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Hair: Experts at Salon glō can summer-proof your hair

Posted: July 15, 2010 5:32 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2010 4:30 a.m.
Dave Csicsai, co-owner of Salon glō in Valencia prepares to put L’Oreal’s Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique, a leave-in heat-activated reconstructor milk before blow drying. Dave Csicsai, co-owner of Salon glō in Valencia prepares to put L’Oreal’s Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique, a leave-in heat-activated reconstructor milk before blow drying.
Dave Csicsai, co-owner of Salon glō in Valencia prepares to put L’Oreal’s Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique, a leave-in heat-activated reconstructor milk before blow drying.

I love my hair.

It’s long, thick, dark, all-natural and most of the time, it behaves the way it’s supposed to.

But as I sat in a pristine white salon chair last week, I came to an unsatisfying realization.

I don’t think my hair loves me back.

It’s no wonder why my sister turned to me last week, pointed at my hair and said: “You have a lot of split ends.”

Brutal, but honest.

Before Tuesday, I’m not even sure I knew there was any such thing as “summer-proofing” your hair. I wash and condition with Suave — don’t judge me — blow dry on high heat for 10 minutes, straighten on high heat and then curl on high heat.

That’s healthy, right?

Then I head to the pool, bake for hours in the sun and plop into the water for my dose of chlorine.

Chemicals, you say? What chemicals. I’m not a blondie — my hair won’t turn green. Those chemicals will wash out.

No, not according to the experts at Salon glō in Valencia.

“It’s not just going to leave; you have to get rid of it,” said Dan Csicsai, co-owner of the salon on Newhall Ranch Road.
Actually, if you are a blonde, chances are you’re much more aware of this than us brunettes. Months after summer had passed, Kiley Potter attempted to die her bleached hair.

“When I decided to put color in it, it was dark green,” said Potter, a Salon glō stylist and Csicsai’s assistant. 

“Then, you have to go back and lighten. It’s damaging if you have to fix when it could have been prevented,” she said.
Preventing summer damage
Realizing that my hair might be feeling a bit neglected and abused during the summer, I sat in Csicsai’s chair as a slightly skeptical but optimistic newbie.

First, I had to know — how exactly does the summer take its toll on my hair?

“Color would be faded because of exposure to the sun,” he said. “It would be dryer and more porous. By the time September comes around, it’s not in good shape.”

It makes sense. We lather up with sunscreen before heading out in 100-degree rays, yet neglect our hair. Skin cancer is not a concern for hair, but powerful rays and pool chemicals have the ability to damage strands from the cuticle to the inner structure.

Csicsai began with L’Oreal’s Kérastase Resistance Age Recharge shampoo. A trim from my hairdresser a few days earlier hid most proof of split-end damage. Csicsai admitted my hair was in decent shape, but it was long — which meant the tips were older and needed some replenishment.

Put simply — longer hair tends to dry out, he said.

“It’s like washing a sweater for a few years,” he said. “After a while, it’s losing its luster. Because hair is a fabric.”

The Kérastase would reapply the moisture to my hair, Csicsai said. The line features at least eight treatments for targeting different hair types and problems, he said.

“We’re adding moisture that’s been lost, taking extra chemicals out from the chlorine,” he said.

After the shampoo, Csicsai applied the Kérastase Nutritive Oleo-Fusion for very dry or sensitized hair. He sprayed the fine mist onto thin sections of my hair.

The Kérastase website notes the product intensely nourishes hair giving it shine, softness and lightness. Csicsai said I would see the results immediately.

I do admit he was right. But first, I went back to the bowl for rinsing and then Csicsai added the Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique, a leave-in heat-activated reconstructing milk for weakened hair. The product is meant to protect and reinforce the external layer. It treats hair weakened by harsh chemical treatments and repeated blow-drying or heat-styling, according to the Kérastase website.

There is also a product for color treatment and another for moisture, Csicsai said.

Then came the blow dry followed by Kérastase Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur, a finishing treatment for sun-exposed hair.
The spray for dry or damp hair is a fast drying formula that gives anti-humidity and anti-frizz protection.

“It also adds a little bit of shine to the hair,” Csicsai said.

As soon as I looked in the mirror and ran my fingers through my hair, I noticed the difference — a bit shinier and definitely softer.

The $35 treatment should be kept up once every six weeks, Csicsai said. 

“Once every six weeks isn’t bad if you divide it,” he said.

Csicsai encourages those who receive the summer-proof treatment to invest in the Kerastase masque.

The masque, which ranges in cost from $58 to $60, is an at-home treatment that “will replenish what the treatment did,” Csicsai said.

Kerastase features masques for UV defense, nourishing treatment, softening treatment and nearly a dozen more.

Tips for your strands and tips
Salon glō left me with a few easy tips for keeping my shine, moisture and healthy strands all summer long. Here they are:

n Keep treatments up about once ever six weeks. Applying an at-home conditioning masque accompanied by heat-defense products will allow the treatment to last its full length.   

n Cut down on blow dry time. Consider letting your hair air dry while you apply make up. Then blow dry on a medium or low heat. “It might take longer but it won’t rough up the cuticles so much,” Potter said.

n Use a bristle round brush when blow drying and brushing. “It helps smooth out the cuticle and you have more control,” Potter said.

n If you spend more than a few hours at the pool, reapply Kérastase Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur.

n  Consider other summer-defense products in Kérastase Soleil line. For example, Soleil sells an Aqua-Seal, a fluid cream for sensitized hair. The product seals the hair with a waterproof veil to protect against harmful UV rays and water aggressors.

Two weeks after a haircut, I’d typically find myself browsing Google for quick tips for avoiding dried out strands and split ends. With Salon glo’s treatment and some easy tips for playing nice with my hair, perhaps I can avoid the frivolous search for answers on self-help beauty sites.

Here’s to summer-proofed hair and a mutual loving relationship with UV-protected locks.



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