Being in lockdown isn’t an ideal situation for anyone; time away from family and friends, cabin fever, boredom, depression and a general sense of hopelessness.
We are experiencing tough times, however, it’s really important to try and stay positive and keep ourselves busy.
Luckily for us ladies, more free time at home means we can finally sort out those tired tresses that we’ve been neglecting for so long! During the week when we’re at work, we’re all guilty of putting our hair through a lot and not really giving it the TLC it deserves.
Being housebound and only in contact with the people you live with, means that we don’t have to make as much of an effort for a few weeks. For those women who wake up at the crack of dawn to wash, blow-dry and straighten their hair before setting off to work, you can finally give your barnet a little break.
There’s loads of ways of getting around using too much heat on your hair. A couple of years ago, I made the decision to ditch the straighteners for good; it’s really made a difference to its overall condition and even the thickness too!
Having naturally wavy hair, I wondered how I’d manage but luckily as my hair got in better condition, the easier it became to style.
My go-to styling technique is part blow drying my hair, just the roots mainly, leaving the mid-lengths to ends damp, then twisting it up into a clip at the back.
I usually leave it like that for a few hours while I do other things, then when I take it out I’m left with tousled waves/curls that give that ‘I’ve not made an effort but I feel great’ look. The heat exposure is minimal and it’s really easy to do - perfect for ladies on the go as you can set off to work while your hair is still damp in the clip and take it out at lunch.
When I decided to ditch the straighteners, I also vowed that I would stop washing my hair so much. I’d gotten into the habit of washing it every other day and quite frankly I just don’t have the time!
Despite what you might think, washing your hair too often is actually bad for it.
Even if you are using a top of the range shampoo and conditioner, it’s still stripping your hair of its natural oils. You should aim to wash your hair a maximum of twice a week - trust me it’s not as hard as it sounds!
Dry shampoo has been a saviour for me. My hair stays nice for a couple of days after I wash it, but after that, it can look quite oily at the roots.
A spruce of dry shampoo and a scruffy bun on top of my head are a necessity on days 3 and 4! I find using dry shampoo before bed works the best, you wake up feeling like the hair fairies have visited while you were sleeping.
The last thing that has drastically improved the condition of my hair has been our own Hola Coco Coconut Oil Hair Mask.
A lot of people see hair masks as a faff, but with extra time at home now is the perfect time to treat those tresses to a long overdue replenishing mask. All you do is apply from mid-lengths to ends after conditioning your hair, you then leave it on for as long as possible, before rinsing it off with warm water.
If you’re really feeling like a pamper, you could put it on at the same time as a face mask and get the ultimate spa feel.
Pair that with a chilled glass of wine or a gin and tonic and you really don’t have an excuse do you?