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How to: Detangle Long Hair

1. Brush hair before washing it. You see, the shampooing process can dry hair out a little, making for strands that are more likely to catch each other and knot up. So it pays to make sure that your locks are a knot-free zone before you hit the shower. Tip: when brushing long hair, never brush from the roots down, as this can compound any knots on the way. Instead, brush the ends, then work up in stages. This means you can zone in on any knots and more easily work through them.

2. Treat hair before shampooing it. I’ve added in the pre-shampoo step of treating the ends and mid-lengths of my hair with an oil (namely, Kérastase Paris Elixir Ultime Les Grand Crus, $55,). Again, this smooths hair, making it less likely to knot up during shampooing.

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3. Use smoothing haircare.  As you might know, keratin is a protein, and one that can be stripped during the colouring process. So, shampoo and conditioner that have been formulated with this protein help to reinforce weak hair fibres, which in turn makes strands strong and smooth. Sold? Thought so! Check out these new ranges:

4. Leave conditioner on for a few minutes. Most conditioners require this much time to work to full effect – AKA leave hair soft and supple.

5. Try a Tangle Teezer. This genius flexy brush manages to do what it promises – tease out tangles – in next to no time, and with next to no pain. I use it to work through my conditioner, and then once again after rinsing conditioner out. Our favourite is the ‘Aqua Splash’ Tangle Teezer, which has been especially created for use in the shower; it’s $32.95

6. Lavish hair in styling product. Whether you use a silicone-based serum or a leave-in blow-dry cream, such a styling aid works to coat and condition individual hairs, meaning they’ll be less likely to get caught up as you blow-dry them. Speaking of which …

7. Blow-dry like a pro. The only way you’ll get swishy, swingy, silky hair is if you take the time to style it that way. Using a paddle brush and a hairdryer (complete with nozzle), section hair into several tiers, and work across each tier in three to four sections. With the brush underneath each section, always aim the dryer nozzle on top, pointing downwards, to encourage the cuticle to lie flat (and the hair strand to stay smooth). Pack your brush in your bag so you can smooth things out during the day as needed.

8. Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase. Seriously! Cotton pillowcases can snag and rough up the hair cuticles; however a smoother surface will mean that your hair will slip and slide over it, rather than snagging and roughing up the hair cuticles.

How To: Pull Off A Head Scarf in Winter

 

Step 1: Find a fabulously bright silk scarf that’s slightly bigger than average, so you have more room to play with when it comes to tying it up.

Step 2: Next, spray a texture spray into your damp roots to ensure the scarf has something to grip to. The last thing you want is slippage.

Step 3: Using a boar bristle brush and hair-dryer, brush the hair back as you dry to allow the product to be worked into the hair and ‘set’.

Step 4: Now, grab your scarf and wrap it around your head, securing at the nape of your neck. This look sees the scarf loop around at the centre of your head, but play around with different looks trying to keep the scarf along your hairline and covering your ears for warmth.

Step 5: Pull your hair into a loose ponytail at the back, before securing into a chignon. Use bobby pins to keep all your ends in place, and finish off with a light hold hairspray.

Source: Primped

Quick Hair Look

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There are only a few simple steps to this hairstyle and it’s a far cry more glamorous than shuffling your hair into your standard pony or top knot. Here’s how you get it:

Step 1: If your hair isn’t smooth, quickly go over the top section with your styling irons to neaten everything up. Then, grab a tailcomb and gently tease the top section of hair around your crown.

Step 2: Next, part your hair in your preferred position (left, right or centre) and loosely pull hair back into a ponytail at the nape of your neck.

Step 3: Use your irons to curl a small section of hair at the front, and if you have time throw some waves in the tail as well, spray with hairspray and you’re good to go.

How To: Style Wet Weather Hair

Here’s how…

Step 1: Start by smoothing out your hair with a hairdryer, so that your roots and ends are relatively frizz-free. No need to spend too much time here, as they’re likely to be affected by the weather once you step outside. It’s just nice to have a neat base to work from.

Step 2: Next, part your hair just off centre, creating a section at the front to separate off and braid (or twist) and another section about halfway back to braid (or twist again). Leave these sections of hair out for later, and tie the remaining ends back into a neat bun, ponytail or chignon. Whatever works for you.

Step 3: Now, grab the section of hair at the front that you kept out earlier and either braid or twist it back behind your ear. Keep creating the texture you desire as you position it back towards your bun, ponytail or chignon, before pinning into place with your ends.

Step 4: Repeat the process on the other side so too.

Step 5: To finish, weather-proof the look with a finishing spray or hairspray. Simple, easy and finished in less than 5-minutes flat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: primped.com

The secrets to fuller hair

Once you’ve started supplementing your diet with the right nutrients, you’ve pretty much maxed out your hair’s growth and thickness potential, but there are products on the market that can temporarily make your locks fuller. Nioxin has a range of products that plump up strands, from thinning hair systems to styling products. We especially love their Diamax Thickening XtraFusion Treatment. Apply to the roots of damp hair before styling for thicker hair. Preventing breakage is also paramount for fuller hair.

Bad Hair Day? Think About Slicking It Back.

First the runways, now the red carpet: why does slicked-back hair feel so right?

The key to this look relies on a product you haven’t thought about in at least a decade, maybe more. We’re talking about gel, of course. Smooth a small amount of gel over the top of the hair with your hands. Use two alligator clips to secure the hair on each side of the head, then blow-dry on the lowest setting to dry the gel.  Whatever you do, don’t brush it out! You’ll end up with separated, clumpy hair instead of a sleek finish.

Ask us about our range of dry shampoo’s

Dry shampoo has become a popular alternative to regular shampoo in recent years. It absorbs the oil that makes your hair look greasy without drying your scalp out, like washing your hair with water every day can do.

Dry shampoo comes in the form of a powder or a dry spray-on product that you apply to the roots of your hair.

Remove hair bands, hair pins, and clips. Comb it to make sure there are no tangles.

Sprinkle the powder you chose over the top of your head, especially in the areas that tend to get oily, like your bangs and part. Use your fingers to distribute it.

  • If you are use a spray bottle of dry shampoo, hold it 6 inches from your head and spray. Hold it far enough away so that the shampoo settles evenly over your head.
  • If you wish, brush your hair so the dry shampoo is distributed down the length of the hair shafts. Focus mostly on the roots, but if the rest of your hair needs freshening up, add a little more to the tips.

Turn your head upside down and brush out all of the powder. You can use a hair dryer to help the process along.

Thinking of a change?

Before you even think about taking the plunge to a new hair color, we suggest trying large swathes of hair against your skin.