Expert's Opinion

Fall Hair Transitions

September 2, 2010

Tresses need to adapt to cooler weather.

By Philip Pelusi
Internationally recognized stylist and product artist

The end of summer brings thoughts of back to school and fall fashions but leaves us with our end of summer dry and often damaged summer hair.This means it’s time to reboot our hair fabric’s condition and hair color to transition happily into fall.

One of the first issues to address is the hair fabric’s condition.End of summer hair is often dry and dull and this just doesn’t fit with the lustrous rich looks that fall hair color trends bring.Good quality hair fabric is paramount to making this transition so add some weightless moisture and strength to weakened summer exposed hair.Add a leave in combination strengthening and weightless moisturizing conditioner to your regime.Look for one that contains organic Rice Bran, Shea Butter and Sweet Almond Oilto lock in moisture, and the organic strengtheners and antioxidants Sea Buckthorn Berry, Reishi Mushroom and Fo Ti.Simply apply this product to your wet hair prior to any other styling groom and blow dry in.Look for one that recommends gentle heat to more deeply infuse the product more deeply into the hair fiber. Try Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Healer.

End of summer usually means some kind of grown out summer high-lift highlights which,along with damaging effects of the sun, chlorine and salt water,results in dry brittle hair.Beginning with your shampoo, bring much needed moisture to the hair by switching to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner regimen.Choose one that is not softening but instead moisturizes the hair from inside the hair shaft by depositing weightless humectants that will draw and bind moisture deep into the hair without weighing hair down.Look for organic weightless moisturizers such as Marshmallow Root, Mountain Ladybell and Plantain.This will also be helpful when transitioning into the fall months when the humidity in the air drops.Drier air also means drier hair and can even cause static and breakage.Thoroughly moisturizing you hair helps dissipate static and strengthens hair, so lock in some extra moisture to fall-proof your hair. An example is Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Curly Shampoo and Curl Conditioner.

Summer sun literally burns potholes into the surface of the hair allowing easy removal of color molecules, resulting in quick color fade.Look for products that contain the organic antioxidants in extracts of reishi mushroom, Chinese foxglove, milk thistle and ku shen that ward off the damaging and fading effects of free radicals from sun exposure and pollutants—as seen in Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Color Guard Shampoo and Color Guard Conditioner.

Also don’t skip the sunscreen.Being out in the intense summer sun can cause hair damage and color fade.Products containing SPF sunscreens as well as UV absorbers not listed in the FDA Monograph can do wonders protecting your hair and scalp as well.Look for hair and scalp products containing UV absorbers and sunscreens that will also work as instant dry hair "thirst quenchers."These products should be applied to either wet or dry hair and worked down to the scalp to protect and beautify hair whenever it is feeling dry.As with beach products, you should apply sunscreens throughout the day.

About the author
Philip Pelusi is an internationally recognized stylist, photographer and product artist. Having gone from one salon to 13 locations as well as a magnificent industry centerpiece in New York City, Pelusi has created a philosophy, a product line, P2 by Philip Pelusi and systems for success.Philip created and trademarked, within the industry, the phrase “A Cut Above The Rest” to coincide with his creation of the registered Volumetric haircutting technique around which he built his empire.

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