Hair needs a lot of work to look healthy and immaculate. It is easy to spot when someone doesn’t put in the effort. The telltale signs are a limp, greasy, frizzy mess.
I’ve always spent far too much time, energy, and money, ensuring my golden locks are in impeccable condition. My hairdresser enjoys cutting my ‘virgin’ hair, something she rarely sees. Each visit, she motions the apprentices to view, feel, and examine my super healthy locks. They look in awe. Perhaps envy with their over-processed hair.
Over time I have learned the tricks to keeping hair looking incredible. Glossy. Clean. Split free. Frizz-free.
It all comes down to washing, conditioning, serums, and treatments. When you have the products at hand, set yourself a schedule, and stick to it. It works. Every time. Here are 5 essential habits for amazing hair.
Washing and Conditioning
The old wives tale of only washing your hair once a week is ridiculous. Ludicrous. There is nothing worse than seeing (and smelling) someone’s oily hair, haphazardly placed into a ponytail, to disguise the limp mane. Then double shampooing to remove the oil and a week’s worth of grime. Seriously!
Here are the washing must-haves;
Clarifying shampoo – once a week
Removes the excess oils and promotes growth, as it removes dead skin from the scalp.
Only use once a week as this is too harsh on your hair.
I suggest Kerastase Chronologiste Revitalizing Exfoliating Care – Scalp and Hair (Rinse-Out Pre-Shampoo) You can purchase it here
Shampoo – daily
Yes, you read that correctly. Daily.
Select a shampoo that is light and designed for daily use. This will remove the dirt, pollution, and grime from the day’s events
I suggest Kerastase Chronologiste Shampoo You can purchase here
Conditioner – daily
Yes, after every wash. Place on the ends of the hair only. Not too much. This will close the cuticles and keep the hair smooth.
I suggest Kerastase Chronologiste Essential Revitalizing Balm – Scalp and Hair (Rinse Out) You can purchase here
Rinse both the shampoo and conditioner off in cool water. Yes, cool water. I know this sounds crazy; however, it helps lock in the moisture.
Even if you plan to put your hair up, in a haphazard ponytail. Wash it. Hair in ponytails still needs to be cleaned.
Protective heat serums
Always use a protective heat serum. Always.
The heat from hairdryers can burn hair. Far too damaging. A protective heat serum before blow-drying will protect the delicate follicles from the heat.
Only apply to the ends.
Sunday nights are ideal for applying a nourishing treatment. Select a nourishing mask, which is designed to replenish and moisturize.
- wash your hair as usual. Do not use conditioner
- apply the treatment to all of the hair
- wrap your hair in glad-wrap
- Add heat with the hairdryer. I usually spend 15mins heating the entire head
- leave the treatment and glad-wrap on till bed
- remove the glad-wrap
Sleep with the mask on your hair. It will create a mess on your pillow, I usually remove the silk pillow slip and use a cotton one. Wash the next morning.
Monday to Saturday nights use a small amount of leave-in conditioner to the ends of the hair. Never the roots. This helps moisturize and smoothing down the hair.
Swimming in chlorinated water turns fair hair green. Yes, olive green. There is one sure-fire way to remove this tinge. Tomato paste. Thick, cooking paste.
After shampooing your hair apply a satchel of cooking Tomato Paste to your hair and leave for 5mins. Rinse then wash as usual.
The acidic properties in the tomato paste will remove the green slime which has attached to your golden locks.
For incredible looking hair which is glossy, clean, split free and frizz-free. It all comes down to washing, conditioning, serums, and treatments. When you have the products at hand, set yourself a schedule, and stick to it. Here are 5 essential habits to start, today