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JCI Hair Graduate’s Secrets to Maintaining Healthy Hair

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08.2017

In order to keep your hair healthy and clean, it requires maintenance and proper care. John Casablancas Institute’s Hair Program graduates reveal the secrets to maintaining beautiful and healthy hair:

Melissa McKenna / @hairbymelissamckenna 

The best advice I could give to keeping your hair healthy would be to get regular trims, wash your hair with salon quality products and use more heat-less styles like braids and updos!

Jaden Sware-Stevenson / @beautyby.jaden

The most important rule for girls with blonde hair is, don’t throw your hair up in a wet ponytail! It’s a sure shot way to break fragile strands. I’d recommend investing in a wet brush which detangles wet hair gently. At my workplace, High Fidelity Hair, we mostly use Goldwell products and I love the KMS moist repair line.

They even have an anti-breakage spray to keep your hair strong, which you can layer under their revival cream for smooth and healthy locks. It’s tempting to opt for cheaper drug store products, but you get what you pay for when using Goldwell products.

Most drug store shampoos strip the healthy protective oils from your hair and the drug store conditioners coat it with silicone or wax, leaving it looking smooth with a lot of build-ups, which will weigh your hair down and damage your hair color.  

I can’t stress enough how important a heat protector is for people who heat style their hair often. I hear from a lot of clients that they apply their hair oils or serums before they flat iron their hair. Always apply your oils after you flat iron, to smooth out the look and to protect your hair from environmental damage through the day. If you use the oil and run a 400-degree flat iron over your hair, you’re basically deep frying it!

Brittany Ostash / @hair.by.britt

For me, maintaining healthy hair is getting regular haircuts, even if they are only little trims. Using leave-in condition or oils in your hair right after a good wash is also something you can do to keep your hair healthy.

Having a heat protectant in your hair before styling it is always key. I use Axis Mor Oil right after I wash my hair before brushing or blow-drying!

Jenna Johnson / @blondeandbalyage

My tip to maintaining healthy color treated hair, especially blondes, is protein and moisture! The biggest downfall of lifting hair is losing at the nutrients, so as a stylist, I also ensure that my clients have at home treatments to keep the integrity of your hair.

My go-to products include Redken Extreme Cat (protein treatment) and the EVO Great Hydrator (moisture mask).  

Jo Vandenberg-Clark / @_queenculture

In order to keep your hair healthy, I would recommend using healthy hair products such as hair masks, heat protectant and go in for regular trims. My favorite products to date are definitely from AG Hair or Redken.

The AG line has a great heat protectant called firewall and it helps keep your hair healthy, also the entire line smells amazing! I also suggest using Redken Anti-Snap for damaged/distressed hair.


Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.

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