Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Post-summer must: Hair treats in salon and at home


Although it feels like we haven’t had much of a summer to speak of, I’m betting that your hair is feeling the humidity, occasional dips in salt water and/or chlorine and generally being fried by hot tools like you wouldn’t believe!
So it doesn’t give up the ghost completely as the temperature drops, it’s essential that you show it a little TLC to get your locks like Rosie's, above. There’s all sorts of in salon and homecare treats out there to get your hands on, with most definitely something for everyone.
Kérastase salons have great In-Salon Rituals on offer for all types of hair, combining a relaxing massage with and intense treatment prescribed by your therapist. Chantal Landais in Jervois Road are offering free diagnostics and prescription of the Kérastase Paris range, and when you buy the three fundamental homecare products you get complimentary invitation to experience a ritual followed by a blow wave (valued at $90.00).
L’Oréal Professionnel salons have an amazing new service called Fiberceutic, which works to restore the condition of chemically damaged hair. Designed to fill and plump the hair fibre (in a similar way to botox) this in-salon treatment fills the hair fibre from the inside, to consolidate and strengthen the hair structure. Ideal for extremely damaged hair, this is a great alternative to cutting and lasts up to ten washes! To get the most out of the Fiberceutic service and extend the benefits between procedures you just use L’Oréal Professionnel Fiberceutic filling masque at home – too easy.
For at home care, Wella System Professional have After Sun Shampoo and Conditioner. The shampoo will gently cleanse your hair and scalp, as well as remove sunscreen and any traces of salt and chlorine that can damage your hair after being exposed to the sun. The conditioner takes things that much farther again, transforming your hair's texture from rough and tangled to smooth, silky and super lush. As well as a line up of truly awesome products, Wella SP also has After Sun In Salon Infusions that help take your hair to whole new heights, and I was lucky enough to experience one recently at Kensington Hairdressing in the Auckland suburb of Remuera. The first stylist in charge of my treatment was Sophie, who gave my hair a good old wash and then took me back to a station to begin my treatment. This was a seriously amazing thing to offer – how many times have you found yourself head twisted back over a basin for up to thirty minutes while a treatment is applied and processes? She used Wella’s star product from the After Sun range – the SP After Sun Concentrate. This clever treat adds up to 10 hours of UV protection in sunlight when used daily with any Wella SP rinse off conditioner, and protects hair colour from fading and shifting. Sophie tells me it’ll give me up to 40 per cent more colour freshness, which is a bonus as I’ve just returned to brunette and keeping my colour is key. She then gave me a gorgeous head massage and sat me under a heat lamp for five minutes while the treatment penetrated further and did its work. After the treatment was washed off my silky smooth hair was blowdried by Wella Trend Vision Silver Award winner Terry Whaitiri, just to top off a truly gorgeous experience.

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