5 Hair Faux Pas You Are Committing

Whether you have a fine or coarse hair type, when hair is wet, it is more fragile, especially if you have color-treated or chemically-treated hair, which means it is more liable to breakage. Pastels’ expert team outlines the 5 things you must never do with wet hairs(hair faux pas).

  1. Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet. If you find yourself with a lot of tangles, use a detangling brush that is suited to wet hair, and never use a round brush on wet hair.
  2. Avoid exposing wet hair to high heat. Gentle drying on low heat may take more time, but it will definitely reduce damage.
  3. Don’t tie wet hair into a bun or ponytail: Your hair elasticity is at its max when it’s wet, so when put in a bun or ponytail, it stretches even more causing tension breakage. In addition, your scalp won’t get enough air to dry, which can skin irritations.
  4. Avoid wrapping wet hair in a towel: The harsh fibers of the towel can be rough on your wet fragile wet hair, leading to breakage. Trying using a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel to absorb moisture.
  5. Never use a straightener on wet hairs: You may be in a rush but by styling your hair before it’s completely dry, but you’re actually frying your hair for a damaged, dull look.

If you have damaged your hair, then perhaps consider a hair mask. Applying a mask to wet hair is much less effective, though so avoid applying the treatment when your hair is completely wet. Instead, towel dries your hair before applying so the mask can penetrate your hair shaft easier and the mask’s benefits can be maximized.

Three Products Every Girl Needs for The Dubai Summer!

Julian, Stylist at Pastels Salon Ritz Carlton gives us the lowdown on what you should be using to keep your hair at its healthiest whatever the climate!

For many living here hair can feel dry and fine due to three factors which are quite specific to the UAE, namely the desalinated water, the air conditioning which saps the moisture out of the hair, and  the lack of seasons in the UAE – there is a constant stress on the hair due to excessive and prolonged  sun exposure, which dries the hair out. Hardly surprising then that people turn to hair care products to replace this lost moisture, and there are many on the market.

Kerastase Elixir’s Oil

When it comes to natural oils, Kerastase Elixir’s oil offers brilliant results. It also offers heat defence, locks in moisture and offers a terrific shine. You can use it as a serum or add it into your conditioner to intensify that product’s effect and you can use it overnight as a deep conditioning treatment. It can also be used as a blowdrying primer that cuts down blowdrying time, without compromising the effects of a blowdry.

Kerastase Moisture Mask

There are many treatments that you can have in a salon to keep – or put back – moisture in the hair. One such example is KeraStraight Intense Boost, which utilises KeraStraight’s latest groundbreaking Moisture Masks to repair, re-hydrate and renew hair from the inside out. Intense Boost rebuilds what the hair lacks and locks in moisture and strength for up to 30 days to leave you with head-turning, luscious hair. This is a great treatment to have pre-summer and there is a range of take-home products to keep its efficacy.

Kerastase Fusio Dose

One of the best-sellers in terms of treatments is Kerastase Fusio Dose, a range of intermixable shots that can be combined to create a bespoke treatment cocktail perfect for your hair. One thing you should remember is that there is a misconception that if the hair is damaged, it lacks moisture but often the case is that if it is broken; by adding moisture you just smooth over broken hair, whereas, in reality, you should fix the hair with protein products before expecting treatments to enhance the condition of your hair.

In the Middle East, the style icons tend to be based around women with long, voluptuous, healthy-looking hair.  So when it comes to cutting techniques, we want to create thick-looking hair.  This means layers should be kept long as the longer the layers are; the more hair collects to the exterior shape of the haircut, ensuring hair looks thicker and longer. But to have styles like this, hair needs to ​be in optimum condition, healthy and shiny so you should always use professionally-recommended products that will either repair broken hair or lock in moisture, depending on your needs.

What are the haircare must-haves of 2019

With an overwhelming array of haircare offerings already on salon retail stands and news about product drops constantly filling our social media streams, it can be difficult to get to grips with what you should definitely have on your bathroom shelf to maintain your best possible hair, especially if you have to consider not only your hair’s texture and type but also your lifestyle.  But, there are some products that are deemed must-haves and which leave stylists raving.

Check out what some of Pastels’ stylists consider their hero products.

“For long-lasting beach waves, nothing beats using Balmain texturizing spray with heat protection on each section before curling” – Riqui, Junior Stylist, Pastels Salon Ritz Carlton

“One of my favourite products is the Kerastraight serum. It is a heat protector which is perfect to use on wet or dry hair and it is very moisturising. I absolutely love how soft hair is after using it!” – Jessica, Senior Stylist, Pastels Salon Jumeirah

“Want more manageability and protection? Then Redken 25 benefits One United is a must. It is a light weight product with anti-frizz and detangling properties. It helps prevent breakage and has heat and colour protection, sealing the cuticle and giving a silky touch.” – Natalie Anne, Senior Stylist, Pastels Salon Jumeirah

“If you’re a brunette and you want to keep brassiness at bay, then you should invest in L’Oreal Color Corrector and use it once a week.” –  Vesna, Senior Stylist, Pastels Salon Ritz Carlton

“Are you after glossy, stronger, healthier hair, then ask for Olaplex 1 & 2 in salon use is for you, it‘s brilliant for all hair types and textures; before a blowdry, within a colour, after a colour or just as a stand-alone treatment. Then for a top-up at home then you can purchase the Olaplex no.3 home kit, it takes just 10minutes a week and will leave your hair feeling luscious for longer. After just one use, you’ll be hooked.” – Charlotte, Senior Stylist, Pastels Salon 

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