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In Deep: Healthy Hair Hacks

In Deep: Healthy Hair Hacks

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In Deep: Healthy Hair Hacks

Top of our beauty wish list? Healthy hair. With the skinification of hair buzzing around the beauty scene, hair care is at the forefront of our minds. But how do you achieve mega hair? Good question. From heat protectors and weekly hair masks to scalp care and silk pillowcases, there’s a lot that goes into taking care of your hair. To keep things easy, we’ve rounded up the best tips, tricks and hair care products you need to make sure you never have a bad hair day again.

START WITH THE BASICS


Just as you would invest in a few good basics for a capsule wardrobe, we’re asking you to do the same with your hair routine. Think of shampoo as your go-to white t-shirt, conditioner as your staple jeans and serum as failsafe sneakers.

So, what shampoo should you use? Look for something like the Larry King Hair Good Life Shampoo that’s going to cleanse away dirt, pollution and oil without stripping the scalp of natural oils.

Wondering how to find the right conditioner for your hair type? If you suffer from an oily scalp, go for an oil-free formula that’s lightweight in texture. Dry, dehydrated hair? Keep your eyes peeled for nourishing ingredients like avocado oil, camellia oil and argan oil.

Finish it off with a serum. Our top picks? If you wash your hair before bedtime, Balmain’s Overnight Repair Serum works wonders for damaged hair types.

ALWAYS USE HEAT PROTECTION

Do you need to use heat protection? We don’t know who still needs to hear this, but yes (please see the viral toast video for reference). If you’re looking to maintain healthy hair, heat protection is your best friend. Reaching for the straighteners or curling iron? The Balmain Thermal Protection Spray and the Aveda Heat Relief Thermal Protector & Conditioning Mist coat strands in a shield of heat protection. Genius. How to protect your hair on holiday? Pack Bumble and Bumble’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer. Infused with six featherlight oils it also helps to de-frizz hair and tame flyaways.

MAKE MASKS A WEEKLY TREATMENT


Wondering how to keep your hair hydrated and smooth? Take the time to do a hair mask. Once a week (more frequently if you’re constantly using heat tools) apply a moisturising, deep conditioning mask to your hair and leave for at least 15 minutes. If your hair needs hydration, Morrocanoil’s Restorative Mask and Aveda’s Botanical Repair Mask are like a glass of water for thirsty hair.

When it comes to preventing split ends, Olaplex’s No.8 and Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer helps to strengthen each strand, making it less prone to brakeage. Top tip? Always apply a hair mask to clean, damp hair and use a shower cap – this will stop the product from dripping and make it easier for the hair to absorb.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR SCALP


Healthy hair starts at the scalp. If you’ve tried every serum, mask and conditioner under the sun but your hair still seems to be unhappy, it’s time to get to the root of the problem. In short, when your scalp is in good condition, your hair is given a healthy base to grow – so it’s worth taking care of it. If a dry, itchy scalp is your main concern, exfoliation is key. Start by using a gentle exfoliating treatment like the Living Proof Revitalizing Treatment or The Inkey List’s Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment - these will encourage hair to grow while removing dead skin cells and product build-up.

The best way to soothe and calm the scalp? A scalp treatment. Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Scalp Serum is a good place to start. Infused with hyaluronic acid and purslane, it hydrates the skin and protects it from further irritation. Suffer with sensitive skin? Opt for the Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner. Packed full of calming ingredients, it’s ideal for comforting even the driest of scalps.

TAKE EXTRA STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR HAIR

You’ve got your haircare routine down to a T; now it’s time to call in some back-ups. Starting with silk pillowcases and scrunchies. Why is silk good for your hair? It helps to retain moisture and minimises friction that can cause tangles and breakage. Looking to reduce the amount of heat you use on your hair? Invest in an Aquis Hair Turban, which gently dries the hair while leaving it frizz free and full of shine. To encourage blood circulation on the scalp, (key for hair growth), Aveda’s Exfoliating Scalp Brush detangles knots while gently massaging the scalp.