Nowadays, luscious locks that spring from your scalp are sought after. But they weren’t always and even now, they’re not always appreciated.
Let’s take a step back in time for a moment, to the 1500s. Just eight years earlier, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and Henry VII was ruling over England and Wales with his wife Elizabeth of York, bringing peace to the two warring houses for nearly 15 years. Things were peaceful in Europe and people’s global curiosity was growing.
About hair however, people were less than curious. If you were wealthy, the curls might add some glamour to your extravagant styles and to hang over your rich crowns and clips. If you were a commoner, let alone a schoolgirl, your curls were pulled into a tight bun atop your head. It was believed that hair curled due to sins or evil within one. People were wary of those with curls, who knew what they were up to.
Skip to the 1600s, hair styles grew ever more extravagant and artificial. It could definitely be referred to as the Century of Wigs, with locks heavily powdered grey and clipped in circular pillars that surprisingly never sent them soaring in flight. Curly hair was still, more or less, not perceived in a positive or stylish light, but was passed and allowed as the Renaissance deepened into the Middle Ages.
As we wander through the 1700s, we follow the traditions set by our predecessor with wigs and powder now lasting two centuries through wars and revolutions. Our perception of hair stayed basically the same, to serve as a societal mark for class and prestige. For two centuries our locks of all shapes and colors were ignored as battles flared and governments rose.
In the 1800s, hairstyles could be described in one word, “up”. Braided and clipped up, loosely clipped up to one side, a ponytail with clips, clips here and there and bands everywhere. Hair was sashaying with the pioneers as they rocked back-and-forth traversing West in their hunt for gold. No one had time to spend on his or her hair, constructing houses and monitoring the harvest didn’t leave enough time in the day, let alone while caring for a family. So, hair was over-looked and decidedly bland for everyone, the one tone of up hid any curious colors or shapes to be spotted or appreciated.
In the curve of the century time passed in decades, varying eras of styles and fashions. I’m sure plenty of you have seen videos of make-up styles, hair styles, wedding styles, this style, that style, of 100 years in a couple of minutes. If you have seen them, you’ll be thinking you saw curly hair there. And I agree with you, you saw curls, that’s correct, but you did not see curly hair. The bouncy locks you saw in those videos were not natural curls, the model’s hair was probably straightened and then curled to create those uniform loops or light wiggles.
It might surprise you to know, that up until very recently, society knew very little about curly hair. In 1984, a young woman who had created a name for herself in the hair industry opened her first salon in the heart of Manhattan. Ouidad, the name of the salon and of the woman. She began creating products specifically formulated to treat curly hair and have it growing strong and healthy. She had to create techniques on methods to properly cut the curls as to not damage the style or hang of them. She basically had to create the foundation for curls in society.
Even now, Ouidad is still creating and learning more and more about curly hair, what it needs and what works for it. She’s already deciphered four different types of curls and created countless products to treat all different types of problems. Ouidad’s flagship salon is still open and highly functioning in New York City on 57th Street, another one in Santa Monica, California, and Fort Lauderdale Florida. Sadly, that’s not enough salons to help every curly haired girl and boy in the world, let alone the United States. And to speak frankly, not many can afford the services or products that Ouidad has to offer. Luckily, society is taking a strong learning curve to curly hair.
In January of 2015, Dove launched a “Love Your Curls” campaign to teach young girls to love their hair. Hair has curled for centuries and it has taken us until the 21st century to teach people to appreciate them. So many girls have already been lost to the heat of a straightening iron, to the comments of classmates, to the lack of information circulated to parents. Curls are incredible and beautiful and we should appreciate them.
There was a time when washing your hair was seen as a perfectly acceptable excuse to decline an invitation out. It wasn’t so much the washing that was taking up your time, but the drying.
Naturally, the French, with their impeccable sense of style, were the first to come up with a solution. Blow dryers were invented in the late 19th century. The first model was created by Alexander F. “Beau” Godefroy in his salon in France in 1890. His invention was a large, seated version that consisted of a bonnet that attached to the chimney pipe of a gas stove. Godefoy invented it for use in his hair salon in France, and it was not portable or handheld. It could only be used by having the person sit underneath it.
Around 1915, hair dryers began to go on the market in handheld form. This was due to innovations by National Stamping and Electricworks under the white cross brand, and later U.S. Racine Universal Motor Company and the Hamilton Beach Co., which allowed the dryer to be small enough to be held by hand.
Even in the 1920s, the new dryers were often heavy, weighing in at approximately 2 pounds (0.9 kg), and were difficult to use. They also had many instances of overheating and electrocution. Hair dryers were only capable of using 100 watts, which increased the amount of time needed to dry hair (the average dryer today can use up to 2000 watts of heat).
Since the 1920s, development of the hair dryer has mainly focused on improving the wattage and superficial exterior and material changes. In fact, the mechanism of the dryer has not had any significant changes since its inception. One of the more important changes for the hair dryer is to be made of plastic, so that it is more lightweight. This really caught on in the 1960s with the introduction of better electrical motors and the improvement of plastics. Another important change happened in 1954 when GEC changed the design of the dryer to move the motor inside the casing.
The bonnet dryer was introduced to consumers in 1951. This type worked by having the dryer, usually in a small portable box, connected to a tube that went into a bonnet with holes in it that could be placed on top of a person’s head. This worked by giving an even amount of heat to the whole head at once.
The 1950s also saw the introduction of the rigid-hood hair dryer which is the type most frequently seen in salons. It had a hard-plastic helmet that wraps around the person’s head. This dryer works similarly to the bonnet dryer of the 1950s but at a much higher wattage.
In the 1970s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission set up guidelines that hair dryers had to meet to be considered safe to manufacture. Since 1991 the CPSC has mandated that all dryers must use a ground fault circuit interrupter so that it cannot electrocute a person if it gets wet. By 2000, deaths by blow dryers had dropped to fewer than four people a year, a stark difference to the hundreds of cases of electrocution accidents during the mid-20th century. Faster, more efficient and certainly less lethal, there’s now no excuse to refuse an invitation as you tend to your crowning glory.
Whether you’re suffering in swamp-like humidity or heat as dry as the Sahara, we’ve got the answers to your summer hair dilemma.
Survival Tip No. 1: Lock in that style
Dry heat can cause curls to deflate and straight hair to, well, stay straight. You might as well work with it. Before you head to Palm Springs or Phoenix, give yourself a blowout using plenty of smoothing serum to lock in moisture. Another bonus to a blowout ahead of time: no need to style your hair when you’re there. Just freshen it up with dry shampoo at your roots and rub shine serum on your ends.
Survival Tip No. 2: Make Shine Serum Your New Best Friend
Even healthy hair can start to feel dry when there’s zero humidity in the air, so keep your shine serum handy to reapply to your ends. And if your scalp starts freaking out and producing more oil to counter the dry air, a spritz of dry shampoo to help. If you want your style to last in this weather, try sleeping in a high ponytail. It’ll give your hair volume when you take it down the next morning and you can smooth any kinks with a flat iron.
Survival Tip No. 3: Give Your Hair a Break
If your hair is looking dry and scraggly, it’s time to bring in reinforcements. One of your best summer allies is a leave-in conditioner. It instantly repairs damage and detangles, protecting from breakage. This is especially important if you’re in a hot zone that’s also windy.
Try applying plenty of leave-in, then putting your hair in a French Twist or ballerina bun like Uma Thurman’s. And, if your hair is already feeling the heat, definitely stay away from the styling tools. Less is more. The less heat and stress your hair is under, the better.
Survival Tip No. 4: Toss A Detangle Brush In Your Beach Bag
Hair is more fragile when it is wet, use a wide tooted detangle brush to work out any kinks from the ocean.
Survival Tip No. 5: Invest in a UV Spray
Sunlight is the enemy of chemically treated hair (especially blonde hair). UV rays can strip color and weaken the texture of the hair, leaving it frazzled.
Survival Tip No. 6: Embrace Your Curls
Curls are having a moment, so if you’ve got them, don’t fight ’em. Curly hair is so versatile, plus there is no need to blow-dry, so you’re saving time. Also, avoid touching your hair throughout the day, which can cause frizz, and keep curls well moisturized for maximum bounce.
Survival Tip No. 7: Try A Cleansing Conditioner
Everything we love about summer – surf, sand, chlorine – also strips your hair of protein. Cleansing conditioners cleanse and condition in one step, helping to balance and refresh hair without stripping or depleting natural oils and nutrients, and they’re a space saver if you’re travelling.
Hair fall keeps happening on a daily basis and is hardly noticeable. If you undergo excessive hair loss then you might have to get some professional help. Excessive hair fall can also be attributed to the water you use (hard water/soft water), stress, hormonal changes, etc.
Hair loss is the pattern baldness or Androgenic Alopecia which is common amongst males.
Hair thinning can either be reduced thickness of hair or reduced number of hair. In both the cases, it is better to seek professional help to get customized treatment for your needs.
You can naturally have fine hair as your normal hair type. However, thinning is where your hair strands change and they were once naturally thicker compared to what they are now. So, how does this happen and why? Thinning can often happen in the beginning stages of female and male pattern hair loss when sensitivity occurs to the normal androgen that circulates around hair follicles. This sensitivity causes miniaturization and the change of diameter of the hair follicle. In women the process is usually slower, due to the level of ‘follicular protection’ offered by estrogen.
When it comes to solutions for your thinning hair, there are many! Whether it’s getting a more layered hairstyle that gives you the illusion of more voluminous hair or disguising it well with various hair products or fibers. Stock up on a diet full of essential vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc, a healthy body can generally mean healthier hair.
You can generally consider to be suffering with hair loss when something stops the hair from growing or when hair strands of thinning hair have progressed to become vellus like (fluffy white hair). This kind of effect is not visible to the human eye and can be interpreted to be hair loss. It can be caused by:
- Over reactive immune system
- Hereditary hair loss
- Some drugs and treatments
- Hair styles that pull on the hair
- Compulsion to pull out your hair
- Harsh hair care products
An easy solution to prevent hair loss from happening could be to simply alter your usage or stop any of the above. Although hair loss is very common and happens to many people, especially as they age, its effects can still be very damaging to confidence levels and lower self-esteem. Therefore, no matter how common it is, you shouldn’t ignore signs. Remember, the sooner you tackle hair loss the better.
What should I do?
There are many products available to stop hair loss or prevent further hair thinning. Identify what is happening to your hair strands. If you are experiencing thinning hair, examine your lifestyle. Are you eating the right foods? What products and styles are you applying to your hair? Your solution could be simply a few lifestyle alterations. Look at your relatives and see if they have hair loss. If so, there is a higher possibility that you too are starting to develop the same symptoms, as it could be hereditary.
If you catch such signs early, you may dramatically reduce the rate in which thinning and hair loss can start to take effect. You may feel medical treatments are too severe for such early signs of hair issues and that natural solutions may be more appealing. Taking natural supplements for hair loss is a very convenient and effective way to restore essential nutrients, health and hair booting properties directly to the hair shaft.
Give your hair the best chance of survival and act now!
Regardless of what products you use, most of us were taught to wash our hair the same way: shampoo (rinse, lather, rinse, repeat) then conditioner. And unless you’re a co-washer, doing anything but that probably seems a little strange.
But now, we are being asked to do the opposite. Sounds crazy right? But, switching up your hair routine can lead you to softer, bigger-bodied hair. Basically, the conditioner reinforces the natural protective layer of the hair, smoothing the cuticle and enhancing shine, and then the shampoo rinses away the weight of the conditioner, so the hair still maintains a clean bounce. Conditioning before you shampoo is great for adding nourishment to fine hair without weighing it down. It also promotes a longer lasting blowdry and primes the hair before cleansing, allowing shampoo to distribute easier and more evenly.
Flipping the traditional routine is especially beneficial if you’re a daily washer, AKA, an over-washer, and your hair is over-processed, dry and damaged. Starting with conditioner prevents some of the essential natural oils in the hair from being stripped away.
There are some best practices to keep in mind if you’re going to start this regimen. While we’d typically only use our conditioners from our ears down post shampoo, We recommend to saturate all your hair from root-to-tip if you’re conditioning before you cleanse. You will be cleansing it after, so your hair won’t be weighed down or oily. If you typically lather up twice, scrub the conditioner into your hair like a shampoo instead.
Extra hydration sans-weight is never a bad thing, but it’s especially amazing in the summer when our hair takes a hell of a beating. So, instead of trying to find a miracle formula to quench your thirsty strands, maybe just change up your roster order. Aren’t the best answers always the simplest?
Everyone thinks about their skin when they are out at the beach, but we want to bring to your attention a potentially harmful aspect of spending a day at the shore; hair damage from salt water. You’re probably wondering what could be so bad about taking a dip in the ocean. Isn’t salt water healing? Yes, it helps to detox the skin, reduce swelling and treat wounds, among many other benefits. But overexposure to salt water can wreak havoc on your hair.
Your hair’s water content is what makes it stretchy, elastic and moisturized – kind of like your skin. And, similar to your skin and the rest of your body, your hair can become ‘dehydrated’ and dry if too much moisture is lost through evaporation. And even more so if that moisture is not replenished. As the sea has high salt content, it is osmotic, meaning that it leaches water out of your hair. The result? Dry, parched and brittle locks. The hair becomes dull, tangled, rough feeling and can be hard to comb or brush out. Especially If you have color in your hair.
Once you shampooed your hair, you may even notice that it takes longer to blow-dry or you’re having problems getting your locks to curl or hold a style. In its worst form, salt water damage causes the ends of the hair to split, and breakage can begin. To prevent salt water from damaging your strands, take these expert-recommended steps before and after you leave the beach.
1. Wash your hair with a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment or apply a pre-sun and swim product. This will help mitigate the rigors of the summer elements and prevent hair color from fading due to sun exposure.
2. Leave-in conditioner is a must to keep the hair moist and soft, and to make it harder for the salt water to damage the hair. Look for a spray formula that you can toss in your beach bag and re-apply throughout the day.
3. To help protect your scalp from UV rays, use a protective hair cream containing SPF over your hair and on your part. Another simple yet effective method is to saturate a Q-tip with a broad-spectrum sunscreen and apply it directly to the part line. This is important to do before heading out to the beach so there is time for it to absorb to provide full coverage and protection.
4. For a post-beach DIY treatment, you can whip up a hair mask made out of lukewarm honey and buttermilk. The honey will restore moisture and shine, while the buttermilk will soothe dry locks and leave them silky.
5. For a major moisture-boost that will target split ends, whisk together two eggs, a few tablespoons of olive oil, half of a ripe avocado and 2 ounces of purified water. Work the mixture into hair with your fingertips, leave on for 10 minutes and then wash out.
Sometimes we have to fake stuff – tans, that smile when singing “Happy Birthday” over a stale sheet cake to that co-worker you can’t stand. Sometimes you got to fake it until you make it, or in terms of having a good hair day – fake it until your next salon appointment.
Having a good hair day is like a tiny miracle, and those miracles, unfortunately, do not come very often. Whether you skipped a few wash days, need to get those pesky roots touched up, or hit snooze on the alarm seven times and need to be to work in fifteen minutes, here are some helpful tips to faking your best hair day when, in all reality, your hair is in laughable conditions.
Remember when you first tried dry shampoo and you were like, “This is the greatest invention since the gel manicure!” Well, it’s because, like the gel, it’s a lifesaver. Where would we be if we didn’t have dry shampoo? We’re spraying our greasy, limp tresses with dry shampoo like it’s cheap sunscreen, faking a good hair day by essentially absorbing the dirt and grease.
CREATE THE ILLUSION OF FULLER HAIR WITH A HAIR CLIP
Bad hair days come in all shapes and forms, and sometimes they come in “you just can’t deal today” so that’s where hair clips ride in on their magic rainbows to save the day. The use of hair clips can help make your hair look fuller and give the illusion that it has more volume and weight than it actually does.
Fuller Ponytail Trick: clip a fish clip to the top of your ponytail, tease your hair towards the clip, then remove. This trick makes for a fuller ponytail with a little more height.
PUT A DRYER SHEET OVER YOUR HAIRBRUSH TO REDUCE STATIC
This is something you don’t learn in science class but would probably be more useful than all that mole math B.S. in 10th grade chemistry. For bristle brushes, take a dryer sheet and place it on the brush, right through the bristles. Brush your hair like this and static-be-gone!
Another trick: take a toothbrush you are not planning to use anymore and spray it with hairspray. Brush the flyaways and watch them disappear!
SPRAY YOUR ROOTS WITH COVER-UP SPRAY
Some people can rock the roots, but for everyone else, let’s get control of our growth before we start looking like Madonna circa “Like A Virgin.” Like dry shampoo, root cover-up spray is like the light at the end of our dark (roots) tunnel. The sprays vary in color shades from light blonde to auburn to black and provide a quick cover-up within seconds. It’s an inexpensive way to hold you over between salon visits.
WRAP IT UP IN BUNS OR BRAIDS
Buns & Braids are like the friendship you always wish you had. They make the perfect hair day no matter what the condition of your locks — just ask Princess Leia. A bun & braid hairstyle can be done in as little as two minutes. So those busy mornings when your hair isn’t going with the flow, it’s a job for the B&B. There are different types of buns & braids that you can choose from. The messy bun: high and messy chignon (use a hair donut or a rolled-up sock to get a bigger bun). The bohemian bun: messy and high chignon with a braid coiled at the base. The bow bun: bow-shape chignon atop the head, dividing the bun into two parts to make a bow. If you’re feeling quirky, try the space buns: which is basically high pigtails but wrapped into two coils on each side of your head.
UTILIZE HAIR CHALK AND OTHER TEMPORARY COLORS
Hair chalk is a great, quick fix for those bad hair days when you want an easy way to liven up your tresses by dabbing a little lavender or sky blue on your ends. Don’t forget to use hairspray so the color chalk will set. You don’t need to have platinum blonde hair to get great results. Plus, if you change your hair color, no one will notice how greasy and flat it is.
GIVE YOUR HAIR A TEASE
There’s an art to teasing. It’s not for everyone but on a bad hair day, teasing can take flat hair to new heights. Literally. First, take a 1″ section of your hair (top of the head to bring up the volume) and hold it straight up. Tease it by brushing the hair downward, section and repeat, smooth with a brush. Try this on each side of the head too for an overall fuller look.
CURL THOSE LOCKS
Sometimes you can’t have good hair all by yourself. Sometimes you need to bring in the big guns like the old-trusty curling iron. The barrel size makes a difference in what type of curls you’re looking to achieve – 2″ gentle, relaxed waves, 1.75″ large, loose waves, 1.5″ large, voluminous curls, 1″ – 1.25” full curls, defined waves, and 3/4″ for tighter curls, textured waves. Curls can help your bad day hair look like a great hair day, creating fuller, and healthier looking hair.
ACTIVATE YOUR NATURAL WAVES
Keep summer in your hair all year long with a DIY mixture to capture those beach waves anytime. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it will one cup warm water, one tablespoon of coconut oil, one tablespoon of sea salt (this adds grit) and one drop of your choice of essential oil – lavender works great. Combine, shake and apply liberally to the hair. You can add an optional teaspoon of hair gel or conditioner to fight frizz.
DE-FUZ YOUR CURLS
A simple solution to keeping your curls intact is mixing leave-in conditioner with gel and apply to curls. The leave-in conditioner hydrates those thirsty curls, while the gel shapes the curls into spirals. Never spend the day with loose, fuzzy, frizzy curls again.
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS GO WITH HATS, HEADBANDS AND SCARVES
It’s okay to give up and just put on a hat. You’re still winning at life. Hats, headbands, and head scarves are an easy and very fashionable way to save yourself from a bad hair day. They keep those annoying bangs we should have never gotten out of our way and keep flyaways at bay. Headbands can be worn single or doubled up, while head scarves are a perfect way to add some print to your monochromatic outfit. There are so many different styles of hats to choose from: fedoras, floppies, beanies, oh my! And remember, there’s never such thing as a bad hat day.
Hair gloss treatments are often met with confusion these days. What exactly does it do? How are they different than hair color? And why is everyone getting them? Don’t worry, we wondered the exact same things.
A gloss treatment — also referred to as a color glaze or a glaze treatment — gives your hair shine, boosts dull and lifeless hair and helps smooth flyaways. Gloss treatments can be clear or tinted. Both types of treatments revitalize hair, and tinted treatments can help enhance or maintain color, as well. Here are nine things that make a hair gloss treatment different than a classic dye job… and why you definitely should consider getting one.
A gloss will repair any summer damage you have.
Spent a little too much time in the sun and chlorine this summer? It actually repairs your hair and undos all that damage, so you’ll feel a lot better. The gloss will return texture and deep condition your strands for ultimate silkiness and shine.
It’s not as harsh or permanent as regular hair color.
A gloss is very acidic and closes the hair and the cuticle real tight. The result is a very smooth surface texture that will reflect a lot more light and have a much softer feel to it. While regular color contains ammonia, which opens up the hair cuticle and deposits color into it, therefore damaging the hair.
A gloss provides translucent color and intense conditioning.
A gloss will work with the variation of tone that your hair naturally has, allowing for a more subdued shade. If you have gray hair and if you put a gloss on, it will have a very tonal effect as opposed to being one solid opaque color. It also automatically makes your hair super shiny and smooth. It will even reduce a little bit of frizz, and overall, your hair feels like you had a conditioning treatment and color done at once.
It can help tone down highlights.
If your highlights end up looking a little too brassy, try getting a gloss treatment right after to tone down the color.
You don’t have to change your natural hair color to get the benefits of a gloss.
There’s such thing as a clear gloss, which is essentially a powerhouse of a conditioning treatment for your strands. All you’d be doing is lowering the pH level of your hair and imparting extreme conditioning properties.
It’s a no-commitment change.
The best thing about it is there’s no commitment to it and it’s going to fade on its own (within six weeks). And if you want to change your hair, it doesn’t interfere with any type of chemical change you want to do in the future.
You can do it at home.
If you want to save some money, there are gloss kits sold at your local drugstore. We suggest going into a salon at first. But if you do it at home, don’t go too far from one shade or two from where you’re currently at.
It’s easy to maintain.
All you need to do is use sulfate-free products that are made for colored hair and you should be good to go.
It’s totally in for fall.
This season’s hair trends will be “all about really rich jewel tones.” If you’re a brunette, go for a rich honey or espresso brown. If you’re a redhead, try a deep copper or auburn. And if you’re a blonde, opt for a golden tone.
Summer is quickly approaching, and while we can’t wait to hit up the beach and sport some short shorts, we’re dreading what the heat does to our hair. Every summer we have to deal with the humidity and sunshine drying out our locks so they appear dull and frizzy instead of sleek and shiny. But this year, we vow to improve our hair with a few easy tips that anyone can follow. Here are 13 hair hacks to surviving the summer heat and humidity.
- TEASE BANGS
Sure, we love bangs as much as Taylor Swift but during the summer they are our worse nightmare. Not only do they flip and fly in all sorts of directions, but they are hot and sweaty on our forehead. And breaking out is so not hot. An easy way to help keep your bangs off your face is by teasing them so they fall to the side and not directly on your skin. You’ll capture the side sweep bang perfectly while keeping your skin pimple-free.
- PULL BANGS BACK IN A BRAID
If teasing isn’t your thing or you want your bangs completely gone for a day (or the entire summer), simply pull them back out of your face. And don’t just do this with a few bobby pins so it’s obvious you are trying to keep your bangs at bay, but instead work a sexy braid in there to keep your bangs away while still looking cool doing it.
- SPORT WET HAIR
The summertime is the only time of year when rocking wet hair is cool, so take advantage of it when you’re having a bad hair day or when you simply don’t feel like doing it. After your shower, towel off and work in some gel so your hair stays wet throughout the day. Then you can pull it back and off your face or stick it up in a sexy up do.
- TRY PEPPERMINT SHAMPOO
When it’s really hot out, you want to cool down your head with something invigorating. Use a peppermint shampoo to help cool off your scalp while helping your hair stay strong and sexy. You’ll love the way it feels on your head and really enjoy how gorgeous your hair looks (and how yummy it smells) after you style it.
- SQUIRT LEMON JUICE IN YOUR LOCKS
Make proper use of the hot temperatures and bright sunshine by squirting some lemon into your hair for natural highlights. The next time you hit up the beach or hang by the pool, be sure to squirt lemon juice throughout your hair so by the time you head back home you’ll have gorgeous summer hair that you’ll love.
- USE SPF-INFUSED PRODUCTS
We already know how important it is to use SPF on our skin when we are outside during the summer, but some of us forget how important it is to use SPF on our hair. And before you go and load up your locks with sunscreen you use on your body, stop. There are plenty of awesome products out there that come in a spray for your hair that won’t weight it down but will keep it protected so it doesn’t dry out from the sun.
- TRY A HAIR MASK
A hair mask is always a great way to put some life back into your hair. There are plenty that you can buy that work well, but you can also create your own at home when needed. Avocado and olive oil are natural wonders when it comes to your hair because both provide softness and shine without weighting your hair down – just don’t use too much oil on the roots.
- PUT YOUR HAIR UP
The easiest way to rid your hair from the summer heat? Simply put it up and be done with it. We know that somedays no matter what you do, your hair is just not working but that’s ok! There are so many gorgeous up dos that having a bad hair day is a thing of the past. Work in a killer fishtail braid or a high, messy bun that will easily make you look and feel great – and get your hair off your face.
- USE BAKING SODA ON CHLORINE GREEN HAIR
We know the summer months are all about heading outdoors and jumping into a cool pool of water. But if your locks don’t love the chlorine as much as you, don’t worry. When you get out of the pool (and you notice your hair is a bit green), just add some baking soda in it before you shower and shampoo. Your hair will be back to its beautiful color, leaving that green tint far behind.
- GET EASY BEACH WAVES HAIR
Beach waves are always in during the summer. Seriously, who doesn’t want sexy beach-inspired hair? And the best part is that you can get this look with ease. You can make your own beach hair spray with natural ingredients like sea salt and coconut, or you can head out to the store and pick up one of the many different products out there.
- TRY COCONUT OIL ON YOUR ENDS
If your hair is really dry – especially on the limp, dead ends – you’ll need something heavy duty that will bring them back to life. Luckily, there is the wonder of coconut oil that pretty much solves any beauty problem, including dry hair. Take some oil in your palm and place it along the ends of your hair for a few minutes before washing it out with shampoo, and you’ll instantly see and feel a difference.
- CRUSH ASPRIN INTO YOUR SHAMPOO
With all the product we put in our hair during the summer, it’s important to clean it up every now and then so it doesn’t get too weighed down. An old and useful trick to help remove residue in your hair is crushing up a couple aspirin and putting it in your shampoo. You’ll lift out all the heavy leftover products that your hair continues to hold and will come out with pretty locks that are healthy.
- TRY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Make your hair smooth and sexy this summer by using a few drops of apple cider vinegar in your mane. Before you shampoo, massage the vinegar in your hair and keep it there for a few minutes before shampooing it out. Afterwards, you’ll definitely see a difference as your hair will be smooth, shiny, and completely frizz-free.
There’s a whole list of good reasons to ease up on the hair dye. Going off the bottle can improve your hair’s health if it’s severely damaged from coloring it and using heat tools, save you some serious time and money, and will be a great change if you’ve grown tired of your current shade. Bleaching your strands to lift your current color or getting a dye job that’s close to your current shade may be the quickest way to return to your natural color, but the only way to truly repair your strands is to be gentle and make the change in small steps.
Needless to say, completely ditching the dye is easier said than done. Resisting the temptation to grab a box of dye when you’re dealing with months of awkward roots at their various stages can seem impossible. Here are some tips on what you should ask for at the salon, and what you can do at home to return to your natural color, no matter what shade you’re rocking.
If You Have Highlights
Ready to let go of your highlights? We recommend gradually adding in lowlights to space out the lightness from your current highlights and let more of your natural color show through. To take the edge off the color and soften the contrast between the light and darker shades, we also recommend that your stylist apply a gloss treatment. At home, you can treat your strands to a weekly gloss hair mask to boost shine from roots to ends.
If You Went Lighter
Whether you went platinum or strawberry blond, heading back to your darker roots won’t be a one-step process. If you have gone all over blonde, I recommend a base drop of your natural color. This is applied like a single process but pulling it through strategically so you break up the lines between the two drastically different shades, then an all over gloss to add softness to the blonde hair. After you leave the salon, slather on a mask specifically tailored for dry and damaged hair once a week after shampooing. It will rejuvenate dull strands, and preserve color vibrancy.
If You Went Dark
Cut off some of the travel time on your return trip back from the dark side by subtly adding some highlights to your current shade. Adding soft highlights by either painting or highlighting the ends will cut through the dark and add dimension to the hair so you don’t see the strong line of demarcation. Between appointments, protect your shade with a few spritzes of a color preserving spray.
If You Went Pastel
Pastel hues are a pretty way to experiment with hair color, but the cotton candy shades require major commitment and upkeep. Luckily, once the color has faded, going back to your original shade isn’t too difficult. Most likely it’s super blonde under the pastels. Once they have faded out, you can apply a base drop or a combination of highlights and lowlights to get you back to your natural shade. Faded hair color can make your strands appear dull, in order to rejuvenate your strands, run a nutrient-rich oil through your mane to restore it to its healthy, vibrant state.