When transitioning betweens seasons, sometimes locks need a little extra love. We hit up celebrity hairstylist Chris Greene for his take on how to treat lengthy locks as weather turns colder and party season begins.
how should long-haired beauties transition from summer to fall?
Chris Greene (CG): It’s a good idea to get a little trim. Sun can dry out your hair, as can salt water and chlorine. Have your colorist look at your color, too, because you may need a gloss to bring back your desired shade or a clear gloss to close the cuticle layer of your hair. All these things will help your lengths look and feel their best heading into fall.
any rules around using heat styling tools?
My biggest rule is you should never leave the tool on your hair for too long. Five to 10 seconds usually does the trick. And if you have finer hair, which is more delicate and prone to heat damage, turn down the tool’s heat settings and be mindful of how long you’re clamping it down on your hair. A heat protectant spray is always a good idea, too, for all hair types!
when it comes to shampooing, conditioning, and treating hair, do long locks need special TLC?
You may want to condition from your ears down and then just squeeze the excess over your roots just before you rinse. That way you don’t weigh down the roots. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair, and they have seen the most heat, sun, color, etc., so it’s a good idea to treat them with care. A little more conditioner, hair oil and treatments on your ends is a good idea!
to tease or not to tease?
If your hair is in good condition, i.e. not super damaged due to color, heat, etc., it’s totally okay to tease your locks. Some people like to use a teasing or rat tail comb, some like to use a brush, It’s whatever you feel works best for your hair. Tease away! Just be gentle when brushing it out afterward.
any mistakes long-haired beauties make in styling?
It’s a good idea to use soft elastics, elastics with no metal pieces and scrunchies when pulling your hair back. You don’t want to snag or tear hair, which causes breakage and flyaways. I’m always telling my clients and friends to be more gentle. You wanna treat your hair with care.
any rules for brushing or combing?
Yes! Be gentle! I love wide-tooth combs and my favorite brush is a Shila Stotts Removal brush for detangling wet or damp locks. A detangler or leave-in conditioner is a good idea if you’re prone to tangly hair. Spritz a few sprays through damp hair then begin brushing. Start at the bottom and work your way up toward your scalp. It prevents more tangling and you won’t snap or break strands.
updos… yes or no?
Sure! Updos aren’t a problem. Just remember if you’re doing them often be gentle on your hair. When taking them down be careful how you brush them out. Don’t brush with all your might or a lot of force. Take your time and be careful not to snag the hair, which can cause breakage.