Beat the Louisiana Heat With These Hair Tips From Our Stylists

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Welcome to summer! For South Louisiana that means it’s hot and it’s humid.

We asked our stylists for their best advice to tame your hair during these summer months. Mostly… How do we stay cool? How do we tame the frizz? And how do we protect our hair from the heat?

Here’s their best advice!

1- Get a Brazilian Blowout

Nicole says a great way to reduce frizziness from the summer climate is to try a Brazilian Express or Brazilian Blowout. It’s like a clear coat for your nails, but it’s a topical solution that goes on the hair to reduce frizz and cut down drying time!

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2- Invest In The Right Products

Erin’s best tip for summer is to invest in the correct products to keep your hair healthy and frizz free. Kerastase’s Bain Fluidealiste and Fondont Fluideasliste are her go-to summer shampoo & conditioner. This softens hair and controls frizz.

She uses Kerastase l’incroyable on damp hair before blow drying. It ensures 96 hours of anti-frizz protection!

As far as summer protection, our newest Soleil line has a whole wardrobe of products that have UVA and UVB protection. It also helps reduce build up from pool or salt water.

Read about the benefits of the Soleil line here!

3- Give The Blow Dryer A Break

Nehaya says natural hair rules in the summer! Reduce the heat and try to blow dry your hair as little as possible. “It’s already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyway,” she says. Give the blow dryer a break and go all natural if you can!

4- Go with an Up Do!

The obvious way to stay cooler in the summer is to put that hair UP! Maegan says she prefers more slick back, low buns because they’re so versatile. You can dress them up or down.

Alaina’s favorite summer style is braids!!

Follow the Hair Loft on Instagram for more inspiration!

3 Steps To Protect Your Hair This Summer

3 Steps To Protect Your Hair This Summer

Embrace your inner mermaid this summer! Our newest Soleil line by Kerastase will give you the ultimate sun protection for soft, glowing hair ALL summer long!

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Our newest Soliel line by Kerastase is your biggest summer defender! Here's our 3 step routine to prevent summer dryness, tame frizz and get that ultimate soft touch finish!

Step 1: Bain Après Soleil Shampoo

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Nourish with the after-sun shampoo infused with coconut water! It gently removes chlorine, salt and sand residue, restores smoothness and nourishes hair.


Step 2: Masque Après Soleil Hair Mask

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Apply this light-textured gel cream hair mask to give a seal of nourishing hydration to sun-exposed hair, plus its anti-oxidizing elements balance out the harsh effects of summer elements.


Step 3: Crème UV Sublime Hair Cream

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Use this multi-protection cream to nourish and control frizz. Infused with Vitamin E, it's a summer staple that provides all-day anti-humidity protection and intense hydration in a hair cream.


Bonus: Huile Sirene Hair Oil Mist

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Get a flawless out-of-the-beach waves with no crunch effect! This multi-protection spray is infused with Babassu oil to nourish and soften your curls.


Meet Our New Orleans Stylists!

Meet Our New Orleans Stylists!

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Today, we’re introducing our TEAM here at Hair Loft in New Orleans! You’ll see no matter what you’re looking for in hair styles or color, we’ve got you covered! With decades of experience and continuous education, we’re your girls.

Plus, for an inside look, we’re linking to each of our Instagram accounts for videos, tutorials and our daily stylist life here at The Hair Loft in the South Market District.

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MARITZA VALLE - OWNER

With 35 years experience in the industry, Maritza is known as a top certified balayage expert. After training in New York Maritza brought her skills to uptown New Orleans as a highly trained L'Oreal Professionnel color specialist.

She’s known for her sharp cuts and meticulous styles. Her custom coloring techniques include everything from highlighting to balayage. She’s certified in all types of extensions.  Extremely dedicated and passionate about her work, Maritza continues to move forward and educate in the hair industry to bring the very best for her clients.

Instagram: @maritza_hair

Hometown: New Orleans

Expertise: Blonde Balayge, Color Correction, Precision Hair Cutting, Extensions

Three Words to Describe You: Focused, Good Listener, Passionate

When you’re sitting in my chair, we’re most likely to talk about… hair goals, newest restaurants and life

Can’t leave the house without… Praying, exercising and looking professional

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BRANDI FERGUSON - SENIOR STYLIST

Brandi is a graduate of Aveda Institute New Orleans and has been creating beautiful hair since 2013. Her biggest hair passions are blonding transformations, such as balayage, foilyage, baby lights, color melting and beaded wefts and tape extensions.

She also loves putting her color brushes aside to create bridal updos.

One thing that sets her apart is there are no limits to where she will travel to train under the top leading artists in the industry.

Instagram: @brandiferguson_hairstylist

Hometown: Kenner

Expertise: Blonding Transformations

Three Words to Describe You: Talkative, Hard Worker, Loyal

When you’re sitting in my chair, we’re most likely to talk about… my client’s life. They love to open up and vent to get off what’s on their chest.

Can’t leave the house without… my phone charger

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NICOLE MEREDITH - SENIOR STYLIST

Nicole is a Paul Mitchell trained stylist and is a former educator for John Paul Mitchell systems. She has experience working with global artists all over the United States, including France and Belgium. Her bridal work has been featured on “The Best of the Knot.com”.  Nicole’s specialties range from advanced cutting for both women and men, coloring, and formal styling.

Instagram: @bluehashtaghair

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama & St. Augustine, Florida

Expertise: Jack of most hair trades is my super power

Three Words to Describe You: Goofy, Hungry, Social

When you’re sitting in my chair, we’re most likely to talk about… the next or pervious event in New Orleans

Can’t leave the house without… sunglasses

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MAEGAN HUMPHREY - SENIOR STYLIST

Maegan is an Aveda Institute New Orleans graduate. She specializes in balayage, hair painting, all over and root color, women's cuts, men's cuts, up-dos, and make up.

She strives to make every person that sits in her chair feel more beautiful than when they sat down. During Maegan's services, she completely dedicates herself to her guest.

Maegan sets herself apart because not only does she provide high-quality services, but she also educates her guests about the products she uses and gives recommendations for at-home maintenance of the beautiful styles she creates.

Instagram: @maeganhumphreybeauty

Hometown: New Orleans

Expertise: Creative Customized Color Techniques (balayage, foilayage, baby lights, teasylights)

Three Words to Describe You: Ambitious, Infectious, Assertive

When you’re sitting in my chair, we’re most likely to talk about… places to eat & plans for the weekend!

Can’t leave the house without… water!

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ANDREA VALLE - SENIOR STYLIST

Andrea has been with Hair Loft since its inception at its original Uptown New Orleans location! Her extensive and ongoing Vidal Sassoon Cutting Education is what sets Andrea apart. She pushes the envelope with her modern and chic Special Event Styling as well as her novice skills in “Damage Free” Hair Extensions technique applications.

Highly educated in L’Oreal Coloring, Andrea specializes in coloring trends to not only maximize the compliment of your complexion but to keep you evolving. She also has a strong talent in Men’s cutting (beard & mustache included). Andrea Valle lives, breathes, cuts, colors and styles her motto of “The details are not the details, They make the design” by Charles Eames. Certified in hand tied Weft extensions by Aqua Hair, as well as micro links by Cinderella Hair.

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BRITTANI LARA - SENIOR STYLIST

Brittani is a bubbly and creative New Orleans native. Inspired by Dolly Parton’s character in Steele Magnolias, Brittani’s dream of working in an exciting and personable industry was in the works when she graduated from Aveda Institute New Orleans in 2014.

With 5 years experience, she developed a skill of being a well-seasoned Colorist and is a certified Balayage Artist through the Business of Balayage. Her love for the beauty industry continue to grow when she was certified to offer Brazilan Blowout services and her certifications for Tape In, Fusion, I-tip and Weft hair extensions through Bellami.

Instagram: @dulcebalayge

Hometown: Marrero

Expertise: Cuts to color, blondes, vivid hair, hair extensions, wigs, editorial hair and styling, men’s cuts, Brazilian Blowouts. I’ve done almost everything in 5 years of my career!

Three Words to Describe You: Talkative, Positive, Funny

When you’re sitting in my chair, we’re most likely to talk about… conspiracy theories, strange ghost events that happened a the funeral home I use to work at, food, Marvel and DC comic books.

Can’t leave the house without… My Mary Poppins purse. It has a Walgreen’s inside of it!

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ERIN RICHARD - SENIOR STYLIST

Erin has had a passion for hair and the beauty industry most of her life. She studied her career at Vanguard School of Cosmetology a Paul Mitchell School. Erin has mastered a wide range of hair techniques including cutting, color, corrective color, balayage, highlights, and up-dos. However, her specialty and passion is blondes and up dos.

Erin uses a wide range of L’Oreal color products as well as the top of the line styling products Kerastase.  She has certified in Vidal Sassoon cutting and Brazilian blow out anti frizz treatment. Erin believes in continual education and strives to stay up to date on her field of knowledge of new products, and services available to provide excellent service to her clientele. 

Instagram: @thebeautyine

Hometown: New Orleans

Expertise: Blondes, Balayage, Hand Tied Extensions

Three Words to Describe You: Communicative, Fun, Passionate

When you’re sitting in my chair, we’re most likely to talk about… whatever is brought up! I always keep the conversation going. My family gets brought up a lot!

Can’t leave the house without… my phone and coffee!

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NEHAYA YATAK - MASTER STYLIST

Nehaya started Hair Loft Studio in 2013. She graduated from Paul Mitchell and has had continued education with the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Miami and the TIGI Education program in New York city.

When it comes to beautiful hair coloring, you cannot go wrong with Nehaya. She has an eye for color and balance of tone. Her specialties include global color, balayage, cutting, deva curl cutting, styling, men’s haircut’s and makeup.

You can find some of Nehaya’s work in several local New Orleans CUE magazines featuring hair and makeup. With a strong passion for the art of brows, Nehaya has become a certified micro-blading technician. She also specializes in waxing and threading. Her goal is to give her clients the confidence and the look they desire.

Instagram: @Nehaya.yatak