Stretching your hair salon visits

June 2, 2009 5:03:18 PM PDT
Everyone is looking for ways to make their money go further right now. So how about tips on how to stretch out your visits to the hair salon?Keeping up with your cut and color can drain money out of your wallet. But at the Parlour Brooklyn, owner Nackie Karcher revealed her secrets, ways to delay that trip to the salon, starting with an interior haircut.

"It's not necessarily the top layer or the bottom layer," she said. "It's within, the areas that tend to get a bit denser and thicker."

She says long layers work better than a blunt cut, which will clearly show any new growth.

Protecting your color from enemy number one, the sun, can be tricky. But there's a range of products out there that shield and preserve the pigment. Look for ones with UV protectant built in.

"They're in shampoos, conditioners," said Ellen Miller, of Shape Magazine.

When it comes to your roots, there are certain touch-up products to reach for. Using either an angled brush or small wands, it's a way to put off that expensive salon touch up.

"The more permanent options have a much wider variety of colors, while the temporary ones are less so, five or six shades," Miller said.

At Tela Salon, Philip Pelusi mixes up concoctions that mimic salon treatments. He uses raw ingredients, like sugar and olive oil (a natural exfoliate), oatmeal, and bananas for body. Tea of all kinds will leave your locks shiny and give it a hint of color - chamomile for blonds, key largo for brunettes.

He suggests using a blender to whip up the at-home remedies.

"You want a creamy-type texture, not too runny," he said. "A good guide is to start with 50/50 and always add or take away some."

The Parlour Brooklyn is located at 72 Greenpoint Avenue. The phone number is 347-294-0444. Tela Salon is at 31 Little West 12th Street in Manhattan, and the phone number is 212-463-8213.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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