At a recent event for Kérastase Paris, we previewed their new Fusio-Dose In-Salon Treatments at Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City (click the first link to find a salon near you). The stylist starts the high-tech treatment by taking a 600 times magnified digital photo of your hair— scary, I know!— and uses the image to take a close look at your hair’s health, identifying problem areas (when hair is healthy, strands will appear uniform in shade and diameter). Then, the stylist uses the information from the photo to mix a bespoke Fusio-Dose treatment, using a large dose of one concentrate to address your primary need and a smaller dose of another to address your secondary need: either Concentré Pixelist for colored hair, Concentré Oléo-Fusion for dry hair, Concentré Vita-Ciment for damaged hair, or Concentré Substantif for thinning hair. Below are the digital photos taken of my hair at the salon; pre-treatment (left) about half of my strands are dry (the dull brown areas), and post-treatment with the Concentré Oléo-Fusion for dry hair, they are almost uniformly hydrated and shiny.
Tell us: Have you ever tried an in-salon hair treatment? If so, what was it and what did you think of the results?
This week’s scorching heat has taken a toll on our hair—limp, sweaty lengths plus dry, straw-like ends aren’t a pretty combination. So we’ve been turning to It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask. The thick treatment detangles, nourishes, defrizzes, softens, and restores moisture to our abused strands. We use after days in the sun, in the ocean and pool, and post-exercise to revive our hair. Tell us: What product brings your hair back to life?
—By Amanda Downs, beauty intern
In our May 2011 “A Smarter Shampoo” Get Gorgeous section opener, hairstylist River Lloyd of the John Frieda Salon in New York City explains that the chlorine and chemicals in your shower water may be hurting your hair—but that a shower filter can remedy the problem. Here, three tell-tale signs that your shower water may be damaging your strands:
1. Your hair “steams” when it’s heated under a blowdryer.
2. When it’s damp, your hair has a slight “wet-dog” smell to it.
3. Even after a proper blowout, your hair still feels tangled.
Do any of these sound familiar? If so, you may want to consider attaching a shower filter to your showerhead: They remove up to 91 percent of chlorine, leaving your strands softer, smoother, and more manageable, and keeping your color truer longer, Lloyd says.
When I visited my hometown in Texas this past weekend, I made an appointment to see my hairstylist, Jessica Broome of Headquarters in Kaufman, to switch up my fall style. After coloring my hair, she took me to the sink and started raving about a new shampoo and conditioner she has fallen in love with—TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Shampoo & Conditioner. They come in levels 1, 2 & 3 depending on the condition of your hair. She recommended level 3, Resurrection, for me because I use bleach in my hair, making it more brittle than most. Level 1, Re-Energize, is for those of you with normal hair that just needs a little pick-me-up. Level 2, Recovery, is right in the middle—damaged, but not yet at intervention point.
“I have styling products that I know are great, like CHI Keratin Mist, but this is the first shampoo that I can honestly say I recommend,” Broome said. Her hair felt and looked fantastic, so I knew I had to try it. She used it to wash and condition my hair, and even after getting highlights, my hair felt much softer and more manageable than prior to my visit. Bonus: It smells wonderful, too! What’s your favorite shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair?
-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern
An active lifestyle can take its toll on fragile strands (hello, perpetual ponytail!), which is why we love Herbal Essences Hydralicious Reconditioning Shampoo. The thick, swirly formula not only looks (and smells) amazing, but cleans sweat and grime while targeting parched, damaged areas with reparative ingredients like shea—all for under $4. What’s your go-to shampoo?