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A Good to Great Hair Journey in 2018

The new year herald’s fresh starts and new beginnings for many of us. We make resolutions so that we can improve ourselves, and our hair is no exception. 2018 is going to be all about the unabashedly un-done and effortlessly stylish, healthy hair. Celebrate and embrace your hair journey. This will only make the upcoming year even more exciting! Here are our top tips for how to get your hair from good to great in 2018.

Great Condition
Great Condition

Great Condition

The real reason your hair looks great after a visit to the salon is because your stylist understands that the key to happy hair is a well-executed shampoo. It’s as simple as not washing your hair as often as you think. Most of us wash our hair way too much - experts advise that three times a week is sufficient for most hair types.

As relaxing as a steamy shower may be, exposing your hair to very high temperatures leaves it looking dry and lifeless (not to mention leading to faster colour fade for those with dye in their hair). It is preferable that you keep water warm rather than hot. A great tip is to rinse with cold water just before stepping out of the shower, as cold water will seal pours shut, which helps lock in the moisture and benefits your hair in the long-run.

When conditioning, it's not about a quick massage and rinse like as it is with shampoo. Start applying conditioner mid-shaft downward towards the ends, avoiding the scalp area. While the product is still in your hair, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle. You can leave the conditioner in and wrap your hair in a towel for five to seven minutes if your hair needs extra moisture. Any longer than that will leave residue in your hair.

After you towel dry, put some heat protectant in, especially if you plan on using a hot tool. Remember, if you do plan on using a hot tool, you should never use it on hair that is even slightly damp. Hair needs to be fully dry before applying such heat.

Great Colour
Great Colour

Great Colour

Colouring hair can make it more porous, which causes it to absorb and release moisture more easily. This can cause loss of colour molecules every time your hair gets wet or is heat-styled. Here are tips on how to keep as much moisture in your hair as possible, by maintaining the best possible condition.

Red hair colours tend to fade faster because the red hair dye has the largest individual molecules. The molecule size makes it more difficult for red dyes to penetrate deeply into the hair, thus they fade more rapidly. When going for a red hue, be sure to have your stylist use hair colour that maximises high-definition colour results with minimum stress to the hair’s cuticle. To prevent water from washing away your vibrant colour, the answer is simple: Celeb Luxury! You can refer to our previous blog for more information about this great range of products and how it can reduce fade and revive your hair colour in between salon visits.

During those off days, wear a shower cap to keep your colour-treated hair from getting wet while showering, as this can cause some colour fade. You can also pull your hair up into a loose bun or a ponytail to protect it from getting wet. Conditioning hair will help your colour look shinier. Even if you have fine hair, condition the tips, which are the oldest hairs on your head and have the most damage. Start at your ears and work your way down to the ends. What you put on your hair will affect the longevity of the colour and the long-term health of your hair.

Great Style
Great Style

Great Style

Every year there are hairstyles trending, and 2018 is no different. The Bob cut is still fashionable - we’re talking a minimalist style that lets you wash and go. Stay away from too many layers. This style works well for fine hair, but the current trend is to wear it no matter what your hair type, in a styled but natural-looking texture.

For a modern spin, you can go with a middle part, but a classic side part makes it look simple and easy. The long Pixie cut is another style trending in 2018. We have not seen much of the very short pixie, but we’re loving this longer take on the pixie cut. You can tousle the hair for texture if you have wavy or curly hair or create a sleek look if you have straight hair. Keeping the front section of bangs swept to the side can be very flattering.

Bangs are a third hot trend to try. Low maintenance bangs require very little styling and are very cool at the moment. There are a lot of bangs that aren’t full fringe or blunt, but instead wispier or parted in the centre.

Lastly, the deep side part. Middle parts are extremely popular on the runway this year, they accompany natural textures of all types and lengths that range from bobs to super-long locks. A deep side part is especially fun to accessorise with fun barrettes and pins.

Great Health
Great Health

Great Health

Maintaining healthy hair can be a challenge considering our busy lifestyles. We may tend to take shortcuts and not give our locks the full care they need. There are a few things that you can do to ensure that your hair is healthy and well taken care of. Supplemental vitamins can help thicken the hair. These vitamins should include biotin, which is part of the B vitamin family. Research shows that some women have reported that biotin does make their hair grow much faster. Some, however, report that they noticed increased growth of hair on the face, including the beard area, especially when they take super high doses. It is recommended that you stick to 5000 mcg a day.

If your vitamin D level is low, it can prevent hair from growing thick and at the natural speed. Finding techniques to lower stress, like yoga and meditation, will reflect positively on the hair growth cycle and maximise hair health in general. To reduce damage from high heat styling tools and blow-dryers, pick tools with ionic or ceramic technology and adjust settings to the lowest heat possible to prevent constant heat damage. To protect the scalp and hair from extra UV damage, try wearing hats during those really sunny scorching hot days.

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