Alarna Taylor shares her tips for healthy and glossy hair
If you want to revive your hair and achieve glossy, luscious locks, we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t need to be complicated. A combination of the right products and hair care routine is all you need to give your ‘do some extra ‘oomph’! But don’t just take it from us – hear it from an expert!
Meet qualified Hairdresser and Beauty Therapist Alarna Taylor. Since moving to Australia, Alarna has completed Makeup Master Classes with some of the best in the industry, including Mia Connor, Rae Morris and Danessa Myricks. She has also worked with an impressive range of clients and models such as Rachael Finch, Emma Isaacs, Belle Lucia and Isabelle Mathers – just to name a few! We reached out to Alarna to ask her about the causes of damaged, unhealthy hair and how you can save yours.
Why does my hair look dull and unnourished?
There are a number of reasons that your hair doesn’t quite match the glossy locks on a pantene ad, and you may be your own worst enemy. If you buy your hair products from the supermarket, this may well be contributing to the appearance and health of your hair. “They are made up of dishwashing agents, then fragranced to smell nice and put in nice packaging which you are actually paying for – not the actual product itself,” Alarna says. “All these do is strip back your hair’s PH balance, which in turn takes off all the dirt and products on the hair as well as all the nourishing natural oils we need to keep on there. You may as well use dishwashing liquid that you wash your dishes with.”
However, some salons are now stocking their shampoos and hair products in supermarkets – which of course is totally fine! Just be weary if you’re looking to save a few dollars and are considering some of the cheaper options – you really do get what you pay for.
Another reason that your hair may be lacking a bit of life may be from not using heat protectants before styling. “If you don’t [use heat protectant], all you will be doing daily is burning your hair. It won’t take long until your hair is dry, dull and brittle and eventually just snaps off.”
If you’re guilty of the above, don’t stress! We asked Alarna for her top five tips for achieving and maintaining silky, shiny, healthy hair.
#1 Using the right products
Using the right products for your particular hair type is crucial. Products will work differently for different people, so don’t waste your time and money on products that aren’t even suited to your hair. If you aren’t sure what you need, always go into a salon. They will be happy to assess your hair and advise you on exactly what you need, and will likely be able to recommend some products. This does take a bit of extra effort, but it will be worth it – and save you money in the long run.
- Structure Complex Bond by Nak Hair: for smooth, shiny, protected hair.
- Aroma Oil by Aromas: to strengthen, deep condition, and boost shine.
#2 Never brush wet hair
The hair is extremely delicate when wet, so brushing it will cause breakage and split ends. Instead, use a wide tooth comb after you apply conditioner and start from the ends, working your way upwards towards your roots. This is a much more gentle and effective way to detangle your hair and minimise damage.
#3 Use heat protectants
We discussed the importance of this step earlier, but this is not only important when your heat styling. “If you work in the sun, it’s also important to use a UV heat protectant to prevent your hair getting burnt by the sun,” Alarna says.
- Thermal Shield by Nak Hair: heat protectant and humidity resistant.
#4 Apply hair masks regularly
Hair masks aren’t just a one-off pamper for when you feel like having an at-home spa day. They are actually a fantastic way to rehydrate your hair and get that boost of shine that you’re looking for. Invest in a high-quality conditioning mask to apply once or twice a week.
#5 Don’t wash your hair too much
One of the worst feelings is going through your day knowing that your hair is dirty, so it feels natural to wash it straight away.
However, washing your hair too much can actually do more harm than good. Your skin, including your scalp, is covered in good bacteria.
Over-washing can cause an imbalance in your microbiome (the collection of good bacteria), potentially causing scalp problems. Over-washing your hair can also make it more oily. Seems unfair, right? Your body naturally produces nourishing oils that are actually good for your hair, and if you strip too much of these away, then your body will overcompensate and produce more oil. Try sticking to washing your hair just a few days a week and see if you notice a difference. Your hair will thank you for it, and you’ll cut about 30 minutes out of your daily morning routine!
To check out Alarna’s incredible work and make a booking, follow her Instagram @alarnataylor_hair_mua.