Easing our hair out of the pandemic
In the absence of hairdressers, some of us shaved it off in despair, while others embraced the inevitability of visible greys and creeping lengths, doing away with our straighteners and dyes and balayage.
While the very nature of preening and styling our hair can be an immensely important part of feeling ‘ready’ for the day, there is also something quite freeing about a stripped-back beauty approach. During lockdown, searches for the ‘Curly Girl Method’ soared as people tried to recover their GHD-damaged locks, while many of us embraced working from home as a great opportunity to train our hair into less frequent washes. Society frequently conditions older women in particular, to feel as if their hair should be kept short and in a certain style, but as the country begins to slowly prepare for re-opening, many of us will find that we’re actually quite happy to keep up with our new haircare-normal. If you’re looking to ease yourself out of the pandemic without abandoning your low-key ways, here are our top haircare tips.
Embrace the greys
Grey hair will come for us all, and the process of fighting it can often be pretty laborious and expensive. The part that puts many of us off is the transitional process; ease yourself into it by asking for a ‘colour correction’ at the hairdressers instead of a dye, introducing subtle highlights so that the grey has something to blend into. Keep any brassiness at bay with a colour-correcting shampoo, and invest in thickeners; grey hair can naturally be thinner or sparser in terms of growth, so an extra boost of keratin or biotin via supplements (as approved by your doctor) might help to improve the overall look and feel of the hair.
Love your length
Many of us refer to long or ‘grown-out’ hair as if it is a bad thing, but it can be fun to have more to play with when it comes to styling. If your hair has grown long during the pandemic, consider strengthening it rather than cutting it.
Even if just for the summer, a longer hairstyle can be great for shielding your neck from sun damage, braided or elegantly clipped up for more formal occasions. It doesn’t have to be as high-maintenance as you think either; just invest in a good natural-fibre brush, and tie loosely with silk hairbands at night to avoid tangles or elastic damage.