After months of being away from the salon, we have all had a chance to see what our hair is like with that bit of extra length and maybe even with a natural colour coming through. You might decide to keep the length, embrace your natural colour or to look at an alternative colour application. A visit to the salon for a quick maintenance trim or an in-salon treatment can do wonders but your at home care is where it really matters as this is where you wash, treat and style your hair most.
If you are enjoying having your hair a little longer than usual and decide to keep most, if not all of the length, then you need to make sure that you care for the ends of your hair to prevent split ends and to keep your hair looking healthy.
The key to keeping your hair nourished is to choose home care that is suitable for your hair type, avoid over-washing and reduce styling with heated tools. If your hair is dry then you need products that will pump the hair with moisture.
If your hair is damaged then you need products that will nourish and strengthen the hair. I recommend that my clients only shampoo their hair 2-3 times a week max and that they use a treatment mask at least once every week or fortnight.
A mask is a great way to give the hair a real boost of whatever it needs. If you are someone who wakes up in the morning to hair that has tripled in size overnight, then plaiting or tying long hair up in a low bun can really help.
Friction between your hair and your pillow can cause damage. Applying an oil or overnight serum to the hair before plaiting it will keep the hair smooth while providing deep nourishment. A really beautiful overnight serum is the Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Overnight Serum €50.00.
Embracing your natural colour or grey can be a wonderful transition. I mean the thoughts of not having the upkeep of a root touch up every four weeks might be very appealing to you, but it’s not for everyone.
What I would recommend is to have a conversation with your colourist about how you might be able to make the transition a little easier. It might be as simple as lightening the previously coloured hair to a level bright enough to tone it to a cool ashy shade, that is more or less identical to the grey regrowth.
Sometimes a haircut to remove your unwanted coloured hair will be the answer! For blondes going grey, the Kerastase Blond Absolu Masque Ultra-Violet €45.00 can be a game changer as it neutralises unwanted, yellow tones to give the hair a cooler silver look.
In-Salon treatments will condition and illuminate the hair, whether it is coloured or not. Treatments like Kerastase Fusio-Dose €20.00 (as an add-on treatment) can tackle a number of hair concerns from dry, dull hair to weaker, fine hair. The great thing about these treatments is that most of them can be combined. You find a treatment to help with the primary concern, and then one for your secondary concern and you mix them both together to create a customised treatment for your hairs needs. Kerastases Fusio-Scrub €12.00 (as an add of treatment) is also great to help exfoliate both the scalp and the hair; a detox which will produce healthy, clean, shiny hair.