Hairdressers are forever telling me to lather up less frequently for healthier, shinier hair. But don’t get too comfortable with your dry shampoo as product buildup attracts dirt and weighs down hair, leaving it dull and weak. So what do you do to make sure you have a great hair day? Find balance.
I myself wash my hair twice a week, enough to strip away excess oil and product build up. I like to use a clarifying formula like Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo* once a month. It cuts through grease that gentler sulfate-free shampoos don’t always do and leaves my hair primed to soak up the ingredients of my conditioner.
Hair is at its weakest when it’s really wet. The tight pull of a brush can overstretch the hair shaft and lead to breakage. I never use a brush to get rid of the knots – instead, I use my fingers to work through knots while my hair is coated with conditioner in the shower.
When done washing, I squeeze out excess water with a towel and I always apply a heat protecting styler. I am absolutely in love with the Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Cristalli Liquid*. This ultra luxurious beauty fluid instantly adds more light, shine and softness to every hair type. Linseed Extract enriched with Vitamin E provides strength and shine and also shields the hair from thermal abuse.
I start my blow wave when my hair has at least half air dried. This does not affect the final result in any way. In fact your hair’s pattern is set when you’re taking it from just slightly damp to dry. For extra volume (honestly, a great hair day isn’t an actual great hair day unless you have tons of volume) I use Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray* on my roots. I start at the back of my head, and pull a small amount of hair from one section. I pull each section up and out as I direct the nozzle of my dryer into the roots of my hair.
Now if you are like me and have had your hair dryer for some time, it’s time to ditch it and invest in a really good one! Who would have thought (well not me) a hair dryer could make all the difference? I always relied on just the product until a friend told me about the Halo Elchim hair dryer. It is ionic ceramic and infrared heat emitted by the ceramic covering helps to close the hair cuticles. This keeps hair hydrated and protects it from heat damage. The drying time is much quicker which is a huge bonus and there’s no fly aways!
You may also want to read up on how to get dewy skin. What are your favourite tips for a great hair day?
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