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Bond builders have been all-the-rage for the last 5+ years in the beauty industry. This newly developed technology has enhanced the way we work by offering stylists a way to protect clients hair from excessive damage do to chemical services, such as highlighting.
Lets start this explanation with what bonds your hair's structure is made up of!
The most inner part of your hair is made up of disulfide bonds. These bonds make up the strength and structure of the hair, so when they are broken, hair becomes weaker, more fragile, and prone to splitting or just breaking off.
If you are noticing damage in your hair, it wouldn’t hurt to invest in a bond repairing product line such as Olaplex (who has the origional patent on this technology). Bond repairing products contain active ingredients that help heal these broken disulfide bonds in the hair.
How is a bond repairing product different than a keratin or protein spray? A protein spray is great for restoring strength to the hair and helping strengthen the cuticle (the outer part of the hair shaft). But if you overdo protein sprays, it could end up making your hair feel stiff or hard, especially towards the ends.
When your hair feels like straw...
Add a deep conditioner (or a hair mask) into your weekly routine. And make sure you’re using a heat protector before you style, like L'Oreal Professionel's Mythic Oil. Look into one of the bond repairing products below to incorporate into your hair care routine on a once-weekly basis.
A few well-loved bond repairing products:
Olaplex 4-1 Moisture Mask– my hair always feels fantastic when I use it! I typically switch up my hair masks pretty regularly, but I’m loving this brand new product.
Olaplex Bonding Oil –This product delivers intense moisture to dry unruly ends, as well as heat protection and beautiful shine. You can use it on wet or dry hair.
Olaplex Bond Smoother– This product is a must have for frizzy hair! It's a leave-in reparative styling creme that protects all hair types including colored and chemically treated hair. It strengthens, hydrates, moisturizes, and speeds up blow-dry times while smoothing and eliminating frizz and flyaways for up to 72 hours. It is highly concentrated and a bottle lasts seemingly forever!
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Want to know the secret behind those perfectly tousled, model-off-duty waves of your dreams? Dry texturizing spray. Texturizing sprays are hardworking multitaskers that boost volume, create definition, absorb oil, and provide support for updo styles. Part dry shampoo, part hairspray, this weightless spray is the key to achieving effortlessly chic waves. They work wonders on all hair types and can even help boost your natural texture instantly. Keep reading to get the scoop on this miracle product and discover how to best use texturizing sprays on your hair. You’ll definitely want to make room on your shelf for one.
What is the difference between texturizing spray and hairspray?
While both texturizing spray and hairspray can help preserve your style for a longer amount of time, there are a few key differences between the two products. First of all, texturizing spray is lighter than hairspray and leaves hair soft to the touch. While hairspray is excellent at smoothing flyaways, it can sometimes cause hair to feel sticky and firm.
Unlike hairspray, texturizing spray creates volume and messy texture without freezing your hair into place. It can absorb excess oil from your roots and make hair feel light and breezy. A few spritzes is all it takes to give your locks that natural, lived-in texture that is basically a prerequisite to a great hair day.
"Texture spray is great for building lightweight volume, absorbing oils, and creating a sexy gritty texture and subtle lift in the hair without weighing it down"
How to Use Texturizing Spray
When it comes to using your texturizing spray, hold the can 6-8 inches away from hair and spray in a circular motion, distributing evenly and shaking between sprays. If you want to boost volume, lift large sections of your hair and spray toward the roots underneath. Or if you’re looking for more structure and hold, apply the texturizing spray to specific areas before starting to style hair, like when your adding beach waves.
Here are some tips to make the most of your texturizing spray on your hair:
1. PERFECT A MESSY PONY TAIL
Forget those flat, scraped-back ponytails. Use texturizing spray to create a textured ponytail by lifting hair at the crown of your head and spraying underneath to add structure. You can achieve even more volume by backcombing hair with a fine-tooth comb. Then, secure hair into a high ponytail and spray your texturizer all over.
2. LIFT YOUR ROOTS
One of the best (and easiest) ways to enhance the effects of texturizing spray is by lifting up sections your hair. Simply spray each section of your hair near the root area for maximum volume after a fresh blowdry or curls.
3. BRAID HAIR BEFOREHAND
If you want defined, beachy waves, braiding your hair before spraying on the texturizing spray is a good idea. When you braid your hair, keep in mind that the smaller they are, the tighter your waves will be. Once done braiding, spray throughout hair and let it dry fully before taking out braids.
4. BRAID HAIR AFTERWARDS
As with dry hair, braiding your locks can help you make the most of your texture spray. The only difference with wet hair is that you’ll want to spray first, braid second. Spritz throughout towel-dried hair, braid hair, and then let it dry. The result? Beautiful loose waves!
5. USE THE BLOWDRYER
You can still achieve messy, lived-in waves even if you don’t have time to let hair air-dry. Simply speed things up by blow-drying your braids with a diffuser attachment on the blowdryer.
MY FAVOURITE TEXTURE SPRAYS
L'OREAL PROFESSIONNEL SAVAGE PANACHE $28 (available in salons)
SCHWARZKOPF OSIS TEXTURE SPRAY $25 (available in salons)
While texturizing spray is the ultimate cool-girl hair product, don't count hairspray out just yet. Her two must-haves when styling are hairspray and dry texturizing spray. These products work well together, but their functions are very different.
I recommend hairspray for cleaner and more precise styles that require hold and control like a sleek parted pony or a smooth blowout. I would use a texture spray for mimicking natural texture, beachy styles, a fluffy pony, and day two or three hair.
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Christine White is a stylist, educator and the owner of Chroma Salon in Sarnia, ON.