Friday, June 14, 2013


Having beautiful hair color doesn’t matter if the condition of your hair is not healthy. Too often, hair that is colored, especially bleached hair, is dry, damaged, and dull. To avoid this common problem or to repair it if the damage is already done:Find a knowledgeable and experienced hair colorist. A good source is or Use the home-care products your colorist recommends: color-friendly shampoos and conditioners, products that contain UV protective ingredients. If you have also had a keratin smoothing treatment, be sure to use a sulphate-free shampoo.
Use a conditioner every time you shampoo. Be sure to comb it through the hair, and leave it on for 3 minutes before rinsing. Rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and lock in the conditioner and the color. Ask your colorist for a salon “treatment” each time you color.
Get a salon treatment twice a month, if necessary.  There are some excellent treatments that condition, re-balance and even reconstruct the hair which are available only in salons. Clarifying treatments are also important periodically to remove product build up, swimming pool chemicals, metals from well water, and even medication residue. A product line I like is
Keep blow drying and the use of flat irons and curling irons to a minimum, and always use styling products with thermal protective ingredients. Ionic appliances are best. Never set the temperature on your flat iron higher than your particular hair texture requires. Usually this is between 250 – 350 degrees for virgin hair and lower if your hair is colored or bleached.  Consult a trusted stylist for his/her recommendation for your specific type hair.
Avoid excessive sun exposure. Wear a hat as much as possible: and when in the water, use one of the new spray-on sunscreens for the hair which protects your hair and scalp.Before going to the beach or pool, thoroughly wet your hair and generously apply a good conditioner. Leave it in. After swimming, rinse and reapply.
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