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About Maria McGill

I am a licensed Cosmetologist at Justines Hair LLC in Maitland Florida. I am still pretty new to cosmetology so I am constantly researching products, trying products, and taking as many classes as I can. Now that I am in a salon full time I have met some wonderful clients who have serious questions about professional products vs. products you get anywhere. In this blog I want to share the information I have learned with those who want a professional opinion. If you have a product you need more information on email me and I will look into it.

Plan ahead for your Head! Hairstying for the Holiday Season.

October is finally here! It is typically the tip off of the holiday season for the United States. There are so many Jewish and Christian Holidays going on now through the beginning of January. It’s a time filled with family gatherings and business parties. It is a season of excitement and flaunting! It is also the hardest time of the year to get an appointment in the salon. Please make sure you book all your appointments now for the rest of the year. Often people who do not usually get their hair done during other seasons will during the holiday season.

Things to remember about hair services when planning appointments a men’s short cut last between 2 and 4 weeks. Longer men’s styles last about 4 to 6 weeks. Women’s short hair cuts last 4 to 6 weeks. Woman’s long hair cuts last 6 to 8 weeks. Foil services last 3 to 6 months with color retouches every 4 to 6 weeks. Hair color services last between 4 to 6 weeks unless covering gray (which will show through after 2 weeks) and must be retouched no later than 4 weeks. Keratin treatments last between 4 to 16 weeks depending on the brand your stylist uses. An event hairstyle needs to have two appointments. One to discuss how you want your hair, the time needed to make it happen and a practice style as well as the second appointment on the day of the event. You also should be aware of how long each service takes to plan accordingly. Always ask you stylist when planning the appointment how long they think it will take. Different stylist and products work and process in different times.

Conditioning Treatments – In the winter season we use heat to stay warm and push our hair to the limit with styling. All of this can be hard on your hair, so you want to make at least one appointment that includes a conditioning treatment per month. This will help to keep your hair healthy through the winter season. Ask your stylist what is the best treatment for your hair. At our salon we offer about 15 different types of conditioning treatments that range from added application to a couple hours of treatment. Each is dependent on what your hair needs from protein, moisture, nourishment, or any combination of the three.

Appointment courtesy is another issue. Please remember that being even 15 minutes late to an appointment can cause havoc on your stylist. With so many appointments to keep in such a busy season do not be surprised if your stylists ask you to reschedule when you are late. It is polite to arrive 10 minutes early and sometimes will lead to getting in a few minutes earlier.

If you are sick please reschedule your appointment. We see and touch lots of clients’ everyday and if you are sick it will easily spread to the stylist and all their clients.

Don’t forget that this is a season of traveling, so make sure to pick up your favorite products in travel sizes if flying. Most salons will have travel size products available during this season but if your salon doesn’t make sure to ask them to order your products at least 3 weeks before you need them. This will give time for the products to arrive.

We wish you wonderful hair through out the holiday season!


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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Uncategorized


Justines “Hair-Cut-A-Thon” for Cancer

There is far too much to say as to why we are hosting this event this year. So I decided to dedicate this blog entry to it.

For those of you who do not know we have teamed up with Ribbon Riders to raise money for those who are fighting cancer now!!!!

Cancer is an interesting disease that can effect anyone, at any time, with or with out doing things to prevent it. It is a disease that no one is safe from. It affects everyone even if only indirectly. I am pretty sure that every US American knows someone who is battling cancer right now. I myself watched someone that I loved very dearly battle cancer and lose. At the moment it was happening I remember thinking how could this happen? Why did this happen? Will it happen to me? But through their fight I learned a lot about life and myself. I learned that I should do all I can, every moment that I can, because right now is a gift (that’s why it’s called the present-LOL). That the people in our lives affect us much deeper then they know and we should always tell them as often as we can. Take lots of pictures because pictures last forever. Love is unconditional! I also learned that cancer is extremely expensive and your income will dramatically diminish right before your eyes. Plus once you’re cancer free you will have to start your life all over again. This is a huge financial burden on top of the physical and emotion drain. That is why I am so thankful for people like Ribbon Riders who will help people going through cancer.

October has been Breast Cancer Awareness month for as long as I can remember. It’s a great time because we are settling back into school/work routines, which makes it easier to plan doctor’s appointments. The one lesson that is a constant with cancer is that early detection is the key to surviving cancer. It is when you have the most options and when you have the best success. I want to remind everyone that at least once a year you should meet with your doctor for a physical and definitely talk about anything that you have going on that is not normal for YOU. Only you know what is normal for your body and cancer has a ton of side effects. Sometimes they are pretty simple things you would never expect to be so important.  So defiantly bring them up at your annual physical with your doctor.

Now that you know why we are having this Fund Raiser, let’s discuss what we will be doing. For the entire month of October we will be selling micro loop, hot pink, 100% human hair extensions for $10 each and 50% of all sales will go to Ribbon Riders. These are great hair extensions because you can wash them just like your hair. You can even use hot tools on them up to 120 degrees. The best part is that these extensions do not use any kind of adhesive to attach them to your hair. They simple side onto the hair stand and get clamped on. When you want to remove them just come back in and we will open the clamp and slid them off. You can even put them in a Zip lock bag to save them to reuse next year. We will be out at events with Ribbon Riders every Saturday in the month of October selling extensions, but you are welcome to come into the salon to get them done anytime.

We are also hosting a “Hair-Cut-A-Thon” on October 22, 2011. We will be starting at 9am and go until every client gets a hair cut!!!! We will be focusing on hair cuts so that we can raise the most money for Ribbon Riders. Therefore we will only be doing Pink Extensions and Cuts during the event!!! If you would like one of our many other services we will be happy to serve you anytime the rest of the week. 50% of every hair cut will go to Ribbon Riders. We are hoping to raise $3000.00 for Ribbon Riders.

Hair Cut Pricing will be as follows and 50% of every hair cut will be donated.

$10 for Children under 6 years old.

$15 for Children over 6 years old

$22 for a Men’s Cut

$30 for a Women’s Cut

$35+ for Extra Long Hair

Please come out and show your support for cancer awareness!!!!

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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Uncategorized


Waterless Pedicures: What are they and do I want one?

Waterless Pedicures are fairly new on the market. They started to solve two important problems. 1. To be used in places out west of the United States where water is scarce and has usage restrictions. 2. To be more sanitary since water transfers bacteria, causing horrible infections. For more Infections Information.

In the beginning to get a waterless pedicure you would have to upgrade to a luxury service that included the use of Paraffin Wax.  Although this method is truly luxury, it is also pricey (ranging from $40 to $60 dollars per service) and time consuming. There is a new comer to this seen; a product by Natural Kosmetics

The idea is to be completely sanitary by only using one supply pouch per client and nothing else except your favorite polishing products. Each pouch contains ether two plastic gloves or socks as well as a disposable file and disposable cuticle pusher. By not reusing any component on anyone else and not adding water to the mix it meets all legal safety requirements in the State of Florida As well as cuts down on clean up time since you throw everything away after each service. It keeps the supply cost down as well since it includes this wonderful concoction of Amazon Botanicals that moisturize, sanitize and heal the skin. It’s self containing envelopes make it possible to do a waterless pedicure for only $20 dollars and cuts down on the need for supply storage space. It is also an excellent product to use on clients with circulation issues and diabetes since you don’t need to use nippers, clippers or do a massage (however there is enough product to do a massage). Unlike the original waterless pedicure it makes for a quick nail clean up service to go.

My clients love the feel of this product! It has aided in keeping polish to look beautiful for up to a month. It improves the moisture of the skin and cuticles. It helps nails to grow stronger. It is also a great packet to sell to my clients as an easy way to care for their hands/feet in between services.

It is however very difficult to take care of poorly cared for nails with out the use of professional tools and techniques.

This product is made with renewable resources from the Amazon Rain Forest, which in turn means every time you use this product you are giving money to keep the Amazon Rain Forest. It is also completely manufactured here in the USA. It is FDA approved and within OSHA regulations.

Over all I think this is the best Waterless Pedicure available on the market today, which is why we use it in our salon!

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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


What is Brazilian Keratin?

What is Brazilian Keratin?
By Maria McGill

There are all kinds of positive and negative publicity about keratin treatments but the truth is that Brazilian Keratin is an excellent product for all kinds of hair – especially if you live somewhere that has high levels of humidity. Our salon uses one created by Marcia Teixtier in South Florida and is completely manufactured here in the United States. It does meet FDA and OSHA requirements. It is completely safe to use as long as it is used correctly according to the manufacturers directions.

This product is NOT a relaxer or chemical. It is a blend of  Brazilian botanicals and wool keratin. This product is applied to the cuticle (or outer layer) of the hair shaft. It is not permanent and will wash away over the course of 3 to 4 months, however in my experience the more times you repeat the process the longer it last between services.

The product works by using a very stringent application process that can only be done in a salon. By using an extremely high heat (425 degrees) to attach the product to the hair strand. The product then crystallizes around the hair shaft creating a barrier. This barrier protects hair from humidity, which in turn prevents frizz. It gives strength to the hair strand itself. It helps to keep hair from knotting. It also gives a beautiful shine and smoothness to the hair. They have recently come out with a new formula that will not remove curl completely just tame the frizz in case you love your curls.

The process starts with a special shampooing followed by drying the hair completely. Then applying the product followed by drying the hair again. Then the crystallizing process happens. After that you get some do’s and don’t’s and you get to leave.

Because of the requirements to even obtain the product and the quality of ingredients that go into this product it is not cheap. This service cost $100.00 and hour. Most of my services take between 2 and 3 hours.  I can guarantee you that once you try this service you will never go back. You will notice immediately when you no longer have keratin on your hair. It makes caring for your hair so much easier because it takes less time to dry, style and needs less products. This service makes for a great hair day everyday.

What is the difference between this product and an at home product you ask. First and foremost this product needs high heat to crystallize. Most flat irons on the market for the public only get up to 300 degrees. Ask yourself this if my flat iron gets up to 300 degrees and seals the product to my hair and then I want to flat iron my hair won’t I be heating it up to much. Yes! Which in turn will alter the crystallization of the product on the hair.  Then there is the problem with flat ironing your own hair in thin enough sections to cause the crystallization around each individual hair strand. Even as a professional who uses this product I still need another stylist to put it in my hair. One more thing look at the ingredients on an at home keratin treatment can you read them? Are they natural? Most include things you don’t want in your hair like fillers which can dry out your hair. Then there is the amount of product needed to do the service – what takes me only about 1oz to 4oz will take a half to entire bottle to do at home about 8 oz.

As a consumer if you want to make sure that you are getting the Original Brazilian Keratin and not some cheap knock off. Here is how you can tell. 1. A licensed Stylist is legally required to have their Cosmetology License laminated with a current picture of themselves on their station 2. A stylist who is certified to do this service will have a beautiful certificate hanging up some where near their station.  3. If you want to make sure your salon is using this product just go onto the Marcia Teixter website and verify it, They have a salon locator.

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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Uncategorized