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How To Revive Your Hair For Summer

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From strands in serious need of a cut to coloured hair that’s lost its vibrancy, we’ve all got some kind of hair dilemma. While lockdown is slowly easing and more of us are socially distancing with friends and family, we’ve still got a few weeks to wait until we can be reunited with our hairstylists and colourists.

With this in mind, we’ve spoken to the experts, including Aveda‘s creative director Michael Lendon and hairstylist and brand founder Charlotte Mensah, to get some answers to some of the most common hair concerns…

My Hair Desperately Needs A Cut…

Hair salons might have been closed for a long time, but Aveda’s UK colour lead, Joe Hill recommends that we all stay away from the scissors. “You’ll only give your hairdresser more work in the long run. Think of this time as a hair holiday,” he says. “My top tip is to give your hair a break from heat appliances as this will cause further breakage. Treat your hair with a repairing and conditioning mask instead.”

Joe suggests the Damage Remedy Treatment as it’s packed with naturally-derived quinoa protein which helps to strengthen and smooth your hair. “Concentrate applying this on your mid-lengths and ends as this is where your hair is the oldest and most fragile,” advises Joe.

If you’re looking for a quick fix to disguise split ends before you leave the house or jump on a Zoom call, we can vouch for Virtue’s Split End Serum. The lightweight formula is jam-packed with nourishing oils to smooth and soften dry ends.

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My Hair Is Dry And Damaged…

“Pretty much everything that can be negative about your hair is often caused by it being dry or damaged,” says Michael Lendon, creative director at Aveda. “When hair is both dry and damaged I often get asked which concern to care for first. I always advise treating damaged hair because it doesn’t hold moisture as well as healthy hair.”

Aveda’s Damage Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner is a good place to start followed by the Damage Remedy Daily Repair, which melts into wet hair to protect against further damage while repairing too. “For an added hydration boost, I use the Nutriplenish Leave In Conditioner after,” adds Michael.

You could also try Olaplex’s No. 3 Bond Perfector (a long-standing Space NK favourite), which helps to repair and rebuild damaged strands. Try using this pre-shampoo treatment overnight twice a month.

My Scalp Is In Need Of Some TLC…

Is your scalp dry and itchy or have you been suffering with dandruff? Your best answer is a good scalp scrub to help remove dead skin cells and any product build-up. Oribe’s Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub uses AHAs and fruit extracts to cleanse and purify the scalp leaving it hydrated, soothed and balanced. Another favourite is Drunk Elephant’s Happy Scalp Scrub, which is formulated with antioxidant plant oils to rejuvenate and nourish.

Apply the scrub directly to a dry scalp and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Gently massage, rinse and follow with your usual shampoo and conditioner. Even if you haven’t noticed any particular scalp issues, Ouai’s founder Jen Atkin recommends giving your scalp some TLC once a week: “It really helps to treat the roots and reset your hair.”

“Most people don’t realise, but your scalp has lipid and sweat glands just like your face so it’s important to cleanse your scalp the same way you would your face,” says Jen.

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My Thick Hair Is Really Frizzy…

Thick hair can be particularly prone to frizz and in need of taming, especially if its overdue a cut. Ouai’s NEW Thick Hair Shampoo is part of the brand’s latest range and has been formulated with the thickness of your hair in mind. (There is also a shampoo and conditioner for Fine and Medium hair).

This particular formula uses keratin and shea butter to tame flyaways and calm frizz. After just a few washes, you’ll notice visibly smoother strands. 

My Afro Hair Is Brittle…

“Most afro hair soaks up moisture like a sponge, so keeping it moisturised with natural oils is a must,” says brand founder and afro hair stylist Charlotte Mensah. To prevent breakage and strengthen strands, Charlotte advises using a nourishing oil like her Manketti Hair Oil the night before you shampoo and leaving it in overnight.

“This helps to maximise the penetration of moisture for the hair to retain elasticity and strength,” she adds. “Minimising heat styling will also help as this wears away the cuticle of the hair and makes it more prone to dryness and breakage.”

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My Colour Is Fading…

Faded and lifeless colour is another common lockdown concern, which can be rectified once salons finally reopen. For now though, you can help boost its vibrancy at home with the help of a good shampoo and conditioner. “The better the condition of your hair, the longer your colour will last and the key to preventing colour fade it to use products that help lock in your colour,” says Joe.

Aveda’s Colour Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner help to do exactly that, whilst also helping to soften and prevent damage from the sun, water and other environmental stressors. Joe’s top tip: always rinse your conditioner with cold water to close the cuticle. This helps to increase shine and ensure you hang on to your colour for longer too.

My Natural Curls Aren’t Looking Their Best…

If you’re naturally blessed with curly hair, but have noticed that they’re not looking as fresh as usual, you’ll love Aveda’s Be Curly range. “It works to enhance your curls or waves by adding in moisture to stop them feeling dry or looking frizzy,” says Bea Carmichael, Aveda’s global educator. “By adding moisture and hydration to curls, you really help to encourage that beautiful natural movement,” she adds.

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