Okay, so that’s a lot to remember and, short of having a microscope to hand, a little bit overwhelming but there are other ways that we can ‘read’ our hair to help us deliver the best care to suit our individual needs. The following steps will help you master the art of hair reading.
What you will need for this exercise:
A spare ten minutes
Paper and pencil
Don’t worry we’re not going to ask you to don an artist’s smock and become the next Vincent Van Gogh.
(You can either undertake your haircare voyage bravely alone, or if you are feeling a little apprehensive then grab a friend to help you. Simply stand in front of your willing partner instead of a mirror and undertake the same activities by asking one another questions and making observations on one another's hair.)
Step in front of the mirror and look hard at your hair without prior judgement. What do you see? Think about your hair’s natural state, its shape, natural colour, what processes it has gone through and how thick it is. Once you have assessed these things, ask yourself the following set of questions and answer honestly. What is it that you like best about your hair? And what is it that you would like to achieve through haircare? Perhaps write these things down or simply hold the answers in your mind. Think about the kind of look you want to achieve. Do you want big, glamorous superstar hair? Super sleek locks? Tousled, beachy tresses? Or a low maintenance mane?
Haircare is all about experimentation, so the products you choose and how you use them have a huge impact on the look you are able to create. Other factors to consider are how you like wearing your hair, how often you wash your hair and what condition your scalp is in.
Finally, pick up your pencil and draw your best hair day! What makes a good hair day great for you? What do you see?
How we like to wear our hair often changes over time, but hopefully this will leave you feeling a little clearer on what you want to achieve at this present moment. From here you can begin building up the perfect menu for your hair. Try and think about which products would complement your hair but also work with the other products which you use to achieve the best results. For example, if you are using a shampoo which is going to give you big volume such as one that contains sea salt and lemon juice, try to use a conditioner that contains ingredients that compliment it. For example, if you're using Big shampoo, pair it with a lightweight conditioner such as Veganese so it doesn't cancel out the volumising effects.
Reassess your hair habits regularly as your hair may need different things at different times, and factors such as the weather, hormones or a new style may affect this. Lastly, don’t be afraid to mix things up and experiment with your hair routine!
Now you know how to get what you want from your locks, create your bespoke hair menu by taking a look at the treatments, shampoos, shampoo bars, conditioners and styling products at hand. All that is left to do is have a happy hair day.
Translated by Ester Cheng; Edited by Kadii Chan.