People always say the weather effects your hair, but it’s only once I started traveling every few weeks that I really realized how true that is. I’ll be in one country and my hair will be a frizzy, dry disaster and then in another I can air dry and go. I use products tailored to different environments to help mitigate aggressors, but I still wondered whether there were any tactics I should be implementing to help maintain healthy hair overall.
“An ideal regimen for healthy hair would be taking daily vitamins that promote healthy skin, hair, and nails, brushing your hair daily, washing your hair every other day, and conditioning the hair,” Edward Tricomi, c0-founder of the famed Warren Tricomi salon, told Bag Snob. “Also when washing your hair you want to use a shampoo that will cleanse the scalp, but isn’t harsh on it. Listen to your hair! You need to use products great for you, everything may not work for everyone. If you have more oily hair you want to look for products targeted for that.”
For hair loss Tricomi recommends Capillus. “This product is a laser therapy cap that reverses the natural process of miniaturization where the hair follicle weakens with each hair cycle, producing increasingly thinner hair until the follicle dies and ceases to produce hair. Laser therapy has been shown to be effective in stimulating and energizing the cells within the hair follicle renewing the hair follicle for thicker, healthier hair!”
Celebrity hairstylist Paul Labrecque, founder of Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa, also added that there are a number of ingredients you want to make a point to avoid when shopping for products. These include Bleach, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, and Parabens. Read labels just as you would food at the supermarket.” All of these things can open up the hair cuticles, making your strands more susceptible to the elements and damage from added heat, chlorine, etc.,” says Labrecque. He also recommends being mindful when having perms and highlights done, especially if these two services are done during the same salon visit. “How your stylist provides and executes these things, including the heat level from any irons involved, will really determine how healthy your hair is going to be as soon as you leave the chair.”
His last tip is an important one because it’s something we do so often. If you’re only going to pay attention to one thing, do this: use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioners that are free of waxes, finish with a cool rinse, and try to let your hair dry naturally. Labrecque also adds that it’s important to protect your hair with a leave-in conditioner when you apply heat, and try to use the cool air setting versus the hot one. “Similarly, when you’re using irons, keep them on the medium heat level. Remember that the more you keep your hair cuticle layers closed, the healthier your hair will be in the long run.”
Images: Warren Tricomi and Paul Labrecque