We put our hair through a lot: piling on products, exposing it to the elements, using every hot hair tool known to man…the list could go on for miles. While the short term benefit gets you that perfect Instagram pic, the long term effect on your hair’s health is not as pretty. Apart from damaging strands, too much stress and not being mindful of what you use on your hair can lead to dullness.
We all want strong and shiny hair, which Japanese women have long been known for. Luckily, there are a number of things we can do to ensure we get just that. We asked Cutler stylist Mike Martinez for his tips and tricks to keep our hair shiny and strong. Scroll down to see what his three top tips are.
Don’t Strip Your Hair & Pay Attention to Ingredient List
Martinez recommends steering clear of products that have harmful ingredients like alcohol. “We are so conditioned to using shampoos that smell good, lather well and make our hair feel squeaky clean, but in reality those same non-sulfate free shampoos scrub away oils that our scalp naturally produces to nourish and fortify our hair,” he says.
His solution? Go for more natural formulas. “Tread more towards natural products that have ingredients that aren’t synthetic and more nutrient rich,” he says.
Don’t be afraid of oils. He loves oils for hair, especially those with coconut or avocado. “A good tip I tell my clients is before you go to sleep, run a tiny bit of oil (I like coconut oil best) through your hair from the mid-shaft to the ends, tie it up, sleep on it and then wash it out in the morning,” he says. Other nourishing oils that are great for your hair include prickly pear, argan, marula, and mango seed oil, as seen in a lot of NatureLab. TOKYO products.
Ease Up on Hot Hair Tools and Damaging Treatments
He says there are a number of things that can cause hair to lose its luster. “[It can be] from chemical damage like coloring or lightening hair, to mechanical damage like flat irons, curling irons or any other heat related damage,” he says. “Depending on where you live, air pollution may also damage hair as well.” You’ll want to be more aware of how much heat you apply to your hair, or at the very least use products that help protect against it.
To add an extra boost of shine to your strands today, start with NatureLab’s Perfect Shine collection. These products are formulated with grape stem cells, which are a source of powerful antioxidants that reduce the oxidative damage to scalp papilla cells that revitalize and add shine to dull hair. Shine on, beauties!