July 19, 2017

There is Not A Reason In The World to Get Hair Extensions

Why In The World Would Anyone Get Hair Extensions?

I cannot tell you the amount of people who email me with sad- sorrow-filled stories of hair loss, hair destruction and permanent root damage.

I cannot think of 1 good reason to wear hair extensions. Everyone that wears them looks exactly the same if you ask me. Please everyone think about the fact that you are pulling on your hair and destroying the root of the hair permanently....and once thats done you will never have hair there again. I see ad after ad trying to draw women in to get them and what happens is they get you and then you're almost addicted for a few years and then the horrific damage starts and its too late to help yourself even.

 It is a well known fact that hair extensions can do damage to your natural hair. The glue-tape-laserered, fish line, or one of the many many methods they come up with that is attached to your natural hair can burn and split the ends of your hair and damage it permanently.. This means that you will almost always be required to have the ends of your hair cut after the extensions are removed.

Also, if a lot of long or heavy extensions are added, this applies additional pressure to your scalp. One of the dangers of extra pressure to your scalp can be a thinning of your natural hair. In some cases there have been reports of headaches from the added weight of the hair or allergies to the bonding glue that is used.

Everyone is different and will react to hair extensions in a different way. It depends on a number of factors that you have to consider.

Treasure the hair you have..... try the THRIVEN + Secret Supplement combo -     which has worked for all the women out in Malibu who tried the exttesions 10 years ago when they first came out and couple years later suffered the hair loss problem. It worked for over half of them and that is a pretty good number  . . . .and if that doesn't work - I would definitely invest in one of the hair lasers that help encourage new hair growth that you can purchase on Hammacher Schlemmer catalog they have a fully guaranteed return after 30 days no questions asked. I have purchased from them for years and have never purchased a bad product. And finally if that doesn't work be sure to have a dermatologist check you out and then text or call the store I will try to further help you !

 Join Our Facebook Group that I just re-started and is going to be very helpful once I finish designing and added all the info this website demands it truly is crazy...I had no idea FACEBOOK is as vast as it is.... 
So we will be using that along with Pinterest

July 12, 2017

"GREEN" Permanent Hair Color, Checks All My Boxes for great "RESULTS" + A Brand New Look For The Store's Website Up & Coming Soon

After I was forced into retirement, from the Salon environment - I was lucky enough to find this group that a semi-famous/brilliant Cosmetic Chemist taught. He had invented mascara for Max Factor in the 60's, I think it was and made formula's for new products all the time. Anyway for 2 years we got to pick his brain about everything "personal Care" related, and boy was I in the right place at the right time. I learned the other side of the arguments about a lot of misconceptions about our hair & Cosmetics industry & to be perfectly frank, most of these Corporations are not trying to kill us, they really are not, because there are good people (like my teacher) who are simply trying to just make better . . . . safer. . . products for mankind. Don't get me wrong there are a couple dozen companies that should be shut down that I can think of off the top of my head....there are always a few jerks in every class. But basically they are doing it for a good reason.. The most involved topic that I have heard endless hours of debate on is on the word "NATURAL". What is.........what isn't?? What products can we call NATURAL.I have never decided which side of the fence I'm on because I understand both now and both sides are necessary for things to run smoothly (kind of like our government).

Which brings me to today's topic : Natural Hair color...........or as I like to refer to it as:
GREEN Hair color. When you think about it "natural'' just means anything that has come from nature or the earths ground or atmosphere.


This particular category to me does not refer to any hair color product you buy at the health store, trader joes, costco, etc.....I'm talking a professional hair color that is made to be as pure and as natural as can possibly be made and most importantly does not sacrifice amazing results.
 I have been testing these for over 10 years and I have never found one that I would attach my name to. This changed last weekend when I tried Essensity( which of course we carry in store) on my Level 8 Copper-red hair. I had been receiving multiple positive reviews from customers . . . enough to where I decided I needed try it myself on my own hair, because that to me is the true test .Redheads are so sensitive to everything.

Good news ladies and gents - I loved it. . . and my scalp didn't feel all weird and tight afterward either. Hey, I don't know if I am allergic to any ingredients that are in hair color but as I've aged I notice for the first time ever i started to have minor sensitivities after coloring my hair, but back then I had tested them all......& couldn't find one I loved, this one I do.
Then Essensity re-did their formula and that is when the good reviews started to come in.....for me in a completely organic way.

Let me Quote you what the company says about the product:


 *New ESSENSITY vs. previous ESSENSITY Color

PURE PERFORMANCE.....ESSENSITY offers color performance and results.

The permanent ammonia-free oil color respects the multi-tonal reflections of the hair and provides up to 100% white hair coverage with up to 4 levels of lift.
  • Ammonia-free Permanent Color
  • 58 shades
  • Up to 100% white coverage
  • Up to 30% more color intensity and 50% longer color retention* 
  • The Secret Lies In Phytolipid Technology -- The combination of specially re-designed color pigment mixes and plant-based oils that contain lipids found in healthy-looking hair maximizes color performance. Re-designed color pigments for most precise tone direction and enhanced color intensity with true-to-tuft & true-to-nature results.
Optimal Performance
Up to 4 Levels of Lift

They have a few new colors even ! :




For those with sensitivities we finally have a well thought out brand - which BTW I heard just today is being re-designed and updated packaging. I mean I think this packaging is fine, but Schwarzkopf has a whole new impressive line of Blonde products I will be adding with very snazzy packaging ! I don't ever buy products for packaging -  so I do not recommend that to anyone!

Get Ready everyone for a completely NEW LOOK for the store's website
its coming shortly. 
Give it a chance and just try things out, it will be easier in the end, I promise


June 17, 2017

Bleaching for Rainbows : Dark Hair Yearns to Be Blonde, the Absolute Safest Way - Zero Damage

I Apologize Brunettes But BLONDE'S 
Rule the Air Waves & Social Media

This week a bombardment of you who have very dark hair ( Level 1-4)  just insist on wanting to be Blonde. I get it and I understand but if you will follow my preaching in this very long and laborious Blog - you can be platinum as well

If you were in my chair I would weigh you out . . .  spend 10 minutes trying to talk you into enjoying the glory of dark hair and giving you other tricks you could do, but those tricks are better left to the pro's, remember I like to teach here the color jobs that I believe all of you can handle and also will be thrilled with the results. The side effect is achieving healthy hair at the same time and is my #1 Concern & the THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR.

I also have experienced those who are dead set on it and if I don't help them they will just keep going until they achieve that crown of platinum glory they have dreamed of since being a small child. So this is for those of you who fit into that category...



 ( the phrase derived from turning dark hair ---> platinum ) - so not only it is required to receive touch-ups - it can be taxing on your wallet. The only way many can handle the look is by turning into a Crib Colorist and going "FOR IT" ! ! 

I will give you 10 Don'ts in this process and if you decide to go ahead you must read all posts on this Blog regarding subject matter and I promise if every single question is not answered you can text me at the store's number and I will answer it. (if its complicated then you must send your Killer 18 questions with your question - ( just GOOGLE the Killer 18 questions)........
  1.  DO NOT USE POWDERED LIGHTENER/BLEACH - - - - which is where I feel all the damage comes from in lightening hair!  There is no need to, cream lighteners exist. I don't like any of them so had to make our own and then I learned to tint it a rich blue/velvet which helps with 1 less bleaching application AND removal of brass/gold. Ours is a Cream & oil based Bleach, not just Cream like everyone else and I use a very special triad of oils, that make the hair shine afterward.
  2. NEVER use any bleach/lightener to remove OLD 'previous'  hair color, that is not at all what it is made for, the single biggest mistake Stylists make, to me.  Use a Color Remover.
  3. DO NOT try this unless you are fully educated on the process, it is the single most tricky color to get right. I see celebrities all the time with yellow hair and it just makes my skin crawl. 
  4. Never think 1 Lightening session is going to be all you have to do. If you are a Level 9 VIRGIN hair with Zero color on it, you would be the only one pretty much that can get away with 1 bleaching session. It runs the gamut from 2-12. ! Yep 12 boxes of VANISH means you most likely have 15 boxes of old black hair color on your hair for years and the highest numbers of boxes I sold to a woman like that was 13!  But, you never heard a happier person when complete. This is a one time procedure and you will learn so much, it will never happen again!
  5.  If your hair is 2 feet long I would not suggest this procedure at all. Yes, it can be done but most people with that long of hair do not really want to cut it, the shorter hair the better. I mean this one seriously.
  6.  Do not think that you must buy 5-8 boxes of VANISH to remove your old hair color, I fully realize how expensive it is. One of your biggest mistakes would be NOT reading about the (1) Shampoo Train  (2) Malibu DDL Lifter Packet (3) Wella's RENEW Color Remover(4) Malibu CPR Remover.........are all valid measures to removing old hair color. The goal? do it as gently as possible. Even going in a pool with chlorine is a nice help - don't over due obviously! 
  7. Don't think for a minute if you have thin hair this isn't for you, this IS for you . . . it is what so many celebs with famously thin hair do, ( they just wear $100,000. wigs on the movie screens! ) Truly ! Look at Renee Zellwager, Julianne Hough, Michele Ledger Williams, Charlize Theron....all have naturally thin hair. Lightener kind of blows out the cuticle and makes it appear thicker and it sure will handle and style better! 
  8. NEVER -EVER - EVER apply the lightener just willy-nilly all over the head, that is not how it is done, you MUST invest in proper tools and we sell them cheap, on purpose. Divide head in quadrants. Take each section at a time. Purchase a wall mirror ( home depot) where you can see the back of your head while you apply it is weird at first, but you will become a pro sooner rather than later. Think of hair color sort of like cooking.......both are science really. If you follow the rules and do things in the proper order, its a "piece-of-cake"! 
  9. DO NOT take short-cuts, if that is what you want to do, this procedure isn't for you. There are NONE allowed. Remember this big first procedure is only done once! The idea is to get all of the hair platinum 1st and then its not that bad.... if you think about it....every 4-8 weeks all you need is 1 of the 2 applications that come in our Kit to retouch roots. I always suggest starting with the pro Kit, I know its expensive but hey, pay for it over 6 months through PAY PAL...........it will assure you have enough product, and most likely will end up with enough to do your roots for another 6 months minimum (depending on many various factors that is - length of hair, texture, porosity, denseness, etc..)
Last but not least my 2 favorite pet peeves: (1) Never EVER apply Bleach to the roots first, it will ALWAYS be the last place you apply it (heat from head makes it process faster than rest of hair - thus the term "hot roots" you may have heard of) Finally, the key to this whole thing working out properly is being sure you have applied the lightener enough times, you want the hair to be yellow free enough, where if you do not want to apply a Toner it will look beautiful as well. But with all the Toners out these days, I can tell you its a whole lotta fun to experiment. So do NOT forget to apply lightener, process 65-70 minutes, remove only by rinsing ( no shampoo) dry and check color. Bleach must be applied on dry hair, so you will see the color after each lightening.
I hope this finds you well and I very much appreciate all the love and prayers everyone has sent me - they are working
But as you can see I am up and roaring again ( just a bit slower and more carefully) - 
Watch for new things once again and we have a FACEBOOK GROUP (which I am looking for a moderator for - -  just to work with me - - anyone interested?)
(Please TEXT/or call the store phone number)  
and am considering opening the old group up again. Lots of you remain with many questions for me to answer. 
Bleachin For Rainbows .............KC

June 6, 2017

How To Use BOOST & BURST - PROPERLY - 25% OFF - 4 days - 6/6/17 to 6/10/17

We have a 25% OFF BOOST & BURST : 6/6/17 to 6/10/17  - use code below when checking out - SALE for BLOG READERS ONLY ! ! !

Code: WhatHappenedToKC

 I have many a phone call on this subject so its time to put it in words for everyone.

I Received this Review of BOOST & BURST today, which I do on a weekly basis ....but the way she put her Review in words was so awesome, it really warmed my heart and made me feel like the work I do is appreciated.

So, Thank You Jessica . . .  
your Review means the world to me and I hope it helps the rest of you understand how the line works. 
 To use Boost it is like any other color-depositing shampoo only our pigment is stronger darker and lasts longer.

BURST is the Gold mine though. Just shampoo, rinse, towel dry, apply BURST for 20-40 minutes, ( you also can apply 5 minutes in every shower like my 86 year mom does she loves silver bullet!) 
Use with the free cap you get or even better and faster purchase the bonnet hair dryer we have, use heat or even sit in the sun Heat makes color last longer! ! ! . rinse, and use INTENSIVE TO LOCK IT IN. The colors we have can erase Brass/gold in brown hair ( H'Ash Brown - BURST) .............accentuate SILVER in White or Silver HAIR or EVEN turn Hair Silver that is Blonde ( SILVER BULLET) ...........Spark up Copper hair (killer Copper 2) OR FOR Hispanics WE EVEN HAVE A TERRIFIC COLOR THAT RIDS YOUR HAIR OF orange ! ! ! (Cafe Azul) 
For those with Rose Gold Hair, our Angel Rose is a true Rose Color, not pink and not red, true Rose !

Remember the best part of Boost Burst and Blast is they come completely out, no residue................and you change colors or use 2...........the colors you can create are endless. Or the fact that you can make your grays hold off for another couple weeks with it....is one of its biggest hidden treasures.

Another one?
Trying to remove old color and color your hair the proper way?
Going through the process ( read every post I have written on "hair color removal") of removing old crappy box color or crappy color someone used on you. Please DO IT THE PROPER way and use BURST for during the week while at work and it does not diminish or affect the color removal process at ALL! But it lets you go through the entire color Removal process the proper way and still show up to work properly (meanwhile!).

Our biggest success of all is our BLAST - metallic conditioners, with our 2 newest additions:
  1. Cochella Rose - these are made with metallic MICA but we add micro mini STARS + Hearts  + lightning Bolts and all sorts of interesting shapes in metallic 
  1. SXSW Silver   - Metallic Silver , made with 3 silvers, and a sparkle you have never seen before,....plus we add shapes to this one as well - they are micro-mini ( and very expensive!) but I have had them and thought - "HEY'' ...why not ?!?!?!?

What happened to KC on APRIL 29, 2017:

This is KC 
 1st of all I apologize deeply FOR ANY DELAYS & OR mistakes of the past 5 weeks, please take a minute and read.  . . . . . .

On April 29, 2017 I lapsed into a coma for 6 days and very very slowly woke up the 7th day finally, unaware of what had happened, why I was there or what year it was. It took me -- 2 weeks to remember what year it was! I had a massive heart attack with 20% of my heart remaining functioning when all was said and done and they tell me now I basically died and came back to life ! ( Talk about a good excuse!) 
Killerstrands is my baby ! Of course I have people to help . . . but I am the business and the business is me - so things went into massive confusion and no one was running it for 3 1/2 weeks....this happened the day AFTER the 10year BIRTHDAY SALE - BOY what a Time for a heart to crap out!
I just last week got out of the Hospital after I threw a fit that I at least had to have a computer. Well, even when I got one I have not been well enough to return to work but for  1-2 hours a day. I am soooooooo very sorry , so many of you understood -- but there are many I have not been able to explain what happened.  Against advice........... I decided to write you and explain.

I am trying my hardest to recover quickly, but it is not so easy as other medical problems I face. 10's of thousands of you count of me daily & weekly for hair and education and for the 1st time in 10 years I have not been there and for that I sincerely apologize. .
As silly as that may sound, I completely understand how HAIR can make or break a person's day. .. so for all of you I am pushing myself and demanding things happen faster than anyone else seems to think they should -- in order for me to be well and get back to work.
I am currently attached to an exterior defibrillator so if it happens again it will shock my heart back to life.....which that itself is driving me nuts!
This whole thing has been a friggin nightmare and I have received emails about mistakes and delays - I apologize profusely - - - but in this particular instance it truly was unavoidable. When well......... I will send out another email Blast that will incorporate the freebies I have in store for you, but it is too soon, I'm afraid.(soon-soon)
I have avoided putting this info on the Blog as I have listened to others advice about not mixing business with pleasure. But, I decided myself tonight, to post this notice... I feel as I've ''got this'' NOW.. its just going to take longer than my 'will' and I & you must be patient. I'm at work while shipments are going out and for anyone with a problem or question, please TEXT our Store phone number as that is me and only me.
I hope you understand and I know what a loyal and wonderful customers you have all been, please stay with us.... 
I need YOU now more than I EVER HAVE ! ! ! !
I sincerely hope you understand.
warmest regards,

May 15, 2017

Blonds with Benefits:

Want to go from Dark Brown Hair to a Lighter Color? Here’s 1 way and there are a couple! 

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Below was a question posted in a magazine, that ruffled my tint brush - - so I decided to make a post out of it! Many Group members still are confused on this brown to blond application, so I will be bringing it up from time to time as I have in the past . . hoping one of my many explanations - - sinks in. This is also a situation that many would head to a hair stylist for, which as the article shows……… hair stylists can make mistakes ( big ones) all the time – just like the public. The only thing I can do is present the various techniques and let you decide. My suggestions are almost always not the norm you will hear or see. So please consider them first I always choose the procedure that will be the most gentle on the hair FIRST….. ALWAYS - - - - - ALWAYS ! . . .      image0 
Whatever you do from now on . . . do not just let a Hair Stylist do whatever she wants, always ask her the plan of attack. Become an active member in the decisions of your hair color procedures, either by researching or reading. Even when I was in the top Salon in Malibu, CA. for years, I would see Stylists all around me doing the technique as described in the above add.. 
It is not proper etiquette to ‘teach” or even to make suggestions in the Salon . Which is why… in every single Salon you will ever go to there will be one or two Stylists that are just so much better than the rest. Before I got into this crazy business, I used to wonder ‘why’ if they had a couple great Colorists or Cutters….why didn’t the rest of the Stylists catch up or learn from the 1 or 2 that were so ahead of the game ??  Well, that is just not how it works in Hair Salon etiquette.   
Many just don’t understand the fact that bleach (lightener) really was not made to remove old hair color. It was formulated to lighten the hair strands themselves. In the most rare of conditions or when the area you want to lighten is very small like ‘the fringe’  then yes I would agree with a (very) small application of it but not like this particular question where she and many of you want to go all-over lighter.

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I want to dispel the answer given here and the idea laid out to you by some hair Stylists that they just do not have your hair’s best interest in mind. If you are a hair stylist I can promise you if you put your clients hair’s health as your number 1 concern and teach them tricks to help them keep it that way in between appointments with you…. you will have a client for life. Or if you are a Crib Colorist this will get you thinking of the proper direction you should head to lighten your hair and keep the healthy shiny hair everyone should have. There are many posts in the history of this BLOG for any additional information you may need as well. This is a little different than most hair blogs, as “education” is our main goal here. Many times I wish I just had a very light and easy blog . . . where I threw a photo up of a cool hair style and wrote a paragraph and was done. But no one was teaching hair correctly and I wanted to “gift” the women (and men) of America with the knowledge I have. 

If you have a subject you want to hear about please email me at Killerstrands.info@gmail.com with the SUBJECT: Hair Education Topic Idea for KC…I will have my crew forward them to me and i will write about it . . . . be sure to be clear on what you have questions about so I can continue to help! ! !

Hair Coloring is an Art of Chemistry if you were to analyze how to be a great Colorist- - - learning specific basics of chemistry just truly do help. Whomever wrote this answer, did not fully understand the chemistry of Hair Color - - or could be so overly anxious in trying to acquire customers they neglected the choice that would be the healthiest for the clients hair. I want to educate those of you who want the choice that: a) leaves the hair the healthiest or b) those that want to be able to tell their Stylists exactly what you want done

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“Tint” being the perfect and most appropriate term for the actual cream that comes out of the tube that you mix with Developer to produce the haircolor tint you apply to the head.. I try to teach as if you were in a strange form of a Cosmetology Class.

Now back to why you can’t apply new hair color on top of old hair color to lighten it. . . .the answer ? ? Because Tint is just not made to “lighten” previously applied tint

or Hair color just cannot lighten old hair color

….the technology is just not there yet. Maybe someday.................
 although they have been working on it for 40 years….so, don’t hold your breath. Once there is tint on the hair, hair-color cannot be used to lighten the hair.

Once virgin (non-colored) hair has been darkened (or lightened) by any hair color at all, it is NO LONGER considered virgin hair . It has now moved into the next category referred to as “colored” or “tinted” hair. Therefore the girl in the ad had tinted hair darker brown and then wanted to go lighter…. with that being the case yes, you can use bleach but doing it that way is more damaging to the hair.
The bleach doesn’t remove the dark brown color it burns through it.
Following the process of burning through the darker layers of hair color the bleach finally reaches the hair strand itself and then lightens what was intended to be lightened - - the hair itself. Only when there is no other option would I use bleach to lighten ‘black’, ‘dark brown’ ‘brown’ or any darker tinted hair.
A frequent mistake made by many home (crib) colorists AND Hair Stylists is each and every time they re-touch their hair ( touch up the roots) they apply the tint to not only the new growth but also the entire head of hair & process both for the entire 60 – 75 minutes.… huge HUGE mistake. Tint on top of Tint on top of Tint makes for dull – knotty – yucky –  melding into a black mess of hair. If the “ends or the “lengths” of the haircolor need refreshing… there is another way to accomplish this… so the entire head of hair remains shiny and healthy looking.
The proper way for her to go lighter with that description is to Vanish the color out of the hair. Vanish is a hair color remover, that works without bleach – without peroxide – without any damaging  ingredients….it simply reverses the way the color came into the hair molecularly…..by reversing the the molecular process.   here is a link :  http://killerstrands.myshopify.com/products/vanish-color-remover  .
Once Vanish has been applied from 1-6 applications which all depends on the color you want to be. You may recolor in many different manners….you can go lightest brown with blond slices a la Jen Anniston….or whatever your heart desires. Using Vanish keeps image1the bonds of the hair strong. With the hair strong and light with the darker Tint gone, you have a healthy base to re-color a lighter color even if you only want a lighter overall color you will be abel . . . method keeps the hair strong – healthy – & shiny.

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The 12 Levels of the LEVEL  SYSTEM 

March 22, 2017

6 New Colors by Wella - Koleston Perfect + Color Touch - Mineral Desert Shades

Wella has Added Some Gorgeous New Shades

In both Permanent & Demi

Love it when new colors arrive, wish even more would show-up sometimes

Koleston Perfect - permanent colors has added 3 new colors : 
10/97 ............ 8/97 ..................& 6/97 
These are beautiful colors ---- based on desert...& mineral shades

 Color Touch Demi-permanent colors -  are just another level down which work perfectly with the Koleston colors
9/97 .......7/97.........& 5/97


Wella Professional Line of Products - Nothing is Better

Wella Professional Line of Products - Nothing is Better
Xcellent Gray Coverage, beautiful Shine + Hair Looks Like a Million Bucks w/ Wella !


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