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Shampoo, conditioner and the occasional mask have been the haircare protocol for as long as we can remember, but it might be time to rethink these three basics. With an increased focus on the scalp and the role it plays in healthy hair growth, a pre-shampoo product movement is upon us. From scrubs to protein-rich treatments, what you do before you shampoo may just be the key to strong, shiny strands.
Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Dream Come True Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment ($32)
This fortifying and strengthening mask may seem similar to the products you’ve been using for deep conditioning after washing your hair, but, alas, it’s not. Packed with protein that penetrates th
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According to Clairol, 75 percent of American women color their hair. Whether concealing grays enhancing natural color with highlights or making a radical change at home or in the salon, it takes a bit of maintenance to keep color looking bright and vibrant. If you want to help your color last longer, take a gander at the products below, and don’t miss a few must-know color-extending tips…
The basics: Joico Color Infuse Shampoo and Conditioner ($15.99-$17.99)
These color-depositing duos keep brown, copper and red color bold and bright between salon appointments thanks to a unique technology that helps dyes stick to your strands through multiple washes. They also feature antioxidants t
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If you’ve ever colored, highlighted, straightened, heat-styled or had a day of (unprotected) fun in the sun, odds are your hair is at least a little bit damaged. Throw in towels and pillowcases made of unfriendly fabrics, and you have all the ingredients for dry, brittle, breakage-prone strands.
Fret not, because according to Teresa Probst, Color Director at New York City’s Varin Salon, a major haircut isn’t the only way to eliminate hair damage. “Prevention goes a long way for preserving the health of your hair, even if you subject it to chemical processing or thrice-weekly blowouts,” she says. “The keys are to replenish lost moisture and shield your hair from the environment
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PRODUCT: K-PAK Reconstrx Vapor Iron
My hair can handle a lot of abuse. Or so I thought. After recently getting my hair colored, my boyfriend commented that the color looked great, but my hair looked very dry. And he was right – regular color and heat styling have taken a toll, leaving my ends brittle, dry and split. I can’t live without my flat iron – admittedly the source of much of the damage – so I jumped at the opportunity to try the K-PAK Reconstrx Vapor Iron ($159.95) from Joico, dubbed the first iron that reconstructs hair as it styles.
Claimed to decrease hair breakage by more than 40% and reduce color loss due to shampooing and thermal styling by 33.5%, the Vapor Iron is designed to reconstruct hair from the cuticle to the cortex. And I have to admit, the Vapor Iron visibly enhanced the condition of my hair. After a week’s use, it left my locks less dry and damaged.
Basically a steam iron, the Vapor Iron’s secret weapon is Vapor Fuel, the special solution used as the liquid in the steam. Vapor Fuel contains a blend of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, botanical moisturizers and featherweight silicones, which protect hair against free radicals, restore shine, hydrate and lock in moisture and seal the cuticle to eliminate frizz. With a healthier cuticle, color molecules reportedly stay in the hair longer.
The iron is compact and the controls almost hidden – but easily accessible after a few minutes of study. I never used a steam iron on my hair before and it took me a few minutes to adjust to the process. It is quite easy. The iron is sold with a small bottle of Vapor Fuel, which can be replenished for about $18. That is the Vapor Iron’s one caveat – it must be used with Vapor Fuel – which will have to be purchased regularly. But ultimately it is worth it. I’m a convert and will be tossing my other irons.
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Would you buy it again? YES
Would you recommend it to a friend? YES
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