While the state of one’s mane might not be the most pressing need of the nation right now, there is still a contingent of people, some of them having spent the last 12 weeks in lockdown, who are desperate – for safety, yes, and freedom, of course – and then, maybe just a little a flute of sparkling wine to sip on while our favourite hairdresser works their magic on our tresses.
So, how do we wait out these weeks with our hair and dignity intact? Ahead, three hair stylists answer some of the most pressing lockdown hair questions.
Help! How can I get out of my hair rut?
Something as simple as washing, drying and styling your hair can help, says celebrity hair stylist Renya Xydis. “When we can’t visit the salon, it’s as important as ever to protect your hair and keep it healthy by using intelligent styling tools that are designed to help you get a finished look without compromising on your hair health,” says Xydis, pointing to a tool like the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer which has an attachment for flyaway hair that creates a smooth finish while avoiding heat damage.
Ash Croker, owner and head stylist at her self-titled salon in Sydney’s Clovelly decided to start mailing out colour lockdown kits – salon mixes of personalised hair dyes – to clients at the end of July. “They’ve been extremely successful,” she says. “I did have some fear at the beginning as it’s not something I would usually recommend. But it’s made my clients feel so much better at home.”
She adds: “At-home conditioning treatments are great to help with split ends. I love Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum and Kerastase Genesis Reconstructing mask.”
She suggests putting a shower cap on and a steamed towel over the top to elevate the treatment to a salon experience.
A leave-in treatment will also provide some TLC, says Peter Beckett, Haircare Group creative director and celebrity stylist. “Philip Kingsley Elasti-Styler is a 5-in-1 leave in treatment that strengthens, conditions, primes, tames, and adds shine. You can also use a ‘bond builder’ for your split ends.”