Are your highlights looking more like scorched by a fire and less like kissed by the sun?
Every day we hear constant reminders about how to take care of our skin, but we must also educate ourselves on how to take care of our hair. With so many products on the market, it’s hard to decipher what works and what is just another marketing ploy.
These days it’s easy to find chemical hair products available at the local grocery and hot tools in every other infomercial. With all these promises of a fast track to beautiful hair, it isn’t that hard to get confused and end up destroying your once luscious locks. Due to this mis-information, there are thousands of “hair horrors” walking into professional salons everywhere!
That being said, I give you my Top 10 Do’s & Don’ts for Healthy Hair!
1. DON’T do it yourself!
How many times have you tried to save money with a DIY salon project that only led to you to pay twice as much to repair your bad hair handy work?
Anyone can pick up some extensions, color-in-a-box, or chemical hair straightener, but this is like self diagnosing and self medicating instead of going to the doctor. If your hair is in need of professional attention, please, go to a professional!
2. DON’T fry your hair!
Try wearing your “blow-out” for at least 2-3 days. Give your natural wave or curls a chance. Let mousse and other products become your friends. You may find that different variations of “hold” help you update your ‘do without having to heat things up every day.
3. DON’T shampoo everyday!
Have you read the label on shampoo that says “PH balanced“? Not so much if you are using it on distressed hair!
Even using the mildest shampoo every day will disrupt the PH of your hair. Not only will you fade your color, but you will also be stripping away your natural, essential oils that your hair needs.
If you must wash every day, then try rinsing the hair with water only and massaging the scalp to distribute the oils. Always finish with a light conditioner.
4. DON’T jump into the pool with dry hair!
We all love a refreshing dip in a pool on a hot summer day, but that cool water is chock full of chemicals, waiting to destroy your hair!
Before you dive in, wet your hair. This causes the hair shaft to swell with water,and minimizes how much chlorine gets absorbed into your hair.
5. DON’T wear too many ponytails or tight buns!
Talk about “hair-raising”! Prolonged use of ponytail-holders causes breakage and can even make the cuticle of the hair permanently stand up.
A more gentle way to hold your hair, is to swoop it up with a loose claw or clip. Bobby pins, barettes, and head bands are also good alternatives, and stylish as well!
6. DO massage your scalp!
Massaging promotes a healthy scalp and boosts blood circulation and hair growth. It also helps to relieve tension and stress, ahhhh!
7. DO pay for professional hair repair!
Billions of dollars are spent every year on beauty products with many promising hair repair. Trust us, when your hair is hanging on by a strand, they won’t work!
Without a professional product, your hair will not be returned to it’s natural state. That’s because salon treatments, such as Biolustre, repair hair at a molecular level . This is a professional product that offers a synthetic polymer to cross-link with damaged hair and return it to it’s virgin state.
8. DO use products with sun protection!
You know to Fight Fine Lines with SPF, but you can fight fried hair as well!
In this economy, companies are trying to give consumers more for their money so many of your favorite products already have added SPF. Read your labels, and if you will be in the sun for a long period of time, wear a hat.
9. DO use a clarifying shampoo!
Depending on how much of a product-princess you are and the type of water you have in your pipes, your hair will accumulate various levels of residue.
To get rid of the gunk, shampoo hair with the clarifying shampoo as needed. Once a week works best to remove most every-day build-up.
10. DO stick with a great, honest stylist!
You may want to bleach your hair, but if your stylist tells you that it would be a bad idea, you should listen up!
A great stylist is someone who listens to what you want, but tells you what you need. Remember, they are the professional. Don’t move on to someone who tells you what you want to hear.
Most importantly, stick with the stylist that takes their time getting you the results you want without compromising your hair. He or she may be able to get you blond in 30 minutes,but may want to take the hour with a slower chemical process to keep your hair healthy. Faster results do not mean a better stylist.
Follow these tips and you just might have less bad-hair-days, and more good-hair-weeks! A little TLC, knowledge, and technique go a long way to healthy hair. Know when to go to the pros to keep your hair-do a “Do“!