Photos: Kristin Ess, Written by: Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun
Lately, the lyric “momma told me there’d be days like this” has been on repeat. Between the sun’s rays giving our scalp a royally red glow and the chlorine from our BFF’s pool, our strands have taken a serious beating this summer — and it’s not even August yet! We really should’ve followed our mother’s advice — it’s important to wear many hats (literally).
So, in an effort to revive our manes + scalp, we’ve created a tea tree mask that not only helps eliminate dandruff, dryness, and other warm-weather hair woes, but also helps us stay cool. The refreshing scent is a great way to beat the summer heat: just apply this mixture after shampooing and let it penetrate for 10 minutes (feel free to spend that time in front of the A/C or drinking a tall glass of lemonade!). Comb through and rise, and get ready for a more moisturized head of hair. If you’ve chemically treated your hair or happen to be around a group of children (a.k.a. potential lice carriers), the treatments are perfect for preventing damage and keeping bugs at bay.
Ready to whip up your very own tea tree hair mask? We’ll meet you in the kitchen!
1. Choose a base — one cup of plain yogurt or one whole avocado mashed up. Both are thick enough to act as a paste and will also moisturize with their abundance of healthy fats. Here, we chose avocados.
2. Add 10 drops of argan oil.
Spent the last week traveling in Paris, France. Celebrated Bastille Day, had some fancy dinners, and spent some quality time with friends. But boy was it H-O-T. Walking around all day (as we tend to do when traveling) can really make you want to get that hair up and off your back! We made up all kinds of impromptu cute hair styles before going out and about and I thought it would be fun to share some! Here’s how this one is done…
1. Using a 1″ barrel curling iron, add subtle waves to your hair for texture or if you already have waves/curls, skip that. Then apply a dime size dab of waterbased pomade.
2. Decide to which side you want your hair parted in the front. You can part it center or side. We like parting on the side because that creates one “open side” where there’s less hair. The more open side is where you would want to add a beautiful vintage brooch or fresh flowers.
3. Create a 2 or 3″ diagonal section down the back of your head (starting from the crown).
4. Do a classic French braid down the center and secure with a clear elastic. Then loosen it up slightly with your fingers.
5. Create two mini unicorn braids on one side and tuck them into the French braid, securing with small bobby pins. If you don’t know how to do a unicorn braid, learn how HERE.
6. Wrap up your ends into a quick messy bun and spray in place using a firm holding hairspray.
7. On the opposite side of the unicorn braids, create a mini fishtail braid and wrap that around the clear elastic from your French braid near the nape of the neck.
8. Check the back in a hand mirror and secure any strays using bobby pins and/or a firm holding hairspray.
This is such a great updo for travel because it technically requires no heat if you already have a little wave. If you have pin straight hair you can always DO THIS the night before to avoid using a curling iron. Will be back soon with more ideas for summer + travel hair! xo
If you’re a blonde or even if you have highlights on darker hair, you know that over time the color can turn a hot shade of mellow yellow. It’s hard to get excited about your hair when the tone is off. (Trumpets) Enter purple shampoo. I’ve been using various purple shampoos on my clients for many years. I can tell when someone blonde/highlighted uses it vs. someone who doesn’t and the ones who do tend to come in less often and are happier with their color for a longer period of time. Purple is exact opposite of yellow on the color wheel, which is why it cools the gold/brass tones down. The last time we mentioned purple shampoo in a post, one or two readers expressed their skepticism about whether it works or not. It does, but it’s really important to research and find the right one. The best purple shampoos tend to be so densely pigmented that using it the first time can actually be a little scary. Don’t fret– I’d hope no brand would put a purple shampoo on the shelves that would ruin your hair. A good purple shampoo will be dark purple, not light purple, and it shouldn’t be transparent. You see how dark the one is above? That’s what you should look for. Here’s a photo of one of my clients before and after she started using purple shampoo for the first time. It makes a huge difference in a good way…
Purple shampoo pointers…
- When you first start using purple shampoo, use it every other time you shampoo and then adjust your useage from there. READ MORE…
POST/PHOTOS: KRISTIN ESS
Glazing your hair is really important, particularly if you tend to go an extra long time between cuts or colors. Hair gets dull and luckily there is an at-home solution to lackluster locks– glazing. Think of it like a topcoat for your nails, but instead it’s for your hair. Glosses and glazes help seal the cuticle down and increase shine, big time. I put a color glaze on every single client after I do their hair because it seals in all the hard work we’ve done. Luckily, many companies have started making glazes that you can buy and do on your own at home without having a pro license. 10 years ago I would have said it was a bad idea to do this at home without the supervision of a pro, but the new glosses are completely user friendly. You can see the difference in Katie’s hair below. We used a gloss that had a golden tone to it. It warmed up her hair and left it super shiny.
For this tutorial we used Redken Shades EQ Crystal Clear + Shades EQ Processing Solution. Admittedly, the bottles are kind of expensive, but you’ll get many uses out of each one. For Katie’s hair we used 2 ounces of the Crystal Clear and 2 ounces of the Processing Solution. If you have the same amount of hair, you would get 8 treatments out of both bottles combined.
A more accessible and user friendly at home glaze is John Frieda color glaze. ($10) available in several shades. (For this one you shampoo and conditioner first as opposed to the one we applied to dry hair.)