Revive Dull Hair July 31, 2017 16:10


From heat styling and colouring to the dulling effects of product build-up, your hair goes through a lot. Here we explain how to resuscitate lacklustre locks.

Shine On

One of the biggest causes of dull hair is the build-up of product residue, particularly from styling products like oil, mousse, hairspray and dry shampoo. 

Fortunately, this residue can be removed easily by using a clarifying shampoo once a fortnight to thoroughly cleanse hair.

Clarifying shampoos contain fewer conditioning agents than regular shampoos and more surfactants (cleaning agents) to remove the dull film that some products can leave.

New Clean Maniac Haircare featuring a micellar shampoo leaves your hair with fresh-from-the-shower clean all day. The sulfate and silicone-free formulas deeply cleanse and lightly moisturize hair for a bouncy everyday finish. Easy, efficient and gentle for all hair types.

Once these deposits have been eliminated, you can work on restoring shine with hair oils and moisture-boosting products. But remember, these must be used in small doses, so they don’t weigh hair down. As a rule, finishing products should only be applied to the ends of hair. Shine sprays can be used on dry tresses for those who need fast results. They work by giving hair a fine coating that reflects light off each individual strand, leaving you with lustrous shine.

Exfoliating is not just for your skin! Polish away dull hair with a pre-shampoo gloss scrub, perfect to smooth and detangle before shampooing.

TRY: Redken's Clean Maniac or Glow Dry Gloss Scrub

TOP TIP: Twice a year come into the salon for a Detox Treatment. We can analyse your hair and then apply a clarifier under a steam mist to ensure thorough penetration. Follow this up with a Fabulous Pro Temptress Shine Treatment and you will be amazed

Top Treatments

All that colouring, blow-drying, straightening and brushing, can weaken our hair. It is important, therefore, to treat it to some regular TLC to help prevent breakages. 

At-home masks are great at rebuilding hair’s strength, manageability and shine, as well as reversing signs of damage, such as split ends. Apply a conditioning mask once a week to towel-dried hair, clip it up and wrap in a warm towel. This helps open the hair follicle, allowing the product to penetrate deeper.

However, in-salon treatments can be tailored to your specific hair needs for longer-lasting results. We offer a wide range of treatments to heal and repair

TRY: The new BOND-CURE in-salon treatment from Redken, a complete restoration service 

Damage Control

It may sound obvious, but a regular trim is the simplest way to get your hair looking and feeling healthy again – especially if it’s long. 

Your stylist can assess the condition of your hair and advise on how much needs to be chopped in order for it to look its best.

If you regularly style with heated appliances, ensure you use products that protect hair from high temperatures. Nothing dulls the hair and fades your colour more than heat. Imagine you put your hair in a pot of boiling water once or twice a week what it would look like...well if you are blow waving or using heat styling tools this is the hair styling equivalent. Most heat appliances are somewhere between 100-200 degrees  so without protection your hair will take a hammering

These should be applied in sections, not just on the top layers of hair, for optimum defence against damage.

TRY: Pillow Proof Heat Primer or Heat Design Thermal Gelee

Colour Save

If you colour your hair regularly, it’s important to maintain condition so the results last longer. Use a shampoo and conditioner with colour-protecting ingredients tailored to your shade, and avoid styling products (like mousse and gel) with alcohol listed in the top five ingredients, as these will dry your hair out pronto when used in conjunction with heated appliances like hairdryers, curling wands or straighteners. 

Shampooing too frequently can also cause colour to fade, however, so aim to wash your hair every other day, or longer if possible.

The new Cleansing Conditioners that have recently hit the market (like Redken Genius Wash) ) mean you can treat and cleanse in between shampooing, a godsend for fragile or fade prone hair

On days in between washes, dry shampoo like Pillow Proof Two-Day Extended is a godsend.

Anyone who lightens their hair (whether you are blonde, brunette or a redhead) with highlights or balayage can suffer the brassy effects of the sun’s rays – even in winter. To prevent yellowing, use colour-balancing products to tone hair between colour appointments. Using a special shampoo or conditioner once a week should solve the problem easily.

TOP TIP: Make coloured hair easier to care for by only dyeing two shades lighter or darker than your natural shade.