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Summer Tips

Summer may bring glorious visions of natural highlights and long windblown hair. The reality is that summer sun and humidity can damage your hair's cuticle and result in dry, drab, split, brittle or frizzy hair and ends.

Sunlight can be just as damaging as a hot blow dryer. Naturally curly hair is often a major victim to summer frizzies.

  • Prevent static electricity in your hair when you shampoo by applying a rinse out conditioner that adds moisture and shine. Alternatively apply a "leave-in" conditioner after towel drying hair like Phyto's #7 or Phyto #9.
    Products that advertise that they "replenish" are designed to add moisture. The voluminizing and luminizing products are designed to add body and shine, but may not add moisture. Be sure to read all ingredients on the hair product.
  • If you normally blow dry and use hot curling tools every day, try and give your hair a break during the summer month. Consider letting your hair air dry or take time out from curling. Hair braided when wet will air dry into beautiful waves.
  • On weekends or at night dab a good deep conditioner like Phytokarite Intensive Treatment, Phytocitrus Mask, Rene Furterer After Sun Repair Mask (for hair that is exposed to the sun) or a good jojoba oil on the ends and frizziest parts of your hair. Pin it up or wrap it in plastic and sleep on it. Using this method will restore absent moisture that adds to the frizzies. It will also prevent heavy conditioners from weighing down your hair since the conditioner will be localized only on the trouble spots.
  • If you unexpectedly find yourself at the beach without a hat or SPF for you hair, use sunscreen made for your skin. When you get home be sure and use a deep-cleansing shampoo. It may not be the best solution in the world, but it could very likely save your hair from sun damage.
  • If you are wedded to your blow dryer, use a leave- in conditioner designed to protect your hair when blow drying.
  • When the summer heat is hottest contain potential frizzies by wearing your hair up in a knot, bun or braids.
  • Be careful using shine products to control frizzies. They often contain silicone and can coat your hair after just a few times. This will only make the problems worse in the long run.
  • Be religious about your trims. Since summer heat can be so pump up the frizzies, make sure you have the ends trimmed every 6-8 weeks during the summer months. When your ends are fizzy, its a sure sign that they are either damaged, split or both.
  • Wear a hat at the beach, in your convertible or out in the hot sun. Hair can get sunburnt just like the scalp. The only way to deal with severely burnt hair is by trimming the damaged sections off. Prevention is the safest plan. Frizzy hair is often the result of too much sun time.
  • Hanging out in the sun without protection for your hair and scalp is the worst thing you can do. Use leave in hair products with SPF protection when you know you will be at the beach is you are unwilling to wear a hat or a cover-up.
  • Consider washing your hair less often during the summer months to allow your hair to absorb more moisture. When possible, finish with a cool to cold rinse to seal the hair cuticle and impart natural shine.

Monsoon Tips

During rainy days and cloudy weather, your hair becomes a victim.The sun and the humidity can damage your hair's cuticle and result in dry, drab, brittle or frenzy hair.Here's how to maintain a magnificent mane.

  • Apply a leave-in-conditioner during these sticky months to avoid static electricity.
  • If during a cloudy day, the sun unexpectedly peeps from in between the clouds then apply your skin suncare lotion to your hair, as the sun is even harsher and this is likely to do severe damage to your hair.
  • To control potential frizziness wear your hair in a tight french braid or a neat chignon.
  • Beware of using shine serums these months, they contain silicone which can worsen the frizz.
  • Wash your hair less often during these months and let it absorb atmosphereic moisture.

With the onset of cooler temperatures and the diminishing hours of sun comes a new set of hair care demands. Adding moisture is especially important at this time of year and a major oversight by many people. As we spend less time in the sun, the natural highlights nature paints into our hair become less noticeable and hair loses its healthy shimmering look. The cold air of winter is more drying and less humid and therefore more abusive than other times of the year. Indoor heating devices create a dryer climate as well. All of this spells out duller looking hair. Master Hair Designer and salon owner, Greg Amparan, offers some suggestions to keep you hair vibrant, well moisturized and looking its best throughout the winter season.

Colour

People tend to do a lot more color, highlighting and perms in the winter. Winter hair becomes, darker, duller due to less time in the sun. You can combat this with color or highlighting. I think highlighting looks best. Lots of people already highlight, but those who don't probably should! It's a sure fire way to liven up the hair and make it through the winter doldrums.

Moisture

Add moisture to your hair. Especially necessary if you've had any chemical work on your hair. Look for a conditioner with cetyl alcohol. It's the best moisturizing agent and is derived from coconut. The molecular structure of coconut is too large to penetrate the hair cuticle, but by extracting the molecule and altering its size you end up with cetyl alcohol.

Another ingredient to look for is cetearyl alcohol. It's a very good moisturizing agent for conditioner and shampoo. Most people can get away with a good moisturizing conditioner. If your hair is very damaged or dry look for a moisturizing shampoo as well.

Lock the moisture in

Hair is much more dense than skin. The layers of the cuticle are difficult to penetrate. Once you've used a good product that does penetrate and moisturize the hair you want to be sure to lock that moisture in. If you don't close the cuticle the moisture won't do you much good. A cold or cool rinse helps close the cuticle down and seal in the moisture.

Try this extra hair cocktail to lock moisture in

  • To make the cuticle lie down and lay flat rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. It's very acidic and leaves the hair with a fresh clean smell.
  • Let it sit on the hair for a few minutes; then rinse with cool or cold water.
  • Apple cider vinegar contracts the cuticle and locks not only moisture but color in as well. A vinegar rinse will give you less chance of color fade.

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