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Professional Shampoos/Conditioners/Products (an in-SALON purchase):
This is a must if you are having your hair coloured by a professional. Wait, let me back up. I specifically said “an in-salon purchase” because professional product should be bought in a salon, not in a store that is “selling” professional product. If you don’t know why, google it. It is very interesting, and far to detailed to summarize in this note. I promise, you will start to question those professional products you found at a discounted price.
Professional products are much more concentrated than a drug store bottle, and will last nearly 3 times as long. Another fun fact about drug store products - they are full of alcohol, water, sulphates and silicone. Water is actually used in these products to dilute the ingredients and these ingredients will effect your hair colour and results. Yes, it will appear soft and silky when dry - but that is the wax/silicone concealing the damage it is doing. Over time you will find your hair lifeless, dull, hard to style, dry and possibly breaking.
1. Are you a brunette who keeps fading, or do you find yourself saying, “my hair never takes colour”? Chances are you are using a wax based shampoo and that hair colour your stylist is applying, is laying on that wax and rinsing right off.
2. Are you a blonde that is turning brassy or yellow over time? You need a professional Blue shampoo. My favourite is L’anza Silver Brightening Shampoo. It is Blue based (a stronger concentrate in colour than a purple base). Do not confuse a professional blue with a drug store purple because most times those purple shampoos have detergent in them! L’anza has recently came out with a De-Brass Conditioner. This formula is highly pigmented, and should be used with special instructions from your stylist. Most blondes will only require a dime sized amount mixed with your current conditioner every 1- 2 weeks. This will help brighten your blonde locks that have darkened or gone yellow/brassy from minerals in the water. Use to much, or to often and you will find blue depositing on your hair. A bonus if you looking for that icy blue look that is trendy right now!
3. Is your hair super tangled when wet? Ditch that shampoo!
Simply put, salon products are better for your hair, they are worth every penny and your stylist can tell you exactly what your hair would benefit from.
Back to the Basics:
How to Wash using a Professional Shampoo/Conditioner:
- Shampoo using the size of a quarter/loonie based on your hair length and thickness. Use the shampoo to lather at your roots. Scrub and rub the shampoo into your roots/hair. There is no need to shampoo your ends, the shampoo that will run from your scalp throughout your ends will be enough to clean them.
- REPEAT if you are a dry shampoo user. Think of a super dirty white t-shirt, do you wash it once and expect it to be super sparkly clean? If you are using a professional Shampoo (which you are!) you do not need to worry about it drying your hair, or the shampoo damaging your colour.
- Condition using the same amount as your shampoo. If you are a blonde, pull this conditioner through your roots, mids and ends. If you are not you can skip the roots and apply to mids and ends.
- Looking for more volume? Some clients have ditched the conditioner for a spray leave-in after a shampoo. Another tip, try reversing and using your conditioner first then applying your shampoo.
Last but not least - did you pre-shampoo with Olaplex? Bonus points for you if so! How to properly use the take home Olaplex #3 will be up soon. Until then, check out my page describing the benefits of adding Olaplex to your service.
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