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Are you addicted to hair improvement? The very things we do to add color, style, and beauty to hair can leave it the most damaged if we overdose on coloring, perming, blow-drying, and flat-ironing. Add in environmental factors, like sun and chlorine in the summer and extreme dryness and cold come winter, and it's no wonder hair can end up downright damaged in no time.
Luckily, we've got a program to get your damaged locks on the road to recovery. Here are some dos and don'ts for better daily hair care, and urgent help for even the most extreme cases of ravaged hair.Do Treat Your Hair to TLC
Maybe because we know it's not a living thing, and it doesn't hurt to cut it, we tend to be a little callous with the way we treat our tresses. For hair to look its best, it needs a loving mix of daily tenderness and TLC. Invest in good styling tools for everyday use. Throw out all your rough-edged brushes, raggedy combs, and metal banded elastics and clips. Just as you do with skincare, research which hair care and styling products are best for you. Treat your hair to a little indulgence often with regular deep conditioning treatments.
The best person in whom to entrust the care and welfare of your hair is your stylist. Turn to him or her when you feel your hair is under the weather for a review of how you should care for your hair.
Post-damage, like after the summer or a home-grown process gone awry, especially warrants a salon visit. Your stylist can trim away damaged hair, and your colorist can fix botched color. Avoid split ends and enjoy optimum hair health by trimming hair every 8 to 12 weeks.
Overuse of heat styling products can damage hair from root to sorry split-ends. Luckily, hair now has new technology on its side, with a new slew of styling tools and products designed to heat style, without heat damage.
First, take care to prepare hair when you plan to heat style. Use an extra moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, followed with product especially designed to protect hair from the heat.
When choosing your heat styling tool, look for the new hair care buzz words: tourmaline, ionic, and ceramic. Why are they better than your everyday dryer? To summarize, they act to break up large water particles into tiny, "micronized" particles, plus introduce negative ions to hair, to speed up and improve the blow-drying and flat-ironing process like never before possible. Unlike traditional dryers and flat irons that stripped hair of moisture as they dry, the new generation of tools help hair stay hydrated and conditioned, as moisture, natural oils, and even your moisturizing styling product enter the hair shaft -- and stay there.
Doubling up on chemical processes, such as highlighting and relaxing, or perming and coloring, will leave your hair begging for mercy. Be kind; never submit your hair to more than one harsh process at a time.
While changing your hair color can be fun, the process of applying, taking out, and re-depositing pigment into hair is one of the most damaging hair offenses there is. Work with your colorist to find, and commit to, your best hair color look.
It's easy to be lured by the marketing appeals of new hair care and styling products, but hair doesn't need all the hoopla. Minimize the amount of product you put in hair, as too much can lead to shine dulling build-up that weighs hair down. Lighten the load, even wash hair less frequently, and your hair will look better for it.
For more information on Mark Garrison and his New York City salon, go to markgarrisonsalon.com.