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Amazing 50 Hair Tips
Regular trims keep your hair healthy and allow it to grow quicker. Depending on the thickness of your hair you should try and fit in a visit to the hairdressers every 6-to-8 weeks.
Ketchup for blondes
If you have blonde hair or highlights, wash your colour with tomato ketchup after getting out the swimming pool. The red tones and vinegar help to neutralise the green that can appear when your peroxid-ed locks mix with chlorine.
Condition before the beach
Dampen you hair with water and coat it with conditioner before going in the sea or the swimming pool. This will not only
keep knots at bay and make it easier to style afterwards, but it'll protect your tresses and stop the salt from drying hair out. The fresh water minimises the amount of salt water or chlorine your hair can absorb, creating an invisible protective layer.
Home dye tricks
Wiping vaseline or moisturiser around your hairline and ears before using an at home dye kit will prevent the dye from staining your skin.
Use your hands
Always run your fingers through your hair after styling with tongs or straighteners, especially if you're curling your hair, it will give it more texture and make the
finishing piece look less uniform.
Blast of cold water
Seal your hair cuticles by blasting them with cold water once you've rinsed the conditioner out - this will give your hair more of a shine. It sounds horrible, but it works!
Protein and Growth
Sometimes, hair being very dry on the ends can make the roots look a lot worse than they really are so make sure to condition them with a protein-rich product. If you're prone to an oily scalp, clarifying shampoos will help to strip the oil from the hair for a longer lasting, oil-free feel.
Bristle brushes are best
For smooth, sleek hair always use a real bristle brush. It will also help reduce split ends as bristle brushes are softer on hair. Only brush your hair twice a day though, as over brushing can leave it feeling greasy and lank.
It's important to remember that the more 'grey' coverage you have the lighter your overall shade will appear, so be careful when choosing a colour to keep this in mind. Start off with a tone one to two shades darker than how you would like your overall finish to look like and you'll be amazed at how light it comes up.
Protect your hair
SPF protection for your hair is almost as important as it is for your skin, but often we forget to protect our hair. Invest in a good SPF spray or wear a hat when sitting out in the sun.
Don't just use dry shampoo when you're short on time and your hair is looking a little greasy - it's great for creating volume on fine or flat hair too for everyday styling.
Trimming your fringe doesn't need to be tricky. Pull the section of hair down across your face, twist it and trim. Start by cutting a very small amount off each time (1/2mm), this might tak
longer, but it will prevent any scary accidents of cutting too much off.
Repeat the twist process until you get the right length for you.
Conditioning oily tresses
If you suffer with oily hair, shampoo your hair daily and don't forget to use a weekly treatment mask or deep conditioner, as despite popular assumption, it won't make your tresses greasier! In fact, it will help strengthen and nourish your hair, allowing it to grow faster.
Finding the balance
Keep the back of your parting centred at the crown whether your have a side or centre parting. This balances your hair and prevents
one side from looking flatter!
Hair oil can be used as a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment to give your scalp and hair extra nourishment. Simply massage it into hair from root to tip and leave on for at least 20-minutes before shampooing hair as normal.
This is a great hair tip for the colder months when windy weather and central heating can dry hair out.
Volumise your blow dry
To create more volume while you blow dry your hair lift sections of hair towards the ceiling and direct the heat to your roots. This dries the roots in an upright, lifted position. Don't
forget to finish with a spritz of hairspray.
The tights trick
To get your hair super straight and silky take an old pair of tights and cut a piece out that will pull over your head. Knot the top. Before bed, brush your hair with a paddle brush and pull the tights cap over, gently tucking in the ends. Take out the next day and enjoy your new smooth sleek hair.
High gloss finish
Use a glossing spray and increasing how thoroughly and often you brush your hair will give you a high-shine finish. Brushing improves how much your hair reflects the light making your colour seem more intense.
Walnut Oil Dye
You can stain your hair brown with walnut oil. To keep this colour for a prolonged period, use colour protection products to bring out brown hair. TRESemme's Colour Thrive Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner will protect and boost your colour for longer.
Cradle cap cure
For those with problematic scalps or kids suffering with a bout of cradle cap, try massaging almond oil onto the scalp and leaving for 20 minutes, and then wash hair as usual. Use each time you wash your hair for two weeks.
Ensure your hair is 100% dry before you go to bed. Whilst asleep, you
head is in direct contact with the pillow for 6-8 hours and so if it's wet, water can't evaporate, the result is that your scalp over-compensates by creating extra sebum. So, in essence, hair gets oilier quicker if you go to bed with it wet.
Spoon full of protein
Damaged hair lacks protein, generally through over processing the hair with colour or styling. This requires protein rich shampoos and conditioners, try the Resistance range by Kerastase. When the hair is better, stop using the protein shampoo as it's no longer required and can start to damage the hair with over use.
While damaged hair requires a dose of protein, dry hair simply requires moisture and lots of it! Dry hair is generally caused by over drying and styling the hair. Use moisture retaining styling products to reduce the drying out effect. Kerastase and Aveda have some great options. They're pricey - but you won't need to use a lot.
Rather than trying to cover the grey try weaving in highlights, this works like a camouflage effect making the grey look more like blonde highlights.
Our scalps age just like the rest of our skin. Your scalp provide
a base for hair to grow and provides the nutrition it needs. It is the soil from which the hair grows. Frequent shampooing with harsh cleaners really ages the scalp. Try to find a mild shampoo that is sodium and sulphate free to slow down this process as much as possible.
Inch by inch
Only blow-dry small sections of your hair at one time. Trying to blow-dry hair sections more than an inch thick will not work as the heat won't pass through.
Remove any dull blonde or brassy tones with a silver shampoo. It contains colour pigments to neutralise any yellow tones and leave th
leave the colour much brighter. Don't be scared of the purple colour - it is a wonder product!
Greasy hair can be caused by conditioner being applied to the roots, touching the hair frequently or just by the over production of oil from the scalp. Try shampooing the hair with cooler water and massage your scalp softly to reduce the amount of oil being produced.
Use boiled radish juice to help get rid of dandruff. Simply massage into scalp and then rinse. Yep, seriously!
Half up, half down style
When putting your hair into a half up, half down style use your
eyebrows as a guide to make sure you get the proportions right.
Angelina Jolie has added a fringe and a pair of sparkly earrings to give her evening look the glam-factor.
If you're struggling to find a styling product that keeps your hair in place, try using your other half's. Mens' hair products tend to be much stronger than women's!
To give your ponytail some volume, use your hairbrush to scoop up and smooth your hair into position and fasten. Backcomb the ponytail, focusing on the top section and spray with hairspray.
Homemade hair mask
Revive your hair with a homemade hair mask using 1 banana, 1 egg, 1 avocado, 2 tbsp honey, 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil mixed together. Apply from root to tip and leave on for 30 minutes and you will feel the benefits!
Rinsing your tresses in flat beer helps improve the shine. Shampoo your hair, then coat from root to tip with beer, rinse and then condition has normal.
Less is more
Best tip for moisturising your hair: don't overdo it with the product, a little goes a long way and your hair will only take on what it needs, the rest is surplus and therefore
a waste of money.
Fight the frizz
Frizzy hair is the bane of many people's lives. Try stronger holding products such as mousses to control the hair. Creams will add moisture and weight, while serums with give the shine and finish that the hair naturally lacks.
Improve your diet
To strengthen your hair, you need to eat a high protein diet, particularly at breakfast and lunch, so jam-pack your diet full of omega-3 fatty acids such as oily fish and walnuts to keep your hair feeling stronger and looking glossier! Although this will only make hair grow at a rate of 1/2 inch a month.