How to get the most out of your hair. This should be especially helpful if your hair is damaged, unmanageable or you just think it could look better.
Cut it, but not too much. I’m serious. My hair used to be a huge frizzball. No matter how many products I tried or straighteners I used it just would not de-frizz. I resorted to cutting all that frizz off. Yes, I tried not to cry all the way home and went to a party that evening to receive a lot of compliments, which I didn’t believe. Looking back, the haircut wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t me. That haircut did change my hair for the good and I haven’t looked back since.
So, if your hair is damaged, straggly or hard to comb, go and get a trim. Some advice about getting a trim – lie to the hairdresser about how much you want cut off by at least a centimetre. Also, when they recommend you book in again in six weeks, ignore them. Unless you don’t want your hair to grow, you can leave it eight weeks or sometimes more to keep it in good condition.
Use the right shampoo and conditioner. My favourite high end range is Redken. As my hair is coloured, I prefer the Colour Extend line.
When I’m not feeling rich in pocket, I go for John Freida’s Sheer Blonde.
If I was brunette I’d use the Brilliant Brunette etc etc. Don’t just grab any bottle, though. Think about how your hair is and choose your shampoo to suit you. For example, if your hair is greasy on top and dry on the bottom, choose the Enhancing shampoo and the Moisturising conditioner.
Don’t wash your hair every day. Try and wash it only as much as you can get away with. The more you wash it, the more damaged it will become. You can always use some dry shampoo if you need a lift. The same goes for brushing. If it doesn’t need a brush, don’t brush it.
Comb from the ends to the roots. I never comb my hair from the roots downwards as it pulls at the hair so much that eventually it will break.
Use a good heat protecting/smoothing cream. My high end(ish) favourite is L’Oreal Professionelle Lisse Control; my lower end L’Oreal Hot and Smooth. My hair looks and feels so much better when I use one of these.
Wait until your hair is almost dry before using a hair drier. If you start drying it when it’s sodden, you increase the heat damage. Sometimes I only dry the roots and let the rest dry naturally. I only really dry the ends if I want a bit more style.
I’ll write a post about wedding hair soon… I had to get this one out of my system first.