Let’s talk about all things hair. My at-home hair care routine during lockdown is something I’ve struggled with. I prefer going to the hairdresser and having my hair cut, coloured and styled by professionals. Hair is not in my skill set (I usually keep it pretty simple) so it’s been a learning curve to style and colour my own hair at home.
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At-Home Hair Colour
During lockdown, this is the beauty treatment that I miss the most. It’s one of the hardest things to do yourself. Usually @bryonycairnscolour at Larry King Hair does my colour. She custom mixes a Redken colour for me. I was very fortunate in that just before the lockdown in the UK began, I asked Bryony if she could mix up a dose of my custom colour so I was able to have one more session of my usual colouring (that I did myself at home).
The subtlety of a professional salon colour is that it’s not just one colour all the way through. It’s a subtle mix of different tones finished with something like the Redken Shades EQ Gloss.
As we moved further into lockdown, I’ve been using the Josh Wood Colour range. Shade 7 (Deep Blonde) is the base colour that I use to do my roots. I then use the Smokey Brunette Gloss* to bring everything together and give dimension to my hair. This has really worked for me – I’m so impressed!
Hair Care Routine
I’m a creature of habit. I always and will continue to use the Kerastase Chronologiste range. I have medium-fine that naturally sits as quite wavy. The Kerastase Chronologiste Shampoo* nourishes my hair and allows it to maintain its colour. A clear shampoo that’s not super heavy or rich to weigh down my hair. A few days before I do my colour, I reach for the Genesis Shampoo* instead – it just feels like a deeper reviving clean.
In place of your typical conditioner, I’ll use the Kerastase Chronologiste Mask* from the mid-lengths to the ends of my hair only. As someone who treats their hair in the salon a lot, I really rate the Chronologiste range and would say it’s the reason my hair has remained in good health.
Post-wash Styling Routine
I’m always in search of volume so I start with spritzing the Pureology Clean Volume Mist* into my roots. This is designed for fine colour treated hair and adds volume really lifting the hair. Then I’ll do a rough dry with the hair dryer using a big round brush to keep that volume.
To create subtle waves I love the Babyliss 9000 Cordless Straightener*. It’s so easy to maneuver and doesn’t overheat. Perfect for straightening and smoothing the hair to create subtle pulled-out waves that frame the face. To keep the volume and style in place I’ll use the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray*. And if I want my style to last even longer I always reach for Sam Mcknight’s Lazy Girl* which is one of my favourite dry shampoos.