Top Three Tips for Healthy Post-Summer Hair
With Labor Day unofficially marking the end of summer, many will be reflecting on summer fun – sunny weather, outdoor activities and evening events. As memorable as those days can be, many summer activities can leave a lasting impression on one's hair. The hot sun, saltwater, pool chlorine and even sweat often lead to tired, dry, and lifeless hair.
Below are expert tips from professional San Diego hair stylist, Ashley Christman, of HairCarebyAshley, on TLC for end of summer hair. The tips are designed to help San Diegans rejuvenate their hair in preparation for fall styles, pumpkin carvings and holiday parties.
1. Give it a Rest
In today’s fast-paced environment, even your hair needs a break from time to time. This is especially important at the end of the summer when you hair has been exposed to a variety of elements, from the daytime sun, salt water and chlorine to styling tools that helped prepare you for the warm evenings out.
For the month of September, commit to shampoo/style your hair only three to four times a week. You might feel a little drab temporarily, but you will be amazed what your natural oils can do. Too often we shampoo so much that our hair starts to resemble a bristle pad. By wearing your hair back, wet, or natural, the hair will become strong and silky again…and just in time for the holiday parties and photo opps!
2. Products Matter
Many times we run out of the good stuff and tend to do a quick fix with cheaper finds from the local drug store. Although there are some good products for a quick fix, investing in high quality hair essentials is a must for long-term hair health and wellness. I recommend getting a small tub of the L'Oreal Professional Deep Conditioner. This stuff is amazing and will do wonders for that distressed hair. Simply wash, towel dry hair, and apply for five minutes. I have seen this product transform some seriously dried out strands into gorgeous locks.
Another option is in-salon Redkin Shine Glossing. This is a 10 minute service that can be done on its own or with other services. The treatment coats the hair with a solid glaze, helping smooth down the cuticle, giving lasting shine. Clients often mention how much they love this little secret.
I’ve seen several clients try to pass up a haircut when they are growing out their hair, worried that their hair will get too short. The less you trim, however, the more split ends will form, causing breakage and preventing growth of new, fuller hair. Getting a trim every three months will help eliminate the damaged hair and result in healthier, sexier locks, great for fall styles!