Everyone loves a good hair day! So if you’re a person who doesn’t simply roll out of bed with a marvellous mane, keep reading—we’ve got expert cut, style, colour and treatment tips for the most common hair concerns.
Ditch the Dullness
CUT & STYLE: While regular visits to the salon can help to keep hair looking healthy, a cut can’t give your hair more shine. “The most beautiful, smooth bob won’t necessarily be shiny if the hair is dehydrated,” says master hairstylist Stéphan W, owner of Montreal boutique hair salon Stéphan W Atelier. The best way to make your tresses shine is to blowdry them in small sections using a round brush to smooth each strand. You can even use a flat iron as the final touch. Don’t forget to apply a thermal protection product—an essential for any type of heat styling!
COLOUR: We all notice how shiny a freshly coloured coif is. “To better reflect the light, opt for warm shades,” advises Lucie Michaud, chief technician and trainer for MDM Cosmetics. “Golds and coppers are naturally luminescent, while ashy tones are generally more matte,” she explains. Ammoniafree glosses, which may or may not be pigmented, are the perfect alterna tive if you don’t want to alter your colour.
TREATMENT: According to Stéphan W, sporting a healthy, luminous ’do comes natu rally if your hair is hydrated. “Using a smooth ing oil always brings a lot of shine to the sur face,” he says. But nourishing your locks deeply will have longerlasting effects. The expert suggests opting for a moisturizing treatment, such as a weekly hair mask or an insalon hyaluronic acid application.
PUREOLOGY Color Fanatic MultiTasking LeaveIn Spray, $33, chatters.ca.
This versatile spray has 21 benefits that make styling easier while adding shine.
WELLA PROFESSIONALS Oil Reflections Light Luminous Reflective Oil, $34, shopbeauty.com
A finishing product with camellia seed oil to deeply nourish hair and add luminosity without weighing down strands.
REVLON PROFESSIONAL Nutri Color Filters, $37, tradesecrets.ca.
This treatment, containing ionic pigments that attach to the cuticle by electrostatic inter action, helps magnify your colour at home, whatever your shade.
CUT & STYLE: If your hair is limp and needs a lift, Stéphan W suggests considering a short cut, like the pixie hairstyle, which is very trendy and ideal for giving body to lacklustre hair. Don’t fancy such a drastic chop? You can also gain a bit of volume with a mid-length bob. “When the time comes to style hair that lacks volume, start by applying a volumizing mousse or cream, then dry by lifting the roots well, or even turning upside down,” he explains. “And to give the illusion of volume, finish by adding some waves or curls with a curling iron.”
COLOUR: Dyeing your hair can add volume and texture. “It’s not a myth,” assures Michaud. Colouring formulas that contain keratin change the texture of strands by shaping the hair shaft, which adds volume.
TREATMENT: There’s no need to use rich, ultra-hydrating hair care on limp locks—in fact, you can even swap out your conditioner for a lightweight, silicone-free leave-in treatment. Foams and sprays are your hair-care BFFs. Apply only a touch of product to your roots and make sure to lift them well by massaging with your fingertips. Between washes, use a spritz of dry shampoo and brush your hair upside down.
CULT.O ROMA Acquamicellare Shampoo, $95, walmart.ca.
Thanks to this new-to-Canada Italian brand, you can cleanse without damage. Micellar water paired with 98 pure minerals makes this shampoo suitable for all hair types.
THAT’SO Perfect Hair Dry Shampoo, $35, thatsoitaly.com.
In addition to refreshing hair between washes, this rice starch dry shampoo restores volume and lightness to the roots.
DESIGNME Puff.ME Sea Salt Spray & Refill Bundle, $58, designmehair.ca.
This popular product works wonders for reviving flat hair and now it comes with continuous spray.
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Thwart Thinning & Go Grey, Gorgeous!
CUT & STYLE: Hair often becomes thinner or loses density as we age—and there’s not much we can do about it! We can, however, create a more voluminous look by camouflaging thinning areas with a short, textured cut. Style with a pomade to achieve the tousled aesthetic that’s always in vogue. “With long hair, thinning or bald spots are often more visible,” says Stéphan W. “That’s why I recommend keeping hair short, and getting a trim every three to four weeks.”
COLOUR: If you’re ready to stop colouring your greys but don’t want a drastic transition, Stéphan W suggests gradually lightening the colour by incorporating lighter strands around the face and on the top of the head so that the difference in tone is less obvious. Next, maintain your gorgeous look with a purple shampoo designed to counteract yellowing and fading.
TREATMENT: To stimulate the regrowth of thinning hair, treat your scalp with a scrub or serum designed to activate blood circulation. “Think of this type of treatment as a fertilizer, something that will make hair stronger and help it grow,” says Michaud. But don’t stop there—hair often becomes dry and brittle with age, so it’s important to use a nourishing treatment once a week.
RENÉ FURTERER Absolue Kératine Ultimate Repairing Mask, $65, matandmax.com.
Replenish damaged and weakened hair without weighing it down using this rich keratin infused treatment.
ALTERNA HAIRCARE Caviar AntiAging Multiplying Volume Styling Mousse, $35, well.ca.
Loss of density? This mousse helps to create fuller, more voluminouslooking hair.
MALIN + GOETZ Detox Scalp Mask, $45, malinand goetz.ca.
Get at your roots with this hydrating and purifying hair mask that rids the scalp of product buildup while also nourishing and soothing skin.
Forget the Frizz
CUT & STYLE: If your hair does whatever it wants and you struggle to control frizz, you might want to think twice about a heavily layered look, warns Stéphan W. “Bobs and full lengths allow for better control of unruly hair,” he adds. For a frizzfree look, apply an antifrizz styling serum or cream every time you style.
COLOUR: Since frizz generally appears when you have dehydrated hair, avoid aggressive bleaching, which tends to damage the hair and requires multiple applications to maintain the look. “Choose a shade no more than two shades lighter than your natural colour if you’re looking to lighten your hair,” advises the hair colour expert. Another option: toneontone colouring without ammonia, for example, a gloss. This type of colouring is softer and contains emollient agents that will treat the hair while subtly colouring it.
TREATMENT: “To treat frizz, you need to determine the cause of it,” says Michaud. “Is it humidity, static or, often, dehydration?” Depending on the analysis, you can act at the source. In case of capillary dryness, too frequent washing should be avoided. Two shampoos a week are often sufficient. “The more natural oils are removed, the more frizz you’ll see,” says Stéphan W. To remedy this, use a moisturizing mask a few times a month.
PHYTO PARIS Antifrizz TouchUp Care, $30, phyto canada.ca.
This antihumidity and antistatic shield is easily applied with an integrated brush.
HAIRITAGE Smooth It Over with Argan Oil Elixir, $12, walmart.ca.
Manage frizz and add shine to your hair even when letting it air dry.
KÉRASTASE Curl Manifesto Gentle Hydrating Creamy Shampoo, $46, Curl Manifesto Lightweight Moisture Replenishing Conditioner, $49, kerastase.ca.
This shampoo and conditioner made for curly and corkscrew hair contains manuka honey, which hydrates, tames frizz and reduces breakage.