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New Year Hair Resolutions
For me, Autumn/Winter hair is always so exciting - I love the high-octane glamour, creativity and beautiful styling that always graces the festive season. But with catwalk curls and chic up-do's come the mass amounts of back-combing, crimping, curling and general excessive styling. Team this with harsh weather conditions and central heating and you have the perfect cocktail for unmanageable, parched and frizzy hair that looks as dull as dishwater.
So with the festive season well and truly behind us, now is the time to give your locks that much needed TLC. Start as you mean to go on and make 2012 the year of fabulously, gorgeous and healthy hair!
Begin by investing in a simple yet effective hair care regime, tailored to your hair type and needs. Herbal Essences have a great selection of products that are perfect for mixing and matching. If your hair is feeling super dry and lacklustre after the winter period, try washing with Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner and treating with Dazzling Shine Mask once a week. For those with frizzy locks that have lost their colour, the Ignite My Colour range is perfect for revitalising dull hair while the Beautiful Ends Leave In Cream is great for taming wild, frizzy ends.
Once you have your at-home regime sorted, book into your salon for professional conditioning and glossing treatments that will protect colour, soften, condition and enhance shine. At Lockonego, we offer an extensive range of conditioning treatments to suit all hair types – the Sebastian Texture Tandem (£26, www.Lockonego.com) is always popular at the beginning of the year as it is completely personalised and helps to create a voluminous and silky smooth finish.
The New Year is also a great time to update your style. Take the opportunity to chat with your stylist to go over some of the looks and styles you are interested in. But remember, it's not always about going for a completely different look - sometimes the smallest changes can be really transformational and a good stylist will be able to see the best qualities of your hair and enhance them.
Colour is a really easy and quick way to make a change and revitalise your style. Paul Bingham, Lockonego's head colour technician, has perfected a new colour technique called Clever Colour which has been incredibly popular. It works with almost every hair colour and length for a natural, grown-out and 'beachy' effect. It takes only 85 minutes, so is the perfect colouring option for anyone who wants to boost their colour in a hurry.
Be sure to maintain the freshness and vitality of your colour by booking in for a colour and gloss treatment once a fortnight. Paul always recommends the Wella Perfection Colour Rinse (£26, www.Lockonego.com) for revitalising faded colour, as it is a temporary colour rinse for amazing shine and a touch of tone.