October 19, 2016

What happens When Hair Is Bleached ? ?

Lets review what happens when bleaching the hair.

Everyone talks about it, but no one really understands what happens both chemically and aesthetically 
Bleach must go through the OXIDATION process in order for the hair strands on top of the head to have the color be removed from them.
By REMOVING the hair color that is in the hair strands it removes the "virgin color" and leaves a color that has become what we all know as the word "BLONDE".
That is why many times, I try to say that the color Blonde...is really not a color that we deposit onto the strands of hair..........we do NOT put BLONDE......."IN"......... in the strands, 
what happens chemically and aesthetically is :
Blonde is what is remaining............
once we remove the virgin hair color you were born with.

Oxidation in the de-colorizing process means the hydrogen peroxide is mixed with an alkaline product such as bleach. 

Once activated, the de-colorizing mixture changes melanosome structure and lightens the color of the hair. It does this by breaking the melanin into tiny fragments which are no longer able to absorb light to the same degree as before. The melanin does not immediately lose its color when oxidized. The hair goes through relatively predictable color changes as the pigment disperses and lightens the hair to a new level.
( these stages are Brown-----brown/Red-----Red-----Red/Orange------orange----orange-------yellow-----Gold----Yellow------Brass------Pale Yellow)
  The following table lists each level of hair color with its corresponding undertone, as well as shades that are achievable at each level.

Chemistry and Effect of Bleaching the Hair

Level  Achievable Shades

Pale Yellow 
platinum blonde silver ash blonde ultra pale pastel blonde

strawberry blonde beige blonde tan blonde taupe blonde

honey blonde light copper blonde dark strawberry blonde dark beige blonde

copper redfire red dark blonde


5 /4
mahogany burgundy

There are no established times for de-colorizing the hair to any given level. 
 Processing time always varies, depending on:
  • strength of the decolorizing mixture, 
  • use of heat
  • texture
  • condition
  • porosity
  • type and 
  • density of natural pigmentation. 
The best way to determine processing time is to perform a strand test and to follow manufacturer's directions.

There are three general classifications of de-colorizers used in the salon: oil, creme, and powder. Each performs a specific function, and has unique characteristics.

These are frequently used for on-scalp applications when a mild lightening action is desired. Oil de-colorizers are part of a 3-component system including powder activator(s) and hydrogen peroxide developer. Oil de-colorizers have a pH of approximately 10.


De-colorizers also include developers and may also include powder activator(s). They are formulated to stay moist during processing in a no-drip consistency. They are popular for their versatile application techniques and are used in both on and off-scalp methods.


 Powder de-colorizer are often selected when lighter blonde results are desired on darker natural hair colors. Most powder de-colorizer are for off-scalp techniques, although some do provide the flexibility for on-scalp applications. The pH of powder de-colorizer is approximately 10.5.

There are two basic classifications:
1. On-scalp: Used on-scalp for double processing and off-scalp in highlighting and creative color techniques.
2. Off-scalp: This type of bleach is usually stronger and faster-acting than on-scalp bleaches due to the higher pH and stronger peroxide activity. 

Off-scalp is considered highlights, Balayage, etc.. type, techniques.

Please check-out our Violet/Blue based Oil-Bleach Kit in the store..... it is a one-of a kind. There is NO Violet/blue tinted Oil Bleach in the world, ONLY at Killerstrands and I developed this to fight the brass I hear so many of you complain about and I am prideful that it is my single most unique and effective product out of the 10 products I have developed.

Soon we will have a 'Salon Version' of the Oil Bleach Kit it should be ready for photos and on the website in about 1-2 weeks so pay attention !

10,000HEADS:Healthy Hair Protocol Step- 5: Good Nutrition & Step 7: Stop Smoking

Nutrition - Step 5 - Good Nutrition
 single best food for the body & hair? broccoli!

The food you eat and what goes in your body is simply the most important factor in changing the health and thickness of your hair.

It is important to understand 10,000 HEADS works its wonders synergistically, practicing all the steps in unison, will give you optimum results, we have had some absolutely amazing stories come back to us. We cannot stress it enough; Nutrition & step1 will always be the most important step and is the backbone of the program.

This is also the single most difficult step to get women to follow through on. When changing food intake, it can take weeks or months for results to be apparent, many give up feeling as though the change didn’t help. Hang in there, the change will come I have seen it over and over. As scientists, we surveyed over 10,000 heads of hair, paying attention to patterns and forming hypothesis on ‘why’ a particular person had a good head of hair and how it got to be that way, we came up with 3 common denominators of every person with enviable hair: excellent nutrition/eating habits no smoking, no drinking/drugs no weight issues This step does not restrict you from any foods; on the contrary, we ask that you follow a well balanced sensible diet that will contribute to the growth and health of the hair. Of course we do not encourage eating a lot of sugary, gooey, junk either. Be sensible. Try remembering this, “what goes in your mouth, shows up on your head” a terrific rule of thumb. Forensics can use a one strand hair analysis to disclose just about everything on a person and it is extremely accurate - your hair is a reflection of your health – period.

All foods you eat eventually are converted to simple compounds the body is able to utilize, glucose being the one that supplies the energy for all cellular reproduction – including the cells in the hair follicles (remember, follicle cell reproduction is one of the quickest in the body). So keeping the body nourished is imperative for healthy hair and for hair re-growth.

                                                                                                 photo by: elephant journal.com
The number 1 mistake that just about every person with hair problems makes is; lack of protein. Hair is made up protein and thrives on protein, listening to women over the years recite their diet choices, leaves me stunned with the same conclusion, their diets are what started their problems. Vegetarians have a very hard time having luxurious hair, they must put protein back in their daily diet, making sure to have it at breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day for your hair; do not skip it. Lunch is next in importance, again making sure that you include as much protein as you possibly can, strive for 50 grams of protein a day minimum. We have found a terrific protein supplement online, it is the Lindora Clinic’s Protein bar, the taste earns the “delicious’ award, if you can believe that – and you can get a whopping 15 grams of protein out of some of the flavors Lindora medical clinic . The energy to your hair follicles gets depleted when you have gone for more than 4 hours without eating or snacking, the ideal snacks for your hair health are fresh fruit, raw vegetables, nuts, there is nothing better (or more convenient) than a handful of almonds for the shine in your hair.

Colorful fruits and vegetables added to the daily diet are a necessity as well. The best way to summarize it is to say; reach for the most colourful veges, picking some in each colour category. No one eats sufficiently in this category and the only reason I can pinpoint is; they take too long to prepare. Which is a weak answer, in my book. But, it is what it is. The solution? Hit the Farmers market every week, it takes an hour-go immediately home: wash and prepare all the veges for the week. Carrot sticks, Celery & p-nut butter, sliced cucumbers, lettuce for salads. Most everyone now-a-days is in a rush...this facilitates grabbing something good for your hair when there is no time.
Step 3 Stop Smoking

If you smoke - QUIT- if for no other reason than you are killing your hair. . . that sounds harsh, but in essence – you are. Smoking robs your body of oxygen which in turn robs your hair of oxygen filled blood. . .whose job it is to nourish the hair follicle. Check out the photo at the top, it shows you a "slice" of the human skin and how a hair and hair follicle gets its nourishment.See the red blood vessels and how they go to the base of the one hair follicle, that is the bulb inside, where the cell regeneration happens and the new hair grows. You don’t need to be a chemist to see the blood feeds the follicle <> therefore what is IN the blood effects the hair. Likewise, for alcohol and drugs, if you drink too much – cut back or quit if it is a problem in your life – social drinking is fine. 

If you smoke too much dope, just remember why they call it dope, Pot is bad for hair, skin and nails, the sooner you quit... the higher the likelihood you will have of the good qualities returning. When you get older ( 50’s-60’s) you start to notice the people that took care of their hair and skin look about 10-15 years younger. It is very apparent what works and what doesn't now. 

Be smart, quit now, while you’re ahead! If you crash diet or have any of the disruptive habits of an eating disorder, your hair unfortunately, will be the first casualty. I spent 4 years volunteering at an Anorexia/ Bulimia live-in center, when the girls had a good week, they were allowed to get their hair coloured. The hair on some of those girls was irreparable; they had robbed their bodies of nutrients for so long that many of them could not recover the health of their hair, once cured . . .it was terribly sad to watch as many were very young. The cure came too late and no one had told them anorexia/bulimia was hell on hair. We feel that one fact alone would help prevent some of this disease . . . girls love their hair and hate to lose it.Starving yourself, eliminating protein and certain food groups is not the way to a healthy head of hair. Plug protein into your diet, starting immediately if your hair is thinning or alopecia is your diagnosis. The change will not be apparent for a while but we assure you… it will come.

October 16, 2016

10,000 HEADS - 13 Step Hair Loss Regimen for Women

The beginning. . . .

About 15 years ago, I made a turn off the path I was on working in a extremely busy Salon, with an overloaded book of clients, there was just not enough of 'me' to go around. The turn initially was not taken voluntarily ... I came down with a rare cancer pushing me into a year worth of treatments, I wouldn't wish on anyone. In the course of that year, I too lost 1/2 of my hair. Which was a 'sign' to me that I was supposed to be working on hair loss, I became driven to solving the subject of women's hair loss. ("womens hair loss" is entirely different, than men's).

There is plenty of research and clinical trials concentrating on the male world of hair loss, very little was being done to help women. I knew from my own clientele the problem was bad and getting worse. That is when I began my journey into Cosmetic Chemistry and Trichology. I spent the next 2 years in classes, studying and apprenticing under one of the top cosmetic chemists in the country. That was the start of my goal in solving the problem of temporary hair loss (androgenetic alopecia) in women. I wanted to understand what every single facet was, what its chemical make-up is and how it works on the body. The idea of chemistry frightened me in high school but when I realized that cosmetic chemistry was simply organic chemistry ... I was disappointed in myself for not taking it, a way back when.


10,000HEADS HAIR LOSS SYSTEM - got is name from the well over 10,000 heads of hair I colored in my 'cut-too-short' career. It began with 20 steps. Over time I added, refined, subtracted, altered and finally... perfected... the individual steps. With the final critical discovery: the protocol works its best {with the highest success rate} when it is worked together . In other words; each step depends on the other for the most startling results. In order for all to work to their potential, choose 2 that go together, or 2 opposing Steps. Skipping steps is not allowed by anyone committing to the protocol, for the first 90 days. It depends where your results are at, that 90 day test period, as to what you can let up on and what you can't, so it is not a lifetime of commitments. There is an end!

Fully aware that everyone wants a 'quick-fix' pill to solve this problem, I'm here to tell you...that simply does not exist in todays world. Most of the hair loss kits and pills and lotions and potions that you see are out there PLAIN and simply: DO NOT WORK. If they did, they would be approved by the FDA ( Federal Drug Administration) and the news would be all over the papers, news and TV. The one new method that DOES work are the new lasers that are very expensive but they are approved by the FDA and I feel that is about the one method that will work on a certain percentage of you.... Yes, I do think they are worth trying if you are having heavy hair loss.

 I have never used one nor known anyone to use one, so honestly I cannot review it at this time. I never trust the reports given by the company and they say it can be used on both men and women which makes ZERO sense to me, the way hair is lost and the way it regrows is completely different on men than on women. 
  We don't lose hair the same pattern as men............we lose it ALL OVER, so the hair denseness goes down. Our ponytail goes from being 2 inches thick to 1 inch thick ! 
Its pretty expensive and if you choose this route I would not purchase anything under $500. and would first get a dermatologists advice or his (sales) pitch anyway.Because remember that Dermatologists are representatives for those products.

I promise you, solving hairloss and obesity are 2 of the top researched areas in every Lab of both the pharmaceutical & cosmetic industries. Solving hair loss is more important than solving cancer. Many cancer patients die, ending the need for their product, if they could get America a drug,cream or pill that solved hair loss they potentially would be a client for 50 years. Those industries are big business and any good business looks at the "bottom line" and profits. 

I have absolutely no intention of badmouthing companies for their efforts to solve the female hairLOSS (hair loss, hair thinning, hair fall & hair damage) that is not my goal here. The more people that work on it, the higher percentage rate we have in solving the problem. My concern is with the false advertising, its just not fair to the consumer . . they simply have not cured anything. I have heard the same from hundreds of clients, but more importantly I have tested all the weird products myself, in my own personal quest to improve my hair. Hey, I am no different than anyone I want the quick fix pill as well.

There are hundreds of companies that exist on a one time sale of a product to a consumer..in other words - no repeat business. I experienced this at a Salon I worked in. The owners daughter was the single worst hair stylist I had ever seen touch a head of hair. She would burn hair, send clients out crying, colour hair gold when it was supposed to be red.
It just blew me away.
Yet, she had been working there for 3 years prior to me coming and still works there today.
Why, is what I asked over and over and over.
It took a full year to figure out.
She did only "one-time clients" they never came back for repeat business. The following appointment was either with someone else or they never stepped in the Salon again, they ran for the hills!
Same theory for hair loss products on the market. These companies survive on the millions of 'one time buyers' out there. 

The 10,000HEADS Protocol was developed when everything else failed.

 Its not easy, it takes commitment BUT > it has approx. a 80% success rate (on androgenetic alopecia or temporary hair loss). That is a fairly high number, to most.


October 14, 2016

Little Xtra Help From K.C.in October, Analyzing Orders You Place or Question You Ask !

Its funny the first 2 years of Killerstrands decade long life I would have a difficult time helping many of you because I was soooooooooooo used to touching and feeling the hair.

Ask any Colorist................... so very very much .... can be read just by the feel (and look) of the hair strands .

So, what happens to me..........out-of-the-Blue, I get super ill.......... have to quit a career that I was soaring to the sky on.............and BOOM.......the whole thing is over. The cancer I have is rare - they know almost nothing about it  { if you ever get sick you want to get the illnesses that are common and not rare, like breast cancer would have been a good one. So much research is thrown at that, they have many hundreds of treatments, and thousands of doctors researching it.}  
I know it sounds weird, but.....Damn, I wish I had that one I would have more options. My doctors are amazed that I have made it this long and I tell them I attribute it to all of you.

It took about a year I think.......... instead of laying around and feel sorry for myself I decided that I needed to "GIVE-back" and by helping you learn about how to achieve both healthy strands and beautiful color ON YOUR OWN / in the COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME, it gave me something great to live on for ! I know its ONLY HAIR, and not curing cancer, but many of you out there are so extremely passionate about your hair.....doing hair....and/or learning about hair - that in and of itself

MAKES.................IT...................IMPORTANT !

I began doing Consultations ONLINE of all places. If you would have told me that I would be doing this 15 years ago, I would have told you it was virtually impossible. {notice the word 'virtually' !!!}.


As with everything it takes PRACTICE

Lots and lots of practice 
I find myself doing these, finally, without ever remembering the luxury of being able to touch /feel/see the actual hair itself.

So.......my point today is.......... what I will do for everyone this month is:
  •  look over your order 
  • tell you personally if I feel you need to Change /Add or Delete anything - 
  • if you would rather ask me a question I will answer that on the invoice, please don't ask for anything crazy, I will do my best.

Many of you toss out the Invoice, so please check for any words of wisdom I will try to inspire you with this month !


October 12, 2016

'STRONG' IS the NEW BEAUTIFUL for Women....... Live By This Code. I have Become STRONG internally, Due to Feed Back From You

So Many Men are in the News and at the Fore Front of  eCommerce Businesses.

You rarely hear of women who are successful
BUT, due to: ALL OF YOU... and a lot of mental 'hard work' that had nothing to do with 'physical strength' .... you & I have been successful.  
We have all together been successful in this business devoted to (you) the new CRIB COLORISTS.

I Received this mini-Award from GOOGLE & SHOPIFY Yesterday:

Your website is in the Top 2% of all Hair Color/Beauty   eCommerce  Stores to Receive Traffic in Your Field  that began 10 Years ago.

You don't hear much about success by women in the tech world, for creating and building websites EXCEPT for the women who are what I call, "drop-dead" and become popular because they are beautiful. Its something they call the Kardashian syndrome. You know the girls who have a gazillion followers, for the sole reason they were born beautiful.  I want all of you to learn that if you are an expert in anything..........doesn't matter 'what'........there is a thirst for education now-a-days. 
So, follow my lead and begin writing a Blog and just know that all of us out here would want to learn just about any subject.....and that You - - -TOO - - -  could start an eCommerce business, which could very well be a success as well.

Be sure to instill in your daughters the importance of a woman's "mind" and 'becoming smart' is just as beautiful as having good looks as a matter of fact its much better. Its sad that so many of these points we don't realize until we are older.

a book by the athlete Lindsay Vonn  
( whom I very much admire ... I USE TO SKI RACE as well)

I was writing this when VONN came on the TV so decided to ADD her title to my POST I was already writing to you to thank YOU for all the support over the past 10 years.

I really am so very fortunate to hear so many kind words from so very many people. You call.....You write....You  email....you text......
I wanted to take the time to tell you how much I appreciate all of the prayers I have been the recipient of for my health.

It really does blow me away. 

Here are just a small example of some of the most recent Reviews and Rewards I receive from many of you.....and I want you to know that if it weren't for all of you and your support I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LAST THIS LONG. 

I truly wouldn't have made it until now if it weren't for all of you and these type of emails, phone calls and reviews.  . . .  each and everyone of them makes me fight a little harder.


Jennifer B. Verified Buyer
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LOVE this color


Ellen J.
Fun, fun, fun!  10/01/16
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My naturally white hair and I have been having a blast with Boost and Burst in Breaking Bad Blue, Maserati, and U.S. Navy. It is a gorgeous lt. denim blue, subtle yet still blue, and I receive compliments literally every time I go out. At the age of 65, it truly makes my day.

In addition, I'm very pleased with the Boost and Burst as a shampoo and conditioner. My baby fine hair is clean and shiny, and the Burst NEVER weighs it down. I'm left with both amazing body AND color - perfect!!!

I bet if given the right materials K.C. could event create one hell of a man in her lab, ha ha!

 Just wonderful!  10/01/16
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I have several colors of Boost and Burst, pinks, purples, mauve etc... I lighten my hair to level 10+ blonde with KC's oil-bleach kits, which are the best! Then I tone with toner with a 6 developer. Then I have fun with my Boost-Burst. I apply on the ends or all over depending on mood. Whatever color I use with Burst is conditions, looks great and lasts until I use a cheap shampoo to wash it away. To really get it to set, I apply the Conditioner color to dry hair, let it sit for 20min (I check every 5min for color) then I rinse, adding the shampoo color to set it. I also use the shampoo in violet pilot or pink whip cream to keep my blonde a fab tone. Very good color, lasts till you want it out then a few washes with Suave and poof its gone, very conditioning and most of all FUN! KC, I have been searching everywhere to find high quality prices without having to go to a salon which usually runs me 350-500$ plus for blonding, which usually results in burnt scalp, damage and durp. With your quality products including Gleam, Thriven, Intensive and informational blog, my hair has never looked better. I appreciate professional stylists, but I just can't afford them or want to fix what happens to my hair when they don't have the right products. Thank goodness I found KillerStrands! XO Jennifer Walters

Jennifer D.

Loving it!  10/01/16
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There is nothing out there that keeps the gold/brass out of my blonde better than violet pilot! Seriously, it's amazing!

David G.
Santa's Beard & hair  08/29/16
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I need a bit more time as I have just used the product for the 1st time. I would like to briefly talk to KC and if she likes, to submit a couple of photos.
D. Griffiths

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Great service, shipping and timeliness! 
Without KC I'd be paying $100s of dollars a month.
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Lovely Products Again
I was so pleased with my products from January, that I felt I needed some more. Same great selection, luxurious products and awesome deals. Quickly and professionally shipped, too. Many thanks! 

Always carry the Malibu DDL and CPR packs  09/12/16

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I knew I was getting close to my appointment with my regular colorist (I cheated on him, and no good), and I had been doing your Boost and Burst to cover up a chintzy silver color and equally chintzy correction, which by the way were life savers - At any rate, I brought the DDL packet, so that he could lift the remnants of the Boost and Burst, and it was like magic! Even he was impressed with the quality of the product, and how efficient and gentle it was in doing what it promised to do. My next mission is to convert him to your Boost and Burst series, as one of his alternatives to tone without developer. DDL is affordable, gentle and efficient at doing what it claims to do. I highly recommend it.

Angel Rose is the perfect pink for me!  09/22/16
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I used to mix 3-4 different hair colors to get something similar to Angel Rose, but throwing it on dry hair and letting it sit for a few hours is so much easier. And it smells better! The color sticks around longer than my traditional dyes, too (how does she do it??), so these products are worth every penny to me. Thank you, Killerstrands! 

And these are just a small portion of all the wonderful responses I receive........



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