Thereâ€™s nothing quite like stepping out of the salon with the radiant, healthy tresses of your dreams. But with everything from the weather to our hormones wreaking havoc on our locks, ensuring every day is a great hair day can take a bit of work. With autumn on the way, one of the best places to start with overhauling your haircare routine is to start reassessing your needs for the cooler months. â€śThe changing seasons tends to dictate what hobbies we are doing,â€ť says Joico expert and owner of Cocoon Salon, Felicity Bruce. â€śSunny days at the beach can leave your hair dry and in need of hydration.â€ť And while the cooler months might offer some respite from the surf, sun and sand that comes hand in hand with summer, that doesnâ€™t mean you should let your guard down with a change in seasons.
Unfortunately, New Zealandâ€™s harsh sun can still damage hair throughout the cooler months. Bruce explains that bright winter sun and cold weather can be just as harsh on hair, especially for those who enjoy skiing and snowboarding. To fend off UV rays and keep tresses hydrated, Bruce recommends keeping multi-tasking products on hand â€“ she swears by Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock Multi-Perfector Daily Shine & Protect Spray. Because everyoneâ€™s hair and lifestyle different, Bruce says itâ€™s important to chat to your hairdresser as the seasons change to create a haircare routine that works for you.
â€śEvery season requires different solutions for your hair,â€ť she says. â€śYour hairdresser is there for you to work out your hair needs, they see your hair regularly and they will recognise any change in condition or if you change your colour and it needs special care and attention they will give you the best advice.â€ť An appointment with your hairdresser is the perfect opportunity to discuss any concerns that you might have with your hair says Bruce. â€śHairdressers love to problem solve and they want you to have happy, healthy hair and that might be really simple for you to achieve, but they need to know what your concerns are or what you find difficult,â€ť she says. A good hairdresser, Bruce says, will also tell you if your hair goals are unachievable.
The Root of the Problem
While we spend a whole lot of time styling and caring for our locks, most of us tend to overlook our scalp which plays a vital role in how healthy our hair is. â€śScalp health is so important for hair growth and general wellbeing,â€ť explains Bruce. Whether itâ€™s a dry, flaky scalp thatâ€™s your suffering from or an oily scalp thatâ€™s contributing to dull, greasy hair, Bruce says the best course of action to take is to work out the cause quickly and start treating the problem. â€śYour hairdresser will be your best place to start as they will be able to see if your scalp is irritated and if there are any dry flakes, sebum build-up or dermatitis,â€ť she explains.
Bruce says that scalp issues can often come down to lifestyle and she always starts by asking clients about their diet, stress levels, hormones and exercise. Itâ€™s not until she has an understanding of her clientâ€™s lifestyle that she will ask about the frequency of washing, products and styling techniques used. â€śSome of our rural clients an oily scalp because of their water, for others it can be a hormonal problem and for some people incorrect shampoo or conditioner,â€ť she explains. â€śThere are always clues and sometimes it takes patience and trialling a few products or tweaking your regimen before you find the winning solution.â€ť For those with locks which always seem to be oily, Bruce recommends easing off on the conditioner. â€śUse it only on the ends for a week or two to see if the roots improve before testing other products,â€ť she says. A diet rich in omega-rich foods such as fatty fish, avocado and nuts can benefit our scalp and tresses too says Bruce. â€śIf you are struggling to maintain a diet that includes everything you need for healthy hair, supplements can be a great option to top up what you need,â€ť she adds.
Our everyday haircare routine plays a huge role in the overall health of our hair and even thinking about how often you wash your hair could make a difference to your tresses. While Bruce says everyone is different, she tends to recommend washing hair every second day and then adjust accordingly once youâ€™ve assessed your lifestyle and hair concerns. As for whether itâ€™s okay to wash hair every day, Bruce says it really depends on the individual. â€śIs your hair oily? Does it flat through the day? Are you exercising daily and need to wash it every day?â€ť There are considerations you should make if you do wash your hair every day. â€śIf you are washing daily you want to ensure hydration as well as cleansing especially if your hair is coloured,â€ť Bruce explains. â€śIf your hair is fine and you need to wash it daily for styling reasons then a volume-enhancing shampoo is your best friend.â€ť
Reaching for the hair dryer, straightening iron or curling wand is something a lot of us do each morning which is why Bruce says coupling heating styling tools with protective products that fend off damage from heat while hydrating locks is essential. Bruce says itâ€™s also important to always assess the ends of your hair and explains that if youâ€™re struggling to achieve your usual polished look you might need a trim. â€śNever underestimate the benefits of regular trims and donâ€™t leave it more than six weeks,â€ť Bruce says. â€śIf you like your hair long then find a stylist who believes in millimetres not centimetres.â€ť