Monday, February 4, 2019

14 Tips for Protecting Against, and Repairing Winter Damage to Your Hair

Baby, it may be cold outside ... but inside, heat can leave your hair dry, brittle and lifeless.

When temperatures drop, static hair and flyaways, split ends, frizz, and dryness can become persistent problems. Outside, your hair is battling the strong winds and cold, dry air. Once you go indoors or in your car with the heater on full blast, your hair is exposed to a drastic change in temperature. Moisture is zapped from your hair, aggravating the drying effects of the winter elements and leaving you with frizzy, dehydrated hair. 

Here are Some Great Tips for Protecting Against, and Repairing Winter Damage to Your Hair:

  1. Make keratin your hair's new best friend - It can truly be transforming. If you have frizzy hair or your hair looks dull, dry and damaged, a GKhair keratin treatment will smooth your hair, add shine, and reduce your drying time. Keratin is the protein found naturally in hair strands, which gives hair its structure. Keratin makes hair less prone to breakage. This is because keratin bonds to the rough edges of individual hairs, covering the cuticle, straightening it, and promoting strength. Get regular keratin treatments (which last 3-5 months); also, keratin refresh treatments in between will replace the keratin and extend your original treatment at least one extra month. Also, all our GKhair take-home products contain Juvexin, an active keratin compound, delivered to the hair in its raw, natural state.

    2. Don't skip the conditioner. Ever. And don't rinse it completely from your hair. Squeaky clean is ok after shampooing, but not after conditioning.

    3. Add a color seal or color gloss after your color and highlighting services. Our GK Color Seal is a "mini-keratin treatment" PLUS it seals in your color, making it last longer. Glosses fill the hair, close the cuticle, and create a smooth surface that light bounces off of for immense shine. These treatments overlay the strands of hair, creating a moisturizing, protective shield that keeps color molecules in your hair, enhancing tones in dull, drab hair.

    4. Invest in a humidifier for your bedroom to keep the air from getting too dry while you sleep.

    5. Use bond-multiplying Olaplex in the salon to restore hair compromised by the elements, chemical treatments, heat styling, and other hair stressors. Or ask your stylist add it to any chemical service to protect against chemical damage. Invest in the take-home Olaplex #3 for continuous protection at home from ongoing damage.

    6. Avoid heat styling. If you must use blow dryers, curling irons, hot irons, or hot curlers, use a protectant like GKhair TheramalStyleHer cream to guard against breakage and other hair damage when heat styling, and GK Leave-In Spray or Creme for added conditioning moisture before you dry your hair.

    7. Deep condition once a week, preferably overnight. After shampooing, add GKhair Serum to GKhair moisturizing conditioner, massage well into the hair, squeeze out extra moisture but do not rinse. Wrap in a satin bonnet or silk scarf to protect both your hair and your pillowcase.

    8. Wear a hat - grab a toboggan or hooded jacket or tuck your hair into an oversized beret (they are very trendy!) to keep your hair protected from cold, dry air and harsh weather.

    9. Get regular haircuts - Trimming hair keeps it healthy and stops split ends from getting worse.

    10. Eat healthy fats - Omega-3 fatty acids keep hair shiny and helps it grow, and the body can't produce them alone. Add salmon, avocado, nuts, or sardines to your diet to make sure you're getting enough.

    11. Use products for moisture and shine during the winter - Leave-In Spray or creme before styling is a superior hair protectant and detangler; dry oil spray adds gorgeous shine to just-styled hair.

    12. Up your Vitamin C - It has antioxidant properties that help reduce free radical damage and protect against split ends and breakage to keep your hair healthy and voluminous. Citrus fruits and dark leafy greens are excellent sources of Vitamin C, so pick some up the next time you're at the grocery store.

    13. Stay hydrated - Dehydration directly impacts hair, and not drinking enough water can actually slow hair growth.

    14. Turn down the heat - keep showers warm to lukewarm, and keep them short. Hot water can dry out your hair. Always, no matter what season, rinse your hair with cool water.



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

How to Get Beachy Waves at Home

Effortless looking beachy waves is a hairstyle trend that isn’t going anywhere. Tousled, messy, deliberately disheveled hair has been insanely popular the past few years, and nothing embraces this look better than beachy waves (also called mermaid waves). The look is feminine, natural-looking/earthy, and sexy ... and what guy isn’t attracted to a mermaid, right? The look is fabulous for shoulder-length (even bobs and lobs) and long hair alike. Pair beachy waves with a balayage or regular highlights for a sun-kissed hairstyle everyone wants. 

<<Don't miss this Salon 1580 BLOG POST for tips to keep your hair healthy while at the beach and pool!  >>

You don’t have to be at the ocean to enjoy “Beachy Waves”. Here’s how to get those gorgeous waves at home, too! (HAIR CARE TIP: do NOT use the popular trend of adding sea salt spray to your hair to achieve this affect, which can be very drying, especially if you get keratin treatments ... it will strip the keratin in your hair!). Unstructured beach waves are easily achieved with the right products.

Here are four ways to create beachy waves at home:

1.    Without Heat-Styling ImplementsYour hair does NOT have to be clean to get the beachy waves affect. But if you wash your hair first here are some tips:

If your hair is straight or wavy:  After showering, blot hair with a towel, then finger-comb. Bend over, allowing your hair to hang down and tousle (not scrunch!) your strands pre-product to keep its natural texture. Then proceed with steps below.

If your hair is curly: Leave some conditioner in your hair, lightly rinsing with cool water. Gently use a wide-tooth comb while it’s soaking wet, then squeeze—don’t rub—with a towel. Then work through the texturizing process below, using the products outlined. Once your hair is totally dry (not a moment before, or you’ll create frizz), finger-comb to separate curls.

Prep with mousse
Your hair needs to hold the undone wave, so start by building up just-washed hair with a firm, non-sticky mousse. To keep it from looking greasy, finger-comb it through your hair evenly, starting about ½ inch from the roots.

Add texture
Sparingly use a texture spray, thickening spray, or styling cream, applying it from root to ends. Gently tousle each section as you work through your mane. Dry your hair upside down, using the tips at the beginning of this tutorial based on your hair type (straight/wavy or curly). Finish with a flexible hold hairspray.

2.     Using a curling iron
Use a two-inch barrel wand, which will make loose waves, rather than tight curls. After spraying your hair with a heat protectant spray (very important!), take a 2- or 3-inch section of hair and wind it it around the wand. Be sure to twist the hair as you wrap it – this gives an undone look to your strands when you unravel them. You want this look to be naturally wavy and not too uniform, so don't twirl your hair in the same direction for each section – one row towards your face, the next row away from your face, alternating directions as you move around your head. Instead of curling all the way to the ends of your hair, leave the ends straight for the natural, carefree look. Hold the hair against the iron for no more than six seconds, then let it drop, pulling at the ends to loosen the curl into a wave.

Once all hair has been curled, soften the curls by tipping your head upside down and break up the waves and all the hair at the roots with your fingers. If your hair is still feeling soft,  use some dry shampoo spray then continue to add that undone look with your fingers.

3.     Using a flat iron
Twist strands of hair into a tight spiral and slide your flat iron (paddle iron works best) slowly down the spiral. When entire head is done, finger comb and tousle, flipping your head upside down to break up the waves and all the hair at the roots with your fingers. If your hair is still feeling soft,  use some dry shampoo spray then continue to add that undone look with your fingers.

4.     No-Heat, Overnight Waves
One of the easiest ways to get beachy waves is to twist your hair up into 2-4 buns before you go to bed. Apply curling cream to freshly washed, slightly damp hair. (Optional: Twist each section from root to ends, or create braids, then wrap at the roots into tight honeybuns.) Secure tightly wound buns using strips of an old t-shirt (or hair pins) to avoid kinks. Leave in overnight and in the morning simply unroll and you will have beautiful beachy waves with minimal effort. Use a texture spray or dry shampoo sparingly, applying it from root to ends, before finishing off with a flexible hold hairspray. Gently tousle each section as you work through your mane.

The Finishing Touches
No matter which at-home method you use, remember that you can’t have beachy waves without a little texture. Spray your roots and strands with texturizing or volumizing spray to finish the look, and then break up your curls with your fingers (not a brush!) to tousle your waves.

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