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As we leave the past year in the dust, we’re excited to be moving on to bigger and better things in 2018. Whether you’ve had a god-awful year like most of us, or have had the best 12 months of your life, we’ll all be heading into the new year with positive thoughts and good intentions for the year ahead.
Now that the party season is over, one aspect that’s sure to be suffering is our hair. Packed full of product and over-styled to its very last breath, our hair always gets quite the workout around Christmas and New Year. If one of your beauty resolutions for 2018 is to be kinder to your tresses, we’re here to help you along the way. After all, wishful thinking isn’t going to do the trick — your routine may need a total overhaul.
Keep reading to find out 10 hair health commandments you should follow in 2018 for gorgeous, luscious locks.
If strength, thickness and density are amongst your haircare concerns, a hair serum will be your new saviour in 2018. Designed to give you the voluminous locks you’ve always dreamed of, serums impart essential vitamins and ingredients that you may otherwise be missing. The Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum is our pick of the bunch, having been found to leave hair thicker and fuller after just eight days. Not only does it encourage growth and volume, but it bolsters your hair health to boot, with nourishing and protecting benefits.
Growth isn’t the only thing a serum can spur on, however! There’s a ton of varied serums on the market tailored to every concern imaginable. From the Alterna Caviar Anti-Ageing Overnight Hair Rescue Serum to the Grow Gorgeous Shine Serum, personalising your haircare routine is a simple task on your 2018 to-do list.
We know it’s been said a hundred times over, but those trims here and there are extremely important. Make sure you’re booking salon visits at appropriate intervals, based on how long your hair is and whether you frequently dye it or use heated tools. Short haired gals will want to head to their local hairdresser once every six to eight weeks to maintain their style, whereas the Rapunzels of the group can get away with an appointment every three months.
Of course, trims aren’t the only salon services you can make use of to transform your hair health. From in-salon Olaplex offerings to toners, treatments and more, sometimes letting the professionals take the reins can be really beneficial. If you’re on the Gold Coast, the lovely ladies at our Brickworks Southport and Burleigh stores know their stuff…okay, shameless plug over.
A silent killer when it comes to breakage and damage is our choice of hair tie! Whether you realise it or not (knot?!), certain styles of tie get tangled in our hair with ease, leaving broken strands in their wake. Forego anything with a hard, metal clasp or those pesky little rubber elastics, as they’re generally the worst culprits.
Our favourite hair tie for minimising damage and optimising hair health is the Invisibobble. Cute, easy to use and forever the stylish wrist accessory, these ties are made of hard, coiled rubber. They stretch and expand as necessary, so you won’t have to worry about any droopy ponies or hair tie headaches. Plus, they come in a huge array of colours, meaning you can keep things low-key or stand out from the crowd as you wish. Bye bye, breakage!
Heated tools, albeit great for precise styling, can have a detrimental effect on our hair health. I know, I know — it’s hard for me to admit too, but our trusty straighteners are generally to blame for any split ends or a weakened hair shaft. There’s no way we’re going to ask you to give up your heated tools entirely, but having a heat-free day can be of greater benefit than you may know!
Just like our skin, our hair is regenerating constantly (hence why it seems like little hairs are falling out all the time — surprise, they are). Having one ‘day off’ from heated tools per week gives your locks the chance to restore themselves, and although it won’t fix the problem, a little less heat can do us all good. On those heat-free days, let your hair air dry gently and embrace your natural texture with enhancing products. Try a smoothing oil for straight hair, a light mousse for waves and a defining cream for curls.
Edible beauty is one of 2017’s biggest trends, and it’s inevitable that it’ll carry over into 2018. With a huge range of beauty supplement brands hitting the market, you’ve got your pick of practically hundreds. So, which supplement is going to benefit your hair health the most? Well, here’s the good news — most beauty supplement brands have your hair at the forefront of their innovations, with products that rely on strengthening biotin and a whole host of vitamins.
The results after taking supplements for a few weeks can be crazy, to say the least. Not only will your locks look thicker, but they’ll feel softer and appear shinier as stellar ingredients work their magic. Our go-to at the moment is Vida Glow, whose Collagen Beauty Blend imparts an essential ingredient for hair, skin and nails. Simply add a little to your favourite drink or sweet brekky for a hair health boost. We’re also obsessing over The Beauty Chef — give the Glow Inner Beauty Powder a go to experience some magical results.
It’s one of the biggest disappointments known to womankind — yep, we’re talking about regrowth. All jokes aside, when that perfect, in-salon colour starts to fade or grow out, it’s easy to get disheartened. So, what if we told you there was a way to ensure your colour stayed looking vibrant in between visits? At-home hair toners, intensifying conditioners and more have been invented to curb our woes, meaning you can maintain that gorgeous shade without ruining your hair health or having to book appointment after appointment.
Easy to use, these are the ideal way to fend off brassiness and prevent colour from stripping instead of reaching for the box dye. The Evo Fabuloso Intensifying Conditioners give your locks a wash of your chosen hue, brightening and covering up strays. Our salon pros are constantly recommending these conditioners as the perfect at-home product. Another favourite, especially in the professional styling community, are the Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care masks. Packed with nutrients, these restore colour in no time for a fresh out of the salon look and feel.
We’re huge advocates of a ‘treat yo’ self‘ mentality, even if that just boils down to taking some time for a little pamper every now and again. You don’t have to splash your cash to feel spoiled — often sitting down for an hour or two and truly relaxing can do the job! If you’re on the weekly self-care grind like we are, a hair mask will be a great addition to your routine. Not only do they make you feel luxurious, but they’ll increase your hair health tenfold by imparting nourishing and strengthening benefits.
For hair that’s over-processed or damaged, the Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask will be a godsend. Or, perhaps you want to get your shine on a little more and encourage luminous locks — our choice for dull hair is the Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Luminous Reboost Mask. We also can’t go past the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector, which is a wash-out treatment you can use once weekly to restore, repair and protect your colour. This miracle product actually fixes the broken bonds in your hair, so it’s an ultimate hair health pick you’ll want to get your hands on this year.
Post-party season, our locks can often get tired out from overusing styling products. We don’t blame you — what’s the perfect curl without a whole lotta hairspray to lock it in place?! When the fun has been had, though, we’re left with hair that feels crunchy and weighed down, not to mention an itchy or irritated scalp.
The problem can be traced back to the source, AKA our scalp, where product tends to build up. Alleviating this is the key to tresses that feel healthier, fresher and softer once more, thoroughly banishing that hair hangover we all know and dread. One of our favourite ways to eliminate scalp build-up is through a hair scrub. Although the concept may seem a little foreign, it’s just like scrubbing our faces to get rid of dead skin and oils. The Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt is a must-have in any collection, especially on the road to better hair health in 2018.
FYI, ladies — not all shampoos are created equal. Now that you’ve processed this massive revelation (or are more likely rolling your eyes like ‘duh, we know’) it’s time to throw away those cheap supermarket buys. A good shampoo is key to enriching your hair health, and can have a whole truckload of benefits. From softening and smoothing to keeping nasty ingredients away from your tresses, salon-quality shampoos are forever the way to go.
Things get even more complicated when you discover there’s multiple types of pro-grade shampoo, each of which has a different effect on your hair. Let’s break it down: opt for smoothing shampoos if you experience frizz, or hydrating shampoos if your hair feels dry and dehydrated. Clarifying shampoos are a must-have for oily locks, and colour protect shampoos are essential for keeping your vibrant shade looking lush. 2018 is the time for new discoveries (#realisingthings) so go out there and find your perfect shampoo!
To round out our 10 hair health commandments, we’re taking things in a different direction with a few food recommendations. One way to truly improve your hair (in addition to skin, nails and more) is to select the right ingredients and incorporate them into your diet. Anything that contains biotin, Vitamin C or iron amongst others is bound to leave those tresses looking and feeling better than ever.
Mum always told us to eat our greens, and boy, was she right! Leafy greens, spinach and kale in particular, are chock-full of iron, making them ideal for strengthening and perfecting your hair. Another food to try is anything rich in Vitamin C, as this will help lock in the iron you’re gaining from those greens — oranges, tangerines and other citrus fruits are packed with Vitamin C. Miracle ingredient biotin is also one to watch, and can be found in eggs. Finally, make sure you’re also getting your fill of healthy fats through fish and nut butters.
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Cover image credit: Gal Meets Glam.
I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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