Hi friends! I will be out of town taking a short vacation and will return to the salon Wednesday June 1st. To schedule an appointment while I am gone please feel free to use my online scheduling system at www.laurentruka.com. I will return all messages when I return home. In case of a hair emergency while I am gone, please call Rhapsody Salon at 404-626-5640 and the front desk will gladly refer you to any of our amazing hairstylists. Y'all know that I am going to miss you dearly; however, I am super excited to be taking some time off! Yay! Thank you and I'll see you soon!!!
Over the weekend I took a position with Rhapsody Salon and I am super excited about starting this new
I'm so excited to offer this super cool, super hot, super technique... Balayage! Balayage is a French term that means "to sweep."
This sweeping color technique eliminates foils and time while offering natural highlights and/or the ombre look. Isn't that exciting??!!
Thank you Candy, owner of Jaminson Shaw Academy and Salon for teaching me and training me in Balayage! Stay up to date with the latest color and fashion! Schedule your appointment today!! Why drive to Atlanta when I can bring it to you?!! www.laurentruka.com
Pastel colors are on the rise! They are the newest hair colors and the biggest fad right now!
Want to be flirty and fun without being bold? Try peek-a-boo panels along the hairline.
Want to make a hair statement without the commitment? Try pastel hair extensions.
Can't decide on which colors to choose from? Try two or three colors next to each other to create a peacock affect.
Schedule your appointment today for your customized pastel look! I'm so excited about this!! See you soon.
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1) Unpredictable Results
Let’s face it, most of you box color users out there did not attend cosmetology school, and are lacking what we in the business call the “laws of color.” You probably aren’t sure exactly what color your hair is when the color is processing, or when to take off the color to achieve your most desired result. You probably don’t know what colors to mix to cancel out undesired tones in your hair, and we don’t expect you to. But, because of these reasons box color is more like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.
2) One Size Does Not Fit All
So, let’s think about this logically. Box color is formulated so that everyone and anyone can use it, but not everyone’s hair type, condition or color is even remotely the same. In fact, most box dyes are formulated with maximum amounts of pigment and developer, so that it is able to work on most people. The chances are if you have already dyed your hair previously, your processed hair isn’t going to need that strong of a developer; don’t damage it more by getting one size fits all, box color. You do not want this ‘one size fits all’ mentality when choosing your hair color, give yourself customization and expert knowledge, and seek a hair professional who will be able to accurately create a color for you and only YOU!
3) Regrowth Troubles
Again, you probably thought your regrowth would look like the rest of your head because that’s what the pretty lady on the box looks like, right? WRONG! I know this may seem repetitive, but it’s all about the ability to customize. Your regrowth is virgin hair, and the remainder of your head is more than likely already processed, or has seen some damage due to UV exposure or styling. Think you can pair up a good box color for your regrowth and pair it with the right box color for the rest of your hair without look like two different colors? Didn’t think so, leave it to the professionals.
4) Box Color Is Only One Color
This idea ties in both Number 2 and Number 3. We already know that your regrowth will need a different color formulation than the rest of your head, but how about when you want some actual dimension? Or how about if you want a hair color that takes a little more skill than an all over color application, like the much sought after, ombre look? You will not be able to achieve that with the one color present in a box. Note: Most hairdressers never use less than 2 different colors to mix your desired color – customization!
Most permanent hair color from a box works through the use of ammonia. The corrosive nature of ammonia allows it to blast open your hair’s cuticle, allowing the new color particles to penetrate the hair, and irreversibly changing the hair’s pH to an undesirable level. When the hair’s cuticle has been blasted open with ammonia it has difficulty closing back up. Think about it, an unclosed cuticle means major damage/split ends and inability for the hair to lock in color (fading). And guess what? The more you use ammoniated color, the more your hair will fade, causing you to dye your hair more often, causing hair and wallet distress. Not to mention that ammonia damages the hair’s natural Tyrosine levels; Tyrosine is a naturally occurring amino acid that makes up the protein in your hair and is responsible for the natural pigment. Hey, that’s not all! Ammonia damages your scalp’s sebaceous oil glands, inhibiting its ability to create the hair’s natural oils that contribute to your hair’s much needed moisture. Remember this formula for healthy hair: Protein + Mositure + Proper pH, and what did we just learn? Oh, yeah, ammonia destroys the balance of all of those essential components of your hair. Still not convinced? Read more about ammonia-free color.
6) High Levels of PPDs
Recall, we said that box colors contain superfluous amounts of pigment and developer. What does that mean for you? Well, the pigment we are referring to is the pigment necessary for all PERMANENT hair color, PPD, also known as p- phenylenediamine, and many other derivatives that are just as harmful. Unfortunately, box color has an excessive amount of PPDs, causing an increase in allergies worldwide, as more and more individuals are dying their hair. hair dye Allergies are on the rise, causing unsightly reactions and in some cases, fatality. What’s worse? You may not be allergic to PPD this time, but with continued high exposure to this chemical you can become sensitive at any time! It is advised to seek out a permanent hair color line with low PPD and no derivatives, so that likelihood for an allergic reaction is significantly decreased.
7) Metallic Salts
There are still box dyes on the market today that use Metallic Salts, an ingredient used in hair color since the 1800s. You don’t use Candlestick Phones from the 1890s, right? Why not think the same way with your hair and treat yourself to some innovation. Metallic salts build up on the hair causing each time you use that box dye or Henna (the supposed natural hair color) for your hair to darken past your desired result. Not to mention that if you ever want to go lighter, Metallic Salts are difficult to remove for even the most savvy hairdresser (we’ve seen lots of smoke and smells, it’s not pretty). What’s worse? The building up of the Metallic Salts will over time begin to make the hair feel hard to the touch.
8) That $10 Box Color Won’t Feel That Affordable After a $300 Color Correction
So, you decided not to listen to the other 7 reasons because you still think you know best. Well, orange you the hair expert? We say orange, because that is often the color your hair will turn when attempting to color (especially lighten) with box color. Do your hair and wallet a favor, don’t spend $10 on box color, and then $300 on a color correction.
Thank you for everyone's support through this difficult time. We are so blessed to have such loving and caring friends to help us and my Dad as he battles and heals from multiple myeloma cancer. We truly appreciate all the dinners, gas gift cards, sympathy cards, thoughts, and prayers. It's been so nice to be taken care of and loved. It's sometimes overwhelming to think of all the people that love our family so much. It's just so nice and we truly appreciate your generosity and concern.
As most of you already know I am temporarily changing my work schedule. With this being said, I want to thank you so much for being patient with me and understanding.
For the next 3-6 months my work schedule will be as follows:
Tuesday-Friday: 9:00-1:00 (off from 1-4) 4:00-8:00
As always, feel free to call me, text me, Facebook me, and or email me. You may contact me as you need me and although I may not be able to respond right away I will get back to you. The best way as of right now to make appointments is through my website (www.laurentruka.com) if you need a quick response. Once you visit my website, click on scheduling. The schedule book will pop up and just scroll down through the services to schedule the one you need. Choose the date you would like to come in and then click on a time. If there is a time you want and it doesn't show up within the list of options then it might be because its already been taken.
As a token of my gratitude, let me know that you have read this blog when you have scheduled your appointment to receive $10.00 off your next visit. Thanks again. Can't wait to see you!
True or False? Frequent haircuts and trims make your hair grow faster.
Hair will grow about a quarter of an inch a month regardless of how often you cut your hair. However, if you never receive haircuts and/or trims you probably experience split ends, breakage, and stringy hair.
If you want to maintain beautiful, healthy, shiny hair it is BEST to frequently trim your hair. This removes the split ends from splitting up the hair shaft creating breakage which in return will make your hair look shorter and stringy.
If you are trying to grow your hair long I recommend that you get a trim every 10-12 weeks.
For people who enjoy the length of their hair and do not want it to grow too long too soon I recommend a trim every 3-4 weeks. (Men cuts, women's pixie cuts, short bobs, graduated "stacked" haircuts, etc.)
For people with thick and/or heavy hair I recommend a texturized trim every 4-6 weeks to freshen up layers.
The longer you wait for a trim the more you need to cut off the length of your hair. In other words, if you want long beautiful hair DO NOT skip out on your trims because one way or another you will eventually have to cut off those split ends... I honestly recommend you do it as they split and not as they have already split inches up the hair shaft.
Are you ready for a haircut or a trim? Schedule one today! Go to www.laurentruka.com and click on scheduling. Scroll through the list of services until you find the service you need and then click on "book now." Choose the time and day that works best for you that I have available. Once you have submitted your service you'll receive an email to confirm your appointment within 24 hours. See you soon!
Are you overworked, exhausted and looking for relaxation? Do you want to improve your skin's complexion? Is your skin irritated, dry, and/or chapped? What about oily? Are you breaking out or trying to conceal the scars from your breakouts? As you are getting older are you noticing more wrinkles and less brightness? Do you have crow's feet or dark circles? Are you answering yes to these questions? Well, if you are- I have the answer for you... A spa facial with Christi Kunkel!
It's a lot to take in as we age! Being an adult is not always fun. We have bills to pay, places to be, chores to do, and family to care for. So often life takes over and we forget to take care of ourselves! Soon we are out growing our clothes, we have holes in our shoes, and we look like a tornado just hit us in the face. You know the look!! Exhausted, worn out, and old!!!
It's never delightful when you have that moment of truth....that moment of "Oh My God" as you are vulnerably staring at yourself in the mirror disgusted with yourself because you have gained weight, now have cellulite, grey hair, wrinkles, and no time to do anything about it. It's almost like a bad dream. Time slips away as life takes over and before you know it you have memories of a stressful busy life and all the physical proof to go along with it!
So, basically, I'm about to make your life better. Grab your cell phone right now and store this phone number: 404-545-9616! The next time you are feeling overwhelmed give Christi a call and schedule yourself a spa facial. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!! The next time you have a Birthday, Anniversary, or Christmas ask your loved ones for a gift certificate with Christi for a spa facial! I PROMISE YOU'LL BE SO GLAD YOU DID!
A facial lasts about an hour and a half and costs $68. That's the best $68 you will ever spend in 90 minutes! While laying on a heated table wrapped up in warm sheets and blankets Christi cleanses your face three times using the best products! After the third cleansing a hot towel is used to remove any soap residue before exfoliating and steaming the skin. Depending on your skin type she will choose to exfoliate using a sugar scrub, a scrub and clarisonic brush, or a chemical peel (such as glycolic acid or pumpkin enzyme). While steam mists your face softening the skin, Christi gives the most heavenly hand and arm massage using hydrating creams. To keep the treat going she then wraps your hands in towels and places them in electric hand mittens to keep them warm and relaxed. If your not asleep yet you soon will be!!
Following the hand and arm massage Christi proceeds with a shoulder, décolleté, and neck massage that then leads to the facial massage. This is the best part! She uses perfect pressure to really hit those tight spots yet soft enough so that it doesn't hurt. The whole time you are completely relaxed and the soothing spa music almost captures you and takes you away to cloud nine.
Another hot towel is used to remove the oils from the skin and a warm mask is applied with a thin soft brush. As the mask settles, Christi gives an amazing scalp massage. It feels as if you are getting your hair shampooed at the salon.
Hot towels are used to remove the mask. Your hands are then taken out of the heat mittens and the facial concludes with lip balm, SPF, moisturizer, eye cream, and a heavy lotion massaged into your neck and décolleté. She awakens you with a mint aromatherapy and walks out so that you can take your time getting up and getting dressed. An ice cold glass of water awaits for you after you are dressed along with a small snack if you choose in the waiting area.
Doesn't that sound lovely? 90 minutes of peace and quiet and PAMPERING!
Christi also specializes in waxing, make up, and microdermabrasion. She is amazing. You will love Christi because she is personable, compassionate, helpful, funny, and great at what she does! When I had my facial yesterday, honestly, I think I felt special and cared about because as we were talking afterwards she told me that she had prayed over me while I was masking. As a Christian it just felt good to know that! (I can use all the prayers I can get!!) Christi is one if my bestest friends and I highly recommend her. We have been friends for almost eight years now and she has never let me down. Make your appointment today!!! Christi Kunkel 404-545-9616! She is located right off Eagles Landing Parkway next to Umi Japanese Steakhouse at The Hill House Skin Renaissance.
If you can't get an appointment with Christi ... You won't go wrong with Marsha Belflower or Dianne Hill. They all work the same and they all are beautiful people!
Check them out at www.hillhouseskin.com and make sure to tell them Lauren Truka referred you! :)
If you want beautiful healthy and shiny hair you cannot skimp out on your shampoo and conditioner choice... You just can't! When you use cheaper shampoo like Pantene, Sauve, Dove, etc you hair becomes dry and brittle and eventually breaks off leaving the ends of your once thick mane stringy and unmanageable. Although cheaper shampoo may have some really great ingredients ...it doesn't have enough of it. Usually cheap shampoo contains wax like fillers to make up for the lack of good ingredients. Go ahead, take a look at the back of your shampoo bottle and google in the ingredients. The first ingredient on your bottle is what your shampoo is primarily made of and as the list continues the amount of each ingredient decreases in percentage; therefore, the last ingredients on the bottle of your shampoo, conditioner or product will be the deluted ingredients.
You get what you pay for! If you buy cheap shampoo you'll get cheap shampoo. Ever wonder why your hair feels really soft when its wet after using Pantene but then unmanageable, dry and static like when it's waterless? Think of it this way: when you wax rain x on your windshield what happens? The water beads off of the window and leaves your window smooth while raining. The same happens with your hair and eventually the constant build up of the wax will weaken your hair and break.
Ever wonder why your hair color fades so fast? Take a look at your shampoo! If you aren't using the right one you could be stripping the color right out! That's the last thing you want to do after spending hard earned money on your hair! Think back to your high school science class when you learned about pH levels 1-14. Any pH level between 1-6 is acidic, 7 is neutral, and 8-14 is alkaline. Well, your hair is between a 4 to 5; therefore, you want to use a more acidic shampoo when cleansing your hair. Strong alkali solutions will damage your hair by opening up the hair cuticle and altering the integrity of the hair... But they are cheaper! The choice is yours.
Below are a few of my favorite shampoos and conditioners that can be purchased at Salon 1325. You won't find these shampoos at the grocery store or at the local pharmacy store because they are professional products only sold to professional salons with a salon business license.
All the below shampoo choices are sulfate free (another ingredient to double check). Ever wonder why your scalp becomes oily? Sulfur is the active ingredient that makes the shampoo foam when mixed with water. It is said that Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) not only puts your hair at risk but also your health. SLS is a grease cutter and drying agent. It can be found in several of your cleaning products and if it is used to eliminate grease while cleaning think about what it is doing to your hair! After continual use not only will your hair suffer but so will your scalp. As your scalp becomes depleted of its natural oils your body will respond by producing more and eventually this wicked cycle will create an oily scalp.
Throw away your cheap shampoo TODAY and purchase a healthier, pH balanced shampoo! You won't regret it!!
Hi guys! I'm Lauren and I'm just a girl living 30 minutes south of Atlanta, Georgia trying to make a living and a difference in this crazy world. As a hairstylist, a Certified John Maxwell Coach, and as a Plexus Ambassador I hope to somehow impact you!. Most importantly, (SPOILER ALERT) I just want to be your friend and share my life with you; after all, isn't that is what life is all about: connecting, sharing, helping, inspiring, and loving others. Welcome to laurentruka.com! Me Casa es Su Casa or something like that. I love to eat pizza and wings, ketchup on my mashed potatoes, and M&M's in my popcorn. I enjoy traveling, serving within my church (AVALON CHURCH IN MCDONOUGH) my community, and within my inner circle. I really just like to live, laugh, and love, no matter how generic that may sound. I believe that life is a precious gift and so it should be lived to the best of our ability! That's why I stay up really late and wake up fairly early. And during the day? You know it!, I stay very busy with work, ministry, school, and life. Sunday is my rest day because the bible tells me so (Deuteronomy 5:12-14). I love puppies, long walks on the beach (or here in stockbridge...in the park), drinking coffee, and learning! I would love to lose about 30 pounds but I love to eat and don't exercise. I'm not perfect but I'm not imperfect because the bible tells me so (James 3:2). I love to read books and I rarely watch TV unless of course I'm binge watching The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, or Pretty Little Liars. I have lots of kids... lots! I serve in Avalon Church's Student Ministry on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings and I LOVE LOVE LERRRVVV it! I also love my family very much and I am so grateful for the love, support, and encouragement they give me everyday!