Ounce of Prevention: An ounce of prevetion for you hair is NOT just one ounce ... .or one srep. Taking care of your hair is a searies of little steps (ounces) That all work together to keep your hair looking and feeling its best. Miss a step and you pay for it because you hair has more damage that An ounce of prevetion could have helped you avoided. But you can't do what you don't know to do, have not figured out on your own, seen on tv, heard from your friends or learned from your hair stylist.

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Some folks DO NOT KNOW their hair is damaged or how much better their hair can look. So here is what you can look for in your hair or if you see these things in a friends hair, or hear them complain about these things when you "talk" about hair, " you can tell them about this page or send it to your friend from you smart phone.

Below is a Quick Review that may save you hair and your money.

damaged hair 1If your hair is already damaged and you think it is too late ---before you decide to give up and cut the "bad" off.
Or if you are NOT sure if you need a treatment - look for :

  1. If, your hair is hard to comb though even with a detangelr
    (like - Jingles ProRrituals or Color Lover Primer 11 or Color Lover 2-Phase )
    • falling apart and/or breaking
    • shredding
    • is dark at the scalp and white at the ends
    • won't grow out
    • if your hair just lookd & feels dead ---
    • you need the Lanza_Emergency_Service
    • we think it does more and cost less then a "Kertin Blow-Out"
  2. If you can comb thorugh your hair with a a detamgler
    • you have occasional breakage
    • are seeing split ends
    • have lots of fly away hair
    • or your hair needs moisture or
    • volume or strength (= more body)
    • you need the Lanza Ultimate Treatment
  3. If you want to spoil yourself and your hair for any reason
  4. Each of the Lanza treatment runs for $35.00 to $55.00 depending on your salon. If you do nothing else at least try the Lanza_Emergency Service it is like putting a stocking on each individual strand of your hair. All 140 to 250 thousand strands. This treatment is sometihing I wish we had back in the 1970's. They will lasts you from 4 to 6 weeks.
  5. Your other option for protecting yor already breaking hair is a full Keratin Hair Treatment. This however is best (or good for you) ONLY if you want straight hair and don't mind that it is a little heavier feeling.. Cost between $200.00 and $350.00 at the salon.

Quick Review:

This is your OUNCE OF PREVENTION so you won't or don't need a pound of cure.

The 5 Steps of Basic Hair Care
Healthy, beautiful hair starts and ends with you. The habits that we develop as children can stick with us for our entire lives, especially if those habits go uncorrected. Many people do not realize the complaints they have about their hair are actually a result of their own bad hair care habits. For all types of hair, from dry and frizzy to tangled and poofy, esp. breakage. Start with these six basic hair care steps and see if your hair improves. If it doesn't, then it might be time to kick up or change your hair care products.

Step #1: Shampoo
You would think that everyone knows How to Shampoo their hair. Yet shampooing improperly causes a variety of problems that are easily avoided! To properly shampoo the hair:

  • Thoroughly saturate your hair with water.
  • Dispense a small amount of shampoo into your hands and rub your hands together.
  • Gently massage the shampoo into the hair and scalp using the cushion tips of your fingers, DO NOT USE your finger nails or anything else that eil damge or scrateh your scalp.
  • Rinse out the shampoo and and repeat the process. Shampoo once for your hair and once for your scalp. (Of course both times you are doing both the your hair and your scalp.)

    Shampoo Tip #1: Do NOTuse hot water to shampoo your hair! & scalp. Using really hot water can cause your scalp to dry out which can result in dandruff. Use warm water only to shampoo your hair. If you just love hot showers, use warm water first to shampoo your hair, then turn up the water and keep your head out of the water.

    Shampoo Tip #2: Make sure you use the proper amount of shampoo. Most packaging says to use a quarter size amount of product. This is a general statement for the "average" length of hair, which is medium length (between the chin and shoulders). For hair that is shorter, use about a dime sized amount. For hair that is longer, use product that is about the size of two quarters. Use half as much shampoo on the second sudzing as you do on the first. Tip #2A: Salon shampoos are  usually concentrated. Rubbing you hands together with the shampoo in your palms, before applying to your wet hair, adds a little water, "making up" more shampoo and helps you get better shampoo coverage with less shampoo. Its a simple step that give you better results while saving you money.

    Shampoo Tip #3: You really need to shampoo your hair twice. I like to refer to the first shampooing as the "break through" shampoo. The first shampooing is done to remove dirt, oil, product build up, etc from the hair, not the scalp. If you use styling products or go days without shampooing, you may notice that the first time you shampoo your hair, it's almost harder to do. The second time you shampoo, you should be more focused on massaging the scalp with your fingertips. Once you work up a good lather, gently smooth the lather down the rest of your hair. Have you seen those commercials and movies where women with really long hair have it all piled on top of their head and are scrubbing away at it? Not such a good idea. Washing your hair in this manner can cause damage to the hair, breaking it, making it harder to grow long and harder to keep healthy.

    Shampoo Tip #4: One of the places your eyes can not see is on top of your own head. Let you fingers be your eyes. Example: If you are using a shampoo to get and additional benefit , like using Color Lover Volume Shampoo because you want extra volume, pay attention to what your fingers see or feel in your hair. Most clients can feel the Color Lover Quinoa formulation, which is adding boddy to your hair, feels a little scratchy, flat or snarly especially next to the scalp and more so on the second (repeat) sudzing. This is the extra volume you wanted. It is the Quinoa protein going into our hair. The magic of the Color Lover Volume Conditioner makes this feeling disappear while leaving you the extra volume you wanted.

If you're already shampooing your hair properly and your hair isn't quite as healthy as you would like it to be, then it's time to look to your hair products and think about changing them. Visit our What is the Best Shampoo page to learn more, or visit our How To Shampoo page to learn more about how to properly shampoo your hair..

Step #2: Condition
The function of hair Conditioner is to neutralize any un-rinsed shampoo, close the cuticle layer of the hair, and  replace vitamins and essential oils that your hair & scalp may have lost. Today, conditioners do much more and are manufactured to help our hair overcome a variety of hair problems.

  • After Shampooing, Gently squeeze excess water from your hair.
  • Dispense conditioner into your hands, rub your hand together, then apply to hair.
  • Wait one to 3 to 5 minutes (according to the package), then rinse thoroughly.

    Conditioner Tip #1: Just like with shampoo, you want to make sure you use the proper amount of conditioner according to how long, or short, your hair is. Check the recommend amount on the packaging, then use more or less depending on the length of your hair. If you notice that your hair feels more weighed down than normal, next time use a little bit less conditioner. If your hair feels dry or frizzy, try using more conditioner the next time you shower.
    Conditioner Tip #2: Apply the conditioner according to the condition of your hair and scalp. If you have a dry, flaking scalp and are using a moisturizing/dandruff conditioner, make sure you work the conditioner through to the scalp to hydrate the skin. If you have longer hair and/or dry, split ends, apply some extra conditioner only to the tips of your hair. For all hair types, you should thoroughly apply the conditioner to the hair by gently combing it through the hair with your fingers.
    Conditioner Tip #3:As with shampooing the hair, make sure you completely rinse the conditioner from the hair. To do this, gently run your fingers through the hair while running water over your hair to remove the conditioner.

Conditioning the hair is the most important step in most people's hair care regime. To get healthy, gorgeous hair, we recommend choosing your hair conditioner first, then selecting a shampoo to match the conditioner. One purpose of shampoo is to cleanse and prepare the hair for the application of conditioner; this is why it's so important to proper condition your hair with the right conditioner. For more on how to choose the right conditioner for your hair type, visit the HairMatters.us Conditioner page.

Step #3: Detangling & Protecting your Hair
This is a step that many people miss, and it can cause lots of problems. After you shampoo and conditioner your hair, you should spray your hair with a leave-in detangler, also know as leave in conditioner (or a leave on conditioner), like Color Lover Hair Primer 11 or Jingles ProRituals, or Color Lover 2-Phase to make the hair easier to comb through, or detangle. ● To separate, or detangle, the hair, you should be gently picking through the hair with a comb, regular or wide tooth, or a hair pick, starting at the bottom and working up to the scalp. You should never, ever brush through wet hair! Brushes cause an immense amount of damage to the hair, breaking it and creating split ends. While combing or picking through the hair may take a little more time to do, it is the best way to treat your hair if you want your hair to grow long and healthy and to prevent split ends and breakage.

Step #4: Drying the Hair
Obviously, the healthiest way to dry your hair is to let the hair air-dry naturally. However, for most people, this can be very impractical. Waiting for your hair to air-dry can take quite a long time, especially for those with longer or thicker hair. For women with longer hair, it can also create wardrobe problems, as the wet hair will usually result in a soaked shirt. The two options for quickly drying the hair are to use a blow-drier or to towel dry the hair.

    To Towel Dry the Hair:

  • After you shower, gently wrap the hair in a towel and wait about five minutes.
  • Remove the towel, then flip it over. If the towel is large enough, there should be a wet side and a dry side. If your towel is quite small or your hair is quite long, you may want to get a second towel.
  • Apply the dry towel to the hair and gently squeeze the hair with the towel, or blot at the hair with the towel. Never, ever scrunch the hair with the towel, or frantically rub the towel back and forth over the hair. When you do either of those things, it creates friction which causes damaged hair. Be gentle with your hair, it's a delicate thing. With towel drying, you will probably never achieve fully dry hair, but it can speed the process along.

    To Blow-Dry the Hair:
  • Get a Thermal Protectant, most of these come in sprays that you apply after you shower. We recommend Color Lover Hair Primer or Jingles ProRitual. (was called Jingled Spray Protein Extra). For those of your with fine hair who refuse to condition in the shower we have a special treat. Made just to suit your needs is a Spray in Leave-on Leave-in conditioner with heat protection called Color Lover 2-Phase also called Color Lover Volume Boost Conditioner.
  • Blow Dry in one direction with the Blow Drier pointing down or at a 45 degree angle. Don't hang upside down, don't move the drier back and forth. By pointing the stream of air down, you are directing the hair all in the same direction. This helps tame frizzies and fly aways and helps cut down on breakage. When you blow dry up, or in several directions, the hair doesn't know which way to go; this can cause frizziness, flyaways and breakage.
  • If the hot air is burning your hand/scalp/other skin, you are either holding the drier too close to your head (it should be 12 inches away at least) or it is too hot. Switch to a cooler setting if possible.

Step #5: Style Your Hair
This step can mean many different things to many different people.Again, this step will depend on your hair type and your hair's needs

. From texturizing gels and paste to add shape to your hair to flat iron serums and glossing mists, there's a wide variety of products for every styling need. If you have frizzy hair you may want to try an anti-frizz serum or cream. If you have dry, parched hair there are leave-in hair oils that help nourish and heal your precious locks. If you haven't been able to achieve the hair you want with just practicing steps 1 through 4, experiment with step six and try out different styling aids. For hair that is severely damaged, whether from coloring, perming or flat-ironing or blow drying, you may need to use a Conditioning Masque or Hair Treatment.

If you've given the five steps a try and your hair doesn't seem to be improving, there may be some other underlying problem. Check out the links on the left for help with everything from hair types to hair products and scalp conditions. If you still can't find an answer for you problem, go to your trusted salon and ask your stylist to help you. Let them know about the good basic hair care habits you've adopted and what products you're using so they can recommend where to go from there. You can also drop us a line in our Email Ounce of Preventions, and we'll try to help the best we can , with out being able to see and feel your hair.

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