Clean the brush of hair. Clean hairbrushes are a very good idea because dirt and skin particles stick to the stuck hair. Place your fingers under the stuck hair, then squeeze your fingers and pull the hair out. Continue until all hair is removed from the brush; then discard the hair.
If the bristles on your brush are made of natural fibers, be careful not to pull them out along with the stuck hair. Do not bend or break the bristles while brushing.
You can use tweezers to lift hairs that are stuck on the brush and remove them with ease.
Rinse the brush with shampoo. If you just need a quick refresher on your brush, this is the best way to clean it without any problems. While you’re showering while your hair is soaking in hair conditioner, apply some shampoo to your brush and use your fingers to rub the surface a little between the bristles.
If you don’t want to use your shampoo for this purpose, a cheap body gel is fine.
Avoid using conditioner and soap, as they can stay on the brush and be very difficult to remove.
Rinse the brush. After you have cleaned the brush, hold it under a stream of water from the shower until it is completely rinsed. Make sure you rinse it completely of soap, you don’t want your hair to stick together after combing later on.
Dry the brush. You can dry it with cold air on your hair dryer, or you can leave it on a towel overnight. Once the brush is completely dry, it’s ready to use again.
Do not use hot air on your hair dryer to dry the brush. This can damage the base and bristles.
Try not to use the brush until it is completely dry, especially if it is made of natural material. This can cause the bristles to bend and break.
Remove the hair with a pair of scissors. If you have thick hair and haven’t brushed your brush in months, your brush is probably covered with a layer of tangled hair. The easiest way is to remove them with a sharp pair of scissors. Place the tip of the scissors against the layer of hair and gently straight cut the hair between the bristles. Repeat this several times, as if dividing the hair layer into sections. Then use your fingers to remove the sections of trapped hair.
Be careful not to accidentally cut the bristles as you cut.
Prepare a cleaning solution. You can use any soap-based detergent to clean your brush. Mix dishwashing detergent, shampoo, shower gel or hand soap with a little water. Stir until the liquid begins to foam.
Use an old toothbrush to clean your hairbrush. Dip the toothbrush in the soapy solution and brush between the bristles. Clean the surface for a few seconds so that it is completely clean. When you’re done cleaning the surface, also run the toothbrush over the bristles.
But be careful not to damage or break the bristles.
It is better to use a soft toothbrush so as not to damage the surface of the brush.
Rinse the brush. Hold the brush under warm water to wash away the dirt and soapy water. Check to see if the brush is clean. If necessary, brush again with a toothbrush.
Dry the brush. You can dry it with cold air on your hair dryer, or you can leave it on a towel overnight. Once the brush is completely dry, it’s ready to use again.
Cleaning wooden brushes
Don’t use too much water. If you have an expensive wooden brush, it should not be completely submerged in water, or the wood may become deformed. Use a small amount of water to clean it, then use a damp towel instead of a stream of water to clean it with soap.
If your brush is made of wood, don’t take it into the shower with you.
If you do get your brush wet, try to dry it immediately.
Use oil. You can clean the brush with a damp towel and then apply a few drops of tea tree oil, which is a natural antiseptic. Apply the oil to the wooden part of the brush and then place it on a towel to let it dry before using it.
Remove the hair from the brush every time you brush it, so it doesn’t build up.
Comb your hair. This will help the braid stay smooth and neat.
To smooth your hair, use a large brush or comb.
Brushing your hair before you start braiding will prevent knots from forming in your hair during the process.
Do not start braiding when your hair is still wet. As it dries, it will expand and can ruin your braid.
When you start the braiding process, don’t use much hair product, but if necessary, you can try dry shampoo to create the right texture.
If you are having trouble holding your hair down, try applying dry shampoo. Clean, dry hair may be too smooth and won’t hold when you do the weave. Dry shampoo adds texture that helps hold the strands in place.
Determine where your braid will fall. Before you start braiding, you need to decide where you want to place it. Placing the braid on your head can diversify your hairstyle so that it fits different outfits and events. The hairstyle can be comfortable, casual or elegant, depending on where you position your braid.
Pull your hair to both sides to do a side braid. Brush all of your hair to the side you choose to make sure there are no bumps there. This creates a more elegant, put together look that will accentuate your evening out or day at the office.
If you’re a beginner, it’s handy to start with a side weave. It’s easier to see and control what you’re doing with the braid.
You can weave in a low, loose ponytail in the back. That way you get a more elegant classic braid, softer and more free style.
You can also start by gathering the ponytail in the middle or at the top of the head. This will make a strong braid, but it will have a more casual look.
Divide your hair into three strands. Gather and hold your hair in your hands.
You will have one strand of hair on the left, one in the middle and one on the right.
Hold the strand of hair on the left between your left thumb and index finger.
Hold the strand of hair on the right between your right thumb and index finger.
Let the center strand hang loosely for now.
Proceed with the braiding. Start braiding by placing the right strand of hair over the center strand.
To secure it, pick up the right strand of hair between your left index finger and middle finger once you have placed it on top of the center strand.
Grab the center strand of hair between your left thumb and index finger.
Pull the strands of hair in both hands to tighten the braid. This way, the braid will be even and without gaps.
If you have longer hair, run your fingers down the strands to make sure they don’t get tangled in the process.
Continue to braid the rest of your hair. You should rotate your left wrist to place the left strand of hair over the new center strand.
Once you have placed the left strand of hair on top of the center strand, pick it up between your right index finger and middle finger.
Tie the center strand of hair between your left thumb and forefinger.
To make sure that the braid is tight, tighten the hair strands in both hands.
Repeat the previous two steps. Continue braiding until you reach the end of the strands.
Place the right strand on top of the center strand, then the left strand on top of the center strand, until the entire length of hair is folded into a braid.
Be sure to tighten your hair as you braid.
If the braid becomes too long, and it becomes uncomfortable to braid behind you, pull your hair to your shoulder and continue braiding with your hair in front of you.
Tie at the bottom with an elastic band. Make sure the elastic band is tight. If it is loose, the strands may unravel.
Braiding a French braid
Comb your hair thoroughly. It will make your hair smooth and neat. This will also prevent the hair from becoming tangled during braiding.
If your hair is tangled, it will be difficult to separate it into strands for the braid.
It is easier to braid smooth hair, and the hairstyle will look neat.
Remember not to braid wet hair and not to use too many hair products. If you are facing the problem of hair slipping out of the braid, you can apply dry shampoo.
Separate some of the hair at the front of the crown. To separate a strand of hair at the top of the head, use a hair wand or comb.
The French braid is more complicated to braid than a traditional braid because the braiding starts at the top of the head, and the hair is woven in from the top of the head.
This first strand should extend from the temple area to the top of the head.
You can also separate this strand by pulling the hair back from the side of the head from the temples to the back of the head with your thumbs.
Brush this strand back from the face to smooth it out.
Separate the strands at the top of the head for weaving. Distribute the hair into three strands, holding them high above your head.
Hold one strand in one hand and two in the other, separating them with your index finger.
It is often more convenient to hold two strands in your left hand and one in your right hand.
Make sure that all three strands are held firmly.
Proceed with the braiding. First, place the right strand on top of the center strand.
Place the left strand on top of the strand that is now in the center, just as you braided a traditional braid.
This is the beginning of your braid. It should start at the top and look like a traditional braid.
To make sure the braiding is tight and even, and not too loose, tighten the strands tightly.
Continue braiding on the right side. Take small strands of hair and add them to the right strand of your split hair.
Take a small strand of hair from the right side of your head.
Add it to the strand of hair you are holding in your right hand. Then place this right-hand strand on top of the center strand.
To make sure the weave is neat and evenly tight, tighten the strands after each overlap.
Continue braiding on the left side. Do it in the same way that you used on the right side.
Take a small strand of hair from the left side of your head.
Add it to the hair strand you are holding in your left hand.
Apply it to the center strand of hair.
Repeat the process, alternating left and right sides. Before you weave the strands into the braid, continue to add additional small strands of hair.
In this way, include hair that has not yet been in the braid, forming a connected braid.
Make sure that you take even strands on each side, so your braid will be even and straight in the back.
The braid should run down the center of your head, from the top of your head to the back of your neck.
If you have longer hair, so that it doesn’t get tangled in the process, run your fingers from top to bottom along the entire length of each strand.
Braid the remaining hair. When all the hair from the top is picked up in the initial three strands, you will then braid as you would a traditional braid.
When you have no more hair to braid, tie the end with a rubber band.
If you have long hair, you need to move the braid to the shoulder to complete the braid.
Try variations of this braid. By dividing your hair into 2 parts with a wand, you can try to make two French braids by braiding them separately.
You can also braid starting from the bottom on the side of the head. This braiding is called a basket weave.
Braiding a spike let
Thoroughly brush your hair. This way, you will get rid of tangles and the weave will be easier.
This type of weave is easier to do on long hair. If you don’t have long hair, you can use extensions or a hairpiece to make it easier.
Before you start braiding, make sure your hair is free of knots and tangles.
Use a regular hairbrush or comb for this step.
When you are just learning how to weave a spike let, it is much easier to do it from the side. If you are not familiar with the process, it will be difficult to work behind the back with a layered design.
Divide the hair into two parts. Using a hair wand or comb, divide your hair in half into 2 large strands at the base of your head.
Make sure that the strands are even so that you get the same braid.
If you want, you can comb through each strand to make sure your hair is smooth and well separated.
A spike is different from a traditional braid and a French braid, which uses 3 strands of hair.
Proceed to braiding the spike. For this type of braiding, you need to take small strands of hair, about 1.2 cm thick, from the outside of each hair strand.
Take a small strand of hair from the front outer side of the right strand.
Use your index finger to separate this small strand from the larger strand on the right side.
Place this smaller strand on the right side and tuck it behind the left side.
Do the same on the left side. You need to hold both left strands with your left hand and both right strands with your right hand.
After merging each shallow outer strand, go back to the two strands.
This type is much more complicated than the other weaves. Braid slowly and be careful in the process not to let the fine strands out.
It differs from the others because you weave with two real strands throughout the process, while forming a third strand each time, instead of weaving with three stable strands.
For a more graceful spike, take smaller strands.
Continue braiding as in the last step. Alternate left and right sides during the process.
Place the shallow outer right strand, which is closer to the face, on top of the center.
Combine this strand with the large strand in the left hand.
Place the shallow outer left strand on top of the center.
Combine this shallow left strand with the larger right strand.
Be sure to tighten the strands tightly. That way you will have a tight, neat braid.
Repeat the process until you have braided all the hair.
Secure the end of the spike let with a hairband. If you want, you can use small transparent elastic bands or colored thicker ones.
When you’re done braiding, to give the spike a voluminous look and texture, lightly pull the braided strands to the sides.
Be careful when you do this, as there is a risk of loosening the strands and making them prone to unraveling.
For a more casual look, run your fingers gently along the length of the braid and pull out small strands, thereby creating an airy look.
When you braid your hair, don’t forget to brush it first, so it will be easier to braid.
Before braiding your hair, wash and dry your hands well. This way you will get rid of sticky hair products or lotion, which can make hair stick to your hands.
In case your hair falls apart, spray some hairspray on it.
You can braid one side of the braid, pull it through your head and pin it on the other side with a bobby pin.
Try to perform all these steps in front of a mirror if you have difficulty doing them. However, there are those who believe that when you learn to braid, you should do it without a mirror, as it will help you understand the feeling of braiding your own hair. This improves muscle memory, and in the future you can learn more complex ways of braiding.
Embellish your braid by securing the end of it with a bobby pin instead of an elastic band. Tie the ends of your hair and stick a bobby pin through the knot. This way, the end of the braid will look natural and uncluttered.
Don’t braid wet hair. It is much more difficult, and they expand when dry, which leads to hair breakage and damage.
When braiding your hair, use a minimum of makeup products. Too much makeup will make the strands stiff, and they won’t braid.
Why do blond, bleached and bleached hair need special care?
The pros argue that blonde is a beauty that requires sacrifice. And they, as always, are right. Here’s what happens during the bleaching treatment:
The cuticle is swollen by the alkali;
the natural pigment loses its natural color;
The hair becomes lighter, but more porous;
the keratin structure of the hair shaft gets damaged.
Therefore, to avoid negative consequences, it is important to take special care of blonde and bleached hair.
Of course, most of the damage to the structure of the strands is caused by bleaching, especially if your master did not carry out a blonde treatment. But simple bleaching with blonding dyes, as well as partial bleaching in the techniques of ombré, shatouch or balayage, also do not pass without a trace. That’s why you should treat your blondes and highlights like the crown of the Miss World and take care of them at home, in the salon, on vacation – always and everywhere. Properly care for your bleached hair and follow our instructions to help you fall in love with your hair all over again, even if it’s far from perfect right now.
How do I care for my bleached hair at home?
There are four basic rules for proper blonde grooming. Your handyman probably already outlined them, but it’s not a bad idea to do it again!
Get the right cosmetics. Proper cosmetic care for bleached or bleached hair at home is built around specialized products. Does your favorite mask say “for all hair types” on it? Save it for later, because right now it’s better to use only products that work for blonde hair.
Become a follower of gentle cleansing and combing. Get a good sulfate-free shampoo, rinse out with lukewarm water, don’t scrub your hair with a towel, and comb through it gently.
Love thermal protection. Curling iron, stylers and even blow dryers can speed up color transformation and damage hair. If romantic curls or mirror-smooth locks are an important part of your look, arm yourself with reliable protection.
Don’t forget about shade correction. Is it possible to take care of the quality of your hair without sacrificing your favorite blonde color? Our answer is yes! Simply use a tinting product periodically (e.g. once a week).
Cosmetic care products for bleached hair – what should you choose?
As you would expect from SalonSecret, we found out what would be the perfect treatment for white, bleached, and bleached hair, and which products wouldn’t let you down. It turns out that you don’t need a lot of jars!
Any cleanser that says “for colored/bleached hair” will work for you. In the professional segment such products can contain sulfates or do without them, and the latter is preferred, because with them the washing is as gentle as possible. Periodically replace your regular shampoo with a pigmented one, especially if you have a cooler shade of blonde, as it helps to keep your tone without yellowing or other color surprises.
We already know that artificial blonde is synonymous with dry hair, and dryness leads to problems with combing, to dull strands, and in the most extreme case – to their brittleness. The producers are also aware of this feature of bleaching coloring so that special conditioners for blondes already include proteins, silicones, polymers or plant extracts thanks to which the hair becomes smooth and manageable.
Important: It is necessary to refuse oil masks after bleaching or bleaching for three weeks, as they have an unpleasant habit of accelerating the washout of color. The same applies to regenerating products, if they are not designed specifically for colored strands.
The third law of blondes means that you should never wash your hair without a liquid. These are the products that give your hair a smooth, healthy glow 24/7. Some formats are more nourishing (creams, special oils for color preservation), some are light, moisturizing. After blonding, the former are more appropriate.
So why do I need thermal protection for my blonde hair? Damaged hair is prone to heat, so make sure you apply a high level of thermal protection before styling your hair. It can create a thin protective film that won’t be damaged by flat irons and curling irons, and if it has good conditioning properties, it’s every blonde’s best friend. What should I look for in the composition? First of all, there are antioxidants (Açai berries, grapes and some other representatives of the flora kingdom are abundant in them), which protect the hair structure from external damage and slow down the transformation of shade after dyeing or toning. The second ingredient of success is SPF filters. If you’re familiar with “summer” hair fading firsthand, you can’t go wrong with sun filters.
Salon treatments for blonde and bleached hair
When our hair doesn’t look its best, we go to the hairdresser – and rightly so! The help of a master is invaluable, and salon treatments have an instant effect on blonde and white hair with lasting effects. If you doubt that you’ll be able to maintain the quality of your hair after bleaching with home cosmetics alone, check out these services for blonde and bleached hair care.
First, your stylist will apply concentrated care to your hair’s needs and then create a cellulose protection from harmful external influences. Your hair is smoothed out, becomes frizzy, stops split ends, and finally shines in a way you can see from space. The artificial shade is washed off much slower after the screening, and the action of the screen lasts up to a month, after which the procedure can be repeated.
This procedure skips the nourishing stage, but it is also indicated for the care of bleached and bleached hair. During lamination, the technician will tint the hair with non-ammonia dye in any shade you choose, and the result is similar to the shielding result and also lasts for up to 5 weeks. Lamination is harmless, so repeat it as often as you like.
Keratin restoration gets rid of typical blonde hair problems like dryness, tangles, breakage, split ends, and dullness by refinishing the damaged protein structure of the hair shaft. Keratin is slightly weighting, which is just right for blondes, and the procedure itself gives persistent results for 1-4 months. If you are satisfied with the result, you may repeat the procedure if necessary.
Tips and recommendations from professionals: what to do if your hair has changed after bleaching?
We’ve covered the specifics of caring for bleached and bleached hair that has “problems” with bleaching, and we share their advice with you!
Hair can look messy and frizzy all the time, but products with amino acids, coconut oil derivatives, and silicones can fix it up in no time. Wash your hair with warm rather than hot water and opt for leave-in care.
Regular use of any professional hair care formulated specifically for blondes is vital to softening hair. These products typically contain moisturizers, oils and proteins that keep hair soft, supple and silky.
The most important thing for severe dryness is to care for blonde with hydrophilic substances such as hyaluronic acid, panthenol, cetyl alcohol or glycerin. Silicone and oil serums should only be applied to damp strands, otherwise they will exacerbate dryness.
One of the causes of hair breakage is inadequate or improper care after dyeing. Be patient, introduce a leave-in conditioner and heat protectant into your routine, use a good comb that detangles knots non-traumatically, and your hair will be strong and flexible again.
Hair bleaching is a procedure during which the original hair color becomes lighter by several shades. In this case, nothing radical with the shade occurs: bleaching dyes are able to raise the tone of curls on average by 1-4 levels of depth. If a more intense lightening is required, the colorists use superblond clarifiers.
Depending on which product the colorist uses, it may or may not be necessary to tint after lightening. Lightening dyes simultaneously tint the hair, while powders simply lift the overall tone.
It should be kept in mind that most conventional (both household and professional) products for bleaching do not work on previously colored strands – this fact is often attributed to the disadvantages of the procedure. However, the pluses of bleaching coloring are much more.
Here are the advantages, for which we are so fond of this procedure:
Bleaching allows you to quickly change the image;
You can lighten the hair completely or partially, for example, only the tips;
With the lightening dye, you can create a fashionable effect on the curls with a smooth transition of color in ombré and other techniques;
Brightening the front strands corrects facial features, making them softer;
Bleaching has a visually rejuvenating effect.
Single bleaching is not completely harmless to the structure of the hair, but the procedure, carried out with quality dyes, will maintain the healthy condition of the strands.
How is bleaching different from bleaching?
Many people mistakenly bleaching with a more aggressive bleaching procedure. And, accordingly, they are afraid of such coloring. Well, hair bleaching is the last degree of bleaching, when the original pigment is mostly destroyed, and partially becomes colorless. The procedure is aimed at a complete change of image. For example, hair bleaching is what a brunette needs to turn into a high-toned blonde. Also, you cannot do without it if the output should be a saturated bright or complex pastel shade.
The composition of the lightening dye similarly lifts the scales of hair, penetrates under the cuticle, but only partially neutralizes the color pigment and causes minimal damage to the structure. Ordinary bleaching, in comparison with bleaching, is considered a gentle way and allows you to improve the appearance without loss of hair quality.
What lightens the hair?
The degree of bleaching depends on the type of bleaching agent and the amount of oxidant added to the composition. The higher its percentage (it varies from 1.5 to 12%), the lighter shade can be obtained. Let’s take a look at what is safe to lighten your hair.
Lightening cream dye – perhaps the most convenient option for self-coloring at home: its consistency is well laid on the hair, easy to distribute and does not flow. It facilitates the process and the fact that after this dye there is no need to tint the hair: the tube already contains the color pigment.
The composition of the cream dyes usually contains nourishing oils and other beneficial ingredients, thanks to which the hair after dyeing is more groomed, smooth and shiny than before. For all this, cream dyes are popular not only with amateur users, but also with colorists!
More often than not, a brightening shampoo refers to a cleanser that neutralizes warm shimmers while washing the head, thereby “cooling” the blonde and gray hair. The main feature of such a shampoo is its composition – inside the bottle contains components capable of correcting yellow and orange undertones, or slightly lightening substances. After correction, the blond looks lighter and lighter. These components include, for example, purple and blue pigments, citric acid, chamomile extract.
Pastes are at the intersection of lightening and bleaching products – they can raise the tone to six or seven levels, creating a base for a new hair color in just one application. Since the action of professional lightening pastes is quite powerful, their composition should be enriched with caring substances to preserve the quality of the strands during the coloring process.
Another strong hair lightener – powder – allows you to “drop” up to eight shades. It is often used for lightening and bleaching hair strands during the melting process or for obtaining the brightest possible color at the end. Modern professional powders contain a complex protection system – it strengthens the disulfide bonds inside the hair and maintains the quality of the hair.
Hair lightening cream has a low ammonia content (or is made without ammonia at all) and hydrogen peroxide, so it gives a slight lift up to five shades – like a lightening dye. The mildness of the formula makes the cream ideal for owners of natural blonde hairstyles. Brunettes can also safely use the cream, but its effect should be enhanced with a powerful oxidant, as their combined use gives the curls a natural lightening effect.
If your hair is dry, brittle or thin, but you want to lift its tone, lightening oil is the best choice. The oil refers to the most gentle means and is able to change the shade of hair by only one or two shades. Such a natural effect of sunburnt strands gives, for example, the oil.
How to lighten the hair correctly?
When selecting a method of bleaching, a competent colorist always takes into account the characteristics of hair, including its natural shade. We tell you how to bleach depending on the original color of curls.
Brunettes and dark brunettes should be prepared for the fact that for a radical change in the shade of hair and the transition to the “light side” may require a lot of time and more than one visit to the salon. Colorists usually bleach black hair in two or three stages with a time lag between them, all to minimize losses, which, alas, are unavoidable in this case. Fast results are possible only with a strong lightening powder that raises the tone level as much as possible. The lightening takes place in parallel with the procedure of strengthening the curls.
Lightening blond hair is a much easier task, because this shade is easy to color with a tone up. The only problem is the appearance of unaesthetic yellowing after a while, but it can also be solved by using a neutralizing shampoo after the procedure.
It is possible to change the basic blond color and become blonde in just one go with the lightening dye in cream format. If you want to get a bright or unusual color (for example, watercolor coloring, trendy smoky finish, something creative, etc.), then you cannot do without a bleaching “cocktail” of powder and oxidant – their proportions in each specific case is determined by the colorist, who knows exactly how to lighten blond hair.
Owners of light hair are lucky: before dyeing, if the strands are natural and above the sixth level of tone, pre-lightening is not necessary. If it is necessary to add shine and sunny shimmer to light curls, as in the Californian melting, it is enough to use lightening oil.
Dyed light hair may require bleaching instead of lightening. The artificial pigment must be removed, otherwise no one can predict how the new tone will lay.
Red hair can easily be made a few shades lighter with lightening oil: the color will become more gentle and muted. For a clear change will have to bleach strands means a helper – paste or powder for lightening.
Hair bleaching techniques
The lightened base is the best basis for further experiments with the hair color. There are several ways to lighten the hair, allowing you to transform the hair. We tell you about the most popular of them.
A classic bleaching process in which the colorist changes the shade of all hair at once, from root to tip.
Unusual and interesting bleaching, which only the bottom layer of hair is subjected to – usually this procedure becomes a stage of closed coloring.
Row-by-row bleaching, the most popular group of bleaching techniques, is considered quite gentle, as it involves changing the shade of only individual curls.
Brightening the ends of the hair
The easiest way to refresh the tone of long or medium hair. If you want to make a smooth ombré or dye the ends in a bright color, you can’t do without bleaching the ends.
Brightening the roots
This technique is used when it is necessary to correct the color of the grown-out after the dyeing of hair in the root zone.
Hair bleaching with home remedies: pros and cons
You probably met on the Internet folk recipes of compositions designed to make strands lighter. Usually it is a mixture of several ingredients, among which: chamomile, kefir, lemon, honey, cinnamon, rhubarb, egg yolk, vegetable oil.
Ambiguous reviews of girls who have ventured to try out the homemade brightener, say that it is impossible to get quality and even hair lightening with its help. First, only some natural components give a real elevation, and then a maximum of one tone. Secondly, they work only on very light and naturally blond hair. Thirdly, it is often suggested to strengthen the effect with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide or hydroperitol, but they are more aggressive and dry hair in home mixes.
Care for bleached hair
Proper hair care plays a major role in the result of bleaching. Let’s consider step by step what you need to do to maintain both the shade itself and the quality of your locks.
When washing your hair, use products that are designed specifically for colored hair. They are characterized by a gentle effect on the locks, do not wash out the pigment, enhance the shine and brightness of the color, and if necessary, neutralize unwanted tones.
Professional brands offer shampoos for chalky and bleached hair to any taste.
The mask is an obligatory item of the weekly care program for bleached hair. It is responsible for deep and qualitative nourishment and moisturizing of hair strands, supporting the result of coloring.
Hair dryers and stylers are the culprits of stiffness, brittleness and dullness of bleached hair. If you use them, don’t neglect styling products with thermal protection properties.
It would seem – what wisdom can there be in such a simple procedure as taking a shower? It turns out that most people, including you and me, very often make common mistakes – and then are surprised by the appearance of irritation and dermatitis. Experts say that if you follow a few fairly simple rules and shower properly, most problems can be avoided.
Never use hot water in the shower
Lying in hot bath water is always nice – it relaxes the muscles and clears the mind. But a shower is another matter. In the case of a bath, the water warms the skin but does not strip it of its important natural protective layer, while the pressure jets of water wash it away and destroy it. The result of washing away the lipid barrier is dryness, various types of flaking and irritation. Then we rub vigorously with a towel – and the skin is left completely defenseless.
The right thing to do is to make the water temperature barely warm, to the point where the body does not feel the difference. And if you try to take control of yourself and wash with cool water in general – then you can also take the procedure of hardening, which is very good for the body in general.
Don’t take long showers
If you use a shower gel or any other cleansing foam, there is no need to spend too much time in the shower: five minutes is more than enough. Just get in, soap up and rinse your body with not too hot water and you’re good to go. In this case the skin does not have time to lose too much moisture – no matter how paradoxical it may sound in the case of the water procedure – to deform and get a temperature shock.
An obvious bonus is that in this case, water is also saved, which in itself is not a bad thing. And people at home will stop impatiently jumping at the door waiting for their turn, and there will be more time for morning pickup.
No need to wash with soap every time
Even our grandmothers assured us that squeaky body and hair – a sign of a quality wash, but this is not true at all. Such a manifestation, on the contrary, means that the skin is completely dehydrated, deprived of its natural protective coating – therefore, infections and sunlight penetrate it faster. There is only one way out – use the most gentle and moisturizing means for the shower and a generous layer of nourishing cream to moisturize the body after each session.
No need to shower twice a day
Unless, of course, we’re talking about miners, strength-training instructors at fitness clubs or anyone whose professional activity is somehow connected with excessive sweating or working in a dirty environment, we tend to exaggerate how dirty your body is.
If you shower in the evening with a gel, in the morning it is enough just to rinse with cool water – this will be enough to finally wake up and cheer up. Sponges and foaming products are completely unnecessary.
No need to use a washcloth
Dermatologists all over the world are unanimous – loofahs carry a lot more dangers than we can imagine even in our worst nightmares. Firstly, there is no point in rubbing your hands and kneading yourself every day, and more than once, you just need to wash with the palms of your hands. Procedures for exfoliating keratinized skin particles is best done once or twice a week with a mild exfoliant scrub, this is enough.
The second reason to immediately and permanently refuse to use a washcloth is that millions of bacteria accumulate in it and on its surface, which actively reproduce in a warm, moist environment – and some of them are very dangerous for humans. In other words, there is not so much cleaning as contamination – no one makes a complete disinfection of this object before each use, right?
Do not use heavily scented products
Yes, we choose them specifically for the smell – but there are many other ways to aromatherapy, even in the bathroom while taking a shower you can light a candle with your favorite scent, for example, or even combine such a pleasure with a massage session.
The fact is that the shower cosmetics with a too strong scent is often too aggressive for the skin – often in this way they camouflage the shortcomings of low-quality ingredients in the composition. It is best to choose neutral gels or mild soaps, and inhale fragrances by any other means.
The second point is purely psychological: the habit of inhaling the favorite fragrance makes us make the same purchase over and over again, even if the cosmetic properties of the product are far from the best quality, and in the shower in the case of such a fragrant gel we tend to spend much more time.
Our body is built in such a way that it requires a gradual increase in time of inhaling a certain smell, otherwise the desired combination of hormones will not be synthesized and we will not feel as happy as before.
No need to wash your hair every time
First we thoroughly wet the hair, then vigorously lather the applied shampoo, then rinse it until it is completely gone from the hair, and then repeat the same procedure with the balm. This is if you do not use, for example, a hair mask. Then it’s the turn of the scrub and shower gel. All of these substances – often of a completely opposite nature of action – are placed one after the other on the skin. If it is dry and sensitive, it is not surprising that after taking such procedures for a long time it will look and feel far from the most beautiful way.
It is quite enough to wash your hair once every three days – and the owners of dry hair and even less often. Those whose scalp is prone to greasiness and seborrhea – every other day at most. It is best to do it by bending forward and very gently pouring the hair in the direction of the back of the head, so that the hair wash and care products do not get on the body. Even better – but this is a more expensive and less comfortable way – to wash your hair in the salon with special professional cosmetics, so they will be much more attractive and healthy looking.
No need to rush to towel off
Vigorously rub the towel to redness of the skin is necessary only in one case – if you have the idea to get healthy by diving into an ice-hole in temperature minus twenty. Or if you just swam in an icy mountain lake in early spring. In all other cases there is absolutely no need to rush to dry off with a towel – remember the advice of a dermatologist. After turning off the water tap, you should stand for another two minutes in the tray or bathtub, waiting for the water jets to run down. After this it is best to lightly blot the skin with a towel – give preference to modern versions of fine microfiber.
Next you need to apply a nourishing moisturizer directly on wet skin – then the degree of its usefulness will increase many times over, especially for mature and fading skin and the delicate skin of small children. If you don’t want to waste time, it’s better to apply your lotion or cream and do something else while it’s absorbing.
For example, cut nails, brush teeth, apply your favorite face and neck creams, blow-dry or start styling hair if it has been washed. You can have time to use deodorant and apply a grooming product to your feet. Just in time for such manipulations cream will have time to absorb well and the skin – to dry enough to be able to put on a robe or any other home clothes without problems.
Since childhood, many mothers have been told that it is correct to style the hair, and even more so to dry it, not with a hair dryer, but the natural way, because the hot air of the hair dryer can easily damage them. However, this in no way means that you can go to bed with a wet head with a calm heart. After all, in sleep a person involuntarily turns on the pillow, thereby creating a lot of friction, which leads to thinning and, consequently, to hair breakage.
In order not to damage wet hair, after washing your hair it is worthwhile to wrap it in a towel for 10-15 minutes and let the moisture soak in. Blot and do not rub the hair too hard, it will make it break. Then it is recommended to use a special hair product (balm or spray), which will give a silky feel. Wait another 10 minutes, and then comb your hair, but not with a fluffy comb, because it traumatizes the hair, and a comb with large, sparse teeth. Do not collect wet hair with an elastic band or pins, just allow them to dry on their own. To make the styling last longer, you can use a fixing spray, and to create a more spectacular volume at the roots, try to apply a special powder.
How to properly dry and style your hair with a hair dryer?
It often happens that there is not enough time and patience for a natural drying. Then drying and styling with a hair dryer is definitely your option. It is fast, effective and convenient. Also the hair dryer will help to give the hair volume and make your styling special. To be satisfied with the result, it is important to follow a few simple rules on how to blow-dry your hair at home:
Try to keep a distance of at least 15 cm between the blow dryer and your hair;
Prepare your hair for styling with enough hot air: dry your hair naturally;
Leave the ends slightly damp to prevent hair from splitting and tending to breakage;
Also use diffuser attachments or concentrators, they allow you to keep your hair neat;
Use a comb to create a beautiful hairstyle.
You will often need to blow-dry your hair to create volume at the roots. Begin by combing your hair with a comb with large, sparse teeth. Then lightly dry the strands of hair along the entire length of the hair, so they do not tangle later. Then bend your head down and blow-dry hair at the roots, while helping to create more volume with a comb or your fingers. It is a good idea to put some hairspray on your hair. Everything is quite simple, so you can easily make a beautiful styling, even without leaving the house.
How to properly style short hair?
In general, the recommendations for drying and styling hair of different lengths are the same. However, there are still nuances.
How to properly style short hair with a hair dryer?
It is necessary to dry short hair starting from the crown, moving to the temples and the back of the head, at the same time curling strands on a round comb (brushing) or raise the hands. If you have bangs, first curl them on the brush and only then dry them with a hair dryer.
How to style medium length hair correctly?
There is no secret in how to properly style medium hair, and many of the rules for drying long hair also applies to medium length. You should additionally divide the hair into small strands with a comb, and then pull each strand up and curl it on a comb-brusher. It is worth remembering that in this case the curls should be dried only with warm, not hot air, at medium speed. To keep the styling longer, you can fix it with varnish or hair dryer with a mode of cold air.
How to properly style long hair?
In a similar way, you can easily style and long hair. Be sure to separate the hair into strands, trying not to take too much and too thin. Pull each of them up and curl on the brush. In the same way as with medium hair, do not use hot air, but only warm air. Start at the roots and move to the ends. Blow-dry the curl with a hair dryer at medium speed, unwinding it little by little.
Styling products and tips
If you know how to properly style your hair with a hair dryer, the shine and volume will please you every day. Make no mistakes:
Hold your hair dryer correctly (dry from the roots to the ends and hold the hair dryer at an acute angle);
Use a diffuser nozzle;
Use a heat protectant;
Gradually turn down the temperature so as not to dry the hair too much;
Finish with a cold air dryer;
Do not abuse styling products, so your hair won’t stick together and need to be washed every day, and it will stay nice and healthy;
Choose a hold based solely on your hair type. For example, if your hair is thin and weak, then the hold should be weak. If your hair is strong and sturdy, then choose a strong hold;
Use a comb with rounded teeth so that your hair does not break.
You’ll need more than just a comb and blow dryer to style your hair and give it long-lasting volume.
To achieve extra volume for thin hair, you can use a spray. It is also a great way to give your hair the desired shape. When spraying the varnish, keep the bottle not closer than 25 cm from the hair, covering your eyes and forehead with the palm of your hand. Attention, the spray makes the hair stiff, so it is not recommended to use it often.
The mousse or foam for hair modeling will highlight your curls, add shine and volume to your strands. It is a multi-effect product. It all depends on your wishes.
The gel helps to arrange and securely fix hair. Apply it with your fingers to give your hair the desired shape. Pay attention to the fixation indicator, which is usually listed on the package. If the degree of fixation is maximum, then your hair can be “fixed by default.
There is also a wax that gives the strands flexibility and shine, but does not fix them. However, you can mix your own wax with a small amount of special locking gel. You can also just buy a gel wax or spray wax.
If you’re a supporter of healthy living and environmental cleanliness, can’t stand the smell of nail polish or prefer to do without chemicals if possible, you can always turn to folk tips and recipes.
Gel for styling, creating volume
Flax seeds – 1 cup;
Water – 3 cups.
Pour water into an enamel or glass pan and bring it to a boil. Carefully and slowly stirring, pour the seeds of flax in the boiling water, slowly reduce the heat. For 10-20 minutes simmer on a low heat, stirring, until you get a lotion with a jelly-like consistency. Strain the resulting product through a gauze rolled in several layers or a sieve and pour into a glass jar. The consistency will turn out as an ordinary shampoo.
Application: Pour a little gel on your palms, rub it into the hair, distribute the substance over its entire length with a comb or comb. This gel perfectly holds the styling, and it costs a penny.
Sugar – 1 spoon (tablespoon);
Water heated to a comfortable temperature – 8 spoons.
We dissolve the sugar in warm water, stirring continuously. Pour the liquid into an atomizer, apply before or after styling.
Hair styling with lemon
Lemon – 1 piece;
Water – 1 cup;
Alcohol – 1 teaspoon.
The very low acidity of lemon juice makes its use in its pure undiluted form harmful to hair. If you use lemon without additives, you may encounter problems such as dry hair and scalp. Lemon juice in its natural form turns into a powder when it dries on the hair, thereby clogging the micro-cracks of the hair and making it dry and stiff.
Cut the lemon into small pieces and pour water over it. Bring to the boil and leave on low heat. Cover with the lid and simmer until the contents have reduced by half. Cool, drain, and strain if necessary. For preservation, add alcohol. Pour into a dispenser bottle. Apply before drying hair.