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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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The Ultimate Guide to Hair Conditioning

hair conditioning

Here is what you need to know about hair conditioning

This is a question you should ask yourself to maintain a healthy and beautiful foundation of your hair. Hair conditioning is something that is highly recommended, but can be easily overlooked. I am a manufacturer of my own hair product line, and I’m surprised to find of how often I run into women who encounter hair problems as a result of overlooking this step.

Some of the hair problems that I hear women encounter include frizzy hair, thinning hair, and damaged hair. Lack of conditioning hair can play a factor, however is not the only reason of why women encounter some of these hair problems. There are other factors as well, including the usage of hairstyling tools like curling irons or flat irons, shampooing hair too often, or chemical relaxers. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with using chemical relaxers or a hairstyling tool from time to time. However, there has to be counter measures in place to keep hair in a healthy state and preventing those problems from occurring.

So if you’re encountering hair problems like damaged hair, or need to promote healthy hair growth and your hair has hit a plateau, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I conditioning hair enough?
  • Am I shampooing my hair too much?
  • How often am I using heat-based hairstyling tools?
  • Do I use too many chemical relaxers and perms for my hair?
  • Am I protecting my hair from outside elements like the sun?
  • Am I using hair products that contain the right ingredients?
  • How often do I get my ends trimmed?
  • How does my hair feel when I don’t condition it at the right time?

These questions, when you answer them, will open your mind and help you realize what you may or not be doing right. It will also motivate you to take better action in taking care of your hair overall, with one of those ways being to condition your hair consistently.

Rule of thumb is, you should be hair conditioning daily, or at least 3-4 times a week. This will help to keep moisture in your hair, and prevent your hair and scalp from drying out. Hair conditioners contain vitamins and nutrients that your hair absorbs thus helping to replenish hair and maintain its beautiful state.

It’s also a great idea to deep condition hair at least once a week. This method really helps to lock in moisture into hair. Just apply more conditioner into your hair than you normally would, cover your head with a shower cap, and leave it on for 25+ minutes before rinsing hair. Someone with thick hair usually needs to follow this step since thicker hair needs more moisture, and it’s usually harder for moisture to fully seal into all the hair.

When looking for the right conditioner for your hair, think about what you need for your hair type or for what you want to do with your hair. If you have fine hair and looking to add more volume, then you should look for volumizing conditioner. If your hair is weak, then a restoration/strengthening conditioner is the best fit. But if you are looking for more moisture or manageability for your hair, then a good leave-in conditioner will suit you best.

Darlene Alexander
Guest author Darlene Alexander has been a licensed cosmetologist for 31 years, is an author, and is a manufacturer of professional hair products. She helps salon professionals provide healthy hair solutions for their clients to give them beautiful, healthy, sensational hair! You can contact her at pureityhairbeauty@gmail.com and visit www.heavenlyessence.net for the latest hair care and salon business tips.


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Damaged Hair to Healthy Hair; Insider Tips

Damaged Hair to Healthy Hair

Damaged Hair to Healthy Hair; Here is what you need to know

Unfortunately, turning damaged hair to healthy hair is something that those of us in the hair styling business must do often . . . too often! It is heartbreaking for professional hairstylist’s to watch client after client engage in the same unhealthy hair practices when we know that just following a few simple tips and regimens will do the trick. So, I’d like to share some lessons learned from having my hands in clients hair daily for many years.

So let’s start with a basic biology lesson. Much like our skin has pores, each hair strand has cuticles.  When magnified, they look like this:

Damaged Hair to Healthy Hair

You can see that the damaged hair cuticle is wide open, which gives hair a frizzy, unhealthy appearance, with no shine. Even when you try to use styling tools such as a flat iron to smooth damaged hair out, the hair still looks lackluster and dull. It will also have a lot of split ends because damaged hair is so easily broken. So how do you reverse the process? Let’s look at seven different ways.

  • Tip #1:  Many of you have probably heard about the “ice trick” to make the pores on your face appear smaller, but did you know that rinsing your hair in cool water will have a similar affect? When we rinse in hot or very warm water, the cuticle of the hair actually opens up. Then we follow by blow drying with hot air and styling with hot tools. It’s best to always rinse your hair in cool water and blow dry on a moderate temperature setting, rather than a hot one.
  • Tip #2:  Never over-dry your hair. Once hair becomes dry, it heats up twice as fast and damage is certain to occur.
  • Tip #3:  Always use a heat protectant prior to using styling wands, hot rollers or a blow dryer on hot setting.
  • Tip #4:  Never brush your hair while it’s wet. A wide-tooth comb is recommended. When hair is wet it’s in a much more fragile state and it’s twice as likely to break off.
  • Tip #5:  Use a good-quality shampoo and conditioner.  Yes, it may be a bit pricier but the benefit is having healthy-looking hair, which is what we all desire.
  • Tip #6:  Use cold-compress extracted virgin coconut oil on your hair once a week. Put it on about 30 minutes prior to showering. Place a plastic bag (a plastic grocery sack will work) over your hair and warm it with a blow dryer on a hot setting, approximately 3-4 minutes. This will open the cuticle and allow the oils to sink deeply into the hair shaft.
  • Tip #7:  Consider what your diet consists of! Are you eating enough nutritious food? We all need plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in our diet. If you have a poor diet or if you’re not staying fully hydrated, it will most definitely have an impact on your skin and hair. Barb has shared some great advice here on food and diet for healthy hair.

Nothing hard about these tips, just everyday common sense will do the trick of bringing your damaged hair to healthy hair . Mother Nature has blessed us all with hair that will restore itself all by itself if we just use a little TLC. So, give these tips a try and get that silky, shiny healthy head of hair you’ve always wanted.

Teri-Belle
Contributing author Teri Belle has been a professional hairstylist and makeup artist for 20 years. As a salon owner her dedication to excellence and attention to detail, has established a devoted clientele. Teri is happily sharing her knowledge and passion for beauty on her YouTube channel. Teri’s philosophy is: Makeup should not cover your beauty, it should reveal it!.


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