There is no better feeling than leaving the salon with full, shiny locks. A just done blow dry lets you face the world with a newfound confidence, because let’s face it, good hair is pretty much the pinnacle of looking great.
But if you find your bouncy blow out going south after you’ve slept on it you might be doing some things wrong, which are pretty easily avoidable. Just follow these rituals. Because that girl whose hair always looks like she’s just left the salon, may just be doing these.
Sleep with your hair up
It might seem like the exact opposite of what you’re supposed to do after a blow dry, but keeping your hair up while you sleep is the key to keeping it looking fresh for days. Be careful because if you do it wrong you’ll cause kinks. The trick is to use an Invisibobble (the thing that looks like a phone cord rounded into a hair tie) and to loosely tie your hair up on top of your head. It will help keep the shape and when you take your hair down in the morning it will look just as good as it did when you left the hairdresser’s chair.
Sleep with your hair in tights
When all else fails, if it’s an emergency (aka a wedding), or there is really no way you can touch your hair up at all the next morning and it needs to be totally picture perfect, reach for the tights. Look to step 1 and then carefully place a pair of clean denier tights (stockings) over your head. This way, there is well and truly no way your hair can get frizzy, static or disheveled. Quick history lesson, sleeping with tights on your head is actually an old trick used by people with Afro Caribbean hair. It really works a charm.
It might seem obvious, but sealing your hair with hairspray after your blow dry will help hold the shape, and you can spritz a small amount on the ends, come day two and three.
Buy a silk pillowcase
You might not want to fork out for a silky, soft pillowcase, but it really will help your hair stay soft and shiny for ages post blow dry. Plus, it doesn’t just help with your hair after a trip to the salon, silk pillowcases help to fight frizz all year round. It’s worth the investment, trust us.
Don’t touch your hair
Finally, and perhaps the most important,: stop touching your hair! We know how hard it is because your hair looks gloriously glossy and you just. Cant. Stop. But, the more you mess with the pretty mop on your head the more likely it will get greasy, frizzy and loose Look
Hacks for covering greys at home
Too impatient to book a salon appointment and, too, vain to let you greys take over have you tried to colour your hair at home? The result is more dye on the bathroom tiles than on your snowy strands. To master DIY dyeing see tips below.
Colouring at home is fine, if you’re using a shade that’s similar to your natural colour. If you want plum brown or mahogany, see your favourite colourist. If you want to cover greys, brighten up your hair and add shine, then box dye is for you.
Look for a permanent dye that guarantees 100 per cent grey coverage. Get two boxes, if your hair is thick or longer than shoulder length. It’s still a way better deal than going to a salon. Use the index on the box to get a sense of the shade, and don’t be afraid to mix two adjoining shades from the range for a custom blend. Just make sure to mix the entire contents of both bottles for an even hue.
Make sure the hair is truly saturated. Use the tail of a wide-tooth comb to create small sections, then start applying the colour at the roots. Don’t rush, this is the pivotal step. Then massage the colour in and comb the remainder of the dye through the lengths.
Prevent stains. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly around your hairline and ears. Wipe any fresh drips away with a towel, dampened with water and your go-to face wash. If you find any pesky staining after the fact, your regular makeup remover should help fade it, says Cullimore.
Start the clock when you’re finished applying the colour. Hair colour times out, as long as you’re not using a product with bleach, so it won’t damage your hair or get lighter. For regrowth, cover your roots and let the product sit for about 20 minutes before applying the remainder to your lengths. Then rinse, rinse, rinse. The water must run totally clear or you’ll risk ruining your towels and pillowcases.
DIY your dye a week before your big event. It’s still fresh, but the colour has time to settle. Then, invest in a shampoo with a UV filter and wash your hair as infrequently as possible.