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How Fried is Your Hair?

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Have you done something to fry your hair? Or maybe you just haven’t taken good enough care of your hair and the result is damaged hair that looks like cotton candy. This is the tell-tale sign of over-processing and hair abuse. Some people don’t know how their hair got to such a state. Not to worry, we can help you work through this. It may take some time depending on how damaged your hair is.

First of all, just how fried is your hair? When you run your fingers through your wet hair is it breaking off? Not shedding, but breaking off. How much of it is breaking off? Is it a crazy amount or just a few pieces of hair on the ends? If it’s a crazy amount, your hair is badly damaged, and the recommendation is to go to your favorite stylist and have them cut off as much of the damaged hair as possible. At that point you have to start over. Just learn your lesson and move on. You wanted a new temporary new look anyway, right? Remember, don’t cry, your stylist will probably cry right along with you.

If that is not your problem, then when your hair is wet, does your hair feel strangely soft? If it does, it’s not a good sign, and it does not mean your hair is healthy. It means its getting very close  to breaking off and you need to do something about it ASAP.

Take a strand test. Here’s how: Take one strand of your hair and pull it in opposite directions. Is it stretching like a rubber band? When you pull it until it snaps, if it does NOT curl at the ends, then it’s fried. It should curl when it snaps.

Here are some great tips to avoid damaging your hair and some for what to do if it is damaged:

  1. Don’t bleach your hair. This means, no blonde. Let’s get it in perfect condition before worrying about going lighter.
  2. Use a sulphate free shampoo. Sulphates break down the hair. Never, ever use shampoos with sodium laurel sulphate (SLS). As a matter of fact, get rid of any product in your house with SLS, it is also bad for your skin. Products that don’t use SLS will typically state it, proudly on their packaging. There are lots of them out there. Pureology is a perfect example, but there are many more out there. And don’t wash your hair every day. Think about the clothes you wash the most. They wear down faster and so will your hair
  3. Use a really good conditioner. Don’t go cheap with your conditioners. You want a conditioner that works on the inside of your hair, not just coats the hair. Don’t go to the grocery store for a conditioner. Just because it feels good when you’re using it doesn’t mean it’s working on the inside of your hair. It’s just coating it. With fried hair you need more than a coat of wax. You need to repair it. You should also use a leave in conditioner. Use it every time you wash your hair.
  4. Try coloring your hair a little darker. Ask your hair stylist about a gentle hair color approach that doesn’t use ammonia or  peroxide.
  5. Don’t overuse the heat tools. Your stylist can help you with a temporary style that will allow you to not use heat tools on a daily basis. Or depending on the condition of your hair, maybe a re-texturizing treatment like Brazilian Blowout or Anticurl.
  6. Go see your hair stylist for a DEEP conditioning treatment. This is not a simple conditioner that we use on everyone. This is a special treatment we only use for getting damaged hair back to normal. Every situation is different, but here are some of the best ingredients depending on the the level or type damage and repair needed
    1. Keratin is one of the main ingredients of hair. When hair lacks elasticity and strength, Keratin can be added to repair damaged areas and rebuild internal structures. Keratin applications come in three different molecular weights to rebuild the various levels of the hair’s structure.
    2. CMC is an oil based ingredient in the hair. When hair becomes weakened and dehydrated, it loses CMC which retains the moisture within the hair’s cortical layers. By adding CMC, dehydrated and distressed hair is then able to retain moisture and lock in the necessary Keratin.
    3. Collagen is a protein which adds strength and support to skin cells. When applied to hair, it creates a veil on the cuticle’s surface which locks in moisture, adds softness and deters frizz.
    4. Silk proteins and aloe extract create an even layer of protection on the hair’s cuticle to add shine and resistance. These also protect the hair from daily stresses such as thermal styling, UV light and brush friction.
    5. M.R.A. is a super moisturizing ingredient for severely damaged hair. Contains the ingredient Ceramid 2 to repair the CMC water pathways to retain moisture inside the hair.

We hope this helps you, we love seeing people with beautiful hair. When your hair is healthy you are happy with your appearance and your smile lights up the room. And if you are on a tight budget, let us know. You cannot afford to have less than an excellent stylist to bring your hair back to life. Email or call us for information about a plan b, we can help you out with this too. We want to help.

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HAIR COLOR · HAIR HEALTH TIPS · HAIR PRODUCTS

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