Luscious shinny hair and a suitable style can make wonders. We show you the quickest way to achieve red carpet style tresses.
Did you know a hair makeover is the shortcut to a new look? Most of us are not make-up extraordinaire who can craft professional looks in minutes but we do pay our hair stylist a visit every now and then. With the help of these specialists, they are able to advise on a suitable style and how to care for it. The key to great hair is to have a complementary style. Talk to your stylist about your concerns and lifestyle habits. Identify a style that is able to showcase your facial features in the best possible way and one that is easy to maintain.
A style that is easy to maintain
There is no such thing as ‘maintenance-free’ style. Every style requires different level of care and styling and you should pick one that works the best for you. The ease of maintenance is crucial as it determines how well you are able to pull off the look. If you are strapped for time in the morning, avoid styles that require long blow-dry or curling time. Be mindful about the end results as it affects the time spent to achieve it.
If you have wavy hair that requires styling every morning, move your preparation work to the night before. Wash your hair and blow dry. Apply overnight hair serum and braid them according to the level of waviness you like. Release the braids in the morning and loosen them up with fingers. Spray a coat of hair shine over it to achieve the healthy sheen. Try Joico Brilliantine Spray Gloss. This weightless shine-enhancing spray provides a high refractive finishing for all hair types.
Introduce shine to hair instantly
Apart from shine spray, you can try rinsing hair with vinegar for that added shine. It is also able to strip off styling products’ residue that is causing problems. Vinegar restores the pH level of your tresses too. Mix half cup of vinegar to one cup of warm water in a bottle. Shampoo as normal. Before applying conditioner, use the vinegar mixture. Make sure it is distributed evenly and the roots are covered as well. Leave it for 3 minutes. Rinse off before conditioning.
For oily hair, introduce the vinegar mixture after the conditioner. Massage onto the roots and scalp before rinsing. It also gives more volume to your hair. Repeat the treatment weekly for all hair types.
Air dry Vs. Blow dry
Have you ever wonder what are the difference between letting your hair dry naturally and with the help of a dryer? Our hair is the weakest when its wet. It is important not to rub excessively with the use of a towel. The friction causes it to become brittle. Blot out the excess water by patting or squeezing it with a dry towel.
If you have a habit of letting it dry naturally, most likely you will be greeted with fly away. Our hair oxidises faster when it is left to air. Humid weather slows down the process and dust tends to stick onto your hair. On the other hand, excessive blow drying can weaken your hair too. Make sure you are not blow drying soaking wet hair. Towel dry it and blow dry with medium heat and speed. Keep your dryer six inches away from your hair and move it constantly. Apply a coat of protective serum to minimise damages. Try Redken Satinwear 02. The protective heat-styling lotion helps to reduce friction and breakage. Do not blow dry to absolute dryness. Once your hair is lightly damped, switch dryer to no-heat mode. This step also helps to seal the cuticles, giving more shine.
Anti-frizz your hair
The detergent contents in shampoo inflates hair and roughens up the cuticles. This creates the frizz and makes it hard to tame. Use a low-detergent shampoo for regular wash. A low-detergent shampoo does not lather much. If you are in doubt, buy the formula for fine hair. Avoid rinsing with hot water. It will dehydrate the hair, leaving it coarse and dry. After conditioning, wash with cool water to retain moisture. The cool water also helps to lock in the conditioner for smoother hair.
You are what you eat
If you hair is limp, lifeless and slow growing, you may need to increase your protein intake. Protein is the key for the production of keratin, a major part of the hair’s structure. Increase the intake of fish, eggs, lean meat and beans. If you are a vegetarian, make sure you replace your iron intake as sudden drop in it can cause hair thinning.