A good stylist can help you detect and diagnose weak hair, and make recommendations on appropriate product usage. For weak, delicate hair, use a shampoo, conditioner and styling products that will reinforce the hair by infusing protein, amino acids and other strengthening properties. You can enhance conditioning by wrapping a hot towel or shower cap over your head to allow it to penetrate deeply into the hair follicles and shafts. A protein mask or deep conditioning treatment can also be beneficial to locks that have lost their strength.
KEEP YOUR HAIR SHINY & HEALTY
A week or two before you get your next hair-color treatment, use a mask or deep-conditioning treatment so your hair is strong and ready to receive color. Use a clarifying shampoo right before you are going to have your hair colored, preferably within 24 hours of the appointment. Residue such as sweat and sticky styling products can affect how well the pigment molecules adhere to your hair shaft. Having clean hair will also assist your stylist in finding the best color shade(s) for your hair. If you have gray hair you are covering, look for a clarifying shampoo that removes hairspray resins, silicones and waxes.
What you do to your color-treated hair for the first couple of days following the color treatment is crucial to the longevity your color. If possible, try not to shampoo your dyed hair for at least 48 hours after the color processing. It takes about two days for color to neutralize, so by waiting to shampoo, you give the dye a chance to fully deposit and settle properly. This is especially important with reds and brown shades of hair color. Once your hair is freshly colored, be sure that you or your stylist goes over it with a flat iron after it is completely dry. This will help lock the color into the hair shaft.
STYLE YOUR HAIR DAILY
The first step in knowing how to style your hair is to understand what you’re working with. If your hair is dry, dull and breaks easily, the cause is usually a combination of issues with sebum, genetics, bad habits and lack of proper care. The role of sebum is to hydrate the scalp. If you have dry hair, however, it means that the sebum isn’t doing its job properly, which can lead to itchiness and irritation. The hair loses its elasticity, becomes dull, breaks and splits more easily because it’s fragile. Your dry hair is partly due to genes, but it can also be caused by the elements, hard water, heat, processing, diet, over brushing and using the wrong products. You can’t change your genes, but you can improve in all the other areas.
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