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Steps To Healthy Hair

13 Steps to the best hair you've ever had...

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1. Use professional products recommended by  your hair care professional.

  • Always buy from your stylist, or at a professional salon. Low cost products have cheap fillers that don't actually help your hair get/stay healthy, just puts acts as a band-aid. Getting the product from your stylist or local salon ensures you are not only getting the proper recommendations for your hair but professional quality product.

 

2. Always shampoo your SCALP ONLY.

  • Shampoo opens up your hair’s cuticle to take out any impurities. Your ends usually don’t have many impurities since there are no natural oils getting to them. The rinsing of the shampoo is usually enough to get any impurities out.

    • Shampooing the ends (as well as lathering like in the commercials) only dries out your hair more, and worsens split ends.

    • ONLY shampoo to ends of hair if you have a TON of product (i.e. Gel, mousse, hairspray, etc.) on the ends. If this is required, lather shampoo on ends gently by squeezing instead of rubbing. This will help keep the cuticle happy and not cause split ends.

3. Do a double wash.

  • The first cleanse acts as a prewash. Similar to clothing, sometimes items need spot treatments to ensure the clothing gets cleaned. Your hair is the same way! Your second wash shouldn't require nearly as much shampoo, but will lather so much more than the first wash, ensuring you have a clean and healthy scalp.

    • ADDED BONUS: Mr. Smith shampoos and conditioners have natural ingredients that will help nourish your scalp even more! Leaving the second shampoo wash on for an extra minute or two will ensure the ingredients will also help moisturize and nourish the scalp and hair leaving you with a beautiful clean canvas and healthy scalp.

4. ALWAYS condition from ends up.

  • Conditioning the scalp is not necessary since the scalp produces natural oils that moisturize the hair at the scalp.

    • Your stylist may recommend after the ends are conditioned, so take then take your hands up through the scalp area for one or two reasons:

      1. You have psoriasis or dry scalp that could benefit from some conditioning.

      2. You have bangs or short baby hairs around your hairline that need to be hydrated from conditioner.

  • Conditioner closes the cuticle after shampooing. If you don't close your cuticle you risk split ends and dryness occurring quicker.

5. Always start at your ends when brushing your hair, especially when wet.

  • This will help preventing more breakage, and it will aid in not creating more knots in the hair that you end up ripping through (we all do it, but seriously… don’t.)

6. If you use hot tools, DO NOT set them past 325°-350° (blow dryers are ALSO hot tools!).

  • Make sure you have hot tools with a dial so you can set the temperature.

  • Air dry as much as possible.

    • I apply Mr. Smith's Leave in to my hair after I towel dry it, and then do my make up and get dressed. This way my hair has time to dry a bit instead of going straight to blow drying. (On the days I have off I let my hair air dry completely.)

7. ALWAYS use heat protectants!

  •  Even if you aren't going to be styling your hair, find a product that gives you more bang for your buck. There are lines out there that will be 2 in 1, 3 in 1, or even 4 in 1 benefits!

    • I recommend Mr. Smith's Leave In or Serum. Both have UV AND thermal heat protection as well as help moisturize and nourish the hair. (Ask me which one I think is right for your hair!).

8. DO NOT straighten or curl your hair when it’s wet or damp.

  • This will damage your hair very quickly.

  • If you notice a lot of steam when straightening or curling your hair (and you didn't put any or much product in  your hair that may create steam) this may mean you didn’t dry it enough. STOP IMMEDIATELY and dry your hair more.

 

9. DO NOT wear your hair up wet or damp!!!!

  • When hair is wet it has more elasticity, therefore, as the hair is drying when it is pulled back in a ponytail or braid it will have nowhere else to go but to break. (If you ever notice a “band” of hair on someone’s head that don't look like layers, that is usually from them wearing it up a lot when their hair is wet. This can also happen if you wear your hair up a lot in a really tight bun, so try to avoid that as much as possible, too).

10. Invest in a silk pillowcase and silk scrunchies.

  • Silk pillowcases and scrunchies will help prevent breakage while you sleep, and wear your hair up. It also doesn't hold allergens, absorbs less moisture and dirt (helping even with stubborn acne), and a silk pillowcase will help with waking up with smoother, frizz-free hair.

  • Using scrunchies instead of elastic hair ties will help eliminate breakage. Silk scrunchies are even better at preventing this.

 

11. Get trims every 6-8 weeks (Unless your stylist recommends to do it sooner or even later).

  • Growing your hair out? You still need these trims if you want long and healthy hair. No one wants stringy, damaged-looking long hair!

  • Typically trims this often only need about 1/4- 1/2 of an inch taken off.

12. Do deep conditioning treatments at least 2 times a month (unless recommended by your stylist to do this more often)

  • Deep treatments help restore your hair's moisture, strengthens and reduces damage caused by hot tools, products, and even outdoor elements (sun damage, wind, free radicals, ect.)

    • I recommend Mr. Smith's Masque or Luxury Masque depending on your hair type or lack of moisture.

 

13. When in doubt, ask your stylist.

  • As a stylist we are licensed professionals who have gone to school to be able to make the best decision for each and every hair type. Sometimes it is trial and error as far as using certain products. Be patient, and be honest, but give a new product a chance. Use up one entire bottle and don't switch back and forth between your old products and the new products. (This won't give you a good idea of how the products are acually working).

  • If your stylist has recommendations- LISTEN! Whether it's cutting your hair, not coloring/bleaching anymore, or what products to use. It's our professional opinion on what will be best for your hair and what your goals are. The longer you go without taking the recommendations, the longer it could take to get to your goals.

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