FINALLY there is light at the end of the tunnel as the end of lockdown hovers on the horizon. However, til then, self-care remains a top priority. These next few months are the perfect time to exercise, practice mindfulness, care for your skin, and even nurture your hair.
As we eagerly anticipate the reopening of salons on April 12, you can still look after your hair, maintaining its condition in the meantime, with the advice from Four London salon in Mayfair. Having spoken to the experts there, Glass can navigate you through some common hair concerns and how you can style it up – even when staying at home.
Four London, Mayfair
MATTHEW TAYLOR, STYLIST at Four London
To leave lockdown with healthy hair, the most crucial thing is to do a mask on the hair each week, as well as ensuring the use of good shampoo and conditioner. Taylor highly recommends using Kérastase Masquintense weekly, as it is a moisturising mask suitable for all hair types and will help to minimise split ends.
For those with bleached hair, Olaplex shampoo and conditioner is a success in preventing breakage.
Remember: it is not necessary to wash your hair every day! Frequent washing can cause dryness and brittleness, so try to keep it to a minimum.
Kérastase Masquintense for Thick hair
In moments of boredom, which lockdown unforgivingly lays out, there may be an itch to try something different and cut a fringe. Four London urges one thing: do not cut a fringe when your hair is wet! The length will be deceiving and will most likely be a lot shorter than intended when it has dried.
To cut, or tidy up, your fringe, stylist Taylor guides you in three simple steps:
1. While its dry, separate the fringe from the length, sectioning the long hair back with a clip.
2. Using your nose as a guide, section a chunk in the centre and move the other hair out of the way.
3. Using nail scissors (its thin blade allows for more accuracy) angle upwards and gently chip away to your desired length.
Four London sympathises with your frustrations when roots begin to show, especially always at the parting. The experts offer a simple and effective trick to slow the visibility of root growth; move your parting slightly to the left or right.
Additionally, you can purchase the game changing ColourWOW Root Cover Up. This offers easy application; just shade over your roots using the brush. If you feel like giving your hair that extra wow factor, you can use the blonde colours to shade through highlight roots. Available in a large range of colours, there is definitely a colour to match yours, so say goodbye to root stress!
ColourWOW Root Cover Up
CARLY SMITH, SENIOR STYLIST at Four London
THE PERFECT PONYTAIL
The basic ponytail is an easy go-to hairstyle to get hair out of your face and ensuring it still looks presentable. Carly Smith explains how you can liven up the ponytail to create a feel-good yet laidback style for lockdown.
Smith advises to split your hair into two sections – above the ear and below, and secure the top section into a high ponytail. Then lift the below section to meet the band and secure altogether with another band. Feel free to pull pieces of hair down to surround the face, or generously use hairspray for a sleeker look.
Haven’t got time to wash your hair before your morning zoom meeting? Dry shampoo is your new best friend. It is quick and easy to use and leaves the hair looking instantly fresh by removing oil build up.
Four London recommends Olaplex No. 3 Treatment. This can be left in whilst your busy working and once washed off, your locks will feel luscious with a radiant shine.
Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector
GO FOR GLAM
Who says you can’t be glam in lockdown? Give yourself that extra bit of love and self-care by adorning your hair with accessories. You can jazz up a ponytail with pretty velvet bows or chic hair slides, or wear a funky headband to compliment your blow dry. Smith endorses using ColourWOW Dream Coat before a blow dry which promises smooth and silky locks.
ColourWOW Dream Coat
by Amie Bawa