Guru Series with Joseph Maine, celebrity hair expert
Did you know that dermatologists specialize in all things hair? Skin, hair and nails all derive from the same original cells in the growing embryo and are all under the purview of dermatology. I turned to Joseph Maine. Joseph Maine is a celebrity, editorial, bridal and salon stylist based in New York City at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in Chelsea. His work has been featured in W Magazine, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Us Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Martha Stewart Magazine, Family Circle and more, as well as on red carpets and press events all over the country.
Dr. Williams: These days it’s not enough for a product to effective, it should also be “good for you.” As a hairstylist, do you find that clients are requesting products with fewer chemicals? What are your thoughts about all the chemicals in hair care products?
JM: People aren’t necessarily looking for fewer ingredients, but they are certainly very ingredient driven. Clients are more aware than ever about harmful additives in their hair products. They know what they don’t want in their products. Hair products in general have become very gimmicky over the past few years. I always warn my clients not to fall into the ingredient trends. The oils for example – many products swear to supply your hair with some exotic oil meant to repair your tresses and leave it feeling like virgin hair again. Except you read the ingredients and these products are loaded with heavy additives and have less than 1% of the oil they’re named after.
Dr. Williams: What advice can you share with us about shampoo, which ingredients to look for, and how often to shampoo?
JM: The shampoo that you choose can make a really big difference. It can exacerbate thinning of the hair. Over the years more and more ingredients have been added to the shampoo that have nothing to do with cleansing your hair. If you have thin hair, you are massaging these ingredients into your scalp. They can be left behind and leave build up, and they don’t easily rinse off. It can impede new hair growth and dull your hair color. Don’t use 2-in-1 or cleansing conditioners. You also want to stay away from sulfates and shampoo that have that ‘pearly’ look when you pour them in your hand. My personal favorite is by ColorWow – Color Security Shampoo. It’s a gentle cleansing shampoo that is crystal clear and sulfate free. It will remove build-up from other products and keep your scalp healthy. Great for everyone, whether you color your hair, use lots of heat products or even for men. (Joseph is a brand ambassador for ColorWowHair.)
Dr. Williams: What tips can you offer for helping hair color last longer?
JM: Many factors can fade hair color. Just as I said before, the shampoo is key! Next you always want to be careful in the sun. When you’re at the beach you can always apply a bit of sunblock all over your hair as well. The sprays work best as they don’t appear too greasy. I always suggest going back to see your colorist for a gloss in between color services. Many people only have their hair color done every 3 months or so. That’s over 90 shampoos for some! Your color is bound to fade by then as our hair is porous. A gloss is a great way to revamp your hair color in only 15 minutes and is usually very inexpensive. It just deposits a bit of color back into your hair, it can cancel brassiness, bring back golden tones, or just restore shine depending on what you prefer. Shampoos and conditioners with color in them are also great options to use from time to time.
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