Women do so much to protect their skin on a daily basis but not nearly enough to protect their hair. Especially with the silly season just behind us and summer still in full swing, there’s been a lot of hot styling and hair colouring to keep up with all the celebrations.
Whilst your hairdresser will be doing their utmost to preserve the health of your hair, excessive hair colouring and hot styling can lead to a loss of volume, breakage, dullness and split ends.
This easy 3 step detox will bring your hair back to life!
Step 1: Cleanse your hair and your scalp
You may think you wash your hair properly at home; but chances are you might not. Does it ever seem like your hair lasts ages before you need to wash it again after leaving the salon? Does your hair seems to retain its style and bounce for much longer than it ever would for you at home? Our secret little trick is really quite simple: we always wash it twice. This might seem excessive, but it really does make all the difference. The first wash removes any surface dirt and/or product build up and the second wash cleanses the scalp and hair.
If your hair still doesn’t feel clean enough after two thorough washes you may also need a deep cleansing wash. Just like the pores on your face, hair follicles on your scalp can become clogged with dirt, oil and product build up; leading to ingrown hairs, scalp conditions or hair that just doesn’t seem clean.
To thoroughly cleanse your hair, we recommend using a clarifying shampoo such as Scalp Reset by Matrix. Work the shampoo through your hands and evenly spread the shampoo over your head. Start scrubbing, ensuring you concentrate on the hair at the base of your head (your nape) and work up towards your hairline. Thoroughly scrub the entire scalp including around your hairline. Rinse well and repeat.
Step 2: Add moisture
When you need to replenish parched hair, reach for a pre-shampoo treatment. They are packed with nourishing oils that deliver moisture to the hairs cuticle and protect vulnerable strands from stretching and snapping when being washed. Once a week massage the treatment through damp hair. Let it sit in the hair for 15minutes then rinse and shampoo.
Look for a treatment with essential oils. Chamomile to add shine, coconut to soften, geranium to strengthen and argan to add moisture. We recommend Bond Ulitm8 by Matrix as it has 8 essential benefits and is highly nourishing.
Step 3: Lay off the heat for 1 whole month
This ones a hard one – but it’s absolutely essential to getting your hair back to it’s healthiest condition. Using hot tools too often will weaken and dry out your hair leading to dullness and breakage. Most damage actually occurs in the last few minutes of women perfecting their style.
To get the most out of this detox we recommend no blow drying, hot tongs, hair straighteners, hot rollers or hot styling tools of any kind for 1 month. If you just cant manage 1 whole month you can limit your hot styling to once a week but you wont get the full benefits of the detox.
To keep you looking your best without the heat damage, firstly apply a leave in conditioner (such as CPR Phase 1 by Vita 5) evenly through your hair, fashion your damp hair in a few plats and sleep in them undoing them in the morning and giving your head a slight shake, or wrap your hair in a damp towel while you sit in the sun.
Once the towel is dry unwrap your hair for soft tossed waves without the frizz. You can always scrunch in some hair oil to perfect the style if necessary.