Reviving Damaged Hair

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Color and Buildup

Problem: The Wrong Color The art of color is best left to professionals -- but that doesn't mean mistakes don't happen. Whether it's a run-in with an inexperienced colorist or a bad dye job at home, color can spell catastrophe. Solution The most painless solution: get yourself to an experienced colorist for color guidance and correction. Ask for a tone down of too obvious highlights with some low-lights. A color wash, toner, or a single process will help take you back to a more suitable overall shade. Make sure you and your colorist are on the same page by showing them photos of the look you're after.

The Problem: Too Much Color Another color culprit you can't blame on anyone but yourself is overprocessing. While experimenting with color and highlights may be fun, the process of applying, taking out, and redepositing pigment is very damaging.

Solution Protect hair health -- and keep color looking great by conditioning hair frequently (try Dove Moisture Rich Color Conditioner, $3.99). Also, look for daily care products made for color-treated hair (like Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair, Fortifying Cream Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair, both $3.89), get frequent trims and protect colored hair from sun and chlorine.

Problem: Buildup Blunders Gels, sprays, pomades, shine enhancers, and on and on. Overdoing your styling product repertoire can result in shine-dulling buildup. And cleansing too often and too vigorously will leave hair super clean, but vulnerable to damage.

Solution While it's true there are so many great products out there now, it doesn't mean you have to try them all! Ask your stylist to help you select just those products you need to get the look you want. Don't wash hair too often or too vigorously; twice a week is fine for most people.

Mark Garrison's salon is located in New York City. For more information, go to


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