I am guilty of committing the seven deadly sins of hair assassination. Fortunately, I’ve found a few products that fix all major tress-passes:
- Ratting/ Teasing Hair: I like big hair, y’all–all kinds– from the late, Amy Winehouse’s beehive to Snooki’s Marie Antoinette inspired pompadour. However, these awesome up-dos are not hair healthy in the everyday; back-combing/ teasing/ ratting rakes the hair follicle and leads to serious breakage. Keratin treatments can definitely help repair damaged hair, but Biolage’s Hydrotherapy Conditioner works amazingly in a pinch.
- Using Cheap Product: Do you already purchase Biolage products from CVS, Walmart, or Target? I hate to tell you this; you’re using cheap product. These chains negotiate contracts with companies, purchase their expired products, and mark them up for resale. Essentially, purchasing professional hair products in these stores is like paying full price for Escada perfume at the outlet mall. Who would do that? Always buy products from your salon or hairdresser to ensure the quality and value of your purchase. Above all, trash Pantene, Suave, and Herbal Essence products. They’re loaded with plastic fillers which can lead to further hair damage.
- Bleaching: Nobody knows the power of highlights like a Florida girl. Bottom line? Bleaching your hair is very, very bad for it. Bleaching strips the hair shaft to the cuticle and robs vital oils and protein. Especially if you bleach your hair, especially if you have breakage, replace the nutrients with an effective conditioner. I like to sleep with conditioner in my hair, 3 nights leading up to my hair appointment, so that I’m in primo condition.
- Bleaching to Lift Color: The benefit of building a relationship w/ a regular stylist is that they can work within a plan to maintain the health of your hair. For example, ask your hairdresser, “If I want to stay lighter in the summer, how can we build on the look to transition to darker winter hues—and back to summer again?” Always follow lifting treatments with an overnight conditioning treatment.
- Flat Ironing: I love my BaBlyss flat iron and would never boycott my right to silky hair in sub-tropical weather. Fortunately, my iron features ceramic heating plates and digital technology to control heat settings; I try to set the temperature at the lowest setting possible, never pass over the same section twice, and never squeeze my ends between the plates. Always use protective products like Chi Silk Infusion or Smooth & Protect by Straight Sexy Hair.
- Blow Drying: Sometimes blow-drying is necessary, but skipping this step on a regular basis gives me assurance that I’m consciously avoiding heat damage when I can. Bedhead’s Headrush shine spray looks great on dry or wet hair.
- Styling Wands/Curling Devices: Who doesn’t love big, luscious curls? We know I do! Curling wreaks havoc on the hair especially when heat settings are higher than needed for your hair. When using styling wands, never heat the curl for longer than ten seconds.