Today’s post is about how to save and maintain your hair and keeping it healthy after dying it with all sorts of chemicals…
I decided to make a post on this today after how popular my previous post was on Redken.
I’m guilty of spending hours in the salon to transform my hair colour, as I get easily bored of my black hair, and my hairdresser asked me…
“Are you sure you want to do this to your hair? Because I can promise you once you dye your hair once, you’ll be back all of the time!”
And she wasn’t kidding…
My hair when I first dyed it
Since December 2013, I have been back at least twice a year to get it re-done because I just love how the colour gives my hair dimension and when I curl my hair it emphasises the curls and my hair no longer blends in with my outfits (my wardrobe is practically monochrome themed).
Chocolate Brown Highlights
Chocolate Brown & Caramel Balayage
My choices of colours vary all of the time, I go from blonde ombré to caramel balayage to chocolate brown ombré, and the lighter my hair goes the more damage it causes my hair, so it was vitally important that I took care of my hair. I’m always asked how I actually keep my hair looking so healthy and thick despite how often I dye it, so here’s my secret…
1. Get your hair cut at least every 10-12 weeks.
Keeping your hair regularly trimmed will reduce the chances of getting split ends and will help your hair to grow faster and healthier, as it will stop the splits in the hair from working its way up the hair and breaking off, which will stop your hair from growing to its full length.
2. Use sulphate-free shampoos.
Using sulphate-containing shampoos is very good at cleansing your hair, but it can strip your hair of natural oils and can cause scalp itchiness for some people that are sensitive to sulphates. It can actually cause pigmentation in hair dyes to fade away quicker, which may result in you having to visit your hair salon more often than you would like to. Sulphates in shampoo are shown on the labels, and things to watch out for are sodium lauryl sulphate and ammonium lauryl sulphate. Sulphate-free shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulfoacetate. An example of a sulphate-free shampoo is the Redken Colour Extend Magnetics shampoo.
3. Massage your scalp whilst you shampoo your hair.
When hairdressers wash your hair they tend to massage your scalp whilst shampooing your hair…there’s a reason for this. As well as it feeling so good that you could fall asleep at the washers, it actually helps to stimulate blood flow to your scalp, and this can stimulate hair follicles to grow. Don’t expect your hair to be thick overnight, but doing this every time you wash your hair will promote your hair to grow thicker overtime.
4. Condition your hair after shampooing.
After shampooing your hair, it is important to use a conditioner on the ends of your hair. The conditioner helps to detangle your hair to make it easier to brush through your hair. If you use a lot of heat on your hair whether that be drying your hair or straightening/curling your hair or colouring your hair, it will cause your hair to get thinner towards the ends, which is what I’ve experienced from all the heat and chemicals I use in my hair. Shampoo removes and cleanses bad oils from your hair, as well as the essential oils that your hair requires to repair and grow, so the conditioner acts like a moisturiser, which replenishes the proteins and lipids inside the hair cuticle, and will seal off the cuticle to prevent further damage to the hair. I like to use hair masks instead of conditioner at least once or twice a week, to replace the lost moisture from my hair.
5. Rinse your hair with cold water.
I got this tip off a website I read a long time ago to rinse your hair very briefly under cold water once you have finished shampooing and conditioning, as the cold water helps to seal off the hair cuticles and prevents moisture loss. When you dry your hair off it will feel so soft.
6. Apply hair oils or hair serums to the ends of your hair.
Applying hair oils or hair serums to the ends of your hair after blow drying or using heat on your hair will help the hair to look shiny instead of frizzy and keeps the ends of your hair from splitting. My favourite hair serum is by Lee Stafford, which I have sworn by for years and my favourite hair oil is by L’Oréal Elvive, and both of these products smooth any flyaways and leave the hair feeling smooth and silky, and not oily.
7. Use a paddle brush instead of using combs.
I personally prefer using paddle brushes to brush and style my hair, as it is easier to brush through my thick hair and helps to untangle the hair without breaking it. I’ve never been fond of using combs as they get stuck in my hair and it causes pain to untangle my hair using one. I normally brush my hair before drying my hair and then brush my hair again after drying my hair.
8. Don’t walk around with a towel in your hair.
When I finish washing my hair, I like to pat my hair dry and hang my towel back on the rail. I never walk around with the towel on top of my head, as it causes your hair to get tangled in the cotton fibres and will break when you take the towel off your head. Also, if you wrap the towel too tight around your hair, it can cause strands to be pulled out from the roots, as they are being strained by the towel.
So, I hope these 8 tips will help you to grow long, shiny and healthy tresses that people will compliment you on!
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(DISCLAIMER: This post is not sponsored by Redken or Boots, and I am no way a trained professional in hairdressing, this whole post is my own personal experience on how I take care of my hair.)
I’d like to also give my favourite hairdresser Charlene from Sugarplum Hairsalon some well-deserved recognition for always creating hair masterpieces and I leave a happy customer every time! Ami and Adam have also worked wonders on my hair, so thank you to the whole team at Sugarplum for their amazing services!