How to get better feeling hair!
If I had to write down what I thought one of the most common questions a hairdresser gets asked it would be the following “How can I get my hair to feel better?”
Now there isn’t a single response to this question as it depends what you feel is wrong with the feeling of your hair. Is it too dry? Is it fried? Too many split ends? Whichever one of these it is will reflect in the answer that we would give so we’re going to go through a few of our most common pieces of advice that we give to clients when they ask us this question.
- How can I fix split ends?
The simple answer is “You don’t” If you have split ends, we’re afraid the only way that you’re going to get rid of them is by having them cut off! Now don’t freak out! We’re not going to make you have 12 inches cut off your hair and cut your fringe above your eyebrows…. Unless you ask for that and that’s the look you’re going for.
Something we would say in this case is why do you have split ends? Are you using excessive heat on your hair and are you using excessive heat on your hair without using any heat defence? If the answer to this is “Yes” then why? At least tell us why you’re not using any heat defence!? Allot of hairdressers will tell you that they have many clients that say “I have to straighten my hair EVERY DAY!” Now as hairdressers we know that this is not true! There are many things that you can do so this doesn’t have to be the case.
There are products on the market such as straightening serums which are pretty damn good from brands that you probably see every day such as GHD, Tigi or Paul Mitchel (All of which we sell) the serum will just help to prevent frizz and act as a barrier from heat! Plus you only need to use a small amount which you just run through your hair so it may seem expensive but when you take into account how long it’s going to last you it really isn’t very expensive at all.
- Another thing that is often asked is “Why is my hair so dry?” Well. This could also be related again to heat, are you using excessive heat? Blah, Blah, Blah, (we’re not going over that again) Something else it could be though is hair conditioner. Are you using hair conditioner? Allot of people answer “No” to this question. Hair conditioner is there to make your hair feel silky, smooth & soft as well as put back those much-needed oils that you have just washed away in the shower. We cannot stress enough that you use conditioner every time you wash your hair. When you wash the hair, you’re stripping the oils away from the hair which will leave the hair feeling dry. A great brand that we recommend for great feeling hair is Maria Nila, we have used this in the salon, and it will leave your hair feeling simply amazing! Plus, it’s paraben free, sulphate free, vegan friendly and cruelty free! (They’re going to run out of room on the bottle with everything they’ve got going for them)
Do you go swimming often? Chlorine can dry out the hair leaving it to not really feel its best, something that we would recommend is that before getting into the pool, take a quick shower to get your hair saturated with water before saturating it with chlorinated water.
If you’d like to go a few steps further in protecting your hair while swimming you could also use a leave in conditioner or an oil such as argan oil or coconut oil! If you’d like to go even further, you could always wear a swim cap! We would strongly advise that if you do have bleached hair, even if its only partly bleached such as some highlights that you do take some of these steps to stop the hair being dried out even further.
- This one may seem a little out of place but we’re going somewhere with this “Why does my hair colour fade so quick” Now... this could strongly relate to poor feeling hair. If your using heat on your hair every day this will damage the colour molecules and cause your colour to fade. You could also look at the products that you’re using on your hair! We always recommend for coloured hair that you use a sulphate & paraben free shampoo and cutting back the number of times that you wash your hair a week, try and drag out those days. If you’re anything like myself you know that can be incredibly hair as greasy hair does happen. Why not use a dry shampoo in between? You brush your hair when it’s wet! Why! If you’re brushing your hair when it’s wet with a regular hair brush, then you’re going to cause breakage. We recommend squeezing any excess water from your hair and then drying it gently with a towel and then, if you can let it air dry as why use heat if you don’t need to? Brush it with a wide tooth comb or even better something like a Tangle Teeze. Always remember to use a good hair conditioner as well when you’re washing your hair, this will make brushing it easier as the comb simply want to glide through.
So I feel that this is probably enough for this post now! It’s our longest one yet. Let us know if we’ve missed anything out and we’ll gladly amend it!
Also, if you’re local to Wolverhampton don’t forget to pay us a visit! We look forward to seeing you soon!