The big guide to hair care: Your FAQs answered
Get the lowdown on your frequently asked hair questions from Garnier, including how often you should wash your hair, the best home hair dyes and right hair treatments for you. Find out everything you need to know about home hair care with our comprehensive guide.
How can I dye my hair at home?
What’s the best way to get rid of grey hair?
Interested to know how to get rid of grey hair? Going grey is a natural process, but if you like your hair to have colour, there are plenty of different home remedies that you can try. Learn how to dye hair at home with Nutrisse that covers up to 100% of grey hairs.
How to manage a dry scalp?
How do I prevent split ends?
What are the best home remedies for dry hair?
Whether your scalp isn’t producing enough natural oils or you’re overdoing it with heat, perms and relaxers, it’s relatively easy to damage your hair cuticles and end up with dull or dry hair. Thankfully, there are plenty of home remedies for dry hair. Hair oils can be the perfect solution. Garnier has a wide selection of hair oils for dry hair that you may want to explore.
Garnier’s Ultimate Blends range includes products that can help you deal with all of the above hair treatment concerns. Check out the Ultimate Blends range right here.
The Perfect Haircare Routine
Wouldn't it be great if you never had to wash your hair again? Apologies if you're bald because you know this already, but imagine if you could just walk in the shower, apply a bit of body wash and walk out. Done. No messing around; no precarious balancing of shampoos and conditioners; no having to get out of the shower because you've left the conditioner on the side of the bath or your other half has taken it to the gym; no confusion over which product is which; no lingering thought that you might not have completely rinsed out all the conditioner.
But life's not like that. Have hair, must wash. Yes, you hear talk of pioneering friends or celebrities who have given up shampooing altogether and entered a Zen-like existence of perfectly balanced hair that always looks great, but, honestly, are you the sort of person who would do that? For a start, would you risk it? What if you were the one person for whom the ‘no-shampoo routine’ goes horribly wrong and everywhere you went people started sidling away from you or staring at you like some eccentric fool?
Even if it were possible to reach a state of self-cleaning hair nirvana, could you survive the transitional period – the weeks, possibly months of uncertainty, the grease and the general sense of "Eww!"
No? No, I thought not. Because you care about your hair. It matters that you look groomed, clean, maybe even a little glamorous. And that means a life of serious hair care, as opposed to casual indifference or wilful negligence.
But how often should you wash your hair? Every day? Twice a day? Once a fortnight? Only on date nights? And what constitutes the best routine? Is it possible that the way we wash our hair, or the way we apply products, is having a detrimental effect on our tresses?
First things first: How often should you wash your hair?
What's the optimum hair-washing frequency? Annoyingly, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It all comes down to hair type, the kind of life you lead and personal preference.
Lifestyle is significant. If you're a gym bunny, training for a triathlon or live in an urban area with high levels of pollution, you're going to need to wash your hair more frequently than if you live like a nun on a remote Scottish isle. All hair attracts dust, particulates emitted by traffic, chlorine from pools and the general detritus of modern life that is pretty much invisible to the naked eye. Leave it in your hair and it will build up, smell and detract from that ideal glossy shine. It might even cause damage.
But then you knew that. What may surprise you is that most experts – and we say most because opinions vary – advise us to avoid washing our hair every day if we want to avoid dry hair, for two reasons: 1) the cleaning agents (the shampoos) tend to strip the hair of its natural oils, and 2) washed hair is usually dried with heat, another cause of dehydration.
What about hair type?
Does method matter?
How long before I rinse?
Do I need conditioner?
When would I use a hair oil or serum?
What causes static hair?
Those of us plagued with static hair problems know that it happens most often in winter. This is because your hair is dried out by the low temperatures and dry air, stimulating static electricity build up that expresses itself as mad professor hair like something out of an 80s film.
So, the most obvious solution is to keep your hair nourished and hydrated. This can be achieved in a number of ways. Firstly, by using a top-quality conditioner or a solid coconut oil hair treatment. This means concentrating on your tips and lengths (not the scalp), and leaving it to work for a good couple of minutes before rinsing.
Of course, an even better idea is leave-in hair oil, like these from the Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Oil range. This will not only ensure you have glossy hair but will act as a barrier to the cold and dirt, keeping your hair healthy looking too!
Another major cause of static hair is too much brushing, rubbing, tugging...you get the idea. All that fiddling causes static build up, so opt for a wide-toothed comb instead, stop brushing your hair 100 times a day like you're in a '50s ad campaign, and be gentle when you dry it. A lot of hair damage can be avoided simply by patting, rather than towelling your hair dry when it's wet.
Finally, there are some great home remedies for shiny hair out there that can guarantee to get a handle on static, flyaway hair. As we’ve mentioned before, try a good coconut oil hair treatment (or almond oil) when you notice your hair is dry. By rubbing just a small amount onto your hands then running your fingers through the tips and length, you can achieve great.
Tired of dry and uncontrollable hair? We recommend using coconut oil to condition your hair when it's frizzy or damaged. There is no doubt that frizzy hair can be challenging. However, thanks to a set of simple techniques, effective hair products and natural remedies, a treatment for frizzy hair has never been easier.
The first essential ‘hair-care’ tip for frizzy hair is to keep an eye on the ingredients in your products. Opt for products that contain nourishing ingredients, such as coconut oil and cocoa butter. You need to ensure that your conditioner is well adapted to frizz.
Which frizzy hair products do I need?
When your hair is dry, a sleek mousse or anti-frizz hair oil will help to keep your hair frizz-free throughout the day. Leave-in serums are also highly effective in keeping your hair smooth and soft when you're out and about.
A key trick for frizzy hair treatment is to avoid leaving your hair to dry in a towel. You'll find that a diffuser is much more effective. Wash your hair at night for a worry-free tomorrow. This may sound like a hassle, but caring for your hair in a hurry before work won't give it the time it needs to dry and be styled effectively.
Go easy on the hairdryer during the summer, as using a high heat setting will create too much volume when combined with the heat and humidity. A wet-look hairspray or gel will help to keep your frizzy hair tame when you're out and about in hot weather too.
Explore Garnier’s full range of hair care products and treatments for your best at-home tresses!