It’s tough to prioritize hair care when there have been so many other things to worry about these past few months. Let’s face it: for many of us, it’s a good week if we remember to take a shower. However, it might just be time to show your hair some love – especially since social circles are finally beginning to open up.
It may still be a while before salons reopen (at least here in Toronto) and even when they do, it will be nearly impossible to get an appointment. So, it’s time to start learning what you can do at home to keep your hair in good shape, and take care of your hair until you can see an expert.
As the owner of Toronto hair and makeup studio Twentyseven, Olivia Colacci has been doing everything she can to help her clients out during this time. That includes free, local contactless deliveries and fresh flower deliveries on Wednesdays as well as virtual consultations to help people navigate their hair problems from home.
At-home hair care is just as important as what you do in the studio, so it’s essential to take care of your hair during this time. Here are 7 tips from Olivia Colacci for making it through quarantine with healthy hair:
Brush Your Hair
Without a normal routine, it’s hard to remember what day it is. It’s even harder to remember the last time you washed your hair. It would be great to give your hair a good wash once or twice a week if possible, but if you’re not getting around to it as often as you used to, make sure you’re brushing it regularly. Colacci says it’s important to stimulate the scalp, move oils down, and brush away dust and debris that settles in your hair from being outside or from using products like dry shampoo. It sounds too simple to be true, but one of her top tips is to buy yourself a good brush.
Keep Your Scalp Dry and Let It Breathe
Putting your hair in a bun or ponytail might be the easiest way to deal with it after a shower or swim, but Colacci says it’s also a surefire way to get dandruff. “It’s like leaving your clothes in the washing machine over the weekend,” she explains. Anything that’s left wet or damp creates a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. Even if you just rough dry your roots and then put it up, you’ll be much better off. The same goes for hair masks. It’s fine to leave in a hydrating treatment for a couple days but make sure you’re only leaving it in from below your ears down. You never want to suffocate your scalp by letting a product sit there for long periods of time.
Swap Out Your Hair Ties
As the temperatures start to rise, it’s more comfortable for some people to constantly throw their hair up. If that sounds like you, try switching from tight elastics to a loose scrunchie or coiled hair ties. These options cause much less breakage and damage.
Teach Old Hair New Tricks
When you shampoo too often, you actually strip your scalp of the natural oils it needs to survive. In response, your body learns to produce those oils faster. That’s why people who wash their hair more often are also the ones who feel like their hair is constantly dirty or greasy. This is a great time to train your hair by skipping a wash here and there. You’ve got nowhere to go and nobody to see so you might as well give it a shot if you struggle with greasy hair.
Don’t Colour Your Hair
Yes, it seems like fun but it won’t be fun when you finally see your stylist again and they tell you there’s no quick fix. There’s a reason why you go to a professional to dye your hair. And unfortunately, some people are learning that lesson the hard way. When hairdressers are allowed to reopen, remember that many of them will be booked solid through the end of the year and you might not be able to “undo” your quarantine mistakes so easily.
“If I’m not colouring my hair, you should not be colouring your hair,” Colacci says. “It’s a tough thing to look in the mirror and see greys and roots but it’s also a very natural thing.” Her expert opinion? Use this time to accept who you are and be OK with it.
Apply SPF To Your Hair
It exists. I promise. A little spray in the morning can really help protect your hair against the sun. You spend a lot of money colouring it and getting it done, but you have to take care of it year-round, too. Colacci suggests misting some Su Milk from Davines in your hair before heading outside to give you a little UV protection. It’s lightweight, you don’t have to wash it out right away, and there’s a travel size that’s perfect to keep in your bag all summer long.
Call Your Stylist
Reach out to your hair stylist and ask questions. They’re itching to get back to their studios just as much as you’re itching to get back in their chairs but until then, they might have some extra time on their hands. Colacci is making herself available to clients via DM, FaceTime and emails to help people develop hair care routines and answer their questions. “I will sit there and watch you blow dry your hair,” she says. Take advantage of this time.
(Story by Contributing Editor, Jordana Colomby)