We all want it; thick, bouncy, glowing healthy hair. Follow these tips and you’ll be the hair envy of all your friends.
Don’t wash your hair every day
Or even every other day. Try to get into the routine of washing your hair 2-3 times a week if possible. For some people this is an easy feat. For others, the idea of having to leave the house with unwashed hair seems , well, gross. The truth is washing your hair every day, especially if you already have dry/damaged hair, will only make it worse. If you over wash you are stripping your hair of the oil it produces which has natural protective qualities. The more you strip your hair of it – the more it produces. It’s going to take some ‘hair training’ to get to the point where your hair produces less oil and you can wash less often – so be patient. In the meantime, try using dry shampoo. It eliminates hair oil and odor, giving it that fresh, clean feeling without getting it wet. I also like to have a hair routine during this process. Day 1, down. Day 2, wavy/curly. Day 3, top knot or braid.
Quench its thirst with hair oil
I know, I know. I just told you not to wash your hair – and now I’m telling you to also apply MORE OIL to it. The trick is applying the oil on your mids to ends where your natural hair oil doesn’t usually reach. You also need to find the right oil that works for you. You can use things lying around the house like coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Some people are super loyal to their Moroccan oil. It all works. It’s all good for your hair. Just find something that you like. If you have super sensitive skin like I do, try using organic Jojoba Oil. Any other oil I have tried causes me to break out where ever the hair brushes up against my face. Jojoba oil won’t do that. It has been used for centuries as a natural way to moisturize and treat acne prone skin and has become my go-to product for any part of my hair/body that needs a bit of extra moisture.
Turn down the heat
Just because your hair iron heat up to 450 degrees does not mean that you should be using that temperature on your hair. It’s recommended that only virgin hair (meaning hair that has NEVER been chemically treated) use the 450 degree setting. The rest of us should stick to 350 degrees max. Try using a heat protector on your hair as well. Try my fave product by Purology called ‘Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray’. It is a multitasking product that protects your hair from the heat, strengthens your hair and has an Anti-Fade Complex for colour treated hair.
Get regular trims
Before I started doing hair, I always used to think that a hairdressers way of ‘upselling’ was to prebook you for regular trims. Does hair really need to be trimmed every few months? Yes, it does. One of the complaints I get most often as a hairstylist is ‘my hair doesn’t seem to grow!” Its growing, I promise. If the roots on the top of your head aren’t indication enough, then just take my word for it. What’s happening most often is that the split ends at the bottom of your hair are travelling up the hair shaft causing breakage. So the hair is growing from the top of your head just fine – but its breaking off at the bottom. The only way to fix this is to get regular trims. If we snip off the dead hair and leave a nice clean perimeter at the bottom – you will start to see the payoff very quickly.
Find a hair stylist you love, and stick with them
Think of your hairstylist as your hair doctor. The longer you are with them, the more they know your hair history. They can recommend products that would be best suited for your hair. They can let you know how often you will need regular trims. They can predict how your hair is going to lift/colour – preventing any hair colour disasters that require further processing. They can work WITH YOU to slowly get you to your desired colour rather than over processing your hair in one visit to achieve an over ambitious result. Get out there, find a great hairstylist, and stick with them. Your hair will thank you.
One word: OLAPLEX
If you haven’t heard of OLAPLEX you are missing out on one of the biggest revolutions in hair history. OLAPLEX is now available at almost every hair salon, and with good reason. It protects the integrity of your hair during the colouring process. I use olaplex on almost every client where bleach/lightener is involved. It can also be used with permanent and semi-permanent colour services for hair that is already compromised. Long story short – this is a great service to ensure the least amount of damage is done to your hair during any colour service.
MIA HANSON A MOTHER OF TWO, DEVOTED WIFE & LOVER OF ALL THINGS BEAUTY RELATED.
When Mia started her family, she knew that the time she spent away from them must be doing something that she was incredibly passionate about. Something that not only fulfilled her need to help people look & feel their best, but also allowed her the flexibility to work from home and make her family a priority.
So, she quit her corporate job, went back to school and began to build a business of her own… REFINED BY MIA.
Today, she is proud to offer her clients services for their hair, makeup and overall image.
To enjoy the positive results of assisting others to be the best version of themselves.