We quizzed a Which? Local-recommended hairdresser for advice about hair types, styling and salon terminology.
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Daily hair care
Brush hair—especially long hair—regularly to keep it tangle-free and distribute natural oils. This promotes healthy growth and shine.
Identify your hair type and wash it accordingly
- Coarse/dry hair often feels brittle. You only need to wash this hair type every second or third day.
- Oily hair feels greasy the day after you wash it. Wash it daily.
- Normal hair is not too greasy the day after washing. Wash it every other day.
Hairspray's good for hold, serum for shine and to maintain fly-away pieces and wax for hold and shine. But don't use too much of these products. Excess can weigh your hair down, reducing its volume or making it greasy.
Use heat protecting gels and sprays before blasting your hair with heat from hair dryers or straighteners.
Every few days, try to give your hair a break from the stress of using hair accessories and styling tools.
Cutting and styling
- Layers reduce weight in thick hair or add movement and body to fine hair. They give long hair shape and short hair texture.
- Point cutting involves using the points of the scissors to help break up blunt lines in a haircut. The finished look can be styled fine or chunky.
- Razoring thins hair and creates texture and softness. Thick or bulky hair might benefit from this.
- Slicing or feathering involves sliding scissors through the hair without closing the blade completely. It leaves hair with a feathery finish.
- Graduation is a type of layering where the hair is cut progressively shorter towards the back.
- Highlights are streaks of colour lighter than your natural shade.
- Lowlights are darker or richer. Both are applied to the hair in foils.
- Permanent colour is mixed with hydrogen peroxide and can lighten your tone by up to three levels. You have to wait for it to grow out.
- Semi-permanent colour lasts up to eight washes. It doesn't lighten hair. It fades gradually with no root re-growth.
- Gloss colour lasts for six washes and creates shine. You can also have translucent glosses that give shine but not colour.
- Panelling involves applying slabs of colour to the hair using foils (not woven as with highlights) for a high-fashion, dramatic finish.