Hello gorgeous! So, I had intended to do a lip stain review today, but the set I ordered didn’t arrive so instead let’s have a serious talk about your hair.
My first question is going to be the same one I ask everyone that sits in my chair, what do you LOVE about your hair? Is it the length or thickness or maybe the shine? Great! Now what do you wish you could change? If the only problem you have is that you want a haircut, that’s one thing, but normally it’s something else. It’s frizzy, too fine, too dry? Split ends? Ok, now we figure out why you may have that problem and we fix it!
Do you color your hair? Bleach it? Use a ton of products or maybe you love to straighten or wand it daily???
If you are like most of us you may do a few or even all of the above!
Well what do you give back to your hair for it’s years of sacrifice and service, helping to make you stunning daily?
Again, if you are like most of us, you may not do enough to give back to your locks. Pantene, Herbal
Essence, Head and Shoulders… Maybe some expensive shampoo you got from Sallys? Now I’m not knocking Sallys, (not ALL of the products they carry anyway) I AM knocking some of the brands that most of us buy that are on sale at Wal-Mart and we bought it because it smelled good or because the bottle promised it would do amazing things for you. Maybe you bought it because a girl you know has beautiful hair and she uses it. That’s great but majority of women I see that do use those products and also have healthy, shiny hair do not color their hair or use heat on it often and they genetically had nice hair to begin with. They can get away using something they grabbed while grocery shopping.
I am going to attempt to write a series of blogs that deal with the issues and how you can fix it and possibly prevent it in the future.
-Lesson 1 is NOT ALL SHAMPOOS or CONDITIONERS ARE CREATED EQUAL. You love how your hair looks when you leave the salon and you want to make it look like that at home. Well step one will always be to use the right products designed to help your hair type. Of course most people are not going to be able to reproduce a salon blowdry at home (its hard!) but you will give yourself a huge step up if you use professional products.
-Lesson 2 is SWITCH IT UP! Most people like things that match, but for the best results when you pick up that shampoo that is for curly hair, maybe buy a conditioner that is geared towards softness. If you have dandruff, buy the shampoo to help with that but buy a conditioner with a different benefit that you want to see in your hair. Something else for this category is you do not need to use the same shampoos and conditioners at every wash. A few times a week use one combination and then every few washes throw in something to change it up.
-Lesson 3 is CLARIFY CLARIFY CLARIFY! Think of this as an exfoliator for your hair. You need to get that build up off your hair regularly. Even if you don’t use hairspray or gel you still need to do this. WE get mineral deposits on our hair from water, especially if you have “hard” water. You will also get things from your environment. This will “cloud” your hairstrands. You want them exfoliated from that cloud so it can be shiny and be more receptive to benefits of your conditioner. You can you a clarifying shampoo or a trick of mixing in a tablespoon or two in your hand with your shampoo. It may not be as effective as the clarifying shampoo but you will notice a difference.
If you have oily hair, hard water or use a lot styling products (gel, mousse, hairspray) try to do this once every two weeks or once a week if you think you need it. For normal or dry hair that doesn’t get a lot of product use, try to do this at least once or twice a month.
*CAUTION* if your hair is colored, clarifying shampoo is normally not color safe. What that means is it may fade your color faster if you are using a semi permanent color or something temporary. You may not even know a difference but wait a few days after coloring before you use this.
Here is my personal routine just to give you an idea of what I mean:
I use Redken products (on myself and clients). My hair has been bleached many times in the bang area and has a vivid color on it that I switch often. It is definitely damaged.
I use Extreme shampoo for majority of my shampoos, once every 3 days. I also mix in baking soda once every 2 or 3 weeks. This repairs my damaged areas by adding protein to damaged areas to strengthen.
Other shampoo, Redken Scalp Relief. This treatment I only do once every 1-2 weeks. You shampoo and then leave the suds in your hair while you shave or do whatever and then you rinse and condition. This helps with and itchiness or flaking issues. This is not color safe and normally does fade my vivid colors a tiny bit but it is worth it.
For my conditioner I pretty much only use Redken Allsoft. I love how it makes my hair feel, it even makes my damaged hair look healthy and no one knows how much I have bleached it. Its awesome! I do switch this up with some other conditioners from time to time but this is my go to.
That stuff was just what I use personally and of course wont work for everyone but I want to help everyone find out what works for them. If you want to send me a picture of your hair for a recommendation, just leave a comment and we will work it out. Have a friend that needs help? Send her on over and I will do my best.
I have much more to come on this topic but for the sake of your time I will save those for future posts, be on the look out for more! Thanks for hanging out with me,