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There isn't much Alison Young doesn't know about what's what in the world of beauty. With autumn/winter fast upon us we thought it would be a great time to find out what our resident expert thinks we should all be doing in readiness for the coming seasons.
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Many people forget that the quality of the hair is controlled by the health of the scalp. Scalp treatment does not need to be complex; it just needs to be done. It can be as simple as ensuring that the hair at the root of the scalp is soaking wet (not just the ends) every time you shampoo your hair. Also that shampoo is thoroughly massaged in with the fingertips, especially along parting lines or problem areas around the crown.
This results in deeper penetration through the layers of the hair and more stimulation of the blood supply rather than working in with the flat of your hands. The scalp will also benefit from a hair treatment once every four to five washes. This could be a few drops of oil for normal to dry/sensitive and flaky scalps, or a scalp mask for very oily and sometimes spotty or problematic scalps.See products from the haircare tips Read Alison’s blog for more
Hair tools and accessories and even your brushes are designed differently for different hair textures, types and lengths. For example, thick, coarse or curly hair requires a double bristle brush which is one that has both long and short bristles to grab and hold the hair for a smooth blow dry finish. For fine or thinning hair, synthetic brushes with wider gaps are better as they glide through with no drag or tear.
Similarly with electrical appliances, you only need the highest heat settings for thicker and coarser hair and lower settings for finer and thinning hair; this includes your hair dryer. Try to work at as low a temperature as you can depending on how long it takes, as this will help your hair health in the long run.See products from the haircare tips Read Alison’s blog for more
Your hairdresser should be your hair’s best friend and if they are not, change them! They are the only person that is going to root through every millimetre of your scalp and be able to discuss and tell you if there is any damage, breakage, hair loss or scalp problems. Whether your hairdresser colours your hair or not, you should be able to talk to them about home colour and ask for their advice, also discuss any healthcare issues like pregnancy and menopause, which will affect your hair quality.
If you are contemplating a change of hairdresser, either go for a consultation first, or for your first appointment just have a blow dry or a light trim to make sure that you’re happy. The sign of a top hairdresser is always a busy appointment book and the good ones are worth waiting for.See products from the haircare tips Read Alison’s blog for more
Due to styling, stress, lifestyle and climate change, hair has become dryer, but hairstyles will always dictate silky, shiny finishes, and the only way to achieve this is with constant moisturising. This means using a conditioner on the mid-lengths to ends - but you need to really push and squash in the moisturiser at the ends of the hair rather than just laying it on top, this will aid the penetration and get better results. To prevent frizz, even on a fine and oily hair and of course, on thicker and textured hair, a blow drying treatment is essential.
Just like your skincare, you can choose by texture and result. Finer hair will prefer either sprays or gels; thicker hair will prefer serums and oils. These can be used both before blow drying and styling and applied afterwards as finishing sealants. Intensive hair masks are essential and act as a checkpoint to get rid of any build-up of dryness, brittleness or split end lifting. Think of your hair masks like a hair facial and you should see instant, dramatic improvement.See products from the haircare tips Read Alison’s blog for more
Hair perfection is a 24/7 technique and means you need to carry with you some essential problem solvers that you can grab at work, after work and before going out. This involves a mini version of your perfect hair brush. For finer hair, a water or fluid-based glossing or smoothing serum for the ends. For thicker hair, a cream or oil-based serum - and the ultimate must-own, a dry shampoo.
Dry shampoo will give you a cleaner look if your hair becomes greasy or sweaty because of stress, a job interview, illness, pain management, lifestyle, wearing a cycle helmet or working out at the gym. Spray all over the hair, by lifting up the layers or spraying upside down, and then massage through and scrunch for a more tousled and full bodied look.See products from the haircare tips Read Alison’s blog for more
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