Lockdown in April and May was bad enough, but the harshness of Winter can take even more of toll, not just on our spirits but also on our health and well-being – and that goes for our hair too, so it’s really important to connect with clients and encourage them to take extra care of themselves and their hair.
Winter, as we know, is harsh: damage from the elements and the overuse of heated appliances top the list and are the main causes of serious hair damage. Being in lockdown means there are many more harsh factors which are now contributing to the damage of the hair, which many clients are not aware of. Kevin Paul Finnell from F&M Hairdressing in Glasgow gives his top tips to help clients their hair and prevent unnecessary damage during Lockdown 3.0:
Hair Masques – Once per Week
Absolutely necessary during the winter months and lockdown period. As many clients are still stuck at home, harsh elements such as central heating will cause the hair to dry out and cause damage. Using a professional hair masque once per week not only nourishes the hair, it also injects key nutrients back into the hair to strengthen and repair it. I would suggest the TIGI Copyright Custom Care Repair Booster to clients who have hair that needs some TLC. The booster contains 10x more keratin than using a shampoo and conditioner and strengthens the hair after just one use!
Change Up the Hairstyles
Encourage your clients to experiment with different hair styles, allowing the hair to breathe. Perhaps a relaxed topknot on day one which can be taken down and styled into beautiful waves the next. Plaits and braids which can be worn tight or relaxed and taken out to create a wonderfully voluminous flowing style the next. This results in less damage and breakage.
Use a Leave-in Conditioner
A great way to combat the effects of home working and central heating or over exposure to the natural winter elements, is using a product which creates a protective barrier against this is key to avoiding damage, it’s incredible how well a leave-in conditioner works. It also nourishes the hair whilst adding a beautiful shine. A win win product.
Avoid Heated Appliances
The one piece of advice we all offer and one that is often difficult to follow. When I speak to clients, I explain that during lockdown is the best time to take a break from the straighteners. Learn to love the natural texture and movement of hair and give it time to breathe and be itself! By doing so during these times, your hair will very much thank you later!
We all love to get a heat in us, especially in this weather, however when washing hair, we discourage clients from washing their hair in extremely hot water and encourage them to wash in lukewarm water, as this is nicer and gentler on the hair. It’s a well-known fact that the hotter the water the more colour fade and damage that will be endured, so it is really important to make clients aware of this too.
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