If you're anything like me, Spring is the time to rotate the wardrobe revisiting clothing unseen since last year, bury deep jewel-toned nail polish, overhaul fitness and eating routines and consider what hair maintenance and changes need to be made after Winter months swathed in dark colors, wooly coziness and protective hair styles. It's time for my Spring clean! So naturally, I'll start with my hair and work my way down.
First order of business.
I need a trim like a reality show needs tacky people! I'm also considering a gentle blowout and roller set as I have been taking an extended break from heat... oh please! Let's be honest! I haven't done anything to my hair since November and people are starting to give me strange side long glances.
I'm thinking a black rinse is in order! I haven't applied color to my hair in some years and since I've located a fantastic stylist in Dhahran, and my single grey hair now has a few friends, I think it's time to revisit the idea.
Just between us, I'm not into applying color independently, as that, gentle reader can lead to patchy, sad, stained... situations. Hiding my hands and explaining dark splotches on my forehead and neck during my next business meeting is not my idea of hair success.
See a professional, unless you really know what you're doing.
If you happen to be located in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia I can definitely recommend Healthy Hair in Saudi salon!
In the spirit of refreshing your routine I asked stylist Lisa of Healthy Hair in Saudi to share some advice.
Tools of the trade: Lisa recommends the Brazilian Heat Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron. Lisa readily admits that she wasn't a big fan at first. Lisa says it took a couple months to "break it in" but now considers it one of her favorite "go to" tools. With no side plates, Lisa finds this tool allows you to get closer to the edges and roots without burning the scalp.
Heating up: "Heat is not the problem, the frequency of use is the problem" advises Lisa. Lisa says that she never puts heat on her hair unless it has been washed and conditioned. This makes so much sense if you think about it. Heat is a sealant! Who wants to seal dirt into their hair??!! Turn over a new leaf this Spring and drop the use of heat on "old" hair.
Steamy revelations: Lisa uses a steam heat treatment on all her clients regardless of hair type and for that I am truly grateful! "Using a steamer", Lisa says, "seals the effects of conditioner into the hair's shaft." This translates into glosssy hair and also cuts down on the need for a ton of products! In addition, the steamer opens the pores of the hair which allows for hair growth!
If your hair is not porous like mine, a steamer can be salvation! You know how conditioner can just sit like white whip cream on top of your hair? Well, a steamer can get all that goodness soaked in. The verdict - Steam!!!
Color code: Lisa favors Clariol's Jazzing Semi-Permanent and Temporary hair dye. Easy application, no ammonia and no peroxide means that you don't have to strip your hair just to indulge in a little change! Lisa gives Jazzing a big thumbs up!
Hopefully this post has you thinking about having a Spring fling with... yourself! What are your plans for a spring hair overhaul? Please share your ideas in the comment box below!