Friday, 11 June 2010

Haircare Bunch...Coloured Hair

Looking after your hair these days can be a minefield...hair conditioners, product build up, type of shampoo, 'the science part'
We are bombarded on a daily basis by promises of great hair by way of tv adverts, and pages upon pages of magazine adverts.
So what is best for you? Are there any types of ingredients you should be on the look out for?... I'm going to be looking at a particular need each week (hopefully) and giving out some advice that I hope will help. First up...

Coloured hair

The majority of us have coloured hair, or have had it at some point. If you are like me, and colour your hair fully (full head, straight on the hair) then you'll know that looking after it post colouring is mega important. A lot of colourants comes with a nice conditioning pack to use when washing your hair - but what next?

Your hair is made up of 3 layers, the medulla, cortex and cuticle. Depending on your colour type (semi, temp, permanent) the colour particles will settle in different areas of the hair. The further into the hair make up the colour goes the more 'damage' it could do.

Ingredients wise, avoid shampoos that contain sulphate! these will 'strip' the colour meaning you'll find in days of using the colour will have faded - look for tricedeth or sodium myreth, these are milder forms of sulphate and will help moisturise. Lightening (bleaching etc) can really damage the hair, leaving it dry and rough to touch, look for PH balancing shampoos to combat this.



Personally I use the Aussie range, I find it really helps maintain my colour, and I love the smell. However I've been using the Herbal Essence range on clients hair & have noticed,and been told it's doing a pretty good job.

You want your colour to last and not fade, you need to make sure those cuticles are closed otherwise the particles start to get styled/washed out. Use a cold blast of water after your shower to close the cuticle - warm opens cuticle layer leaving it rough feeling and open to more damage - i.e. spilt ends! It'll also leave your hair with a great shine - and wakes you up!

Blow drying and styling? it's a well know fact but blow dry downwards, pointing the nozzle to the floor to encourage the cuticle to lie flat, this again creates shine, and helps the colour stay put.

So what's next...dry/damaged or greasy hair, you decide?

Please formspring me any hair questions or random questions you have, I'd love to open a sort of hair surgery regular post and answer some!

4 comments:

  1. I had no idea about warm water opening up the cuticle!!
    I'd love some help with dry/damaged hair-for my G!His hair is very coarse and prone to split ends.I buy him all sorts of stuff,and lacture him endlessly about how to look after it,but I don't really know much!
    You rock!

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  2. I'm currently using Aussie Volume shampoo and it's really great!

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  3. I didn't know about the warm water thing-y either!
    I've recently been crushing rosemary and lavender in boiling water, leaving it to infuse for a few days then using the strained water as a cold rinse - it's just fabulous!
    I used to use the Aussie stuff but since rediscovering Lush solid shampoo and conditioner I can't use anything else, liquid shampoo and conditioner seem really gloopy and slimy, yuk!!
    Vix
    xxx

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  4. Helga, I hope you don't mind but I'm going to take your question and pop it on my formspring?
    Advice will be there - but my next haircare bunch topic will be dry/damaged hair....

    That cold rinse sounds amazing Vix, bet it gives such great shine and lovely smell.

    X x

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