I never had an appreciation for my “natural hair color” until I had children. What I alway perceived as “mousy brown” is actually ash brown with natural honey blonde highlights….but we never like what we’ve got, do we? So for years I had persistently dyed my natural level 6 to my preferred level 3, (thats hair stylist lingo for 3 shades darker). After commenting to my stylist that I loved my sons hair color, she insisted “that is your hair color, you’ve just been dying it for so long you forgot.” It was then I decided to go back to my roots.
The course of my odyssey to remove the saturated dark from my hair took a few processes. After color striping (not as bad as it sounds), highlights and toning I recognize something close to my natural color, with a generous wash of the sun. Since then I’ve gotten so many compliments: my look feels fresh, I don’t notice my little family of offensive grays as offend and thanks to celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, I can sport my roots for much longer before feeling the need of color maintenance-I love it!
The down side is that putting my hair through these processes took some of the luster away and made my hair feel somewhat dry and brittle. So I asked my stylist and Paragon Salon resident hair wizard, Ana Davis, to share her best advice for managing highlighted hair.
1. Deep Condition. Because highlighted hair becomes highly porus, deep conditioning once a week will restore the moisture lost, adding shine and bounce. Davines NouNou Pak (with Olive Butter and Cherry Oil), is a sumptuous Deep Conditioning hair mask. Apply once a week after shampooing and leave on for 10-15 minutes with or with out heat.
2. Baby Trims. If highlighted hair is too dry the ends can become fragile and begin to fray. To avoid fussy split ends, a hair trim every 8-10 weeks work wonders to keep the style fresh and the hair healthy.
3. Prevention. The salty Maui ocean, chlorinated pools and strong Hawaiian sun can quickly strip color and moisture from hair. Pre-soak hair in fresh water and apply a conditioner like Davines Momo (infused with Milk Thistle and Jojoba Oil) prior to enjoying your day outdoors to help protect hair from dehydration.
4. Color Safe Shampoo and Conditioner. Shampoo and conditioner like Davines Nou Nou line, is P.H. balanced to be gentle on color treated hair. Rich in Sweet Almond Butter and Vitamin F, it can restructure, nourish and restore elasticity.
5. Protection. If you use any heated styling tools, protecting hair from excessive temperatures is vital for healthy tresses. Applying a thermal protecter like Davines Melu / Shield (enriched with Essential Oils and Antioxidants), protects the structure of hair from high temperatures. Reduce blow-dry time by allowing hair to air dry as much as possible.
By following Ana’s five expert tips I have restored the health and luster back to my tresses and I’m truly enjoying my lighter side.