Sunshine and the thinning ozone layer is extremely harsh on your hair. Even when the weather is cloudy, your hair can be a victim of Ultraviolet damage. It’s hard to believe, but just walking one block outside can fade your color and damage your hair’s ends! What to do about it?
Here are 5 tips to treat your hair with love and kindness to cultivate healthy and shiny hair again:
When shampooing your hair, do not use hot water. Instead, use tepid to warm water that is comfortable to the touch. Make sure to massage your scalp to stimulate circulation.
After showering, don’t scrub or pull your hair with a towel. To get extra moisture out, gently press the towel on your wet hair and hold patiently.
Do not cause undue stress to your hair by raking through your wet hair with a fine-toothed comb. A wide, flat surfaced brush is best for smoothing out tangled hair layer at a time. We recommend the Flat Bristle brush by Aveda.
Applying high heat to wet hair can cause the moisture in your hair to reach a boiling point. Can you imagine? It’s the same as putting your hair in boing water! Keep your blow dryer at a distance and on low heat then gently circulate the hair until most of the moisture has evaporated.
Use heated tools such as flat irons or hot curling irons in moderation. Direct heat applied right onto the hair causes damage to the outermost cuticle layer (the one that keeps your hair from splitting). Instead, try velcro brush rollers to add volume to your hair. These rollers are not heated and will keep your hair in much better condition.
Do you have fine, limp hair?
Do you wish you could create more fullness in your hairstyle?
Follow these proven tips:
Q: I have a difficult time explaining to my stylist that my hair really shrinks up after I get it cut. The bottom of my hair hikes up and I feel like a bubble head. Why can’t I get a shape that feels longer and slenderizing to my face?
As long as I can remember, the holiday season has been tough on hair stylists and salon’s clients. It seems like there are always a few tears from clients because their hair did not turn out as they expected.
This is the time of year when people are more emotional, trying to cope with the stress of high expectations and demands they put on themselves. Out of town visitors are arriving or you may be the one who is flying to see relatives who live across the country. There are presents to buy and family gatherings to plan.
Perhaps there is an uncle who gets carried away with drinking and get his jollies from picking on a family member…or a critical mother who compares one daughter to another. Subtle comment such as, “you look like you put on a few pounds” or “your hair is too long, you should get a short, perky cut,” can be devastating to your self esteem.
You say to yourself, “I have to look dazzling for the holidays!” You pick up the latest fashion magazine and thumb through the pages showing models looking like they are having fun at a party. Something inside of you says, “I want to look like her with a short and sassy haircut with lots of light blond streaks. You rip the photo out and take it to your stylist to ask, “can you make me look like this?”
To make a long story short, you are in tears after you see your hair chopped off above your shoulders and the color much lighter than what you are used to. You hold back your tears and run out of the salon. This look is certainly not what you expected. Instead of looking pretty for the holidays your image turned out to be the complete opposite. You feel ugly and embarrassed. Sound familiar?
I’ve seen this scene happen too many times during many holiday seasons of owning a hair salon.
This is what I do before the holiday season every year: I pass out a memo to all of our stylists with this message, “Do not make any drastic changes on anyone’s hair. Even if they beg for a style change.” Why? Because people tend to have unrealistic expectations and so much to live up to during this season.
Create excitement in your hair by styling with more volume or adding movement with curlers.
Add a color gloss to your hair to add richer tones and shine.
Add subtle texture to your hair with foil high lights or low lights.
Try a simple twist or up-do if your hair is long enough.
Make sure your color touch-up is fresh during this season.
Add a pretty clip to sweep back the sides of your hair.
Be gentle with yourself over the holiday season.
If you really want to make a dramatic change, wait until January.
I hope this is helpful.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Q. I don’t know when it started. I got up one morning and noticed sprinkling of grey hair . I went to a salon and asked them to color my hair in the same dark brown as my own hair. They did. When I came home and looked in the mirror, my hair looked darker then my usual color. I felt like I had on a black wig. I called the salon and told them my hair color is too dark. They told me to come in and they can strip the dark pigments off. I am very nervous about having another color procedure all over my head. Is there a solution to this mess? Thanks, Andrea
A. Dear Andrea, When a color is stripped off, your hair may be left with uneven color shades which are unattractive, showing reddish tints which you may not like. I believe this can be corrected with a simple procedure of highlighting your hair in fine strands. Your color should be lifted to two shades lighter than what is on your hair. When your hair is dried after the procedure, you will hardly notice the highlighted strands. Instead, your hair will look a shade or two lighter. The result is less harsh on your hair and will give a glow of a softer color. Good luck with getting your hair color back to a flattering shade.