10 Brilliant Ways to Detox Your Hair According to Fashion Week Pros
When it comes to hair health, it can be hard to ensure our strands stay damage-free after all the sprays, gels, and hot tools we use day to day. While this is obviously a struggle for girls everywhere, models — especially during New York Fashion Week — might take the cake when it comes to the amount of damaging products and scorching hot tools they're exposed to. Their shiny locks always look so glossy and voluminous on the runway, but all it takes is a single glance backstage to understand just how much those same models' hair is put through (seriously, the faint smell of burnt hair kind of wafts around backstage).
So, if you've ever wondered how these lengthy-haired goddesses keep from permanently destroying their hair while jumping from show to show, we've got you covered. After interviewing a few NYFW stylists for their best hair recovery tips that the models — and RL women — can use to recover their hair health, we're brimming with secrets. Read on!
1. Try Supplements:
Holli Smith, the lead hairstylist for Creatures of the Wind, says that while hair masks and deep conditioners are an obvious must, there's another approach to healthy hair that many don't know about: "The one thing that all these models do for their hair but don't necessarily talk much about is their use of the supplement Viviscal. It strengthens the hair so that it's not prone to breakage, and it helps the new hair grow back in stronger and healthier."
2. Mix Avocado Oil Into Your Conditioner:
"I put avocado oil into my conditioner every day to add extra moisture into my hair to give it an unbelievable shine," explained one hairstylist backstage at Jason Wu. Not only is avocado oil ultra-moisturizing for your hair, a few Pinterest users swear by its makeup removing powers as well (yes, even mascara).
3. Do a Dish Soap Rinse:
Yes, this sounds crazy and we certainly don't recommend you make a habit out of it (especially if you have color treated hair!), but one hairstylist backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger show swears by this trick. "Some models get super greasy hair after fashion week because of all the thick products we use, so I tell them to squirt a nickel-sized amount of dish soap into their hair for a quick, 30-second rinse," she explained. "It brings the natural oils in your hair back into balance." Disclaimer: Dish soap will certainly make your hair squeaky clean, but just remember to rinse with your regular shampoo afterwards (and stick to doing this only in emergencies).
4. Only Detangle in the Shower:
Jeanie Syfu, lead hairstylist for TRESemmé, said backstage at Marissa Webb that every model must detangle her hair with extra care. "Take all the elastics and bobby pins out of your hair and hop in the shower without brushing first. Wet your hair, put a deep conditioner on it and wait until the hair is soft enough to run your fingers through — this means the products have disintegrated from your hair. Then, do a full shampoo and a second set of conditioning to fully detox the hair." This tip works best for girls who wear a ton of products in their hair, especially in those tight, super hair-sprayed hairdos (think wedding hair). Keep in mind that brushing your styled hair before showering can cause major breakage since the hair is dried out and impossibly tangled, so simply jumping in the shower first is your best bet.
5. Cleanse With Apple Cider Vinegar:
When asked about repairing the hair post-NYFW, most hairstylists were focused on rehydrating the damaged strands. However, one hairstylist backstage at Nicole Miller had another issue she wanted to address: "There's typically a ton of build up in the models' hair after all the products they've used for each show. So, I always recommend rinsing their hair with apple cider vinegar after the week is finished to remove gunky product residue and restore the hair to its natural pH level." As a bonus, we've found apple cider vinegar to have some pretty amazing acne clearing abilities too, so this one's a total skin and hair care win-win.
6. Apply a Hair Oil With a Hot Towel:
"After Fashion Week, a lot of models tend to have dry, damaged hair from all the hot tools we've been using," said Sebastian Professional hairstylist Ale Bonilla backstage at Christian Siriano. "My best suggestion for them is to first coat your hair with a reparative hair oil, pop a damp towel into the microwave until it's warm, and then wrap the hair up in the towel for about a half hour." Once you've finished the treatment, Bonilla recommends shampooing the excess oil out and using conditioner as you normally would.
7. Treat Your Hair Like You do Your Face:
Anthony Turner, the lead hairstylist for ColorProof Evolved Color Care at the Prabal Gurung fashion show, is a huge advocate for treating your hair the same way you'd treat your skin. "I tell my model friends all the time that they need to get a decent haircut, a few inches at the very least, after NYFW in order to get rid of all the dead ends. Getting frequent trims is just like regularly using a good face scrub to remove all the dead skin from your face — you need a clean starting point for healthier cells to grow in."
That's not all — Anthony believes that similar to your face, your hair needs to be pumped full of vitamins to regain it's vitality as well. "People rarely go to the salon for hair health issues because they don't always know that there are treatments specific for that available," he says. "Hair salons have vitamin-enriched treatments that can strengthen the hair by opening up the hair shaft and pumping proteins into the strand to rebuild it."
Now, don't be turned off at the idea of opening the hair shaft of already damaged hair, Turner says that these good-for-you hair ingredients will create such a smooth, healthy look that it'll be so worth it in the end. Ask your local salon for treatments that specifically boost hair health and skip styling treatments like keratin, which can actually lead to more damage.
8. Add a Protein Product to Your Hair Renewal Regimen:
When all is said and done post-fashion-week, Anthony Cole, the Sebastian Hair Care lead hairstylist at the Christian Siriano fashion show, advises models to set aside a few hours one night to do an entire hair revival treatment. "Always start your hair recovery night with a clarifying shampoo," says Cole. "You want to get rid of all the residue from products that were used in the hair, then add extreme moisture via a hair mask or deep conditioning product, and then end it with a penetrative protein treatment."
According to Anthony, the order of these steps is what people typically get wrong at home, making this tip more so about following the steps correctly rather than the steps themselves. "The protein treatment has to be the very last step because it can be drying if the hair hasn't been sealed with moisture beforehand." So, try a protein-packed product like the Sebastian Hair Care Penetraitt Masque ($18) to rebuild the hair strands after doing the whole shampoo, conditioner, rinse and repeat regimen you've been following.
9. Indulge in the Ultimate DIY Hair Recipe:
Yes, there is an ultimate, DIY hair recovery recipe, and Davide Marinelli, a hairstylist backstage at Jenny Packham for Oribe, just gave it to us. "First, combine a large avocado and five drops of jojoba oil or almond oil into a bowl, mix it until you get a creamy, rich texture, and set it aside," he explains. "Then, add a tablespoon of baking soda into a color-safe clarifying shampoo that's sulfate free and hop in the shower to exfoliate only the scalp — not the hair." Afterwards, Davide recommends towel drying your hair to where it's only slightly damp (not wet!) before applying your avocado treatment.
The dryer the hair is, the more it's going to absorb the formula since wet hair can actually dilute it. "Take an old white t-shirt, dampen it with warm water, and wrap the avocado-covered hair with the t-shirt into a bun," says Davide. After 15 minutes, you can rinse out the avocado and shampoo your hair as you normally would.
Pro tip: if you already have the Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil ($52) at home, Davide says you can replace the jojoba oil with that for an extra boost in shine.
10. Wrap Your Hair Up in Silk:
When wearing an overnight hair mask, most of us simply slap a towel down on our pillow and hope the product won't make too much of a mess on our clean sheets. Well, according to Kenna, lead hairstylist for Evo at Libertine, this is actually one of our biggest mistakes when it comes to reviving damaged hair.
"An overnight hair mask is the best thing you can do for your hair after it's been damaged; however, if you sleep on a towel, it'll simply absorb the moisture right out of your hair," Kenna explains. Instead of a towel, Kenna recommends wearing a silk scarf on your head to lock the moisture into your hair during the night.