Protect Your Hair | East Hollywood, Los Angeles Curly Hair Salon
In the age of blowout bars, extreme dye jobs, and perms, it's not a question of if your hair is damaged but of how bad the situation is. A few sneaky adjustments to your routine can revive even damaged hair. Shinier, healthier-looking hair is just a few ideas away.
Choose A Shampoo Formulated For Your Hair Type.
Many shampoos have detergent-like ingredients called sulfates to remove excess dirt and oil. However, these can damage hair. Look for formulas that say ‘sulfate-free’ and that list dimethicone as an ingredient. It increases shine and manageability.
Go easy on towel drying to prevent your dry hair from breaking. Instead of rubbing vigorously, squeeze out water softly -- as you would with a cashmere sweater.
Limit heat styling to once a week, and use the lowest setting on blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. To buy extra time between heat stylings, use dry shampoo. After styling products like gel or mousse and before using heat, put a thermal-protection spray or serum on your hair.
Improve Your Hair Brushing
Comb your hair carefully. Dry, damaged hair is prone to further harm because it's so fragile. You should use a wide-toothed comb or a brush that's labeled specifically for detangling hair before getting in the shower. It's more difficult to detangle wet hair without pulling.
You may have heard that brushing your hair 100 strokes a day is part of a healthy hair care routine. However, that's nothing more than a myth. An excessive amount of brushing can cause severe damage to the hair, especially when your hair is still wet, as that's when it is most elastic. Therefore, it is more likely to break. Instead, it would be better to apply a post-shower conditioner, like our customizable leave-in treatment, to wet your hair. Then you can be using a wide-toothed comb, gently raking it through your strands and detangling them as you go. You should also avoid brushing your hair throughout the day, making an exception only when you need to detangle again, as dry ends are also at risk of snapping.
How to Comb Properly
Combing hair too aggressively causes friction that results in damage like split ends. Another healthy hair tip? Brush twice a day -- once in the morning and once before bedtime for about a minute. To have healthy hair, you should also avoid combing from the roots. Instead, always start from the bottom and work your way upward. It's best to use a wide-tooth comb when hair is wet to avoid damage and a brush when your hair is dry.
Some developments will prevent you from enjoying the benefits of healthy hair. Hair coloring, for instance, can contain harsh chemicals that damage hair. Blow-drying or straightening your hair with high heat regularly, overexposing your hair to the sun's UV rays, or braiding your hair too tightly can also cause it to appear dull or discolored, feel dry, or break easily.
Here's how to have healthy hair when styling your hair. Go for products that have thermal, pollution, and UV protection. Avoid tying your hair up too often, especially when it is wet and extra fragile. It’s advisable to wear a hat or an umbrella to protect your hair when walking outside.
Understand How Often To Wash Your Hair
Let's get this straight once and for all: how often you cleanse your hairdo is entirely up to you, and it depends on your hair type, hairstyle, and lifestyle. It is possible to wash too much or too little, both of which can lead to damage. Daily washes are fine if you have oily hair. However, extremely dry hair may need weekly shampooing, according to the Nemours Foundation. Either way, make sure you're washing your hair with a shampoo formulated for your hair type. Your washings should occur at least every couple of days (or whenever it gets dirty ) since infrequent washing can lead to an accumulation of dead cells, product residues, oil, and bacteria. All of these can cause hair damage.
Get your hair wet with lukewarm water. Use a small amount of shampoo and gently massage it onto your scalp, which is where most of the oil accumulation happens. Rinse well and dry your hair with a towel. Comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb, taking care not to yank too hard to prevent hair damage like split ends. Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible, or use a cooler setting on your hairdryer.
Remember that straight hair gets oily more quickly, so it needs washing every two days. Meanwhile, curly hair doesn’t need to be washed as much.
Protection Against Chlorine and Salt Water
While undeniably fun and refreshing, it's no secret that chlorine and saltwater are also incredibly harsh on our delicate strands. Saltwater often causes your hair to become dry, brittle, and lackluster. Now, we would never suggest skipping out on your next beach vacation (you earned that!). However, that doesn't mean you have to live with the resulting damage either. Instead, take the American Academy of Dermatology's advice and immediately rinse the ocean/pool water from your hair before applying a deep-conditioning cream or oil. This will help form a protective barrier around the hair shaft and lock in moisture for an extra dose of damage prevention.
Set Up an Appointment With Your Hairstylist
The easiest way to stop hair damage in its tracks? Cut it off! While cutting your hair may seem a bit drastic at first, regular hair trims are a great way to keep your hair healthy and free of split ends. Split ends can travel up the length of your hair, causing even more breakage. Rather than letting your hair to get to that point, simply book a standing appointment with your hairstylist for every 6 - 8 weeks, and your split ends won't stand a chance!
The best treatment for split ends is to trim about 1/4 inch of hair around every 6 to 8 weeks. It gets rid of brown and rough split ends, tangles, and breakage.
Using the wrong towel can make or break your hair ( specifically the latter ), as your hair is in its most vulnerable state when it's fresh-out-of-the-shower wet. A harsh cotton towel can cause friction and can cause breakage to your hair. It’s better to use a plush microfiber towel or a cotton T-shirt. Both fabrics are softer and gentler on your hair. They are also specially designed to help dry your hair faster, thus reducing the amount of swelling that occurs in wet hair. Unfortunately, that is why it’s vulnerable to damage.
Moisturize. After every shampoo, use a conditioner designed for dry or damaged hair. For mildly dry hair, you may need only one treatment a month. When your hair is very dry, use a deep conditioner once or even twice a week. Your stylist can tell you how often to use it.
Properly hydrating your hair may seem a bit obvious. However, it s worth repeating that your hair is much more prone to breakage without optimal hydration. Any good hair care routine should start with quality shampoo and conditioner that provides ample moisture. It should not contain any of those nasty ingredients, like sulfates and alcohol. Our customized shampoos satisfy those requirements, and they also give you the option to add damage-fighting hair ingredients to the formula. Some of these include substances which promote ‘deep conditioning,’ ‘ replenishing hair,’ ‘ strengthening,’ and ‘ fixing split ends’ so your hair can stay smooth and healthy at all times.