Top 7 Things You Should Never Do To Your Hair

Published on Aug 09, 2015

A hair appointment is always something happy to look forward to. It's a chance to see ourselves in a different light, to look and feel as pretty as a princess for the subsequent weeks ahead.

NONE of us will willingly step into a hair salon knowing our hair would be damaged by inexperienced and sometimes incompetent stylists.

Unfortunately, mistakes do happen and some stylists are more concerned about the additional income rather than the health of your hair.

Therefore it is important that YOU understand some basic hair knowledge to protect your own hair!

This week, we have Chez Vous Hair Salon sharing with us about the TOP 7 Things You Should NEVER do to your hair! These advice are provided by their team of Associate Salon Directors (including Khim Toh, Jamie Seah, Shawn Chia, Sam Chok and Veyond Chong), many of whom have helped countless ladies fix hair that has been damaged by other salons under their Expertligent Fix It initiative!

Read on to find out more!

1. Avoid Rebonding (Japanese Straightening / Relaxer) The Same Spot More Than Twice a Year

Many customers have this misconception: The more you rebond your hair, the straighter it gets. That is not true!

Upon the first rebonding service, hair is weakened because disulphide bonds have already been broken (damaged), straightened and “fixated”. Once disulphide bonds are broken and straightened, it stays there (unless hair was under-processed). Do note that such bonds do not re-link or repair by itself and there are limited bonds in our hair. Hence, when one does a rebonding service on already rebonded hair, the remaining hair bonds will have to be broken again. When too many of such bonds are broken, the hair will be “fried”!

For guests with naturally curly or frizzy hair, the problem usually lies in the newly grown out roots. Thus, all you need is a root rebonding service subsequently – not an end-to-end rebonding service.

There are times when your rebonded hair ends start to look dull and dry over time (when compared to the very first rebonding service). Opt for a formaldehyde-free keratin treatment to refresh your shine, silkiness, strength and manageability.

Always remember that rebonding on already weakened (rebonded) hair is a high risk task. We have seen so many women rebonding their hair from ends-to-ends, time after time. By the time they realize that each subsequent rebonding service is less optimal than the previous, their hair has already become drier, frizzier or worst, “fried”. Till today, there are no treatments in the market that can completely remediate “fried” hair.

Of course, we have guests who want to reduce frizz without doing rebonding too frequently. Use styling products instead!

KMS California Tame Frizz

Mix KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Crème (size of a 10 cent coin) with two drops of KMS Tame Frizz Taming Crème to towel-dried hair.

This combination gives one lasting and smoothing style for even the most style-resistant hair. It also provides heat protection, resists humidity and prevents breakage. Use a hair dryer, set low to mid heat, to blow it smooth, via a downward motion. It’s simple, lightweight and long-lasting. Gone are the days when smoothing products are heavy, oily and sticky. If you are worried that the smoothing products might weigh your hair down, you can use Redken Cerafill Hair Diameter Thickening Treatment on your roots (before blow dry) to give your roots the extra lift it needs.

2. Avoid Perming Your Hair More Than Twice a Year

Glamorous Perm (Veyond)

The above perm by Veyond may look glamorous but might not be advisable if you've already permed your hair twice this year!

Another huge misconception many have is the more you perm your hair, the “bouncier” the curls. Unfortunately, when we perm the same spot, our hair tends to lose its strength and elasticity over time. Thus, many women will realize that their curls usually look less optimal than the previous perm; the curls look “lifeless”, dry and frizzy.

The reasons are similar to the above. Perming also requires bonds to be broken, weakened, reshaped and curled. Yet, there is a limit to how many times your hair bonds can be broken and reshaped.

Our advice is not to digitally perm your hair more than twice a year or consecutively perm your hair for more than 2 years. Take the opportunity to change your hairstyle and let your hair rest. Have a short-mid length bob rather than unhealthy looking “curls”. If you are a perm addict who cannot do without perming your hair, try a less damaging cold perm instead of a digital perm.

3. Do Not Perm of Rebond on Pre-Lightened Hair

Almost 80% of women with “fried” hair have tried to perm or rebond their pre-lightened (bleached) hair. That is “suicidal” and the results are usually disastrous. Pre-lightened hair is usually fine, porous and weak. That’s because the pre-lightener will have to break hair bonds to lift the colour.

Even if you have let your hair rest for more than a year, if the pre-lightened portion is not completely cut away, avoid perming or rebonding your hair. You only have one bunch of hair. Why risk it?

Many women have this idea that if their hair is “fried” due to rebonding or perming, all they need is another perm or another round of rebonding service to fix it. Unfortunately, this causes more severe breakage and damage.

Fried Damaged Hair

4. Avoid Using Henna Dyes That Contain Metallic Salt

Henna Colour

This is every hairdresser's nightmare! There is no such plant called “blonde henna”, “brown henna” or “black henna”! The plant henna has only one dye molecule – red-orange. In most cases, metallic salts must be added to henna to alter the colour.

Hair bleach, permanent hair colour, and permanent perm or rebonding solutions are disastrous combinations with henna that contains metallic salts. These can result in green, purple and “fried” hair when combined.

While some henna advocators have claimed that the technology has evolved and it is safe to use various “henna” colours, many salons in Singapore are still wary of henna-dyed hair. Colour correction is always a lengthy and troublesome process because henna tends to overcoat the hair surface, which makes putting in new colour pigments a difficult task.

5. Avoid Using Keratin Treatments That Contain Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde-related compounds seal your hair externally to promote manageability, shine and smoothness. However, it affects a stylist's judgement when it comes to subsequent chemical services such as perming, rebonding and pre-lightening. In worst case scenarios, over processing may lead to “fried” hair.

Use Keratin Treatments that use glyoxylic acid technology instead of formaldehyde. It significantly reduces the risk of clouded judgement for subsequent chemical services.

6. Avoid Focusing on Only Moisture-Rich Haircare or In-Salon Hair Treatment

Protein rich treatments are just as important as moisture rich treatments. These treatments promote strength and elasticity from within. This is critical for guests who have aging hair or who have undergone several chemical hair services in a year. Unlike moisture rich treatments, protein rich treatments are less visible to the eye and touch (in terms of smoothness, softness and shine). Nevertheless, they are truly critical in building up your hair strength and prevent your hair from being “fried”.

Redken Extreme CAT
Goldwell Deep Smoothing Mask

Consider using homecare products such as Redken Extreme CAT or Goldwell Kerasilk Deep Smoothing Mask twice a week. Of course, if you are in the mood to splurge, try Chez Vous' Feed & Fit Hair Treats ($155 & Up)! The secret bond multiplying ingredient used in the Feed & Fit Hair Treats restores hair strength internally by linking back certain amount of broken disulphide bonds, preventing breakage.

In recent years, silver-grey hair, ombre, balayage, panel highlights, balaombre and ecaille are trending and there are no signs of them stopping. These colours will require some form of pre-lightening. Do yourself a favour and undergo a protein-rich pre-treatment before pre-lightening. Alternatively, add a conditioning shot into the pre-lightener. This way you can prep your hair and reduce the damage caused by pre-lightening. Think of these strengthening treatments as insurance for your hair to prevent breakage.

7. Never Use High Heat Styling Without a Heat Protectant Serum

Use serums that are targeted for heat styling. Unfortunately, not all argan oil or serum products protect your hair from heat. Using high heat styling without a heat protectant is very damaging to one’s hair.

Many customers will ask if heat protectants really work. To keep it simple, here's some generalisations to explain how heat protectants work.

Heat protectants are products that usually contain some form of silicones such as cyclomethicone and dimethicone (FDA approved and safe on skin and hair) along with other moisturizing agents. They cover the hair with a thin, waterproof, heat-resistant coating. They mainly serve four purposes:

  1. Reduce direct heat impact.
  2. Temporarily reduce the porosity of the hair to reduce contact with water content in the air (humidity). This will reduce humidity-related frizz. Porous hair soaks up excess water in the air, which swells the hair causing cuticles to break and resulting in frizz (which is why you should never wet your hair as an attempt to “remove” frizz).
  3. Reduce moisture loss from within due to heat-styling.

Lubricate hair so that it feels smoother and detangle easier. This reduces friction when styling and in turn prevents damage.

Thank you Chez Vous Hair Salon for the above tips!

Is your hair irrevocably damaged by another salon? Consider requesting for a free hair fix under Chez Vous Expertligent Fix You programme (if you qualify) or simply go for a free consultation at Chez Vous to see how you can rescue your hair!

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