Japanese hair straightening is a process of breaking down the natural structure of the hair through chemical and heat processes. After the process is complete, hair is straight and appears shiny and healthy. Taking care of hair that has been through a Japanese hair straightening process takes only a few steps, but is necessary to preserve and maintain the desired results.
Things You’ll Need
- Gentle shampoo
- Moisturizing conditioner
- SPF hair product
- Protein-enriched deep conditioner
Avoid exposing the hair to any moisture or water for 72 hours immediately following the treatment. Moisture can reverse the results of the straightening process.
Do not tuck hair behind the ears or place in any clips, rubber bands, ponytail holders or any other hair styling items for 72 hours after the straightening process.
Purchase specialized shampoo and conditioner that is specifically formulated for hair that has received thermal reconditioning. Use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated to be gentle and moisturizing.
Avoid swimming or exposure to chlorinated water for at least two weeks after the initial treatment. Avoid any other chemical processes, such as hair coloring, for at least two months following the initial Japanese straightening. This will help prevent any additional damage to the hair or reversal of the hair straightening.
Schedule a touch-up treatment at the same salon approximately four to six months following the original treatment. This will ensure that hair remains smooth and straight.
Protect hair against UV damage by lightly spraying hair with styling products that contain SPF when exposing the hair to sunlight for moderate amounts of time.
Deep condition the hair once a week with a protein-enriched deep conditioner.
Trying to look after your hair and get all that everyday stuff done you need to do, as well as look after your friends and family, can be a difficult balancing act. We all want to have great hair; but unfortunately, shiny, healthy hair doesn’t just happen without a little bit of effort. That effort, however, doesn’t have to take up all of your time or break the bank. In fact, the only thing you need to do is put in the short amount of time necessary to follow this simple daily hair care routine. It’s that easy!
1. Brush Your Hair
It may seem like the obvious thing to do, but maybe what you didn’t know is that brushing keeps your hair tangle free and distributes its natural oils throughout the hair. This promotes healthy growth and shine.
2. Wash Your Hair
How often you wash your hair depends on your hair type and texture. Work out what’s best for you by seeing how your hair reacts to washing and hair care products, and develop a schedule from there. For instance:
- Your hair is coarse/dry if it often feels brittle—this means you only need to wash it every second or third day.
- Your hair is fine/oily if it feels greasy the day after you wash it—this means you need to wash it daily.
- Your hair is normal if you wash it one day and it’s not too greasy the next-—this means you can get away with washing it every other day.
- Remember to shampoo in small, circular movements; don’t forget to target dirt collecting areas such as the nape of your neck.
- Massaging your scalp will increase blood flow which encourages growth and will stimulate your hair’s natural oils (producing shiny locks).
- Coarse/dry hair will benefit from hydrating shampoos.
- Fine/oily hair should be washed with a clear shampoo (one that doesn’t look creamy).
- Normal hair can use just about any type of shampoo- just remember to always use good quality products for the best results.
- Similar to body lotion for your skin, conditioner is moisturizer for your hair and will keep your strands hydrated and manageable.
- For an even application use your hands and a wide-toothed comb.
- If you’ve got coarse/dry hair try a hydrating conditioner and apply it right from your roots to your ends.
- For fine/oily hair use a lightweight conditioner and avoid putting it on your roots (evenly distribute it from the mid-lengths to the ends).
- For normal hair you can use just about any kind of conditioner, applied from your roots to your ends also.
3. Apply Hair Styling Products
If you have a hairstyle that needs to use hair products—hairspray for hold, wax for hold and shine, or serum for shine and to maintain fly-away pieces—then don’t use too much! You might end up weighing your hair down and reducing its volume, or just making it greasy and dirty. Often less is more.
Also, don’t forget to protect your hair. If you style your hair with a hair straightener or blow dryer, it’s very important to protect your hair with heat protecting products, and to give your hair a break every few days from the stress of using hair accessories and hairstyling tools.
4. Style Your Hair
Everyone styles their hair, whether they’re elaborate updos, professional looking hairdos for work, or casual wash-and-wear looks. Styling is required daily and should be done as gently as possible.
5. Brush Your Hair Again at Night
Brushing your hair again at night will help you to untangle any knots that made their way into your locks during the day.
6. Secure Your Hair at Night
Securing your hair at night with a simple ponytail or plait will make sure your locks don’t get snagged or tangled as you sleep.
There you have it, a simple daily routine (and some great hair care tips). It’s not hard to follow, it won’t have you spending all of your hard earned cash, and most importantly, it will get your hair in the best condition possible.
Before your hair is colored, make sure it’s in the best possible condition. If your hair is dry, or if you have a lot of split ends, you’re not going to get an even, natural looking result after coloring. Futhermore, you’re putting the health of your hair at risk by adding chemicals. Do a deep conditioning treatment once a week for several weeks leading up to your hair color, and make sure to get those split ends snipped beforehand. This will ensure that your hair is healthy enough to take on the color.
Here are some tips on protecting your color-treated hair:
Keep the water temperature warm or lukewarm—a hot shower can expand the hair cuticle, allowing pigment molecules to escape—and don’t feel compelled to shampoo daily if you don’t have to, since detergents can prematurely fade dye. Color-treated tresses should only be cleansed and conditioned with “color-safe” products, which are brewed to prevent leaching pigment from your pricey dye job.
You don’t have to get all gussied up for your colorist, but do wash your hair within 24 hours of arrival. Most pros only cleanse your hair postcolor, so sweat, sticky styling products, and even spray tanning can tamper with how well the pigment molecules adhere to your hair shaft. A messed-up mane can also prevent your colorist from gauging your hair’s true tone, making it more difficult for her to find your perfect new hue. Make it easier on everyone and suds up before you sit down.
After you color your hair red or brown, hold off on lathering up for 48 hours, since it takes about two days for dyes to neutralize. You want to ensure the dye fully deposits and settles properly without being disturbed by shampoo detergent. If you’re going blonde—which typically entails lightening locks by stripping out color rather than adding it in as you do with reds and browns—you only have to wait 24 hours.
You wouldn’t leave the house without sunscreen, right? So apply that same UV vigilance to your hair. “UV light degrades proteins in the shaft, which weakens strands,” says Jeni Thomas, a senior scientist at Procter & Gamble. Color-treated tresses are also more porous, leaving them extra vulnerable to oxidative damage from the sun, thermal heat, and environmental pollutants like smoke and smog. To safeguard your strands, spray on a broad-spectrum color protector that shields against both UVA and UVB rays before venturing al fresco.
Colored hair can act like a sponge, unintentionally soaking up pigments from everyday products, so it’s important for blondes and brunettes to be vigilant about avoiding orange-colored shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. If you’ve already detected a hint of hibiscus, try L’Oreal Paris Brass Banisher ($10), an ammonia-free gloss that counteracts carroty colors by depositing ashy undertones. Sunning, swimming, and showering can also strip your new shade—protect your investment by spritzing on a UV-protective spray, using a shower filter, and rinsing tresses with fresh water before diving into the pool, which limits absorption of color-changing chlorine.
While long hair can be your best asset, it can also be your biggest headache, because long hair needs to be looked after. The longer your hair, the more prone to damage it is, but that doesn’t mean that you have to go rushing for the scissors! Just follow these simple tips and it will help keep your beautiful long locks at the peak of health and looking wonderful:
1. Don’t go overboard on hair products
Our first tip on how to keep long hair healthy and shiny is – don’t overdo it with hair products. Long hair is heavier than short hair and if you get a build-up of products in your hair, then it is going to weigh down your hair even further and make it look flat and lifeless. Be especially careful of products that contain silicone. These may make your hair look shinier, when first used, but they can build up on your hair and, over time, actually dry your hair out.
2. Invest in a good hairbrush
You have a lot of hair to brush, so it’s well worth buying a quality hairbrush for your hair. The best kind to buy are natural bristle brushes with rounded bristles and look for a brush that is firm but still gentle enough that it won’t pull on your hair too much. It’s also worth having a wide toothed comb for painlessly easing out any tangles.
3. Air-dry your hair, when possible
The best way to dry your hair is to let it dry naturally. Too much heat can damage any type of hair, but when you have long hair, it is even more tempting to turn dryers up to full blast to get the job done quicker. It’s far better to gently pat your hair dry with a towel and let the fresh air do the rest.
4. Trim your hair regularly
Another tip on how to keep long hair healthy is regular trimming. Though the myth that cutting your hair makes it grow faster isn’t true, it does help to keep your long hair looking neat and tidy. You should be getting a trim every six to eight weeks to trim off any split ends and keep your hair looking smart.
5. Don’t wear your hair too tight
Sever, tight styles like ponytails or braids can damage long hair and the safest style for long hair is just to let it down. You can keep your hair off your face by using headbands, but if you keep tying up your hair, you will damage it.
6. Choose hair products wisely
Choose hair products that match your hair type and, wherever possible, choose products that contain natural ingredients. Quite simply, with long hair, there is more hair on display, so if it is damaged, then it will be more apparent.
7. Less washing, more conditioning
Our next tip on how to keep long hair healthy and shiny is—wash less, condition more. Most people are guilty of washing their too often, but a daily wash will strip all the natural oils from hair and leave it dry and flat. Try washing your hair just twice a week. Use a quality conditioner and remember to give your hair a good, but gentle brush, to spread your natural oils along the whole length of your hair.
9. Be kind and gentle to your hair
Above all else, another important tip on how to keep long hair healthy is—be kind and gentle to your hair and love it. Long hair is more prone to breaking and splitting, especially when it is wet. Never dry your hair roughly with a towel and remember to protect it from long exposure to sunlight and wind, and never tie it up in a ponytail when it’s wet.
10. Eat healthy and drink plenty of water
It’s boring, but it’s true, you need to have a healthy diet to keep long hair looking beautiful. You need protein for hair growth, and plenty of vitamins A, C and E to keep your hair shiny. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too, your hair needs hydrating as well.
What are your favorite tips on how to keep long hair healthy? Please feel free to share your hair tips with us!