Normally, I would be the first friend to tell you that the key to happiness is to exclusively stay living in the moment, but when it comes to the happiness of your hair, it’s a totally different story. Your hair’s past affects its future potential for awesomeness and its critical to have a healthy hair gameplan or you may find yourself wasting money on expensive deep conditioners that don’t work or harsh treatments containing poisonous chemicals. You may be thinking “she’s not talking to me..” But I totally am. You’re hairs past is a real as your own, and its time to take an honest look back and ask yourself if you’ve been making healthy choices and if not, then you need to keep reading so you can come up with your own healthy hair recipe and relax, knowing you have the power to have fabulous hair forever!
Of course it’s ok to have fun with your hair, I mean it does grow back and it’s a great way to express who you are to the world! I fully support going tangerine or teal if that’s your jam. You wanna wash and curl your hair morning and night? Do it! Just make sure you are taking precautions to avoid giving your hair a hangover or worse frying it off! The best way to insure that you will have healthy hair is to be healthy yourself, avoid overdoing it with chemicals and heat, and invest in quality products. I know, I know… Not everyone can afford the best treatments or products, but I’ll tell you what I know about whats out there in hair repair land and you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it.
These types of products work best to repair hair that is lacking in moisture. A loss of moisture in hair can be the result of over use of hot tools (blow dryer, flat iron, curling wand, etc.) They are typically applied on wet hair after a thorough shampooing and left to sit and “soak in” anywhere from 2 to 30 minutes. The problem with these types of treatments is that they don’t do much to actually repair the hair. They sit on the outside of the hair shaft and just smooth it down with a nice heavy load of waxes, oils, and silicas, most of which are too large molecularly to penetrate the actual hair shaft and really do anything notable. What they do do though is make your hair feel soft and look shiny and smell good, and this placebo affect can work very well to make you feel like you have healthier hair for awhile.
If you haven’t heard the word keratin associated with smooth, frizz free, shiny hair, then you must be living under a rock. Keratin is the main protein that makes up hair, skin, and nails and if you have coarse, frizzy, dry, or curly hair there is no denying that the results of such a treatment are miraculous. It’s important to realize that this treatment is meant to straighten and smooth the hair shaft so if you don’t want straighter hair then it is not a good choice for you. I personally was not happy with the results I had because I felt like my hair was too smooth and straight and flat.. But that’s me. Another issue is that in order for these treatments to work best they often contain formaldehyde, a chemical that has been known to cause cancer. Obviously we are all trying to avoid cancer so that makes keratin procedures a bit of a controversial topic. The treatments have become so popular because of their effectiveness that many companies have come out with products that do not contain formaldehyde, but unfortunately they struggle to deliver the same results.
In 2015 a new product called Olaplex hit the hair industry like a bomb creating a buzz with its new patented formulation of a 3 step system that would allow customers and colorists the ability to push the boundaries of hair coloring and bleaching without all the damage. The company markets it as “insurance for your hair” and suggests investing in the treatment every time you bleach or highlight as well as purchasing the take home product, simply called Step 3. If you have been bleaching your hair to get a fashion colors like green or purple, or if you are lightening your hair frequently it’s a great choice for you. Because this is a new chemistry in the industry there have not been many insights about long term benefits but the implications are that you would need to keep using it to see continued results.
I have tried every trick in the book to try and get my hair back from the dead and I have been anxious to try Olaplex myself before I start offering it as a service for my customers. I have to confess I am impressed. I’ve been slowly bleaching old color out of my hair with highlights and using the Olaplex system. Not only does my hair feel great but I think my natural curl pattern is coming back a little springier! Bonus!! The bottom line is that in this day and age there is no excuse for bad hair. Talented professionals are everywhere and with the help of a stylist and my fab advice you and your hair can party like rock stars forever!