There’s one particular hair struggle that we hear about every single Summer. It comes with being out in the sun and elements, and it takes a little effort to counteract. Yep, we’re talking about keeping your ‘lites from turning brassy. Whether you’re the blondest blonde or a balayaged brunette, if you prefer to keep your hair cool or even neutral, it’s going to take a little extra work in the Summer. Lucky for you, we’re here to talk you through it.

Let’s spend just a minute talking about what brass is and how it happens. Everyone has warmth in their hair naturally. As hair is exposed to lightener and color, the warmth shows up in your balayage and highlights. Glazes, or toners, are what hairstylists use to combat the natural warmth when your preferred tone is cooler or more neutral than the level to which your hair naturally lifts. Which brings us to our tips for banishing brass through the summertime.

First up, don’t even THINK about skipping out on glazes during the summer months. The number one way to combat brassy tones throughout the warmer months is by coming in regularly for toning services. Glazes last an average of 4-6 weeks, but could be even less if you swim or spend a lot of time in the sun. We highly recommend scheduling out your glaze services if you want to keep your color the tone that you love.

Brassy Blonde NBR Hair Extensions

We also recommend keeping your hair OUT of the sun and water as much as possible. Hats are your best friend, and the less you expose your hair to the summer elements, the better for your hair color.
If you can’t make it into the studio for your glazes, or if you want to maintain your color in between appointments, we highly recommend a purple or blue toned shampoo.

Color toned shampoo does not typically have the capacity to correct your color, but it will contribute to maintaining the tone of your hair. If you’re wondering what the heck blue shampoo is (we know purple is pretty well known), blue toned shampoos are typically for cancelling brass in either brunettes or natural silver hair.

Brass in the Summer may be inevitable, but there are definitely ways to counteract it and maintain the tones you love. Schedule your regular glazes, invest in an awesome color-toned shampoo, and keep your hair out of the sun! And if you have any questions about your hair tone and how to maintain it, ask your stylist at your next visit!


Happy Independence Day!

If you’re not at the beach, you’re probably at the pool, and if you’re not at the pool you’re definitely attending a BBQ. No matter where you are, the temps are hot, it’s humid AF, and no one wants to mess with their hair right now. ESPECIALLY if you’ve got hair extensions, which let’s be real can be kind of like a blanket on your neck. That’s why we wanted to take a moment to share some different ways to wear your hair today (and for the rest of this blistering hot Summer).

First up…Bandanas + other hair accessories

…may just be your best friend. We love bandanas because they serve a dual purpose. They’re super cute and fashionable, but they also absorb sweat from your scalp, which TBH we all need right now. They also hide the fact that you probably need to wash your hair, but you’ve just decided to throw it up in a pony or a braid, because it’s too hot for freshly washed hair anyway.

Next up… Braids

We love a braid all year long, but in the Summer it’s just about the cutest way to get your hair off your neck while still looking like you put some effort into your hairstyle. (This is not us hating on a messy top knot.. that’s coming up next). Braids can be done in so many different ways… it allows you some flexibility and creativity with your hair while still guaranteeing that you’re not going to have to worry about it while you’re out in the hot Summer sun.

Yep, you knew it was coming…

that messy topknot life is EVERYTHING

in the summertime, and it’s also one of our favorite NBR styles. NBR Extensions are one of the only methods of hair extensions that allow you to wear your hair up, and we think this is a total gamechanger. You can definitely put that bandana to good use with this style, which is a super easy way to make your topknot that much more chic.

If you REALLY want to wear your hair down, but you’re still looking for a way to keep it off your face and make it not quite so hot, we recommend a half up-half down style. The seamless nature of NBR Extensions makes this style a breeze, and you can change it up. A half pony, half top knot, or even braiding back the front are great ways to get your hair off your face while still wearing it down.

No matter what you’re doing this 4th of July or how you choose to style your hair, we wish you fun, safety, and tons of good food & drinks. We also wanted to take a moment to shout out our NBR Tribe—the amazing nationwide group of hairstylists who specialize in Natural Beaded Rows Extensions. One of Candice’s fellow platform artists, Amanda, posted the photo at the beginning of this post that inspired us writing this, and graciously allowed us to share it. We are so blessed to be a part of such a great network of creatives.

Happy 4th of July, friends!


A few weeks ago we shared our Summer Survival Guide directed at taking care of your hair and hair extensions during the Summer months. In case you missed it, you can check it out here.

Today we wanted to share a few things to be on the look out for this Summer that aren’t extension specific, but are still super important to keep in mind for the wellbeing of your hair.

First up, we wanted to dive a little deeper into the pool queen’s nightmare… Chlorine. Chlorine strips the natural oils out of your hair, which is why your hair feels so rough when you climb out of the pool. There are a couple of things that you can do to protect the integrity of your hair before swimming or submerging your hair in any chlorinated water.

The first step may sound familiar if you read our Survival Guide. You should soak your hair with tap water (either shower before you go or use the showers at your pool), then use a leave-in conditioner on your hair. The water and leave-in combine to fill the cuticles of your hair, preventing the chlorine from being able to seep in and leach out the natural oils.

The next step is using a detoxifying or clarifying shampoo following your swim. This will ensure any chlorine will be removed from your hair. It’s important to note that you should use a high quality clarifying shampoo, as some clarifying shampoos can also be extremely drying to your hair. Brands such as Oribe, Kevin Murphy, and R+Co have created clarifying shampoos that are gentle and soothing even as they detox your hair. The final step to avoiding the effects of chlorine on your hair is to regularly use a mask on your hair.

A reparative or moisture mask will help restore what the chlorine has removed, keeping your hair hydrated and soft regardless of how much you swim. We recommend using a mask as often as once a week based on your individual hair needs.

Next up, are you aware that your scalp can actually get sunburned? The absolute best way to prevent this is to always wear a hat when you’re out in the sun. Wearing a hat is the most effective and complete way to prevent sun from reaching your scalp, however, if you know you will be out in the sun and will not be wearing a hat, you can also use sunscreen on any exposed areas. If your hair is thinning, or you wear your hair in a part, be cognizant of that skin being exposed to the sun and take care to protect it with sunscreen.

If you do experience sunburn on your scalp there are a few things you can do to minimize your discomfort while it heals. First, you can apply aloe or lotion to your scalp for soothing, just know it’s going to probably make your hair look a little greasy!

If your scalp is sunburned you should shower in cooler water, avoid further exposure to the sun, and avoid heat styling your hair. You should also make sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo as the sulfates could irritate your scalp further, and minimize the use of hair products that might also come in contact with your scalp. Typically, a sunburned scalp will heal in about a week.

The last summer hair tip we wanted to offer is in regards to a pesky problem we ALL face in the summertime. Our roots being ruined by sweat! Summer can be plagued by roots that look and feel greasy due to our scalp sweating in the heat. Instead of washing your hair every day, we highly recommend investing in a bomb dry shampoo.

Dry shampoo, particularly when combined with a cool blow dryer, will absorb the oils, dry up the sweat, and revitalize your roots. We recommend also grabbing a travel size dry shampoo next time you’re in the salon so you can keep it in your purse for whenever you might need it.

If you have any questions about Summer haircare or need advice on the best products to keep your locks looking and feeling great this Summer, shoot us an email at, or ask your stylist at your next visit.


The Magic of Hair Primers

Here at Garnish you know we LOVE to give you our favorite tips and tricks to make your hair look as amazing as it possibly can. While brainstorming fave tips to tell you about next, it hit us that there is a best kept secret in the beauty industry: PRIMERS.

What are Hair Primers?

If you’re into makeup at all you probably know all about face primer. There are tons of different face primers that all offer different benefits, but their underlying purpose is still the same.

They improve your makeup application, and how your makeup works. Hair primers are the exact same. They can come in the form of shampoo and conditioner, masks, prep sprays, and heat protectants, but they all have the same purpose. Ensuring your hair is in the best possible condition to improve the efficacy of your other products. If this concept is new to you, then allow us to tell you all about how adding just one priming product into your hair care routine can completely change the game.

Hair Primer: The WASH

Prep shampoos and conditioners can come in different forms. Having a quality shampoo and conditioner that provides what your hair needs is a great foundation in general, however, there are certain ones designed specifically to prep your hair for styling. Davines’ Your Hair Assistant Prep Shampoo’s main purpose is gently removing residue from styling products and natural elements to provide a clean slate.

The Prep Conditioners that go along with it hydrate and detangle, to leave the hair in great condition for however you plan to style it. We also include co-washes in this category. Co-wash is a gentle cleanser that conditions while washing. It’s perfect in-between full shampoos and gets the hair to a great balance of clean and conditioned without having to do a full shampoo/conditioner process.

Some of our fave co-washes are Kevin Murphy’s Re.Store, Davines’ LOVE Curl Cleansing Cream, and R+Co’s Analog Foaming Cleanser. The final product we’ll mention in this section is R+Co’s Palm Springs Pre-Shampoo Treatment Mask.

It’s a super versatile product that provides a burst of nourishment and hydration for damaged, colored, or dry hair. It can be used on dry hair before shampooing, as a traditional mask between shampoo and conditioner, and as a super-hydrating co-wash. For hair that needs a little extra nourishment, this can be just what it needs to be properly “prepped” for styling.

Hair Primer: The SPRAYS

The great thing about prep sprays and primers is that they are lightweight enough to be used on every hair type and texture, and still provide amazing benefits. They add hydration (all hair can use a little bit of hydrating), even out porosity (which smooths the hair strands and allows a more even application of other products), reduce frizz, and add shine.

We love Davines’ DEDE Hair Mist because it’s such a delicate leave-in that it’s great for damaged or fine hair. R+Co’s One Prep spray is bomb because it can literally benefit every hair type and texture in some way because one of it’s main focuses is balancing out the hair’s moisture and porosity.

And Davines’ Your Hair Assistant Blowdry Primer works to smooth, add body, and speed up drying time. All three of these sprays help provide a great base for any other products you choose to use to style your hair whether you let it dry naturally or blow it out.

Also in the spray category is Davines’ Melu Heat Protectant. Melu is great because it pairs really well with another prep product. It is designed specifically to protect your hair from the heat of a blow dryer or hot tools, so added to one of the aforementioned prep sprays creates the perfect base for heat styling.

If you’re interested in knowing which primer will best assist your hair and the efficacy of your other hair products talk to your stylist next time you’re in the studio or give us a call. We love helping you find the perfect solution to your hair needs!


Calling all Curlies!

We’ve officially found your hair’s Valentine! And how perfect that her name is LOVE. The Davines LOVE Curl Line has been revamped, reformulated, and now includes even more options for your particular curl pattern. We wanted to introduce (or reintroduce) you to the different products that make up the line and how they can enhance your curls.

Let’s be real… curly hair is totally different than other hair textures, which is why we think it’s so cool that Davines created a line specifically designed to make curls happy. The line is designed to nourish, improve elasticity (which brings out the best in your natural curl pattern), and improve manageability and shine. Let’s meet the LOVE fam.

LOVE Shampoo

Getting your hair to behave the way you want requires a great foundation. Even if you have a bomb styling product, if it’s being layered atop a less than ideal shampoo and conditioner, your hair is likely not going to respond exactly how you want it to. The LOVE shampoo utilizes almond extract to hydrate without impacting the structure of your hair. Like the rest of the line, it enhances volume and shine while taming frizz.

LOVE Conditioner

If shampoo is the frame of a good foundation, the conditioner is what seals the frame together to create a solid base. The LOVE conditioner is designed to follow up the shampoo with a dose of vitamins and proteins. Vitamins B and E provide deep nourishment to the curls, along with having soothing effects. Healthy nourished hair means the best curls of your life.

LOVE Cleansing Cream

A Curl Line would be incomplete without a co-wash aka cleansing cream in its lineup. Co-wash is great for curlies because it cleanses and conditions at the same time, often providing intense hydration. Co-wash is great to use in between full shampoos.

LOVE Hair Mask

Most hair masks are designed for either hydration or repairing, and often both. The LOVE Curl Mask restores your hair’s natural hydration while softening and smoothing your curls. This means less tangles, less frizz, and improved workability.

LOVE Curl Primer

The first step post-shampoo. The Curl Primer works great paired alongside another curl product as it quite literally primes the hair to enhance the productivity of the next product. It works as a detangler, conditions, and de-frizzes, while also providing heat protection and anti-humidity qualities.

LOVE Curl Cream

The revamped original Curl styler from LOVE. Curl Cream is a lightweight cream that is worked into curls for definition. It leaves curls soft and shiny rather than crunchy or weighed down. It also includes heat protectant to protect your curls.

LOVE Curl Controller

A slightly stronger cream than the above curl cream, the Curl Controller utilizes Vitamins B and E for elasticity and smoothness. It provides Curl definition even in high-humidity (so necessary in NC), heat protection, and controlled volume.

LOVE Curl Revitalizer

Day two curls can be a whole different ballgame than fresh from the shower curls and that’s exactly what the Revitalizer was designed to solve. Misted onto dry curls, it re-invigorates your curl definition, providing hold and frizz-control. The hold and control are balanced out by vitamins and proteins for softness and elasticity.

Bonus LOVE

And last, while not a direct member of the LOVE crew, we can’t talk curls without mentioning, “This is a Curl Building Serum.” A salon favorite (of stylists and guests), the serum adds elasticity (which we know means enhancing your curls), improves shine, while de-frizzing and prepping for anti-humidity. Curl Building Serum pairs great with the Curl Primer and can also be used as a blowout serum for blowing curly or wavy hair out straight.

We LOVE that Davines created this line to solve the unique concerns of curlies everywhere. While moisturizing and smoothing products can be awesome for curls, they don’t always fill all of the needs of curly hair.

The Davines Line is designed exclusively for curls, making it extra fab at solving every curl concern you could imagine. If you need help figuring out the right combination for your particular curl or wave pattern, stop by the studio or give us a call. We love to talk curly hair and we really enjoy being able to help you revitalize, improve, and LOVE your curls.


Do you believe in magic?

Meet Opalex.

If you’re a beauty fiend or follow hair trends you have probably already heard of the magic that is Olaplex. Real talk: sometimes technology can be a pain, but sometimes it provides a much needed solution. Olaplex is one such solution. First and foremost, Olaplex is a bond rebuilder, which is game-changing in terms of hair health and hair color. Understanding exactly what Olaplex does requires getting a bit science-y so bear with me.

The strands of your hair are naturally made up of bonds. Imagine two links on a jewelry chain. The bonds can be damaged or broken via chemical such as color or lightener, thermal such as the blow dryer or curling iron, and mechanical such as ponytails and brushes. Imagine what a bracelet would look like if one of the links were bent or broken.

Broken bonds means your hair loses strength, making it more susceptible to damage aka allowing pieces to break off more easily. It can also mean that your hair doesn’t respond as well to product and styling tools as healthy hair would. Olaplex acts like your jeweler, seeking out the damaged and broken bonds and repairing them. It does this by finding two broken bonds and rejoining them together, creating once more a healthy disulfide bond.

This means your hair is literally being rebuilt and restrengthened. How cool is that?!

Healthy hair is much happier hair. The result of an Olaplex treatment is smoother, softer hair. When the bonds are rebuilt hair color applies more evenly, and when Olaplex is applied alongside color it can mitigate the damage that might be caused as it happens. It’s like taking vitamins when you start feeling sick. It strengthens and rebuilds as the breakdown occurs. While Olaplex is amazing for all types of hair, it has extra special benefits for curlies and wavies.

Curly hair has more disulfide bonds than straight hair (it has to do with the curves and angles allowing for more bonds to squish together), and when the bonds of curly hair are broken, the curl pattern changes. If you have curly or wavy hair and you’ve ever damaged your hair in ANY way then you’ve experienced a change in your curls. Olaplex revitalizes curls and restores your natural curl pattern.

Olaplex can be done as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with a haircut or color appointment. It is made up of a two step process with an optional third step that can be done at home instead of in-salon. Step one is particularly designed to work alongside color or lightener, preventing the damage as it would happen.

Step two is designed to follow back through and continue the rebuild process without having to work against anything else. Both steps are necessary to achieve maximum results from the treatment. Step three is like the mini-me to step two. It provides the same benefits at a slightly less potent formula. Olaplex is often mis-labeled as a conditioning treatment, but it’s actually a reparative treatment that has nothing to do with moisture (like most conditioning treatments).

All three steps are targeted at rebuilding the bonds of your hair and creating the best possible hair environment for everything else (color, products, styling, etc) to work.


The Garnish Holiday Gift Guide

Garnish Holiday Gift Guide

With only two weeks left until Christmas, it’s crunch time for finding the perfect gift for your bestie, mom, and big sis. If you’re anything like us, we find any excuse to avoid the parking decks at the mall this time of year, so we thought we would help you out with some ideas. We’ve put together the perfect collections for all of the hair-loving ladies in your life.

For Your Curly Girl

• A Cowash such as R+Co’s Analog or Kevin Murphy’s Restore.
• R+Co Twister Curl Primer aka the anti-frizz prep cream that makes all her other curl products work even better.
• Davines Curl Building Serum for curl enhancing and shine or LOVE curl revitalising spray.

For Your Gym Babe

• Davines Hair Refresher aka dry cleansing, scent refreshing, and volume boosting.
• R+Co Skyline a dry shampoo powder that works magic balancing the scalp and absorbing oil
• Travel Size Shampoo & Conditioner to toss in the gym bag (duh).

For Your Lazy Girl who Loves Lived-in Hair

• Davines Doo Over for second day hair refreshing.
• R+Co Badlands for texture at the root and oil absorption.
• Davines perfecting hairspray for definition and hold for those lived-in waves.

The Hard to Buy for Gal

• R+Co’s One Prep Spray, a spray that provides benefit to all hair types.
• A Garnish Gift Card… can be used on all services or products to help her reach her hair goals no matter what they may be.
• Davines Body Butter, because who doesn’t love a luxurious, skin-nourishing cream.
• O&M Know Knott Detangler… one of our best seller’s for a reason.

For Your Sparkle & Shine Addict

All giving shine and shimmer to hair.. and who doesn’t love shiny hair?!
• Davines Shimmering Mist
• R+Co Tinsel Nourishing Oil
• Kevin Murphy Shimmer.Shine
• O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Spray
• R+Co Shine & Texture Spray


Alright ladies, by show of hands, who here has looked in the mirror and not felt 100% content with what they see?  It’s okay, you’re in good company.  And who has fallen victim to the wishful thinking that occurs when we see someone else and think, “Man, I wish I had her…. height, shape, hair, skin, etc.”


We know.  Us, too.

Between the rise in popularity of photoshop in media, and the ever increasing unrealistic expectations placed on physical image, it can be easier than we would like (and easier than we would imagine) to slip into the mindset of not loving ourselves.  How we look on the outside can deeply impact how we feel on the inside.

Do you remember the first time you got a cut or color at the salon and walked out the door feeling like you were walking the NYFW runway?  Did you go home and stare in the mirror, take about thirty selfies, or swish your hair at everyone you knew just dying for them to tell you they loved it, too?

Do you remember that day (you know the one we try to forget) when you were just having the WORST hair day?  Maybe your bangs weren’t laying right, or your curls were just frizzy as all hell, or maybe your color didn’t turn out quite the way you expected.  Have you ever been so frustrated with your hair that it literally brought you to tears?  Every single one of us here at Garnish sure has.

Many of us even joined the hair industry because of those days—the sky-high amazing ones, and the viscerally painful ones.  Throughout our time as stylists, each one of us has fallen in love with the ability to help women experience more of those face-glowing, smile-beaming, best-hair-of-life kinda days, and less of (let’s just call them) those other ones.

Whenever an element of our life is out of our control—whether it’s a situation at work, the weather where we live (*cough* NC humidity…) or perhaps a feature we were blessed with that we haven’t quite learned to embrace yet (erm, can you say love handles?), it can cause us anxiety and frustration despite knowing that we cannot force it to change.

The amazing thing about hair is that it can be changed.  Hair can be cut, hair can be completely transformed through color and texture treatments, it can be enhanced through product and styling, and extensions can be added for volume, length, or both.  If you look in the mirror, and you don’t absolutely LOVE your hair, the question becomes not just why not, but what are you waiting for?

As a salon that specializes in transformations—cuts, colors, and extensions—we know ALL about the emotions that are attached to our hair.  We know the love, the hate, the frustration, and the confidence.  We understand spending years yearning for something different—a different color, a different texture, or a different thickness.  We understand that health, environment, genetics, and more can impact how hair grows, and how hair changes throughout our lives.  Whether or not we believe it should—how we feel when we look in the mirror does mean something, and taking positive steps towards falling more in love with what you see cannot be overvalued.

The Benefits

When you feel good about yourself, your mood increases, and research actually shows that when you go through your day feeling positive, more positive things happen to you.  In the words of owner Candice Motley, “Confidence leads to bigger, bolder moves.”  And as Demi Lovato said, “There’s nothing wrong with being confident.”  Being able to empower other women to feel confident in themselves empowers US as well, and the circle of positivity just continues to grow.

As stylists, hair is an emotional experience for us.  You are placing your trust in us, and in turn we are offering you the chance to transform your hair, your look, and your confidence.  We completely understand that hair is an emotional experience for you, too.  It’s not always easy to admit that we want to see something different, and it’s not always easy to commit to investing in ourselves.

We believe in the power of hair transformations because it’s something only YOU can choose, and therein lies the magic.  You are choosing YOU.  And at the end of the day—you are your longest commitment and greatest investment.  There are no limits to the magic that can happen as a result of choosing self-love and self-confidence.



It’s that time of year… you know the one.

It’s Cookout Season

It begins with Memorial Day and vaguely ends at Labor Day with a huge influx on the fourth day of July. It’s COOKOUT season. Whether you call it a cookout or a barbecue, it probably involves standing around outside drinking beer or lemonade, eating grilled food, and if you live in North Carolina, trying not to melt.

If you have hair that touches your neck at all, you’re probably very familiar with the sticky frizz that happens when standing outside for longer than approximately five minutes in NC. We compiled a list of our favorite cute looks for getting your hair up off your neck and surviving the humidity at your next bbq.

1. Braids

The best thing about braids is they can be as simple as a classic three-strand braid, and as detailed as a braided updo. If you’ve mastered the fishtail braid, we LOVE a messy fishtail in the summertime. Summer seems to be the time of year when braided pigtails become cute again, and we’re here for it. However you prefer to wear your braids, they’re a super classy way to wear your hair up.

Updos for BBQs

2. The Top Knot

You can’t beat it. Piling all of your hair on top of your head is the easiest possible way to get it completely off your neck and keep as cool as you can. The top knot can be worn slicked up sleek and tight or as artfully messy as you would like. Match it to your style, stick in a flower, or just keep it simple—the top knot can be as versatile as the many kinds of BBQs you might attend.

3. Pigtails

Yup. We said it. As we mentioned with braids, pigtails just seem cuter in the summer, and they’re a fun way to put your hair up in something other than a classic pony. You can wear them low, braided, or as space buns, and they’re great for pretty much any hair type and texture.

4. The Twirl and Tuck

If you’ve got a handful of bobby pins, this is super simple and looks ultra classy for something you can do in five minutes. We love this for curlies, or if you’ve already curled your hair. All you need to do is take sections, twist them loosely, and pin them at the back of your head. If you have a lot of hair, or much longer hair, you can make a loose bun as an anchor into which to pin the twists. This is especially great for outdoor summer weddings and those summer soirees.

Surviving the NC heat is no small task, but knowing what to do with your hair can make it just a little bit easier. Try out these updos at your next cookout or bbq and see if they make your day just a little bit cooler, and maybe even a little more fashionable. 😉


Keep your Summer Hair Color Vibrant

Summertime can be a blast—beach trips, pool days, lake days, sun tanning, and cooking out. We tend to be outside way more in the summer, and that often means extra exposure to both the sun and water. While all of these activities are tons of fun, if you color your hair, they can be your hair’s biggest enemy. We already told you all about the super cool SU line from Davines, so to continue our Summer Survival Guide, we’re giving you our BEST hair tips and tricks for PRESERVING your summer hair color all season long.

Let’s talk about the SUN first.

You’ve heard the phrase, “sun-kissed highlights” before, right? There’s a reason that term came about. Sun will lighten your hair whether colored or not so if you’re out in the sun a LOT there are a couple of options.

1. Invest in a good UV-protectant hair product. Are you tired of hearing about SU yet? You shouldn’t be…we promised she would be your Summer BFF. SU milk along with the Davines Oi Milk are great UV-protectors. For curlies, Kevin Murphy’s Motion Lotion is an awesome curl-enhancing lotion that includes UV-protection, and their Smooth.Again and Young.Again lines will also do the trick. [[ R+Co products ]]

2. Buy a really cute hat. No, seriously. The best way to protect your hair from the sun is to prevent it from being exposed to the sun in the first place. Wrapping your hair up under a hat, or wearing a hat with a wide-enough brim to keep your hair shaded from the sun will prevent the sun from reaching (and bleaching) your lovely colored locks.

Let’s be real…if you’re not sitting in the sun, you’re probably soaking in the water.

Both the salty ocean and the chlorinated pool can be equally damaging to your hair, so no matter which water you choose to splash into, protecting your hair in advance is KEY to preserving your color. There’s a few options for protecting your hair from the salt and chlorine.

1. Use a leave-in conditioner before swimming. This works best on already damp hair, but it’s better to use it on dry hair than to not use it at all. Bare with me while we get the slightest bit sciencey. Okay, so, your hair is porous, which means it can absorb moisture. When you apply a product to your hair, it doesn’t just sit on top of the hair strands, your hair typically absorbs the product. When you wet your hair and coat it with a leave-in conditioner, you are filling the pores of your hair so that when they come in contact with salt water or chlorine, your already full hair strands will not absorb the salt or chlorine. Boom. Hair protection. If your hair is extremely porous (lightened hair), you may want to sub in a hair mask for a leave-in conditioner. The extra moisture and weight of the mask will help keep your hair full enough to avoid absorbing chlorine or salt.

2. This might sound silly, BUT, if your hair is long enough to pile atop your head, consider pinning your hair up and keeping your hair above the water. Maybe even under that cute hat you’re wearing to avoid the sun. It’s not the MOST fun solution, but it WILL keep your hair away from the damaging effects of the water.

Depending on your Summer routine, this one might be tough, but…

Avoid washing your hair every day. Shampooing your hair is pretty much guaranteed to fade your color, even when you’re doing everything right. Water (particularly hot water) opens the cuticle of your hair allowing the color molecules to slide on out. If you’re in the ocean or pool every day it might feel like you HAVE to wash your hair every day to get the buildup out (which is totally avoidable with the aforementioned tips), but the routine of shampooing daily is guaranteed to fade your color faster than usual. Like all of our tips, you’ve got a couple of options.

1. If you can manage to go a few days between shampoos, but feel like your hair is going to need an extra boost of shampoo to remove the buildup, try a color-safe gentle Clarifiying Shampoo. (Let me take a second to warn you that NOT ALL CLARIFYING SHAMPOOS ARE CREATED EQUAL.) Chances are, if you can buy it at your local drugstore, it’s the kind that WILL strip your color from your hair. We have four awesome clarifying shampoos here that are ALL color-safe. Kevin Murphy’s Maxi.Wash, R+Co’s Oblivion, O&M’s Detox, and Davines’ Solu. After using a Clarifyer you want to make sure to condition your hair to replenish the moisture and nutrients.

2. Invest in a bomb Dry Shampoo. Dry shampoo can absorb oils, refresh your roots, and give a little extra boost if your hair starts falling flat. Even if it just gets you through one extra day before shampooing again, dry shampoo can be a total lifesaver in terms of protecting your color. Our fave dry shampoos are Kevin Murphy’s Fresh.Hair and R+Co’s Death Valley or Badlands.

Since we’re on the topic, let’s go ahead and discuss Shampoo real quick.

Using a color-safe shampoo may be THE most important thing you can do to preserve your color year-round. When you invest in gorgeously colored hair, protecting it with a high-quality color-safe shampoo and conditioner seems like a no-brainer. All of our product lines include color-safe shampoos and conditioners that will maintain your color as you inevitably wash your hair. Salon quality shampoos and conditioners are designed to not just protect your color, but keep hair hydrated, reintroduce nutrients that can be lost through coloring, and target specific hair needs like rebuilding protein and offering smoothing effects. It’s important to have an awesome color-safe duo year round, but it becomes even MORE important as you subject your hair to extra wear and tear in the summertime.

Finally, let’s chat a little bit about rejuvenating hair that just hasn’t been able to escape the effects of sun or water.
If you forgot to toss your leave-in conditioner in your pool bag, or your hat flew off on the boat (hey, we’re giving you the benefit of the doubt here), you can rejuvenate your hair in (you guessed it) a few different ways.

1. Hair Masks are basically hair-resuscitaters. If your hair is in need of moisture and hydration, or reparation from damage, or protein rebuilding, masks are the heavy-hitters that really target these issues. Masks can be used for a variety of hair concerns, and there’s a mask for every hair texture. Using a hair mask once a week (or as prescribed by your stylist) can begin to undo the damage from sun and water. Try out Davines’ SU or NouNou hair masks, Kevin Murphy’s Young Again or Hydrate-Me Masques, or O&M’s Seven Day Miracle Masque.

2. Use that leave-in conditioner post-shower as well. Most leave-in conditioners treat the hair with renewed moisture and reparative properties, and they typically promote softness. Kevin Murphy’s Leave-in Repair or Staying Alive and R+Co’s High Dive would be particularly great for summertime hair woes.

3. Leave out the heat styling and embrace your natural texture. Whether your hair is straight, wavy, or full-on curls, using a product targeted at air drying your particular hair texture can save your hair from additional damage caused by heat styling with a blow dryer and hot tools. Ask your stylist which product will give you the desired air-dried look you would love, and fall back in love with your natural tresses.

Alright, SO. Let’s sum it all up.

PROTECTION is key from both the sun and water, but when you can’t protect, SHAMPOO less, using salon-quality products, treat with leave-in conditioners or masks, and let your hair air dry for minimal further damage. It IS possible to survive the Summer with your gorgeous color in tact so long as you take a little extra effort to care for your investment.

As always, if you need help figuring out what is the right prescription for YOUR hair and YOUR Summer activities, chat with your stylist at your next visit or give us a call.


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