Summer Hair Product Picks

Summer Hair Product Picks

An element that has a profound effect on hair health, appearance, and overall behavior is the weather. The winters cold, for example, doesn’t just make you feel cold, but it also has the tendency to create drier and duller results for your skin and hair. While it doesn’t have the drying effects of winter, the summer heat can be equally frustrating. During summer our hair tends to get oilier faster, can fall victim to humidity, and the sun can seriously damage your hair if you aren’t careful to protect it (a leave-in with SPF or a chic hat are a couple of ways to do this). The best way to go about ensuring that your hair is staying healthy and looking beautiful despite the weather is to be flexible with your hair routine. As a master hair colorist, one piece of advice that I always give my clients is to change up their hair routine with the season. During summer, you naturally want to go for products that are lighter, yet still pack the same dose of nutrient punch for the hair. Below is a list of some of my absolute favorites- the summer hair saviors- as I like to call them. Kérastase Discipline Fluidissime Anti-Frizz Hairspray: I am a huge fan of the Kérastase product line in general, especially this particular product. This is a thermal anti-frizz hairspray making it a great option for styling. It provides amazing control, yet doesn’t give you that sticky and stiff feel that comes along with many other brands of hairspray. It’s double the benefit because it protects your hair from the heat, and actually helps make it easier to blow-dry. Other benefits include mega-watt shine that lasts for up to 72 hours, and it is a strong product for a wide variety of hair types (fine, coarse, or even unmanageable). Sebastian Dry Clean Only Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo is possibly one of the greatest gifts bestowed upon mankind- if you are a female with long hair, you know that I am not exaggerating. Most of my clients go through bottles very quickly and even faster in summer because the weather makes our hair susceptible to getting oily and our activity levels tend to be higher during the summer. There are so many to pick from, but Dry Clean Only is my absolute favorite because it completely shifts the appearance of hair from drab to a textured and voluminous all while cleansing the hair of impurities. I also love that it’s a spray formula because I find that this makes it easier to use and provides better results. Spray Dry Clean Only on each section of your roots, then make sure to...

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Travel Guide: Chicago

Travel Guide: Chicago

I am unbelievably lucky- I have two incredible cities that I get to call home: Los Angeles, which is my current home base, and Chicago, my native city. Making the decision to move to LA was not an easy one; As excited as I was about LA sunshine, I knew that I would miss the Windy City (and my amazing, beautiful, incredibly tight-knit family). Flash forward nearly a decade later and I find myself in the position as a Master Hair Colorist where I get to travel (and travel a lot) for work- I am on an airplane multiple times a month and one of my top destinations is always Chicago. A few days ago, as I was packing to fly back there once again, I thought of all of the awesome places I was looking forward to visiting once I landed, and it dawned on me that you might love to hear some of my recommendations. Below is a list of my Top Five Destinations in Chicago: Fitness: East Bank Club For me, the quality of the gym I go to really matters because it actually inspires me to work out. I can’t just go to a room with a bunch of fitness equipment, it simply won’t cut it. Enter the East Bank Club- this place is gorgeous and it offers the most extensive list of quality workout classes, there is something going on almost every single hour. There is also an array of options for dining, a juice bar, and a sun deck. It is pretty much a great place to hang out for the day! Hair Heaven: Bravco I am a Master Hair Colorist so no matter where you are I am going to be looking out for your hair. This small, family-owned shop off Oak Street has an extensive inventory of quality hair and beauty products- it’s like a beauty mecca! Shopping: Space519 This cute shop is a fashionista’s heaven; It carries a refined collection of clothing, home decor, and beauty products, and their setup is too cute for words. If you want to see for yourself, check out their adorable Instagram account (@space_519). Visit: Millennium Park This park definitely lives up to the hype. It was originally created to celebrate the millennium (hence the name), but ended up opening in 2004, three years behind schedule. You should add it to your list of places to check out when you visit Chicago. The Garfield Conservatory as well as the Wrigley Field should be sight-seeing priorities as well. Eat: Maple & Ash Gorgeous restaurant with food so good that I dare say its other-worldly. I am a huge fan of seafood, so I recommend the King Crab...

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Music Festival Essentials

Music Festival Essentials

I am so excited for this weekend- directly after I finish writing this article I am heading to Stagecoach. For those who don’t know, Stagecoach is a country music festival that happens annually in California. I am ready for some great music and unforgettable memories with some of my best friends- for me, that’s what music festivals are all about. I am no stranger to the festival circuit, in fact, I go to a few each year and added another one to the list a few weeks ago by going to Coachella for the very first time. With festival season in full swing, I have compiled a list of Music Festival Must-Have’s; Having these essentials on hand will allow you to relax, let go of your worries, and lose yourself in the music. Hat: As a Master Hair Colorist, the first thing I think when it comes to “essentials” of any sort is how to protect the hair. Many music festivals happen in the summer where the weather is hot or unpredictable. The hat will save your hair and keep your hair color from dulling by protecting it from sun damage. On the other hand, if you happen to encounter rain (like a friend of mine randomly did at Squamish Music Festival last year), it will keep you looking cute even if underneath the hat your hair is a frizzy mess. Hand Sanitizer: This may be the least attractive of all recommendations I have ever made, but in this case it is highly necessary. For those of you who have been to a music festival before, you know that the vibe is not exactly that of the Four Seasons- in fact, it’s the exact opposite. Keep hand sanitizer in your bag at all times so you can stay germ-free and healthy amongst a slew of people and outdoor bathrooms. Cross-body Bag: The last thing you want is have your arms occupied with extra weight when all you want to do is dance and have fun. However, lets face it, as a woman, there are things you need to carry around with you that a small little clutch just won’t accommodate. I love cross-body bags because they are a stylish and easy option that come in a variety of sizes (select one big enough to hold your essentials). Your Dancin’ Shoes: I am going to define this as whatever you are most comfortable in- for me, it’s wedges, while other people love sneakers or flat sandals. The only requirement is that you remain comfortable while walking around and dancing up a storm. Sunscreen: I am as adamant about protecting hair color and hair quality as I am about protecting the...

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Best Kept Secret for Beautiful Hair: Relaxation

Best Kept Secret for Beautiful Hair: Relaxation

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, my social media, any article I’ve written for magazine, or interview that I have done, then you have no doubt heard me preach about the importance of healthy hair. The truth is that no matter how skilled your colorist or how amazing the products you use, they can only do so much if your hair is a frazzled mess. Overtime, we’ve talked about several different ways to get healthy hair- less heat styling, all natural products, even foods for healthy hair- but I would say that today’s tip is one of the (it not THE) most important of all: Relaxation. Stress is terrible for your health in general, and kills your hair directly and can also lead you to coping mechanisms that are damaging for hair (i.e. smoking, drinking, unhealthy food). The reality is that we are all busy and stressed out at least some of the time, so it’s vital that we take some time out to de-stress and center ourselves. Below are three of my favorite ways to disconnect and rejuvenate: Take a spa day: By far my favorite way to unwind is by going to a spa and pampering myself. I have an intense travel and work schedule pretty much year-round, and while I absolutely love what I do, it definitely takes a toll on me. Recently I took a weekend off at Spa Montage at the Montage in Laguna Beach after a particularly busy week. Facials, a detox wrap, a body scrub and a massage are just what the doctor ordered to get me feeling energetic and inspired. I highly recommend this spa for those of you who live in Southern California- it is otherworldly. View outside my hotel room balcony at Montage Laguna- breathtaking, isn’t it? Feeling refreshed and glowing after having spent the entire day at the spa getting facials, scrubs, and massages. Break a sweat: A spa getaway is wonderful, but to de-stress on a daily basis I like to hit the gym. As the saying goes, when your body feels great so does your mind; Working out helps to release endorphins (feel good chemicals in the brain that act as natural pain killers) which improve sleep and reduce stress. If working out at the gym by yourself sounds tedious, shake it up a little by looking to classes. There are so many to choose from that there will definitely be something that motivates you. Some of my favorites are Soul Cycle, Best Butt Ever (at Equinox), and Hot 8 Yoga. Take a hike: One of the things that I adore about living in Southern California is that there are many gorgeous and serene hiking...

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Spring Cleaning For Your Hair

Spring Cleaning For Your Hair

Spring is such a magical time in Los Angeles- everywhere you look the tree’s are sprouting flowers as if overnight and the city is filling with so much beautiful color. After weeks of hopping from one plane to the next, I am happy to come home and be witness to the first days of my favorite season in [one of my] favorite cities. The changing of season brings with it a necessity to change your routine and this is even more pertinent for the spring season because we are slowly transitioning from the winter chill to the summer heat. In my years as a Master Hair Colorist I’ve learned that consistently healthy hair means being flexible with your hair care routine so that it matches the demands of the environment. Here are my top tips for how to care for your hair as we transition into the warmer months: Deep condition: It works like clockwork each year, as soon as the weather gets warmer the demand for lighter hair color increases ten-fold. I totally understand wanting sun-kissed strands to match the mood of the season, but going lighter can be taxing for hair if you don’t take the proper steps to ensure hair health- it can leave your hair completely devoid of moisture. I highly recommend deep conditioning your hair often and especially prior to going lighter. The conditioning agents will be present in your cuticle throughout the procedure and will help protect the hair through the lightening process. My favorite product for deep conditioning is the Inphenom Superior Treatment Effect Hair Care Treatment hair mask; it works wonder! I can’t sing the praises of this hair products and this hair care line in general, it’s packaged magic! (DIY hair care tip: Coat your hair- avoiding the roots- with coconut oil and hit the steam room or a heated yoga class. The heat will activate the and work the oil into your strands leaving your hair silky and shiny. Do this once a week). Spring cleaning for your hair: Go through your hair products, toss out all the very heavy products and replace them with light hydrating products- a hydrating shampoo, hydrating daily conditioner, nourishing mast, leave-in spray/cream, light hold mouse, cream or spray. These products are perfect for the hot conditions of the spring/summer months and will not weigh your hair down making it look greasy and hard to style. Hard holding products cause buildup leading you to have to have to shampoo prematurely making your hair (you guessed it!) dry and harder to style. (Hair care fact: Light-hold styling products, more often than not, have anti-humidifying properties). Do you have any questions about products and hair care tips for...

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