The nine secrets for all hair types
It’s the number one rule for skin and it’s the number one rule for hair, too. Lack of moisture is one of the main causes of flyaways and frizz. German suggests Pantene Pro-V Moisturizing Comb-in Treatment, 300 mL, $6.50. Once a week, apply it to damp hair, working from roots to ends, then wrap your head in a clean plastic bag and relax for 20 minutes before rinsing it out. “Your scalp will heat up the cuticle and allow for more and better product penetration,” he says.
2 KEEP MOISTURIZING
German suggests all hair types use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. FLARE’s picks: Dove Sheer Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, 355 mL, $7 each. Charles Worthington Dream Hair Lustrous Locks Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, 275 mL, $13 each, gives a luxury scent, too.
3 PICK THE PERFECT BRUSH
According to German, that’s a double-sided paddle brush with natural bristles on one side and plastic bristles with rounded ends on the other. “Use the plastic side in a circular motion to stimulate and exfoliate your scalp before you shampoo.” After you’ve washed and conditioned, use the natural bristles to brush your hair while it’s damp. Recruit a conditioning or detangling spray to avoid tugging and pulling. FLARE’s pick: Marc Anthony Ultimate Moisture Daily Leave In Conditioner, 240 mL, $10.
4 TREAT BEFORE YOU HEAT
Apply a protective spray such as Tresemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray, 236 mL, $6, before curling or straightening with a hot iron (some of which can reach up to 400 F!). “Your hair will slip across the heated surface really quickly. At the same time, some of the water from the conditioner will evaporate and take away some of the heat, so you lessen the damage to your hair,” explains Randy Schueller, research and development director of global hair care at Alberto Culver (the mother ship to the Alberto V05 and Tresemmé hair-care lines). When choosing a flatiron, choose one with ceramic plates-they snag less than metal plates. FLARE’s pick: Andis Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic Clamp Flat Iron, $47 (we’re loving its handy auto-shut-off feature).
5 SMOOTH IT ON RIGHT
Using an anti-frizz serum? Put it on damp hair. “The wetter your hair is, the more evenly the product will distribute,” says Frieda. Too much serum in one place looks greasy instead of smooth.
6 WORK FROM THE TOP DOWN
“I always recommend people start blow-drying the top section and the hairline first, then underneath,” says Frieda. The benefit? If you’re in a hurry, your top layers will look perfectly appointed and smooth, and you can let the hair underneath (which no one ever sees) dry naturally.
7 LEARN THE TIPPING POINT
“It doesn’t really matter so much what’s happening at the wet stage. What matters most is the point just before your hair dries,” says Frieda. “At the salon, we call it the ‘conversion point.’ Whatever you’re doing at that point gets locked in.” For example, lock in a smooth do by blow-drying until all the moisture is gone and your hair has just turned completely dry (signalled by your hair suddenly feeling hot). Don’t quit before then or you won’t lock in frizz-free tresses.
8 TREAT THE DAMAGE
“If you are chemically treating your hair in any way, such as colouring, highlights, relaxing, perming-those processes get inside your hair and tear up the protein bonds,” explains Schueller. The result? Weak, damaged hair. The solution: put back the protein to toughen up your tresses again. FLARE’s pick: Kérastase Forcintense, $52/5 treatments. German suggests using this kind of treatment every day for a week, then reducing to once a week until your hair has gotten back its X-factor.
9 SEAL IN SHEEN
Clear gloss treatments add and lock in shine for at least six weeks. Try Clairol Natural Instincts Shine Happy, $12. It’s great for chemically treated or frizzy hair that needs a boost of glimmer. At salons, try L’Oréal Professionnel Richesse, a long-lasting shine treatment. In 20 minutes, you’ll get the luxe sheen you’ve been craving for only $45-$75.