London based hairdresser Paul Windle has a rich hair history that spans over 35 years. After starting his career as a barber, he later became a teacher and director of the renowned Vidal Sassoon barber and hairdressing schools and opened his salon in 1988. In tandem, he built two successful hair care brands in the Kingdom -Uni, before creating his own hair care brand. and the styling range, Windle Lab, designed to nourish the hair and scalp to strengthen and revitalize it.
With all that know-how, Windle shares her top tips for full, healthy-looking hair.
Wash your hair with a mild surfactant
While not washing your hair won’t have a hugely harmful effect, not washing your scalp can create problems in its ecosystem. Failure to thoroughly cleanse the scalp of bacteria can create infections such as folliculitis.
When washing your hair, use a mild surfactant, a strong surfactant will produce too much lather, less lather is a good indicator of a milder surfactant, if you get too much lather, dilute the shampoo with water. At Windle Lab, all our shampoos contain very mild surfactants as well as infused teas, rich in antioxidants.
Washing your hair twice will indeed allow you to use less shampoo, to apply a small amount and not to expect foam from the first shampoo. On the second shampoo, a very small amount of product will give the desired foaming experience. Be sure to give your scalp a good strong scrub with your fingertips in a circular motion for gentle exfoliation.
Revitalize your hair
When applying conditioner, apply it to the last few inches of hair or areas that you see and feel dry. Don’t comb the conditioner from root to tip, it doesn’t need conditioning because your scalp produces a natural oil called sebum.
Brush your hair before bed
Brushing your hair before bed has a cleansing effect on the hair, removing all styling products for a physical cleansing process. Brushing from root to tip will transport your hair’s natural conditioner (sebum) along the hair shaft, be sure to use a soft brush – I would recommend one Denman brush.
Use a leave-in conditioner
At night, I would recommend using a leave-in conditioner. While you sleep, hair rubbing against hair causes chafing and damage, not your pillowcase! However, it can be a positive situation if you apply leave-in conditioner overnight, the friction process, along with the warmth in your bed, helps the product penetrate the hair, i.e. that they act as a conditioning treatment.
Make sure the product you use has a low molecular weight to penetrate the hair strands compared to heavy silicone conditioners that only coat the hair. I love anything with monoi oil, it’s low molecular weight and soaks into the hair to nourish and condition it. You can find monoi oil as a key ingredient in our Windle Lab Invisible Day and Night Spray and Windle Lab Day and Night Cream.
Take responsibility for your hair care
Experiment and observe! Hair is very personal to each individual, try different products and treatments and see what works best for your hair. Observe how your hair looks and feels, try shampooing more or less frequently, and try lightweight leave-in conditioners. I would highly recommend using a leave-in conditioner, applying it only to the dry parts and ends of your hair, the product acts as a hair moisturizer – you wouldn’t wash out a face moisturizer, so why do it with your hair? A leave-in conditioner can protect your hair throughout the day, the Windle Lab Invisible Day & Night Spray contains a UV filter to protect hair against harmful UV damage.
Prepare yourself before your visit to the salon
Before heading to the salon, make sure you prepare and know exactly what you expect from your appointment. Think about how you want your hair to look and feel, think about how to communicate that to the hairstylist, be opinionated, know what you want, and maybe take pictures with you.
Make sure your stylist is listening and spending time with you before you start the appointment to make sure they understand exactly what you want. A good hairdresser will engage in active listening and make suggestions. Do not be shy.
If you want volume, keep the hair dryer on its lowest setting, apply our Windle Lab Thickening Cream towards the roots, tilt your head back and apply gentle heat at a slow pace, moving the dryer around the roots. This will give you plenty of lift with minimal heat damage, in fact a lower setting on the dryer, used at the roots, can give more volume than the dryer at full speed.
Don’t overdo the style
Over-styling hair is a bit like using too much makeup. Make sure the hair tissue is in top shape with good products. Take a look at the high fashion images, the hair generally looks effortless and takes on your natural texture.
Celebrate and enhance your natural beauty. Take care of your hair and when you want a certain look, gently work some product into the hair to create separation. Stay away from blow-drying too much and styling with heat, it’s not good for hair condition.
Cut your hair
The most common feedback I get from clients is that their hair has gone flat. For volume you should get your hair cut frequently, it doesn’t have to be a lot but the weight needs to be removed to encourage volume. Be careful, however, not to cut the layers too short.
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