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Why you Should Skip the Blow-Dry Once in a While

Why you Should Skip the Blow-Dry Once in a While

For a long time I was guilty of using my hair dryer every single day. I would get up early, wash my hair and dry it on a high heat before running out of the door to work. Sound familiar?  So many of us blow-dry our hair everyday, it’s quick, convenient and let’s face it, we’re never going to achieve that salon look with using a hairdryer.

Even though I’m a hairdresser and I advise people on hair care regularly, I don’t always take my own pearls of wisdom on board. I know when I’ve over done it with the hairdryer and have had to use repair masks on so many occasions, as I’ve damaged my locks with too much heat. If like me you’re a fan of a the hairdryer, here are three reasons why you should step back and skip the blow-dry once in a while;

 

Too much heat can dry hair out –

Not only do we use hairdryers on a regular basis, but this is often followed by straighteners or curling wands too. That’s double the heat on hair that can only take so much. All this will do is dry your hair out, leaving it looking frazzled and feeling brittle. If you know you’re going to be using styling irons, it’s a good idea to leave enough time for your hair to dry naturally. That way you aren’t applying too much heat all in one go.

Frazzled hair can split more –

Once your hair starts to become dry and brittle, it’s at risk of splitting more than it should. One your hair has split, the only way to repair it is to cut it and wait for healthy hair to grow in its place. So unless you want to have to keep chopping your locks, taking a break from the extra heat can help keep those split ends at bay!

Too much heat can cause long-lasting damage to the hair cuticle –

Applying too much heat to your hair, or drying up the hair shaft instead of down can cause damage to the cuticle. Once you’ve cause this damage it’s often irreparable. This is one of the main reasons why you should skip the blow-dry once in a while, you don’t want to cause long-lasting damage to hair that you spend so much time looking after. If you can’t always avoid using the hairdryer, make sure that you angle the dryer down, moving from root to tip. This will help keep the cuticle safe from damage, as well as keeping your hair looking shiny and healthy.

 

 

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Five Qualities you Need in a Hairdresser

Five Qualities you Need in a Hairdresser

Some people love having their hair done. Heading to the salon is an afternoon out, a time for relaxing and enjoying a little time to themselves. For others though, getting a haircut can be a right pain in the bum. Letting someone loose on their locks can be terrifying. I for one have had a few disastrous haircuts in my time, that’s why I prefer to be behind the chair rather than sat in it!

Over the years I’ve worked alongside many different hairdressers. From wedding hairdressers who also had a Wedding blog, to barbers who specialised in men’s hair. From my experience I’ve learned the qualities every hairdresser needs, to make sure they keep their customers happy. It takes a lot to put your trust into someone who’s going to take a pair of scissors to your mane, so it’s essential that you make sure you find a hairdresser that has all of the following qualities in abundance!

Good listening skills –

A hairdresser that doesn’t listen is neither use nor ornament. You need someone who listens intently and takes on board your requirements, reservations and ideas. If they aren’t listening, you can guarantee they will do a poor job.

Good communication skills –

Listening is important, but being able to communicate your requirements back to you shows understanding and that’s paramount. It’s the responsibility of your hairdresser to make sure you are on the same page before they begin working on your new look. If you aren’t convinced they know exactly what you’re after, discuss it further before any cuts are made.

Has experience, or is being closely supervised by a senior stylist –

Now don’t get me wrong here, I know everyone has to learn and some of the best hairdressers I’ve known have been fresh at the game, this is the exception rather than the rule though. If you are happy for an inexperienced stylist to do your hair, then make sure that they have nailed the points above!

Doesn’t get ‘scissor happy’ –

There’s nothing worse than finding out that your hairdresser is a bit too keen with the blades, after they’ve already started chopping. Checking out salon reviews and using hairdressers on recommendation can help avoid losing more hair than your bargained for.

Is honest about what products are right for you and doesn’t just give the hard sell on their most expensive goods –

So many hairdressers will have sale targets to meet on the stock they hold. As much as I can appreciate the position they’re in, I don’t believe that selling clients any old product is on. Hairdressers should be able to advise you on the best products on the market, to suit your hair type and your budget. Don’t let them talk you into parting with mega bucks, for a product that isn’t right for you anyway.

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