Beauty Blunders is a four part series focused on bringing you the quick fixes to your worst beauty crimes. In this article we focus on hair disasters. From over processed hair, to hair product overload, we got you covered. When you think you're seriously screwed we'll show you what you can do to fix them.
Over Processed Hair
A few years ago I went to my regular salon, (where my hair always came out great) but this time my stylist left the foils on too long. As soon as I got home I noticed breakage all around my face, and it wasn’t just a few strands. I didn't know what to do so I swore off ever going to that stylist or salon again, and suffered in silence. I tried applying extra conditioner and it helped a little, but the damage was already done.
At a certain point I decided to cut my hair above my shoulders and start over new (which btw, I didn't mind because I was looking for a new "look.") And good thing Ombre was in style because I decided to let my natural roots grow in and swore off highlighting my hair ever again. Later on I learned what is now a very vital step in my hair care routine, Olaplex. Now I'm safe to do whatever I want with my hair.
How to Fix it
Olaplex is a three step process. Your stylist will apply steps 1 and 2, and give step 3 to go home with.
- Step 1, Bond Multiplier: Beginning The Rebuilding. This first salon step rebuilds and begins the process of preventing damage and repairing hair.
- Step 2, Bond Perfector: Pursuing Hair Perfection. The second salon step continues to rebuild and restore any remaining broken bonds ensuring the strongest, shiniest, and healthiest hair possible.
- Step 3, Hair Perfector: Lasting Protection at Home. This final step provides continuous protection from ongoing damage at home.
I can't even begin to tell you what a difference this has made. I wish I had known about it a few years ago. I do step 3 once a week before shampooing and conditioning. I wet my hair so that it is damp, apply step 3, leave in for 15 minutes, rinse, and shampoo / condition as usual.
Caring For Your Hair Starts with Using The Products
I’ve tried so many shampoos and conditioners throughout the years and I just recently found a line that not only maintains my hair but also improves it. Which is the Kevin Murphy line. My two favorite products are the Blonde Angel Wash (shampoo), and Hydrate-Me.Rinse (conditioner). These products are only sold in salons, but you can go to kevinmurphy.com.au and type in your zip code to find the nearest salon that carries the line.
Don't Skimp on Styling Products
To further protect my hair from getting damaged, I start by spraying Bumble & Bumble Prep throughout my hair, which helps with detangling. I then use a wet brush which makes brushing easier, causing less breakage. Once my hair is ready to be styled, I apply Bumble & Bumble Styling Lotion which helps protect my hair from heat due to blow drying and styling tools. After I've finished blow drying, I apply a dime sized amount of Moroccan Oil to smooth any flyaways.
Hair Product Overload
Don't get me wrong, I love Moroccan Oil to help smooth my flyaways, and add shine, but their have been times I've used too much and looked like someone that hadn't washed their hair in a week. Eww! I've also been guilty of overdoing the hairspray.
When this happens dry shampoo is my go to quick fix.
- Brush you hair.
- Use clips to separate your hair into sections.
- Start by spraying dry shampoo at the root and if you put too much serum at the middle or ends of your hair, make sure to spray those areas too.
- Massage the dry shampoo into your scalp so that any area with too much product is covered.
- Brush again.
- Using the cool setting on your blow dryer, flip your head upside down and blow dry by lifting the root. Flip your head and continue blow drying the rest of your hair.
The combo of dry shampoo, a cool blow dryer setting, and lifting the roots should absorb most of the product. After blowing your hair dry for a few minutes your hair should lose the dirty or greasy look. If it still looks like there's too much product, repeat the steps. I also find that adding texture by waves or curls helps to make hair look cleaner.
Continue reading about skin related issues and find out what my quick fixes are.
What are your worst hair blunders and how did you fix them?