You just dropped $$$ at the salon and left feeling like a princess. Now, it’s 4 weeks later and you’re looking like The Hot Mess Express again. How did this happen?
Ok. Tough love time. Are you ready?
YOU girlfriend. You are what happened. You didn’t protect your investment!!!
I’m sorry. I know it’s hard to hear. But don’t worry I’m here to help, ya know?
It’s actually pretty easy. It starts with thermal protectant.
For some reason people hate spending money on a thermal protectant.
I get it. I really do. It’s not flashy and fun. I don’t like spending money on toilet paper and health insurance, they are not flashy and fun either, but if they aren’t there when you need them, it’s a situation. (And if you’re still reading this, chances are your hair has become a “situation”)
Let me break it down for you. Most women blow dry and put an iron of some kind to their hair 3-14 times a week. Blow dryers get to about 140 degrees. Flat irons and curling irons.. now we’re talking 400 degrees. (That’s cookie burning temperature folks, not baking… BURNING.) Do I have your attention? – I’m talking to you Lil Miss “why won’t my hair grow?” while you do 40 passes with your smoothing iron.
So, when you tell yourself “I don’t need that.” Think about setting your oven to 400 degrees and then just reaching in without oven mits on. You would NEVER. So why are you doing it to your hair??
Now let’s talk cost. Its $14 for our Basic
Betty thermal protectant. It’s called Heat Seal and it’s also humidity resistant. It’s water based, so it won’t weigh your hair down either. You don’t have to buy this one. There are all kinds, but buy one. Minimal investment maximum results.
Ok now for some Pro Tips. You took the tough love and so you’ve earned it. Here are the BIG 4 your stylist wishes you would practice at home.
1. One and done. These are the magic words for your iron. Let this be your mantra. Even with the magic of a thermal protectant if you are doing 40 passes over the hair with a 400 degree iron your hair is:
A. Not going to get any straighter and
B. Going to melt off.
One and done. Slow and steady is fine, one slow pass with a hot iron is always better then 10 fast passes. Your results are better and your hair is going to thank you.
2. Use the right Shampoo. Is there color in your hair? Are their sulfates in your shampoo? If so, maybe time to switch it up. Sulfates fade color not to mention it’s hard on the surface of your hair.
Ask your stylist for a recommendation. She will point you in the right direction. There is a world of options out there… special shampoos for color treated hair, for curly hair, for blonde hair, for frizzy hair. If your hair isn’t doing what you want it to do, products are the Rx. Start with the basics. Find out what shampoo you should be using.
For my money, Paul Mitchell’s Forever Blonde shampoo and conditioner wins best in show.
This is just one hairdressers opinion, but it is the shampoo I would recommend to any hair type. It’s sulfate free and moisturizing. Also, there is a Keratin infusion spray in this line called Dramatic Repair that your hair will thank you for. (Also, I practice what I preach. It’s in my shower right now)
3. Deep conditioner. You need this more often than you think. I usually recommend this to my clients seasonally. But honestly, if your hair is feeling dry, crunchy, angry (basically any adjective you don’t want to be called), you need a deep conditioner. They are valued based on longevity, (from $5-$30). You get what you pay for. It would not be inappropriate to get one every 6 weeks.
Don’t have the budget for that? Do an at home version. Soak your hair in conditioner then put a shower cap over it and let it sit for 15 minutes. Blast it with the blow dryer for another 5 min before you rinse.
4. Take care of your tools. If you just treated yourself to a salon professional iron and you’re smashing the cord of that iron with your cabinet door in your bathroom or winding the cord around it when you put it away, you can bet on that iron dying in 6 months to a year. The wiring inside of professional tools is designed to be powerful, but they are delicate instruments. Keep the cord loose when you have to wrap it, especially where it is connected to the iron. Keep it away from cabinet doors. You paid good money for that iron, so keep it working for the next 10 years.
Ok Babes. I hope this helps. You’re armed with knowledge to keep your locks looking wonderful between visits. Can’t wait to see you in 6 weeks!!