You probably know that heat styling and colouring can damage the hair, but did you know that there are external aggressors in our everyday environments that can cause your hair to become damaged, brittle and broken? To prevent these things from happening, or if you’re looking to repair existing damage, we have the top 5 tips from Redken’s Senior Educator, Jimmy Green, on how to keep hair healthy and protected.
1. Do a wet hair test
First thing’s first, to determine the kind of treatment you need, you need to know the level of damage you’re working with. Did you know that you can determine the condition of your hair yourself by looking at how strong your hair is when wet? This is called an elasticity test; when your hair is wet, take one strand of hair, hold it between your thumb and finger and gently stretch the hair. You are looking for a gentle stretch – when you release tension on the hair it should retract back to its original state. If your hair does go back to the same, strong looking strand you originally pulled out, congratulations you’ve passed! If it doesn’t retract, then your strength may be slightly weakened. No worry, you can take a re-test at any point and you can prepare to pass with flying colours by doing the below:
- Use hair strengthening products such as the Redken Extreme range that will strengthen the hair and repair any existing damage.
- Avoid using tools and brushes that will pull on your hair when wet, aka. when it’s most delicate.