Sunday, June 16, 2013

How to: Repair Chemically Damaged Hair

Repairing Chemically Damaged Hair:

Summer is finally here! The new hair trends are out and brighter hair = sexier hair. Bleaching involves chemicals, and even though you get that blonde your hair may break and fall out. Repairing and waiting is the only way to regain hair health. This may seem impossible, but I know the secrets. Oil, Oil & Oil! Plus repairing shampoo + conditioners and daily masks. Make sure that every product you use on your hair is organic. Stay tuned for some tips and natural remedies + my own experiences with hair damage...

My Experience:

I love blonde! As a baby, I had black hair, later into my toddler years I became a sunny blonde. The blonde faded away quickly though at the age of eight and I became a dark chestnut brunette. As I got older, I stared at old photographs and wanted the blonde back. After trying many home remedies, (such as smearing hot honey mixed in with camomile tea and lots of lemon juice onto my scalp) that had no effect on the color of my hair, I considered the salon as the only way of getting back to my blondish state. Instead of dyeing all of my hair, I only got thick natural highlights done for a  brighter look . This of course, involved chemicals and resulted in some damage, but since my hair was so healthy, it barely damaged it the first time around. The second time I got highlights, my hair turned orange and disgusting since it had been a while and my brown hair grew out. My hair remained undamaged. The third time was actually a few days ago, I had a dirty blonde look but I wanted to be ``brighter`` than before. Whilst being under the hair warmer, my hair began to sizzle underneath the foil. Imagine your hair literally sizzling, burning in chemicals under the foil. My hairdresser removed the foil and washed out my hair. The highlights were gorgeous and brighter than I had hoped, some almost platinum blonde. When I ran my fingers through my hair, horror had struck me. The platinum blonde pieces were falling out in clumps, and fast. My hairdresser didn`t charge me a lot for this highlighting job gone wrong, but I was pissed. The salon was empty and I was the only one there, and I was neglected during the job. Now I know I am never going back there again! The good news is that my hair is recovering a little bit, not a lot of hair fall out or breakage. Some tips that have helped me a lot is limiting brushing and washing, masking hair daily and oiling the breaking areas until the hair recovers. These tips, accompanied with gentleness and the right shampoo & conditioner help a lot!

Amazing Products That Have Helped Me:

I am an avid Organix fan! Their products are really worth the hype. Right now, to help heal my rough breaking hair, I am using their Keratin Oil line which helps limit hair loss and breaking whilst moisturizing rough hair.

Organix Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo & Conditioner ($10.99 each CAN)

Remedies At Home:

Home remedies do in fact work to help heal your hair. Doing these remedies religiously (daily) until you see improvement in your hair is key.

Recipe 1: Egg & Mayo

These ingredients work to target dry and breaking areas.

Mix two eggs with a tbsp. of mayo into a bowl and apply to your scalp and lengths. Cover with a cap and wait for 1-2 hours before washing.

Recipe 2: Gelatin & Essential Oils Hair Mask

Gelatin is wonderful at strengthening breaking hair, essential oils soothe the scalp and help hair heal. Almond oil is a great moisturizer.

Use one pack of unflavored gelatin and mix it with some water and  2-5 drops of essential oils of your choice. I would recommend eucalyptus and lavender to soothe the scalp. Add 2 tbsp. of almond oil to the mix. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Apply it to your hair from the scalp to the ends. Leave in for a few hours.

Recipe 3: Healing Hair Oil

Hair oiling is a must for me, many people in India consider it sacred. Oil is really the heavenly grail for healthier hair. If you aren`t oiling your hair at least once a week, your hair isn`t receiving the nourishment it craves.

Use an oil of your choice, I recommend virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil, but there are many and they are all amazing for hair. Mix the oil with some essential oils (4-5 drops each) and heat it in the microwave for a few seconds. The amount of oil you use is up to you, it all depends on your hair length. Apply the warmed oil to your scalp and massage your scalp. Make sure to knead the oil into your scalp, as if you are kneading dough. These movements help boost circulation to the scalp. Pull gently on your hair, and continue massaging your scalp. Finish the oiling by applying the remaining oil to your lengths and ends. Cover with a hot towel for 1-2 hours or overnight. Wash out with a mild shampoo.

Thanks so much for reading this post, I hope I have helped you deal with your hair woes! You are not alone :)


- Lexie

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Quick Post: The Perfect Deep Treatment!

The Perfect Deep Treatment...

Hello hairoholics,

I am raving about two products, (specifically and oil and deep treatment mask), that when combined create the perfect weekly deep treatment. These two products are the Rusk Wellness Reflect Deep Treatment Hair Mask and the Ojon Damage Reverse Serum.

To Use:

Scoop out 3 tbsp. of the mask out and add a few drops of the serum right into the mask. Mix. Apply onto scalp and lengths of your hair. Leave it in for 2 hours and wash out. Enjoy silky shiny hair!

-xoxo Lexie

Ojon Damage Reverse Serum ($24.99 prices vary)

Rusk Sensories Wellness Reflect Deep Treatment Mask ($6.99 - 14.99 prices vary)