Be A Diva And Rock That Platinum Hair; Keeping Hair Looking Its Best

Platinum Hair Concerns

Platinum hair is very beautiful but also it is very damaging. Damage is bound to result whenever bleach is placed on hair. Depending on how dark your natural hair is will also determine the damage of your platinum locks.

As hair bonds are broken down when bleaching hair becomes more porous. Porous hair is the result of damaged or missing hair bonds. The porosity increases with time and with the use of damaging products. Increased porosity means that hair is quite weaker and cannot handle as much environmental exposure or equipment damage. The likelihood of porosity also increases with the length of hair.

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The Key To Reducing Damage

Damage will be part of this hair regimen, though reducing the overall damage can be achieved by paying close attention to the following:

  • Do not overlap bleach
  • Get regular haircuts
  • Deep conditioning
  • Do not over cleanse
  • Heat reduced hairstyles
  • Using the right products

Regular Haircuts

Maintaining healthy hair takes many meticulous steps. Haircuts are one vital step. As hair becomes longer the ends are older and has the most exposure to the environment and heated appliances. So if your hair is mid-back the ends of your hair are about 3 years old. So without a hair cut those ends are probably very broken and dry. Split, broken ends equal breakage and frizz. Platinum hair is more damaged and frizzy so cutting those ends can help to have a fresh start. Cutting a half an inch every 2 months are ideal. Monthly trims that just freshen up the ends will not shorten the overall length of the hair. Short hair is maintained and cut frequently so the damage is usually controlled.

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Deep Conditioner

Platinum hair is commonly hard, dry and tender loving care is vital. Deep conditioners are an essential piece of keeping the hair as healthy as possible. Using a deep conditioner weekly can afford one long luscious hair. Alternating between a conditioner that delivers moisture and protein can add to the strength of the hair. Protein rebuilds the broken bonds that make the hair porous and the moisture reduces dryness and frizz. The best method to make sure the conditioner gets into the hair shaft is by using heat. Purchasing a bonnet extension that goes right on your blow dryer is very easy and inexpensive. Keep the deep conditioner on with heat for about 15 minutes. Weekends are a perfect time to deep condition when relaxing around the house.

Hair Cleansing

As mentioned heavily above, platinum hair is fragile, dry and frizzy. This is increased if the wrong products are used. Using cheap shampoo will only increase the damage as they are packed full of cleansers, hence all the lather. Lather helps us to know that we are in fact cleaning our hair but the bubbles dry out hair. Using a shampoo that is sulfate-free treats hair best. Sulfates are basically the cleansing agent that creates the suds but they are not needed to ensure clean hair. Most of the time just rinsing the hair under water cleanses off unwanted dirt and oils.

Purple Shampoo. Another essential piece of cleansing platinum hair. The purple shampoo helps to neutralize yellowness or brassiness in the hair. It is recommended to use this shampoo as regularly as needed. Though look for one that is sulfate-free. I have found that Joico’s Color Endure Violet is a great option and does not dry hair. If in need of freshening up the bright platinum color you can wet hair, lather hair and leave the shampoo for 20-30 minutes. The hair shaft will soak up the purple and freshen the color. This is best done outside of the shower.

Another key point when shampooing hair – do not do it too often. Getting the hair used to minimal shampooing will reduce frizz and dryness. Maybe shampoo 2-3 times per week. Natural oils that are not removed between shampoos also help the hair to have great shine. Learning to extend the time between shampooing takes time and creativity. Begin with not shampooing on the weekend so that you can try new styles. If hair is short and sticking up in the morning it is appropriate to wet your hair in the shower or with a water bottle.

Caring For Platinum Hair

Dry Shampoo

Now that people are realizing daily washing is a thing of the past dry shampoos are all the craze. There are many options out there and basically dry shampoos are in an aerosol can and spray a powdery substance to help absorb oils. If an aerosol is not appealing try using a small amount of baby powder or cornstarch. Those powders will not be noticed on platinum hair but it will bind to the oil and can be blown off with a blow dryer.

Hair Styling

Depending on hair length, styling maybe straightforward or more complex. As the hair becomes longer more styling is likely required. Frizz can lead someone to want to use daily heated appliances, though highly discouraged. To keep hair as healthy as possible trying new products and styles will assist in that attempt. Describing how to care for long hair at this point is more important. Consider what is most important when choosing styling tools. If using a flat iron or curling iron is on the top of the list then allowing hair to air-dry will reduce further damage. Reduce the overlap of heated appliances on top of a heavy amount of styling products will also help to safeguard hair. The top two ways to reduce damage on long platinum hair follows:

  • Limit heated styles
  • Limit products that have alcohol

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Heat Limited Styles

There are several styles right at your fingertips that do not require heat. Using creativity when trying to preserve your locks can aid in the health of your hair. Below are some styles to try:

  • Side braid – try on the day after your last shampoo. Pull the hair over to one side and loosely braid. Side braids are really trending and sexy.
  • Bun – a style that can be dressed up and down. A quick bun thrown on top of your head can be a go to style when making a quick stop at the grocery store. Try putting the hair in a high bun after a good shampoo and allowing it to dry overnight. Take down in the morning and enjoy lovely curls.
  • French braid – get creative with braids. Wear one, two or many.
  • Beach waves – these are waves that are the result of braiding wet hair and taking the braids out when dried. Section the hair and braid after the hair is shampooed. Secure the braids and sleep on them, take them out in the morning before starting your day and rock your waves.

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Hair Products

Heat Protectant

Never, never use heated tools on your hair without first protecting it. Heat protectant is essential to the health of the hair. Every measure must be taken to keep this type of hair healthy and reduce breakage. Most heat protectants can be used on wet or dry hair. So even if you are restyling your hair use it before adding heat. But remember do not use heat after using styling products like hairspray or spritz.

Frizz Product

These come with many labels and claims. The most important part of these products is to coat the hair to minimize frizz. Though be careful of products loaded with silicones, as buildup is likely to occur. The product may say “frizz” or “gloss” on the bottle. Use thinner products sparingly as they contain more oil. Do not use heat after using these products they are intended to be used as the final step in styling. A great natural frizz reducer is coconut oil. It will not build up on the hair and adds to the health of the hair.

Leave-in Conditioner

Platinum hair tends to tangle and can be hard to manage especially if over processed. A leave-in conditioner can aid in the styling process. Using one that is packed with moisture will assist when combing and overall hair condition.

Conclusion

Wearing platinum is not simple. Keeping hair healthy takes time, effort and education. Treating hair haphazardly will result in overly damaged, processed and broken hair. Though keeping it healthy and luscious is possible with the right tools.

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Iris Draak 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

I've had my platinum hair for at least 6 years now. It's my signature feature. I don't see myself ever changing it. Love, love, love my short, platinum hair. Fun article and my husband did a double take when I showed him your pic. We might pass as sisters if I had my glasses on. :) And I totally agree, a violet/purple shampoo is a must!


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA Author

I love my hair too.. My family was a little baffled when I showed them your picture too - how funny.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I would love to have platinum hair but have been fearful of the damage. I guess if I followed your instructions it would be ok. Nice and easy has a platinum hair color would it be the same? Thank you for sharing...


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mdscoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA Author

Hi Ruby. Thanks for the comment. Box color is typically different in the fact that they are not strong enough and will not work on previously colored hair. So if you have light brown or dark blonde non-previously colored hair it may work for you, otherwise bleach will have to do the job. Platinum color certainly comes with a particular amount of damage as well. Have a great one.

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