how to keep your hair happy

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a licensed Cosmetologist. I work at a salon called Atomic House of Hair located in Louisville, Kentucky! I’m still new to my craft, as I graduated from Paul Mitchell the School Louisville in February 2018. My favorite thing about being a hairstylist is definitely playing with color, especially blondes and vivid fashion tones!

In this post I’m going to go over some methods of keeping your hair happy and healthy!

USE PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS

Seriously, this is so important. I know, I know, they cost a bit more than that bottle of Suave you can conveniently pick up at Target, but your hair will thank you in the long run. Hair products that aren’t sold in salons and professional supply houses (no, Sally’s doesn’t count) contain nasty waxes and silicones that don’t belong on your hair. Immediately after using those shampoos and conditioners, your hair may feel soft and smooth, but after continued use, these ingredients will build up, coating your strands in a gross film. Not only are the ingredients problematic, these products are often diluted with water or alcohol. Professional shampoos are usually concentrated, meaning you just add water to a small amount and it suds up like you just used a whole handful of your favorite cheap shampoo. In the long run, you’ll actually save money by buying these concentrated products instead of purchasing that cheap bottle every month. Another important thing to note – if you see a professional brand at your local department store, don’t buy it. You can only trust professional products and their ingredients when they’re purchased from a professional!

GET REGULAR HAIRCUTS

Regular trims will chop any split ends before they travel up your hair strand and do major damage to your luscious locks. Even if you’re growing your hair out, a dusting of those old ends will help keep your hair long, healthy, and most importantly, growing!

REGULAR CONDITIONING TREATMENTS

Whether you do them at home or in the salon is up to you, but your hair needs a little extra love every now and again. If you’re using the correct shampoo and conditioner combo for your hair, you’re definitely on the right track, but consider the things your hair is lacking – especially if it is colored/lightened. There are some amazing hair masks out there that will restore moisture or protein within the hair, making it even more shiny, soft, and manageable.

TRY NOT TO SHAMPOO DAILY

Shampoo strips the natural oils from your hair and scalp. Doing this too often can cause the overproduction of oils on the scalp, resulting in a greasy mess. Personally, I shampoo once per week. I’ve trained my hair to this regimen, and by the end of the week, my scalp still isn’t so oily that a little dry shampoo won’t fix it. If you workout or sweat before your next shampoo, simply rinse your hair with water and use a bit of conditioner on the ends. And, like I said earlier, the use of professional products will help a lot in your quest to lessen the amount of times you’ll need to shampoo.

NO AT-HOME HAIRCOLOR

If you color or lighten your hair, please see a professional to do so. The use of store bought haircolors and lighteners can cause serious damage to your hair. These “box dyes” contain metallic salts and other harmful ingredients that can dry out, damage, and even MELT your hair if you try to remove or lighten the color later. Oftentimes, these colors must be grown out and cut off in order to get rid of them. Also, when you see a licensed stylist for your haircolor needs, they are able to customize the formula for your hair. Not only are they able to create a custom shade for you, but they can adjust the rate at which your hair’s cuticle is opened and the color is deposited. Box dyes are mixed with the same volume developer for everyone who uses it, meaning it could be much too harsh for your hair type, causing irreversible damage.

Need the perfect hairspray? Ends feeling a little dry? Need the perfect shampoo for you? Looking for the right deep conditioning treatment for your hair type?

Feel free to comment below with your specific hair concerns, and I’ll do my best to help you out and make recommendations!

Thanks for stopping by and reading! Don’t forget, my Instagram giveaway is open until the end of the month! Check out my last blog post here for more details on how to enter!

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