There are so many things about hair that we don’t know, and as a result, we aren’t always sure how best to care for our locks when it comes to washing and styling. Here’s how you can easily achieve wash and wear hair.
Celebrity stylist and Philips Beauty Ambassador, Shaughn Adams, gives his personal advice on washing, drying and heat styling your hair correctly.
‘It can be such a let down, leaving the house with your perfectly styled hair only for it to fall out of place a few hours later, losing its shine and elegance as the day goes by. With these easy tips you’ll be sure to look great for longer,’ says Shaughn.
1. Washing your hair
- How often you wash your hair depends on your hair condition. Generally, long hair should be washed less often than short hair, as it has less natural oil build-up.
- When applying shampoo to your hair, massage it into your scalp in circular movements and work the foam down towards the ends of your hair. When you rinse your hair, be sure to squeeze as much water as possible from your hair to prepare it for conditioning.
- Apply conditioner to the ends of your hair. This is the part of your hair that is stripped of all natural oils and needs conditioner most.
- Rinse your conditioner off after the recommended period that appears on the bottle.
- With every fifth hair wash, swap out your conditioner for a deep-conditioning hair mask.
2. Prepare your hair for styling
- Pat your hair down with a towel to get rid of excess water. Let your hair dry naturally about 80%.
- Apply a heat-protection spray or cream to your hair to prepare it for the hair dryer. This is necessary for any form of heat styling, no matter how gentle. Argan oil is also a great product to use to give it that glowing Hollywood look, leaving your hair flyaway free and fab all day.
- Don’t brush your hair while it’s wet, as this is when it is most vulnerable and prone to breakage. Rather comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb.
- With your hair dryer on the lowest effective setting, blow your hair dry while moving the dryer around continuously. The Philips ProCare Hairdryer has a Cool Shot function that blows cold air over hair with the flick of a button, allowing you to seal the hair’s cuticles, making it look smoother.
- When your hair is dry, you’re ready to style it!
3. Heat styling
- Once again, it doesn’t matter how gentle or innovative your hair tools, you should always use a good heat-protection cream or spray before heat styling your hair. These products will prevent hair from being burnt.
- Ionic heat-styling products dry your hair faster and give hair more shine, avoiding damaging temperatures and protecting hair from overheating.
- Choose a straightener with adjustable settings — as all heat settings don’t work on all hair types. Thin hair can be straightened on a lower heat setting, while coarse hair may require more heat application. Don’t set the temperature higher than 240°C.
- Ceramic straighteners are gentler and prevent unnecessary damage. They allow the hair to glide through the iron slickly, without snags or breakage because of its extremely smooth surface.
- Frizz is often caused by dry hair, so it’s important to use a good moisturiser on your hair, especially if you heat style regularly. For enhanced frizz control in humid climates or on a windy day, apply hairspray.
- If you’re more of a curls girl, invest in a hair-dryer with a diffuser, like the Philips ProCare Hairdyer (HP8260). A volume diffuser dries hair, reduces frizz and increases volume by spreading airflow across the hair. It adds lift and maximises volume, especially when used on the crown and root area, making it perfect for creating curls and bouncy styles.