Most of us are counting down the days until our much-longed-for hairdressers open their doors again, but why not take this time to give your hair some TLC. We’ve put together some top tips and products that will revive your hair and get it looking healthier and shinier than ever.
Trim Those Ends
Yes, this is the word that triggers bad feelings in most of us and gives us flashbacks to asking the hairdresser for a trim and coming out with a pixie. We’ve all heard that a trim every 6 weeks is vital to having healthy hair, and as much as I tried to fight this – it’s true. Taking one to two inches off my hair every 4-6 weeks did wonders, besides I would much rather have slightly shorter healthier hair than those two inches of frazzled split ends.
Lay Off The Heat
Having naturally wavy frizzy hair similar to Monica from Friends in Barbados, I am quick to pick up my GHD on the daily. There’s nothing wrong with styling your hair, but try give yourself at least 3 days a week with no heat. I let my hair dry naturally and do some braids on the days or sleep with them overnight for beachy waves.
Not only does castor oil help grow your hair, it also moisturises the scalp and eases dandruff. You can pick up castor oil in your local pharmacy or Boots. Use it once or twice a week – use a pea sized amount and massage it through your scalp and roots of your hair for 5-10 minutes before washing your hair. Be careful not to use too much, as this will only leave your hair greasy because castor oil is quite thick.
A hair mask can be a really nice treat once or twice a week. One I can recommend is ‘Roots Scalp Treatment’ by LUSH. This mask is made with peppermint and spearmint oils which revitalise the scalp, and virgin olive oil and honey soften and condition the hair, leaving you with smooth silky hair. The mint also works as a stimulant for the hair follicles, making your hair grow back quicker. Another great mask is Soap and Glory ‘Wonditioner’ with mineral-rich pink clay, shea, cocoa butter and Argan oil, this will leave your locks silky smooth. If you don’t want to spend your pennies on hair masks, there are plenty of DIY masks you can make with items from your kitchen cupboard – coconut oil, olive oil, honey and avocado are all-natural ingredients that you can use for hair masks.
Other top tips:
- Drink water: We’ve all heard that we need to drink up to 2 litres of water a day to keep our bodies hydrated. Staying hydrated doesn’t just keep our skin looking glowing and healthy – hydratation is key to achieving healthy shiny hair.
- Rinse with cold water: This is something I do religiously – I rinse my conditioner out using cold water. The science behind it is that cold water closes the cuticles and pores in the scalp, allowing it to retain moisture. It also smooths hair, whilst hot water can create frizz.
- Leave the box dye alone: I know reaching for the box dye can be an easy fix when you’re in between visits to the hairdresser or looking for a cost-effective solution for your roots, but trust me – it will only end up ruining your hair in the long-run.
Have you any tips to help revive hair?