How To Master The French Braid
'When I’m going through a dry hair patch, normally when I’ve been on holiday and subjected my coloured hair to chlorine and salt water, I make sure I have a bottle of oil with me. Either Percy & Reed Hair No Oil Oil for Fine Hair, £14 as it’s great at restoring hydration without weighing hair down or if things are really bad, I make sure I slather on Kerastase Elxir Ultime For Damaged Hair, £27.60 on wet hair and comb through with my trusted Tangle Teezer, £11.20 to ensure I evenly coat my hair. When I went travelling I spent a lot of time in the sun and in the ocean diving so my hair was in the worst condition ever and as I was backpacking for several months, I had to improvise and protected my hair with pure coconut oil. It was a life (and my hair) saviour!'
'Wearing a hat to keep out the elements is a great idea. To stop helmet head or hat hair, tie your hair in a top not and place the cap over that. When you shake down your hair after the journey, you will have bouncy high hair. Give your hair a break from a colour session. Instead ask for a sheer glaze colour gloss. A vegetable colour that will enhance shine while giving your tresses a break from bleaching. Buy a really, really good hair mask that you will use religiously each week throughout the winter months. This will help to put moisture that is lost through the week back into the hair and keep it regularly looking its best.' Nicky Clarke Moisture Shampoo, £13 and Moisture Conditioner, £16.
'Looking after dehydrated or over worked hair is all about using the right products. For tresses in distress, I recommend the NEW Wella Luxe oil, £26 from HOB Salons. This luxurious blend of essential oils including argon, jojoba and almond instantly leaves the hair up to ten times smoother. Versatile in its use, this unique oil can be used every day on damp hair to protect your locks from blow drying as well on dry hair to finish off. Smoothing a little through the ends, where it is needed the most, use this wonder oil every time you wash and blow dry your hair. For a more intensive result you can also opt to use Luxe Oil as an overnight treatment by applying a generous amount on the mid lengths and ends, then simply rinse off in the morning to reveal your luscious, shine infused mane.'
'Excessive colour and colour that over-laps can cause the hair to become stressed, dry and unmanageable. To avoid this when highlighting hair we apply colour to the root area only to avoid unnecessary build-up which can weaken the hair shaft. The same applies to tint application, it is just not necessary to go over the ends of the hair on every visit unless you’re looking to add the punch of colour or change the hair colour. I would highly recommend using Creme Reparatrice- Structurising Deep Conditioning Treatment from La Biosthetique it strengthens damaged hair, encourages improvement of the hair structure and regenerates the protein balance whilst keeping hair hydrated. Massage into the hair after shampooing for around 10-15 minutes before rinsing.'
'I love treating my hair with Moroccan Oil every so often, it completely revitalises it without making it greasy. If I feel my hair needs real nourishing I'll put it on my hair before going to bed and wash it out in the morning, for a little pick-me-up I just put a few drops on my hair after washing it, comb through and style it as usual.' Alex Loves
'I've been dying my hair for the last 15 years, I can't actually remember what my natural hair colour is... I've done everything from dip dye, dying the underneath, red, orange, caramel blonde, ombre. My product of choice is SachaJuan's Overnight Hair Repair, £60. It came highly recommended by my hairdressers at Joe's Salon. SachaJuan are a cult Swedish haircare brand and the Overnight Hair Repair really strengthens and softens my hair while making it super shiny and pretty. The range uses ocean silk technology and certain algae so it's very natural which is important to me.' Fashion Daydreams
Dyeing, straightening, curling, waving, bed-heading...between some highlights here and a full-on ombre there, we're all guilty of a little hair abuse. Mad colours and dip-dyes might be the look du jour now, but fast forward a few months and your hair could be looking a little less than healthy if you don't give it a little TLC. We've rounded up from beauty experts, bloggers and our own staffers the best tips to get dried-out, dehydrated hair looking full, shiny and healthy again. Your blow dry habit is between you and us...
- By Daniela Morosini of Couture and Crumpets
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