Hair care professional Martin Weston offers tips on how to prepare summer hair for on-trend fall flair
Hair care professional Martin Weston offers tips on how to prepare summer hair for on-trend fall flair.
Summer’s over, right? It’s October, and after what seemed like six months of unrelenting, searing heat, the arid desert has finally begun to cool down. Slowly, the desert’s fleeting change of seasons has taken a dip into fall, and once again, we love living here.
I moved to Arizona nearly seven years ago from a charming Los Angeles beach community. After all this time, I still have people ask me, “Why would you move from the beach to Arizona?” My answer’s always the same: “Because it’s beautiful here.”
As a hairstylist, a salon educator, and an artist, I’m inspired by the sweeping beauty of the desert, and I find that this inspires my work every day. Recently, one of my salon students described the desert as “brown on brown with a brown trim.” Very monochromatic and colorless. Honestly, I’ve never viewed the desert that way. Instead, I see red and gold, copper, violet, honey, yellow, cinnamon, green, black, and, yes—brown.
One thing I’ve learned through the years is that you simply can’t apply a color over any hair type and hope for the best. While many elements contribute to an excellent color result, the same holds true for a color disaster. By summer’s end, any combination of scorching sunlight, hot styling tools, or shampoos containing sulfates and alcohol can spell disaster. Even ocean, chlorinated, or well water can deplete hair of its natural moisture and protein, leaving it brittle and color faded.
3 Tips to Prepare for Color
1. Know the proper texture of your hair
Is it fine, medium, or coarse? Texture plays an intricate part in the selection of the right product. Fine hair has a tendency to be wispy like a spider web and can be easily overprocessed and damaged. Medium hair has a texture much like thread. Being thicker, its shampoo needs are a bit different, as it has a tendency to frizz. Generally, a medium texture processes color more easily. Coarse hair has the largest circumference and is much like dental floss. This type frizzes the most and is usually harder to process, as it resists color.
2. Use the Right Shampoo
Have you ever been dissatisfied with a bottle of shampoo because it dried your hair out or weighed it down? If so, you probably purchased a product not intended for your hair type. With so many products to choose from, it can be difficult to know which is best for you. Shampoos that are PH balanced or contain a UV filter help to maintain the integrity of your hair. In turn, they extend the depth and richness of your new color, as they provide a protective barrier (just think of them as an umbrella). Consider which shampoo may be best for your hair type: fine hair needs a weightless, gentle, or volumizing shampoo to build body; medium hair needs a normalizing or hydrating shampoo to maintain a supple texture; and coarse hair does best with ultrahydrating or smoothing shampoo, as it softens and corrects fizziness.
3. One Conditioner Does Not Fit All
After a summer in Arizona’s ovenlike heat, thirsty hair is in dire need of quenching. I usually recommend products that contain a moisturizer and protein. Whether at home or in the salon, blend, or cocktail, these elements together. After gently squeezing the water from shampooed hair, emulsify the cocktail in your hands and concentrate the product on the ends. Once saturated, work the remaining conditioner through the hair. Leave it on for a few minutes to allow the protein and moisture to penetrate into the hair shaft. Finish with a cool rinse to close the cuticle. The moisture replenishes deeply while the protein fills any damaged areas, protecting against moisture loss. It’s a perfect marriage of ingredients.
Beauty Product Myth
Professional products bought at the supermarket are just as good as those used by a salon professional.
If you’re nervous about stepping into fall colors with both feet, then simply dip your toe in! Have your stylist add just a quarter-ounce of gold or copper to your current color formula. The effect will subtly warm your skin and eye tone. The results are beautiful!
As a hairstylist, a salon educator, and an artist, local Martin Weston sees artistry everywhere. After working in the beauty industry for 30 years, he’s still passionate about creating amazing looks for his clients.