By JO ABI
It’s Spring Racing time and my hair is about to be styled to within an inch of its life for an extended period of time. Because there’s no point finding a fab dress, awesome shoes and semi-comfy shape wear unless your hair looks PERFECT.
And that means:
Fastening with various torture devices such as bobby pins.
Sometimes I straighten it THEN curl it (because the curls look better this way)…
Sometimes I curl it first THEN put it up in a bun (because it looks fuller this way)…
If my hair was a person it would hate me. Quite possibly it would run away from me screaming in terror, hiding behind a bush, quivering in fear. My hair should look terrible. It should look weak, straw-like, thin and damaged.
But it doesn’t. It’s really really healthy. It’s healthy because of what I do IN BETWEEN challenging styles, six little tricks and tips that cost absolutely nothing.
So get yourself a glass of champagne, sit down and prepare to be amazed because I am going to share them with you.
Clink, clink (we just clinked our champagne glasses together).
1. Wash your hair a maximum of three times each week.
I’ve never understood why some people wash their hair every single day. I think they equate clean hair with overall cleanliness but your hair doesn’t like to be washed every day. It needs time for natural oils to build up and nourish. Get into the habit of washing it every other day or even less.
In fact, I find it much easier to style my hair the day after a wash so the day before the races, wash it then put it in a bun or a low ponytail. Better still, let it dry naturally. Then it’s ready to be styled the following day.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Dove. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
2. Always make sure your hair is dirty before colouring it.
Before colouring your hair, whether you do it at home or at the hairdresser, make sure it hasn’t been washed for a couple of days. My friend who is a hairdresser told me that hair colour turns out much better if it is applied to dirty hair. Not sure why.
But what I do know is that all that natural oil coats and protects your hair from harsh chemicals. And by the way, the hairdresser is going to shampoo it twice and then condition it after the colour has finished developing so it doesn’t make much sense to wash it beforehand as well.
3. Never brush it while it is wet.
Brushing your hair while it is wet is a bad habit. STOP IT. Just finger comb it then give it a blow dry. You don’t need to brush your hair straight out of the shower. You hair is in a weakened state when it is wet and it needs lots of TLC, not harsh brush strokes.