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Isolation hair dos and don’ts

As tempting as it might be to have a go at your own hair during lockdown, Zazu’s Julie Marshall is here to tell you what to avoid and how to keep your hair looking its best until your salon reopens.

By Julie Marshall

We’ve all been aware of how much we’re missing our beauty appointments – manicures are growing out, our roots are growing in – it can be tempting to reach for the box dye or consider cutting a few inches off your hair yourself whilst you wait for your hairdresser to reopen.

But try to refrain! DIY hair maintenance can take months for a professional to rectify when salons re-open.

Instead, try some of these tips and tricks to keep your hair looking like you just walked out of a salon (or at least like you haven’t had a go yourself).

Invest in a good shampoo and conditioner

You should choose a shampoo and conditioner based on your hair concerns, rather than your hair type. Is your concern more about prolonging the colour or repairing damage? Refreshing those platinum blonde tones or controlling frizz? Maybe you want to add volume and thickness to your tresses?

Any products from Label.m’s cleanse and condition ranges will leave your hair feeling clean, strong, nourished and healthy. You can even do a quiz to find out what the best range is for you. 

Wash your hair less

To make your colour last that little bit longer, try to get at least one more day out of your usual routine to preserve shine and boost hair health. The lockdown is the perfect opportunity to start extending your time between washes as there are less people to catch you with unwashed roots. If you have a Skype meeting, dry shampoo will be your new best friend in between washes.

Technique is important

When washing your hair, don’t scrub the scalp with your nails; instead, try to use the pads of the fingertips to massage the scalp as this helps to stimulate blood flow.

If you tend to have an oily scalp, washing your hair with slightly cooler water is better.

Treat yourself

After all, we’ve got plenty of time on our hands at the moment, so why not try a mask or treatment? Conditioners and masks are always meant for the ends of your hair, so always apply through lengths and avoid applying it to the roots or directly onto the scalp. Leave any mask or treatment on for a minimum of 10-minutes and remember that you won’t need conditioner when you do a mask.

Once you’ve rinsed your newly glossy locks, get your towel and squeeze the excess water out, don’t scrub – you don’t want to roughen up that outside layer you’ve just spent ages smoothing down.

No DIY!

No matter how bored you get, please don’t even think about trying a box colour on your hair. Instead, try a spray-in colour or coloured dry shampoo for a temporary fix until you see your stylist again. Label.m have two amazing products which come in two tones – light and brunette – which work not only as a dry shampoo and texturising volume spray but can also help to blend dark roots.

Experiment with accessories

If you’re getting the urge to mix things up a little bit with your hair, rather than reaching for the bleach or scissors (please don’t), try experimenting with styling instead. Hairbands or head scarves are both super popular at the moment and look great no matter what length your hair is. You can also teach yourself how to do different styles of plaiting so by the time Summer rolls around you’ll be the boss of any elaborate hairdo.

A note from our editor on growing long, healthy hair

During lockdown I’m taking the opportunity to give my hair a rest and grow it long and healthy. Here are some tips and products I’m using and have noticed a huge difference in just a few weeks. 

Rub castor oil into the roots

Yes, I’ve whiled many an hour away during this lockdown watching YouTube videos on how to grow hair long and healthy. One product consistently mentioned was castor oil and I managed to find a cheap, high-quality version on Amazon. I rub this into my scalp for about half an hour the night before washing – this is a long time so watch TV and think of it as a good arm workout too. 

Massage the scalp regularly 

You could just use your fingers put to prevent it from getting greasy between washes I bought a little scalp massaging gadget that feels lovely. I just rub my head with it each evening when I’m watching TV and apparently it stimulates blood flow to the scalp which in turn helps hair grow faster. 

No heat 

You may have noticed if you’ve seen me on Instagram recently that my hair is a bit wild. I’m using lockdown to give it a break from heat-styling completely. No hairdryer, no straighteners – nothing. 

Wear a silk turban for bed

I was sceptical about this at first. Investing in a silk turban for bed felt a bit bouje and indulgent, but I’ve had one for about six weeks now and can honestly say I’m noticing a big difference. Even the first morning after, when you take the turban off in the morning you realise how well your hair has been protected and the damage that must be caused by tossing and turning all night. 

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