Graduation is in full swing and after spending a few busy weeks in the salon making sure the mothers of graduates have great hair, I realized that I will be saying goodbye to a few awesome young women, because they will be heading off to college and starting the next phase of life's journey. In an effort to make the transition easier when moving to a new area, I would like to share a bit of advice to keep your hair healthy and looking great while away at school...
1. August will be here before you know it, so be sure to get on your stylist's schedule for a fresh haircut and/or color right before leaving for school. Then, schedule your next appointment for sometime during winter break and again for spring break. If you have a color or haircut that will require maintenance every four to six weeks, don't be afraid to ask your regular stylist or colorist to recommend a salon near your college campus. Or, ask a fellow student who is from the area and has killer looking hair who their stylist is!
2. Chances are your college will be located in a climate that is very different from your hometown. What does this mean for your hair? It means you will more than likely need to change your haircare products. For instance, if you live in a climate with more moisture and go to school in Arizona or Colorado, you will need haircare that provides weight and moisture to keep static away while protecting the ends. If college is somewhere with high humidity like Florida, lighter weight products with sunscreen is what you will be needing.
3. Don't forget to bring hair accessories with you! Invest in good rubber bands that won't cause breakage. I also like those small clear ones, by Goody for braiding or more detailed pony tail looks. A few well placed bobby pins can not only keep hair off your face and catch stray hairs, but they make inexpensive hair jewelry. Use headbands during workouts to keep hair from becoming sweaty and greasy. This way all you need to do is freshen up around the hairline with dry shampoo to save time.