Lockdown is slowly easing and the world outside our homes is cautiously opening. Almost as exciting as sitting a metre (or is it two?) from mates in a pub is reuniting with our hair stylists!
Depending on how well you’ve cared for your hair during lockdown, going back may be a bit daunting, even traumatic. Your stylist can only work with what they have. So, do your part and give them healthy locks with which to work their magic.
Whether rushing back to the salon or not, maintaining healthy hair is an ongoing responsibility. To help you keep it at its best and most beautiful, we’ve curated these top 10 expert tips:
1. Plan for regular trims
Weren’t brave enough to self-trim during lockdown? Then you’ll be overdue for one right about now. Basic hair hygiene calls for regular trims every 2 to 3 months.
Easier said than done because it’s just so simple to forget, or not bother, especially if you use the excuse that you’re growing your hair longer. But ‘bother’ you must if you want your hair to look good and grow well.
Even hair subjected to minimal heat or mechanical intervention will suffer split ends over time from common environmental elements. And small splits can quickly turn into big ones as they travel up the hair shaft. This not only makes hair look dull and straggly, it promotes breakage. So, aside from having hair look its best, if you are wanting to grow it longer, skipping trims is counterproductive.
To help stay on top of regular trims, try scheduling a year’s worth of appointments in advance. Your stylist can recommend how often your hair should be trimmed based on its texture type and general condition. Then, put them in your calendar and the hard part is done!
2. Stick with your colour(s) of choice
Rainbow shades are fabulous and colourful hair is a brilliant way to express yourself. However, for healthier hair, pick just 1 or 2 colours and stick to them! The desire to rock a different, popping shade every month may be a strong one, but the chemical processing for each new colour change risks drying out hair and damaging it.
If you’re intent on making your mark with a bold colour choice, keep it for a while before switching to a natural shade and try staying with that for three times as long. Only then should you consider the next colour you fancy. Have fun with colour but, at the same time, strive to minimise the harshness of chemicals you're putting on your strands. And then, allow your hair more time to heal and fortify!
3. Rock your natural texture
Gorgeous hairstyles tend to be those that look natural and effortless. What better way to achieve this than by working with what nature gave you! Perhaps with lockdown you had the time to embrace your natural texture? If not, maybe it’s time to stop fighting it and learn how to make the most of what you have.
If you were born with strands that don’t walk a straight line, spend some time learning hair care routines that enhance your natural texture rather than bullying it into submission with heat, or worse, chemicals.
Conversely, if your hair is naturally straight, go with it. Or, find heatless ways to give it shape like platting or rolling when damp and letting hair air dry.
While there is nothing wrong with using heated tools to get the shape and style you don’t have naturally, this level of manipulation takes its toll on your hair’s health. Give your locks a break by letting them be as often as not.
With hair, the grass is often fuller, shinier, prettier… on the other side. However, learning to love what you have is not only healthier for your hair, but for your mind too.
4. Take time to detangle
Did you know that hair is at its most fragile when wet? Abrasively brushing strands in this state can strip cuticles leaving hair dull and lifeless. Furthermore, if you have natural curls, brushing when wet can damage their elasticity diminishing natural bounce over time.
But most hair types need detangling after a wash, and that often calls for more than just one’s fingers. Instead of reaching for your regular brush, opt for a wide tooth comb or a specially designed ‘wet brush’.
For more challenging hair, use a detangling product to smooth the way. After applying the detangler, gently comb or wet-brush through, working in small sections from the bottom up as not to push tangles into knots.
5. Cut down on shampoo
Most of us shampoo our hair more often than needed, leading to dry ends and scalps. Often what we fear may be dandruff, is no more than dry scalp which causes skin to flake off in your hair. If you experience this, before looking into dandruff shampoos and remedies, simply try reducing your hair washes per week and see if that’s the solution.
There are a few tricks you can use to extend the life of your hair before a shampoo, such as dry shampoo, hats or wearing a protective style that uses oil building up to your advantage.
You can also try using the RevAir reverse air dryer, on your dry hair to help distribute the oil, remove surface particles and simply freshen it up.
6. Condition regularly
While cleansing your hair is important, it is as much so, if not more, to regularly condition and deep condition it – especially if curly!
Hair should be conditioned after every shampoo, with deep conditioning done every few shampoos, depending on your hair’s natural texture. Curly and coily hair tends to be drier and needs extra boosts of moisture, so keep that in mind when planning your deep conditioning routine. Look for treatments designed to smooth and hydrate your cuticles. Leave them on your hair for at least 30 minutes each time. Doing this regularly puts you firmly on your way to softer and shinier hair!
7. Use Heat Protectant
This is a simple one – but some of us need to hear it. Protect your strands from heat, every time you put it under the heat! Hair will feel softer, less damaged and stronger with continued and consistent heat protectant use. Try to find a product that is designed for your specific hair type so you get the most out of your choice!
8. Explore protective styling
Protective styles are great any time, but especially on days when your hair is more challenging or when you are trying to avoid heat for healthier locks.
Oftentimes, throwing your hair up into a top knot or high ponytail is easiest, but this can cause stress and damage making them look ragged over time.
Check out our comprehensive blog on protective styling for more tips and tricks with this one!
9. Eat well
You are what you eat, and so is your hair. We bang on about this a lot, but there’s no getting around it - a healthy diet is essential in order for your hair to be its absolute best. It’s pretty good for the rest of you too!
For more information of the best foods to eat to get the vitamins and nutrition your hair needs, have a look at our past blog The Best Diet for Healthy Hair.
10. Use Less Heat
Most importantly, make a concerted effort to use less heat on your strands. It can be tough to avoid straighteners and curling irons when going against your natural texture, but there are options that use less heat.
For a straight or stretched look, a good alternative to blasting blow dryer heat at your hair is using RevAir, which uses about ½ the wattage and heat of a standard hair dryer. Using RevAir also means you don’t need a brush’s friction to pull hair straight, cutting down the risk of breakage!
There you have it – these 10 simple tips will not only improve the health of your hair, but should help you make the most of your salon visits. Happy, healthy hair is easier to maintain and style – so you’ll be out both the salon door and your own, all the faster.
If you have any questions about using these tips to get your best hair, or how RevAir can help you cut down on heat exposure, cuticle abrasion and drying time, don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable advisors. They’re here to help!