Top hairdressers reveal the home treatment mistakes we’re all making
TOP hairdressers have revealed the home treatment mistakes we're all making – and how to avoid getting your locks in a mess during coronavirus closures.
Ahead of lockdown 2.0, I visited London's Salon64, in Soho, for a much needed first hair appointment since January.
As I entered the salon, Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts was getting a two-person blow dry, while owner Ricky Walters was out on a shoot with Love Island winner Paige Turley.
Their well-known clients also include Laura Whitmore, Joel Dommett, Iain Sterling, Gary Neville and Sinitta.
I was lucky enough to get my hair transformed by colourist Vicky (whose past clients include Emily Blunt and Amber Heard) and stylist Bradley.
And when it comes to my lockdown hair regime, it's not just my dark roots which are failing to impress – as Bradley points out the first mistake I'm making moments after I sit in the chair.
"Do you use a hair mask?" he asks. "You should really use one once a week. Otherwise it's a bit like going out in the sun without SPF. You just wouldn't risk it."
When it comes to the product, Bradley recommends a cream rather than mousse based product for my locks, as I dye them blonde.
Stylists normally recommend Opalex (£18.20 from Look Fantastic) although John Freida's hair masque (£5.50 from Feel Unique) does a decent job, he adds.
For best results, apply it to your dry hair and leave on for at least an hour before washing off – or wear it overnight before a morning hair wash.
As I leave the salon with my dodgy roots and dry hair looking completely transformed, I wonder what other mistakes we're all making during lockdown – and get Salon64 director Ricky to fill us in.
When it comes to a simple trim, too many of us are forgoing the hair wash before getting stuck in.
Ricky says: "When removing split ends at home, I have found the hair can look a little too sharp and looks although it has been cut with kitchen scissors (I appreciate it probably has).
"This is particularly true to very straight, thick hair. Try cutting the hair when it's wet, taking very small sections and use your scissors to just chop into the ends slightly rather than cutting blunt.
"This technique is called point cutting and gives a softer, more lived in look."
Home hair treatment mistakes we’re all making
- Hair masks – feel like your hair's always dry? Try applying one once-a-week.
- Getting the chop – roped your other half or flatmate into giving you a haircut? Do it on wet hair next time.
- Fringe – giving you hair a trim? Comb it into its natural position before going near it with scissors, take your time and remember less is more.
Of course, Brits with fringes have even more to contest with when it comes to home cuts.
Ricky says: "The fringe is where things can go horrible wrong and most fringes are very unforgiving.
"Remember less is certainly more. Try not to move the fringe from its natural state or position.
"This means comb the hair into place and have the hair look how you would usually wear it most days before you go ahead and cut.
"Preparation is key so make sure you have all the time in the world and don't rush."
Salon64 re-opens next week. You can book an appointment here.
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