Since I moved to Seattle in July, I’ve suddenly felt compelled to tell people–from my manicurist, to my doctor, to my own husband–that I do, in fact, brush my hair in the morning. The reason I started to divulge this unnecessary bit of info so frequently is because on most days, just by looking at me, you’d think I hadn’t brushed my hair in days. And I blame the rain. I have that super-fine kind of hair that’s extra-sensitive to humidity — like if it’s going to rain tomorrow, my hair will get curly and greasy and flat today. Because being a new mom presents a whole host of beauty challenges in its own right (namely that I have about 5 minutes a day for personal grooming … and then as soon as those 5 minutes are up I get peed on) I needed some easy, effective ideas for handling my rain-induced bad hair days.
My knight(ess) in shining armor? Sassoon Seattle Creative Director Lisa Rowell. According to her, here’s what we should all be doing to prevent a little rain from ruining our hair.
Rule Number One:
Lisa’s most important bit of advice? Start with a great hair cut. “It’s important to have a strong foundation cut into your hair so if you’re caught in the rain or wind, it still has shape. If you have curly/wavy hair in a place like Seattle or Chicago, embrace it. With the constant weather challenges, fighting your natural texture is an uphill battle.”
For Ladies with Curly Hair:
Work with what you’ve got, says Lisa. “Most curly haired people know not to shampoo everyday, but it’s also important to find the perfect balance of moisture and hold for your curls. I like the Kerastase Oleo ‘Curl Cream’ for thicker, frizzy hair because it adds moisture and bounce. For a finer, weaker curl, I prefer the ‘Mouse Curl Ideal’ by Kerastase. It gives additional hold, but still feels soft. To enhance the texture of your curly hair, use a texture spray on the roots such as Kerastate’s ‘Spray A Porter.’ It gives curls a tousled feel.”
For Ladies with Straight Hair:
When it comes to maintaining a straight hairstyle the answer is, again, all about the product. “Always use a product when you blow dry that will hold, control and protect the hair. My favorite blow dry product for straight hair is Kerastase ‘Creme de la Creme.’ It gives your hair volume, adds definition and holds on a rainy day. For dry hair, I suggest an anti-humidity product, such as ‘Laque Noire,’ and then adding ‘Touch Perfection’ which serves as a replenishing balm to minimize fly always and frizz.”
We bow down, Lisa.
This post is the first in a series for our partnership with Sassoon Salons in Seattle and Chicago! Watch out for more expert advice coming your way over the next few months, and feel free to send your most pressing hair Qs to firstname.lastname@example.org … we might just have an expert answer them for you.