We grill the experts on how to keep your hair tamed over the hotter months
Are your tresses buckling under the heat and humidity of summer? Angela Beitz finds out what you can do to stamp out frizz and tries a new innovative treatment for unmanageable locks.
We all know that old familiar feeling; summer hits and your hair begins to resemble a lank, distressed mess. To add to the dire situation, de-frizzing treatments can be costly and hard to maintain. We spoke to Ilyn Macarilay, hairstylist and Kerastase Ambassador at Sisters Beauty Lounge to get some desperately needed help on this troublesome state of affairs.
‘It is quite common for hair to frizz in the summer due to humidity levels. Especially in Dubai, humidity is high so many people will see their hair become dry. The water can also make hair frizzy as it contains high amounts of chlorine,’ says Macarilay, who added that preventing the frizz ball effect starts with washing and mustn’t just stop there.
‘When washing hair, use cool water for the second wash, instead of warm. This will help to close the hair cuticle, which in turn will decrease frizz as heat on hair opens the cuticle. For frizzy hair, it is best to let it dry naturally when you can. Once hair is towel-dried, apply a serum such as Kerastase lixir and then leave to dry.
‘However, with oily hair, you first need to decide if the problem is all over or just at the roots.
‘If just the roots of your hair are oily (and scalp is normal or dry), use a shampoo such as Bain Divalent from Kerastase and only blow-dry your hair on cold as heat makes the scalp oilier. These shampoos will regulate excess sebum and cleanse your scalp, leaving your hair soft and cleansed. But don’t overload your hair with products as it will add excess oil.’
The main cause of hair frizzing is dryness. Dry hair can also be caused by your body having a lack of essential acids which in turn results in dehydration, so Macarilay recommends drinking plenty of water.
‘If you tend to colour your hair the chemicals used can also dry it out, so a mask is vital. Use a hair mask once or twice a week to tame frizz and leave your hair smooth and shiny.’
The L’Oreal Steam Pod tried and tested
I was more than keen to try something that promised to sort out my hair so I wouldn’t have to suffer the indignity of a summer sporting a strung-out mop. The L’Oreal Steam Pod is a system that has been eight years in the making. It is a treatment that uses a hair mask and a steam-straightening iron to improve the condition of the hair by closing the cuticle, eliminating frizz and smoothing the cuticle. The end result vowed smooth, conditioned hair with radiant shine.
I started by having my tresses washed with L’Oreal shampoos and a conditioner to suit my hair. A pro-keratin cream or serum – or both – is added before being dried off to 80 percent or 100 percent depending on your hair type. While this was happening, I asked about the steam pod and whether the steam would create frizz rather than prevent it. ‘I have been with L’Oreal for eight years and at first as I was very against the idea as I thought it would be bad for hair but it is amazing and you’ll be addicted,’ said the stylist.
The stylist dried my hair 100 percent as she said this would give the steam pod a better chance of closing the cuticle. The irons work like a clothing iron steam-station system. The temperature settings can be adjusted to suit the sensitivity of the hair and the desired style. As the irons worked through sections of my hair, the anodised ceramic floating plates deliver a flow of pressured steam, allowing the pro-keratin to penetrate the hair cuticle. Hair can be styled with volume and bounce. Or super straight. Either way, hair remains frizz-free until the next wash.
The verdict I could feel the incredible softness and smoothness of my new hair straight away. There wasn’t a fly-away in sight and it had a lot more shine. It felt heavier and dense as it coats the hair to weigh it down, making it smooth. The stylist gave me some really good advice too. She recently used the Steam Pod on her own hair, so it was perfect to get first-hand advice. The Steam Pod treatment costs between Dhs200 and Dhs450. Sisters Beauty Lounge, various locations including The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 342 0787).
Three alternative de-frizzing treatments
Blow out treatment A tonifying Caritrix scalp and hair treatment is first applied and this is followed with a blow out, which smooths the hair, leaving it silky and smooth. Dhs500 for one hour. Carita Paris, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0458).
KeraStraight treatment This chemical-free treatment is designed to smooth and control frizzy hair and allows you to manage styling. Plus, the results can last up to four months. From Dhs800. Salon Ink, Beach Park Plaza, Jumeirah 2 (04 385 4002).
Shine Define mask and Hydrate infusion treatment This in-salon combination treatment promises to leave your hair feeling silky smooth. Dhs150. Y-12 Salon, First Floor Ritz Carlton DIFC (04 372 27 12).