Your most asked hair questions answered!
-Aug 9, Caroline Blight, Beauty -
It might be known as your crowning glory, but many of us still don’t know precisely how to take care of our locks. We have gathered your most asked hair questions and posed them to an expert for answers.
There are some things about hair which seem forever shrouded in mystery. A quick Google throws up nothing but more questions! But we should have some answers for you, thanks to celebrity hairstylist Jason Collier. He counts the likes of Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria, Sienna Miller, Laura Whitmore, Daisy Lowe, and Justin Timberlake as his clients so knows his stuff.
What’s the biggest hair faux pas women make?
I would say over-processing hair and not being kind to your locks; heat damage, environmental damage, colouring too often and chemical processes all leave their mark on hair and I think many women don’t pay full attention to the damage they are doing to their hair. Whatever you do to your hair, select the right products for your hair type, commit to at least one hair mask per week, limit your heat styling wherever possible and book in for a trim to keep your ends healthy and strong.
How often should we really cut our hair?
The specifics depend on your hair and how quickly it grows, but most people will benefit from a trim every six to eight weeks. My top tip is to book your next appointment as you’re paying for your current haircut, so it’s confirmed, it’s in your diary and you can’t miss it. Your hair will thank you!
What’s the biggest hair myth you’d like to set straight?
That everyone should wash their hair daily. Different hair types all have different requirements, and hair doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all approach. Those with fine hair that’s prone to greasiness may prefer to wash their hair daily, but those with afro hair, dry hair or curly hair will likely find that daily washing makes styling a nightmare and can weigh hair down unnecessarily. Find your own rhythm for washing your hair and do what works for you and your hair.
What’s your best hair secret?
One of my favourite ways to get hair looking fresh and vibrant, without putting hair through the colouring process too frequently, is to apply a clear glossing treatment. For coloured hair, you can opt for a touch- up at the roots first, and then after the glossing treatment has been applied, you will unveil healthy- looking, glossy and gorgeous hair that looks freshly-coloured.
There are so many ranges and shampoos and conditioners have such specific hair types – how do you know which one to choose?
If you’re unsure about what your hair type is, ask your hairdresser. They’re professionals trained to assess hair and should be able to recommend the kind of regime you should adopt. Once you know what your hair type is, really think about how it behaves. Does it get greasy quickly, does it frizz up in humidity? Is it knotty, or does it lack volume? If you list out your hair’s general behavior and qualities, it should be easier to recognize a pattern in your hair and then be able to prescribe a haircare range or products to suit and bring out the best in your hair.
What are your top tips for hair that gets greasy quickly?
Make sure that you’re washing with an appropriate shampoo and conditioner combo – sometimes heavy shampoos and conditioners contribute to hair getting greasy quicker, so it’s better to use lightweight products, such as SheaMoisture’s Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless range, from £10.99, Boots, particularly the shampoo, crème rinse (a very light conditioner) and dry shampoo, to quickly combat oily roots and signs of greasiness. Try not to touch hair too often and work out how your hair responds to daily washing or washing every other day.
What’s your super-fast go to style for women who don’t have a lot of time?
Meghan Markle’s messy bun is the style of the moment. She’s definitely 2018’s key style
icon, especially when it comes to hair. I hope one day we’ll see Meghan embrace her natural curls again, but her messy bun is a suits-all style that takes mere moments to create, and the best part is that it doesn’t have to be perfect to look cool and modern.
What styling trends can we expect to see in Autumn/Winter ‘18?
Slicked-back hair is set to make a comeback, if the AW18 catwalks are anything to go by. Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake and many more all had models sporting various slicked-back ponytails, buns and knots on the runways, so I think we can assume this trend will be returning. If you want to try this at home then a hefty dab of Lumity Facial Oil drizzled along your comb should help do the trick.