5 Steps to Healthy Holiday Hair

Reigan Roan-Zapatier, hair stylist and owner of Lotus Hair Studio, shares her strategies for receiving the gift of gorgeous hair.

Are you on the naughty or nice list when it comes to how you treat your hair? Reigan Roan-Zapatier, hair stylist and owner of Palm Beach’s Lotus Hair Studio, shares her strategies for receiving the gift of gorgeous hair.

Step 1: Establish a daily hair routine

“Take a daily nutraceutical to benefit hair health and growth. I recommend Hush & Hush Deeply Rooted. Massage your scalp, brush thoroughly, and don’t over wash. Kérastase’s 8H Magic Night Serum is great to apply before bed to nourish, detangle, and boost shine.”

Step 2: Stick to a scheduled maintenance plan

“If you want to maintain a style or length, visit your salon every four to six weeks as hair grows an average of half an inch per month. If you are growing your hair, don’t wait longer than 12 weeks, as your hair may split faster than it grows from the follicle.”

Step 3: Give damaged hair a little TLC

“Clarify at least once per month to remove buildup—more if you swim in chlorine often or have well water. I recommend Oribe’s The Cleanse. Kérastase’s Fusio-Dose treatments only take five minutes and will address color fading, add moisture, density, shine, or help de-frizz. You can address two issues in one treatment, and it will last six weeks. The Kérastase Soleil line is fantastic for those who have prolonged sun exposure.”

Step 4: Exfoliate your scalp

“A healthy scalp contributes to healthy hair. Massage daily and exfoliate to boost cell turnover. Prior to shampooing, I recommend Kérastase’s Chronologiste Gommage Exfoliating Pre-Shampoo. Oribe’s Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-On Treatment is fantastic for processed hair. It is lightweight and absorbs well into the scalp, removing flakes, while mint and chamomile calm and soothe. It is also keratin and color safe. Tea tree oil is also great to balance healthy pH levels. It is antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, will battle dandruff, and fight off lice. Apple cider vinegar has many of the same benefits as well as being acetic acid, which will help lower pH and bring hair health into balance. Dull, brittle, frizzy hair tends to be more alkaline.”

Step 5: Avoid the biggest hair-care omissions people make

Not using quality products that have better ingredients and aren’t watered down with alcohol and low-quality cleansers.

“It’s worth spending more on quality because you will replace it less often and it will be more likely to achieve the same [salon] results at home. Low-quality cleansers will ruin your color.”

Not using thermal protection before blow-drying and/or using hot tools.

“My favorite is Kérastase Thermique Blow Dry Primer for hair that lacks moisture. A nice lightweight product is Oribe’s Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield.”

Not using conditioner because you are afraid it will weigh your hair down.

“We’ve come a long way with hair product technology. Hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. Oribe Power Drops Damage Repair Booster is a potent mix of hyaluronic acid, fatty acid, biotin, and vitamins, while Oribe Conditioner for Magnificent Volume is body building and comes in a gel cream. Kérastase’s Fondant Densité Conditioner has Intra-Cylane for strength and structure as well as hyaluronic acid. Don’t skip conditioner—just find the right product for your hair.”

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