When you’ve overindulged during Christmas and the New Year, a January detox is the obvious course of action. But have you considered your hair as part of this detox?
Perhaps your hair is in need of a January detox too.
January is the best time to refresh your hair routine and to give your hair a detox, so that it can recover from the over indulgences of the festive period, explains ghd UK ambassador, Zoe Irwin. The build-up of styling products from more frequent styling, as well as a change in diet can have repercussions on your hair health as well as your body and skin.
Here two ghd experts share their top industry tips to help detox your hair and provide serious nourishment for over-partied tresses following the festive season.
Cool Dry: Leave your hair to dry naturally for as long as possible and then use the Cool Button on your ghd aura® professional hairdryer to finish off drying your hair; this not only helps to lock your finished style in place for longer, but is also better for protecting your scalp.
Upgrade your Hairdryer: Invest in a quality hairdryer for fast and efficient drying and to reduce heat damage. The ghd aura® professional hairdryer reaches a maximum temperature of airflow of 137°C; this is the optimum temperature to style hair without causing damage. Plus, with Laminair® Technology, the ghd aura hairdryer delivers a 65% more concentrated* air stream for fast drying and ultra-smooth hair which is 38% shinier*.
Reduce the Temperature when Heat Styling: Styling your hair with heat above 185° will cause vertical cracks along the hair cuticle, causing the cuticles to lift and split, resulting in irreversible damage to the hair. All ghd styling tools, including the ghd platinum styler (£165), maintain a constant temperature of 185°, the optimum temperature for healthy hairstyling without heat damage.
Use Big Brushes: Paddle brushes are essential for a January hair detox. Sweeping your ghd paddle brush (£20) along the scalp lightly can help stimulate hair growth by improving blood circulation to the scalp. Paddle brushes are also the gentlest form of brush. The rounded end ensures you cannot scratch the scalp and the evenly spread out plastic bristles cause less tension with fibre interaction when detangling to ensure the scalp isn’t damaged.
Try a Treatment: The underneath section of hair is the part that gets the most abuse. It gets rubbed by your top, coat, scarf and also when you sleep. It’s this part of your hair that will make your overall hair look and feel healthier if it’s looked after. Use the ghd Advanced Split End Therapy (£19.95), which helps bind broken fibres together to strengthen fragile and damaged hair. Use it every five washes before blow-drying and use a ghd styler to activate the ingredients.
Massage Your Scalp: Massaging your scalp daily for ten minutes has an incredible effect on the hair. It will relieve tension and also increase the blood flow for thicker, healthier, longer hair.