When clients come to see us during the winter months, we notice an influx of damaged hair. Damaged hair is dry, brittle, and has split-ends. Hair most commonly becomes damaged with extreme weather and mistreatment with products and tools. If you’re tired of trying to reverse signs of damage salon visit after salon visit, take the following measures to insure that you’re preventing damage at the source. In the end, this will save time, money, and the integrity of your hair.
1. Shampoo and Conditioner. As you take steps towards preventing damage, the first thing you should evaluate is your shampoo and conditioner. While brands purchased at the drugstore might be cheaper, in the long run, you are paying to damage your hair. Next time you are at PIN Salon, ask your hairdresser to recommend a shampoo and conditioner for you. We take into consideration your hair type and condition to suggest products that are best for you.
2. At-Home Treatment. Don’t wait until your hair is in poor shape to start a treatment regimen. Treatments should not only be done at the salon, but at home as well. Kérastase’s Home Lab is a great place to start, as it guarantees healthy hair. Here at PIN Salon, we formulate the treatment based on the condition of your hair. We give you the first treatment at the salon, then you take home three treatments to use on your hair every seven to ten shampoos. Home Lab treatments work quickly and give you immediate results. Single Kérastase treatments are $30, and the entire Home Lab with four treatments is $120.
3. Weekly Mask. For those who are serious about keeping damage at bay, a weekly hair mask is crucial. Apply a mask to clean, towel-dried hair and leave it on for 20 minutes or more. Next time you are at PIN, ask your stylist to select the best mask option for your hair type. Kérastase’s Chroma Riche, for instance, is well suited to thick, coarse, colored hair. After the mask is washed out, hair feels soft, silky, and exhibits radiant shine and bounce.
4. Heat Protective Products. If you use heat tools such as a blowdryer or curling iron on a regular basis, a heat protective product should be an integral part of your hair regimen. Such a product combats the adverse effects heat tools have on hair, like dry ends. Heat protective products should be applied before hair is dry. Many people are concerned that these products will make their hair oily, however this is a misconception. When used correctly, a heat protective product will make hair look and feel healthier, and will add a great amount of shine. Turn to heat protective products to both prevent and repair damage to your hair.
5. Frequent trims. Regular trims are imperative to maintaining healthy hair. For those looking to maintain length, keep in mind that it is still important to weed out the split ends. At the salon, ask for a dusting of the ends to eliminate split ends without effecting length.