Are your once beautiful locks of hair now sitting in a tight (slightly greasy!) nest at the top of your head?! Have your roots gotten so long that you are now almost unidentifiable to your friends and family?! You may well be thinking of taking matters into your own hands. But fear not! I have sought the help of a professional to put us back on the right path. Speaking with Tracey B Hair in Galway and hearing the hilarious lockdown mishaps she has encountered, it is very clear that there are a number of definite Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to lockdown hair care. Here are her top tips:
DON’T – Use a Home Colour
Please put down the dye and avoid colouring your hair yourself at all costs. Even if you try to buy close to your own colour, dye kits are generally at least one shade darker and tend to have very brassy tones. If you have highlights, putting a full brassy colour on your roots is going to leave you looking a bit like a patchwork quilt! But her key message is that it will take at least 2-3 visits to your hairdresser to fix the damage and get you back on track. So save yourself a fortune and put that dye kit back on the shelf!
DO – Leave your Roots Alone
With nowhere to go other than your local supermarket, there really is nothing wrong with just leaving your roots alone! But if you are trying to cover greys, or you just cannot stand the roots any longer, then Tracey recommends a non permanent root touch up spray.
DON’T – Cut your own Hair
If the split ends have kicked in it might be very tempting to cut your own hair. But you are never going to achieve a professional finish by yourself. When you bring your hair forward you are completely changing the angles and will never get that clean professional cut. You could also do a lot of damage in a split second slip of the hand! So instead, concentrate on solving the root of the problem (to excuse the pun!) and invest in proper hair care.
DO – Feel Free to be a Slob!
There really is no need to wash your hair every day when you have nowhere to go and nobody to meet! Tracey noted that after the last lockdown some of her clients hair was actually in better condition because they had not been washing it as often. Let your own natural oils kick in and feel free to allow a bit longer between washes.
DON’T – Cut your Fringe
If you want to get rid of your fringe this is the perfect time to do it, so pin it up and let it grow. If you love your fringe but can hardly see in front of you, then you will need to trim it. Trim very slightly with the tip of the scissors and always cut upwards. Never cut across in a straight line. There should be plenty of youtube videos to show you the perfect technique. Allow proper time and concentrate on what you are doing to prevent any accidents.
DO – Invest in Proper Haircare Products
“People are very reluctant to spend money on hair care, when they have no problem spending hundreds on skincare” says Tracey. There is no comparison between supermarket shampoos (or ‘glorified soaps’ as Tracey calls them!) and proper salon products. Many supermarket brands have high levels of sodium and sulphates which strips your colour away. If you want salon quality hair you are going to have to use salon quality products.
DON’T – Overlook the benefit of a Proper Treatment
Invest in a proper deep conditioning hair mask and take a few minutes once a week to do a proper hair treatment. The difference will amaze you.
DO – Talk to Your Hairdresser
When I asked Tracey to recommend certain haircare products she told me that there is no product that works for everyone because everyone’s hair type is different. She recommends that you contact your own hairdresser and ask for their advice, or do your own research on what the best salon brands are for your particular hair type.
DON’T – Tie up your Hair with Tight Elastics
Another haircare disaster caused by lockdown has been a lot of additional breakage. We are tying our hair up a huge amount more than we normally would and using tight elasticated bands causes a lot of damage to your hair. If you are going to tie up your hair, use a soft hair grip or a clip that isn’t going to cause damage.
DO – Wash away that dullness
Many of us are currently experiencing very brassy dull hair. The best way to eliminate this is with a good purple shampoo. Purple shampoo eliminates yellow and orange tones from any hair colour and will leave your hair looking much brighter.
DON’T – Waste money
If you are going to invest in your hair, spend it on proper hair care treatment. Don’t waste money on things like silk pillowcases that will make no difference if you haven’t gotten the fundamentals right.
Regardless of lockdown, an investment in proper hair care treatment is going to make a huge difference to you going forward. When your hair is in great condition the colour will last longer, and the styling will hold a lot better. So why not use this time to get into a proper routine by just making the few small changes recommended above.
I hope you have found this article useful. As always I would love to hear your feedback and indeed any funny mishaps that you would like to share!
Huge thanks to Tracey B Hair for all of your great tips and advice, and for the laughs that you gave me along the way! 😉