There was a time when washing your hair was seen as a perfectly acceptable excuse to decline an invitation out. It wasn’t so much the washing that was taking up your time, but the drying.
Naturally, the French, with their impeccable sense of style, were the first to come up with a solution. Blow dryers were invented in the late 19th century. The first model was created by Alexander F. “Beau” Godefroy in his salon in France in 1890. His invention was a large, seated version that consisted of a bonnet that attached to the chimney pipe of a gas stove. Godefoy invented it for use in his hair salon in France, and it was not portable or handheld. It could only be used by having the person sit underneath it.
Around 1915, hair dryers began to go on the market in handheld form. This was due to innovations by National Stamping and Electricworks under the white cross brand, and later U.S. Racine Universal Motor Company and the Hamilton Beach Co., which allowed the dryer to be small enough to be held by hand.
Even in the 1920s, the new dryers were often heavy, weighing in at approximately 2 pounds (0.9 kg), and were difficult to use. They also had many instances of overheating and electrocution. Hair dryers were only capable of using 100 watts, which increased the amount of time needed to dry hair (the average dryer today can use up to 2000 watts of heat).
Since the 1920s, development of the hair dryer has mainly focused on improving the wattage and superficial exterior and material changes. In fact, the mechanism of the dryer has not had any significant changes since its inception. One of the more important changes for the hair dryer is to be made of plastic, so that it is more lightweight. This really caught on in the 1960s with the introduction of better electrical motors and the improvement of plastics. Another important change happened in 1954 when GEC changed the design of the dryer to move the motor inside the casing.
The bonnet dryer was introduced to consumers in 1951. This type worked by having the dryer, usually in a small portable box, connected to a tube that went into a bonnet with holes in it that could be placed on top of a person’s head. This worked by giving an even amount of heat to the whole head at once.
The 1950s also saw the introduction of the rigid-hood hair dryer which is the type most frequently seen in salons. It had a hard-plastic helmet that wraps around the person’s head. This dryer works similarly to the bonnet dryer of the 1950s but at a much higher wattage.
In the 1970s, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission set up guidelines that hair dryers had to meet to be considered safe to manufacture. Since 1991 the CPSC has mandated that all dryers must use a ground fault circuit interrupter so that it cannot electrocute a person if it gets wet. By 2000, deaths by blow dryers had dropped to fewer than four people a year, a stark difference to the hundreds of cases of electrocution accidents during the mid-20th century. Faster, more efficient and certainly less lethal, there’s now no excuse to refuse an invitation as you tend to your crowning glory.
Whether you’re suffering in swamp-like humidity or heat as dry as the Sahara, we’ve got the answers to your summer hair dilemma.
Survival Tip No. 1: Lock in that style
Dry heat can cause curls to deflate and straight hair to, well, stay straight. You might as well work with it. Before you head to Palm Springs or Phoenix, give yourself a blowout using plenty of smoothing serum to lock in moisture. Another bonus to a blowout ahead of time: no need to style your hair when you’re there. Just freshen it up with dry shampoo at your roots and rub shine serum on your ends.
Survival Tip No. 2: Make Shine Serum Your New Best Friend
Even healthy hair can start to feel dry when there’s zero humidity in the air, so keep your shine serum handy to reapply to your ends. And if your scalp starts freaking out and producing more oil to counter the dry air, a spritz of dry shampoo to help. If you want your style to last in this weather, try sleeping in a high ponytail. It’ll give your hair volume when you take it down the next morning and you can smooth any kinks with a flat iron.
Survival Tip No. 3: Give Your Hair a Break
If your hair is looking dry and scraggly, it’s time to bring in reinforcements. One of your best summer allies is a leave-in conditioner. It instantly repairs damage and detangles, protecting from breakage. This is especially important if you’re in a hot zone that’s also windy.
Try applying plenty of leave-in, then putting your hair in a French Twist or ballerina bun like Uma Thurman’s. And, if your hair is already feeling the heat, definitely stay away from the styling tools. Less is more. The less heat and stress your hair is under, the better.
Survival Tip No. 4: Toss A Detangle Brush In Your Beach Bag
Hair is more fragile when it is wet, use a wide tooted detangle brush to work out any kinks from the ocean.
Survival Tip No. 5: Invest in a UV Spray
Sunlight is the enemy of chemically treated hair (especially blonde hair). UV rays can strip color and weaken the texture of the hair, leaving it frazzled.
Survival Tip No. 6: Embrace Your Curls
Curls are having a moment, so if you’ve got them, don’t fight ’em. Curly hair is so versatile, plus there is no need to blow-dry, so you’re saving time. Also, avoid touching your hair throughout the day, which can cause frizz, and keep curls well moisturized for maximum bounce.
Survival Tip No. 7: Try A Cleansing Conditioner
Everything we love about summer – surf, sand, chlorine – also strips your hair of protein. Cleansing conditioners cleanse and condition in one step, helping to balance and refresh hair without stripping or depleting natural oils and nutrients, and they’re a space saver if you’re travelling.
Hair fall keeps happening on a daily basis and is hardly noticeable. If you undergo excessive hair loss then you might have to get some professional help. Excessive hair fall can also be attributed to the water you use (hard water/soft water), stress, hormonal changes, etc.
Hair loss is the pattern baldness or Androgenic Alopecia which is common amongst males.
Hair thinning can either be reduced thickness of hair or reduced number of hair. In both the cases, it is better to seek professional help to get customized treatment for your needs.
You can naturally have fine hair as your normal hair type. However, thinning is where your hair strands change and they were once naturally thicker compared to what they are now. So, how does this happen and why? Thinning can often happen in the beginning stages of female and male pattern hair loss when sensitivity occurs to the normal androgen that circulates around hair follicles. This sensitivity causes miniaturization and the change of diameter of the hair follicle. In women the process is usually slower, due to the level of ‘follicular protection’ offered by estrogen.
When it comes to solutions for your thinning hair, there are many! Whether it’s getting a more layered hairstyle that gives you the illusion of more voluminous hair or disguising it well with various hair products or fibers. Stock up on a diet full of essential vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc, a healthy body can generally mean healthier hair.
You can generally consider to be suffering with hair loss when something stops the hair from growing or when hair strands of thinning hair have progressed to become vellus like (fluffy white hair). This kind of effect is not visible to the human eye and can be interpreted to be hair loss. It can be caused by:
- Over reactive immune system
- Hereditary hair loss
- Some drugs and treatments
- Hair styles that pull on the hair
- Compulsion to pull out your hair
- Harsh hair care products
An easy solution to prevent hair loss from happening could be to simply alter your usage or stop any of the above. Although hair loss is very common and happens to many people, especially as they age, its effects can still be very damaging to confidence levels and lower self-esteem. Therefore, no matter how common it is, you shouldn’t ignore signs. Remember, the sooner you tackle hair loss the better.
What should I do?
There are many products available to stop hair loss or prevent further hair thinning. Identify what is happening to your hair strands. If you are experiencing thinning hair, examine your lifestyle. Are you eating the right foods? What products and styles are you applying to your hair? Your solution could be simply a few lifestyle alterations. Look at your relatives and see if they have hair loss. If so, there is a higher possibility that you too are starting to develop the same symptoms, as it could be hereditary.
If you catch such signs early, you may dramatically reduce the rate in which thinning and hair loss can start to take effect. You may feel medical treatments are too severe for such early signs of hair issues and that natural solutions may be more appealing. Taking natural supplements for hair loss is a very convenient and effective way to restore essential nutrients, health and hair booting properties directly to the hair shaft.
Give your hair the best chance of survival and act now!
Regardless of what products you use, most of us were taught to wash our hair the same way: shampoo (rinse, lather, rinse, repeat) then conditioner. And unless you’re a co-washer, doing anything but that probably seems a little strange.
But now, we are being asked to do the opposite. Sounds crazy right? But, switching up your hair routine can lead you to softer, bigger-bodied hair. Basically, the conditioner reinforces the natural protective layer of the hair, smoothing the cuticle and enhancing shine, and then the shampoo rinses away the weight of the conditioner, so the hair still maintains a clean bounce. Conditioning before you shampoo is great for adding nourishment to fine hair without weighing it down. It also promotes a longer lasting blowdry and primes the hair before cleansing, allowing shampoo to distribute easier and more evenly.
Flipping the traditional routine is especially beneficial if you’re a daily washer, AKA, an over-washer, and your hair is over-processed, dry and damaged. Starting with conditioner prevents some of the essential natural oils in the hair from being stripped away.
There are some best practices to keep in mind if you’re going to start this regimen. While we’d typically only use our conditioners from our ears down post shampoo, We recommend to saturate all your hair from root-to-tip if you’re conditioning before you cleanse. You will be cleansing it after, so your hair won’t be weighed down or oily. If you typically lather up twice, scrub the conditioner into your hair like a shampoo instead.
Extra hydration sans-weight is never a bad thing, but it’s especially amazing in the summer when our hair takes a hell of a beating. So, instead of trying to find a miracle formula to quench your thirsty strands, maybe just change up your roster order. Aren’t the best answers always the simplest?
Everyone thinks about their skin when they are out at the beach, but we want to bring to your attention a potentially harmful aspect of spending a day at the shore; hair damage from salt water. You’re probably wondering what could be so bad about taking a dip in the ocean. Isn’t salt water healing? Yes, it helps to detox the skin, reduce swelling and treat wounds, among many other benefits. But overexposure to salt water can wreak havoc on your hair.
Your hair’s water content is what makes it stretchy, elastic and moisturized – kind of like your skin. And, similar to your skin and the rest of your body, your hair can become ‘dehydrated’ and dry if too much moisture is lost through evaporation. And even more so if that moisture is not replenished. As the sea has high salt content, it is osmotic, meaning that it leaches water out of your hair. The result? Dry, parched and brittle locks. The hair becomes dull, tangled, rough feeling and can be hard to comb or brush out. Especially If you have color in your hair.
Once you shampooed your hair, you may even notice that it takes longer to blow-dry or you’re having problems getting your locks to curl or hold a style. In its worst form, salt water damage causes the ends of the hair to split, and breakage can begin. To prevent salt water from damaging your strands, take these expert-recommended steps before and after you leave the beach.
1. Wash your hair with a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment or apply a pre-sun and swim product. This will help mitigate the rigors of the summer elements and prevent hair color from fading due to sun exposure.
2. Leave-in conditioner is a must to keep the hair moist and soft, and to make it harder for the salt water to damage the hair. Look for a spray formula that you can toss in your beach bag and re-apply throughout the day.
3. To help protect your scalp from UV rays, use a protective hair cream containing SPF over your hair and on your part. Another simple yet effective method is to saturate a Q-tip with a broad-spectrum sunscreen and apply it directly to the part line. This is important to do before heading out to the beach so there is time for it to absorb to provide full coverage and protection.
4. For a post-beach DIY treatment, you can whip up a hair mask made out of lukewarm honey and buttermilk. The honey will restore moisture and shine, while the buttermilk will soothe dry locks and leave them silky.
5. For a major moisture-boost that will target split ends, whisk together two eggs, a few tablespoons of olive oil, half of a ripe avocado and 2 ounces of purified water. Work the mixture into hair with your fingertips, leave on for 10 minutes and then wash out.
Sometimes we have to fake stuff – tans, that smile when singing “Happy Birthday” over a stale sheet cake to that co-worker you can’t stand. Sometimes you got to fake it until you make it, or in terms of having a good hair day – fake it until your next salon appointment.
Having a good hair day is like a tiny miracle, and those miracles, unfortunately, do not come very often. Whether you skipped a few wash days, need to get those pesky roots touched up, or hit snooze on the alarm seven times and need to be to work in fifteen minutes, here are some helpful tips to faking your best hair day when, in all reality, your hair is in laughable conditions.
Remember when you first tried dry shampoo and you were like, “This is the greatest invention since the gel manicure!” Well, it’s because, like the gel, it’s a lifesaver. Where would we be if we didn’t have dry shampoo? We’re spraying our greasy, limp tresses with dry shampoo like it’s cheap sunscreen, faking a good hair day by essentially absorbing the dirt and grease.
CREATE THE ILLUSION OF FULLER HAIR WITH A HAIR CLIP
Bad hair days come in all shapes and forms, and sometimes they come in “you just can’t deal today” so that’s where hair clips ride in on their magic rainbows to save the day. The use of hair clips can help make your hair look fuller and give the illusion that it has more volume and weight than it actually does.
Fuller Ponytail Trick: clip a fish clip to the top of your ponytail, tease your hair towards the clip, then remove. This trick makes for a fuller ponytail with a little more height.
PUT A DRYER SHEET OVER YOUR HAIRBRUSH TO REDUCE STATIC
This is something you don’t learn in science class but would probably be more useful than all that mole math B.S. in 10th grade chemistry. For bristle brushes, take a dryer sheet and place it on the brush, right through the bristles. Brush your hair like this and static-be-gone!
Another trick: take a toothbrush you are not planning to use anymore and spray it with hairspray. Brush the flyaways and watch them disappear!
SPRAY YOUR ROOTS WITH COVER-UP SPRAY
Some people can rock the roots, but for everyone else, let’s get control of our growth before we start looking like Madonna circa “Like A Virgin.” Like dry shampoo, root cover-up spray is like the light at the end of our dark (roots) tunnel. The sprays vary in color shades from light blonde to auburn to black and provide a quick cover-up within seconds. It’s an inexpensive way to hold you over between salon visits.
WRAP IT UP IN BUNS OR BRAIDS
Buns & Braids are like the friendship you always wish you had. They make the perfect hair day no matter what the condition of your locks — just ask Princess Leia. A bun & braid hairstyle can be done in as little as two minutes. So those busy mornings when your hair isn’t going with the flow, it’s a job for the B&B. There are different types of buns & braids that you can choose from. The messy bun: high and messy chignon (use a hair donut or a rolled-up sock to get a bigger bun). The bohemian bun: messy and high chignon with a braid coiled at the base. The bow bun: bow-shape chignon atop the head, dividing the bun into two parts to make a bow. If you’re feeling quirky, try the space buns: which is basically high pigtails but wrapped into two coils on each side of your head.
UTILIZE HAIR CHALK AND OTHER TEMPORARY COLORS
Hair chalk is a great, quick fix for those bad hair days when you want an easy way to liven up your tresses by dabbing a little lavender or sky blue on your ends. Don’t forget to use hairspray so the color chalk will set. You don’t need to have platinum blonde hair to get great results. Plus, if you change your hair color, no one will notice how greasy and flat it is.
GIVE YOUR HAIR A TEASE
There’s an art to teasing. It’s not for everyone but on a bad hair day, teasing can take flat hair to new heights. Literally. First, take a 1″ section of your hair (top of the head to bring up the volume) and hold it straight up. Tease it by brushing the hair downward, section and repeat, smooth with a brush. Try this on each side of the head too for an overall fuller look.
CURL THOSE LOCKS
Sometimes you can’t have good hair all by yourself. Sometimes you need to bring in the big guns like the old-trusty curling iron. The barrel size makes a difference in what type of curls you’re looking to achieve – 2″ gentle, relaxed waves, 1.75″ large, loose waves, 1.5″ large, voluminous curls, 1″ – 1.25” full curls, defined waves, and 3/4″ for tighter curls, textured waves. Curls can help your bad day hair look like a great hair day, creating fuller, and healthier looking hair.
ACTIVATE YOUR NATURAL WAVES
Keep summer in your hair all year long with a DIY mixture to capture those beach waves anytime. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it will one cup warm water, one tablespoon of coconut oil, one tablespoon of sea salt (this adds grit) and one drop of your choice of essential oil – lavender works great. Combine, shake and apply liberally to the hair. You can add an optional teaspoon of hair gel or conditioner to fight frizz.
DE-FUZ YOUR CURLS
A simple solution to keeping your curls intact is mixing leave-in conditioner with gel and apply to curls. The leave-in conditioner hydrates those thirsty curls, while the gel shapes the curls into spirals. Never spend the day with loose, fuzzy, frizzy curls again.
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS GO WITH HATS, HEADBANDS AND SCARVES
It’s okay to give up and just put on a hat. You’re still winning at life. Hats, headbands, and head scarves are an easy and very fashionable way to save yourself from a bad hair day. They keep those annoying bangs we should have never gotten out of our way and keep flyaways at bay. Headbands can be worn single or doubled up, while head scarves are a perfect way to add some print to your monochromatic outfit. There are so many different styles of hats to choose from: fedoras, floppies, beanies, oh my! And remember, there’s never such thing as a bad hat day.
Hair gloss treatments are often met with confusion these days. What exactly does it do? How are they different than hair color? And why is everyone getting them? Don’t worry, we wondered the exact same things.
A gloss treatment — also referred to as a color glaze or a glaze treatment — gives your hair shine, boosts dull and lifeless hair and helps smooth flyaways. Gloss treatments can be clear or tinted. Both types of treatments revitalize hair, and tinted treatments can help enhance or maintain color, as well. Here are nine things that make a hair gloss treatment different than a classic dye job… and why you definitely should consider getting one.
A gloss will repair any summer damage you have.
Spent a little too much time in the sun and chlorine this summer? It actually repairs your hair and undos all that damage, so you’ll feel a lot better. The gloss will return texture and deep condition your strands for ultimate silkiness and shine.
It’s not as harsh or permanent as regular hair color.
A gloss is very acidic and closes the hair and the cuticle real tight. The result is a very smooth surface texture that will reflect a lot more light and have a much softer feel to it. While regular color contains ammonia, which opens up the hair cuticle and deposits color into it, therefore damaging the hair.
A gloss provides translucent color and intense conditioning.
A gloss will work with the variation of tone that your hair naturally has, allowing for a more subdued shade. If you have gray hair and if you put a gloss on, it will have a very tonal effect as opposed to being one solid opaque color. It also automatically makes your hair super shiny and smooth. It will even reduce a little bit of frizz, and overall, your hair feels like you had a conditioning treatment and color done at once.
It can help tone down highlights.
If your highlights end up looking a little too brassy, try getting a gloss treatment right after to tone down the color.
You don’t have to change your natural hair color to get the benefits of a gloss.
There’s such thing as a clear gloss, which is essentially a powerhouse of a conditioning treatment for your strands. All you’d be doing is lowering the pH level of your hair and imparting extreme conditioning properties.
It’s a no-commitment change.
The best thing about it is there’s no commitment to it and it’s going to fade on its own (within six weeks). And if you want to change your hair, it doesn’t interfere with any type of chemical change you want to do in the future.
You can do it at home.
If you want to save some money, there are gloss kits sold at your local drugstore. We suggest going into a salon at first. But if you do it at home, don’t go too far from one shade or two from where you’re currently at.
It’s easy to maintain.
All you need to do is use sulfate-free products that are made for colored hair and you should be good to go.
It’s totally in for fall.
This season’s hair trends will be “all about really rich jewel tones.” If you’re a brunette, go for a rich honey or espresso brown. If you’re a redhead, try a deep copper or auburn. And if you’re a blonde, opt for a golden tone.
Summer is quickly approaching, and while we can’t wait to hit up the beach and sport some short shorts, we’re dreading what the heat does to our hair. Every summer we have to deal with the humidity and sunshine drying out our locks so they appear dull and frizzy instead of sleek and shiny. But this year, we vow to improve our hair with a few easy tips that anyone can follow. Here are 13 hair hacks to surviving the summer heat and humidity.
- TEASE BANGS
Sure, we love bangs as much as Taylor Swift but during the summer they are our worse nightmare. Not only do they flip and fly in all sorts of directions, but they are hot and sweaty on our forehead. And breaking out is so not hot. An easy way to help keep your bangs off your face is by teasing them so they fall to the side and not directly on your skin. You’ll capture the side sweep bang perfectly while keeping your skin pimple-free.
- PULL BANGS BACK IN A BRAID
If teasing isn’t your thing or you want your bangs completely gone for a day (or the entire summer), simply pull them back out of your face. And don’t just do this with a few bobby pins so it’s obvious you are trying to keep your bangs at bay, but instead work a sexy braid in there to keep your bangs away while still looking cool doing it.
- SPORT WET HAIR
The summertime is the only time of year when rocking wet hair is cool, so take advantage of it when you’re having a bad hair day or when you simply don’t feel like doing it. After your shower, towel off and work in some gel so your hair stays wet throughout the day. Then you can pull it back and off your face or stick it up in a sexy up do.
- TRY PEPPERMINT SHAMPOO
When it’s really hot out, you want to cool down your head with something invigorating. Use a peppermint shampoo to help cool off your scalp while helping your hair stay strong and sexy. You’ll love the way it feels on your head and really enjoy how gorgeous your hair looks (and how yummy it smells) after you style it.
- SQUIRT LEMON JUICE IN YOUR LOCKS
Make proper use of the hot temperatures and bright sunshine by squirting some lemon into your hair for natural highlights. The next time you hit up the beach or hang by the pool, be sure to squirt lemon juice throughout your hair so by the time you head back home you’ll have gorgeous summer hair that you’ll love.
- USE SPF-INFUSED PRODUCTS
We already know how important it is to use SPF on our skin when we are outside during the summer, but some of us forget how important it is to use SPF on our hair. And before you go and load up your locks with sunscreen you use on your body, stop. There are plenty of awesome products out there that come in a spray for your hair that won’t weight it down but will keep it protected so it doesn’t dry out from the sun.
- TRY A HAIR MASK
A hair mask is always a great way to put some life back into your hair. There are plenty that you can buy that work well, but you can also create your own at home when needed. Avocado and olive oil are natural wonders when it comes to your hair because both provide softness and shine without weighting your hair down – just don’t use too much oil on the roots.
- PUT YOUR HAIR UP
The easiest way to rid your hair from the summer heat? Simply put it up and be done with it. We know that somedays no matter what you do, your hair is just not working but that’s ok! There are so many gorgeous up dos that having a bad hair day is a thing of the past. Work in a killer fishtail braid or a high, messy bun that will easily make you look and feel great – and get your hair off your face.
- USE BAKING SODA ON CHLORINE GREEN HAIR
We know the summer months are all about heading outdoors and jumping into a cool pool of water. But if your locks don’t love the chlorine as much as you, don’t worry. When you get out of the pool (and you notice your hair is a bit green), just add some baking soda in it before you shower and shampoo. Your hair will be back to its beautiful color, leaving that green tint far behind.
- GET EASY BEACH WAVES HAIR
Beach waves are always in during the summer. Seriously, who doesn’t want sexy beach-inspired hair? And the best part is that you can get this look with ease. You can make your own beach hair spray with natural ingredients like sea salt and coconut, or you can head out to the store and pick up one of the many different products out there.
- TRY COCONUT OIL ON YOUR ENDS
If your hair is really dry – especially on the limp, dead ends – you’ll need something heavy duty that will bring them back to life. Luckily, there is the wonder of coconut oil that pretty much solves any beauty problem, including dry hair. Take some oil in your palm and place it along the ends of your hair for a few minutes before washing it out with shampoo, and you’ll instantly see and feel a difference.
- CRUSH ASPRIN INTO YOUR SHAMPOO
With all the product we put in our hair during the summer, it’s important to clean it up every now and then so it doesn’t get too weighed down. An old and useful trick to help remove residue in your hair is crushing up a couple aspirin and putting it in your shampoo. You’ll lift out all the heavy leftover products that your hair continues to hold and will come out with pretty locks that are healthy.
- TRY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Make your hair smooth and sexy this summer by using a few drops of apple cider vinegar in your mane. Before you shampoo, massage the vinegar in your hair and keep it there for a few minutes before shampooing it out. Afterwards, you’ll definitely see a difference as your hair will be smooth, shiny, and completely frizz-free.
There’s a whole list of good reasons to ease up on the hair dye. Going off the bottle can improve your hair’s health if it’s severely damaged from coloring it and using heat tools, save you some serious time and money, and will be a great change if you’ve grown tired of your current shade. Bleaching your strands to lift your current color or getting a dye job that’s close to your current shade may be the quickest way to return to your natural color, but the only way to truly repair your strands is to be gentle and make the change in small steps.
Needless to say, completely ditching the dye is easier said than done. Resisting the temptation to grab a box of dye when you’re dealing with months of awkward roots at their various stages can seem impossible. Here are some tips on what you should ask for at the salon, and what you can do at home to return to your natural color, no matter what shade you’re rocking.
If You Have Highlights
Ready to let go of your highlights? We recommend gradually adding in lowlights to space out the lightness from your current highlights and let more of your natural color show through. To take the edge off the color and soften the contrast between the light and darker shades, we also recommend that your stylist apply a gloss treatment. At home, you can treat your strands to a weekly gloss hair mask to boost shine from roots to ends.
If You Went Lighter
Whether you went platinum or strawberry blond, heading back to your darker roots won’t be a one-step process. If you have gone all over blonde, I recommend a base drop of your natural color. This is applied like a single process but pulling it through strategically so you break up the lines between the two drastically different shades, then an all over gloss to add softness to the blonde hair. After you leave the salon, slather on a mask specifically tailored for dry and damaged hair once a week after shampooing. It will rejuvenate dull strands, and preserve color vibrancy.
If You Went Dark
Cut off some of the travel time on your return trip back from the dark side by subtly adding some highlights to your current shade. Adding soft highlights by either painting or highlighting the ends will cut through the dark and add dimension to the hair so you don’t see the strong line of demarcation. Between appointments, protect your shade with a few spritzes of a color preserving spray.
If You Went Pastel
Pastel hues are a pretty way to experiment with hair color, but the cotton candy shades require major commitment and upkeep. Luckily, once the color has faded, going back to your original shade isn’t too difficult. Most likely it’s super blonde under the pastels. Once they have faded out, you can apply a base drop or a combination of highlights and lowlights to get you back to your natural shade. Faded hair color can make your strands appear dull, in order to rejuvenate your strands, run a nutrient-rich oil through your mane to restore it to its healthy, vibrant state.
Let’s face it, your hair has a mind of its own and does pretty much whatever it wants on a daily basis. And, I’m sure there are days when you feel like it’s completely out of control. But, there is one way that you can show your hair who’s the boss and gain back control. And that’s through a proper hair care routine.
Now, we’re not telling you to completely overhaul your current hair care routine and buy all new hair products. But there are certain simple tips and tricks that you can follow that can bring about a massive improvement in your hair in just a few days. So, let’s check them out!
Tips For Washing Your Hair
There are a few things you could be doing wrong in the shower that are stopping your hair from looking its best. So let’s look at some tips you can try out:
Oil your hair:
Oiling your hair before washing it is probably the best thing you can do for your mane. Massage some coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil onto your hair and scalp an hour before getting into the shower to pre-condition it.
Use lukewarm or cool water:
Hot water can damage your hair in the same way that the heat from heat styling tools does – by dehydrating your hair and causing split ends. So, always wash your hair with either lukewarm or cool water to close the hair cuticles and retain the moisture in it.
Dilute the shampoo:
We’re all prone to using 2-3 pumps of shampoo when washing our hair. But the harsh truth is that shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry. To prevent that from happening, dilute 1-2 pumps of shampoo in half a mug of water and then use that to wash your hair.
Don’t rub your head harshly when shampooing it. Instead, gently massage your scalp and hair with your fingers in small, circular motions while shampooing it to prevent excessive tangling and damage.
Apply conditioner only on the ends:
A big mistake I made for the longest time was applying conditioner all over my hair from root to tip. However, I have since learned that doing so can create a lot of buildup on your scalp. So, apply conditioner only from the mid-length to the ends of your hair and wash it off after 2 minutes.
Don’t wash your hair every day:
The last and most important tip for washing your hair is this – Don’t. Wash. Your. Hair. Every. Day. While you may think you are being very hygienic, all this will do is dehydrate and damage your hair, strip it of its natural oils, and make it more prone to breakage and hair fall.
Tips For Drying Your Hair
You may not know this, but there is a high chance that you are unleashing a world of damage on your hair while brushing and drying it. So, here’s a few things you need to keep in mind once you step out of the shower:
Use a microfiber towel:
Pre-dry your hair with a microfiber towel once you step out of the shower. Avoid using a terrycloth towel as it can tangle your hair too much, increase frizz, and cause it to break.
Blow dry only after your hair is partially dry:
Blowdry your hair once it is 70% dry. This gives time for your hair cuticle to close up and will reduce the heat damage.
Tips For Brushing Your Hair
Yes, there is a bit more nuance to brushing your hair than going straight at it with the hairbrush/comb of your choice every morning. After all, knots and tangles are a major cause for hair breakage. So, here’s what you need to do:
Detangle in the shower:
Detangle your hair in the shower with a wide toothed comb while there’s conditioner in it. This is when your hair is soft and malleable, thus making it easier and less painful to detangle it.
Use a boar bristle brush or wide toothed comb:
If you’ve been using a round brush or metal brush to detangle your hair, then you need to stop right away. Those brushes are meant to be used when you are blow drying your hair. For everyday use, opt for a boar bristle brush, wide toothed comb or stagger toothed comb to remove the knots and tangles from your hair.
Detangle from the ends to the scalp:
You may not know this, but detangling your hair from roots to ends can create more knots and ultimately lead to more breakage. The correct way to go about it is to start a few inches above the ends and brush downwards, slowly working your way up to the scalp.\
Tips For Heat Styling Your Hair
There is just one thing you need to keep in mind when you use you use heat styling tools like the curling wand or straightening iron on your hair.
Apply heat protectant:
Always, always, always apply a heat protectant to your hair before straightening or curling it. This acts as a barrier between your hair and the heat, thus protecting your tresses from untold damage.
Tips To Protect Your Hair From The Sun And Pollution
You may not know this but every time you step out, your hair is being bombarded by the sun and the innumerable pollutants floating around in the air. So, it’s super important that you take some steps to protect your precious tresses from them:
Wear a hat/scarf:
Cover your hair when you step outdoors, especially during summers. A hat or a scarf can go a long way in protecting your hair from intense sun damage.
Don’t step out with oily/wet hair:
Don’t step out right after you’ve oiled or washed your hair as it can make dust and dirt stick to it.
Use a hair sunscreen:
Invest in a hair sunscreen and use it religiously to protect your hair from the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.
Deep condition your hair at least once a week to restore cleanse your scalp completely and restore moisture back into your dull, dry hair.
Tips For Styling Your Hair
There are just a couple of things you need to keep in mind when styling your hair. These include:
Use soft hair elastics:
Only use soft hair elastics when tying up your hair. Avoid using rubber bands and the hair elastics that have a metal clasp in the middle as they can tug on your hair and cause breakage.
Don’t tie your hair up tightly:
Don’t tie your hair up in very tight braids, buns, or ponytails as it can damage your hair and hair follicles and cause hair fall. Besides which, they can give you a raging headache.
Tips For Hair Care At Night
We tend to take care of our hair all through the day but jump straight in the bed without paying heed to how you could be damaging your hair while you sleep. So here are a few things you should be mindful of before falling asleep:
Tie your hair up loosely:
Tie your hair up loosely with a soft hair elastic or bandana if you like sleeping with your hair tied up. Tight ponytails and buns can pull at your hair and cause them to break as you toss and turn at night.
Use a silk scarf/pillowcase:
Wrap a silk scarf around your head or sleep on a silk/satin pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases tend to be more abrasive to your hair and cause frizz and breakage.
Moisturize the ends:
Rub a little bit of any hair oil of your choice (olive oil, almond oil, and argon oil work best) on the ends of your hair before going to bed to give them an extra moisturizing boost.
Simple Natural Treatments For Nourishing Your Hair
Yes, it is important that you use the right shampoo, conditioner, and styling products on your tresses. But, you also need to give your hair some of nature’s love by treating it to some natural home remedies. Here are a few that you can whip up in just a few minutes with things that you probably already have in your kitchen:
Condition Your Hair With Olive Oil:
Warm a little bit of olive oil in a glass bowl and massage it onto your scalp. Leave the oil in for 45 minutes before washing your hair as per usual.
Apple Cider Vinegar Mask For Dry, Damaged Hair:
Mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 3 egg whites together and apply it all over your hair. Put on a shower cap and leave this hair mask on for 30 minutes before shampooing your hair.
Yogurt For Dull Hair:
Dampen your hair and massage half a cup of yogurt onto it. Leave it on for 20 minutes before shampooing your hair as usual.
Castor Oil To Reduce Hairfall:
Massage some castor oil onto your scalp, and from the roots to tips of your hair. Leave it on for half an hour, and then wash it off with shampoo. You may have to shampoo twice to completely remove castor oil from your hair.
Henna To Repair Split Ends:
Mix half a bowl of henna powder, 4 teaspoons avocado oil, an egg and some water to form a thick paste. Apply this henna paste all over your hair and leave it on for 2 hours before washing it off with lukewarm water.
Foods To Include In Your Diet For Healthy Hair
A lot of hair care may seem to involve applying some stuff or doing some other things to it. But, in reality, a major part of hair care is dependent on what kind of food you eat. So here are a few things that you can include in your diet to boost your hair health:
The protein provided by eggs is a major source of nutrition and growth for your hair.
Citrus fruits like lemon, lime, and orange are a great source of vitamin C and boost the production of collagen that is essential for the strength and growth of your hair.
Dry fruits and nuts:
Munching on dry fruits as a snack is a great idea because they contain omega-3 fatty acids that nourish and thicken your hair.
Green leafy vegetables:
Green leafy vegetables like spinach are a great source of iron that nourishes your hair roots and follicles, and thus, aid hair growth.
This root vegetable provides vitamin A that is essential for the production of the natural oil sebum that nourishes your hair.
The vitamin E provided by avocado helps maintain oil levels and pH balance on your scalp that ensures your hair follicles don’t get clogged up and stop hair growth.
Whole grains provide a range of nutrients like iron, biotin, zinc and B vitamins that are essential for hair growth.