How To Avoid Warm Weather Hairstyle Meltdown

August 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm , by

Whoever said that Mother Nature isn’t a powerful force was just crazy. Summer rain leads to major humidity…which leads to seriously sweaty roots…which leads to frequent shampoo sessions…which leads to dry, frizzy ends. It’s a vicious, never-ending cycle. Enter dry shampoo. The hair washing stand-in has the power to lift oil from the scalp, absorb dirt and product build-up, and leave hair looking and feeling fresh. Take that, Mother Nature.

Here’s the best way to dry-shampoo, courtesy of Ammon Carver, Artistic Director for Matrix:

1.  Comb or brush through your hair to distribute oils evenly.

2.  Start at the top of your head, create a center part and spray lightly along the part, holding the dry shampoo an inch or two from your head.

3.   Make another part about a few inches away and repeat.

4.  Continue creating parts and spraying on each side of the original part until you reach your ears on each side.

5.  In the back, start at the crown of your head, create a horizontal part and spray.  Continue parting and spraying to the bottom of your head.

6.  Gently massage the powder into your scalp, as if you were lathering up your shampoo.

7. Wait a few minutes to allow the powder to absorb the excess oil and dirt.

8. Brush through to remove all of the powder.  Flip your hair upside down and brush through once more.

Keratin Upkeep: Maintaining Fresh Salon Smoothness

June 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm , by

On gross days like today we all could use a little help with our hair. Smooth, frizz-free, and without flatness may sound impossible, but it’s not–if it’s done right.
With all of the hype about Keratin treatments (the good kind, not the ones that are dangerous to your health), Rodrigo Padilla of Sally Hershberger Downtown shared his advice for maintaining smoothness, without going limp.
The biggest concern Rodrigo sees is that almost every woman who comes for a Keratin Treatment is worried they’re going to have flat, boring hair for the next three days during which you can’t wash your hair.
The amount of product applied into the hair: Keratin is very concentrated, so you don’t have to use much to get great results.The way your stylists blow drys your hair and flatirons:
I personally apply solution and blowout, giving the hair as much body possible, so when the flatiron is used, it will not be pin straight.
Flatironing is key, since you can iron the roots with body, so the hair is not stuck to the scalp. I flatiron completely around the head, leaving the top for last. When ironing the hair, I start from the back of the top, move straight up, making the hair full and moving it to the front.
When finished with the front, I set it with a smaller brush, so you look like you just went in for a beautiful blow dry – not a boring, flat Keratin Treatment. You should always leave the salon looking and feeling beautiful!