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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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Transition into Fall/Winter 2011

When seasons change, our way of dressing generally shifts as well (especially in the snowy Midwest).  When employing a new wardrobe, it becomes important to continue that transition into your hair color and make-up palette as well.

In terms of hair, in the salon I generally shift most of my clients to darker and warmer tones each winter; this includes taking many of my blondes to a warmer and richer color spectrum.  When taking the change of hair color into consideration, we must also look at changing the way we care for our thirsty locks.  Bumble and bumble’s Quenching line provides great moisture and color protection as well as therapy for the terribly thirsty.  Additionally, Bumble’s Creme de Coco line and Gentle Shampoo paired with Super Rich Conditioner are perfect choices to beat the dry, staticy winter air.  Placing a bottle of these hair-hydrators in my shower has been an annual winter hair ritual especially considering my snow-white tresses.

As your hair color and clothing changes, many of us often forget to transition our make-up as well.  Here are some ideas to help you make the winter transition easy:

Lips:  Lip colors become darker and more matte which compliments our skin as it lightens through the fall and winter months.

Eyes:  Eye combinations tend to become more smoky and dramatic with the shift to rich browns, grays, charcoal, and jewel tones.  Don’t forget your brows!!  Brow shaping becomes more and more important as the winter months trudge on.  Brow powders in tones that compliment the change in hair color fill sparse spots and complete a fuller, bolder shape.

Skin/Complexion:  Moisturizers become thicker as our skin becomes dryer and needs more protection from the cold, dry wind.  Foundations and powders become lighter and more translucent as our pigment loses that summer sun-kiss.  Tuck your bronzers into the back of your cabinet and pull out your blushes to play up cheeks this season.  Make sure to invest in great lip balm and eye creme to ensure your face is protected from Old Man Winter.

Check out this great article about fall/winter make-up from Harper’s Bazaar Magazine that also provides great fall style for hair and make-up.  http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup-articles/fall-2011-beauty-trends-highlights#fbIndex1

Yours in style,

RaeAnne Skarda

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