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No need to lust after your friends glossy tresses any longer! Follow these 10 easy tips from the best hairdressers and nutritionists in the beauty business to get the healthy hair you've always wanted...
Want your hair to grow but suffer with split ends? John Frieda says: "The way to stop them and make your hair grow is to have frequent, minimal trimming, every two to three weeks on dry hair. By that, I mean 2mm - you cut off very little, but do it regularly."
The trick to healthier hair isn't just in your beauty regime - it's in your diet. Nutritionist Lisa Drayer says superfoods such as blueberries, wild salmon, tomatoes and dark chocolate (woohoo!) are not only packed full of goodness for your body, but also your locks.
If you have fine hair, you may steer clear of products for fear of weighing down your style but they can actually add huge amounts of extra bounce to your tresses. "It's true-volume starts at the root. "Everyone thinks mousse is so 80s, but it actually works," says celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, whose tends to the likes of Jennifer Lopez's gorgeous mane.
"Some people are good at judging what hair colour suits them and some are not so good. It can be difficult, but in general, go for what’s natural," says hairdresser John Frieda. "Look at the colour of your eyes. Most people have lots of different coloured specks in their irises, if you look at your eyes very carefully you’ll see many different colours. Pick out a shade – for example if you have gold flecks, this should point you in the right direction for choosing a warmer, golden shade."
"Your hair's natural oils are designed to condition and protect your tresses, so when you shampoo daily, it strips these vital oils away," explains hair stylist Dan Sharp who has styled British beauty Kate Winslet, as well as US A-listers Hilary Swank and Charlize Theron. "It creates a vicious cycle of over-production of oils and a need to shampoo very often. Ideally, to keep your hair healthy, you only need to wash two to three times a week, max."
"You may not be able to imagine not washing your hair after a workout (we totally get that), but you can can always rinse out sweat without shampooing," says hair stylist Kerrie Urban. "A water-only rinse will remove salt and sweat without stripping hair oils."
"Use dry shampoo instead of washing your hair every day. It will help reduce the oil build up in your hair and gives amazing texture," says hair stylist Mark Townsend whose clients include the beautiful Reese Witherspoon. "You can also leave dry shampoo in (rather than brushing it out) to give volume."
Celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson who has worked with movie star Lupita Nyong'o says: "For curly, highly textured hair, always deep condition. No two minute conditioners here. Deep conditioning involves a conditioner that will add moisture and strength back to hair."
"Make sure you towel-dry hair after shampooing and before you apply conditioner: excess water in your hair means the conditioner won't be able to penetrate the hair shaft and deliver the necessary moisture to keep hair looking healthy and shiny," says hair guru Charles Worthington.
Dousing your fragile locks with hot straighteners and tongs is damaging unless you safeguard your hair beforehand. "Always using protective styling products before blow-drying," says British hairdresser Nicky Clarke. Make sure a barrier is formed between your locks and the styling tools with an invisible spray.