How To Care For Bleached Hair

Bleaching is high impact, and not just in regards to the look itself—your locks really take a blow when you take them even a few shades lighter. Bleaching hair leaves the cuticle layers open. It leaves it compromised and weak, and because the cuticle is open, that’s why your hair has that rougher texture.

With that being said, there’s no need to change your mind about an awesome blonde color—it just means that with bleached hair comes greater responsibility. (Hopefully, you already knew there was some extra upkeep involved.) Thankfully, with the right approach, you can lighten your locks and have them looking healthier than ever.

 

DRY SHAMPOO

Dry shampoo is particularly key in the first three weeks after your treatment, as the hair is already weak and susceptible to breakage, and shampoo tends to strip the cuticle even more. Stylist Sheridan Ward, who works with Michelle Williams, recommends shampooing every three to four days, tops. Stretch out washes as long as possible with the dry shampoo.

 

CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION

This doesn’t mean you should abandon your haircare entirely. In fact, make up for your lack of shampoo with hydrating conditioners and masks. The idea is to fill in the extra porosity of the hair with protein and moisture. This helps to rebuild strength. (And shine, too.) The bottom line is that bleach leaves strands very dry, so don’t skimp on a color-saving conditioner in the shower.

 

HAVE A CONTINGENCY PLAN

If you absolutely must wash your hair in some form but find yourself reaching for the shampoo bottle way too often, it’s time to invest in a natural, essential oil-based cleanser. You might know what we’re referring to under the name “no-poo.” It won’t strip your hair in the same way a shampoo will, instead just balancing out the oils on your head.

 

NOT ALL TOWELS ARE CREATED EQUALLY

Investing in a microfiber towel is never a bad idea for any kind of hair (treated or untreated), since the ultra-soft, absorbent feel helps strands maintain their natural texture without frizzing or damage. But when your hair is especially at risk for breakage, it’s essential.

 

TONE IT UP

It’s important to use a purple shampoo so your hair doesn’t get brassy, but considering you’ll be going days without washing your hair, you might want to have something else on hand. Enter toners, which you can add to nearly any hair product to get a little toning help. Put them in your conditioner, your mask, your leave-in treatment—wherever you can think of.

 

HAIR OIL

As both a pre- and post-shower treatment, a great hair oil helps hydrate and protect roughed-up cuticles from the elements—not to mention it’ll help make strands shiny again and keep frizz at bay, since dry strands are typically the culprit behind unwanted kinks (and again, bleach tends to leave hair very dry).

 

INVEST IN A GLOSS
Not only will it help seal and protect the color, but it helps feign shine when hair isn’t healthy enough to be glossy on its own, by smoothing out rough cuticles and filling in any holes. Typically, stylists will add a glossing treatment at the salon (ask to be sure).

Hard Water & Your Hair

Do you live in a hard-water area? Is your hair giving you daily grief? No amount of conditioners or styling sprays can rescue you, as the root of the problem lies in your tap water.

What is hard water? Hard water is water that has a high mineral content – especially calcium and magnesium – in comparison to soft water. Although it’s not considered as harmful for your health, hard water can cause serious problems to your hair and skin. After many washings, minerals dissolved in the hard water create a film on the hair. This prevents the moisture from entering the hair. The result is dry, dull, tangly, and strange colored hair. Hard water can also cause build up on the scalp, causing a dandruff-like condition to form.

However, do not fret. Hard water need not ruin your hair. For those of you who desire silky and shiny tresses, here are some effective solutions.

 

8 Ways to Save your Hair from Hard Water

  1. VINEGAR RINSE

The acidity of vinegar works to remove calcium build up from your hair. It also balances the pH of your hair, smooths down the cuticles, and leaves your hair feeling soft and silky.

You can use any vinegar, but apple cider vinegar is the best for hair. Mix 1 teaspoons of vinegar to 2 cups of water. (We also like to add a tablespoon of coconut water, it makes the rinse more luxurious). After shampooing, pour this mixture on to your hair. Massage the scalp and work through your hair and leave it for a couple of minutes, then wash it off.

Vinegar rinses also increases shine and gives body to limp hair. Use it once a week, as everyday use will make your hair dry.

 

  1. LEMON RINSE

Like vinegar, the acidic nature of lemon juice will help remove buildup from your hair.

To make the lemon rinse, take a tablespoon of lemon juice and add 3 cups of water, and mix well. After shampooing, pour this rinse on to your hair. Massage the scalp and work through your hair and leave it for a couple of minutes, then wash it off. Lemon rinse will enhance shine and look of your hair. Plus, the antiseptic properties of lemon also remedy dandruff.

 

  1. WATER SOFTNER

A water softener is a good, but expensive way to solve your hard water worries. It removes calcium and magnesium (limescale) and certain other metal cations from the hard water – making the water soft.

When you touch the soft water, it will not look or feel any different, although your skin and hair will be much happier. Also, soft water can be useful for people experiencing hair build up, eczema, dandruff and other hard water-related conditions.

 

  1. SHOWER FILTER

A shower filter is a cheaper alternative to the water softener. It can considerably reduce limescale, chlorine and many other chemicals from hard water. There are many different types of shower filter that attach to your shower unit. You can buy these online, at hardware stores or at home supply stores.

 

  1. BOTTLED WATER OR FILTER JUG

Another option is to use bottled mineral/spring water for final rinse. Although not that expensive, you will have plastic bottles piling up (and one plastic bottle can take up to 400 years to biodegrade). It can be a temporary solution especially if your hair is giving you a hard time, or when you are visiting the hard water area for a few days.

Instead of bottled water, you can also use water from a filter jug, and that may won’t be as much plastic waste.

 

  1. RAIN WATER

Rain is soft water. And it’s free! You can catch rainwater in a wide mouth container and use that to wash your hair. It’s said to make hair really soft and glossy. The only drawback – you can’t have it all the time.

 

  1. CLARIFYING SHAMPOO

Market-bought clarifying shampoos can be harsh on hair so use them sparingly. And when buying a clarifying shampoo or any products for that matter always choose products with natural and safer ingredients.

 

  1. LEAVE IN CONDITIONER

This will not remove the buildup, but it will surely pep up your hair. After shampooing and towel drying, when the hair is still damp, apply a few drops of natural leave-in conditioner like coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil or almond oil. It will seal the moisture within the strands and give you that smooth, glossy finish.

How To Remove Color With Baking Soda

Nothing is worse than a dye-job gone wrong. Washing your hair to get a result that is the farthest thing from what you wanted, can throw you, head-first, into panic mode. But calm down. Now, take a deep breath because there is a solution – Baking soda.

Note: These methods will help fade semi-permanent hair colors. If you’ve used permanent hair color and are unhappy with the results, please consult a hair specialist.

 

  1. WASH HAIR WITH BAKING SODA TO REMOVE HAIR COLOR

You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 drops Fragrant Essential Oil (whichever you prefer)

Prep Time: 2 Minutes | Process Time: 10 MINUTES

Process

  • Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with half a cup of water.
  • Wet your hair and apply this mixture to it.
  • Work the mixture into your hair and leave it in for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse your hair with water.
  • Combine the vinegar, water, and essential oil in a jug and pour it through your hair as a final rinse.
  • Do not rinse your hair any further.

How Often Can You Do This?

3-4 Consecutive Days

How Does This Work?

Baking soda and vinegar are excellent cleansing agents. This mix is likely to dry out your hair a little but it will also help fade your hair color to a certain extent.

 

  1. DISH SOAP AND BAKING SODA TO REMOVE HAIR COLOR

You Will Need

  • 3 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 4 tbsp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • 1 tbsp Dish Washing Soap
  • Shower Cap/Plastic Bag

Prep Time: 2 minutes | Processing Time: 20 minute

Process

  • Combine the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  • Apply the mixture onto dry hair until it is completely saturated.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap or a plastic bag and leave the mixture on for about 20 minutes.
  • Wash your hair with warm water.
  • Condition well.

How Often Can You Do This?

2-3 consecutive days

How This Works

This method effectively fades semi-permanent hair color. The dish washing soap’s harsh detergents will considerably strip color after the first wash.

 

  1. BAKING SODA AND SHAMPOO TO REMOVE HAIR COLOR

You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.

Prep Time: 2 minutes | Processing Time: 20 minutes

Process

  • In a bowl, combine the baking soda with a strong anti-dandruff shampoo.
  • Dampen your hair with hot water and then shampoo your hair with the baking soda mixture.
  • Leave the mixture in for about 20 minutes.
  • Wash off with warm water.
  • Condition your hair well.

How Often Can You Do This?

3-4 consecutive days.

How This Works

Anti-dandruff shampoos have strong clarifying properties which will help strip the color from your hair. In combination with baking soda, it will remove a considerable amount of color without causing as much damage as bleach would.

 

  1. BAKING SODA AND LEMON JUICE TO REMOVE HAIR COLOR

You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Baking Soda

Prep Time: 2 minutes | Processing Time: 20 minutes

Process

  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  • Apply this mixture onto the colored parts of your hair.
  • Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo and condition well.

How Often Can You Do This?

3-4 consecutive days.

How This Works

Lemon has strong bleaching properties which will help strip your hair of color. In combination with baking soda, it will help clarify your hair while also fading the color.

 

  1. EPSON SALT & BAKING SODA TO REMOVE HAIR COLOR

You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp Epsom Salt
  • 1 cup Water

Prep Time: 2 minutes | Processing Time: 20 minutes

Process

  • Combine the ingredients in a bowl until they’re well dissolved.
  • Saturate your hair with the mixture and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Shampoo your hair and condition well.

How Often Can You Do This?

3-4 consecutive days.

How This Works

Using epsom salt is one of the most effective ways of stripping color from your hair. This method will help strip away a considerable amount of color.

 

  1. VITAMIN C AND BAKING SODA TO REMOVE HAIR COLOR

You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
  • 5-10 Crushed Vitamin C tablets
  • 1 tbsp Baking Soda

Prep Time: 2 minutes | Processing Time: 30-60 minutes

Process

  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients until you get a smooth paste.
  • Apply the mixture to damp hair until it is completely saturated.
  • Leave it on for about 30-60 minutes.
  • Wash off and condition well.

How Often Can You Do This?

2-3 consecutive days.

How This Works

Using crushed vitamin C supplements is a popular way of stripping hair color. The presence of anti-dandruff shampoo and baking soda in this method make it all the more effective.

 

  1. BAKING SODA AND HYDROGEN PEROXIDE TO REMOVE HAIR COLOR

You Will Need

  • 6 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 3 tbsp 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 tbsp Conditioner
  • Shower Cap

Prep Time: 2 minutes | Processing Time: 1 hour

Process

  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  • Apply this mixture onto your hair and leave it on for about 60 minutes.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo and condition well.

How Often Can You Do This?

1-2 times a week.

How This Works

Peroxide is a bleaching agent which will effectively strip most of the dye’s color out of your hair. While this process can dry out your hair, it is not as harsh as using strong hair bleach.

 

Now that you know how to remove hair color with baking soda, what are you waiting for? Getting rid of an undesirable hair color is no longer a major problem. All you need is one simple ingredient from your pantry—baking soda.

 

Ref: www.stylecraze.com

Hair Masks 101

Hair masks are an excellent addition to your hair care routine because they seal the hair’s cuticle, preventing damage from entering the innermost layers of the follicles. Sealing the cuticle also adds a smooth, soft, shiny finish to your hair!

One of the biggest determining factors for choosing a mask should be by first understanding your hair and its specific needs. Don’t worry, we will help you figure out what those are…

Identifying your hair type is simple and is based on a combination of: density, strand diameter, porosity, greasiness, elasticity and texture. We’ll break it down for you…

 

Density– refers to how much hair you have on your scalp. This is one of the most important factors in determining what type of hair mask, so we’ll start here.

You can determine the density of your hair by grabbing a handful and pulling to the side to reveal your scalp:

  • If your scalp is highly visible, then you have thin density hair.
  • If your scalp is only partially visible, then you have medium density hair.
  • If your scalp is hardly visible, then you have thick density hair.

 

Diameter – is the size of an individual strand of hair.

This can be determined by taking one strand between the pads of two fingers:

  • If you can barely feel it, your strands are thin/fine diameter.
  • If you can somewhat feel it, your strands are medium diameter.
  • If you can definitely feel it, your strands are thick diameter.

 

Porosity– is the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture (i.e. the products you use on it).

You can determine your hair’s porosity by placing one strand in a cup of water:

  • If the strand sinks, your hair has a high porosity, which means it’s more prone to damage and frizz.
  • If the strand balances somewhere between floating and sinking, you have normal or medium porosity. Your hair is generally less prone to damage and can hold its style better.
  • If the strand floats, you have low porosity. This means there are less holes or gaps in your cuticle, resulting in the hair being less absorptive and will often stay wet for hours after washing. Good news, your hair is pretty healthy!

 

Greasiness– this one’s pretty obvious, but it refers to the amount of oil production on your scalp.

The day after washing your hair, take a tissue and press it around your scalp:

  • If the tissue is saturated with oil, you have greasy hair.
  • If the tissue only has oil from specific areas on your scalp, you have combination hair.
  • If the tissue is oil-free, then you have dry hair and scalp.

 

Elasticity– is a great indicator of hair’s health. The more a strand of hair can stretch before returning to its original state (without breaking) refers to how elastic the strands are.

To determine this, pluck a wet strand of hair and stretch it as much as possible. (Think of it like stretching a rubber band.):

  • If it stretches a lot, your hair has high elasticity.
  • If it stretches a little bit before snapping, you have medium elasticity
  • If it hardly stretches before snapping, you have low elasticity.

 

Texture – this you may be more familiar with. Determining your texture is as easy as looking in the mirror at your hair in its natural state.

  • Textures include straight, wavy, curly and coily.

 

USAGE

Now that you’ve identified the different components of your hair type, it should be easier to pick a hair mask that will give you the most benefits. Once a week is all you need! If possible, carve out an hour, once a week, dedicated to using a hair mask

Pay attention to your hair’s specific needs. If you have damaged ends, but your roots are greasy, only apply the mask to the mid-lengths and ends (avoid the scalp region!). On the contrary, if your hair is parched from root to tip, apply the mask all over.

Apply to wet or dry hair! Make sure to pay attention to the directions and wash off after the recommended amount of time.

Comb the mask through your hair with a wide tooth comb to ensure every strand is saturated (concentrating on the ends). Be extra gentle so as not to tug or break any strands.

Apply the mask in a downward motion so as not to expose or roughen up the cuticle. The idea is to seal it down, keeping your hair sleek and smooth.

Lastly, a Reversible Shower Cap is a masking must-have! Flip it inside out so the terrycloth is on the outside. The nylon lining will help insulate the mask and help it deeply penetrate your hair.

We hope these tips help you to identify your hair type, the perfect mask for you and some tips and tricks to help you get the maximum benefits from your mask!

Do you have any additional tips and tricks you have for using hair masks? We’d love to hear them! And if you still have any questions about choosing the right mask, please let us know!

30 DAY HAIR CHALLENGE

You may feel like there is no coming back from the damage and dryness your hair is currently suffering, but we’re here to tell you that’s not always the case! Like a glitchy video game, there’s an easy way to reset your hair health and jump back on that bandwagon you fell from.

Here is everything you need to do for healthier hair in under 30 days.

Simplify Your Color

You don’t have to give up color appointments to get healthier strands. Instead of reverting back to pre-dye life, consider paring down your coloring routine for a few months by opting for a gloss treatment.

Colored gloss can revitalize a once vibrant and shiny color, soften grown-out highlights to give you more time before your next coloring appointment, and banish brassiness. Need more convincing? This treatment works on every hair type and texture, can be done by any colorist, and costs far less than a highlight or full color.

Ditch the Dead Weight

Check whether or not a product has expired. Anything that has dried out, separated, or past the ‘period after opening’ time indicated on the bottom of the packaging (if it has one, that is) is ready to be tossed. Why should you care? Using old products will lead to build up — and could even prevent new growth from coming in strong.

Consider ridding your bathroom of more than just the things that have gone bad. Cutting the clutter will help you pick the right products for better hair days, too.

Pick the Right Brush … and Use It!

Sometimes, the simplest thing can be the most beneficial. Regular brushing is a simple step that can help create better, healthier hair.

Why? The right brush helps to detangle, distribute oil, and eliminate residual product. That said, choosing the right brush is very important.

For those with straight or wavy hair, consider a boar bristle/nylon mixture brush. (In general, the thicker the hair, the more beneficial some added nylon bristles will be.) Have curly or textured locks? An all-nylon or plastic bristle option is best to gently detangle.

Moisturize Your Ends

During colder months, moisture is the most important thing to monitor, because it’s the hardest thing to hold on to. Differing temperatures inside and out cause your strands to shrink and expand, leaving your hair more parched than normal.

It is important to use a single drop (or more for thick or long hair) of deeply-penetrative oil each day to help seal moisture in and maintain your style. Application is also important. Apply from the ends towards the middle of the hair shaft and then just a little right on the crown.

Mask, Mask, & Mask Some More

You’ve cleansed and conditioned, but it’s important not to skip deep conditioning. Masking your hair regularly sends important ingredients deep into the hair shaft and continues to promote your hair goals.

While it can feel like the longer, the better, certain products may make your issues worse if left on for longer than the recommended time. Moral of the story? Pay very close attention to the instructions — and follow ’em!

Get A Strategic Hair Cut

In truth, there isn’t a special haircut that will give you healthier hair. However, there are a few things that will allow you to cut down on existing damage and future heat styling, both of which will equate to stronger hair.

First things first — get rid of damage. You can opt for a trim to banish split ends at the ends of hair, or get a “dusting” to eliminate broken tips throughout the lengths of hair. Then, invest in a haircut that will work with your hair texture and type — not against it — so you can air-dry more. Talk to your stylist about the chop best suited for your texture.

Use Protection

Incorporating no-heat and low-manipulation styles into your routine is important for long-term health. Think: A chic bun over head of barrel curls. Also, try adding oils and experimenting with braided styles to give your hair a break from hot tools and pulling.

Girls with natural hair can try a litany of protective styles, from faux dreads to box braids, to lock in moisture and protect delicate ends. If you can’t part ways with heat, wavy and curly girls should try a round-brush blowout for a straighter look that is gentle on the strands. To retain moisture while you snooze, we also suggest sleeping on a satin pillowcase as cotton often draws out water from your hair.

Find A Routine & Stick To It

Going to bed without slathering on your favorite night cream sounds like death to your complexion, right? To reset your hair, you must treat your tresses similarly. Everyone has a face ritual. People need to also establish a hair ritual. Spend 5-10 minutes on your hair by using a mask or oil and you’re set for the next two or three days.

We also suggest breaking down your hair ritual to help you craft a routine for your needs and goals. Determine what your hair type is and decide what you want to change or maintain. Then break it down into steps: cleanse and condition, moisturize and detangle, styling and finally a finishing product.

Choose products within each step that will help you rebuild damaged hair, control frizz, or retain and promote growth.

How To Get Your Curls Back After Straightening Your Hair

If you have curly hair and have worked hard to preserve your coils, getting a blowout or silk press every once in a while, may feel like you’re taking a huge risk on a super shaky investment. And to be honest, you kind of are. The good news is that what you do on wash day — both before and after the shower — can help preserve your curl pattern, prevent heat damage, and make the time spent caring for your curls worth the gamble. And it doesn’t mean losing the flexibility to switch things up, either.

First, let’s get the most pressing issue out of the way. It is completely possible to have healthy curls and rock a blowout without totally destroying your hair. What’s most important is the level of heat protection that you use when you’re styling. That, combined with taking a few extra steps during the wash process, ensures that your strands are in optimal shape to withstand heat styling.

 

How heat styling can affect your curls

If you’ve ever noticed that your curls aren’t 100 percent back in tip-top shape the first time you wash your hair, you’re not imagining things. If you’ve used high heat, up to 450 degrees, the bonds in your hair need time to get back into formation. If the flatiron was really hot, like 450 degrees, then it could take a few washes for the bonds [in your hair] to reorganize, even if your hair isn’t damaged per se.

So, what happens to your curls when you straighten them that makes them not bounce back? When your curls aren’t protected and heat is applied, the structural proteins within each strand are damaged. This repeated damage essentially breaks down the strand. Once the damage is done, there’s no coming back. You’ll have to either let the limp parts grow out before cutting them off, or snip them immediately. It’s important to realize the damage that heat can do to the proteins inside of the hair as well as on the surface. You need to get the benefits of the heat without the direct contact, which can lead to damage. We suggests priming hair with silicone- and dimethicone-based ingredients to protect your strands.

 

Silicones aren’t the enemy

Although silicones are a bit controversial for some consumers, Wilson says that it’s these ingredients that will create cross-links on the hair strand and form a film that will essentially block out excessive heat and help reduce damage. If you just can’t get behind a silicone-based product, Wilson says that certain proteins and polymers can essentially do the same thing. Look for these on the ingredient labels: hydrolyzed wheat protein, PG-propyl silanetriol, hydrolyzed keratin, PG-propyl methylsilanediol, and hydrolyzed rice protein. Ingredients like sodium laneth-40, maleate/styrene sulfonate copolymer, sodium methoxy PEG-16 maleate/styrene sulfonate copolymer, and sodium polystyrene sulfonate also help form that crucial film.

 

How to wash your hair before you straighten it

It’s best to start your straightening process in the shower, but before you wash, apply a protein-infused finisher or a thermal spray to help coax your curls into formation once you get under the water. The more hydrated your hair is, the more manageable it will be, which means less wear and tear on vulnerable coils. Any type of moisture, even after hair is already straightened, can help prevent damage. What the moisture does is preserve the elasticity of each strand, which when healthy, bounce back into shape once the straight bonds are broken with water.

Next, it’s on to cleansing. We recommend using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner and then follow that up with a leave-in conditioner to ensure that your curls snap back. We recommend shampoos and conditioners rich in moisturizing ingredients like argan oil, shea butter, proteins, and safflower oil. Moisture is the key factor standing between your strands and serious damage. Also, shopping for shampoos and conditioners geared toward curly hair is a good idea since most of them are created to moisturize naturally drier hair. After the shower, generously apply a leave-in conditioner and a heat-protecting spray. The combo will work in sync to keep hair hydrated and shield it from any excessive heat.

While cleansing, use a product with enough slip so that there is less friction and pulling on the hair while you scrub and detangle. “Many shampoos and conditioners geared towards curls have the right balance of conditioning agents, humectants, and surfactants to help curls bounce back. You can see it immediately when you’re working the shampoo through your hair,” says Wilson.

 

Caring for your hair while it’s straightened

So, you’ve fully straightened your hair. Cool. It may be tough, but in between straightenings, avoid using heat for touch-ups. If you must, always apply a heat protectant beforehand. It’s an easy step to forget each time, but could make all the difference on the state of your strands. Also, cut down on how often you’re washing. Using too much shampoo on textured hair tends to dry it out. We would recommend washing your hair every five to seven days, especially for those girls who have color.

If your straightening sessions are seasonal and you plan to wear your hair straight for the next few months, incorporate weekly protein treatments into your routine. Protein treatments are great for people who color, relax, texturize, or use high heat on their hair. It helps decrease shedding and breakage by boosting the hair with nutrients that help reconstruct and strengthen damaged hair. But, pay attention to how your hair is responding to both protein treatments and regular conditioner. If your hair is too stretched out when it’s wet, then you need more protein. If your hair snaps too easily and is brittle, then you need more moisture. Maintain a proper balance and you’ll notice stronger curls over time.

 

The Post Straightening Wash

The first time you wash after you straighten is equally as important as every other step already mentioned. Blowouts can really dry out hair so try to incorporate as much moisture as possible while balancing it with a light protein treatment. You may want to swap out your regular conditioner for that first wash with something that will sink in deeper. Keep in mind that you may have also compromised hair’s ability to hold on to moisture — so you want to add proteins back to the hair that can help restore how well it retains hydration.

We recommend doing a good conditioning mask and a steam treatment right before that first wash. Also, try to stay away from heavy products that can weigh the hair down and stretch out the curls even further. Look for products that specifically say “curl enhancing” or “curl defining. They’ll most likely be lightweight and may even have some ingredients to help reshape each coil.

Now go forth, and straighten your hair without compromising your glorious curls.

 

Ref: allure.com

Hair Care Myths Debunked

Everyone has a hair care routine they have been practicing for years. While some hair care rules you should still swear by, others may actually be a myth. These mythical hair care rules can actually do more damage than good to your hair. We are here to help by breaking down some of these myths and debunking them for good.

Frequent haircuts make hair grow faster

The reason why your hair seems to grow longer after every cut actually has nothing to do with the act of growing. Your hair grows from hair follicles on your scalp, so technically, it is always growing at the same rate, whether or not you have recently cut your hair.

Split dead ends are removed when you get a professional haircut, making hair growth more noticeable. When dead ends are not removed, they grow fragile and break, making hair seem like it is growing slower when, in reality, it is growing at its normal rate.

 

Brushing makes hair shinier

This myth actually has an adverse effect. If hair is brushed too frequently, the cuticles are damaged, and the hair appears to be duller. To prevent damage from brushing, start at the bottom of your hair and work your way up. Always avoid brushing too hard around the scalp.

 

Removing one grey hair causes two more to grow in its place

This is a common fear but, luckily, it is a myth. Grey hairs are caused by the hair follicle, so plucking it will make the grey hair temporarily disappear, but it does not affect the surrounding follicles.

 

Hair grows faster when you sleep with it down

Hair growth remains the same no matter what you do, and it depends on genetics. Although sleeping with your hair down does not change the rate of growth, it does protect hair from damage. If you are concerned your skin will break out by sleeping with your hair down, sleep with a loose braid or ponytail to keep your hair away from your face.

 

Blow drying causes damage

This myth is only true if you improperly blow-dry your hair. Do not use the highest heat setting or hold the blow dryer too close to the hair. Instead, blow-dry on a low heat and hold the dryer at a distance to prevent excessive damage. Use high-quality moisture to protect your hair from the heat.

 

Air drying is better than blow drying

Exposing hair for long periods of time to water causes the hair’s interior to swell. This actually proves to be more damaging in the long-term.

 

Oil makes hair greasy

If you apply oil directly to the scalp then yes, this myth is true. Small amounts of oil applied to the ends of your hair, however, does not make your hair greasy. Instead, it makes it shine.

 

Coloring during pregnancy is dangerous

The real concern is ammonia inhalation, not absorption through the scalp. Always consult your stylist before considering dying your hair to get a professional opinion, and if pregnant, do not dye your hair at home.

 

Product immunity

Using the same conditioner and shampoo repeatedly does not cause hair to become immune to its effects. Hair is dead, therefore, it is impossible for it to build immunity to something.

Your mind may actually make this myth seem real. If you use the same product repeatedly, its newness wears off, and your perception changes, making you think it is no longer having a beneficial effect.

 

Coloring causes damage

This myth does hold some truth, depending on the chemicals in your hair dye. This is why it is vital to see a specialist for your coloring needs; this way they can assess your scalp’s needs and choose a dye that will not damage or burn the scalp.

 

Dry shampoo is better for your scalp than regular

With the rise in popularity of dry shampoo, it is understandable that a few myths will surface. The reality is that dry shampoo does not clean hair, but makes it appear to be clean.

Your scalp needs hydration, which is accomplished through the use of a proper shampoo. Save the dry shampoo for when you really are in a pinch, but still wash your hair regularly for a healthy scalp.

 

Baldness in men is inherited from their mother

Researchers suspect that baldness is the result of multiple genes from both parents. The old thought process that baldness is passed on by the mother’s X chromosome has no scientific proof.

 

Dandruff signifies a dry scalp

Contrary to popular belief, dandruff is actually the result of an oily scalp, not a dry scalp. The yeast which results in dandruff production thrives in an oily environment, so decreasing how often you wash your hair to decrease dandruff has the opposite effect.

If you are struggling with dandruff, then use a specialized anti-dandruff shampoo.

 

Products made for or marketed to a specific race/ethnicity cannot be used by those of other backgrounds

The ingredients in a product matter much more than to whom the product is marketed. In fact, most products have the same set of three to five base ingredients. Products for “ethnic” hair types tend to be more moisturizing and have more oils and proteins than those for other hair types. Damaged hair needs a good dose of moisture, proteins and oil to regain its healthy appearance.

The same holds true for products marketed to those with color-treated hair. Even if your hair is not dyed, using a product for color-treated hair can be beneficial because these shampoo formulas tend to be gentler (to preserve easily washed away hair color) and conditioners tend to be super-conditioning, but lightweight, to help reduce dryness from the coloring process.

Post Work Out Hair Tips

Let’s admit it. We’ve all skipped a workout to keep our hair looking fresh for a little while longer. Sometimes, dealing with a greasy mess of hair just isn’t worth it when you have plans with friends, are off to work, or just can’t bear the thought of going through your entire hair wash routine. No judgement here.

Still, skipping out on a good, sweaty workout sesh to keep your hair clean also isn’t the best solution. That’s why we’ve gathered our favorite ways to get fresh hair after the gym quicky—no washing required. Whether you’re meeting up with friends for brunch post hot yoga, heading out on a date after your favorite SoulCycle class, or making a mad dash to work after your morning workout, read on to learn how to get amazing post-workout hair.

 

BEFORE THE GYM

APPLY DRY SHAMPOO

AKA the Wonder Woman of haircare products, the Queen B, the Crowning Glory. Whatever you want to call it, dry shampoo is the haircare product every woman has and needs in their hair care arsenal.

Along with properly stretching, a major part of your pre-workout routine should also be applying dry shampoo if washing your hair post-workout isn’t an option. Before tossing your hair into a ponytail or messy bun, begin by sectioning off various pieces of your hair and hitting the roots with dry shampoo. Be sure to pay a little extra attention to the nape of your neck, since that area tends to build up sweat a lot more. Applying dry shampoo pre-workout will help it absorb moisture the minute you break a sweat and will continue to absorb it throughout your workout, keeping it much drier than it would normally be by the time you’re finished. Controlling the amount of moisture in your hair will keep it fresher and helps cut down on the time it takes to style your mane post workout.

Another added benefit of making this your pre-workout hair routine is that you won’t have to wash your hair after every single workout, preserving the natural oils in your hair and preventing dryness.

 

THINK AHEAD, CHOOSE THE RIGHT GYM HAIRSTYLE

SWEATBAND

Although not the most glamorous, a sweatband will help absorb sweat as it develops around your hairline, helping to minimize how ‘dirty’ your hair gets throughout your workout. Opt for thick, soft bands instead of tight thin ones, as those can leave a stubborn indent right at the top of your head, which is hard to get rid of without a shower.

MESSY LOW BUN

Pulling your hair up and away from the nape of your neck in a loose pony or messy bun is also important as it avoids getting your ends drenched in sweat and minimizes creasing. To avoid those pesky and notorious creases you get from conventional hair elastics, we recommend investing in several spiral hair ties or ribbon hair ties. These work on all hair types and provide a decent hold on your hair without pulling and creasing.

BRAIDS

If you have curly, wavy, or textured hair, braids are a classic way to keep hair from becoming wild and unruly during a workout, enhancing your natural texture. If your hair is straight, the humidity at the gym will lead to heatless waves after your workout.

 

AFTER THE GYM

2 MINUTE BLOW OUT

Whether you’re popping in a pair of extensions before going out for the night or touching up your roots with mascara because there wasn’t enough time that week for a color touch up, it’s important to know which shortcuts to take and how to take them so that they don’t look like you took the shorter route to get ready.

To get that salon-quality look after the gym, let’s first review everything you need to permanently house in your gym bag for the perfect post-workout hairstyle: Comb, round brush, dry shampoo, and blowout cream.

To achieve that post-workout express blowout without turning into a frazzled hot mess, start by applying the products you know your hair needs; that might look like an extra dusting of dry shampoo along with a blow dry cream that’s applied all through your hair. Next, thoroughly dry your hair. Leaving behind any moisture (especially by the roots) causes hair to become frizzy and puffy. Flip your hair forward so that it is upside down, continue to blow dry hair and brush through various sections with a round brush. An added bonus is that blow drying your hair with your head flipped forward will actually create volume and body for that salon blowout effect.

Next, apply dry shampoo at your temples, and any other areas that require a bit of extra love. Run a comb through your hair to distribute the dry shampoo to any sections you may have accidentally skipped over and will help your mane look neat and polished.

If dry shampoos aren’t really your thing or you’d prefer to avoid loading up products, which can often weigh down hair, try experimenting with different astringents. Products like witch hazel and other toners work to balance the oils on your skin without being too harsh or stripping too much of your body’s natural oils. After you’re done getting zen at hot yoga, a quick and simple way to freshen up your scalp and manage greasy hair is to start by loading up a cotton ball with your favorite astringent, section off the hair like you would when applying dry shampoo and dap the cotton throughout your scalp. Finally, give your hair a blast of air all over using low heat.

EMBRACE THE GRIT: SLICKED BACK PONY TAIL

One of the most underrated and underappreciated hairstyles is the slicked-back bun, which exudes an air of elegance and sophistication. Instead of fighting with your oily hair, why not embrace the grit? Brush your hair back with a paddle brush or comb, and twist it into a low bun or ponytail. Then, apply a few drops of hair oil to exaggerate the sleek look, spritz on a little hairspray to tame fly-aways, and you’re set to head out the door!

WEAR A HAT

Throwing on a hat post workout may seem like an easy way out but realistically the majority of us don’t always have the luxury or the time to spend our mornings beautifying ourselves and styling our hair. Not only that, not everyone is always willing to sacrifice an extra 20 minutes of sleep for time in front of the mirror. Wearing a hat to camouflage a dirty mane is one of the oldest tricks in the book, and with athleisure fashion taking over, you can chalk your new hat up to keeping up with the trends.

HAIR PERFUME MIST

So, you’ve refreshed your body and face with lovely scents, but what about your hair? Fragrant hair mists are specifically designed to load your hair up with a delicious scent, perfect for that post-workout refresh. Different from a perfume designed for the body, hair perfume mists contain essential vitamins and protective qualities to keep your hair not only smelling good, but looking and feeling good from the inside out. Hair perfumes also contain less alcohol than traditional body perfumes, which are known culprits of dry, damaged hair.

CURLY HAIR

If you have wavy or curly hair, use your favorite sulfate-free and alcohol-free styling cream to twist and scrunch the hair to help it maintain the curl. An extra tip is to apply leave-in conditioner before your sesh, to hydrate those curls while you work out.

AIR DRY

If your hair isn’t prone to getting too frizzy, then you can indulge in a quick rinse and let your hair air dry. For a nice touch, twist the front sections of your hair back and pin them down.

There are plenty of clever ways to manage your hair after a sweaty workout. As always, when it comes to hair, it’s about experimenting and figuring out what works best for you. At the end of the day, no one ever regretted working out, so wear your sleek ponytail proudly and know that you’re working on a healthy body and mind from the inside out.

 

Ref: luxyhair.com

Tape In Hair Extensions

Switching up your hair to a longer, fuller, more voluminous style is fun, and it’s one of the best (most non-committal) ways to achieve a major hair makeover is experimenting with extensions. Your hairstyle options are practically endless when it comes to extensions—they give you even more freedom to rock unexpected cuts and colors. Tape in extensions are the newest hair extension trend on the market.

Tape in hair extensions are thin tape wefts that get “taped-in” in between your own hair in “sandwich” like bonds. It is the most requested hair extension method in salons worldwide. Here are the top 5 reasons why tape in hair extensions are the newest craze!

 

Cost:

Tape in hair extensions are the least expensive semi-permanent hair extension method available for both the cost of hair and the application. They take less than an hour to apply so that makes the application costs much lower. Also, due to the structure of the tape wefts and how the wefts are applied in the hair, the maintenance costs associated with tape in hair extensions are MUCH lower than any other semi-permanent method. The construction of tape extensions are 1-inch panels of hair, they are easier to make than the individual extensions.

 

Low Maintenance:

They are the easiest hair extension method to maintain due to their thin construction and width. Most women actually forget that they are wearing them. You tape it and forget it, until about 10-12 weeks later when it’s time to move them up. You will want to invest in a higher quality tape extension brand. You will spend more in the beginning, but they will last better in the long run. The higher quality tape extensions will not shed, mat or tangle and they will be reusable. As long as you have a good quality tape in hair extension brand, the maintenance will be super easy and hassle free.

 

Tape in hair extension damage Least Damaging:

They are very lightweight and do not pull on your own hair like other extensions do – they grow out with your own hair. Clip in extensions are very heavy and can cause bald spots if you wear them every day. Note: if you have fine hair, traditional clip ins are not best for you! Individual extensions (fusion, micro, i-tip etc) can be very damaging and tend to tangle more, causing you to lose hair. Tape in hair extensions are non-damaging and very easy to remove. With tape in hair extensions you will not lose hair or experience any discomfort.

 

Reusable:

Tape in extensions are reusable for up to a year, they are good for 3-4 applications. Being able to reuse your hair extensions is such a benefit, especially if you have had your extensions customized with a cut or color. Once you remove the tape for tape extensions you clean them, add new tape, and then re-apply them. That is why getting high quality tape extensions is most important. You want good hair and tape to last through the year, or else you will be removing your new tape extensions within a matter of 4 weeks. Individual extensions are not reusable and clip extensions tend to get worn out within a matter of 6 months (depending on your wear and use). The removal of tape extensions takes only 15 minutes. Whereas the removal of individual extensions can be hours (with hair loss and hair pulling involved)!

 

Invisible and Flexible:

There are so many things you can do with tape extensions that you cannot with clips: wear them in any type of hairstyle: braids, super high ponytails etc. They are really thin and invisible! The best thing about tape in hair extensions compared to individual hair extensions is that when you wash and blow dry your hair they are MUCH more flexible and easier to dry and take care of. The individual extensions are stringy, tend to tangle, and the actual bonds are not as flexible and soft as tape extensions when it comes to washing and blow drying. If you want truly invisible and flexible extensions, tape in hair extensions are the best.

How To Pack Like A Hair Pro

While the prospect of visiting a new destination is one of the most exciting feelings there is, the thought of having to pack for it can be extremely stressful. So many factors come into play when deciding what to take with you and what to leave behind.

Clothing is an absolute necessity and will take up significant space in your suitcase, but what about your makeup and your hair care? You still want to retain some of the luxuries of home while you’re away… And you also shouldn’t gamble on the fact that the place you are staying will provide hair care products, or that they will even work with your hair!

It’s all about being strategic when packing and deciding what products will be the most useful to you while on vacation.

Consider this your good hair vacation checklist.

 

  1. Organize Your Suitcase

To make sure you have ample room for all of your beauty must-haves, invest in packing cubes for your clothing. They’ll not only help you keep your suitcase organized by like items, but they’ll also make it easier to see what you’ve already packed. You’ll be less likely to overpack!

 

  1. Aim For Travel Sized Bottles or Use Up Those Samples

If you do not want to check a bag, pay close attention to TSA’s 3-1-1 liquids rule.

You may bring in your carry-on bag:

  • Liquid containers of 3.4 ounces or less per item
  • 1 clear, quart-sized zip bag
  • 1 bag per passenger

You know all the tiny makeup and skincare freebies you often get as free gifts with purchase? These pack up super compact and leave more room in your suitcase for other things. Traveling is a fun time to try new products and experiment with your look. The best part is, at the end of the trip, you can toss the leftovers to free up space.

 

  1. Shampoo & Conditioner

Choose a shampoo and conditioner duo that will help minimize the need to wash frequently while you are away. Try our gentle blowout line in travel size to keep your hair clean and voluminous.

 

  1. Pack Multi-purpose Styling Products & Tools

First and foremost, if you are traveling overseas, make sure to bring a converter specific to the country you are headed to. This will ensure you can use your styling tools without any problems. And instead of taking multiple styling tools, try an iron that allows you to both straighten and curl your hair.

It’s a good idea to bring products that can be used in different ways to combat a multitude of hair concerns depending on where you are traveling to. You never know when you’ll need a little extra protection against frizz!

 

  1. Heat Protectant Is Always A Must

If you bring styling tools with you, this is one product you’ll want to travel with! Not only does it protect against the heat of your tools, it also protects your hair and hair color against the sun’s damaging rays.

 

  1. Add Some Accessories

Don’t forget the hair accessories when you pack for a trip. Make sure to have lots of bobby pins and clips to tackle frizz and fly-aways.

Some cute, colorful elastics will help you to tie up your hair in a snap (especially if you want to keep it out of the water).

Make sure to bring statement accessories like a hat and a lightweight scarf to help shield your hair from the sun and look cute at the same time!

 

  1. Learn A Go-To Hairstyle

If you’re not too keen on heat-styling while on vacation, why not brush up on your braiding or bun techniques? A sleek, low or messy high bun makes for a classic, low maintenance hairstyle that is practically weatherproof.

Braids are also a great option because there are so many variations (think: Dutch, French, fishtail, double, etc.) They can give you two days’ worth of hairstyles because when you take the braids out on the second day, you are left with some gorgeous waves.