Split Ends or Dull Hair? Mend those ends with protein! Hot tools, color, and bleach can damage the outer protective layer of your hair, so look for conditioners with protein–they sink into the hair shaft and repair split ends. However, the repair only lasts until the next shampoo, so condition frequently.
Losing Hair? Brush less for less hair loss…Most people lose 50-100 strands of hair a day. To keep from losing any more hair than normal, use a brush with ball tipped bristles and never brush wet hair-use a comb instead.
Want shiny hair? A cold water rinse may be the answer. After ensuring your hair is shampooed and conditioned in warm water, brace yourself and finish your routine with a shot of cool to cold water to shut your hair cuticle tight. Light reflects better off a closed hair cuticle, so your hair shines more.
Want healthy hair? Indulge in Omega-3’s. Nuts, fish, and grass-fed beef are all great sources of Omega-3. This healthy fat nourishes the hair follicle.
Do you have a sweaty head? It’s more common than you think. Excessive sweat may cause even permanent haircolor to fade quickly, or, frankly, rub off your hair. Hyperhidrosis is a real condition, generally harmless, and medical doctors offer several treatments. Of course, you’ll want to speak with a physician and rule out any medical causes. Once you’re prescribed a treatment, please ask your doctor about timing recommendations between treatment and coloring. Most of time, you can still visit your stylist for color.
Is the color your stylist has used for years suddenly turning your hair brassy? This is a strange phenomenon that a couple of my clients have encountered. My clients and I are trying various things, but we haven’t found a perfect solution. If you or your client used the same color for years and are suddenly having orange-y results, I suggest you try one or more of the following:
- Use a purple shampoo, like Paul Mitchell’s Blonde
- Change the color to one with a neutral or ash tone
- Consider adding an ash or platinum toner
- If you’re female, try changing your color appointment to a different week in your cycle–hormones may play a role here
*If you have an idea to improve this type of brassy situation, please reply below. I’d love to hear from you.
Does your curly hair feel “poofy?” I think both long and short hairstyles benefit from layers. I might use a razor or texturizing scissors. These tools help to frame your face and make your curls look full and soft–not poofy.