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    How to Repair Damaged Hair

    How to Repair Damaged Hair

    The Smart Girl’s Guide on How to Repair Damaged Hair

    We have all been there. As we look down at the counter and see little hairs covering the counter top and we have lost count of the hairs we have pulled out of our hair brush, we find ourselves looking at our reflection in the mirror wondering, “Is my hair dry or damaged?” Today’s tale is about how to repair damaged hair. There are three major types of damage when it comes to your lovely locks.


    Mechanical Damage

    Your hair looks and feels dull ( like the hair of your favorite childhood doll) little pieces of hair fall onto your clothes. In some cases the hair looks singed, kinked and fuzzy.

    • The Cause –  brushing and teasing the hair in excess (picture a 1950’s beehive), and using thermal styling tools without the proper products.
    • The Solution – Use a good conditioning treatment once a week such as Joico Kpak Intense Hydrator, or Uans Crema. Also use a thermal protection spray such as, Bain de Terre Magnolia Thermal Iron Protector, or Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press, each time you use a flat iron or curling iron.


    Environmental Damage

    Your color fades and your hair doesn’t feel clean;  it feels like product build up is on your hair.

    • The Cause – Sun exposure and pollution.
    • The Solution – Most professional hair care lines have U.V. protectants in their products and there are many leave-in conditioners that have U.V. protectants as well, such as Matrix Biolage Daily Leave In Tonic and Sebastian Potion 9 Lite. A good clarifying shampoo like SOMA Clarifying Shampoo, once or twice a month (depending on how much product you use) will help as well.


    Chemical Damage

    Your hair looks and feels fuzzy, it will not hold a style, looks like frayed cloth. It breaks off , inches at a time.

    • The Cause – over use of chemical services such as hair color, lightening, perming or chemical straightening.
    • The Solution – Stop whatever chemical process you are doing right now. Give your hair a break for a while – hats are in this season. You need to get a good deep conditioning treatment done with your stylist ASAP. If you can’t get to the salon – I highly recommend JOICO Kpak Revitaluxe. The newest addition to the Kpak family – this treatment is restorative and strengthens the hair with each use. For a leave in, Redken’s Extreme Anti Snap is terrific, just as it’s name states – it will help your hair from breaking or snapping off.

    I highly recommend that you use Professional Salon products. Many of the other brands on the shelves have too many sulfates, detergents, silicone’s and alcohol which defeats the purpose.  Your hair may feel good but some of those products don’t penetrate the hair – they just coat the hair, which leads to further damage.




    Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.


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    Why a Clarifying Shampoo is a Girls Best Friend!

    Jessica Simpson bob hairstyle shows what clarifying shampoo can do

    Benefits of a Clarifying Shampoo

    We’ve all been there, you wash, condition and style your hair but after all that effort, it still looks dull,  lifeless and it’s unmanageable! You know your hair can look better than this, but you just don’t know what you’re doing wrong. So you switch products, and that doesn’t do it. What’s going on? More importantly, what can be done?

    Because most of us use a plethora of styling products like mousse, gels and finishing spray daily to keep our do’s looking great, our strands can become overloaded with product build up that often results in locks looking limp and dull! Well, there is a simple solution that will keep the bad hair days at bay and that’s to simply use a high quality clarifying shampoo once or twice a month!

    Clarifying shampoos contain a higher percentage of detergent agents that deeply cleanse hair leaving it rejuvenated and free from build up. However, because clarifying shampoos are designed to “strip” hair of excess buildup and oils, it’s super important to use a high quality formula that contain conditioning ingredients like botanical oils, that won’t compromise and damage the hair in the process.

    Two excellent clarifying shampoos that I recommend are Rusk Sensories Clarifying Shampoo and Pravana Clarifying Shampoo.

    Bottle of Rusk SensoriesBottle of Pravana

    These salon quality products offer the best of both worlds, they deep cleanse but contain conditioning ingredients that will not leave hair feeling dry.

    So remember, a bad hair day could just be a signal that your hair is overdue for some serious cleaning! You’ll be left with shiny and manageable tresses that are sure to put a little bounce in your style!

    Guest author Tasha has worked in the fashion and beauty industry for over a decade. She is a featured style blogger for several online beauty sites and works as a Fashion Stylist and Personal Shopper in the greater San Francisco peninsula where she is known as the “Bay Area Style Guru.” Follow her daily style tips on Twitter@stylegurugirl.

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