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London Hairstylist Hollie Rose Clarke - Secret To Salon-Fresh Hair

There’s an optimal way to wash you hair and it turns out you’ve been doing it the wrong way your whole life!

Putting a little bit of extra time and thought into how you wash your hair, can leave you with that light bouncy salon fresh feeling. 

Brush that hair girl

Let’s start before you get in the shower; please brush your hair. This will help loosen dirt, remove stray hairs and untangle knots.

It’s all in the temperature

Next up water temperature. Now this is very important. Wet your hair with lukewarm water; water that’s too hot will open the hair cuticle allowing keratin proteins, that expensive salon colour and natural moisturizing factors to escape. Meaning hair loses not just colour but strength too.

Always (yes, always) wash your hair twice. 

The first shampoo/wash removes dirt, pollution and product residue. The second shampoo/wash essentially adds shine and  gloss.

Wet = Weak

Wet hair is weak and more prone to breaking, so be gentle when washing your own hair. In the word of Natasha Bedingfield “I bruise easily, so be gentle when you handle me”

Put those phalanges to work (for those of you that aren’t Friends fans phalanges are the bones that make up fingers) 

You should use a hazelnut sized blob of shampoo. The first shampoo will not lather as much as it is busy removing all those nasties; the second shampoo will lather more. Apply the shampoo directly to the roots and massage into the scalp. Pay particular attention to the areas that are harder to reach and are often overlooked. Put those finger tips to work around the back of ears and nape of your neck.

It’s all in the rinse 

Rinse using lukewarm water. Squeeze your hair in your hands during the rinse. You’ll know when all of the product has left your hair as your hair will feel “squeaky" clean. Warning ⚠️ If you don’t rinse properly, your hair will be flat and lifeless, and feel somewhat coated.

Use your shampoo and conditioner to their full potential

Shampoo and conditioner serve completely different purposes—and therefore belong on different areas of your hair. Shampoo is your cleanser, so you only really need it on the areas that get dirty and grimy.... YOUR ROOTS.

Conditioner belongs on the drier areas of your hair and that is the mid-lengths of your hair to the ends NOT THE ROOTS... never the roots! 

Conditioner is your friend

It always shocks me when clients tell me they do not use Conditioner... I feel that the role of conditioner is misunderstood and gets a bad rap. Some blame it for weighing hair down, removing any natural volume you might have. But that only happens when you put it on the roots, remember the golden rule is NEVER CONDITION YOUR ROOTS. But please, always use conditioner. I tell my clients to think of a strand of your hair as being the size of my arm, covered in fish scales (the cuticles) and when we shampoo our hair they open slightly. When we condition our hair it closes them, leaving your hair feeling smoother and stronger.

Hair Hack

If you can, give your hair a final rinse with cool water. Cool water feels exhilarating and stimulates the blood circulation in your scalp, sealing the hair cuticle and leaving your hair extra smooth and shiny (salon fresh!).

Stay away from cheap products 

The best way to pick the right shampoo and conditioner is to seek professional advice... Ask your hairstylist or take a trip to Space NK. Never buy cheap shampoo or conditioner sold in a supermarket. Most people do not realize that cheap products contain silicone compounds and leave behind a film, which can dull hair, and other ingredients that can block their follicles, impeding new hair growth and even causing (in extreme cases) hair lose.

Sulphates are not your friend 

Yes, you should avoid Sulphates and opt for sulfate-free shampoos, they are much gentler and keep the cuticle tighter, protecting your colour from fading. 

Warn off the frizz

Last, I’d say that investing in a microfibre towel is an absolute must. They’re much better for your hair, since the fibres won’t rough up your cuticles which means less frizz and they absorb much more moisture which will help your hair to dry quicker. 

Secret hack: an old cotton T-shirt will work just as well as a microfibre towel. 

So there you have it, the secret to salon fresh hair is more manageable and attainable than you’d think. Stop reenacting the Herbal Essences advert and start washing your hair the optimal way. 

To find out more about Hollie and where you can find her click here


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