We’ve covered what to do at home to help maintain your hair colour, but that is not the only thing we’re asked about. So we’ve asked our expert collaborators the best ways to maintain your cut and style while at home.
How best to maintain a cut while on lock down?
“This has easily been the biggest debate between hairdressers and clients on lock down.”
Says Jonathan Andrew, Fudge Professional’s Global Brand Ambassador and Hair Stylist.
“From my perspective I can’t say it’s something I recommend attempting, I promise you dealing with an extra inch of hair is much more manageable than a haircut you make up. The other reason I don’t suggest it is that everyone’s mental health will be put to the test during this time and 9 times out of 10 cutting and colouring your own hair will only amplify this when it doesn’t go as planned.“
We suggest root stimulating products that will aid growth and strengthen the hair fibre. Since you have to let it grow out anyways, at least make sure it grows strong and healthy.
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When it comes to cutting your hair, please don’t do it to yourself. If you want to experiment with products and new styling techniques, try using the diffuser that’s sitting at the bottom of your wardrobe. Changing the products you use, how you apply them, the order you apply them in as well as how you use heat on your hair can give dramatic changes that will give you that new hair fix whilst on lock down.
If you’ve got a good hairdresser or barber the cut should maintain itself, however if you notice anything you’re not happy with, take a photo and bring that to your next appointment.“
Step 1: Section away the hair that you don’ want to cut.
Step 2: Clean up the section you want to cut.
Step 3: Comb your fringe straight down.
Step 4: Hold your fringe in between your 2 fingers, slide down and twist.
Step 5: Using sharp scissors, cut straight across just below where you want the hair to sit. Remember that the hair will spring up.
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Any conditioners, ensure you don’t apply at the root/application area. Conditioners can affect the bonds or GL Tapes and cause extensions to detach prematurely.” – Nyree Robinson – Sales Executive
“This is the perfect time to dedicate yourself to some well deserved pamper time. Sometimes amongst our busy lifestyles we forget to give ourselves and our hair that extra little bit of attention but whilst you have the time, use it wisely to look after your Great Lengths. Great Lengths have a NEW High Performance Hair Mask that nourishes and moisturises your hair, it’s particularly good for those who are wearing long extensions and doesn’t take long to get to work. Apply to wet hair for 10-15 minutes for an intensive hair treatment.” – Louise Jenkins – Creative & Education Manager
“A question we receive a lot is how do I brush my Great Lengths? Again with our busy lifestyles we don’t always show as much attention as we should in this area, but use this time to ensure your Great Lengths are maintained and looked after well to increase longevity between your visit to salons. Use a soft bristle brush, Great Lengths offer these in many sizes to suit all hair types and sweep through the hair from root to tips ensuring you brush over the bonds. For thick and long hair, it’s recommended to separate your hair into sections and brush gradually to ensure minimal pulling on your bonds or GL Tapes. Before brushing also insure you take the time to separate your bonds one by one to ensure no matting or tangles.” – Nyree Robinson – Sales Executive
“Self-cleaning your hair can be a good option during lockdown, however only for the right hair types and desired outcome. Anyone with fine, lank, soft, Caucasian hair that wishes to get volume or bounce within their hair, this is certainly not the option for you.
For those that find their hair is forever dry, and very often those with thick, curly coarse hair, this could be a great solution for you. The oil produced from our scalp is called sebum. Those with curly thick dry hair often find their scalp and hair need a little helping hand and apply artificial oils and serums to their hair to aid in the hairs’ condition. However, such heads of hair are then washed each week almost defeating the object.
If you are the type of person that finds your hair looks it’s best when you wash it less, then self-cleaning could be the choice for you!
As you start this process you will be appalled with how your hair feels and even smells (although this could help with social distancing)! Power through past this point and for those with thicker curlier hair, you will find your curls are better behaved and uniform. For those that find they have a little too much volume, your hair should reduce in size. Once you are at the 3 week “water wash” phase, you will find you have fallen back in love with your hair, using less product and even have a healthier scalp.
To fully achieve self-cleaning hair, I would throw yourself in for a good month or 2 to see how you really find the results. You can always return back to shampoo and then go on another self-cleaning rehabilitation for your hair and scalps sake.“