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How to Prevent Split Ends

Preventing Split Ends

Summertime is a battle against damaging your hair. Split ends are the result of fraying the hair shaft due to excessive heat, dryness, stress and excessive use of chemicals. Split ends can make your hair look dull, damaged and even frizzy. To win the battle against damaged hair, you need to know how to help prevent split ends.

  • The best way to prevent split ends is to learn healthy daily habits to ensure the best care for our hair. By using proper hair care, you can also strengthen your hair and improve elasticity and shine.
  • Brushing your hair correctly is very important. Avoid using a harsh brush on your hair instead opt for a cushioned paddle bush with flexible bristles. Make sure to only use a brush on your hair when its dry.
  • Don’t wash your hair every day. Washing every other day allows the natural oils to help protect your hair. Apply shampoo to the crown of your head and lather downward keeping your hair straight.
  • Condition your ends. Apply conditioner directly to the ends of your hair and leave it on for a few minutes. For additional conditioning, use a leave-in conditioner afterwards.
  • Do not bunch your hair in a towel. Wrap a towel around your hair and squeeze different areas to pull out the excess water.
  • Brushing wet hair will make it more susceptible to tearing. Only use a wide tooth comb on wet hair. This will help manage your hair without causing breakage to the ends.
  • Anything that uses heat to style your hair can damage it. Try to style with as few of products and let it air dry. If you must use a hair dryer avoid placing direct heat on the ends of your hair until absolutely necessary.
  • Get regular haircuts. When getting your hair trimmed, cut about an inch to an inch and a half above the split end. Split ends will continue to grow if you don’t take care of the damaged hair.
  • Use high quality hair care products. Consult your stylist for recommendations.
Always, always, always be gentle with your hair. Treat is like its a delicate fabric.

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Quick Tips to Change your Look Instantly

We all get bored, with our routine, with our food, with our appearance. Change is good, it’s refreshing, it’s motivating. Here are a few Quick tips to help you Change your Look Instantly…

Extreme partings is the hair trend of the season, so if you’re not pulling that look off now, try it. Parting your hair this way will give your look an edge you might not of had before. Try changing up your normal part line. This simple change can give your hair an extra lift out of the norm.

Change it up with your makeup. Fill in those brows, just a few strokes with a brow pencil will instantly frame your eyes and make them stand out in a way they never have before. It’s all about full brows this season.

Intensify your hairs natural texture with Enjoy Curl Enhancing Spray or Aquage Sea Salt Spray. Bohemian waves will continue to trend through the winter. If you are “blessed” with straight hair like myself than use a hot tool to add a subtle bend to the middle of your hair.  When using a hot tool always be sure you apply a thermal protectant to your hair.

Add a pop of color to your lips, this will give your features a finished look and added appeal. The colder months bring with it the cool, deep tones that we tend to avoid during the warmer months. However, this season adds a color that is normally highlighted in the summer. Hot Pink will be present in all its vibrant brilliance!

Want something more drastic, call our salon & schedule your complimentary consultation. Nothing shakes up your look better than a new cut or color, by some of Albuquerque’s master stylists & hair artists!

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Hair Inspiration Where do you find yours?

Find Your Inspiration & Let Us Turn it into a Reality


If you’re inspired by the changing seasons, then spring and summer probably make you think of lightning your look with highlights, and maybe fall and winter turn you towards Auburn Reds and Chocolate Brown hues.  Now once you have an idea in your head you Google or Pinterest these looks.  Very rare are the days when you walk into a salon and ask to look at their magazines, when the source is so handy and accessible.

Maybe you’re not even inspired to change your look because of the changing season, it’s possible that something momentous and life-changing is occurring, and you need a new a new do to go with your new attitude.  A new do which can involve changing texture, color, cutting hair, adding hair, even changing your bangs can have the effect you’re looking for.  Again most times you will Google or Pinterest these looks.

With today’s Social Media, easy access of the Internet, Smart phones, Tablets, & Free Wi-Fi everywhere you go, everyone can find inspiration at their fingertips.  We are not just inspired by what is around us, but what is happening around the globe.  From the Fashion Runways to the Changing Seasons, we are inspired to change our Style, Cut, and Color!

Bring your inspiration to us and let us turn it into a reality!  Check out some of the looks clients brought us and the results we gave them. To see some of our inspirational pins please click here.

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Neilmarie Salon can help you in your Journey to Makeover your Look; we’ll give you Fifth Avenue Styling at Main Street Pricing!    

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Summer Ready Skin

Get Your Skin Summer Ready!

If you’re anything like me then you’re getting anxious for the summer months. You’re seeing the Sun come out, the Blue skies, and the weather is finally warming up. And that puts a smile on your face, but at the same time you know you have to get your skin prepped for the upcoming sleeveless tops and shorts.


Here are a few helpful tips and remedies for the most common of skin ailments:


Dull, Scaly Skin

You’ll get this because you neglected to moisturize & exfoliate during the harsh cold, & dry winter

Use a Sugar Scrub at least 3 times a week to exfoliate your skin, then moisturize with a lotion or cream to fully hydrate your dry skin


Rough, Cracked Feet & Heels

We get this by enclosing our feet in socks and boots all winter long, as well as, skipping on our regular pedicures. Basically out of sight out of mind…Guilty

Treat your feet at night to a soak in Epsom Salt for 10mins, follow with rubbing them with a scrub, and finish by lathering on a thick hydrating cream & covering with socks while you sleep


Chest & Back Breakouts

This will happen when we are bundled up in layers of clothes, which will trap dead skin & bacteria causing blockage which results in pimples

Use a Body Wash with salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide; this will break away at the blockage to the pores allowing the skin to clear up


Rough Red Bumps on Arms or Thighs

It’s a Genetic Condition where dead cells & protein build up around the hair follicle which clogs pores

Use Body Wash or Lotion that contains glycolic or lactic acid to help exfoliate those areas


Body Hair

There are many options for hair removal; my recommendation would be to get professionally waxed in the areas that you would like to see the hair gone. Waxing removes hair from the root which allows for more hair free weeks, & it also decreases hair growth over time.


Enlist these few helpful tips, and the beautiful weather won’t be the only thing putting a smile on your face!