Brush from the bottom up and rinse in cold water: The key ways to repair your dull and damaged hair
We all want shiny, healthy locks but over-styling, colouring and using the wrong products can all leave you with hair that is dry, dull and damaged.
Thankfully, there are ways to restore and revitalise your strands.
FEMAIL spoke to Sydney-based celebrity hairdresser, Anthony Nader – who has worked with the likes of Cate Blanchett and Abbey Lee Kershaw – about the five signs of damaged hair and what we can do about them.
Noticeable split ends and breakage
‘This can be a common mistake due to not having your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks,’ says Anthony.
‘I hear that you want to grow your hair length and that’s totally fine but think of your haircuts now that are called “baby trims”.
Anthony says regular visits to your hairdresser will help keep your split ends and breakage at bay.
‘Lotions and potions that say they can repair split ends are absolutely false so don’t fall for it, ‘ he adds.
‘Once that hair strand is split, it’s split. You can use a product that will (mask) your ends but never will repair to seal 100 percent naturally.’
Extreme shedding and hair loss
‘Unfortunately this can happen through say pregnancy, breast feeding, stress or even dramatic change of climate,’ says Anthony.
‘I always recommend to go see your GP or even a naturopath and your choice in what direction you want to move forward with.’
However, Anthony says if you’re noticing strands falling out, get your hair length cut much shorter.
‘By doing this your hair shape will always appear far more thicker and doubles up as a confidence booster,’ he explains.
Dullness and lack of shine
Poor health and diet is your main enemy for dull hair that is lacking shine.
However, Anthony has a few tips and tricks that can give you glossy hair.
‘Always rinse your hair on the coolest water temp you can withstand. By doing this your strands won’t dry out and burn,’ he explains.
‘On damp hair I tend to apply a serum or shine spray, as this absorbs beautifully into the hair strands.’
He also recommends to turn down the heat with your electrical tools.
‘The extra heat just zaps out the goodness and health of your hair. Always start on a lower heat and you can go up from there.’
Over-styling with heat, swimming, chemical treatments and the climate can all result in dry hair.
‘Moisture, moisture, moisture is what your poor strands are crying out for,’ says Anthony.
‘Look out for your next shampoo and conditioner that is packed with moisture as this will now be your positive road to recovery,’ he adds.
He also advises having a haircut every six weeks and to cut down on the blonde highlights as this can make hair look and feel more dry.
‘Opt for that saying “less is more” for now and have partial highlights or balayage instead of being a slave to the bleach bowl and brush and five hours lost in the salon chair,’ he says.
Tangles and knots
We all know the feeling of getting out of the shower with wet hair and finding that the brush doesn’t glide through your strands.
Anthony says his best trick when brushing your hair is, starting from the ends and work your way up to the roots in small motions.
‘By doing this method you’ll never get that dreaded clump of knots on the ends,’ he says.
‘And invest in a silk pillow case, ladies as the benefits in the silk will always keep you tangle and knot free because of the fibres.’