The Hair guru

The Hair Guru is a monthly column written by the staff at Salon on the Square in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Are sun, sand, salt, and chlorine stressing your tresses this summer? There are ways to keep your locks beautiful throughout the rest of the summer without hiding indoors.

Clarifiers are result-oriented products specifically designed to remove unwanted mineral deposits, chlorine, daily product build up, and other environmental pollutants. They also optimize hair color services, rejuvenate wimpy hair, and perk up curls. You can DIY or schedule an in salon treatment. 


Step 1:  Use a clarifying shampoo that eliminates the problem. Two of my favorites are O&M Detox Shampoo (gentle enough to use daily) and L’Avant Garde Stay Pure Clarifying Shampoo (removes mineral deposits and chlorine removal).

Step 2:  Repair with protein reconstruction and a moisturizing treatment such as O&M Power Base or Davines’ Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner.


Salon professionals offer in-salon treatments as an alternative to at-home versions. A clarifying and deep conditioning treatment requires additional time and can be added to an existing appointment or scheduled a la carte. Ask your stylist for details. 

Sheryle Pettet is a stylist at Salon on the Square. Learn more about her here.