Whether you are social distancing or self-isolating at the moment, getting to the hairdressers or having someone come to you is impossible. However, you can still keep your hair healthy in tip-top condition until you make it to your hairdresser.
BAFTA member, Official BAFTA hairdresser and hairstyling guru Paul Edmonds shares his top tips and ideas on what to do at home to give your hair a much-needed pamper.
How can I stop my hair getting dry and improve its condition at home?
Dry hair will make your hair feel coarse, potentially lead to split ends and worse still, it can make your hair colour look dull and flat. Your roots showing is currently acceptable but you also need to look after the condition of your mid-lengths and ends in order to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy.Nourishing your hair with the right hair masques, oils and treatments will ensure your hair colour remains vibrant and the hair remains soft and voluminous.
Easy DIY hair treatment for dry hair
- 1. Mix of 1 scope of Shu Uemura Urban Moisture Treatment Masque and 4 pumps of Essence Absolue Oil. Apply to the hair and leave for 10 mins.
- 2. Apply on the hair and leave for 10 mins
- 3. Your hair will be hydrated and glossy after the Shu Uemura Treatment Masque mix application.
Paul Edmond’s top advice is to treat your dry hair to some high concentrated treatment masques that are tailored to your specific hair. For fine dry hair use a volumising treatment masque alongside your shampoo and conditioner to add volume and improve the condition of your hair.
Apply Shu Uemura Art of Hair Treatment Masque onto washed and conditioned hair, on dry the area of hair that needs the nourishment. Leave the hair masque in for 5 to 10 mins before your rinse off. A pro hair tip is to wrap your hair in a damp towel to help infuse the rich treatment into the hair.
My hair is really damaged and needs a cut, what can I do in the meantime?
Damaged hair with lifeless, dry ends is best treated using Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Reset range of Shampoo, Conditioner, treatment masque and Duo Serum. The ceramics and lipid-rich proteins in the formula will repair the hair inside out, strengthening the cortex and nourishing the cuticle helping to improve strength, elasticity and moisture. Overall this hair treatment will help to reduce split ends and breakage.
Try to use the nourishing hair products a couple of times a week. Those who like to heat style their hair can apply the Duo Serum either before or after you dry the hair, using two to three pumps on the dried-out areas that most need it.
Another great reparative treatment for dry hair is Overnight Serum, based on a formula rich in Red Camilia oil, packed with Anti Oxidants and Fatty Acids.
The overnight serum will infuse the hair due to the unique tiny particles of red Camilla providing softness, manageability & glow to the hair and protecting it form frizz and tangling.
How to care for thin hair?
There are a number of treatments and products that can help elevate and treat thin hair. Paul Edmonds’ top advice for the long term, is to consider hair supplements that have Biotin, Zinc, Carnitine and proteins to help your body’s ability to strengthen, improve growth and reduce hair cellular redundancy. Viviscal is a great hair supplement, ideal for thin hair that will see visible results within 3 months and increase hair thickness.
Viviscal has a unique protein called AminoMar C which is obtained from deep water fish, so if you are allergic to shellfish it may not be for you.
In the short term you should use Muroto Volume range of Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment Masque, rich in depsea minerals. This innovative thin hair treatment will charge the hair follicle rather than plumping it (which is what traditional volumising products do). This way you’ll get a lightweight finish with no synthetic feel to the hair.
Muroto Volume also has a Hydro Texturising Mist which is brilliant at giving you that slight texture, without the gritty feel. Spray the texturising mist on your hair just before you rough dry it.
For those that want root lift to tackle thin hair then Volume Maker will do the job. It comes in a beautiful retractable brush which deposits a small amount of powder when you brush/apply to your roots. The invisible powder doesn’t leave any visible residue on your roots but don’t overdo it! This hair powder is made of tiny particles so too much can feel excessive on the hair.
How to tone brassy hair at home?
You can neutralise brassy yellow tones in hair by using Shu Uemura Color Lustre Reviving Balm. The formula contains both a blue pigment which will counteract the yellow tones and linseed oil that will give the hair super nourishment, moisture and shine.
Read our dedicated blog on how to remove brassy and yellow tones from your hair at home.
Can I use Shu Uemura Color Lustre Reviving Balm on grey hair?
Absolutely! Natural grey hair will oxidise over time due to external factors e.g the sun, pollution, dirt etc. Using Colour Lustre Reviving Balm on your hair 1 to 2 times a week, either as a stand-alone hair treatment after shampooing or mixed with other treatments such as Shush Sleek Treatment Masque will help neutralise the yellow but give that extra oomph of moisture and nourishment to grey hair, which has a rougher cuticle layer and loses moisture easier.
How to use Shu Uemura Color Lustre Reviving Balm on grey hair </h3>
- 1. Mix 10p size of Color Lustre Reviving Balm with 10p size of Shush Sleek in the palm of your hand.
- 2. Apply to your mid-lengths to ends and leave for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse off.
- 3. Repeat again if needed.
Should I use root spray on grey hair?
For those of you that don’t feel comfortable applying colour on yourself, root sprays are great immediate camouflage for grey hairs that are showing through. L’Oreal Root Touch Up sprays come in 6 colours, Black, Brown, Light Brown, Mahogany Brown, Warm Blonde and Light Blonde.
How to use root spray on grey hair?
Gently use on areas that your hair naturally parts, gently hold the head of the spray approximately 5cm from the area that you want to spray (try and avoid the skin around the face) and spray. Make sure you allow the spray to dry thoroughly as it will last until you next wash your hair and the formula should not rub off onto your pillow or head accessories. They are a great alternative until you get to the salon, and is good for grey growth of approx 2cm which is 6 to 8 weeks of growth.
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