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Hair Conditon – Get control!

avantgarde_05How do you know the condition of your hair? More importantly, why is it important to know what condition your hair is in?

Just like skin types, each texture and fabric of hair has different needs. That’s why there are so many products out there. Our hair is not one-size-fits-all.

When it comes to hair too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Too much moisture can leave hair dull, lifeless, and limp. Not to mention oily scalp or acne that comes from hair that rubs against skin. How do I know if I have too much moisture? Fill a glass with water and put a strand of hair in it. If it floats (slightly submerged is OK), it has enough moisture. If it sinks, the hair is dry and thirsty. Add a moisture-rich conditioner or add a few drops of oil to the tattered ends.

Too much protein can make hair brittle and resistant to styling. Hair can become coarse and break. Healthy hair should be able to stretch 50% of its length when you stretch it slowly. Fine hair and lightened hair are usually protein-deprived. Get an Awapuhi Ginger* protein keratin treatment. Hair turns to satin the very first time you use it! I’ve never used anything that compares to it.

Too much heat will split, break, and shrivel unprotected hairs. We’ve all seen split ends, caused by heat, brush tension, and friction. I’ve seen a split with 5 ends, multiple jointed breaks still dangling from the remaining cortex, and some pieces that tear off and only leave behind a little white ball at the end. Damage that is this extensive will have to be cut off to save the remaining length, but do what you can to protect the innocent cuticle!HBS-SplitEnds

Make sure that hair is dry before you apply direct heat. A sizzling sound is bad news bears. Apply a thermal protectant spray to each section before ironing. If your iron has a temperature setting, use the lowest for touch up styling and fine hair, especially baby hair at the face line.

Don’t be tempted to repeatedly heat frizzy areas; smooth it with serum, gloss, or oil instead. Alcohol and heat are not friends. Use hairspray and mousse after you are finished heat styling; it will dry out your hair even more and make it more susceptible to the “shrivel” factor.

Here’s a “no duh” for causing your hair to go from good to bad condition: too many chemicals (pool, tap water, home color, etc). These chemicals will get you brittle hair, hair that won’t hold color or turns reddish and brassy before it is time for a touch-up and worse. Have your water tested- you will be appalled at the results. The chlorine and ammonia levels in our water system are extremely high (in San Diego, at our salon in Ketchikan, Alaska it’s natural rain water, huge difference!). In San Diego these chemical levels are high enough to kill 11 fish in my aquarium despite using Neutralizer drops! It should not be surprising that the corrosion that occurs in our pipes and faucets would also occur on our delicate hair and skin.
One of my experiments during my educator training was to save a couple of hairs and place them in tap water for a few days to measure the color and elasticity difference. Pretty astonishing results here in So Cal! I’ll cover that in another post!

My Tricology degree is an ongoing evolution of research and trial & error. I only write about things that I can attest to personally. If you have questions, hair ailments, or personal testimony, please – don’t keep it to yourself! I’d love to hear about it! You can find at San Diego’s #1 Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, Hair Body & Sol! Give me a call, shoot me an email, or stop by to see me!

XOXO

~ Beth

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