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Summer Hair Care

Tips from Andrew Stefanou Salon and Spa


We sat down with Ella Sandin a stylist at Andrew Stefanou in Darien, and the Brazilian Keratin Treatment queen (she was so excited about the possibilities of the process that she went to California to get certified by the experts there). Here are her tips for perfect hair, even in serious summer humidity.

The Brazilian Treatment takes the frizz out of hair for up to 3 months, provided you care for your hair appropriately. This $300 treatment (far less it should be noted than bi-weekly blowouts) allows even the most unruly hair to weather beach weather.  

To ensure the success of the treatment just follow Ella’s easy tips:


  • For the first day after the treatment, don’t use shampoo. You can rinse hair and condition the ends only.
  • When you do shampoo, it should only be used at the roots of hair, not the ends.
  • Try a shampoo that doesn’t contain sulfates or sodium chloride (note that these shampoos don’t foam up like traditional shampoos), but not more than 2-3 times per week.)  Shampooing can strip the hair of essential oils and you don’t want to lose the frizz only to have dry hair be the issue. If your hair tends to get greasy between washes, you can use a dry shampoo.
  • Dry shampoo is also important to spritz on before a workout. Spray it all over the frame line and the lower frame line of your hair to prevent hair from coming into contact with sweat. After your workout be sure to rinse out your hair with water. 
  • If you think you need to wash more regularly, you can just rinse out and condition the ends, skipping a shampoo.



  • Try to use a conditioning masque twice a month, it will dramatically improve hair health by getting nutritional proteins into the hair and sealing the treatment.



  • If you want to keep the treatment from wearing off try to skip the chlorine and sale water as much as you can.
  • If you are a swimming enthusiast, the best way to still enjoy your swim and save your hair is to wet hair with tap water and applying a thick conditioner before you dive in. Comb conditioner through and be certain to cover all of your hair. This will not only protect your Brazilian treatment but also your color and overall hair health.
  • For those who aren’t ready to commit to the Brazilian treatment, you can always go low maintenance and slick damp hair back into a bun on humid days with a dab of conditioner, this is preferable to frizz and means you can skip the blow dryer.
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