If you are anything like me, you have been lurking vacation Instagram accounts and planning a 2015 summer bucket list since last November. Now that the summer is finally upon us, guurrrl, you have got to remember to care for your hair as much as you do your dewy, tanned skin!
Our stylists and colorists here at Meche gave me some amazing tips to keep your color fresh and your ends as healthy as can be!
No, I don’t mean use them yourself! Instead, have one of our talented professionals help you. Sun, wind, salt, and chlorine can really do a number on your locks. Dry, parched hair is more prone to breakage and damage, but getting regular trims, every 8 weeks or so, helps prevent split ends from splitting further. (I’ll discuss moisture later.)
Tip! If you’ve got a big pool party or BBQ coming up, book it that morning or day before and viola! Your hair is done! Can you say ‘poolside goddess?’
2) Keratin Treatments!
If you have unmanageable hair the thought of hot, humid days can make you cringe. Don’t worry! Come in and get a keratin treatment! You’ve probably heard of the “Brazilian Blowout.” That’s what a “keratin treatment.” Now, before you say “No! I’ve had them both! They’re different,” allow me to explain: They are the same chemically. Brazilian Blowout is the brand of keratin that kind of made the entire service grow in popularity, but the actual treatment can be used two ways:
1: Your hair is shampooed and hair is dried slightly. Then the keratin formula is applied to the hair–it’s gel-like–and the hair is then thoroughly dried. Finally, your hair is flat-ironed to seal the proteins to the hair shaft. You leave the product in your hair for 48 hours, without getting it wet. This provides a soft-straightening that smooths your hair, but not stick-straight like a Japanese treatment. It’s not only healthier, but more natural looking as well.
2: The second way is considered the “blowout.” It’s done the same way, except after you are flat-ironed, the hair is immediately washed and then blown out. This gives you all of the benefits of the first method, but doesn’t straighten the hair. Just makes it perfectly manageable, shiny, and smooth.
You can always discuss which is better for your hair type and goals with your stylist. Mario Mendoza is our keratin specialist and we even have a special, outdoor station specifically designed for keratin services! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the treatment, please give us a call!
It’s summer… what does nearly every summer related activity include? Water, of course! Nothing will bum you out more than turning those luscious, golden highlights green. To avoid turning into a sloth, Chelsea Wernsman suggests putting conditioner in damp hair before swimming to protect against chlorine.
“Light hair is typically porous, especially if it is chemically lightened. Pre-dampening before getting in the pool minimizes minerals depositing into the shaft of your hair. These minerals can cause blondes to go green, brunettes to feel brassy, or make your color look overall dingy. Putting conditioner on your hair before getting in the pool provides a barrier.”
If your hair does still turn a lovely shade of mossy sludge, come in for a “crystal treatment” to remove tint. It takes about 20 minutes. A gel mixture is applied to clean, damp hair. Depending on your level of mossiness, they may put you under some heat to help open the hair to draw all that stuff out.
“I am a big fan of the crystals treatment. Not only does it strip the accumulated chlorine, bromine, and other elements in pool water, but it’s also vegan! You can also help your hair avoid mineral deposits by keeping it healthy and moisturized. I have my clients do a monthly, overnight Olaplex treatment.”
You know to put it on to shield your dewy, goddess skin from those harmful UV rays, but did you also know you can be protecting your color with it too?! That’s right ladies and gents! Put some of the Hawaiian Tropic onto your hair to protect against color draining sun-rays.
“When applying sunscreen on the rest of your face and body, apply a dime size amount to your hair like a cream styling product. This protects your hair from UV damage and color fading.”
5) Grease up!
Ah, crap. Did your beachy, salty waves dry your hair out? Oil up, baby! We have an UH-MAZING summer oil here at Meche Salon by Leonor Greyl called “L’Huile de Leonor Greyl.”
It is a blend of natural oils including copra oil (from cold-pressed coconut kernels) and mongongo oil (from an African tree nut). These oils repell water, hydrate, and have natural UVA and UVB protection, so it’s perfect for the day at the beach! Just put a little in your palm, rub until warm, and smooth over hair from pony-tail down. Next thing you know, you’ll be smelling and looking like a greased up Maxim model at la playa! Meow!
If you can’t get into Meche to grab some of this oil, coconut oil is always a favorite of mine! Great for skin as well!
If you have long hair, in the heat you just want it gone. Instead of throwing your hair up in a bun or pony, which can cause damage, try a braid! They keep tangles at bay when you’re sashay-ing around in the breeze, look super Bohemian-chic, and do way less damage on your hair than our usual options. Plus, when you take it out, you’ve got some sexy waves!
If your hair does get tangled, don’t brush like a toddler! Use some finesse and love! Improper brushing is one of the fastest ways to breakage.
So now that you’re out there strutting around, looking like page out of Sports Illustrated, with your beloved Meche colored and styled locks, don’t forget to tag us in your smokin’ hot pics! Happy summer lovelies!
Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!