The true test: Can you maintain the look on your own?
With all the fun hair trends, hues and styles out these days, it’s no wonder we’re also putting more effort into our hair care regimens. Both in-salon and at-home damaged hair treatments are gaining popularity nowadays, since we’ve definitely been experimenting more with our looks. Trends like that super-cute mermaid blue shade and that glorious permed ’do have its downsides: From bleaching to other chemical processes, our hair has never been put through its paces more than it has now.
Which is why, dear friends, it’s always a good idea to have an emergency plan in place whenever our strands suddenly cry out for some TLC. Scroll down for some simple, editor-tested hacks to help you make the most out of your store-bought damaged hair treatments. Good luck!
Damaged Hair Treatments: Hack Your Way to Salon-Like Results
1. Colored hair: Apply treatment before shampooing.
Color-processed hair has been put through the wringer: Bleach, dye and heat styling can wreak havoc on otherwise healthy-looking strands, resulting in split ends and porosity. First and foremost, try to wait as long as you can before washing hair after coloring. When you do, start with a potent hair-restoring treatment before shampooing (we like the sublimely restorative formula of Nexxus New York Salon Care Emergencee Reconstructing Treatment, which helps repair broken keratin bonds). Rinse off and follow up with a color-safe system, such as the Nexxus New York Salon Care Color Assure Shampoo and the Nexxus New York Salon Assure Conditioner, which are gentler on strands and help extend color longer.
2. Super dry, damaged hair: Botanical blends + shower cap = major nourishment.
Coconut and Argan oil aren’t just trendy marketing buzzwords—they’re key ingredients that can significantly improve the look and feel of dry, damaged hair. Maximize their potencies by leaving hair to set with a shower cap. Much like the steam machine in a salon works to infuse damaged hair treatments deep into your strand, hair that’s left bundled inside a shower cap during a hot bath can also reap similar benefits. We like doing this as a bi-weekly indulgence using a dollop of the Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask, applied from root-to-tip and left on while we watch our soaps.
3. Frizzy, unmanageable hair: Hot oil on-the-go
Remember those intensely moisturizing hot oil treatments our moms used to do in the ’80s? Every time she felt some brittleness creeping in, she’d take out a vial of hot oils, dip it in hot water and slather it onto strands while unwinding for the night. Pure bliss! Recreate that luxurious feel in a New York minute by applying a double-duty serum while working out. Yes, you heard us: Make use of your natural body heat while you sweat to help serum penetrate and nourish dry, frizzy hair more efficiently. Apply a lightweight, dual-benefit serum, like the Dove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil, evenly from root to tip and pile hair up in a top knot. Continue with your calorie-bursting business, then shower your way to reveal softer, smoother strands.
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