Here’s are a few things that you should do and not do after getting a procedure from home.
You’ve just spent three hours with a GharPar beautician at your home. Your hair is dyed, highlighted, cut, blow-dry and styled. The wax has been ripped out of your eyebrows. And now you have to figure out what not to do after an at home beauty service so that your fresh new style won’t be ruined within days or even hours.
First things first, use dry shampoo if you absolutely have to wash it that night. Otherwise, skip the shampoo until at least day two-and only then if it looks bushy or dirty. Your stylist has washed your hair with harsh shampoos containing sulfates. “The chemicals in those shampoos will be much more damaging if you wash your hair as soon as you get home.”
Monday is also a great day to do some protein treatments to help maintain the health of your hair and prevent damage, Gros adds.
If you shampooed, wait at least another day until you shampoo again — if even then. Your scalp will suffocate without natural oils working their way down from the roots. The result? It can lead to flakiness and breakouts on your face, neck and back post-fuss. You’ll get a matte finish, which is attractive. But it will be dull and lifeless.
Do not brush your hair for at least 24 hours after a beauty treatment, suggests Mandy Ingber, yoga teacher and author of Yogalosophy .”Doing so tears up the cuticle [of each strand], causing breakage.”
Instead of tugging a comb through tangles -which won’t help them disappear anyway -try using a wide-toothed comb to gently remove any snags. If there are no knots or mats in your hair, you can use your fingers instead.
We know it’s hard but resist the urge to sleep with damp hair. Your stylist has probably blown your hair out straight for a reason. If you sleep on it wet, it will be flat by morning. That means no hooded pillows — ugh! — or satin pillowcases that can also cause frizziness and flyaways over time.
It seems counterintuitive to avoid soaking freshly done curls in water, right? Wrong. “It will damage them almost instantly because the water breaks down the formaldehyde”, clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University Medical School and past president of the American Academy of Dermatology. “All the work your stylist has done will be destroyed.”
The sun is not your friend after you leave your home after a GharPar treatment, even if your hair colour is a shade of ebony. “The dye used to go all the way down to where your scalp meets your actual hair,” says Steven Haddad, a cosmetic dermatologist and past president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery. “Someone who gets a base tan will end up with a red dot — that’s where their new colour ends.”
In other words, unless you want an ombre look from dark brown roots down to bright orange tips by week’s end, make sure to wear your hair in a high ponytail or bun when you’re in the sun.
We all know that exercise is important for maintaining health and toning up muscles, but it’s also terrible for hair. “Strenuous workouts are great for your body”. “But not if you’ve just had your hair done.” If you must do cardio, try to limit yourself to gentler yoga or Pilates instead of boot camp. And avoid weight training (especially with heavy weights) entirely on the day of and the day after getting your do.
Tipping over can cause a lot of breakage. So you need to take special care when bending over — things like tying your shoes, putting on a seatbelt and even picking up children.
Your hairstylist will use heat from a blow dryer after colour is applied to seal in the dye. If you follow his instructions at home to use one afterwards, it could lead to frizziness, damage and breakage. “Likewise, don’t sleep with rollers in your hair,” warns Campora. “You’ll get that ‘bed head’ look faster than if you just let it air-dry.”
People who have their colour done should avoid shampooing for a couple of days. “The scalp becomes very sensitive after getting a toner or bleach, so using any kind of shampoo — even the gentlest [ones] — can cause an adverse reaction.”
“These types of medications can cause hair to become much lighter than it’s supposed to be,” warns Campora. If your stylist applies a base colour and you take either of these meds, the pigment will lift out very quickly and could lead to uneven colouring.
This might sound obvious after warning about shampoos, but people who want toner or highlights should never do this at home! They won’t end up looking like Jennifer Aniston … they’ll end up with green hair et, voila, there goes your sale.
If you’re a brunette, don’t use a white towel, or you’ll end up with scary-looking streaks on the back of your head that will require even more work from your hairdresser.
To save your GharPar treatment from getting ruined, follow the tips above. The don’t and do’s will help you reap all the benefits from a well-deserved GharPar treatment and give you your expected results.