12 Good Hair Habits (that will save you time and money at the Salon!)

If you really want better (or perfect?) hair, turn away from all those pricey fads you read about in magazines and instead, pick up some daily habits that will actually make a difference between salon visits.   We asked Celebrity Stylist and Master Colorist Dawn Shannon (owner of Intuition Salon and Spa in Clearwater and St. Pete) to spill her secrets on things women with fantastic hair do daily,  and here’s her list!

1. Keep your hair clean!

We’re sure you’ve heard a lot about the “No-Poo movement” (basically not shampooing your hair to preserve your natural oils), but you should actually “listen” to your hair.  As long as you are using high quality products (not the drug or grocery store brands!) you can benefit from more frequent washing.  It reduces split ends, provides great moisture, and gives hair an overall clean and shiny look.

Not sure how often to lather up?  Here’s the key: Wash daily if you live in a city with pollution or humidity, or work out daily. Wash every few days if you live in a rural environment away from pollutants, or an especially dry climate. And if your hair is normal or combination, with dry ends and oily roots, you should split the difference and wash every other day.

(And get a water filter on your shower head to reduce chlorine and mineral deposits!)

2. Know the right amount of product to use — and where to use it.

If you cover your entire head when you shampoo or conditioner, you’re doing it wrong! Concentrate the shampoo on the first few inches of hair at the scalp, where you get the most oil and product buildup — your ends don’t need cleansing as much. As for conditioner, work it in from the mid-shaft to the ends where the hair is driest and prone to split ends.

The Salon Professionals at Intuition Salon and Spa will be more than happy to show you the correct products and techniques for keeping your hair fabulous.

3. Don’t skimp on the moisturizer!

The skin that makes up your scalp needs moisture just like the skin on your face does, especially if it’s going to provide a healthy foundation for hair to grow. A general rule of thumb is to condition every time you shampoo. The skilled professionals at Intuition can analyze your hair and recommend the best shampoo / conditioner combination for your hair type and lifestyle.

But the moisturizing doesn’t end once you leave the shower. Even if you’re not heat-styling your hair (see #10) you should comb through a protective product (leave in conditioner) as this can reduce frizz, dryness, and split ends, and even protect your color!

4. Keep it cool in the shower!

When you’re washing your hair, you don’t want the water too hot. Excess heat can blast the volume out of your hair, leaving you with limp locks. Instead, opt for warm water — this temperature allows you to work up a nice lather while still staying hot enough to rinse suds clean. And when it comes to the final post-conditioner rinse, the colder the better. Chilly water locks in those coveted nutrients into each strand, adding a beautiful, healthy luster.

5. Stay loyal!

It’s a common misconception that switching up your hair care brands keeps your hair healthier because it never gets time to adapt, but many experts disagree. I suggest finding what works for you and sticking with it. Remember: Your hair doesn’t know the difference. And while it’s perfectly fine to change things up when originally searching for that perfect combination that leaves you with killer strands — once you find it, don’t let it go! Also – while store brands may appear “cheaper” at the cash register, they will cost you more in the long run as they don’t do as good a job as our Intuition Salon Brands (so you end up spending more apt the Salon to repair damage) and with Salon Brands you actually use LESS product for better results so each bottle lasts far longer!

6. Eat the right foods!

For all the attention we pay to the hair follicle once it leaves the scalp, half the battle for beautiful hair is already lost (or won) by what you’re putting into your body every day. What you eat plays a huge role in gloss, growth, and volume!

A diet rich in iron, zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids, and protein will help stimulate your hair follicles for growth. Alternating between lean red meat, chicken, and fish during the week for optimum hair health.

7. Take your vitamins!

Even if your diet is impeccable, it’s possible you’re missing out on some crucial hair-boosting vitamins. Not sure if you need them?  The answer is in how healthy (or not-so-healthy) your skin and nails look. For example, if your fingernails are ridging and/or if you have dry, flaky skin, chances are your hair is crying out for help, too. But that’s easy to reverse: Once you start taking the right combo of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs, you can get fuller, shinier, and stronger hair in just a few months. Bonus: Your nails and skin will also benefit.

8. Limit your time in the sun!

You see the damage that a day without sun protection does to your skin, but even though your hair suffers just as much, it can be harder to tell. To prevent sun damage, apply a leave-in conditioner at least every other day. Careful application from mid-shaft to the ends of hair can combat damage from the summer big three — UV rays, wind, and saltwater.

And if you’re headed to the beach where the heat will be coming at you from all directions, spritz a generous application of heat protectant with SPF onto damp hair before going out, followed by a reapplication after swims — same as you would do for your skin.

9. Steer clear of snarls.

Before you go ripping a comb through your strands, think about what you’re doing — and be gentle. Use a wide-toothed comb for particularly tangled locks, and always brush your hair from bottom to top to avoid creating more knots and snarls.

10. Avoid over-heating with your styling tools!

Let’s be honest, you have to use styling tools sometimes, so when you do be sure not to over heat your hair!  The professionals at Intuition are happy to show you the best and safest styling tools available as well as professional techniques for getting the most out your tools with the least amount of possible damage.

11. Sleep on silk!

Silk’s smooth texture won’t rough up your hair cuticle when you sleep the way cotton does, leaving you with smoother hair in return. Fewer frizzy strands in the morning? Now that’s the dream (no pun intended).

12. Get regular trims — even when growing out your hair.

You might be tempted to skip seasonal trims when growing out your hair, but to add healthy length, you actually need to do just the opposite. A haircut every six to eight weeks is necessary to prevent split ends from forming as the hair cuticle splits.

When the split goes up the hair shaft, it becomes so thin that it breaks — that’s when people get breakage. Once your hair splits, there’s no way to repair it, so keep it trimmed to prevent harmful breakage before it starts.

 

Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa is proud to offer Organic Hair Care, Organic Color Correction, Organic Hair Color, Organic Skincare, as well as Organic Candles and Soaps!  And our boutique features a wide variety of items for any occasion!

Intuition St. Petersburg
(727) 322-3802
2053 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33715

Intuition Clearwater
(727) 443-2927
16 N Ft. Harrison ave Clearwater, FL 33755

www.IntuitionSalonandSpa.com        www.Dawn-Shannon.com

Celebrity Stylist Dawn Shannon Supports Star-Studded Sunscreen Film Festival

Dawn Shannon created glamorous red carpet looks for models and celebrities such as Selinas Leyva (Orange is the New Black), Robert Davi (License to Kill), Edy Ganem (Devious Maids) and Daphne Zuniga (Space Balls).

(as seen on WAVE 3 News – WMC Action News 5NBC 12and others!)

Clearwater, United States – May 6, 2017

Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa, a long time supporter of the Sunscreen Film Festival, once again donated their time and talent in support of the longest running mainstream film festival in Tampa Bay this past weekend in a star-studded event that left everyone wanting more.

Providing hair and makeup for celebrities and models at the 12th annual Sunscreen Film Festival, Dawn Shannon and her team and Intuition Salon and Spa helped to support this festival, which has grown into a star-studded event with 125 films.

Once again Shannon joined together with Marina, the owner of ARTpool, a local vintage fashion store, who donated outfits for the models, creating glamorous red carpet looks for models and celebrities such as Selinas Leyva (Orange is the New Black), Robert Davi (License to Kill), Edy Ganem (Devious Maids) and Daphne Zuniga (Space Balls).

“Dawn Shannon is a pleasure to work with and has been supporting the Sunscreen Film Festival as a celebrity hair stylist since 2010,” said Tony Armer, Film Commissioner for St. Petersburg Clearwater (Pinellas County).

Having worked with celebrities such as Kelly Preston, George Takei, Justin Hayward and others on photo shoots, magazine covers, videos, personal appearances and award winning documentaries, Dawn Shannon is passionate about supporting the Florida film industry.

“I really enjoy volunteering our time and services to help promote the film industry here in the Tampa Bay area,” said Dawn Shannon, owner of Intuition Salon & Spa. “As a business owner and an artist at heart, supporting film festivals is something that I want to do to help make our community a brighter and more successful place.”

Since opening her first Intuition Salon & Spa in Clearwater, Shannon has been an active member of the Tampa Bay community and her business has continued to expand with a second location in St. Petersburg.  This expansion resulted in a nomination for a Momentum Award in 2015 as well as various other award nominations for her philanthropic activities.

To learn more about Dawn Shannon and Intuition Salon & Spa please visit http://www.intuitionsalonandspa.com/

About Dawn Shannon: With over 24 years of experience, Dawn Shannon, has worked with local and national celebrity client’s around the country and founded Intuition Salon & Spa to create a friendlier high-end salon environment, where every client can experience the Intuition Magic. Requiring that every artist working in her salons continue their advanced training in color, cut and style, ensures the quality Dawn demands at Intuition while maintaining a relaxing, professional and fun salon experience. Specializing in organic color and color correction, Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa has two locations in the Tampa Bay area. For more information visit http://www.dawn-shannon.com/

About Sunscreen Film Festival: The Sunscreen Film Festival is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to education, economic development, informing the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and increasing the public’s awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset.

Contact Info:
Name: Diane Stein
Email: ontoppr@gmail.com
Organization: Intuition Salon & Spa
Address: 16 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, FL 33755, United States

For more information, please visit http://www.intuitionsalonandspa.com/

Red Carpet Time!

The 2017 Sunscreen Film Festival was absolutely the best ever!  And once again Dawn Shannon and her amazing team at Intuition Salon and Spa volunteered to provide Hair and Make-Up services to the visiting Celebrities as well as Red Carpet Models and Awards presenters.

After the Red Carpet arrivals and the Opening Ceremonies the festival kicked off with the amazing new film “Blind“, staring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott – who was actually there along with the Director, to represent! 

Will be posting more and more as the pictures come through!  And remember …

Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa is proud to offer Organic Hair Care, Organic Color Correction, Organic Hair Color, Organic Skincare, as well as Organic Candles and Soaps!  And our boutique features a wide variety of items for any occasion!

Intuition St. Petersburg
(727) 322-3802
2053 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33715

Intuition Clearwater
(727) 443-2927
16 N Ft. Harrison ave Clearwater, FL 33755

www.IntuitionSalonandSpa.com        www.Dawn-Shannon.com

 

Thinning Hair? We can help!!

It’s a good thing Rapunzel was only 12 when she got stuck in the tower—had she been much older, her hair wouldn’t have been thick enough to climb. Nothing can turn sparse hair into an abundant mane, but using a follicle booster (which intuition can help you find the right one for you)  which actually stimulates the follicle, can slow down hair loss and promote growth.   And studies have shown that LED light activates the cells in the follicle that grow hair.  You should also get a good filter on your shower head so your hair isn’t being bombarded with hard water and additives.

Supplements can also beef up thin strands. “There’s a lot of science that vitamins that are good for skin—antioxidants, vitamin B, calcium, zinc, and iron—also promote healthy hair,” says Dawn Shannon, Master Stylist and owner of Intuition Salon and Spa.   “Biotin and niacin can do wonders for hair in a weakened state, but you don’t get enough from regular multivitamins.”  Doctors recommend at least 1,000 micrograms of biotin and 500 milligrams of niacin a day.

At the very least, shampoos and conditioners created for fine or thinning hair can give the appearance of thickness.  They coat the hair with a positive electric chargethat adheres to the hair’s negative charge, creating more space between each strand, which makes hair look fuller. Mousse, styling spray, and aerosol hair spray can also create fullness by lifting hair at the root. Heat-activated products, for their part, prevent damage and “seal conditioners into the hair fiber, which makes the hair thicker and firmer,” says Shannon.

A quick style modification can work, too.  As opposed to a wispy cut, thick bangs with slightly uneven ends create the illusion of more hair. If they start to look stringy as they grow out, a dry shampoo will help plump them up.

Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa can help you or your loved one with thinning hair.   We are proud to offer Organic Hair Care, Organic Color Correction, Organic Hair Color, Organic Skincare, as well as Organic Candles and Soaps!

And our boutique features a wide variety of items for any occasion!

Intuition St. Petersburg
(727) 322-3802
2053 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33715

Intuition Clearwater
(727) 443-2927
16 N Ft. Harrison ave Clearwater, FL 33755

www.IntuitionSalonandSpa.com        www.Dawn-Shannon.com

Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa Helping to Break the Chain of Poverty in Pinellas County

With the loss of 5,000 jobs in Florida earlier this year and the unemployment rate unchanging, local business owner and founder of Intuition Salon & Spa, Dawn Shannon decided to take action and join the Boley Centers Youth Employment Program. [i]

According to the 2013 Update on The Economic Impact of Poverty Report for the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, there are five At-Risk Zones within Pinellas County that have higher concentrations of poverty than the County as a whole. These At-Risk Zones are East Tarpon Springs, North Greenwood, Highpoint, Lealman Corridor, and South St. Petersburg and they account for a larger portion of the unemployment rate. [ii]

An estimated 45% of Pinellas County’s total low-income population lives within the identified At-Risk Zones and 30% of the youth do not graduate from high school. This situation is what led the Boley Centers to launch their Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) in 2013. [iii]

The purpose of YEP is to help provide young people in high school and college the opportunity to earn much needed funds while teaching them valuable work skills and work ethics by matching them with participating local employers.

“As a business owner, mother and active member of the community I wanted to be able to help local youth in their search for a career,” said Dawn Shannon, owner of Intuition Salon & Spa. “By participating in YEP I am able to help the kids in our area in a meaningful way that will help them succeed in life.”

Employers participating in YEP pay 50% of the employed youths wage while helping them build self-esteem and hopefully better preparing them not only to join the work force but to also graduate high school and seek higher education. The program operates year round providing students in Pinellas county ages 15 through graduation internships where they work up to 15 hours per week when school is in session and up to 30 hours per week during summer breaks.

To learn more about Dawn Shannon and Intuition Salon & Spa please visit www.intuitionsalonandspa.com

About Dawn Shannon: 

With over 23 years of experience, Dawn Shannon, has worked with local and national celebrity client’s around the country and founded Intuition Salon & Spa to create a friendlier high-end salon environment, where every client can experience the Intuition Magic. Requiring that every artist working in her salons continue their advanced training in color, cut and style, ensures the quality Dawn demands at Intuition while maintaining a relaxing, professional and fun salon experience. Specializing in organic color and color correction, Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa has two locations in the Tampa Bay area. For more information visit www.dawn-shannon.com

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Diane Stein
ontoppr@gmail.com
727-871-5715

[i]
http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/florida-loses-5000-jobs-in-february-unemployment-rate-is-unchanged/2317804

[ii]
http://www.stpete.org/economic_development_dept/redevelopment_initiatives/docs/PSSCRA/Oct_2013___Update_on_Economic_Impact_of_Poverty_Report_for_BOCC.pdf

[iii]
http://boleycenters.org/programs-services/youth-employment/

Intuition does the Sunscreen Film Festival!

Every year Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon and Spa takes part in the Sunscreen Film Festival,  doing hair and make up for visiting celebrities and dignitaries.  Here’s a little clip from two years ago when Nikki Bella (WWE Diva!) was attending Sunscreen while also shooting the E-channel series “Total Divas” – enjoy!   And check out this year’s Sunscreen Film Festival April 27-30 right here in St. Pete!

Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa is proud to offer St. Petersburg and Clearwater the best in Organic Hair Care, Organic Color Correction, Organic Hair Color and Organic Skincare.

And our boutique features a wide variety of gift items,  such as Jewelry, Organic Candles and Organic Soaps, for any occasion!

Intuition St. Petersburg
(727) 322-3802
2053 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33715

Intuition Clearwater
(727) 443-2927
16 N Ft. Harrison ave Clearwater, FL 33755

www.IntuitionSalonandSpa.com        www.Dawn-Shannon.com

High Pony!

The “High Pony” is trending for 2017.

Slick your hair up.  All the way up. Done in rumpled texture or stick-straight, the high ponytail adds both an elegance and ease to every ensemble. Bonus: the tighter you secure it, the more lifted your face looks.

And don’t forget,  the organic hair color experts at Intuition Salon and Spa St. Petersburg can help you get the natural look you desire using the organic products you prefer!

Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa is proud to offer Organic Hair Care, Organic Color Correction, Organic Hair Color, Organic Skincare, as well as Organic Candles and Soaps! And our boutique features a wide variety of items for any occasion!

Intuition St. Petersburg
(727) 322-3802
2053 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33715

Intuition Clearwater
(727) 443-2927
16 N Ft. Harrison ave Clearwater, FL 33755

www.IntuitionSalonandSpa.com        www.Dawn-Shannon.com

Spring into Spring!

Break out your flat iron—straight, shiny, and center-parted hair is one of the biggest trends for 2017. But this style only works if your hair looks healthy—not fried.  Intuition specializes in both Japanese Thermal and Keratin Straightening, so be sure to get a free 15 minute consultation from Intuition Salon and Spa St. Pete before spending good money on bad flat irons or cheap drug-store “straighteners”!

Intuition is proud to offer Organic Hair Care, Organic Color Correction, Organic Hair Color,
Organic Skincare, as well as Organic Candles and Soaps!
Our boutique features a wide variety of items for any occasion!

Intuition St. Petersburg
(727)322-3802
2053 Central Ave St. Petersburg, FL 33715

Intuition Clearwater
(727)443-2927
16 N Ft. Harrison ave Clearwater, FL 33755

www.IntuitionSalonandSpa.com
www.Dawn-Shannon.com

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