When the summer season hits, we often worry about taking care of our skin and disregarding our hair. However, just as harmful UV rays can damage the skin, it can also damage your hair and scalp. Several summer factors can harm your hair including sweat, chlorinated pool water, sun rays, and sea salt. Leaving your hair unprotected can turn it lifeless, dry, and limp. Excessive perspiration can increase the chances of dandruff and dry out your hair. The heat can sunburn your scalp and damage your hair roots.
Moisturize and Protect
You should start any healthy summer hair regimen by getting a fresh haircut. Regular trims every 4-6 weeks can help damaged hair come back to life. The hair grows faster in the summer, and when split ends aren't cut off, they move farther up the shaft causing you to need to cut more length off.
If you color treat your hair, you must take extra care of it during the summer. The sun can cause the color to fade and maximize dryness. Opt for shampoos and conditioners that are made especially for preserving moisture like Keratherapy’s Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. This will not only help with keeping moisture in the hair but it also utilizes their kerabond technology which will ensure your smoothing treatment lasts as long as possible. If your hair is already dry, brittle, or damaged, use a deep conditioner like Global Keratins deep conditioning masque several times per week for an intense hydrating result.
**Please note that no smoothing treatment will ever replace a heat protectant. These treatments do not make your hair indestructible and you will need to continue to use a heat protectant in your hair when styling to ensure your hair does not become damaged.
Keratin hair-smoothing treatments are an excellent way to maintain healthy hair all summer long. They are performed in beauty salons all over the world, including San Diego, and became famous thanks to celebrities. Keratin is a protein naturally found in your hair. A keratin treatment involves a stylist applying a keratin hair-smoothing product and then using a flat iron to seal it in. The process can take up to 2 and a half hours depending on the length and density of your hair. Keratin treatments are ideal for individuals who desire frizz free hair. If you have naturally frizzy, coarse and resistant, or unmanageable hair getting a keratin treatment will ensure your style will last all day long without frizzing up even if you are in a humid environment. Keratin treatments won't cause breakage or damage your hair and will actually aid in restoring the hairs integrity over time. Results typically last 2 - 4 months depending on the treatment you choose.
Sun and Swim Protection
The best way to protect your hair from the sun is to avoid it. However, when that's not an option a hat or baseball cap is your next best bet. You can increase the protection by using a leave-in conditioner or other styling aid that contains UV protection like Global Keratin’s dry oil spray. If your summer plans involve swimming in the ocean or a pool, apply a conditioner or leave in spray that is safe and recommended for your treatment just before jumping in. Our personal favorites are Keratherapy’s Leave in Conditioner, and Global Keratin’s Leave in Spray or Leave in Cream. Swimming in salt and pool water is extremely stripping of smoothing treatments and hair color. The leave in products we recommend will act as a protective barrier between the water and your treatment. Keep in mind that if you choose to submerge your hair in pool or salt water even with a leave in product in your hair you will need to reapply every few hours much like a sunscreen because eventually it will wash out and leave your treatment exposed.
The Brazilian blowout is similar to a keratin treatment and is designed to eliminate frizz, volume and enhance the hair's natural sheen. It works effectively on all hair types and textures but is best for someone hoping to reduce volume and bulk. In the summer when the humidity affects everyone, a Brazilian blowout will make it significantly easier to manage and style your hair. The biggest difference between Brazilian Blowout and any other keratin based treatment is the Brazilian is protein based and does not contain keratin. Brazilian Blowout uses a plant based amino acid that is not found naturally in the hair and if used consistently can cause over protienization with will make the hair more dry and brittle. If you do decide to have a Brazilian Blowout done it is extremely important to follow up with a B3 treatment with will repair and hydrate the hair or use a hydrating keratin based shampoo and conditioner to maintain the health of your hair. For 2 months after the procedure, your hair will be smooth, and easier to style and manage.
As the temperature rises, it's important to protect your hair from harmful UV rays. The sun will damage your hair just as bad as it will your skin. UV rays burn the outside and the inside of the hair follicle causing it to become lifeless and brittle. Before you start slathering sunscreen all over your head, you'll be happy to know there are many hair products formulated to protect from the sun. There are serums and sprays to protect your hair from UVA and UVB rays. Masks, oils, and treatments that can boost hydration levels and restore your hair back to health.
Global Keratin has a shampoo and conditioner line specially formulated with UV and UVA to protect your hair from the sun. For an easy refresher you can use their dry oil spray with UVA protection throughout the day as well.
Before or after a day out in the sun, a hair mask made for damaged hair will smooth out sun-exposed hair. They are also excellent at treating scalps that are prone to dandruff. Keratin hair masks are intense conditioners that contain the same keratin that is found in our smoothing treatments to return moisture and adds keratin molecules to damaged hair resulting in stronger hair. A deep conditioning mask will repair the dryness the sun and excessive heat cause.
If you've already damaged your hair from the sun or using excessive heat, an overnight deep conditioning masque or B3 is a good place to start. Sleeping with an intensive product overnight will provide maximum moisture to your hair by allowing the hair a long time to absorb the product. If your hair is breaking off avoid blow drying and hot tools as much as possible giving your hair a chance to breathe. keep in mind all smoothing treatments are thermally activated though and in order to see the most intense result from your treatment you will need to blow-dry your hair to reactivate the product. You can blow-dry straight with tension and a brush or diffuse it to wear your hair with it’s natural curl.
When styling your hair straight with a smoothing treatment already in your hair all you will need to do is apply a good heat protectant that is safe for your treatment in wet hair and simply use your blowdryer and a little tension from a brush to control how it drys. Finish your look by adding a shine oil through your ends for extra gloss, Brazilian Blowout’s dry oil is a nice lightweight product that will do just that.
If you are styling your hair naturally wavy, blot dry with a towel after showering. Use a lightweight heat protectant that also adds moisture like Keratherapy’s 20 in 1 styling cream through the middle and ends of your hair and diffuse dry.
For styling very naturally curly hair, apply a moisturizer like a leave in spray from Keratherapy of Global keratin and a curl cream like curls defineher by Global Keratin and diffuse dry. Use your hands to separate the curls. Finish your look off with a high-gloss finishing oil like Keratherapy’s argon oil.
The Smoothbar was featured this month in Modern Luxury Magazine, San Diego.
We want to start by saying a special thank you to those who have and continue to support us on our journey, to offer Southern California the best smoothing treatments and service available anywhere!
Thank you to our amazing stylist who work hard every day to perfect their craft and offer every customer an amazing experience and the highest quality service.
Thank you to our clients, who make this all possible by putting your hair smoothing needs in our hands. We want you to know how much we appreciate your contribution to our success and that we will continue to be here to serve you for years to come!
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Keratin Treatments, The Smoothbar
Much of that gorgeous, frizz-free, beachy hair has a secret. Smoothbar’s Stacey Zayas was the first to devote an entire salon to Brazilian Blowouts and hair- strengthening keratin treatments, (from $150), and you can choose from more than a dozen. Most treatments last around three months and let you forget about the hair dryer for the summer.
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March is upon us and that means spring is here! Here in San Diego we are all ready to buy new flip flops and head back to the beach. As your picking out your polish color to get those toes flip flop ready again, don’t forget your hair!
All winter long your hair has battled the cold outdoors and dry air indoors. It’s likely your hair is feeling a bit brittle and lacking its luster. Head in to The Smoothbar to replenish your hair with moisture and shine. Our Smoothing treatments can also add an additional layer of protection to your hair as you head out for some fun in the sun!
Choose from one of our 12 smoothing treatments and a deep conditioning treatment to repair and refresh your hair for spring. Reduce frizz, shorten styling time and give your hair a boost of moisture today. Book Now!
Our clients have many questions on how to care for their Brazilian Blowout treatments at home. You spend lots of time and money on treatments to get desired results and of course you want to care for your hair properly afterwards in order to enjoy the full benefits of the Brazilian blowout.
The number one threat to your treatment is improper hair products. Some hair products can wash out your treatment where others can add too much extra protein to your hair causing more damage than before your treatment. It is essential that you invest in the proper hair care tools when getting your treatment. Always ask your stylist what products they recommend to protect your treatment and hair.
As of recently many “drug store brand” hair product lines have released sulfate free products. These products may be marketed as safe for your hair but they are not! These sulfate free products do not contain the essential nutrients to protect your hair and condition the cuticle that your treatment needs to stay in your hair. Although there is not currently a drug store brand that actually contains the correct Keratin that will benefit a smoothing treatment, some claim that they are safe. These products that are not specially formulated for your treatment may cause other kinds of protein build up and end up stripping out your treatment quickly.
Here at The Smoothbar every stylist is trained in what home care products work best for each individual Keratin and Brazilian blowout treatment. Ask your stylist to recommend a shampoo and conditioner as well as styling products and additional treatments.
It is often believed that keratin treatments are for those with very curly, frizzy hair that is difficult to manage. While these claims are true, and Keratin can make hair that is course and curly much more manageable. It can also help many other hair types repair damage and reduce frizz.
Men and woman with hair ranging from short to very long can enjoy the benefits of a keratin treatment. More than just a styling treatment, keratin helps repair your hair from heat, color and styling damage as well as protect it from natural elements like the sun and pollution.
What is Keratin and How Does it Work?
Keratin is your hair’s natural protective shield. It occurs naturally in hair strands and keratin treatments guard your hair against frizz by blocking out humidity and holding in healthy moisture. When your hair is exposed to harsh elements like heat from the sun and styling tools the natural keratin inside of your hair breaks down and causes the internal structure of your hair to become exposed.
Think of your hair like a pine cone, a young green cone is sealed tight locking in all the seeds but as it dries out it begins to open and loose its contents. Your hair works very much in the same way and by doing a Keratin treatment you’re helping to restore the Keratin in your hair that has been lost over time.
During a keratin treatment the stylist applies a high concentration of keratin in the form of a smoothing treatment to the hair so that the internal structure of the hair is penetrated by the keratin and sealed with in each strand to repair it. This process makes the hair smoother by adding strength, repelling humidity, and repairing breakage as well as damage. Hair that has been repaired with keratin will look healthier with a natural shine while giving you more manageability and less styling time.
Other types of smoothing and straightening treatments may promise the same results but they work much different. Straightening treatments break the bonds of your hair to give it its new permanent structure. This can be more damaging to your hair than beneficial. Also, some smoothing treatments not containing keratin may promise great looking hair but they do not repair your hair, rather they just coat it. Below you can see an image of how another popular smoothing treatment that does not contain keratin works vs keratin. Keratin only fills in where damage has been done and the remainder washes away. Where with other products that coat the strands of hair you can have build up issues over time that can cause more dryness, brittleness and damage.
Your local Smoothbar is equipped with high end stylist and only top of the line treatments to help you choose the right treatment for your hair repair today!