One of the most common causes of dehydrated and frazzled hair is using a hair dryer and removing the concentrator nozzle that comes with the dryer. I was also guilty of this habit. I felt like it was awkward and kept me from getting that full blast of air to get the job done quicker. Anyone who knows me will agree that blow drying and styling hair has never been my strong point in my over 30 year career as a hairstylist.
Using this handy tool keeps the hair from burning and getting too much direct heat.
The other important tool for keeping hair at its best is using a heat protecting spray. My personal favorite is Kenra Hot Spray not only does it protect from heat damage it also gives a firm hold of the style even in high humidity conditions. Simply spraying on the hair prior to using a curling or flat iron makes a major difference in the condition of the hair.
Hair Already Damaged?
Most women who have fine hair tend to shy away from using conditioner stating it weighs the hair down and makes it too flat. I discovered an interesting little trick a few years ago that has done wonders for my own fairly fine hair. Wet the hair and apply a light weight conditioner to the hair BEFORE applying shampoo, let sit for a minute and rinse well then apply shampoo and rinse again. You will get the benefit of the conditioner without the heaviness of the usual after condition feel.
A spray in leave in conditioner is a great way to detangle the hair, add some heat protection while also preventing flyaways and frizz. There are different types depending on hair type and density. My “go to” is It’s A 10 Leave in Lite. A few squirts of that on the ends of my hair and a brush through with my favorite wet brush and I am good to go.
Hard Water Got You Looking Faded?
There are only two states that do not have hard minerals in their water supply so chances are yours is not one of them. Did you ever notice how your fresh new color starts to look pretty drab and dull after a week or two? I know I do. So I started using a hard water treatment from Malibu to get those highlights looking bright again. Just shampoo and add the powder and emulsify in the hair for five minutes and shampoo again. You will feel brighter instantly.
A licensed cosmetologist since 1986, Elaine has personally trained all of her own stylists and taken them from beauty school graduate to color expert in less than one year earning over $60,000 annually.