If you're like us you've been outside enjoying the sun this summer! Whether you've been out hiking, gardening, swimming or just having a drink on the patio, the sun can not only wreck havoc on your skin, your hair is vulnerable too!
Summer months were all about the icy cool blondes and dimensional highlights to give us that beachy look. As a kid, we kept lemon juice in a water bottle in our shower to spray on our hair before we went outside. Who else tried this?
We love brightening up our color too, but with lightening can cause damage, similar to the sun.
Before we can know how to keep our hair healthy, we first need to learn a little about your hair strand.
The outer part of your hair strand is called a cuticle and it's made of of layers of protein, think of them like shingles on a roof. When we put lightener, permanent hair color, or the natural elements like wind, sun, salt (like from sweat!) it can lift those layers of protein and expose the inside part of your hair strand.
The inside of your hair strand is where all the good stuff lives, that’s called your Cortex. This is like the foundation of your house, that we don't want compromised. Once your roof shingles have been lifted, you're hair color finds it's way out, that's when your hair color becomes brassy, or dull and it becomes hard to retain.
How can you tell if your hair is thirsty, or damaged? Dehydration presents itself in fine straight hair as static and or tangles, with textured curly hair you'll see more frizz. If you are barely touching your hair and it breaks off, it's damaged and may need a cut to prevent your ends from splitting further.
How can we enjoy all the things, and keep our hair healthy?
5 Tips To Keep Your Hair Healthy
1) A healthy scalp grows healthy hair.
We all know that we shed dead skin cells daily. The dead skin, combined with product build up and pollution can make it difficult for our follicles to breathe. This will increase the amount of hair you shed and decrease what you grow. Getting scalp treatments once a month, like our Davines Renewing Proboost helps to provide a healthy blood flow to your scalp, clear away build up and allow those follicles to get the nourishment they need to grow!
2) Protect those ends from heat!
When our hair leaves our scalp it has less of the good stuff inside and the protein becomes weaker and doesn’t get as much of the nourishment from our diet. When you have long hair, your ends depend on you to protect them from a flat iron, or the hot coils from a blowdryer. Heat protections are easy to use and provide a protective film for your hair to seal in moisture and give your hair more durability. We recommend the Davines Melu Hair Shield that will protect your hair from 450 degrees heat. Be nice to your hair and only use your flat iron at 290, go slow and use lower heat. You’ll have better results and your hair color will stay longer.
Always use the attachment on your dryer we often throw away, the heat director. This attachment will protect your hair from the hot coils on a dryer.
3) Give your hair a weekly mask.
You might have just thought a mask was only for your skin. Our hair takes as much of a beating or more than our skin and needs to have nourishment too. We have a wide range of options available, some with protein, some with hyaluronic acid and some with clay. It depends on what your hair needs, and we are happy to give you our recommendations. We often will add a color tint to your treatment to give you that added shine and enhance your color or tone down some brassiness.
This September We’re offering take home custom color Circle Chronicle Mask to keep your hair looking shiny, soft and to maintain your color throughout the dry winter months. Mention this Blog and get half off with your repair treatment!
4) Dry 90% before adding a round brush.
When our hair is wet it stretches twice the length, if we don’t get the moisture out before wrapping it around a round brush it will shrink which will cause breakage and weaken the hair’s elasticity. Always put a leave-in product to help protect the hair and dry with your fingers first to get the moisture out, we love Davines Oi All in one Milk. This will keep your hair strong and it will take less time too!
5) Eat your greens! Spinach is loaded with folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, which may promote hair growth. Add them to a smoothie, or adding fresh berries to a spinach salad will taste amazing and give you a double boost of vitamin C.
To summarize, if we want to keep our healthy keep these tips in mind:
Monthly scalp treatments
Weekly repair treatments
Use heat protection, low heat go slow
Finger dry Your Hair Before Adding a brush
Eat your greens
Book your next visit with us and we can get you on the right track to a healthier scalp and hair!