Who doesn’t love a great DIY hair loss treatment? Especially when you don’t need to look any further than your kitchen cabinet for ingredients? Olive oil hair masks are especially popular and have long been recommended to invigorate hair with moisture. In fact, in a May 2013 article, Elle Magazine recommended heating up extra virgin olive oil, slathering on dry hair, wrapping in a cap, and leaving the concoction on your hair for 30 minutes. However, not all all-natural beauty treatments are good long term — and those olive oil hair masks may be doing more damage than good.
According to the top colorist and celebrity hair guru Christophe Robin, the all-natural olive oil approach can be the worst thing for color-treated hair. His advice may save your hair from damage and your budget from unnecessary salon visits. Plus, his alternative treatments produce the same incredible results promised by olive oil.
Keep reading for Robin’s insider tips and necessary “do’s” for color-treated hair—plus, shop his line of award-winning products.
The first product Robin recommends to replace olive oil with is his lavender oil. As Robin says the ingredients “go inside your hair without pushing away the additional pigment.” This oil is “composed of 97.5% natural oils” and protects color with SPF6. To use, all you need to do is heat up the oil under hot water and work into your dry hair, brushing to distribute the oil over all your locks. An added bonus is that you can apply some of this oil to your hair before a color treatment to prepare for coloring.
Best for: All hair types.
Robin raves about this product in our interview with him and for good reason! Robin explains, “The idea for the product came to him because a lot of women were suffering from itchiness on their scalp after their hair color. “Sea salt,” Robin told us, “will absorb all of the residue of color left on your scalp.” Simply use and watch how that irritating itchiness and dandruff after color treatments just disappears. To use, apply a tablespoon to wet hair, massage into the scalp, and rinse.
Best for: Oily and/or sensitive scalps.
Robin compares this super hair mask to “foundation for your skin.” This mask is the holy grail for colored-grays, Robin says. “When you start to color your greys it is absolutely horrible when hair turns brassy and mahogany.” This mask comes different shades to match your color, Robin says that “’Ash Brown’ is used by all the brunettes who are coloring their hair to avoid the oxidation and avoid the brassiness. Same thing for the blonde… there is a “Baby Blond” and a “Gold Blond” for your blonde not to turn too brassy or gray.” Better yet, this color-booster has nourishing, protective, and moisturizing properties, and all you have to do is apply the mask, leave in for 5-30 minutes and rinse out! For best results, Robin recommends completing your routine with the brand’s Clarifying Shampoo. Gold Blond is best for: colored blond; bleached blond; highlighted blond, or natural blond hair. Ash Brown is best for: chestnut hair, colored or highlighted brown hair, or natural brunettes.
Best for: Colored blond, bleached blond, highlighted blond, or natural blond hair.
The Regenerating Mask is an absolute essential to revive damaged hair. The promise is not to weigh down hair but still leave it just as nourished, shiny, and protected as any other mask would. The key ingredient is rare prickly pear which has powerful and restorative antioxidants! Using the product is as easy as applying, massaging, and rinsing throughout your locks! Best to use: on all hair types, colored or natural.
Best for: All hair types.
If you are afraid of damaging your colored hair by using a curling or flattening iron, Robin says that this moisturizing hair cream can help. “It doesn’t weigh [hair] down and it isn’t greasy at all, instead it protects hair from breakage and from the heat,” Robin says. In addition to protecting hair against heat damage, this conditioning cream prevents split ends and breakage, and rehydrates hair. This product is a leave-in so all you need to do is apply a small amount on towel-dried or completely dry hair before using heat products.
Best for: All hair types.
Looking to lighten your locks? Robin’s Hydrating Hair Finish Lotion promises to leave your hair feeling soft and looking glossy, without the destroying properties that alternatives such as olive oil have. This product also helps remove excess soap and product left in from less-than-thorough showers. An added bonus is extra color protection, meaning you can cut down on salon visits! To use: spray on towel-dried hair from roots to ends or spray on dry hair to refresh locks. You can also spray on your body to soften skin!
Best for: Greasy hair, natural or colored hair, and all skin types.
This oil is the ultimate two in one—That’s right, we are talking about hair and skin! Made with Prickly Pear Seed, Rice Bran, Inula Flower Extract, and Sweet Almond Oil, using this product will leave your hair and skin softer and hydrated. The sweet and subtle scent refreshes skin and can help heal severely damaged and dry hair. To use on skin just spray on your body and to use on hair as an intensive treatment, apply small amounts on dry hair only before washing or styling.
Best for: Very dry or frizzy hair and all skin types.
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