Luscious, long, full and glossy locks – it needn’t be the reserve of Victoria’s Secret models and the Kardashian sisters with an army of top-notch stylists and an arsenal of extensions. “Consulting with a professional when trying to achieve longer, shinier and fuller hair will not cost you and arm and a leg if you go in prepared,” says Allison Burr, owner of Mint The Salon, who has beautified the likes of supermodels Irina Shayk and Selita Ebanks. With these expert tips and small changes to your daily routine, you’ll be inspiring hair envy in no time.
“Triming your hair is a must. It is the first step towards healthy hair. Once hair is split there is no way to bring it back to life. You could spend millions trying with disappointing results.” Try sticking to regular 6-week appointments with your stylist for maintenance.
Washing your hair everyday strips it of natural oils, which are essential for hydration. “Hair is like skin: when it’s dry it needs moisture,” says Burr. Switch to a gentle formula, like L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Moisture Shampoo, and use a dry shampoo to refresh your roots on days in between.
CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION
Saturate your locks with an intensive conditioning treatment once to twice a week while you’re in the shower or bath as the steam opens up the hair shaft, allowing the product to penetrate more deeply. (Try Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment, $12-$42) If you want to go beyond at-home treatments, you can put yourself into more professional hands, says Burr. “Go into a salon and see a professional so they can consult with you for proper treatment.” A conditioning consultation at Burr’s salon includes a review of scalp, current hair condition and lifestyle.
For extra glossiness, blast your hair with cold water before you hop out the shower to seal the cuticle and promote a smoother, more polished finish.
FULL BODY MAKEOVER
For extra fullness all over, generously squirt volumizing mousse onto a comb and distribute evenly from root to tip. Flip your hair over and blow-dry from underneath. (Try Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse, $22) Letting hair air-dry when using mousse tends to lead to a rather crispy finish.
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BREAK YOUR BAD HABITS
Avoid using your blow-dryer & flat iron more than a few times a week, since heat is a key cause of dried-out, lifeless locks. One of our fave styling tips? Before bed, gently twist slightly damp hair into a ballerina bun and secure with a bobby pin. Shake out in the am for bouncy, voluminous waves – no heat required.
Ever tried matching up the length of the broken strands around your hairline to where your ponytail starts? It’s visible, but avoidable, damage. “Stay away from wearing a ponytail while sleeping & using rubber bands in your hair at all times as these are two of the most common and worst habits which contribute to breakage,” says Burr.
When sleeping, opt for fabric scrunchies (totally 80s we know but one must suffer for beauty) or try a low, loose braid to avoid pulling on the hair during the night.
Your hair is most vulnerable to breakage when it’s wet. Comb through your conditioner using a wide-toothed comb in the shower for no-fuss detangling. And never scrape your wet hair back for your morning workout session!