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Making Headway into Summer

Professional advice to get your hair ready for more sun and more fun!

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Faded colour, dry brittle locks, green tinges, split ends - it must be summer. Mick Luppino, 2003 Australian Hairdresser of the Year offers some advice on how to ensure your hair enjoys a summer of fun and frolicking (at the beach and in your own backyard) without frying to a crisp.

A great haircut and a splash of colour are two simple steps towards summer hair care maintenance.

The summer chop:

Warning! This summer's looks ooze self-assured femininity - if you can't handle the heat, stay out of the salon! "I know straightening is huge at the moment, but this summer we're making waves - open loose curls on all lengths of hair," says Mick Luppino, Australian Hairdresser of the Year for 2003.

Fringes are still popular but the latest look is an edgy, disconnected fringe that's quite solid with extra length around the sides.

Shorter hair styles should be versatile with enough length to wear pulled back off the face, add extra height and volume or simply slicked back with a stylish accessory. The cut should be adaptable to your wardrobe and lifestyle. We all want hair that travels from the beach, to the office, to the evening with minimum fuss and maximum impact.

A different hue:

"Highlights are so last season. This summer we're creating solid blonde colours with the same kind of tonal variations produced by sunlight." We all know the summer sun will naturally lighten your hair. By the ends of summer a natural blonde will have three levels of colours, darker at the roots, lighter through the mid lengths and really blonde on the ends.

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At Luppinos we're using AVEDA 97% naturally derived permanent colours to recreate this sun-kissed tonal variation in the salon (and saving our clients from sun baking to create the perfect blonde.) Maintenance Tips: Hair grows faster in summer, so be religious with your trims. Book a maintenance check every six to eight weeks.

The Green Hair Monster:

Before indulging in a summer splash, wet your hair with tap water. Hair is like a sponge, there is only so much water it can absorb. The wetter your hair before you swim, the less salt water and chlorine it will absorb. Rinsing your hair in Club soda after swimming will help eliminate salt and chlorine buildup.

They're not much of a fashion statement but swimming caps are really a must for water babes.

f you start to resemble a Kermit the frog, try soaking your hair in tomato juice for about twenty minutes. The red will neutralise the green tinges. Remember to rinse out then shampoo and condition as normal. Sunscreen for your hair:

Hats are a must if you plan on spending some serious time in the sun.

There are two types of sun protection filters that stop UVA and UVB damage to hair.

  • Physical filters sit on the hair's surface and reflect the sun's rays. Ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are also contained in sunscreen, repel both UVA and UVB rays.

  • Chemical filters absorb the sun's rays like a sponge and prevent them from penetrating and attacking the hair shaft. They can be mixed into any base (eg. leave in conditioners and styling products) making them cosmetically acceptable to use on hair.

Safflower oil (available from health food stores) is a good example of a chemical filter. In addition to providing your hair with essential fatty acids whilst locking in the moisture, Safflower oil sits on the hair's surface and absorbs ultraviolet light like a sponge. If you get caught out, you can use a sunscreen for your skin, on your hair. It may not be the best solution, but it could save your hair from unwanted sun damage. Be sure to use a deep-cleansing treatment when you get home.

It's all about the Detox:

Buildup of styling products, salt, minerals and chlorine, can leave your hair looking dull and lank. For a really deep cleanse, Mick suggests adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your shampoo. This will remove any product residue and leave your hair feeling squeaky-clean.

Outshine the Sun:

Be careful not to over use shine products to control frizzies. They often contain silicone which can coat your hair after just a few applications.

For a more natural alternative, rinse hair with diluted vinegar for an extra boost of shine.

Kitchen Remedies:

For dry locks, mix half an avocado, 1tsp of mayonnaise and an egg in a blender. Apply to dry hair and leave for 20 minutes then shampoo, condition and style as usual. To sweeten the scent, add 2tbsp jojoba or sandalwood oil.

For extra shine, combine 340mls of beer with a quarter of a cup of cider vinegar. Massage through your hair after shampooing and before conditioning.

Information provided by Mick Luppino, 2003 Australian Hairdresser of the Year

For further information: Luppino's, 197 Hamilton Rd, Fairfield West, Tel: (02) 9727 9326

 

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