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5 TOP TIPS FOR HEALTHY HAIR

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

Everyone has the occasional bad hair day. But when that bad day turns into a bad hair month (or even longer), it could be time to transform your haircare routine. Your hair works hard, facing pollution, heat, and styling on a daily basis. That’s why it’s so important to practice great haircare every day. Healthy hair not only feels and looks amazing, it can provide an instant confidence boost. Take control of your styling routine and always feel like the best version of you. Forget dry, unruly, or dull hair. Transform your tresses with our 5 top tips for healthy hair.

1. PICK PRODUCTS DESIGNED AROUND YOU Your hair, just like you, is unique. This means that products that work for someone else may be completely wrong for your hair type. Thick, wavy or curly hair will drink up moisturising products, which would weigh down pin-straight locks. So, always do your homework and pick products that are a great partnership for your hair type. If you’re suffering from frizzy or dry hair, try our Weightless Treatment with Argan Oil, which will infuse your hair with natural proteins for health, radiance and shine. 2. KEEP HYDRATED Great hair starts from the inside out, and plenty of good-old-fashioned H20 is one of the quickest ways to better hair. Staying well hydrated promotes a healthy blood supply to your scalp, leading to stronger follicles and healthier hair growth. Each strand of your hair is actually made up of around 25% water, so topping up your water levels regularly is one of the best ways to avoid dull or brittle tresses. 3. GET HEAT SMART Most of us use heated tools to create our favourite looks, and while heated tools offer amazing possibilities, it’s important to use them with care. Always use a heat protection spray before you turn up the heat. We also recommend that you allow your hair to airdry to around 80% before blow-drying and finishing your style. Try to avoid repeatedly going over the same section of hair with curling tongs or straightening irons to prevent heat damage. 4. CHOOSE ADVANCED HAIRCARE TOOLS One of the best ways to lower the risk of heat damage is to choose high-quality styling tools. Poorly-made tools often use cheap materials or fail to heat evenly, making it tougher to achieve the style you want and putting your hair at risk of breakage or damage. Try our SuperShine Steam Straightener to experience ionic steam conditioning that supports healthy, hydrated, and nourished hair alongside exceptional styling. 5. TREAT HAIR TO A NOURISHING MASK Every now and then we all need a little extra love, and your hair is no different. Once a week take some time to pamper yourself and enjoy a nourishing hair mask to soothe away your hair stresses. Use a deep conditioner to indulge your hair, leaving it feeling regenerated from the roots, right through to the tips. 

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What can women do to keep their hair in great condition between salon visits? One of the things I tell my clients most often is around applying conditioner. Ok, so you’ve finished your shampoo, what now? You apply conditioner and then wash it off 10 seconds later. It doesn’t have time to do anything at all. I recommend that they sleep overnight with conditioner combed through the ends for great results. Finally, whatever you do to your hair, if you’re not healthy on the inside it will show on the outside. A healthy diet is essential for keeping hair looking good. Zinc is one of the key nutrients for strong hair, so it’s important to have plenty of it in your diet. What are your top tips for styling hair at home? There are a few things I would say. First, if you want volume in your hair, always dry it upside down to create body. But if you want your hair to sit flat, heat from the top of the shaft down, making sure you don’t put the heat too near the hair. What about curling? What’s the best way to create curly hair that lasts? A lot of it is about creating volume. You have to lift the roots and create volume but keep the ends of the hair natural. This way the hair is going to hold the curl better and curls will last longer. I prefer using curling tongs as they heat the hair from one side, and they are not as heavy on the hair as straightening irons. Tongs are great for curly styles, but irons are useful for creating a wavy, beachy look. I see some clients smooth their hair with straightening irons before curling over the top and that’s not going to last. You need to keep the hair texture natural before you curl – whether your hair is naturally wavy or straight. How to style perfect curls at home Want to know how to style the perfect curls? We’ve asked our senior team to tell us the best tips to get those beautiful bouncy, relaxed curls using just a hairdryer and some simple styling product. 1. Wash and condition your hair using your favourite shampoo and conditioner. 2. Towel dry lightly. The hair still needs to be wet ready for styling. 2. To achieve a consistent curl, use a curl cream product like Tecni.Art Bouncy & Tender and comb a good amount through your hair. 3. Section the hair into small sections and twist each piece of hair around your finger so it all sits in small curls. 4. Gently blow dry with the diffuser so that all the individual pieces dry. 5. Finally, run your fingers through to break up the curls for a more relaxed curly look. Enjoy your beautiful bouncy curls! What are some haircare tips and tricks that people can practice at home? For looking after your hair at home, I think the key is to keep it simple. Choosing a good quality shampoo and conditioner, and regularly using a treatment or aftercare product will make a big difference. Curling hair is a big one that I’m asked about and when it comes to curling it’s all about direction. If you want a beach look you should direct the curl downwards and leave the ends straight. For a more blow-out, glam look, curl smaller sections to get more volume. For updos, a great hack is a standard ponytail with a section of hair wrapped around the tie at the back. It immediately makes an everyday look more special. You can’t beat good pony! What’s the key to creating a salon-worthy blow-dry at home? A lot of people struggle to blow-dry their hair at home because it feels like it takes forever, and you end up standing there with your arms hurting. The best tip, I’d probably say, is to blast it to 80% dry before you start to style. It will save your arms and give you a better result. What are your top tips for caring for colour at home? It’s important to keep hair hydrated. The drier and more porous the hair is, the faster the colour will fade. The hair cuticles stay closed when they are hydrated, and this helps with keeping colour fresh. A good moisturising shampoo formulated for coloured hair is a must. The quality ones really do work and keep the cuticle closed for longer, especially for darker colours that fade faster. Blondes should consider a purple or blue shampoo to keep on top of brassy tones, but not too often. This type of treatment can dry hair out or lighten it. I’d also definitely recommend a moisturising treatment once a week How can people ensure their colour stays vibrant for longer? This is a question I get asked a lot in the salon. I think you need to be aware of the ingredients that are in the products your using. For example, if you’re going blonde you should look at good-quality blonde shampoos and conditioners that care for your hair. The same with reds and brunettes – it’s about choosing great products that are designed for your hair type. They have special ingredients to lock in the colour and repair the hair. The healthier the hair, the better your colour will look. Also, one of the reasons your hair looks so great at the salon is the quality of the products, so it’s important to invest in good products to get good results. Should people be washing hair every day? Will that cause colour to fade more quickly? It depends on the temperature of the water and also on how hot your styling tools are. I would definitely not recommend washing every day as then you’re exposing your hair to lots of heat. But it’s really about finding a routine that works for you. Some people have oilier skin and hair, some have thick, dryer hair. Leaving it too long can be as unhealthy as washing it too much – as bacteria and oil can build up on the scalp. It’s about finding a balance. In practice, washing hair about every three days is what works for most people. A healthy scalp is the key factor in having great hair. What are your tips for managing or embracing grey hair? I think that cool silvery grey look has always been a thing and I think it always will be. But I’ve also noticed people are moving away from really harsh colours to mask grey. They are choosing highlights or semi permanents to blend grey into their natural colour and that can look really nice because it’s just a bit softer. What are your thoughts on at-home colour? Should you ever do it? Being a colour professional and knowing the chemistry and science behind box dyes, I’d be very cautious about recommending it. Box dye caters for everyone, it’s designed for a wide audience so it’s very strong, whereas in the salon, we can cater to the individual. That’s great in some ways for providing coverage but in other ways it’s not because you get this really heavy build up over time and it causes problems, including breakage. In the salon, we have different levels which means we can adapt to your hair type and only use the strength that you need – it’s much kinder for hair. We also often use three or four different colours to get exactly the right blend for you. HOW TO CREATE GLAM WAVES Glam waves always make an impact. Whether you’re hitting a special party or grabbing lunch with friends, these sleek waves are a great way to add a little wow factor to your look. What’s more, you don’t have to spend hours in the salon to get the perfect glam wave finish – this is one style where you can DIY. We use the SuperShine Radiance Straightener with ionic steam conditioning to create beautifully polished waves. This smart straightener locks in moisture to support nourished, shiny hair as you style. Our easy-to-follow tutorial helps you to feel red-carpet-ready in a flash. Follow the steps below to recreate glam waves at home. Step 1 Brush dry hair and apply heat spray to ensure your locks stay protected. Step 2 Work on your hair in sections, starting with the bottom layer. Remember, the smaller your sections, the more intense your final look will be. Step 3 Choose your heat setting. The Radiance Straightener lets you find the right heat level for your hair. You’ll need to turn up the heat for thicker hair and reduce it for naturally fine tresses. Step 4 Curl hair by gently smoothing it through your straighteners while rotating. Remember to curl the front portion away from your face for a perfectly framed finish. Step 5 Use Argan oil and hairspray to add shine and staying power to your finished look.

10 Hair Rules You're Probably Breaking 1) Find a shampoo that lathers less. Sudsy doesn't necessarily mean clean—sometimes, it means the opposite. Shampoos that lather too much are often overloaded with moisturizing products, which can leave build-up in your hair, making it look and feel dirtier quicker. So opt for a sulfate-free formula. 2) Give your locks a burst of cold. Before you hop out of the shower, turn the cold water on for a second and quickly rinse it through your strands. It helps seal the cuticle, adding a sleek finish to your locks. 3) Play hot-and-cold as you dry. When using a round brush to dry your hair in sections, start from the roots and dry all the way to the ends, letting the brush linger at the tips of your strands. Let your hair cool off like this on its own for five seconds, then repeat on another section. Alternating between heat and cool-down time helps set your style, and your blowout will have more body. 4) Do an at-home glaze between colour appointments. Glazes fill holes and rough spots in your hair cuticles, helping smooth your locks and put moisture back into your hair. This keeps your colour shiny and bright so it lasts longer and look better. Plus, you can snag an at-home kit from your local drugstore. 5) Use rollers for high-volume. For sex-kitten lift, blow out your locks until they're dry. Then, section off the hair on top of your head—between your temples and all the way back to the crown of your hair. Divide that section into three smaller sections vertically (as if you were making a mohawk), and wrap each in a 2-inch velcro hair roller. Let your hair sit like this for 30 minutes, and then unwrap your strands, lightly comb them out, and spray for hold. 6) Drop the towel. Keeping wet strands wrapped in a towel for a half-hour as you do your make-up will just cause frizz! The roughness of the cotton forces your hair cuticles open, making them more likely to go every-which-way. Instead, squeeze out excess water as soon as you're out of the shower, then let your hair air-dry for five or ten minutes before blow drying. 7) Apply products 10 minutes before you style. Whether you're curling, straightening, or whatevering, applying product 10 minutes in advance helps it fully absorb into your strands so you get all of its benefits and more bang for your buck. 8) Wrap—don't clamp—your hair for quick curls. When using a curling iron, you don't need to fasten your locks to the barrel. Wrap sections around the iron and hold in place for about 10 seconds to score the same soft, sexy curls. 9) Use spray bottles as your new lazy-day BFF. If you wake up and your locks are totally flat or grungy from the day before, just spray the top layer of your hair until damp, and then use a big barrel round brush (2 inches or more) to blow your locks dry. You'll score high volume on that top layer, and since it's freshly blown out, you'll create the illusion of all-over smooth hair. 10) Use dry shampoo a different way. Instead of waiting until your locks need a dirt-fighting pick-me-up, apply a dab of dry shampoo to your roots immediately after you wash and dry them. Though your hair's already clean, the barrier will stave off the debris and oil your strands will collect throughout the day before it hits. Bonus: It also gives you killer volume.

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