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.

Olaplex is Here!

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If you’re colouring your hair you should be using Olaplex, not only because people like Tracey Cunningham and Aura Friedman swear by it (and have the Instagrams to prove it), but because it works.

First, the science: Olaplex is an additive that eliminates the bad reaction oxygen has with broken sulfite bonds in chemically treated hair that leads to breakage. And like the Big Bang, penicillin, and other scientific things of significance, it was discovered almost by accident. Olaplex founder and beauty industry veteran Dean Christal was in the process of developing a silicone-based alternative to Moroccan oil (soon to be available as well!) when he met with UC Santa Barbara’s Dr. Craig Hawker—one of the world’s leading chemistry Ph.D’s—in hopes of completing the process. After solving Christal’s first problem, Hawker asked as an aside “What is the holy grail of hair product development?”

“I had no idea what to tell him,” Christal says. “So I said if a beauty company could keep chemical treatments from hurting hair, that’d really be something. He said he’d call me if he had any ideas, I wrote my phone number down, and walked out of his office. He literally called me 10 minutes later and said to come back the next day. When I came back, he and his partner Dr. Eric Presley handed me a jar of Olaplex that they had cooked on a hot plate in their garage lab the night before.”

If you immediately said “That sounds a lot like Breaking Bad,” you’d be right—Olaplex has had something of an immediate and addictive effect on the industry. One year into its publicly available life, it’s already in 7,000 salons around the world.

Available at Reds Hairdressing now, ask your Reds stylist about Olaplex at your next colour service.