Everyone loves a great blow dry and a great restyle, but the day after isn't always as great.
Here's a few tips on how to get and keep a great blow dry:
* Remember that your shampoo is the most important of your cleansing system and that you should shampoo with a product that is meant for your hair. The closer the shampoo is to the type of hair it'll treat the better.
* Condition well and rinse even better when your done. Make sure to treat your hair regularly for additional nourishment.
* Ask a stylist to help you select a good blowdry lotion to use. Something that's not too sticky with heart protection. So not use a gel or a mousse if your hair is sensitive because the alcohol in these will create further damage. Never blowdry soaking wet hair. Always towel dry your hair well.
* Always use the correct size brush for your hair. Lift the brush off the root to smooth away curly roots and smooth gently over the ends a few times for shine.
* Using velcro curlers will help with volume and control and will give you loads of movement and style hold later.
* Once you've set all your hair, smooth a good serum or hair oil onto stray hairs and set with a pliable hair spray.
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One of the things that I hear the most when it comes to salon products is that it's costly and that it's not sustainable for long term use. The other thing that I also hear is that the products are not always working when they are from a supermarket. This choice of buying always leads to product hopping, salon hopping and stylist hopping. Clients become convinced that the reason why their hair isn't going the route it should is because their stylist doesn't know what they are doing. Next the cost of the product comes into play and last the cost of the services. The almost instant thought that pops up is " I can get cheaper products elsewhere and do it myself". Most clients who think this way do not consider that its their shampoo and conditioner ranges from supermarkets that are limited to only a certain level of help. There isn't a designated person around who can give you the advice you need based on your specific hair needs. Your hair needs certain things like the natural colour, the natural texture, the current colour and texture and and and... the shampoo you get at the supermarket might give you various options and their packaging might even convince you that they can solve your problems, but what those products have is a great marketing team that makes sure supermarket consumers fall for the catch.
Without someone available in their aisle to point out the condition of your hair based on the current requirements of every strand, you're bound to take products that only cover one of your hair needs. Let's say your hair is dehydrated, tinted and becomes greasy quickly; you'll need products that will cover all three needs. The supermarket brands may say that it's best for "dry, colour treated hair", but will the conditioner counteract greasiness? Will the mask be too heavy? Will the shampoo be cleansing enough? Is there a heat protector available? Did you know that you needed one? Supermarket brands don't consider the difference between thick, heavily colour treated hair and delicate, straight colour treated hair so that one specific shampoo for dry, colour treated hair will need to cover the needs of both types, but will only manage to treat one. After a while when the product isn't doing its job the consumer moves over to the next best thing in their opinion and before long begs a professionally trained stylist for advice on what to buy from the supermarket.
Cheaper shampoo investments are the inevitable hamster wheel that clients run on because of their reluctance to invest in their hair. If you are spending a substantial amount on your hair to get the right colour and style, why would you wash it all away with products that do not cater to your specific hair needs? Supermarket products have their place but sit best with people who do not have any ailments with their hair after chemical or heat styling. There are limited selections within every brand, and with mass marketing this doesn't change quickly. Marketing departments are only concerned with getting the necessary out to the masses, and sales departments only care about the income. Neither cares about the direct concerns of the consumer so next time you think supermarket products are a better choice, consider the above.
Hairstylists might seem like they are only out to sell you the most expensive products, but they are also qualified to give you the best for your hair out of more in-depth ranges that cater to every need your hair might need. It's not just about sales; it's about keeping you as a client and making sure your hair remains happy in their chair.
Healthy hair is always the best hair to work on. Any colour will come out perfectly if you've taken care of your hair prior to a colour service. Healthier hair also shows the least damage once the colour service is completed.
Bleaching your hair at home is only safe on virgin hair. Although strongly not recommended, many clients try to cut costs by doing it at home despite the dangers. If you've had previous colour on your hair, it is not advised to do it at home because monitoring the damage isn't always possible and can lead to roughened cuticles scales on the hair stand, brittleness and excessive breakage. Seek the help of a professional if its not virgin hair.
Bleach is best done on hair that has not been shampooed in 24hrs for the most effective results. The natural oils of your hair will help perfect both your hair and scalp. If hair has not been shampooed in a longer period, 1 light wash will help to remove some of the debris to make the colour results more successful. Hair that is already brittle or broken should not be bleached until restructuring treatments have been applied to strengthen and repair the hair prior to a bleaching service. Treatments such as Olaplex, Chromoplex and Biolustre are great to help prevent breakage during services as well as repairing brittle hair immediately after a bleaching service.
Toners may seem like a waste of money if you're trying to save money, but it is vital to achieving your desired colour. Lots of undertones remain even after a successful bleaching service and can deter you from continuing on your colour path. Toners are there to help keep those tones under control without the continuous use of violet shampoo that can leave your hair hard. The use of violet shampoos are protein based so continuous use will harden the hair and increase the chance of breakage over time. It should be used with a moisturizing mask/treatment and should only be used every 2 weeks as opposed to daily use.
Always use heat protection on bleached hair because its naturally sensitive and always use a mask/treatment post colour service to restore some of the lost nutrients. Ultimately the best would be to ask a proffessional. it will save you time and money.