Six Tips For Healthy Hamptons Hair by Celebrity Stylist Kieran McKenna
Summer means it’s time to get your gorgeous hair game going ladies! KDHamptons asks celebrity hair expert, Kieran McKenna of the newly opened Kieran McKenna Salon on Madison Avenue to share six top tips for gorgeous summer hair. “These tips are all natural and will help maintain flawless, glossy hair during the hot summer months or while exercising,” says Kieran, who also is available for private at-home bookings in the Hamptons as well as weddings. Ready for your Rapunzel moment?
Herbal Hair Mask:
Combine 1 teaspoon of triphala powder (an Ayurvedic herb you can purchase online), with 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel and a small amount of water until a paste is formed. Wet hair and apply paste to scalp and hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes and rinse.
Baking Soda Wash:
Simply giving your hair a weekly baking soda rinse will help rid the hair of the layers of chemical gels and environmental pollutants that can attach to the hair throughout the week. It also gives the hair a vibrant glossy feeling and may even lighten it. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to your hair while doing your normal shampooing regime.
Sandalwood Powder Hair Mask:
Add 2 teaspoons of organic sandalwood powder to 3 tablespoons lime juice for an excellent cooling summer hair mask. You may also replace sandalwood with licorice powder, or combine both into a mix.
Coconut Oil Conditioner:
For dry and brittle hair, increase moisture by giving yourself a coconut hot oil treatment. Massage a small amount of warm coconut oil (organic and cold-pressed if possible), into scalp and through ends. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes, and then shampoo and rinse as normal. You may need to wash twice to get out all of the oil.
Rosemary Oil De-tangler:
Avoid harsh chemical sprays. Rosemary essential oil is an excellent de-tangler. Rub a few drops into your palms and then through damp, tangled hair. You can also put a little rosemary oil on your hair brush for de-tangling action.
Castor Oil Deep Conditioner:
For extra conditioning and healthier hair, add 2 teaspoons of castor oil to one egg white. Massage the oil-egg mixture into wet hair and scalp. Leave for at least 25 minutes before rinsing.
Before exercising or a work out, rinse your hair and apply a deep conditioning treatment. Leave the treatment in your hair. You can braid your hair or style it into a ballerina bun. As you exercise and your body heat increases, the heat ‘escapes’ through the top of your head. This heat opens the cuticle of the hair much the same way heat lamps do in the hair salon. (A hot yoga session is perfect!) This allows the conditioner to really penetrate into the hair for a deeper conditioning treatment. Then rinse out the conditioner when you take your post work out shower. So not only are you keeping your body healthy by exercising but your hair as well! This is a terrific time saver for girls on the go with hectic lifestyles. If you are a runner and like to run outside, it also has the additional benefit of acting as a sunscreen and protecting your color.