Want enviable, bouncy locks? Expert stylist Yui from Japanese hair salon COVO Singapore shares her essential tips.
#1 Water temperature is important
Ditch cold water rinses or washing your tresses with steaming hot water. As Yui shares, “Cold water cannot remove oil entirely, but hot water can encourage greasiness in hair. To effectively remove oil and dirt buildup while maintaining a healthy scalp, use warm water – 37 degrees to be exact.” She continues, “At COVO Singapore, we use carbonated spring water for shampooing, to remove dirt hidden in the pores perfectly.”
#2 Don’t neglect blowdrying your hair
Leaving your hair to air dry may seem like the best alternative to the hair-damaging heat that comes with blowdrying, but as Yui shares, “Scalp temperature is lowered with wet hair, which isn’t good for the scalp.” She recommends applying leave-in hair treatment before using a blowdryer set on ‘cool’ to help close hair cuticles and give hair a healthy, glossy texture.
#3 Opt for a natural look when colouring hair for the first time
For those who are colouring their hair for the first time, Yui advises to opt for a natural shade as opposed to diving straight into bleaching or other crazy colours. To help her customers find the right hair colour, Yui takes into consideration their skin tone, colour of the brows, and even their makeup style. “For customers who do not wear much makeup, they should consider using a natural hair colour which complements their skin tone to avoid having too much of a contrast with their everyday look. Vividly coloured hair would be easier to pull off for those who are already used to wearing bold makeup.”
#4 Use leave-in treatment
Apart from improving the texture of your hair, leave-in treatment can help to tame or add volume to your tresses. Yui recommends using either a cream-based leave-in treatment for neater hair, or an oil-type treatment on the hair ends for a bouncy texture. For a low-maintenance hairstyle, avoid adding too many layers as the flyaway strands may increase the frizziness of your hair.
#5 Invest time in your haircare routine
“You have to learn how to take care of your hair,” Yui shares. “Even if you pay for an expensive haircut or treatment, learning to upkeep it at home is important.” Salon-grade products go a long way too – she recommends haircare ranges from Mucota and Hoyu.
#6 Visit the hair salon (at least) every six months
Don’t reserve your trips to the salon for major works like bleaching, dying or perming your hair. According to Yui, it is important to visit the salon every six months – or every month if possible. “Apart from giving your hair and scalp a thorough cleansing, getting your hair trimmed is also important to help your hair look good.” She continues, “The speed of hair growth is different on each part of your scalp, so your hairstyle may be [drastically] different even just a few months later.”