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What About Deep Conditioning?

There is one exception, and it turns out that the best product for your hair costs $10 and is something you add to your food, and ethinic women love to use on their scalp and hair. Coconut Oil.  Your basic coconut oil, as it turns out, has just the right size and structure that it can penetrate into the cortex.  And therefore it can protect hair from the inside out. Good stuff everyone!

One of the most damaging things for hair is a simple wash and dry it because the water swells the hair and messes up the cuticle. Coconut oil prevents water from absorbing into the hair and so reduces the swelling damage. You may often get.

Common sense says that blow-drying is worse, for obvious reasons. It’s a lot of heat right next to your hair. I agree that air-drying is preferable to blow-drying, but I also say that air-drying itself can also cause harm. So either way it gets you.

There’s not a lot of data on this, but some think that air-drying damages hair because the hair remains wet for a longer period of time. That means more time for the water to swell inside the hair and mess up the cuticle. The longer the hair is wet, the more damage happens. But since hair needs to dry somehow, it’s still better to go for the one that doesn’t involve thousands of watts of energy right next to the cuticle.

Protein treatments are a mixed bag. They’re partly a marketing story, because you can’t actually repair damaged hair just by pouring on more protein. The protein doesn’t also get integrated into the hair structure itself to make it thicker, I find out when I use them in the salon it will dry out the hair. And if used to often it will break the hair. Damaged hair needs to be cut off!

To be clear, “purple shampoo” and “color-protecting shampoo” are different things. “Purple shampoo” is for bleached-blonde hair and it works because the purple tones even out the blonde color and keep it from turning orange.  But can also give the hair a grey cast to it and really dull it out. I like to use just shampoo and baking soda to keep out the discoloration you get in very light blond hair. It cleans it well.

But “color-protecting” doesn’t do much. The reason the color continues to shift is because the chemical reaction isn’t perfect for every molecule.  There will be some bigger color molecules, some little pieces, some will wash out, some will not — and that’s why your color will change and fade over time. Most color-protecting products don’t actually keep the color chemicals in the hair any longer. They don’t do much other than provide good conditioning. Which is very important with color treated hair.

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Haircare Advice for Women with Colored Treated Hair!

 

Try not to over condition the hair, especially if it is color treated! When your hair feels dry in the heat or humidity, you may be tempted to double up on the moisturizing products. But heavy moisturizing ingredients, especially those that contain oil, can make your hair oilier and look dirty. They’ll also make your regular styling products less effective.Instead, apply a half-dollar amount of conditioner midway down your hair. Work it through to the ends and don’t massage it into your scalp. The scalp and roots are already coated with your natural oils, which help to condition the hair.  Also, go easy on the treatment oils, serums, and sprays, which can contribute to build-up.

Clarifying shampoo can be a great treatment when you have build-up on your scalp from styling products or chlorine. But since they are so tough on dirt, they’re also very harsh on your hair and strip it of moisture. This will make your hair dry and frizzy. If you have colored hair, clarifying shampoo will also strip away the color and cause it to fade.Instead, use a clarifying shampoo only once a month. Your regular shampoo should be something more gentle and moisturizing.

Wet hair is more fragile dry hair. It’s more susceptible to snags and breaks. It’s a good idea to use a wide-toothed comb to detangle it, rather than a bristle brush. Pulling it into an elastic hair band can cause further damage or break the hair shaft. Instead, use a soft headband or bobby pins to pull your hair back from your face when it’s still wet.