3 Steps to Sleek + Chic Hair
Unfortunately, most women know all too well that hair is tricky when the air gets sticky. It’s frustrating spending an hour primping only to step outside on a hot, muggy day and have your look ruined in no less than five minutes. Don’t get us wrong; Tina Turner had it going on, but your flat iron wasn’t set to ‘80s rock star this morning.
Since none of us have time for that, we’ve asked Amber Beauchamp of Fort Wayne’s Southwest Hair & Day Spa and Paula Thatcher of Family Sheers in Kendallville for advice on how to win the war against humidity and keep our hair tamed and looking stellar in any weather.
1. PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS
Arguably, the easiest long-term solution for frizzy hair is to go for a keratin treatment, better known as a ‘Brazilian Blowout.’ “They use hair proteins and conditioning agents to coat the hair strand and seal it with heat, giving you stronger, smoother hair with lots of shine,” said Beauchamp. “This will cut down on drying time and prevent hair from responding to humidity. It lasts around three to six months depending on your hair’s condition, texture and how often you shampoo.”
“It’s nice,” added Thatcher, “because you can leave the salon and immediately wash your hair, exercise, put in a stylish pony tail or clip. The treatment is finished while at the salon and there’s no down-time.”
Safety is an issue surrounding this controversial treatment. It’s important to understand the process and any risks involved. “Not all smoothing treatments are created equal,” said Beauchamp. “I use a dithio-based formula. It’s completely safe for you and the stylist.” Cost: $100+
A ‘Malibu Treatment’ might also be in order. “If your hair is damaged by hard water, smoothing conditioners won’t be able to penetrate through the minerals left behind and will, in turn, make the hair too dry,” Thatcher said. Cost: $12
2. THE RIGHT REGIMEN
“It’s best to start by using a good cleansing shampoo once a week or more if you use a lot of product or have hard water,” said Thatcher. Thatcher’s pick: Joico K-Pak Chelating Shampoo (33.8 ounces) for $30
“Another way to keep hair healthy is to use a good moisturizing conditioner daily, along with a protein-infused conditioner once a week,” Thatcher said. “Heat weakens hair by breaking down its protein bonds, so adding more will bring back the hairs’ elasticity and strength.” Thatcher’s pick: Moroccan Oil Hydrating Conditioner (8.5 ounces) for $23
But smooth tresses don’t come from product alone. “The last rinse should be with cool water to help seal the cuticle down,” Beauchamp said. The rest is all in the drying:
- Towel-blot excess moisture.
- Apply heat protectant and a serum or cream to control the hair’s texture. Beauchamp’s pick: Redken Frizz Dismiss (8.5 ounces) for $16
- Blow dry hair until around 90 percent dry, aiming the air down the hair shaft.
- Split hair into three sections and use a concentrator nozzle and boar bristle brush to finish drying and polishing each section. Beauchamp’s pick: Sam Villa Signature Series Styling Brush for $40
- If needed, touch up with a flat iron.
Beauchamp prefers an iron with ceramic or titanium plates. “Not just coated, but fully ceramic or titanium,” she said. “Both will heat evenly and give the hair shine. Titanium plates tend to be hotter, so if you have fine hair, go with ceramic. Irons with tourmaline technology will be better at reducing static and frizz.”
Fine hair: 200-300 degrees Coarse hair: 400-430 degrees
Thatcher’s pick: Infrashine 1-inch Ceramic Flat Iron for $125 Beauchamp’s pick: BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron 1-inch for $110
“It’s also important to apply a thermal heat protecting product while straightening,” said Thatcher. “I recommend finding one that fights humidity.” Thatcher’s pick: Kenra Thermal Styling Spray (33.8 ounces) for $20 Beauchamp’s pick: Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer (5.7 ounces) for $12
Southwest Hair & Day Spa, Fort Wayne, 260.459.2739, southwesthairspa.com