I had been wanting to change my hair color for years now! I’m not kidding when I say that the last time I had my hair professionally done was 9 years ago for my wedding. Well that’s if we leave out the two times I went in for an ombre and came out with god knows what! Luckily, I found Melannie at The Upper Hand Salon here in Houston (thanks Elly). She worked her magic and voila! Beautiful caramel balayage.
But with beautiful new locks, comes a new hair care routine. I now have to be more careful with the way I treat my hair. This means reducing the use of heating tools, using heat protectant and most importantly, keeping my strands hydrated!
When your hair gets lightened it basically means your natural pigment is being stripped away, making your strands dry, brittle and more prone to breakage & split ends. Especially if your natural texture is curly, like mine.
Here’s a few things I have been doing to keep my locks looking & feeling healthy, hydrated and soft.
• I now make sure to use my heating tools at the lowest heat setting possible. Preferably between 200- 250 to avoid major breakage.
• I ALWAYS use heat protectant before going in with any heating tool. -This one has been quite challenging for me but be it all for the sake of good hair, right?- I like distribute a bit of the Oribe Gold Lust Oil on damp hair (after I shower) and let it air dry, then blow it out the next morning. This way my hair can soak it all up overnight and it doesn’t feel weighed down or greasy when I blow dry it.
• I shampoo only twice a week, sometimes three depending on my daily activity. Keep in mind that the more you shampoo, the dryer your hair & scalp become. I’m currently using the Oribe Signature Shampoo & Conditioner to repair, protect & hydrate.
• And my favorite one (yeah right), NO PONY TAILS OR BUNS. Anytime time you pull your hair back with an elastic, it’s causing breakage. So whenever I really need to pull my hair back, I use an elastic-less ribbon like these.
And of course something you should always do is go in for regular trims, at least every 6-8 weeks. This will help with keeping your hair strong and healthy. Remember that hair ages, the older it gets, the more fragile & split end prone it becomes.
What are some things you do to keep your hair looking it’s best? I’d love to hear!
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