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About Benoté Salon

Benoté Salon in Shreveport is not just a salon - it's an experience! With a welcoming atmosphere, we're committed to healthy, beautiful hair. We are located at: 3650 Youree Drive St 1, Shreveport, Louisiana 71105. Contact us today! (318) 828-2437

What options are there for cancer patients seeking hair?

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have been focusing on providing information about chemotherapy and hair loss. Today, we are going to look at the different hair options available for cancer patients.

As we have previously discussed, many cancer-treating drugs cause hair loss in most cases. Hair loss varies from patient to patient and can be as insignificant as hair thinning to as serious as complete body hair loss.


No matter how much or how little, hair loss can be extremely distressing to cancer patients. To someone who is already going through so much, the loss of hair be startling and emotionally draining. However, there are several hair options available for cancer and chemo patients.




Many chemo patients who experience hair loss opt for using a wig. Wigs help several patients maintain a sense of normality during their treatment. Wigs also come with a variety of options, with a wide selection of wig bases, hair types. styles and colors. Wgs also come in a variety of prices, and some insurance companies will cover the cost. If you want a wig that looks like your hair, wig shops and salons can help you find a wig to match your hair color and texture, or they can help you pick out a whole new style. If you want to style, color, cut, perm, or blow-dry your wig, a human hair wig may be the best fit for you. If you want a low maintenance wig, synthetic will be better. If you are interested in using a wig while undergoing treatment, here are some things for you to consider:

  • What type of wig base would you prefer: comfort cap, capless, lace wig, or monofilament base?
  • What type of wig hair would you like: synthetic or human?
  • How much are you willing to pay for your wig? Will your insurance cover the cost?



Scarves, Turbans, and Caps

Some patients find wigs to be hot, itchy, or irritating, but still wish to cover their head. Scarves, turbans, and caps are a common method used to cover the head, but still keep a fashionable style. These methods are usually the easiest, most affordable, and most comfortable option. Scarves, turbans, and caps can be homemade or found at most stores for reasonable prices. You can find them in a variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics.


Hair Loss Prevention Options

While no hair treatment exists that can guarantee no hair loss during or after chemo, there are a couple of treatment options that have the possibility of preventing hair loss. Neither method has be absolutely effective, but some patients have seen successful results. We do advise that you talk to your doctor before considering these methods.

  • Scalp Hypothermia (Cryotherapy)- Cryotherapy is a method of hair loss prevention that takes place with your chemotherapy. With cryotherapy, ice packs or similar devices, like Cold Caps, are placed on your head during your chemotherapy to slow blood flow to your scalp. With this method, the chemotherapy drugs are less likely to have an effect on your scalp and the hair cells located in your hair follicles. Studies have shown this method works somewhat in the majority of patients who have tried it. However, the treatment comes with possible side effects of headaches.
  • Minoxidil (Rogaine)- While applying minoxidil- a drug approved for pattern hair loss in men and women- to your scalp before and during chemo hasn’t proven likely to prevent hair loss, some research shows it may speed up hair regrowth.


If you are undergoing chemo, you may be worrying about losing your hair and what your options are. Don’t worry. Several options exist to help you maintain a sense of normalcy and style during this difficult time. Talk to your doctor or support team about what options will work best for you.


Chemotherapy and Hair

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to show our support, we want to provide some more information on how cancer and its treatment can affect your hair, as well as hair options during chemotherapy. Today,we are going to look at why and how chemotherapy causes hair loss.


While not all chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss, hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a common side effect of many cancer-treating drugs. Some chemotherapy drugs cause complete alopecia, some cause hair thinning, and some have no effect on hair at all.The amount of hair loss depends on the drug used, the dosages and how it was administered. Hair loss may vary person to person, even if two patients are taking the same medicine for the same cancer.


Hair loss caused by chemotherapy may be gradual or sudden. You may notice clumps or handfuls coming out at a time. The loss of hair could occur as early as the second or third week after the first cycle of treatment, or it may not occur until the second cycle. Some chemotherapy treatments only affect the hair on your head, while others may cause the loss of other body hair- leg/arm/underarm hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, or pubic hair.

The reason chemotherapy causes hair loss has to do with the way hair grows and how chemotherapy works. Hair growth occurs in three phases- anagen, catagen, and telogen. The growth cycle of hair is random, with every hair at a different stage of growth and at any give time, hair will be at one of three growth stages. The first stage of hair regeneration, the anagen phase, is most affected by chemotherapy. This phase is considered the growth phase, lasting between two to eight years. During the anagen phase, the growth cells in hair follicle beneath the scalp rapidly divide every 23 to 72 hours, dividing at some of the fastest rates in the body. These cells produce the hair strand, or shaft, which then pushes up and out through the scalp. Approximately 85% of all hairs are in the growth phase at one time. Because chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells- healthy cells along with cancer cells, the fast-growing hair cells are often destroyed by chemotherapy. When the chemotherapy begins to destroy these cells, the hair growth cycle is unable to continue. The hair detaches from the follicle and falls out.


While the loss of hair may seem startling or distressing, it is important to know that your hair loss is temporary. Once treatment has stopped, the hair cells will begin to repair themselves and divide again. Hair regrowth will start to occur about one to three months after chemotherapy ends, and complete hair regrowth takes about six months to a year. Due to the new development of cells, your new hair growth may come in a different color or texture. This is usually temporary, and your hair will return to its normal texture after six to twelve months.

Throwback Thursday Thankyou

The month of September was Men’s Month at Benoté Salon. We dedicated the whole month to men by offering two free men’s haircut days and 20% discount on the entire line  Mitch by Paul Mitchell products for the entire month.


Our family here at Benoté would like to say a special thank you to all of our patrons who came out to support our Men’s Month promotional. We had a very successful month! We had several men come in for free haircuts on our “Man Up Mondays”, and we sold a great deal of Mitch by Paul Mitchell products.

We are truly thankful to all of our customers for coming out to Benoté and showing your support!

Keep up with us to learn about our future promotions

including our holiday iPad Giveaway! 

What does National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Mean to Us?

Why is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Important?

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, with just under 30% of all cancers in women are breast cancers. According to recent statistics, about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. However, women aren’t the only ones affected by this disease. Though far less likely, about one percent of all breast cancer cases occur in men.


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is important because it provides education and awareness on breast cancer and its prevalence. The campaign helps provide resources on breast cancers, its symptoms, and its treatment, as well as providing information on how and when to be tested. Additionally, NBCAM helps to offer support for those already suffering from breast cancer.



What does National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Mean to Us?

At Benoté Salon, Breast Cancer Awareness is important to us. We are committed to offering our support of NBCAM, as well as our support of those affected by breast cancer. We want to do everything we can to help raise awareness about breast cancer.


As hair stylists, NBCAM is also important to us because of the effect breast cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, can have on the hair. We realize that many breast cancer patients may face hair loss as a result of their treatment. To help support NBCAM and breast cancer awareness, we want to provide education on how certain cancer treatments can affect hair, as well as provide information on hair options for those suffering with breast cancer.

More Natural Hair Businesses are Crowdfunding — But Not All Are Finding Success

Crowdfunding is the new black. Almost every day, I receive another alert for a Gofundme, Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaign with people asking me to donate for anything and everything, from funding weddings to medical procedures, to business endeavors. Businesses are finding ways to capitalize off of these initiatives, which may not necessarily be a bad thing. In this day and age, it’s difficult to get a substantial loan, especially for small businesses. But is there a way to crowdfund efficiently and effectively?


Companies may utilize crowdfunding for a number of reasons – to expand their inventory, grow staff, open a new store, or even get them out of debt. Earlier this year, there was a lot of buzz about the production of “CWK Straight Plates,” which promised nearly silky, straight hair without the use of heat, answering the prayers of many naturals. The project was successfully funded and…

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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In support of
Breast Cancer Awareness,we will be releasing a series of blogs on breast cancer,
chemotherapy’s effect on hair and what hair options are available for cancer patients.


What is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is an annual national and international health campaign sponsored by major cancer and medical charities and associations every October to increase awareness of breast cancer, as well as raise money for research into breast cancer’s prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. Additionally, the month-long campaign provides support and information to those affected by breast cancer.


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month began in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca), maker of several breast cancer drug treatments. Originally, the aim of the campaign was to promote mammography as the most effect weapon against breast cancer. With the foundation of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in 1993 by Evelyn Lauder, the Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, the pink ribbon was adopted as the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month’s symbol.


What Foundations Support Breast Cancer Research and Awareness?

Several organizations and foundations are involved with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These foundations support funding, research, and education on breast cancer, its treatments, and its prevention. Here are a few of the foundations associated with NBCAM:


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Get To Know: Tresses & Body Organics, NatMane and more

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Hey y’all!

Eku Monday!

As you know (I hope you do), we have a ‘Where to Find’ Directory on this blog. 🙂

If you’re looking for where to buy or order hair products from, or where to get your hair done, we may be able to help.

Page 1: Where to Find Natural Hair Stores in Nigeria

Page 2: Where to Find Natural Hair Friendly Salons in Nigeria.

Thanks to you guys, the lists keep growing.

Over the weekend, we made some additions:

Tresses & Body Organics

Though based in Lagos, they deliver nationwide.

They carry the Vaadi Herbals line; Sulfate free shampoos and conditioners, Hair moisture butters, Hair growth oils, Essential & Carrier Oils, Indian Ayurvedic clays and powders, Heat protectant serums, and more.

You can visit them at 33, Fatai Irawo Street, Ajao- Estate, off Airport Road, Ikeja

Or Call: 08183412877 or 08075542049.

Or Email:

They’re also on Facebook: Tresses & Body…

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Different Cultures and the Significance of Hair throughout History

Maintaining beautiful hair has long been a part of civilization. However, contrasting cultures approach hair care differently, depending on the significance of hair color or texture, as well as prevailing popularities. Traditions, customs and beliefs shape the influence that hair has and how a people approach the significance that beautiful hair provides.


Native Americans, for example, took great care of their hair, applying grease and coloring to maintain health and add spiritual, individual or personal meaning. Southwestern Native Americans applied jojoba oil to their hair and skin to moisturize it, and the Chickasaw natives throughout the heartland would prevent dandruff and other scalp problems with a solution made from Willow tree wood. Generally, Native Americans did not trim or cut their hair, except during times of mourning, which was symbolic for the loss of a loved one. The deep spiritual meanings surrounding hair in the Native American culture can still be found today.


In ancient France, long, healthy hair was a sign of great power and importance. When Julius Caesar conquered Rome in 50 BC, he forced the French leaders to cut their hair, humiliating them and stripping them of their power. As time passed in France, the popularity of large heads of hair grew, ushering in the era of powdered wigs, a sign of legitimacy, wisdom and power in the 17th century, throughout France and Britain.


Throughout Africa, many cultures assigned great spiritual significance to hair, as it protected the head and thus, the mind. Often times, hair was not trimmed, as the exposed head was considered a playground for evil spirits. Even when the hair was eventually cut, great care was taken in the decision and not just anyone could cut the hair; it was necessary for the hairdresser to be a significant spiritual leader. To care for their hair, ancient Africans would use castor oil, olive oil, avocado oil and shea butter to enrich their hair, prevent dryness and protect from the sun’s harsh rays.


India was and remains a country where hair care, especially feminine hair care, is a societal priority. Women in India have worn long, thick, black hair as a sign of beauty for centuries, and in fact, the word “shampoo” comes from the Hindi word “cāṃpo!” which is the imperative form of the word meaning to knead or massage. Indian women also often adorn their hair in flowers or jewels, especially in times of celebration, giving further emphasis to the beauty and grace hair provides. To care for their hair, powders and tonics from Fenugreek seeds have been used as hair conditioners, and oil made from Indian gooseberries was used as a growth stimulant.


Hair is an important cultural symbol across the globe, and it always has been. Though times have changed, hair continues to express the cultural differences that are apparent in society, and especially here in America, we can learn a lot about other cultures by talking with our friends and family about our cultural differences.

The End of the Line

Within the hair regeneration cycle, hair loss occurs to make room for the new hair. The average person loses about 25 to 100 hairs normally each day. However, in more serious hair loss conditions, excess hair shedding occurs, causing more and more hair to fall out over time. Today, we will look at what happens during the hair regeneration cycle to cause hair loss and thinning.


As we have previously discussed, the hair regeneration cycle takes hair through a process of growth, loss and regrowth. Hair growth occurs in three phases: anagen, catagen and telogen. New hair growth occurs in the anagen phase, hair transitions in the catagen, and in the telogen phase, hair rests and makes room for new hair. With the last phase, some hair shedding is common.


However, in conditions relating to hair loss, this cycle of regeneration slows down and changes, causing more hair loss and less regrowth over time. Depending on the condition, the hair regeneration cycle begins to slow down and may eventually stop altogether.


Several conditions and factors can cause hair shedding, thinning and loss. Medical disorders, medication, poor nutrition, bad hair care techniques, stress and heredity can all cause hair loss.


Androgenetic Alopecia

Hereditary hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, causes problems within the hair growth cycle. Over time, the genes and hormones in your body shrink your hair follicle, making it harder from hair to progress through the growth cycle. Progressive shrinking of scalp follicles short the length of the hair’s growth cycle, slowing down the process. As the follicles shrink, hair becomes thinner and shorter. Eventually, the hair growth cycle grinds to a halt and no hair growth occurs at all. With no growth occurring and the follicle shrinking, remaining hair is pushed out. In 95 percent of cases, hair loss is the cause of androgenetic alopecia.


Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium is the second most common form of hair loss. Telogen Effluvium is linked to traumatic body experiences such as childbirth, malnutrition, severe infection, major surgery or extreme stress. In cases of Telogen Effluvium, many of the hairs in the anagen (growing) or catagen (resting) phase suddenly shift into the shedding (telogen) phase. With 90 percent of all hair being in the anagen or catagen phase, large amounts of hair can be lost during the shift, but for most, this condition does not cause total hair loss. In the majority of cases, this condition can be fully reversible as the hair follicles are not permanent or irreversibly affected. This condition affects women more often than men, due to its link to childbirth.


Anagen Effluvium

Anagen effluvium is the result of any insult to the hair follicle that impairs its cellular activity. As a result of damage to the matrix- where hair cells multiply and differentiate, the hair shafts rapidly narrow during anagen effluvium. Eventually, the hair shaft will fracture at the site of the narrowing, causing hair to shed. This condition is most commonly associated with cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Since these substances inhibit rapid cell division, the rapidly dividing hair cells are often attacked. As a result, the hair fiber production is completely frozen and shut down. This condition is very rapid and can cause complete hair loss. However, anagen effluvium is totally reversible and recovery is equally as rapid.

The Hair Regeneration Cycle

As you grow, the hair on your head grows and changes with you. How does the hair grow, though? How does it know to regenerate when you’ve lost some? Well, your hair has several phases of growth, and as you age, the chemical makeup of your hair changes. Here we will discuss the growth phases and how your hair regenerates.


Even before you’re born, all of the hair follicles on your body have formed, with about 100,000 on your scalp. As you grow, the size of your head will change, so even though you may have a “thick head of hair” as a child, the follicles on your head will spread out, leaving you with seemingly thinner hair. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the actual thickness of each strand has changed, though. It only means that the density of your hair has changed.


There are three phases of growth for your hair. Each strand is in its own stage of the cycle, which is great since you wouldn’t want to lose all of the hair on your head at the same time. The three phases are:


Anagen Phase

This is known as the “growth phase”. The cells in the root of each strand of hair are dividing rapidly, pushing the existing strand out of the follicle. About 85% of the hairs on your head are in this phase at any given time, and they will remain in this growth phase for 2-6 years. During this time, the hair will grow about ½ an inch per month. Depending on how long this phase remains, for you, you may not be able to grow the hair on your head past a certain length.


Catagen Phase

This is the phase where the strand stops growing, meaning that the cells stop dividing. However, the length of your hair will still increase during this phase. This is because the follicle shrinks, pushing the strand of hair upwards and outwards. About 3% of the strands of hair on your head are in this transitional phase, which lasts between 2 and 3 weeks.


Telogen Phase

This is the “resting phase” where your hair remains dormant from 1 to 4 months. Around 10 to 15% of your hairs are in this phase, waiting to be shed as new hairs grow. In fact, you naturally shed around 100 hairs in the telogen phase each day. Once this phase is completed, the follicle will have already started growing a new hair.


This natural cycle is maintained through biology, and your genetics greatly affect how much hair will grow and just how quickly your length will increase. Remember to speak to your stylist about the best ways to maintain a healthy scalp and help promote growth.

What’s Your Hair’s Real Age?

Just as you age, your hair ages through a process of growth, loss and regrowth. The hair on your head is in constant differing states of this aging process.

However, if you are waiting long periods of time between trims and haircuts, your hair could be older than you think. As new growth pushes through your scalp, healthy and full of nutrients, the ends of your hair continues aging, taking on damage from everyday elements. If you aren’t getting regular trims, the damage in your aging ends could be hurting your hair.

As we noted earlier, hair is in a constant cycle of growth. The hair growth cycle consists of three phases, with all hairs going through the phases at different times. The first phase is the anagen phase. During the anagen phase, new hair growth occurs. This phase can last anywhere between two to eight years. Longer anagen phase rates produce longer hair growth. Approximately 85 percent of all hairs are in the growth phase at one time.

However, it is within this phase where your ends could be aging the most. As the new growth comes in at the scalp, the ends of the strands stay as they were, no longer getting the nutrients of help from the hair follicle. The longer your hair grows, the more the ends of your hair age. Depending on how long your growth rate and the ends could be several years older than the new growth. The ends of your hair could be suffering from damage from weather exposure, heat exposure and chemical exposure. The damaged ends can also wreak havoc on your new growth. Damaged ends can rip apart and split the ends of your hair, causing permanent, irreversible damage to your hair.

So what can you do to prevent the ends of your hair from aging?

To prevent the ends of your hair from aging, get your hair professionally trimmed regularly. Every six to eight weeks, schedule a trim with your hairstylist to remove split and broken ends. If it has been a while since your hair cut, a few inches may need to be cut off, but after that, your stylist should only have to remove the split ends by cutting just an inch.

The Part of Hair you Don’t See

When you think about the roots of your hair, you may think of the hair found at the base of the scalp. However, the root of the hair, despite popular belief, is actually found underneath the skin. Hair roots are found in the the second layer of skin, the dermis, where the hair growth and coloration takes place. In fact, the science of hair growth and regrowth all take place in the root of the hair, unseen to our eyes.


The root of our hair is found in the hair follicle, which is the birthplace of your hair growth. The tunnel-like segment extends from the epidermis, the first layer of skin, down into the deeper level of the skin called the dermis. The structure of the follicle contains many layers with separate functions belonging to each layer. Let’s take a look at the several components of your hair follicle and the role they play in hair growth and regrowth.


Dermal Papilla

The dermal papilla is located at the base of the hair follicle. Buried approximately 4 milimeters down into the scalp, the papilla is the driving force of the follicle. Through several tiny blood vessels, or capillaries, the papilla proves the nutrients and information necessary for the multiplication and differentiation of the hair cells. This nourishment from the papilla helps regulate the life cycle of your hair, providing hair health and helping you grow your hair.


Pilar Matrix

Located around the papilla, the pilar matrix is the deepest component of the hair follicle. It is within the matrix that the hair cells, known as keratinocytes, begin to multiply and differentiate. As these cells divide, the different compartments of the hair follicle- internal root sheath, external root sheath and hair shaft- begin to form. The keratinocytes differentiate at a much faster rate than any other cells in the body, dividing every 24 to 72 hours. The fast rate of these cell differentiations is why chemotherapy or radiotherapy, which kill dividing cells, may lead to temporary hair loss.


Internal Root Sheath

The internal sheath, formed by the piler matrix, surrounds the growing hair shaft. Since the hair shaft is soft and fragile during the beginning stages in the hair growth cycle, the internal root sheath serves as support and protection. This internal sheath follows the shaft, ending just below the opening of a sebaceous gland.


External Root Sheath

Continuous with the epidermis, the external root sheath surrounds the internal sheath and the hair shaft. The external root sheath also contains the outermost layer of cells, which are activated by the dermal papilla during the restart of the hair growth cycle to enable the reconstruction of the hair follicle and new hair growth.


Erector Pili Muscle

Connected to a fibrous layer around the outer root sheath is the erector pili muscle. Under the influence of emotional response, this muscle can contract, causing the hair on your head to stand up. The contraction of this muscle can also cause the release of oil from the sebaceous gland.


Sebaceous Gland

Each of your hair follicles have at least one of more sebaceous glands. These oil glands contain large cells known as sebocytes which are filled with lipid droplets. When sebocytes burst, they release sebum, which is essential for protecting your hair and preserving is shine and flexibility.


Hair Shaft

The central part of the hair follicle is the hair shaft. Surrounded by the outer and inner root sheath, the hair shaft is pushed towards the surface of the skin by the cells multiplication and differentiation within the pilar matrix. The hair shaft is composed of three parts: the medulla, the cortex and the cuticle. It is made up of keratinocytes, which die at 0.5 millimeters from the base of the follicle. The formation of the shaft is completed as it passes the sebaceous gland. It is then released from the root sheath as it pushes its way through the surface, making it the part of the hair we see everyday.




At Benoté, we believe, not only in hairstyle execution but, in hair education. It is our job and our privilege to have you as a client / potential client. We hope that by helping you to understand your hair, we can help you maintain your healthy hair for the rest of your life. Remember, we’re not just a salon. Benoté is an experience.

Wet Hair vs Dry Hair

Water can dramatically change the way our hair looks and acts. The structure of wet hair feels and acts different than dry hair. When wet, hair appears to be longer, heavier and smoother. But what are the actual physical changes between wet and dry hair?


Hair is permeable, meaning it allows water to pass through it. This permeability allows hair to absorb large amounts of water. Healthy hair can absorb over 30 percent of its weight in water. Damaged hair can hold even more, allowing for up to 45 percent of its weight in water. This water absorption leads to swelling in the hair shaft. When wet, hair’s diament can swell 15 to 20 percent. The heaviness of wet hair is a result of the water absorbed by the hair.


Wet hair also allows for greater elasticity. When healthy hair is wet, it can stretch in length by up to 30 percent, while still being able to return to its original length after drying. This increase in elasticity is why your hair appears longer when wet. However, stretching your hair too much when wet can lead to damage and possibly breakage. When hair is stretched over 30 percent of its original length, permanent damage begins to occur. Hair stretched 80 percent of its length will fracture.


Due to its greater elasticity, wet hair is more sensitive than dry hair. Wet hair has a higher combing friction than dry hair, making it more susceptible to damage. Combing wet hair is more likely to stretch already brittle hair beyond its breaking point.


Different types of water have different effects on hair and hair structure. Prolonged exposure to saltwater can dry out hair, leaving your hair brittle and rough. Saltwater damage can cause the ends of hair to split and break. Water with chlorine can strip hair of its natural lubricant, leaving hair dry and porous. Hard water can also affect hair structure. Hard water contains a large amount of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, which can build up on the hair and scalp. Prolonged use of hard water can leave hair feeling dry, brittle and weighed down.

When hair is wet, its structure and feel change. Water causes hair to be heavier, more elastic and more sensitive. Due to the increased sensitivity of wet hair, it is important to be gentle with your wet hair. Wet hair is at a greater risk for damage and breakage.





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How many strands of hair do humans typically possess on their heads?

We all know at least a few people that are balding or have thinning hair. These observations have probably raised a question or two for you about the typical number of hairs on someone’s head. How many hairs does the average human possess on their head? Does that number change depending on what color hair they have? How many hairs do they lose over the course of a few days? Well, here we’ll discuss some of the answers to those questions and hopefully encourage you to have a conversation with your stylist at the same time.


As far as how many hairs are on a person’s head, typically, humans average between 90,000 and 150,000 hairs. Why such a large gap? Well, the number of hairs on your head depends on the number of hair follicles that your scalp contains. The average person has up to 150,000 follicles, but the number on your particular head is hereditary. That means that you inherited the amount of hair on your head because you inherited the number of follicles in your scalp. The number of follicles also stays constant throughout your life, so even if you begin balding, you aren’t losing those follicles. They just aren’t producing strands of hair anymore.




The number of hairs on a person’s head also depends upon that person’s hair color. Hair color and number of follicles are both inherited traits, and generally speaking, blond people have smaller diameter hair and more follicles than people with another hair color. Blonds average about 145,000 hairs on their heads, while brunettes average around 108,000. Black and red hair strands are often thicker and more dense, so people with these colors of hair average lower than blonds and brunettes. Black hair averages around 100,000 strands, and red hair averages around 90,000. Of course, variance in hair diameter and density will vary from person to person, but the reasoning for the general occurrence makes sense. Blond hair has much lower levels of pigmentation, so the strands are thinner, so more hair is needed to cover and protect the scalp. The opposite is true for those with darker colored hair. Any tips from your stylist about maintaining healthy strands will help you protect your hair.


The hair on your head is constantly in a cycle, and at the end of the resting phase, you’re hair will fall out. As new hair is produced within the follicle at the beginning of the growing phase, the old hair is pushed out, thus ending the the resting phase for that hair. The hairs on your head can last between two and six years, but because you have so many hairs, approximately 90% of your hair is in the growing phase at any given point in time. However, the average person loses between 50 and 200 hairs throughout each day. You can ask your stylist about ways to strengthen your follicles, but you shouldn’t be worried about this natural hair loss and regrowth.


While your hair color and parent’s genes may determine the number of hairs on your head, you can be pretty sure that your number and color combination are totally unique. Here we provided a little bit of insight into the averages across many people, but it’s up to you to talk with your stylist about the right way to approach maintaining the health of your hair.



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How does hair grow?

As you grow, your hair goes through a cycle of growth and loss and regrowth. Human hair is random, not seasonal or cyclical like other mammals. At any given time, hair will be at one of three growth stages, with every hair at a different stage.


To first understand the growth stages of hair, we should look at what makes up our hair. There are two distinct structures to hair: the follicle and the shaft. The hair follicle is a tunnel-like segment of the outer layer of skin that extends down into the second layer of skin called the dermis. At the base of the hair follicle is the dermal papilla which contains tiny blood vessels that provide nourishment to the cells. Surrounding the papilla is the bulb, the living part of the hair. The cells of the bulb divide faster than any other cell in the body, dividing every 24 to 72 hours. Two sheaths surround the hair follicle, an inner and outer sheath, which protect and form the growing hair. The hair shaft is made of keratin, a hard protein, and is composed of three layers. The inner layer is medulla, the middle layer is the cortex and the outer layer is the cuticle. The cortex makes up the majority of the hair shaft and holds the hair’s pigment with the medulla.


The first stage of hair growth is referred to as the anagen phase. The anagen stage is the growth phase, usually lasting between two to eight years. During this stage, the growth cells in the papilla rapidly divide, producing the hair shaft which becomes keratinized as it pushes up and out of the follicle. During the same time, the follicle grows down deeper into the dermis to get nourishment. People with long anagen growth rates are able to grow longer hair than those with shorter anagen phases. Approximately 85% of all hairs are in the growth phase at one time.


Following the anagen phase, the hair goes through a transitional stage, referred to as the catagen stage. This stage usually occurs over a brief two to four weeks. During the catagen phase, the hair follicle shrinks and breaks away from the dermal papilla. As the hair follicle separates from the papilla, the bulb detaches from the blood supply and the hair shaft is pushed up as the follicle disintegrates. About three percent of all hairs are in this stage at any given time.


The follicle then goes into the resting phase known as the telogen stage. The telogen phase lasts from two to four months, during which the hair does not grow, but remains attached to the follicle. In this phase of hair growth, the follicle and the dermal papilla below are completely at rest. Approximately 10-15 percent of all hairs are in the telogen phase at one time. As the resting phase comes to an end and new hair is formed, old telogen hairs are pushed out and lost. About 50-100 telogen hairs are lost at this time due to the growth process, which is considered normal hair shedding.

Once the telogen phase ends, the hair growth cycle is complete. Hair will go back into the anagen stage and the process begins again.





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How is hair made? An infographic by Benoté


It is SHOCKING to see how many women aren’t truly happy with their hair!!

Reading the article titled

“Survey Shows That Only 7 Percent Of Women Love Their Hair”

…. my heart sank a little. It shocks me, even in this business. We (Benoté salon) are so used to seeing women leave happy and empowered that we tend to forget how many others are either stifled or misinformed when it comes to healthy hair care.

The article by Huffington post said this:

“According to a survey conducted by Dove, only 7 percent of women in the United States love their hair.


The project also surveyed 1,000 U.S. women to find out how much they loved their hair. Sadly, not many.

Although the overall finding was that only 7 percent of women love their hair, the survey also found that African American women (14%) were the most likely to vote that way.”


  • Hair Care is a higher priority in a woman’s morning routine than eating breakfast (45% versus 41%), applying makeup (39%) and extra sleep (35%).
  • When asked how many hair products they use on an average day to manage/tame their unpredictable hair, 58% of women said they use three or more.
  • 1 in 5 women have passed on a social event as a result of unpredictable hair.



LADIES…. this poses the question… DO YOU LOVE YOUR HAIR?

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Aside from hair, where else is keratin found?

Keratin is the protein that gives hair strength and rigidity, but it is also found all throughout the human body. It is actually the key structural material for both the outer layer of your skin and your fingernails and toenails. In fact, approximately 90 percent of the cells in your outer layer of skin are filled with keratin.


Your epidermis, the outer layer of skin, is virtually waterproof and helps protect your body from infection, as well as regulating your body temperature. The reason that your skin is so strong is that the majority of your epidermis’ cells are keratinocytes. These are cells that are filled with keratin, which acts as a pathogen fighting protein that hardens as it builds up. The cells die and come off, which we know as dead skin, but they are constantly being replaced. The hardening of these cells is known as cornification, and constant abrasion causes a thickening of this cornified skin. These are the calluses that help us resist pain and extreme temperatures upon contact. Without this helpful layer of keratin infused cells, our immune systems would need to fight much harder to keep us healthy.


Keratin also gives us healthy, strong fingernails and toenails. However, the human nail is much more than just the nail plate to which we often refer. The matrix of the nail is the tissue which the plate protects. This tissue contains nerves and veins that transport signals to the brain, blood and other fluids. It is also responsible for producing the translucent keratinocytes that make up the nail plate. As new cells are formed, they push against the older cells, compacting and creating a strong but flexible plate. The nail bed is the skin surrounding the matrix, and like all skin, contains keratin infused cells, as well. A healthy nail helps us protect our fingers and toes from injuries, as well as giving us more precise motor function and increased sensitivity in the fingertips.


Without keratin, our hair would have not strength, our skin would be much more prone to infection and disease and we would not have the security and sensitivity in our hands and feet that we do. This crucial protein protects our entire body, so don’t forget to ask your salon stylist about any tips that will help you keep your hair, skin and nails healthy.




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Elle’s Super Sparkly Summer Grow Out Challenge: Let’s Grow!

Happy Sunday, everyone! I just got back from the gym and I am ready to grow with this challenge!! Just took my starting pics then remembered why I hate monitoring growth because measuring your hair stinks! But I got over it. Here are my pics.  I measured my hair a few times and consisteimage (1)ntly got around 20 inches, then yanked out one strand of hair and measured that and got about 21 inches, so I’ll use 20.5 inches as my starting point.

imageAlso, although I don’t believe vitamins grow hair (you all know how I feel about that!), I can’t have a good ol’ fashioned growth challenge without making sure I’m getting all my nutrients. I’m currently taking Irwin Naturals Healthy Skin and Hair Plus Nails (I like these b/c they are gel caps instead of horse pills) until my Manetabolism comes. I’m also concentrating on my nutrition and…

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What’s Up With All These Natural Hair Product Ads?

It’s no secret that the natural hair product business is booming due to the increase in women choosing their natural hair over relaxers. Even several companies that traditionally catered to relaxed and straight hair have come out with lines for natural hair. Countless ads featuring big, coily, curly and kinky hair displayed on buses, billboards and online encourage naturals to try out a company’s products in hopes that their hair will yield the same results.

However, I often find myself looking at these ads slightly confused. Why? Because the hair shown is too perfect and natural hair isn’t perfect. Our hair is beautiful and frizzy at the same time. But time and time again, we are shown images that imply that we should never have a curl out of place. Take this ad below for African Pride’s new texture manageability system for example:


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The Secret to Fabulous Children’s Hair

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By Natasha Ferguson

As parents we are complimented on the way we grow and look after our children. Hair is a massive part of how are children will be conditioned and treated in todays society, and various settings that they will encounter as well as the everyday interaction they have with other children and adults. And it’s down to us as parents to make sure that they are confident and proud of their hair texture and quality.

I’ve put together ten tips on how become more aware on what we need to look out for to give our children the best when to comes to their hair.

  1. Investigate. Understand your child’s hair texture. Does it dry out in the sun? Is the scalp always dry? What breaks or snaps or thins the hair? Once you have an idea, you’ll then know what points you need to focus on and what…

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What is hair made of?

You may be familiar with your hair, what shampoos and conditioners you should use and your favorite type of styling products, but do you really even know what makes up hair? While each strand of hair is a rather simple structure, the makeup of hair is interesting and complex.


Each strand of hair has three layers. These are the cuticle, cortex and medulla. The cuticle is the outer layer made from overlapping keratin scales. Keratin is a strong protein, and these scales act as shingles on a home, protecting the inside from the elements. The cuticle is also covered with a molecularly small lipid layer which protects the hair from water.


The middle layer of each strand is called the cortex. The cortex is the primary source for structural support and water uptake. Approximately 91% of your hair is made from protein in the form of long chains of amino acids, and these chains are found within the cortex. This is also the area of each strand of hair that contains melanin, the pigment that affects hair color. The amount of melanin in each cortex is determined by genetics, and as you grow older, the melanin concentration depletes, causing your hair to turn gray and white.


The medulla is the core of a strand. This innermost region of the hair is not found in all hair types. For example, very thin hair or very light hair generally does not contain a medulla, but it is almost always found in very coarse hair. This means that some people may have strands of hair that only contain two layers, because the essential aspects to healthy hair growth and life are within the cuticle and cortex.


Each shaft of hair that you see extends below your scalp into the hair follicle. The part of the hair that is within the follicle is the hair root. New cells are formed and nutrients are received at the hair bulb, which is the round end of the hair root at the base of the follicle. These new cells mature through a process known as keratinization, which is where the protein hardens, and the new cells push the older cells up and out of the follicle, causing your hair to grow.

The shape of each strand of hair is determined by the shape of the hair follicle, which you can learn about in the “Not all hair is created equal” blog. Regardless, each hair strand consists of the same proteins and nutrients. Now that you know a little about how your hair grows and its makeup, you might can more easily understand why your favorite hair care products work for you. Make sure to discuss with your stylist any question you might have regarding keeping your hair healthy and yourself happy.





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Man Up Monday


… in the past you may have experienced Salons that are catered only to women… but Benoté doesn’t discriminate. In fact, our stylists aim to be skilled with both genders, all hair types, and all hair colors. There is nothing we can’t do! So when you get your next cut in September, remember to visit us on Youree Drive in Shreveport.


Is there a safe alternative to using Ammonia based hair products?

Hair stylists long believed that ammonia was absolutely necessary to artificially color hair with lasting results. Ammonia is a harmful chemical that damages hair and leaves it dry and unhealthy. However, natural, more gentle solutions have grown in popularity in recent years.



Herb UK, A small company in England, has produced an organic solution to hair coloring that has been available in the US since 2002. It is known as Organic Color Systems (OCS) and is available in a range of 65 colors. The base of OCS is alkaline, which raises the pH of the hair, allowing color to enter, but it also conditions and softens hair. It does not destroy the tyrosine, which creates the melanin that give your hair its natural color, in the cuticles of the hair, so the artificial coloring can bond to it and remain vibrant over time. Not only is the active compound monoethanolamine safer and less damaging, it is also odorless. This means that your salon visit will be much more pleasant, and your hair will be much easier to style and keep healthy.


L’Oreal Professionnel has recently entered the non-ammonia game, as well, with their INOA (Innovation No Ammonia) coloring system. An oily mixture containing dye molecules and monoethanolamine is applied to dry hair where the dye bonds with the moisture within each cuticle and escapes the oily substance. This allows the hair to be colored and conditioned at the same time. The vice president for marketing at L’Oreal, Peter Schiraldi, says that INOA delivers “vibrant color, great coverage and maintain[s] the condition of the hair prior”. This is really important because L’Oreal has the potential to inform and educate their vast audience of women about the importance of non ammonia based dyes.


These natural and gentle hair dyes present a very compelling alternative to ammonia based treatments. With the added benefits of softer, healthier hair and an odorless application, before long, non ammonia treatments will be the norm for salons across the country. The next time you visit your stylist, ask about non ammonia hair dyes and the benefits to your hair and health.




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What you need to know about Ammonia

If you plan on having the color of your hair changed the next time you visit a salon, make sure to talk to your stylist about the chemicals involved. Many hair dyes and hair dying techniques rely on ammonia to open up your shafts of hair to allow different colors to permeate the hair. Recently, however, the producers of hair care products have started moving away from using ammonia, a dangerous chemical, as an ingredient.




The primary role of ammonia in dye is to open the cuticle layer of hair to allow for new pigmentation. The pH of the hair is increased by the ammonia and the cuticle swells according to how much ammonia is in the dye. Another function of the ammonia is to neutralize your hair’s natural pigments. This is accomplished by mixing the ammonia with peroxide. However, the artificial pigment count must be very high, so the ammonia-peroxide mix doesn’t neutralize it, as well.


Because the chemical blasts open the hair, it is irreparably damaged. Your hair may be a different color, but your hair won’t be healthy enough to be styled efficiently. When the dye is swelling the cuticles of your hair, proteins and moisture are released, which is why your hair feels dry and brittle afterwards. Also, because the pH levels are raised so much, they cannot return to normal. This means that as long as your hair is colored, there will be continued protein and moisture loss. The artificial coloring will fade for the same reason, as well as the fact that tyrosine, the protein that produces the melanin responsible for naturally coloring your hair, is destroyed. This means that the artificial color has nothing to bond to.


Not only does ammonia seriously damage your hair, it is potentially very harmful to you and your stylist’s health. Ammonia exposure has been shown to irritate and burn the ears, nose and throat, as well as cause severe coughing and choking. If ammonia is accidentally mixed with bleach, the results are disastrous. The combination of these chemicals produces toxic chlorine gas. This gas will seriously harm and possibly kill those exposed to it.


There are very serious risks associated with the use of ammonia in hair salon products. Thankfully there are natural, more beneficial alternatives to ammonia based hair dyes. When you visit your salon, ask about non ammonia based permanent hair coloring.



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Hair and Scalp Treatments

At Benote, we offer a wide variety of hair and scalp treatments. These are designed to give you a healthy scalp and luxurious, strong hair.


The foundation of healthy hair lies in a healthy scalp. Our dermabrasion treatment helps nourish and exfoliate the skin, improving the health of your scalp. This treatment uses deep exfoliation to dissolve the oils and buildup around the scalp. Through exfoliation, our dermabrasion treatment unclogs the follicles of your hair, making it easier to grow strong, healthy hair. Our scalp serum treatments work along these lines by nourishing and revitalising the scalp. This treatment restores health to your scalp, provides nourishment and promotes healthy hair.


For dry and damaged hair relief, we provide basic moisture treatment for your hair. This treatment restores moisture to thirsty, dry hair. Our basic moisture treatment will leave your hair feeling smooth, silky and healthy.


Our Fiberceutic treatment is a 2-step treatment designed by L’Oreal. This treatment helps strengthen and rebuild the hair fiber from the inside while protecting against further damage. It uses intra-cylane molecules which penetrate the hair fiber to recreate structure and strength in your hair from the inside-out. The Fiberceutic treatment will help your damaged hair regain its natural condition and leave you hair feeling firm, silky and healthy.




At Benote, we also offer the Awapuhi Wild Ginger KeraTriplex Treatment. This revolutionary treatment, designed by Paul Mitchell, will leave you with younger-looking, healthier hair. The highly concentrated blend of keratin proteins penetrate into your hair’s cortex, repairing and sealing the hair from the inside out. This 2-step treatment provides deep repairs to damaged hair and protects from future damage while delivering deep hydration and moisture to your hair.

KeraTriplex At Salon Treatment


Our L’Oreal Powerdose Treatments provide customized, prescriptive solutions for a multiple hair and scalp needs. The Powerdose treatment features core-to-surface technology to target all areas of your hair, providing instant deep-conditioning and intense shine. This treatment will leave your hair stronger, healthier, and more luxurious.

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Organic Hair Color: Is Everything Really Natural?

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In more recent years, there has been a lot of talk about the potential dangers of artificial hair color. The synthetic chemicals within artificial hair dye have led to concern from stylists and clients alike. Chemicals such as ammonia, parabens, resorcinol, toluene and  para-phenylenediamine (PPD), which are present in artificial hair color, have all been shown to have hazardous effects on health. There is even a link between some of the chemicals used in hair color and higher risk for cancer. With all of the concern surrounding artificial hair color, many clients have started to look into organic hair color as a viable option.

Organic hair colors are dyes that consist of little or no harsh chemicals. Many organic hair colors do not use ammonia, the harsh chemical used to lift the cuticle layer of the hair and lighten the hair. Since an alkaline agent is needed in hair color, these dyes often use ammonia substitutes such as ethanolamine or monoethanolamine. Other dyes use small amounts of diluted aqua ammonia which is non-toxic. Resorcinol, a chemical used in artificial dye, is usually excluded in organic hair dyes. Resorcinol is used as a color coupler that oxidizes with hydrogen peroxide to provide permanent hair color, but it has been known to be a highly toxic skin irritant as well as a frequent cause of hair dye allergy. It is frequently excluded from organic hair dyes, but may be substituted for 2-methylresorcinol or butylresorcinol, which are synthetic non-toxic chemicals. A couple of the organic hair dyes are PPD free. Para-phenylenediamine is used as an oxidation agent in hair color, but is thought to have extremely dangerous effects on health. Not all organic products exclude PPD from their dyes.  In the place of these potentially dangerous chemicals, organic hair colors use natural essential oils, fruit extracts and soy bases. Henna is also used in many organic hair colors as a colorant.

Most organic hair dyes continue to use hydrogen peroxide in their color. Hydrogen peroxide is used in permanent dyes as an oxidizing agent that helps start the color-forming process by breaking down the natural hair pigments. Since it is a non-toxic chemical and necessary to the hair coloring process, most organic hair dyes still include peroxide in their products.

Organic hair color has grown in popularity in recent years as clients try to find safer, healthier alternatives to artificial hair colors. While organic dyes are free of many harsh, potentially hazardous chemicals, they are not completely natural in their ingredients.



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Artificial Hair Color: What Chemicals Are You Using?



Having your hair color changed at the salon is a common practice, and with the right stylists, your hair can be kept beautiful and healthy. However, some of the chemicals in modern dyes can be harmful to your hair and your body.

The chemicals found in hair dye and treatments can weaken your hair and cause it to degenerate over time. Hair that has been exposed to chemicals excessively, is considered to be over-processed. Over-processed hair feels dry and rough because the harsh chemicals have removed natural elements that are found within each strand of hair. When your hair is damaged, strands are more likely to break, leaving your hair uneven and looking unhealthy.

Not only do the chemicals affect the quality of your hair, they can also affect your health. Some of the more potent chemicals found in hair dye are phenylenediamine, coal tar, lead acetate, DMDM hydantoin, ammonia and resorcinol. Phenylenediamine is a potential carcinogen which can also trigger allergic reactions where the skin will become irritated and burn. Coal tar is a synthetic coloring agent which has also been found to be a possible carcinogen. Lead acetate is a toxic lead compound that is usually the principal active ingredient in hair dyes. Lead acetate is so serious that many European countries have banned it. DMDM hydantoin is a preservative that is commonly found in hair dye, and it has been linked to problems in the immune system. Ammonia, although common, is a toxic and corrosive substance and has been found to cause respiratory problems. Resorcinol is another ingredient in hair dyes that has been labelled a possible carcinogen.

Even though studies have not conclusively linked using hair dye to a higher risk of cancer, all of the carcinogens found in dyes are a good reason not to continually subject yourself to them. However, modern salons have much more healthy alternatives to dying your hair. Make sure to ask your stylist about the hair dying process and discuss the safety and health concerns associated with it. You can also come by Benoté Salon and ask us to help you with all of your haircare needs.


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Product Glossary: The Complete Guide to Beauty

Everyone can use a little Beauty 411 every once in a while.

The Science of Hair: How does artificial color interact with light?

Hair coloring has been a huge beauty trend throughout history. Even the ancient Greeks and Romans altered the color of their hair. Today, 75 percent of American women report coloring their hair. While the Greeks and Romans used harsh soaps and dyes concocted with boiled walnuts, we now use artificial dyes to alter the color of our hair.


Artificial hair color is comprised of two main chemical ingredients that interact with your hair to create a new color: hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Hydrogen peroxide, also known as the developer or oxidizing agent, helps start the color-forming process by breaking down your natural hair pigment. Ammonia is an alkaline which allows for lightning in the hair by acting as a catalyst when the permanent hair color comes together with the peroxide. Ammonia separates the cuticle, the outer layer of your hair, and allows the hair color to penetrate the cortex.

There are different levels of artificial hair colors that each interact with hair differently. The first level is semi-permanent color. Semi-permanent dyes add color without dramatically changing your natural hair color. Semi-permanent hair color adds small color molecules to the cuticle layer of your hair. Due to the small size of the molecules, semi-permanent hair color exits the cuticle after 6 to 12 shampoos, leaving your hair as it was before. It does not contain ammonia or peroxide, so it won’t lighten the natural pigment of your hair.

 Demi-permanent hair color is a longer lasting artificial color that typically lasts up to 26 washes. In this coloring process, demi-permanent color molecules get under the cuticle layer of your hair but do not penetrate the deeper cortex. The absence of ammonia in demi-permanent color means the natural pigment of your hair can’t be lightened, but the small amount of peroxide will allow for a noticeable color enhancement. Demi-permanent colors work to enhance the natural pigment of your hair. 

Permanent color is the artificial color used for the most significant color changes. In permanent hair coloring, ammonia and peroxide are both used to alter the color. Tiny molecules enter all the way into your hair’s cortex, where they react and expand to a size that cannot be washed out. The ammonia opens the cuticle and lightens your hair’s natural pigment to create a new base. The peroxide works alongside the ammonia to break down the natural pigments in your hair. As the hair is decolorized, the new permanent color is bonded to the hair cortex. This process results in a combination of your natural hair pigment and the new shade you choose. Hair colored with permanent artificial color has to grow out over time.





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Healthy hair journey

Seeking healthy hair is always a good idea no matter how much damage you’ve done over the years. Does anyone else have a journey similar to this? Benoté carries a number of products that can help with this process. Ask us about our treatments!! 318-828-2437
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What I’ve always known is that my hair grows and grows well.
The problem however is breakage.
My hair as at some ten years ago was way beyondshoulder length. I was at 12inches to 14 inches but I couldn’t maintain that length without my mothers help.
I used dark and lovely relaxer for a very long time and I loved the way it actually thinned my hair out made it manageable too.
I used the super because my hair reverted after using regular.
Been on dark and lovely since 1998.
A very long time of about 12 years.
What I think protected my hair in all that time was

1.the henna mask I used religiously after every wash and I wasn’t doing a lot of weaves.
2. I used pink oil before any heat processing on my hair
3. I used organics hair mayonnaise every single day.
4. I tucked…

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“Not All Hair is Created Equal” – The Science of Hair Blog Series

Has anyone ever told you that you have good hair? Ever wondered what good hair is? Well here it is, a comparison of all things hair. Let talk about how straight, curly, wavy, fine, thin, coarse and damaged hair differ from each other.

Hair is different for many reasons. The three that are the most predominant factors in deciding what kind of hair you will have naturally are the follicle, chemical bonds made in the hair, and genetics. Each of these has a slightly different effect and contributes to the overall hair. The chemical bonds in hair can be changed to temporarily achieve a different look or type of hair, but any new growth will be in the original form, due to genetics and the follicle.

Straight hair has a straight follicle. The growth of the stem or hair strands is unimpeded and the follicle is thickest in this form. The follicle creates a circle which causes the oil glands in your scalp to release evenly distributed and natural oils throughout the hair. This is what gives straight hair its silky and shiny texture. It is also the reason why people with straight hair have to shampoo more often. The oil can build up resulting in a naturally greasy look and clumped together hair that is more sticky than silky.

Curly hair has a curved follicle which causes the natural curliness. The shape of the pore also affects this as it can be an oval or crescent shape which determines how curly your hair is. Loosely curly hair with an oval shape is the cause to curly hair that merges together to form bigger curls usually found in white people. The more wiry hair that doesn’t group together usually found in black people is caused by the thinner crescent shape, which results in more randomized patterns. Curly hair is usually found to be less silky and shiny due to the oil gland in the scalp not being able to distribute oil evenly through the hair, which is cause by the curve of the follicle, the less open glands and the hair itself getting in the way of spread. You will notice that people with loosely curled hair and tightly curled hair have widely different textures.

Wavy hair is produced by a mixture of the two. It is the result of a curved follicle with a circle shaped opening allowing the same curve and more oil to get to the hair, which helps in detangling and allowing the hair to grow longer than in the oval or crescent form. Those with tightly curled hair can achieve a wavy form by straightening the hair using various methods. This can result in styles like 360 waves for men or a finger wave in women.

Fine hair is a product of the number of follicles found in your head. At the age of about 22 weeks still in the womb, you will have developed all the follicles you will ever have in your life time. The more follicles you have in close succession to each other will determine if you have fine or thin hair. Hair is one of the only renewing sources on the human body that can grow cyclically, but there are only so many predetermined cycles for any one person. Once a follicle has reached the end of its cycle life, this is when hair begins to thin or people start to go bald. Coarse hair is produced when the hair isn’t getting enough moisture from your oil glands. It can be remedied with some consumer products found at your local store or salon. Damaged hair that is out of its natural state due to an occurrence. When silky hair becomes coarse it is damaged or when hair is dried too much in that case. This is most common when applying chemicals and heat to hair to change its natural state without proper care and precautions.

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Benote Salon is the right place for you

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Benote Salon offers a wide range of services for hair of any type and texture. With their knowledge and experience, Benote stylists are dedicated to providing quality service and care. We use only the finest products to keep your hair healthy and beautiful.

Benote offers a large variety of services to suit the needs of any customer. Whether you are looking for just a simple bang cut or needing full-head extensions, Benote offers stylists with the experience to do it all. Benote is a multi-level salon, with the price of the services varying based off the experience and availability of the stylists. We offer a full range of coloring services including color demi-glaze, one process color, color retouches and full and partial foils. Standard procedures include guest consult, basic wash and style, men’s and women’s haircut and haircut/style services. Benote also offers extension services (full, partial and full head) as well as braids ranging from individual to large. Flat/Scalp Twists are offered along with small and standard twists. Partial and retouch relaxer services are offered at Benote. Benote also offers a number of hair and scalp treatments including dermabrasion, scalp serum, and basic moisture treatments. Our stylists provide a number of popular conditioning treatments such as Fiberceutic, Keratriplex and L’Oreal Powerdoses. Benote Salon uses high-quality products to ensure your hair is healthy and beautiful. These products include Chromatics hair color, New Precious Oil and Awapahi Wild Ginger.

The stylists at Benote are excellently trained and sure to provide you with the best quality service. Yolanda Gates is the owner and master stylist at Benote, opening the renowned salon in 2009. She has become one of the top names in Louisiana in natural hair and is well-known for her hair coloring techniques. She spends hours researching innovative, new products that will best serve her guests. Clients appreciate her knowledge and attention to detail, as well as her detail-oriented approach to hair care. Bernish Dupree is a level 1 stylist at Benote Salon. A graduate of Regency Beauty Institute, Bernisha possess a passion for hair as well as a fantastic talent in makeup and eyelash application. Not only does she specialize in braiding, she also has unique skill in styling natural hair, formulating color, placing foils and cutting. The newest member of the Benote Salon is Victoria Tillis. She works alongside Yolanda, using her modern style and techniques to keep hair healthy, luxurious and stylish. Victoria’s focuses include sophisticated hair, bonded and sewn hair extension, facial waxing and makeup and eyelash application.

Benote Salon provides a welcoming atmosphere with talented stylists who provide a variety of services for all types of hair. We are centrally located in Shreveport, Louisiana on Youree Drive. We are open Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.


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