Maintaining your hair after the salon

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By Joan Salmon

Unless you are going for ‘the usual’ from the same stylist, it is always comforting to be pampered, more so at a familiar salon.

While getting your hair done, Micheal Ochieng, a hair stylist with Trendy Wears and Salon says, “Apart from going through the magazines, check out the tools and techniques your stylist is using. This will save you from getting something done that will not meet your tastes, a week down the road.”

That aside, Ochieng believes that every stylist will chat with their client about what they need and how to achieve it. He says, “This ought to be the time when you clearly state what you want, ensuring that you are both on the same page.”
With the knowledge that relaxed hair is delicate, and any slight mistake can cause hair loss, he advises that you get a good stylist who can analyse your hair texture and scalp before applying anything to the hair.

While every girl who has carried a great hairstyle knows what it means to walk out of the salon feeling a superstar, there is need to keep that look even when you get home. For starters, Ochieng says, “By looking at how your stylist works with his tools and asking all the questions you may have is one step towards maintaining that beautiful hair style.” He adds that stylists are usually willing to share with you if you will ask.

As a weekly or bi-weekly practice, Ochieng also advises that one does treatment as this keeps the hair healthy. “It is great if your stylist can advise you on the treatment to use in accordance to your hair texture.”
“While excessive brushing and ironing is not good for your hair, a little ironing gives it a nice bouncy look,” he concludes.

Homemade hair care
1. Avocado has a well-deserved reputation for one of nature’s perfect foods. Its oils and proteins will smooth and moisturise your locks without weighing down fine hair. Mash up half an avocado and add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil . Shampoo hair, squeeze out water and apply mask. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse.

My hair came out super soft – not flat or greasy. And the added scent made sitting around with green goop on your head much more pleasant. If you are not worried about weighing down your hair you can amp up the moisture by adding one to two tablespoons of oil, egg yolk or yoghurt.

2. Banana + Olive Oil: Not only can bananas work their magic on your feet, they are awesome for your hair! Mix a banana with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mash thoroughly until the banana is pureed. Then massage into your hair and scalp. Leave treatment on for 30 minutes then rinse thoroughly and shampoo. -helloglow.co

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