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Summer hair

Dear Audrey,

After a full summer of swimming, sun, and styling, my hair seems to be dull and unmanageable, is there a product to help with this?

I love summer just like everyone else, but I don’t like what it does to my hair either—after 3 months of sun, sand, swimming and styling, my hair looks dull and lifeless too.  There are several ways you can fix your unruly locks with styling products, shampoos and other treatments.

Clarifying Shampoos

Clarifying shampoos remove minerals and styling buildup like salt water, chlorine or pool water from the hair giving your hair a fresh start, and restore shine.

How do you clarify?

Start with a nickel to quarter sized amount of clarifying shampoo and work it into your scalp only with light massage for a good 60 seconds. Depending on the amount of build up and oils on your hair, the shampoo may not lather very much, but that's okay. Make sure to rinse very well.
Next, take a smaller amount of shampoo (the more hair you have, the more you'll need to use, but typically no more than a quarter sized amount) and work the shampoo through your hair. You should notice lots of suds. Now, let the shampoo sit all sudsy on your head for a minute or two (now would be a good time to shave your legs). Letting the shampoo sit will help release the product build up. Then rinse really, really well. If your hair is in particular need of a clarifying treatment, this step can be repeated.

Condition your hair as you normally do. You may need to use a bit more conditioner than usual, as the clarifying shampoo does not have moisturizers that your regular shampoo may have.

My Favorite Clarifying Products (All are Sulfate Free!)

  • Malibu Wellness Swimmer's Wellness Shampoo, Conditioner, and treatment packets

  • Malibu Hard Water Wellness Shampoo and Conditioner, and weekly demineralize treatment packets.

  • Malibu Undo-goo treatment (removes extreme styling build-up.)

  • Clarifying Spray from ENJOY- Sulfate free spray mixes with your shampoo

  • ENJOY IRS (Instant Reconstructing Spray) Protein Filler

  • Shampoo Three By Paul Mitchell (Has Sulfates but is an economical choice and works really well)

  • You can also find Detox/Clarifying shampoos from AG, Colure, Pureology and ABBA

Clarify before a chemical service

Clarifying before a chemical service like a color or perm helps with the effectiveness of the service, especially when used in conjunction with protein filler to even out the porosity of the hair shaft. ENJOY 5 Step Treatment includes both and is available from most stylists at Westside Beauty Supply.

All of these products are available at Westside Beauty Supply, and I recommend you begin with a consultation with any of our trained professional staff.

Here’s to happy healthy hair!


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