Hair Care Routine Stuck In A Rut? It’s Time To Make A Fresh Start With Help From Bliss Hair Salons!
You may be a fan of Mrs Hinch or Marie Kondo but, when it comes to spring cleaning, it’s easy to overlook a very important area of self-care. To keep your hair in tip top condition it’s time to shake up your hair care routine.
At our hair salons in Nottingham and Loughborough, we’ve got all the home hair care advice you need to look fab this Spring! Follow the tips in the article, then book an appointment for a spring hairstyle transformation by using the links below.
Ditch Your Old Products & Invest In New Ones!
Don’t worry, most of us are guilty of holding onto a stash of half used hair and beauty products, but did you know that they have expiry dates?! It’s important to check the expiry dates on the side of the packaging though, and ditch those which are out of date as they won’t perform as well as they used to, and some will become lumpy or cause irritation. Hair sprays and other spray products are less likely to deteriorate and become contaminated, but it’s important to keep an eye on all cream or liquid based products in tubs and bottles.
If you have anything unwanted that’s unopened, a local charity may be glad to receive it.
Now you’ve got space, it’s a great opportunity to restock with fresh supplies of your favourite products, or find something new. Pop into your local Bliss salon where our hair care experts will be happy to advise on the best products for your hair type and styling needs.
We all know that dirty make-up brushes can harbour germs and cause breakouts on our skin, but we often forget that our hairbrushes are a germ haven too! Clumps of hair, dead skin cells, hair products and oil can all build up in the bristles of your brushes, creating the ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. With unwashed brushes, you'll also be blow drying grease and dirt back into your freshly washed hair, so it’s important to get into the habit of cleaning your brushes regularly (not just when spring cleaning!).
You should remove built-up hair every week and use a deep-cleansing shampoo regularly to get your brushes properly clean. If you use a wooden or paddle brush, check your manufacturers guidelines before washing, as water can get trapped inside the brush and soaking may result in the wooden finish getting spoilt. A quick swish of hot water should be OK to keep it clean.
Look After Your Tools
If you use your electrical styling tools on a regular basis, they can suffer from the same build up of dirt, products, grease and germs as your hairbrushes. Heated tools such as curlers, straighteners and wands should be cleaned regularly, as many get covered in serums, sprays and oils.
To clean your electrical styling tools, first make sure they are unplugged and never submerge them in water. Use a damp soft cloth or wipe to clean the styling plates or, if they're really grimy, you could try using some rubbing alcohol. Never use a scourer on them as this can damage the plates and surfaces. Make sure your tools are completely dry before using them.
Another often over-looked area of grime build up is your hairdryer filter, which is usually on the back. This can affect how well your dryer operates in the long run, so it’s well worth keeping it clean. You should be able to twist off the filter on the back, or on some models, unclip it. Simply wipe with a warm, damp (not wet) hand towel to remove dust, lint and other build up, then dry.
Level Up Your Bedding
No matter how soundly you sleep, you spend hours each night with your hair – and face – scrunched up against your pillow. The friction against cotton pillowcases can cause a tousled bed head the next morning that’s not only difficult to style but leaves your hair fragile and frizzy. To prevent this, we’d recommend investing in a silk pillowcase if you can. Dermatologists say that sleeping on a silky pillowcase will make your skin less prone to wrinkles too, so it’s definitely worth a try!
We know that silk pillowcases can be quite pricey, so look out for those with cotton undersides which are more affordable. Failing that, simply make sure you wash and change your pillowcase very regularly to avoid transferring grease and bacteria build up onto your hair and skin.
Use Seasonally Appropriate Products
We all know that we need to adapt our skin care routine for the changing seasons, such as adding SPF or a heavier moisturiser, but did you know that the same goes for your hair?
As the weather brightens up during the spring and summer months, your hair colour may fade in the sun, so you’ll need to protect it from the UV rays with an SPF spray. For better sun protection, you should consider covering your hair to preserve your hair colour.
You may find that your scalp and hair get greasier in hot, humid weather so you’ll need to adjust your shampoo and choose a nourishing conditioner to keep hair hydrated.
If you aren’t sure which products are right for you, speak to your Bliss stylist. We’ll be happy to recommend the right ones from our wide range of hair care products.