Jul 05 2015

7 tips for healthy and gorgeous summer hair

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milk_shake summer hair

With the summer party and beach season just around the corner, now is the time to start prepping your hair so that it stays healthy, shiny and radiant. Just as the sun damages your skin, it can damage your hair, too. Saltwater and chlorine also take a toll on our tresses.

But summer doesn’t have to be the season of bad hair days. Learn how to protect your hair from the heat, sun, and humidity without turning it into an endless battle. We’re sharing some tips and tricks that will help keep your strands in top shape through beach, pool, and sun.

milkshake summer hair


Tip #1: Protection

Your skin isn’t the only part of your body that needs a sun protection. Your strands are susceptible to sun damage, too. Exposure to damaging UV rays causes hair to become brittle, break easily, and leaves it dehydrated and unmanageable. The solution? Hair sunscreen. Make a daily habit of applying a hair care product that contains UV filters like Incredible Milk or Leave In Conditioner. These products protect hair from sun damage and help keep color-processed hair from fading.

Tip #2: The Pre-Chlorine Rinse

The sun isn’t the only thing that can leave your hair dry and brittle – chlorine is to blame in dried-out strands, too. Solution: before taking a dip in a pool, rinse your hair with non-chlorine water, first. Your hair follicle will open and soak up this water, rather than the chlorine-filled water you’re about to submerge yourself in. For a maximum protection spray your hair with Incredible Milk or Leave In Conditioner before getting into pool.

Tip #3: The Post-Chlorine Rinse

Whether it be after a nice dip in the pool or a long day at the beach, it’s a good idea to wash your hair right after exposure. Chlorine builds up on the hair and leaves a discoloring green film, and this isn’t a blonde-only problem, although the buildup is more obvious on light-colored locks. Use Deep Cleansing Shampoo which has residue-removing properties. Just be sure to follow with a deep-conditioning treatment like Milk Mask suitable for dry and damaged hair or Yogurt Mask for normal or color treated hair.

Tip #4: Moisturize

Invest in a good shampoo! Summer is the right season to switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Just as your body needs water to survive, your hair must replenish its moisture to stay healthy. Try Color Maintainer shampoo and conditioner to keep your locks shiny and healthy and protect your color from fading. For cooling effect try Sensorial Mint shampoo and conditioner that soothes the scalp and conditions the hair after a long day in the sun.

Tip #5: Reduce the heat

Try to blow-dry your hair as little as possible. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyways, so give the blow dryer a break and go au naturel if you can. Avoid flat irons, too, as they will do further damage to already-dry hair.

Tip #6: Nurture and Repair

To replenish moisture to sun-damaged strands, use deep conditioning masks at least once a week. Try Integrity Intensive Treatment with organic Muru Muru butter to deeply nourish the hair and eliminate frizz. It seals the cuticle and gives softness, shine and detangles the hair whilst preserving the integrity of hair color. Oils are also essential to smooth and repair locks and can be applied to wet or dry hair, try Argan Oil or Smoothing Maracuja Oil to give your hair extra hydration and healthy shine.

Tip #7: Fight Frizz

Just because your locks have a tendency to turn fuzzy and fly away in the heat, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a good hair day. Begin the war by starting in the shower. Argan Shampoo and Treatment with organic argan oil, silk and rice proteins will hydrate, condition and nourish your hair, eliminating the frizz. Apply Glistening Milk on damp hair to seal the cuticle and keep hair lying flat before you start with styling. As soon as your hair begins to dry, the frizz begins to form. Glistening Serum will be your best friend, because it has a blend of silicones, which coat your hair and repel frizz-causing moisture. This double-duty product act as a frizz preventative on damp hair or a frizz treatment on dry hair (or apply it for both, if you’re dealing with a serious humidity situation).

Oct 15 2014

milk_shake goes PINK

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milk_shake invites you to join our effort to provide mammograms to woman in need, a goal made possible through our partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. We are joining the fight by donating $15 000 to support breast cancer research, treatment and education. NBCF is one of the most recognized and respected breast cancer charities in the world and has received the highest 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator.

10410612_277126245827572_5433663212458307676_nLet’s go PINK together! Treat your hair with three milk_shake bestselling product while supporting the fight against breast cancer.

This year we are releasing limited edition leave in conditioner, whipped cream and incredible milk in pink bottles. As well offering a special price on these items to reach as many customers as we can with this promotion.


We would like to thank you every salon that has purchased milk_shake Go Pink products. Your support means so much to us. If you would like to learn more on the charity please visit https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/ 

We believe in a world without breast cancer and we can STOP it together!

Jul 01 2014

SUMMER solutions for your hair

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Basics of summer hair repair – How to undo the damage of sun, salt water, chlorine and other summer hair hazards. Tips from Bella Vita & Z.One Concept Educator Jeffrey Perry.

The number one issue in the summer is pool water with too much chlorine, and the lake waters with algae and chemical buildup from our farm lands. So my first recommendation would be Deep Cleansing Shampoo after every swim, it is SLS free, cleansing the hair deeply but gently, maintaining the hair’s moisture balance. Follow with Active Milk Mask for restructuring dry and damaged hair or Active Yogurt Mask for conditioning natural and color treated hair. Then I recommend following with the delectable scent and detangling qualities of the Leave In Conditioner which also has Integrity 41 and vitamin E that protect from UV rays helping to maintain hair color.

Glistening Spray, a polishing spray for frizzy hair, gives shine, eliminates static electricity and improves manageability and helps to maintain the hair’s moisture balance and is essential for humid days!

When my clients are out in the blazing sun at a ball game or working in the yard, Milk_Shake Lifestyling products create a natural style and have UV filters that protect their hair color. 

There is also Sun & More’s four step program. All Over Shampoo for hair and body. Beauty Mask, a deep mask to be used after every shampoo. Pleasure Oil, an oil and emollient for hair and body. Restorer Milk nourishing and protective for all hair types, it softens and hydrates hair during and after sun exposure.

Enjoy your summer and Have Fun!

Dec 04 2012

How to stop hair breakage

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Breakage is something that anyone with long hair would like to avoid, but it still happens without us even realizing it. We go through our regular hair routine with things like removing tangles, blow drying, using heat tools or simply pulling hair up without realizing that all of these activities can break hair if they are not done correctly.

1. Let us start with detangling the hair. You get out of the shower and you towel dry your hair scrambling it all up causing tangles. Instead start by gently drying your hair in strokes from roots to ends without stirring it up. Apply a leave in conditioner and begin to detangle the hair from ends working your way up to the scalp with a wide-tooth comb and repeat this action with a medium-tooth comb. Most people do the reverse and try to comb the hair from scalp to ends; this tightens the tangles causing it to break.

2. Blow drying is a big contributor to breakage. First and foremost you must use a good brush, one that does not have any parts that can catch the hair and grip it, causing it to be yanked on and snapped. The next thing to do is to pre-dry your hair until it’s 85% to 95% dry before even starting to use a brush; wet hair stretches a lot more than dry hair does. During the blow-drying process, wet and stretchy hair contracts naturally; if additional pull by a brush is applied it causes too much tension on the hair and can cause it to snap.

3. Heat tools do a great job styling the hair; they also can do a great job of breaking it in the process. It is important to use the heat tools the correct way. First, make sure that your flat iron or curling iron has no rough edges or hard right angles. The edges should be smooth and slightly rounded on good flat irons. The cuff on your curling irons should be smooth and the barrel should meet the cuff perfectly without being too tight. You need a room for the hair to move during the ironing process; irons that are too tight crush the hair, causing weak spots that will break later on. The next thing to pay attention to is proper temperature. Think of hair as clothing – you won’t be using high heat on delicate fabrics, such as silk. Most of us like our hair silky, so let’s treat it like silk, instead of cotton, linen or denim. Try to remember this when you are working with the heat tool. Temperatures that are too hot for your hair makes it weak and will cause it to break.

4. Pulling hair up is another thing that people with long hair do often. Most people are accustomed to using coated elastic type bands which don’t cut into the hair causing a weak spot and breakage. What most people don’t realize is that pulling one’s hair up too tight while it’s still wet will cause the hair to break as well. Just like drying with a brush and stretching it when the hair is wet, people also often pull their hair back tightly with a band while it’s still wet. As it dries, the hair contracts and pulls the opposite way creating tension and may cause it to snap. In addition, hair much like any fiber is flexible while it is hot. Many people pull their hair up to cool it off not realizing that the flexible fiber stretches. Consequently when the hair cools off it shrinks and can snap much like a wet hair when it dries.

 The moral is to treat your hair gently and be kind to it as much as possible; this way you will be protecting your hair from some of the common everyday events that can cause breakage.

milk shake integrityTo make this task easier, milk_shake has created Integrity System. An innovative treatment system that’s based on a very simple principle: to restore the hair’s natural elements. It gives all the necessary ingredients so that hair can finally shine and be brought back to health.

Milkshake integrity system gives immediate results making hair shiny, soft and healthy. This is achieved through the combined action of Muru Muru butter and the Amino acids complex, a mixture of plant amino acids developed to give damaged hair the right quantity of restructuring elements.

 The Amino acids complex works on the hair, restoring and protecting the hair structure. With regular use the integrity system guarantees shine with its protective and polishing action and the final result is radiant and healthy hair. With regular use Milkshake’s Integrity System visibly improving the condition of the damaged hair.

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Nov 15 2012

Keep your hair color from fading

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Keep your hair color from fading

A common issue among people who color their hair is fading of the color tone.  The list of tricks they try to prevent it from happening includes everything from wearing scarves to cold water washing and more. There are however better ways to keep your hair color from fading. The key lies in understanding the nature of hair and its color.

The structure of a hair can be described as a tube-like fiber that has a cuticle layer covering its surface much like scales on a fish.  The best way to keep color in your hair is to treat it correctly. Different pH levels can open or close the cuticle layer of the hair.  The higher the pH, the higher the cuticle lifts; the lower the pH, the tighter it closes the cuticle.  Your body’s natural acid mantle is 4.5 to 5.5; therefore anything below this level is considered a low pH, anything above – high pH.  In addition, tightly closed cuticle locks in your hair color thus keeping it from fading.

Let us look at some ways we can keep that cuticle closed.

#1 The right shampoo and conditioner

Low pH shampoo and conditioner.  It is very important to use a shampoo and conditioner that is “color safe”. Such shampoos and conditioners are typically low in pH levels and they contain quality ingredients which work less as a detergent and more as a gentle cleanser.  A great example is Milk_Shake® Color Maintainer Shampoo and Color Maintainer Conditioner.  Both contain low pH in the range of 4 to 4.5 which is the low side of your natural acid mantle.  Moreover, the rest of Milk_Shake® Shampoos and Conditioners are also color safe and have low pH levels.

#2 Leave in conditioner

A good leave-in conditioner with low pH is also a must.  The surprising reason for this is water which is the last thing hair is exposed to after shampooing.  Average tap water carries a pH of 7, no matter what temperature it is.  Even after using a low pH shampoo, this raises the cuticle layer again and the hair color is not as protected and can become compromised.  A low pH leave-in conditioner will close the cuticle again protecting the hair color.  Milk_Shake® Leave-in Conditioner Spray has a pH of 3.5 and Milk_Shake® Whipped Cream leave-in conditioner has a ph of 4.0.   In addition, milk_shake Incredible Milk (a leave-in spray mask) has a 4 pH.  All three of these products are great ways to keep the cuticle closed and protect the hair color.

#3 Sun protection

While sun has many positive and healing characteristics, it can also be damaging to our hair and its color. Some hair products contain organic elements which have natural sun filtering characteristics.  Great examples of these are Milk_Shake® Lifestyling or NO INHIBITION styling products. Both lines contain natural sun filters and are enhanced with anti-oxidants that also help fight the harmful effects of free radicals that degrade hair color.