Noelle Spinosa

Noelle Spinosa

Noelle Spinosa has been hair stylist for over 25 years. She has been featured on television in Chronicle Magazine, Channel 7 News and the WB morning Show. Noelle has also been highlighted in both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald for her in depth knowledge of hair extensions.

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Aug 4, 2019 7:26:17 AM

madison reed hair color exposed

Show Notes form Hair Matters Podcast sponsored by Noelle Salon, today we spoke of  Madison Reed and other at home colors! I actually purchased Madison Reed color, took their quiz to determine what color best suited me and I used it on my own hair!  The grey coverage was very poor and this is not an all natural product, in fact it can be more toxic than other hair dyes!  Additionally, I received a 1.7 ounce tube of color with a non descriptive developer - cost $30 with shipping, not really a deal.  Read on or listen to our podcast for details and options by clicking the link below

I'm sure you have heard the exuberant amount of "Madison Reed" hair color ad's from social media to radio. As a professional stylist and salon owner, I had to try it as well as testing how to purchase on their website. Their site is user friendly and they ask as many relevant questions pertaining to your hair as much possible which will help determine the best shade etc. This is far more helpful than buying a box dye at the drug store and thinking the shade on the box will be your end result, but hair dye is not one size fits all. I realize many people may not be able to afford salon hair color, but are you really saving a whole lot with Madison Reed? Their color kits can be a bit costly compared to purchasing a hair color at a beauty chain such as Sally's. A one time purchase is $30 and good luck with autos-hipping it is tough to cancel. . They do offer some professional advice via the site, , but without seeing your hair in person & knowing the exact chemicals you use, your hair density, percentage of actual grey, it can be quite difficult to say what will work best for your individual color needs. What I don’t understand is average salons charge about $50 for a true professional color, expertly matched with a wash and blow dry!

Balayage by our professional stylist Alycia

Now, if you have virgin hair (no color, chemical treatments) then using Madison Reed may be okay. What is not okay is if you have chemicals in your hair (which most of us do) and you are livid by the end result. That being said, in some of Madison Reeds videos they suggest running color from roots to ends - this is not a good idea on previously colored hair. Hair color does not affect previously colored hair, particularly darker shades. The end result may be uneven with light roots (on your virgin hair) & darker ends. If you are staying within your own color level - you may be fine with adding their hair dye, but you may be surprised that the tones are very warm.

Dig deeper and read the reviews about Madison Reed, not the reviews they sponsor, but from real clients.  They have experienced allergic reactions, low grey coverage and completely messed up the hair.

Is Madison Reed Natural?  No

Why does hair color have Ammonia - it is high in alkaline and opens the hair cuticle to allow hair color molecules to enter the hair, it also serves to acitivate the peroxide/developer

Instead of Ammonia they use Ethanomaline which some experience more

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Jul 28, 2019 8:49:08 AM

which hair extensions are best for you?

Have you ever wondered which hair extensions are best for you?  Read or click the link to our Hair Matters Podcast: . Show Notes.


Have you ever wondered which hair extensions are best for you?  

Below are show notes from our Hair Matters Podcast, to listen just click the link or read below - do both!

Let’s start with what we receive the most questions about, “hand tied wefts” They are simply wefts (tracks) of hair that are tied onto a small thread. The hair can come in a variety of textures and is generally of superior quality

You are able to get more hair than a machine sewn weft which has a big and bulky track The wefts are generally 12 inches in width and range between 12 to 22 inches.

The clients hair is simply attached by threading a micro bead through their hair & the hair on the track. Many people opt to sew through each micro bead for extra security.

We have done lots of hand tied tracks and they work similarly to a sew in weave with a lot less tension.

They seem to work best on clients with lots of thicker strands of hair, textured hair and curly hair. They can slide on clients with finer hair especially those who tend to get oily quickly.

Tape Hair Extensions

A client hair is sandwiched between 2 tape extensions which vary between 1.5 to 2 inches in length. The extension is placed horizontally on against the scalp.

They work well on most hair textures, especially those with thick hair. If you have thick hair Tape Hair will add lots of volume and length.

These need to be removed every 6 weeks or so, taken off, re-taped and reattached. Most of the hair is reusable although we find our clients like to add some new fresh hair!

They may be difficult to wear in a high pony or updo, many stylists cut them in half, but that seems to compromise the integrity of the hair extension and is not recommended. Brands are carrying .5 inch width tape extensions which are a better option for fine hair particularly on the sides of the head.

Super fine and/or see through hair will not benefit from tape since they may be too heavy and visible. They do work well on Thin/Fine hair ­ it is important to not add too many since they will be heavy and can possibly cause damage to the hair follicle.

Some find them uncomfortable because they are placed close to the scalp.


Individual strands

Give the stylist the opportunity to place the extensions away from the scalp which enables them to move freely. They look very natural and should be placed with perfect sectioning. A well trained extensionist should be apply these extensions ­ if they are placed on too little of the clients hair they can shed out quickly.


Once again, adding too many will lead to too much weight that can pull out the hair.

You can wear your hair up, color while wearing them, but bleaching over them is not recommended. You can damage the attachment and also damage your own hair!

Individual strands can be attached with a keratin protein bond or micro link. We prefer links lined with silicone to help with slippage.

The Keratin protein bond extensions can last up to 5 months with virtually no maintenance. Some opt to reuse the hair by re­-bonding them. We find many of our clients prefer all new hair since the extension hair can shed and looks skimpy when reapplied after 5 months.

Individual strands can also be attached with beads or links which are made of an aluminum composite. They tend to work well on medium density hair, but most extensions do. The client’s hair is threaded into a bead (with a tool similar to a crotchet hook and the extension is placed into the bead, and then clamped down with pliers.

The hair is reusable, but many clients find they slip out and have to collect & save the extension. The average maintenance is after 8 weeks, some prefer to remove completely and reapply. After 6 months or so many clients prefer all new hair extensions or do add a decent amount of new hair since they can look skimpy and not fill out the hair. It also depends on how well they are maintained.

No extensions are permanent, although many clients ask for them. Nothing can be permanent in hair since it is constantly shedding and growing. Shedding is important to understand, we all shed 100+/­ strands per day, while wearing extensions you will find the natural shedding is trapped in the attachment and needs to be removed when extensions are removed/replaced.

We can not tell you how many people ask if the shedding is breakage, it is not.

It is not unusual to lose some extensions, have them slip out especially after wearing them for a while your hair is shedding and they are attached to less hair than they were originally..

To sum it up

Thick Hair works well with most types of extensions since it is strong, but Tape & Hair Tied Wefts will give you more abundant hair.

Medium Density hair can use all types of extensions, but if you tend to be oily, I would stay clear of hand tied wefts and possibly tape. Although with the proper take home products you may get around this. Clarifying or deep cleansing shampoos used at the attachment will help to remove oil build up. Also, dry shampoo is a life saver since it will help to remove oil.

With Fine or super fine hair it is important to not add too much weight or too many hair extensions.. Length can be a factor too, keeping the extensions too long can add extra weight. So less is more regardless of which technique you choose.

A good leave in product to detangle and moisturize the extensions is important since your natural oils do not run through them in the same way as your natural hair.

We love, Truss Amino Spray for thick/dry hair, Pureology for all hair types. It is important to apply the leave in away from the attachment mid-shaft to ends

Never leave  extensions wet, if you are in a rush at least dry the attachment are. Hair is weakest when wet so drying is essential. Also NEVER put your hair up wet. If you are not willing to dry and maintain extensions then you should rethink getting them.

Chlorine is a killer on natural hair and extensions, salt water is better but we suggest that if you swim or go to the beach rinse your hair with tap water this creates a barrier from chlorine & salt. Also, let the extensions air dry in the sun and hot weather.

Do not use too much protein products, not good for natural hair & extensions. Using products with protein will actually dry your hair out!

Brush from roots to ends, a wet brush is highly recommended and a natural fibre brush such as boars bristle will keep hair extensions supple.

You should always have a thorough consultation, realistic goals, check ins to make sure you are working well with your new hair, written instructions and easy access to the salon! If you have any questions please feel free to email and we can help!


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Jul 21, 2019 4:27:30 PM

Are Psychics Real?

Excerpt from Hair Matter Podcast, Listen to the actual podcast featuring Ellen Damsky world renowned psychic medium.  Copy & paste:

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Jul 8, 2019 1:28:30 PM

what men think of women's beauty enhancements


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Jun 30, 2019 6:52:53 PM

hair extensions everything you need to know

Hair Extensions Everything You Need To Know

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Jun 28, 2019 7:11:27 PM

Advice for Blondeaholics

Advice for Blondeaholics (Excerpts from our Podcast "Hair Matters" . available on Itunes, Spotify, Sticher, Alexa and more featuring Noelle & Aurora.  To listen copy & paste this link

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Mar 5, 2019 3:38:26 PM

what are hand tied hair extensions


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Mar 4, 2019 2:54:34 PM

simple way to grow your hair & Trichotillomania

Simple Way To Grow Your Hair & Trichotillomania


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Feb 19, 2019 3:17:43 PM

How to Keep Blonde Hair Bright

How to keep blonde hair bright is a question I am often asked as a hair colorist.  Overtime blonde hair, particularly solid bleached blonde, will oxidize and strange hues may emerge.  Most stylist will recommend purple shampoo and/or conditioner which can assist in canceling yellow hues, but does not remove build up.  An easy hack is to use an acid such as "vitamin C" mixed with water as a hair rinse.  You must proceed with caution since Vitamin C contains ascorbic acid and will dry out your hair quickly.  On blondes in particular a heavily diluted mixture used on washed and towel dried hair works best.  Some use a lot of vitamin C with shampoo to completely lighten hair, but our goal is to gently remove build up on blonde hair from metals in water etc.

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Feb 10, 2019 2:47:27 PM

trichotillomania awareness and Acceptance

Trichotillomania Awareness and Acceptance.  As a stylist working with hundreds of clients with Trichotillomania, I feel the need to share a story that may sound familiar to many.  A mother enters the salon with her shy daughter - they are both apprehensive to speak.  The young girl (approximately 13) is wearing her hair in a bun with a head band over the front of her hair.  Her mother explains that  her daughter has not let her hair down for over a year, and refuses to let her see her hair.  I take them to a private area, and brace myself, I believe her mother may not know the extent of the "issue" her daughter is having with her hair.  I ask them both if they have heard of  "Trichotillomania" a body focused repetitive behavior which involves pulling out ones own hair.  The mother seems to have some knowledge, but could not understand it.  The daughter sits silently as I ask permission to see her hair, she reluctantly agreed and I began to take off her scarf and ponytail.  Her mother was shocked as tears ran down her face.  The young girl just looked down in shame.

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