While it may be super fun to play outside on a hot summer day, it is extremely hard on your hair. Summer activities, such as hiking, mountain biking and swimming can take their toll. Harsh elements such as UV rays and chlorine can dry out your hair, causing split ends and potentially stripping color. To keep hair looking healthy and gorgeous all summer long, remember to keep up with your trims and try out some of these tips.
During the summer, quality products can be your hair’s best friend. Malissa Knight Garcia, professional hairstylist with Denver’s Oxford Club Spa & Salon, recommends Kevin Murphy’s Motion Lotion. This curl enhancing, frizz preventing lotion is flexible, weightless, paraben free and shields your hair with antioxidants and UV protection. Even if you don’t have curly hair, this is still a great product, as it smooths and adds shine and body. Motion Lotion also contains color protectants, so if you color your hair, use it to keep the color from fading in the sun.
Another summer pastime that is very damaging to your hair is swimming. While swimming provides relief from the heat and offers a great workout without taxing joints, excessive chlorine is extremely drying and can react with hair to change the color. Fortunately, there are products that offer some protection. Malissa recommends applying conditioner before you hit the pool. “This way your hair will soak up the conditioner before the chorine and/or salt water.”
Malissa also recommends a detoxifying shampoo, such as Kevin Murphy’s Maxi Wash right after you are done swimming. This will gently exfoliate your hair and help remove all of the chemicals. Maxi Wash also contains antioxidants to help your strengthen you hair’s defenses. For an all-around summer must-have, Malissa recommends Kevin Murphy’s Staying Alive. “KM Staying Alive is my favorite product! It is a leave in conditioner that you put on after you get out of the shower. This product is a weightless, sulfate and paraben free. It also has vitamins certified black pepper that will help absorb all of its amazing ingredients.”
Summer doesn’t have to leave your head looking like you made a wig out of straw. With the right products and regular trims, you can keep your hair looking shiny, sleek and beautiful all summer.
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For the last six years Malissa Knight Garcia has astonished the hair industry and hair styling, rising to unprecedented heights in Denver, CO. With a natural talent for all types of hair, Malissa brings a fresh, creative and unique approach to each individual person.
Malissa has created many different looks for several fashion shows in the heart of Downtown Denver. She is a key educator and session stylist for Kevin Murphy, one of the worlds most respected and sought after hairstylists. Recently, Malissa’s creativity and unique talent has earned her a spot to bring her remarkable touch to Fashion Week, Melbourne Australia in September 2011. She is currently based at the Oxford Club Spa & Salon in Denver.