Summer’s here and your hair has a mind of its own? Check out these four treatments to sleek summer hair.
Silky shine hair treatment
The silky shine hair treatment is suitable for dry, frizzy and desiccated hair (straight or curly). The treatment helps to restore nutrition to hair by using Moroccan oil, which strengthens and adds shine boosting vitamins. It is followed by an intensive hydrating mask, which nourishes and improves hair’s texture. Hair becomes soft with optimal shine, suppleness and lightness. It can also protect hair from recurring dryness. $600 at Beauty Nest, G115-116, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, 2592 9559, www.beautynest.com.hk.
Japanese hair straightening
Strong chemicals permanently straighten the hair, but the treatment can leave hair damaged and results in an awkward growing-out phase if not touched up regularly. Do not use on coloured or overprocessed hair. From $1,000 at Studio S, UG/F, 50 Stanley Main Street, 2851 6993.
Brazilian blow-dry or keratin treatment
The hair is usually coated with a mixture of keratin and a chemical preservative. The keratin fills gaps in the cuticle and the preservative locks the hair into a straighter position when it is flatironed. The treatment greatly reduces styling time, but expect natural texture to return in about 12 weeks as the coating wears off. While certain levels of formaldehyde are permissible, ensure the salon is well-ventilated. Avoid while pregnant. $2,000-$2,800 (plus shampoo, $280) at Pulse Aveda, 2/F, The Pulse, Repulse Bay, 2149 1900, www.thepulse.com.hk.
This formaldehyde-free treatment is designed to smooth and soften hair. It involves two solutions: “shape” (relaxes curls) and “smooth” (reduces frizz). Both are available in medium or intense formulae, allowing clients to tailor the treatment. It is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women and results last five months. From $2,800 at Hollywood Hair, 1 Duddell St, Central, 2861 9830, www.hollywoodhair.com.hk.
This treatment has the least straightening effect, but is also the fastest, cheapest and causes the least damage. It helps to control frizz by restoring moisture to the hair either in a salon or at home (for best results, after applying wear a plastic shower cap for 10 minutes to trap heat and help the conditioner to penetrate the hair’s cuticle). From $680 at Capelli Salon, 1/F, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, 2592 9668, www.capelli.hk.
Dr Jahns’ top five tips to combat frizz:
1) Choose a styling product that will protect your hair against daily aggressors such as heat and pollution.
2) Your hair reflects your diet. Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
3) Don’t towel-dry the hair as it roughens the cuticle, causing frizz. Instead, use paper towels to blot water out of the hair.
4) Use a satin pillowcase to minimise friction and loss of moisture from the hair.
5) Before swimming, rinse your hair and apply leave-in conditioner to fill the cuticle and repel damaging chlorinated water