A NEW year is a fresh opportunity to break bad habits. This year we focus our attention on hair. The party season has been and gone. The aftermath is too much heat styling, product build-up, and general bad treatment. This is the perfect time to focus on clarifying shampoos, strengthening-treatment conditioners and remember we wear our hair everyday.

Top Manchester based hairstylist Melissa Hay gives you some simple steps to detox and maintain healthy hair – especially after the party season. Being an international hairstylist to DJ’s and having worked in the industry for over seventeen years – she knows her onions.

1. Book into a salon

Have a treatment and cut. Keeping your hair cut regularly, believe it or not, will help your hair to grow. People are under the illusion that if they are growing their hair to never have a trim, however everyday wear and tare will causes the very ends of your hair to break from the bottom up, so keep a regular trim.

2. Invest in a good shampoo and conditioner

Here are a few of the industry’s favourites:

Luxury: Alterna Caviar Repair RX Instant Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner

Mid range: Kerastase Nutritive range

Budget: Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner

In my honest option; if you can, purchase a recommended product from a salon, it will be much better value for money in the long term, trust me. It’s so easy to end up with a draw full of products we never use.

3. Stop straightening your hair!

Try to limit the amount of heat styling. Just keep that for the weekend only. When you do, use a reconstructing product:

Try CIMENT THERMIQUE (here £13.60) thermo-activated reconstructing milk for weakened hair (leave-in) – it’s my personal favourite, I love it. Use on wet hair, it will treat and repair your hair whenever you apply heat. Perfect.

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