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Blondesse – the essence of blonde

Blondesse is a professional line – versatile, safe and complete – to satisfy all the blond needs both in salon and at home.

Blond will always remain one of the most iconic and loved colours by women.  This is why bleach services are the most requested service, but also the most challenging because it can damage the hair structure and the final result may be different from the expectation.

Blondesse is the new professional line designed for ensuring natural or intense lightening with delicate or extreme results.  A complete and safe bleaching system that offers all the solutions to achieve an excellent technical service, with full respect for the hair structure.  A smart line, defined by speed of execution and simple application, that caters for every technical and creative need of colourists.

The Blondesse range consist of:

6 bleach solutions
To allow the stylist to choose the most suitable bleaching product for the desired technical result based on the hair structure;
10 toners
A colour palette to customise the blonde with trendy shades;
2 treatments
Products with intoxicating fragrances and textures to maintain a perfect result both in salon and at home.

Why you will love Blondesse:

  1. Incredible professional performance
  2. Protection of the hair fibre and scalp
  3. Patented technology
  4. Complete professional system
  5. Absolute versatility
  6. Fast execution
  7. Simple application
  8. Sensory comfort
  9. Home maintenance range
  10. Competitive pricing

Blondesse offers hairdressers all the products to express their creativity, ensuring competitiveness in the market and top product performance. 

A perfect colour, shining and lasting that respects the beauty of the hair.

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Common scalp conditions: Causes and treatments

Have you experienced itchy scalp or hair loss? Ever wondered what the cause may be? Scalp diseases are becoming a common health problem these days and effects people of all ages and genders.

The scalp is quite different from other parts of our skin.  It features a large number of receptors and secretes more sebum in comparison to other parts of the body.  The hairy scalp is quite a warm environment – an ideal place for the development of fungi and micro-organisms. If you add de-hydration caused by frequent use of highly cleansing and drying shampoos, as well as the lack of proper nutrition and allergies, it turns out that the scalp is a part of our skin that is the most susceptible to various diseases.   

Here are some of the most common scalp conditions, its causes and treatments:

Scalp mycosis

Excessive hair loss, as well as flaking, itching, and burning, are the first symptoms of this fungal infection. Thus fungus especially attacks people with reduced immunity. Importantly, fungal changes affect not just the skin but also the hair itself. In the case of this condition, it is very important to react immediately after discovering the first symptoms, because this way, the treatment of mycosis will be easier.

The mycosis of the scalp has several varieties:

  • Trichophytosis – is manifested by dark spots and partial hair loss, which results in the appearance of bald, itchy patches on the head;
  • Microsporosis – shows spots on the skin similar to the above-mentioned, but it spreads much faster than other types of this disease;
  • Favus – is manifested by the loss of most hair and yellow exfoliation on the skin, which is not only itchy but also has a very unpleasant odour.

Accurate diagnosis is the first step to introducing proper care and treatment. It is necessary to use preparations with fungicidal components (usually oral), sanitizing ointments, as well as shampoo with ketoconazole. Frequent hair trimming and replacement of all existing hair accessories such as brushes, combs, etc. are also necessary.

Seborrheic dermatitis

This is a scalp disease often mentioned as a type of dandruff, because one of the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis is strong skin exfoliation. The biggest problem resulting from this disease is chronic inflammation with a tendency to recur, as well as erythema and crusts forming on the surface of the skin. Interestingly, seborrheic dermatitis is seasonal – it’s more likely to appear in autumn and winter. What’s more, there is no single cause – the disease is the result of many changes including hormonal, immunological as well as external (fungi, diet, and hygiene).

Scalp psoriasis

One of the most serious scalp diseases is psoriasis. This is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the immune system attacks other cells in the body. Scalp psoriasis is manifested by disturbed processes of renewal and exfoliation of the epidermis. The skin cells multiply too quickly, the epidermis grows, and then it strips and forms large scales. The symptoms of psoriasis cannot be mistaken for any other. Unfortunately, the treatment of this condition is very difficult – you cannot use any oily and thick preparations on your hair, only drugs prescribed by a dermatologist and special shampoos.

Dandruff

When discussing scalp diseases, it is impossible not to mention dandruff. It is an uncomfortable condition that, unfortunately, affects more and more people. Sometimes it is a once-off problem, but it can be recurring. The causes of dandruff are also different: from genetic conditions, stress and hormonal disorders, to mistakes in daily care and … fungi!

There are several types of dandruff:

  • Dry Skin-related Dandruff – the most common variety, without inflammation, manifested by small, white patches of dry skin that peels off and falls off;
  • Oily Scalp-related Dandruff – it often develops from dry dandruff, is accompanied by inflammation and pruritus, is manifested by yellow scales on the skin and greasy hair;
  • Tinea versicolor – is a fungal infection of the skin, which is manifested by dark or yellowish discolorations on the skin (not necessarily only on the head) and pruritus;
  • Pityriasis rosea – often affects children and adolescents, it is manifested by tiny red spots on various parts of the body, which disappear spontaneously after about a month;
  • Seborrheic dandruff – a variation of oil-related dandruff treated as an allergy, which is also accompanied by seborrhoea, without yellow flakes of the skin, but with white and dry flakes.

The easiest way to get rid of dandruff is to use anti-dandruff shampoos, but it is worth remembering that these can be addictive.  My word of advice: it’s best to go to the doctor.

Tinea capitis

Ringworm of the scalp is a fungal infection of the scalp and hair shafts. The signs and symptoms of ringworm of the scalp may vary, but it usually appears as itchy, scaly, bald patches on the head. Ringworm of the scalp, a highly contagious infection, is most common in toddlers and school-age children.

Choice of treatment for tinea capitis is determined by the species of fungus concerned and the degree of inflammation.  Topical treatment alone usually is ineffective and is not recommended for the management of tinea capitis. In these cases, please consult with a doctor.

Pediculosis

Schools are the easiest place to get infected with lice, a disease for which human louse is responsible.  This is a small insect that feeds on blood from the scalp. The first step in the treatment of head lice is, unfortunately … hair cutting. Subsequently, pharmacotherapy should be used, e.g. in the form of permethrin shampoos. One of the effective gadgets that help you get rid of lice is an electronic comb. However, of course, you can also reach for homemade ways to get rid of lice (e.g. essential oils, vinegar, rosemary rinses) and ensure proper hygiene.

Alopecia

Alopecia is another serious scalp disease. Of course, this is mainly about hair loss in far too large and uncontrolled quantities. The most common causes of baldness include stress, iron, and folic acid deficiency, pregnancy, chronic illness, taking medicines, and hormonal disorders, e.g. hypothyroidism.

Alopecia may have several forms:

  • Androgenic alopecia – Pattern hair loss, can be male- and female- (MPHL or FPHL).  This is definitely the most common cause of hair loss and effects up to 70% of men and 40% of women).  This results from changes in the dihydrotestosterone level;
  • Alopecia areata – an autoimmune disease of the scalp, in which the hair falls out in whole parts, leaving hairless areas;
  • Telogen effluvium – it is most often caused by the disappearance of hair follicles as a result of hormonal disorders, poisoning, infection or the use of certain drugs;
  • Cicatricle Alopecia – alopecia caused by chronic inflammation, congenital defects, cancer or mechanical injuries, the effect of which is irreversible.

Antibiotic therapy is the most common treatment for alopecia. You can also use hair ampules, herbal scalp lotions, face masks and natural oils that, when massaged into the scalp, restore the natural activity of hair follicles and stimulate the work of hair bulbs.

Treating of scalp conditions depend on the disease. Some products will help overcome dandruff, while others will serve to get rid of lice. Each case is worth consulting with a trichologist or dermatologist to choose the right methods of treatment.

However, you can follow a number of rules that are worth incorporating in the daily care in all of the cases. Diseases of the scalp significantly weaken and irritate it, which is why a good solution is to alleviate these irritations and provide the skin with everything that is needed – vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, humectants.

  • Make sure to provide an optimal hydration of the scalp, it cannot be too dry.
  • Use only gentle shampoos for hair and scalp washing.
  • Avoid things that can irritate, for instance, cosmetics with alcohol, styling cosmetics.
  • Reduce blow-drying, straightening, and hot styling.
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Why Hydrogen Peroxide is added to hair colour

In order for permanent hair colour to work, it needs oxygen.  The harder you want the colour to work, the more oxygen you need. 

Hydrogen peroxide is an acid substance, pH 3.5 and is composed of 2 Hydrogen atoms (H) and 2 Oxygen atoms (O).  When the oxidising substance in the colour formula (i.e. ammonia) comes into contact with the Hydrogen peroxide, it releases the Oxygen from the compound. 

Hydrogen peroxide carries out the following functions:

Hydrogen peroxide balances the pH of the cosmetic colour

How much Hydrogen peroxide you need (the mixing ratio), depends on the pH of the colour formula.  Very alkaline substances damage the disulphide bonds in the hair structure causing damage and breakage.  The pH of the normal Inebrya tints are 9.5.  In order to balance the pH of the combination a mixing ratio of 1:1.5 is recommended.  This will lower the pH of the tint to an acceptable level to protect the integrity of the hair.  The Inebrya Superlighteners have a pH of 12 – thus more hydrogen peroxide is needed (a mixing ratio of 1:2) in order to bring down the pH of the mixture to within acceptable levels.

Hydrogen peroxide lifts the natural melanin from the hair

Hydrogen peroxide is labeled using either a %, a volume, or both.  Both measures indicate the concentration of oxygen available from the hydrogen peroxide contained in the bottle.

The % indicates the % of the content of the bottle that is pure Hydrogen peroxide.  The balance is water.  The Vol indicates the volume of oxygen that is released for every ml of contents.  For example, 1 ml of 20 Vol (6%) Hydrogen peroxide will release 20 ml of Oxygen. 

The concentration of oxygen in the Hydrogen peroxide will determine how much natural melanin will be removed from the hair.  Most hair colors require at least 1.5% peroxide to develop pigments contained in the color formulation.  Any remaining value in the peroxide creates the lift. 

Thus, the higher the volume or percentage, the more natural melanin will be removed and the lighter the hair will become.  Using too high of a volume developer can result in unnecessary lightening and major damage to the hair.  Too low a volume, and you may not get as light as you want.

Please keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide removes natural melanin and will not remove cosmetic colour.

Hydrogen peroxide oxidizes the pigments responsible for coloring the hair

When the Hydrogen peroxide is mixed with the colour formula, the oxidizing substance i.e. triggers the release of the oxygen that causes the colour molecules to polymerize and oxidise, getting trapped within the hair structure, thereby changing the colour of the hair.

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Fact or Myth? Does brushing make your hair healthier?

We all have heard some stories and old wives tales, especially about hair.  Everyone has tried at least one of the little experiments passed on from generation to generation – some even with disastrous outcome and other just for being silly. But which of them can we actually believe?

Hair Myth 1: Brush 100 times a day for healthier hair.

Harsh and excessive brushing is now know to risk damaging your mane. Brushing pulls out hair that isn’t ready to fall out, often breaks healthy hairs, and scratches the scalp. Brush gently for styling only – not to stimulate the scalp.