Warmer weather is (hopefully) on its way. With that comes the damaging affect that the sun, sea water, and constant ponytails can wreak on your hair. It’s important to use the right products and styling tricks with the health of your hair.
It’s okay to color your hair, but you’ll need to keep a few things in mind. First and foremost, you’ll want to discuss with your stylist whether or not your hair is healthy enough to be color treated. If it is, you’ll want to make sure that you pre-lighten as little as possible. This is because the more pigment the color lifts from your hair, the more damage it does. If you’re planning on going darker than your natural color, you should really consider using a demi- or semi-permanent hair color in lieu of a permanent one since they only deposit color instead of lifting pigment like permanent colors do. You also need to watch how frequently you’re applying color. Most stylists recommend waiting at least four to six weeks in between color treatments.
Deep conditioning should be a top priority for you, regardless of whether or not you color your hair. Purchase a deep conditioning hair treatment (like Redken’s Extreme CAT Protein Reconstructing Treatment) and follow the instructions on the bottle for directions and frequency of usage. If you’re not able to get a deep conditioner, apply your regular conditioner to damp hair, put your hair in a shower cap, and leave it on for fifteen to twenty minutes before rinsing it out.
The way you style your hair is just as important as the way you color and condition it. Try to limit your hair’s heat exposure to a minimum. Instead of blow drying your hair after washing it, let it air dry. If you’re going to be using a curling iron or a flat iron to style your hair, it’s really important to apply a heat protectant before curling or straightening your hair to minimize the heat damage. For this same reason, try to use the lowest effective heat setting.
To keep your hair healthy and eliminate split ends, you should get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks. If your hair is already damaged or you frequently color it, getting your hair cut more often might be a good idea.
With these tips, you’ll be able to have a blast in the warm weather without worrying about the health of your hair being compromised!
By: Kayla Harwick