Hairstyles may come and go, but it seems mermaid-length tresses are still all the rage. Listen, even the Kardashians can only go so long without their clip-ins. But heavy (and often pricy) extensions don’t have to be the only answer to hair past your shoulders. We won’t lie, growing out your hair is not an easy feat, it takes time and a ton of patience. According to our experts, your strands grow an average of 1/2 inch on a monthly basis. Make the most of the time in between with these healthy hair tips.
Get to Know Your A,B,C’s
“Vitamin deficiencies can cause hair loss,” shares Jim Markham, Founder and CEO, ColorProof™ Evolved Color Care. “However, that doesn’t mean you need to buy special supplements just for your hair.”
“A well-balanced diet should provide you with the nutrients you need to produce healthy hair. Some dietitians claim that vitamins such as vitamin D, vitamin B-12, zinc, niacin and biotin can help strengthen and condition hair and help with hair growth, but the jury is out. If you do choose to take supplements, be sure to check with your doctor about which ones are right for you.”
Don’t Forget About Your Scalp
“Your scalp needs to be free of residue and protected from the sun in order to allow the hair to grow,” explains Bosley Professional Strength Specialist, J.B. Shelton. “Think of the scalp as having tiny, minute tunnels from the inside out. Those tunnels are how the hair strands push through for growth, they need a clear path! Detoxifying the scalp from buildup is critical for hair growth. A great service to utilize is a facial for the scalp, like our Bosley Professional Strength Micro-Dermabrasion—it’s my all-time favorite. “
Add Conditioner Into the Equation
“Conditioner doesn’t have anything to do with your hair growth, however will contribute overall to the health of your hair,” explains Celebrity Hair Expert, Enzo Angileri who works with Charlize Theron, Katie Holmes and Lucy Liu . “It will help with shine, texture, and flexibility. I always use Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher or Repair + Renew Conditioners on my clients. I also always recommend to my clients to incorporate a hair masks into their regime—I think it’s one of the most underrated hair treatments available.”
Trims are Necessary (But Won’t Grow Your Hair)
“Trimming the hair has nothing to do with the hair itself growing,” explains Shelton. “But, it does have everything to do with the ends of the hair not splitting and breaking off. When the ends of the hair are properly maintained, the growth of hair is maintained.”
Be Gentle With Wet Strands
“Hair is 50% more susceptible to breakage when it is wet, so it is crucial to take care when brushing or combing,” says Markham. “We always recommend using a ColorProof conditioner to detangle followed by a detangling spray, such as ColorProof’s PureRelease® Instant Detangle, on damp hair to add slip, provide easy comb through, and seal the cuticle, keeping color in place while adding an extra layer of color protection. Then, using a wide-tooth detangling comb or a flexible tooth detangling brush, beginning at the ends, working your way up, gently comb or brush through.”
Press Pause on Heat Tools
“Excessive heat can also cause damage so I always recommend a heat protectant before using styling tools – try Infusium 23 Repair + Renew Heat Tamer,” says Celebrity Hairstylist, Johnny Lavoy who works with Miranda Lambert. “It also helps to use quality tools. I recommend PRO Beauty Tools Professional 1875W Ionic AC Motor Dryer because it dries hair faster and the Ionic technology helps leave strands healthier.”
“All PRO Beauty Tools irons have a heat regulator so you can set thetool to an exact temperature for your hair type, and the heat sensor keeps the irons at the exact temp so there is no worry of hot or cold spots.”
Look at the Label
“[Ingredients like] Biotin, saw palmetto and horsetail extract may help to inhibit DHT, which promotes healthy, strong hair and increased growth activity from the follicle level,” advises Shelton.
“Avoid products that have a high percentage of alcohol—it’s very drying to the hair. Chose a professional product from a professional stylist when at all possible. Another ingredient to avoid is certain sulfates. Over-the-counter products tend to have a lot of sulfates, which ultimately strips the hair.”
Practice A Little Patience
“Don’t get discouraged,” Markham reminds us. “Growing out hair can be a long and arduous process. Be upfront with your stylist about your goals so he or she can help you attain them.”
“Also, treat your hair with respect. Be gentle, pamper it and feed it only the very best products to preserve and protect it A healthy lifestyle including exercise, a well-balanced diet, drinking enough water and reducing stress will also help to improve the wellbeing of your hair.”
Depth will define hair color this fall, as the ashy, cool shades of summer transition to rich mahoganies and wine shades along with softer blondes, predicts JB Shelton, an educator for Bosley and owner of new Detour Salon and Style in suburban Indianapolis. “Clients will want natural looks that have an urban edge,” Shelton forecasts.
Goldwell Artistic Director Rebecca Hiele frames the trend around luxury.
“Clients crave the most luxurious red,” she observes. “Having the perfect crimson and fiery red for the holiday season is total luxury and perfect for clients seeking a hot blend of cool crimson and warm citrus. This color is bold and extroverted, and it will bring on your clients’ holiday cheer!”
Chances are you’re guilty of one of these bad habits.
You buy color-safe shampoo to keep your highlights rich; you use heat protectant before powering up a straightener; and you’ve even stopped washing your hair daily to avoid drying and breakage. You've done everything to ensure the health and appearance of your strands. Right? Unfortunately, there are a number of hidden troublemakers and daily habits that could still harm your hair. The damage might not be obvious at first, but these eight saboteurs are secretly destroying your locks.
1. You style your hair when it's dripping wet.
Although your first instinct post-shampoo might be to run a brush through your wet strands, you’d be wise not to. “When hair is wet, it loses elasticity—its ability to stretch and bounce back into place,” explains Bosley Professional Strength Specialist, J.B. Shelton. She recommends using a Wet brush and a detangling spray for smooth, break-free brushing. Because hair is most vulnerable when wet, Theresa Adams, Master Stylist at Dop Dop Salon in NYC also advises against pulling hair back too tightly when wet. “Clients have come in with ponytail line of breakage in their hair,” she warns.
2. You wash your hair in hot, hot water.
Believe it or not, the temperature in which you wash your hair matters. “Shampooing and conditioning your hair in super hot water can leave your hair cuticle open and exposed to the elements,” says Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist and inventor of the Beachwaver. Do a final rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and protect hair from damage and breakage.
3. You're still using 2-in-1 products.
We’re all about time-saving hacks, but using 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners is actually a haircare no-no. According to Shelton, shampoo and conditioner hybrids are great for occasional use—especially if you have curly or coarse hair—but using them exclusively may cause hair loss due to a lack of dirt and oil removal. “When your scalp has a build up of residue, it prevents the hair strand from pushing through the scalp and growing to fruition,” she says. “When hair is in its ‘baby stage,’ it is very weak and vulnerable, which makes detoxification of the scalp critical for hair growth.”
4. You're using the wrong hot tools.
If you’ve ever wondered whether the expensive blow-dryer or flatiron was actually worth the price tag, it turns out it just might be. According to Adams, quality hair tools maintain heat better, so you end up using the tool for less time and receive an equal distribution of heat throughout each strand. This means no more going over the same section over and over and practically watching your hair fry. The less time heat is touching your hair, the better.
5. You threw away the nozzle to your blow-dryer.
Although many of us simply ignore the attachments that come with a dryer, remember: They’re there for a reason. “Blow-drying your hair without the nozzle will leave your hair frizzy and open to damage,” says Potempa. Position the nozzle parallel to each section to help close the cuticle. If you have curly hair, reach for the diffuser attachment to cut down on styling time and maintain the hair’s natural coil. And as always, use a heat protector like TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, which defends hair against heat and friction.
6. You're not thinking about SPF protection.
Just as SPF is crucial for proper skincare, sunblock is essential for strong, healthy hair. Sun protection reduces the risk of fading color and keeps hair from drying out, says PHYTO National Educator, Christyn Nawrot. For daily use, select an invisible sunscreen spray that provides weightless and greaseless protection. She recommends Phyto Plage Protective Sun Veil.
7. You've never cleaned out your blow-dryer vent.
We know what you’re thinking, “I didn’t even know that was a thing.” A dirty vent is actually a disaster waiting to happen. “When the vent is clogged with dust and hair, the air circulation is depleted,” explains Shelton. Not only will this fail to effectively blow-dry your hair, in some cases, the clogged tool may actually damage hair strands and cause breakage. In worst cases the dryer could snap, pop, and burn the hair (yikes)!
8. You're using the wrong brush for your hair type.
Finding the correct brush for your hair type is key, says Nawrot. When hair is wet, reach for a wet brush or wide-tooth carbon comb, which reduces static electricity and holds up to repeated use. For fine hair, Nawrot suggests using a 100 percent boar hair brush, which gently stimulates the scalp, assists with healthy blood circulation, and aids in the distribution of the scalp's natural sebum. “Boar bristles are porous, just like our own hair,” says Nawrot. “The brushing action helps move the oil down the hair shaft while closing the cuticle for a brilliant, lasting shine.” Sebaceous oil is hair's natural protection and is the best thing to prevent breakage, especially if hair is shoulder length or longer. Lastly for coarse, thick hair, Nawrot suggests using a combination boar and nylon tool or a synthetic fiber brush to allow for detangling and styling.
By Kim West
Looking to makeover your crown, but not sure where to start? Start with the simple things! Bosley Professional Strength Educator, J.B Shelton, talked to us about the easy things anyone can do to improve their hair instantly. If you're noticing your hair is thinning or breaking, begin with a few small fixes to whip your tresses back into shape.
Problem. Waking up to breakage. If you have long/medium hair, tossing and turning on cotton pillowcases in your sleep can cause friction, resulting in dryness and thus hair breaking off.
Solution. Place your hair in a loose bun on the top of your head (think top knot!) or change your cotton pillowcases to satin.
Problem. Addicted to ponytails? We can't blame you, but the style can get you into trouble after a while. Wearing tight ponytails and elastics with metal clasps can cause your hair to break from high tension.
Solution. Sometimes you can't avoid wearing a ponytail for work, school or simple convenience, but there are ways to improve how you rock them. Use cloth elastics and wear your hair down for every day that you wear it up.
Problem. You're in a rush and need to quickly curl your hair right after you shower, but using any heat tool when your hair is damp can cause your hair to boil.
Solution. Did you know that professional heating tools can reach upwards of 400 degrees? It is extremely important to dry your hair 100%! This is a no-brainer.
Problem. Everyone likes a steamy hot shower, but this can be bad for your hair. Excessive hot water can cause your cuticles to swell, which can trigger the Ph to become unbalanced, and this exacerbates color fading.
Solution. Look for a shampoo and conditioner that helps with color retention. Also avoid using excess heat which can also dry your hair out. When you rinse your conditioner, rinse it out in cool or luke-warm water. This will help seal the cuticle! If you are experiencing hair loss, try using Bosley Pro Nourishing Shampoos and Conditioners ($18).
Dealing with female hair loss? Check out what tips you can get from your stylist on how best to style thinning hair and how to keep your self esteem high while dealing with hair loss.
We’ve all had them: hair problems. Because of those split ends, a color job gone bad or — eeeek! — a nightmarish DIY bang trim (been there, and nothing’s worse), our hair can feel like a blessing and a curse. That’s where this series comes into play. In every installation of Hair Problems, we ask our network of hair experts about the most annoying issues real girls are dealing with, and they sound off with the solutions.
The Problem: As the weather warms up, it’s natural to want to throw your hair up too. Leaving it down, grazing your shoulders and back when the sun is shining and — let’s be real — you’re sweating, just isn’t a good feeling. That’s when the super versatile hairstyle that is the *ponytail* comes into play. Instead of resorting to your go-to pony routine, consider using these seven expert tips that’ll take your pony from plain to poppin’ in no time.
HOW TO ADD OOMPH TO A PONYTAIL
Chaz Dean, Founder, WENHair & Body Care by Chaz Dean: “Add eyeshadow that matches your hair color to the ponytail part of this style to make the hair appear thicker.”
Sarah Potempa, Celebrity Hairstylist + Inventor, The Beachwaver ($199): “Curl your ponytail! This will instantly step it up from a gym ponytail to red carpet hair. Just throw your hair up in a ponytail, swing it to the side over your shoulder and curl four or five pieces of hair. Spray with a flexible hair spray to add texture.”
Paul Norton, Celebrity Stylist, Joico: “First, create a slightly messier ponytail by spraying a texturizing spray from roots to ends and finger-combing the hair into the ponytail. Once you determine the position of your pony, take a two-inch piece of hair and separate it from the rest, clipping it away. Next, braid that section of hair and instead of using an elastic, back-comb the end until it is secure. The idea is to add another element to the ponytail to make it more than an average ponytail. If the braid is on top it will be more visible, but even somewhere in the center is cool for just a peekaboo effect.”
Kacey Welch, Senior Master Colorist + Extension Expert, Jonathan and George Salon: “A really fun look that takes us back to our childhood is the topsy-tail pony. From a medium-height tail, wrap a small section of hair around the elastic and secure underneath with a bobby pin. Use thin, clear elastics and go about three inches down from the top part of the tail, then separate and create a gap/hole between the hair. Flip the extra section into the gap and move down another three inches and repeat.”
Tim Wandrey, National Style Education Director, Red Door Spa: “Before you get into ways to create a more interesting ponytail, the base of it must be done correctly, and one of my favorite hacks for this — whether you’re going for a loose or sleek look — is to always keep your chin up while brushing the hair into place. With your chin up, the back nape area of the head is loose, so when the head is put back into a normal position, it will tighten up underneath the ponytail. No one wants a saggy pony!”
Ron Williams, National Educator, PHYTO: “For an architectural ponytail look, make a part from ear to ear, at the center of the back of head. You now have two sections: one high and one low. Secure the lower section as high as your hair will allow and secure it with a band. Gently bring the remaining section of hair over the lower section and secure it with just a hint of part showing. You now have a full and secure ponytail that looks like the salon did it.”
JB Shelton, Educator, Bosley Professional Strength Scalp & Hair Care: “To achieve a sexy, messy ponytail, spray dry shampoo throughout your hair, focusing on the scalp. Backcomb your hair and then smooth it down with the palms of your hands. Secure it into a ponytail at the crown of your head. Then, add more backcombing above the elastic and split the ponytail into two sections, twisting the hair to the ends. Using your index finger and thumb, begin to loosen the hair by pulling small sections away from the twisted area from the top to the bottom. You’re left with a messy, loose texture.”
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Hair loss and thinning may be a topic that no woman wants to talk about, however, it’s one that affects 30 million women in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, and can cause emotional and physical distress. If you’ve been noticing more hairs on your pillow or hairbrush than normal, you may worry that you have hair loss. You could actually just be shedding more hairs than normal. Yes, there is a difference!
We normally to shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day. When the body sheds significantly more hairs every day, a person has excessive hair shedding and this is called Telogen Effluvium. Hair loss differs from hair shedding Hair loss occurs when something stops the hair from growing and this is called Anagen Effluvium.
The benefits of Bosley Professional Strength Healthy Hair Vitality Supplements are far reaching. Not only do they provide your daily vitamin needs, they also help with hair growth at the follicle level. Supplements add strength to the production of the hair strand, before it even pushes through the scalp! One ingredient, Biotin, is great for hair, skin and nail health. Bosley Professional offers a wide-range of products to keep hair its healthiest.
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Now is the time to take preventative and proactive measures against the issue. With help from Bosley Professional Strength’s products and Master Stylist J.B. Shelton, The Makeup Examiner has some tips to help you with this increasingly common problem.
“Get ahead of your hair loss. Start using Bosley Professional Strength products at least once a week, now! By the time a woman is 35, she has reached her peak density of hair -- don’t wait to address the effects of aging after they start, get ahead of it.” - J.B. Shelton
What You Can Do Now:
- Diet is an extremely important factor in hair growth! Protein and Vitamin D are critical for the body to produce and grow hair.
- Wearing your hair in ponytails too often is a no-no! Ponytails cause tension, tension causes breakage, and breakage causes hair loss. Try to limit your ponytail styles to a couple times a week and use a soft cloth, clasp-free hair band. If you must wear it up often for exercise, do a loose topknot for less tension.
- Not cleaning the vent in your blow dryer is a rarely discussed subject with your professional stylist, but very important for your dryer’s productivity. When the vent is clogged with dust and hair the air circulation is depleted. Your dryer will still blow air, but not effectively dry your hair. And in some cases, may damage and cause breakage! Or worse, snap and pop and burn the hair.
- Trimming the hair has nothing to do with the hair itself growing. BUT, it does have EVERYTHING to do with the ends of the hair not splitting and breaking off. When the ends of the hair are properly maintained, the growth of hair is maintained.
By ALANA MOORHEAD
SALON visits can be expensive, so, to avoid having to shell out for regular
visits, follow these 11 top tips to help your hair colour last longer.
Expert colourists were asked their best advice about how to maintain your hair
colour for longer and have revealed their answers.
1. Avoid showering straight away
Ryan Pearl, a celebrity colourist who works at Cutler Salon in New York City,
recommends waiting 24 hours before shampooing.
This allows the dye to settle into the hair but if you really have to, he
suggests rinsing it with cool water and massaging the roots.
“A nice scrub will still cleanse the hair and scalp without pulling
colour,” Ryan wrote in an email to TODAY.
2. Turn down the temperature of your water
Washing your hair in hot water could be damaging it, as it dries it out but
also it can be detrimental to the colour.
Ryan advises people to use cool water when washing their dyed hair because it “will
help prolong the brilliance of the colour”.
3. Thinking about alternating your favourite products
To help maintain your glossy colour, it might be better to switch up your
shampoos in favour of products that are sulphate and alcohol-free.
JB Shelton, an educator for Bosley Professional Strength haircare explains:
“Many over-the-counter products contain salts, sulphates and detergents.
“That’s why they are so inexpensive. These ingredients strip hair colour
4. Spread out your shampoo washing
Washing your hair every day can strip your hair of its natural oils, so, JB
recommends to “use a dry shampoo in between washes if your scalp
experiences an oily build-up”.
While celebrity hairstylist Richard Collins suggests you invest in treatments
designed for colour-treated hair and Christyn Nawrot, an educator for PHYTO,
insists on natural ingredients.
5. Avoid clarifying and anti-dandruff shampoos
Sometimes, coloured hair can suddenly develop an orange-tinge, this is could
be because of clarifying on anti-dandruff shampoo.
Celebrity stylist and salon owner Rita Hazan recommends ditching the
clarifying shampoos because they can strip the hair.
6. Wash your hair in the right places
Sarah Potempa, a celebrity hairdresser says “focus your shampoo on
cleansing your root and not on the middle to ends of the hair as this will
strip your colour over time”.
7. Your conditioner application is important
Hairdresser Christopher Pierce of Andy LeCompte Salon in West Hollywood
advises those with dyed hair to “Make sure to wring the hair out well
and apply the conditioners evenly in small sections in order to thoroughly
saturate the hair.
“Let it sit per the manufacturer’s instructions before rinsing.”
8. Buy a conditioning treatment
Rita advises fans of coloured hair to use a conditioning treatment once or
twice a week to add moisture back into your locks.
If your hair is dry it can lose a lot of its colour and vibrancy, so
treatments can help with avoiding this.
9. Heat is not your friend
Ryan suggests using a lightweight oil or heat protectant on your hair before
drying or styling.
“Adding your favourite hair oil throughout the mid-length and end of hair
and combing through gives the hair a protective barrier and hydrates hair
for colour longevity,” he says.
10. The sun can be bad for your locks
Richard recommends those with dyed hair should “Stay away from the sun
without a hat, it will fade your colour, if you’re doing any outdoor
activities like hiking or going to the beach, be sure to take cover.”
11. Avoid swimming pools
And swimming pools are similar. “Don’t swim in pools with chlorine as it
will fade your colour, but if you do swim, using a leave-in conditioner can
reduce fading,” he continues.
But, if you have to take a dip, Ryan advises clients to mix a conditioner and
water solution together and apply before entering the water.
Some girls are just #bornthisway when it comes to thick hair, but having voluptuous strands can be overwhelming at times. If you feel like toning down your mane check out these easy hair hacks for a more manageable 'do.
1. Ask your hairstylist to "take the weight out" of your hair. Hair dressers can trim your hair to take out a lot of weight. According to celeb hair stylist Sarah Potempa "adding long layers gives thick hair movement, while blending these layers with texturizing shears helps to lighten the hair."
2. Use serum. Serums and hair oils will reduce frizziness, making your strands lay flatter. This will make your lock silkier and much easier to tame.
3. Ask your hairstylist for an undercut. Kylie Jenner has rocked this edgy look, but it turns out it's good for lightening hair, too! J.B. Shelton, a Bosley Professional Strength Specialist says, "The undercut is a great way to remove a great deal of hair so the hair will lay smoother and sleeker. You can use this style by removing hair at the nape [of the neck] just under the occipital bone."
4. Use your flat iron. Texture gives hair extra volume. After drying strands, use your flat iron to get a sleek look.
5. Use a rubber hair tie. Those pretty knotted hair ties might look great on your wrist, but they won't hold up your thick hair. try a thick rubber hair tie. They hold their shape and grip your hair firmly to keep your thick hair in place.
6. Try a half-up 'do. Thick hair is perfect for a half-up hairstyle. Your bun will look full and volumized, while also taking some of the thickness out of your bottom layer.
7. Grow your hair out. Longer hair is heavier, which helps it to lay flat and reduce volume.
8. Comb your hair with a paddle brush while you're in the shower. Potempa says you should brush out your hair after you've conditioned to eliminate knots, then again with a wide tooth comb once you get out of the shower to delete tangles for good.
9. Rock a center part. A side part makes hair appear thicker, at least on one side. A center part evenly distributes your hair, which will help to take some of the volume out.
10. Use a clarifying shampoo. Potempa says this will keep your thick mane from being weighed down with excess product and grease.
11. Never leave the house with wet hair. Wind and humidity can all make your hair a wild mess, especially if it's already damp. Potempa says you should "wait for your hair to dry all the way before leaving the house." This will prevent frizz because dry hair holds its sleek shape much better than damp hair.
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Whether you’re battling a particularly blustery day, the wrath of too much hairspray, or an inadvertently restless night of sleep, tangles happen. Unwanted knots, loops, and frizz are just a way of life for anyone with any length at all to their hair. But sometimes battling tangles can be a serious business: Brush them out while dry and run the risk of creating more tangles; brush them out while wet and possibly cause breakage. It’s a lose, lose situation when it comes to knots. To show you how to fix tangled hair, we chatted with two top hairstylists to get the scoop.
The causes of tangles
Tangles, in general, occur when hair is lacking hydration. “Moisturize hair if you are tangle prone—always!” says TRESemmé Celebrity Stylist, Jeanie Syfu. “Choose a shampoo and conditioner that works best on your hair type, but never skip on conditioning ends!” In addition, many tangles are caused by wearing constant ponytails, sleeping with your hair down, and too much friction and tension on the hair, says Bosley Professional Strength Specialist JB Shelton. Lastly, another big cause of tangles: Dry ends that haven’t been trimmed in a while. Looks like that missed trim appointment is more important than you thought!
How to fix dry tangles
Inevitably, hair will see tangles at some point. If you’re prone to knots and tangles while hair is dry, sometimes using a brush can seem like a nightmare. To remedy this, Syfu recommends applying a serum with silicone to help tangles slip through brush bristles more easily. “The TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum ($6, drugstore.com,) is really great for this,” she says. “Start by applying a small pump to the tangled area, brush through, and apply additional product as necessary.”
If a serum is too oily for you, a detangler is another great option. Just be sure to apply the product at the ends and work up. “If you start at the top [and work down], it will become a mangled mess in the middle,” cautions Shelton. She suggests a taming spray like Bosley Professional Strength Volumizing & Thickening Nourishing Leave-In ($16, ulta.com). “It’s basically a styler and a treatment in one.”
How to fix product-caused tangles
If your tangles are the result of a little bit of a heavy hairspray hand, adding moisture to the hair might just be your best bet. “If my hair has too much grit from hairspray or other products, I take a few drops of a light hair oil, massage it into my hair mid-shaft to ends, then gently brush through hair,” says Shelton. “The oil helps break the product down and softens the hair.” Syfu also suggests using water or a serum to moisten hair. She also says to choose products that give more flexibility to your styling and have more natural hold instead of those that leave hair crunchy or have a high alcohol content.
How to fix wet tangles
Syfu recommends applying conditioner to tangled areas while hair is still damp and using a wide toothed comb to work through knotted wet hair. “I’d also try applying a silicone serum on wet ends to create more slip and then comb or brush hair after you towel dry, blotting and squeezing water out so hair stays smooth,” she says. “Rubbing hair to dry it can create tangles.” However if your hair is really prone to tangles, she suggests brushing your hair while you’re still in the shower with a wide toothed comb.
But if your knots are that bad, Shelton recommends using your fingers to pull apart as much of the knots as possible to avoid damage.
How to prevent tangles
The best way to ensure you don’t have to brush out your tangles is to stop them before they even start. Brushing hair more frequently, especially before bed, is a great way to avoid tangles, says Syfu. Also sleeping in braids is a fantastic option to keep hair smooth and knot-free, according to Shelton.
“Going natural and air drying hair is a good way to prevent getting damaged ends as well as doing a cool rinse before getting out of the shower to seal the cuticle—it works wonders,” Syfu adds. Lastly, she suggests skipping heat tools daily and simply re-styling second-day hair into a bun or braid. “And invest in a good quality blow dryer and brush; this makes all the difference!” she says.
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Bosley Professional Strength and Educator, JB Shelton, were featured in “Heat Is The Enemy: 11 Tips To Help Your Hair Color Last Longer” on October 13, 2016.
Oct. 13, 2016 at 4:34 PM
It was time for a color change, so you went to the salon and shelled out a small fortune on everything from highlights to lowlights and maybe even a glaze. Whether you wanted a simple, sun-kissed look or a dramatic change, the question now is: How will you make that color last until next time?
TODAY turned to expert colorists to get their best advice on how preserve your color once you've left the salon.
1. Don’t head straight to shower.
Celebrity colorist Ryan Pearl, who works at Cutler Salon in New York City, recommends waiting at least 24 hours before shampooing as this allows the dye to settle into the hair. If you’re desperate to get that clean-hair feeling, Pearl suggests simply rinsing your hair with cool water and scrubbing the scalp with fingertips.
“A nice scrub will still cleanse the hair and scalp without pulling color,” Pearl said in an email to TODAY.
2. Skip the super hot water.
That hot shower might feel good after a long day, but is it worth ruining your hair color over? We didn’t think so.
Pearl encourages women to use water at cooler temperatures when washing dyed hair as it “will help prolong the brilliance of the color.”
3. Think about switching up your favorite products.
To keep your newly dyed locks, you just might have to say sayonara to some of your go-to products.
“Many over-the-counter products contain salts, sulfates and detergents. That’s why they are so inexpensive. These ingredient strip hair color out!” said JB Shelton, an educator for Bosley Professional Strength haircare.
Instead, look for products that are sulfate- and alcohol-free. They work just as well and will help your hair hold onto its color.
4. Space out your shampoo days.
“Many women shampoo every day, which will strip hair of oils and color, even if it’s [professionally done],” explained Shelton. “Try to go every other day and use a dry shampoo in between washes if your scalp experiences an oily buildup.”
Even better, invest in a shampoo and conditioner treatment that’s designed specifically for color-treated hair, according to celebrity hairstylist Richard Collins, who has worked with stars like Helen Miren, Patricia Arquette and Vanessa Hudgens.
Shin An, hairstylist and owner of Shin Hair Salon in Santa Monica, California, recommends the following two shampoos to preserve color.
You can also try alternating between a hydrating shampoo and color-preserving shampoo, suggests Christyn Nawrot, an educator for PHYTO. But regardless of which brand you use, Nawrot says to look for shampoos with natural ingredients.
5. Say no to clarifying shampoos.
Ever wondered why your friend's hair (or maybe even your own) suddenly turned orange? If it's color treated, a clarifying shampoo might be to blame. That's why celebrity hair colorist and salon owner Rita Hazan advises skipping clarifying shampoos as they strip the hair. She also warns that dandruff shampoos can do the same if they are not specifically designed for color-treated hair.
6. Use your hair wash in the right places.
“Make sure to focus your shampoo on cleansing your root and not on the middle to ends of the hair as this will strip your color over time,” celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa wrote in an email.
7. The color of your conditioner matters.
Conditioner is equally as important as shampoo in the hair-washing process. And many of the same rules apply for color-treated hair. Similarly, it matters not just what you apply, but how you apply it.
“When using color conditioners, make sure to wring the hair out well and apply the conditioners evenly in small sections in order to thoroughly saturate the hair. Let it sit per the manufacturer’s instructions before rinsing,” said hairstylist Christopher Pierce of Andy LeCompte Salon in West Hollywood, whose clients include Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Colorist and salon owner Chelsey Pickthorn recommends Davines Alchemic Conditioners, which comes in six different shades so that you can pick the color most similar to the lightest tones in your hair.
8. Invest in a conditioning treatment.
Hazan is a fan of using a conditioning treatment once or twice a week, as it adds moisture back into the hair. Stylists continuously say that one of the biggest culprits of faded color is when hair becomes dry. An at-home conditioning treatment can help you keep hair healthy without heading to the salon.
9. Heat is the enemy.
Yes, it’s true that you're damaging your hair every time you turn on your blow dryer or use that curling iron. We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
But, then again, it’s often the price to pay for a great style. If hot tools are a must, Pearl suggests using a lightweight oil or heat protectant prior to styling.
“Adding your favorite hair oil throughout the mid-length and end of hair and combing through gives the hair a protective barrier and hydrates hair for color longevity,” Pearl said.
Shelton also suggests turning down the heat on your hot tools.
10. Just like skin, the sun can be harmful for hair.
“Stay away from the sun without a hat, it will fade your color,” Collins said. “If you’re doing any outdoor activities like hiking or going to the beach, be sure to take cover.”
11. Think twice about taking a dip in the pool.
“Plunging your hair into a body of chlorine isn’t exactly the best idea. Don’t swim in pools with chlorine as it will fade your color, but if you do swim, using a leave-in conditioner can reduce fading,” Collins advised.
Pearl tells his clients to mix conditioner and water together in a spray bottle and to spray the mixture before and after dipping in the pool or ocean water.