Regrowth, dry strands, greys creeping through, split ends - the list goes on. Lockdown is certainly not kind to our tresses. It doesn’t help that we’re all guilty of neglecting our beauty routines in these times too...along with a few other things.
Gone to sleep with your hair wet at least once?
Can’t remember the last time you washed your hair?
Is dry shampoo your best friend right now?
Taken to the kitchen scissors for a DIY fringe trim?
If you answered yes to any (or all…no judgment) of the above, then you’re suffering from a case of lockdown locks.
Thankfully, help is at hand! We sought the expertise of the award-winning Rodney Wayne Artistic Team for their pro tips on caring for your hair during lockdown.
The fast-paced nature of modern life means we often skip steps like hair treatments in the interest of saving time. Now with life a little slower pace than usual, it’s the perfect time to embrace the extra time on your hands and get masking. Swap out your quick rinse conditioner routine for a concentrated treatment, letting it sit in the hair for at least 10 minutes. I even leave it in while I work for a few hours – perks of working from home!
2. Sleeping beauty treatments
Continuing the treatment theme, Dawn Thomson at Rodney Wayne Newmarket suggests, “If you’re short on time or don’t make hair treatments a priority, the best and easiest way is to once every second week after shampooing the hair, skip the conditioner. Once out of the shower towel-dry thoroughly and apply your hair treatment and sleep with it on, then rinse the following morning in the shower.”
3. Invest in a silk pillowcase
Lockdown makes a serious case for some self-indulgent luxuries – we all deserve a bit of TLC right now after all. Milly Briant from Rodney Wayne Newmarket recommends swapping traditional pillowcases for a silk alternative to protect your silky shine. “A silk pillowcase or hair turban also have the added benefits of reducing breakage, and I find that my hair gets less greasy, staying fresher for longer!’
4. The art of application
Turns out there’s a trick to getting more out of your treatment according to Olivia Hopkins from Rodney Wayne Bethlehem. “Gently removing excess moisture before you apply your masque or conditioner ensures its most concentrated form. I keep a dry hand towel or face cloth handy to ring out any excess moisture. Then, make sure you milk it into your hair in sections for even coverage” The results will speak for themselves.
5. The right brush
Having the right tools is also hugely important. Abhi Soni at Rodney Wayne Northwest advises using a gentle brush to avoid pulling the hair. “Brushes or combs with fine bristles can damage your hair because they cause too much friction and end up pulling out individual strands of hair. Instead, go for a boar bristle brush for daily use on dry hair to distribute natural oil and keep it healthy.” Abhi also suggests not using these types of brushes on wet hair as it can lead to damage, instead, go for a wide-tooth comb.
6. Cuticle care
Anabel Quinn from Rodney Wayne Takapuna suggests turning down the temperature in the shower as the heat can irritate your scalp and possibly weaken your hair as it grows out. “At the end of your shower try doing a quick cold water rinse to seal the cuticles shut, boost shine, and maintain healthy hair.”
So there you have it, easy and practical tips for healthier hair! At least one bonus of lockdown is you’re most likely using less heat…
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