CHECK INTO THE HAIR REHAB

Anyone who has ever over-done it knows that if you join a recovery programme, there are vital steps you need to take to make amends and get yourself healthy. Here are your steps from salon booking app MINDBODY and its customer The Chapel to aid your recovery and get your hair clean and swishy

From too much sunshine and saltwater to straighteners and dryers on blast, your hair care and styling habits can wreak havoc on your locks. Loss of colour and shine, frizz, brittle ends and breakage are all distress calls from your parched mane. If you’ve let your hair down in more ways than one over the summer months, now’s the time to show it some love and get it awesome for autumn. Welcome to The Hair Rehab, where MINDBODY and the stylists from The Chapel will aid your recovery with their 10 step guide to the fixing the damage your addictions have caused…

Step 1 – Step away from the heated tools (for a bit)

If hair has had a double-dose of heat damage from styling tools and harsh UV rays, it’s a good idea to give the heated stylers a break while it’s recovering. Instead, try gently pulling curls to help straighten out the hair as it dries or create loose, beachy waves by plaiting towel-dried hair and leaving it to dry naturally or overnight.      

Step 2 – Make your shampoo a stranger

Initially that might sound a little icky, but what we mean is there’s simply no need to wash it every day. Washing hair every other day is more than enough for cleanliness, and it gives hair the chance to produce its own nourishing, natural oils without them being constantly stripped away.

Step 3 – Don’t give your damaged hair the brush off

Over-brushing hair actually thins it and causes split ends. Those with a Rapunzel complex need to control their urges; just like teeth, brushing once in the morning and evening is sufficient. If you have fine hair, avoid brushes with nylon bristles too.

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Step 4 – Look out for sulphates

You’ll find sulphates in agents for engine degreasing, floor cleaning and, up until recently, nearly all shampoos. Sulphates are what create the foaming effect, but there’s evidence that they also dry out your hair and scalp. Try switching to a sulphate-free shampoo.

Step 5 – Peel off the chemical treatments temporarily

Perms, dyes and bleaches strip away the hair’s protective outer layer, making it more porous and prone to losing its natural moisture. Keep these treatments to a minimum or try tints to lift your style without bleaching.  Discuss your colour options with your stylist to see what your current colour methods are doing to your hair and how often you should be using them.

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Step 6 – Awaken your inner gym bunny

A whole host of toxins that affect the condition of our hair can be naturally expelled from our pores before they do their damage, simply by working up a good old-fashioned sweat. Catie Miller, founder of MINDBODY studio Xtend Barre LDN, says: “If you’re not feeling the whole juice detox thing, find an exercise you love, grab your girlfriends and meet on the mat or the barre to work up a sweat and help to flush the body of system-clogging substances”.

Step 7 – Drink more water

The easiest and cheapest choice for thirst quenching and body hydration, but it’s also essential for keeping hair in shape.  Healthy hair comes from a moisturised scalp but when we don’t get enough H2O, skin cells can dry up and flake, and hair growing from a weakened scalp can suffer permanent cuticle damage. MINDBODY nutrition therapist, Jessica Scott-Young (AdvDipNutMed) recommends drinking about eight glasses (or two litres) a day to keep your body healthy and happy… and your hair will thank you for it too.

Step 8 – Power up the protein

If your healthy eating regime went out once that BBQ was lit, get it back on track in the run-up to Christmas with the foods hair needs to stay shiny and strong. Jessica recommends protein (white meat, eggs dairy, legumes), iron (red meat, chicken, fish, green leafy veg), omega-3 fatty acids (oily fish, avocado, walnuts), biotin (wholegrains, liver), zinc and selenium (oysters, beef, eggs) and vitamin A (orange/yellow coloured veg), vitamin C (blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli) and vitamin E (nuts) to give your hair a healthy boost.

Step 9 – Slather on the moisturiser

Moisture is key for getting dry, unhappy hair to bounce back. Investing in a high-intensity moisture shampoo will improve manageability, help repair damage and increase shine. On top of this, use a treatment regime once a week at home. Here are some favourites from The Chapel:

  • Redken All Soft is an excellent moisturising range – the Mega Mask is a 5-minute intensive treatment that’s quick and effective
  • We’re big fans of the replenishing and detangling effects of Redken Clean Maniac Conditioner, which is lightweight and silicone-free, and Redken One United 25 Benefits Spray.  This amazing multi-tasker does pretty much everything – primer, leave-in conditioner, detangler for knotty ends, fills the gaps in porous hair to instantly make it look and feel healthier, UV-A and UV-B filters and heat styling protection. Wow!
  • Fusio-dose from Kérastase is one of the most asked-for treatments in The Chapel salons when hair needs a bit of extra help to get back into shape. A bit like an intense vitamin boost for your body, this instant treatment is tailor-made to moisturise or strengthen hair and can be mixed and matched to get the right treatment for different hair types and problems.  The first treatment is done in the salon, then a six-week course follows at home.
  • Remember, a good, nourishing hair mask can swiftly transform the condition of dry hair and restore natural moisture content. Hair masks are often viewed as a ‘first aid’ measure, but we prefer to think of them as part of a weekly cycle of TLC for your hair. For deeply damaged hair, try Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Reset and for weekly maintenance try Redken Extreme Strength Builder.

Step 10 – Get trim… and bonded

Over-styling left your hair feeling frizzy and dry? While there’s no cure for existing split ends, a fresh trim will stop them splitting further and leave hair looking healthy and easier to manage. While you’re in the chair, MINDBODY hair expert, Carla McCourt, suggests asking your stylist about a bonding treatment. These hardworking treatments target the inner hair structure where amino-acids bonds have been broken. By repairing the hair from deep within, your locks are left stronger and far less susceptible to further damage.

Want to learn more about caring for your hair? Download the MINDBODY app to discover the world of beauty and find what makes you feel amazing.

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