I get asked a lot of questions from women and customers in general about the best techniques for covering gray hair, repair thinning edges, protecting hair from heat damage and improving hair moisture. And although I am not a hair stylist, I have learned a lot over the years about maintaining a healthy head of hair. I've worked with a few stylist and have gotten some really good advice for many of the questions I'm about to answer.
For instance, lets jump into the gray hair battle. I call it a battle because I've had a lot of experience with trying to cover my own gray hair. I think I was 23 years old when I noticed my first gray strand. And it honestly freaked me out. So I started going to the salon for color treatments. But as I got older, my hair became harder and harder to color. Permanent hair color would only last maybe a week before small strands of gray started peeking through again. Learning that gray hair can be tricky to color; I eventually found a stylist who used a permanent dye with a low volume developer to cover grays. Semi permanent color is another option to treat gray hair. And It works well for clients who don't have stubborn grays like mine. A demi permanent color is ammonia free. It opens up the cuticle slightly and will last up to 24 shampoos. I suggest that you schedule a consultation with your stylist and discuss options that are best for your hair.
Thinning hair edges is a situation that affects women in all age groups. The causes can be hereditary or from wearing hairstyles that create a lot of tension around the parameter of the head. If your experiencing this, I would suggest giving your hair a break. Try wearing hair styles that don't pull and tug on your sensitive edges. Wigs and lace frontals are a good option for "resting your edges". And if done correctly, these options can cover your thinning edges while your hair re-grows.
The best way to protect your hair and avoid heat damage is to not apply heat to your hair on a daily basis. Try pin curling or wrapping your hair at night. Secure it with a silky scarf to hold your hair in place. Also, apply a good heat protectant to your hair before applying any styling techniques. Conditioning treatments and leave-in products are also another great way to protect your strands.
And let's not forget about dryness. Dry hair can be very frustrating. I can't stress enough about the damage that heat and hair coloring can cause to your hair. Conditioning treatments can really alleviate the problem. Here are a few to consider:
- Hot oil treatments once a month or twice per month for extremely dry hair.
- Try different products with shea butter or olive oil to nurish your scalp.
- Massage a light, leave in conditioning oil into your hair once per week.
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