It happens to the best of us: one minute, your hair is shiny, smooth and doing everything you ask of it; the next, it’s dry, dull and generally misbehaving. Just like our skin, our hair is a fickle thing, and seasonal changes, along with diet, sleep and the wrong styling products, can all affect its look and feel.
But with a few quick tricks up your sleeve, you can keep your hair looking its best every day. Read on to find out how.
1/ Treat your hair like you do your skin
We slavishly follow 14-step skincare routines, but how many of us pay the same level of attention to our hair? If your approach to your tresses consists of a mere two-product process, it’s time to up your game.
Thankfully, hair products enriched with the same premium ingredients found in skincare are now available. Take the Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure range, infused with actives like hyaluronic acid, peptides and collagen for hair that shines with health. The Hyaluronic Moisture Kick BB Hydra Pearl treatment, for instance, provides an instant hydration hit that protects against heat damage and boosts hair’s shine, strength and elasticity. Capable of holding up to 1000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is your fast-track to plumped up, juicy skin – and thanks to this leave-in conditioning treatment, dry hair can finally benefit too.
2/ Choose shampoo and conditioner wisely
“Always use haircare and styling products that are tailored to your hair type and key concerns—if you have oily hair, there’s no point overloading your scalp with rich, moisturising ingredients that are suited to dry or coarse strands,” guides InStyle beauty director Hayley D’Onofrio. “It’s wise to ask your hairdresser the next time you’re in the salon for what types of products or ingredients you need, then add to cart accordingly.”
For instance, those with dry or damaged strands will benefit from pairing the above BC Bonacure treatment with the corresponding Hyaluronic Moisture Kick Micellar Shampoo to boost the hydrating benefits.
3/ But don’t over-wash
It’s one of the most common hair mistakes women make: over-washing their hair. “You’re basically just encouraging your scalp to produce more oil, in turn making you want to wash it again,” explains D’Onofrio. “Try to slowly break the habit, and you’ll see a difference in not only the condition of your hair, but it also helps to preserve colour.”
If your colour is starting to show the effects of over-washing, switch to dedicated dye-enhancing products, like the Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure PH 4.5 Color Freeze Silver Shampoo, designed for colour-treated hair with cool tones.
4/ Reconsider your brush
Hair is at its weakest when wet, which is why hairdressers caution against brushing until it’s dry. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb, and enlist the services of a detangling treatment to make getting stubborn knots out as smooth a process as can be. Try the Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Collagen Volume Boost Whipped Conditioner, a panthenol- and collagen-infused foam that weightlessly detangles and restores hair’s elasticity. Added bonus? It boosts hair’s volume by an impressive 100 per cent.
5/ Blow dry right
How many of us crank up the heat settings on our hair styling tools in an attempt to get out the door just a few minutes quicker? It may work in the heat of the moment (excuse the pun), but hitting hair with high temperatures will only damage it over time. Avoid the brittleness, dullness and breakage that comes with high heat by taking the time to blow-dry and style hair properly on as low a setting as your hair type allows and be rewarded with increasingly glossy locks.
6/ Mask weekly
Make this your mission: whenever you face mask, add a hair mask too. “If you keep to a regular skincare regimen, it’s likely that it includes multiple steps—but realistically, how often do you treat your hair to a nourishing mask, or leave-in treatment?” says D’Onofrio. “Think of these extra steps as you would a serum or moisturiser, and I guarantee you’ll notice an improvement in the overall health of your hair.” Weekly hair masks are a big step in the right direction.
7/ Sleep on it
Take it from Queer Eye’s resident grooming expert (and owner of a very shiny head of hair) Jonathan Van Ness: you should never sleep with your hair out. He recommends twisting it up into a loose topknot to save it from heat and friction while you sleep, so you wake with a ready-to-wear mane by morning.