Salon Lelu has been creating great hair since 2009… and during that time we’ve imparted many words of wisdom to our clients on how to keep their hair looking the very best it can. Here are our best hair tips ever:
1. Avoid the heat
Your hair doesn’t like it too hot, high temperatures make the hair strands brittle and dry. Avoid heat styling as much as possible, and when you do straighten, curl or blow wave your hair – choose quality tools, such as Cloud Nine, with mineral infused plates and barrels that allow you to control the heat. Keep the heat down in the shower too – and make the last rinse cold, to close the cuticle and add shine.
2. Don’t wash your hair too often
It’s a myth that you need to wash your hair everyday to keep it clean. Your natural oils are good for your hair and scalp, so lathering up just 2-3 times per week is plenty. Most important is to invest in a good quality shampoo and conditioner – and to wash your hair correctly. It may sound silly, but there really is a right way to wash your hair! Ask us next time you’re in at Salon Lelu.
3. Eat healthy
You are what you eat and that goes for your hair too. Tuck into protein-rich produce; leafy greens, fresh salmon, oysters and almonds all help to promote a healthy scalp and will keep your hair strong and lustrous. A good diet equates to good hair, plus you’ll look and feel fabulous too!
4. Avoid brushing your hair while it’s wet.
Wet hair is especially vulnerable to damage. Water weakens the bonds within strands of hair, removing up to one third of its strength. Wherever possible, use a wide-tooth comb instead of brushing wet hair, and steer clear of snarls. When blow waving, dry your hair to about 80% dry, before you start using a brush. Not only will this pull less on your hair, it will save you time!
5. Get regular trims
Some people’s may grow a little faster, some people’s may grow a little slower – but hair grows on an average around 1.5 centimetres every four weeks. Chemical processes, colour and styling all knock your locks about, leaving the hair damaged and ends brittle. Regular haircuts help to keep your hair strong and healthy – even if you’re trying to grow your hair out or you don’t use colour. Getting a trim every six to eight weeks will boost the health of your hair, no matter what your final style goal may be.
6. Give your hair some special treatment
Remember the botched home colour job… or those Bali braids? Or that scalp singeing blow dry three minutes before you raced off to work last week? Admit it, your hair goes through some rough times! To keep your hair looking gorgeous, you need to give back a little. And nothing replenishes your hair quicker than a good treatment. Factor in a soothing, invigorating treatment next time you’re in at Salon Lelu – your locks will love you! A home treatment once a week is a great habit to get into and will keep your hair at its ultra glossy best. If you plan to wash your hair in the morning, give yourself an overnight treatment the evening before. Apply a generous amount of Moroccanoil to your hair and scalp before bed – it’s the ultimate for amazing hair.
7. Sleep on silk
If you think sleeping on silk is an indulgence only fit for princesses, think again! Aside from feeling fabulous, silk pillowcases provide a real benefit; they can help prevent your skin from wrinkling and your hair from thinning. While cotton may feel soft to the skin, the weave of cotton actually grips and tugs at individual hair strands, causing damage, breakage and tangling the hair. That’s why so many hair care specialists recommend the use of silk pillowcases. Not only does silk prevent thinning, knotted hair and split ends, it also stimulates hydration to give you shinier hair. Sleeping on silk also helps to extend the life of your blow wave. Sounds like another good reason to indulge yourself!
8. Stimulate your hair with a boar bristle brush
Since the 1800’s, boar bristle brushes have been used to create shiny, healthy hair. Boar bristle brushes were an absolute must on the dressing tables of yesteryear; that’s how Lauren Bacall, Rita Hayworth, Katherine Hepburn and other celebrities of the day got their glamorous wavy hairstyles. A boar bristle brush naturally conditions the hair. Brushing your hair with boar bristle stimulates and exfoliates your scalp and distributes natural oils down the hair shaft, all helping to create smooth, shiny hair. A good boar bristle brush may feel a little indulgent on the outlay, but you’ll be delighted with the results. Remember, once you go boar, you never go back. Shop here
9. Embrace new technology
Hairdressing technology is forever moving forward, so make sure you’re not stuck with an outdated attitude towards hair – take advantage of all that new technology! If you’re not in the hair or make-up industries you probably haven’t heard of ‘strobing’. That’s fine; leave it to us at Salon Lelu to keep you in the loop. Strobing for hair incorporates a smattering of subtle golden tones around the face to mimic the effect of light falling on locks, even when there’s no sunshine to be had. It’s just one if the ways new technology is working its magic within the hair industry. Then there’s the US wunderkind, Olaplex – reputed to be the godsend behind Kim Kardashian’s famous bleach blonde makeover. Olaplex strengthens hair and repairs existing damage, particularly useful post colour. No more breaking ends and much smoother lengths – we swear by it! Here at Salon Lelu we are passionate about being cutting edge within our industry. We work hard to keep you abreast of the latest technologies, ensuring your hair gets the very best in looks, styling and treatment available.
10. Celebrate your (hair) style
Too curly, too thin, too straight, too red. We all love to hate our own hair. Here’s the biggest beauty tip of all – when it comes to your hair, don’t fight it, embrace it. Beautiful hair is not simply a gift from the gods, it’s an attitude. Learn to love your own look, and then learn to build on that look. Work with your hair’s natural texture, not against it. Revel in your dead straight mane, rejoice in your unruly curls. Be proud of being only 2% of the world’s population to have red hair. Experiment with different styles, play with different colour, accessorise your healthy, gorgeous hair and remember this – there are many cute old grandpas out there who would be grateful to have anything at all left on top! So instead of criticising, blaming and rejecting your hair – love it… and watch it love you back.