My hair was never my strongest point. It always bored me and I always tried to change it (nothing radical though), so I started having highlights 10 years ago and now that I have more gray hair that I’d like to, I have them dyed and ombre-d (for the time being)! It’s only natural to search for appopriate care products such as shampoos, conditioners, masks, hair oils etc. But there are so many products out there so I don’t know where to start from!
And that’s where Garnier comes to play! A few months ago I attended their presentation for this year’s products launches and I was more than pleased to see that they introduced a hair oil (Miraculous Oil Brushing Express) that protects from heat up to 230 degrees Celsius and cuts blow dry time in half, as well as a new bi-phasic spray designated for color treated hair called Shine & Care Shake It.
After the presentation I took the opportunity to “shoot” Garnier Greece and their head hair stylist Nikolas Villiotis with questions about how to create a “custom” hair care line for color treated hair by mixing and matching shampoos, conditioners etc. Below are my questions and the respective answers which I hope will help you define which products are the best for YOUR hair!
Q. In the beauty market there is an abundance of hair care products available (shampoo, conditioner, masks, serums, hair oils etc), designated to treat various types of hair (dry, color treated, oily, dull etc). The thing is though, that our hair rarely falls into only one category; they can be oily, color treated with split ends all at once. The question that arises is how can a woman through mix&match crated a customized hair care line just for her hair (e.g. shampoo for oily hair, conditioner for color treated hair and mask for damaged hair)?
A. This abundance of products facilitates women in choosing whatever product is ideal for them. One should start off with the shampoo, which is aimed at cleansing the hair and should be specialized according to one’s hair type. Next she can differentiate her hair care by choosing more products in order to create an ideal look for her hair. For example if a woman has oily and color treated hair she can use a shampoo aimed at oily hair and then continue on to use a hair mask aimed at color treated hair such as Fructis Color Resist or the new spray Shine & Care Shake It which doesn’t weight the hair down.
Q. My second question is about the fair use of all these hair oils and serums. For example Garnier currently has Miraculous Oil, Miraculous Oil Brushing Express, the bi-phasic Shine&Care Shake It Spray and the Goodbye Damage serum for split ends. A woman who uses a hair straightener frequently, has colored hair and split ends should use all 3 products? If yes in what order?
A. When the frequent use of heat styling tools is the case, then after washing her hair, it would be advisable to use Miraculous Oil Brushing Express, ideally keeping her hair wrapped up in a towel (Note: I’m so doing this next time), so that the product sinks in the hair. Brushing Express Oil protects hair from heat styling tools such as hair straighteners and cuts blow dry time in half. Right after using the hair straightener, she can use the Goodbye Damage serum as a finishing product only on the ends.
Q. As last question, I’d like to know if you have to share general tips about caring for color treated hair, concerning the use of heat styling tool, having a haircut, protecting hair from sun damage.
A. It is essential for colored treated to use hair care lines aimed at protecting the hair color like the new Fructis Color Resist line. As far as sun protection and summer’s high heat goes, everyone should have Fructis Shine&Care Shake it with her at all times. This biphasic spray protects color treated hair, keeps them hydrated and has a pleasant summer scent.
As far as haircut goes, it’s advisable that the ends are trimmed every 2 months especially for hair that are colored in light tones. Continue reading