I have a pretty good relationship with my hair. I treat it with respect (most of the time) and it gives me love back (most of the time).
I can be feeling pretty awful, like right now with a stupid head cold, but a visit to the salon for a re-blonding, style cut and blow-dry will have me at least faking a GOOD day.
Because that’s the power of a good hair day, isn’t it? Never underestimate it.
Last Friday I flew to Sydney to spend the afternoon with some wonderful people at Schwarzkopf. It was for the launch of the Schwarzkopf Style Studio, of which I’m excited to be a part.
It had been a 4am start and my hair had been pretty much left to its own devices from straightening the night before.
So, I was a very happy hair pig indeed to be ushered into the Schwarzkopf Studio for a bit of schuzzing.
Here’s a visual:
Necklace by Jess at Epheriell Designs
At the launch, I got to meet Schwarzkopf’s national technical educator, Grant Withnell.
Grant knows his stuff. I love getting into the heads (pun intended) of hair experts as you can always be assured of getting some pretty good take-home advice.
1. If you need great colour coverage you need a colour with ammonia-based product. Use just the colour cream, not the developer (in a home colour kit).
2. Oils in haircare products provide suppleness and retain elasticity in your hair, they don’t make your hair oily.
3. If you have a really dry scalp, treat it with jojoba oil.
4. The best thing you can do with your hair is use a leave-in treatment – wet or dry. They are designed to make the surface of the hair look flat, so light will more easily reflect off that surface and you’ll have shiny hair. Use a liquid spray-on treatment if you have fine hair.
5. Silicone doesn’t build up on hair because silicone is water soluble and will wash out. However if you’re washing your hair with a silicone-based product it may cause a problem. And if you are colouring your hair and you use a high-silicone-based product, do a deep cleanse shampoo before you colour it. Use your normal shampoo and mix some bi-carbonate soda with it.
6. If you put a colour on your hair and it goes too dark, use the mix of anti-dandruff shampoo and bi-carbonate soda, scrubbing it through the hair to remove any excess pigment from the hair.
7. Volume powder is your hair’s best friend. It looks like talcum powder but massages in clear. Shake a little in your hands or straight into your hair and work it in using your fingers through your hair to the scalp. Hair is visibility lifted and stays there. If you straighten your hair and it goes flat the next day, add volume powder. It’s different from dry shampoo, which is a powder that absorbs oil and is designed to be brushed out.
8. Don’t rely on hairspray or lacquer to hold your style. It’s the foundation products like mousse, gel, styling creams, which you add before styling that will keep your style in place. That way you keep movement in your hair and don’t create a solid mass.
9. Always use a thermal hair protector before drying and straightening or curling.
10. Finish with hairspray for down styles; lacquer for up styles.
Got those tips memorised? Awesome.
Moving on …
Remember, last winter when I decided to embrace the fringe?
Turns out I was so on-trend I was ahead of myself as Schwarzkopf has identified “The Fringer” as one of the four key catwalk looks for 2013.
If you’ve been considering embracing the fringe, read my at-home care tips first.
Hosting a fringe on your forehead is not unlike having a pet. It’s not just for Christmas – or that moment you step out of the salon. You really need to take good care of it to keep it looking good.
Have you got a home hair care tip you can share with us? Thoughts on embracing The Fringer?