Advice From A Professional: How To Heal Damaged Hair

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From dealing with the aftermath of cheap box-dyes to uneven at-home haircuts, country hairdresser Rose Cain, reveals how you can reverse the damage of your crazy iso-hair decisions. 

With the boredom of being stuck at home during lockdown, people were driven to make crazy hair decisions.

Their thought-process was that if they ended up looking terrible, it didn’t matter because no one was going to see anyway.

Well, it comes as no surprise that they are desperately looking for quick-fixes to their self-induced hair nightmares now that restrictions are starting to lift.  

Rose Cain has been in the hairdressing industry for well over a decade, and working in Orange, she has seen it all.

Her journey started in Year 10 where she helped out at her local salon on the weekends and discovered a passion for hairdressing.

As a now established hairdresser she has opened up her own business in Orange called Tangled Hair and Beauty Salon.

Rose spoke to Bondi Beauty to dish out her best-kept industry secrets for healing damaged iso-hair. 

What types of hair disasters have your clients come to you with since Covid-19?

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“We have come across a lot of home bleaching- resulting in very uneven patchy yellow/orange blondes.

We had a few clients that were blonde, but chose to colour their hair darker to match their regrowth in fear that salons would never re-open.

A few went a step further and tried toning and colouring their hair bright colours. Some even went for pastel colours as well.

A few clients that were game enough to grab the scissors, trimmed bits of their hair that they were over looking at.

We also had a lot of bad men’s cuts after their partners decided it would be easy enough to take matters into their own hands.”

What is the safest way to heal hair that has been bleached or coloured?

Dua Lipa sporting red hair in lockdown
Dua Lipa sporting red hair in lockdown.

“The safest way to heal hair that has been bleached is by using products that are highly nourishing, such as the Eskperience hydrating range from Revlon Professional. This range has a cleanser, conditioner, mask, hydrating spray and leave-in serum.

I would recommend using the shampoo and conditioner each time you wash and have the mask to apply instead of conditioner once a week, leaving it in for 5-10 minutes.

Then to continue to heal your hair in between washes, use either the leave-in oil or leave-in hydrating spray, both are amazing. Applying this to the hair, morning and night will certainly feed life back into your hair.”

What is the ideal haircare routine for those who have damaged their hair from using too much heat?

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“It is vital to have a really good heat protector that you can apply to your hair before using a straightener or blow-dryer.

UniqOne is an amazing leave in heat protector, which is great when applied to wet hair and blow-dried in. This product has 10 benefits in one product, so you know your hair is being looked after when using it.

Another salon secret that you can easily copy at home is to heat up a wet towel in the microwave, then wrap your hair with it once you apply any type of hydrating hair mask.

This will allow the mask to soak further into your hair so you can get the most out of your treatment.

Another piece of advice is to try not to over wash your hair if your hair is damaged. It is recommended that you only wash it once or twice a week.”

How should those with bangs, fringes and layers maintain their hair at-home?

Hailey Bieber wears a stylish front fringe and choppy layers.
Hailey Bieber wears a stylish front fringe with choppy layers.

“In terms of trimming at home, I would strongly advise not to do it, to prevent disappointment or disaster!

Otherwise there are always options to try styling your hair differently to hide the things you don’t like.”

Rose’s Picks

Here are Rose’s top three miracle products to maintain those gorgeous locks:

Eksperience Hydro Nutritive Spray

The MAGN+T Mask

Blonderful Take Home Treatment

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