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Lockdown has meant we’re all over 4 months in to no hair salon appointments and dodgy at home cut and dye attempts so I think by now all of us could do with some summer hair care tips. I know for one that my hair has fallen into an awful state of disrepair and could do with some serious TLC!
Use a hair mask
Hair masks are one of my favourite things to use and make such a difference to how soft and hydrated your hair is. I’m a particular fan of Olaplex’s No.3 Hair Perfector, it’s a little pricey but worth the investment in my opinion as a little goes a long way and it really only needs to be used once a week to make a big difference. I also love the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque for a more affordable option, the scent in particular is my fav!
If you prefer to use a more natural hair mask then one of my favourite recipes is an easy at home Hair Restoring Strawberry Mask.
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoons honey
1 egg white
1 sprig of rosemary OR 4 drops of rosemary/lavender essential oil
A hair tonic mask for healthy hair and scalp. Use strawberries for their naturally high Vitamin C content and supporting iron absorption for healthy circulation, along with natural silica for healthy hair growth.
Olive oil is included to nourish the hair and scalp whilst egg white is full of natural proteins and great for giving hair a natural shine. Plus, it helps the scalp by preventing excess oiliness. Apple cider vinegar is perfect for giving the hair a glossy finish and supporting scalp health. Honey strengthens the hair follicle and rosemary stimulates blood flow for a healthy scalp.
Blend all ingredients together thoroughly for 20 to 30 seconds. This can be a little messy to apply so best done in the bathroom over the sink. Apply to dry hair; start in the middle of your hair at the root and apply small amounts down the parting. Massage in then separate the hair and continue to apply all over the scalp massaging in each time. To cover the back of the head it is best to hang the head over the sink. Then, apply whatever is left and massage this to the lengths of your hair. Give the scalp a good massage, pile your hair on top of your head and leave on for 20 minutes. Thoroughly rinse off then wash with your normal shampoo and a very small amount of conditioner.
Use the summer warmth to your advantage and avoid blow drying your hair after a shower, instead towel dry and then leave it to air dry. The same goes for straightening and curling your hair, instead you could try French plaiting your hair before bed to create soft, heatless beachy waves. If you do need to blow dry your hair for whatever reason then make sure to use a heat protectant, my favourite is the Umberto Giannini Smoothing Milk as it not only protects your hair but also hydrated and minimises frizz.
Protect your hair from the sun
Just like you’d apply your suncream to protect your skin, you should really apply a UV protecting mist to your hair to prevent sun damage. My favourite is the Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
Switch up your shampoo
Now is a great time to switch your shampoo and conditioner to a more hydrating variety. I’ve been using Umberto Giannini’s vegan, cruelty free, smooth wash moisturising shampoo for a while now and absolutely love it. Costing only £6, which I think is very reasonable for shampoo it hydrates and softens hair while gently cleansing.
I hope these tips are helpful! Could your hair do with some TLC after lockdown?
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