry as normally done.  Some other amazing root and volume boosting products that Lather offers are Aquage uplifting foam, Nioxin root lifter (which is great for thinning or very fine hair), and Big Sexy Hair’s Backcomb in a Bottle which is applied to dry hair to add even more lift after dried.


Another great tip to add more volume to your hair that a lot of people do not think about is to not wash your hair too often.  We have mentioned in previous posts about how actually washing your hair less is better for it.  This is because it doesn’t dry it out as much and it will also help build up your volume because it is a little dirtier.  You are probably thinking well that’s all fine and good but what about my extremely greasy hair.  I have the solution…dry shampoo!  This miracle in a can/bottle seriously needs to be in everyone’s beauty supply for this reason just spray some at the roots and you are good to go until your next wash.  It is a much better way of getting a few more days in between your washes to make your hair that much healthier.


Believe it or not adding some color to your hair also adds some volume through dimension.  If you already color your hair it is an added bonus and if you don’t you can always work your way in.  Hair color can be overwhelming but finding the right salon and stylist to really work with you on what your hair wants and needs are is key!  The great thing about color is that you can do a lot or just a little.  Lather Hair Salon offers a great intro into color with our 10 foils or less service.  It is exactly what it says and you can just add some face framing highlights to add dimension and introduce you into the wonderful world of color!




Trying out a different cut and style could also boost your volume.  Again having a trained and qualified stylist that knows hair type and textures is key.  Also being completely up front with your stylist to let them know your hair routine is very important.  If you are someone who spends minimal time on styling your hair daily then your stylist should be recommending a very different haircut for you.  Compared to someone who spends a lengthy amount of time styling their hair daily.


Besides dry shampoo a teasing brush is going to be your best friend when it comes to adding volume.  The great thing about a teasing or backcombing is that you can add just a little or you can add a lot for a big night on the town, it is all up to you.  Do however be gentle because teasing too much and too often can damage hair so just ease your way into it and see what amount works best for your hair.


Curls add tons of volume so if you are lucky enough to have curly, wavy, or if you hair is able to hold curl fairly well this will be your best volumizing technique!  If you have natural curl/wave you can just wear your hair that way.  Simply add a little curl cream, Tigi’s Catwalk Curlesque Collection: Curls Rock Amplifier is Lather’s favorite, and let it air dry or you can also diffuse it.  A diffuser can be purchased pretty inexpensively from pretty much any local store and you can get a universal one to slip onto the end of your blow dryer.  The way it works is it just spreads or diffuses the air so that the curls hold their definition.  If your hair does not have naturally curl/wave or if you want to enhance your natural body you can simply supplement with a curling iron.


If you have not been blessed with curly/wavy hair and your hair refuses to hold any curls you try to put into it, don’t worry you can go the other route.  You can now focus your efforts on an amazing blow out.  The key to a great blow out is sections!  Small sections allow you to concentrate the heat from your blow dryer and it helps with the manageability of having to hold the blow dryer and round brush.  Another tip for a great blow out is finding the right size of round brush so that it is not too small if you have long hair and not too big if you have short hair.


No matter how much volume you are looking to put into your hair these tips are all great and can be used individually or combined.  Everyone can increase the volume of their hair with just a little work!!




Towne & Reese and Twistbands Now at Lather!!


Lather is so excited to now be carrying the Towne and Reese Jewelry line and Twistbands.  Twistbands are the latest hair tie and accessory that won’t dent or damage your hair and have been worn by many celebrities such as Kristin Cavalari, Kendall Jenner, Gwyneth Paltrow, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills just to name a few.  The soft super comfortable elastic bands are durable and will hold your pony in its place no matter what you are doing.  Our favorite part is that they also double as a cute accessory while on your wrist instead of a grungy old plain hair tie.  Towne & Reese is an amazing jewelry line that is super fashionable AND  affordable.  You may have seen Emily Maynard from The Bachelorette wearing tons of the amazing Towne and Reese jewelry.  She is a huge fan of the line and is also from the Charlotte, North Carolina area where Towne and Reese is based.  Come check out both lines at Lather we have an amazing selection and variety of both Twistbands and Towne & Reese jewelry and we are so excited to share both of these lines with everyone!!




The Heat is Coming!

So the hot humid heat is coming along with many pool and beach days which is great for relaxing and spending time with friends and family, but not so great for your hair.  One trick to preserve your healthy hair are deep conditioners.  The hot humid weather is going to create frizz and your hair being wet and the salt is going to really dry it out.  There are great deep conditioners that you can buy and do your self at home, Lather loves Sebastian Drench deep-moisturizing treatment.  This amazing product provides hair with deep intensive moisture retention.  It is great for normal or damaged hair and makes it feel conditioned, silky, moisturized, and healthy.    This product is great to use at home as often as once a week and it is also great to pair it with a salon deep conditioner as well.  It is great to alternate with at home treatments and salon deep conditioners because after applied the deep conditioner “processes” under heat which opens up the cuticle of your hair to really let the deep conditioner penetrate in.  Lather knows the importance of a deep conditioner especially during the hot humid months in the south and offers $10 deep conditioners every Tuesday and offers Sebastian Drench deep-moisturizing treatment for your at home in-between visits.


It’s all about the eyebrows

So your eyebrows can really make or break the way your face looks, they offer definition and frame your eyes; and they really can not be ignored.  It’s hard sometimes, you get caught up in the daily grind of going, going, going and then one day we look in the mirror and it seems that your eyebrows are taking over you face, not a good feeling!  Everyone has different shaped eyebrows that accentuate certain facial features so the shaping of a persons eyebrows is very individualized.  To find your brow’s starting point, all you need to do is hold a thin makeup brush against your nose.  The point where the brush touches your brow is going to be your starting point.  As for your brow’s end, tilt the same brush from your nose diagonally until it lands on a point at the corner of your eye.  Then according to your face shape, size, and features your eyebrows and then be shaped to accurate your face.  In the image you can see exactly how to get the right shaped brows based on your eye shape and how much of a difference it can make.

There  are numerous different ways to keep your eyebrows in shape.  There is the traditional tweezer method, threading which is done with a pure, thin, twisted cotton thread, and waxing done with hot wax and wax strip.  With tweezing you are only getting rid of one hair at a time which can be time-consuming and you can also get easily carried away.  Then there is threading and waxing which get rid of multiple hairs at one time so it is more time effective and also offers a cleaner line.  Threading is gaining popularity lately but some say it can be more painful than waxing or tweezing so it may take some time to get us to.  Then there is waxing which is extremely popular because it is quick and the pain is more minimal.  Which ever method you prefer eyebrow shaping is a must, so no more excuses!! And that goes for you men too, your eyebrows need to be trimmed up as well. Everyone needs to be keeping up with nicely framed polished eyebrows, it really does make a huge impact on how your face looks.

Thinning Hair


Thinning hair can be an extremely embarrassing topic for clients to talk about even to their hair stylist; however, it is very important to talk about your problems and concerns openly so that your stylist can recommend the proper products and solutions for your hair type.  Luckily there is entire line of products that is formulated to help thinning hair and has shown proven results.  Nioxin is the #1 stylist recommended thinning-hair brand in the US and the customized range of hair and scalp products is proven to deliver noticeably thicker, denser-looking hair.


One of the unique things about Nioxin is that it focuses on 5 different effects for thicker fuller hair.

1. Reduces Hair Breakage: Have you spotted a receding hairline, thinning crown or a wider parting? Thinning hair is often only recognized when styling reveals an increasingly larger proportion of the scalp. NIOXIN is designed to make hair strong, healthy and thicker-looking.


2. Delivers Denser Looking Hair: Does a lot of hair remain in the basin after you’ve had a shower? Or in your hairbrush after brushing? Both can be signs of hair breakage. Nioxin reduces breakage by smoothing and protecting the cuticle – the outer layer of the hair shaft.


3. Amplifies Hair Texture: Does you hair lack fullness and body? And do you find that conditioners often weigh it down? Several factors, including age and cuticle damage, can cause hair to become thinner. NIOXIN increases the fullness of individual strands of hair, ensuring it is healthy, vibrant and looks radiantly thick.


4. Strengths Hair Against Cuticle Damage: Does you hair look dull and lifeless, and have split ends?  Has your hair lost its vibrancy and health? Cuticle damage, where the outer casing of your hair becomes rough and frayed, and can rob your hair of its natural beauty. NIOXIN’s blend of ingredients strengthens individual hairs against cuticle damage, and protects against styling and the elements.


5. Cleanses Excessive Sebum: Do you suffer from an oily scalp and hair?Or, alternatively, is your scalp dry and itchy? Both can point to excessive production and build up of sebum – a naturally occurring substance that contributes to greasy hair. NIOXIN thoroughly cleanses the scalp, removing excess sebum and helping hair maintain its vitality.


 Here at Lather we carry an abundance of Nioxin products; everything from shampoo and conditioners, styling products, and even vitamins specialized specifically for hair growth.  If you are experiencing any problems with hair loss, thinning hair, breakage, or scalp build up we highly recommend the Nioxin line.  If you are unsure of exactly what your hair type needs you can always meet with your stylist or stop in and we can walk you through it.

Root Lifter

Lather is now carrying Big Sexy Hair Root Lifter.  This product is great for any hair type to add great volume to any hair do.  This root lifter is nice and lite so it won’t weigh your hair down while adding great volume.  All you have to do is spray it on your towel dried roots and blowdry as normal.


Stylist Becky Bartlett says “Big Sexy Hair Root Lifter is the only root lifter I use and it is the only product that I must have at all times.  It is definitely my go-to product!”  Stop into Lather and pick up this great root lifter for only $19.95