Being a hair stylist, I’m always being asked questions about hair care and the best products to use. Obviously everyone’s hair is different, so I prescribe different products for different people. In this day and age, almost everyone colors their hair and uses heat on it regularly. Here are my suggestions on how to maintain or improve the integrity of your hair!
- Shampoo and Conditioner: The number one recommendation I make to my clients is to always use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. It not only protects your color, but it won’t strip your hair down and dry it out. Any shampoo that you can buy over the counter at a local drugstore is a definite NO. Make sure you’re buying your shampoos and conditioners from your hair salon or somewhere like Ulta. I use a few different shampoos and conditioners and I’ve linked my favorites below. (Pureology Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner, Moroccan Oil Hydrate Shampoo & Volume Conditioner, Redken All-Soft Shampoo & Conditioner, Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner)
- Leave in Conditioner: The purpose of a leave-in conditioner is to prime, protect and perfect color treated hair against heat and sun damage. I rotate between two different products, Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Benefit Leave In Treatment, and It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-in Product. Both are great products and have the same benefits.
- Oil: Everyone needs to have a good oil. I’m a big fan of the Moroccan Oil original treatment. They make one for light tones and dark tones. I put a dime size all throughout my towel-dried hair. It has tons of vitamins that penetrate, nourishes and adds shine your hair. Another good one is the Platinum Silkening Gloss by Kenra.
- Heat Protectant: If you’re going to skip out on something, it should never be your heat protectant. I’ve been using Bumble & Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer for years! It’s amazing and can be used on wet or dry hair. If you use it on wet hair, it acts more like a leave in conditioner. I usually use it on my day-2 dry hair if I want to refresh the style with a curling iron or flat iron. (Pro tip: I almost NEVER flat iron my hair, only on day 2 or 3, and usually only one pass on a few pieces that got ruined in my sleep). I also really like Moroccan Oil’s new heat protectant Perfect Defense. It’s super lightweight and doesn’t leave a sticky residue like some heat protectants I’ve used in the past.
- Masks: Coloring and using heat on your hair will cause the hydrogen and disulfide bonds in your hair to break. It’s so important to use masks to help to rebuild those bonds. It’s also important to remember not to use too much protein on your hair because that will start to cause breakage. I don’t recommend using a protein mask to my clients more than once a week. Again, everyone is different, so once a week may even be too much for some people. My favorites are Pureology Strength Cure Superfood Treatment as a protein mask, and Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask to replenish moisture. I generally rotate between the two.
- Vitamins: I take a regular multivitamin but I also take 10,000 mcg of biotin a day. This is great for people who are trying to grow their hair, or just for maintaining strong hair. It also helps with healthy skin and nails.
- Hair Ties: Invisibobble hair ties are my new obsession. A lot of people don’t realize that wearing your hair in a tight ponytail or bun can cause breakage over time. These hair ties help to prevent breakage, and also don’t leave a crease in your hair like other scrunchies.
Let me know if you have any questions about what I mentioned above or if you want other hair tips!