The Pursuit of Perfect Hair By Ruth Harper

The Pursuit of Perfect Hair By Ruth Harper

Hi!  I’m Ruth Harper,  A lot of women tell me things like, “my hair stops growing at a certain point” or “as I’ve gotten older my hair has thinned out.”  So not true!  If you leave your hair alone, it can grow as long as you want!  Your hair may thin some as you age but that shouldn’t start until menopause.

So what’s happening?  Your hair is breaking!  It may grow an inch at the scalp but break an inch at the ends.  And if it’s thinner, your hair is breaking from the interior of your hair.  Why?  Well there are several reasons:

  • Flat ironing
  • Aggressive blow drying
  • Curling iron, hot rollers
  • Hair ties tied to tightly/ tying hair up wet
  • Hi-lites
  • Changing you hair color too often
  • Using a round brush that is pulling your hair out
  • Combing your hair aggressively when wet

Now I’m a Glamour girl and I believe that you should do all of the styling and coloring that your little heart desires!  That’s part of the fun, right!  So the answer is moisture!  You HAVE to keep your hair moisturized enough to offset all of the heat and chemical damage that you put your hair through.  Here are my recommendations:

  • If your hair gets oily after 24 hours then you need a volume shampoo and a deep conditioner.  Use the conditioner from the ears down, never at the roots.
  • If you can go days without washing then you need a moisturizing shampoo and a deep conditioner all over.
  • If your hair is extremely dry then you need to use a sulfate free shampoo.
  • Always get into the shower and shampoo first then apply conditioner and do everything else so that you have the conditioner on for 10 minutes.

You also want to do three additional conditioning treatments a week.  I like Oleo Relax by Kerastase, Coconut oil at GNC or Whole Foods, Ojon oil treatment and a Macadamia Nut oil mask.

Finally, if you feel your hair goes flat when you condition do use a volume spray at the roots before you style.  But don’t skimp on the conditioning!  Just like in fitness, there are no shortcuts.  To get in shape, you have to work out and eat right.  And if your in pursuit of the perfect hair, you have to do the right things.

Written by: Ruth Harper, Pro Celebrity Hair Stylist at Roche Salon at the Washington Harbor

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January Products of the Month!

Kérastase Elixir Ultime

Versatile nourishing oil that provides ultimate shine, softness and nourishment for all hair types! As a special bonus, you'll receive a FREE GIFT with the purchase of Elixir Ultime Oil this month!

Yon-Ka Nutri Defense Creme

Intensely nourished, very dry, sensitive and damaged skin quickly recovers its balance, softness and resilience. Perfect for the cold and dry winter weather!

Christmas & New Year's Hours

We know how important it is to have your hair done for the holidays. Yours truly will be working Monday, December 21st from 11am - 7pm with Helen, Romano, Ruth, Marco, Funda, Joseph, Jennifer, and Sonia to accommodate those busy schedules. Additionally, Annette will be in on Tuesday, December 22nd!

Please note we will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. We will be closed Christmas Day & New Year's Day, but open normal hours otherwise!

- Wishing you all the best this season and in the New Year from the Roche Team!

Holiday Gift Sets!

The holidays are right around the corner and if you're still looking for the perfect present, we have amazing gift sets from Kerastase, Oribe, and Yon-Ka. We're happy to work with you to customize packages with products and make recommendations as well!

In addition to gift sets, we also have a Holiday Gift Card Special! For every $100 in gift cards purchased, you'll receive a $20 bonus gift card that can be redeemed in January or February.

A Roche Salon gift card makes the perfect stocking stuffer and is a great way to say "Thank You!" to anyone in your life! Visit our online store to buy a gift card and we can ship it anywhere you need it to go or you can always pick it up next time you're at the salon!

Small Business Saturday

We've put together a great special on all retail products for Small Business Saturday!

Buy 1 Product - Save 10%
Buy 2 Products - Save 20%
Buy 3 Products - Save 30%

If you're out and about on Saturday and need to re-charge or relax, we're also offering 20% Off Your First Massage or Facial with Swan and a complimentary conditioning or glaze treatment ($40 value) with any color service!

Request appointments online, via e-mail, or feel free to call us at 202-775-0775 :)

Thanksgiving Week Hours

On Monday, November 23rd, we'll be open from 11am to 7pm with Annette, Helen, Joseph, Sarah, Romano, Wantanee, Ruth, Seda, Marco, Funda, Swan, and Sonia to help accommodate those busy schedules with Thanksgiving just around the corner and will have facial, massage, and mani-pedi services that day as well.

We will also be open normal hours on Tuesday the 24th and Wednesday the 25th, but will be closed on Thursday & Friday, November 26th-27th for Thanksgiving.