Olaplex sounds like something you'd read about in a Marvel comic book, but for hair colorists, it's a superpower in a bottle. The treatment was designed to repair and prevent the damage that's comes with coloring or bleaching the hair, and it's legit. So exactly how does Olaplex work?
You need to know how hair is structured to really understand Olaplex's efficacy. To put it simply, hair is made up of a protein called keratin, and these keratin proteins are held together by bonds — the most important ones to note in this circumstance are called disulphide bonds. The protective layer on the outside of these bonded keratin proteins is called the cuticle.
Why are we giving you a vocab lesson right now? Well, any time you change your hair color, you're altering and potentially damaging the hair's structure, including those bonds inside the cuticle that are holding the hair together.
To revive limp hair during the day, flip your head over, spray hair spray on the roots, then flip it back. You’ll get instant volume that you can shape with your fingers.
To stop static, smooth a dryer sheet down your strands from roots to ends (this really works) or lightly spritz hair spray onto your brush and run it through your hair. Sprinkling water on your hands and passing them over your hair can help stop static in a pinch, too, because static is a result of moisture loss.
Although its always best to seek the help of a professional...If you’ve colored your hair too dark, you can try to restore it to less of a shoe-polish hue by immediately shampooing with dish soap, such as Palmolive.
In the absence of anti-frizz serum, apply a few drops of a light lotion (a cream is too heavy) to your palms and smooth them over the top of your hair. For finer hair, use hair spray instead to avoid a greasy result.
Spruce up grungy-looking hair post-workout by sprinkling a bit of dry shampoo or baby powder at the roots; then work it through with your fingers. Or add some pomade. Its thick texture hides sweat and grease. Scrunch it in for a purposely piecey effect.
To disguise a widening part, dust a colored hair-thickening powder, right onto the skin, says Ted Gibson, the owner-stylist of the Ted Gibson salons, in New York City and Fort Lauderdale. The fibers in the powder cover both hair and skin.
When I was in 6, my dream was to get pink hair tips, but now that I'm 26, my new goal is rose gold blond strands. I've only ever stuck with au naturale shades, but rose gold is an edgy hue that still feels safe enough for a first time foray into rainbow hair. Not only does it look as delicious as a pink Disney cuvée cocktail, but I think it would work well with the fair Irish skin I keep slathered in SPFall Summer. I wouldn't dare try this one at home though — it sounds like an easy enough procedure, but definitely calls for a skilled hand.
If Coachella was any indication, space buns are sticking around for another Summer, and I want in on this '90s revival trend. Though I'd hope to channel a look that's less Minnie Mouse and more Millie Bobby Brown at the 2018 SAG Awards, it's been done in so many ways that range from chic to quirky that I feel confident there's a way I could make it work for my hair. I don't have any musical festivals on my radar (after I was nearly drowned at the great Gov Ball deluge of 2016, I swore never again), but I could see myself sporting double buns just as easily at the beach or the bar.
Taylor Swift is the queen of the blunt yet texturized shag, and her new choppy lob is sure to remain one of the coolest cuts of the Summer. This look would be the perfect way to break up my safe, single length 'do, as well as to give my pin-straight hair some dimension. I do wonder if I'm daring enough to get Taylor's trademark fringe, as getting bangs can be pretty terrifying, but maybe I'd be willing to try something wispier (which would probably work better for my oily-prone skin in the summertime anyway).
I never even opt to use a hair dryer in the Winter (and have walked into the office several times with a headful of frozen spikes), so you better believe I'm not blowing hot air in my face in the summertime. Though my hair dries straight, it tends to look pretty flat in its natural, styleless state. I hope to find a product that will give my hair some windswept surfer vibes this Summer with just a few spritzes, but will allow my hair routine to remain lazily low-maintenance.
As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.
The majority of the people on this planet have one thing in common: their hair. Even those who’ve shaved their heads instead of dealing with receding hairlines still buy shampoo and conditioner—not to mention seeing a barber for regular trims. Each head of hair is unique, with its own quirks and needs. Learning how to take care of your hair can be a time-intensive process, a road that requires plenty of mistakes.
Whether you’re committing to becoming more comfortable working with your own hair or just hoping to look more professional at work, learning to maintain your mane can be a seriously rewarding process. There’s no need to envy celebrities on the red carpet when you’re capable of getting hair that shiny and beautiful at home.
As with all things, we prefer take our advice straight from the professionals. The following recommendations are general enough that even the most inexperienced hair newbie can follow them. For truly tailored product recommendations and color tips, a trusted stylist is the best resource you have.
If you’re ready to start learning, break out that notepad. We’re about to school you in the art of hair maintenance.
Imagine a doctor trying to manage symptoms without ever knowing what the problem was. Doesn’t make any sense, does it? When it comes to your hair care routine, understanding your mane’s texture and needs is the first step. Ask yourself what texture you notice when your hair dries. Is there some waviness, or is it totally flat and straight? Do you often experience frizz, a crispy-feeling texture, or oiliness at the roots? Does it seem like your hair just won’t grow? Understanding your hair’s needs will help you develop attainable goals like increased shininess or less breakage. If you’re not at all comfortable making these decisions solo (we get it!), give a stylist with positive reviews a call. He or she will schedule a consultation appointment before any cutting or coloring, which provides you with the perfect opportunity to ask about your texture and needs.
Once you’ve identified what kind of hair you’re working with, it’s important to seek out a cut that plays nicely with it. Any cut should mesh with your styling skill level, daily routine, and any color application you might be seeking. As a rule of thumb, understanding your face shape is the easiest way to find a flattering cut. Alternatively, a professional can trim your hair to highlight a facial feature or disguise anything you’d rather hide. If there’s a general type of cut you love the look of, bring photos of the length and style to your consultation. Solid photo proof is the only way to ensure you and your stylist are discussing the same kind of bob. It’s a quick and easy way to avoid hair disasters! After the snipping and styling are finished, be sure to come clean to your stylist if you’re not falling in love with the look. He or she wants you to be happy, so honesty is important. The same goes for styling advice: If you have no clue how your pro mastered the perfect messy texture or flippy ends, ask them to show you again.
The principles of color are much the same as those of cutting. Do plenty of research before coming to the salon, saving photographic examples of the exact shades you love. Don’t skip a trend just because it seems like the shade may not suit you—a skilled colorist can adjust the undertones of almost any color to make it work for you. When it comes to finding a trusted colorist, most professionals recommend perusing social media to find an artist producing similar colors to what you’d like. They should be actively engaging potential customers in the comments section, indicating a desire to work with their future clients. If you’re thinking of investing in a trendy shade (think rainbow hair or pastels), be prepared for several salon appointments over a period of weeks. Because these hues are so pale, your pro will use bleach to lift the existing color from your strands. The process will cause damage, but the right colorist will work with you to minimize the negative effects and leave you with beautiful-looking, soft-feeling hair. Once your final color is in place, establish a regular routine for touch-up appointments. Blonde and pastel hair will show visible roots and can begin to grow brassy or fade, so an expert will work to restore vibrancy to your shade. If regular attendance won’t fit into your budget or schedule, ask for techniques like balayage and ombre. Both involve color that fades around mid-shaft, so they’re less likely to leave a visible line of demarcation as they grow out.
At last, you’re out of the salon and in your own bathroom. This is where the real challenge comes in. Learning to care for your hair at home is all about establishing a routine that addresses your hair needs while keeping it looking beautiful. As long as you feel good about your mane when you leave the house, you’re doing a good job. Start with a salon quality shampoo and conditioner, following the wash with a weekly deep conditioning treatment. That last step is particularly important if you heat style or feel prone to dryness. Use the tips of your fingers to scrub your scalp with shampoo, then be sure to rinse the product from your strands completely. When possible, wash your hair in lukewarm or cold water instead of hot. After you’re out of the shower, gently pat your locks with a towel to absorb some of the moisture there. Those with waves or curls may prefer to use a thin t-shirt, which can help your strands feel hydrated without leaving water droplets all over your bathroom tile.
There are two ways to approach styling your hair: heat and no-heat. The former can be quicker and more efficient, while the second is generally considered less damaging. If you opt for heat styling, you’ll likely be the proud owner of a hair dryer, a curling iron, and a flat iron. Stylists recommend using any hot tool at its lowest setting, priming your hair with a heat protectant beforehand. Be sure to check that your product pick is formulated to handle the temperature at which you’re styling. For air drying fans, giving yourself plenty of time is key. We like to recommend drying hair in loose braids and buns, which can boost movement and texture without slowing you down. When in doubt, naturally dried hair can always be pulled back into a ponytail or chignon. Finish the style with a light coat of hairspray to minimize flyaways and help avoid frizz.
Once your hair is cut, colored, cleansed, and styled, you’re ready to take on the day. Don’t hesitate to bookmark this page in case you’re ever overwhelmed again.
You'll get rid of split ends and refresh your style. You might need a mid-season cut, too. Hair really does grow faster in the summer. That's because there are more hairs in the anagen, or growing, stage during late spring and summer than in the dead of winter, Krant says.
Make a daily habit of applying a hair care product that contains UV filters (these can be in spray, gel, or cream formulas). These products protect hair from sun damage and help keep color-processed hair from fading. If you'll be spending lots of time outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat. Not only will it keep your strands from getting scorched, it will also protect your scalp and ears, areas that are vulnerable to skin cancer.
If your hair is drenched with clean water or leave-in conditioner, it won't absorb as much saltwater or pool chemicals, Papworth says. It's also a good idea to try to rinse your hair after a swim. If there isn't a shower nearby, keep a spray bottle filled with fresh water.
You may be washing your hair more frequently to deal with summer's sweat and grime. Papworth also suggests using a clarifying, or anti-residue, shampoo once a week to clear away product buildup and chemicals. Just be sure to follow with a deep-conditioning treatment.
At least once or twice a week, give your hair a break from blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. Papworth recommends washing your hair at night and piling it up in a bun, a braid, or ponytail before you head to bed. "When you wake up, you'll have a nice beachy wave," she says. It's the perfect look for weekends, or make it work-ready with accessories like a thin headband or pretty barrettes.
Hair that's healthy and well-maintained is your best defense against frizz. Along with regular trims and conditioning, a drop or two of an anti-frizz oil or serum can help smooth hair and add shine. (Papworth likes products that contain argan oil.) Use only "a teeny tiny drop" of oil, Papworth advises, or you can end up weighing down your hair, especially if it's fine or limp.
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