To cut or not to cut? That is one of the many questions we all have during this difficult Lockdown period. And the messaging can be mixed. So we’ve compiled a few expert tips for lockdown hair to help you decide on this and other at-home hair care dilemmas.
Alice Manning, senior beauty editor of Red magazine says “I do not like scissors anywhere near my hair. Ask any of my girlfriends and they’ll say that long hair is my ‘thing’….My hair defines me, plus it’s a security blanket to hide behind when I need one.”
In her latest feature ‘Long Story’ in the May issue of Red Magazine, it is revealed that the message from the summer runways is to wear your hair however you like, as long as you wear it long!
So maybe lockdown is the perfect time to grow your hair and emerge from social distancing with on-trend, strong and beautiful locks.
But having great and healthy hair is also down to your own lifestyle, so if you want better hair growth here’s some really useful expert tips for lockdown hair we found on RSVP live
1. Don’t automatically reach for the shampoo
If you’re anything like us, you can barely get two days, let alone three days out of a shampoo until it needs another wash. But if you’re spending time at home then think again before you reach for the shampoo every day. That’s because shampooing too often can strip the scalp of it’s natural oils and can easily result in dry, broken hair. So your hair will benefit if you limit your washing to twice a week for a while to allow your natural oils to hydrate and repair your hair.
Plus you can always use a little dry shampoo to help you along the way.
2. Don’t skip the conditioner
Don’t be inclined to think you can do without the conditioner now that no one will be seeing you. Conditioner should be our best friend now more than ever to protect against the dreaded split ends. Many shampoos contain sulphates that strip away natural oils so you do need to condition. Try switching to a sulphate free shampoo. Both Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner are designed to be kind and gentle to your hair and scalp, and help to nourish and give your hair that added volume and shine.
3. Don’t give in to the DIY trim
Lockdown may be just the time to put the scissors down!
Obviously under normal circumstances we would recommend regular trims to get rid of split ends that break your hair. Trimming the split ends gives the appearance that your hair is growing faster. In an ideal world you should trim every six weeks, but resist the urge to do this at home because chances are you don’t own professional scissors, let alone the skill required for a good cut! Kitchen and bathroom scissors have different blades that can actually cause split ends. And while you may be able to find more simple ways to DIY your manicures and pedicures, it’s best not to be tempted to go for the chop at home.
4. Avoid overheating/styling your hair
There’s evidence to suggest that the worst thing you can do to your hair is high temperature heat damage. So put away the curling and straightening irons, until we get out of lockdown.
Instead you could opt for a protective hairstyle like plaits, or finding a hair wrap or accessory you like and wearing that around the house.
Afterwards when you’re using heat, reduce the temperature and use a heat protector treatment.
5. Watch the temperature of your shower
We all know the person whose water temperature has to be soaring – it might even be you. But if you think temperature isn’t important – think again! Having your shower too hot can cause breakage to your hair, so watch that dial!
6. You are what you eat
This includes your hair! To promote healthy hair you need to eat well. In fact, consuming a diet lacking the right nutrients can actually even lead to hair loss. Eating a balanced diet, packed with protein, vitamins and minerals can help promote healthy hair. If you don’t think you’re getting the right nutrients through your daily diet, Viviscal supplements provide all your hair needs. They contain biotin and zinc to help maintain healthy hair, plus a unique marine protein complex blended with iron, silica, vitamin C, niacin and millet seed. You should start to see the benefits to the health of your hair after taking them for 3 months.
Alice says that Viviscal Maximum Strength is one of her hair secrets: “I found these when I started shedding hair postpartum four years ago and have taken two a day ever since. I swear the mix of biotin, zinc, iron and vitamin makes a difference to length and volume, usually noticeable by month three of taking them”.
7. Brushing at bedtime
Giving your hair a quick brush from the scalp before bed can distribute the oils evenly, making sure that it remains moisturised while you sleep. This will increase circulation.
What about expert tips for Lockdown hair when it comes to root re-growth?
Many people leave the fate of their roots in the hands of a trusted stylist. And that’s because the application of permanent dye alters the chemistry of the hair, one mistake at home might make for a longer and more expensive trip to the salon down the line. Luckily there are some simple solutions for helping to disguise that dreaded root re-growth. Try spray on Toppik Coloured Hair Thickener.
But if you really can’t wait for your salon to re-open, the internet is awash with demonstrations on how to go it alone at home. Viviscal fan and former President of The Fellowship for British Hairdressing, Karine Jackson, shares her tips on Instagram on March 20 here.
Using sulphate-free and paraben-free products like the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth range, can help preserve moisture and colour over time, as they are less prone to stripping the hair.
What’s the advice for men?
Esquire and Men’s Health grooming editor Garrett Munce says: “Just because your hair is growing doesn’t mean you have to take matters into your own hands. There might not be a better time to see what your hair can do”.
While some will want more control and maintain shorter looks, Munce said “if you’re nervous about cutting your own hair or don’t have the proper equipment, it might be the time to let your hair grow and see what happens”.
He advises looking to cleaning the neck and sides of your head to give yourself a new feel. “That’s where the grow-out really looks messy when your hairline starts to get all messy and long and weird,” he said.
And if you think your beard trimmer is going to buzz through your hair, think again. Munce said, “… Most facial hair buzzers are not designed to cut through head hair, which is a different texture than facial hair. He said using a professional-grade hair clipper would be the first move if you wanted to give yourself a proper haircut, or even using trimmers, which work well for guys with shorter hair that want to clean up the edges and necklines”.
Whatever you decide we bet you’re really going to miss your barber!