Found your hair looking like the Bride of Frankenstein’s do one morning after a shift in the weather? This little trick is an oldie but a goodie: Run a fabric softener sheet (like the Snuggle ones you use in your clothes dryer) over your hair and watch your static electric flyaways disappear. (You can even use a sheet you’ve already put through the dryer, if you’re cheap like I am – the used ones work just as well.)
If you continually find yourself having problems with static frizz, here are a couple of tricks to help keep negatively charged locks at bay:
I abuse my hair like crazy. I blow-dry daily, and before I became a regularly-henna’ed redhead, I colored it light blonde at home myself about once a month. So I’m probably not the best spokesperson for healthy color – but I am likely the best person to talk to if you’re buying home haircolor. I tried Clairol’s new gem Perfect Ten, and I’m proud to say I adored it!
I got Lightest Blonde #10 and followed the directions to a T. I never wore ash blonde well, so I loved the warm, rich color this gave me. If you’re looking for ash blonde or find that warmer/brassier tones wash you out, keep looking.
This product dealt with every problem I’ve ever had with drugstore haircolor. It even came with a brush tip for the colorant bottle so you could evenly comb the product through your hair. I loved that since I’ve always done the same thing myself at home by simply using a plastic wide-toothed comb while coloring!
Man, your hair’s so weak. You other hair abusers probably know what I’m talking about: a couple of days after you color, you squeeze the ends of your hair and flinch. Your hair feels like superthin strands of uncooked pasta, ready to break off at any minute.
Unfortunately, wimpy, fragile hair like this and consistent coloring treatments go hand in hand. Hair becomes weak and thin from the use of alkaline products, which includes the ammonia in most hair coloring or perming chemicals. Products are considered alkaline when their pH level is above the neutral level of 7 (the pH of water). Is anyone reminded of science class yet?
Luckily, you don’t have to ditch that beautiful if unnatural shade (biased? Me?) to strengthen your meek little locks. Simply pick products containing polymers!