Healthy hair should stretch up to 30% of its length before snapping. But if your hair is heat-damaged and dry, it will break under tension. But with these clever hair products that we recommend, you can add moisture and shine to strengthen and restore…
Short hair is quite possibly one of the easiest looks to pull off and the great thing is, it doesn’t need hours of styling, either.
It also works with any texture and hair colour, and is the quickest way to transform your look and the way you feel about life. Not convinced? Here are our five reasons to go for the chop:
REASON 1: You’ll get rid of unhealthy hair
REASON 2: It’s a chance to start again (so says the Queen of Reinvention Rihanna)
REASON 3: Short hair never goes out of style. Just look at Audrey Hepburn
REASON 4: It’s truly liberating (Miley Cyrus certainly thought so)
REASON 5: It’s not permanent. That’s the great thing about hair - it grows back!
According to research, the average woman will spend a whopping £235,000 on her face in a lifetime in the quest to look and feel younger.
That works out at about £8 a day - and a minimum of 16 products - on make-up and skincare alone!!
But what about our hair? Doesn’t our barnet deserve a little love?!
A little investment can go a long way when it comes to haircare.
Here’s a great article on Byrdie.co.uk about how to age-proof your hair according to the experts in the know.
Want your hair to grow faster and look healthier?
Here’s the thing…
What you eat, your genetics, how stressed you are and your age can all contribute to thinning and breakage. You may not know this, but hair growth is a cycle and there are lots of things that can disrupt this, from hormonal shifts, medicine, illnesses and disease. Anything big going on - like pregnancy, menopause and even losing weight - can also interfere with hair growth. And constant chemical treatments, hot styling tools and even harsh brushing can reduce or damage the hair.
So what’s the answer? Shampoos that nourish the scalp and strengthen the hair of course! They not only make it less brittle and healthier, they can reduce oil build-up, which in turn encourages hair growth (by reducing breakage).
To really speed up your hair growth, supplement your shampoo with a diet rich in protein (found in lean meats, leafy greens, nuts, beans, and fish), fats (fish, nuts, flaxseeds and avocado can really help keep hair soft and silky), vitamin A (milk, eggs, and yoghurt to improve scalp health), and iron (try a supplement or eat more lentils, eggs, and spinach).
Here are some of our favourite shampoos that will give your locks a new lease of life…
Elvive Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo
This wonder shampoo is a steal and even gives you change from a fiver! The clay-infused formula rids the scalp of excess build-up, which can slow down growth. The shampoo also purifies and rehydrates the hair.
OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo
Like the Elvive shampoo, this OGX product does a lot for such a bargain price. Its blend of powerful ProVitamin B7 Biotin infuses nutrients into every strand and the hydrolyzed wheat proteins help to strengthen making thicker, fuller, healthier looking hair. The biotin and collagen boost volume on fine hair and leaves hair shiny and glossy. Best of all, its ingredients brings brittle hair back to life with new growth. We also really love this shampoo because it is sulfate-free and less drying than many similar products. The keratin proteins and argan oil also strengthen the cuticle for stronger hair.
Nioxin Cleanser, System 1 Shampoo
This is a winner for fine, thin hair. When you use it, it’ll make the scalp tingle a little, so you’ll know it’s working. It’s packed with vitamins, botanicals, SPF, and amino acids to help protect hair and promote healthy new growth.
Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste (250ml) and Fondant Fluidealiste (200ml)
This product duo leaves hair strong and full of vitality and shine. After you use it, your hair will be less frizzy for days. Full of amino acids and wheat protein derivatives, it makes hair stronger and smoother.
ArtNaturals Argan Oil Shampoo for Hair-Regrowth
This all-natural option is a great pick for anyone who wants to reduce the impact of thinning hair and encourage new hair growth. This argan oil shampoo contains DHT blockers (DHT prevents nutrients from being absorbed by hair follicles, which causes them to shrink and eventually fall out. This special ingredient works to prevent damage of the hair and further hair loss.
January is all about self care and looking after ourselves again after a month of mainlining wine, cheese, chocolate and Christmas dinners.
And what better (and easier) way than to start from the top. We’ve come up with some of the best products out there to give your hair a healthy shine boost. Let us know which ones are your favourites!
It’s the new year and everyone is on a diet, detox, Dry January (or all three!).
And it’s not just your body and skin that takes a beating over Christmas and New Year - all that festive drinking can really play havoc with your hair.
In the same way that alcohol consumption dehydrates skin causing spots and break-outs, it also dries out your hair.
Excessive boozing can also trigger a zinc deficiency in the body, which in extreme cases can cause hair loss.
But don’t worry, as we’ve gathered our top expert tips to help you repair and restore your hair. The party may be over, but that doesn’t mean your hair has to suffer.
Yeah yeah, we know it’s boring but water really is one of the key ways to keep your body - and therefore you hair - hydrated.
Not only will it have your hair shining and skin sparkling in no time, it’ll help reduce hangover time, too.
Hydrate your hair
Invest in some hydrating shampoo and conditioner like the Matrix Biolage HydraSource range.
As a L’Oreal salon, we stock and sell lots of amazing products including Matrix Biolage.
Ditch the crap
Not an easy request we know, but booze, fags and coffee are all nutrient-poor and damage the hair and body.
Food full of vitamins and minerals support healthy hair. Ot try a hair supplement like Vitabiotics Perfectil.
Get a trim
Cutting off split ends and having a fresh cut can not only make you look and feel great, it gets rid of damage and helps new hair to grow.
Book your appointment by calling 01865 553725 or click on the ‘book a haircut’ button, below.
With their huge incomes and glam squads on call 24/7 to keep them looking red-carpet ready, it’s no surprise that celebrities are the ultimate #hairgoals.
But there are certain things you can do to keep your hair looking as good as a celebrity.
Here we reveal six celeb secrets to keeping your hair in shape.
Celebrity secret 1: They take their haircare regime seriously - and stick to it
Hollywood stars know looking good is their job so they take their beauty routine extremely seriously. That means regular haircuts and deeply hydrating conditioning treatments.
Secret 2: There are no “off” days
When they’re not working, celebrities still need to look after their image. And that’s why a day off means a day restoring and reviving their hair in a conditioning mask.
This will not only combat the negative effects of constant heat styling but also any chemical damage.
Secret 3: They use heat protectants when styling
Too much straightening, curling and blow-drying plays havoc with hair.
Using an oil or heat spray before styling is the best way to protect the hair.
Secret 4: They take vitamins, because beauty comes from within
Supplements can not only ensure scalp health, they can help hair grow faster and thicker.
Your hair needs vitamin A to stay moisturised and grow (also find it in sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and kale if you prefer to get your nutrients from food).
Research has also shown that vitamin D could help create new follicles - the tiny pores in the scalp where new hair can grow.
Secret 5: They know how to brush wet hair without damaging it
Be careful what type of brush you use on wet hair, which is at its most fragile.
A wide tooth wooden comb is the most gentle, or even simply run your fingers through your damp hair.
Secret 6: They use wigs and weaves
Whether it’s for a big role, photo shoot or special event, hair pieces are commonplace in the celeb world - and they are a great way to change up a look and have fun with your style.
Fed up with hair products that over-promise and under-deliver?
We’ve tracked down the ones that we think REALLY work, from frizz busters and heat protectors to hydration boosters and thickening lotions.
We don’t know about you, but we’re OBSESSED with I’m a Celebrity presenter Holly Willoughby’s amazing hair and style. Since joining Dec on the hit ITV jungle reality show, we’ve been tuning in every day just to see what Holly will wear next!
And now you can copy her beachy waves, with our five-step tutorial. And if you also want to replicate her style, her stunning red Rixo dress (pictured, below) is available for sale right now at the lovely designer boutique Vanilla opposite our salon.
Elbows at the ready, ladies!!
Wash your hair and while it’s still damp, spritz with a heat protector product like TRESemme protect heat defence styling spray. Apply a volumizing mousse like Bumble and Bumble thickening full form mousse to create hold and volume.
Dry the hair with a paddle brush, brushing the hair in diﬀerent directions. Once the hair is 70 per cent dry, section the hair into four with your preferred parting.
Take a medium sized ceramic brush and starting at the nape, blow dry sections of hair no bigger than your brush. Focus on creating root lift and volume at the roots, yet a smooth and straight finish through the mid-lengths and ends.
When you’ve finished blow drying, take a vertical section starting at the hairline from the parting to the front of the ear. In a two inch section, curl the hair rotating the irons in a half rotation, curling away from the face. Continue taking vertical sections working your way towards the centre of the nape area. Begin on the opposite side of the head and repeat the process, curling away from the face.
To finish the look, use your paddle brush to brush out the curls and mess them up a bit with your fingertips. Finally set the style with a fine hold mist hairspray such as L’Oreal Ellnett extra strength hairspray.
Picture credit: Holly Willoughby Instagram