Expert's Opinion

What Damages Hair?

By Michael Dueu00f1as, Celebrity Stylist | March 19, 2012

Stylist Michael Dueñas on the causes and effects of coloring treatments, salt water and other bad hair actors.

Damaged hair is the bane of every women's existence! Get a grip and take hold of a deep moisture product to save the day. The biggest cause of damage is lack of moisture. When hair gets dry, it becomes brittle and is more susceptible to breakage, dull appearance and unmanageability.

Let's start from the top; what causes damage?Their is not one reason for damaged hair, but many.The biggest culprit is color.The general population does color their hair.Many do not see the risks that lie ahead, especially from bleaching.If color is done right, then you will have no issue, in fact your hair may be healthier and shinier.If you are a portion of the few who have ended your color service with damage then you know what your hair looks like.The best description is cotton candy, dry, dull brittle, breaking.This happens when over processing takes cold and strips all the moisture and protein out of your hair.So be careful, lighten and color your hair in stages and slowly, never a good idea to go full force all at once.

Salt water can be a major cause of damage.Salt water plus sun, is painfully drying to hair.The salt absorbs what moisture you have in your hair, while the water plus sun act as a magnifying glass to heat up your hair and remove what moisture is left.Last major cause of damage is excess heat styling.Over burdened hair will be lifeless and hard to curl, won't hold shine or color.To much heat will cause the hairs cuticle to no longer close, this causes artificial pigment (color treated hair) to fall out of the hair shaft and lose its sheen, plus it turns the hair into a velcro like texture.The hair will stick to every other strand and get very tangled. Heat will no longer be the solution to your shiny hair problems.

So how to fix the damage that is done? Moisture, moisture, moisture, and some protein.Your hair can always accept moisture and always needs moisture.When your hair is no longer thirsty is will reject the access moisture as to not over burden its self.Protein on the other hand is essential to your hair, but can have a negative effect if to much is forced to your struggling locks.Too much protein in your hair is similar to over working a muscle, it will tear and have to heal its self.When your hair has to much protein coming its way, it will continue to accept it, until finally there is not more room for the molecule and your hair breaks.A once a week protein treatments is enough.Moisture can be a daily additive.

Using a heavy moisture based product, such as amika's obpliphica mask will help prevent and repay any damage.Use 2 – 3 times a week if necessary.Apply all over to clean damp hair, put on a shower cap and leave for 30-45 min.Then simply rinse out.This will prevent and further damage as well as repair and damage previously done.The next step in prevention, is before any hot tools are used on your hair, use a heat protectant product.Amika’s Obliphica oil works wonders.Apply to dam hair and proceed to dry as usual.This will provide your hair with moisture and essential nutrients, while at the same time protecting it from the damage brought upon from the heat.

About the Author
Michael Dueñas, founder and CEO of Hair Room Service, is a versatile stylist with enthusiasm, insight and creativity. He has traveled and earned industry recognition as an educator and artistic team member for major companies, including Carlton Hair International, Schwarzkopf and Devachan. His love of the craft happened unexpectedly when he was 13 years old and was surfing in California with a few friends who owned a hair salon. He was invited to hang out in their salon. As soon as he was old enough to apprentice his dream began. Passion grew and he eventually became a stylist. When Dueñas realized how beautiful and happy his clients were when they left his chair, he knew he’d found his creative outlet.

Dueñas was best able to express his creativity through education. Teaching all over the US, his passion grew by the day. Through education he found freelance work and was drawn toward editorial work and photo shoots. After realizing his passion was growing for photo work, Dueñas took the next step. He packed his bags and moved from California to New York to increase his client base on both coasts.

Now an experienced celebrity stylist with eight years of education and experience in the industry, Dueñas is using the knowledge he’s gained to create something truly unique with HAIR ROOM SERVICE.As a national educator for Schwarzkopf, he is always up-to-date with the latest trends in both fashion and hair. Through his teachings and travels, Dueñas has gained extensive knowledge from the industry and generously shares his expertise with others. Dueñas works with a growing list of celebrities and is represented by Exclusive Artist Management.

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