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How to Make Your Mane Go From Drab to Fab

By MiNDFOOD

Portrait of young woman with hat smiling
Portrait of young woman with hat smiling
If saying goodbye to summer and the beach hair that comes with it makes you feel a little glum, it's time to update your do.

As the temperature drops and the days get greyer you may find yourself wanting to pull a Mia’s makeover from Princess Diaries to make your look a little more exciting. The good news is that you don’t have to undergo a complete transformation to achieve some winter glam (sorry Paolo). In fact showing your mane a bit of love may be all you need to do to raise the temperature of your look this winter. We give you three hair fixes that are guaranteed to give you results, instantly.

Put Your Money Close to Where Your Mouth Is (Your Hair)

While it may have been a thoughtful twenty-first present from years gone by, it doesn’t mean your hair dryer will be doing you any favours. In fact, many hair dryers rely on extremely high heat to do the job (we’re talking above 230 degrees celsius), which can lead to dullness in hair, split ends, and even breakage. And while you may be on a tight time frame, it isn’t the only option when it comes to drying hair fast. The key is to invest in a heat regulated hair dryer. These measure the temperature of the air, making sure they never serve up anything that goes above a hair-friendly temperature, meaning it won’t expose hair to extreme heat. For those looking at their watches, heat regulated dryers still dry hair fast but they do so through powerful airflow, not sizzling your splits.

 Time to Get a Haircut

 

For some, a trip to the hairdresser is like soaking in the sun in Ibiza. For others, the feelings are similar to those of visiting the dentist. Many of us are still nursing childhood trauma from when a parent (or a sibling!) snipped that fringe just a little too short, making the idea of getting a trim now a little too hair-raising. However the time is now to learn to trust again. Choose a hairdresser that understands what you want, give them clear instructions as to what you don’t want, and sit back, relax and enjoy. A new do will not only freshen up your face but it will also do wonders for the health of your hair. If you’re dealing with split or damaged ends as a result of excessive heat damage (or neglecting to visit your local salon!) then a good trim will make your ends as good as new. Remember to rebook for a trim around every 8 weeks to keep your locks in tip top condition.

Get Your Shine On

 

When your hair is healthy, it’s more shiny. It’s science. No, we’re not talking about shampoo advertisements from the nineties when the model’s hair looked like that of a glimmering CGI waterfall. We’re talking about real shine. Because healthy hair is less porous than damaged hair, it reflects the light instead of scattering it, giving your do a natural shimmer. To make sure your hair stays healthy and therefore shiny, avoid using your heat styling device too much, to avoid heat damage. When you do want to use something with a bit of heat, make sure you apply a heat protector. After all, when your hair shines, so do you.

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