The 10 Commandments of Haircare

In a rare feat for TL, I'm actually continuing with a series and not just getting bored of it after the first post. Crazy, I know. This time it's my top 10 haircare tips and general trial-and-error-based advice. I am NOT an expert, I've just suffered with a hell of a lot of bad hairstyles in my time. These are simply a few of the tricks I've learnt along the way...
  • The way you blow dry your locks can make a huge difference. Direct the airflow downwards for added shine, or flip your hair over whilst blasting it for a boost of volume and lift. There's also the option of allowing the hair to dry naturally, which in my experience helps with both of those things.
  • If you do opt for the heat, always remember to pack some protection. The Aussie option has been a favourite of mine for years, but the Phyto Repairing Thermal Protection Spray is also pretty darn good.
  • If you find a hairdresser you like, don't be afraid to stick with them. I used the same stylist for a couple of years and we got on incredibly well - plus we had the same ideas about what would look good in terms of my hair, which is the most important thing! When she moved salons I simply moved with her; something that apparently isn't uncommon practise at all.
  • If your hair is dry and/or damaged, keep the shampoo at the roots in order to prevent stripping the lengths any further. Admittedly I stole this little tip from an interview with Barbara Palvin, but if it's good enough for her...
  • Once you've washed your hair, gently squeeze out any excess water. The temptation to roughly towel dry the lengths can be difficult to resist - particularly when you're in a hurry - but it could potentially damage the cuticles and cause a whole lotta tangles.
  • Save time and money by cutting your fringe yourself. This is definitely an 'if I can do it anyone can' mantra - but seriously...
  • ...steer well clear from the hairdressing scissors anywhere else. The myth that twisting your hair and snipping off the split ends yourself is the way forward is only bound to end in tears. Jagged-edge induced tears.
  • Treat your hair as well as your skin and protect it against the elements. I religiously use the Sachajuan SPF Mousse to shield my locks from sun damage, but it's also important to keep them healthy and moisturised in the colder months too. Invest in a good quality conditioner and give your mane a once a week treat.
  • If you're blessed with tangle-prone hair patience really is the name of the game. Resist the urge to hack away with the tangle teezer, you'll only risk further damage and potentially lose handfuls of the stuff on the brush (speaking from experience, unfortunately).
  • Be grateful for what you've got; the most difficult commandment of them all. I'm the type of person that's never happy with what I have, but sometimes you just need to embrace the texture/cut/style you've got and work with it. Even Oribe can't perform miracles.

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