Summer time is approaching and you’re probably thinking that you are like a little seasonal touch is needed. You’re ready for highlights so, a color treatment is on the agenda. This is terrific, however, there’s a few items that you should be aware of. Here are a list of do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
Always consult with a Salon Professional when thinking of going lighter. They are equipped to recommend a shade that will work best with your present color of hair as well as the best tone to fit your complexion. Believe it or not there are many shades in the blonde palette to consider.
It’s best to start getting your hair in good shape before lightening. I recommend using a professional clarifying Shampoo to remove any buildup on the hair and scalp. A clarifier will allow your everyday conditioner, and your deep conditioner, to penetrate the hair so that It receives the full benefits of conditioning.
Speaking of deep conditioners, I recommend using one once to twice a week depending upon the condition of your hair. If it tends to be dry and damaged, you should plan on applying a deep conditioner twice a week until the hair is in good shape. After that a once per week regient should suffice.
I also believe hydrating shampoos and conditioners are best for every day. This is especially true in the summer when your hair is exposed to intense sunlight.
Products with protein should also have their place in your regiment, especially if your hair is damaged. However, make sure to use products infused with protein in moderation as to much of it can make the hair brittle.
A big “do not” is lightening your hair with over the counter products. Remember, there is a science and chemistry behind lightening the hair. If you want healthy hair, it’s not a simple as getting over the counter drug store products. You have to be very careful not to compromise the integrity of the hair . Hair can be damaged very easily and very quickly with inappropriate products or poor application.
Sometimes clients will color their hair with an over the counter product and then go to the salon for highlights. This is a big “No-No”. Professional products in conjunction with over the counter products can result in disaster. There are often chemical reactions that occur as a result of mixing the two. The damage to the hair from the over the counter product typically makes it hard to achieve the desired shade of blonde even when using a high end salon product.
Finally, don’t use peroxide on the hair. This is unhealthy for the hair and usually leaves it with a brassy appearance. Now, you know he scoop and you’re full equipped to have fun brightening up that summer look!