Thursday, May 3, 2012
In a world bombarded with hair care products, it’s obvious there is a big demand for healthier hair. As it stands, we are a “drying” race. :)
What happened? At what point did things change for the worse?
Having a great view of things from behind the chair and having seen hair products come and go, I would like to share with you my thoughts of the good, the bad, and the ugly in hair care and habits which can cause you to have damaged hair.
Cheap shampoos and conditioners: Rumor is that it does not matter what shampoo and conditioner you use. This is DEAD WRONG! It makes all the difference in the world and I have seen it proven over and over again.
Yes, I know a good shampoo and conditioner can be expensive, but they’re worth it. If you are on a budget, try having two fewer cocktails or one less dinner at a restaurant and save up for a bottle of Kérastase Age Recharge shampoo or Chroma Riche.
Bad hair brushes: So many women have those evil plastic brushes with the little plastic balls at the end. Generally, when you look at one it's full of hair, right? These brushes are very harsh on the hair and the bristles are so stiff that the hair just snaps.
I want you to get up right now, put on some eye shadow, a little lip gloss, and go purchase a large tooth comb to detangle your hair (when it's wet). While you're at it, buy a paddle brush to follow up with after detangling with the comb. The paddle brush is also good for blow drying. I highly recommend you get "your Colorists favorite brush".
And if you can skip the cocktails for two months (the horror) I strongly suggest you invest
in a Mason Pearson brush. This brush will make love to your hair! The bristles move with the hair and they’re gentle on the scalp.
Blow drying or flat ironing without products on the hair: Although the hair may be wet when you are blow drying, that's not enough to battle the heat of the blow dryer. Try turning the dryer on and putting it against your skin... That’s right, she's hot! Your poor hair, sniff sniff...
Always, always apply product to your hair before blow drying and especially before flat ironing!
Hair color: I don't have to go in to too much detail with this one. If it’s a chemical, it's hard on your hair.
Tanning salons: Especially if your hair is dry and color treated, I recommended applying some UV protection to your hair and covering your hair with a towel or a cap.
Pulling or twirling your ends when bored: I was in traffic the other day, and in the car across from me there was a woman pulling her hair over and over, and pulling at her damaged ends. This does not help matters, so leave your poor hair alone! ;)
Rubber bands, harsh fabric/nylon hair bands, and those big metal clips covered in rhinestones: The rhinestones alone will make your hair want to curl up and die!! Use softer fabric hair bands or scarves.
Salt water: As much as it may look and feel good on the hair,
the salt is munching away at your hair shaft. I know someone who had color treated hair and had the best in hair care products, but her hair still broke because of swimming in the ocean three times a week. All 10 inches of it!
We the hairstylists: Too much heat on your highlights, metal brushes, putting the nozzle of the dryer against the hair, too many Keratin treatments, very high volume peroxide in the bleach, and constantly overlapping hair color when doing touch-ups. Keep in mind that when you are having a touch-up, it may be necessary to only color the new growth not coloring over the previously colored hair. Especially if you're using permanent color to cover the roots (gray hair), a demi permanent color can be used on the ends. Demi permanent dyes contains less peroxide and no ammonia and are more gentle on the porous ends.
Ladies, keep in mind that you can have healthy hair, but it's impossible to have it all. So if you are obsessed with being a bleached blond, then your hair will be dry. If you are not taking suggestions from your trusted hairstylist and buying professional hair products, your hair will be dry. It's simple: if you neglect your hair, the result is a cupboard full of hair products aimed at the impossible goal of resuscitating it.
I wish you healthy, beautiful hair!
The editing of this blog was done by Camile Lamb of the Perfect Words,Ink.