Think shampooing is as simple as the old mantra “wash, rinse, repeat?” Think again. Hair health begins at the root, and the way you approach this essential step can make a big difference in its texture, bounce and luster. Common mistakes like over-cleansing, improper product application and scalding water could be damaging your strands daily.
Top dermatologist Rebecca Kazin, MD, FAAD, shows us how to lather up the right way.
Follow these smart cleansing tips for more brilliant, head-turning locks:
1. Rinse hair with warm water before shampooing. This gently opens the cuticle to release trapped product or debris and helps sulfate-free formulas foam better.
2. Focus shampoo on the roots. This is where hair is oiliest and needs cleaning the most. This is particularly true for medicated shampoos that are treating the scalp as well as cleansing hair.
3. Take an opposite approach with conditioner. Concentrate application at the ends where hair is driest and most damaged.
4. Skip the second shampoo. This step is almost never needed and strips hair of natural oils needed for softness.
5.Finish your shower with a quick cool rinse to close the cuticle and increase shine.
I also asked her for tips for taking care of processed hair:
For processed hair, I would advise sticking religiously to my general tips for hair washing as they are even more important to protect chemically treated hair. In addition to those, be sure to cover your hair with a hat or scarf (no visor!) when out walking, or gardening, or vacationing in the sun. UV light can really change the appearance of your hair color. Additionally, if you are swimming in chlorinated water, be sure to rinse your hair off with fresh water as soon as you get out to prevent color change.
Regarding home hair color – unless you are skilled as a stylist, I think it’s best to stick with single process color at home. Also, I’d still with shades that only vary minimally from your natural shade. To avoid staining your skin, you can dab thick moisturizer around your hairline and wipe quickly if color gets on your skin. Be sure your hair is conditioned when it’s time to color. Consider using extra conditioner a few days before color to prep your hair to accept the color better. Lastly, hair color can irritate the scalp. Consider not shampooing the day before so that you have plenty of your natural scalp oils present to protect your scalp.
Here are some newbies and current staples for winter 2014:
Reduce drying time by detangling and de-frizzing with Joico’s Heat Set Blowout Perfecting Crème. Their IronClad Thermal Protectant Spray protects hair from thermal damage, protecting up to 450 degrees and providing 72 hours of frizz reduction. Joico ushers in the holidays with the Gold Dust Shimmer Finishing Spray which adds shine with light reflecting particles and provides an ultra-light hold. The Flip Turn Volumizing Finishing Spray locks in volume, texture, and shine while combating the worst weather conditions. (Available at joico.com)
Alterna Haircare Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue is like a night cream for your hair. It deeply penetrates and absorbs instantly to add smoothness and shine while preventing future breakage with its Anti-Aging Complex, Seasilk, and Color-Hold formulas. It also provides protection from UVA/UVB rays. (Available at Sephora.com)
eSalon brings the salon experience home with their individually blended color based on your personal hair profile. They create the most flattering shade based on skin tone, eye color, gray percentage and more. It was one of Allure’s 2014 Best of Beauty winners. (Available at esalon.com)
The blowpro line is devoted to the art of the perfect blowout. The award winning line features: faux dry, a dry shampoo recommended by both Glamour and Harper’s Baazar, hydra quench daily hydrating shampoo, hydra quench daily hydrating conditioner, which features a unique protein blend that adds shine, blow out spray, a non-stick light hold hair spray, and many more (Available at blowpro.com)
Iconic French hair care brand DESSANGE Paris has launched a new collection for Target. The four collections include California Blonde for color-treated blonde hair, Solar Blonde Naturale, a hair care system formulated to progressively lighten natural blonde hair color, Salon Color Restore, which helps defend and protect colored hair, and Oleo Miracle Collection, which is infused with nutrients such as Argan Oil, Camelia Oil, and Pracaxi Oil. (Available at target.com)
Secret Extensions is an easy way to add length and volume (and take it right off). The hair extensions attaches like a headband, it holds on with an invisible stretch string. You can curl or straighten it. It comes in eleven shades (Available at secretextensions.com)