The Great Oil Debate!

It’s all you hear lately.  Oil this, oil that. Moroccan, Argan, Grapeseed, we can’t get enough! At home remedy lovers rejoice over mayonnaise and olive oil. But what really works when it comes to these Oil based products and what can we let slip through our fingers? 


There is a simple test you can do at home to see if what you are using is the real deal or a real dud:

  • Pour 2 ounces of luke warm water in a glass.
  • Add to this 2 drops of your favorite Oil product.
  • Revisit this after about an hour.

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In the thick of it…

Looking to thicken or lengthen your hair? Or maybe both?


Hair Extensions are a great way to achieve thicker, fuller, longer hair. But with so many options, where do you begin? There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding if Hair Extensions are right for you. Follow my tips to find out what is right and what is oh so wrong.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What specifically bothers you about your hair?
  • What results are you looking to achieve. Are these realistic for your lifestyle?
  • Are you capable and ready for the maintenance that comes with most semi-permanent Hair Extensions systems?

If you had clear answers to these questions then you are ready to take the next step and schedule a consultation with your Stylist. If your stylist is not an Extension Technician, find someone reputable that is. Ask for before and after pictures and any and as much information on the system they use. In my opinion, it is best to stay away from systems that use heat. This means any application that involves a tool that needs to be plugged in.  Often, a “keratin bond” attached to the end of an extension strand is melted around the tiniest piece of your own hair. keratinbondextensionsNow, in the hands of skilled Extension Technician you will most likely have no trouble as far as damage goes. However, the opposite is also true. In the hands of a reckless stylist, disaster can strike. Also, be wary of Stylists/Salons offering these services at a discounted price. You truly get what you pay for when it comes to this service. If you want quality in your Stylist and Product, chances are you will be paying for it.

If answering those questions made you realize you aren’t ready for extensions, there are other alternatives. There are tons ofgreat clip-in sets, ponytails, and hair pieces that can enhance your hair, without the commitment. These will usually stay in your hair for a day or two and require little to no brushing and washing. You can find these at your local beauty supply store and in some salons.


Like all things, everything in moderation is best. Even if you decide a semi-permanent system is for you, give your hair a break every once in a while. They usually last about three months and then require maintenance. After six-nine months of having your extensions in, leave them out for a month or two. In my experience, the current product that I am using now is the best system I have ever worked with. It is basically a three inch wide piece of hair topped off with a strong hold double-stick tape. They are truly seamless. Gentle application and ever more importantly, gentle removal. No DAMAGE whatsoever. Trust me, I have had many unpleasant experiences having worked with and been theguinea pig with other systems. (More than I would like to admit.) However, it comes with the territory! I am always one to test on myself before using a product on my precious clients. If I don’t love the product and the result, no way I am using it on anyone else!TAPE HAIR EXTENSIONS

Still finding yourself saying..

“But what’s with my hair? It used to be so thick and full!”

Well, this could be caused by one of a few things; age, diet, hormones, environmental factors, or change in medication. Some things you can’t control but one of these things you can. This is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Reduce stress whenever possible, whether it be through exercise, meditation, or visiting a spa. Be sure to get your vitamins daily either through a diet rich in fruits and veggies or by taking a multivitamin.

A healthy you equals healthy hair and a very happy stylist :)

peace, love, and great hair.

Amanda Intoccia 

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Amanda Intoccia is a Hairstylist inside and out. A lover of all things hair, beauty, and fashion; a sister, daughter, wife, and friend she loves what she does and lives each day in the moment. You can learn more about Amanda here.