6 tips to keep beautiful and healthy hair
Everybody would like their hair to constantly look as perfect as when you step out of your regular hair salon, having just had it professionally styled. Often, however, when washing and styling your hair at home, the end product doesn’t come out quite the same! Incorrect hair care at home can result in damage to your hair, which can be repaired, but it makes more sense to try to prevent the damage in the first place!
Here are basic tips for maintaining the health and condition of your hair:
Book in for a regular trim
Regular trimming of hair removes the uneven and straggly ends that lead to splitting and breaking. A trim of just a centimetre every couple of months at your hairdressers will help prevent this condition, which jeopardises the strength of your hair and leaves it vulnerable to breakage through the simplest of everyday treatment such as brushing.
Reduce the heat of your stylers
To create a number of the looks and styles you want, it is often essential to use heated styling tools. So, when creating these looks, it is essential that you apply some form of heat protection to your hair and try to use adjustable temperature stylers. Remember, different densities of hair will react differently to heat – finer hair will require less heat than thick hair, so having adjustable heat styling tools will help cater for this.
Correct home hair products
It is important that you choose the most appropriate shampoos and conditioners to use on your hair when caring for it at home. If you use too harsh a shampoo – or indeed, just use too much shampoo – it can create problems. Different types of hair require different ‘travel time’ for the conditioner (this is the amount of time the conditioner stays on your hair) – for example, if you suffer from dry and brittle hair, then leaving your conditioner on for the correct amount of time will greatly improve your results. This ‘travel time’ gives the conditioner the best opportunity to penetrate right down to the hair root, thus depositing the valuable nutrients.
Treat your hair kindly
When drying and brushing, ensure that you are kind to your hair. When tying it up, choose an appropriate hair tie so as not to leave a ‘damage ring’ where you constantly secure your hair – and don’t tie it too tightly! When brushing your hair, do it carefully – gently remove tangles with a wide-tooth comb or a specifically designed brush. Make sure you start at the ends and work gradually towards the roots.
Protection from the sun
Everyone is aware these days of the importance of protecting your skin from the sun, but that also applies to your hair. Over-exposure to the sun can lead to colour fading and moisture loss – and this, in turn, can result in splitting and breakage. Longer, or regular, over-exposure to the sun, can lead to premature ageing of the hair affecting body and condition. There are a number of products you can buy to protect your hair from the harmful UV rays.
Consult the experts
It is always advisable to consult with your hair stylist about the most effective ways to look after your hair. They will have the relevant knowledge and experience to correctly advise you on products, tools and practices to keep your hair looking exactly as you would like.
Bibas Hair & Beauty
Mark & Sue Pittman established Bibas Hair & Beauty as their own in 1992. Together they have built a Central London salon which provides both Londoners and visitors from around the world with expert salon services including great haircuts, colours and beauty treatments.