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Hair Makeup, Care and Tips

Beauty Tips & Tricks : Hair Makeup, Care and tips
Hair Makeup, Care and tips - How to Shampoo
  • Before shampooing, massage the hair by gently pulling on each strand to invigorate the scalp. Take your time to do a good job and to create a relaxed feeling in the scalp area.
  • Next, brush the hair with a soft or a medium bristle brush. Start from the nape of the neck and proceed upwards towards the scalp. Cover all the areas of the scalp to remove dust and dead scalp tissue.
  • Rinse the hair with warm water.
  • Knowing how to shampoo the hair properly can help you in taking extra care for your hair.

  • Normal healthy hair requires some sort of hair dressing to hold it in place. Hair oils make ideal dressing but too much oil can dull its natural luster and make it look greasy and dull. When the scalp is healthy, the sebaceous glands supply the hair with sufficient oils to keep it supple.
  • But if you feel oil is a must for you here are some oils you can prepare at home. They will make hair not only healthy but also give the body and shine at the same time. Shampoo into your hand and work this into the scalp with rotating fingertips.
  • Continue massaging in the shampoo through the different sections of the scalp. When you have covered the entire scalp area, rinse with warm water. Replace the shampoo and this time concentrate on cleansing the hair strands.
  • Rinse hair again till all the traces of shampoo are removed. The final rinse should be either of 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lime juice diluted in warm water. This final rinse helps to remove the last traces of soap scum and makes the hair infinitely more bouncy and shiny. You should always keep vinegar in your bathroom. Eight parts water to one part vinegar and' you can use straight from the bottle. It makes the hair soft full of lights and really shiny.
  • Squeeze out excess water from the hair and towel dry. Never use excessive shampoo, excessive shampooing can weaken your hair. Therefore, stretch out time between washings with dry shampoo.
  • Sprinkle finely ground corn meal through the scalp making partings to get it in thoroughly. Leave it on for 1 to 2 hours or even a few minutes will do if you are in a hurry then brush it out outdoors. In addition to cleansing the scalp it will make the hair shiny and help remove persistent dandruff.
  • This type of shampooing to clean the hair should be specially resorted too by sick people or people who are bedridden and are not allowed to wash their head. Know how to shampoo with another way of giving instant good looks to your hair by spraying some cau de cologne or lavender water on a brittle brush and brush it through your hair.
    This removes any excess grease and dirt and leaves your hair sweet smelling. If your hair is very dirty, cover the brush with a stocking or a piece of cloth, put the cologne on that and then brush to make the hair really clean. Oat meal and ground almonds also make excellent dry shampoos, they should be used in the same way as corn meal.

  • Nutmeg oil: Mix 3 ounces of pure olive oil, 1 teaspoon oil of nutmeg and 1 drop of lavender. Heat together over boiling water, bottle and use sparingly.
  • Hibiscus oil: 12 dried hibiscus flowers. 250 gram coconut oil, a few drop of lavender. Heat the oil over hot water, and the flowers and the heat for about 15 minutes. Set down and cool, add lavender. Set aside whole day, filter and bottle.
  • Gooseberry oil: 1 kilo gooseberries, 1 kilo tit oil, 1 teaspoon sandalwood oil, % liter fresh cow's milk. Cut the gooseberries into pieces removing the seed. Soak them in water for 3 to 4days. Now boil the gooseberries in the water in which they were soaked till the quantity is reduced to half. Cool thoroughly and mash.
  • Now heat the til oil along with smashed gooseberries and milk. Heat on a slow fire; keep stirring it constantly to prevent it from over boiling. When the sediment settles at the bottom and the oil floats on the top remove from fire. Set aside for one day and then filter out the oil. Add sandalwood oil and bottle.
  • The above given were some natural shampooing techniques, however one should know how to shampoo properly to get that everlasting hair looks.
    Top 5 Biggest Hair Mistakes
    1. Washing your hair everyday - Unless you have oily hair, it is not necessary to wash your hair everyday. The natural oils in our hair prevent it from drying out, and actually help in achieving some looks such as up-dos and spiral curls. If you have combination hair (oily scalp, dry ends), just wash the hair around the scalp and leave the ends. For those who just can't stand to go a day without washing their strands, try a gentle cleansing shampoo with natural moisturizing agents. A good one to try is the ISH Color Lock Shampoo, which uses coconut and jojoba to add a moisturizing aspect to this pure cleanser.

    2. Sticking by the same product - Think of hair products as exercise. When you do the same exercise day in and day out, your body get used to it and the initial results diminish. If you vary your work out routine, however, the outcome is much better. Hair is no exception. Your tresses get used to certain products, just as your body acclimates to certain exercises. To keep you hair looking in top condition, change your shampoos, conditioners, and other products at least once a month. You can use the same type of products, just in different brands for the same effect. For example, one month try Matrix Sleek Look Smoothing Shampoo and next month, switch to Redken Smooth Down.

    3. Skipping your deep conditioning treatment - Even if you don't heat style your hair often, it's important to use a deep conditioner at least once every two weeks. If you have oily hair and are afraid of hair being weighed down, simply pair the deep conditioning treatment with a clarifying shampoo. An excellent deep conditioner is the Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Deep Conditioner and a good clarifying shampoo is the Kenra Clarifying Shampoo.

    4. Always wearing your hair tied back - Wearing your hair pulled tightly back does several negative things. First off, it can pull on the scalp causing possible breakage. Also, your hair can become trained to lie in a pulled back fashion so that when you do want to wear looser styles, you may have a hard time. Last but not least, your current hair cut is not suited to your lifestyle if you must always wear it up! It is understandable that some of us have jobs requiring us to wear our hair pulled back. If this is the case for you, I suggest wearing your hair down when you sleep or wearing it down during your days off. If you must wear your hair back while sleeping, use a scrunchie instead of a rubber band.

    5. Using heated appliance with styling products - About 95% of styling agents, such as mousses, hair sprays, and gels, contain plastic polymers and alcohol. When plastic polymers are applied to the hair and then used with a heated appliance, like a flat iron or blow dryer, the plastic actually melts onto the hair, creating an unhealthy build-up. Unfortunately, it takes more than a simple shampooing to get rid of the residue. Alcohol is known to be very drying. Apply alcohol to the hair in combination with a heated styling tool and you're drying and frying your hair simultaneously. If you must use heat and styling products together, try some of the new all natural styling products, such as ISH I Love My Hair Styling Spray, which utilizes rice starch as its holding agent.
  • Hair Tips

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    Hair Tips

    Beauty Tips & Tricks : Hair Tips
  • Switch to a satin pillowcase to keep your hair smooth. Cotton and synthetic pillowcases make your hair frizzy and rough.
  • If you don't keep the blow dryer moving every few seconds, you can damage the cuticle and ruin your hair's natural shine.
  • An all-natural way to eliminate shampoo build-up and toxins in your hair is with apple cider vinegar. Rinse your hair once a week with one cup of apple cider vinegar; it's found in grocery or health stores.
  • Most top hair salons offer low-cost cuts on training nights, where student stylists work their magic (under the close watch of their more senior colleagues).
  • Use a detoxifying shampoo once a month to strip your hair of built-up product.
  • Use heat protecting products before straightening or curling your hair.
  • Give your hair a protein treatment once a fortnight to boost the hair shafts and add shine.
  • Use a large round brush when blow-drying your hair to gently curl the ends adding bounce and volume.
  • Twist damp hair into a low bun at the nape of your neck and fasten, then sleep on it overnight for tousled looking tresses the next day.
  • Combing your hair when it's wet causes split ends - run your fingers through it in the shower to get rid of tangles instead.
  • Buy small plastic bottles to put your shampoo and conditioner in as space savers when you're traveling.
  • Mix a small amount of body shimmer with your clear hair product for sexy shine when you go out.
  • Hair burns just like skin - so apply a hair protectant before you hit the beach.
  • Get rid of greasy hair by just shampooing the roots, or for an instant fix carry a bottle of dry shampoo in your bag for emergencies.
  • Buy small plastic bottles to put your shampoo and conditioner in as space savers when you're traveling.
  • Herbal teas for the bath

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    Herbal teas for the bath

    Herbal teas for the bathHerbal teas for the bath: bathing in a tub of water juiced with herbs can be an almost mystical experience. Soothe tired muscles, ease a tired mind.
    Herbs, or combinations of them, have been used for centuries. At one time, in fact, they were the only form of medicine and the only material available to create scents. Depending on their special properties, they were used to soothe or tone muscles, to ease a tired mind, or to just make people feel beautiful. Bathing in a tub of water juiced with herbs can be an almost mystical experience. There are hundreds of herbs and probably thousands of combinations that can be made of them, so the recipes I have chosen are only a small taste of what the possibilities could be.

  • There are two methods for using the herbal baths you prepare. One is to mix the dried herbs and then tie them up in a square cloth about 5x5 inches. The bag is then hung over the hot water faucet, where the water will pass through it. The bag can also be dropped directly into the tub along with your body, and stay there during your bath. (Herbs floating free can clog up the drain so be sure to keep them captive). If you want to make up bags of herbs to give away, use different colored fabrics to act as a key to the contents. A red striped fabric can indicate a spicy mixture. Yellow can be used for a calming chamomile brew.
  • The second method of using herbal teas is to simmer the herbs for 5 minutes, steep them for 10 minutes, and then pour the mixture directly into the tub through a strainer. This method is much more satisfactory than the first. The "tea" is stronger and does a better job, plus the fact the fragrance created by simmering the tea is a beautiful bonus. You can also add a complimentary dropper full of essential oil to a quart of material if you want.

    Mint Cooler:
    Mix equal parts of peppermint leaves, pine needles, and alfalfa mint leaves. Complimentary oil is 1 dropper of rosemary or bergamot to a quart of dry material.

    Sweet Bath:
    A partially wholesome, partially sensuous combination for people who want a little of both worlds.
  • 1/2 cup sweet woodruff
  • 1/2 cup sweet cicely
  • 1/2-cup angelica leaves
  • 1/2-cup hyssop leaves
  • 1/2-cup patchouli leaves
  • Complimentary oil: 1 dropper of bergamot or 4 drops of patchouli oil.

    Bath in Bay:
    This mixture is for those tired and strained muscles, after a hard day's work. Or this one is great for a real pick-me-up.
    Simmer 1/2 cup of bay leaves in 2 cups of water for 5 minutes. Steep for 10 and strain directly into a hot bath.

    Tranquil Breeze:
  • 1/2-cup lavender flowers
  • 1/2-cup chamomile flowers or you may use 4 chamomile tea bags
  • Complimentary Oil: 4 drops of ylang-ylang oil and 1 dropper of lavender oil

    To complete your herbal tea bath, take a carrier oil like sweet almond oil, add three drops of the complimentary oil from the recipe and massage your feet, then feel the tensions drain from your day.
  • Home Made Facials Recipes to Cleanse and Moisturize Your Skin

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    Home Made Facials Recipes to Cleanse and Moisturize Your Skin

    Home Made Facials Recipes Home made facials can work wonders for your skin by taking off dead skin cells, and stimulating new cell growth.
    Plus, they are simple, convenient and inexpensive, since most of the ingredients you already have in your own kitchen.
    You can apply these relaxing facials in the comfort of your own home and it only takes a few minutes.
    Before you apply a mask, make sure you wash your face with lukewarm water and a cleanser appropriate for your skin type.
    * Important: To avoid the possibility of an allergic reaction from these home made facials, test a small quantity of any unfamiliar substance on the underside of your arm, and wait 24 to 48 hours to see if a rash develops.

    Home Made Facials for Dry Skin
    Preparing the clay or fuller's earth (this step applies to all the masks listed below):
  • Add 1/2 cup water to 1/4 cup of clay or fuller's earth (if too dry, add a few drops of water at a time)
  • Mix separate from other ingredients
  • Add any oils listed in the mask recipes
  • May substitute water for whole milk (only for dry skin recipes)

    1. Buttermilk Mask
    This mask leaves your skin more youthful.
  • 1/4 cup of green clay
  • 2 teaspoons of buttermilk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise
  • two drops lavender oil
    Preparation and application:
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl.
  • Pat the mask to your face, and allow to harden for 20 minutes, avoiding eye area.
  • Rinse mask off with lukewarm water. Dry face. Apply moisturizer.

    2. Avocado Mask
    This mask is a moisturizing and is high in Vitamin E.
  • 1/4 cup of green clay
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 drops rose oil
    Preparation and application:
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Apply mask to face, avoid the eye area.
  • Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Apply moisturizer.

    Home Made Facials for Oily and Combination Skin
    1. Grape Mask
    This mask for combination skin (dry on some parts and oily on others) removes dead skin from your face for a fresher complexion.
  • 1/4 cup fuller's earth or kaolin
  • 1/4 cup of mashed, seedless grapes
  • 1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
    Preparation and application:
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Apply paste using small paintbrush. Pat the mask to your face, and allow to harden for 20 minutes, avoiding eye area.
  • Rinse mask off with lukewarm water, then cold water. Dry face. Apply moisturizer.

    Home Made Facials for Normal Skin
    1. Honey Mask
    Your skin will feel tight and soft after applying this home made facials mask.
  • 1/4 cup fuller's earth or kaolin
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 drops wheat germ oil
    Preparation and application:
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Apply mask to face, avoid the eye area.
  • Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse mask off with lukewarm water, then cold water. Dry face. Apply moisturizer.
  • Harmful beauty product ingredients

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    Harmful beauty product ingredients

    Harmful beauty product ingredientsYour everyday beauty product might contain harmful or even dangerous ingredients.
    Before you next head to your bathroom to cleanse your skin, shampoo your hair, or apply your make-up, you might want to take a gander at the ingredients in your beauty products. Additives, fillers and chemicals are more common in commercially bought brands than we might realize. These common ingredients can dry out the skin and hair, clog the pores and accelerate the aging process.
    Many beauty, skin and hair care products contain ingredients that are actually harmful to our hair and skin (not to mention our overall health). What's worse, some of these ingredients, due to clever marketing campaigns and buzz words, are actually thought to be harmless- sometimes even thought to be good for us. The truth is, they are not. Because of shrewd advertising tactics, the general public is sadly misinformed.

    If you are concerned about harmful effects of common beauty products, you may want to avoid products that contain the following ingredients:
  • Mineral Oil- This product is typically found in lipsticks, lotions, make-up removers, liquid foundations, and is usually the main ingredient in baby oil. The word "mineral" makes this product sound like a nutrient, but in fact it is a crude oil derived from petroleum. Mineral oil literally coats the skin like a film, preventing the pores from doing their job. The skin cannot breath or rid itself of toxins through the substance.
  • Petroleum- Another like mineral oil, this product can clog the pores and smother the skin. You may find petroleum in your face creams, lotions and lipsticks.
  • Paraffin- Derived from coal or petroleum, paraffin is a wax filler; the same kind of wax found in cheap candles. It is used to solidify products such as bath bars (they aren't even allowed to be called soap), and liner pencils. It can be a skin irritant and clogs the pores.
  • Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA)- AHA is organic and generally thought to be a desirable moisturizing ingredient and natural exfoliant. It is found in skin cleansers, masks and moisturizers. It does exfoliate, but so powerfully that it removes not just dead skin cells, but the skin's natural protective layer as well. It can make the skin up to 50% more susceptible to harmful UV rays, leaving one vulnerable to the sun's aging effect, and even skin cancer.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)- This ingredient is commonly found in cosmetics, toothpastes, shampoos, garage floor cleaners and engine de-greasers. Not only is SLS bad for your skin, as it is a detergent that dries the skin out, but when combined with other common chemicals it can form carcinogenic compounds. This chemical is actually used in labs to cause skin irritations on which other products can be tested, but since it is cheap and creates foam, many commercial cosmetic companies use it in their products.
  • Formaldehyde (formalin)- Yes, the same substance used in labs to preserve dead bodies can often be found in our nail polish, shampoos and skin creams. This substance can be irritating and cause allergic reactions when in contact with the skin. Its fumes are linked to asthma and cancer.
  • Alcohol or Isopropyl Alcohol- This petroleum-derived chemical found in perfumes, hair sprays, after-shave lotions, body lotions, and hair color products can also be found in products such as anti-freeze and solvents. It is a toxic substance. Its fumes can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness and depression. It has a drying/aging effect when used directly on the skin.
  • Talc- found in loose and pressed powders, such as blushes, powdered foundations, and baby powder. This mineral is a potential carcinogen when inhaled.
  • Laquer- Generally added to water-proof mascara to make lashes look full and keep color from running, prolonged use of this hardening chemical will eventually lead to the loss and thinning of eye lashes.
  • Collagen- Many of us are under the impression that collagen is good for our skin. And indeed, the body's naturally produced collagen keeps our skin healthy and elastic. Unfortunately, the collagen added to cosmetic creams, moisturizers and other skin care products are extracted from animal skins and ground chicken feet. The protein cannot penetrate the pores by rubbing it on the skin; it only serves to clog the pores and keep the skin from functioning properly.
  • Lanolin- Another product we are often under the impression is healthy for our skin, it is a fat derived from wool and is known as a skin sensitizer which causes irritations and rashes.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list of the harmful ingredients found in many products we use daily. If you are concerned about the effects such additives will have on your beauty and health, you may want to make yourself aware of just what you are putting on your body by reading ingredients before making purchases. Don't let catch words like "natural" or "organic" fool you; just because something is natural doesn't mean it won't harm you. Manure is natural, but you wouldn't rub it all over your body, would you?
  • Homemade Beauty Tips

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    Beauty Tips & Tricks : Homemade Beauty Tips
  • The quest for beautiful skin and hair is prevalent among women. You can make inexpensive, natural beauty and hair treatments from ingredients you have in your home that will perform just as well or better than products you purchase in the store.
  • If you only have one natural beauty remedy in your pantry, make it Olive Oil. It's extremely versatile and can be used on every part of your body.
  • Olive oil is excellent for removing mascara. It's much better than petroleum jelly or baby oil and is beneficial to the skin around your eyes.
  • Use a few drops of olive oil in warm water for a wonderful at-home manicure. Apply your favorite lotion afterwards to lock in the moisture.
  • Beeswax and olive oil melted and poured into a small tin makes wonderful lip balm that will keep your lips soft and smooth.
  • Dry feet can be healed after one night of this treatment. Before bed, rub olive oil into your dry, cracked feet. Do not rinse. Then, put a cozy pair of socks on and go to sleep. Your feet will drink in the moisture and feel much better by morning.
  • Add a few drops of olive oil to your bath water for the best skin softener you can imagine. And, if you're feeling extra decadent, then add a few drops of essential oil for a natural aromatherapy bath.
  • A very small amount of olive oil applied to dry hair will condition and get rid of frizz. This is a great leave-in conditioner.
  • Olive oil can also work as a shaving cream for men with sensitive skin.
  • Don't buy those expensive Sea Salt Scrubs. Make your own. Just add sea salt to olive oil and you've got a sea salt scrub that will feel like heaven. Add a drop of essential oils if you'd like your scrub scented.
  • Please use caution when using olive oil in your bathtub as it will get quite slippery and you don't want to fall.
  • It is not necessary to pay a lot of money for beauty treatment products. The things you have in your very own kitchen can often be the best beauty products available.
  • Hair coloring: how to get professional results at home

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    Hair coloring: how to get professional results at home

    Hair coloring: how to get professional results at homeHair coloring, a step by step guide to coloring your hair at home, to achieve natural and professional looking results at a fraction of the cost.
    With the advanced home hair color products available today, achieving a result that is natural looking and flattering is easy to do. Follow these simple steps and save yourself time and money without sacrificing great results.
    Please note: The following directions do not apply to taking your natural hair color from dark to blonde. Coloring your hair blonde, especially if your natural color is brown or black, is best done by a professional because it is a much more complicated procedure than that described below.
    Coloring Materials
    First assemble your materials. You will need these items:
  • Hair color You can use either the kit that is sold in drug and grocery stores, such as Clairol or Loreal brands, or you can make your own hair color kit. I have found that you get longer lasting color by choosing your own components at a beauty supply store. You will need the coloring liquid and creme bleach, which is called developer. Choose a 30 volume white developer for best results. You can save money by purchasing a large bottle of developer and only purchasing the liquid color each time you need to touch up your roots.
  • Measuring cup Use this to measure the creme developer.
  • Bowl and brush. While at the beauty supply store, pick up a professional quality plastic bowl and brush for mixing the color. The bowl is deep and has a thumb notch on the side for easy pickup, and a rubber base to keep it from tipping. The brush is flat and has a rat-tail comb end. These two items are usually packaged together.
  • Towel or cape If desired, you can also get a salon type beauty cape at the beauty supply store. I use an old towel, which works just as well.
  • Plastic gloves I recommend the less rigid latex over plastic, although the boxed kits contain the plastic ones. The latex gloves give a greater degree of sensitivity and allow you to judge better where the color is by feel. This is helpful especially when working on the back of your head.
  • Clock All color processes must be precisely timed to avoid mistakes.
  • You may wish to do a strand test to preview your color. Mix together a drop or two of the liquid color and a drop or two of the developer. Snip a tiny amount of hair from the back and underneath area of your hair where it will not be noticed and tape it together on one end. Dip the un-taped end into the mixture and leave it for 25 minutes. Rinse, dry and compare the results to what you expected.

    If the results from the strand test are acceptable, proceed to the coloring steps.
    Coloring Procedure
    1. Mix up the color solution Into the color mixing bowl pour the liquid color and 3 oz. of the creme developer. If you bought a kit, the developer is already measured for you. Using the color brush, mix well.
    2. Apply the color mixture If this is the very first time you have colored your hair, or if your hair is completely grown out from the last time you colored and no previously color processed hair remains, apply the mixture to your hair is the same way as you would shampoo. If however you are touching up your roots, following the directions in step 3.
    3. Begin with dry hair Starting at the top front of your hair, make a part with the tail of the color brush about an inch long and another part parallel to the first one and about ? inch to the side. Holding the parted section of hair up, brush the color mixture on the root area of the parted section and the adjacent un-parted section. Pull the parted section up so that it stands on its own and out of the way to the side. Make another part ? inch to the side of the un-parted section to whose roots you previously applied the color mixture and hold the section up. Brush the color mixture onto the roots of the held section and the roots of the adjacent section as you just did with the last section. Continue this procedure until you have applied color mixture to the all the roots.
    Important: Avoid getting the color mixture on the ends. The ends are extremely porous if they were previously colored and will soak up too much of the color mixture, making them darker that the rest of your hair. If you get any color mixture on the ends, wipe it off immediately. After applying color to all your roots, wipe any color from your skin using a towel and warm water. Be sure to remove excess color from your hairline and in back of your ears.

    4. Wait the prescribed amount of time in the directions, or 20 minutes.
    5. After 20 minutes have elapsed, apply any leftover color to the ends. Use a wide toothed comb to pull the color through the entire hair shaft, from the roots to the ends.
    6. Leave color on the ends no more than five minutes. After time is up, add a little water to your hair and lather the color mixture through it like a shampoo.
    7. Rinse your hair thoroughly in tepid water until the rinse water runs clear and absolutely no color mixture remains in the hair.
    8. If your kit contained a conditioner, apply it now. Leave it on for two minutes and rinse thoroughly in tepid water. You may use a deep conditioning treatment instead of the boxed kit conditioner.

    Some women prefer to shampoo their hair after rinsing out the color and before conditioning. I don't recommend this. Waiting at least 24 hours to shampoo allows the color to "set" in your hair and helps to prevent the color from fading.
    To help preserve the vibrancy of your color, subsequent shampooing and conditioning should be done using cool water. Hot water will strip color from your hair. This is especially true for reds, which can fade or become brassy in a matter of a week to ten days.