Keep your locks silky smooth with these stylists’ secrets
Heat, humidity, UV rays, chlorine and salt water are just a few of the things that can wreak havoc on your hair throughout the summer months and can quickly take your silky-smooth locks from fab to drab. These tips and tricks will keep your hair happy and healthy as the temperatures soar!
You’ve decided to colour your hair; what now? First and foremost, take a look at the condition your hair is in currently, set some realistic expectations and get ready for some prep. For example, if your hair is already quite dry, going blonder may not be the right move at the moment—especially if you’re not willing to lose some length. But it’s not impossible!
Being realistic means you just need to assess the situation and, if needed, spend a couple of weeks giving your hair some extra TLC. Specifically, minimize the heat styling and
up the conditioning treatments. Regardless of your hair’s condition, showing it a little extra love a couple of weeks prior to any colour service will only benefit your hair health.
Visit your stylist for an in-salon deep conditioning treatment once or twice if you’re that concerned.
Stylist Fave: Short on time? Eleven Australia makes an incredible treatment called “3 Minute Repair.” I think the name says it all.
Your colour’s done and you’re looking gorgeous: what now? You’re living for your new look, so a new routine is key to keeping your hair looking fresh and gorgeous all summer long. For those of you that don’t like change, you’ll be happy
to know that the new routine starts just like the old one—in the shower.
Selecting the right shampoo and conditioner is vital to the longevity of your new colour. The everyday elements like pollution and sun damage are our worst enemies, although we may rarely think about them. Make sure that you are cleansing your hair with a colour-protecting shampoo and nourishing it after with a balance of protein and moisture.
Too much protein can actually have a counter-effect and cause dryness and breakage, and too much moisture can make your hair greasy and limp, so
be sure that you have chosen one that is right for you. Most professional shampoos and conditioners are all colour-safe, but be sure to consult with your stylist if you are unsure.
Another rule to remember is no over-washing. Keep the shampoo to a minimum—at most every other day—to keep your hair looking and feeling beautiful!
Stylist Fave: Try a cleansing conditioner.
It cleans like a shampoo, but without all the suds and harshness. I loveAnalog Cleansing Foam Conditioner by R+Co.
You’ve taken the steps to ensure that you are cleansing and moisturizing your hair properly in the shower, but once you step outside into that summer heat—that’s when things really start to sizzle. Harsh UV rays and pollution really take a toll on your hair. Protecting your hair from those irritants, plus chlorine and salt water (although salt water can give you stunning beach waves), is imperative in making your summer colour last.
One of the most important things you can have in your hair care arsenal this season is a leave-in conditioner. I absolutely LOVE Miracle Hair Treatment from Eleven Australia. This award-winning cream is the perfect product to start with before you blow-dry and style. Its 11 benefits include controlling frizz and flyaways, strengthening fragile hair, preventing split ends and protecting your hair from UVA, UVB, chlorine and sun damage!
On the go, a leave-in conditioner spray would be more ideal. Toss one in your beach bag so you can re-apply throughout the day. Spritz your strands and your scalp (especially along your part) before hopping in the pool, lake or ocean. Spray a little more when you settle back on dry land and it will add softness and shine as your beach waves dry.
Stylist Fave: Miracle Hair Treatment by Eleven Australia is by far the best starting point when it comes to summer styling.