I have color-treated hair, which means that I have to be extra nice to it. I have naturally strong hair, but getting it to the white-blonde that I have now can take its toll even on the healthiest head of hair.
There are a few hair tools and treatments I use to keep my hair as healthy and damage-free as possible. They can help you keep your hair healthy, too, whether you color it or not.
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The Wet Brush
I’ve talked about this brush before, but it’s still my number 1 hair tool. I discovered it in college about five years ago and haven’t looked back. This brush has spaced out, flexible bristles that detangle your hair without pulling or breaking any strands.
I honestly can’t be without one. My hair is the type that gets very tangled when it’s wet, and now that it’s color-treated, it also gets elastic and therefore very prone to breakage. This brush quickly detangles my hair and doesn’t damage it at all.
Microfiber Hair Wraps
I keep my hair at varying lengths, but the one thing that’s constant is that my hair absorbs a ton of water. If I wash my hair around 8pm and go to bed around 10pm, my hair is often still wet the next morning despite towel drying, brushing, and keeping it out from under my head as I sleep.
I recently ordered a multipack of hair wraps to help wring out some extra moisture before and after brushing out my wet hair. In the four months I’ve had these, I’ve seen a huge improvement in my hair’s drying time when I use them correctly.
Here’s what works for me: When I get out of the shower, I quickly towel dry my hair to get some of the excess water off my scalp. Then I use one of these hair wraps for about 15 minutes, add a treatment (I’ll talk about that shortly), brush my hair with my Wet Brush, and use another (re: dry) hair wrap. I typically take that one off after 15 or 20 minutes, too.
The danger with these is that it’s too easy to put one on, and the next thing you know it’s been two hours. When I’ve made that mistake I’ve found that it has the opposite effect, creating a sort of sauna against my scalp. Your mileage may vary, especially if your hair isn’t as porous as mine, but I still recommend taking it off as soon as it feels wet.
Like I said, I got a multipack, and I think that’s the best option. The particular pack I got comes with three wraps and costs a little under $24. It’s always more economical to get a pack than a single wrap. Plus, I almost always use two at a time, so I like having enough to rotate through, even on laundry day.
I’d heard for years that a silk pillowcase is better for your skin and hair because the fabric doesn’t tug as much as other common fabrics like cotton or jersey, and it doesn’t hold onto as much bacteria. I didn’t want to buy actual silk because it’s made by boiling or baking live silkworm cocoons, which makes me sad. Luckily there are some great environmentally friendly, silk-like alternatives that provide the same benefits for your hair and skin.
I’ve been sleeping on these pillowcases for about 7 months, and I’ve felt a huge difference. They’re so soft and don’t pull or rub on my face at all. It takes much longer for my skin to break out when I forget to wash them enough, too—with traditional pillowcases it only takes a week or two, but with these it’s closer to a month (I know, gross). My hair also doesn’t get static-y or tangled from rubbing against cotton all night. I’ve found that my hair keeps its style better overnight and takes much less work to brush out in the morning. Sometimes I forget that I haven’t already brushed my hair as I’m getting ready.
The pillowcases I got come in a set of two for $13, and there are a variety of colors available. I got white, and so far there aren’t any stains (and good news: accidental eyeliner smudges do seem to wash off).
It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
I’ve been using this product on and off for years, but now that I color my hair, I can see and feel a difference when I don’t use it for a week or two. It’s a multipurpose product that provides the same benefits you’d normally get from three or four different products.
From Ulta’s website: “It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in product repairs dry damaged hair, adds shine, smoothes & controls frizz, seals & protects hair color, detangles, prevents split ends, stops hair breakage, creates silkiness, enhances natural body, flat iron & thermal protector. An excellent nourishing treatment that can be used alone and/or as a restorative styling product that leaves hair soft and bouncy. Works on all hair types to bring out natural luster and manageability while also making hair stronger and healthier with every use. Can be used on wet hair for extra shine or dry hair in place of a styling cream.”
Even though this comes in a spray bottle, I like to spray some into my palms and work it in with my hands. I always use it on damp hair just before I brush it, although now that I’ve read the product description, I’m curious to try this out as a substitute for styling cream. I don’t usually blow dry or use heat tools, so I can’t speak to how effective it is as a thermal protector, but it’s an excellent detangler that makes my hair silky and strong.
I typically use the original formula, but right now I have the version with keratin. My hair stylist told me that too much added keratin can make your hair more brittle, so I’m using this at most once a week until I can repurchase the original formula.
That’s it for my 4 favorite hair care tools and treatments! There are a few other products that my hair stylist and I use to keep my white-blonde hair healthy, but these are my favorite at-home items that have made the biggest difference for me. I hope you try some of these out and see the same benefits I have.
What are your favorite hair care products and tips? Let me know in the comments!
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