How To: Healthy Hair 101
We recommend a ‘less is more’ approach to washing your hair; once every two to three days is much better for preserving your scalp’s natural oils, whereas washing every day can strip the hair, leaving it dry and even fluffy. Try to choose a shampoo and conditioner that cater more specifically to your hair type. Ask your hairdresser for a recommendation at your next appointment and you will see the benefits - always play to your strengths.
Brushing vs. Combing
Give us messy and texturised over smooth and perfect any-day but every now and again you need to run a comb and give back to your carefree, no-fuss locks.
Stick to a comb when brushing wet hair, as brushes tend to snag and cause breakage. Choose either a fine or wide toothed comb depending on the thickness of your hair, if your hair is thick you don't want to be tugging or pulling a comb through it. We love the resin comb by NY based hair stylist Yves Durif.
When brushing really go to town, the more you brush the better. Massage your scalp to help with hair growth and detangle everything. We like to go this at night so that we can sleep on it and re-gain some texture for the day.
The perfect hairbrush is an individual affair, depending on length, thickness and whether your hair is curly or straight. Boar bristle brushes have been around since the 1800’s. The unique bristle structure helps carry scalp oils through your hair, naturally conditioning and de-frizzing at the same time as encouraging shine. We love the original model by Mason Pearson.
Heat protection, both against styling tools and the sun, are essential for avoiding dry, breaking and bristled hair. When using any heat-powered styling tools such as a blow dryer or straightener, make sure to apply a protective serum or spray beforehand. Our pick is the SACHA JUAN Straight and Shine Spray.
When it comes to sun protection, think of your hair as you do your skin. The sun can have a dehydrating, premature aging effect on your hair. Before a day at the beach, apply a lightweight serum with UVQ, a topical sun protectant that adheres to hair and absorbs UV rays. We love another SACHAJUAN product called Hair In The Sun, they also have a great after-sun product that's very worthy of a mention too.
To keep your hair at its absolute best, we recommend giving it a little love by way of a treatment every few weeks. For those who use heat styling methods on a regular basis, try a re-hydrating, conditioning mask; argan oil, plum oil and French almond oil are all great go-to ingredients. If you dye your hair, a restorative treatment between salon trips is an effective way to maintain lustre.
The simple DIY hair mask that we love: Coconut-Avocado-Honey Hair Mask
Step One: Combine
Combine half a mashed avocado with two tablespoons of both melted coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey until well mixed.
Step Two: Apply
Comb through dry hair. We find it easiest to start by covering the ends, then working it down from your scalp until all of your hair is covered. Wrap your hair into a topknot and leave it in for about an hour.
Step Three: Rinse
Shower it off. Make sure to massage a little shampoo into your hair before getting it wet, as this will make it much easier to remove the mask. Once you’ve rinsed, shampoo again to make sure your hair is super clean before conditioning.
Natural fats and food high in Omega 3’s such as almonds, avocado, salmon and coconut oil are great for your hair, encouraging strength and shine. Minerals such as zinc, silica and selenium are also crucial for healthy hair. A multi-mineral vitamin can be a great way to cover this, but our beauty go-to is The Super Elixir.