How do you prevent split ends?
I recommend regular trims every six weeks and also a salon conditioning treatment. Home hair care is crucial to maintaining hair condition. Try Kms Moisture repair shampoo and reconstructor. The Moisture Repair revival crème is an effective moisturiser for hair and helps keep the cuticles smooth - a must have for any hair care regimen.
How do you make curly hair shine?
Try a semi permanent colour to replace lost shine. The shade doesn't need to be a drastic change from your existing colour but will help even out the tone. The Kms Curl Up Regime and particularly the Shampoo, and Curl Reconstructor promote moisture which will enchance shine by closing the hair cuticle which increases shine.
Long Hair - The Facts
Long hair is only truly beautiful when it is in good condition, that is with no breakage, split ends or flyaway strands. There is no quick fix to getting good conditioned hair but we can prevent it from getting out of shape or improve the condition by following some of these great tips:
When you get up in the morning, instead of reaching straight for the brush, try raking your fingers through your hair to gently remove tangles first.
Always use a natural bristle brush with a wooden base. Long smooth strokes work best followed by stroking your hand over the hair to eliminate static.
Long hair needs more than just conditioner. We recommend a once-a-week treatment to maintain optimum health. You can apply it more often but hair will only accept so much and the rest will go down the plughole (and out of your pocket).
Apply all conditioners and treatments to the lengths and ends of your hair where they are needed rather than directly to the scalp.
Always brush your hair before shampooing and comb it when wet or, better still, with the conditioner in it.
Heat applied to the hair in the form of dryer or roller will cause damage over a period of time, so it is best to heat dry as little as possible. Always check that your dryer is not too hot as we tend to love our faithful old dryer as it dries so quickly, often because the thermostat has gone and it is reaching an excessive heat level. The thermostat always goes before your dryer blows up! A red element is often a sign, but you generally know when it is hotter than it used to be!
If you like to use heated rollers, tongs, flat irons or crimpers on your hair, save them for those special occasions and don't be tempted to use them more than once a week. When you do use them, also make sure you have used a thermal protector or product containing one to prevent heat damage.
When hitting the beach or swimming, always use a leave-in product to protect your hair the way you use sunscreen to protect your skin.
When sleeping, try putting your hair up in a 'scrunchie' or covered band on the top of your head. This will help prevent breakage if you are a restless sleeper. Silk pillowcases will also help if you are a particularly restless.
How often should you cut long hair?
Spilt ends are your biggest enemy, once they start, your hair will get shorter by the day as they break off. Long hair is only really beautiful when in good condition and split ends will really detract from your look, so you should get your hair cut every 6 to 8 weeks.
Thinking about cutting off your Long Hair?
If you are thinking of going for a short look and are not 100% sure, always have your haircut to shoulder length first. This will get you used to the idea without too great a shock.
But, if you have a definite idea of what you want, go all the way because by only going half the way you may not like the result (because it's not what you were after) then give up and begin to re-grow straight away.
Common Hair Mistakes
Washing hair on a daily basis.
Regularly washing your hair strips it of essential sebum (hair's natural moisturiser) and can leave it dry and brittle. If you have naturally oily hair use a mild, pH-balanced shampoo. When washing your hair don't rub the scalp vigorously as this will stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum.
Leaving shampoo and conditioner in your hair.
Shampoo and conditioner that is not thoroughly rinsed out of the hair is the worst culprit for bad hair days. It counteracts styling products, leaves your hair looking dull, limp and unmanageable. Try to rinse your hair for an extra couple of minutes after shampooing and conditioning.
Not trimming your hair every 6 weeks.
The tip of each hair can be 10 per cent weaker then the root, making it more vulnerable to breakage and split ends. Having the tips trimmed every 6 weeks helps to maintain the condition of your hair and its style.
Rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel.
The action of rubbing you hair with a towel actually roughens the hair cuticle, which can lead to frizzy, flyaway hair.
Blow-drying hair until completely dry.
Overheating your hair makes it susceptible to breakage and strips it of shine. A better idea is to blow-dry hair until it's 80% dry and then let it air dry, naturally. Alternatively use a leave-in conditioner or styling product that protects your hair from heat styling. Also, hold the hair dryer at least 30 centimetres away from your hair.
Not using products recommended from your hairdresser.
Many men and women misdiagnose their hair type and subsequently purchase the wrong hair products to style hair. Using the right product will help to recreate that special salon style.
Leaving the salon without knowing how to dry and finish your hair at home. If you want to recreate the look produced in the salon, ask your hair stylist for a step by step guide enabling you to style it at home.