hair care

Summer Hair Care

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With some extra TLC, this doesn't have to be the season of bad hair days.

Just as the sun damages your skin, it can damage your hair, too. Saltwater and chlorine also take a toll on our locks. The not-so-pretty outcome: A few weeks into summer, hair that was shiny and easily managed looks and feels fried.

Fried hair isn't just a figure of speech.  Actually ultraviolet rays of the sun damages the hair shaft. The damage is most obvious when we see color-treated hair becoming faded, bleached, and brassy.

Even hair that isn't colored will suffer from sun-induced stress. Those UV rays dry out hair and rough up the normally smooth cuticle, or outer layer, of the hair shaft.

Frizz Factor

The dryer the hair is, the more likely it is to suffer from a summer Frizz Fitz.

Why does this happen?

That's because parched hair soaks up the extra humidity in the air, causing the shaft to swell and leading to breaks in the cuticle. Hair puffs up and goes every which way but smooth.

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Swimming Damage

Swimming beats up your hair, too. Take a plunge in a pool and while you're doing the breaststroke, chlorine is stripping your hair of its natural protective oils. If you're a blonde, you may find your locks taking on an unflattering greenish cast. That's caused by the copper molecules and other pool chemicals that bind to the protein in the hair shaft.

A dip in the ocean stresses hair in another way. The heavy salt content in seawater draws water out of your hair and skin which leaves you with prune fingers and dried out hair.

Tips for Healthy and Gorgeous Summer Hair

Summer doesn't have to be the season of bad hair days. With some extra TLC, your hair can look great on the steamiest and hottest days. Here are some hot-weather hair taming tips from Diverse Roots Salon.

  1. Start summer with a trim. You'll get rid of split ends and refresh your style. You might need a mid-season cut, too. Hair really does grow faster in the summer. That's because there are more hairs in the anagen, or growing, stage during late spring and summer than in the dead of winter.
  2. Shield your strands from the sun. Make a daily habit of applying a hair care product that contains UV filters (these can be in spray, gel, or cream formulas). These products protect hair from sun damage and help keep color-processed hair from fading. If you'll be spending lots of time outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat. Not only will it keep your strands from getting scorched, it will also protect your scalp and ears, areas that are vulnerable to skin cancer.
  3. Saturate strands before taking a dip. If your hair is drenched with clean water or leave-in conditioner, it won't absorb as much saltwater or pool chemicals. It's also a good idea to try to rinse your hair after a swim. If there isn't a shower nearby, keep a spray bottle filled with fresh water.
  4. Switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. We prefer J Beverly Hills Platnium or Ouidad. You may be washing your hair more frequently to deal with summer's sweat and grime. We at Diverse Roots Salon also suggests using a clarifying, or anti-residue, shampoo once a week to clear away product buildup and chemicals. Just be sure to follow with a deep-conditioning treatment.
  5. Skip the hot tools. At least once or twice a week, give your hair a break from blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. Diverse Roots Stylists recommends washing your hair at night and piling it up in a bun, a braid, or ponytail before you head to bed. "When you wake up, you'll have a nice wavy hair.  It's the perfect look for weekends, or make it work-ready with some hair accessories.
  6. Outwit the frizz. Hair that's healthy and well-maintained is your best defense against frizz. Along with regular trims and conditioning, a drop or two of an anti-frizz oil or serum like J BEVERLY HILLS PLATINUM REVIVE COCONUT OIL can help smooth hair and add shine.
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But let's face it: When the air is so thick with humidity it feels like molasses, frizz is going to happen. Don't waste your summer trying to fight frizz. Instead, find an easy go-to hairdo like a slick pony, high bun, or side braid for those high-humidity days.

Healthy Hair Inside and Out!

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Nutrition plays a key role to the health of the hair. For ladies, quick hair loss could result from a lack of many nutrients, particularly minerals and proteins. Low iron levels are known to be a causative factor for hair loss [Source: Shrivastava]. Often times if iron is low, other minerals such zinc are low, too. A lack of iron and other minerals can come from a lack of quality daily protein intake. Too much sugar and processed foods will also lead to a lack of minerals that your hair needs.  Individuals with patchy hair loss might need more protein from various sources. Poor digestion such as bloating, heartburn or irregular bowel movements could be a sign that food is not being digested in a way that allows the body to absorb and use it well. A high potency multivitamin is often needed to help replenish the body’s needs. Biotin is another vitamin that is safe and simple to use for nutrition of the hair. Essential fatty acids would complement this nutrition program. Vitamin D may also be important for those who are low and for those who are losing hair due to an autoimmune process. This process is the overreaction of the immune system mentioned earlier that can lead to rapid, patchy hair loss.

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Hormones can play a significant role in the health and quality of the hair. Low levels of thyroid hormone can be a very common reason for hair loss [Source: Shrivastava]. The thyroid gland should be evaluated closely for any signs of deficiency by both lab tests and symptom evaluation. The thyroid gland needs minerals such as iodine, zinc and selenium to work effectively. If stress has been an issue, cortisol levels should also be evaluated. Cortisol is a hormone made in both men and women by the adrenal gland. This gland was made to respond rapidly to stress, but only in spurts, not in long sequences like those we face today. Chronic stress will eventually weaken this gland and the body. Cortisol levels can provide assessments on how well the adrenal gland is currently able to keep up. Chronic stress must be addressed and the adrenal gland must be fed to maintain the health of the body, including the health of the hair and scalp. Hair loss has been improved by hypnosis, with one of the biggest effects being help with underlying stress and anxiety [Source: Willemsen]. For both the health of the hair and for stress, vitamin C and B complex can be very important. Throwing out the soft drinks, processed foods, sugar and artificial sweeteners will greatly improve the chances of hair follicle stimulation.



Sleep is another must have to help fight hair loss. Lack of quality, deep sleep cuts away the time frame the body uses to repair itself. Going to bed late will affect the body’s healing ability. Going to bed with lights on or with ambient light from the outside will also limit one’s quality of sleep. Hair loss may be one of many symptoms that occur when the body is withheld from the deep sleep that it needs. Plan to rest at a consistent time in a comfortable bed. When going to sleep, allow the room to be as dark as possible using blackout shades on the windows as necessary. Keep a flashlight or light that you can easily turn on available for trips to the bathroom.

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Diverse Roots Salon 5 Things You Should Be Doing This Winter For Healthy, Beautiful Hair

Now that the winter months are upon us and the days are getting much colder, it’s time to start thinking about ways to protect our hair from the damage that the winter elements can cause. Here are Diverse Roots Salon five tips that will help you maintain healthy, beautiful hair this season.

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“Curls have a language of their own.”

1. One very simple tip is to wear a hat when out as it keeps your hair covered from the wind, rain and snow. But as we all know, no woman wants the “dreaded hat hair.” A great way to avoid this is to wrap your hair in a silk scarf before putting on your cozy, wool beanie. This helps to protect your hair from damage caused by the hat rubbing against your hair and it also cuts down on the static. 

Another great way to combat static is to use a good heat styling product for blow-drying such as the Heat Protect and Shine Spray. This can also be used on dry hair before using a curling iron or flat iron.  

2. During the winter months, it’s a great idea to treat your hair once a week to a deep conditioning treatment. This will help to replenish the moisture, which tends to get depleted from things such as the dry heat in your apartment and the cold winter air. I recommend something like a Hair Masque. These products are quick and easy ways to lock moisture back into your hair.

An alternative is to use a Nourishing Hair Oil after you’ve shampooed your hair. It’s like liquid gold for dehydrated or color-treated hair! This can be used on wet hair to blow-dry in or as a smoother and shine oil on dry hair. 

3. I also find if you can keep washing your hair to a minimum, say two to three times a week, this will prevent your hair from drying out too much. And always make sure you dry your hair before leaving the house. Not only because you will get a cold, but the moisture in your hair combined with the cold air, will add further damage to your hair by making it more brittle and dry.

4. Regular trims are a great way to keep your hair in good health during the winter months as well — every six to eight weeks, just get a light dusting of the ends to help reduce the chance of dry, splitting ends.

5. One unexpected secret to keep your hair looking good in the winter is to invest in a humidifier. I know you’re thinking that humidity equals frizzy hair, but when you have the heat on, the air in your apartment or home becomes very dry and I find the humidifier helps stop your hair and skin from feeling dry. The main problem with the humidifier is that they’re not very nice-looking. I recently found a great one by Middle that looks chic and works great.