Channel your superpowers and use these tricks to manage your mane.
1. Boost Natural Volume
Fix flat locks without losing texture by applying texturising spray in zig-zig motions, rather than all over. This gives you the same voluminous effect with texture incoporated into it.
2. Go Sulphate-Free
…and detergent-free. Shampoos with lots of lather are full of chemicals that cut through the dirt and grime. Sometimes, these chemicals can be especially harsh on the scalp and hair, often drying them out. Opt for a gentler solution such as Percy & Reed’s Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Cleanse & Nourish, a no-lather cleanser that nourishes your locks, and keeps the colour brighter for longer.
3. Detangle Gently
Normally, we’d say to steer clear of detangling your hair when it’s wet or damp — tugging and pulling can cause breakage to delicate strands. This is where the famed Tangle Teezer steps in — the wide bristled brush can ease knots gently and effectively from all kinds of wet hair. Coveted by celebs such as Cara Delevigne (who keeps one in her handbag), and celeb hairstylist Sam McKnight, you’ll need to try it to believe.
4. Change Your Parting
Alarming news: If you keep the same parting for a long period of time, it will eventually get wider (gasp!). Make sure to change yours up every three to six months.
5. Eat Right
Hair stimulating foods include beetroot, quinoa, walnuts, avocados and red peppers. You can also take supplements like biotin for healthier and stronger locks. If you’re not a fan of pill-popping, visit sugarbearhair.com for berry-flavoured gummy hair vitamins that taste amazing while being are a really fun way to stay on supplements. More bonus: They offer vegetarian gummies, too!
6. Now Towel, Let It Air Dry
Give your mane a break from hot tools and hot air. To maintain your style without the help of styling tools, clip it into place. You can avoid noticeable dents by sliding a playing card or a bit of foam between the clip and your hair, like they do backstage at Fashion Week.
7. Squeeze, Don’t Rub
Rubbing wet hair in between a towel will damage and rip the cuticles, leading to unwanted frizz. Towels also absorb all the moisture from your hair, instead of just excess water. To prevent this, start squeezing your hair in-between an old cotton T-shirt.
8. Use Hair Oils
Hair feeling lacklustre? Rough? Dry? A pump of hair oil (used sparingly, and away from your roots so you don’t look like you need a shower), will immediately revitalise your locks. Start with less and see how your hair responds before adding more. If you’re having issues with your scalp, see out olive oil, which is more lightweight and helps prevent dandruff. Chemically processed hair does well with argan oil, while those susceptible to frizz should ship coconut oil, which has strengthening and protective qualities.
9. Get Temperature Savvy
Heat is the best of cleansing, so use hot water to strip away oils and grease on the hair and scalp. Apply conditioner, and then rinse out with cold water. After drying, blast your locks with cold air to seal the cuticle, and leave your hair shiny and silky.
10. Protect From Heat
And by ‘heat’ we mean from tools, and the sun. For tools, add a heat protector to your hair to make sure it doesn’t burn. Wet hair is defenseless against hot tools, so completely dry it before reaching for the curling tongs. What’s also really important is hair SPF! Check out Sachajuan Hair In The Sun which protects your hair and its colour with UV filter that stays put even after a shower.