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Summer Hair Care Tips from Cactus Salon Stylists

Summer hair care tips from stylists at Cactus salons in Commack, with a few fall thoughts thrown in.

Summer is almost over and if you've noticed a green sheen to your hair, you're not alone. Cactus Vanderbilt Stylist Janine Kirilescu said the summer – with the pool and salt water at the beach – is one of the most damaging seasons. She and Leslie Gordon, stylist and assistant manager at Cactus Mayfair, have tips to help you reverse this damage and keep hair luxuriously moisturized all year long.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Kirilescu said if you plan on going to the beach, you should use leave-in conditioner. Put it in before you go and your hair will be protected from the salt-water damage.

She also recommends a clarifying shampoo once a week during the summer – Paul Mitchell No. 3. This shampoo will keep the green pool-water color out of your hair.

Gordon recommends a L'Oreal Power shot, which is a deep conditioning treatment available at the salon.  The stylists at Mayfair also recommend a glaze and lock system, which reduces 85 to 95 percent of the frizz in addition to moisturizing the hair.

To Color or Not to Color

Coloring your hair is process that requires maintenance, more so in the summer because of the sun, pool water and salt-water.

Gordon recommends using a darker shade after Labor Day to lower the upkeep, and cost, in the fall. She particularly recommends block coloring for college students.

Block coloring is a dye that does not use foil papers, but instead the stylist sections off pieces of the hair to use different colors that compliment each other.

Kirilescu said students going away to college should try to cut their hair shorter in order to allow the cut to last till Thanksgiving break.

Kids Need Hair Care, Too!

Gordon and Kirilescu both recommend products for children, whose hair is actually more damaged because of their frequent pool trips.

Kirilescu recommends Enjoy leave-in conditioner spray, and Gordon recommends It's a 10 spray. It's a 10 also detangles and makes hair more manageable in general, Gordon said. 

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