Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Let's talk hair, people
…Chlorine, blasting rays, wind from convertibles (HA’s summers are pretty retro, aren’t they?)…how about those tresses? Or should HA say, dis-tresses?
...Are you working on a summer haystack?
…Writing in the Arizona Republic (June 27, 2006), Connie Midey gets to the “root” of the matter.
…Green hair, says one stylist, is how he knows his blondes have been swimming. HA is platinum. How do you prevent that? Well, hair is a shaft covered with protective scales. Dry those out—and all kinds of mischief can occur.
…Chlorine in the pool draws moisture out of the hair and if the pool is not properly balanced, Midey writes, chlorine can oxidize copper in the water, which then bonds to the hair and turns it green.
…The trick is to moisturize the hair and keep those protective scales in place. Wash with unchlorinated water first; this keeps so much of the treated stuff from entering. You can even use a leave-in conditioner.
…After swimming (and all this goes for salt water, too), wash with a product aimed at your hair and hair color. Some people douse their heads with club soda, too.
…To protect against sun damage, which can make hair dry and brittle, get split ends trimmed frequently and condition with UV conditioners. Can the blow dryer as much as possible.
…Don’t rub hair dry or drag a brush through wet hair. Pat it or finger-dry it. Use a comb with widely spaced teeth.
…Hair is dead cells (which is why it won’t get cancer from the sun), but its growth responds to a healthy diet, Omega-3 oils and B6 and B12.
…Take a multivitamin and chow down on salmon, flaxseed oil, almonds, citrus, beans, bananas, and lean meat and poultry.
…And, no, you don’t have to wait half an hour before going in the water. The Red Cross nixed that notion decades ago.