November 29, 2012

Ace Hair Color Technique : Break Up Solid Hair Color w/ Glow Strips

Suggesting 1 Color to most of you is my number 1... GO-TO Hair color suggestion.  One color is beautiful and classic, it doesn't have to be your OWN color, just one color.  Google, "Celebrity Hair" ...  check out the hair 'color' of the top 30 celebrities you admire. I am almost certain they all have, one color. The only people using any variety really are the musician's, and well the variety they all use are extensions or wigs, and that doesn't count in this battle!

Once you decide on that one color  I wanted to offer some techniques easy enough for Crib Colorists to do.  Some of you get itchy for a little PIZAZZ in your hair ...  & so you do not ruin that wonderful new haircolor you have.....these are all easily accomplished and kept up I feel from home.

I call this technique : Glow Strips, for that "POP" of Color some may be seeking.

The Coloring area is in the shape of a many multi-pointed STAR  which is sectioned OFF from the remaining part of the hair in order to reach the resulting look.                 Please see the demonstration below . .

The woman in the above photo in the right hand corner has the technique on shoulder length hair...They have used COPPER strips on top of Blond hair and it is spectacular to me - the color combinations  you may achieve are endless. You don't have to always follow the 'norm'

This one has used the opposite affect which I adore as well....she has used dark rich chocolate                     

 All you need is:

Meet Lola............Lola wanted a hair-cut

 There are many different variations, with this being the easiest. What a difference a cut makes... huh? even on Lola's stone cold face   ! ! !
 a complete demo for you to see how its done a simpler method of jazzing up your hair, without using the dreaded "highlights" button all the time . . .
 Now part the hair into a star like shape. Adding more or less strips - - according to the look you want. See how many I have chosen for this DEMO? You can now use that for reference as to how many to use for the look YOU want. (by seeing her result below) The more the strips the harder the whole process........the 'parting' is the hardest part. 

A star with strips is parted away on top of the head....It can be a 3-4-5-6-7 point STAR. YOUR choice...This was a 7 pointer. Whether you do it to yourself, or have a friend do it, you now can see how its done. See these clips? They are the strongest clips I have ever used....they last almost 2-3-4 years by a very BUSY Hair Colorists' routine ...imagine how long they will last for you!!

Then you "mask" the remaining area of hair off with barrier cream. Like painting, although you can do it with your finger.. !  Using Color Block like you see here, or barrier cream by Lanza. You are doing this is to cover the hair that you do NOT want to color....Leaving the "star" shape clean and ready to lighten.

Masked off ready to go.

See the star? This is a perfect photo of what it looks like when you are ready to color. DO NOT THINK you have to get the parting exactly perfect because you do NOT...look how goofy mine is...
You may use either  bleach ( I would go for the Oil Bleach Kit near the scalp and powder bleach on the lengths (ends) for the result of: blonde strips. You may use hair color, or crazy colors or toners.... all following the Universal System of Hair Color rules of color formatting.                                                    

 So there you go, you are all ready to color.
The barrier cream is on your hair protecting it from any bleach (lightener) getting on it.

Mix it up with 30Volume with this scenario - she has color on here hair so you must use bleach to lighten!

In addition I will show 3 variations on the same technique, so with each touch-up you can change it up for variety and spice. This also grows "out" beautifully , quite naturally it grows into paint drips ! the OMBRE method. Many (typical) Stylists, don't promote these types of techniques, then the client isn't coming back for constant touch-ups..or if you are too busy (I was) - you rely on your talent to attract clients not tricks..... See the start shaped hair with only bleach on it...? left on for 90 minutes.... Then rinse and shampoo & apply Intensive for at least 3 hours...........truthfully I would apply it for the 8 hours I recommend

would welcome this type of technique..only because it is beautiful and all those others worries are just put to rest.

Here she is shampooed and rinsed and wet headed......I forgot to take one shot of me applying the toner... You see right from the bleach, the color is a Yellowish blond  (which is completely normal)
So first you must bring the pH balance back to do you do this????
Come on boys and girls..... ? ? ?  after the must apply "INTENSIVE" - which is my personal secret trick for all my clients walking out my door and coming back to here again. Which is why I teach YOU to follow in my you will have the wonderful results THEY did.

 I applied the Violet Beige Toner from the X. Factor Demi-Permanent SOFT  9/22      it is one of the most beautiful toners for heavy brass that I have seen for a long time..

here is the results......... See the beautiful shape and color...I really love it and she was on top of the world....Which is the best thing about achieving the perfect color for clients or YOURSELF, too!

See how the strips formed a beautiful look and soooooooooo easy ! how the color ended up and no one ended up the points can be moved all around for different looks.!

Try this look with various colors....think about it........and come up with you own combinations.

Thank You for your support.

Killer Chemist

November 21, 2012

Killerstrands ''10,000Heads Hair Loss Protocol'' - Introduction

Many years ago I developed 14 Steps that, if followed for 90 days, would help 80-88% of you have a complete turnaround in the health, thickness & length of your hair.

The beginning. . . .

About 16 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 bone disease pushing me into a year worth of treatments, I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. 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 a hair loss protocol,
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 ingredient was, what its chemical make-up is, and how it works on the body. Next was how a strand of hair lived on the human body and  every single fact about it.. 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 started 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 synergistically . In other words; each step depends on another, in order for all to work to their potential. Skipping steps is not allowed by anyone committing to the protocol, 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 today's world. All the hair loss kits and pills and lotions and potions that you see 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.

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 hairLOSS4 (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 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 it 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 a 85-90% success rate (on androgenetic alopecia or temporary hair loss). That is a fairly high number, to most, and I even try to downgrade it most of the time....

I suggest everyone with thinning hair, purchase your first jar of THRIVEN........ Thriven has a card with the name of the Secret Supplement on it, so you may either choose to use it or not...The way our statistics work? Using Thriven, the SS and following as closely as possible - these 14 Steps:


They may seem tough but I'm telling you the difference they make, is truly stupendous....its worth 90 days of your life, I promise !

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November 15, 2012

Waterfall Braids Need Styling Cream To Help

We are carrying the new innovative line from Australia called O&M . . . the line is completely brilliant in my eyes and it happens to carry a wonderful styling Cream called StyleGuru that works wonderfully for the smoothness and finesse of waterfall braiding. 

 It is formulated with the native to Australia ingredient Banksia extract, rich in amino acids and antioxidants A,C, and E to smooth and soften the hair texture needed for waterfall or Fishtail braiding. Having the little hairs sticking up all over the place would just ruin the look of the lovely cascading waterfall braids.

Aren't those just beautiful works of Art !

                                                                                                                                                                                     Sayonara....................Killer Chemist

November 8, 2012

Platinum Power : Hair Color Your Salon Would be Furious You Knew About

                                                                                                                                         While many people will head to the Salon for Platinum Hair 
                                       - there is no application as safe
as an Oil Bleach Kit - and no where else to get one but here. Killerstrands is the one and only source for Oil Lightening (bleach) Kits as both Redken and Wella discontinued them in the same month about 2 years ago. I am positive neither company knew of the others move as they are fierce competitors, regardless, after months of work in my home lab I mastered an even more conditioning formula by using Cream Lightener as my base. There are numerous Posts regarding the application of the entire process so for those of you new to Killerstrands here is a link to them:
                   Road to Platinum Hair    

 Remember, the number one restriction to proceeding with this procedure? If your hair is damaged, please do not proceed. Purchase Gleam and Thriven....using the Secret Supplement & these 2 products will bring most peoples hair back in about 60-90 days. But, you must be vigilant.

 Many are choosing the Color-brick Road to Platinum Hair lately and to be honest I can hear the delight . . . in your words . . .as more questions come in. I know from performing this application hundreds of times on clients - - no hair color change - - is nearly as liberating. People float out of the Salon after becoming platinum for the first time in life. But, you may now acquire this look at home with our super conditioning Kit & after you read all the posts !


 I can see from a couple comments, I need to explain a couple facets of the process:
"How many Applications should be applied" 
"in what specific parts of the hair should you apply"
and the cutest question of all
" What is Oil Bleach?"

If you are beginning with Virgin haircolor, your rules are a lot easier than everyone else that walks the planet ... be sure to read those directions precisely.

What is ''Oil Bleach'' or as it should be referred to: "Oil-Lightener" ? 

Oil Bleach was developed back in the days of Marilyn Monroe. They had figured out how to Super Lighten hair, they were ecstatic with that. But before they had learned how to apply it properly they decided they need to add some sort of moisturizer to it. After a long series of tests / testing they chemists figured out if they added oil to the mixture of powder lightener and developer the condition of the hair was not so damaged. Hair is strong but if certain rules and guidelines are not followed then the damage can be breakage and no one wants that. Please do not proceed without reading every single Post I have written, a few times. When you do, you will have a handle on it and it will result in the most fun hair color you have ever sported.  What I have done with our Kits ( just to add one more precautionary step for all you beginners) is to add Cream Bleach instead of powder which I highly advise you never use anything 'but' ! 

 So to summarize: Oil Bleach is a Kit in which you mix specific Lightening Cream ( and ours even comes in Violet/blue tint to battle that brass)  with Oil and developer in order to achieve super blond hair - usually referred to as Platinum- ala Marilyn Monroe or Gwen Stefani.

If you are darker than a Level 7-8 you will need more than 1 application to achieve platinum hair. This has been misunderstood by a few of you. This is one of the reasons we put 2 applications in one of the Oil bleach Kits. If you are a Level 2-3-4 you most likely will need at least 4 separate applications. Remember if your hair has not reached the color of frozen butter, your platinum won't be platinum. I'm finding many of you apply only once or twice and can't figure out why the toner won't get rid of the brass. ....  You cannot Tone hair that is too dark. It simply will not work. You MUST get the hair light enough before the Toners will work. Think about coloring a brown marks a lot on a white piece of paper.....then what would happen if you were to color a violet maker on top of it ?? Nothing the base brown color is too dark.....same theory. As long as you do not begin this

Next: when applying the lightener the very first time to dark hair you should ALWAYS :
>apply to the lengths FIRST & ONLY. 
Now, as you begin in the back/quarter on the bottom : you should begin applying to 1"+ from the scalp  - down the lengths to about an inch from the ends.  This is very very important for the health of the hair. Why? Why do you not apply directly to the scalp at first? If you do, the heat from the head.... speeds the action of the bleach up, and makes the roots (or base) lighter than the rest of the hair. (some may refer to this as 'hot' roots - which can happen in this situation if you do not follow the proper method. Remember the goal at all times is to have the lightened hair <> all the same tone as you go down the lengths of the hair. If you don't, you will have 'bands' of various tones of blonds as you go down the hair. It is so easy to prevent by following the following -- further directions...

After you get the lengths of the hair 1 Level darker than your goal apply the next and last application to the lengths, including the roots/lengths and ends. So, the very first application you make with the Oil bleach is what?Apply from 1inch off the scalp til 1 inch from the ends, I use to call it the hot-dog application when I would teach it to my assistants !
Even curly hair can be platinum when Oil bleach is used.