1. PROTECT YOUR HAIR WHILE VACATIONING IN HOT CLIMATES
Just like in the summer months, when you're feet tend to swell in those cool strappy sandals, the same happens to your hair - minus the sandals of course! But, your hair does get bigger, fluffier and frizzier from the moisture-filled air. You know what we're talking about. Ask your stylist to recommend a conditioning treatment before you go away. Depending on your hair type, she may recommend a lite or deep conditioning treatment that will help seal the cuticle, reduce split ends, and prevent moisture from getting in. Curly, fine and frizzy hair will all benefit from a leave-in conditioner (made especially for your hair type, check product label). Don't forget to pack a styling and finishing product with a UV filter, especially if your hair is color treated. This will reduce sun damage to your hair.
2. KEEP HAIR LOOKING HOT IN THE COLD
It's important to keep all hair types well moisturized to protect against colder temperatures. Basically all hair types, (including curly, fine, and frizzy) require a conditioning treatment after shampooing, a heat-protection styling product before blow drying, and a finishing spray after styling. The process can help keep hair shiny, smooth, and bouncy. Finer hair types may do better with a light, leave-in conditioner to help protect fragile ends without weighing hair down. If your hair is frizzy, definitely consider using a leave-in conditioner and pack a deep-moisturizing treatment to use twice a week.
3. SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONERS - WHAT A PAIR, FOR COLOR-TREATED HAIR!
Shampoos and conditioners really can work together to help protect haircolor from fading. Many are created especially for that reason, while they can cleanse and condition. Conditioners for color-treated hair lock in color pigments while special ingredients surround the hair shaft leaving it shinier and stronger.
4. KNOW THE RULES FOR CHLORINE AND COLOR, EITHER SINK OR SWIM.
Oil and water don't mix and neither does bleached blonde hair and chlorine. The chlorinated water in pools can turn blonde-colored hair greenish - not a pretty sight to say the least. So what can you do to swim carefree? Purchase products that protect hair from chlorine and before heading out to the pool, wet hair under shower and coat with a special leave-in UV conditioner. This acts as a barrier against both chlorine and the sun's harsh rays. Be sure to rinse hair out in clean water immediately after swimming. Use a shampoo especially formulated to remove chlorine from your hair and check with your stylist about special in-salon services to maintain the health of your hair.
5. WHILE ON VACATION, WATCH OUT FOR.........
You're in all your glory on vacation right? But your hair may not be. Vacation hair reacts to its new environment whether you're sipping that pina colada in the heat or swooshing down a mountain in the cold. It's called nature and boy can it be cruel. There's salt water, chlorine, sand, wind and of course.....the Sun. If your hair is color-treated, salt water and sun together, makes color fade fast. Use a leave-in conditioner, with UV protection, and/or a sun protection styling or finishing product on hair. Each day, wash salt out. To protect against chlorine, wet hair under shower before heading out to the pool and coat with a leave-in UV conditioner. This acts as a barrier against both chlorine and the sun's harsh rays. the Sun's damaging UV rays break down hair's protein structure.
6. FEELING STRESSED? CHANCES ARE, SO IS YOUR HAIR.
When you're stressed out, not getting enough sleep, or just plain worried, eventually your hair will start to show signs; including dullness and flaky scalp. This is due to the body's loss of essential vitamins and minerals from stress and it's your hair and nails that are the first to suffer. Learn to relax and unwind. Ask your partner to give you a scalp massage or try doing it yourself. This will increase the blood flow to the area. Be sure to drink lots of water, eat your spinach (it is high in iron) and consider adding vitamins and minerals to your diet.
7. REVIVE THE JIVE IN YOUR HAIRCOLOR
You love your great, new haircolor - especially the day you got it done. Keep it looking as refreshed as that day. Buy a color enhancing shampoo and conditioner and leave them in the shower. Use it as often as your stylist recommends to maintain those colorful tresses. That's okay; sing a happy tune while you're waiting for those droplets of color pigment to soak into the hair shaft. Rinse out and enjoy your revitalized hair, as well as those neat acoustics!
8. DON'T HAVE A HAIR FIGHT, MID-FLIGHT. TIPS TO KEEP YOU LOOKING YOUR BEST.
Everyone has to travel by air at some point or another. But more often than not, we find ourselves dissatisfied with the way our hair looks once we're back on solid ground. Luckily, there are some easy things you can do mid-flight. Stay clear of caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee and alcohol - they act like a diuretic. Drink lots of mineral water to prevent dehydration. To fight the static that's so evident on planes use wax, pomade or a shining product. This adds weight to hair and prevents flyaways. Remember to close tightly all the caps on your hair products and then place them in plastic bags. You can even consider pouring shampoos and gels into those cute little, travel-sized containers. This will help prevent any messy spills while you're onboard.
9. WHEN THERE'S NO TIME... IT'S YOUR HAIR ON THE LINE
OK, so you get some sponeaneous invitation to cocktails, dinner, a meeting, whatever. You've got to tidy up those tresses and fast. Well, if you're home, you're in luck because a blow dryer may help. To add volume without washing, spritz your roots with some spray gel and then dry just that root area. If you're at work or in a club or restaurant, use hairspray and try tilting your head using the hand-dryer in the restroom. Who says those things are just for your hands? One last thing, and an easy tip at that - tie your hair back in a low ponytail. It takes the least amount of time, and you'll look like a smart sophisticate!
10. UPDOS AND DON'T DOS.......LEARN WHAT WORKS WHEN DRESSING HAIR UP
Do pull some thin pieces of hair out of a bun or chignon to frame your face and add a romantic, soft touch to your look.
Do comb or brush your hair before styling up. This will ensure that there are no bumps or ridges on the road to the perfect updo.
Divide and conquer. Separate your hair at the tops of your ears. Wrap the hair in your nape area up first, and fasten in place. Then gather the front and sides, twist and secure.
Don't do anything too dramatic or too structured. You don't want to look too done up for the occasion.
Don't pin up freshly washed hair - it's hard to handle.
Don't........and this is an important one - use clip-on hair extensions or pieces. You need to play with them first and experiment with your stylist
11. WEDDING BELL ARE RINGING...DISCOVER THE RIGHT DO FOR YOU ON THE BIG DAY!
First and foremost, you'll want to consider the style of your dress. Just breathe. You're going to look beautiful. Decide on the look you're going for - if you're thinking a romantic, Victorian style then a gorgeous updo would be most striking. Or half up/half down with cascades of curls goes too! Maybe you want a more modern look. Try leaving hair down and full of body. If you can, show your stylist a snapshot of the dress you've decided on. He/she would love to help create a lasting vision for your guests as you walk down the aisle.
Always have a preview styling session. Maybe for your bachelorette party. That way you'll know if the style you've envisioned gives you the look and feel you're going for on the big day.
12. TEENS RULE!
Whether your hair is long or short, straight or cully, I'll bet you wish it were different - even for just one night. If you're looking to stand out, your stylist can help you turn your hair from ok to oh-wow! Your stylist has tons of options - cool cuts, colors and textures to make you a teen hair god or goddess. PLUS your stylist can show you how to mess, separate, piece out or stiff hair up at home, on your own! Your stylist won't just do the do, they will give you the know-how to do it yourself!