Plus 5 Top Tips To Keep Your Hair Looking Great Between Salon Visits
When the most exciting thing to happen all year is the re-opening of your hairdresser, you know it’s been a bit of a strange one. I’ve not even missed a cold glass of rosé in a pub garden as much as I’ve missed having a decent haircut, so you bet I booked the first available appointment I could get when Boris finally announced what the majority of the population has been waiting for. In a time when we’re feeling low, absent and altogether uncertain, the little notion of being able to pop to the hairdresser for a trim and a blowdry would have worked wonders for our wellbeing – but ironically it’s the one thing we’ve not been able to do.
As women, we tend to have a very special relationship with our hair. It’s long been perceived as a symbol of youth, beauty and vitality so there’s no wonder a multi-billion pound industry has been built around our need for a good hair day. I always feel ten times more confident and like my actual self is shining through when my hair is looking good, but equally when it’s looking tired / dull / in need of a good chop I have a tendency to tie it up and hide it away from view. Over the last three months I’ve happily replaced my expensive in-salon colour with a box dye (my greys come through so thick and fast leaving them simply wasn’t an option for me,) but not being able to get an intense head massage, nourishing treatment and an inch taken off the end has really been a sore point.
Because for me, visiting the hairdressers is about so much more than having a trim. It’s a whole experience that I look forward to, knowing for those few hours I can just sit back and relax, letting a professional do all the hard work for me; no matter how many times I try to replicate the experience at home, it’s just not the same. I love the smell of the heat coming from the hairdryers, the little individually wrapped Biscoff biscuits they serve with your tea, the gowns that make you feel like you’re wearing a Halloween costume, the out of date magazines, the soggy feeling you get around your neck after having your hair washed upside down, the crisp freshly-snipped ends of my ‘do, the bouncy volume that swishes as you walk out of the salon…
I miss all of it. And I can’t wait to go back.
If I were a betting woman I’d place a few quid on the fact that women (and men) across the nation would’ve given their first born for an hour in the salon chair, especially during those low moments we know have been cropping up no matter how much of a positive person you are. Because we’ve been living through an unprecedented (there’s that word again) time and experiencing something that as humans we’re not built for: social isolation. The chat with your hairdresser about holiday plans, what you’ve been watching on Netflix and the latest reality star controversy may not be groundbreaking, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
The pure excitement and anticipation I’m seeing across my timelines makes me confident those salons are going to make a killing in the next couple of months – even without the need to fix our box-dye and DIY-cuts – and they’ll be absolutely fine in the long run.
Because you can take away our freedom, but you can’t take away our hairdressers!
(Well, for longer than three months anyway.)
HAIR LOOKING A BIT KNACKERED?
HERE’S HOW TO KEEP YOUR HAIR LOOKING GREAT FROM HEREON IN…
1. Change your hair towel.
Rather surprisingly, the majority of damage to the hair shaft is caused by the friction when towel drying; hair is most delicate when wet because the cuticle is open, making it stretchy and prone to snapping and tangling. Microfibre hair towels not only help to absorb so much more water from the hair, but the soft texture doesn’t cause friction or leave hair broken from too much rubbing.
2. Use a heat protection spray.
These super clever sprays, creams and oils form a protective layer around the hair shaft, essentially forming a barrier that prevents it from being exposed to extreme temperatures. This means the heat is absorbed by the product and not the actual strand of hair, helping you to style effectively without completely knackering your look.
3. Experiment with new looks.
If you can cut the amount of washing and styling sessions by 50% a week you’ll be on to a good thing. Start experimenting with up-dos and embracing the dry shampoo, because the less you’re faffing the less your hair will be exposed to potential damage.
4. Book in regular trims.
Although there’s absolutely no truth in the fact that getting a regular trim will help your hair to grow, it will help to keep your ‘do looking much healthier and rid you of those damaged ends quicker. A trip to your hairdresser every eight weeks for a professional hydrating and strengthening treatment will help leave your hair looking far healthier – while a quick trim will give the illusion of a fuller and stronger overall look.
5. Invest in a silk hair wrap.
If your hair is prone to dryness and frizziness, then a silk hair wrap could be the answer. The super soft silk helps to ‘cocoon’ each strand of hair and prevent friction from occurring as we move about during sleep; as hair glides against the soft material, it’s not subjected to the harsh environment of a simple cotton pillowcase. It can also help to reduce grease, aid growth and keep your style in place for longer… What’s not to love! (Read more about my silk hair wrap here.)