Style and Beauty

Spring Cleaning…For Your Hair!

Once spring rolls around, it’s out with the old and in with the new! Spring cleaning your house, your closet, even your makeup bag, is considered common once the warmer temps hit. But this is also the perfect time to make over your mane! Round up your best products and get your salon on speed dial, celebrity hair colorist Jennifer J. fills us in on how to spring clean your hair!

1.) During winter, it seems like we need heavy duty hair products. Once spring arrives, which ones can we shelve? Winter brings the need of much heavier hair products, such as hair cremes and silicone serums, because of the dryness of the cooler weather. Pomades are also needed during this time due to more static electricity in our hair. These are products that can be put away until next year, and lighter serums and UVA protectors can take their place. I would recommend L’Or?al Professionnel Texture Expert Smooth Essence. It’s my go-to product because it has so many uses. It’s very light, helps fight frizziness, is great for both curly and straight hair, and will keep flyaways in check.

Spring Cleaning...For Your Hair!

Spring Cleaning…For Your Hair!

2.) What types of hair products should we stock up on? Deep conditioners and UVA protecting products are great for the spring and summer when we spend more time outdoors.  I love to bring a light conditioner to the beach. After I swim, I put a nickel size in my hair and let it dry. It’s like a deep conditioning treatment since the sun bakes it in. My favorite conditioner for the beach is L’Or?al Professionnel Serie Expert Leave-In Cream. It’s lightweight, yet very concentrated.

Spring Cleaning...For Your Hair!

Spring Cleaning…For Your Hair!

3.) What is the best way to clean out or sanitize hair brushes? Ideally, how often should we be doing this? Keeping your brushes and combs clean is easy, and will extend the life of your favorite brush.  Your brush will also work better on your hair, since it can get product buildup. Once a week, you should use a wide tooth comb and remove hair from your brushes.

I always like to use shampoo to clean my brushes and let them air dry. Use a light shampoo, such as a baby shampoo, for brushes that are plastic or nylon. Try and focus on washing the bristles and not the entire brush, in case it’s not water friendly. It’s also important to rinse until the suds are completely gone. Once a month is plenty.

When it comes to natural boar bristle brushes, you should not get them wet. They take a long time to dry and tend to smell. Instead, get a travel-sized spray bottle and fill it with alcohol. Clean all the hair out of it first, and then mist it lightly with alcohol.

4.) Why is it important to refresh your look with a trim or haircut come spring? Every 6-8 weeks is ideal to keep your hair in excellent shape and to ensure your split ends don’t move up your hair shaft.  Sometimes in the winter, we neglect our hair by not trimming. Also, the use of hats can cause drying and breakage.  It’s important to get your hair in great shape in spring because you will get the most growth in the spring and summer.

5.) For those who want a completely new look, what hair styles are “in” this spring? I always believe in a shift in your look to keep things interesting.  I don’t always think chopping your hair is the best bet, though. Bangs are a great, yet powerful, change and give you a lot of great “growing out” styles. Do what looks good on you, not what is “in.”

6.) How about color? Is spring a good time to “lighten up”? What do you recommend? Spring is an excellent time to “lighten up.” Going a shade or two  lighter on your base color will give your skin instant warmth. While  highlights on the crown of your head make a huge difference, lighter  pieces around the frame of your face will give your look an instant  glow.

7.) Is there anything else you’d like to add? Anything that we should be asking our hair stylists before sitting down at the salon? Be prepared.  Old pictures of yourself that you really like and any magazine tear outs are welcomed.  It’s so much easier to talk about hair color or a cut visually, instead of hoping that you are talking about the same things. Give yourself proper time at the salon if you are changing your look. Hair coloring is an art and not just a quick process. We want you to look great just as much as you do, maybe even more!

Jennifer J

Jennifer J

Jennifer J. is the most sought-after celebrity hair colorist nationwide among the influencers, tastemakers and entertainment elite. Her experience spans more than 15 years, during which this time she has become a key figure in the world of hair coloring.

Her precision and visionary techniques have made her a master at color corrections, beautiful vibrant tones and most importantly, natural hair color. This incredible combination catapulted her to the top of many A-lister and studio executives’ address books alike. Whether on set or in the salon, Jennifer’s loyal clientele continues to seek her expert hair coloring services due to her immeasurable skill, professionalism and easygoing demeanor.

She has created signature looks for clients such as Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, January Jones and Kristen Stewart. In addition to celebrity styling, Jennifer also finds time to create looks found in NewYork Times Style, USA Today, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Lucky, Women’sWear Daily, Self, InStyle, E! and US Weekly.

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