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Hair is easily affected by the weather. This is why it should come as no surprise that you might need to alter your hair care routine come summer. Especially for those living in the hot and dry Okanagan climate. There are plenty of things that you can do to maintain your hair’s volume, shine, and soft texture. Much like the sun can damage your skin, it can also damage your hair. Summer can quickly take your beautiful locks from lush to fried. Follow along below as we go through some of our top tips and hair care products for the summer season.

Start Off Summer Right With a Trim and New Products!

Our West Kelowna hairstylists would recommend that everyone gets a nice trim done before the start of summer. This will rid your hair of any split ends left from winter and leave your hair feeling fresh. Without a trim, the summer heat will worsen your split ends, making your hair appear thin and ragged. Additionally, you may also want to get a trim again in the middle of the season. This is because your hair tends to grow faster during spring and summer.

If you have colour-treated locks, you will want to invest in a UV protectant product for your hair. Just like the sun can burn your skin, it can also fry your hair and strip it of its colour. Pool water also has the same colour stripping effect. At BOTTEGA, we would recommend using our Goldwell styling products to help protect your hair this summer. Our newest Goldwell product, Bond Pro, is one of the best options for repairing hair and protecting it from harmful UV rays. This product is relatively inexpensive and provides you with proven results to ensure your hair stays happy and healthy. You can also opt for a gloss-over treatment on your hair for an added layer of protection. Another option would be to wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your scalp, hair, face, and ears from the sunshine.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to protect your scalp from sunburn! Scalp burns can cause some hair loss, or thinning.

Summer Hair Care Advice From West Kelowna Hairstylists!

For those with curly hair, it is especially important that you take care of your hair during the summer. Oftentimes, curly hair is dry and fragile. Thus, making it susceptible to the slightest change in weather conditions. Curly-haired folk who plan to spend time in a humid climate should consider getting a humidity seal product. Contrastively, those with curly hair who plan to stay in a hot and dry environment, should find a moisture protection product. Moreover, gloss-overs work well to maintain the integrity of curly hair too. 

Another thing to keep in mind is wind damage. Driving with the windows down and boating are two easy ways that wind can damage your hair. Wind damage causes breakage and frays the ends of your hair. To avoid this without sacrificing the pleasure of boating, or riding with the top down, try a windproof hairstyle or hat. Something as simple as a braid or low bun will save your hair from painful tangles and breakage. Making sure that your hair is well moisturized can also protect it from wind damage. 

In addition, steering clear of a tight ponytail can help prevent damage to your hair. Investing in some fabric-covered elastics and avoiding over-tightening can be all that’s needed to avert ponytail-induced breakage. 

Lastly, beware of salt in your hair. Whether it be from the ocean or a salt spray, adding salt to your hair can cause dryness. Use these products wisely and try to not overuse them. It can also be beneficial to use a clarifying shampoo or anti-residue shampoo once a week to strip your hair of the extra products you’re using during the summer. This way, your hair will remain fresh and ready to style. 

Kids Hair Tips For Summer!

Dealing with kids’ hair during the summer can be oh, so, difficult. The summer tangles from going to the beach and the pool can cause all sorts of mayhem. Finding a great spray-on leave-in conditioner is going to be your saving grace. KMS Moist Repair and the Bond Pro Repair Spray are both great choices to combat summer tangles.

However, if those pesky tangles won’t budge, try the following steps:

  1. Wash the hair with shampoo.
  2. Apply conditioner, and leave it in the hair.
  3. Brush through the strands with a wide-toothed comb.
  4. Rinse condition until the hair is slippery, NOT squeaky.
  5. DO NOT go to bed with wet hair! 

Contact Our West Kelowna Hairstylists Today!

Maintaining your hair’s gorgeous look and feel during the summer can be hard! At Bottega, we have plenty of products and tips to help you keep your hair feeling healthy and fresh all summer long. Contact us today for more information on the importance of summer hair care. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have about hair or our salon! Be sure to check out our social media for the latest updates and events! We look forward to seeing you at our West Kelowna salon soon! 


For many, heat tools are an essential part of creating salon-quality hairstyles. However, as we’ve noted in a few of our articles, using heat tools can seriously damage those luscious locks. Especially, if you forget your heat protectant! Blow dryers, flat irons, and curling wands, all pose the risk of ruining your hair. Sadly, once your hair has been damaged by heat, the only way to mend it is to cut it off. Despite the risks involved, hair stylists in West Kelowna know how important using heat tools can be in a person’s morning routine. This is why our team at Bottega Salon wanted to share with you some of the best heatless hair tools. Discover your new favourite styling tool in the article below, so you can ditch that blow dryer once and for all! 

A Quick Recap on Heat Damage:

In case you missed the FAQ we posted on our blog, we wanted to give a quick recap on heat damage. Heat tools are great when you want to transform the uneven creases in your hair into Instagram-worthy styles. Although every time you reach for the heat tools, you risk the health of your hair. Any instance where your hair comes into contact with heat, small holes are formed in the protective layer. Over time, this can cause breakage, frizziness, split ends and permanent damage. It should be noted that temperatures above 450 degrees can cause permanent damage. But, like most things in life, it’s all about moderation. If you’re grabbing the curling iron every morning, your hair will likely be burnt and damaged. Instead, using heat tools sparingly and on a low setting will ensure healthy, happy, hair. 

But, what if you want big, bouncy curls every day of the week (without the help of your trusty curling wand or blow-dryer)?

Best Heatless Hair Styling Tools From Hairstylists in West Kelowna!

The answer is simple. You can still achieve that voluminous hair you adore with heatless hair tools! Heatless hair styling has been around forever. And, the products have only gotten better and easier to use since their invention. Check out the list below to discover your new favourite styling tool.

1. Flexi Rods

Flexi rods are great if you want to create defined ringlets. They bend into almost any shape and remain secured in your hair without the help of clips or pins. Moreover, they can be used on a variety of different types of hair. Flexi rods are especially great for creating definition in those with hair that is already curly in texture. In order to use these versatile rods, simply section your hair into 1-2 inch pieces and roll vertically from end to root. Make sure your hair is slightly damp when doing so. Once the hair is dry, take out the rods and brush through your hair with your fingers. 

2. Foam Rollers and Pillow Soft Rollers

Leaving your hair to set overnight is one of the best ways to achieve voluminous hair and/or curls. Not only this, but it also saves you time in the morning. Instead of waking up extra early with messy slept-on hair, enjoy a longer sleep and runway-ready hair. 

Foam rollers are a seriously great addition to your heatless hair styling tool kit. Foam rollers are soft and spongy in texture, allowing you to sleep comfortably with them in. Make sure to keep the roller loose around your hairline to prevent pulling. Rollers are meant to be used on dry hair and should be rolled in different directions if a natural look is desired. When you are ready to take them out, unroll and use a large paddle brush to amp up the volume and texture. 

If foam rollers aren’t your jam, pillow-soft rollers do just the trick. Pillow-soft rollers are one of the best overnight hairstyling tools. The supreme comfort and versatility make for perfect, crimp-free curls. Additionally, they can be used to create smooth waves, straight-to-curly styles, and add volume.

3. Velcro Hair Rollers

Velcro hair rollers are a great alternative to heat tools. They are easy to use, affordable, and work for almost all hair types and textures. Using velcro hair rollers allows you to achieve gorgeous curls and volume in a matter of minutes. Different sizes can be used to create different sizes of curls and volume. 

In order to most effectively use velcro rollers, you’ll need a few extra products. For instance, some hairspray, styling cream, and some clips to hold it all in place. Starting with slightly damp hair, you’ll want to apply some styling cream and let it air dry. While the hair is still damp, you can start to roll your hair. Grab a section of hair as you would with a curling iron and spray it with hairspray. Then keep the hair pulled taught and inwards from the ends to the roots. Try and keep the hair from falling off the sides, as this creates tangles. After your hair is secured and rolled, leave it to set for 15-20 minutes. Once the time is up, unclip and pull out the rollers (avoid unrolling them) to reveal your perfectly styled hair. 

Contact Bottega Hair Stylists in West Kelowna Now!

If you’re looking for more hair tips and tricks, be sure to check out our blog again next month! Our hairstylists have extensive experience dealing with all sorts of hair types and textures. If you are interested in getting a haircut or styling, book an appointment with us today. We would be happy to help you achieve your dream hair! For more information on styling without heat, tools contact us now. We look forward to seeing you in the salon soon!