Traditional Wet Shaving & More!
Hope you had a great 4th of July! (fireworks video) During my 6th week we were introduced to Hair Coloring and Lightening (bleaching). Due to the holiday, we only had 3 days of classes.
Hair is made of a protein called Keratin. The hair’s natural color is due to the presence of Eumelanin pigment which gives black and brown hair its coloring or Pheomelanin pigment which gives yellowish-blond, ginger, and red hair coloring. Contributing pigment is the pigment that lies under the natural hair color. Hair composition will change with age, including the loss of pigment. White hair is the natural color of keratin, without eumelanin or pheomelanin.
Level is the degree of lightness or darkness of hair; Black = Level #1 while Lightest Blond = Level 10. The first step in any color service is determining the hair’s level and tone (color).
Hair coloring is based upon lightening or darkening the natural color of hair, in harmony with the contributing pigments. Hair coloring is either oxidizing (requires mixing with peroxide, which also lightens/bleaches) or non-oxidizing and can be temporary to permanent:
Semi, Demi, and Permanent hair color require a Patch Test to be performed 24-48 hrs before the color service to ensure that a client will not have an allergic reaction to the coloring product/agents. A Strand Test is performed during the color service to determine how long hair will need to process with the coloring agent.
During Week 7, my final week of Phase 1, we will be learning about maladies of the skin and hair, facial services, and facial and scalp massage.
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In my Week 5 update, I mentioned the difficulty of using traditional shaving products in a state that prohibits the use of a shaving brush. I continued thinking about it and decided to experiment with alternative ways to produce traditional lather, without a shaving brush…
Experiment #1: 2 tsp of water + almond-sized glob of shave cream in a Magic Bullet Blender. Bubbly water. FAIL
Experiment #2: 2 tsp of water + almond-sized glob of shave cream vigorously hand-shaken in a 4 oz container. Runny, bubbly lather. FAIL
Experiment #3: 2 tsp of water + almond-sized glob of shave cream mixed in a ceramic bowl with a 5-speed, hand-held kitchen mixer. Thick, creamy lather. SUCCESS
Until next time, Shave Well!
Handsome Rob (Instagram)
“I’m handsome, and you can be handsome too!”