Is it true a cold rinse will make your hair shinier? And do regular trims really help your hair to grow? From the best shampoo on the market to the golden rules for thicker hair, we caught up with Nicola Clarke, Creative Colour Director John Frieda Salons, and Sibi Bolan, Master Colourist at Josh Wood, to ask the burning hair questions you really want an answer to…
Does purple shampoo really work?
“Yes – purple shampoo can work wonders to neutralise yellow tones in blonde hair, but I personally think purple conditioner is even better. The longer you leave it on, the better it will work and unlike many purple shampoos, it won’t dry the hair out.” – Sibi Bolan
Is it really important to use a sulphate-free shampoo?
“Not necessarily. Sulphates are found in the majority of shampoos on the market – they’re effective as they really cleanse the hair. However, because of this, they can strip colour at a faster rate, so if you have highlights, it could be worth seeking out a sulphate-free formula.” – Sibi Bolan
Do any hair growth supplements actually work?
“They can work well, but it’s worth doing your research. I recommend Higher Nature Collaflex, which can be easily mixed with water. Collagen is a key structural protein found throughout the body in the skin as well as in cartilage, joints, bones, ligaments, tendons, hair and nails. However, we tend to lose collagen from around the age of 30 so it’s vital to replenish stores.” – Sibi Bolan
Why is my hair limp and lifeless?
“There are three main reasons why hair can become limp; if you use a shampoo with conditioning agents, use a conditioner that’s too heavy for your hair type or use too many styling products. If you use styling products on your hair, try switching it up and only use them on the mid-sections and ends of hair – you should see an immediate difference.” – Nicola Clarke
What’s the best shampoo and conditioner?
“If you’re looking to splurge, you can’t beat anything from the Ouai range but I also love Oribe and John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease range is great if you’re on a budget.” – Sibi Bolan
“Aussie is without a doubt my favourite high-street brand while Color Wow is my ultimate high-end brand.” – Nicola Clarke
Is dry shampoo bad for the hair?
“If you only use it once in a while then dry shampoo can be a life saver, but using it regularly can clog hair follicles and affect hair growth. Look at the ingredients list when buying a dry shampoo – if it contains talc, avoid at all costs.” – Nicola Clarke
How can you get fuller hair without extensions?
“You can make hair appear fuller with clever colouring – ask your colourist for highlights close to the root or balayage towards the ends of hair. This will break up the hair and makes it look thicker, whereas one flat colour can make thin hair look more obvious. Alternatively, blow-drying hair with a thickening product like Color Wow Carb Cocktail will make hair appear fuller.” – Nicola Clarke
Can extensions look cool?
“Yes – if extensions are used to create fullness rather than length then they can look great. Choose a shade closest to your hair colour and have them cut to suit your hair length.” – Nicola Clarke
Can colour ever be done in a way that won’t damage the hair?
“Absolutely. If you’re in the right hands and your colour is done carefully, there’s no need for it to damage the hair. The golden rule is to never go three shades lighter than your natural colour – any darker or lighter will push it and you risk more damage.” – Sibi Bolan
Is it true a cold rinse makes hair shinier?
“No – this is an old wives’ tale. A cold rinse may temporarily close the cuticles but the effect doesn’t last long. If you’re after shine, you’re better off using a shine-boosting shampoo, conditioner and serum.” – Nicola Clarke
How important is scalp health?
“Scalp health is really important as clogged follicles can impede hair growth. It’s best to use products on your scalp that don’t stay and block the follicles, rather than using a scrub to remove them. Use a shampoo without silicone, conditioning agents or pearlising agents to keep your scalp healthy. Color Wow Color Security Shampoo is the only shampoo not to contain these agents, so give it a try.” – Nicola Clarke
What’s better – hair oil or serum?
“A serum is better as it penetrates the hair shaft, repairing hair from the inside out, without weighing the hair down. However, if your hair is very dry or prone to frizz, it may be worth considering an oil – just be wary that they can weigh the hair down.” – Nicola Clarke
Is it bad to wash your hair too often?
“Yes. Washing hair daily can cause the scalp to over-produce sebum, meaning your hair could get greasier in the long-run. Three times a week is plenty – if you have oily roots, just touch up with a bit of dry shampoo to see you through till your next wash.” – Sibi Bolan
What’s the easiest way of having lighter hair without the upkeep?
“If you want to avoid having to go to the hairdresser every six weeks, try balayage. If you avoid the parting and blend well into your own natural shade, this is a fool-proof way for low-maintenance colour. Adding some balayage around the face is also a great quick-fix – it will lighten up the complexion and can be easily grown out.” – Sibi Bolan
Does cutting your hair really make it grow faster?
“Yes – this is absolutely true. If left, split ends will just keep on splitting so your hair will never get longer. Aim for a trim at least every six to eight weeks.” – Sibi Bolan
What’s the one thing you can do for better hair?
“It may sound obvious but don’t overdo it with heat styling – give your hair a break every now and then and always use a heat protection product. Both can have a massive impact on the condition of your hair.” – Nicola Clarke