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Attention: ALL BEACH BUNNIES!!

Summer is here, the water is warm, and the drinks are cold. Time to grab your gal pals for some fun in the sun. Before you head to the pool or plunge into a lake or the ocean, check out these tips about how to keep your “mermaid beach waves” healthy and beautiful for the warm days and nights to follow!

We like to call these few tips and select haircare products our “SPF Heroes” because they help us raise the Summer Protection Factor for your hair keeping your locks healthy and strong.

PRE-SWIM

Because hair is porous like a sponge, it likes to soak up whatever it comes into contact with. Prior to submerging yourself under the waves, douse your hair in filtered or chlorine-free water. Needless to say, if your hair is already full of WATER, it will absorb less of the chemicals and salt from the pool and the ocean that make your hair dry and brittle.

Taking your pre-pool prep one step further, especially for those with naturally dry hair or for those of you who swim often, grab some Leave-In Conditioner by Bumble and bumble OR grab some old conditioner you’ve set aside and slather it all over your wet locks. This not only provides a barrier between the water and your precious hair, but it acts as a “masque” to treat your hair to repair and moisture as you have fun in the sun. Pay special attention to your mid-strand and ends where hair is most delicate. After coating with conditioner, twist up into a chic ballerina bun or sumo topknot to ensure you will be the hottest gal poolside.

For PREMIUM protection (and if your locks can’t withstand the heaviness of conditioner), snap up Aqua Seal by Kerastase. This spritz-in product forms a watertight seal around your hair shaft and offers the BEST protection of any pre-pool protection method out there.

POST POOL

After you slink in from the pool or dust the sand off of your bronzed legs, get ready for some of the best hair you’ve ever had!

If you didn’t apply conditioner to your hair before basking beside the pool, apply a generous amount of Hairdresser’s Oil by Bumble or Elixir Ultime from Kerastase to your mid-strands and ends. If you’re not in a rush to get ready for evening events, twist your hair up into a chic ballerina bun and let it dry. When you pull it down, find your part, shake out the twist, and grab your blowdryer to diffuse your hair into the biggest and best beach waves ever.

If you already slathered your hair in conditioner to protect it from the sun, one helluva blowout is on your horizon. No need to wash; if your beach bun dried in the sun, that’s perfect! Spritz your hair with Hairdresser’s Oil Primer or some Reactivating Mist (both by Bumble and bumble) to wake up your sleepy strands. Pull out your blowdryer and your boar bristle brush and put those skills you learned at our Blowdry Bootcamp to use. Your hair will end up soft, shiny, and smooth all because you showed your hair some love before stepping outside.

Just in case you are heading straight from the ocean to dinner, don’t fret. Your hair is already damp from the conditioner and ocean water so just mist those little fly-aways that surround your gorgeous face and get your blowdry on. The salt from the ocean will help speed your style along while the conditioner (that has been hugging your hair all day) keeps it safe and moisturized.

ALWAYS

The summer isn’t the only time we need to worry about damage to our hair from the sun and the elements, so there are a few things you can do to always protect your hair from environmental factors that cause hair erosion and breakage. First, always shampoo and condition with stylist-recommended professional haircare products. In particular, choose a wash-and-rinse that has some UV and color protection. This will help sustain your color services longer and keep the tones true between salon visits.Also, use a thermal protector before using a blowdryer or hot tools. These products keep your hair safe from damage caused by daily styling. Lastly, try to style your hair with products that are “SPF-approved” by your stylist.

Our favorite products are in the Soliel and Chroma Captive line presented by Kerastase as well as the Hairdresser’s Oil and Color Minded lines by Bumble. Also, pick up your thermal protectors: Nectar Thermique or Chroma Thermique by Kerastase or Styling Lotion and Does it All or Spray de Mode hairspray by Bumble. Utilize these (and all the expert products made by Kerastase and Bumble) to have the #besthairofyourlife!

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Bombshell Blowout

Getting the perfect blowout that lasts is a combination of skill, tools, and practice!  Here, we will help outline what you need to achieve an awesome style in no time flat!

Soft Tools:  These include Foundation products from Bumble and bumble like Prep or Tonic.  Also, Structure products such as Styling Lotion with minimal hold and maximum shine, Thickening Hairspray with no hold and tons of volume, or Styling Creme with intense density help build in shine, hold, volume, or density easily and effectively.  Last, but not least, we have our Texture products to add gloss and glam such as Grooming Creme, Brilliantine, and Defrizz.  Combo these products together to find your magical mix of blowout beauty.

Hard Tools:  The brush makes or breaks a great blowout.  It is important to make sure that the brush you are using is perfect for your hair-type and for what you are trying to achieve.  For fine hair, we always recommend a ceramic brush with nylon bristles that prevent snags and pulling while speeding up drying time.  For normal/medium hair types trying to create volume, a boar bristle brush like Bumble’s Round Brush or Monroe’s Grand Gala and Etiquette are the perfect choice.  For thick coarse or curly hair, a brush with a mixture of boar bristle and nylon bristles is ideal.  Monroe’s Latina Envy is precisely what you need to smooth frizz, add volume, and create curl.  Last, but certainly not least, for the perfect smooth, straight blowout, a flat brush is what you need for normal-thick hair types.  Oliva Garden’s COMBO brush or Bumble’s award winning Flat Brush makes straight hair a snap (without a flatiron).  One round brush made just for smooth, straight styles is Monroe’s Glamour brush for colored hair clients looking for a great straight finish.  For our fine haired friends, a 7-row or vent brush is perfect for “wrap drying” into a smooth, silky finish.

Blowdryer:  As surprising as it may seem, blowdryers ARE different.  The right blowdryer can last you for years by giving you heat and wind-speed options while promising integrity through 2 year warranties.  Solono Blowdryers are professional level dryers that carry our “seal of approval” for helping you achieve the Bombshell Blowout.  Make sure you have a directional attachment for your nozzle to direct the air flow down the hair shaft to seal and smooth each hair perfectly.

(One word of wisdom, if you are having difficulty controlling both the brush and the blowdryer, check to see what hand is holding the brush.  Since you need more movement using the brush, hold it in your dominate hand.  The blowdryer typically shouldn’t move very much; keeping it pointed down the hair shaft in one direction is all you need to do.  As such, hold it in your less dominate hand since you don’t need to manipulate the blowdryer as much as the brush.)

We have added a link to some great styling videos from hair hero Luke Hersheson who is a stylist hailing from jolly old England.  Check out the “Perfect Blowdry” video to give you a step-by-step instruction to look your bombshell best!  Also, scheduling an appointment with your favorite hairdresser for a “Blowdry Bootcamp” will allow you to bring in your brushes and blowdryers so our experts can help you achieve a great style with the products you already have at home!!

The Perfect Blowdry

Yours in style,

BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing

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