Here comes festival season, the season of boho chic and ultra cool vibes.
Whether you are heading out to Coachella or heading out to the cupcake store for some Saturday morning sugar, the hairdo of the moment has to be the braid.
A girl with a braid always looks fashion forward. The braid du jour is slightly messy, soft and relaxed. It modernizes an outfit that’s dressy or sophisticated, and it makes your most casual ensemble completely au courant.
The braid is the perfect hairstyle for the free spirited iconoclast.
Not sure how to pull off the best braids of spring? Chrissy Rasmussen of Habit Salon in Gilbert is the queen of braids. She travels the country teaching classes, can braid you up if you are in Arizona, and can give you endless braid-envy eye candy on her Instagram @Hairby_Chrissy.
This summer I had a giant love affair with Ouidad curly girl hair products. Let’s face it – no one does curly hair products quite like Ouidad, a curly girl herself! See Ouidad herself, here.
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My Ouidad travel set
I normally waste tons of summer time (and summer vacation time) by having to blow out my hair. Left to it’s own devices my hair looks like a really bad home perm. I don’t have pretty curls, I have nasty curls. In some ways they are fantastic – they hold a blowout like no other, but they seriously can’t be left unsupervised!
Until I got my hands on Ouidad products. I’ve written about Ouidad before, herehere, andhere. This summer on the Glam Italia tours in Capri and in Puglia the Ouidad curly hair products were an absolute game changer. I was able to get away with not blow drying my hair, instead just going au naturel.
Curly girls will know what I mean when I say that salt spray type beach curl products just dry my hair out to breaking point, make it frizzy and strip away any color I’ve added, leaving me with hair that looks like straw. So the normal beachy wave options just weren’t an option for me. Then along came Ouidad with her fantastic products that super hydrate, defrizz and give you amazing curls.
Flirting with boys at sunset in Capri
Sometimes instead of blowing my hair out smooth, my hairdresser will create big, glossy, gorgeous, controlled curls with Ouidad products. She recently added Ouidad Mongongo oil to the products she uses on me, and I love it. (I wish I had had it this summer!)
Mongongo oil is a lightweight, multi use curl treatment product that leaves any type of curl, from loose waves to kinky hair softer, shinier, more manageable, and frankly – gorgeous! I’ve been playing with it, using it on damp hair and on dry hair and the results are lovely. Most oils weigh my hair down and then make it look dull the second day.
Ouidad Mongongo Oil puts bounce back into my curls and makes my hair look luminous the next day. Even though it is a curly hair product I also use it when I blow my hair smooth, because it is so lightweight and it gives such a lovely shine, almost from within the hairshaft.
By the time a long, fun summer comes to an end your hair is thrashed.
image via Hair World Magazine
Sun, surf, and chlorine all do their damage to your hair. Perspiration through your scalp, dry shampoos and all the products you use in your hair can gunk up your scalp. The combination of these things can leave you with dull, damaged, color challenged hair, so in order for your hair to look luscious for fall it’s time to the following four steps:
Image via Huffington Post
1 Microderm Your Scalp
My hair dresser turned me onto this and it is one of the best hair tricks I have ever learned. Just as the skin on your body and on your face need exfoliating, so does your scalp. When your scalp gets a build up of products and dead skin and sebum it can start closing over the follicle, and hair gets thinner and loses its luster.
Using a microdermabrasion treatment at the end of summer clears your scalp and makes way for your hair to grow thick and shiny.
It’s a great thing to do pre having your hair colored, and my hairdresser has me do it at the end of each season. You won’t believe the difference in your hair and how bouncy it gets after one of these treatments!
When summer is over it’s time to get a really good cut.
Refresh your shape, get rid of damaged, split ends and get some new movement in your hair for a fabulous fall look.
3. Masque It.
Summer dehydrates your hair. It losses its luster, gets lank and dull and gets dry dry dry. Show your locks the love by using deep conditioning treatments and masks. My hairdresser makes me use a heavy duty conditioning treatment every time I shampoo, but you may want to do it every couple of weeks or so.
As fall approaches it’s time to change up your color. Ashy, white and platinum blondes need to soften down to soft beige blondes, brunettes can add in a little warmth. Maybe you want some balayage, maybe you want a major change, or maybe just a little toning. Regardless, it’s time to work your color!