What to Do and Not Do After a GharPar Appointment

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.

Don’t Shampoo Hair That Day

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.

Don’t Wash or Rinse the Scalp

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.

Avoid Brush

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.

Don’t Sleep on Wet Hair

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.

Don’t Bath With Hair Still in Curlers

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.”

Stay Away from the Sun

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.

Don’t Conduct Stressful Workouts

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.

Don’t Topple Over

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.

Don’t Use Hair Dryers

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.”

Don’t Wash With Any Shampoo

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.”

Don’t Take Aspirin or Ibuprofen

“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.

Don’t Dye Your Own Hair at Home

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.

Don’t Use a White Towel to Dry Your Hair

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.

What Not to Do After a Manicure and Pedicure?

  • Avoid any contact sports or activities.
  • Don’t touch a bleach.
  • Avoid face scrubs and microdermabrasion within 24 hours of your spa visit, as well as anything that could cause micro-abrasions to the skin.
  • Lastly, don’t use tanning beds for at least 48 hours after you are done with your at-home beauty service; if you must do so earlier (if you’ve got an important event or date), don’t put your hands in the bulbs!
  • And most importantly, make sure to tell your manicurist if there is any funky fungal thing going on with your nails before they’re prepped for painting. Most nail techs are pros when it comes to recognizing fungus (the white stuff) versus psoriasis (the silvery or yellowish flaky stuff) and gently (and correctly) directing you to the correct person.


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.

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