Saturday, 1 January 2011

Lisa Shepherd's Hair Detox

Happy New Year blogettes!! Hope you all had a suitably fabulous Christmas and are now ready for the detox...I spoke to the amazing Lisa Shepherd (you may know her as the colourist extraordinaire from 10 Years Younger) to get her advice on how to detox you hair. This is something that never seems to get a mention, as it is skin and body, so I thought it was about time to think about this too! Let me know how you get on if you try it!

The Six Step Regime

1. Gently does it
Give your hair a break and try a month long hair detox by using a shampoo which is specifically designed for a dry scalp and dry hair. This will feed some moisture back into your tired and dry scalp, relieving it of any tightness and possible flakiness caused by toxic overload.  
Secret Beauty fave: Start with Clynol Speciality Clear Shampoo (RRP £8.45) to completely detox the hair, and use once a week to get that squeaky clean feeling, then use a moisturising shampoo such as Alterna Hemp Organics Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (RRP around £20 each) every wash.

2. Restore moisture
Once a week treat your hair to a conditioning treatment once you've washed your hair. Leave this on for at least 5 to 10 minutes and wrap it in a warm towel to lock the moisture in. When it comes to drying time, try and leave it to dry naturally.

Secret Beauty fave: All Aveda treatments are excellent, so go for the one that suits your hair best. I love the Aveda Color Conserve Strengthening Treatment (RRP £17) but for those with less time, the Goldwell Dualsenses 60sec treatments
(RRP £9) are AMAZING and come in a variety of options for every hair type.

3. Ban the heat
 Avoid using straightening irons for a month. This will give your hair a chance to regain some of its own moisture to regenerate shinier, healthier hair. Use a serum to flatten and smooth any split ends which may also have occurred through all those blow dries.
Secret Beauty fave: I swear by serums but some can be slightly heavy. Wella Professionals' Pure Glamour (RRP £11.79) is a really lightweight serum and one of my 'can't live without' products, it also lasts for ages as you only need to use a small amount to tame those tresses.


4. Bin the daily wash
Try not to wash your hair everyday and stretch it to every other day. This will give the natural oils from your scalp a chance to slide down the hair shaft, reviving the dry ends.
Secret Beauty fave: For those of you who hate the thought of not washing your hair everyday - use a dry shampoo, I LOVE them! If you want to blow the budget then Alterna Caviar Dry Shampoo (RRP around £20) is lovely and you only need the smallest amount, however, it's not the easiest product to use as you tip the powder formula onto the roots through the nozzle dispenser, so it can be a bit tricky to get right! Apart from that though, and at the other end of the scale (although don't judge this one on price - it's definitely the best out there by far), is James Brown's Hair Reviving Dry Shampoo (RRP £6.99), haven't got a bad word to say about this one!

5. Get the right temperature
Wash in and rinse off shampoo with hot water as this will swell the hair and open up the cuticle layer. Use cool water for the final rinse after conditioning as this will close the cuticle and lock in the benefits. An energising scalp massage is also effective as it activates circulation and stimulates the oil glands.
For more on 'how to wash your hair' (sounds patronising but is actually v interesting), then check out my earlier post here.

6. Trim to win
Have regular haircuts or trims at least every 6 weeks in order to keep your hair healthy and shiny as split ends are a major cause of dry hair.

Top Tip
Central heating is a major cause of flyaway hair, it can really dry out your locks. To prevent dehydration to your hair and skin, sleep with a bowl of water under your radiator which adds moisture back into the atmosphere!