Ask an Expert: Summer Hair Care

Whew! I planned this post for the week before my baby was due but life had other plans!  I’ve tried to post a few times but it’s like this baby knows I’m trying to blog and is not having it.  If you don’t know by now, I swear by Concihairge for all my hair cuts, color, and special occasion/photo shoot ‘dos.  Having Monica Bada come to my house has made my hair upkeep so much easier – a challenging feat with looong hair that needs to be colored quite frequently.  An added bonus?  She’s the sweetest and I basically get to hang with a friend while casually getting my hair done at home.  I seriously don’t know how I would get my hair done with a newborn if it wasn’t for Concihairge.  If you saw my IG story today, we barely survived a 15 minute outing to the coffee shop around the corner!  Life with a newborn is tough and anything that makes it easier is seriously #winning in my book.

Last time Monica was doing my hair, I had about 100 questions about how to keep my hair healthy and maintain my color in the summer so I decided to do a little Q&A to find out what she recommends to share with all of you!

Do you have any summer must have products?
My very favorite, go-to amazing product that I love is Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil.  This multitasking product protects, conditions and eases the stress of styling for all hair types.
How can I protect my color?
Just as you would use sunscreen on your skin, you should also use it on your hair!  My go to is Aveda’s Protective Hair Veil. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and water resistant.  It also smells amazing!
Should I avoid chlorine?
I definitely wouldn’t say it’s necessary to avoid chlorine all together, but proceed with caution (especially if you’re blonde!) Here’s my advice: before diving into the pool, dampen hair and apply a conditioner or heavy serum to your locks. This will act as a barrier to the chlorine.
Do I need to condition more in the summer?
It never hurts! I recommend doing a deep conditioner once a week.  If your hair is colored and you use hot tools (which, let’s be honest, most of us do) then your hair is likely to be thirsty for some moisture. You cannot go wrong with Olaplex No. 3. It is magic in a bottle!
How do I keep my hair from getting knotted in my sleep?
I recommend my clients to put their hair in a loose braid before going to bed.  It helps keep the hair in place and prevent damage and breaking.
Do I need to trim more frequently?
If you are trying to grow your hair I would recommend every 10-12 weeks for a trim.  As long as you’re taking care of it at home with thermal protectants and deep conditioners, you can get away with waiting a bit longer. Ask your stylist for their honest opinion if you’re worried about your ends – we will tell you!
How can I air dry my hair and still have it look socially acceptable?
Ah, the coveted wash and wear hair! Adding in a cute accessory (think headband or a fun clip), or incorporating in a simple braid or twist can jazz up an air dry style.  Work with what you have!
Will putting my strands in a topknot everyday cause breakage?
Unfortunately, the cute and easy top knot style can cause breakage.  It’s really only damaging though when it’s pulled back super tight.  Definitely don’t sleep in one every day either!
How can I keep my blowout lasting in the heat and humidity?
I’m a big fan of KMS Anti-Humidity Seal.  It’s a weightless shine spray that shields the hair from humidity and frizz for up to 72 hours!
At this point in the summer, I’m sure most of our locks could use a little TLC!  Shop Monica’s favorite products below and happy styling for August!

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