Just like skin types, each texture and fabric of hair has different needs. That’s why there are so many products out there. Our hair is not one-size-fits-all.
When it comes to hair too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Too much moisture can leave hair dull, lifeless, and limp. Not to mention oily scalp or acne that comes from hair that rubs against skin. How do I know if I have too much moisture? Fill a glass with water and put a strand of hair in it. If it floats (slightly submerged is OK), it has enough moisture. If it sinks, the hair is dry and thirsty. Add a moisture-rich conditioner or add a few drops of oil to the tattered ends.
Too much protein can make hair brittle and resistant to styling. Hair can become coarse and break. Healthy hair should be able to stretch 50% of its length when you stretch it slowly. Fine hair and lightened hair are usually protein-deprived. Get an Awapuhi Ginger* protein keratin treatment. Hair turns to satin the very first time you use it! I’ve never used anything that compares to it.
Too much heat will split, break, and shrivel unprotected hairs. We’ve all seen split ends, caused by heat, brush tension, and friction. I’ve seen a split with 5 ends, multiple jointed breaks still dangling from the remaining cortex, and some pieces that tear off and only leave behind a little white ball at the end. Damage that is this extensive will have to be cut off to save the remaining length, but do what you can to protect the innocent cuticle!
Make sure that hair is dry before you apply direct heat. A sizzling sound is bad news bears. Apply a thermal protectant spray to each section before ironing. If your iron has a temperature setting, use the lowest for touch up styling and fine hair, especially baby hair at the face line.
Don’t be tempted to repeatedly heat frizzy areas; smooth it with serum, gloss, or oil instead. Alcohol and heat are not friends. Use hairspray and mousse after you are finished heat styling; it will dry out your hair even more and make it more susceptible to the “shrivel” factor.
Here’s a “no duh” for causing your hair to go from good to bad condition: too many chemicals (pool, tap water, home color, etc). These chemicals will get you brittle hair, hair that won’t hold color or turns reddish and brassy before it is time for a touch-up and worse. Have your water tested- you will be appalled at the results. The chlorine and ammonia levels in our water system are extremely high (in San Diego, at our salon in Ketchikan, Alaska it’s natural rain water, huge difference!). In San Diego these chemical levels are high enough to kill 11 fish in my aquarium despite using Neutralizer drops! It should not be surprising that the corrosion that occurs in our pipes and faucets would also occur on our delicate hair and skin.
One of my experiments during my educator training was to save a couple of hairs and place them in tap water for a few days to measure the color and elasticity difference. Pretty astonishing results here in So Cal! I’ll cover that in another post!
My Tricology degree is an ongoing evolution of research and trial & error. I only write about things that I can attest to personally. If you have questions, hair ailments, or personal testimony, please – don’t keep it to yourself! I’d love to hear about it! You can find at San Diego’s #1 Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, Hair Body & Sol! Give me a call, shoot me an email, or stop by to see me!
From the minute I stepped into the salon I knew it was going to be fun experience! It was nice to be offered tea or coffee while I waiting, I was made to feel welcome. What's even better is that hair cut ended up being exactly what I wanted! I am looking forward to my next appointment!
The atmosphere at this salon was very warm and friendly. The receptionists were friendly and smiling and the stylists were amazing! My stylist Beth, the owner, was beyond amazing! She is the most knowledge stylist I have ever met! I can not recommend her enough! My hair has never looked better! I love it!! Beth and HBS is the best salon in San Diego, period!
Jesse gave me exactly what I asked for. I was also very happy with the service from her shampoo girl. A+ treatment as always. Front counter staff was very friendly and helpful and the ambiance is very pleasant.
Ashley is a true artist when it comes to hair color. I have been light blonde, strawberry blonde, and now red, and every time I have walked out of the salon I have felt positively giddy about the result. She is awesome at taking my vague ideas, and shaping them into something that works just for me. I have also always been very happy with my cuts. I find everyone at the salon very friendly, and they always make me feel pampered when I visit. Thank you Hair Body & Sol!
It was so awesome to be greeted by both Ashley and Jackie when I arrived. They swooped me in the chair and got my color done pronto!! They got my tea order down in no time and we chatted a little. Those ladies make me laugh and i love that they laugh at what I say too! Its always good therapy to be pampered by the 2 of them. Sorry to Jackie!! for mistakenly thinking she was Valentine for a minute... :) TV wasn't working but that's ok...My shampoo by Jackie is always a pleasure...even with her gloves on. Thanks HBS ladies!
I've been going to Hair Body & Sol for years, and it's because I'm always treated well when I go, plus my stylist has never given me a haircut that I didn't love.
HBS always WONDERFUL!! Haircuts are perfect every time, the stylists are speedy & skilled & capable. I would highly recommend HBS to any of my family, friends or co-workers.