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How to: Top 10 Hair Tips

Fri, 8 February 2013 4:51PM

It’s likely that you’ve seen my name pop up from time to time here at PRIMPED – I often work on the hair how-tos, such as the recent guide to Old-Hollywood Waves. What you might not know is that I have an identity other than aspiring beauty writer/PRIMPtern: I’m also a hairstylist.

So, I figured, why not collide my two worlds and share with you my all-time top hair tips … Good idea? I’m glad you think so. And here they are …

  • At the risk of breaking out a hairdresser cliché … Have your hair cut every 6-8 weeks. Yes, truly! Every four months will not cut it (haha). It’s this simple: If you want healthy hair that grows, it must be maintained. And there’s nothing attractive about split ends.
  • Take a little bit of time-out each week to pop on a deep-conditioning treatment (seek advice from your stylist on which is most suitable for you). You can give yourself the salon experience by wrapping your hair up in a hot towel (simply pour boiling water on a towel, allow to cool for a few minutes, then wring out the moisture). Kick back and let the steam infuse your hair with all that goodness.
  • I might be biased, being a stylist and all, but product-wise use professional products only – that is, those available at salons. Again, speak to your stylist who can advise you and prescribe the most suitable products for your hair type. If you have your hair coloured at the salon, a colour-care shampoo and conditioner will go hand in hand with maintaining your salon look, and prolong the life of that colour. I like Aveda Colour Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner, $34.95 from selected salons nationally.
  • Comb wet hair, using a wide-tooth comb (like ghd Detangling Comb, $12, salons). Do not brush! As this will weaken it. On this note: if you find it a challenge to comb out the knots, work conditioner thoroughly through hair, rinse, and then try again.
  • Apply a leave-in conditioning treatment after every wash. Regardless of your hair type, there’s a product suitable for you that will keep your hair moisturised and manageable. Try Kevin.Murphy Staying Alive Leave-in Conditioner, $32.95, selected salons.
  • Use a sunscreen in summer. The sun will dry out your hair, and fade your colour. Try a water-resistant UV defence mist like Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $49.95, selected salons.
  • After rinsing out your conditioner, turn off the hot tap and let cold water quickly run through your strands. This helps seal the cuticle, giving your hair a sleek, shiny finish.
  • Do you heat-style your hair? Then you always need a thermal-protecting product to shield against any damage that can be caused from the strain of the heat on your hair. I like ghd Heat Protect Spray, $24, salons. Speaking of heat-styling … to finish off a blow-dry, finish by switching on the cool-shot button and blast cold air downwards. AS with cold water, this will help close down the cuticle layer and prevent frizzies.
  • Embrace what you have! Work with your hair, not against it. Being a stylist myself, I obviously love a statement hairstyle … In saying that, I’m also all about natural-looking hair. If you have naturally curly hair, don’t be afraid to scrap the straightener a few mornings here and there and embrace your roots! Just make sure to use a defining product, like Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer, $44.95, salons, for best results.
  • I’ve left the best for last … And, believe it or not, my most important tip is nothing to do with a product. It’s about what you put in your mouth. Yes, your diet! Your hair is really what you eat, so it’s another reason to fuel your body with all the best nutrients. In addition to an all-round nutritious diet, certain vitamins can help lifeless-looking hair, such as fish oils, multi-vitamins and flaxseed oil.

Tell me, Primpers, did you pick up any great new tips?

Do you have any of your own to share?

– Lucy O’Donnell

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 05:29pm

    Great article Lucy and thanks so much for sharing your tips.
    Something ive learnt recently is too not rough up your hair when towel drying as this causes frizziness. And argan oil is wonderful for adding shine to your locks.

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 06:09pm

    I’m curious, has anyone honestly ever succeeded in growing their hair and having it trimmed every 6-8 weeks? Mathematically speaking, it would take approximately 15 months to grow your hair 5cm if you cut your hair every 6 weeks (assuming the hairdresser takes off 1cm at every hair cut).

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 06:33pm

    Thanks for all of your tips! You are so beautiful. It must be so handy to have a hairstylist at primped HQ! :)

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Fri, 8 February 2013 10:31pm

    Nice article thanks:)

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sat, 9 February 2013 10:24pm

    Great article Lucy but like loopylexy said, it would be difficult to grow your hair if are constantly getting it trimmed

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 06:51pm

    Good tip about the blow drying, I must start trying that.
    I do usually let some cold water run through my hair after washing already.

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 10:32am

    Have been putting off oiling my hair for ages going to do it today! Atleast I always take my fish oil capsule! Great tips!

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 02:24pm

    Fantastic advice here!

  • Posted by: Elmo Enthusiast // Tue, 12 February 2013 11:20am

    I don’t think everyone’s hair grows at the same speed? It’s all dependent on hair type, and what condition it’s in, and also how you look after it. All I know is, I get mine cut every 8-10 weeks, with every second cut being a good couple of inches off, and my hair is thick, healthy, and always sitting around my bra strap. You need to have regular trims to keep it healthy – otherwise it will just get all split endy and scraggly.

    Great tips Lucy! :)

  • Posted by: canberra Master Fan // Wed, 13 February 2013 11:33am

    There is some really great advice in this article – however I think I may still stick with cutting my hair every 4 months

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Wed, 13 February 2013 02:09pm

    Fantastic article Lucy! I hope you’ll be writing more soon. :)

    Loopylexy- I shaved my hair off for the worlds greatest shave back in 2011 and I (shamefully) went months and months without getting a cut… and lived to regret it. My split ends were horrendous and the hairdresser ended up having to take off a good cm from my already short hair. I think that if you get it cut more regularly, it’s more like a trim (i.e. less than a cm, maybe even half a cm) and less like a cut where you lose noticeable length.

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Sun, 10 March 2013 02:00pm

    I hope I don’t sound ignorant when I say I didn’t even know you could by sun protectant from your hair. Having said that I should try to buy some cause I always find my hair drying out in summer.

  • Posted by: Snezana-1319445104 Enthusiast // Fri, 15 March 2013 05:54pm

    Great artiicle!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Mon, 1 April 2013 09:51pm

    I actually only trim my hair every 6months! have no problems at all with split ends! I do take care of it with warm coconut oil and am gentke when brushing it out and never overstyle with heated hair tools or too many hair styling products!

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Sun, 7 April 2013 08:52pm

    Oh the tears I’ve shed on bad hair days!! These tips might help me keep a dry eye a little more often!

  • Posted by: nadia Master Fan // Sun, 28 April 2013 01:44pm

    Awesome tips! I really could take better care of my hair after reading this article! I had no idea you could get sunscreen for hair, so I’ll have to look out for one.

  • Posted by: connor 777 Master Fan // Wed, 15 May 2013 10:09pm

    Great tips thank you

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Thu, 23 May 2013 07:15pm

    I strongly believe in your diet rule. I’ll need to investigate sunscreen!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 28 June 2013 07:38pm

    I think heat styling products are essential in keeping hair protected when using heating tools. It also helps the end result to have a better finish.

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Tue, 6 August 2013 12:34pm

    great tips, thanks!

  • Posted by: brookieliz Master Fan // Thu, 28 November 2013 06:52pm

    Great tips, I keep forgetting about hair sunscreen!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 24 February 2014 08:30am

    Fantastic hair tips, thank you.

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