Last week we took a look at a few of the t0-dos a gal should embrace when it comes to growing out a mass of enviable, long locks — a diet rich in protein, go light on harsh heat styling, tugging and over-washing, and embrace the stimulating wonders of a good scalp massage — but there are other dangers lurking in the wings, waiting to foil your attempts at healthy beautiful hair. Let’s peek into a few sneaky reasons why your hair might not be getting any healthier and what you can do to remedy the situation.
Let’s start at your cosmetics cabinet. There is one thing that might be missing from your mass of styling products — something that could help save your hair from your over dependence on your blow-dryer: protection. Your hair needs protection from heat styling tools that same way that your skin (and your hair) needs protection from the sun, and a good thermal protection spray can do the trick. A simple all-over spritz will create a protective seal between your hair cuticle and your blow dryer, curling iron or straightener.
And speaking of “protection,” let’s talk about your birth control pill. *What?! I know. Stay with me here. Hormones play a big part in hair shedding and thinning, and a common birth control ingredient in your daily dose called androgen can cause hair loss in some gals. Check with your doctor if you notice an overabundance of errant hairs on the bathroom floor and see if your birth control could be a main culprit.
Sadly, our next offense is one counter to logic. Your hair is dry… so you add moisture, right? Wrong. That pesky adage “too much of a good thing…” rings true when it comes to dousing your hair with silicone based (read: shine) conditioners, that can leave your hair looking dull and stringy due to build-up. Enlisting the help of a weekly suds with a clarifying shampoo or relying on silicone-free conditioners are a great way to avoid “over-moisturizing.”
This implies our final tip: READ THE INGREDIENT LIST ON YOUR PRODUCTS. *Ugh. Beauty product packaging is chock full of promises, but there’s usually more they’re not telling you. Products with ingredients like alcohol and sodium laurel sulfate are drying and if they’re listed on the front end of the list, this should be reason for concern. Buyer beware.read more
From rich red to natural brunette, platinum blond to any number of spring’s trendy pastel hues — hair coloring has never been so of-the-moment as it is now. But it comes with a price, and that price is pining for the merits of your virginal locks before you jumped on the multi-hued bandwagon. Breakage, dull dry texture, and a less than lustrous appearance are the everyday struggles of ladies who hit the dye bottle a little to hard, so we thought we’d spend today’s blog highlighting (no pun intended) how to play with color while still managing to maintain the feel of healthy virginal hair.
Let’s start with your towel drying technique. While it seems like an easy enough task, most of us are doing it wrong—by wrong we mean wrapping our long locks up in a towel. Towel wrapped hair will cause breakage, your hair is simply too fragile to twist up in a bath towel. Instead, opt for a high-density organic cotton towel specifically geared towards gently drying the hair, or try drying your hair with a soft t-shirt.
Once you’ve managed to go from soaking wet strands to damp hair, consider using a BB cream to protect your hair from the elements and your heat-styling tools. A dime size application, combed from the ends to the roots will help restore hair density, eradicate frizz and seal in moisture. Look for a product that does double duty by also maintaining your hair color while still feeling like you’ve got nothing on your hair once it’s dry.
While heat styling is a leading cause of hair breakage, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it, just do it correctly. Mist your hair a light, even coating of a heat protecting spray that will shield your strands from your blow dryers full blast of hot air. And while we’re on the subject of the actual air that’s doing the drying, stay away from using your dryers high-heat settings. A low heat is really all that’s necessary to do the job. Look for a ceramic dryer that distributes the heat evenly, or ionic dryers that diffuse negative ions to lock in moisture and eliminate static electricity.
Staying away from brushing your hair from roots to ends during drying will help stave off breakage caused by raking bristles through damp hair. Instead gently brush your hair from ends to roots with a boar-bristle brush to add a boost of shine without tearing and pulling.
Voila! Colored hair that looks as healthy as the day it was first dyed. It is possible to have it all!