We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
Celebrity hair guru Frédéric Fekkai is here in LA to prep for today’s Saks Fifth Avenue appearance at South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St), where he’ll be offering personalized one-on-one consultations. Because Birchbox fans deserve nothing but the best, I checked in with the iconic stylist to offer some exclusive on how to transition your hair care from summer to fall. Read on for his tips and, if you’re in LA, call 714-540-3233 x210 to secure your time with Fekkai!
1. Use a deep clarifying cleanser to rid your hair of summer build-up. “After months of exposure to beach sprays, sunscreen and chlorine, your hair may not feel as clean and nourished as you’d like. The build-up your hair has endured can diminish shine, movement, and touchable texture. Try using the new PrX Reparative Shampoo ($30) which helps remove build-up and impurities while nourishing and detangling each strand.”
2. Experiment with fall colors. “Explore autumn hues and shades to take your hair into the new season. I’ve always believed that your hair is your perfect accessory, so experimenting with rich browns, honey blondes or vibrant reds that compliment your skin tone is a way to transform your overall look and add dimension to your hair.”
3. Schedule an appointment with your stylists. “If you have spent the whole summer lounging in the sun, it’s likely your hair may be dry, damaged and lost a lot of its shine. To ensure your hair is healthy and gorgeous, trim your split and brittle ends to prevent future breakage.”
4. Natural and simple is best. “Sometimes the simplest and most natural look can be the best. Avoid over-styling by working with your natural texture and minimizing the number the products that you may regularly use. Besides leave in conditioners, try skipping stylers from time to time to get in touch with your natural beauty and truly embrace your signature style.”
5. Use a deep conditioning mask. “We all know that you should use a deep conditioning mask every week or two. But as the summer comes to an end and the weather starts to cool down, it’s best to use hair treatments at least once a week. Hydrate your hair with the PrX Reparative Intensive Fortifying Mask ($49) to restore smooth and natural shine, while strengthening against styling and chemical damage caused by the summer.”
Another great way to moisturize parched summer strands? A hydrating shampoo like Frederic Fekkai’s Essential Shea formula.