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7 Things That Destroy Your Hair Color

Obviously you wouldn’t purposely spend precious time and money to transform your hair color to a gorgeous shade of caramel or achieve perfect honey highlights only to ruin it the second you step out of the salon.

Unfortunately, many of the seemingly harmless aspects of your daily beauty routine — from showering to using your favorite hair products — may take a bigger toll on your dye job than you think. Here, all the things you should look out for to protect your hair color.

1. Water
While shampoo has long been deemed one of the main causes of premature fading, saturating strands with water alone can wreak havoc on dyed hair. Water swells the hair fiber and lifts the cuticle, allowing water-soluble dye molecules in the matrix of your hair to escape, And if your hair’s cuticle is compromised (which is most likely the case if you color it, heat-style it, and so on), it’s even more susceptible. If your hair is damaged, it swells more easily when wet, making dye even more likely to get out.

2. Heavy Styling Products
Although it seems counter-intuitive, some hair oils and shine serums that you often reach for to soften your over-processed strands could, over time, have the reverse effect. That’s because these types of formulas often contain ingredients like heavy silicones, that coat the outer cuticle layer of hair. Some types of silicones can build up on hair and when product builds up, it can also attract dirt and particulates from the air, all of which can cause color to look more dull even if it’s actually intact in the hair fiber.

3. Physical Aggression
Ripping through tangles with a brush or comb or constantly putting your hair up in tight ponytails and buns. Eventually, it damages the cuticle. Roughing up the hair is going to compromise the integrity of the structure itself, which means dye molecules will release out of strands and lead to your color fading much faster than it should. To help lessen the wear and tear, apply a light leave-in detangling or hydrating treatment daily on wet or dry strands to create better brush glide, and opt for softer, looser ponytails and buns.

4. Heat-Styling
Hot tools scorch strands — literally. And the more damaged the hair’s cuticle layer is, the more susceptible it is to allowing water absorption to increase the loss of color and make your hair’s hue appear dull. Even though the color molecules may be inside strands, when hair is damaged, the surface isn’t in great shape, so it’s not laying flat down to reflect light. The goal: to keep strands smooth and align the cuticle for a natural shine benefit.

5. Skipping Trims
Think about it — the ends of your strands are the oldest, which means they’ve had to withstand the most heat damage and chemical processing. Over time, the ends become more and more damaged. This is why the dye molecules take differently to this section of hair … not because of the split ends. The result: the bottom of your hair doesn’t have the same fresh color as the rest of your hair. Getting regular trims is recommended — every 10 to 12 weeks depending on the length and health of your hair — as well as using a treatment to help keep splits to a minimum.

6. Never Using Conditioner
Not only is using a daily rinse-out conditioner with hydrating styling products essential to keeping your color bright, using a hair mask, regardless of your texture, is crucial. Once you strengthen your hair and get it as close to its virgin state as you can, the easier it’s going to be to get the color that you want and the more choices you have in colors. When hair is extremely damaged from drastic color changes (like that time you went from blonde to black and back to brunette), it suddenly doesn’t hold onto dye as well and can end up looking ombré even thought it’s not.

7. UV Light
The sun’s rays can lead to the break down of hair’s matrix, which, as we now know, can exacerbate hair color fading along with a long list of other not-so-pretty side effects such as making hair dry, brittle, dull, and difficult to style. Unfortunately, hair products are yet to be laced with super effective sunscreen, so the best sun protection for hair is a wide-brimmed hat, says Mancuso. To help replenish lost moisture from over exposure to the sun’s UV rays, use a lightweight leave-in conditioner daily. We recommend applying a hydrating mask to damp hair before wrapping it up into a low bun or loose braid. This helps hide some strands from excessive UV exposure, especially the ends, which are the most prone to damage.

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Can you pull off ombre or balayage hair? here’s how to know…

Ombre and balayage are some hair color terms that are getting tossed around a lot right now. While ombre hair coloring is generally concentrated on the lower half of your hair, balayage involves adding chunks of color into your hair vertically and is painted on. Both techniques are popular, but the question is, are they are for you? These are some signs you can pull them off.

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1. YOU’RE READY FOR A CHANGE

Both of these hair coloring methods are different to your basic color and highlight. It’s important to note that ombre is generally a more dramatic look than balayage, but both are unique styles in their own right. One sign that ombre or balayage is for you is that you’re ready for a change. You’ve had the same hairstyle forever and you’re done with it. You know that changing it up is exactly what you need.

The Right Temperature for Washing Hair: Hot or Cold?

Let’s find out – once and for all – what is the right temperature for washing hair in different circumstances. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using hot or cold water. If you’ve heard different suggestions from different people on this subject but can’t really put it all together, don’t worry and let me help you. I’ve made this neat little guide, so that you can understand what temperature is the best for your hair: hot, cold or maybe warm.

If you think that water temperature isn’t important, think again because it actually is. If you learn how to use water of different temperatures to your favor then it may really benefit your hair.

Washing Hair with Cold Water

– Well, you have one obvious drawback here – it’s much more unpleasant to take a cold shower to your head than a hot one. However, there are some cases where cold water is definitely the best choice for your hair and you may consider tolerating some of that coldness in exchange for several key hair care benefits.

– Before we get started with all the good stuff, let me tell you about another disadvantage of this whole cold water thing – It can reduce the volume of your hair. Yes, that’s true, so if you’re afraid of it then think twice before adding cold water to your hair-washing routine. This fact could definitely be a concern for all those girls who have naturally thin hair.

Now, the cons aren’t so bad, right? Let’s proceed with the pros!

+ It makes your hair shinier and saves you from frizz. Rinsing your hair with cold water helps with closing your cuticle after your hair is washed. Open cuticle is good while shampooing or conditioning your hair but after you’re done, you want to seal the cuticle, so that your hair doesn’t get damaged too easily. If you use cold water for your final rinse then there’s a much better chance that your hair will stay shiny, healthy and frizz-free for a longer period of time.

+ It makes your scalp cleaner. Just like with closing the hair cuticle, cold water also shuts your pores. Both things are really similar actually – you want open pores when washing hair but closed pores after you’ve finished. It’s because closed pores are much less vulnerable than open ones. What it means is that by rinsing your hair with cold water you protect the scalp pores from things like dirt, grease and oil. If your pores are sealed then you are also much less likely to be suffering from hair shedding.

+ It improves the blood circulation to your scalp. When you’re cold your blood moves faster and your capillaries widen to warm you up. That way your scalp and hair roots get all the valuable nutrients they need to stay healthy. Another thing to mention here is that poor blood circulation can contribute to causing hair loss. You don’t want that, do you?
Washing Hair with Hot Water

Now that we have gone through all the positive and negative aspects of washing hair with cold water, let’s see why hot water is or isn’t good for your hair.

It can make your hair easy to break. When exposed to hot water, your hair can become much more resilient than it actually should be. If you comb it or brush it right after applying hot water then be aware that it’s really easy to break some hair by doing so in these circumstances.

It can weaken the hair roots. If you use very hot water when washing hair then you can do serious damage to your hair roots and let me tell you, it can sure cause a lot of problems later on. Why? Because if your roots are weakened then your hair starts to curl, becomes more frizzy and can be in danger of premature graying.

Yep, hot water can be damaging to your hair but there is one huge advantage of hot showers that you just can’t overlook.

+ It helps with cleaning your hair. An important reason why you need to use hot water when washing your hair was already discussed earlier on in this article. If cold water closes the hair cuticle then hot water opens it up and it needs to be open when you cleanse and condition. Then you can easily remove any dirt, build-up and oils from your hair and be sure that your hair will effectively absorb everything you put in it.
Summary

So, let’s get everything together and sum it up because we need an answer to the question asked in the title of the article: What is the best temperature for washing hair? That’s what you came here for, right?

The thing is that hot water can be quite harmful at times but you also shouldn’t use solely cold water for washing your hair. The best strategy for most girls would probably be to use warm water instead of hot when shampooing and conditioning. Don’t apply cold water at that point because you want the scalp pores and the hair cuticle to be open. If you feel like there’s particularly much grease and oil in your hair then you may turn the water from warm to hot in order to really open up everything and get those things out but remember that frequent use of very hot water is damaging and you have to be careful. Use cold water only for your final rinse in order to seal everything after you’re done and remember that it doesn’t have to be ice-cold – choose a temperature that you can tolerate.

 

Discussion

Do you prefer using warm, hot or cold water for washing your hair? Are you going to change something after reading this article?

Brazilian Blowout FAQ

Brazilian Blowout Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is the best candidate for the Brazilian Blowout?
A. It has been our experience, that good candidates for the Brazilian Blowout are anyone who has frizzy, damaged or processed hair. We have performed the treatment on every hair type (fine/course/frizzy/curly), as well as hair that has been permed, Japanese straightened and extensions. In doing so, we have found that with proper communication and a well considered application, everyone can benefit from the Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment.

Q. What kind of look will you get from the Brazilian Blowout?
A. The hair will be left totally frizz-free, shiny, effortlessly manageable and with plenty of body and bounce. There will still be the option to wear hair curly/wavy (depending on the hair type) and the freedom to blow dry hair smooth and straight in a fraction of the time invested prior to receiving the treatment.

Q. Can I still receive a Brazilian Blowout if I have highlights and/or color?
A. Yes, the Brazilian Blowout will actually improve the health of color-treated/highlighted hair by conditioning the hair while sealing the cuticle for enhanced color, reduced frizz and radiant shine.

Q. Is the Brazilian Blowout going to make my hair straight?
A. If your hair is wavy, the Brazilian Blowout will make your hair appear naturally straight and healthy. If your hair is very curly, it will minimize frizz while enhancing the appearance of the natural wave/curl. If you have straight, frizzy hair, this treatment will eliminate frizz and promote radiant shine.

Q. How long does the Brazilian Blowout last?
A. The Brazilian Blowout will last for 10-12 weeks if the Açai After-Care Maintenance product line is used. The Brazilian Blowout is a cumulative treatment, in that the more you receive it, the healthier the hair will be and the longer the result will last.

Q. Can you apply the Brazilian Blowout directly on top of other relaxers and strengtheners?
A. Yes. The Brazilian Blowout actually works best on chemically treated hair, and helps to improve the hairs condition by fortifying each strand with essential amino acids. The Brazilian Blowout works great directly on top of a relaxer. Perform the relaxer first, Brazilian Blowout next, and then neutralize at the very end of both treatments. The Brazilian Blowout is great to perform when someone is trying to move away from having relaxers or Japanese straighteners. It puts movement back into the hair, allowing the hair to look its best.

Q. Will my hair lose volume if I receive the Brazilian Blowout?
A. No, your hair will not lose volume as a result of receiving the Brazilian Blowout. Your hair will maintain its natural volume and you will still receive great bend and memory when blow-drying and/or using a curling iron.

Q. Can you color your hair the same day you receive a Brazilian Blowout?
A. Yes, however, you must color your hair prior to having the Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment.

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DIY Hair Masks for Dry Hair

DIY masks for dry hair are the perfect way to restore its lost moisture and shine without the extra cost of special hair care products or unneeded chemicals. Making a mask for dry hair isn’t hard at all and it doesn’t require any special skill, special products or time you don’t have. And here are a few treatments for dry hair you can try:
1. Coconut Pack

Rich in proteins, fatty acids, vitamin B and C, zinc, potassium and iron, coconut will definitely prove to be one of the best treatments for dry hair ever! Invest in a jar of extra virgin coconut oil and simply apply it on your hair whenever you know that your hair is going through a lot of stress (example: hot summers) or when you notice that your standard hair care routine is lacking something. Work the oil into your hair section by section, massage it into your scalp, pack in a warm towel and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse, wash and condition as usual.

2. Honey and Olive Oil Mask for Dry Hair

As weird as it sounds, honey actually does great things for both your hair and your face. Olive oil, well we’ve already discussed this awesome ingredient of most DIY hair masks. Now all you’ll have to do is to put these two together by mixing 4 table spoons of honey with 6 table spoons of olive oil and you’ll get one super nurturing mask that will transform your hair! Let it sit on your hair for 15 to 30 minutes and don’t forget to cover it with a plastic bag.
3. Milk and Honey Mask

Milk and honey infusion might have been a luxury a few hundred years ago but it’s something a modern woman her use whenever she pleases! And if you have dry hair, you’ll definitely want to indulge in it every week or two. Use a half to a full cup of full fat milk (room temperature) and add either one or 2 big tablespoons of honey. Mix well to get the honey to melt, then carefully pour it over your hair making sure the most of it really ends up where it should. I usually allow it about an hour to work, then rinse it off using my regular shampoo. This wonderful pack won’t weight your hair down or make it greasy but give it wonderful, healthy shine and softness instead.

4. Avocado, Olive Oil, and Honey Mask for Dry Hair

Next on the list of great DIY masks for dry hair is a simple, yet incredibly nurturing mixture of some of the best natural products ever – honey, avocado and olive oil! Mash one nice, ripe avocado (use it’s flesh only) and add one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil. Blend it all well and apply on your damaged tresses. Wrap a plastic bag over your hair to maximize the effect of this mask and leave it to work its magic. Twenty minutes is okay if you’re in a rush although I always prefer to leave it on at least an hour.
5. 30 Minute Mask for Split Ends

If your hair looks too damaged, dry and split and you can’t really tell which parts desperately need a chop, definitely invest 30 minutes of your life and give this mask for dry hair a go! You’ll need two tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of almond oil and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (feel free to double the amount in case you have long hair). Mix these together and slowly work the mixture into your tresses focusing on the ends and going up until you’ve covered all the damaged bits. Let it sit there over the next half an hour (or more) then rinse off. The mask alone won’t help you get rid of splits (you will have to visit your stylist and get them chopped off) but it will dramatically improve the appearance of the rest of your hair as well as all parts that used to look like they should be chopped off but had enough life in them to be restored.
6. Mayonnaise Pack

Have you ever tried using mayonnaise to restore your hair’s natural moisture? Well, you should definitely give it a try! And the next of my treatments for dry hair is actually super-simple. All you need is some mayo (and don’t tell me you don’t have it – it is, after all, one of the most popular guilty pleasures) and a few drops of some essential oil, just to keep your hair smelling nice! Massage mayonnaise into your dry sections, leave in on for the next 15-20 minutes then shampoo and style as usual.
7. Strawberry Mask

The last on the list of DIY masks for dry hair is something that most certainly won’t make your hair smell bad and will give it lots and lots of moisture and shine! In order to make it you’ll need 200 grams of fresh strawberries, one egg yolk and 2 big spoons of olive oil. Mash or blend your strawberries, mix in the last two ingredients and apply to your hair. Leave it in and rinse off after 20 to 30 minutes.

How to Prevent Puffy Hair in Humid Weather

Humidity can wreak havoc on your hair if you let it. Luckily, even a small change in your hair care routine can tame puffy hair; specially-made products as well as home remedies round out the attack. If you don’t want to settle with puffy, lawless hair on a humid day, you should be able to help matters.

Part 1 of 3: Everyday Hair Care in Humid Environments

  1. Get the right cut. If you live in an area that is known for humid weather, consider getting a haircut that caters to your hair type. Long hair and straight cuts add the weight needed to pull down hair that would otherwise puff out. An angled or slightly layered cut will remove some of the bulk. A layered cut will emphasize curls, but could result in puffier hair.
  2. Shampoo at most every other day. Shampoo is great for cleaning dirt and grime away from hair, but it’s not so great at taming puffy hair. That’s because shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, which make your hair silken and combat frizz. Some people go for as long as a week in between shampooing.[1] The exact amount of time is up to you, but the consensus is that waiting a couple days between washes produces healthier, less puffy hair.
  3. When conditioning after shampoo, wash off conditioner using cold water. There’s some debate about how effective this is, but the idea is pretty simple: cold water causes the cuticles of the hair to contract, simultaneously adding shine and taming frizz.[2] Some scientists, however, doubt the effectiveness of cold water on the scalp, saying that since hair cuticles aren’t living cells, they shouldn’t contract.[3] The debate aside, this advice shouldn’t cause puffy hair, so try it out and see if it works. As discussed below, certain specially-designed leave-in conditioners can help fight puffy hair.
  4. Dry hair gently. If your hair is prone to fly-aways and frizzes, carefully blot your hair dry with the towel instead of rubbing. Allow hair to air-dry as much as possible to reduce the amount of puffiness in your hair. If you blow your hair dry, avoid a lot of movement with the blow dryer. Blow your hair dry slowly and in small sections on the lowest heat setting. Remember to blow down the shaft of hair instead of across it, which separates hair sections, or upward, which provides volume and lift but also adds puffiness to frizzy hair. Keep in mind that blow drying removes moisture from the hair strands, which increases frizz.
  5. Avoid over-combing your hair. It can be tempting to smooth out your hair with plenty of brushstrokes after stepping out of the shower. But brushing or combing your hair causes friction, which causes heat and breakage to the hair cuticle.[4] This leads to puffy or frizzy hair. Instead of combing your hair like you’ve entered a contest, use a wide-toothed comb or a paddle brush with ball-tipped ends. Finish off with a light pass using your fingers as a comb.
  6. Decide on a style for the day that works with your natural hair type. In humid weather, you hair will tend to do what it naturally wants to do. Fighting your hair type will probably cause you a lot of frustration; chances are you’ll end up losing every time. If your hair is straight, avoid the urge to put it in curlers on humid days. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, work with the waves instead of opting for a straight style.
    1. Try tying your hair up in a bun or ponytail and finish off by applying some anti-frizz gel.
      If you’re having a truly tremendous hair day, never underestimate the help a hat or well-tied scarf can do for your hair.

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Why Humidity Makes Your Hair Curl

Humid air causes hydrogen bonds to form between water molecules and the proteins in your hair, triggering curls and frizz.

If you have long hair, you probably don’t need to look up a weather report to get an idea of how much humidity’s in the air: You can simply grab a fistful of hair and see how it feels. Human hair is extremely sensitive to humidity—so much that some hygrometers (devices that indicate humidity) use a hair as the measuring mechanism, because it changes in length based on the amount of moisture in the air.

Straight hair goes wavy. If you have curly hair, humidity turns it frizzy or even curlier. Taming the frizz has become a mega industry, with different hair smoothing serums promising to “transform” and nourish hair “without weighing hair down.” But just why does humidity have this strange effect on human hair?

Hair Cross Section

Hair’s chemical structure, as it turns out, makes it unusually susceptible to changes in the amount of hydrogen present in the air, which is directly linked to humidity. Most of a hair’s bulk is made up of bundles of long keratin proteins, represented as the middle layer of black dots tightly packed together in the cross-section at right.

These keratin proteins can be chemically bonded together in two different ways. Molecules on neighboring keratin strands can form a disulfide bond, in which two sulfur atoms are covalently bonded together. This type of bond is permanent—it’s responsible for the hair’s strength—and isn’t affected by the level of humidity in the air.

But the other type of connection that can form between adjacent keratin proteins, a hydrogen bond, is much weaker and temporary, with hydrogen bonds breaking and new ones forming each time your hair gets wet and dries again. (This is the reason why, if your hair dries in one shape, it tends to remain in roughly that same shape over time.)

Hydrogen bonds occur when molecules on neighboring keratin strands each form a weak attraction with the same water molecule, thereby indirectly bonding the two keratin proteins together. Because humid air has much higher numbers of water molecules than dry air, a given strand of hair can form much higher numbers of hydrogen bonds on a humid day. When many such bonds are formed between the keratin proteins in a strand of hair, it causes the hair to fold back on itself at the molecular level at a greater rate.

On the macro level, this means that naturally curly hair as a whole becomes curlier or frizzier due to humidity. As an analogy, imagine the metal coil of a spring. If you straighten and dry your hair, it’ll be like the metal spring, completely straightened out into a rod. But if it’s a humid day, and your hair is prone to curling, water molecules will steadily be absorbed and incorporated into hydrogen bonds, inevitably pulling the metal rod back into a coiled shape.

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