There’s no getting around that looking after hair is a bit spendy. Factor in cutting, balayage sessions, the odd blow dry, and styling products, and even if you’re very careful and considered when it comes to money, you’re likely to be looking at upwards of £300 annually.
While your best cut and colour will always come from a good hairdresser, there are ways to reign in the cost of tending to hair - and who better than uber hairdresser Luke Hersheson to point out how. Here, he answers your questions on how to save pounds on hair:
Q: I am so poor this month and can’t afford a much-needed haircut. Can I do it myself? Or is there a way to style it out until I can get my ratty ends chopped off?
Luke Hersheson: “I’d recommend lots of at-home hair treatments to tide you over until the next cut. John Freida Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Deep Conditioner, £6.99, is infused with Milk Protein, Vitamin A and Avocado Oil and delivers a vital dose of moisture to help distressed, frizzy hair to sit more smoothly. I recommend using this a few times a week to keep the hair in good condition.
That said, it is so important to invest in regular cuts in order to promote healthy hair growth and to avoid hair from looking ratty and tired. A lot of salons hold trainee evenings and are always looking for models whilst stylists are training, so enquire at your local salon to see if you can get an appointment – Hershesons salons offers this and it’s great if you don’t want to spend much.”
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Q: Colouring is mega-expensive. Are there any colour masks or colour-shampoos/root products you can recommend to bring oomph back to my colour and hide emerging greys?
Luke Hersheson: “Try John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde Hi-Impact Vibrancy Restoring Shampoo & Conditioner (from £6.99); it traps the cooler pigments of the hair and keeps it looking fresh and revived. For brunettes, you can deepen or lighten tones with the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Express Treatments. These products are super quick and easy to use and freshens up the hair in between colour appointments plus, unlike most brands, they protect hair from colour fade and also contain dye pigments to enrich your colour.”
Q: I’m saving up for a heated tong, but is there any way I can add body and movement to my hair in the interim that won’t cost me anything?
Luke Hersheson: “A good quality heated tong is a great investment as you’ll get so much use from it. Hershesons Tourmaline Professional Curling Tong, £98, is worth every penny as it’ll last for years & is the best on the market (obviously I’m biased, though!). Remember to use a heat protector with the tongs - try John Frieda Frizz Ease Heat Defeat Protecting Spray, £5.99, to keep the hair in good condition.
Whilst saving up, I recommend washing hair at night and spraying through a lot of sea salt spray, scrunching with the hands and blow-drying. You can then lightly plait the hair before going to sleep and adding some more wave spray in the morning to create natural, loose waves and movement. Ouai Wave Spray, £22, is a great product and is light so doesn’t weigh the hair down, but also holds the waves and gets better as the day goes on. For a cheaper alternative, try Bleach London Swamp Spray, £6.”