Today’s feature is the award winning celebrity hairstylist Adrin ‘Seven’ Washington. His salon located inside of LUX Studios in Bethesda, Maryland specializes in educating clients about healthy and luxurious hair. We got the chance to chat with him below! Check out his advice on maintaining fabulous hair:
Can you give us some general tips on how to maintain healthy hair?
The best way to maintain healthy hair is to deep condition your hair once every four shampoos; eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water; exercise regularly; protect your hair while resting; refrain from excessive heat when styling your hair; get a haircut regularly to maintain shape and promote growth; and visit Seven and Company often!
Many curly girls are worried about losing their curl patterns when they straighten their hair. What is the healthiest/safest way to ‘straighten’ natural hair?
The best way to straighten your hair and maintain your natural curl pattern is to use a flat iron or electric pressing comb with a heat setting of 375ºF or lower. While this will not leave you with perfectly straight hair, your mane will be smooth and tamable. I like to use Kay Vel Creme Press along with my Brilliance New York flat iron, when I straighten hair. The reason is because the Kay Vel Creme Press prevents the hair from reverting back to its curly texture. The Brilliance New York flat iron has a temperature control, and it is made with titanium and diamond dust. I actually carry these products in my salon and on my website.
Are there different types of naturals in the world of cosmetology? For example some people claim that after a person has ‘colored’ their hair they have chemically altered their hair, therefore they are no longer natural. What’s your take on this?
I believe that there are different variations of natural, just as there are different variations of being a vegetarian. If you color your hair without any chemical altering processes, such as vegan color, henna, rinses and some semi permanent colors, than yes, you are still natural. However, if you color your hair with an ammonia based color, technically you are not still natural, because your hair color has been chemically altered. Nonetheless, if your hair isn’t chemically relaxed with a relaxer/perm, you will still have your natural curl pattern, which means that your texture is natural and the color is not.
How often should one trim their hair? Is trimming really that important? And do you have any tips on retaining length?
Trimming/cutting is very important and should be done under three circumstances; your hair type, the hairstyle/cut and the amount of activity involved with your hair. I always tell my clients to trim/cut as needed. If your hair is curly/natural, then you may want to trim/cut your hair once a season (every 12 weeks or so). If your hair is short and sassy, then you may need to trim the hair more to keep up the shape of the style. If it’s medium to long, yet you work out and flat iron your hair often, you may want to trim once every 8 to 12 weeks, so that the hair is healthy and attractive. Hair with raggedy ends usually means that the ends of the hair are lifeless. This slows down the growing process of the hair. My tips on retaining length are to trim/cut as needed, shampoo less frequently, condition the hair and refrain from excessive heat styling. Also, taking the Phytospecifitc vitamins. If you can’t get them, any vitamins with biotin should do.
You’re a hair expert. What is the greatest misconception about hair care in the cosmetology world?
One of the biggest misconceptions about hair is that some people believe that they have bad hair. Everyone has good hair. You don’t have bad hair; you have bad hair habits. It’s not the hair that’s bad, it’s what you do to the hair that makes it bad or neglecting your hair is a bad habit. Good hair comes from good hair habits and good hair products. You should have a hair ritual that complements your hair type. Maybe something like co-washes every 3 to 5 days, shampoo only once a week, deep condition once a month and trim every season, or simply go to the salon every two weeks.
We’ve seen some pictures of your work installing tracks and extensions, you do a great job and it looks so natural! How long can someone keep tracks/extensions installed? What are the pros and cons of installing tracks?
If someone has had their weave/extensions done by me it will last up to 12 weeks. The pros of weaves/extensions are that they can help you achieve your fitness goals because you can work out and not worry about having bad hair days. They are less time consuming because you will more than likely have perfect hair always, with a weave. They can add length and give you the long hair you have been yearning for in just a few hours. Even if you have long hair, you can achieve the style you want by giving your hair a little more movement and volume. They even promote hair growth because you can grow your natural hair out and let the extensions take the heat and abuse from everyday heat styling, while extensions give your hair the time it needs to grow. Fake it till you make it. You can also try out a new hair cut with short hair extensions. All of my clients say how fabulous extensions are because they make them feel more confident, sexier, feminine and energized. Try them out; they are reversible, so you can take them out with little effects to your hair.
The cons of a weave are usually hair of poor quality and/or a stylist with little experience in weave installation. The two most important factors about hair weave/extensions are the quality of the hair and the expertise of the stylist. The two must go hand-in-hand because you can have some bad quality hair extensions, yet a very good stylist, and the weave will look botched. Then, you can have some top of the line hair extensions, with a less-informed hairstylist, and this weave will look unappealing as well. Know your weave and your weaver!
How should one take care of their own hair (underneath the tracks) while the tracks are installed?
We make a solution in the salon that helps clean the client’s hair, scalp and their extensions. If they don’t come to Seven and Company, I recommend when shampooing your hair, be careful not to aggressively shampoo the base of the extensions (where the cornrows are), because you want to keep the cornrows in tact. You should only concentrate on cleaning your scalp and the extensions. Whatever shampoo comes in contact with the hair extensions, will clean the cornrows as well. If you feel the need to apply conditioner on the extensions, be mindful to use a very small amount of conditioner because too much conditioner will leave a film on the hair and cause the extensions to be weighed down.
Thank you so much for sharing with us Seven! We really appreciate it! Seven is offering a special to all new clients that mention GreeneVDC. New clients will receive 25% off of all other services for the remainder of January and February for mentioning GreeneVDC. Existing clients can receive 20% for mentioning GreeneVDC for the remainder of January and February.
Seven’s salon is located at 4711 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814. It’s less than two minutes from Bethesda metro, right off Wisconsin Avenue inside of LUX Studios. You can reach his salon by calling 301-718-HAIR or by visiting his website online at 7andCo.com
Oh and guys you may want to stay tuned we’re having a major giveaway soon 😉 Thanks again Seven!
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