Hair Care

By Kelly Hushin

While sitting in the chair at the hair salon, you may experience an unusually mesmerizing phenomenon whereby you allow the stylist to take whatever measures he or she deems fit to alter your hair. It’s so mesmerizing, in fact, that by the time you reach the front desk to pay the bill, you may be astounded at the dollar amount you allow to be swiped onto your credit card. At that point, there’s no turning back. You’ve got a beautiful head of hair and that’s all that matters, right?

Truth be told, that excuse is becoming harder to swallow.

With prices of nearly everything in our lives skyrocketing, we have to be a little more conscious of just how deep we’ll dig into our pockets for beauty regimens. But for on the go, beauty-obsessed, fashion savvy females, very few standards can be compromised. Thus we must find ways to keep our hair looking as first class as possible while realizing that our budgets might be tighter than those of our celebrity hair icons.

BeautyNews talked to several experts to gain perspective on how a New York City gal might accomplish this seemingly impossible feat; making our hair style look like it cost a million bucks to achieve when really we’ve pinched some pennies for cab fare and rent.

Luke O’Connor

According to Luke O’Connor, owner of the LuKaRo Salon in Beverly Hills, consultant/spokesperson for Suave and responsible for styling Julia Louis Dreyfus’ hair for the CBS hit show “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” no matter how expensive your haircut, the ends of our hair can start breaking as soon as three weeks after your salon visit. To delay this inevitable fate, he advises to look for products that use silicone technology and are applied to the ends of the hair to prevent breakage and extend a haircut’s life.

“Don’t be shy about asking your stylist to give you a quick training session on the styling techniques they use,” he said. “If you have a stylist you see regularly, inquire as to if they provide complimentary bang trims in between full haircut appointments (many salons do this). Freshening up bangs is an easy way to give your entire hairstyle a new and fresher feel.”

Judy Edelman, colorist at the Michael Peter Hayes Art Salon in New York recommends a high-lighting technique called Sweeping to promote minimal re-growth and upkeep. Another color-lasting tip came from Philip Pelusi, owner and founder of Tela Beauty Organics and the Tela Design Studio. He advised that when you get your hair color done, stay within 2-3 shades of your natural color. “This will help extend your color as your roots will be less noticeable as they grow in,” he said. “Also consider getting a few accent lights to frame the face instead of all over hair painting. Less color means less maintenance.”

Tela Beauty Organics’ Encore Crème

Pelusi also says NOT to color hair at home as it can easily result in hidden expenses.
“Statistics have shown that 78 percent of home hair color-ers end up with a hair color mistake 80 percent of the time,” said Pelusi. “They end up at the salon for a corrective color service than can range from $200 – $300.”

He also suggests to protect the hair from heat styling as well as add texture so that hair cuts won’t be necessary as frequently. For this Pelusi turns to Tela’s Encore Organic Dri Styling Crème and Split End Repair.

Home treatments between salon visits can be beneficial and cost effective

Hair expert, Francky L’Official, the man behind Katie Holmes’ famous bob, offered some at home remedies to practice at home between salon visits that will save money and often won’t even cost you a trip to retrieve supplies. For dry hair, he suggests the following at-home treatment:

Ingredients
1 egg yolk
1 cup of coconut milk
1 avocado pitted
2 teaspoons of olive oil

Preparation:
Combine egg yolk and coconut milk and whisk until blended and foamy. Add avocado, mash until creamy substance is obtained and add olive oil. Apply starting at the roots and work through hair down to the ends. Comb through with a wide-toothed comb and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

For frizzy hair, L’Official suggests to run a dryer sheet through hair to prevent fly-aways.

Another at-home hair treatment that could save you money between salon visits is Epsom Salt. Yes, the granular substance can actually be used on hair to make hair sleek and shiny.

To sport Sarah Jessica Parker-like wavy locks, comb three tablespoons of deep conditioner with three tablespoons of Epsom Salt. Microwave the mixture for 20 seconds then work it into hair from scalp to ends. Leave it in for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water to promote body and life to the hair cuticle and help restore curl to permed hair.

Get Sarah Jessica’s bouncy waves with at-home remedies between salon visits

And of course, there are always inexpensive but quality products we can turn to when the going gets tough but we need our hair to keep going. If your wallet’s a little too tight for you fave Fekkai treat, and you see your strands are suffering, go for a deep conditioning treatment like Yes to Carrots’ C is for Hair Care Hair and Scalp Mud Mask. Its organic extracts of yummy carrots, pumpkins, oranges and honey richen this concoction with Beta-carotene, Alpha-carotene, Vitamin E and other enzymes.

Originally published September 2008
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