Top salon chain and hair product manufacturer Redken should know a thing or two about keeping hair looking good, so I was happy to come across their tips for healthy beautiful hair on the web today.
Of course, they recommend a lot of their own products (which are great though maybe a little pricey for some of us) but they have a lot of good advice too, that will work whether you use their products are not.
Protect your hair
It’s interesting that the first thing they mention is protecting your hair.
Like most things in life, healthy hair starts with prevention.
That is something that most of don’t think about but it is essential if you want your hair to stay looking good. The main things you need to watch out for are exposing your hair to the sun and also, damage that can be caused from heated appliances like hair straighteners, curling tongs and blow dryers.
My recommendation (see 50 Tips for Growing Your Hair Long which has a fountain of information that applies to short hair too) is that you use heated appliances as little as possible (for example drying your hair with a dryer only once it is almost dry) but if you would rather not live without your straighteners always use a heat protection product. And if you want to sit in the sun, Redken recommend their Color Extend Sun’s Solar Screen SPF 12 which is great when you go swimming but I think if you are just sitting in the sun or walking around a sun hat is easier 🙂
Apply Protein Rich Products
Although hair is 90% protein, I’m not convinced that adding protein to it externally as Redken recommend does any good although whatever is in the products does keep your hair looking good!
Redken’s haircare systems contain a unique technology that repairs hair from the inside out with an exclusive blend of ingredients including Keralink, amino acids and protein. Representing different molecular weights, these ingredients target all levels of the hair.
This is probably trying to blind us with science. As far as I know nothing can work on our hair from the inside out. But whatever the truth of it, like I say, I’m quite happy to use the shampoos and conditioners.
Removing Build Up
I wholeheartedly endorse the idea that Redken call “Refresh & Detox” which entails using different products on alternate days so that you don’t get product build up on your hair. Any treatments that you do give you hair will work better if they don’t have to get through a build up of other products on the hair surface.
Give Your Hair a Treat
Redken advise that you use a combination of at home and in salon conditioning treatments to keep your hair in the best possible condition.
I love the general pampering that comes with a salon treatment but it can be an expensive addition to the cost of a visit so if you can’t afford professional deep conditioning treatment make sure that you do give yourself a treat at home. You can even learn to give yourself a scalp massage with special oils.
Redken say that hair often gets thinner as we get older and this can be distressing. Losing more than 100 hairs a day is considered excessive, but they have a product to combat this called the Intra Force System that guarantees thicker, fuller hair in 30 days if it is suitable for your situation. You may need to consult a Redken stylist if you’re not sure about that, otherwise you can get this Redken hair thinning treatment here on Amazon.
They also have products to cope with the other changes you might experience such as the texture of you hair becoming coarser, dullness or fragility. My recommendation if Redken products are too expensive for you is to adapt your hair care products as your hair changes so you are always using products and treatments to match your current hair type and not the one you had twenty years ago. And to keep up the coloring routine – that definitely helps you look younger 🙂
See the full healthy hair article here on the Redken site