Are you looking to go natural with your looks or create some waves? Perhaps you want to grow it long or go blonde. No matter the direction you choose, these local stylists can help.
When embracing your natural texture:
Do: Condition and moisturize.
“Condition, condition, condition. An important paradigm shift from wearing your hair curly versus straight is that you can’t shy away from moisture. Moisture helps activate and encourage texture (think of what humidity does to fresh blowouts!)” — Susanne Shepherd of Shine Salon
“Moisturize and rinse with cool water — it reduces frizz.” — Holly Osborne and Lee Wright of Style House Salon
Do: Find a product for you.
“Find a product that works for you. We start with Bumble and Bumble Cure line and find something that fits your natural texture. Don’t over work it — let it live in its natural state. Hold is important.” — Kelly Mason, master colorist and owner of Green Pea Salon
“Find the right product for your hair texture and density — at Style House Salon we love Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Oil-In-Cream to seal in moisture. Another tip? Twist hair into small sections and let air dry, then shake it out/break it up with fingers after it has dried.” — Holly Osborne and Lee Wright of Style House Salon
“Don’t skimp on products. Applying the right products after getting out of the shower can make or break encouraging your natural texture. You want to embrace the curls before it drys too much. It’s hard to rewind — just as it’s hard to smooth it if it’s air dried too curly.” — Susanne Shepherd of Shine Salon
“Don’t brush natural texture. Use large tooth combs, which allows hair to live. Don’t over-dry hair. Don’t over-wash hair. Rather than shampooing each time, it’s best to rinse and condition with a good conditioner and then rinse out conditioner. Over-shampooing can make hair dry.” — Kelly Mason, master colorist and owner of Green Pea Salon
“Don’t brush your hair, because you will disrupt the natural texture (or curl pattern) and create frizz. Remember, less is more; don’t overuse product or use a product that is too heavy. Your hair will look either greasy or ‘crunchy’ or both.” — Holly Osborne and Lee Wright of Style House Salon
When growing it long:
Do: Keep it healthy.
“Support your hair from the inside out with great vitamins and nutrition. I adore the Viviscal Professional vitamins. They will speed up hair growth and thicken it before your eyes.” — Susanne Shepherd of Shine Salon
Do: Prevent split ends.
“Trim regularly to prevent split ends from continuing to break up the hair shaft. Deep condition or ask your stylist for a conditioning treatment that deeply penetrates the hair fiber with nourishment like Kerastase’s Masquintense. Use The Wet Brush or one like that to detangle your hair after you shampoo.” — Holly Osborne and Lee Wright of Style House Salon
Don’t: Over-trim it.
“Space out your cuts a bit further than your usual schedule. That said, be certain to take ends off that need to come off. Once they start to split, they will travel up the hair shaft. Supporting with a great anti-breakage conditioner (like the Davines Melu) will keep it strong between visits.” — Susanne Shepherd of Shine Salon
“Don’t use too much heat and consider turning the dial down on your curling iron and flat iron. We suggest keeping your heat level at or under 350 degrees.” — Holly Osborne and Lee Wright of Style House Salon
When going blonde:
Do: Match your skin tone.
“Go with a shade and tone that works with your skin tone. Again, condition your mid-length and ends regularly to save the integrity of your hair. Pro tip: If you are trying to maintain a sandy to cool blonde use an at home violet-based conditioning treatment like Shu Uemura Color Lustre for cool tones. — Holly Osborne and Lee Wright of Style House Salon
Don’t: Go the cheap route.
“Cheap products can not only strip the gorgeous blonde tone right out of your hair, but they can also cause build up and lead to dry and damaged hair. Your hair is an investment! You’ve paid that high ticket for your blonde-ing service, it’s now your job to keep it healthy at home.” — Caleigh Giarra of Element Salon Green Hills
When creating waves:
Do: Hold the curling iron vertically.
“Hold the curling iron vertical when wanting beach waves. Hold the curling horizontal for body waves. When wrapping hair, lay the curling iron at the base of your hair, then wrap. And before curling your hair, make sure it is completely dry. Add a little light Bumble and Bumble Does It All styling spray to your hair before curling — it adds grip.” — Kelly Mason, master colorist and owner of Green Pea Salon
“Use heat protection, and curl in a vertical pattern. For a nice, loose wave, just curl the mid-section of your hair and leave the ends out. For a tighter wave use a smaller curling iron and smaller sections and vice versa for larger waves. Our favorite curling iron is Bio Ionic’s 1-and-1/4-inch to create bouncy beach waves on all hair types!” — Holly Osborne and Lee Wright of Style House Salon
Do: Add texture.
“Brush it through with your fingers to loosen the curl and achieve that effortless, beachy look. Add a little texture spray (Texture Wave by Shu Eumura — my ultimate favorite!) to create an I-woke-up-like-this look.” — Caleigh Giarra of Element Salon Green Hills
Don’t: Focus on smoothing.
“Don’t focus too much on smoothing your hair during the blow dry. Instead, put your energy into curling the hair the correct way. Don’t curl from the bottom up; that will make the curl live at the bottom of your hair and not through the midsection where a wave will look its best and live longer.” — Holly Osborne and Lee Wright of Style House Salon
When letting your roots show:
Do: Lean in.
“Lean in to what you have and exaggerate your part with volume, or grab a good old-fashioned Bumble and Bumble hair powder — great for masking until you get back to your stylist.” — Kelly Mason, master colorist and owner of Green Pea Salon
“Have your stylist apply a demi-permanent color on your line of demarcation to create a nice transition from natural hair to lightened hair. Using a demi-permanent color will create a softer transition from natural roots to previously colored hair. Pro tip: Try out different braided styles to draw attention to your roots or away from them!” — Holly Osborne and Lee Wright of Style House Salon
“See your stylist if you’re wanting to transition to more of a rooty look. The process is a little more than just growing it out. There are lines to blend and colors to melt. This look is all the rage, so make sure to get it done right.” — Caleigh Giarra of Element Salon Green Hills
Don’t: Be afraid to ask for help.
“Don’t do it at home. You might think, “It looks simple enough. It’s just a deeper root.” Well, the color that is accessible at the drug store is formulated entirely different than the color your stylist would formulate specifically for your hair. When covering blonde, there are underlying pigments that need to be placed back into the hair in order to achieve that rich deep root. Otherwise, you’ll be fighting mud green, and some pricey color correcting sessions with your stylist.” — Caleigh Giarra of Element Salon Green Hills
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