3 easy steps to perfect wash-and-go hair

Sick of bad hair days? Recreate a salon-quality hair finish at home with these expert washing and styling tips.

Once we walk out of the hairdressing salon, we are left to our own washing and styling devices until the next visit.

While it’s tricky to fully replicate the in-salon experience, heeding these expert tips could drastically improve your DIY end result.

Step 1: How to wash and condition hair properly

Before you even jump in the shower, Kerrie DiMattia, owner of DiMattia & Co Hairdressing, recommends casting a discerning eye over your current products.

“Nothing feels better than a good quality shampoo, conditioner and hair treatment suited to your hair type and condition as a pre-cursor to a great blow dry,” says Kerrie.

When you are ready to shampoo, ensure the hair is drenched in warm – not hot – water.

“I always like to recommend two applications of shampoo to get the hair really clean,” says Kerrie.

“The first shampoo loosens up the oil, sweat and product build-up in the hair and the second carries it out of the hair.”

Hair stylist and educator Paula Hibbard suggests next applying your conditioner from mid-lengths to ends and combing it through with a wide tooth comb to ensure even distribution.

“Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing off thoroughly. As you wait, massage the scalp to promote scalp health and encourage hair growth.”

Step 2: Towel dry your hair

In the experts’ eyes, correct technique is crucial during the towel drying stage.

“Treat the hair gently when it’s wet because it’s at its most fragile state,” cautions Paula.

The goal is to remove as much excess water from the hair is possible – either by gently squeezing with a towel and then wrapping hair in a towel turban, or by allowing it to air dry.

“Don’t rub the hair with the towel as this causes friction and makes the hair fluffy,” says Paula.

Step 3: Blow drying and heat styling

Just as you would apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, it is imperative to apply a heat protectant product before using any heat styling tool.

“Heat protectants guard your hair from potential damage caused by high temperature drying and styling tools,” says Paula.

Next up, Kerrie recommends using your hair dryer on a low setting until the hair is 80 per cent dry.

Then work in sections with your brush and dryer, starting at the back and working towards the front.

“Hold the dryer as close to the brush as possible to control the direction of the hot air,” adds Paula. “Adding a nozzle to your hairdryer also helps.”

Once the entire head is dry you may want to leave your style there – or you can move on to a straightening iron or curling wand.

“A straightener gives you that shiny, smooth finish,” says Paula.

“Or curling irons create glamour waves or beachy looks. Just make sure the hair is completely dry before using a heat styling tool as this helps prevent frizz.”

Written by Sharon Hunt.