10 Tips to Maintain Healthy Hair in the Summertime

Say Bye Bye to Bad Hair Days

Do you ever feel like you have more bad hair days in the summertime than any other season? Do you notice your hair feeling dry, brittle and frizzy from the hot temperature outside? What are some proactive things you can do this summer to keep your hair healthy?


As a hair stylist, I like to share tips with others on how they can achieve good hair days. Here are 10 tips to maintain healthy hair during the hot summer days.





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What You Should Know About Microblading

As a mother of two young boys, my makeup routine is fast and simple in the mornings. I leave with my moisturizer, sunscreen and my brows filled in.  I've tried using shadows, liners and gels to fill in my brows but by the end of the day my brows are faded and smeared.   I've had several friends try eyebrow tattooing as a solution to this problem.   I've never been one to consider eyebrow tattoos, until now with the latest method called microblading.  I spoke to Denise Elias Wu, owner of Browistry, San Francisco to learn more about Microblading. 


Microblading is a Semi-Permanent Method of Tattooing



It is often referred to as eyebrow embroidery and microstroking.  Feather like strokes are drawn onto the brows with a hand tool instead of machine.  The pigments are deposited into the upper layer of the dermis, making it shallower than traditional permanent makeup technique.  The results are more natural looking, hair like strokes that complement the existing hair. This method is ideal for those who are looking to change up their eyebrow shape, make their brows fuller or for those who are suffering from hair loss conditions such as alopecia.  But, there are contraindications:  skin disease, epilepsy, heart disease, severe eczema, someone who scars easily, pregnant and breast feeding.



What to Expect During the Consultation


It is important to do your homework and find an Artist who fits your style.  Microblading is a work of art which requires precision and lots of practice.   While there are many Artists out there, it is wise to select a certified Artist with professional references and samples of their work.   Denise Elias Wu utilizes her consultations as an opportunity to answer questions.   The consultation takes 30 minutes, during this time she discusses color and brow style. A photo is taken as reference for the future procedure.  For safety purposes, she also conducts a patch test.



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My Summer Beauty Routine

Summer has officially arrived, and I couldn't be happier.  It's always been my favorite season as I have nostalgic childhood memories. What I don't enjoy about summer is what the warm weather does to my skin.  My skin gets dehydrated, my pores are enlarged and the texture becomes dull during the long hot scorching days. I've incorporated some new products to my beauty routine to help save my skin this summer.



Sun Protection

My go to for sun protection is from 100% Pure cosmetics.  I use the Everywhere Sun Stick SPF 30, in the mornings before my foundation.  This pocket size sunscreen stick is no fuss; just glide it over your face and you're done.  I typically have 10 minutes or less to paint my face, any time saver is a blessing.  It has UVA/UVB protection, fragrance free and does not clog pores.  



Once a week, I do a mini-facial to unwind and pamper myself a bit.  After a quick cleanse, I use my Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask.  It's a fast acting mask, that is fun to use as it is to say.  It's a gel like consistency and foams up upon application.  It fizzles, like when you shake up a carbonated soda; that's when you know it's working.  It delivers a dose of oxygen, vitamin c and anti-free radicals; leaving my skin hydrated, renewed with a soft glow.



Two to three times a week, I alternate my facial cleanser with Rodan + Fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste.  I use it to exfoliate my skin to prevent dull looking skin and reduce the appearance of my pores.  It's an oil free exfoliator made from sugar, salt granules and with vitamins C and E.  I also use this before I apply my sunless tanner for my face.