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Summer Beauty Routine: Tips for Healthy Hair and Glowing Skin

As much as we love summer, the heat and sun can damage hair and skin. Good thing your favorite salon is here to share some tips to protect yourself this summer. We’ll also reveal what’s on trend right now and what’s new at Thanx so you can add treating yourself to your summer plans.

Summer Hair Trends

Summer 2024 is all about highlights, highlights, and more highlights. Our foils have been busy! This year’s trend is a throwback from the 90’s, which is actually a throwback from the 70’s. We’re seeing lots of face framing highlights, which is called a money-piece. This curtain of lighter hair really brightens up the face in a subtle but beautiful way.

We’re also seeing a lot of folks finally healing their hair from any dye jobs they did themselves during their COVID-era. As hair grows out and comes back to health, a professional can help keep it that way. Make an appointment so we can suggest subtle changes and ways to add moisture so you aren’t locked into cutting your hair short or dealing with dry or brittle hair. We’re also happy to provide ideas and insights into what’s popular and what’s best for your own personal style and hair care routine. While you’re here, you’ll discover how we’ve added to our shampoo experience to enhance your relaxation.

How to Protect Your Hair this Summer

Whether your hair is natural or treated, it should be protected from the sun, which can leave it dry and brittle. While some high-quality products do contain a natural sunscreen, it's not enough if you’re spending lots of time outside. Apply a leave-in conditioner before heading to the pool or going outside to provide a protective barrier around your hair. You should also wear your hair braided or in a ponytail so there’s less exposed surface area. This also keeps it from blowing around, as the wind can be even more damaging than the sun and lead to breakage. It’s best to use old tshirts when blotting your hair as they are more gentle than towels.

Don’t forget that your scalp needs protection, too! While you can use sunscreen on your scalp, it’s not ideal. The best form of protection is to wear a hat. We know that not everyone likes hats. But this simple investment can make a big difference. Google “sun damaged scalp” and you might be running to Walmart. You’d be shocked at some of the things the Thanx stylists have seen on the top of clients’ heads. While the whole team is trained to say something if they see a spot that looks new or abnormal, this will ruin your relaxation vibe! Diane once found a skin cancer spot on a client’s head, and she was able to get it removed before it progressed. Early detection is so important, but prevention is even better! Hats also protect your hair and keep it out of your face, and they can help with bugs too.

Summer Manis and Pedis

It’s time to get those feet looking sandal ready! Thanx offers wonderful pedicures that soften your skin and get rid of calluses, so come on by and sit and relax your tired feet. We can put gel polish on your toes for long lasting beauty so you don’t muff them up at the beach, in the pool, or on the drive home. You can even put your sneakers right back on after a gel polish.

For your hands, neon colors are hot right now and so much fun. We offer both natural manicures and gel polish. We also offer a brand new service called gel-x nail extensions. If you have short, stubby nails, we can get you the length and shape you’re dreaming of without the harsh, invasive process of acrylic. This gel-based service is brand spanking new and comes right off like gel polish.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

Using extra moisturizer at night can help put moisture back into dry summer skin. But the best thing you can do to protect your skin during the summer is use sunscreen every time you go outside. If Diane could tell her 16-year-old self one thing, it would be, “Dang, I wish I’d worn more sunscreen.” You might not worry about how much damage the sun can do when you're young, but it will come back to haunt you some day. Think wrinkles, pigmentation, redness, and uneven skin tone. Diane has watched many clients age over her 40 year career, and the effects of sun damage to the scalp and face isn’t pretty, especially as folks near their 60’s. At 58, Diane has started to see it in herself. Too much sun exposure can even cause skin cancer, which can be painful and even life threatening. Treatment on your nose, face, or scalp is hard to hide and causes some people to stay indoors and avoid others because they’re self conscious. We’re not trying to scare you, but getting a tan isn’t cool - protection is!

Treat Yourself to Your Favorite Product

Our product partners are phenomenal! Motives offers excellent anti-aging products, eyepatches to awaken your skin, toner to lock in moisture, and so much more. Aveda offers leave-in conditioner for sun protection as well as products that can moisturize and repair damaged hair.  You can shop at home for all your favorite hair and skincare products from our website. Anyone can use and share these links for high-quality and affordable all-natural beauty products. You don’t even have to be a client of our salon. But if you’re not, we hope you’ll give Thanx a try!

This post was written by Amy Miller, freelance writer and Thanx superfan. You can find out more about her writing services and her personal journey at her blog: A Novelist’s Guide to Rewriting Your Life.


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