Sick and tired of bad hair days? Recreate a salon-quality hair finish at home with these expert washing and styling tips.
While it’s tricky to fully replicate the in-salon experience, following these expert tips could drastically improve your DIY end result. Read on to discover our 3 easy steps to perfect wash and go hair.
Step 1: How to wash and condition hair properly
Before you even jump in the shower, it’s important to take a look at your current hair products. Finding the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair is the first step in recreating the perfect wash and go hair.
When you are ready to shampoo, ensure your hair is drenched in warm, not hot, water. Once the hair is wet you can shampoo it first to loosen up the oil, sweat and product build-up in the hair and then give it a second wash to carry the dirt out of the rest of the hair. By shampooing twice it ensures your wash is thoroughly washed and ready for conditioner with no product build-up in sight.
Next apply your conditioner from mid-lengths to ends and comb it through with a wide tooth comb to ensure even distribution. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it out thoroughly. As you wait, massage the scalp to promote scalp health and encourage hair growth.
Step 2: Towel dry your hair
In the experts’ eyes, correct technique is crucial during the towel drying stage as this is when you can really damage your hair. You need to treat the hair gently when it’s wet because it’s at its most fragile state at this stage.
The goal is to remove as much excess water from the hair as possible, either by gently squeezing with a towel and then wrapping the hair in a towel turban, or by allowing it to air dry. Don’t rub the hair with the towel as this causes friction and makes the hair fluffy.
Step 3: Blow drying and heat styling
Just as you would apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, it is imperative to apply a heat protectant product before using any heat styling tool. This is so important because heat protectants guard your hair from potential damage caused by high temperature drying and styling tools.
Next up, use your hair dryer on a low setting until the hair is about 80 per cent dry. Then work in sections with your brush and dryer, starting at the back and working towards the front. Adding a nozzle to your hair dryer will help at this stage. Hold the dryer as close to the brush as possible to control the direction of the hot air and once the entire head is dry you may want to leave your style there, or you can move on to a straightening iron or curling wand.
By following these steps you’ll up your chance of recreating the perfect salon quality finished hair by tenfold. Although simple, following these steps will take your next wash and go hair to the next level and you’ll be amazed by the results!