Summer Hair Afterlife.

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As your tan fades and fall approaches, chances are your sun-streaked summer hair could use a little TLC. Follow these steps and you’ll make autumn the season of gorgeous hair days.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Summer hair damage isn’t going to just repair itself, treat parched manes with a moisturizing shampoo followed by a moisturizing conditioner. Be sure to apply the conditioner where sun-damaged hair needs it most–from the mid-shaft to the tip. Hair isn’t as dry at the roots thanks to its natural oils, so condition there more sparingly.

Handle With Care
To baby your stressed tresses, apply a leave-in detangler. This will add an extra boost of conditioner and also gently smooth and separate strands, so you won’t have to tug at snags with a comb. That kind of rough handling can add further damage to your hair.  When your hair is wet, only use a wide-toothed comb to prepare it for styling.  Even when it’s dry, you want to use the minimum number of brushstrokes it takes to achieve or refresh your style.

Get Deep
If your hair still look lackluster after using rinse-out and leave-in conditioners, call in the SWAT team: a concentrated hair-conditioning treatment or mask. To get all the benefits from the nourishing ingredients, apply the conditioner section-by-section to your hair.   Start at the tips and work toward the roots. Then, leave it on for a few minutes while you buff your skin with your favorite body scrub. (Your skin can also use some extra care now!) The steam from the shower will help the product really penetrate the hair shaft.

Tweak Your Color
Sun exposure can leave your hair looking dull and brassy, especially if it’s color-processed. And the streaks that looked glowing against bronzed skin will wash out fall’s paler complexion. Maintain a flattering balance by adding rich tones to your hair. That means auburn, chestnut, chocolate and coffee if you’re a brunette; caramel, gold and toffee if you’re a blonde. An at-home or salon gloss will also restore shine to your hair so it gleams on even a cloudy fall day.

Cut Your Losses
Chlorine, sun, salt, ponytail elastics — all can lead to frayed and fried ends. Left alone, those split ends are going to continue to split. A half-inch trim will make a world a difference — leaving you with well-defined, healthy ends that will show off your hairstyle, whether it’s a modern bob, a pixie, straight and sleek or long, sexy waves.

 

Xo Carey

Orb, Verrazan, & Rosie

Whether you are barside or at the races placing bets … mint juleps, hats & hairstyles … that charm will be making an appearance today at the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Here are some sure bets for your hair with or without the hat.

Oh & gotta love Rosie.
Have an awesome weekend.
XO Carey

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A quick tutorial on how to do the low messy side bun.

http://vimeo.com/23188026

A one dimensional view.

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Mirror mirror on the wall…

Your friend and/or your enemy.

After years of watching clients sit in my chair, talk about their hair, their frustrations with it, the things they like, don’t like or don’t want to change. There is always a moment when you notice how a person sees themselves in a one-dimensional mirror. How this flat perspective can be deceiving to the person on the other side.

First, most people do not get this flat view, or see you when your chin is down or when you’re looking at yourself with a tilt of your head, focused on things you don’t like. With mirror’s and photograph’s we build our ideas of how we look and yes to some degree they are true.

This view is hardly ever animated with a true smile, a look of happiness, compassion, or eyes filled with moment. Which is how the rest of the world gets to see you. From the side, from the back, from all the angles and more than that … you … caught in a moment; whatever that moment may be. These moments are always a perspective mostly unseen by you.

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.

~Author Unknown

I wrote this post ages ago not ready to publish it when I saw this video it completed my thinking.