Highlights: How to Lighten Your Hair Without Damage

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As the temperature begins to increase, many of our clients start thinking about lightening their locks. However, aggressive chemical lightening can seriously compromise the health of your hair. To avoid damaging your hair, here is our guide to lightening your hair this summer.

Lightening Dark Hair
To avoid damaging your hair, lightening dark hair should be a gradual process. Lightening by one or two shades at each appointment will mean you’re left with better longevity of colour, as the condition of your hair will be left intact.

Lightening Light Hair
A great technique to refresh already naturally light hair is ‘babylights’. These are super fine highlights around the face and through the part line. Babylights look very natural and provide your colour with a lift while creating depth by maintaining the low lights of your natural colour.

Treatments
Reds offers Olaplex, a premium hair treatment, as part of your colour service. Olaplex is designed specifically to protect and improve the strength and condition of colour-treated hair. Its unique formula multiplies bonds to make hair stronger and healthier, while your colour lasts longer, with more vibrancy – Ask your Reds stylist for details.

Maintenance
Because sun exposure can be just as damaging to your unprotected tresses as it is to your skin, it’s crucial for sun worshippers to think about regular sun protection for your hair. Make sure the products you regularly use have an SPF rating such as the Kerastase Soleil range. An at-home reconstructive masque once a week will maintain your hair’s condition and moisture levels and also help to maintain your colour. We love the Kérastase range, with a masque for every hair type.

Mid-Winter Beauty Tips

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Dropping temperatures and cold winds don’t have to go hand-in-hand with frizzy hair and dry, sullen skin. Don’t miss our top winter beauty tips to stay glowing and gorgeous – even when the weather isn’t!

Lip Service

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You won’t want to pucker up if you’re feeling self-conscious about a dry, flaky pout. Try an exfoliant on lips to get rid of flaky patches and fight the temptation to constantly lick your lips (it only dries them out more). Choose a moisturising, natural lip balm – we love Lucas’ Papaw Ointment – and avoid ingredients like camphor and menthol, which tend to worsen dry and cracked skin.

Fight Hat Hair

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Avoid matted or frizzy-looking locks by swapping your wool hats for less clingy cotton alternatives.  Experimenting with new, tighter hairstyles, like a bun or plait, will help to eliminate that dented, flattened hat-head look. While a finishing product like L’Oreal Tec ni Art anti frizz spray will eliminate static cling and hold your style in place.

Add Some Zest

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Adding an exfoliator to your facial skincare regime in the winter months will help to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. Exfoliating oily skin two to four times a week, and less often for dry/sensitive types, will keep your skin glowing. Because lemon juice contains citric acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that dissolves the glue that keeps dead cells stuck to your skin, adding a little to your facial scrub will boost its brightening and exfoliating properties.

Heat Styling

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It can be tough to resist reaching for the heat styling tools, but heat styling and dried-out hair aren’t exactly the best of friends. We recommend using low-heat settings and a heat protectant like Kerastase Thermique styling products to achieve silky styles without damaging your hair. Removing all those damaged ends by getting them trimmed regularly will also reinvigorate your tresses. As for colour, adding highlights in the fringe or opting for a rich, darker colour will energise your hair and improve its condition.

Drink Up

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We tend to feel less thirsty in the winter months, but it’s absolutely crucial that we keep ourselves hydrated, inside and out. In addition to drinking plenty of water, herbal teas and clear soups are more creative ways to get your daily H2O and flush out toxins.

Rescue Me

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Seasonal elements are damaging to your hair as it makes it become prone to chipping, tangling and breakage. To combat dehydration and leave hair feeling soft and sleek, it is essential to nourish hair and smooth cuticles. Investing in strengthening products like Kerastase Vita Cement and applying serum like Kerastase Elixir Ultime to the hair ends will help protect your hair from the elements and prevent split and faded ends.

Feed Your Skin

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Oily fish like salmon and tuna, vegies like spinach and avocadoes and vitamin C-rich foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits, will help you glow from the inside out. Sugar doesn’t do any favours for sallow winter skin, so get snacking on seeds and nuts for a zinc boost, essential for preventing rashes and unwanted skin irritations.