With the third UK lockdown in full swing, my salon doors are sadly closed and it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to open them again for a few months.
So how can you keep your gorgeous locks at their best without a trip to the hairdresser?
To save you from despair until your next haircut, I’ve put together my 5 biggest tips to keep your hair feeling as fresh and healthy as possible.
1. Treat yourself to a conditioning treatment
Let’s face it, we’re all in need of a treat.
A conditioning treatment might not be quite as rejuvenating as catching up with friends IRL but it is a great way to keep your hair looking pristine and – most importantly – feeling healthy.
Make it part of your self care routine: smooth the conditioning treatment through your hair then take that precious 20 minutes to put your feet up and clear your mind, whilst the treatment works its magic.
Looking for a recommendation for the perfect conditioning treatment?
Oway offer a range of hair masks that really work to smooth down the hair cuticle. They offer one in their Colour Protect, Moisturising, Curly, and Silk and Glow ranges. I love using these on my clients and I swear by each and every one of them!
2. Give your hair a break from washing
Not as gross as it sounds, promise.
Seeing as you’re probably not seeing anyone at the moment, you couldn’t find a more perfect time to get into a routine of washing your hair less. But you’re probably wondering what the benefits are...
Well, it’ll leave you with hair that’s healthier and more manageable for one.
When we wash our hair, we wash out a lot of the natural oils, prompting our scalps to release more oils which in turn makes it greasy again. After a while, we have to wash our hair again and the cycle repeats.
If you can gradually increase the time between washes, it’ll soon adjust and produce less oil. You’ll soon be able to go 3 to 5 days between washes if you persevere with it.
Another benefit? It’ll help maintain your hair’s colour, which brings us to tip #3.
3. Tone or refresh your colour at home
You might not be able to get booked in for a fresh colour right now, but there are ways you can revitalise your colour at home.
If you have natural or coloured blonde or grey hair, one of the best ways to refresh it is by toning with a purple or blue shampoo. You could try using Ffor’s RE:move Yellow shampoo and conditioner or shampoo and mask combos once a week, or a Maria Nila Silver Shot which is another favourite of mine and my clients. These all kick out the yellow tones and brighten blonde/grey hair.
For other coloured hair, you can try one of Maria Nila’s Colour Refreshers – you can use these like you’d use a conditioner and let it sit for 3 to 10 minutes. These inject more vibrancy into the colour you already have but won’t fully colour your hair.
4. Turn down the temperature
Less going out-out means less hair styling… unless you’re someone who has pristine hair even at home. If so, kudos to you!
But for most of us, not going out means messy buns, air-dried barnets and relaxed styles. It’s a great opportunity to give the heated styling tools a rest.
And, when you think of excess heat on your hair, you might not immediately think of your hair dryer, but that counts too!
Heat can permanently damage your hair, breaking the bonds that give it strength – think dry strands that snap easily and those dreaded split ends. Giving it a rest from the heat means it’ll stay in better condition until you can get back to the salon for a trim.
And, as always, if/when you do use heat on your hair, don’t forget your heat protection spray!
5. Trim your own fringe… but only if you really must!
I’d always advise leaving the scissors to a professional. But I get that that’s not an option right now.
If your fringe really needs a trim and you’d just be horrified at the idea of pinning it back, make sure that you use hairdressing scissors. That blunt pair of scissors in your kitchen drawer is not up for this job (don’t take it personally – you’re not the only one).
The best advice I can give you is:
Use hairdressing scissors, as above.
Trim as little as you can. Don’t forget, it’ll spring back up when you stop holding it down to make the cut.
As a hairdresser, I can’t say I advise this but I will look the other way. Just this once.
I hope these tips help! Looking after your hair isn’t only good for your hair itself, it also helps you feel a bit more human and pull yourself out of those lockdown-induced Netflix hazes.
Drop me a comment below or send me a message directly here if you need any further advice! You can follow me on Instagram too – I’ll be sharing more hair care tips and tricks to keep the bad hair days at bay.
Take care & Stay safe!