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Hair Care & Product FAQ

There are a ton of shampoos at the drugstore that claim to be colour-safe. Can I use those instead of expensive salon products?

If you spend the money to get your color done professionally, get some professional colour protecting shampoo and conditioner, and throw away that drugstore crap because it does NOT protect your colour. My favourites are Kevin Murphy Hydrate.Me and Kerastase Bain Miroir, and you can get great value from the mid range Bonacure Colour series by Schwarzkopf.

What is with “Aqua” being listed is the first ingredient in hair care products now? Why has someone crossed off an ingredient with a black marker?

Clients have more access to haircare information than ever before! They know that they get their money’s worth from products that are not ‘watered down’, and there are many new lines that are quite concentrated. The censored word on the ingredient list is WATER. “Aqua” is just a fancy term for water. Many older and respected products use this term now, such as Redken. However, keep in mind that Redken formulas are quite effective, despite having water as the first ingredient! Use your best judgment now that you have this information.

Why are shampoo bottles always bigger than conditioner bottles? I feel like I’m getting ripped off!

Shampoo is for your scalp, and is meant to be used as directed: lather, rinse, repeat. Shampoo is applied twice to your hair, and this explains the bigger bottle. Conditioner is for your midlengths to ends, and not your scalp! Your scalp provides nature’s greatest conditioner in the form of your natural hair oils, and it is therefore redundant to apply conditioner there. The double shampoo is especially important for long hair, as the crown and back of the head tend to collect oil and product, causing odor and greasiness.

What products are good for taming my curly hair?

The best thing to use for thick, wiry curls is a softening curl specific line such as TIGI Catwalk Curlesque or a great dual action product like Twin Curl by OSIS. For encouraging curl and lift in fine, soft waves, it’s good to use something with more hold such as Bumble and Bumble Hair Undressing Creme. A great product line for natural African hair is All Soft by Redken.

What products can I use to protect my hair from heat styling?

It depends what you’re doing. For flatironing I like Kerastase Oleo-Relax serum and Anti-Humidity spray. For curling I like KMS AddVolume and CurlUp. Actually, you don’t need to use a ton of different products on your hair if you don’t want to. The best thing to do is use a fine hairspray such as OSIS Elastic. For more hold you can use Sebastian Shaper Plus. It’s very important to use something to protect your hair, or else the hair is fried instead of the product!

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