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You can spend a pretty penny for the perfect hair color that you have always been wanting. So, it is important to keep that new color staying fresh and up-to-date, even a month or two after the treatment. The big question is, what can you do to keep your hair color fresh in-between your hair services?

When you dye your hair, the pigments are held captive inside the hair strands. But anything that can lift the hair shaft’s cuticle, allowing pigment particles to escape, can fade that pretty color. One of the biggest color-stealing culprits? H2O. Plain water dilutes the pigment and causes it to fade faster. But before you stop washing your hair for good, try these hair saving techniques that will save your color!

Avoid Hot Showers

Hot water doesn’t only dry out your skin; it can decrease the life of your hair color. The temperature opens up your cuticle, releasing your precious color—and moisture. The key to showering with hair color is to shower and shampoo with room temperature water, towel dry, condition, then rinse with cold water. This will provide longer-lasting color, keeping your locks nice and hydrated while also eliminating split ends.

Swim Smarter

Protect your hair in the sun and chlorine. Use a hair protector with SPF when in the sun, pool, and ocean to keep your color from fading. A product with sunflower oil is great as it also has antioxidants to protect the hair.

Wait to Wash Your Hair

The new dry shampoo offerings on the market can be a hair saver to newly-colored hair because when you wash less, color lasts longer. After getting your your hair color service, it is best to not wash your hair for at least 24-48 hours. When you do have to wash, opt for a gentle sulfate-free shampoo.

Don’t Overuse the Hot Tools

Staying away from your hot tools the first week after coloring your hair will also help prevent the color from fading. Hot tools such as blow dryers and straighteners actually speed up the process of color fading. While these tools are sometimes necessary, it is best to stay away from them the first week or so after you color your hair.

Use a Thermal Protectant

This will protect your hair against heat damage from styling tools. Thermal protectants will help reduce color fade by keeping the integrity of the hair in good condition.

Deep Condition Less

While deep conditioning or at-home masks are a good idea before you color, but they can fade a rich brunette or vibrant red. The conditioner or mask is designed to get deep in the hair follicle to moisturize. However, when it’s rinsed out, it takes the color molecule with it—resulting in the color fading. To avoid this, a good daily conditioner will do the trick (just don’t leave it on for a long period of time).

Use Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner

Wash and condition your strands with products formulated to be protective. At Elements, there are several products by Moroccanoil, Sudzz, and Loma that have color protectant ingredients to help keep your color treated hair intact. Especially if you have blonde highlights or are a full color blonde, using a purple or blue shampoo weekly will help tone down the brassy/yellow tones in the hair, keeping your blonde looking like new.

Our hair goes through the upmost throughout each and everyday. Whether it is heat styling, swimming in chlorine, UV exposure, brushing, tying and untying, the things we put our hair through can take a toll on it. There are many hair treatments out there to replenish your hair, however, the Moroccanoil Treatment of original or light is a great hair product for all your hair needs. But, what is the difference? In this article, we will talk about if the original or light best suits your hair.

Moroccanoil Treatment Original

The Moroccanoil treatment original was the first product that Moroccanoil put on their market. This product has argan oil installed right in it, which is loaded with nutrients to provide your hair with the best care. Argan oil is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins that are important for your hair. Having grown in such harsh, dry conditions, argan oil is also known for its UV protection properties.

The Moroccanoil original treatment is a versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula designed to repair and transform hair. This product will also tame the flyaways , condition split ends, and smooth hair that gives it an added shine as well. Additionally this conditioning treatment aids in detangling hair, improves manageability and significantly speeds up blow-drying time.

Being a dense formula, the Moroccanoil Treatment Original is recommended for thick, coarse hair that is dry, curly and unmanageable.

Moroccanoil Treatment Light

The Moroccanoil Treatment Light offers all the same benefits as the Original, however is better suited for people with fine and light-colored hair (bleached and grey hair). It’s basically the same formula, with all the same ingredients, only in a lighter form, texture and color.

The Moroccanoil Treatment Light is simply lighter making it more manageable in fine and thin hair. In terms of color if you have chemically lightened hair, then the Light treatment is recommended over the Original for protecting your hair color.

Quick Recap:

Original: Use if you have thick, coarse, curly hair. Also good if you are naturally light, but still have lots of hair.

Light: Use if you have fine, thin, brittle hair. Recommended for anyone who has bleached, platinum blonde, or grey hair.

How To Use The Morrocanoil Treatment: Original & Light

  1. Clean, towel dried hair

Use the Moroccanoil Treatment Original or Light on clean towel dried hair for a touch of nourishment after your wash. This will also help to speed up drying time. Simply apply 1-2 pumps of the treatment to clean towel dried hair from mid-lengths to the ends. With your fingers work the product through your hair, ensuring it is distributed evenly. Then blow dry or let dry naturally.

2. Dry styled hair

The Moroccanoil Treatment can also be used in dry hair to boost shine and control frizz. Pump a few small drops into your hands and apply on dry hair from mid length to ends. Work the product through your hair with focus on split ends and smoothing out areas of frizz.

3. Second day hair

Use the Moroccanoil Treatment Original or Light in second day hair to tame flyaways and condition split ends. Simply apply one pump into the palm of your hands and distribute evenly working from mid-lengths to ends. You can also use the product more strategically, by applying to problem areas in your dry hair to tame flyaways and frizz.

4. Improve your treatment mask

Another way to use this treatment oil is to combine it with a hair mask. Simply mix a few drops of Moroccanoil Treatment to your hair mask for added nourishment and apply the mask as usual. This will give your hair a deeper and more intense hydration boost.

5. Use before shampooing

For more intense repair and nourishment, use the Original or Light treatments before getting in the shower to wash your hair. Apply 1-2 pumps of the treatment to your hair and massage throughout. Leave this to sit for about 10-15 minutes before shampooing, then wash as usual.

6. Before swimming

As we mentioned, the argan oil infused Moroccanoil Treatment Original and Light are ideal for protecting hair from harsh drying conditions. For example, chlorinated water and UV rays. Before going to the beach or jumping in a pool, apply 1-2 pumps throughout the hair and work through to the ends. This will work to protect your hair from such harsh conditions.

Are your eyebrows suffering from hair loss? Or are you possibly wanting your eyebrows to be thicker? Or, maybe, you just want your eyebrows to have that filled in makeup look? Look no further because microblading is the service for you! In this article, we will discuss the difference between microblading and a more current technique, microshading.

Microblading

Microblading is a semi permanent technique to deposit pigment into the skin with the help of super fine pen. The tips are so fine and sharp that it can create hair strokes. No matter what eyebrow shape you are looking for, the real looking hair strokes of the microblading pen create the illusion of real life looking hairs!

The needle reaches into the second layer of skin which makes the method as semi permanent. Compared to other techniques, microblading gives a very natural look and simulates the hair.

How long does microblading last? After getting your first initial full brow done, it is good to wait 4-6 weeks for a touch-up. The touch-up is needed in order for the color of the strokes to stay and appear more vibrant. After the touch-up, depending on your skin, the color can last up to 1-3 years.

Tip: It is good to stay out of the sun as much as possible as it can fade the color much faster.

The Combination of Microblading with Microshading

Even though it’s very similar in nature, microshaded eyebrows look a bit more different than the microbladed ones. The microshading procedure is applied with the help of an electric hand tool or a manual tool which creates a soft and powder effect, which is similar to powder eyebrow. This type of shading helps to fill in the areas that microblading could not touch base on. It also helps your brows to have that fuller look. This method uses repetitive doses of pigment and thus make the whole look less harsh than the one during microblading. An advantage of microshading is that it averages about 2 years before you need another touch-up.

When it comes to the procedure, the technician will start out with microblading first, just to get a base going. Then, the technician will add microshading to fill in any of the missed spots from microblading. There is no need to worry if microshading will look “too filled in” or “too dark for your eyebrows”. Consult with the technician about how much microshading he/she should do, they can go as natural as you’d like or give you that makeup look.

Does microshading hurt more than microblading? The technician will put on numbing cream before they start the procedure. But, it is normal to feel a little discomfort, more than tweezing and waxing, but a lot less than a tattoo. Your eyebrows might be sore after the procedure is done, but nothing too painful.

Microblading vs. Microshading

Eyebrows are in high demand today. The thin, 90s-early 2000’s eyebrow look is out and the thick, Brooke Shield eyebrows are back in. In order to obtain the perfect eyebrows, there are variety of treatments available. There are so many options that you may be confused to select the correct and best treatment that suits you.

A microblade is similar to a tiny blade where a number of sharp needles have joined at a point to make a tiny blade. The microblade is dipped into the selected pigment color in order to have fine cuts and hair like strokes looking natural. So to say, microblading is similar to a form of tattooing.

The difference between these brow techniques is achieved due to the fact that microshading uses a different tool which is known as rotary tool. This allows the artist to add fuller and more frequent strokes to your brow. Microblading leaves tiny, natural-looking hair strokes, while microshading leaves small, pinpoint dots that create the whole look. At the end, your eyebrows will look fuller and thicker.

To Sum It Up

No matter which procedure you choose, or if you choose to have both, our microblading technician at Elements will take great care of you! Once you you come in for the service, discuss all the possibilities, and come together to a decision on what procedure is right for your brows, then your brows are ready to look fabulous!

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