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It’s that time of the year when our skin gets darker and our hair lighter. But with intense heat all over the Philippines during the summertime, it’s best to keep, not just our skin healthy, but also our hair.

As our crowning glory, our hairstyles help define who we are and work wonders on our appearance. Thus, it’s best to take care of our hair as our locks are never safe from the changing weather conditions.

MB Life asked a Viennese hairdresser who has been featured in MTV’s Stylissimo Special, and is behind the charming hairstyles of girls from worldwide magazines such as Sunday Times Magazine, Playboy, The Guardian, Sunday Telegraph and Face Magazine.

L'Oreal International Portfolio Artist, Bertram K
L’Oreal International Portfolio Artist, Bertram K

As L’Oreal Professionnel’s International Portfolio Artist, Bertram K showcased how he applies his credo — minimum effort, maximum effect – on transforming ordinary-looking hairstyles into trendy catwalk hairdos during the Dia Richesse Hi-Visibility new collection hair show at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City last April 13, 2016.

In an interview with the world-renowned hairdresser, here are tips and advices he gave to Pinay beauties who would like to keep their hair healthy:

1. Stay away from self-coloring

According to Bertram K, cutting and coloring takes time. You have to learn it. Thus, it’s best to seek professional advice when dying our locks because not all products we buy from the supermarket suit our hair. Some may cause more damage than we expect!

Model Alessandra Ambrosio for Dia Richesse Hi-Visibility.
Model Alessandra Ambrosio for Dia Richesse Hi-Visibility.

2. Shampoo your hair every second day.

“I will not advise people (to shampoo their hair everyday). I would advise them that if they don’t live in Manila, where the situation is a very different one,” shared Bertram. “The sunshine and seawater, and even the tap water you have here is not the best. It’s not good for your hair. Generally, I would say every second day is enough but every day, you have to rinse it really good.”

This is needed to get the sebum – that oil-like substance that comes out of our pores – out of our hair.

Bertram K re-styles a model's hair on-stage.
Bertram K re-styles a model’s hair on-stage during the L’Oreal Dia Richesse hair show.

3. Condition your hair.

Use the right products and keep your hair manageable and healthy by asking your hairdresser for the right products. There are certain ingredients in shampoos that dry out hair.

Bertram K's creations for Dia Richesse Hi-Visibility hair show.
Bertram K’s creations for Dia Richesse Hi-Visibility hair show.

4. Protect your hair from the heat.

Since we love to style our hair using blowdryers, curling irons, and flat irons, it becomes really vulnerable to damage and breakage . That’s why Bertram advises us to use something that will protect hair from the heat of the dryer.

Bertram K re-styles a model's hair on the stage.
Bertram K re-styles a model’s hair on the stage.

5. After swimming in the beach, wash off the saltwater in your hair.

“Saltwater and sun is even killing metal so there’s nothing in the world that can you protect you from saltwater and sun,” warns Bertram. However, we can still do something about it: “But just to a certain degree, if you’re a good girl, then as soon as you come out of the saltwater, you should rinse your hair with sweet water then nothing is a problem.”

Letting the saltwater dry on hair only makes washing it become more difficult… not to mention, frizzy!

Bertram K's creations for Dia Richesse Hi-Visibility hair show.
The outcome: Bertram K’s creations for Dia Richesse Hi-Visibility hair show.

6. Tie your hair during “bad hair days”.

When you don’t like how your styling turned out, braiding is the answer… and not more ironing. Though it’s also important to have a de-tangling solution at home.

“Braids are always something good. Let’s face it. You all have fantastic face shapes but they look even better if you put your hair up,” said the L’Oreal Progessionnel ambassador as he lauded Filipinas’ face shapes.

Here’s a pro tip: When tying your hair, make sure it’s aligned with the direction of your cheekbones. Not too high and not too low to make your cheekbones look more forward.

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An up-do created by Bertram K on the spot during the Dia Richesse Hi-Visibility hair show.

7. Refrain from using home treatments if you want to save time.

We are so fond of homemade products – mayonnaise, oil, red wine, egg, egg yolk, to name a few — to solve every single problem we have. As for our hair, Bertram says it’s fine to use such things, but he’s always for technology:

“During the war time, women use beer to set their hair because they didn’t have any (hair) mousse or something like that. It worked really well, it makes (their hair) shiny. The only problem is: You have bees flying after you. So that is all okay, but when there is technology being able to make all of that, would you keep that on your hair for hours when you can get it done in minutes? Well, I am always for technology.”

Bertram K's creations for Dia Richesse Hi-Visibility hair show.
Bertram K’s creations for Dia Richesse Hi-Visibility hair show.

These are just some of the things we can do to keep our hair healthy and shiny. Our hairdressers and stylists also take a huge part in our hair care. We’ve learned that trusting these people contribute a lot in the outcome of things, so don’t be afraid to speak up when having a haircut!

More Bertram K Fun Fact: “In India… they once wash (their hair) and when they have to wash it again, they oil it. And then, they wash it after two to three days. They have beautiful hair and they have the same weather situation as you guys have here.”

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