Radiant hair begins with a good hairstylist and a healthy home regimen. It’s extremely important to develop a trusting relationship with a hairstylist. Although there are a few DIY remedies that can be done without professional assistance, it is recommended to get a professional opinion. While some treatments are great for hair, they can be overdone and lead to damage. Protein treatments, for example, will strengthen hair. However, overusing protein will cause hair to stiffen and eventually break.
There has to be a balance between moisture and protein. This can be determined by a thorough analysis with a hairstylist. Ask them to provide a recommendation on a shampoo, conditioner and treatment that can be used at home. There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all in the hair industry. Everyone has unique DNA and the same holds true for hair. Hair texture, porosity and density can vary greatly and they are all important factors that determine the proper home regimen for healthy hair.
Simply picking up a bottle of shampoo or conditioner at the grocery store will not address all personal needs, and it could cause more harm than good. I highly recommend establishing a trusting relationship with a stylist. An example of this is a client who came in with lifeless, foul-smelling hair. We couldn’t figure out why her hair smelled the way it did until she confessed that a friend advised her to sleep in mayonnaise. She couldn’t get it all out so she blow-dried and flat ironed it into her hair. This would have been helpful news at the beginning of the appointment. As hairstylists, we need the whole truth in order to help clients through hair dilemmas.
There are also professional treatments that can help achieve radiant hair. Cellophanes, glosses and deep conditioning treatments enhance color and give added shine. Keratin treatments have also become very popular. However, it’s important to do some homework. A consultation with a professional stylist should be scheduled to go over pros and cons. If a complimentary consultation is denied, it’s time to move on to another stylist.
Another tip to achieve radiant hair is to trim the ends at least every six-to-eight weeks. This is especially true for those who love their flatiron. A heat protectant helps, but there will still be damage from excessive heat. The best way to avoid breaks from traveling up the hair strand is to trim. When ends constantly break it can cause clients to think their hair has stopped growing. This is, of course, untrue since they have to continue to come in for a color or relaxer touch up thus proving that there is new growth.