Ever wondered why when you leave the salon your hair feels amazing but you cant get that feeling when you do your hair at home? The following tips may help you achieve that luxurious feeling.
When you visit your stylist you spend a lot of money getting it cut, styled, coloured etc, so why not invest in the proper at home hair care regime? That shampoo and conditioner you buy in the supermarket or chemist contains harsh chemicals that build up and sit on the surface of the hair, making it lack lustre.
Salon bought shampoo and conditioners are more concentrated therefore cleanse and treat your hair from deep within and not just on the surface.
Wash your hair as often as you like. if you wash your hair daily, washing your hair once is enough, but wash your hair less, then wash it twice.
The first shampoo will cleanse your hair and the second will treat it. Apply about a teaspoon of shampoo into your hands and rub together to ensure even distribution and massage into the scalp using circular movements. Then rinse and repeat. Always rinse in fresh running water not bath water, otherwise you will just defeat the object of cleansing your hair. Dont worry if the first shampoo doesn't lather, with the first shampoo this is normal. The second shampoo will lather unless your hair is really oily and dirty. If this is the case then give it a third shampoo. Once all the shampoo is rinsed out squeeze as much excess water out and dab with a towel then apply conditioner about a teaspoon will be enough depending on length and thickness of your hair. Apply in the same way by rubbing your hands together to distribute evenly on the mid-lengths and ends only. Not on the roots as this can give you oily, lank roots. Leave for a minute then comb through and rinse. Your hair is now ready for you to style.
If you suffer from really oily hair you can apply shampoo to dry hair first. Apply in the hands and rub together to achieve even distribution and massage in circular movements. By shampooing first without adding water will break down the oil. once you have massaged the shampoo into your scalp rinse with fresh running water and repeat.
Never rub your hair with the towel just dab it. If you rub your hair you will just rough up the cuticle which will lead to damaged hair and breakage.
When it comes to hair and beauty, old wives' tales are there to be told - but with so many hair myths going around how are you supposed to know the real do's and dont's of haircare? Well here are a few of the most common hair myths to help you look after your hair.
1. SHOULD YOU WASH YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY?
True or Flase? : Definately False
Washing your hair every day will strip the natural oils from your hair, leaving it prone to dryness and breakage because it becomes brittle. Its a vicious circle - the more you wash . the dryer your hair becomes, the more products you use to fight the dryness, the more you have to wash. Avoid the struggle and wash twice a week or whenever your hair is dirty.
2. IF YOU PLUCK GREY HAIR MORE WILL APPEAR
TRUE OR FALSE? : FALSE
Chances are, if you find a grey hair there are more lurking in your tresses - if you do find them after you pluck the original offender, you cant blame the fact that you plucked and more appeared, they were already there.
I wouldn't recommend going to town with the plucking, as repeated plucking can weaken hair and can eventually lead to it not growing back. Therefore embrace the grey, its very on trend right now after all.
3. SHOULD YOU SWITCH SHAMPOO REGULARY?
TRUE OR FALSE? : FALSE
Have you heard that using the same shampoo every time leads to it becoming less effective? Well dont believe it. Your hair doesn't build a "tolerance" to products, so using the same shampoo every time isn't going to be an issue. However, if you like different effects (like more volume one day and more sleek and shine the next). you'll need to use different shampoos and products to get the desired results.
4. REGULAR TRIMS PROMOTE GROWTH
TRUE OR FALSE? : FALSE
Yes its false but you should always have a regular cut to avoid those pesky split ends whether or not you are trying to grow your hair or not.
There is no point having long hair that is thin and split on the ends. If you are trying to grow your hair having a regular trim will keep your hair healthy and will prevent your hair splitting and breaking further up the hair.
5. SUDSY SHAMPOOS CLEAN BETTER
TRUE OR FALSE? : VERY FALSE
We are conditioned to believe that the more lather means more clean, but its just not the case. Sulfate-free (non lathering) shampoos clean your hair just as well, and also don't have the potential to cause the damage that sulfates do - causing dryness, breakage and colour fading.
The two are very similar, but there are very obvious distinctions between the two! The word "Balayage" comes from the French word meaning " to sweep". Now , if you have ever seen someone get a balayage in the salon, this probably makes sense to you. When applying the colour for Balayage, you sweep the colour through small triangle sections of the hair onto a board or foil, giving it the lighter colour. In Balayage, there are dark pieces left on the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look. This technique looks like natural sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair. The transition is more natural and it is less maintenance than an Ombrè.
A hair cut that sits right and is manageable for you to do at home?
Did you know that the hair has Hydrogen Bonds inside each strand of hair? When the hair is wet, the hydrogen bonds are broken, allowing hair to be formed into a new shape (Blow Dry or Blow Wave), as the hair dries they are re-formed in a new position thus holding the new shape.
Also hair is elastic, a hairdresser shampoo's your hair prior to cutting to thoroughly break the hydrogen bonds so that the hair stretches uniformly and then is cut in small methodical sections to enable precision and to build shape.
Because we stretch the hair and lift or elevate it whilst we work, we create graduation and weight, which cannot be seen when hair is wet and clumped together.
Without blow drying off the hair, then checking it for graduation or weight, where it should or shouldn't be, the haircut is only half done. The finish to a hair cut is achieved after the blow dry, as the stylist can check off any stray hairs from the perimiter, bulk in the layers, corners or weight where two different techniques meet and personalize your hair cut to your own personal head of hair. This is why to get the best result for your hair you should always go for a shampoo, cut and finish!
I hope this has been informative
After care and maintenance is key to maintaining healthy hair extensions. it is important to use the correct shampoo and conditioner and always use the correct type of hairbrush for detangling. it is also important to use the correct type of hair tie.
By following these simple tips you will help maintain the life and condition of your Micro and Nano ring hair extensions:
Separate Your Hair Extension Bonds Daily
This is the most important part of your aftercare routine. At least once a day separate each bond with your fingers to ensure they are sitting separately. This may sound like a long task, but it really should only take a matter of minutes. This will help prevent the bonds from tangling at the root and will make the hair extensions quick and easy to remove.
Wash Your Hair Extensions Correctly
Washing your hair extensions correctly is important to hair extension care.
Firstly you must always ensure you are using the recommended aftercare range for your hair Micro and Nano ring hair extensions. this will ensure that the shampoo and conditioner does not affect the hair extension rings causing them to slip or come loose and does not affect the quality of the hair extensions.
It is highly recommended that you purchase suitable products when having your extensions fitted. This will also be part of your Guarantee.
Always make sure you wash your hair with warm water and not hot water as this can have a negative effect on both your natural hair and your hair extensions.
its best to try and wash your hair in the shower making sure the water is flowing down your back in an upright position as flipping your hair over can cause tangling.
Always brush your hair thoroughly before washing using your hair extension brush. This is very important because it will make brushing your hair easier once you are out of the shower.
When applying shampoo wet your hair thoroughly like you would when shampooing your natural hair ensuring the water is flowing down your back.Once your hair is thoroughly wet apply your hair extension shampoo. You may need a bit more than you would normally use because you will have more hair. Pour a little of the shampoo into your hands ( this will ensure even distribution) and lather up with a little water and gently massage into your scalp but not to disturb your bonds too much. Once the scalp is covered work the shampoo through the rest of your hair using stroking instead of scrubbing the shampoo into the mid-lengths and ends. Once you have worked the shampoo through its time to rinse your hair. Do this by standing under the shower with the water running down your back and make sure you rinse thoroughly, this may take longer than you are used to because you have more hair. it is important to thoroughly rinse as this may cause you to have an itchy scalp if you do not rinse thoroughly.
Once you have thoroughly rinsed all the shampoo out, you are ready to apply the hair extension conditioner. Take a large amount of conditioner and apply it to the mid-lengths and ends only. Do not apply conditioner to the scalp or roots as this can cause the hair extensions to slip or come loose. Leave the conditioner in for a few minutes to soak in as much as possible.
After a few minutes, rinse the conditioner from your hair and squeeze out any excess water.
Hair extensions squeezed of excess water and not wrapped in a towel, instead gently squeeze and pat the hair extensions dry.
By following these basic steps you should have no problem washing your hair extensions. It is recommended that you do not wash your hair every day as this would be unhealthy for your natural hair and hair extensions. It is recommended that you wash your hair 2-3 times per week.