Grow Gorgeous Blog

Home hair tips while you’re on the hairdresser waiting list

Discover at-home hair tips for hair conditioning, hair breakage and hair blow-drying.

Woman with blonde highlights after blow-dry and curled in salon

@elliemareehair

Here at Grow Gorgeous, we know salon trips have been hard to come by this year, and we all love that just-out-the-hairdressers hair feeling.

That’s why here at GG we are discussing the all-important conditioner, and offering hair tips for blow-drying hair. Read below to get the at-home look of a professional hair stylist.

How can I condition my hair at home? 

For optimum hair health, a conditioner is simply a must-have in your haircare routine. There are many concerns that it can cause hair to be greasy and heavy. However, research suggests that not only does it make hair soft and more manageable, but it also protects against damage to the hair shaft.

With many types of conditioners out there, it can become overwhelming trying to find the perfect one for your hair type and hair needs. When choosing the perfect conditioner, simply look at what your hair is currently craving.

 

The Post-shampoo Hydrator

Shampooing replenishes hair by removing dirt and dead skin cells from scalps. It is recommended by stylists to use sulphate free shampoos, to reduce stripping hair of natural oils. Conditioners are the next step in your routine to achieve moisture –charged hydration, and we recommend leaving it on for 2 minutes.

For thin hair craving a lightweight conditioner: pH-Balanced Conditioner is fortified with shea butter, which is found to increase shine and reduce frizz.

For dry locks craving hyperhydration: Intense Thickening Conditioner harnesses the power of Hyaluronic Acid, a magnet for moisture to deliver smoother strands.

 

The Deep Conditioner

Many people believe that only thick hair needs deep conditioning. which is due to the heaviness of the creams. However, many mask treatments available provide nutrient-dense hydration, without weighing hair down.

How do you treat hair breakage at home? By adding in a weekly hair mask to your routine. All hair types benefit from using a nourishing conditioning treatment as strands may suffer hair breakage, resulting in loss of elasticity.

For locks that are over-processed and suffering from heat damage: Repair Strengthening Hair & Scalp Mask instantly deposit minerals deep into the hair shaft, while Niacinamide penetrates the surface layers of the scalp.

There are many causes for hair breakage:

  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Heat Damage
  • Over-washing,
  • Dryness
  • Improper Towel Drying
  • Incorrect Brushing/ Combing
  • Lack of Haircuts
  • Health Conditions

For strands that snap easily and are visibly thinning: Intense Thickening Hair & Scalp Mask will deliver transformative results. A high-performance formula packed with Caffeine, Hyaluronic Acid and Shea butter.

If you’re looking to simply maintain glossy healthy hair: Balance Shine-Enhancing Overnight Mask is the perfect addition.

Woman sitting at home smiling with thick curls

@niathelight

The Leave-in Conditioner

Leave-in conditioners are used after you have washed your hair, to infuse strands with extra moisture without the need to rinse them out.

No matter your hair type, you can benefit from using leave-in conditioning treatments:

  1. Heat Styled Hair should look for leave-ins that contain heat protectant capabilities.
  2. Colour-Treated Hair should look for leave-ins that are formulated to keep hair colour vibrant.
  3. Fine Hair should look for leave-ins that provide lightweight moisture and volume.
  4. Curly Hair should look for creamy leave-ins that contain natural oils to infuse curls.

If you’re looking to embrace your natural coil, curl or wave: our hydrating Curl Defining Leave-in Butter delivers weightless Cocoa Butter conditioning. A butter formulated to give styling hold and definition, brimming with Wheat Extract and Camellia Oil to infuse curls and reduce frizz.

How can I blow dry my long hair at home? 

As discussed earlier, choosing the right conditioning products will set the foundations of healthy locks and scalp. Adding small additions to your haircare routine will create the perfect base for achieving salon-worthy hair at home. When doing a blow-out, maintaining hair health is important as it can cause heat damage.

 

Straight Hair

Long red haired woman holding up the Grow Gorgeous heat protectant leave-in oil

Follow these steps to blow dry straight hair:

  1. Wash hair with a gentle sulphate free shampoo.
  2. Use a conditioning treatment.
  3. With towel dry hair, apply a heat protectant. We recommend using the Defence Anti-pollution Leave-in Spray before blow-drying. For a more intense treatment, apply the Repair Heat Protection Leave-in Oil to ends to restore shine.
  4. Use a hairdryer with at least 1,800 watts with multiple heat settings.
  5. The nozzle is required to control the flow of air.
  6. Gently brush the hair from ends to roots to remove knots.
  7. Blow hair all over until 80% dry on medium heat.
  8. Start sectioning hair with hair clips.
  9. Point nozzle downward and begin drying with a round brush on a higher heat, 15cm away from hair and brush.
  10. Pay attention to your roots and blow dry up to add volume. At GG we recommend not going over completely dry hair as this can cause breakage and dryness.
  11. To make a blow-dry last longer, research suggests sleeping in a sleep cap.

 

Curly Hair

Woman with curly hair holding up the Grow Gorgeous Growth Serum

Follow these steps to blow dry curly hair:

  1. Wash hair with a curl friendly shampoo, conditioner or co-wash. The Curl Defining Cleansing Conditioner is perfect for a lightweight co-wash.
  2. Using a microfibre towel to reduce frizz, squish out excess water.
  3. For curls that need extra TLC, we recommend the daily Hair Growth Serum Original to improve curl health.
  4. For layering hair products, a conditioner would go before a gel. The Curl Defining Leave-in Butter offers both hold and moisture, for soft bouncy curls. Rake through and squish.
  5. Using a hairdryer, attach the diffuser attachment.
  6. On a low-speed setting, apply low-medium heat starting at the roots 20 cm away.
  7. With hair upside down, start diffusing the ends of hair.
  8. If a gel was used, scrunch out the crunch when hair is 100% dry.
  9. To make curls last longer, research suggests sleeping in a sleep cap.

 

 



Rosalind Roberts

Rosalind Roberts

Writer and expert