It’s summertime, and my hair shows it. The fabulousness that once was, has stepped aside for frizziness and fading color.
As Christy Weiss, Co-Owner of Texxture a Salon (Toledo, Ohio), whipped my locks back into shape, I quizzed her on Summer 2012 hair trends.
A Brazilian Blowout is a type of keratin treatment that makes curly, coarse, and/or frizzy hair healthier and more manageable. This is not a straightener, although it will dull curls in very tightly curled hair ad sometimes straighten wavy hair. Keratin treatments wrap your hair in a layer of protein that will improve the health of your hair shaft. Hair color should be applied before the treatment, and you can wash your hair and style as usual after leaving the salon.
The risks to your health are very low, however the original Brazilian Blowout product does contain formaldehyde. Christy says, “The risk to the stylist using the original product is low as well, unless this is something the stylist does all day, everyday.” Brazilian Blowout nows offers a new product that is formaldehyde free (Zero+).
One treatment will last approximately three months, and it takes approximately 2 hours to apply and set-in. This procedure must be done by a trained professional. The cost is anywhere from $150 – $300 (based on hair length and salon).
Lighter hair colors are all the hype! So brighten up that hue!
Blondes are going golden and beige:
Brunettes are rocking the ombre look (darker at the root with lighter highlights on the end):
via John M. Heller/Getty Images
And red heads love pretty pennies copper tones:
via Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Christy recommends avoiding red hair dye in the summer if red isn’t your natural color. “Reds fade the quickest and UV rays make them fade even faster. You’ll have a hard time keeping your hair color. Save it for the fall, and opt for a copper color this summer,” says Weiss.
Hair is either really short or really long this summer. There is no in between. Short do’s are pixie or above-the-chin length, and long hair is hitting past the shoulders.
Want those long, beachy waves? Try a curling wand!
The best curling wands, according to Christy, look like a baseball bat. Although it’s a little on the expensive side, Christy recommends the Paul Mitchell Clipless Curling Wand. You’ll love it just as much as you love your expensive Chi Flat Iron. These are easy to use, just wrap your hair around the wand and hold it for a few seconds.
Anyone on Pinterest knows that braids are all the rage. They are easy to do, and keep your tresses off your sweaty face.
Christy gave me a waterfall braid. This is a simple french braid that starts at your natural part, swoops across the back, and drops a piece down, each time you pick up new hair.
Here is a great how-to video if you want to braid it yourself (it’s easier to have a friend do it): Waterfall Braid
Summer Glam Products
To combat frizz, try the new anti-humidity hairsprays. These sprays are applied after styling, and they shield hair from humidity. She recommends Sexy Hair Weather Proof.
You should only wash your every other day, or every few days to keep it healthy. Try a dry shampoo. Spray it on your roots. Christy likes Tigi Rockaholic.
And of course, we couldn’t talk about summer hair without talking about the mecca of all hair products: MoroccanOil. I use the oil daily and swear by it. It is perfect for all hair types, and it really works. My hair is healthy and shiny, and has never smelled so wonderful. Christy turned me onto MoroccainOil last summer, and now I use it after every wash.
So! Since Christy and I want you to have the best summer hair you’ve ever had, we are giving away a bottle of the coveted MoroccainOil!
All you have to do is leave a comment about summer hair!
Do you have a suggestion? Do you love or hate these trends? Do you like a certain product, and you want to share it with the world? Just leave us a hairy comment! That’s it!
This give-away ends tomorrow, Wednesday May 30th, at 11:59pm EST. You may enter more than once.
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