Luscious locks 101

19th November 2014
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe

Ivana Trump once said ‘Gorgeous hair is the best revenge’. Truer words have never been spoken. I find it nearly impossible to flirt when I’m having a bad hair day and similarly if I wake up to a good hair day, I’m instantly in a brilliant mood.

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My hair is something that I have to work hard at these days. The older I get the more limp my hair becomes. I used to have curly, bouncy hair that seemed to grow an inch a week. About 10 years ago I decided to rock the “Posh Bob”… oh what  a mistake that was. Not only because my face shape really just doesn’t suit it but also because since that day I have been trying to grow my hair back to its former glory, to no avail. What this means though for you, is that I am well versed in all things hair and this post is going to be a basic starting point for hair care and how to get it in the best condition possible. Shiny, healthy and voluptuous locks are exactly what every bride wants for their wedding day so take heed girls!

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GHD do a really great heat protecting spray for £6.90

When you subject your hair to heat above 130 degrees celsius your hair’s chromophores (the part of your hair that absorbs and reflects light AKA the shiny part) begins to break down. All moisture is drawn from your hair and the surface of your hair starts to break down. We all know that heat styling is not great for your hair and I would really encourage you to stay away from tongs and straighteners as much as possible. Blow drying your hair is also not ideal but if you can’t resist all three then make sure you are using a heat protecting spray. They do work, studies have shown us so. Allowing your hair to dry naturally 9 out of every 10 times you wash it will help the condition of it greatly.

Coconut Oil is what your Hair Dreams of at Night

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My favourite one can be bought here for £14.84

I wrote a blog post on coconut oil and how much I love it, briefly touching on the benefits of putting it in your hair. To get a little more in depth, coconut oil which is rich in lauric acid can penetrate the hair shaft due to it’s low molecular weight. This helps reduce protein loss in both damaged and undamaged hair. With its high moisture retaining capacity (its not easily broken down or evaporated) after applying it as a hair mask it helps to maintain softness and keeps the hair moist thus reducing breakages. You can use it as an intense conditioner by applying some warm oil over night and washing it out the next day. This also helps if you suffer from dandruff.

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This is my absolute favourite plumping mousse. It will not disappoint £29.99

Slow growing, limp hair is the most frustrating thing. You can help this with a few  different techniques, none of which are scientifically proven but many of which I find work. Turn your head upside down and massage your scalp for about 5 minutes a day. This stimulates blood flow to your hair follicles which otherwise don’t get terribly much oxygen. This means that you are sending all the necessary ingredients to your scalp to aid healthy hair growth. If your hair is flat the best thing to do is to comb it out while it is still wet, wrap it in a towel until it is 75% dry then just before you put your hair drying heat on it to dry to final 25% of it, add a palm full of mousse to the roots. When blow drying make sure you are lifting the roots away from your scalp with either your fingers or a round styling brush. Avoid putting any serums too close to the roots once it is dry as these will flatten your hair.

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Moroccan Oil £31.45

Hair serums can be your best friend or worst enemy if you allow them to build up in your hair too much. They work in a similar way to those that are meant for your skin in that they target specific problems. They coat your hair in a fine layer of silicone which help protect and condition the hair. My absolute favourite is Moroccan Oil. Its silicones are natural and act as a lightweight lubricant to make the surface of the hair feel smooth without leaving a residue. Their unique molecular structure (larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule) allows them to form a breathable barrier without weighing the hair down. I run one pump of this through my hair after towel drying and leave my hair to dry naturally. The silky soft smoothness that it results in makes me never want to go near a hair dryer again!

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There has been a bit of controversy surrounding this treatment. Some celebs like Jennifer Anniston claimed that it made her hair brittle and dry. There is no doubt that it does ease frizz. I had one at the end of summer and the difference that it made to my hair immediately way astounding. What I did find though is that my hair didn’t hold its curl at all afterwards and the condition of it improved only superficially. It wasn’t until I started using coconut oil that my hair stopped looking and feeling like straw. If you suffer from wild hair that is hard to tame and dries in a state of electrocution  then this is definitely the treatment for you. Make sure your hair is in pretty good condition to begin with and you will be safe. Not all Brazilians are created equal so get in touch with us and we will book you in with the very best that London has to offer.

Keeping your hair out of the sun, making sure that you don’t subject it to too many hot styling tools and using the correct hair brush to brush out any knots are all thing that will go a long way when it comes to keeping your hair in great shape.

Let me know if you have any specific hair concerns and I will gladly help you out with some top tips.

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