Hair Care Tips for Long Hair

Yots Tips: Our top 5 quick tips for women with long hair

Regular Trims

The longer your hair, the more prone it is to breakage and split ends. Visiting your stylist for a trim every 4 – 6 weeks keeps long hair at optimum health, eliminating split ends and minimizing breakage. Even if you’re growing your hair, keep up with your appointments at the salon. Trimming your hair wont make it grow faster, but it will benefit the overall health and condition of your hair.

Detangle with caution

Avoid brushing your hair while it is wet. Wet hair is vulnerable and susceptible to damage – using a hairbrush can stretch out your hair and cause breakage. Instead, detangle wet hair with a wide tooth comb, from the tips up to the roots. Let your hair dry naturally when possible. Limiting the exposure your hair has to heat-styling tools gives your strands a chance to relax and repair.

Live it

The condition of your hair reflects your overall health. A diet rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E can encourage hair to grow faster by fostering scalp health and blood circulation, ultimately providing shiny, strong long hair. Fill up on nutrient rich foods like walnuts, spinach, blueberries, salmon and sweet potato, and reap the benefits. Exercise can also benefit long hair, as increased blood flow promotes a healthy scalp and strong strands.

Get advice

Ask your stylist which products are best suited for long hair. Make sure you’re using a good quality conditioner to keep your ends frizz-free and shiny. If your hair is looking tired, or stressed, indulge in an oil treatment to give your long locks a boost. We love Kevin.Murphy Young.Again immortelle infused treatment oil; it adds elasticity back to long hair, intensely conditioning ends and infusing hair with shine.

Products 

Avoid using chemical based hair products. Although shampoos containing parabens and sulfates lather better, it is to the detriment of your hair. Prolonged use of chemical products can stress out long hair and weigh it down with excess toxins. Invest in quality, sulfate and paraben free products – you’ll notice the difference!

 

Our Salon Hygiene Policy

At Yots Hair, we pride ourselves on maintaining the highest levels of salon hygiene, to ensure the comfort and safety of our clients. We endeavour to ensure that tools and equipment (e.g. scissors, brushes and combs) are sterilised and thoroughly cleaned of hair between each treatment. Equipment such as towels and foils are stored in dry, sanitary conditions before use, and are not reused on multiple clients. Capes are also cleaned between clients. Our team closely scrutinise the cleanliness of the salon. All surfaces are cleaned daily. We ensure that chairs, basins and the direct floor area are cleaned thoroughly between clients.

Each of our team members undergo salon hygiene standards training, and remain mindful of the importance of maintaining a clean and sanitary salon environment.

 

Wedding Hair Checklist

You’ve set the date, found the venue and finally locked down the perfect dress and shoes – now all thats left are the finishing touches. Wedding hair is an integral part of a brides look and achieving picture perfect hair is a must. That’s where we step in – our expert team of stylists are well-versed in wedding styling and are happy to bend over backwards to accommodate brides. Our Creative Team have shared their top tips for brides, to take the stress out of wedding hair planning.

Plan ahead

  • Make sure that you book your appointments well in advance! Saturday is the busiest day of the week for stylists and appointments always fill up quickly.
  • Our Creative Team recommend discussing your wedding-hair regimen with your stylist at least four months in advance of the wedding. It may take that long to achieve the colour result that you’re dreaming of for the big day, or to repair pre-existing damage and restore lustre and shine to your locks.
  • Talk to your stylist about your hair type and suitable professional at-home treatments to use in-between visits, to keep your hair in top shape.

Trial Appointments 

  • Our Creative Team suggest booking at least two trial appointments with your stylist to perfect your style. These appointments should be one to two months before the wedding. Scheduling trials on the day of your rehearsal dinner or hens night is a great way to get the most out of your trial hair, and to test the longevity of your chosen style.
  • Make sure to bring several photographs of your dream hair to your trial appointment, to avoid miscommunication with your stylist. Pinterest is the perfect place to gather inspiration; we also keep an in-salon style collective for brides to view.
  • Remember to keep realistic – your hair type or condition may mean that certain styles cannot be achieved.
  • Bring any veils or hair accessories to your appointment, as your stylist will have to adjust their technique to incorporate them.

The Small Details 

  • Given that our speciality is beautiful and high-quality hairdressing, the Yots Creative Team focus on solely on the styling aspect of wedding beauty. By making your hair our number one priority, we are able to ensure that your style is absolutely perfect.
  • We are happy to accommodate your wedding party and other attending family members, to create picture-perfect styles all round! And remember, wedding styling isn’t just for the ladies – we love seeing the groom pre-wedding, for pre-wedding haircuts, advice and styling.
  • Keep in touch after the wedding! It means a lot to us to hear feedback from brides and see photographs.

For more information on our wedding styling in Adelaide, click here.

The Blonde Bible

Whether you are a newbie blonde, a seasoned colour aficionado or blessed with naturally light hair, chances are your locks will require extra TLC. Naturally blonde hair is often finer and more fragile than other hair types and vulnerable to damage and dryness. Without appropriate maintenance, women who colour their hair blonde may encounter similar problems.

Going blonde

Without proper upkeep, coloured hair can become brittle, dry and porous, prone to breakage and density issues. Think of your new colour as an investment. By indulging your hair appropriately, using professional products and adhering to proper haircare methods, your blonde colour will look amazing between visits to the salon. Your life as a gorgeous blonde begins now…

Chapter 1. Find a Hairdresser

Ensure that your colourist is experienced with blonde colour and uses quality products. At Yots, each of our colourists have undergone extensive colour training, with a specific focus on blonde colour and maintenance. Additionally, we have researched and sourced colour products of the highest quality, enabling us to produce consistently brilliant results. Inferior colour technique and products (particularly chemist bought dyes) can cause serious damage to hair, often taking over 14 months to repair.

Chapter 2. Stay Realistic

Achieving your ideal blonde shade can take several appointments. Our colourists work closely with clients and often find it necessary to make colour changes gradually. This process minimizes damage and allows our team to achieve the best results possible.

Chapter 3. TLC

Our team will gladly prep new blondes on how to maintain and care for their colour. Using good quality products to supplement your haircare regime is crucial. Whilst products are essential, don’t overuse them. Doing so can weigh down your hair, making it look lifeless and dull.

Chapter 4. Purple Shampoo

Forgive us for being over-dramatic, but word on the street is that Kevin.Murphy’s Blonde.Angel Wash has changed client’s lives. This cult favourite works as a blonde toner, eliminating brassy and yellow tones to leave hair looking cool, clean and fresh. The intense purple formula is paraben and sulphate free, and infused with lavender to gently cleanse hair and restore shine.

Chapter 5. Treat It

Find a deep conditioning treatment and commit to using it weekly. Ask your colourist which treatment will best suit your hair type. As Adelaide stockists (and dedicated advocates) of Kevin.Murphy products, we recommend the new Kevin.Murphy Blonde.Angel Treatment. This conditioning treatment moisturises and softens highlighted, bleached and grey hair, refreshing and repairing brassy tones. Plus, it’s paraben free and enriched with natural extracts to nourish your hair, including brazil nut, sunflower seed, olive oil, lavender flower and jojoba seed.

Chapter 6. Beware Heat

If you are addicted to your ghd or curling iron, prep your hair before heat styling with a thermal heat protectant, to minimize damage to the hair cuticle. Kevin.Murphy’s Damage.Manager is a weightless spray that protects hair from heat at temperatures up to 220ºC. This paraben free styling product also contains contains Allantoin to stimulate hair growth and Arnica root extract, which naturally prevents inflammation and promotes healing. For extra defense, try not to brush your hair while it is wet. This can stretch the hair cuticle and damage your hair.

Chapter 7: Cover Up

As lighter shades of hair contain less melanin than darker colours, blonde hair is more succeptible to sun damage. To protect against UV rays and sun related damage, it is beneficial to cover your hair with a hat or headscarf in extreme heat. Bright sun can also cause blonde colours to fade quickly.

Be careful when swimming in chlorinated water as your hair will absorb chlorine. Chlorine damage will cause condition of your hair to deteriorate and turn blonde tones green. Stick to salt water pools where possible and rinse your hair in the shower before entering the water to minimize absorption of pool water. Once a week use an exfoliating detox shampoo, such as Kevin.Murphy Maxi.Wash, to remove any chlorine particles. However to maintain a great colour, keep blonde coloured hair out of the water where possible or protected under a swimming cap.

Chapter 8: Love your Hairdresser

Visit your hairdresser regularly to trim split ends, maintain your colour and discuss any potential or developing damage. Keeping the lines of communication open allows your hair to look consistently neat and healthy.

For more information, click here to view our blonde colour menu.

 

Healthy Hair starts with your Diet

It’s true that using quality hair care products and styling tools aid in nourishing beautiful, healthy hair – however it is also crucial to foster a healthy base, independent of external haircare. Nourishing your body is an easy way to maintain gorgeous, healthy and manageable hair.

PROTEIN

Eating a diet rich in protein is beneficial for shiny, healthy hair, as more than 90% of your hair is protein. Lean meats, eggs and salmon are great sources of protein – however incorporating plant-based proteins into your diet is just as important. Legumes and beans promote hair growth, as well as beneficially providing vitamin B, iron and zinc. Nuts and seeds are also great protein sources, as well as having other benefits. Brazil nuts are said to be the highest dietary source of selenium, which promotes scalp health. Almonds and walnuts contain zinc, which fight hair loss.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, fighting free radicals which can damage healthy hair and lead to thin, weak strands. Vitamin C protects against hair loss and brittle ends, and has also been said to slow premature greying. Up your intake of blueberries, cherries, papaya, dark green leafy vegetables, melons and pineapple for a vitamin C boost! Fresh herbs are also high in vitamin C. One cup of fresh parsley contains over 130 mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A also fights free radicals and contains antioxidants which strengthen hair and add back moisture. Spices such as paprika and red pepper contain high quantities of vitamin A, as do sweet potatoes and carrots. Dark green leafy vegetables, such as chard, spinach and broccoli are great sources of Vitamin A. Add spinach to your morning fruit smoothie for a vitamin boost – you won’t even notice it’s there! Other sources of vitamin A include dried apricots, rockmelon, peaches and mangoes. As well as promoting hair health, vitamin A is also beneficial for a strong immune system and protection from infection.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is not just for skincare. This vitamin minimizes split ends and softens frizzy hair, aiding blood circulation. Vitamin E has also been said to aid in prevention of heart disease. To increase your intake, snack on raw almonds, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds. Avocado and olive oil are also fantastic sources of Vitamin E and make a delicious addition to any salad.

Calcium

Calcium promotes cell growth and maintenance and aids in the body’s production of essential hormones and enzymes. Biotin is an example of an enzyme which strengthens hair and promotes its growth. Low calcium levels can also trigger hair loss, where the body lacks proper nutrition. Dairy products are great sources of calcium, as are plant-based foods such as broccoli, apricots, sesame seeds and spinach. Vitamin D aids the body’s calcium absorption and is therefore an essential vitamin for maintaining healthy hair. Vitamin D is naturally created by the body when exposed to sunlight, however high quantities are also found in fish, eggs and mushrooms.

Treat your Hair

We believe it’s important to treat ourselves as much as possible. Fortunately, doing so can be beneficial to your hair! For a nourishing treat, try chocolate coated strawberries. Dark chocolate has a high antioxidant content, which promotes hair growth and health. Strawberries contain high amounts of folate, a B vitamin contributing to strong hair and are also a great source of vitamin C.

Hair Health

From there, looking after your hair requires upkeep. We recommend using haircare products free of parabens and sulfates (such as the Kevin.Murphy range) which can leave hair dull and damaged, using protectant products before heat styling and having regular haircuts, to minimize split ends and damage.

– Yots Hair, hairdressers Adelaide