While today may be categorized as a “PHD” (Perfect Hair Day), summer weather can often bring along some challenges when perfecting your ‘do. Heat, humidity, sea air, salt water and chlorine are all a part of this much anticipated season, so what can you do to make sure you don’t wind up like this…?
You’re in luck! We have some time, money and hair saving tips to get you looking and feeling great straight through to Fall…
- Humidity! Possibly the worst offender to a great hair style. Humidity in the air actually changes the chemical structure of each strand, which is why your hair literally changes shape (straight to wavy, wavy to curly) and texture (smooth to frizzy) the more humid the air. The most permanent fix to this is a smoothing treatment that transforms the keratin bonds in the hair leaving them in a state that blocks this chemical change. Keratin treatments come in many forms, but for the most part you can expect to pay about $200 on average, and it’s effects should last between 5-6 months. If you are looking for a more affordable, and less permanent option, you can opt for a product such as Living Proof No Frizz Instant De-Frizzer. Living Proof uses a patented Healthy Hair Molecule that helps to seal the cuticle temporarily, leaving your hair with over 90% LESS frizz. This product also contains UV protection, which is something many people don’t think of for their hair! Which leads us to our next tip….
- Dry, brittle, dehydrated hair? This is something we hear in the salon all summer long. Why is my hair so dry? Believe it or not, just as the sun damages our skin, it also depletes our hair of moisture, which causes strands to become super dehydrated. The affects of this include color fading, feeling like your hair is thinning, and a greater risk of breakage. UV protection is available in many hair products now, and can help keep your hair looking shiny, vibrant and full no matter how many days you spend at the beach. We like Living Proof Restore Instant Protection. This uber-effective product is so easy to use and packs a punch that transforms hair instantly. Simply spray on damp hair before styling and you will be treating your hair to a boost of strength, smoothness, shine, detangling, conditioning, UV protection AND heat protection up to 400 degrees for all you flat iron junkies.
- Chlorine. Ouch. Every year around late August we see tons of our younger clients coming in to the salon for the “Back to School” cut. These visits are often accompanied by complaints of breakage. While the only way to completely avoid the complications caused by chlorine is to never go swimming in a pool, this is hardly a practical solution. Chlorine is extremely damaging to hair, as it strips the hair shaft of it’s natural lubricant. There are some easy ways to help minimize the damage, however. Coating the hair with some sort of barrier is a great way to keep hair healthy. Spraying a leave in conditioner is a great idea both before AND after hair comes in contact with chlorine. You can also wet your hair and run some coconut oil through it which will give you the added benefit of some shine and deep conditioning!
Hopefully you’ve found our summer tips helpful – utilizing these should help you make the most of your summer fun without sacrificing great hair! As always, if you have any questions please give us a call at 718-227-5010
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Jenn and the Studio Bella Team