If I had a coin for every time a female friend tells me, "I brought in a photo and still had the worst haircut/dye ever!" I would've rebuilt the Eiffel Tower.
At Kinky Curly Straight in Adelaide, Australia, Uros Mikic, winner of the Salon Director/Manger of the Year at the Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA), doesn't want you to walk away in disagreement.
And, he insists, part of having a happy salon visit is maintaing your hair during the current Aussie winter. For those of you in the northern hemisphere, his advice also applies to blistering heat...
1. Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner
"In winter, we usually forget about our hair and spend most of our time indoors with the heater on. This wreaks havoc on our hair and can cause a dry scalp, dehydrated hair and split ends. The best piece of advice I can give is to use a shampoo and conditioner combo that keeps the scalp and hair hydrated. At KCS, we recommend Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me."
2. Visit your stylist for a trim
"This rule applies all year round. Even for those who are growing their hair, I recommend regular haircuts or trims. By avoiding haircuts, you will develop split ends, and your hair will break off faster than it grows. This means it well end up feeling like it isn't growing at all."
3. Discover the wonders of dry shampoo
"One of the products I love is dry shampoo, and it has really made a comeback in recent years. Dry shampoo can provide your hair with a quick fix - it cleans the scalp and removes any excess oils. It is perfect for when you are running late for that evening event or you haven't had time to wash your hair. My preference is Kevin Murphy Fresh Hair but there are lot of great products around."
4. Always match your products with your hair's needs
"A lot of people struggle with their hair throughout winter and throughout the entire year because they use products that are wrong for their hair's needs. It is important not to over-moisturize your hair. If you have thin or weak hair, avoid heavy shampoos and conditioners that will weigh your hair down and make it look limp and dull. If you are ever unsure about what brand or range of products are right for, speak to your stylist in person about it."
5. Be bold with your colour changes
"Winter is a popular time for colour changes. Many people want to experiment with their hair and during winter: they like to try warmer shades like vibrant reds and deep, rich browns. Don't be afraid to change things up. If you are worried about undergoing a dramatic change, you can always try a semi-permanent colour which will wash out after ten washes. This will give you a good idea if the tone suits you. Please remember to avoid packet hair-dyes from the supermarket though!"
Are you a Brit or American in Australia?
Ring up Uros for an appointment:
123a Magill Road, Stepney 5069
Phone: 08 8363 5003