Top Hair Tips
Having been a hair stylist for 6 years, starting at the age of 16, I have not only learnt the art of styling all different hair types but I have also learnt about the structure of each individual hair and how/why it can be damaged as well as how to keep it as healthy as you can.
These are my 4 tips and tricks for the healthiest hair!
- Haircuts little and often. As a child we are always taught that having our haircut makes our hair grow. I don’t know about you but this confused me because your hair grows from your head not from the ends! Now, the real reason we were told this is because of split ends. Split ends are when the ends of your hair get dry and damaged and split, if you don’t cut these off they will continue to split further and further up the hair unti it breaks. This means you end up with shorter, broken hair. So having your haircut little and often essentially avoids any chance of your split ends continuing up the hair and breaking.
- What a lot of people are unaware of is the importance of a good shampoo. Whilst a lot of the highstreet shampoos smell divine and lather up amazingly, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are good for your hair, this is because most of them contain sulphates. Sulphates strip the hair of any oils and dirt but a lot of the time they can end upstriping the hair too much leaving it dry and unhealthy. Our hair needs some of its natural oils to remain as healthy as possible. A brand I would highly recommend is ‘Davines’ all their shampoos are sulphate free and they have a big range to choose from to find the perfect shampoo for your hair type.
- Minimal heat. As I’m sure we all know, one of the most common reasons for damaged hair is heat, and trust me I know it’s hard to avoid! The outer layer of the hair is called the cuticle and this is the part that protects the middle layer, the cortex. Too much heat on your hair can lift the cuticle resulting in damage. Instead of using heat appliances on your hair everyday, try cutting it down to 2/3 times a week, always use a heat protectant before and try to use a hairdryer and brush sometimes instead of straighteners as it is not as hot and damaging.
- Hair masks. I am a big believer in good hair products, and a lot of the time they aren’t the cheapest but they are so worth it if you use them properly. A hair mask will condition and hydrate your hair much deeper than a regular conditioner will. They are particularly important for people with fine, dry, damaged hair. This doesn’t mean you have to have this hair type to use them, a great thing about a hair mask is that it will strengthen your hair, allowing you to use more heat/chemicals with less damage. I recommend using a hair mask about once a week and leaving it on for a minimum of 1 hour. ‘Kerastase’ is an example of a brand that sells great hair masks.
Please leave a comment below of your favourite hair care tips and why you’re so passionate about them.
by Georgie Gerrard