Win the battle against frustrating hair

Tami's Tips

0  Updated at 10:31 am, June 26th, 2015 By: Tami Hymas, EIN Lifestyle Columnist
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messy-hair Reporter Mark Richardson interviewed Tami Hymas about her column. The interview is in the clip above.

Have you ever hit the brake of your car instead of the gas; and the car abruptly stops even though you really wanted it to go?

The funny thing is that your car did exactly what you told it to do. In your mind you were telling it to do the exact opposite and you are frustrated when you recognize your mistake. You are not mad at the car, just feeling a little annoyed with yourself.

This happens so much, and not just with cars. In our lives we often think we are asking, telling or trying to do one thing, but in reality we are really doing or saying something completely different.

This is one of the biggest problems I see with hair clients at my salon. They are not telling their hair what they really want it to do. The best way to be in touch with your hair is to be knowledgeable about it.

So here are some tips to help you get in touch with your hair:

  • First — the big secret to great hair is simple — let it heat up and cool down in the same position. So if you curl your hair, let your curls cool down in same position. So many of us will curl our hair then right away run our fingers through it, making the curl soften or fall out. Same if you want flat hair, once you straighten it let it cool. The more you play with it the less likely it is to do what you want it to do.
  • Now lets talk about shampoo and conditioner. They are a big problem, because there are so many cheap brands on the market. Always get a recommendation from your stylist, they know your hair and will help you create exactly what you need.
  • Moisturizing products will weigh down your hair and can be a good thing or a bad thing. If you have fine thin or light wavy hair these products are not for you. It will make you look scraggly and weighed down. Moisturizing products are for thick to medium hair that is dry and damaged.
  • Volumizing products are meant to remove moisture and plump up the cuticle to make hair look fuller. If you have thick course, dry hair volumizing shampoos and conditioners will just add to your problem. Volumizing shampoos and conditioners are made for thin hair clients that need fullness.
  • Strengthening products add protein to the hair, but will make it dry. If you have never damaged your hair before this is not for you. But if you have colored, a perm or overly styled processed hair this is what you need. Make sure to read the packaging — most strengthening products have specific instruction on how long the product should be on the hair. Leaving it on to long will make you hair dry and break off.

It’s important you understand how hair works so you can tell it what you really want it to do.