Thursday, August 24, 2006

Clarify your hair!!!

As I write from Southern California, I realize that not everyone that reads my notes lives here - or is able to enjoy the sand & the surf year round. So as we near the end of summer and move into cooler weather - it's time to focus on getting hair back to normal. However, I wanted to address a few tips on prevention of build-up - especially relating to swimming pools or ocean water.

Chlorine is perhaps a stylists biggest obstacle - especially for color treated clients. It also feels very harsh in the hair and leads to frizziness, dehydration, and spongy feeling hair. You can prevent build up in the following ways.

  1. Get a shower head with a purifier. This will help reduce rust, iron, chlorine & other minerals in the water from building up on hair. It also helps soften skin.
  2. Before swimming (pool or ocean) wet hair in your shower or sink & apply a light conditioner. Do not rinse out. Hair is like a sponge. Once saturated - it can't really hold any more water.
  3. Shampoo immediately after swimming and do not allow hair to dry just after swimming. Otherwise - salt water or chlorine will dry in hair and be harder to remove.
  4. If you are a heavy swimmer - use a clarifying shampoo 3-4x a week to help break down build up in hair. Occasionally add a little baking soda into shampoo, lather well, and leave on for 5 minutes. This helps in the break-down process as well.
  5. Condition well and follow these precautions next time before swimming.

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