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The 6 Healthy Hair Commandments You Need to Know

If the last few weeks has left your locks in need of some serious TLC, now is the perfect time to work on getting your tresses back to their former glossy glory. If you’re not sure where to start, ghd ambassador Zoë Irwin’s has shared her six healthy hair commandments that will help nurture and repair your hair in no time.

MASSAGE SCALP YOUR

If you want healthy, shiny hair, paying attention to the health of your scalp is essential.“Massaging your scalp daily for 10 minutes has an incredible effect on the hair,” says Irwin. “It will relieve tension and increase the blood flow for thicker, healthier, longer hair. And it’s so easy to do!’’

TREATMENT LAYERING

Don’t fret if you can’t get to the salon for a treatment, you can recreate the experience at home. “Supercharge your hair by layering hair treatments,” says Irwin. “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,” she says.

“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.”

FREEZE DRY YOUR BLOW DRY

While it can tempting to blast your hair on the hottest setting Irwin’s advice is to do the opposite. “Turn down the heat on your hairdryer and improve the condition of your hair.” She recommends ghd’s new helios hairdryer which gets the job done without damaging hair with high temperatures. “The powerful airflow 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.’’

BIGGER BETTER IS

Brushing your hair can help promote scalp health too explains Irwin. “Swap small brushes for big paddle brushes.” She recommends the ghd Paddle Brush.  “As you sweep the ghd 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.’’ 

COLD RINSE
It might be a little tricky to do in winter, but a blast of cold water could help keep locks shiny. “By rinsing or washing your hair with cold water, you close and seal the hair cuticles which helps add extra shine and combat frizz. So always turn your shower to cold for a quick cold rinse before getting out.”

GENTLY DOES IT

“When hair is wet it is fragile and vulnerable to breakage so brush wet hair very gently,” explains Irwin. Rather than tug at it with your usual brush, Irwin says it’s important to work with the right tools. “Use a wide-tooth comb like the ghd detangling comb. The wide tooth design allows for delicate detangling on damp hair which is fragile and more prone to damage.”

5 of Our Favourite Nourishing Hand Creams

While most of us religiously lather moisturisers and serums onto our faces to keep our complexions radiant and well hydrated, many of us tend to forget about our hands. But our hands are quite often exposed to the elements more than our complexion is which means hands can suffer from dryness, pigmentation and the signs of ageing.

“With our vigilant and necessary handwashing and use of sanitiser, I’m sure the effects of it are starting to appear, with dry cuticles and hands,” says nail artist, Tanya Barlow. Keep an eye on – and follow – her Instagram account right here as Barlow has been busy working on her new cuticle oil pen, that you’ll be able to get your hands on very soon.

“Regardless of where you might get it from, I’d recommend trying to include some kind of cuticle oil or hand cream into your routine and
replenish all the lost moisture,” Barlow advises.

To help keep your hands hydrated and healthy we’ve rounded up a handful of our favourite hand creams.

Here are some other tips that will help you keep your hands smooth and supple. 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment ($43) contains all of the nurturing and healing properties of the beauty house’s iconic Eight Hour Cream. The effective formula is sure to soften up and care for dry, rough hands.

 

The luxurious Velvet Hand Cream ($40) from Sothys Paris has been formulated with a blend of nurturing ingredients. Vitamins, A, E and F work to soften dry and unhappy hands while enhancing nail health.

 

With its ultra-cool packaging and game-changing formula, you’ll want to be spotted pulling Chanel Le Lift La Creme Main ($114) out of your handbag. The rejuvenating formula harnesses the power of Mother Earth’s best ingredients to keep hands looking and feeling smooth and youthful.

La Prairie’s indulgent Cellular Hand Cream ($190) uses a game-changing formulation to provide hands with serious hydration. The clever formula doesn’t just moisturise, it also gently exfoliates to slough away dry and rough skin.

Sometimes your nails need extra attention too. Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail & Cuticle Pen ($47) has been formulated with the best botanicals – neem leaf, apricot kernel oil and chamomile extracts – which work to strengthen and fortify nails while keeping cuticles soft.