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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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Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Flat Iron

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So many flat irons . . . so little time

We’ve all been there, standing in front of a display of flat irons, dreaming of having our hair feel and look like it does when we leave the salon and asking ourselves “which one is the best flat iron?”, “which one should I choose?”, “what does Nano titanium mean?”.

It can be an overwhelming experience but it does not need to be. I am here to let you know a few things about the flat iron and to reassure you that you can have sleek, straight and frizz free hair in between salon visits. No really . . . you can. I have compiled a little list, a “how to” for the best flat iron, so you can know what it is you are looking for, and what you are looking at.

First things first. When purchasing a flat iron, you want to be sure that it is a Salon Professional name brand. Salon Professional tools will have higher heat settings and heat is what you need. Salon Professional Flat Irons will have ceramic plates, Nano Titanium plates, universal voltage and many other features. The following is a little explanation of what all these features are. As always, my aim is to educate and enlighten.

Nano-Technology – involves the compression of molecules. The result is greater stability and increased benefits of the properties of ceramic/tourmaline plates. (In other words – this technology ensures the best result possible from your flat iron).

Silver Nano-Technology – purifies and protects the hair for a silky, shiny, healthy finish.

Tourmaline – a natural source of negative ions and far infrared heat that eliminates frizz and seals in moisture, leaving hair smooth and shiny.

Floating Plates – permit easy gliding with perfect tension – less chance of snagging the hair or getting ridges through out the hair.

Advanced Ceramic Heater (MCH) – provides a quick heat up, stable temperatures and is more lightweight.

Sol-Gel Technology – these plates have a higher concentration of ceramic and titanium which offers increased durability and less friction for a smoother glide. (Great for coarse/thick hair)

Universal Voltage – this term means that the flat iron can be used anywhere in the world and you can know that the circuit won’t blow. You will still need a plug adapter for the wall, but you can rest easy that your flat iron will not short out and you won’t be left looking for the nearest hat shop.

Brand Names – You will want to look for Salon Professional brands such as Babyliss Pro, Avanti, CHI, GHD, HAI, to name a few. Most Professional flat irons will have a temperature control dial and will reach 450 degrees Fahrenheit  and some of the newer models have an auto shut off feature, the flat iron will shut off after 60 minutes without usage. Prices will range from $99.99 – $300.00, depending on the make and the model.

So there you have it. Quite honestly, when purchasing a flat iron it comes down to the features you need and the price you are comfortable with. If you are concerned about the heat and possible damage to your hair, there are many flat iron sprays on the market. Everyone from Redken to KMS to Joico offers a flat iron spray to help protect your hair from the heat of a flat iron.  If you are like me, and half way to work you find yourself thinking “Did I turn off my flat iron?”, you may want to be sure your new flat iron has the auto shut off feature.

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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