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Given the havoc that sun and chlorine can wreak on our locks, letting our proverbial hair down in the summer can be a particular challenge.
With additional reporting by Cristiana Caruso
Hot summers invite refreshing iced drinks, outdoor adventures, sun-kissed skin, and with that, sun-kissed hair — but with a catch. Chlorine pulls moisture from hair strands, causing them to become brittle and leading to breakage. The key is to find hydrating treatments and ways to keep hair nourished throughout the summer, and to take care of your hair both before and after dipping into the pool. If you’re worried about the sun, there are several SPF hair and scalp products on the market that will act as a hydrating barrier while blocking the sun’s rays on a day-to-day basis. However, for the best results, it may be best to leave it to the professionals.
Here are some summer-friendly hair treatments you will want to invest in and the Westchester salons where you can get them.
From the Roots
Escape from the grueling heat to From the Roots hair salon, a sustainable calming space where owners Megan Szatmari and Caroline King make sure your hair gets the treatment and nourishment it deserves. The salon specializes in the trending “lived in” color, ensuring your hair isn’t over processed, and they provide several hydrating treatments to add on to your cut. The duo opened From the Roots as a sustainable salon, participating in the Green Circle Salons initiative, in which they repurpose hair clippings, excess hair color, used metals (i.e., foil from coloring treatments), empty bottles, etc., so you can feel good about your investment in your hair and the planet.
Hair Studio Naka
At the highly rated Hair Studio Naka, you’ll not only get a salon treatment reminiscent of those offered in Japan (including green tea delivered to your station); you’ll even receive an indulgent scalp massage. When it comes to haircare, a scalp massage serves not only as a well-deserved relief but also improves circulation to the scalp, delivering more nutrients to the hair. While this practice is common in Asia, only recently has attention to the scalp as an integral part of any healthy-hair routine started trending in the States. With sweaty summer outdoor activities, chlorine, ocean water, sand, and sun-filled days, the hardworking scalp deserves a little love, a breath of fresh air, and a massage.
Aveda Botanical Therapy
Vision of Tomorrow
Vision of Tomorrow provides holistic haircare, using naturally derived ammonia-free color products. Indulge in an Aveda botanical therapy treatment to restore balance to your scalp and hair using Ayurvedic principles and essential oils or add on a hydrating reconstructive hair masque for deep reparative nourishment. While you’re booking your hair treatment, don’t skip Vision of Tomorrow’s wellness offerings, including Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) facial skin rejuvenation, lymphatic drainage therapy, stone massage, acupuncture, laser hair removal, and a nontoxic ella+mila mani-pedi.
Malibu C Treatments
Salon Topaz understands how tough the hotter months are on your hair. They offer two specialty services: the Malibu C Crystal Detox Treatment for mineral buildup and the Malibu C Swimmers Wellness treatment for chlorine buildup. Many clients don’t realize the importance of removing the harsh chemicals and mineral build up from hair that ocean and pool water can cause. When cleansing your hair of these, clients reclaim manageability, moisture, and overall hair health. This purging of buildup is particularly important for hair that is dyed, as it can interfere with the color’s ability to take and last. Both treatments leave hair refreshed, shine returned, and restore natural texture. If that couldn’t get any better, Salon Topaz only uses clean beauty products in their treatments, so there’s no worry of unnecessary additives or chemicals.