Hepburns Hair Blog
What do you know about your hair?
Do you know why your hair is sometimes Frizzy or lifeless or dry and dull?
Our first blog will try to answer some of those questions that you think you should know the answers to but probably don’t.
Hair is made up of a protein called Keratin, this is the same substances that make your nails and It is the key structural material making up the outer layer of human skin, and yet they behave in different ways. Your hair shaft is required to be soft smooth and supple, as is your skin, but your nails are required to be hard, durable and resilient.
Hair is made up of three layers, the Cuticle, the cortex and the medulla. Any temporary or permanent changes affect the Cortex. Therefore, any colouring, perming, straightening process that is undertaken will change the cortex. Healthy hair has the outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, laying flat from root to tip like tiles on a roof and the pigment that lies within the cortex will shine through.
Chemical intervention, heat, products and styles that require back combing all have an adverse effect on both the cuticle and the cortex of the hair.
So, if you are keen to ensure that your crowning glory looks good and is genuinely healthy then there are 7 steps to follow:.
1. Don’t wash your hair too often, every two to three days is adequate, if you hate the idea of not washing it every day consider using a good dry shampoo brand.
2. Use as little heat on your hair as possible, drying your hair with a hair dryer on a hot setting and high speed may get you out of the door a few minutes earlier but it will play havoc with the cuticle. Use your dryer on a low heat and a slow speed, or if you can allow your hair to dry naturally. Keep your straighteners and curling tongs for special occasions, rather than daily use.
3. Use the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, supermarket shampoos may be economical, but would you really want to wash your hair with the same thing you wash your dishes with? Hair product houses spend millions of pounds in developing shampoos and conditioners that really care for and protect your hair.
4. If you receive regular colouring, tinting, bleaching or perming at your salon ask about receiving a Bond repair service such as Olaplex. These types of products re- create the bonds that are broken by chemical processing within the cortex, and return the hair to a healthy state.
5. Eat Healthily, Diets of Maccy Dees and Kentucky fried chicken are reflected in the condition and shine of your hair, so follow the normal guidelines of 5 a day, eating Proteins and Carbs in moderation.
6. If your hair is long and you tie it back, or wear it up, then use a kind tie back such as an Invissi Bobble and don’t tie it too tight.
7. Don’t, Don’t ,Back comb, use a volumizing powder instead, this provides the bulk that you are trying to achieve when back combing
Look out for our next blog giving you the very best tips.