Fried Hair.. Now what?

Whether you’ve been toying with the ombre trend, been a devoted bleach bunny, or dappled with pastel tones, you probably have noticed how your hair has started to become a bit brittle. This could range from being slightly dry, to completely snapping off (what we refer to as a chemical cut!)  Obviously you would like to try to avoid any breakage and damage, so I would like to share a few tips and tricks!

  • ALWAYS go to a professional to have bleach done.  This almost goes without saying, but I can’t recall the amount of times I had a client in my chair on a Monday morning with patchy, frizzled, orange and yellow hair that a friend has done on a whim, and has ended up in a lot of tears!
  • When considering a make-over, be open to set up a plan with your stylist.  The colour you have in mind might not be advisable to do in one visit, so when you work with a plan, going to the salon every 6 weeks, lightening your hair gradually, you’ll leave the salon with healthier hair, toning down the unwanted ‘inbetween’ colours. It’s so important to have a good relationship with your stylist, so make sure that you’re both on the same page!
  • Bleaching will dramatically alter the structure of your hair.  Without being too scientific, I will try to explain it like this:  Hair consists mainly of proteins.  Once you start chemically altering your hair, the proteins break down.  That’s what makes the hair sensitised and brittle.  I swear by using Redken’s CAT treatment before the bleach treatments (you could start a few weeks before you see your stylist), spraying it on your hair before bleach is applied, and then using it as an aftercare product.  Use this product 1 – 2 times a week, depending on the condition, after shampooing, but before conditioning.  What makes this product work, is that it prevents the hair from forming cysteic acid, which causes the hair to feel like bungee cord when wet.
  • You could also get a protein overdose, so alternate with a moisturising treatment to get the balance right.  Try using Redken’s All Soft Heavy Cream once a week, instead of your conditioner.  A little goes a long way, you’ll only need the size of a 20p coin for thick shoulder-length hair.
  • Take it easy on heat styling.  Give your hair a break over weekends, and ALWAYS use a heat protection product before using any heated appliance, whether it’s a hairdryer or a styling iron.
  • Go for regular cuts. If you’d like to maintain your length, let the stylist know, but also know that if you have damaged ends, you will need to have a good trim. (I’ve once had a client asking me to remove ‘half the damage’?!?!) Your hair will grow, and isn’t better to have healthy shorter hair than have long, wiry ends?

Everyone’s hair is different, and reacts different to products, so I’ll also recommend the following treatments:

I really hope that this has helped some of you!  I’m considering making these blogposts a regular feature, so if you’d like any questions answered, please leave a comment below, and I might use it in a future post!

Short hair styling tips for brides

I’ve had so many requests for ideas on how to style short hair for weddings, and as I’ve recently cut my hair again, thought that it might be a good idea for a post.

If you’re not a long-haired girl, and never will be, don’t be tempted in growing your hair because it’s ‘expected’ of a bride to have long hair.  With a bit of product, and a few tools, there’s no need to feel that there’s nothing you could do with short hair!  I know there’s not a lot of inspirational pictures for short-haired brides in wedding magazines and the like, so hopefully this could help some cropped beauties!

Eliza Cummings via Fashion Gone Rogue

For the bolder bride, why not try a quiff?  After using mousse for hold and volume (try Redken’s Guts 10), lift the roots with a round brush.  Use a curling iron to add more movement if your hair needs it, make sure the sides and back lies flat.  Set the look with hairspray or a strong hold gel, depending on your hair.

 

Scarlett Johansson via Fashion Gone Rogue

For a more subtle, sleeker look, use a soft blowdry gel like Redken’s Velvet Gelatine in damp hair, blowdry with a paddle brush, keeping the sides and back sleek, and manipulate the fringe to the side.  Set with a light hairspray.

 

Agyness Deyn

For a bit of a tousled look, roughdry your hair using your fingers only.  Again, use straighteners to add movement if your hair is super straight, then use the magically wonderful POWDER.PUFF by Kevin Murphy on your roots for a gritty volume that will last all day – perfect for fine hair!  Just ruffle your roots when you need extra volume, et voilà!

 

Charlize Theron

If you have slightly longer hair, try glamorous waves.  My personal preference would be more worn-in and tousled than Charlize’s. For a great video to show you how you can create this, click HERE.

 

Color.Bug, via refinery29.com

I know the dip-dye effect will probably be on it’s way out at some point, but why not have fun with your hair on the day?  Even if it’s just for the reception?  Another Kevin Murphy product, COLOR.BUG is perfect for this, just make sure you cover your dress before you apply, and it’s not advisable for high necklines.  It looks fabulous on all hair colours, and washes out immediately.

Hope this have inspired some of you, feel free to ask me for any hair/make-up related advice on twitter!