Summer weather seems to wreak havoc on our hair, especially when sticky Southern humidity enters the atmosphere. Whether we’re spending the day at the pool or headed off on a tropical vacation, heat, chlorine, salt and harsh UV rays take a toll on our sensitive strands resulting in unruly frizz and an unmanageable mess, but what causes the frizz and how can we tame it? We spoke with the experts at Element Salon to answer all of our burning questions and learn more about how to get that coveted smooth, shiny and unmistakably sleek style.
Summer’s intense humidity may work wonders on dry skin, but when it comes to hair, strands seem to stand on end upon the first step outside. Why is this? Well, throughout the warmer months of the year, hair lacks moisture, and in an attempt to gain what it’s missing, it absorbs the environment’s moisture causing the cuticle to swell. Cue frizzy, frustrating hair. This is especially troublesome for those of us with textured, curly, wavy or coarse hair and even more so for girls who love heat styling, but don’t fret! There is a solution.
Element Salon, voted one of the Top Salons in the USA by Elle magazine, is comprised of a team of talented stylists who provide optimal hair services using only the highest quality products. Each stylist relies on their experience and knowledge to analyze their client’s hair texture and needs to ensure they provide effective and exquisite results. Of their many services, Element’s smoothing treatments take the cake for soothing frizzy strands and restoring smooth, healthy hair. Element offers three different smoothing treatments— the Keratin Blowout Express, Full Keratin Smoothing Treatment and the Brazilian Blowout, each of which serves a different purpose.
Keratin Blowout Express
The Keratin Blowout Express is just that, an express service that takes no longer than an hour from start to finish. This is the ideal service for those looking for silky smooth hair without having to spend all day at the salon. It’s the quickest and most affordable service at around $125, but has the least longevity as it smooths strands for about six weeks — or 21 shampoos. This may be best for those wanting to dip their toes into the keratin pool before committing to a more powerful service.
Full Keratin Smoothing Treatment
If you’re in need of a more intense service, the Full Keratin Smoothing Treatment may be for you. Element Salon stylist Devin describes this as one of the “big guns” of the keratins. The duration of the service is dependent on hair’s length and thickness, but the treatment guarantees frizz-free strands for three to five months — or 56 shampoos. Essentially, you can treat yourself to this service at the beginning of summer and spend the rest of the season worry-free. Many of Element’s stylists prefer this treatment over the others. Lauren, a Level 3 stylist, says, “It’s a fast and effective introduction to someone who has never had a smoothing treatment.” And Daniel, a Level 2 stylist, explains that the Keratin Express or Full Keratin is his preference “because it is more nourishing to the hair and less abrasive than other options.”
Element’s final smoothing treatment is the Brazilian Blowout. Devin explained to us that this is the ”most powerful and lowest maintenance of the three options.” It requires approximately two hours in the salon and results in smooth, shiny, silky hair for up to six months. If you’re like us and need a style that doesn’t require much upkeep, this is the answer. Just visit the salon biannually and enjoy silky smooth hair year-round. “My favorite treatment is the Brazilian Blowout,” says Devin. “It takes about as long as the Full Keratin Smoothing Treatment but is more powerful, and clients leave with clean hair ready to wash and style immediately as they walk out the door. It also helps to dramatically reduce dry time— guests have told me their hair now dries in roughly 10 minutes!”
The best part about all three of these smoothing treatments is Element Salon’s dedication to promoting strong and healthy hair. Although there are plenty of options on the market for keratin and Brazilian treatments, Element has put their focus on effective and health-conscious options by replacing common harsh agents like formaldehyde with healthy-for-hair ingredients like collagen, argon oil, soy and rice proteins meant to strengthen and smooth hair.
But how can you prolong the effects of these treatments between visits? Investing in a shampoo and conditioner that is free of sodium chloride and sulfates is a must. Any other shampoos will break down the treatment and cause the effects to wear off much sooner than the projected time period. Additionally, blow drying hair with a brush while hair is completely wet is a great way to reduce frizz at home while promoting shine. If you’re more inclined to air dry, Devin tells us that its important to use a moisturizing agent like an oil or cream to help control frizz and add moisture and shine. Element Salon offers a vast selection of high-quality products, and they can point you in the right direction to ensure you’re choosing the ideal products for your specific hair texture, length and thickness.
So, if summer’s humid arrival usually signals hair frustration for you, take control of the frizz and give one of these smoothing treatments a go. Not only are they effective, they also give hair a deep dose of conditioning ingredients to bring life back to your locks and provide smooth, healthy and “fresh from the salon” results every single day.
Now, go forth with replenished strands and sleek, shiny locks, and take on the world one hair flip at a time!
Find all of these smoothing treatments along with show-stopping cut and color services at Element Salon.
This article is sponsored by Element Salon.