I don’t know about you, but I think we have all looked at our hair and thought…
“Why is my hair so dull? I’ve tried everything and my hair still isn’t shiny!”
Even though I’m a hairstylist, I’ve caught myself asking the same questions.
Over the past year, I played around with different colors in my hair and after every process I was shocked to see my hair was still silky smooth.
Eventually I realized after doing so many different colors, they would fade very quickly. I was having to color it every two weeks! And honestly who has time for that? I started to go back to my original color (blonde) and my hair started to take a beating. I was taking my hair for granted, and it slowly started to lose its shine and become extremely dull. I started doing research on ways to rehab my hair and was pleasantly surprised with the way my hair started to change. These are the steps I took to get my hair happy, healthy, and shiny again:
1) Olaplex Treatments
With the way social media is now, I think everyone has heard of Olaplex and it has completely changed the hair industry.
“It is free of silicone or oils, that links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before.”
It can be used during a chemical service, or on its own. For me, I used it on its own every two weeks, along with the “No.3” take home masque once a week. It was improving the integrity of my hair drastically. Ask your stylist if they use it, or you can go directly to the Olaplex website and find a salon near you. If you happen to be near the Delray Beach (FL) area, I offer affordable Olaplex Treatments for my clients and would love the opportunity to help your hair get its shine back. Just contact me to schedule an appointment!
2) Honey & Olive Oil Masque
About once a week prior to washing my hair I would mix…
6 tablespoons of olive oil & 4 tablespoons of honey.
For easier distribution, you can warm it up in the microwave (not too long though!!). I would dampen my hair just a little bit and section it focusing the product on my ends. If you have a wide tooth comb, I would comb the product through as well. Once in my hair, I would tie it up with a clip, place a plastic bag over my head, and watch television (or read) for at least 30-45 minutes. Once it’s sat on long enough, you can go ahead and rinse it out, and proceed to wash and condition your hair as you normally do.
Tip: Make sure to wash out the masque well enough or you’ll find yourself having to wash it again the following night!
The emollients in the olive oil help to soften the hair and give it shine, and the honey has vitamins and minerals which are great for attracting moisture.
3) Water and Apple Cider Vinegar
Anytime I wash my hair (about twice a week) I use this mixture after conditioning my hair.
Equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar.
Using an empty spray bottle to pour the mixture into, I mix in 1 cup of each ingredient. After conditioning, I would spray this all over my hair and comb it through. I usually leave it in for about 5-7 minutes. Following with a cool rinse.
Just a side note: Cold water helps to close your cuticle which allows your hair to look shinier. It’s also good for your body to close your pores!
Like I said in my “Million Dollar Question” blog post, ALWAYS use a heat protectant prior to styling your hair. It’s essential for shiny, healthy hair.
Also, if you blowdry your hair more than using any hot tool, the cool setting on your blowdryer will help to close the cuticle on your hair. Once my hair is 100% dry I do the cool setting for another minute or two. What it comes down to is making sure the cuticle is closed after styling. Your hair will thank you, and you’ll be much happier with the end result.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for next weeks blog! ✨