From Damaged Hair to Dazzling Hair

By Carole Dixon
From The Style Glossy

Going from brunette to platinum blonde and back again or putting the flatiron, curling iron or blow-dryer into overdrive can quickly lead to lifeless, damaged hair.  Top pros reveal how to restore your hair’s health and prevent havoc in the first place.

1. Get monthly trims.

Get your ends trimmed once a month while you’re nursing your hair back to health.   It might take four or five months to get rid of the most damaged hair, but you will see a gradual improvement without having to change your hair length or style completely.

2. Highlight your hair judiciously.

“Be wary of overindulging in highlights,” says Kim Vo, who colors the tresses of celeb clients like Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson.

Bleach is typically used to highlight hair, but left on too long or applied too frequently, it can literally fry and damage hair, says Kevin Josephson, a colorist whose clients include Kirsten Dunst and Kristin Davis.

The solution: Instead of all-over highlights, opt for a few streaks strategically placed around the face.  Repeat only once every two to three months. 

3. Condition, condition, condition.

Vo likes to say that you whisper or talk with your conditioner.  Consider “whispering” the everyday conditioning you apply each time you shampoo your hair, while weekly conditioner masks are “the talk.”  Applying a weekly mask will help quench extra-parched, damaged hair.

4. Brush your hair the right way.

One of the biggest contributors to damaged hair — and one of the easiest to fix — is improper brushing, says Ohana. After towel-drying your hair following a shower, a few strands might still be tangled even if you’ve used conditioner.

“When you brush from top to bottom, you’re forcing those knots out, and that can cause split ends,” he says.  Instead, use a soft-bristle brush to gently brush the ends of your hair, and move up a few inches at a time until you reach the root.

5. Use heat tools safely.

Take the time to section your tresses with clips when you style your hair with heat. Focus on one area at a time, and when that’s done, move on to the next section.

“Don’t keep going over the same area,” says Josephson. You’re not adding extra styling polish, just more heat. Sun exposure makes the top layer of your damaged hair especially fragile, so leave that part for last, allowing it to air-dry while you blow-dry the sections underneath.

When you use a flatiron or curling iron, work with a 1- or 2-inch section of hair at a time to avoid going over the same area repeatedly. Keep the flatiron moving through your locks and leave your hair in the curling iron for only a few seconds.

Vo adds that heat above 450 F can damage the hair’s cuticle, so set your flatiron below that temperature. (If the iron doesn’t have a temperature gauge, use it on the medium setting.)

6. Maintain your instruments.

A few seconds dedicated to tool maintenance every week or two will save your hair from what Alex Roldan, whose namesake salon is a West Hollywood institution, calls “mechanical abuse.”

Clean the lint and debris from the vents of your hair dryer to keep a steady flow of air.  Clogged vents will prevent the dryer from pulling in cool air, and that can lead to dangerously hot air and even sparks that damage hair.

Use the dryer’s nozzle attachment or press the blow-dryer against the brush and not your hair itself.  This way, you’ll prevent singed locks.

Wipe your curling iron and straightening iron with a slightly damp washcloth before and after each use to get rid of any oil or product buildup, and use a product designed to protect damaged hair from heat.

Apply hair spray after you use heat tools or the spray will cook right on your hair


Plant a lavender hedge around the onion patch to protect them from onion maggot and lavender bushes around fruit trees to deter codling moth

Rosemary planted near carrots deters carrot fly and bean beetle.  Sprigs of rosemary place with clothes will repel moths and silverfish

Put sage bushes near door ways to keep ants away.  Planted in the vegetable garden sage is believed to keep mice away

Plant fennel near doorways and windows to repel flies and mosquitoes.  Place fresh leaves in your pet’s bedding and rub through its coat to ward off fleas.

Use both annual and perennial chamomile flowers to make an antifungal spray by pouring on liter of boiling water over two firmly packed cupfuls of fresh flowers, steep then strain.

Protect cabbages, beans and tomatoes by planting basil nearby.

When making pesticides wear gloves, goggles, long-sleeved shirt and trousers and waterproof shoes

Citronella oil is a general insect repellent and can be used as bait to trap and drown codling moth, light brown apple moth and male fruit flies

Garlic spray can be used to kill or repel a range of pests such as aphids, woolly aphid, bean fly, stink and horned bugs, crickets and grasshoppers.


Coffee Grounds: If stray cats use your garden as a litter box try this concoction: mix together used coffee grounds and orange peels. I use an empty coffee container and keep it under the sink to collect the coffee grounds and when I have orange peels, I mix them together and place in the garden. Suggestion: Don’t keep the mixture of orange peel and coffee grounds under the sink for too long – it begins to stink like a compost pile eventually!


Salt: Slug problem? Sprinkle some salt on them; however if you are a conservationist, be warned that slugs die when they come in contact with salt.

Eggshells: Instead of throwing away your eggshells, crush them and put them at the base of tomato plants to keep away cutworms.

Epsom Salt: 1) Water your Lantana camara (Lantana), Gaillardia pulchella (Blanket Flower) or Trachelospermum jasminoides (Confederate Jasmine), just to name a few, with a mixture of 1 part Epsom salt to 2 parts water. They will thank you and flourish. 2) Keep raccoons and other pesky animals out of your garden by sprinkling some Epsom salt around the plant. The plant will thank you and the rodents will find another garden to feast in.

Egg Cartons: Empty egg cartons are perfect to start seedling indoors or out. Use seeds from a packet or those you have saved from a plant. Either way, the egg carton sections are the perfect size and can be filled with dirt or water to get those seedlings started.


  1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.. I didn’t know that!
  2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!
  3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
  4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
  5. To make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.
  6. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic,  and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.
  7. Reheat Pizza Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
  8. Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag.  Seal, mash till they are all broken up.  Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg.  Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.
  9. Expanding Frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size.  You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
  10. Reheating refrigerated bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water.  The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
  11. Newspaper weeds away: Plant your plants in the ground, work the nutrients in your soil.  Then wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go, cover with mulch, and forget about weeds.  Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.
  12. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.
  13. Flexible vacuum: To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum.  It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
  14. Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip to eliminate static cling. It works; you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and … Ta DA! … Static is gone.
  15. Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup.  Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
  16. De-fog your windshield: Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car when the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
  17. Re-opening envelopes: If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two.  Voila! It unseals easily.
  18. Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth.  It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.
  19. Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2′ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well.  You will find those flies drawn to the cup an d gone forever!
  20. Get Rid of Ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them.  It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!   I preferred dry bay leave (any grocery store in spice section)
  21. Wash your dryer filter: Did you know that cleaning your lint trap with a dryer sheet can ruin it? Dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit.  You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free, and smell good.  You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box? Apparently that stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen.  This is what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! You can test it by running the lint trap under water.  If the water goes through you are good.  If not then you need to clean it.  The best way to keep your dryer working for a long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.
  22. Drop a small object on the carpet and can’t find it.  Place panty hose over the end of the vacuum hose and start vacuuming.  The panty hose will trap anything to large to fit through the tiny hose and keep it from getting sucked into the vacuum.
  23. Wearing a skirt or dress on a windy day. Cut open a few sections on the bottom seam. slip in some heavy washers or flat weights (anything small heavy and flat will work) then sew the seam back up.
  24. Need to cut some corn off the cob. Use your bundt pan.  Place the ear on the opening in the center of the pan, and as you slide the knife down the ear, all the kernels will collect in the main part of the pan