After long summer months of exposure to sunlight, UV rays and salt or chlorinated water, your hair may be looking a little worse for wear. Here’s how to get it back on track:
AVOID MOISTURE LOSS
Just like your skin, your hair needs moisture to stay shiny and healthy. Washing your hair every day can strip it of the natural essential oils it needs to stay healthy, so wash every other day in not-too-hot water, and if your hair is prone to greasiness, try using a dry shampoo before you brush it in the morning.
Another great hair care tip is to consider using a leave-in conditioner, and rinsing out your normal conditioner with cold water can also help to seal the cuticle, which will promote shine. Hair serums can help combat frizz flare-ups and using an uber-deep-conditioning hair mask once a week can also instantly rejuvenate dry, lifeless locks.
KEEP UP THE UPKEEP
Shampoos made from natural ingredients are much better for your hair than those loaded with soap and other chemicals, and it’s also a good idea to treat your hair to a monthly clarifying shampoo, which will remove build up caused by product use.
Dry, brittle hair is prone to breakage, so blot wet hair gently with a towel to avoid tangles, and use a detangling spray and your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to detangle it.
Combing your hair from root to tip every night can also loosen up dry skin on your scalp, increase blood circulation and distribute your hair’s natural oils, which can help moisturise the hair shaft.
If you’re a blow-drying fan, avoid brushes with harsh bristles that can damage hair, and use a heat-protecting spray before drying, curling or flat ironing which will shield your hair from damaging heat.
KEEP THINGS SIMPLE
There’s no need to be too high maintenance during the week, which is why buns, plaits and top knots are perfect for Autumn – they prevent cold weather damage, plus saving time in the morning means you can snuggle in under that doona for just a little longer!
Knotted ponytails are fairly easy to do, however keeping them low means you can don a cool weather hat as well – leave a few soft tendrils framing your face, or a little bouncy texture if your hair’s naturally straight.
Soft winter fabrics like fleece, wool and cashmere also call for softly textured Autumn hairstyles. Simply sweep your hair into a loosely waved ‘half and half’ number, then braid your hair in the top section to create a little head turning interest.
Prefer a slicked back style? Blow dry moussed hair with a vent brush, then direct everything straight back. Once completely dry, push up the crown for more volume, then use some heavy-duty hairspray to keep everything in order.
Even better? Go au natural. Ditch the hair dryer and the straighteners and simply embrace your hair’s natural beauty. After washing and blotting away excess water, comb through gently, apply a serum to control frizz, then leave your hair to dry naturally.
CREATE HEALTHY HAIR FROM WITHIN
Probably the easiest healthy autumn hair tip you can practice that will lead to beautifully hydrated hair is to practice good nutrition. Protein-rich foods like yoghurt, nuts and seeds, eggs, and lean turkey or chicken can help strengthen hair, while foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon can add gloss and shine.
Dark leafy vegetables like kale and spinach which contain iron and vitamin C and A will keep your tresses super strong, and of course, drink lots of water!
With misty mornings and cooler temperatures, autumn brings a whole new set of challenges for skincare.
Here celebrity facialist Chelsee Lewis - who counts Gwynnie, Stella McCartney, Suki Waterhouse and Erin O’Connor as her clients - offers her top four tips for looking after your skin this autumn.
“Massage the face before bed to boost your micro circulation and detox the skin. This works wonders for puffiness, water retention and tired skin. The next morning your face should look more rested and with an added glow,” says Chelsea.
ICE, ICE BABY
“This is is one of my favourite tricks,” says Chelsee. “Fill the sink with cold water and ice, then splash your face 15-20 times to boost circulation before you apply your make-up. It will make the skin feel incredibly tight and works wonders for tired skin. “
BATHE WITH EPSOM SALTS
“This is the Supermodel’s favourite secret. Rich in magnesium sulphate it’s great for glowing skin, and also helps to ease tension and boost better sleep.”
MILK THISTLE AND VITAMIN C
“This is my go-to after a night out to restore tired, bloated skin.” says Chelsee. “Take one table of milk thistle and one 1000mg of vitamin C before or after alcohol. The vitamin C will help flush the booze out of your system, while the milk thistle protects and help detox the liver. It’s also an antioxidant, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.”
New season, new you?
With winter fast approaching it’s time for an easy to maintain look. And don’t worry about getting a cold neck - it’s scarf season!! Bring this picture in to show us when you have your next cut and we’ll recreate it for you.
The grown out bob
Is your hair in the ‘in-between’ stage? Go for a grown out bob style like actress Jennifer Garner. Show us this picture when you come in for your next cut!
Red hair colour – it’s fierce, vibrant and stands out in a crowd. From warm, orange-red hues to the boldest scarlet shade, there are so many ways to give your hair an edge.
Always toyed with the idea of going red but worried about maintaining those fiery hues? We’ve spent years honing our hair colour products, so vibrant, fiery and bright red hair is easier than ever to achieve.
Follow our guide on how to dye your hair red at home – from choosing your best shade, to the dyeing process and aftercare.
Which shade of red is right for me?
-For cool, rosier skin tones: Go for red-red or red-violet
-For warmer or olive skin tones: Choose red-red or orange-red. It’s best to stick to either two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair colour. This is more likely to give you a great colour match with your brows and skin tone.
How to dye hair bright red
Follow these steps to achieve beautiful, bright red hair with Colorista Bright Red Permanent Gel Hair Dye. If you don’t want to commit to a full head of colour, dip-dyeing and ombre techniques are a great way to get some subtle red tones. Make sure you are colour safe and that you do your allergy alert test 48h before colouring hair! You can do this by applying a small amount of the red hair dye and peroxide behind your ear.
Red hair colour dyes better when you haven’t used shampoo for at least a day. Be sure to wear gloves, cover shoulders with a towel and wear an old t-shirt. Then begin by brushing out any knots and clip your hair up into two or three sections, leaving the bottom layer loose.
Here’s a simple and great hack to make sure you don’t stain your skin: rub a thin layer of petroleum jelly around your hairline. Who wants pink blotches on their forehead? Not us!
Remember to always follow the instructions on the packet. As a general guide (please refer to the Colorista Paint leaflet for more information) begin applying the mixture onto your roots and then apply the remaining product through lengths and ends. For even, all-over colour, it might be easier to get a friend to help you out. Repeat layer-by-layer, un-clipping hair as you go, making sure you’re coating every strand. Applying the dye can take between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the thickness of your hair.
Once you’ve applied the red hair colour, secure your hair so it’s out of way. Remove any excess dye from the skin surrounding your hairline, then relax while you wait for the colour to develop. Go with the recommended time in the instruction leaflet, but check on it regularly to see how it’s progressing. We recommend waiting the full development time for the most vibrant, long-lasting colour. After all, good things come to those who wait!
Time’s up! Wash your hair until the water runs clear and apply the nourishing post-colour mask included in the box. Leave the conditioner in for a while longer than usual to really lock that moisture into your hair.
Dry straight away to see your new vibrant red hair!
Dyeing dark hair red
Brunette is an easy shade to transition from, providing the red hair colour you choose is darker than your current shade. The red hues in permanent dye are powerful and transform brown hair easily. Dyeing black hair red (especially if it’s been dyed black) isn’t recommended unless you see a hair colour professional who can bleach it first. Don’t want to go for a permanent shade? You could always try our Colorista Washout in red.
Dyeing blonde hair red
Blonde bombshells, it’s worth noting that rich, merlot shades of red could end up turning pink, which probably isn’t quite the look you were going for. Use the Colorista bright red shade, and make sure you keep up the fade-defying maintenance tips afterwards to keep your locks vibrant.
Our Colorista Bright Red Permanent Gel Hair Dye isn’t recommended for very light blondes, but rose gold could be your colour. Discover different rose gold looks here.
How to stop red hair fading
Red hair colour does have a reputation for fading fast. This can be explained by some simple science: red molecules are slightly larger than those found in other hair dyes, and the larger surface area stands less chance of clinging to your hair.
But it’s not all doom and gloom – following a colour maintenance haircare routine and investing in a good quality home dye kit are essential for maintaining luscious red locks. Colorista Bright Red Permanent Gel Hair Dye is expertly formulated to lock in colour, and by using Elvive Colour Protect products in your daily routine, your hair will look radiant for longer and get the nourishment it needs to stay looking fresh.
Fancy trying a different bright shade? Get some inspiration for a bold new look here, or if you fancy something lighter, follow our guide to dyeing your hair silver.
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