With summer in full swing, it is time to take a look at our blonde tresses with a more quizzical eye. The issue that many women end up having by summer's end is dry and damaged straw-like hair from the incessant bleaching in six-week cycles - if we can even wait that long before roots start showing!
Lightening your hair (including highlights, frosting, or bleaching) sucks the life right out of healthy hair.
There is no way around that process when it comes to bleaching. However, you can do some major preventative tasks to maintain healthy looking locks all summer. Take care to:
● Ask for a deep conditioning treatment to prepare your hair with a little defense prior to your bleaching service.
● Be sure and do another deep conditioning treatment, either in the salon or at home, the week after your service.
● Keep up your deep conditioning at least once per week while your hair is bleached.
● Use a thermal protectant, not only when flat ironing or curling your hair, but also one when you are blow-drying as well.
● Make sure there is no alcohol in your haircare products to further dry out your damaged tresses.
● Choose a shine serum that has conditioning agents in it.
What is deep conditioning?
This isn't your mother's conditioner. Typical top-of-the-line conditioners have proteins that bond to the hair and strengthen it. The best protein is human hair keratin, but hydrolyzed wheat proteins are also good if you are a looking for a vegan alternative. Here are a few tried and true salon professional deep conditioners:
● Enjoy Hair Mask
● Joico's K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor
● Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment
Do you plan to lighten your hair this summer? What tips do you have that work to keep your hair healthy?
Mel B. is a writer of all things beauty, educator, and brand manager for HAI Styling Tools, and CoFounder of www.AskASalon.com, where Beauty Pros connect, network, and answer questions for savvy women wanting the best beauty information. She also writes a monthly beauty column as Yahoo!’s “Beauty Guru” , and has also written for Examiner.com in San Francisco. When she's not working, you'll find her hanging with her family in Encinitas, CA, or just contemplating life with walks along the beach, typically with a coffee in hand. Email her at email@example.com.
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