We’ve enlisted the intel of ghd ambassador and celebrity hairdresser, Zoë Irwin, to share her healthy hair commandments for 2020. From freezing your blow dry to treatment layering, these are the essential haircare hacks you need to know for your healthiest hair yet.
If the festive period has left your hair feeling frazzled, the new year is the ideal time for a mane detox and refresh.
Freeze dry your blow dry
Turn down the heat on your hairdryer and improve the condition of your hair. With a powerful hairdryer, the powerful air flow means that you don’t need to rely on heat for drying your hair, the power itself is enough. Always flash cool each section of your hair and dry with a round bristle brush to add moisture and shine.
Massage your scalp
Massaging your scalp daily for 10 minutes has an incredible effect on the hair. It will relieve tension and increase the blood flow for thicker, healthier, longer hair.
Super-charge your hair by layering hair treatments, this technique is equivalent to a facial but for hair. Simply apply a mask and leave it for 15 minutes, rinse off and towel dry, then repeat twice until you have used three masks in total. The secret is to start with a protein mask which helps to bind broken fibres together and strengthen fragile, damaged hair. Then follow with a conditioning mask and finish with a colour mask to retain and enhance colour and shine.
Bigger is better
Swap small brushes for big paddle brushes. As you sweep the paddle brush along the scalp it will lightly massage and increase blood circulation to the scalp, helping to stimulate healthy hair growth. Plus, the wide surface means that more hair is being brushed at once, so less brushing is needed overall and thus less stress is put on the hair.
By rinsing or washing your hair with cold water, you close and seal the hair cuticles which helps add extra shine and combat frizz. My favourite tip is to use filtered water; on shoots I finish a wash with a bottle of Evian which makes the hair super sleek, soft and shiny. It is definitely not a tip for everyday hair styling though!
Gently does it
When hair is wet, it is fragile and vulnerable to breakage so brush wet hair VERY gently. Use a wide tooth comb like the ghd detangling comb (£8.50). The wide tooth design allows for delicate detangling on damp hair which is fragile and more prone to damage.
Now you’re armed with the best in class haircare advice, check out the ultimate hairstyle ideas for inspo. We’ve rounded up the best messy buns and slinky ponytails to get you going. So, whether you have long locks, short hair, a bob or a pixie cut, get ready for some serious inspiration overload…