USE A HAIR MASK EVERY TIME you SHOWER AND your HAIR will NEVER LOOK BETTER

Heat styling: Bad for your hair, yet a majority of us do it — which is exactly why I started using a hair mask every time I wash my hair. Yes, you read that right, every single time. I know what you’re thinking, “Great, just another reason to double the time spent on my shower routine,” but trust me when I say it makes a huge difference.

Here’s a little background: I have fine, naturally wavy hair that frizzes easily and I typically wash my hair twice a week. I never used to heat style my hair — I’m talking as recently as just a few years ago. I was too nervous it would ruin my texture (loose, natural waves) and cause irreversible damage. Then I became a beauty editor and the rest is history. To be honest, I still don’t heat style my hair that frequently compared to others; maybe like two times a week on average. But still, I worry that my occasional curling iron routine will fry my strands, which is why I started using a hair mask instead of a conditioner every time I wash.

“Hair masks are much more nourishing and offer greater repairative benefits than a traditional conditioner,” explains Andrew Fitzsimons, celebrity hairstylist and NatureLab. TOKYO Brand Ambassador. “Many hair masks are formulated in a way that the ingredients can penetrate further into the hair strands than conditioner, giving you additional benefits.”

Fitzsimons is on board with my mask-as-conditioner hair hack and says plenty of people can benefit from doing it — as long as it suits their hair type. “If your hair tends to be dry you can absolutely use a hair mask as a conditioner,” he says. “I have some clients who use a mask every time they wash. If you have hair that tends to be oily or is very fine and thin, though, you may not want to overuse your hair mask as it could weigh your hair down.”

So, how do you know if it’s right for you? “The trick is to test and see what works best for your individual hair,” advises Fitzsimons. “Start with a mask once every other week and build up in frequency from there.”

To make this hair styling hack possible (and to keep my shower time a short as possible), I shampoo my hair as soon as I get in the shower and immediately apply a mask afterwards in place of a regular conditioner. Then, I pull back my hair in a claw clip to keep it out of the water and go about the rest of my routine. This gives the mask time to soak for the next 15 — okay, maybe 20 — minutes of my shower, and then I rinse it out at the very end. Most hair mask directions say to apply them outside of the shower, but I personally prefer to just combine it with my existing shower routine to make the most of my time.

I recommend hydrating hair mask formulas to fight frizz and nourish your hair between heat styling. My usual go-tos include Garnier Fructis Nourishing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask + Coconut ExtractKérastase Le Masque Hair MaskNatureLab. TOKYO Perfect Repair Treatment Masque and Biolage R.A.W. Re-Hydrate Hair Mask.

Even if you’re someone who colors your hair or heat styles more frequently, I’d be willing to bet your strands look sleeker, shinier and overall healthier. For me, you can barely tell I touch a curling iron — which is the dream, right?

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/why-you-should-use-a-hair-mask-every-time-you-shower

THIS T-SHIRT HAIR-DRYING HACK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

If we told you the cure for frizzy, unruly hair is an old T-shirt, we would expect one of the following reactions: an incredulous laugh, a dismissive scoff or a disturbing stare — or all three, in quick succession. We don’t blame you. It’s hard to look at that ratty high school gym class tee and picture it being the hair-taming miracle you’ve been praying for, but today we’re sharing a trick that may just change the hair game forever. All you’ll need is a plain cotton tee.

HERE’S HOW THE T-SHIRT HAIR HACK WORKS

Instead of drying your hair with a towel post-shower, swap it for a T-shirt. Here’s why:

“When hair is wet, it becomes weaker and softer,” explains hairstylist Isabella Vázquez. “If we use a regular towel to dry it, the grooves of the towel become aggressors to the cuticle of the hair. Towels absorb all the moisture from our hair when what we want to do is absorb the excess water without stripping it of the moisture that helps the hair from becoming frizzy.”

So why a cotton shirt, you ask? Vázquez says the T-shirt will absorb excess water while preventing frizz. “Because T-shirts do not have the rough grooves of a towel, the flat surface allows water to sink in and slides over the hair instead of roughing it up.”

Another great alternative to using a T-shirt is trying a microfiber towel. We like the NuMe Microfiber Hair Wrap because it’s lightweight and will give you the same smoothing benefits. This drying method works especially well for curly-haired people who are all too familiar with frizzy-hair fiascos. Unlike thick, fluffy towels, a T-shirt or microfiber towel will dry your strands without disrupting your natural curl pattern.

TUTORIAL: HOW TO WRAP AND DRY YOUR HAIR USING A T-SHIRT

STEP 1: After washing your hair, take a cotton tee and use it to gently wring out any excess water. Then, gather your hair and wrap the T-shirt around it and gently squeeze to sop up the water.

STEP 2: Flip your hair over upside down and pull your hair through the opening of your T-shirt so that the opening stretches around your hairline.

STEP 3: Twist the T-shirt until you reach the end and tuck it underneath the opening at the nape of your neck.

STEP 4: Leave the T-shirt on for 10-15 minutes, undo and style as usual.

Some women prefer to put product into their hair before wrapping it up in a tee. Experiment with it to find the combination that works best for your unique hair type. If you like to style your hair after you shower, run some mousse or styling cream through your strands before twisting it up in the shirt. For nourishing oils or smoothing serums, apply to strands once you’ve let it down from the tee. When your hair has dried, either naturally or by a blow dryer, you should notice how smooth it feels!

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/t-shirt-hair-drying

BEAUTY Q&A: IS SALT WATER BAD FOR YOUR HAIR?

Summer always poses a bit of a challenge when it comes to our hair care. It’s bad enough that humidity is at an all-time high and our hair is in a permanent state of frizz. Don’t get us wrong, we love the season — sans the drying chlorine pools and scalp sunburn — but the next three months can feel like a never-ending battle with your hair. To make matters worse, we’re here to warn you of another summer hair-care aggressor — salt water.

 

We asked George Papanikolas, Matrix Celebrity Hair Colorist, and Biolage Ambassador, to weigh in on just how damaging salt water can be for your hair.

 

“Saltwater can wreak havoc on your hair, so people should absolutely be concerned when taking frequent beach trips this summer,” says Papanikolas. “The salt can leach moisture from your hair leaving it dry and brittle and more prone to breakage and split ends.”

 

If you’ve ever stepped out of the ocean and your skin felt dry and tight, just imagine what the water is doing to your stands. Much like chlorine, salt water can damage hair by drying it out and making it more prone to breakage and knots.

 

With the beach, also comes potential UV exposure from the sun. To protect your hair before splashing in the waves, Papanikolas advises using a product with UV filters. Much like your skin needs protection from the sun at the beach, your hair can benefit from it, too. “Before you go to the beach, products with UV filters like Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Vevetizer hair balm will create a shield protecting the color against sun and heat damage,” he says. As for the salt water, there is a simple hack that can keep damage to a minimum. “Rinsing your hair with fresh water first will keep your hair from soaking up as much salt water and minerals as it acts like a sponge,” Papanikolas adds.

Source:

https://www.makeup.com/how-to-protect-hair-from-salt-water