Here are a few tips on coming to your hair appointment prepared..
After we have booked the appointment and discussed roughly what you would like to achieve, its helpful for you to research exactly what you DO and DON'T like!
Hairdressers are generally very good at interpreting descriptions of styles by clients, but it is always helpful to bring along pictures, images or even sketches to show examples of the style you desire. This will cut out the chance of miscommunication, confusion and will ensure I know exactly what we will be trying to achieve.
A common problem people have when visiting a hairdresser is that their hair looks amazing when they are finished however they can never quite recreate the look them self at home.
This usually comes down to 4 things
* Lack of time
* Lack of technique
* Not using the right equipment
* Not using the right products
It is important to explain how much time you usually spend styling your hair and let me know about products and equipment that you use; so I can take this into consideration when choosing a style to suit you.
When changing your style, be prepared that you may have to invest in the right tools and products to make it easier to recreate the ‘salon look’ at home.
You may also have to learn a new technique for styling your hair and with any new skill, it may take time and practice before you achieve the result you wish.
* Wash your hair three / four times a week, max.
This is especially true for coloured hair, which can lose its sheen quickly with too much washing.
* Invest in some good dry shampoo..
If you're aiming to scale back the amount of times you wash your hair per week, remember dry shampoo is your friend.
* Towel-dry your hair before applying conditioner..
- Make sure you towel-dry hair after shampooing and before you apply conditioner: excess water in your hair means the conditioner won't be able to penetrate the hair.
- Try not to put the conditioner on the roots, because that can cause your scalp to get greasy faster.
* Brush from the bottom to the top..
Brushing from the roots can cause damage – always brush from the bottom and work up.
* Turn down the temperature..
- Taking a very very hot shower can cause heat damage to your hair, much like using a hair dryer can when on the hottest heat. To avoid this; try turning the heat down to a lukewarm temperature while you wash your hair.
- ALWAYS use heat protection before drying and styling hair.
- DO NOT hold the hairdryer directly onto your hair, leave about 1-2 inches of space.
* Re-consider your shampoos, conditioners and products.
Many high-street products contain chemicals such as sulphates which actually cause more damage to your hair. Also make sure that your conditioner doesn't include silicon which can clog up the pores that produce natural oils and dry out your hair. Look for natural products that contain less harmful substances.
* Use hair ties that won’t damage your hair.
-Hair ties can break hair and cause split ends. If you put your hair up on a regular basis, try to find hair ties that do not break hair or cause knots.
-You should also wear your hair in loose ponytails, rather than wrapping your hair up very tightly, as doing this can cause more damage.
* Eat healthy foods
By choosing the correct foods, you can increase hair growth and repair and prevent hair loss.
- Make sure you are eating enough protein. Eating proteins foods will give your hair what it needs to grow and repair. On top of this, look for foods containing Omega 3.
* Drink plenty of water.
Healthy hair needs to be hydrated, so make sure you drink plenty of water to give it the hydration it needs. This will also help to hydrate your skin and nails, as well as making you feel healthier.
* Don’t let the environment affect your hair.
- Pollution, smoke and smoking all dry out your hair.
- If you are often out in the hot sun, then protect your hair by wearing a hat or bandanna.