Hair tuneup

Spring hair tune-up
Four salon and at-home tips that will put a spring in your step and bounce in your hair!

1. Get a good scalp treatment
Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp. As Colin Ford, Director of Education and Events for L’Oréal Professionnel, puts it, “The cold, as well as excessive blow drying will cause the ends of the hair to be dry and brittle, which also makes the hair look dull. So have regular treatment to ensure the natural balance of the hair.” Scalp treatments, especially those containing natural ingredients such as sandalwood, rosemary, lavender, sage, vitamin E, jojoba, coconut and orange oils act in conjunction with the natural oils found in hair and replenish lost moisture from your scalp, add sheen to your tresses and promote future healthy hair growth. Choose a treatment that suits your hair type and brush your scalp and hair thoroughly before applying it – preferably with a boar bristle brush. Follow the package directions and when you’re done, add heat!  Sit under a dryer, use a hand blow dryer or simply wrap a hot towel around your head to help the treatment penetrate more deeply. At the salon ask your stylist for a scalp treatment prior to your normal services.

Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo Hair Treatment
TIGI Bed Head Chocolate Head Massive Hair Repair Treatment
Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil For Dry to Damaged Hair
Phyto Phytonectar Ultra Nourishing Oil Treatment


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2. Conditioning is key!
Are frizzy and fried adjectives you’ve been using to describe the current state of your hair? It’s time to make conditioner your friend. Conditioner hydrates and protects the hair and by smoothing the cuticle, adds sheen.  If you have fine hair, or dislike conditioner residue, try a silicone-free conditioner. If your hair is damaged or dull, deep conditioning treatments will moisturize hair, penetrating deep into the hair shaft to revive, strengthen and restore hair’s healthy shine – just don’t use more than once a week (especially protein based deep conditioners) as this may actually cause hair to become weak, brittle or limp.)

Silicone free conditioning: Ojon Awaka Ancient Tribal Rejuvenating Conditioner
Regular conditioning: Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner
Deep conditioning: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner
Bumble & Bumble Deep Treatment Conditioner


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3. Colour, colour, colour!
Perk up your natural shade using ‘demipermanent’ formula that allows you change with minimal risk. These formulas deposit colour on the outer layers of your hair, adding depth and shine to your locks for up to four weeks. Best of all, there’s no need to worry about touching up your roots, since the pigment will blend with your natural shade. According to Ford, “Go one level lighter than your natural colour as these dyes work by deepening (depositing) colour as opposed to lifting colour from the cuticle.”

Extend the life of your colour longer by avoiding deep cleaning ‘clarifying’ shampoos as these can strip hair colour.

Hair glazes are a good option for adding sheen to hair without changing the colour. A ‘glaze’ is an ammonia and peroxide-free solution that aims to boost shine. Some deposit no colour while others may contains mild dyes.

Clairol Natural Instincts
L’Oréal Paris Color Spa Moisture Actif


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4. A good cut
Work with what you have. You don’t fight nature this season. For Spring 2007 Ford states that, “The cuts also are softer with rounded lines. Hair has more movement, with wave and curl being seen everywhere.” Whether you have straight or curly/wavy hair let it be most days. If you have curly to wavy hair, save time and money by only straightening hair you go in for a haircut. It doesn’t cost any extra to have them do it at the end of the services you requested and becomes a treat, remains special and the bonus is that someone else is doing all the work!

Follow these tips and healthy, shiny hair could be yours for spring!


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