Hairdresser’s tips for managing hair and hiding split ends until salons reopen

With pandemic restrictions still in place, salons are yet to open back up and many of us have been struggling with our unruly hair as a result.

Hairdressers are set to reopen from April 12 in England, but until then you might be left feeling conscious of split ends and unsure how to make your hair look as good as possible.

Thankfully an expert has shared some top tips to help you manage your hair until you can go and get it cut once again.

Ricky Walters, director of SALON64 in London, has shared some top tips for hair care over the coming weeks – including how to conceal damaged ends and how to give your hair some much-needed TLC.

He said: “The overall condition of your hair is vital to making any style look its best. While salons remain closed across the country there is plenty we can all be getting on with at home to keep our hair its healthiest.

“More often than not, split ends are caused by heat damage, so hide those curling irons and straighteners!

“Prevention is usually better than a cure. The more we add heat to already split ends the more prominent and visible those damaged ends will become. Reducing the heat used on your hair is the easiest and most effective way to recover tired ends.

“To try and conceal and hide the ends look into air-drying your hair or using a slower less intense speed on your hairdryer. Split ends show up much more clearly on straight hair. If you have naturally curly hair stop torturing the curls with your hot tools and scrunch dry with product.”

The expert went on to share some advice for washing hair and giving it a bit of love.

He recommends using a scalp scrub, saying: “Give your hair a spa day! So many people spend time looking after their face and skin with a lengthy routine and ritual, however people’s hair is often overlooked. Much like an exfoliant for the face, give your scalp some TLC with a scalp scrub. My favourite is R&CO Crown Scalp Scrub.

“This helps remove any product build-up or dry skin. Follow this with a lovely moisturising, hydrating shampoo to add some much-needed love back into your hair.

“Lastly, after towel drying as to not dilute the product, smother the hair in a hydrating mask. With plenty to choose from on the market my personal favourite tends to be R&CO Atlantis range. I recommend repeating this procedure every other week.”

As well as this, Gareth William, a senior stylist at SALON64, has shared his step-by-step guide for washing hair – and it involves shampooing twice.

He said: “Hair washing is something we all take for granted, but who has actually been shown how to wash your hair correctly?

“Following a professional routine, you will be using your products in a more cost-effective way, save time and money and ultimately improving the quality of your hair.”

Here’s a look at his step-by-step guide:

  • Before washing, thoroughly brush your hair, taking your brush through the areas underneath your hair where friction can occur from scarves and coats.
  • Thoroughly wet the hair – soaking the hair will help the product evenly spread. Water temperature should not be too hot or too cold, but a tepid temperate to prevent activation of the sebaceous glands.
  • Start soaking the hair around the hairline, going from one side to side. Then work into the crown area eventually going down the hair.
  • Get rid of any excess moisture before shampooing, as this will prevent the shampoo from becoming diluted.
  • Time to shampoo – use a small amount of product and work this through your hands before running through your hair. Start with the hairline first before taking your hair into a ponytail and running the shampoo through this.
  • Use a technique called “rotary” – using tips of fingers and thumbs, start at hairline and work the product down to the top of the ears and behind, going back up and then repeating the motion three times. Use the same technique in the centre of the hair and work to the crown (repeating three times), and the same to in the main hair area up, eventually using the wider parts of your hands.
  • You will not see much lather from the shampoo, but this is okay – the first shampoo removes excess dirt, pollution and product build-up.
  • Add a little more water and start the shampooing process again and remove excessive product.
  • Particular areas to focus on are behind the ears and neck as these areas are often missed.
  • Once shampooed, dry off the hair and then condition – use a small amount of conditioner and work it into the hands, focusing on the mid-length to end of the hair first. Bring your hair into a ponytail and work the product in.
  • Once applied, bring your hair into a ponytail, and brush your hair down gently to allow your conditioner to work through the hair and for all the active ingredients to really soak in.
  • Leave your conditioner in the hair for a few minutes so it receives all its benefits before rinsing.
  • When drying hair, use a towel that is not too old and is still quite soft and wrap it around your hair gently. Firmly press onto the towel so it can soak up all moisture from the hair.
  • Do not rub your hair! This will damage the cuticles and it will cause more friction and damage to the hair.
  • Finish off by brushing the hair gently down!”