The GOLDEN rules to good hair!!

The GOLDEN rules to good hair!!

The GOLDEN rules to good hair!! 

The GOLDEN rules to good hair!!

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The GOLDEN rules to good hair!!

Good hair doesn’t happen by chance, it happens with much care and usually at least a few hair salon appointments.

Now we all know that one person who naturally has utterly fabulous hair, whether they work hard at it or just jump fresh from bed, we can ALL have the opportunity to showcase gorgeous glossy hair!!

The GOLDEN rules to good hair!!

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Following these simple hair-care tips will ensure your hair is at its best all year round and will make you the envy of all your friends!!

  • It is not recommended to wash your hair every day, try to wash it between 2-3 times a week. If you have afro/multicultural hair its recommended you wash your hair once a week. This encourages your hairs natural oils to spread throughout your hair, giving it some good natural nourishment.
  • When shampooing always shampoo twice, the first will always remove any product build up and the second will thoroughly cleanse your hair.
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  • Keep your fluids up, not wine or coffee but water can have amazing effects on both your hair and skin.
  • Massaging your scalp helps to promote hair growth and well being – this is great to do when you have applied your conditioner to your hair.
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  • Ensure you use both shampoos and conditioners recommended to you by your stylist.
  • Use weekly conditioning treatments, recommended by your stylist to keep your hair in tip top. Conditioning treatments and steam treatments ensure your hairs ultimate health.
  • Using a blast of cool water on your hair after conditioning helps to smooth your cuticle which enhances shine.
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  • Keep your ends healthy by having regular trims, even if you are growing your hair it is advised to have the ends trimmed every few months – This will ensure healthy continual growth.
  • Always struggle to recreate your hair at home?? Remember styling and finishing products help to create a look – Do not be afraid to ask your stylist what they are using on your hair and what they recommend you use at home.
The GOLDEN rules to good hair!!

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  • When blow-drying your hair always use a brush. To create smoothness a flat paddle brush can be used. For curl and body use a round brush – the bigger the brush the bigger the hair. It is also recommended to use ceramic brushes, these retain the heat when drying to ensure the best finish!!
  • To complete your blow-dry, finish with a blast of cool air. This will set the style and ensure maximum longevity.
  • Use a comb when straightening your hair to achieve an extra straight and smooth look.

 

  • Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist the best ways to keep your style – wrapping your hair at night in a silk scarf will keep smoothness and flatness. Plaiting or twisting your hair to sleep will ensure you keep curls and waves.

 

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How to style your hair WITHOUT heat

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We all know that spending hours every morning styling hair is not always the easiest option. Most busy lifestyles mean, on average you have just 20 minutes to yourselves before commitments such as work or the school run takes over. The easiest way for most people to create an impact quickly with their hair is to use heated appliances such as straighteners or tongs.

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IMAGE – about.com

But as we all know using heated appliances can take its toll on our hair, so here is a guide on how to style your hair without heat!!

Most Heat-Free styling will always begin with freshly washed and conditioned hair.

  • Braids: Right out of the shower, towel dry your hair and detangle it with a wide-tooth comb. Use just a tiny bit of leave-in conditioner from the ends to the mid-shafts of your hair. L’Oreal Professional Serie Expert Vitamino 10 in 1 spray would be great for this!! Separate your hair into three sections, and braid every section from the mid-shaft to the ends of the hair.
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    IMAGE – wikihow.com

    Let it dry overnight or for a good few hours – once dried remove plaits and lightly use your fingers to tease braids out. Finish with a small pea size amount of Serie Expert Liss+ serum. 

TOP TIP – if you have thick hair you may wish to do more than 3 braids, this will encourage your hair to dry more efficiently.

  • Mousse/Curl Enhancer: Another way to make waves in hair is to use product and gently massage it into the ends and mid shaft of your hair. Use a combination of Tecni-Art Bouncy & Tender to smooth into your hair and then spray with Tecni-art PLI for hold. When you’re ready to make it wavy, just flip your hair upside down and scrunch it with your hands going upward toward your scalp. Keep in mind that these waves will be created once your hair is all dry. Continue to do this every now and again as your hair dries.

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    IMAGE – beautylish.com

  • Twists: If your hair is naturally straight the best way to create a curl is twisting. Wait until your hair is 60% dry, then add a palm-sized amount of the above product to your hair. While it’s still damp, start from the top of your head and twist each strand until it starts curling up toward your scalp. Once it’s pressed against the scalp, pin the strand. You can use grips or curl clips to secure. Repeat steps until all of your hair is twirled and pinned. Let your hair air dry for and then shake the twists out.

TOP TIP – The above twisting technique works so well in naturally curly hair too. Follow the same above steps for really accentuated natural curls.

If you feel like curly styling is not for you, why not try some of the below ideas.

  • Smooth Finish: Right out of the shower, towel-dry your hair and detangle it with a wide-tooth comb. Then, separate your hair into two sections with a side part. Comb flat and clip or pin the smaller side section back. Section by section comb flat to your head to keep smooth and start pinning or flat pinning small strands of your hair until it all lays flat on your head. Keep pinning in a circular motion around your head until all of your hair is pinned. You can either wait a few hours for it to dry, or sleep with it in a satin scarf overnight. Then release your hair by taking out all the pins and clips. Your hair will come out straight and silky.
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    IMAGE – Google.com

    To create volume: Use large rollers (size of coke cans) on 50% air dried hair.

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    IMAGE – Pinterest

    Roll big sections of hair and secure them at the end with a pin or a clip. For extra body, roll the hair at the front and at the crown of your head. Wait a couple of hours until your hair is fully dry, then release your hair until it’s wavy. Finger through your hair and spray with Air Fix hairspray. You can also get rollers which you can sleep in – they have a soft center to ensure full comfort when sleeping.

  • HAIR UP: Putting your hair up for work or play is always a fun way to experiment with different styles. It doesn’t have to be complicated – even the styles that complicated can be created very simply. YouTube is a great tool which showcases thousands of different video tutorials and how to’s. You can try quick tricks such as plaiting or twisting your fringe. Messy twist up, for a soft hair up or the sleek top knot!!

So we hope you have learnt many ways how to style your hair without heat. Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more daily hints, tips and how to’s.

Kinky, Curly or Coily?? Your guide to all things natural.

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IMAGE - Sinead at Gaudi Hair

IMAGE – Sinead at Gaudi Hair

For many people hair is the most important necessity to get right. If your hair isn’t good, nothing feels good. Our hair symbolizes everything about us, even expressing our personalities and culture. So if you are struggling to get things right for you, look no further.

Our blog is dedicated to all things kinky, curly and coily. Whether its tried and tested products or top tips on looking after your hair we have the answers for you. We will be clearing up myths and we have some styling solutions for all curl types and textures. We will also be giving out some fab advice for all of you that are currently making the transition to natural hair.

So lets start with products – no matter what you hear, products are your greatest savior. Yes natural ingredients contain less additives and therefore are kinder to your hair, however are you giving your hair everything it needs? If you have natural afro hair the key is moisture.

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IMAGES – www.bustle.com

Afro hair will grow in a tiny springy shaped curl varying in pattern. Often, the coarser the hair the more dry in appearance and because of the spirally shape it can be more prone to breakage. It certainly may appear to be the thickest hair type, but in actuality it has fewer hair shafts in comparison to straight hair. Because you have little or no chemical (relaxer, perm colour etc) your hair is in a natural state therefore it will crave oils and moisture. With no chemical damaging your hair the main aim is to keep it hydrated.

Mizani’s True Textures range is perfect for all curl types. Infused with marula, olive and coconut oils,  this helps to provide a balanced level of deeper moisture for an amazing natural curl pattern. The moisture replenish shampoo is sulfate, silicone and paraben free and will cleanse, hydrate maintain the curl texture. Teaming this with the intense moisture replenish treatment this will help to revitalize the curls for a soft, touchable curl. Promised with the Mizani Curl Care Complex, both are rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids for healthy, moisturized and defined curls. For styling the Curl Pudding is a moisture rich cream which helps to loosen and extend curls – perfect to help the curl become defined – without drying crunchy. Check out http://www.mizani-uk.com for more information on the True Textures family.

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IMAGES – www.modernsalon.co.uk

 So now you have the products, how do you use them? Most bottles come  with a small how to on the back however here are some top tips for you.

 1. Ensure you shampoo once a week (at least) ignore the myths on too much and too little shampooing. Leaving your hair too long between shampoos can cause more problems.

 2. Always shampoo twice, perfect way to ensure all build up of product is removed from first shampoo and second to cleanse hair.

 3. Towel dry hair off before applying conditioning treatment. This way it ensures the conditioner does not slip off soaking wet hair.

4. Leave conditioner on your hair for a minimum of ten mins. To make it penetrate deeper add heat to the treatment. Cover in a plastic cap, shower cap or even a trusty carrier bag.

5. Once rinsed off, apply moisturizer/cream directly to your hair. Mid-lengths and ends first working it through with your fingers.

6. To really define your curls, take two sections and twist. Ensure there is lots of product on your hair when twisting. For a natural finish make some sections smaller and some sections bigger. Once dried fully you can untwist each section. This will leave you with a beautiful coiled curl.  Other great forms of styling are plaits and buns (bantu knots).

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IMAGES – www.curlynikki.com

  7. If you wish to leave your hair to create its own natural movement thats fine. Ensure your hair is hydrated and you have evenly distributed the product throughout your hair.

Your choice of products may vary if you are currently transitioning. The best way to look at it is you are currently sporting two types of hair on your head. The top section (regrowth) is natural so the product advice from above will work. However the ends of your hair are likely to be more sensitized because of the remaining chemicals. You will need to take this into consideration when selecting the correct products. Ask your hairdresser to assess your hairs needs and advise you on which products would work best for you. It may be that you need more protein to strengthen the ends and prevent them from breaking. If you are transitioning and trying to lay off using heated appliances you could follow the same steps as above. By twisting or knotting your hair you will be encouraging the old relaxed/permed ends to curl.

In some cases hair breaks off as quickly as it does grow – the myth of afro hair never growing or only growing so long is not true.  For men and women with afro hair if the hair care is there, so is the hair. A clean scalp promotes healthy hair growth, by removing build-up, dead skin, and other unwanted debris. Cleansing more frequently than once a week or twice a week is perfectly fine if you’re using a gentle sulfate-free cleanser.

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IMAGE – www.mizani-uk.com

You may have heard of co-washing this is a perfect way to freshen up both hair and scalp throughout the week. Using a co-wash is very simple – its a little like a 2in1, containing forms of shampoo and conditioner. Simply wet the hair and run the co-wash through the hair and scalp – it will not foam but you can emulsify to remove build up. Rinse out and style as normal. We recommend Mizani True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner, enriched with the Curl Care Complex.

Quite often we pay less attention to the oldest part of our hair, the ends. They are the last part to receive moisture and product, but they are the first to lose these things. In addition to trimming split and damaged ends, you should apply your product for ends to tips. Always moisturize and seal your ends. Using serums and oils are good ways to seal the ends of hair and help to smooth out the cuticle.

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IMAGE – Halle Berry

So you are fully embracing the natural curls – the next on your list is styles and shapes. Just because you have afro hair it does not limit you to styles and shapes. Whether its long or short, wide or square – simply ask your hairstylist what they recommend for you. If you are concerned your hair will be too short if worn natural remember to use your elongating and stretching curl creams to pull the curls down more. If you are nervous to showcase your natural hair before you transition, why not experiment with wigs and hairpieces that have more natural movement. You can get a feel for natural curly hair and see if its for you.

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There are many ways of styling your natural hair to suit your every day needs. Plaiting, twisting and bunning are just a few ways you can style your natural hair. YouTube and Pinterest are amazing tools for this, people upload videos showcasing different ways to style their hair. Many people like to braid their hair to give it a rest, this is absolutely fine for short periods of time. Ensure it is not too tight and only wear it for a few weeks at a time. Remember your natural hair is under the braids too so make sure you are still moisturizing.

If you wish to colour your hair now is a better time than ever. Once the condition of your hair is in a good position any good hairdresser would love to colour beautiful afro hair.

  1. The key is healthy hair, and that’s about consistent hydration and a great knowledge in combining styling with colour.
  2. Start of small, easing yourself into colour is a great way of figuring out what you like or dislike. Start with freehand face framing sections or semi permanent colour for a subtle change.

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    IMAGE – Beyonce

  3. If you are concerned about using too much chemical opt for a ammonia free or vegetable stain, ask your stylist about this as your desire result may not be achievable with just these products.
  4. Continue regular treatments both in salon at home to keep your hair happy.
  5. Don’t rule anything out! If you’re with an experienced colourist that understands textured hair there are a variety of ways to reach a colour goal. Don’t forget to have fun with it, as nerve wracking as it can be colouring your hair is an amazing way to create texture and definition. In most cases it can completely revamp the whole shape and style of your hair.

Ensure you contact the salon prior to colouring for a consultation and skin test. The skin test is required by law before any colouring services and must be done 48 hours before colouring.

 

Many of you would of been warned against heated styling on natural afro hair.

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IMAGE – www.brownbeautytalk.com

Rest assured this is not the case, although we don’t condone styling with 300 degrees of heat every day, we do understand that for some people this is a common thing. Heat protection is a must – ensure your hair is fully protected against the heat of dryers, tongs, irons etc. Don’t forget your hair needs protection from the sun also. If you are going to be spending large amounts of time in the sunshine please protect your hair. Your heat protection sprays, creams and serums are great but also wearing a scarf or hat is a great idea. Can be major stylish too!!

Mizani  Thermasmooth Smooth Guard Serum is perfect for applying into wet hair before drying. It’s a lightweight, leave-in heat protecting serum. It helps the use of heat tools by providing extra glide for easier manageability on natural and thicker hairtypes. The advance C3 Smoothing Complex with cationic polymers is designed to shield and polish while hair is being smoothed. Teamed with the Shine Extend Spray its a high shine finishing spritz. It helps to polish and lock in shine while lightly shielding the hair to from humidity. It has a light hold to help retain style memory but will easily comb out for a change of style. You can reapply the spray every time you are heat styling to retain a guard on your hair.

Kinky, Curly and Coily hair often requires really expensive and specialist equipment – MYTH! Most items you will require you may already have, if you don’t, local hair shops and supermarkets will have what you need.

Here is a list of things you will need –

  • Afro Comb (variation of sizes)
  • Tangle Teezer (perfect way of combing through conditioner)
  • Plastic Caps/Carrier Bags
  • Butterfly Clips
  • Applicator bottles (perfect for oil application and applying conditioner in the harder to reach areas)
  • Silk/Satin Scarf or Bonnet
  • Spray Bottle (sometimes useful for diluting product)
  • Hair Pins (normal and longer length)
  • Wide Tooth Comb

Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist for more advice in regards to what suits your hairs needs. Everyone’s hair is individual to them and at Gaudi we can make a bespoke hair care plan exclusively for you. As a leading south west Mizani stockist our stylists have a huge wealth of knowledge and skill, which they will be happy to pass on to you.

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FESTIVALS – Fashion & Fun

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As the warmer months roll in, and the sound of music gets louder it can only mean one thing… festival season is upon us. Across the continent the biggest music festivals open their gates to millions of fashionistas, looking for the next fix of music through their veins and to of course debut their latest festival fashion collections. Whether it is Glastonbury, Coachella or Benicassim, or even Bristol based festivals such as Love Saves The Day & Tokyo Dub, style is the forefront of all festival goers’ minds.

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Whether its comfort, fashion or for fun here are some hints and tips to keep you looking your festival best.

Pretty much all festivals in this day and age have hair and beauty salons on site, so if styling and make up is not your thing, let someone else do it for you. Most festival salons will have running water so wash and blow-dry’s are a great way to create the ultimate festival glam. Be aware these pop up salons can be a little pricey however will be worth it for some indulgence and pampering.

 

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IMAGES – lorealprofessional.co.uk

If you are happy to style out yourself, dry shampoo is a must!! L’Oréal Professionals Morning After Dust is the go to festival product. It helps to revive your style and release a delicious perfume scent for up to 24 hours. It ensures a long-lasting fresh feel, with no visible residue after brushing. Hair feels and smells like freshly washed hair. Spray 15-30 cm away from the roots and shake fingers through hair.

Other great hair options are accessories such as headbands, flowers and clips, perfect to hide the 3+ days of dirt. Flower crowns can be found in most high street stores and online, however if you want something truly special wait until you get onto the site. Most big festivals have amazing gift shops where you can pick up all of your hair and beauty must haves. Hats and scarfs are also a great way to mask the horror of festival hair.

 

Don’t be afraid to try something different, plaits and twists will help to secure your hair into place, keeping it out of the way whilst creating a fashionable look.

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PHOTO – thatsoyoo.com

Ask your stylist to show you how to achieve a simple braided or twisted style.

A huge look this festival season is Glitter Roots, now unless you have been living under a rock; you must have seen or heard of this!! It’s a huge trend that swept across the festival scene last year and is back bigger and better this year. It is an ingenious way to hide the greasy roots and to create something sparkly. It can be as ambitious or simplistic as you wish. To achieve this you will simply need a pot of glitter (or glitters) of your choice and either a wet hair spray or gel. Simply spray or lightly gel the root area and sprinkle to your hearts content.

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IMAGES – Glamour Magazine

Now you are all set in the hair department lets cover a few other areas of festival fashion. Of course the most important part of the experience is the music however you must look good whilst watching the headliners, correct?

Remember most British festivals can’t predict 100% sunshine so be prepared with some waterproof clothing and sensible footwear. Just because you are being sensible doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish. Wellies and ponchos come in all sorts of styles and colours so you can dress to impress whatever the weather. Don’t forget some warmer clothes (just in case) jumpers and cardigans are your best bet. Also a number one Gaudi top tip is to pack a pair of tights in your bag so you can easily slip them on at any time. Remember this is your time to shine and anything goes, bold prints, tassels even rubber – festivals are the perfect excuse to think outside of the box and let your fashionista run away with you.

Looking your best at a festival is hard going especially when the lack of sleep and mud catches up with you, in this situation make up is your saviour. We are not suggesting a full face of contoured perfection however these few tips may help you feel less festival freak and more festival chic.

Look at the check list below to help you pack the ultimate festival make up bag.

  • Waterproof mascara – essential for those tears of joy (or to help when the rain falls)
  • A bold lipstick – nothing says festival like a bright lip colour
  • Concealer – perfect for when the bags start to appear under the eyes
  • Glitter, glitter and more glitter – whether its eyeshadow, liquid liner or loose powder, glitter is perfect for covering every blemish and brightening up your whole look.

So there you have it the ultimate guide to festivals and fashion the Gaudi way. For more hints, tips and advice and to keep up to date with all things Gaudi follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Hair care: how to detangle the worst knots!

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Tangled hair can be very difficult to deal with, especially if your hair texture is curly or dry and tends to get tangled easily. As hairdressers, we’ve undone a lot of knots and we know how to make the process as easy and pain-free as possible. In this post, we’ve included our 5 top tips for dealing with tangled hair, as well as some extra tips for preventative care. With just a little bit of patience and strategy, you will have those knots out in no time. Just remember, whichever method you use, the key is to always be very gentle – never pulling or breaking the hair.

  1. Divide your hair into small-to-medium sections.

Use hair clips to section your hair out into manageable pieces. Isolating one piece of hair at a time makes it a lot easier to identify knots and work through them carefully. After each section is tangle-free, smooth a bit of hair oil onto the ends with your fingers to moisturise and protect against future knots.

  1. Work from the bottom up.

Detangling from the ends to the roots is the most manageable method. Think about it – if you try to start from the roots you will have to work through an entire tangle to get to the ends, whereas if you start from the ends and work your way up you can clear out one small piece of the tangle at a time.

  1. Hold your hair right above the tangle while combing.

Once you have a tangled piece of hair sectioned out, hold that section firmly with your fingers above the tangle that you are working on. If you have a strong grip above the tangle, you will stop the ‘pull’ of your comb from pulling on your scalp. This way, you protect yourself from feeling any pain and from accidentally pulling out any hair. This technique will also allow you to have a much more controlled handle over the tangle.

  1. Use detangling products and tools.  Using products meant specifically to unravel tangles will make combing your hair so much more manageable.   For clients with afro hair, a great detangling product that we always recommend is MIZANI D’Tangle Moisturising Leave-in Milk, which provides slip, moisturisation, and enhanced elasticity to minimise breakage and reduce friction while detangling.  We also love MIZANI True Textures Curl Recharge which is a leave-in spray that helps reshape curls prior to styling, moisturise, and prevent breakage. For clients with a European hair texture our top recommendations are  L’Oreal Professional Serie Expert 10 in 1 Spray (especially good for colour-treated hair) or L’Oreal Professional Serie Expert Hydra Repair, which is a leave-in moisturising and styling treatment.  Along with products, it is important to invest in the best tools for your hair type.  A wide tooth comb is a great choice as it helps separate the hair without getting caught too easily.  We also love using the Tangle Teezer – a special brush made for detangling that works excellently on wet or dry hair. Tangle Teezers are also great for kid’s hair as they really minimise yanking and pulling while also being one of the most effective detangling tools.
  1. Detangle while in the shower.

If you have highly textured or very damaged hair, you may want to do your detangling process in the shower.  After shampooing, saturate your hair thoroughly with conditioner and use your fingers to loosen up any major knots. Once your hair is mostly tangle-free, dry your hair by squeezing the ends with a towel and moving your hair as little as possible (meaning: don’t rub with the towel or pile your hair on top of your head).

Note: For very curly hair with a high propensity to tangle, step out of the shower after saturating hair with conditioner and place your hair inside a plastic shower cap. Let the conditioner soak into your hair for 10-30 minutes, then finger-detangle and rinse.

  1. If you have very damaged hair and you are experiencing difficult knots, try finger-detangling dry hair with a detangling product.

Hair is less fragile when dry, so if you are really worried about damage then try to detangle hair before washing while using a detangling product (alternatively, melted coconut oil is an inexpensive option that works well) to help give the hair some slip. Use your fingers to coat the knot in oil and then pull apart the hair slowly until the knot is loose enough to be completely undone with a wide-tooth comb.

Note: If you have a really bad tangle or a tangle that is located in a difficult location like the back of your head, come into the salon and have it removed professionally. In some cases, it is better to have an expert hairdresser help you because matted hair can very easily become damaged if dealt with incorrectly.

How to prevent tangles in the future:

  • Keep your hair regularly trimmed.

Split or dry ends contribute massively to tangles. Make sure to keep your ends healthy by having regular trims every 2-3 months. Many people avoid getting trims this often because they are concerned about retaining their length, but regular trims are necessary to grow and maintain long hair!

  • Sleep on top of a silk pillowcase or with your hair in a silk bonnet.

Friction causes tangles, so you want your hair to lie on a silky, slippery surface to reduce abrasion while you sleep.

  • While washing your hair, focus only on your scalp.

A lot of tangles come about as a result of the shampooing process because you are rubbing your hair all around. When shampooing, concentrate all of your effort on the scalp only so that you minimise the amount of movement on the ends of the hair.

We hope these tips help those of you with tangles and feel free to ask us for personalised advice and product recommendations at your next appointment. For more tips, blog updates, salon news and beauty trends Like our Facebook Page, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter!

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