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Taking care of your hair can be easier said than done. As mane man extraordinaire, Michael Charalambous pointed out previously, brushes are weaker than they were back in the day and not many can do the job. This results in hairdressers and clients relying on heat styling tools such as straighteners to get sleek, glossy hair. These devices can dry out your hair.
Michael advocates styling your hair as little as possible. Like with most things, the mantra is “everything in moderation”. A good cut is key and you will be hard-pressed to get a better cut than his.
When you blow-dry your hair the result will depend on how well you work that brush. It is possible to create more frizz with a brush than without it, especially if you do not use it correctly.
|Hair styled by Michael Charalambous|
To achieve smooth, shiny hair Michael recommends using a round ceramic brush. “You should work with sections that are about 1.5 inches (approximately 4 cm). Pull it through the section as you move the dryer in the same direction keeping the nozzle directed on to the brush. You should create tension by keeping the hair taut,” he says.
Using your fingers as a comb/brush will ensure you do the least damage to your hair as possible. As I can never get my hair to look like Michael does it (nor can most hairdressers, for that matter), I find this method gives me the best results.
Take a section, working from the nape of the neck, upwards and hold it taut so you get tension. As before keep the nozzle of the dryer pointing downwards. While the hair is still warm, I smooth it down with my hands. If need be I go over it with a round brush. I ensure that the hair is slightly damp before use.
If you are out and your hair gets a bit frizzy or slightly static, tame it with your hands. Blow into them and gently slide your hand over the infected area. This trick should help smooth it.
When it comes to styling, less is more. Your hair will thank you.
By Daralyn Danns
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