Everyone loves those first few days after a visit to the salon, with a fresh trim that looks and feels amazing – but how can we make that feeling last longer?
With new hair growing every day, things might not be looking quite as lovely a few weeks after your haircut. Plus, regular trips to the salon simply might not be feasible anymore for those working full time or coping with the challenges of the rising costs of living.
With hairdressers also facing unprecedented difficulty in the wake of nationwide coronavirus restrictions, many of us have had to learn a thing or two about haircare at home. In this guide, we’ll explore some top tips to recreate that salon-fresh look.
1. Touching up your roots
You’ll be able to find plenty of tutorials and guides online on how to touch up your roots from the comfort of your own home. Make sure you use a credible, reviewed source, and always do a patch test to check you’re not allergic to your chosen dye – especially if you haven’t used it before.
You’ll need these essentials:
- Dye brush
- Bowl (for the dye)
- Pintail comb
- Hair sectioning clips
Apply Vaseline around the hairline to avoid staining on your skin. Start by sectioning your hair into four parts, using the clips to keep it out the way. Gradually work your way through each section, separating with a pintail comb and sticking to the box instructions for the specific dye.
2. Fringe trimming: Bangs
Always trim your bangs dry: hair appears shorter when dry, so you won’t achieve the correct length if you try to cut your bangs dry. For this task, you’ll only need a wide-tooth comb and a pair of professional hair cutting scissors.
Find where your fringe begins – usually where your head starts to round at the front – and then start using the comb to part your fringe from the rest of your hair. Pull it between your fingers to determine the length you’d like to cut – and remember, it’s safer to start with less!
Flip up the ends with your fingers and cut from an angle, never straight across.
3. General haircare
Healthy hair will enhance your lifestyle and simply help to make you feel good. Keeping your hair as healthy as possible largely depends on your natural hair type, but conditioning daily is a great place to start. As a rule of thumb, keep heat styling to a minimum, and check the ingredients any new hair products before you use them.
Before you start any haircare at home, make sure you feel confident and prepared. Ask for help if you need it, and always consult professional opinion if you’re unsure.