At-home hair care and styling

by kim on July 14th, 2020
Glorious curls

Lockdown has meant for so many that we have had to look after our own hair like never before. This means many of us have re-discovered our natural curls, natural colour and new styling skills and hacks! The internet has been awash with at-home hair care and styling advice so we’ve gathered some great tips here.

1.Embrace your natural curls

For some of us, the temptation to have a break from our normal hair styling routines has meant we’ve learnt to embrace our natural curls. And curly hair can thrive without layers of gel, hair spray and other styling products. So taking a break can do wonders for your hair health.

The curly structure of Afro hair means that the sebum produced by the scalp can’t reach the ends of the hair, leaving them dry, brittle and vulnerable to snapping off.

One of the best ways to avoid this breakage is to ensure that the ends are well moisturised and that you finger detangle or use a wide-toothed comb. It also helps to sleep on a silk pillowcase as cotton absorbs moisture from the hair and causes friction, which can cause the hair to snap.

2. How to prevent and care for slit ends

It’s all to easy to be focussed on the ends of our hair when we’re eager to see how long it’s grown since we’ve been away from the hairdresser. But it’s important to remember to consider the scalp and roots when washing, oiling or moisturising the rest of your hair. So a healthy scalp is an essential part of at-home hair care and styling. If it’s too dry or clogged up with products, your hair won’t be as healthy as it should be as it grows.

When it comes to split ends, the only true way to solve the problem is to have a cut. But in the meantime we can focus on keeping hair as healthy as possible.

Healthy hair begins from within

Hair health really begins from the inside out, and if you want to prevent split ends, you need to put time into making your hair strong and healthy. Dry, brittle, or damaged hair is more prone to breakage, causing more split ends. So make sure you are getting plenty of protein from foods like egg and meats, and up your iron supply with red meat or leafy greens. Plus ensure you’re keeping up your vitamin C (think citrusy fruits), Vitamin A (orange and yellow vegetables like sweet potato), and Vitamin E (nuts) supplies.

Consider also incorporating a supplement into your diet, and one that is specifically targeted towards hair health like Viviscal.

Styling plays a big part in split ends too.  It’s important to handle your locks with care. So be kind and gentle with your hair by using natural bristle brushes and be careful how you brush. And it’s best to brush from the ends working your way up to the root, rather than the other way round. This avoids ripping through the tangles. And finally, the best way to hide split ends is by using a hair treatment – a good cream or serum to smooth the hair and hide dry, frazzled ends until you can get to a salon. And it could be the perfect time to introduce Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Elixir into your hair care routine.

Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Elixir is a great styling aid and delivers a boost for thicker-looking hair.
Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Elixir is a great styling aid and delivers a boost for thicker-looking hair

3. Love your hair without the blowdries

Try to avoid excessive heat from hairdryers, curlers and straighteners when you can’t get to the hairdresser for regular trims. It’s a great time to let hair dry naturally (and avoid rubbing the hair too vigorously with your towel too).

Beauty writer, Sali Hughes, says in a great piece in the Guardian on DIY beauty hacks you can do at home.

“There’s something nice about letting hair do what it wants, within reason. My hairdresser, Luke Hersheson, agrees. “Stepping back from the blowdryer and straightening or curling iron is easier, saves time, preserves condition and very often looks better,” he says. The trick is to place hair where desired when soaking wet. “Comb it through, apply any product, part it where you like, tuck behind the ears, twist, shake it out – but then leave it alone until it’s dry. Then you can disturb it, taking a piece or two to style with tools, but don’t bother with the back – only the front matters in Zoom meetings!”

As for cuts, no stylist wants you reaching for the scissors. “People should wait. Haircutting is really hard. This whole idea that you need to do it every six weeks is outdated – what your style evolves into is often more interesting,” says Hersheson. 

4. How often should you wash wash you hair?

Does at-home hair care and styling mean less frequent washing?
Does at-home hair care and styling mean less frequent washing?

Many of us have got used to washing our hair far less frequently, especially if we’re working at home, schooling at home with the kids, or just not really seeing other people that much.

But how often we should wash our hair can be quite individual. And can depend on how much natural oil you produce, what products you use and your hair type.

It seems a general rule for maintaining hair health is no more shampoos than two to three times a week. And even less if you have afro hair or hair that is particularly dry, brittle and prone to breakage.

A break from using too much product on your hair can be a good thing as too much can cause unwanted build up on the scalp and hair.

And these days it’s so much more tempting to reach for a dry shampoo like Batiste, especially when there’s such a tempting range to choose from.

How have you managed at-home hair care and styling? Share in the comments below.