The Salon – At Home

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Which is more important: eating well – or keeping up your beauty salon regime? Most of us will find a way of juggling both, but with a little savvy it’s possible to extend the gap between salon appointments, turbo-charging the life of your manicure/pedicure, hair cut and colour. So do try these at home!

Want to postpone your haircolur session? Colour upkeep can be crippling, compared to haircuts, so…

  • … First of all, try persuading your stylist to tell you which shade he or she uses, and find out if it’s available for home use. (Some are.) If you twist their arm, occasionally a colourist you know well can be persuaded to sell you a box. And if you don’t ask… If not, check out semi-permanent shades which are as close as possible to the shade your colourist uses. (Don’t try permanent colour at home if you usually go to a salon – these are the most challenging of haircolourants, and the most likely to end in tears if you’re not used to them.).
  • Wash and condition colour-treated hair with a ‘colour’ shampoo and conditioner, as these really do work to keep the colour fresher for longer.
  • Rather than go for a full dye job to cover a few grey hairs, we’re hugely impressed by Color Wow Root Cover Up, the first product John Frieda and Gail Federici have launched together since John’s own range. It’s a sexy-looking compact with a brush and a mirror, featuring a mineral powder compound which you stroke onto roots using the special brush to cover up grey instantly – and it literally lasts till you wash it out again. Could not be simpler.
  • Use a ‘heat-protective’ spray on your hair if you use straightening irons, to avoid lifting the colour from hair. Read More…