How to keep your hair fresh during self-isolation when you can't go to the hairdressers
Trips to the hairdresser are out of the question for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean you have to deal with any bad hair days
While for most of us, office meetings have moved onto video calls, it’s still important to look presentable, even if only from the waist up. Giving yourself a blowdry or pampering your locks with a weekly mask are all little things that can make you feel, and look good amid a trying time.
Not to mention, keeping your hair in its healthiest condition is still important, regardless of how often you’re going outside.
So while a salon visit remains a distant dream, for the time being, your hair doesn’t have to suffer, whether it’s highlighted, all-over colour or split ends you're trying to keep on top of. There’s plenty of at-home treatments you can do to keep it in tip-top shape.
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Expert colourist and founder of Josh Wood Colour, Josh Wood, tells The Independent how to ensure hair that may be coloured doesn’t need to look any less polished just because you’re at home. His first top tip? “Make sure you’re using sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners that are designed to care for coloured hair.”
In our IndyBest review of the best sulphate-free products, after a rigorous testing period, the R+CO Television perfect hair shampoo and conditioner earned itself top marks for its salon-quality results. Our reviewer found the shampoo balanced out oils in their scalp, while the conditioner added body to flat locks.
If before self-isolating came into full effect, you changed up your hair colour, whether in a salon or using an at-home kit, Wood recommends to use a toning gloss to help the colour last a lot longer, and we can vouch for the Josh Wood shade shot glosses which add a healthy shine to hair and make you feel like you’ve just stepped out of the salon rather than your bathroom that will last six washes.
Simply massage into clean damp hair, (use a quarter of the tube for short to medium hair and half a tube for long hair) leave for 20 minutes, then rinse until the water runs clear. The results are glossy, vibrant strands that will help prevent colour fading.
If you’re looking for something simpler, a good hair mask will keep hair hydrated if used weekly.
The Philip Kingsley elasticizer hair treatment came top in our IndyBest on the best hair masks, which is rich in heritage as it is in ingredients to keep hair healthy. Created by Phillip for Audrey Hepburn in 1974 to remedy the damage done by excessive styling tools used on her film sets, it works as a pre-shampoo to be applied to hair for minimum 20 minutes, or overnight, then washed out to then shampoo and condition as normal. The reviewer said it left their hair shinier, more supple and less lacklustre.
If unwelcome emerging roots are appearing at your scalp, thus revealing your natural hair colour, don’t fret, you’re actually on-trend says Wood. “Thank god roots are in at the moment so you can wear hair out for quite a while before you need to brighten up your roots.”
However, if that’s not the look you’re going for then a root touch up will help conceal any unwanted colour. In fact, the Josh Wood Colour root smudger was awarded the number one spot by IndyBest for covering up hair growth with its failsafe sponge applicator that can be applied on both dry and damp hair.
At an affordable £12, it comes in three shades, darker brown, lighter brown and darker blonde, it’s an easy way to stay on top of your colour and reduce those salon visits when self-isolation is over.
Once you’ve got the treatments covered, a decent hairdryer will make all the difference to how you feel in the morning. While we’re strong advocates of the messy bun, every now and then it’s nice to feel a little more glamorous as you go between the rooms in your house to start your day at work.
For a bargain buy, try the Remington keratin protect hairdryer that will diffuse frizz, strengthen hair thanks to its keratin and almond oil-infused ceramic grilled and make your hair feel healthier in an instant.
For more tips on the best products for haircare, go to the IndyBest hair section.
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